Concerts and inductees coming up for country
BIRTHDAY CONCERT: Loretta Lynn will celebrate her 87th birthday on April 14, but she will get the party started on Monday, April 1, with an All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The concert will feature performances by Alan Jackson, Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jack White, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Margo Price, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Trisha Yearwood and more. Dave Cobb will serve as musical director. Net proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Opry Trust Fund and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Ticket pre-sales began on Tuesday. Tickets for the general public go on sale tomorrow at 11 a.m. eastern. Loretta released her recent studio album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” in September 2018. Loretta suffered a stroke in May 2017, but she has made a few public appearances since then.
NUMBER ONE: With the release of “Good Girl” in May 2018, Dustin Lynch took a hiatus from his 2017 album, Current Mood, which spawned No. 1 hits “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy.” The move paid off. “Good Girl” is No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart this week. Co-written by Dustin, Justin Ebach and Andy Albert, “Good Girl” was a song that Dustin felt was timely for the summer season and he wanted to get it on airwaves before the release of his next album. Dustin will make his UK debut at C2C in March. He will join both Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour and Very Hot Summer Tour in April and May, respectively.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its six inductees for 2019: John Prine, Olive Hill, Kentucky native Tom T. Hall, Dallas Austin, Missy Elliott, Jack Tempchin and Cat Stevens. John Prine, Missy Elliott and Cat Stevens will be inducted into the “performing” category, while “non-performing” inductees include Tom T. Hall, Dallas Austin and Jack Tempchin. The Class of 2019 will be inducted at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 50th Awards Gala in New York on June 13. Country artists in the Songwriters Hall of Fame include Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson, Loretta Lynn and more.
TOUR: Jason Aldean will embark on a headlining tour, dubbed the “Ride All Night” tour, in May. Kicking off on May 3 in Uncasville, Connecticut, the tour will also make stops in Denver, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and more. Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Dee Jay Silver will serve as support on the tour. Tickets for many of the dates go on sale on Jan. 25.
Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.