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Brad Paisley announces the “Crushin’ It World Tour” with Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton

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Brad Paisley's still on his Country Nation World Tour, and will be through March, but that hasn't stopped him from announcing his next tour. 

The Crushin’ It World Tour kicks off May 15 in Philadelphia, PA and will continue across the United States and Canada during the summer months with more dates to be added later. Special guests will be reigning ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore and highly anticipated newcomer Mickey Guyton (love her!).

Check out the dates announced so far. Is Brad coming to your neck of the woods?

  • May 15 Susquehanna Bank Center Philadelphia, PA
  • May 16 Walnut Creek Ampitheatre Raleigh, NC
  • May 17 Shaky Boots Music Festival Atlanta, GA *
  • May 30 Blue Ridge Music Festival Salem,VA *
  • May 31 PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte, NC
  • June 4 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
  • June 5 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
  • June 6 Sleep Train Amphitheatre San Diego, CA
  • June 12 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA
  • June 13 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
  • June 20 Windy City LakeShake Festival Chicago, IL *
  • June 26 First Niagara Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 27 FarmBorough Country Music Festival New York, NY *
  • June 28 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, NY
  • July 17 Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH
  • July 18 Faster Horses Country Music Festival Brooklyn, MI *
  • July 24 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
  • July 25 XFINITY Theatre Hartford, CT
  • July 26 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
  • July 31 Mountain Home Country Music Festival Mountain Home, ID *
  • August 1 Camrose Regional Exhibition Camrose, AB
  • August 7 Boots & Hearts Music Festival Oro-Medonte, ON *
  • August 9 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Gilford, NH
  • August 21 Texas Thunder Country Music Festival Gardendale, TX *
  • August 22 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK
  • August 28 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
  • August 29 Klipsch Music Center Indianapolis, IN
  • August 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis, MO
  • September 17 Isleta Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
  • September 19 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT
  • September 25 XFINITY Center Boston, MA
  • September 26 Jiffy Lube Live Washington, DC
  • September 27 Farm Bureau Live Virginia Beach, VA
  • October 2 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
  • October 3 Cruzan Amphitheatre W. Palm Beach, FL

*Dates are festivals – include Paisley and multiple artists

Fans can purchase tickets for select cities as part of national tour promoter Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com.

Garth Brooks announces next big stop on tour

Garth in Sacramento

Get ready Sacramento! Garth is coming for you. 

The singer announced this afternoon that he'll be playing the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on March 27 and 28 with tickets going on sale Friday, February 13. 

Looks like Garth is turning a bad luck Friday the 13th into a good luck day for a bunch of lucky fans. 

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000 and Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 and run $74.88.

You can visit GarthBrooks.com for more tour dates and more info. 

Luke Bryan releases tour dates and cities for Kick Up The Dust Tour

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Luke Bryan and Brian O'Connell, President, Live Nation Nashville

Yesterday, Luke Bryan held a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame where he announced not only his new tour, but some other fun stuff. I had a bit of info on Twitter and Facebook, but now I have the complete press release for you to check out with all the tour dates planned so far. 

Check it out:

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and co-host of the 50th ACM Awards Luke Bryan announced his plans for 2015 during a press conference hosted Wednesday morning in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The press conference was streamed live at www.lukebryanlive.com and can still be viewed online (or at the bottom of this post).

Luke will launch a new tour, “Kick The Dust Up Tour,” on May 8 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Last year Luke played before 1.7 million fans and due to the highly successful “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” and it’s all sell-out run including four stadium dates, this year’s tour will include seven stadium concerts- June 6 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver; June 20 at TFC Bank Stadium in St. Paul; Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on July 11; Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium on July 18; Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco on August 29; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on September 5; and wrapping the tour at Ford Field in Detroit on October 30. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will open the “Kick The Dust Up Tour” and Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett will add as special guests on all the stadium shows.

Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 30 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com and can check www.lukebryanlive.com for opportunities to enter to win fly away promotions to the stadium shows or further information about additional on sales. Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the “Kick The Dust Up Tour” and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is a sponsor. Cabela's CLUB Visa Members will have access to presale tickets and preferred seats in select markets. Complete details are available at www.cabelas.com/lukebryan. Citi is the official credit card of Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up Tour.” Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning today. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Luke will release his seventh Spring Break album on March 10, “Spring Break…Checkin’ Out.” This will be the final project of Luke’s Spring Break series and it will be available in stores as well as digitally. The collection of Spring Break releases combined have over 1.1 million sales to date. Luke will return to Panama City Beach for two free shows on March 11 & 12 at Spinnaker Beach Club where last year’s concerts brought in a combined 230,000 fans.

This May, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a new exhibit highlighting special treasures from Luke’s career giving fans an inside look to one of country music’s hottest entertainers. The exhibit will run through November 2015.

During February and March, Luke will head overseas for his first international performances in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Norway, including four C2C: Country to Country shows.

[Photos: Alan Poizner]

2015 International Shows:
2-28 Stockholm, Sweden C2C: Country to Country at Ericsson Globe
3-1 Oslo, Norway C2C: Country to Country at Spektrum
3-3 Glasgow, UK Clyde Auditorium
3-4 Munich, Germany Theaterfabrik
3-6 Berlin, Germany C-Club
3-7 London, UK C2C: Country to Country at O2 Arena
3-8 Dublin, Ireland C2C: Country to Country at Dublin Arena

2015 “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” remaining shows:
2-10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
2-11 Evansville, IN Ford Center
2-12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
2-18 Estero, FL Germain Arena
2-19 Orlando, FL Amway Center
2-21 Orlando, FL Amway Center
5-1 Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre
5-2 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
5-3 London, ON Budweiser Gardens
5-6 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
5-7 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre

2015 “Kick The Dust Up Tour”:
1-23-26 *Cancun, Mexico Crash My Playa
2-14 *New Orleans, LA Endymion Extravaganza/Mardi Gras Parade
3-22 *Houston, TX Houston Rodeo
4-12 *Florence, AZ Country Thunder USA
5-8 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center
5-9 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center
5-14 Boise, ID Taco Bell Pavilion
5-15 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
5-16 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
6-4 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
6-6 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High
6-18 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
6-19 Bonner Springs, KS Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
6-20 St Paul, MN TFC Bank Stadium
6-25 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
6-26 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
6-27 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
6-28 *New York, NY FarmBorough Festival
7-9 *Durant, OK Choctaw Events Center
7-11 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt Stadium
7-16 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7-17 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7-18 Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium
7-24 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
7-25 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
7-26 *Twin Lakes, WI Country Thunder Festival
7-30 Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7-31 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
8-1 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
8-15 *Brownsville, OR Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival
8-21 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
8-22 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
8-26 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
8-27 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
8-29 San Francisco, CA Levi’s Stadium
9-3 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9-4 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9-5 Cleveland, OH FirstEnergy Stadium
9-11 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
9-12 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
9-18 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9-19 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
9-20 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
9-24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
9-25 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9-26 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
10-15 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena
10-16 San Diego, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10-17 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10-18 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10-22 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
10-23 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
10-24 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
10-28 Chicago, IL United Center
10-29 Chicago, IL United Center
10-30 Detroit, MI Ford Field
*Festival / event dates (not “Kick The Dust Up Tour” date / line up)

Kenny Chesney releases dates and cities for his Big Revival Tour

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If you're wanting to see Kenny Chesney in concert this year, here's your chance to find out if he's coming to a city near you. 

With nearly two-dozen NFL-sized stadiums plays slated for this summer, Kenny Chesney took a good look at his remaining dates and thought about the show he was planning for this tour. Knowing each venue has individual needs – and scaling down from stadium- size, especially the amphitheaters, can remove some of the impact, he chose carefully.

“For all the time we had to create for The Big Revival Tour,” Chesney says, “I wanted to make sure the fans got to experience it. I love amphitheaters and all the fun… But I want to give the fans the same impact with the show, because The Big Revival Tour’s set up to be pretty special.”

Chesney’s non-stadium The Big Revival Tour shows will be played mostly in enclosed arenas. Not all the dates have been announced – in part due to seeking the best venues to streamline the production and not lose impact – but an almost complete tour schedule is attached. After a year off the road, Chesney is ready to get back to the fans, starting March 26 at the Bridgestone Arena.

“I can’t begin to describe the difference spending the time and being able to really focus on creating an album in terms of the songs, the production, the intensity,” Chesney says. “It feels like the same way we put this year’s tour together! We had more time to consider what we wanted, so we were able to get more creative and could dream a little more wide open…

“A year away from the fans, whether people realize it or not, is hard on me. I live to play – as much as I live to write songs and make music. So I’m ready to get out there and play this new music for people. I want give them a taste of how good The Big Revival is — and hear them singing ‘Til It’s Gone,’ ‘American Kids’ or even ‘The Big Revival’ back to me!”

Having sold in excess of a million tickets each of his headlining tours, Chesney is the only Country Artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Tour Acts of the Last 25 years – and that’s with only 12 years as a headliner. After his first stadium concert – 2003’s Neyland Stadium show, selling over 60,000 tickets in Knoxville – Chesney has played 111 football stadium shows in total.

“It’s a different kind of show, a different kind of energy – and what the fans bring in that environment hits every one of us onstage so hard,” Chesney says of the rush. “Every show is incredible, but there’s something about those really big ones. I think we were able to channel some of that excitement into the songs on this record – and I want to see if we can bring that intensity to the arenas and the few amphitheaters we’re playing this summer.”

The Big Revival, his 13th #1 Billboard Country Album debut, already yielded his 25th #1 with the multiple week chart-topper “American Kids,” also nominated for Best Country Song at the Grammys. “’Til It’s Gone,” the follow-up, is poised just outside #1 this week with a bullet.

“This new music takes the show to a whole other level,” Chesney says. “I’m so ready to get out there with the fans… and I think it’s gonna be a summer you won’t forget.”

Kenny Chesney’s 2015 The Big Revival Tour Sponsored by Corona Light:

  • March 26 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
  • March 27 Surprise tba
  • March 28 Colonial Life Arena Columbia, SC
  • April 8 Bon Secours Wellness Arena Greenville, SC
  • April 9 Legacy Arena At The BJCC Birmingham, AL
  • April 11 Tortuga Music Festival Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • April 16 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, NC
  • April 17 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, KY
  • April 23 Times Union Center Albany, NY
  • April 24-25 Mohegan Sun Center Uncasville, CT
  • April 29 Jobing.com Arena Glendale, AZ
  • May 2 Levi’s Stadium San Francisco, CA
  • May 6 Scottrade Center Saint Louis, MO
  • May 7 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, IA
  • May 9 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, IN
  • May 14 BOK Center Tulsa, OK 
  • May 16 AT&T Stadium Dallas, TX
  • May 21 Austin 360 Amphitheater Austin, TX
  • May 22 BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, TX
  • May 23 BCS Superfest Baton Rouge, LA
  • May 27 Merriweather Post Pavillion Columbia, MD
  • May 28 PNC Arena Raleigh, NC
  • May 30 Heinz Field Pittsburgh, PA
  • June 4 Ford Center Evansville, IN
  • June 6 Soldier Field Chicago, IL
  • June 11 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
  • June 13 Georgia Dome Atlanta, GA
  • June 14 Florida Country Superfest Jacksonville, FL
  • June 18 Denny Sanford Premier Ctr. Sioux Falls, SD
  • June 20 Lambeau Field Green Bay, WI
  • June 21 Ohio Country Superfest Columbus, OH
  • June 25 Ambleside Vancouver, BC
  • June 27 Century Link Field Seattle, WA
  • July 8 CMAC Canandaigua, NY
  • July 9 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
  • July 11 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA
  • July 16 Pinnacle Bank Arena Lincoln, NE
  • July 18-19 Target Field Minneapolis, MN
  • July 22 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys Lake Tahoe, CA
  • July 23 SaveMart Center Fresno, CA
  • July 25 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA
  • July 29 Snowden Grove Southaven, MS
  • July 30 Arkansas Music Pavilion Rogers, AR
  • August 1 Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO
  • August 6 Energy Solutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT
  • August 8 SA Field at Mile High Denver, CO
  • August 13 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Bangor, ME
  • August 15 Metlife Stadium E. Rutherford, NJ
  • August 19 Canadian Tire Center Ottawa, ONT
  • August 20 tba
  • August 22 Ford Field Detroit, MI
  • August 28-29 Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA

[Photo Credit: Jill Trunnel]

Eric Church to perform at upcoming Grammy Awards, announces new tour dates

Eric ChurchPhoto: Facebook 

The first performances for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast have been announced and include a range of new and legendary artists, from country rocker Eric Church, pop star Ariana Grande, and singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran to GRAMMY®-winning hard rock veterans AC/DC and seven-time GRAMMY-winning pop icon Madonna. The eclectic lineup sets the stage for what's sure to be an incredible night for music. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Music's Biggest Night® will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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Church is up for four awards this year; Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for "Give Me Back My Hometown;" Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Raise 'Em Up" (with Keith Urban); and Best Country Album for The Outsiders.

Speaking of Eric, he just announced 27 additional stops for his The Outsiders World Tour with the Brothers Osborne, Drive-By-Truckers, JD McPherson, The Cadillac Three and The Lone Bellow tapped as special guests.

The first thirteen dates will go on sale this Friday, Jan 16, at 10:00 a.m. in each market. These dates are: 

3/4/15 Austin, TX | Frank Erwin Center **
3/10/15 Washington, DC | Verizon Center **
3/18/15 Ft. Wayne, IN | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum **
3/28/15 Tampa, FL | Amalie Arena***
4/7/15 Grand Forks, ND | Ralph Engelstad Arena *
4/8/15 Winnipeg, MB | MTS Centre *
4/10/15 Saskatoon, SK | SaskTel Centre *
4/11/15 Calgary, AB | Scotiabank Saddledome *
4/12/15 Edmonton, AB | Rexall Place *
4/14/15 Vancouver, BC | Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena *
4/15/15 Seattle, WA | KeyArena at Seattle Center *
4/24/15 Hampton, VA | Hampton Coliseum ****

Opening Acts
(*) Brothers Osborne
(**) Drive-By Truckers
(***) The Cadillac Three
(****) JD McPherson

The following dates are also announced, with on-sale dates and opening acts to be revealed soon:

3/12/15 Albany, NY | Times Union Center
3/13/15 Wilkes-Barre, PA | Mohegan Sun Arena
3/19/15 Bloomington, IL | U.S. Cellular Coliseum
3/20/15 Rosemont, IL | Allstate Arena
3/21/15 Cincinnati, OH | U.S. Bank Arena
3/26/15 Tallahassee, FL | Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
3/27/15 Jacksonville, FL | Veterans Memorial Arena
4/23/15 Raleigh, NC | PNC Arena
4/30/15 Boston, MA | TD Garden Arena
5/1/15 Buffalo, NY | First Niagara Center
5/2/15 Newark, NJ | Prudential Center
5/7/15 Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
5/8/15 Columbus, MO | Mizzou Arena
6/12/15 Orange Beach, AL | Amphitheater at the Wharf
8/27/15 Syracuse, NY | New York State Fair 

Tim McGraw gears up for Shotgun Rider Tour 2015 featuring Billy Currington and Chase Bryant

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As promised, Tim McGraw is taking the first part of this year off to enjoy his daughter Gracie's final year in high school before she flies the coop and heads off to college. 

Come June, however, Tim will be back at it full force with his newly announced Shotgun Rider Tour '15 with special guests Billy Currington and Chase Bryant serving as tour openers.  

“I love going through the process of making our set list and working on the production elements to bring the show to life,” McGraw said in a release.  â€œWe just like to lay it all out there every night – sling sweat, have fun and help make some summertime memories for everyone who joins us.”
 
Fans can purchase tickets beginning the week of January 26 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Megaticket at http://www.Megaticket.com. You can also visit www.timmcgraw.com and http://www.livenation for more info. 

INITIAL SHOTGUN RIDER TOUR '15 STOPS INCLUDE:
 
Little Rock, AR
Dallas, TX
Wantagh, NY
Boston, MA
Phoenix, AZ
Albuquerque, NM
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Toronto, ON
Hartford, CT
Holmdel, NJ
Virginia Beach, VA
Darien Center, NY
Cleveland, OH
Cincinnati, OH
Detroit, MI
Indianapolis, IN
Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO
West Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Washington, DC
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Sacramento, CA
Mtn. View, CA
Irvine, CA

On a side note, can I mention just how much I love Tim's newly-announced single Diamond Rings and Old Barstools

Lady Antebellum launching the Wheels Up 2015 tour this February

Lady Antebellum Wheels Up Tour

Lady A is starting out the new year right … with a tour announcement.

The trio announced their Wheels Up Tour 2015 today on CBS' The Talk

The band will kick things off February 28 with a European trek through Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, the UK and Australia and begin the North American leg on May 1 in Lubbock, TX. The tour will continue through the fall with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt opening. 

“The magic of being with fans from all over the country is really why we’re ultimately all here,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. â€œBeing able to play off each other on that stage is honestly where we have the most fun, and I have a feeling the crowd will already be on their feet when we get out there after starting the night with Hunter and Sam!"

Fans will be able to purchase tickets in select markets as part of tour promoter Live Nation’s Country Megaticket beginning the week of January 26 at Megaticket.com.

 

First Announced Cities on the WHEELS UP 2015 TOUR:

Oslo, NOR*
Stockholm, SWE*
Glasgow, SCT*
Dublin, IRL*
London, UK*
Ipswich, QLD*
Sydney, NSW*
Melbourne, VIC*
Lubbock, TX**
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX*
St. Louis, MO
Indianapolis, IN
Cincinnati, OH
Holmdel, NJ
Mansfield, MA
Saratoga Springs, NY
New York, NY
Bristow, VA
Toronto, ON
Detroit, MI**
Cleveland, OH
Sacramento, CA
Mountain View, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA**
Phoenix, AZ
Albuquerque, NM
Bentonville, AR**
Southaven, MS**
Atlanta, GA
Eau Claire, WI**
Omaha, NE**
Camrose, AB**
Charlotte, NC
Raleigh, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Hershey, PA**
Hartford, CT
Tulsa, OK**
Kansas City, KS**
Chicago, IL
Birmingham, AL
Tampa, FL*
West Palm Beach, FL
Pittsburgh, PA
Philadelphia, PA
*Openers may vary
**Not part of Live Nation’s Megaticket

George Strait & Luke Bryan in StubHub’s Top Sellers List

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Sometimes, it's hard to know whether something's a good thing or not. Recently StubHub revealed it's top 10 selling live acts of 2014, and George Strait came #2 on the list thanks to his record-breaking final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away, that culminated in a star-studded show on June 7 in Arlington, Texas and a huge-selling CD and DVD. Luke Bryan came third on the list thanks to several different tours in the past year, propelled by many consecutive #1 singles and leading to a few stadium dates.

Other acts on the list are not from country; topping it is One Direction, while acts such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Fleetwood Mac and Bruno Mars occupy some of the other spots in the top 10. Stubhub rep Glen Lehrman noted the power of country music touring, although it should be said that were it not for George's final tour and Luke generally being a crossover superstar, there would be no country acts in the top 10 at all. Something to think about even as we celebrate the increasing popularity of country in the mainstream.

But what's kind of awkward about this list is that StubHub is a known home of ticket scalpers. They deny it, and claim they use measures to prevent it, but the fact is scalpers love the ease and mass usage of the Ebay-owned operation, even if a fair amount of the ticket selling is face value and legit. For example, a while back some fans who bought tickets from StubHub to see George found that the tickets were copies and they couldn't get in. So much for all that money spent on travel and the excitement leading up to it, especially since he won't be touring again.

So while it's great that George and Luke are up there representing country, I sort of don't feel like it's something we should be excited about. StubHub is ticket re-selling, and I would prefer to talk about initial sales directly from the vendor, rather than from somewhere full of people buying in bulk to try and make a quick buck off desperate fans. Hopefully, the fact that other country artists aren't in the top 10 means that they're going to lengths to make sure their tickets can't be scalped (Eric Church and Garth Brooks have actively campaigned against it).

All potential angry mobs with pitchforks may get in touch with Vickye on Twitter @planmymistake

Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs, & Jamie O’Neal announce 2015 tour

Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neal, Andy Griggs

Well dang. I was hoping after Ty Herndon made his brave announcement on Thursday that he's gay, he'd disappear and then come back in a year or so with the most amazing country album ever recorded (hey, it could happen) and he'd officially become the first openly gay country mega-star. 

Now comes word that he's got a tell-all book that he's working on and he's announced a new tour, which should give the publicity conspiracy theorists loads of ammunition to claim that Ty's coming out was all just part of a big publicity ploy. 

Well let the the naysayers naysay, I guess. 

On Saturday it was announced that Ty is heading out on tour with the always amazing Jamie O'Neal and Andy Griggs

Here's the full press release:

There’s an old saying about there being strength in numbers. Country Music fans will no doubt find that out with the upcoming tour that teams up three of Country Music’s most distinctive stylists of the past two decades – Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs, and Jamie O’Neal. Separately, the numbers don’t lie – and together, they are staggering – over 40 chart singles on the Billboard Country Singles chart and millions of records sold. Each artist has their own success story to tell, but when they are on stage, it’s truly a magical combination – one that will stay in the minds of fans well after the last bow.

Talk to either Ty, Andy or Jamie, and you will find nothing but respect for the other two artists. Andy said that he’s excited to be teaming up with a pair of artists that are among his favorites, though he does admit that opposites do attract. “We all blend together about like Tupac, Bill Monroe and Joan Rivers but somehow it works on stage! Go figure! But when we’re not singing our hearts out together it's the most awkward, misplaced, dysfunctional, hilarious carnival that has ever been displayed!” Andy expects being on the road with Ty and Jamie to be nothing short of…entertaining.

When discussing Jamie, Andy says “Take a phenomenal female vocalist. Now add a husband to go with that that has to carry her 10 piece luggage all over God's creation. Then, mix it with her having to put up with 2 guys that are more different than night and day and can't even agree on having a vocal rehearsal which in return drives her so far up the wall that she's on verge of quitting the whole tour at any given moment of any given day and that's Jamie,” he says, adding that Ty is also an interesting character, as well.

“God certainly displays his amazing sense of humor each time he places me and Ty on tour together! I've never known a guy that I had half of the things in life in common with (born in the Spirit filled Bible Belt, completely southern, in love with the same kind of music…etc..) but then again can't be any more different than John Wayne and Prince! There's no way for us to completely understand each other's taste buds of life and we don't even pretend to try. That would be a total waste of each other's time. It's the strange ironies and upside down compasses in life though that makes us all rich. With Ty and myself, we share 2 of the rarest things in common. I suppose they out trump the mountains of shortcomings and differences that lay between us. Those two qualities we share are: being real and true to our natures, and being friends.”

Jamie feels that the new partnership will definitely be entertaining – on stage and off. “I'm so excited to be a part of this. Ty and Andy are two of the best male vocalists from any genre. They're so funny, good looking, and just a couple of goofy smart asses! I just couldn't resist. Ty is the most well put together, smoothest control freak I've ever met. Andy is a cute, lovable redneck with the softest heart. I only know when we sang together for the first time something very special happened and here we are, taking the next obvious step.”

Ty believes that the fans are going to get their monies worth when seeing their show live. He knows he’s been entertained from the stage. “The first time the three of us did a show together I wondered how in the world this would ever work. At first we did separate shows, but as time went on we started doing our shows together. The crowd seemed to love the fact that they got all these hits in one 2 hour show. Then we started singing harmonies with each other. I noticed pretty quickly that we had something special. Three powerhouse vocalists coming together and taking things to a new level. I first noticed it when something went wrong on stage and we had to save our asses by singing something acapella. ‘Amazing Grace’ never sounded so good. It was magic!”

So far no tour dates have been announced. 

Frankie Ballard Light ‘Em Up Tour Review

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Frankie Ballard's "Light 'Em Up" tour made a stop on November 15th in Silver Spring, Maryland just outside of Washington D.C. and I was curious to see if there was anything special about this particular artist. Well, I got more than I bargained for.

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A Thousand Horses (a Nashville based band) took the stage first. The band recently signed with Republic Nashville and I've heard some interesting things regarding their ability to entertain. I have one word that describes this band perfectly, brilliant. From their style to their smooth stage presence, they scream authentic. Although their sound is southern rock, they have a blue collar essence about them. They could easily be labeled as the modern day Lynard Skynard. They performed a song titled "Smoke" which is set to be released to country radio sometime in January. I enjoyed their entire set but a few songs stood out to me. "Drunk Dial" puts a unique spin on calling your ex lover after you've had a few drinks. "Landslide" was also a top pick. The band worked well together and it all seemed meant to be. Destiny.

Opening act Frankie Ballard took the stage full force. I expected a decent show, what I got was massive. Opening with "I Came To Get Down" it was very clear what his goal was for the night…to entertain. He set the stage on fire from beginning to end, never slacking or slowing down. He performed fans favorites such as "A Buncha Girls" as well as "Tell Me You Get Lonely." Right before he took the stage he got word that his current single "Sunshine & Whiskey" had just went to #1. It was a nice addition to the show. It was obvious fans enjoyed being a part of that celebration. He also performed a few classics and paid homage to the music he grew up on. He sang Johnny Cash "A Boy Named Sue" with style. Also, his version of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock & Roll" was effortless. The ending was also flawless as he brought out the band A Thousand Horses and they all toasted and took shots of whiskey prior to singing "Helluva Life" together. From his vocals to his ability to rock the crowd, Frankie Ballard is something special. If Elvis and Johnny Cash had a baby, his name would be Frankie Ballard.

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If you're interested in seeing Frankie Ballard's Light 'Em Up tour you can check his tour dates at www.frankieballard.com.

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