Briefs: Touring News From Brad Paisley, Vince Gill
Plus, Jewel To Play June Carter Cash In TV Movie, And More
• Brad Paisley (left) has announced more dates for the next leg of his Virtual Reality World Tour, which picks back up on May 18. Continuing on the tour will be The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery, with Easton Corbin joining on select dates. At some venues, Paisley will be collecting food for local food banks with one person winning a meet and greet with the country star.
Pre-show elements for fans at an outdoor plaza will include a “Virtual Opry” stage that incorporates a futuristic Grand Ole Opry backdrop and signature mic stands. Performing on the stage starting at 5 p.m. on tour nights will be Kristen Kelly, Jana Kramer and Love and Theft.
• Vince Gill (right) will take to the road for a dozen bluegrass shows in June. The 20-time Grammy-winner and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame will be backed by a band made up of some acclaimed pickers, including fiddler Stuart Duncan, guitarist Jeff White, banjoist Jim Mills and bassist Dennis Crouch. Gill will round out the band on guitar, mandolin and vocals.
“After the passing of Earl Scruggs [on March 28], it means the world to me to do these dates with this world-class band playing the music that Earl defined,” Gill says in a press release announcing the tour. “ I absolutely adore this music."
The tour kicks off June 13 and runs through the end of that month. Bluegrass prodigy Sarah Jarosz will open for Gill from June 13 through June 23.
• Country and pop singer Jewel will play country music legend June Carter Cash in a Lifetime biopic about the former wife and musical partner of Johnny Cash, reports TheWrap.com.
The TV film, which has the working title “The June Carter Cash Story,” is based on son John Carter Cash’s book “Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash,” and follows the late singer’s life from her early beginnings to her tumultuous marriage to Johnny Cash. It will begin filming in early summer in Atlanta, for a premiere later this year.
• The Dirt Drifters have unexpectedly cancelled touring plans for the foreseeable future. The Warner Music Nashville-signed band posted the following cryptic message on their Web site yesterday: “We hate to disappoint you guys, especially after all the support you have given us over the past few years, but due to some private, personal issues we will not be going out on the road and will be canceling all upcoming shows and appearances. We apologize for any inconvenience to anyone who had plans to come see us this summer, you know there is nothing we love more than playing music and we will miss you. We cannot thank you enough for your support and for standing by us.”
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