Briefs: News From CMA Music Festival, Justin Moore And More
Plus, Glen Campbell Cancels Australian Tour Dates
• The CMA Music Festival’s best performances at Nashville’s LP Field will once again be featured in a television special, “CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock,” set to air Sept. 17 from 8-11 p.m. (ET) on the ABC Television Network. Luke Bryan and The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry (pictured on the left) will host and perform on the three-hour special, which also features performances from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr., and Zac Brown Band.
The special, filmed during last month’s four-day festival, also features artist interviews and behind the scenes footage, in addition to the many performances.
• When Justin Moore threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday night’s Kansas City Royals’ game, he was joined by his oldest daughter, two and a half-year-old Ella Kole, which made for this irresistibly adorable photo op (right).
Moore will hit the road again tonight (7/19) at the Adams County Fair in Hastings, Neb. Upcoming fairs and festivals include: Heartland Jam in Davenport, Iowa, on Friday (7/20) and Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wis., on Saturday (7/21). Beginning in September, Moore has secured the middle slot on Eric Church’s “Blood, Sweat & Beers” tour.
• Country Music Hall of Fame performer Glen Campbell has cancelled his tour of Australia and New Zealand with Kenny Rogers next month for health reasons, according to the Associated Press.
A spokeswoman told AP Campbell is not up for “the very long flight that it would require.” The 76-year-old is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
The dates down under were to have been Campbell’s last international stops on his “Goodbye Tour.”
Rogers will continue on with the month-long tour, which is scheduled to kick off Aug. 10 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian country artists will fill in as special guests, according to AP, which reports that Campbell had also been scheduled to do a solo show in Brisbane, Australia.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.