The Grand Ole Opry will return to Bonnaroo 2019. The opening night showcase will be hosted by Old Crow Medicine Show on June 13th. They will also perform alongside fellow Opry members Ricky Skaggs and Riders In The Sky. Special guests also include Steve Earle, Morgan Evans, Ashley Monroe, Molly Tuttle, Wendy Moten, the Opry Square Dancers, and Opry announcer Bill Cody.
Tickets to the four-day festival, which runs from June 13-16, are on sale via bonnaroo.com/tickets. The 18th annual festival is held at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, and includes headliners Phish, Post Malone and Childish Gambino. The festival also boasts performances by Solange, The Avett Brothers, Brockhampton, Odesza, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The Lumineers, Cardi B, and Brandi Carlile, among others.
Oklahoma native Vince Gill will pay homage to his home state with the release of his new album, "Okie", on August 23rd.
The album’s title is taken from the once-derogatory term used to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the nation’s west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression eras. Vince has appropriated this term on an album that embraces his roots and explores some of the most important issues of our time.
Vince wrote or co-wrote every song on the 12-track album. Its lead track is “A Letter to My Mama."
Dolly Parton hosted the grand opening of the $37-million Wildwood Grove expansion at her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on May 10 and 11.
Wildwood Grove, which represents the largest capital investment in Dollywood's 33-year history, features 11 new experiences for guests, including a new restaurant, climbing structure and roller coaster called the Dragonflier.
"When I was a little girl growing up in the hills of the Smoky Mountains, I'd often let my imagination just run away--something I still do now--dreaming these big dreams about what it'd be like to venture off with a family of bears in to the woods or how fun it would be to hitch a ride with the butterflies and dragonflies," Dolly said. "All us kids would splash and play in the creeks and ponds around home and have these daydreams about the world around us, and that?s what's so special about Wildwood Grove. We've been able to create a new area to allow families to experience some of those exact dreams we all had when we were little."
Wildwood Grove's Featured Attractions:
Wildwood Tree: A 55-foot tree that grows from a cluster of natural rocks and boulders, which serves as the area's focal point and features a nighttime show and concerts. Its canopy is adorned with 650 lighted butterflies and thousands of leaves.
The Dragonflier: A suspended 453-meter roller coaster that lets guests soar like a dragonfly.
Black Bear Trail: A ride where kids can hop on the backs of mechanical bears for a trek around the area.
Sycamore Swing: A leaf boat swing which will swing guests back and forth.
Treetop Tower: A ride that sends guests 40 feet into the air in giant acorns and spins them around to see the Smoky Mountains.
Mad Mockingbird: A ride that spins guests in circles, and they can control their experience by moving a sail.
Frogs & Fireflies: A ride where guests can hop on frogs and ride them as they race each other around a lily pad.
Hidden Hollow: A 4,000-foot indoor, climate controlled climb structure with slides and games.
Wildwood Creek: An oasis with pop jets and splashing pools.
Four new costumed characters and entertainment including Flit and Flutter, butterfly ambassadors for the Wildwood Tree, and Benjamin Bear.
Till & Harvest: A restaurant featuring fresh Southwest items including burritos, salads, pulled pork, slaw, a topping bar with salsas and a walk-up window with churros and ice cream.
Chris Stapleton and wife Morgane have welcomed their fifth child. Morgane shared the news on Mother's Day (May 12), via Instagram.
The Stapletons have not revealed their new baby's name or birth date -- or even if the child is a boy or a girl -- but Morgane did post a photo of the infant's tiny hand wrapped around her finger. She captioned the photo, "The most perfect Mother's Day."
Stapleton and his wife announced that they were expecting (again) during a Nov. 2, 2018, concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The news came only seven months after the birth of the Stapletons' twins; in addition to two older children -- one son and one daughter -- the Stapleton family welcomed twin boys in April of 2018.
Jessi Colter, the first lady of the Outlaw Country movement, has a new album on the way, one that pairs her up with a contemporary country rebel in Margo Price. According to a series of tweets by the artists, Price spent a week in May in Nashville producing Colter’s latest project. The as-yet-untitled album is the follow-up to 2017’s "The Psalms", a collection of stripped-down religious recordings.
As a solo artist and as the wife of Waylon Jennings, Colter was at ground zero for the birth of the Seventies’ Outlaw Country era. In 1975, she released the influential "I’m Jessi Colter", featuring the hit “I’m Not Lisa,” and later joined Jennings, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser on the 1976 compilation "Wanted! The Outlaws", the first country album to be certified platinum.
Colter released a memoir detailing her career and her relationship with Jennings in 2017. Last year, she performed in an all-star concert co-produced by her son Shooter Jennings to open the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s expansive Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s exhibit.
Maren Morris, Lindsay Ell and Tenille Townes will perform a free concert at Nashville's Marathon Music Works on June 3.
Celebrating a night of female empowerment, the Pandora Live event is a call to action for more female representation in the country genre. Maren's performance will be broadcast live on SiriusXM's The Highway channel at 10 p.m. ET.
Pandora listeners can RSVP for the free event.
Kane Brown will appear on Chris Young's next album, "Raised on Country".
A short Instagram video clip, posted by Young, only reveals that Brown cut vocals for an unnamed song while Young tours overseas. The project will be Young's follow-up to 2017's "Losing Sleep".
Young and Brown have collaborated before, on Brown's 2016 track "Setting the Night on Fire," and joined forces on Young's 2018 Losing Sleep World Tour. Young was even a guest at Brown's Oct. 12, 2018, wedding.
There's no release date yet for Young's eighth studio album.
Chris Young will hit the road next week for his headlining Raised On Country Tour 2019.
The 28-date tour, which gets its name from Chris? current single, could have been titled "The Chrises Tour," as Chris Janson will serve as direct support for many of the dates, with additional special guests Chris Lucas and Preston Brust of Locash, Dylan Scott and Jimmie Allen.
As Chris told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, he wants folks to "come early, stay late, and party all night long."
"It's funny, on some of the shows when Locash is the opener, we've got three Chrises [laughing] out there," says Chris to Kix. "I get excited about taking Chris Janson out on the road. He opened a couple of shows for us last year, and I love his energy and his vibe in his show. I mean, whether it's the stuff that he?s released or some of the stuff that he?s written, he's got a show full of hits, and anytime I'm putting together a tour, I want people to come early and stay late--I've said that for the past several years. With that opener slot being a rotation of Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen and Locash, I want people to show up early, party all night long and go home feeling like they got their money's worth coming out to a country show."
The tour will kick off on May 16 in Alpharetta, Ga., making additional stops in Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Diego and more.
Raised On Country Tour
May 16 | Alpharetta, GA | Ameris Bank Amphitheatre^^
May 17 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion^
May 18 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live^
May 24 | Darien Center, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheater^
May 25 | Saratoga Springs, NY | Saratoga Performing Arts Center^
May 26 | Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center^
June 13 | Syracuse, NY | St. Joseph?s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview^
June 14 | Boston, MA | Xfinity Center^
June 15 | Hartford, CT | XFINITY Theatre^
June 21 | Scranton, PA | The Pavilion at Montage Mountain^
June 22 | Philadelphia, PA | BB&T Pavilion^
July 11 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
July 13 | Indianapolis, IN | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+
July 18 | Southaven, MS | BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove#
July 19 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP~
July 20 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion~
Aug. 8 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre~
Aug. 9 | San Diego, CA | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre~
Aug. 10 | Irvine, CA | FivePoint Amphitheatre~
Aug. 15 | Albuquerque, NM | Isleta Amphitheater+
Aug. 16 | Phoenix, AZ | Ak-Chin Pavilion+
Aug. 17 | Las Vegas, NV | MGM Grand Garden Arena++
Aug. 22 | Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach~
Aug. 23 | Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park~
Aug. 24 | Burgettstown, PA | KeyBank Pavilion~
Sept. 12 | Jacksonville, FL | Daily?s Place+
Sept. 13 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre+
Sept. 14 | West Palm Beach, FL | Coral Sky Amphitheatre+
^^with special guest Dylan Scott
^with special guests Chris Janson and Dylan Scott
+with special guests Chris Janson and LOCASH
++with special guest LOCASH
#with special guest Chris Janson
~with special guests Chris Janson and Jimmie Allen
Old Dominion have added new dates and cities to its "Make It Sweet Tour."
The band booked more shows through the end of the year and early 2020 with openers including Scotty McCreery (eight shows), Michael Ray (five dates), and Jordan Davis who has been added to the international run. Morgan Evans, Ryan Griffin and Ryan Hurd are set to open on select dates.
Aaron Watson expanded his The Red Bandana Tour with the addition of 16 dates.
Rascal Flatts was surprised by the RIAA on May 8 with a plaque celebrating their 30 MILLION RIAA Awards, spanning multi-PLATINUM, PLATINUM and GOLD hits across their career. The milestone honor is a career achievement award celebrating total sold units of various singles and albums to date.
The group received the plaques during a pre-ceremony for the 6th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony in Nashville. The evening also saw Rascal Flatts recognized for their significant contributions through their humanitarian efforts, particularly for their work to help Monroe Carell Jr. Children?s Hospital at Vanderbilt.