Little Big Town will host “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” to air at 8 p.m. Aug. 12. The three-hour special includes performances and appearances and behind-the-scenes access to the CMA Music Festival, held in June.
Artists appearing include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, the casts of “Duck Dynasty” and “Nashville,” Hunter Hayes, Derek Hough, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, LBT, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urbana and ZBB.
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The 47th annual CMA Awards will take place Nov. 6, airing live from Nashville on ABC at 8 p.m. Performers, songwriters, producers, musicians and video directors are chosen by the country music industry. Eligibility period for the 2013 CMA awards is July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Ticket information to this event is at CMAawards.com.
Voting begins in August, with the final nominees in each of the 12 categories to be announced in September.
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Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves will join Lady Antebellum on the first leg of their fall tour, “Take Me Downtown Tour 2013.” The tour kicks off in Mississippi on Nov. 8.
This will be a new experience for tour veteran Lady A’s Hillary Scott, as baby daughter Eisele Kaye, born July 22.
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Randy Travis was released from Baylor Heart in Plano, Texas, this week and relocated to a physical therapy facility.
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Bandit Records will release “George Jones — Amazing Grace” on Sept. 10, two days before what would have been the singer’s 82nd birthday. Jones was a partner in Bandit Records (his widow, Nancy, continues to be) and recorded the gospel songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002, with the exception of one track, “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.
The Sherrill songs are the final sessions between Jones and Sherrill. The album is also the only gospel collection recorded by Jones. Joining Jones on “Great Judgment Morning” are the voices of Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.
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Rising country artist Dakota Bradley will play the Sunday concert in the park on Aug. 18. His debut single is Somethin’ Like Somethin’.
I’m going to interview Dakota next week, so if you have anything you want to know about him, post it here.
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Another new country artist, Austin Webb, will release his new single to country radio Aug. 5. It’s called “Slip On By,” a sentimental ballad that stresses the value of time and not living in regret. It was written by Allen Dukes, Blake Neesmith, Nathan Tomberlin and Chris Stevens.
The Greenville, S.C., native said he first heard the song while he was driving and after the first chorus was tearing up and had to pull off to the side. “It’s all about living in the moment, cherishing every single day we’re alive, treasuring the moments that happen to everyone. I feel honored and blessed to be able to release this as my sophomore single,” Webb says.
You can hear “Slip On By” at www.austinwebbmusic.com. It will soon be available from digital music retailers.
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Congratulations to Grandpa Garth Brooks. His daughter August Anna gave birth to a girl, Karalynn, at the end of July.
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Justin Moore is kicking off his first headlining tour with fellow artist Josh Thompson and Randy Houser. The tour follows the release of his new album, “Off the Beaten Path.”
The 57-city trek kicks off Nov. 1 in Springfield, Mo. Moore said he considers Thompson and Houser to be two of his best friends in Nashville and “I believe they are the two most talented singer/songwriters in our format.”
The tours stops include the Patriot Center on Feb. 6 and Salisbury on March 1.
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Aug. 3 — Parmalee, 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. 9 — Restless Heart, American Music Theatre, Lancaster, Pa.
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. 10 — Restless Heart, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis
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. 18 — Dakota Bradley, Summer Concert Series in Baker Park, Frederick
Aug. 23 — John Conlee, South Mountain Fairgrounds, Biglerville, Pa.
Aug. 24 — Rodney Atkins, Family FUNomenon, Frederick Fairgrounds
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