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Julie Reeves: Cole Swindell to bring first headlining tour to Huntington

November 30, 2017

Platinum-selling Cole Swindell will wrap up his sold out fourth annual Down Home Tour at the end of January and will launch right into his first career headlining tour early next year.

“I can honestly say I’ve learned from the very best in the business,” Swindell said. “I’m ready to get out there with two of my friends, Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. Start to finish, it’s going to be an amazing show and we’re ready to share it with you all.”

Pre-sale tickets for the Reason to Drink Tour are already on sale and will go on sale to the public in most markets Dec. 1. The Reason to Drink Tour will kick off Feb. 15, 2018, in Allentown, Pennsylvania and it stops in Huntington at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on March 22.

TOPS FOR TIM AND FAITH: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s first album together, “The Rest of Our Life” has debuted at No. 1. With 104,000 in first-week consumption, the album tops Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and enters at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart. The title track single jumps to No. 2 on the Billboard Country Digital Songs chart this week. The 11-song collection was produced by McGraw and Hill along with Byron Gallimore and Dan Huff. McGraw has had 15 prior albums to debut at No. 1 on the country album chart. Prior to this, Hill had three. The Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul Tour was recently on Showtime and was the network’s first ever country music concert film.

BENEFIT: The Dustin Lynch and Friends benefit concert will take place Thursday, Nov. 30, in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The annual event, now in its fourth year, supports local children’s charities and a community toy drive to bring the joy of the season to area kids. Each year, he sells out his old high school auditorium and raises more than $15,000 for a variety of children’s charities in the area. Last year’s concert raised $17,000, as well as a mountain of toys for Tullahoma charitable programs.

RECOVERING: Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard had back surgery over Thanksgiving weekend and posted photos from his hospital bed. According to his wife Hayley, all went well and she said that he was entertaining the nurses by singing a Michael Jackson song as he came out of surgery. “In addition to all the countless people and things I’m grateful for, I’m so super grateful for this turkey and that he’s safely out of back surgery,” she posted. “Thankful for all of our friends and family that have been sending love and prayers. We’re feeling beyond blessed!” There was no mention of whether Tyler had been injured or had an ongoing back condition.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.