Music City News: Luke's Kind Of Night


January 21, 2014


» Luke's Kind Of Night: The snow and ice that hit Columbus, OH Thursday (1/16) didn't stop fans from coming out for the opening night of Luke Bryan's That's My Kind of Night Tour. Bryan started the show with "That's My Kind of Night" on a full-sized black 4x4 that rose encircled in flames from the front of the stage. "It was definitely one of those 'I hope you were in your seats' kind of moments," our insider reports. That trick stage also revealed a fishing pier, which Bryan sat on for "Drink A Beer." Covers included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" and a mashup of "I Don't Want This Night To End" with Taio Cruz's "Dynamite."


Bryan knew his audience, too. Not only was he wearing an OSU t-shirt for the show on the Ohio State campus and belting out "O-H" to get the crowd to respond, "I-O," he was also throwing out limited edition cans of Miller Lite from a cooler on stage. Sadly, a post-show forklift mishap damaged the stage, injured four crew members and forced Friday's Lexington, KY show to be postponed for Feb. 21. See a local news report here and read the official statement here.

» Riding Strait To Church: George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour galloped through Omaha Friday (1/17) and Kansas City Saturday (1/18), and this weekend's special guest was Eric Church, who opened the show with a 14-song acoustic set. Church returned to the stage and performed "Cowboys Like Us" and "Easy Come, Easy Go" with Strait. Watch the Saturday night performances here and here.

» Dublin Up: Garth Brooks will return to Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, to perform two shows this summer before embarking on his previously announced worldwide tour. The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event will take place July 25 and 26 in the same venue that hosted his sold out shows in 1997. "Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew," Brooks says. "In '97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction – 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world. I was quoted then as saying, 'When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again...this time to the brink.' And we're back to do just that." Tickets go on sale Jan. 30.

» Mama He's Crazier: Blake Shelton will kick off his Ten Times Crazier Tour 2014 in June with help from The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay. "I had so much fun playing songs from Based On A True Story ... and getting to see the crowd's reaction to those songs was unforgettable," says Shelton. "It is one of the most validating things for an artist like me, to have people sing along to your songs. It means what I'm doing is right, and no matter what I'm doing, whether it is The Voice or a TV special, absolutely nothing compares to playing live." The tour includes more than 20 dates; details here.

» CU Again: Carrie Underwood has been named a Global Brand Ambassador for Almay. The company will begin using Underwood to promote their beauty products in global multimedia campaigns this week. Exclusive behind-the-scenes content will be available here throughout the partnership.

» G Man: Hunter Hayes has been added to the list of performers at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. He joins previously announced country acts Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton, along with presenters Zac Brown and Martina McBride. The show airs live from Los Angeles Sunday (1/26) on CBS-TV.

» Lady's Plan: Lady Antebellum are extending their Take Me Downtown Tour from 60 dates to 80, with a summer leg getting underway in Phoenix March 22 at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Special guests Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are currently opening and will continue to do so on the first newly announced summer shows. A combination of Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols will support the remaining dates. More here.

» In Case You Missed It: Newcomer Charlie Worsham made his acting debut as a country singer who met with foul play on FOX-TV's Bones Friday (1/17). Take a look and help bring his killers to justice here.


Rosanne Cash took a trip to her dad's boyhood Arkansas home as part of CBS Sunday Morning (1/19). Watch here. She performed "A Feather's Not A Bird" from new album The River & The Thread on The Late Show With David Letterman Thursday (1/16). Watch at 39:45 here.

Also Thursday, Keith Urban was back in the judge's chair on American Idol. See a recap here.

Hit List

  • Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman was honored as "Best Home Chef In A Series" for her GAC show Kimberly's Simply Southern at the 5th Annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles last week (1/16). The third season of Schlapman's show will debut in the Spring.
  • David Nail will launch his spring headlining tour March 31 in Medina, OH. Newcomer Sam Hunt will open.
  • Billy Currington will headline Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!, which also features Ashley Monroe, Striking Matches and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. More here.
  • Shania Twain will play the Calgary Stampede July 9. Tickets go on sale Jan. 24 here. More here.
  • Download an acoustic version of Maggie Rose’s new single, “Looking Back Now,” for the chance to win merchandise and possibly two tickets to the 49th Annual ACM Awards April 6 in Las Vegas, with hotel and airfare included.


Teddy Gentry (1/22)

Johnny Russell (1/23)


Wednesday (1/22): Zac Brown Band, Nashville (ABC)

Upcoming Album Releases

North 40 Sing Your Own Song (1/28)

Eric Paslay Eric Paslay (2/4)

Moonshine Bandits Calicountry (2/4)

Eric Church The Outsiders (2/11)

Frankie Ballard Sunshine & Whiskey (2/11)

Cole Swindell Cole Swindell (2/18)

» Black & White & Web All Over:
  • George Strait leads "the best country show I can ever remember seeing." –Omaha World-Herald
  • Keith Urban "knows how to shred, but he also knows how to work a room." –Winnipeg Free Press
  • Jason Aldean "may have left some remnants of the building." –Quad City Times




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