- Eric Church, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks will perform at the 49th Annual ACM Awards April 6 in Las Vegas. They join hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry. The show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS-TV. More here.
- Darius Rucker's fifth annual Darius And Friends benefit concert will be held June 2 at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon, just before CMA Music Festival. The lineup is TBA, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ticket sales open Saturday (3/22), but if you happened to be at last year's show, you get a presale starting Wednesday (3/19). The concert will be followed by the next day's Darius And Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, also benefitting St. Jude.
- Josh Thompson is soliciting Instagram videos of fans covering one of the songs on his set list to win a trip to and onstage performance at one of his shows. More here.
Tuesday (3/18): Charley Pride, Phillips Sweet (Little Big Town).
Thursday (3/20): The Late Jerry Reed.
Tuesday (3/18): Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, The Voice (NBC).
Wednesday (3/19): Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX).
Thursday (3/20): Eric Paslay, The Queen Latifah Show (syndicated); Brandy Clark, The Ellen Degeneres Show (syndicated); Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX).
This Week's Album Releases:
Jo Dee Messina Me: The album was fully funded by fan donations through Messina's Kickstarter campaign. Fans also chose the 12 songs on the album, the cover art and the title. Songs include the fan-selected first single "Peace Sign" and current single "A Woman's Rant," which Messina calls "literally a day in the life of me."
Samantha Landrum Hometown: Landrum calls the album her birthday present to herself, as its release comes three days before she turns 20. Includes "One Stone At A Time," which she says she recorded because it helped her through a difficult situation, "Just Another Day," which she calls the most meaningful on the album, and current single, "What If."
Ronnie Milsap Summer #17: Released on the 40th anniversary of his 40th No. 1 hit, Milsap says the album is his way of remembering his roots. He covers the songs he was listening to when he was 17 and says most influenced his career, including "Georgia On My Mind," recalling the time he left North Carolina for Atlanta and meeting Ray Charles backstage after a concert and getting encouragement to pursue music. The title track is an original.
Upcoming Album Releases:
Mar. 25 Jerrod Niemann High Noon
Mar. 25 Merle Haggard Okie From Muskogee 45th Anniversary Edition
Apr. 1 Josh Thompson Turn It Up
Apr. 1 Dan + Shay Where It All Began
Apr. 1 Charlie Daniels Off The Grid - Doin' It Dylan