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    Date: Apr 25, 2022
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Kenny Chesney, country music’s favorite harbinger of summer, kicked off his stadium tour this weekend in Tampa, Florida, with a little help from Dan + ShayOld DominionCarly Pearce and 58,369 fans.

“After four years, we were together again — and we were going to squeeze every last drop and bit of passion out of every single song,” Chesney said in a statement.

Chesney’s Here & Now 2022 tour stretches through Aug. 27 and includes 40 stadium concerts.

The Luttrell, Tennessee, native kicked off the night with a seven-minute version of his hit “Beer in Mexico” and followed it up with “Reality,” “Til It’s Gone” and “Here and Now.”

“It’s a tsunami of love and energy sweeping right over us…,” Chesney told the crowd.

His band, complete with new drummer Nick Buda and guitarist Danny Rader, backed him up on his cleaner stage with new, cutting-edge video, as he ripped through “Out Last Night,” “Knowing You,” “Somewhere with You” and “How Forever Feels.”

The audience helped him sing “Summertime,” “Pirate Flag” and “I Go Back,” but truly tookover “American Kids.”

“I knew it was going to be good,” Chesney said in a statement. “But this was other level stuff – the way they filled the stadium with light from the moment ‘Anything But Mine’ started, the way they pushed back ‘Noise’ like they were singing for their lives, the relief and reassurance,” Chesney marveled after the show, “I could hear it in their choruses of ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.’ If music holds people together, it also brings them together – and lets them release so much of what’s locked inside.”

Chesney’s set was two hours and 15 minutes of hit songs and memories made.

Other stops on his stadium tour are:

APR 28, 2022
AUSTIN, TX
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE

APR 30, 2022
CHARLOTTE, NC
BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM

MAY 5, 2022
NOBLESVILLE, IN
RUOFF HOME MORTGAGE CENTER

MAY 7, 2022
ST. LOUIS, MO
BUSCH STADIUM

MAY 14, 2022
MILWAUKEE, WI
AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD

MAY 19, 2022
ORANGE BEACH, AL
THE WHARF

MAY 21, 2022
ATLANTA, GA
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

MAY 25, 2022
CHARLESTON, SC
CREDIT ONE STADIUM

MAY 26, 2022
HUNTSVILLE, AL
ORION AMPHITHEATER

MAY 28, 2022
NASHVILLE, TN
NISSAN STADIUM

JUN 2, 2022
THE WOODLANDS, TX
CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION

JUN 4, 2022
DALLAS, TX
AT&T STADIUM

JUN 8, 2022
CANANDAIGUA, NY
CMAC

JUN 9, 2022
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER

JUN 11, 2022
PITTSBURGH, PA
HEINZ FIELD

JUN 15, 2022
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS AMPHITHEATER

JUN 16, 2022
BRISTOW, VA
JIFFY LUBE LIVE

JUN 18, 2022
PHILADELPHIA, PA
LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD

JUN 23, 2022
CINCINNATI, OH
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER

JUN 25, 2022
CHICAGO, IL
SOLDIER FIELD

JUN 29, 2022
BRANDON, MS
BRANDON AMPHITHEATER

JUN 30, 2022
ROGERS, AR
WALMART AMP

JUL 2, 2022
KANSAS CITY, MO
GEHA FIELD AT ARROWHEAD

JUL 9, 2022
BOZEMAN, MT
BOBCAT STADIUM

JUL 12, 2022
STATELINE, NV
LAKE TAHOE OUTDOOR ARENA AT HARVEYS

JUL 13, 2022
STATELINE, NV
LAKE TAHOE OUTDOOR ARENA AT HARVEYS

JUL 16, 2022
SEATTLE, WA
LUMEN FIELD

JUL 19, 2022
BEND, OR
HAYDEN HOMES AMPHITHEATER

JUL 20, 2022
BEND, OR
HAYDEN HOMES AMPHITHEATER

JUL 23, 2022
INGLEWOOD, CA
SOFI STADIUM

JUL 27, 2022
BOISE, ID
FORD IDAHO CENTER AMPHITHEATER

JUL 28, 2022
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
USANA AMPHITHEATER

JUL 30, 2022
DENVER, CO
EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH

AUG 6, 2022
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
US BANK STADIUM

AUG 10, 2022
COLUMBIA, MD
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION

AUG 11, 2022
SYRACUSE, NY
ST. JOSEPH’S AMPHITHEATER AT LAKEVIEW

AUG 13, 2022
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
METLIFE STADIUM

AUG 18, 2022
COLUMBUS, OH
HISTORIC CREW STADIUM

AUG 20, 2022
DETROIT, MI
FORD FIELD

AUG 26, 2022
FOXBORO, MA
GILLETTE STADIUM

AUG 27, 2022
FOXBORO, MA
GILLETTE STADIUM




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    Date: Apr 01, 2022
    Posted By: Emma Jackson
Eric Church is making it up to his fans with a free concert.

After recently canceling a show that had been slated for Saturday at San Antonio’s AT&T Center in order to attend a historic NCAA Tournament Final Four match-up between North Carolina native Church’s beloved Tar Heels and Duke, the singer has announced a new, free concert date just for those who had purchased tickets to his San Antonio show. In a previous statement via Ticketmaster, it was noted that tickets purchased for the now-canceled San Antonio show are being refunded.

The new concert is set for Sept. 2 at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas.

Church said in a statement on Friday (April 1), “Thank you San Antonio for letting me take my family to this game. It took a minute to figure out how and when I could properly express my thanks. I will be coming to Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX on Friday, September 2, 2022 for a ONE of a kind FREE show for those of you who bought tickets and were planning to attend our cancelled San Antonio show. Details to be announced soon.”

The abrupt cancellation of the San Antonio show angered ticketholders, who vented their frustrations via comments on the singer-songwriter’s social media pages.

In his original statement announcing the cancelled San Antonio show, Church said, “As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years, but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream,” Church said. The rivalry between the two schools is among the fiercest in the NCAA.

He added, “This is the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community. However, it’s that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance. [Former Tar Heels announcer] Woody Durham always said, ‘Go where you go and do what you do,’ thanks for letting me go here and be with the Tar Heels.”



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    Date: Mar 26, 2022
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Blake Shelton knows what it’s like to lose a loved one in a car accident. His brother Richie was killed in a car crash in 1990. So when six teenage girls died in a tiny Chevrolet on Tuesday near Shelton’s farm in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, his heart went out to their families.

“In the wake of yesterday’s unthinkable crash in our small town of Tishomingo, we as a community have all been in shock and broken-hearted,” Shelton said in a statement obtained by People. “I personally know the devastation of suddenly losing a loved one in a car accident. But our community is strong and has come together to support and wrap our arms around the families and friends that are hurting the most.”

The girls, who were between the ages of 15 and 17 years old, wedged themselves in a car only designed for four people and left their high school to eat lunch off-campus. The car collided with a tractor-trailer.

“There’s no question it will take a long time to heal from this tragedy. Keep the prayers coming,” Shelton’s statement said.

The Oklahoman reports that there was a 16-year-old driver, three 15-year-olds, and two 17-year-olds, in the 2015 Chevrolet Spark. Only the driver and a front-seat passenger were wearing seat belts, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

“It’s rough,” Sheriff Gary Dodd told the newspaper. “In 22 years, I’ve seen a lot of stuff — critical incidents, shootings. We do see a lot of death, unfortunately, but to see children that have suffered that type of trauma, it’s raw. It hurts, no matter who you are. To lose six in one scene is an absolute travesty.”




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    Date: Mar 17, 2022
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Following allegations of “inappropriate marital conduct” and “adultery” by wife Hannah Lee Fowler in February, the country music star Sam Hunt stepped back into the limelight and brought NFL friend Rob Gronkowski along for moral support.

On Sunday, March 13, the multi-platinum artist headlined the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Fla.

While wrapping up his set with “Body Like a Back Road” from the fan-favorite 2020 record “SOUTHSIDE,” the country crooner called out Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski “Gronk” to the stage.

With a rowdy crowd cheering at the top of their lungs, the legendary athlete joined the hitmaker on stage to sing the chart-topping track. Hunt offered Gronk the microphone in a short video captured by a content creator, but he kindly declineed to show off his dance moves.

As Hunt thanked fans for coming out and partying, the professional athlete interacted with excited ticket-holders.

“LET’S GO BUCKS!!!❤️☠️ #Brady #Gronk #Tampa #Bucs #LFG,” the fan captioned the viral concert footage on social media. The video that showcases Hunt’s bromance with the legendary NFL player garnered over 17K views.

The friendship does not come as a surprise, as Hunt attempted to pursue a career in football before honing in on his artistry. Hunt grew up in Cedartown, Georgia, and was his high school’s quarterback. After a successful run, he went on to play at the collegiate level at Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. Hunt later transferred to Alabama Birmingham in 2005 to receive more playtime.

Shortly after his last college game, he tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2008, the Grammy-nominated artist was not selected for the NFL draft – which encouraged him to build his country music career.

In early February, Sam Hunt kick-started his 15-city trek in Scottsdale, AZ, and is set to wrap up his party-like tour in August. 




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    Date: Feb 11, 2022
    Posted By: Emma Jackson

Before notable names such as Jimmie AllenKane Brown, and Mickey Guyton became influential voices within the country music space – there were hitmakers like Charley PrideDeford Bailey, and even Darius Rucker, who walked, so the budding black musicians today could run.

In today’s climate, artists are turning to their powerful platforms to demand diversity and often stress that Black country musicians have a place within the genre. The leading advocates have become the driving forces that the country music space needed to pivot. Now, people of color are getting signed to big labels, receiving prestigious accolades, and breaking records.

Jimmie Allen’s most recent Grammy nomination for best new artist is a prime example of the well-overdue change in the genre. The “Freedom Was A Highway” artist told Billboard that his ACM and CMA wins pulled at his heartstrings, as they both represent acceptance. Yet, scoring a Grammy nomination holds an entirely different meaning.

“With the Grammy nomination, I was talking to a friend of mine, a writer in pop and R&B. He said, ‘This nomination is bigger than you because you are a Black man from Delaware having success in country music. Your Grammy nomination came from your success in country music, a genre of music that you don’t really associate Black people with too much. Win or lose, you have the ability here to inspire people that want to do something [similar], but they don’t see a lot of people who look like them,’” the industry friend noted.

The words uttered by the entertainment journalist resonated with the country sensation.

“That’s when it really hit me how big this nomination was,” Allen said.

During the open conversation, the writer declared that the country music space is “racist” and that Allen’s story is “killing the narrative.”

The harsh word that is prevalent more than ever today, struck a chord within the singer, and he jumped on the opportunity to explain the drastic change that the genre is undergoing today.

“It’s not,” Allen disagreed. “Because if (country music was racist), I wouldn’t have my career. I wouldn’t have my Grammy nomination. My Grammy nomination didn’t come from hip-hop, didn’t come from R&B, didn’t come from rock – it came from my success in country music because country radio, country family has supported me. And just that right there alone, can motivate so many people and bring so many people together and start to see that there’s more love than hate out there.”

As Allen preached diversity and acceptance, he still believes the genre has a long way to go.

“In country music, we are still behind the times,” Allen told the Guardian. “Outside of country music, it wouldn’t be new to anyone to be a Black pop artist or a white rapper, but this genre is different.

He continued to speak about the rich history behind traditional country and emphasized that he will continue pursuing his craft.

“Me and Kane are continuing in the tradition of country music because we’re not the first black artists to do it,” he said to the publication. “And it’s not just about black people saying they can do country, it’s about anyone in a career field that they’re chasing where they don’t see anyone like themselves,” he concluded.

As Allen becomes the first black male country artist to be nominated in the all-genre best new artist category at the 2022 Grammy’s – Mickey Guyton is also a notable name from country that is breaking down barriers.

The “Black Like Me” singer is rolling into the star-studded affair with three nominations under her belt – in best country solo performance, best country song for “Remember Her Name,” as well as best country album. In 2020, Guyton became the first Black solo female artist to receive a nomination in the competitive country category and for country album.

While it is refreshing to see black musicians receiving the respect they deserve, there is a lot going on behind the scenes to enhance inclusivity and bring it to the public eye. Before the 2021 ACM Awards, Guyton spoke out about her significant role in the ACM Diversity Task Force.

“We started this in 2019, and they have been relentlessly working on diversifying the awards in front of the camera and behind the scenes. And that is showing up on the awards. And I’m so excited to be a part of that change,” she shared.

As Guyton and other rising stars continue to push forward to better the future, country legends like Darius Rucker have also started sharing personal stories to encourage change.

After the death of George Floyd, multi-platinum artist Darius Rucker spoke to TODAY about the cruel racism he faced throughout his career. The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman revealed that it was a challenge to get on the radio back in the day because he was a black country musician.

“When I was going to radio stations, and you got guys telling me, ‘We’re not gonna play you ‘cause you’re a Black guy,’ That’s just the way it is,” Rucker recalled. “I can’t live like that anymore. I can’t just go, ‘It’s OK,’ and go on with my life and let somebody say something that I know they shouldn’t say.”

The naysayers in the industry instantly became his biggest motivators and left him hungry for success. It wasn’t long until the “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” singer became the first Black country artist to score the No.1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart since 1983.

It was small shifts similar to the one in 2008 that launched the genre in the right direction. The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on April 3.




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