Country Music News for April 30, 2019

Jennifer Nettles has been tapped to sing the national anthem before the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

Past anthem performers at the race include Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Jo Dee Messina and LeAnn Rimes.

The anthem will be televised at 4:00 pm before the race on NBC.

Jason Aldeanhas added a very special stop to his 2019 Ride All Night tour.

He’ll play Globe Life Park, the home of baseball’s Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas on October 11th. He will be the last country artist to perform at the stadium before the team moves across the street to Globe Life Field, which is currently being built.

Jason says, “We’ve shut a few places down in our time, but never a stadium. But seriously, being the last country concert ever is pretty cool and I know we’ll be sure that it’s an unforgettable night.”

Tickets go on sale May 10th. The tour starts on Friday.

Willie Nelson has booked a second leg of his Outlaw Music Festival Tour.

The new September dates will include performances by Willie and Family, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Luke Combs, Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Alison Krauss, Gov’t Mule, Brothers Osborne and Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real. Not all of the acts will appear at every show.

The tour will make stops Gilford, New Hampshire; Queens, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. More dates will be announced soon.

Blake Shelton is expanding his Ole Red empire to include The Doghouse, a music venue at his Tishomingo, Oklahoma location.

The grand opening will be celebrated May 23rd through the 26th. Luke Bryanperforms on the 23rd, with Blake following the next night.

Blake says, “Growing up, if I wasn’t outdoors hunting or fishing, I was looking for a stage to play music. The Doghouse is going to be the best place to see all the great talent that exists in this part of the country.”

The venue will host Thursday night jams, Friday night concerts and Wednesday night dance parties.

Mason Ramsey, the yodeling 12-year-old from Illinois who went viral in a video showing him singing Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues,” plans to launch a massive 30-date tour in the fall.

TMZ reports that Ramsey will announce the tour next week. It is expected to begin October 3rd and hit all major markets across the country. Ramsey wrapped up his 11-date How’s Your Girl and How’s Your Family tour on Saturday in Milwaukee.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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