Martina McBride’s Everlasting Tour to Last Into the Fall

Martina McBride

Martina McBride

Martina McBride kicked off her Everlasting tour, in support of her album by the same name, earlier this year, and she’s extending the tour with 40 additional dates that will run through the fall.  The tour features Martina backed by an 11-piece band, including a horn section, performing many of the songs off her album that features covers of some of her favorite soul and R&B songs primarily from the 50’s and 60’s.

 

“We’ve worked hard to put together a show that is visually entertaining as well as very rich musically,” says Martina. “There’s so much for the audience to see and experience.”

 

Seven of her newly announced dates have already sold out.  You can see a complete list of dates and get ticket information at MartinaMcBride.com.

Little Big Town to Join Darius Rucker to Announce CMA Awards Final Nominees

Little Big Town

Little Big Town (Photo Credit: Jamie Schramm / CMA)

Little Big Town will join Darius Rucker in New York to announce the final nominees for the CMA Awards.  They will appear together on Good Morning America on Wednesday, September 3rd to announce the final nominees in five categories live on the show.  Then they’ll head to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the nominees in the final seven categories.  The announcement at the Best Buy Theater will be streamed live on CMAawards.com beginning at 10am ET.

 

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and will air live from Nashville on November 5th on ABC.

Florida Georgia Line to Headline Georgia-Florida game weekend Tailgate Party

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line is teaming up with Coors Light for the Anything Goes Tailgate 2014 Concert that will kick off Georgia-Florida weekend at the Shipyards in Jacksonville, Florida.  The massive tailgate party will take place on Friday, October 31st, and will feature openers Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, Clare Dunn, John King, Michael Ray and more.

 

“How can you get any more relevant than Florida Georgia Line at the Georgia Florida game?” said Billy Catlin, Principal of Orange Peel Entertainment. “Eight bands with FGL headlining on a forty four acre riverfront property … it can’t get much better than this for locals, as well as Florida and Georgia fans.”

 

Tickets bundles for the event start at $23 and go on sale this Saturday at 10am ET through JAXtailgate.com.  The bundles will include a ticket to the tailgate party, as well as an exclusive t-shirt and a promo code to download a copy of FGL’s new album, Anything Goes, when it is released on October 14th.

Chris Young Recovering Nicely from Hand Injury, Keeping Sense of Humor about Health Scares

Chris Young

Chris Young

Chris Young celebrated his latest #1 song, “Who I Am with You,” with the writers (Jason Sellers, Marv Green and Paul Jenkins) yesterday in Nashville.  He was happy to not be wearing the sling he’s had on for weeks since severely cutting his hand with a kitchen knife and undergoing surgery to repair tendons in his left hand.  Fortunately Chris says his hand is doing well and he only has about two months of physical therapy left.  But he did say, “The only thing I can’t do is play guitar.”  A big part of his therapy involves strapping his hand flat to a splint for twelve hours a day and then taking the splint off and trying to curl his hand into a ball for twelve hours.

 

“I’m glad I can pick stuff up and open things and use two hands, which you really take for granted, like opening a water bottle,” says Chris.  He shared a funny story of how he got busted trying to make do with only one hand.  “We were out on the road this summer and there was steak.  And I was like, ‘I really want that, but I know I can’t cut anything up with one hand.’  So I was like, ‘I don’t want anybody to see me doing this.’  So I took it back to the bus and I’m sitting there with the fork in my mouth trying to cut it with my right hand and somebody walked onto the bus while I was in the middle of it and I was like, ‘Don’t say anything right now.’”

 

In the last year Chris has endured a life-threatening staph infection in his leg that landed him in the ICU for seven days, and the knife accident which came dangerously close to costing him two fingers on his left hand.  Despite that he has a good sense of humor about all of it.  He jokes, “It’s like once every 12 months I try to kill myself.”  He admits, “I make a lot of jokes that my parents don’t really think are funny.  Cause once you know you’re okay, the only thing to do is laugh about it.”

 

Chris is still touring, sans guitar, playing his own dates and also opening for Dierks Bentley on the Riser Tour throughout the summer.  You can see a complete list of his tour dates here.

Tim McGraw to Celebrate Album Release with American Express Unstaged Concert

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw will celebrate the release of his new Sundown Heaven Town album with a concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on September 16th, which will be streamed live online as an American Express Unstaged concert.  The concert is being directed by Bennett Miller, who is best known for directing the movies Moneyball and Capote.

 

“Bennett is such an incredibly talented director and I’m excited that we get to work together on the next ‘Unstaged,’” said Tim. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his work. I know with his unique, creative point of view, this will be a really special experience for me and my fans on the day my album comes out.”

 

Prior to the September 16th concert, fans can visit amexunstaged.com to watch Tim tell the stories behind some of his songs.

 

Tim McGraw’s American Express Unstaged concert will be streamed live on American Express’ YouTube page on September 16th at 9pm ET.