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Eric Church Announces 2014 World Tour

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Eric Church and his band of rebels will be crisscrossing North America this year.

The country singer has just announced dates his 2014 Outsiders World Tour. It begins on September 11th in Bossier City, Louisiana, and winds up December 13 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Included are stopovers in New York City's Madison Square Garden and the great state of Ontario. They're apparently sort of serious about this being a "world tour."

Check out the complete tour dates below:

9/11 - Bossier City, La. - CenturyLink Center*
9/13 - St. Louis, Mo. - Scottrade Center*
9/16 - Minneapolis, Minn. - Target Center*
9/17 - Des Moines, Iowa - Wells Fargo Arena*
9/18 - Omaha, Neb. - CenturyLink Center*
9/25 - Louisville, Ky. - KFC Yum! Center*
9/26 - Charleston, W.Va. - Charleston Civic Center*
9/27 - Greensboro, N.C. - Greensboro Coliseum*
10/9 - Grand Rapids, Mich. - Van Andel Arena*
10/10 - Cleveland, Ohio - Quicken Loans Arena*
10/11 - Pittsburgh, Pa. - Consol Energy Center*
10/16 - Charlottesville, Va. - John Paul Jones Arena**
10/17 - New York, N.Y. - Madison Square Garden**
10/18 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Wells Fargo Center**
10/23 - Manchester, N.H. - Verizon Wireless Arena**
10/24 - Uncasville, Conn. - Mohegan Sun**
10/25 - Uncasville, Conn. - Mohegan Sun**
10/30 - Knoxville, Tenn. - Thompson-Boling Arena**
10/31 - Memphis, Tenn.- FedExForum**
11/1 - Tulsa, Okla. - BOK Center**
11/13 - London, Ont. - Budweiser Gardens**
11/14 - Hamilton, Ont. - FirstOntario Centre**
11/15 - Ottawa, Ont. - Canadian Tire Centre**
11/20 - Green Bay, Wis. - Resch Center
11/21 - Peoria, Ill. - Peoria Civic Center***
11/22 - Evansville, Ind. - The Ford Center***
12/5 - Kansas City, Mo. - Sprint Center
12/6 - Sioux Falls, S.D. - Denny Sanford Premier Center***
12/11 - Atlanta, Ga. - The Arena at Gwinnett Center***
12/12 - Lexington, Ky. - Rupp Arena***
12/13 - Birmingham, Ala. - BJCC Arena***

* opener: Brothers Osborne
**opener: Brandy Clark
***opener: Halestorm

Image courtesy of Rick Diamond / Getty Images

Rascall Flatts Lip Sync and Suffer the Consequences

Wednesday April 9, 2014

What's so wrong with lip-syncing at the ACM Awards? A lot if you listen to Rascall Flatts fans. Or, should I say, former Rascall Flatts fans?

"Seriously? If you're going to lip sync, at least be good at it. HORRIBLE! Rascal Flatts is ridiculous" - Katherine

"@rascalflatts the only act to lip sync. Pathetic!" - Ryan Jobe

Rascall Flatts' response to the ire? Relax: Singer Gary Levox had lost his voice, and the show had to go on. Right?

After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We've never done it before, and obviously we're not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!

Watch the complete "performance" here

What do you think about the controversy? Did the boys pull a Milli-Vanilli or is this a mountain made out of a pre-recorded mole-hill? Explore your sympathy or anger in the comments section below.

Read more: Biggest Scandals in Country Music History

Miranda Lambert Releases Tracklist for 'Platinum'

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Miranda Lambert has released the track list for her upcoming album Platinum. And with a name like that, no one's going to accuse her of having low self-confidence!

The new record is set to drop June 3, and surprisingly doesn't feature an appearance from hubby Blake Shelton.

Trouble in paradise? Let's hope not.

Check out the full track list below:

  1. "Girls"
  2. "Platinum"
  3. "Little Red Wagon"
  4. "Smokin' and Drinkin'" featuring Little Big Town
  5. "Priscilla"
  6. "Automatic"
  7. "Bathroom Sink"
  8. "Old Sh!t"
  9. "All That's Left," feat. The Time Jumpers
  10. "Gravity Is a B**ch"
  11. "Babies Makin' Babies"
  12. "Somethin' Bad" duet with Carrie Underwood
  13. "Holding On to You"
  14. "Two Rings Shy"
  15. "Hard Staying Sober"
  16. "Another Sunday in the South"

Image courtesy of RCA Nashville Records

Brantley Gilbert Tops the Charts With 'Bottoms Up'

Thursday March 6, 2014

brantley gilbertBrantley Gilbert lowered his tailgate at #1 with his tailgate romance "Bottoms Up."

Dierks Bentley's new album enters the charts at #1.

Frankie Ballard falls... and gets back up.

Read all about it in this week's country music charts.

Image courtesy of Valory Music Co.

Cole Swindell's Hit Single 'Chillin' It'

Tuesday February 25, 2014

Cole Swindell topped the country charts this week with "Chillin' It."

(The song is about relaxing, not the recommended preparation before serving a bottle of white wine.)

Swindell, the studio-crafted love child of Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, dropped his debut album last week.

It's sure to make headway in the country album charts.

For now, check out how he fared against heavy hitters like Blake Shelton and Brantley Gilbert on the latest country charts.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros.

Country Song of the Week: 'Stand by Your Man'

Monday February 10, 2014

stand by your man album coverDepending on the listener, "Stand by Your Man" is either a heartfelt song about staying the course -- or an ugly holdover from an era when women were encourage to suffer their marriages quietly.  were encouraged to suffer quietly through broken marriages.

But here's what we can all agree on: Candi Staton's 1970 cover version takes the song to a funky new level.

Image courtesy of Parlophone UK Records

Rosanne Cash's 'The Long Way Home'

Tuesday January 28, 2014

Rosanne Cash's "The Long Way Home" is served two ways in Oxford American's Southern Music issue.

It's the title for the superb essay the singer wrote for the magazine. And it's also the song featured on the issue's compilation of Tennessee tunes.

Both travel the same autobiographical territory.

Image courtesy of the Oxford American

Zac Brown Band's 'Colder Weather'

Tuesday January 21, 2014

you get what you give album coverAs the eastern seaboard gets pummeled by blizzard-esque conditions, gather 'round this Zac Brown slow-burner.

It's about a trucker and his lady, separated by distance and that white stuff that falls from the sky.

Listen to "Colder Weather"

Luke Bryan Kicks Off 2014 Tour

Thursday January 16, 2014

luke bryan's crash my party single coverSpotlight: Luke Bryan. Tonight the country singer launches his "That's My Kind of Night" tour.

The party begins at Columbus, Ohio -- and doesn't stop until the keg's empty or, as his contract states, on Oct. 25 when Bryan bows out at the Hollywood Bowl.

Don't let the white line fever get to you.

Check out the complete list of concert dates

Bill Monroe's 'Footprints in the Snow'

Wednesday January 15, 2014

Bill Monroe claims popular ownership of this classic bluegrass song. But its origins go deep and wide. In fact, a continent away.

bill monroe bluegrass breakdown album coverThe tune derives from the 1890 English tune by Harry Wright -- featuring such Anglophone lyrics as "I saw her little footprint just outside the cottage door, I traced it down a country lane, I traced it to the moor."

Half a century later, in 1931, it was recorded and released by stateside outfit Ernest Branch & the West Virginia in Ramblers.

Monroe's version was released in 1945, and again in 1952. It continues to be one of the bluegrass virtuoso's most enduring songs.

Image courtesy of CW Music

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