The Academy of Country Music and Kohl’s Department Stores announced today that Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore have been named nominees for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award Presented By Kohl’s. The winner will be named on the LIVE broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas will take the stage together this summer. Joining them for separate portions of the tour will be folk trio The Devil Makes Three, Kacey Musgraves, and Jason Isbell.
The 35-city US tour will kick off May 1 in Murray, Kentucky. Look for the concert here in Roanoke May 13th at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The Grand Ole Opry is set to release Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, a new book that offers a behind the scenes look at country music’s most famous show, on March 15th.
Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” and Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine and Whiskey” are out today!
The Band Perry will be advising Blake Shelton’s team during the “Battle Rounds” on Season Six of NBC’s “The Voice.” Tune into the season premiere of “The Voice,” Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8PM EST / 7PM CST on NBC.
Luke Bryan takes the top spot at country radio with “Drink A Beer,” making this his ninth career No. 1 single. The song, written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, has spent the last 11 weeks as a Top 5 download on Nielsen’s Country Digital Song chart, five of which were spent at No. 1. The multi-week chart topper is the third consecutive No. 1 single from Luke’s Crash My Party album which was certified Platinum in just six weeks.
Florida-Georgia Line has revealed that they have been writing songs in preparation of recording their sophomore album. No word on the release date yet.
Blake Shelton and Shakira‘s who were judges together on Season 4 of the hit TV show, reunited in the studio last week, presumably to record a duet for the Latin singer’s upcoming album.
It’s not all good news for Garth Brooks. The country music superstar, who announced he will hit the road this year, and sold out all five of his Comeback Special concert series in Ireland in July, will spend much of this week in court.
The singer is involved in a legal battle with a former employee, Lisa A. Sanderson, over $226,000 that he says was a loan that she has yet to repay. Sanderson, who worked for his movie and TV production company, Red Strokes, Inc., until it closed its doors in 2011, claims the money was a gift, and that she never received any severance or retirement payment from the company, nor did she receive any production fees.
Brooks and Red Strokes filed suit against Sanderson, asking for full restitution, attorney’s fees, interest and cost of collection.
According to Nashville’s Tennessean, the former employee maintains that the singer gave her the money while she was going through a difficult and costly custody battle over her son Benjamin between 2005 and 2007.
“Mr. Brooks stated in numerous occasions that he too was deeply concerned about Sanderson’s son’s welfare, and for that reason he wanted to take care of any legal fees Sanderson incurred in connection with the custody dispute,” a memorandum from her attorney says. “Mr. Brooks reassured Sanderson over and over again that ‘it was all about Ben,’ and that Sanderson would never have to repay him for the legal fees.”
The case is scheduled to begin on Tuesday (Feb. 11), and is expected to last three days.
Sanderson has also sued Brooks for close to half a million dollars for unpaid salary and bonuses, plus punitive damages. That case is still pending in California.
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