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Great news for country music fans who couldn’t get tickets to Jason Aldean‘s sold-out shows at Fenway this year – he announced the first leg of his 2013 “Night Train Tour”! The tour will feature special guests Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett and will sure to be one of the don’t miss tours next year. The tour kicks off in Bossier City, LA on February 21st and wraps up the 23-city tour in May.
It’s been a big year for Jason, who can’t wait for his new headlining tour. He shares:
“The thing I’m most excited about for next year is getting to add some new songs off the ‘Night Train’ album into my show. As a musician, it’s great to be able to shake up the set list and think of cool ways to present these new songs in the live show. We’re already working on some cool production ideas, and we’re going to come back from the holidays ready to go. I’m a big fan of both Jake and Thomas Rhett, so it’ll be awesome to have those guys out with us.”
Jason solidified his stadium headliner status when the first announced stadium dates of the 2013 Night Train Toursold out in just minutes at the on sale over the past three weeks. In 2013 Aldean will play to sold out crowds at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA (4/13), with a two-night stand at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) before heading to Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Check out the list of cities he’ll hit below and let us know which stop you’re excited for:
It took only seven minutes for Jason Aldean‘s July 13th show at Boston’s Fenway Park to sell out. He is the first country act to headline the famous Green Monster, and due to the fast sellout time, the Night Train Tour will add another show for Friday, July 12th. Aldean will be joined by special guests Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
If you were locked out of the sale today or just want to catch Aldean’s magic two nights in a row, presale tickets are available to Aldean’s fan club on Tuesday Oct. 30, Red Sox season ticket holders on Wed., Oct. 31 and through WKLB on Thurs., Nov. 1. The general sale is Fri., Nov. 2 at 10am ET and can be purchased at the Orpheum Theater box office, LiveNation.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849. Tickets will not be available at the Red Sox ticket office.
Tuesday was the release of Jason Aldean‘s newest album, “Night Train,” and he certainly shot out of the station at high speed. Today, Jason made major surprise announcement when he shared the news of stadium dates planned for his 2013 Night Train Tour.
Jason kicked off the day at Boston’s Fenway Park to announce his July 13, 2013 date, making history as the first country artist to ever play within the confines of the Green Monstah. Then, he traveled to Chicago’s Wrigley Field this afternoon and announced a July 20 tour stop. The lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan ended the day in Athens, Georgia by surprising a crowd of UGA students who thought they were attending a pep rally. When the curtain dropped, Jason appeared to reveal that he will hold the first ever concert at Sanford Stadium on April 13, 2013. He followed the surprise with a special performance for fans.
Time is quickly ticking down for singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett! He’s engaged to his childhood sweetheart Lauren Gregory. The pair met when they both went to first grade together, and started dating at fifteen. They broke up, but quickly found their way back to each other. They dated for another eight months after college before Thomas finally proposed.
The future Mr and Mrs Rhett will get married this October. The ceremony will take place just outside Nashville, Tennessee. We wish them the best!
The Ryman Auditorium is going to be adding another rising star to its roster. RCA Nashville artist Chris Young announced on Friday via Twitter, that he will be making his Nashville debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, November 15. Fellow Valory Music label mate Thomas Rhett and Columbia Records recording artist Joanna Smith will also join Young in his debut headlining performance.
Chris Young made his claim to fame after being crowned the winner of the American singing competition, Nashville Star in 2006. After winning, he signed a recording deal with RCA Records Nashville and has since released 3 albums that have produced three number one singles.
After releasing the exciting news to his Twitter followers, Young reminisced his first time hitting the Ryman Stage:
“The first time I set foot on the Ryman stage was an unbelievable experience. I am so grateful for the support of my hometown crowd all of these years and saying I can’t wait for this show is an obvious understatement”.
For more information on Chris and to purchase tickets, visit www.chrisyoungmusic.com.
The Valory Music Co’s rising star in Thomas Rhett has been forced to cancel two upcoming shows this weekend. The “Something To Do With My Hands” singer was advised to do so by his doctor following a diagnosis of both mononucleosis and tonsillitis. He was to be the special guest on Toby Keith‘s Live In Overdrive tour stops on Friday, August 24th in Atlanta, Georgia, and Saturday August 25th in Charlotte, North Carolina. He joins label mate Brantley Gilbert on the tour. Toby and Brantley’s shows will still go on as scheduled.
Thomas feels bad for having to cancel the two dates and wrote a message for his fans who were hoping to see him this weekend at both dates:
“I was really looking forward to Atlanta and Charlotte with Toby Keith and Brantley Gilbert this weekend. Cannot wait to get back and see the fans.”
Tickets are still available for the shows this weekend by visiting ticketmaster.com. Us here at Keepin’ it Country wish Thomas a speedy recovery and hope to see him back out on the road again soon!
Due to schedule conflicts, Miranda Lambert will be unable to bring her “ON FIRE” tour to Scranton, PA this year. The concert, which was originally scheduled for July 7th, was forced to be postponed when Miranda suffered from an illness. The tour stop was to feature Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett alongside Miranda and the Pistol Annies.
Miranda is “regrettably unable to make up her performance” and apologies to her fans who were hoping to see her. Refunds will be available at original point of purchase for all tickets.
Toby Keith’s “Live In Overdrive” tour kicked off over the weekend with stops in Salt Lake City, Denver, and Albuquerque.
Opening acts, Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett, both Georgia natives, had the opportunity to meet one of their football heroes, Denver Broncos’ running back and former Georgia Bulldog, Knowshon Moreno, Friday night at Denver’s Comfort Dental Amphitheatre. Both artists’ singles are currently racing up the charts with Gilbert’s second single, “You Don’t Know Her like I Do” headed to #1. Thomas Rhett’s debut single, “Something To Do With My Hands,” is already Top 20 and rising, making him one of the hottest new acts out this year.
Country newcomer Thomas Rhett has partnered with Hand On Nashville and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to encourage volunteers to help out and serve their community.
On Thursday, June 7 at 9:45 AM at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN, 37228), Rhett will have an intimate, acoustic concert for the volunteers who come to pack and sort food. Rhett hopes to encourage volunteers to get involved in their community and find “something to do with their hands.”
Photo Credit: Justin Nolan Key
The Big Machine Label Group is home to such artists as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Eden’s Edge on Big Machine Records, as well as Reba McEntire, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, The Mavericks and Thomas Rhett on Valory Music Co. The group announced today that they are partnering with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to align their business interests and accelerate growth and innovation in digital radio to the benefit of music fans and radio listeners everywhere.
Through this agreement, Big Machine (and its artists) will become the first record company to directly participate in Clear Channel’s terrestrial broadcast radio revenues. For Big Machine Label President and CEO Scott Borchetta, it was a no brainer. Borchetta said, “In Clear Channel, I found partners who shared my big-picture view of how we could structure an agreement to benefit all involved. Not only does this partnership enable Big Machine to participate in terrestrial broadcast revenues, but we are also helping to grow digital radio – a great opportunity for all of us and a breakthrough opportunity for Big Machine artists.”
“Scott Borchetta has reinvented the music business in many important ways over the years, from distribution and artist development to promotion and advertising,” said Bob Pittman, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel. “Focusing that same creativity on how best to grow the music business, Scott has developed this new model with us to let his labels and artists participate in the revenue of broadcast radio immediately and in digital radio as it builds. This is a big step, but we think this investment is an opportunity worth taking to align our interests in all of our revenue streams and grow digital listening to its full potential with record labels and their artists as our partners. This landmark agreement creates a structure that makes sense for both our companies – but most of all for music fans.”
“Today, 98 percent of our listening is terrestrial broadcast and 2 percent digital – with record labels and artists only paid for the 2 percent,” said John Hogan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “This new agreement expands label and artist participation from just digital to terrestrial broadcast radio revenues in one comprehensive framework that will give all of us a great incentive to drive the growth of the digital radio industry and allow everyone to participate financially in its growth. This market-based solution helps bring the best in music to radio listeners wherever they want to hear it.”