Live shows will continue at the Grand Ole Opry, but without a live audience through April 4th, in an effort to maintain health and safety amid current COVID-19 concerns.

An Opry statement reads, “The Opry’s first priority has always been the safety of our employees, guests and artists who have all been key in keeping the show that made country music famous on the air every week for over 94 years.  During this time, the Saturday Night Grand Ole Opry Show will return to its original format as a live radio broadcast without a live audience.”

Fans can tune in to the Saturday night broadcasts at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. Guests with tickets for cancelled performances can contact Grand Ole Opry Customer Service at (800) SEE OPRY or go to opry.com.

The Academy of Country Music Awards is postponing its awards from April until September due to the coronavirus.

The 55th awards show was slated to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS April 5th. Ticket refunds will be issued for the awards show as well as the April 4th ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off and ACM Beach Bash.

The date and venue for the rescheduled 55th ACM Awards telecast are to be determined

Kenny Chesney has announced plans to postpone the first 11 dates of his Chillaxification Tour due to concerns about coronavirus.

Currently, seven stadiums and four amphitheater shows have been postponed. His representative indicated that new dates should be in place within six weeks. Those unable to attend will be refunded.
https://www.kennychesney.com/tour

 

Reba McEntire is delaying their 2020 tours due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The country icon announced that she is shifting her headline tour to the summer in light of the situation.

McEntire's 2020 tour was scheduled to begin on March 20th in Evansville, Ind., and run through May 9th. Now, however, it will begin on July 9th and run through August 8th.  

Tickets for the original tour dates will be honored at the newly rescheduled shows. For more details, visit Reba.com.

Blake Shelton cancelled the final five dates on his Friends & Heroes 2020 Tour in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The five dates—in March—will be rescheduled in spring 2021.  

Previously purchased tickets for the five dates will be honored at the to-be-announced rescheduled dates, and refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

 

Chris Stapleton postponed four upcoming dates on his All-American Road Show Tour in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The four dates—in March—will be rescheduled.

The tour is slated to resume on April 22nd in Toledo, Ohio. 

 

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay have postponed 15 upcoming dates on their Arena Tour in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The 15 dates—in March and April—have been rescheduled.

The tour will resume on July 30th in Tulsa. The decision continues ongoing actions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which was labeled a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organizations.
https://www.danandshay.com/tour

Jason Aldean is ending the spring leg of his 2020 We Back Tour early -- but he says he'll be back to reschedule the shows. The singer checked in with fans via Facebook on Thursday afternoon (March 12th), while sitting on his tour bus in Madison, Wisc., and told fans, "I just got word that we are having to postpone the show", due to the coronavirus scare.
 
It wasn't Aldean's choice to nix the Thursday night performance, but rather a security measure put in place by officials for the city and for the state of Wisconsin.

The singer had originally planned two more dates on the spring leg of his tour for tonight and tomorrow (Saturday); however, those shows will not go on as planned.

Still, he adds, he'll be back to make up the missed shows. "We are trying to reschedule, and I think actually it might be a done deal already that we have rescheduled for August 7th,8th and 9th, for the show here, the show in Missouri and the show in Minnesota."

The We Back Tour is scheduled to pick back up again on July 17th in Toronto. It's set to run through late September of 2020.

Trace Adkins has a new home Verge Records, with a single coming out on March 20th.

Adkins' first release on his new label home, "Better Off," will be available on all platforms March 20. Adkins most recently was on Wheelhouse, part of the Broken Bow group for whom he released "Something's Going On" in 2017.

Zac Brown Band have postponed the spring 2020 leg of The Owl Tour "out of caution and due to increasing public health concerns". Rescheduled dates will be announced soon, and tickets will be honored on the new dates. Summer 2020 tour dates starting May 24 in Gilford, NH, will not be affected.
https://www.facebook.com/zacbrownband/

CMT Studios on Nashville will re-open today after closing Tuesday for cleaning after an attendee at last Thursday's Rebuilding Nashville Telethon there tested positive for COVID-19. That news was discovered Monday by the company.

A CMT spokesperson explained, “Last night, we learned that an external attendee at a March 5 fundraiser for tornado relief efforts at the CMT Studios in our Nashville office has tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately closed the office for a deep cleaning to fully sanitize the entire building and we will re-open tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re requiring team members who were at the fundraiser to work from home for two weeks."

Several country artists were in attendance at the telethon last week, including Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Travis Denning, Devin Dawson, Blanco Brown, Cassadee Pope, Gavin DeGraw, Kalie Shorr, and Whitney Duncan.  

Several publicists and managers said they are not implementing any self-quarantine efforts at the moment, but are carefully watching the situation and staying in constant contact with each other.

The news comes several days after the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, based in Music City, was postponed to later this year and South by Southwest in Austin was canceled due to coronavirus. On Tuesday, Coachella and Stagecoach were also rescheduled for October.

Mitchell Tenpenny will headline his first concert at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 10 with proceeds going to the 10Penny Fund in partnership with Sarah Cannon.

Tenpenny's Night Owl fan club members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning today, at 10 a.m. local time.

Tenpenny created the 10Penny Fund in 2018 to provide inspiration and to support programs that help build community, motivate patients and encourage healing for people facing cancer and their loved ones. His outreach grew from his own personal experiences dealing with his father's cancer and what his family learned through the process. In 2019, he teamed up with Sarah Cannon and the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare to renovate the 'Family Room' at the American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge in downtown Nashville.

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced its Hall of Fame inductees for 2020: 4Him (Contemporary Christian), Commissioned (Gospel), The Isaacs (Southern Gospel) and Bill Hearn (non-performing).

The Class of 2020 will be recognized at the 7th annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on May 6 in Nashville.

In addition, the GMA will recognize its 2020 Honorees at the ceremony: Chris Tomlin for Angel Armies, Steve Moore for The Shalom Foundation, Wes Campbell and Dave Wagner for Thriving Children's Foundation, and Willie Moore Jr. for Bethany Christian Services.

Presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Artists are eligible for inclusion in the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame after 25 years of participation in music and ministry. The GMA Hall of Fame Committee is comprised of historians and industry leaders from various gospel music genres.