A Kentucky woman who nearly lost an eye in a freak accident at a Garth Brooks concert is receiving a $65,000 balloon payment.

Jean Ann Crenshaw and four friends drove to Nashville for a December 9, 2017, concert at Bridgestone Arena, the first show in the final city on Brooks' three-year tour.  A planned balloon-and-confetti drop honoring songwriter Mitch Rosell went awry. When the balloons failed to drop, a worker used a metal pole to pry the rigging loose, but dropped the shaft into the audience in the process. Crenshaw was looking up, attempting to collect one of the balloons, but never saw the pole until it hit her below the eye, requiring stitches and surgery.
 
Crenshaw's nose was broken, scar tissue blocked her tear ducts and she still feels occasional shooting pain from nerve damage near the eye. Her face remained bruised and swollen for several months and her husband received nasty glares from strangers who, presumably, thought he had beaten her.

Iden Entertainment, the balloon company, took responsibility for the mishap.  Iden's insurance company, State Farm, agreed to a $65,000 settlement, covering $25,000 in medical fees and $40,000 for additional damages.

Iden General Manager and Vice President R.J. Monds said it was the first accident the company had experienced among 2,000-plus balloon drops in over two decades of business.  

Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame songwriter Whitey Shafer, responsible for some of country's most beloved classics such as "All My Ex's Live in Texas" and "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" died Saturday (Jan. 12) at the age of 84. There is no information as of yet regarding the cause or details of his passing.

Shafer, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989, wrote for a variety of artists including George Jones, Connie Smith, Johnny Russell, Merle Haggard and others.

In the 1980s, a string of divorces fueled his songwriting, with George Strait famously picking up "All My Ex's Live in Texas" and "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind." Yet another divorce-era song, “I Wonder Do You Think Of Me” was recorded by Keith Whitley and became the singer's first posthumous No. 1. In the 1990s, Shafer continued to write, racking up songs for John Michael Montgomery, Lee Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, and Shawn Colvin.

Chase Rice has extended his Eyes on You Tour, adding 21 new dates. The trek will have Rice criss-crossing the U.S. and Canada from February until May.

The second leg of Rice's tour starts February 22nd in St. Louis, Mo., borrowing its name from Rice's latest single, "Eyes on You.

Mark Wills is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The country singer was formally inducted into the country music institution on Friday night (Jan. 11) in Nashville.

Wills' close friend Craig Morgan, who has been an Opry member for ten years, was on hand to induct him during a sold-out show at the historic Ryman Auditorium, which was the home of the Opry for many years.

Vince Gill surprised Wills with an invitation to join the Opry live onstage during a show on December 21st.

Tim McGraw has partnered with Snap Fitness to help design and launch a new line of boutique gyms called Trumav Fitness.

The flagship club is slated to open in Nashville on January 18th at 601 9th Ave South. On opening day, a ribbon cutting event will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., co-hosted by Tim. Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to tour the club, meet the trainers and learn more about memberships.

Trumav Fitness will provide instructional exercise classes, and members can work out on their own, with a trainer or in a group class setting. Each club will include custom equipment and programs based on Tim’s personal workout routines, as well as the expertise of Snap Fitness professionals.

Stars came out to celebrate the life and career of Willie Nelson at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for "Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw".

Dozens of guest performers -- from old friends like Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris, to fresher upstarts like the Avett Brothers and Margo Price -- came together at the end of the roughly four-hour commemoration to follow Nelson in a closing medley of "On the Road Again" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

Hawaii-born Jack Johnson was on hand to perform his song "Willie Got Me Stoned".  He tells Billboard, "I think everybody in America grew up with Willie Nelson to some degree... I had a chance to jam with Willie at his house one island over from me. Willie is empathetic to the mixture of cultures that come together to create music in Hawaii, and I think that respect to a melting pot of influences has been felt throughout his career."

Five performances were highlights of a night that was recorded and is slated to be aired as a major broadcast special on A&E Network in 2019.

George Strait, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban will be the among playing a tribute concert for Loretta Lynn in April in Nashville.

Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Jack White, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Martina McBride, Pistol Annies and Trisha Yearwood were also among the first artists announce for the "Loretta Lynn: An All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert" on Monday, April 1st at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Tickets go on sale Friday (Jan. 18) at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster.  Net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Steve Earle & the Dukes will release a Guy Clark tribute album, aptly titled Guy, on March 29. The upcoming record includes 16 songs that were penned by Guy and features guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Terry Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mickey Raphael, Shawn Camp, Verlon Thompson and Gary Nicholson.

Steve, who lists Townes Van Zandt and Guy as his two primary songwriting mentors, released a Townes tribute album in 2009. Guy passed away in March 2016 and is best known for penning tunes such as "Desperados Waiting for a Train," "L.A. Freeway," "That Old Time Feeling," "She Ain't Going Nowhere," "Let Him Roll," "Rita Ballou," and "Texas 1947."

"No way I could get out of doing this record," says Steve. "When I get to the other side, I didn't want to run into Guy having made the Townes record and not one about him. Guy wasn't really a hard record to make. We did it fast, five or six days with almost no overdubbing. I wanted it to sound live . . . When you've got a catalog like Guy's and you're only doing 16 tracks, you know each one is going to be strong."

Guy is available for pre-order now.


Jason Aldean announced a brand new tour, the 2019 Ride All Night Tour, which is set to kick off immediately following his headlining spots at Tortuga and Stagecoach music festivals.

The Ride All Night Tour will kick off with back-to-back nights in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena on May 3rd, and run until September 28th in Detroit, Michigan.

Joining him for the ride are Kane Brown, Carly Pearce, and Dee Jay Silver.

Florida Georgia Line will embark on a 36-city Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour this summer. The tour takes its moniker from the duo's upcoming fourth studio album, which is slated to drop on Feb. 15.

Kicking off on June 12 in Rogers, Ark., the tour will make additional stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego and more. Dan + Shay and Morgan Wallen will join FGL for the tour, while Canaan Smith and Hardy will perform on select dates.

Tickets for the Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour go on sale on Jan. 25.

Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour

June 13 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP*
June 14 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion*
June 15 | Southaven, MS | BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
July 11 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center*
July 12 | Boston, MA | Xfinity Center*
July 13 | Philadelphia, PA | BB&T Pavilion*
July 18 | Bangor, ME | Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion*
July 19 | Hartford, CT | XFINITY Theatre*
July 20 | Jones Beach, NY | Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
July 25 | Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach*
July 26 | Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park*
July 27 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion*
Aug. 1 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center*
Aug. 2 | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion*
Aug. 3 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live*
Aug. 8 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Aug. 9 | Chicago, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Aug. 15 | Syracuse, NY | St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview+
Aug. 16 | Scranton, PA | The Pavilion at Montage Mountain+
Aug. 17 | Hershey, PA | Hersheypark Stadium+
Aug. 22 | Clarkston, MI | DTE Energy Music Theatre+
Aug. 23 | Cleveland, OH | Blossom Music Center+
Aug. 24 | Darien Center, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheater+
Aug. 29 | West Palm Beach, FL | Coral Sky Amphitheatre+
Aug. 30 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre+
Aug. 31 | Atlanta, GA | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood+
Sept. 7 | Indianapolis, IN | Indianapolis Motor Speedway (FGL Fest)
Sept. 12 | Salt Lake City, UT | USANA Amphitheatre+
Sept. 13 | Denver, CO | Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre+
Sept. 14 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater+
Sept. 19 | Phoenix, AZ | Ak-Chin Pavilion+
Sept. 20 | San Diego, CA | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre+
Sept. 21 | San Bernardino, CA | Glen Helen Amphitheater+
Sept. 26 | Sacramento, CA | Toyota Amphitheatre+
Sept. 27 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre+
Sept. 28 | Irvine, CA | FivePoint Amphitheatre+