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Lineup Announced For Country Thunder Arizona


Country Thunder will be rolling into Florence, Arizona from April 11th to the 14th, 2013! Who will be joining them? Just some of country’s biggest acts these days, that’s all! Artists such as Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and many more (all are listed below) will be there, and you can be too! You’ll need a 4-day admission wristband in order to get into the shows and right now they’re available at a special early bird rate of only $99! But you’ll need to act on this early bird rate fast – and super fast- because tonight at 11:59pm Central, the prices goes up to $120. To order your tickets, and for other ticket details, head on over to www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418.

All For The Hall: A Night To Remember


Last night (04/10), some of the biggest names in country music gathered at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in front of a crowd of 16,000 to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Hame and Museum.

This is the third year Keith Urban and Vince Gill have put on the All For The Hall show. Following suit with giving themes to each of the past shows, Keith made this year’s theme duos, vocal groups and bands. And some of the best acts were in attendance: Rascal Flatts, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Little Big Town and Alabama.

If that set list wasn’t enough, Keith added to the excitement by bringing out some special guests including Merle Haggard and Don Williams.

Both Keith and Vince acted as co-musical directors and house band leaders. They sat in on most songs and brought their bands together throughout the night.

The best moment of the night, of course, was Keith’s surprise: Rascal Flatts brought out a black duffel bag for Keith for him to find an Opry microphone stand inside. Read more about Keith’s surprise here.


(Photo courtesy of George Walker IV/The Tennessean)


VIDEO: Keith Urban Invited To Join Grand Ole Opry

Keith Urban.

As we reported, Keith Urban will be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.  Urban’s invitation to join the Opry came during last night’s the “All For The Hall” benefit concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that Urban was co-hosting.

Late in the show, concert co-host and Opry member Vince Gill called Urban out to the stage to present him with a gift.  Fellow Opry members Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio and the Oak Ridge Boys also came out to share the moment.  Urban was presented with a large duffel bag.  Inside the bag was the Opry’s signature microphone stand.  As soon as Urban saw it, Gill announced Urban’s invitation to join the Opry.  (See Urban’s’ Opry invitation below.  Video courtesy Opry.com)

As reported on the Opry site, Urban’s invitation to join is a historic one.  Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Urban will be the first artist from outside North America to become an Opry member.  His formal induction into the Grand Ole Opry will be Saturday, April 21.

Again, our congrats to Keith!

Keeping Up With Casey: Album Release and Opry News

casey james

This week is shaping up to be a very big and busy one for Casey James.  Today we learned that his self-titled album will be released on March 20.  It’s the debut album for the American Idol alum, who took third place in show’s ninth season.  “I’m excited to be releasing my debut album,” Casey shared on his website. “I’m thankful that I had the freedom to make the record that represents me as a musician and singer-songwriter.”

To say that James was an active participant in the creation of his album is an understatement.  Along with the singing, he also played both the electric and acoustic guitar throughout.  And then there’s the songwriting aspect.  He co-wrote nine of the album’s eleven tracks.  One of those tracks, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night,” is currently at #33 on the Mediabase chart.

Keith Urban Reschedules “All For The Hall”


Keith Urban has rescheduled his All For The Hall annual benefit show. Joined by an all-star lineup, he will hit the stage of Nashville’s Bridgestone Area on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

The concert, which will benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, had to be postponed when Keith received word that he would have to be put on vocal rest after surgery he had to remove a polyp on his vocal chord last November.

The show will feature performances from Keith himself, as well as Vince Gill, Alabama, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Band Perry, Blue Sky Riders, Diamond Rio, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts and Thompson Square.

Keith stated (click read more):

Country Music Marathon starts Saturday

Montgomery Gentry.

Over 300,000 runners will be participating in the Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon Sunday in Nashville. This event is in its 12th year and stands out by having over 50 bands and artists playing on 28 different stages during the event. Danny Gokey will be singing the national anthem before the start of the race. Montgomery Gentry are headlining the post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena. The race starts at 7 am Saturday at Centennial Park. Online registration has ended, but late runners can still sign up in-person at the Health & Fitness Expo today.