Warner Music NashvilleAfter opening for Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs, Ashley McBryde is ready to head out on her own this fall.
Named for her debut album, the Girl Going Nowhere Tour cranks up September 5 in Atlanta, before Ashley reunites with Luke in October for shows in the United Kingdom and Scotland. The trek will wrap December 15 in Rochester, New York.
Fans can count on hearing Ashley's breakthrough hit, "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," during her first headlining trek.
Here's a look at the itinerary for the Girl Going Nowhere Tour, with tickets going on sale this Friday:
9/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Terminal West 9/6 -- Athens, GA, 40 Watt Club 9/7 -- Greenville, SC, Blind Horse Saloon 9/8 -- Rome, GA, Rome City Brewing Company 9/11 -- Bardstown, KY, Mammy's Kitchen 9/12 -- Abington, VA, Washington County Fair 9/13 -- Washington, DC, The Hamilton 9/14 -- Lynchburg, VA, Phase 2 Nightclub 9/20 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Little Big Town) 9/22 -- Mountain Home, AR, Arkansas State University 9/27 -- Nashville, TN, The Basement East 9/28 -- Birmingham, AL, Zydeco 10/3 -- Birmingham, England, O2 Institute 10/4,5 -- London, England, Shepherd's Bush Empire 10/7 -- Glasgow, Scotland, O2 ABC 10/8 -- Manchester, England, O2 Ritz Manchester 10/10 -- London, England, Islington Assembly Hall 10/13 -- Greenville, MS, Mighty Mississippi Music Festival 10/25 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Elevation 11/1 -- Oxford, MS, The Lyric Theatre 11/2 -- Panama City, FL, The Barn at the Wicked Wheel 11/7 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar 11/8 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone 11/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Eight Seconds Saloon 11/10 -- Rootstown, OH, Dusty Armadillo 11/29 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note 11/30 -- Little Rock, AR, Revolution Music Room 12/5 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 12/7 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry at the Fillmore 12/8 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club 12/12 -- Warrendale, PA, Jergel's Rhythm and Grill 12/13 -- Buffalo, NY, Iron Works 12/14 -- Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair 12/15 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology
pfa Entertainment Media & MarketingCassadee Pope wants to "Take You Home... to Nashville" for CMA Fest this year.
This week, the "Think of You" hitmaker kicks off a contest to bring one lucky fan and a friend to Music City from June 7-10. The winner will get two round-trip airline tickets to Nashville, plus accommodations and passes to the nightly CMA Fest shows at Nissan Stadium.
You can enter online at CassadeePope.com, but you'd better hurry. A winner will be randomly chosen this Friday, and will also get the VIP treatment at Cassadee's first fan celebration.
The contest takes its name from the Florida native's new single, "Take You Home."
ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan is set to unveil his new single, "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset," on tonight's season finale of American Idol. He'll also perform his most recent #1, "Most People Are Good," with finalist Gabby Barrett.
In fact, every member of the Top 3 will be singing a country tune at one point or another. Caleb Lee Hutchinson will do the chart-topping "Wagon Wheel" with Darius Rucker. All three -- including Maddie Poppe -- will join pop star Bebe Rexha to recreate "Meant to Be," the crossover smash she originally did with Florida Georgia Line.
Look for Luke's fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry to sing as well, along with visiting superstars Nick Jonas, Patti LaBelle, and Kermit the Frog.
American Idol crowns its first winner since returning on ABC starting tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
BMLGThomas Rhett is definitely feeling the love for his latest single, "Life Changes," which also happens to be the title track of his latest album and the name of his current tour.
"Just wanted to say thank you so much to country radio for playing 'Life Changes,'" TR shared on his socials. "This song is so personal to me and my family and it is literally the coolest thing in the world to hear it being played out of my truck speakers."
The autobiographical "Life Changes" documents what TR's 2017 was like: he and his wife Lauren both adopted their daughter, Willa Gray, from a Ugandan orphanage, and they welcomed their first biological child, another little girl, named Ada James.
TR's note of gratitude continues: "Also, thanks to everyone who comes to see us on the road and shows continued love and support for me and my family. This is one of those feeling very blessed posts..."
This Saturday night, Thomas Rhett brings his show to Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean's new single, "Drowns the Whiskey," will have its TV premiere during Tuesday's season finale of The Voice. Since the song happens to be a duet with coach Blake Shelton's ex, Miranda Lambert, it's pretty safe to assume someone else will be singing her part.
In fact, the two-hour episode will feature the Top 4 -- Spensha Baker from Team Blake, Britton Buchanan from Team Alicia, Brynn Cartelli from Team Kelly, and Kyla Jade from Team Blake -- pairing up with various stars to collaborate.
Kane Brown, who sang his current #1, "Heaven," on the show last week, will return to recreate his chart-topping duet "What Ifs," with Spensha Baker subbing for Lauren Alaina.
Julia Michaels, who has a hit right now with Keith Urban on "Coming Home," guests on the episode as well, along with Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Adams, and others.
You can tune in to find out who wins Tuesday starting at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Mark LevineMaren Morris may be making some major strides in pop music, but she's keeping her feeling firmly planted in the country world.
"Can't get over how much of a fan girl I got to be tonight," she tweeted after Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, where she beat out both Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini to become country's Top Female Artist. She also performed her pop smash, "The Middle," with DJ/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey.
"Thank you Zedd for changing my career with 'The Middle,'" she went on. "Proud to dip my toe in the water of pop music but am so glad to be representing country music... Texan at heart forever."
Maren's currently in the studio working on her sophomore album, as "Rich" -- which is likely the last single from her debut album, Hero -- climbs the country chart.
Comstock/Thinkstock Country legend George Jones added his vocals to the lead single from Patty Loveless's 1997 album, Long Stretch of Lonesome. Can you name the #14 hit? ANSWER: "You Don't Seem to Miss Me."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Joe Diffie's first new single in five years, "I Got This," is available to stream or download now.
The new album from Gretchen Peters, Dancing with the Beast, is out now. The singer/songwriter is perhaps best known for crafting hits like "Independence Day" for Martina McBride and "You Don't Even Know Who I Am" for Patty Loveless.
The debut single from Midland, Texas-born newcomer Abi is called "A Day Without," and it was co-written by the late Andrew Dorff, who penned hits for Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney. You can sample it on Soundcloud. In 2015, Abi opened for Kelly Clarkson on her summer tour.
You can check out Danielle Bradbery's new video for "Worth It" on YouTube.
MCA NashvilleThe anticipation's been building for Sam Hunt's sophomore album ever since he released the quintuple-platinum crossover smash "Body Like a Back Road" more than a year ago.
Now that he's back with "Downtown's Dead" -- the song that's presumably the second single from his second record -- there's even more excitement about the elusive project.
Sam estimates he's written between fifty and sixty songs for the follow-up to 2014's Montevallo, but so far, only "Body" and "Downtown's Dead" have made the cut.
"That song seemed to... [check] all the boxes that I needed to check in a song," he explains. "And I felt like it was lyrics that I felt comfortable saying. The idea I thought was relatable to people, and it just sounded like a song that people would come out to shows to sing and would inspire people to come out to shows."
When it comes down to it, Sam says it was simply instinct that made "Downtown's Dead" his new single.
"It’s hard for me to really say for sure what made that song stand out," he admits. "I can break it down, I guess theoretically. But I just have those moments where there’s just a gut feeling that says, ‘Okay, this is the song you need to put out. This is how you need to say it. This is what you need to say. This is how it should sound.’"
"And when I get to that point, I put it out," Sam goes on. "That song was the one that sort of rose up from the batch that I’ve been working over the past year or two."
The Georgia native will get his first chance to play "Downtown's Dead" in concert this weekend at the Indianapolis 500.
The Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday night at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Kelly Clarkson hosted the ceremony, which featured performances by Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello and more.
Many of the winners were announced hours prior to the telecast, with the big awards being revealed during the ceremony itself. Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran tied for the most awards, with six each. Below is a complete list of winners.
2018 Billboard Music Awards winners:
Top Artist: Drake Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars Ed Sheeran -- WINNER Taylor Swift
Top New Artist: 21 Savage Camila Cabello Cardi B Khalid -- WINNER Kodak Black
Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Camila Cabello -- WINNER Cardi B Drake Sam Hunt Ed Sheeran
Top Male Artist: Drake Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars Post Malone Ed Sheeran -- WINNER
Top Female Artist: Camila Cabello Cardi B Halsey Demi Lovato Taylor Swift -- WINNER
Top Duo/Group: The Chainsmokers Coldplay Imagine Dragons -- WINNER Migos U2
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake -- WINNER Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran Chris Stapleton Taylor Swift
Top Hot 100 Artist: Imagine Dragons Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars Post Malone Ed Sheeran -- WINNER
Top Streaming Songs Artist: Cardi B Drake Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER Post Malone Ed Sheeran
Top Song Sales Artist: Imagine Dragons Kendrick Lamar Bruno Mars Post Malone Ed Sheeran -- WINNER
Top Radio Songs Artist: Halsey Imagine Dragons Bruno Mars Charlie Puth Ed Sheeran -- WINNER
Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber BTS -- WINNER Ariana Grande Demi Lovato Shawn Mendes
Top Touring Artist: Coldplay Guns N’ Roses Bruno Mars Ed Sheeran U2 -- WINNER
Top R&B Artist: Chris Brown Khalid Bruno Mars -- WINNER SZA The Weeknd
Top R&B Male Artist: Khalid Bruno Mars -- WINNER The Weeknd
Top R&B Female Artist: Beyonce Rihanna SZA -- WINNER
Top R&B Tour: Bruno Mars -- WINNER Lionel Richie The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist: Drake Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER Lil Uzi Vert Migos Post Malone
Top Rap Male Artist: Drake Kendrick Lamar -- WINNER Post Malone
Top Rap Female Artist: Bhad Bhabie Cardi B -- WINNER Nicki Minaj
Top Rap Tour: J. Cole JAY-Z -- WINNER Kendrick Lamar
Top Country Artist: Kane Brown Luke Combs Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton -- WINNER
Top Country Male Artist: Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton -- WINNER
Top Country Female Artist: Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris -- WINNER
Top Country Duo/Group Artist: Florida Georgia Line -- WINNER Old Dominion Zac Brown Band
Top Country Tour: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Florida Georgia Line Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons -- WINNER Linkin Park Portugal. The Man Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers twenty one pilots
Top Rock Tour: Coldplay Guns N’ Roses U2 -- WINNER
Top Latin Artist: J Balvin Daddy Yankee Luis Fonsi Ozuna -- WINNER Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: The Chainsmokers -- WINNER Calvin Harris Kygo Marshmello ODESZA
Top Christian Artist: Elevation Worship Hillsong UNITED Hillsong Worship MercyMe -- WINNER Zach Williams
Top Gospel Artist: Anthony Brown & group therAPy Travis Greene J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise Tasha Cobbs Leonard -- WINNER Tamela Mann
Top Billboard 200 Album: Drake, More Life Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. -- WINNER Post Malone, Stoney Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) Taylor Swift, reputation
Top Selling Album: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 Taylor Swift, reputation -- WINNER
Top Soundtrack: Black Panther The Fate of the Furious: The Album The Greatest Showman Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Moana -- WINNER
Top R&B Album: Khalid, American Teen Bruno Mars, 24K Magic -- WINNER SZA, CTRL The Weeknd, Starboy XXXTentacion, 17
Top Rap Album: Drake, More Life Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. -- WINNER Lil Uzi Vert, Luv Is Rage 2 Migos, Culture Post Malone, Stoney
Top Country Album: Kane Brown, Kane Brown Luke Combs, This One’s For You Thomas Rhett, Life Changes Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 -- WINNER Brett Young, Brett Young
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons, Evolve -- WINNER Linkin Park, One More Light Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor Portugal. The Man, Woodstock U2, Songs of Experience
Top Latin Album: Nicky Jam, Fenix Christian Nodal, Me Deje Llevar Ozuna, Odisea -- WINNER Romeo Santos, Golden Shakira, El Dorado
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Avicii, AV?CI (01) The Chainsmokers, Memories…Do Not Open -- WINNER Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 Kygo, Stargazing ODESZA, A Moment Apart
Top Christian Album: Elevation Worship, There Is A Cloud Hillsong UNITED, Wonder Hillsong Worship, Let There Be Light Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection -- WINNER MercyMe, Lifer
Top Gospel Album: Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way From Sunday Travis Greene, Crossover: Live From Music City J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, You Deserve It Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Heart. Passion. Pursuit -- WINNER Marvin Sapp, Close
Top Hot 100 Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER Kendrick Lamar, "Humble." Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like" Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar" Ed Sheeran, "Shape Of You"
Top Streaming Song (Audio): Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" Kendrick Lamar, "Humble." -- WINNER Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour LLIF3" Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, "Rockstar" Post Malone ft. Quavo, "Congratulations"
Top Streaming Song (Video): Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER Lil Pump, "Gucci Gang" Bruno Mars, "That’s What I Like" Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"
Top Selling Song: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, "Despacito" -- WINNER Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” Imagine Dragons “Believer” Imagine Dragons “Thunder” Ed Sheeran “Perfect”
Top Radio Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” Imagine Dragons, “Believer” Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” Charlie Puth, “Attention” Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You” -- WINNER
Top Collaboration: Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, “Havana” The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Top R&B Song: Childish Gambino, “Redbone” DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts” Khalid, “Young Dumb & Broke” Bruno Mars, “That’s What I Like” -- WINNER Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B, “Finesse”
Top Rap Song: Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, “I’m The One" French Montana ft. Swae Lee, “Unforgettable” Kendrick Lamar, “Humble.” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar” -- WINNER
Top Country Song: Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” -- WINNER Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be” Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Top Rock Song: Imagine Dragons “Believer” -- WINNER Imagine Dragons “Thunder” Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy” Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still” The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”
Top Latin Song: J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, “Mi Gente” Becky G ft. Bad Bunny, ”Mayores” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” -- WINNER Maluma, “Felices Los 4” Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escapate Conmigo”
Top Dance/Electronic Song: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” -- WINNER Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, “No Promises” Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Ann-Marie, “Rockabye” Kygo & Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me” Zedd & Alessia Cara, “Stay”
Top Christian Song: Elevation Worship, “O Come To The Altar” Hillsong Worship, “What A Beautiful Name” -- WINNER Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You” MercyMe, “Even If” Zach Williams, “Old Church Choir”
Top Gospel Song: Anthony Brown & group therAPy, “Trust In You” Travis Greene, “You Waited” J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “You Deserve It” -- WINNER Tamela Mann, “Change Me” Charlie Wilson, “I’m Blessed”
ABC/Image Group LA Lee Brice is set to perform during Monday's 2018 Miss USA competition. The show will air live on Fox from George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
While we don't know what Lee will sing, he scored his latest top-20 hit with "Boy," from his self-titled album released last year.
Vanessa and Nick Lachey will host this year's Miss USA pageant, with Nick also taking the stage with his band, 98 Degrees.
You can check out the contestants and cast your ballot for your favorite online now and during the show.
ABC/Eric McCandlessThe first installment of the two-night American Idol finale airs this Sunday on ABC, but the three remaining contestants have already released the songs that will be their "coronation singles," should they be crowned the winner on Monday night.
Maddie Poppe's song "Gone Gone Gone," is an upbeat, folk-influenced modern pop song that suits her voice well. It's somewhat reminiscent of Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' song "Home."
Caleb Lee Hutchinson's single "Johnny Cash Heart" is country through and through, and its lyrics refer to the deep love between late country icon Johnny Cash and his beloved wife, June Carter Cash. "You are my June/June in my Johnny Cash heart," he sings.
Gabby Barrett's song "Rivers Deep" is soulful pop with a some gospel thrown in, and shows off her powerful voice.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the other songs the finalists will sing on Sunday night include Caleb doing Johnny Cash's classic "Folsom Prison Blues," Gabby singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Maddie performing "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.
The American Idol finale begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and continues Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Loud Life's whatcha make it, but when you're playing baseball stadiums, sometimes you get rained out.
That's the situation Jake Owen finds himself in this weekend, as he's been forced to postpone the first dates on his Life's Whatcha Make It tour with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.
"Anyone who had planned for an awesome Fri and Sat night in Chattanooga and Augusta...I’m so sorry we have to reschedule because of the weather," Jake tweeted around noon on Friday. "Tickets will still be good when we return.. I’m bummed. It was our opening weekend for the tour."
As of now, the trek -- which will mainly play minor league baseball stadiums -- is set to resume June 1 in Solomons, Maryland.
Jake's latest single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," just broke into country's top ten.
ABC/Image Group LA The self-titled, third album from Dan Shay will arrive June 22, featuring their top-ten lead single, "Tequila," as well as a guest appearance by Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly appears on "Keeping Score," one of eleven cuts on the new project. The duo revealed the details at midnight Friday as they simultaneously dropped the track "Speechless," which was inspired by seeing their wives for the first time on their respective wedding days last year.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney also released an accompanying music video, made up of footage of their brides Abby Law and Hannah Billingsley, on their special day. You can check it out on YouTube.
Here's the complete track listing for Dan Shay:
"Alone Together" "Tequila" "What Keeps You Up at Night" "All to Myself" "Keeping Score" (featuring Kelly Clarkson) "Make or Break" "Speechless" "Stupid Love" "No Such Thing" "My Side of the Fence" "Island Time"
ABC/Image Group LA Rolling Stone nicknames Maren Morris "The Boundary Pusher" in the article titled "The New Classics" in the latest issue of the magazine -- and the Texas native is inclined to agree.
Now that she's had a huge pop hit with "The Middle," the "My Church" hitmaker expects to spread her wings a bit on her sophomore record, which she's working on now.
"I want to strike a balance of continuing the story but also being a little edgy," she tells Rolling Stone.
Maren also recounts the first time she heard "The Middle," her smash with DJ/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey. At the time, she was on vacation in Tulum, Mexico, shortly before November's CMA Awards.
"Oh my God, this is a jam," Maren says, recalling her initial reaction. "I had never felt that kind of energy for a song I didn't write."
Maren's set to perform "The Middle" on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, along with Zedd and Grey. The show airs live from Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Comstock/ThinkstockBaillie and the Boys scored the biggest success of their career so far in 1989, with this #4 hit from their Turn the Tide album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "(Wish I Had a) Heart of Stone."
ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini competes for Top Country Female Artist at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Even though she's not set to perform on the show, the "I Hate Love Songs" singer says she wouldn't miss it.
"I am gonna go! I love it!" she tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I love seeing other country artists there and, I dunno, I feel like country's cool, and so I want to make sure that everyone knows it!"
Part of the appeal of a show like the BBMAs is the chance to rub elbows with artists from other genres, although Kelsea confesses she doesn't feel like she's any good at interacting with her heroes.
"No!" she says definitively. "I fangirl in country settings still. I'm, like, not good around famous people. It continues to get worse."
"I admire from afar," she goes on. "And then every now and again I'll awkwardly go up to someone and fangirl. But not often."
But Kelsea acknowledges that her run-ins with celebs usually go pretty well.
"Everyone's always been very nice. Kelly Clarkson's hosting, and she knows that I'm just actually obsessed with her, so I'll probably fangirl her," she laughs.
Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris are also in the running for this year's Top Country Female Artist trophy, with Maren also set to perform her pop hit "The Middle" on the show.
You can tune in to the show live from Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRunaway June will kick off the entertainment on the Chevy Riverfront Stage during this year's CMA Fest in Nashville. They'll perform the national anthem the morning of Thursday, June 7.
The debut album from The Sisterhood Band, titled Summer Setlist, comes out June 8 on Sony Music Nashville. The duo is made up of Rod Stewart's daughter, Ruby Stewart, and Alyssa Bonagura, the offspring of Baillie and the Boys' Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura.
Busbee, Buddy Cannon, Dave Cobb, Dann Huff and Michael Knox are this year's Academy of Country Music Producer of the Year nominees. The winner will be part of the 12th Annual ACM Honors August 22 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley kicks off his Mountain High tour tonight in Columbia, Maryland, and the "Woman, Amen" hitmaker can't help but remember some of the difficult times before he became one of country's biggest acts.
"I've been doing this for a long time," the Arizona native recalls "I had, like, three years of trying to headline tours, playing these big arenas that hold 25,000 people and only 2,500 showed up...Every review was like, 'Bless his heart. He was playing like it was a sold-out show, but no one came.' [So] this feels like a second career almost, and a second chance."
Now, with hit records and successful business ventures, Dierks says touring these days is about a lot more than just selling tickets.
"I've already got a lot of great stuff going on," he says candidly. "I've got a 9-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 4-year-old. It's not about making money, it's about my life. I want to have a great summer, have a lot of fun, make great memories, [and] be totally present from the second we get there on site."
Having Brothers Osborne and LANCO on the road with him is part of the fun for Dierks.
"You want to spend that summer with people you want to be around," he explains. "And obviously, it'd be nice if that's people that also are having success in their career and can help sell tickets and all that. You're always trying to find that [equation] where one plus one equals three -- where a group of people come together and their sum is greater than their parts."
The Mountain High trek visits Holmdel and Camden, New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.
Dierks' new album, The Mountain, comes out June 8.