Reba Admits She Has a Mutual Crush on Cutie Pie Dustin Lynch

 

Reba

Reba

Reba appeared on The Talk on CBS yesterday to promote her new #1 album, Love Somebody, and while she was sitting at the table with the ladies, she addressed the fact that Dustin Lynch, who is 30 years her junior, has a huge crush on her.  In a Q&A session with Country Aircheck.  Dustin confessed he’d love to have dinner with Reba because he said, “She’s my lifelong crush. I think she’d have amazing advice and be hilarious at the same time. I’d order a very nice bottle of red [wine]. As far as food, I’d leave that up to her.”

 

When Julie Chen pointed out that men in their 20’s fancy Reba, she said, “Well, I fancy that pretty much!”  Reba went on to say Dustin is “a cutie pie and he’s just as sweet as he can be.”  Reba said Dustin even gave her roses the last time she saw him.  Then she said, “What a talented young man,” and she confessed, “I’ve got a crush on him too.”

 

Reba also talked about her upcoming Las Vegas residency with Brooks & Dunn, which will kick off in June, and she called it a dream come true to get to play the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.  She also didn’t hesitate when asked who the biggest diva was between her, Brooks or Dunn.  She said hands down, it’s Ronnie Dunn.  You can get more information and tickets for the shows here.

 

Zac Brown Band Previewing Tracks from New Album This Weekend

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band will release their new album, Jekyll + Hyde this coming Tuesday, featuring their number one song, “Homegrown,” and their brand new single, “Loving You Easy.”  Beginning today you can preview songs off the new album on Zac Brown Band’s YouTube channel.  Then on Monday, they’ll begin their media blitz to promote the album, with a performance Monday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America and Monday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

 

Eric Church to Launch Inaugural Concert Season at Nashville’s Brand New Outdoor Amphitheater with Acoustic Show

 

Eric Church

Eric Church

Downtown Nashville is getting a brand new 6,800 capacity outdoor amphitheater as part of its new Riverfront Park development, and yesterday it was announced that Eric Church will play the very first concert at the amphitheater on July 30th.  Eric’s show will be a rare solo performance with just him and his guitar.

 

Nashville’s Mayor Karl Dean said Eric was the perfect choice to christen the Ascend Amphitheater because “[He] represents what’s great about Music City.  His songs can’t be confined to just one genre; he draws from country, rock and other types of music that help make the scene here in Nashville so vibrant and eclectic.”

 

Tickets for Eric’s show as well as some of the other concerts lined up for the 2015 Ascend Amphitheater inaugural concert season will go on sale on April 30th at 10am CT through Ticketmaster.  You can get more details here.

 

Frankie Ballard Believes He Owes it to His Fans to Keep the Show in Show Business

 

Frankie Ballard (Photo Credit: Live Nation/Colleen Callahan )

Frankie Ballard (Photo Credit: Live Nation/Colleen Callahan )

If you’ve ever seen Frankie Ballard play a live show, then you know he is always well put together when he’s on stage, and he looks the part of a star with what he chooses to wear.  Frankie says that’s a conscious decision he makes because he’s kind of old school that way and he thinks it’s what fans want and deserve.  He says, “I think that show business is still show business.”

 

Yes, Frankie believes his fans want to be able to relate to him, but he also says, “As a fan of music myself, I want my rock stars mowing the lawn in leather pants.  That’s the way you want to see them as a fan.  That’s part of the show business.  That’s part of entertainment.”

 

Frankie also thinks he owes it to his fans, to an extent, to put in the effort to look good on stage and to dress the part.  “I still go to shows and I pay for parking and buy the $8 beers and do all that stuff,” he says.  “And I do it, not only because I love music, but because I want to know what my fans go through…  And if somebody comes out on stage and they look great, I feel like I got my money’s worth.  You know, he’s not mailing it in, he really took the time for us.”

 

You can catch Frankie out on the road this summer, opening for Florida Georgia Line on their Anything Goes Tour.

Michael Ray to Honor His Late Grandfather During His Grand Ole Opry Debut Tonight

Michael Ray

Michael Ray

Michael Ray will make his Grand Ole Opry debut tonight.  For his two song set he’s planning to play his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning,” plus a classic country song to honor his late grandfather, whose country band he started playing acoustic guitar and singing in when he was nine years old.

 

“The band was the Country Cousins and it was our family band and we played country music for the love of country music,” says Michael.  “We played music by artists like Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, Porter Waggoner and George Jones in every VFW, retirement home and picnic that would let us. We spent a lot of time listening to the Opry too, and while there are a lot of famous and iconic venues around this country I hope to play one day, there’s no more important stage to me than ‘the circle’ at the Opry.”

 

Michael’s grandfather passed away earlier this year, but he always predicted that Michael would play the Opry, so Michael says it’s going to be an emotional night for him because, “The plan was for Papa to join me on stage so I will honor him by playing his guitar on one of our favorite traditional and classic songs by an Opry legend.”