Singer Is Currently In Europe Opening Dates For Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker will embark on his first U.S. tour as a headliner this fall. Joining Rucker for select dates will be Rodney Atkins, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square and Justin Moore.
“I haven’t headlined a tour since Hootie [and the Blowfish], so to say I’m excited is an understatement,” says Rucker in a press release. “It has been such an incredible experience to tour with [Brad] Paisley and Rascal Flatts, and I’ve learned a lot being on the road with them. With this tour, I’m just excited to perform again for our fans.”
The tour kicks off Oct. 6 in Glens Falls, N.Y., with dates scheduled so far through Nov. 12. Additional dates will be announced.
Rucker is currently in Europe opening dates for Paisley’s H2O II: Wetter and Wilder Tour in London, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Becky Robertson To Tie The Knot In Spring 2012
Becky Robertson of the sister trio Carter’s Chord recently became engaged to producer/musician Jeremiah Scott. He popped the question on Robertson’s 30th birthday (August 23) at the same spot they first met nine years earlier, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. The couple is planning a Spring 2012 wedding.
Sister and band mate Emily Robertson married Marc “Butter” Fortney of the band Trailer Choir in a surprise ceremony one year ago.
New Set Due Out In January
Neal McCoy performed at this summer’s wedding of country power couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Now, the newlyweds are returning the favor by co-producing McCoy’s next album.
The project, titled “XII,” will be released in January 2012. As the title suggests, the album is McCoy’s twelfth studio release, and will include 12 songs. Nashville production pro Brent Rowan is co-producing the project along with Lambert and Shelton.
“Having Miranda and Blake involved in this project is huge for me,” says McCoy in a press release. “Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious, along with being fantastic musicians.”
The album’s first single, “A-OK,” will be released in October. McCoy charted 31 previous singles between 1988 and 2006, including the No. 1 hits “No Doubt About It” and “Wink,” as well as seven other top 10 hits.
Singer Played Two Sold-Out Shows As Storm Approached
The threat of Hurricane Irene caused Kenny Chesney to move up the second of his two scheduled shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., from Sunday to Friday night, with the other show taking place as scheduled on Saturday. Total attendance for the two sold-out shows, which wrapped Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal tour, was more than 106,000 people.
The Saturday crowd was showered with the first bit of rainfall from the front end of the hurricane, which impacted Massachusetts (and the rest of New England) on Sunday. Despite the periodic waves of rain, Chesney called the Foxboro crowd “one of the loudest and most loving crowds of the tour.”
Highlights of the show included Billy Currington and his band providing a high-kicking chorus line during “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” and a cover of “Baby Got Back” performed by Chesney with the Zac Brown Band.
During the show, Chesney’s keyboard player, Wyatt Beard, with presented with the touring musician of the year award by Country Music Assn. president Steve Moore.
On Friday, Chesney made a surprise visit to the Boston College football team the Eagles following a screening of his documentary “The Boys of Fall,” then spent an hour practicing with the New England Patriots, where he unsuccessfully attempted to catch passes from quarterback Tom Brady.
Release Date Corresponds With Singer’s 30th Birthday
Jake Owen will release his third studio album, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” on Monday, Aug. 29, one day earlier than originally scheduled and a day after the singer’s 30th birthday.
“I finally got to make the record I’ve always wanted to make,” Owen said in a press release, echoing a line artists frequently say about their third albums. “I think it really represents who I am more than anything I’ve ever recorded,” he adds. “If nothing else happens after this, I can honestly say that I did the absolute best that I can do. I’ve never felt this good about music, or anything in my career, as I do right now. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
Tracks include ‘Keepin’ It Country,” “Heaven,” “Settin’ the World on Fire,” “The Journey Of Your Life,” “Anywhere with You,” “Apple Pie Moonshine,” “The One That Got Away,” “Nobody Feelin’ No Pain,” “Wide Awake,” “Alone with You” and the title track, which is already a hit single.
Meanwhile, Owen will spend his birthday in Dallas opening for Keith Urban at the American Airlines Arena.
Singer Set To Perform As Part Of ‘A Concert For Hope’
Alan Jackson will be among the artists marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a performance at the Washington National Cathedral. Jackson, who wrote the hit song “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” in response to those attacks, will be part of the three-day (Sept. 9-11) “A Call To Compassion” event at the cathedral. He will be performing on the evening of Sept. 11 during the “A Concert For Hope,” along with R&B legend Patti LaBelle and renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.
“A Concert For Hope” will air on numerous ABC affiliates nationwide live Sunday, Sept. 11 from 8-9 p.m. (ET). The commemoration will also be shared with U.S. troops deployed across the country and around the world by the Pentagon Channel. The event will also be streamed live at www.calltocompassion.com.
Band Plans To Begin Recording Next Album In December
Randy Rogers Band has been tapped to join Miranda Lambert on her fall “The Revolution Continues” tour. The band will begin touring with Lambert on Sept. 22 in Tupelo, Miss., and is scheduled to play the last 22 dates of the tour, which runs through Oct. 22 in Jonesboro, Ark.
“We’re big fans of Miranda and her band,” said front man Randy Rogers in a press release. “We’ve known [her] for years. This is going to be a blast.”
Being on the road is nothing new for this Texas band, which plays an average of 220 dates a year. In between tour dates, band members have spent the last several months writing songs for their next studio album, which they plan to begin recording in Nashville in December.
Singer Supplements Solo Career With New Band, Cordovas
Jaron and the Long Road to Love will hit the road this fall performing in more than 60 cities nationwide. The act’s Jaron Lowenstein is best know in the country music world for his tongue in cheek hit song “Pray For You,” which followed a pop career as half of the twin brother duo Evan & Jaron.
Joining him for the trek will be Joe Firstman, the former bandleader for “Last Call With Carson Daly.” Lowenstein, Firstman and Lowenstein’s new band member Jon Loyd (Spin Doctors) have formed a new group together called Cordovas. Firstman will also serve and the tour’s musical director.
The tour of smaller capacity venues kicks off Sept. 3 in Los Angeles with dates scheduled for now through Nov. 15. Additional tour stops will be added.
Jaron and the Long Road’s to Love’s current single is “Beautiful Lies,” featuring Big Kenny of Big & Rich.
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