Willie Nelson's annual Outlaw Music Festival Tour has officially announced the first round of performers for its Summer 2019 run, which is set to kick off in Bangor, Maine, on June 14 and run through July 3.

Performers will include Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, the Revivalists, Counting Crows, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dawes, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Hayes Carll, Casey Donahew, Matt Mays, Colter Wall and Particle Kid. That lineup is just the first round of performing artists to be announced, with more acts to follow in the coming weeks.
Tickets for all announced dates will go on sale on Friday, March 8, at 10AM local time. For ticketing information and details about VIP bundles, visit the festival's official website.

CMA Fest has revealed the first round of performers for its 2019 music event, including names like Carrie Underwood and Maren Morris on the main stage at Nissan Stadium.

Other artists headlining the Nissan Stadium stage include Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban.

2019 CMA Music Festival will take place Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, in downtown Nashville. Performances at the Chevy Riverfront Stage and the Budweiser Forever Country Stage are free and open to the public.

All CMA Fest performers are donating their time to support music education. A portion of the ticket proceeds from the 48th annual event will benefit music programs nationwide through the CMA Foundation. A limited number of four-day passes for the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium are available through CMA Fest’s website.

Additional stage lineups, Xfinity Fan Fair X activities and more will be announced in the coming weeks. Footage from the four-day event will be taped for an upcoming ABC concert special airing later this summer.

The television drama "Nashville" is being adapted into a Broadway musical. Ten-time Tony Awards winner Scott Delman will be the musical's lead producer.

Delman has acquired the live theatrical rights to the "Nashville" franchise from Lionsgate and ABC Studios, the TV show's production companies. Further details about the production are forthcoming.
The "Nashville" musical will be the first in a string of stage productions based on movies and TV shows from Lionsgate. 

"Nashville" premiered in 2012 on ABC, where it ran for four seasons. After the show, which was created by Callie Khouri and followed the lives of a fictional set of artists, songwriters and other country music business members, was canceled, CMT picked it up and ran two additional seasons. The "Nashville" series finale aired in July of 2018.

After undergoing surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells on February 28th, Lindsay Ell gave her fans a post-surgery update on March 1st.

She wrote, on Twitter: “Thanks for all the well wishes yesterday…everything went good. Grateful for the doctors & nurses for getting me in before my month trip around the world….I leave tonight, and am a surgery thumbs up.”

Luke leads 5 country charts!

For only the second time, all five of Billboard's main country charts are led simultaneously by a single artist, as Luke Combs rules Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales.

Kane Brown first achieved such a quintuple coronation in 2017.  

Combs' "Beautiful Crazy" tops all four country song charts for a second straight week. The ballad leads the airplay-, streaming- and sales-powered Hot Country Songs chart for a second week. On Country Airplay, it also leads for a second frame, up 4 percent to 40.5 million audience impressions in the week ending March 3. Concurrently, "Crazy" dominates Country Streaming Songs for a second week, gaining by 3 percent to 12 million U.S. streams in the week ending February 28th. It tops Country Digital Songs Sales for a fifth week (12,000 sold, down 21 percent in the week ending February 28th).

Thomas Rhett enlisted Little Big Town for one of the songs on his upcoming new album, "Center Point Road".  LBT's Karen Fairchild takes lead on a few lines of the tune, "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time."  ​Rhett debuted the song on "Saturday Night Live".

Rhett's upcoming fourth studio album, "Center Point Road", is due out on May 31st. It contains 16 songs, including "Look What God Gave Her," Rhett's brand-new single.

Clint Black and Trace Adkins are teaming up for the Hits. Hats. History Tour in Summer 2019, launching May 2 in Charlotte. Terri Clark, John Berry and Craig Campbell will join them on select dates. 

Dan + Shay stopped by a fan's wedding at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Saturday night.

The pair arrived to perform an acoustic "Speechless" at the wedding reception of Morgan Tilton and John Glennon of New Jersey, who were married at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. In a video from the event, the newlyweds can be seen sharing a sweet, emotional dance as they look on in surprise.

After the performance, Shay joked, "I've crashed a lot of weddings. Never actually been invited to crash one before, so this is really cool. They usually kick us out of these things."

The surprise was planned with the help of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings team, who worked with the bride's father to keep Dan + Shay's involvement a secret.  Morgan says her dad "started [working on] this about 10 months ago, but no one knew."

Dan + Shay's appearance comes on the heels of kicking off their current tour.

Dierks Bentley has filled his second annual Seven Peaks music festival with the top acts in mainstream country, Americana and ‘90s country.

Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Mitchell Tenpenny, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Hurd, Steep Canyon Rangers, the War and Treaty, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack will join Bentley for the Labor Day weekend event (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) in Buena Vista, Co. Day one’s Hot Country Night will feature performances by Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Diamond Rio, Deana Carter and Bentley’s Hot Country Knights.

The weekend will offer a series of outdoor activities including the Somewhere on a Beach Party, Late Night at Whiskey Row, ATV tours, inflatable kayaking and whitewater rafting. Tickets go on sale March 15 at 10 a.m. MT via the Seven Peaks’ website.

Chris Stapleton loves his classic amplifier. 

Stapleton prefers playing through 1962 Fender Princeton amps. At 57 years old, the amplifiers are hard to find and unreliable. When they break, which is bound to happen due to their age, he said, it often takes weeks to get them fixed. 

So, Stapleton called Fender to ask them to make more.

The company reciprocated by working with Stapleton to not only recreate his favorite amp, but also named it after him. The ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition is available now.
The Chris Stapleton edition includes the 12-inch speaker, which facilitates a louder sound. When the singer played through his version of the Princeton for the first time on stage, he said it sounded so close to the original that he struggles to tell them apart.