Lonestar, with the return of lead vocalist Richie McDonald, will headline the country stage on July 4 in Baker Park. Lonestar's number one hits include "No News," "Come Crying to Me," "Amazed" (who hasn't heard this at a wedding!), "What About Now," "My Front Porch Looking In," "I'm Already There" and "Mr. Mom."
The band's new single is "Maybe Someday," some more of that country roots sound Lonestar is known for.
Kicking off WFRE's "Party in the Park" is local band The Knight Brothers and Joanna Smith.
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"Wanted." Fans of Hunter Hayes. Yep, he will be at The Great Frederick Fair on Sept.19. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand. Want tickets … better do it fast because this is one is likely to sell-out quickly. Tickets are $47 reserved grandstand and $52 reserved track.
Hunter's upcoming shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville sold out in less than an hour. The shows at the Ryman are in November and Ashley Monroe is the opener there. Hunter's new album hits June 18.
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"Swamp People" fans listen up. There's a new album of Cajun music inspired by the History Channel show.
Me? I'm more of a "lucky" polo shirt like the one Troy wears episode after episode after episode. Or a "Duck Dynasty" camp beanie or Willie Robertson chia pet. What???
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Kellie Pickler will co-host and perform her new single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight," tomorrow (June 18) on "The View." Pickler's new album is due out later this year.
She will be at the Rockingham County Fair in Harrisonburg, Va., on Aug. 14, Pickin' in the Panhandle Festival in Inwood, W.Va. on Sept. 7.
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The Civil Wars have a new single out. Called "The One That Got Away," heartache, pain and sadness live here. The new self-titled album hits Aug. 6. This duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White had a hit collaboration with Taylor Swift that appeared on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack, the song "Safe and Sound."
In November, the duo canceled their tour dates citing "irreconcilable differences of ambition" as the reason. Guess those have been resolved. Maybe.
On the civil wars.com website, Joy writes "I am fiercely proud of this album. A lot of soul, sweat & tears went into its creation. I hope you feel the hurt in each song, that it might connect with yours."
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LeAnn Rimes' new album, "Spitfire," debuted at No. 9 on Billboard's Top Country Album Chart. She will be on "The Talk" on July 15 and a guest on "E! Fashion Police" on Aug. 2.
In an interview with GAC's Suzanne Alexander, she said the album is revealing and personal, but didn't start out that way. Rimes said she wanted to tell the truth about her life, at no one else's expense but her own. The 30-year-old Rimes said she's lived a lot of life in 30 years, but is probably leading more of a normal life now than she ever has.
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Lee Greenwood ("God Bless the USA") will release his first "Greatest Hits: Live" CD later this year. The album will be recorded between July 3 and 6 during his summer touring schedule, which puts him in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas and Wisconsin.
If you can't be at one of the shows, you can still help select the songs that will be included on the album. Just go to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sumbit your favorite concert photos there, too. Or at any of Greenwood's social media sites.
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Darius Rucker's fourth annual "Darius and Friends" concert raised more than $95,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The concert, auction and golf tournament was held in Nashville June 3 and 4. The concert included performances by Luke Bryan, Sam Bush, Radney Foster, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.
Darius is on the road touring with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer. Rodney will be in Frederick to play at the Family FUNomenon, held at the Frederick Fairgrounds in August.
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Striking Matches (Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis) will perform as part of "Live Music Day" during MTV/VHI/CMT's O (Online) Music Awards at 7 p.m. June 19. Striking Matches is the only country artist of 10 nominees in the Make a Band Famous category. Hunter Hayes picked this band for his MTV "Artists to Watch" concert on June 18 in New York City. Hear Striking Matches at strikingmatches.com.
The O Music Awards is a 24-hour live-streaming celebration of the best in digital music and features performances including Ashley Monroe, Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson, among others.
Striking Matches will be in Greencastle, Pa., Aug. 31.
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Andy Ross, star of "Maximum Archery," a top-rated program on the Sportsman Channel, released his second album, "Cold Dead Hand." The title song is a rallying cry for gun owners' rights -- and this one may not be politically correct but it is constitutionally correct.
Ross co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs. "Maximum Archery" is in its eighth season and Ross co-wrote the theme song for the show. He describes his music as a country and rock with an outdoor edge. Check it out at andyross.com.
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June 21 -- Dwight Yoakam, 9:30 Club, Washington
June 22 -- Zac Brown Band; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
June 24 -- Travis Tritt, The Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
June 29 -- Brad Paisley, Chris Young and Lee Brice; Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
July 4 -- Lonestar, Knight Brothers, Joanna Smith, Baker Park, Frederick
July 12 -- Rascal Flatts, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore
July 12 -- Rhonda Vincent, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
July 20 -- Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer; Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
July 20 -- Hank Williams Jr., Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
July 20 -- Neal McCoy, Fauquier County Fairgrounds, Warrenton, Va.
July 26 -- Loretta Lynn, 9:30 Club, Washington
July 26 -- Scotty McCreery, Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
July 28 -- Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Kix Brooks; Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 3 -- Parmalee Band, Carroll County Fair, Westminster
Aug. 4 and 5 -- Kris Kristofferson, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis
Aug. 6 -- Kris Kristofferson, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 8 -- Confederate Railroad, Smithsburg Fireman's Carnival Grounds
Aug. 8 -- Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Aug. 8 -- Eli Young Band, Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Aug. 9 -- "Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie" The original Joe Diffie, Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 9 -- Trace Adkins, Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Joe Diffie, Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Marty Stuart, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Jason Aldean and Jake Owen, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 11 -- Jo Dee Messina, Music Box Theatre, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 13 -- Easton Corbin with Tyler Farr, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug. 14 -- Alan Jackson and Kellie Pickler, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug. 15 to 18 -- Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Gettysburg, Pa.
Aug. 17 -- Florida Georgia Line, Clarke County Fair, Berryville, Va. SOLD OUT
Aug. 23 -- John Conlee, South Mountain Fairgrounds, Biglerville, Pa.
Aug. 24 -- Toby Keith with Kip Moore, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
Aug. 28 -- Luke Bryan with Thomas Rhett and Kelleigh Bannen, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Aug. 29 -- Florida Georgia Line, Richmond Raceway Complex, with Colt Ford; Richmond, Va.
Aug. 31 -- Florida Georgia Line, with Gary Allan; Bayside Toyota Pavilion in St. Leonard
Sept. 6 -- Alan Jackson with Gloriana, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Sept. 10 -- Florida Georgia Line; York (Pa.) Fair
Sept. 13 -- Alan Jackson; York (Pa.) Fair
Sept. 14 -- Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
Sept. 14 -- Martina McBride, Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 15 -- Tate Stevens, Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 19 -- Hunter Hayes, Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 21 -- Justin Moore, Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 28 -- WMZQ Fall Fest --Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry on the main stage; Maggie Rose (from Potomac, Md.), American Young and Sam Grow on the side stage; Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. Tickets start at $29.75.
Sept. 29 -- WPOC's Sunday in the Country with Gary Allan, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Maggie Rose and The Henningsens; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Oct. 10 -- Casey James, Rames Head Live, Baltimore
Oct. 12 -- Craig Morgan, with Raven Cliff; Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Nov. 1 -- Travis Tritt, Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
Nov. 8 -- John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival); DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. $55 to $75 (and don't forget to wear a plaid shirt!)