Briefs: Luke Bryan reveals the title of his next album, due in August
Plus, Ralph Stanley to embark on a farewell tour in October
• Reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has announced this his next album, due Aug. 13, will be titled “Crash My Party,” after his current top 5 single of the same name. The set was produced by Jeff Stevens, who has produced all of Bryan’s previous records.
“I decided ‘Crash My Party’ was perfect for this album because, like the song, the album goes beyond the literal meaning of the title,” says Bryan in a prepared statement. “The song isn’t what you think it is. It is unexpected, and I think in the same way fans will definitely hear some surprises on my new album. It still reflects my sound, but you will get to hear a little bit deeper, different side to me musically as well.”
Country and bluegrass music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley (left) will embark on what he’s calling his final tour in October. The 86-year-old artist will continue the tour for more than a year, wrapping in December 2014, and is expected to play more than 80 shows in that time at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers.
The tour is being billed as “Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell.” (Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University, and has used that title since it was awarded in 1976.)
Accompanying the three-time Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star on the tour will be his longtime band, the Clinch Mountain Boys. Various country and bluegrass artists will appear as supporting acts throughout the run.
The start of the tour coincides with Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional performer. He began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter, touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers. Carter died in 1966, after which Ralph emerged as a solo artist.
• Ronnie Dunn will appear as a guest artist on rocker Sammy Hagar’s first album of collaborations, “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” due out Sept. 24. Dunn performs with Hagar on a new song titled “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets.” Other guest stars on the set include Kid Rock, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Journey’s Neal Schon, Joe Satriani and others.
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