Briefs: Keith Urban extends his Light The Fuse Tour into 2014
Plus, Thomas Rhett sets album release date; Kathy Mattea to host new TV series
• Keith Urban has added a third and final leg to his Light The Fuse Tour, tacking on 12 more U.S. and Canadian dates in January and early February 2014. The tour will continue to feature Little Big Town and opening act Dustin Lynch. Brett Eldredge will replace Lynch on the five Canadian dates in January.
The new tour leg also includes a stop at New York's Madison Square Garden and it will close with a show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. At its culmination in Nashville, the tour will have encompassed 58 shows since it kicked off July 18, including Urban's first-ever performances at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The tour's second leg will get underway in Omaha, Neb., October 18.
• Thomas Rhett announced today that his debut album, "It Goes Like This" is set for release October 29. The singer/songwriter will continue playing the new music out on the road opening Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour through October. He will also be headlining a string of album release club shows, hitting playing in Jacksonville, Fla. (10/31), Atlanta (11/1), Chicago (11/2) and Minneapolis (11/3).
The album will feature Rhett's three radio singles, "Something To Do With My Hands," "Beer With Jesus" and the title track. Rhett wrote eight of the album's 12 songs, many with his hit songwriter/artist father, Rhett Akins.
"I'm so pumped to finally be releasing my first album," Rhett says in a press release. "My music has evolved so much since I started making this record two and a half years ago and it's representative of all my experiences along the way, the tours I've been on and the fans and friends I've made at our shows across the country. I'm very lucky that I've had the chance to experience so much and thankful for every moment. I just tried to pour it all into the songs we recorded."
• Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will host a new Nashville Public Television (NPT) series focused on the issues that surround the increasing older population. The series, "NPT Reports: Aging Matters," premieres Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. on NPT with "End of Life," an episode exploring topic of end-of life-care. A national version of the series will be distributed through American Public Television (APT) later this year. Mattea will introduce and close each episode.
"I have had firsthand experience with loving someone while they walk through the stages of Alzheimer's," says Mattea in a statement. "I'm honored to be part of NPT's thoughtful and timely coverage of this and other issues surrounding our aging population."
The Country Music Association twice named Mattea female vocalist of the year. Her most recent album, "Calling Me Home," was released last fall on Sugar Hill Records.
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