Friday, May 19, 2017

Audio: RASCAL FLATTS: New Album Out Today


Rascal Flatts release their 10th studio album, Back to Us, today (Friday).

Joe Don Rooney says they chose the title of the album because the songs felt like the music they produced in their early days.

Joe Don Rooney talks about the album's title.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

LUKE BRYAN: Dates for 2018 Crash My Playa Announced


Luke Bryan's vacation concert event, Crash My Playa is coming back for a fourth year. It will be held January 17th through 20th in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

He says, “Kicking the year off on the beach with an amazing backdrop, good ol’ country music and watching the fans have the time of their life…yes, I'm in!”

Luke will headline a show on two of the four nights. Other performers will be announced soon. More details are available on the event's website

GEORGE STRAIT: Happy Birthday King George


Happy 65th birthday to "The King" George Strait

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BRANTLEY GILBERT: Going to Be a Dad!


Brantley Gilbert is going to be a dad! He and his wife Amber are expecting a little one this year.

Doctors told them that in-vitro fertilization was their only hope at having a child, but they put the treatment on hold for a while. In February, Amber surprised Brantley on his tour bus with three positive pregnancy tests.

He tells People, “I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers.”

They'll reveal the gender at a party in a couple of weeks. 

CARRIE, CHRIS, J-HUD: Possible Idol Judges?


Carrie Underwood has been in talks with ABC to join the judge's panel on the American Idol reboot, according to a report in Variety.

Meanwhile Us Weekly says that season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry will join the show, while other sources say that there's no truth to it. A source tells the magazine that the network hopes to have a panel of all former contestants. However, it's been rumored that Katy Perry, who never competed on Idol, will join as a judge. 

Others who've reportedly been considered include Jennifer Hudson and season 1 champ Kelly Clarkson -- who signed on with The Voice instead. 

CHRIS STAPLETON: Room at the Top


Chris Stapleton's new album, From A Room: Volume 1, debuts at the top of Billboard's Country Album chart.

The record sold 219,000 copies in its first week. It is the largest sales week for a country album since Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights moved 320,000 albums in its first week.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

VIDEO: DIERKS BENTLEY: Reunites Soldier and His Family


Dierks Bentley orchestrated a reunion between Sergeant Steven Mendez and his sons at a meet-and-greet during a tour stop in Fresno, California. Sergeant Mendez has been overseas serving for almost a year.

He later brought the family onstage during the show. Dierks says, "I can’t begin to imagine the sacrifice of being away from your family for sometimes years. I love the fact that country music fans hold our military and their families in such high regard and always jump at the chance to say thank you. It was a really cool moment in the show, and a really special thing for me to be part of.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

IMPORTANT GARTH BROOKS INFO


Important Information

State Farm Center strongly encourages fans attending this show to NOT arrive early.
Concert: Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Double check ticket/order confirmation to ensure correct date and show time.
Garth Brooks returns to Champaign for the first time in 20 years with four shows at State Farm Center! With multiple shows over a three-day period, fans are reminded to double check that their ticket order confirmation is consistent with the date and time of the concert they are attending. Additionally, to ensure fans have an enjoyable concert experience, State Farm Center advises people attending the shows to review the following concert information carefully.
DOORS OPEN:  DOORS ARE EXPECTED TO OPEN AT APPROXIMATELY 6:15 p.m., BUT DUE TO THE NATURE OF DOUBLE HEADERS, THEY MAY OPEN LATE.
ENTRANCE:  Fans may enter through all entrances of State Farm Center. Guests are encouraged NOT TO arrive early to allow traffic from the 3:00 p.m. show to clear.
TICKETS:  Fans are advised to pick up will call tickets in advance of the show date. The Illinois Ticket Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On show day, the box office will open at noon and will remain open until after the performance starts.
PARKING INFO:          Carpooling is strongly encouraged. Lots open as soon as possible following the 3 p.m. show.  Additional overflow lots may be available based on weather conditions.  Please follow instructions from local authorities regarding the overflow lot availability. A parking lot map can be found on our Parking & Transportation page. Overnight parking is NOT available in any State Farm Center lot.
PICK UP & DROP OFF LOCATIONS:  The West and East circle drives off of First and Fourth Streets are available for patron drop off and pick-up.  First Street is closed to through traffic, so those wishing to drop off on the west side will need to wait for the barricades at Kirby Avenue or St. Mary’s Road to be moved by a police officer to gain access.
TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:  Due to the nature of doubleheader events, note that there will be high volumes of outbound traffic around the State Farm Center. Please DO NOT arrive early so this traffic has time to clear.  Please note that First Street between Kirby Avenue and St. Mary’s Road is closed to through traffic and only available for those accessing the west circle drive for drop off and pick up. 
CAMERA POLICY:  No commercial or flash photography of any kind is permitted. Camcorders or any other audio/visual equipment are prohibited unless authorized by the promoter and/or the Garth Brooks team.
Specifically, the use of the following equipment is not permitted:
•          Telephoto or zoom lenses of any kind
•          Interchangeable lenses of any kind
•          Monopods, tripods or selfie sticks
•          Flash equipment of any kind
•          Audio-Video recording
•          iPad or tablets
BAG POLICY: All large bags including backpacks, suitcases, beach bags, etc. will be prohibited from entry into State Farm Center. Purses, diaper bags and other small bags are subject to search prior to entry.
SECURITY POLICY:  All bags are subject to search at points of entry.

FOOD/BEVERAGE:  Patrons are NOT allowed to bring outside food/beverage into the arena. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

JOSH TURNER: Hometown Number-One


Josh Turner is busy celebrating another number-one after "Hometown Girl" peaked at the top of the Mediabase Country Airplay chart over the weekend.

The song seizes the top spot from Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Barstool,” which falls to number-four. 

BLAKE SHELTON: Tired of the Attention


Blake Shelton isn't thrilled with all the attention his relationship with Gwen Stefani is getting, but he understands it.

He says, "In people's defense, I think it's so hard for people to wrap their head around why Gwen would want to be with me. I don't blame 'em."

Blake and Gwen are back in the coaches' chairs tonight (Monday) when the Top 12 contestants perform on The Voice. Shania Twain will be an adviser when the show airs at 8 p.m. on NBC. (Today)