Chris Young ready to tour again

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Chris Young will be hitting the road again later this week.

Chris Young will be hitting the road again later this week.

Singer/songwriter Chris Young (“Aw Naw”) was released from the hospital after being treated for a dangerous bacterial infection as a result of a small cut on his leg.

Chris was enroute to a show in Montana on Aug. 13 when he began to go into septic shock and was taken by ambulance to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. Treatment included antibiotics and emergency surgery to remove the infection from his leg.

His mobility is currently impacted by the surgery but he is expected to make a full recovery. He plans to return to touring with Brad Paisley on Aug. 22 with the show in Mountain View, Calif. His show in Redding, Calif., will be rescheduled to Sept. 8.

His new album, “A.M.,” releases Sept. 17.

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Tim McGraw spoke to about who his hero is, raising teenage daughters (Gracie, 16; Maggie, 15; and Audrey, 11), his music career and getting back on stage with his wife, Faith Hill.

Some highlights:

On raising teenage daughters: “My 16- and 15-year-olds don’t want a whole lot to do with me now. They’re pretty busy with their social lives. But I think that’s an even more important reason to be home. Luckily, for me, the way I tour, I fly a lot, so that allows me to be home quite a bit.”

On what music his daughters are listening to: “Mumford & Sons is a big hit at our house. One Direction, of course, is a big hit at our house. But certainly not dad. They don’t listen to dad very often.”

You can read the full story at

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Nominations are out for the Inspirational Country Music Association Awards. Three new categories were added this year: Main Stream Country Male, Female and Duo/Group. The awards will take place in Nashville Oct. 20 to 24, with the awards show on Oct. 24.

Here are the finalists, which include country music superstars, bluegrass artists and inspirational music artists:

Entertainer: Chuck Day, Dennis Agajanian, Guy Penrod, Jeff Bates, Kali Rose and Steve Richard

Male Vocalist: Chuck Day, Chuck Hancock, Daniel Alan, Lucas Hoge and Tommy Brandt

Female Vocalist: Aubree Bullock, Kali Rose, Larissa, Laura Dodd and Mary James

Vocal Duo: Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Branded, Randy-Paul, Steve Richard and Laura Dodd, The Roys

Vocal Group or Band: CrossCountry the Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jayc Harold Band, Kristina Craig Band and Sunday Drive

Mainstream Inspirational Country Song: “Changed,” Rascal Flatts; “I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice; “Old King James,” Scotty McCreery; “See You Again,” Carrie Underwood; and “Touchdown Jesus,” Tim McGraw

Mainstream Country Male Artist: Alan Jackson, Andy Griggs, John Berry, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill

Mainstream Country Female Artist: Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Reba McEntire

Mainstream Country Duo or Group: Diamond Rio, Joey + Rory, Oak Ridge Boys, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square

Inspirational Country Song: “Hey Do You Know Me,” Kali Rose; “Meanwhile Back at the Cross,” Tommy Brandt; “They Don’t Stay Little Long Enough,” Chuck Hancock; “Unknown Soldiers,” Russ Murphy; and “You Can Always Come Back Home,” Chuck Day

Songwriter: Chuck Hancock, Greg McDougal, Paul Staggs of Branded, Russ Murphy and Tommy Brandt

Video: “Changed,” Rascal Flatts, “See You Again,” Carrie Underwood, “Time is Love,” Josh Turner, “Toothbrush,” Steve Richard; and “True Believers,” Darius Rucker

Other categories include Musician, Comedian, Radio Station of the Year, New Artist, Youth in Music Award, Faith Family and Country Movie, Radio Personality of the Year, Inspirational Bluegrass Artist, Music Evangelist of the Year and TV Network. See the full list at

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George Strait will be the first country artist to receive Billboard’s Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York in November.

The award is Billboard’s highest accolade, honoring individuals or bands who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business. Strait is preparing to kickoff the final leg of his tour, “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” and has had 60 No. 1 singles.

The Aug. 24 edition of Billboard has a 60-plus page cover story featuring a rare interview with Strait.

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Katie Armiger recently performed in Minneapolis for the teen run Hearts4Charity, to help raise money for their community outreach cause. Hearts4Charity, founded by Amanda Sexson in 2004, has raised more than $50,000 for various charities since its inception, through car washes, selling candy and writing a children’s book. Armiger surprised the teen organizers by presenting a check for $1,500 to Hearts4Charity.

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Sara Evans has a new single out called “Slow Me Down.” You can hear it at

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Upcoming concerts:

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. 6 — Davisson Bros. Band, Lazy A Campground, Hedgesville, W.Va.

Sept. 7 — Kellie Pickler, Chris Lane, The Steeldrivers, Lonesome River Band, Lonesome Highway, Lazy A Campground, Hedgesville, W.Va.

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. 20 — Scotty McCreery, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg, Pa.

Sept. 21 — Justin Moore, Great Frederick Fair

Sept. 21 — Montgomery Gentry, Nationals Park, Washington

Sept. 21 — Scotty McCreery, Rams Head Live! Baltimore

Sept. 22 — Jamey Johnson, Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring

Sept. 22 — Willie Nelson, Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore

Sept. 27 — Billy Currington, Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring

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


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