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Thursday
May212015

Luke Bryan Sees His Life Story on Display at Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening

Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMHOFLuke Bryan is the subject of a major new exhibit opening Friday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It's called Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, and fans will see the story of the country superstar's entire life starting with his childhood in Georgia. Luke's elementary school backpack and kindergarten graduation diploma are on display, along with the first guitar he ever got at age 14. Seeing all those items on display at the private exhibit preview Wednesday night was a big deal for Luke.

He says, "That's the thing. How did this guitar make it from leaned up against my bed when I was 14 and 15, how did it make it to the Hall of Fame? So, it's pretty crazy to think about."

Other items on display in Luke's exhibit include his ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, as well as the outfits he's worn at those awards shows over the years. Luke's love of hunting and fishing is represented by some of his fishing tackles and the trophies he's won for hunting deer over the years, too.

Luke brought his wife, Caroline, as well as his nephew, Til, and his mom and dad along to see the exhibit with him for the very first time Wednesday at the private preview event.. The experience reminded Luke of going to the Hall of Fame with his father when he first moved to Nashville in 2001.

"I think at one point Garth [Brooks] was in there doing a real neat audio/video piece where he described stuff -- me and my dad sitting there watching it," Luke recalls.

To this day, Luke thinks a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame is essential for any trip to Music City.

He adds, "You're showing friends around, you got to take 'em to the Opry and you gotta take 'em by the Hall of Fame. So yeah, I've come in here quite a bit."

Luke's Dirt Road Diary exhibit is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville through November 8.

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Thursday
May212015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Maddie & Tae have joined Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley on the bill for the Farmborough Music Festival in New York City June 26 through 28.

Keith Urban has released a new video for his song, "Come Back to Me," at KeithUrban.net. He shot the clip last December.

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Thursday
May212015

Jussie Smollet Is "Over the Moon" to Be Working with Ne-Yo on "Empire"

Michael Lavine/FOXNe-Yo's recently announced role on Fox's hit musical drama, Empire, has put a huge smile on Jussie Smollet's face. The actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon in the series, says he's looking forward to what Ne-Yo cooks up as the music producer for the show's soundtrack.

"I'm over the moon to be working with Ne-Yo," Jussie tells ABC Radio of the producer, who will work alongside Timbaland, Empire's executive music producer. "I keep saying that Timbaland is like the Quincy Jones of our generation, but I feel like Ne-Yo is like the Babyface of our generation, because his lyrics and what he can do with a pen is just brilliant, it's brilliant."

While details about next season remain sparse, Jussie adds, "Y'all are not ready for what we're coming with."

Fox's hit musical drama will soon return with 18 new episodes beginning this fall.

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Thursday
May212015

Chris Young Scores His Biggest iTunes Debut Ever with New Single, "I'm Comin' Over"

RCA NashvilleChris Young opted not to play his brand-new single, "I'm Comin' Over," in concert until the track was available for download at iTunes. He knew as soon as he sang the song in public it would be all over YouTube, and Chris didn't want fans to hear the live version of "I'm Comin' Over" first.

He tells ABC Radio, "I really wanted people to hear it as we put it down as we did it in the studio. You spend all this time doing all that work [in the studio]. I wanted that to be their first listen."

Chris and his team teased the new single nonstop on his social media accounts before it went live at iTunes, and that promotion really paid off. "I'm Comin' Over" sold more than 70,000 downloads in its first week on iTunes, which beats his previous record-best debut week at iTunes by 40,000 downloads.

"['I'm Comin' Over']  was sitting at #1 country on iTunes for a lot of the week and #3 overall, which was something I've never done before," Chris says with a smile. "I've never had a single be at #1 on iTunes. So, it was pretty awesome. "

Chris has added "I'm Comin' Over" to his set lists now that it's a hit. It's the lead single from his as-yet-untitled studio album, due out later this year.

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Thursday
May212015

New Rod Stewart Album "Another Country" Coming in October

Credit: Penny LancasterIn 2013, Rod Stewart returned to the charts in a big way with his first album of original song in years, Time.  Still on a songwriting roll, the singer's following that up with another new studio effort, due this fall.

AllAccess.com reports that at a presentation by Stewart's label, Capitol Records, he spoke about the new set, which is called Another Country, and will be released in October.  Rod said of the project, "I've wondered about being in the armed forces, away from your sweetheart and your family...that must be heartbreaking...that is what Another Country is all about."  At the event, Stewart also performed his new song, "Stay with Me Tonight."

In November, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Vegas Player magazine that his new album would be released in the spring and would feature a lot of "Celtic melodies,"and that he'd also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds.  It's not clear if that's what this new colection of tunes will actually sound like.

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Thursday
May212015

David Lee Roth Says Van Halen Will Play CMT Music Awards, Discusses Band's Wide-Ranging Appeal

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCThis past weekend, Van Halen's current lineup gave its first ever performance at an awards show when it played a rocking rendition of "Panama" to kick off the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.  Speaking with ABC Radio after the band's appearance, frontman David Lee Roth revealed that Van Halen also has been tapped to open another awards ceremony, the CMT Music Awards, which the CMT network will air live from Nashville on June 10.

While a show that celebrates the top artists in country music may seem like an odd forum for the hard-rocking Van Halen, Roth said he believed that his band's passionate approach to rehearsing and creating music has made it a group that appeals to fans of various musical genres.

"Van Halen, as opposed to many of our colleagues, has a whole different approach to how we pursue our art," explained the flamboyant frontman.  "First off, we don't pursue it…it's an obsession.  It's not something we decided.  It's not something we thought would make us famous.  It has destroyed us variously in terms of health, finance, family.  It's a trail that extends about four decades and a million years back, okay?  But it's an obsession."

Van Halen fans may remember that Roth made a foray into the country world when he contributed vocals to a few tracks on the 2006 bluegrass-flavored tribute album Strummin' with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen.  CMT has yet to make an official announcement about the band's participation in the awards show.

Meanwhile, ABC Radio also asked Roth how he feels when younger artists or fans come up to him and tell him that he's a legend or that his music has inspired them.

"Whenever somebody approaches and they say, 'Oh, you're a legend,' I say, 'Well, that's as misused as the word 'genius,'" he noted, adding that his first reaction to such praise is that "it makes my night."  Diamond Dave then joked that he also had a second, more suspicious reaction, saying, "I'm always concerned that they're gonna blame me for their bad habits and then tell me one of their children is mine."

Van Halen kicks off a North American tour on July 5 in Auburn, Washington, and the trek runs through an October 4 show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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Thursday
May212015

Train's Picasso at the Wheel Tour Starts Tonight: "It's About Music & People Being Together" 

Methane StudiosTrain kicks off their summer tour, dubbed Picasso at the Wheel, tonight in Marysville, California, and they're bringing The Fray and Matt Nathanson along for the ride. So what can fans expect?  A lot of fun pre-show activities off stage, and on stage, fewer bells and whistles, and more focus on the songs that fans love.

When Train toured overseas earlier this year, they didn't have a lot of over-the-top production, and Train frontman Pat Monahan says it taught them a valuable lesson.  "It pays off," he tells ABC Radio. "Because then it’s about music and people being together, instead of a Katy Perry performance, which is incredible, but it’s so pop and over-the-top that I don’t know how you would out-do that kind of thing."

"So for us, just sticking to the basics is always best because it’s what people really want, is songs they can connect to," he adds.

Getting the opening acts involved in the fun is also something that Train does on their tours, and Monahan says that's because they want to encourage an "all for one and one for all" feeling while on the road.

"We feel like a headliner is obligated to create the vibe of the tour," he explains. "And we always...try to include everybody, so that everybody knows that we win together. This isn’t about us kicking your a** or you kicking our a** -- this is about all of us kicking a**. And so that’s the goal and I hope everybody will join us on stage."

As far as the set list goes, there'll be a nice mix, says guitarist Jimmy Stafford. "You know, we’ve got a lot to pull from now," he tells ABC Radio. "And of course we’d like to play a handful of songs from the new album, ‘cause that’s what we’re out there promoting, but I think we’ll mix in a lot of old stuff and we’ll still play all the hits for everybody."

Deep cuts from Train's current album Bulletproof Picasso are also on the agenda, Monahan says, since they went over so well with fans overseas.

"The songs that are really connecting with people from the Bulletproof Picasso album are songs that are not on the radio," he tells ABC Radio. "The three songs that really were surprising, that we had to do every night because of the connection that was being made, was 'I Will Remember,' 'Just a Memory' and 'Give It All.' Those three songs...we’re like, 'Man we can’t really take those out.'"  A touching video for "Give It All" was released earlier this week.

In addition to the main attraction -- the concert -- there will also be some fun pre-show activities for fans.  "We always try to do something different every tour," says Pat.  This year, at each venue, a tent will be set up in the parking lot so that fans can get involved in Monahan's weekly podcast.  The Patcast Tailgate Tent, featuring giveaways, a deejay and sporadic appearances by the singer, will be open at every show from 3 p.m. 'til doors at the venue open.

"People can come in and do liners and we’ll do live performances out there or live interviews," he tells ABC Radio. 

In addition, each show will feature a scavenger hunt: cool prizes will be hidden in the parking lot or in the venue, and the band will offer clues on their Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Plus, the band is bringing back their Mermaid contest, in which fans are encouraged to dress as sea creatures: the fans with the best costumes get ticket upgrades, and also get to appear on stage.

The Picasso at the Wheel tour is currently scheduled to run through July 25.

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Thursday
May212015

Ed Sheeran Says Taylor Swift’s Success Motivates Him: “In America, I Want to Catch Up with Her”

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran wants to be more successful than Taylor Swift. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the red-headed Brit reveals he and his pal Taylor have a healthy competitive relationship. That is to say, they both strive to be the best.

“At the moment, Taylor is a benchmark in America and a lot of other countries,” Ed says. “In America, I want to catch up with her.”

Ed admits that it’ll probably take a lot more work to surpass her in sales, because Taylor’s been in the biz about 10 years longer than him. But, if he ever did, he doesn’t think she’d be mad. In fact, he thinks it would just motivate her even more.

“If I passed her, I think she’d then get more competitive and do more stuff,” he says. “I think it would only be healthy. Like her surpassing me in sales in the U.S., that’s healthy for me because I now want to get up to that point.”

But first he’ll have to start thinking of his new album. His last two albums were + [plus] and x [multiply], so does that mean - [subtract] or ÷ [divide] could be the title of the next one?

“They’re the two choices,” he says. “But I don’t know what direction the album’s gonna go in yet. Every title has its own theme. Multiply was called Multiply because it made everything that was on plus bigger. From the venues to the songs to the radio plays to the sales. I don’t know what the theme on the next album is yet because I haven’t made it.”

But if the title was going to be Subtract, Ed says the idea would be to strip things down and make it an acoustic record.

That would certainly be another achievement for the singer, who likes to get tattoos to mark important moments in his life. He’s already got his next one picked out. “I wanted to get a dancer for the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ video, I just haven’t gotten around to doing it,” he says.

While he admittedly wants to take his career to new heights, he can’t deny that his global fanbase is massive -- and made up mostly of young girls. But would he ever date a fan? “I think the thing that’s impossible to do is date someone that isn’t aware that I make music,” he says. “So whether they’re a fan or not, that changes people’s perceptions of you. I don’t really date people in my sphere.”

No matter how many fans he has, though, Ed’s still just a music fan himself. He’s dying to meet Bruce Springsteen. Ed says he sent the New Jersey rocker an email recently inviting him to a show. “He’s someone I’d love to meet,” he says. “You don’t ask, you don’t get, you know?”

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Thursday
May212015

Muse's "Drones" Is a "Back-to-Basics" Album, Says Band 

Credit: Danny ClinchLyrically, Muse's new album Drones might be the band's most ambitious, but from a sonic perspective, they wanted to try something a little simpler than the grandiose sound of their last album, 2012's The 2nd Law.

"By our standards, [Drones] is back to basics," drummer Dom Howard tells NME. "Yeah, it's layered and bombastic, but the start of that process was very different to how we normally do it."

"I think on The 2nd Law, producing it ourselves, we spent so much time in the control room that we lost sight of ourselves as a band," he adds. "We wanted to push the boat out on Drones. For that reason, it's very diverse -- it's the sound of us being very experimental and losing our minds a bit."

That experimentation seems to have paid off, as the lead single from Drones, "Dead Inside," has topped Billboard's Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts for two straight weeks. The lyrics on "Dead Inside" aren't particularly upbeat, and things get even darker in the title track. Frontman Matt Bellamy describes "Drones," which is the closing song on the album, as a "lament for the victims" of drone warfare.

"It ends on this ghostly chorus of the forgotten," Bellamy says. "They will never see justice, and they have been killed by a robot. There's something inherently tragic about humanity there."

Drones will be released on June 9.

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Thursday
May212015

Justin Bieber Sings His Classics, Solves Rubik's Cube During "Late Late Show's" "Carpool Karaoke"

CBSWednesday night, Late Late Show host James Corden aired a new edition of the "Carpool Karaoke" segment on his CBS program, this time with Justin Bieber.

In addition to getting McDonald's and literally swapping clothes while on the road -- the latter, at Bieber's suggestion -- the chat show host and the recording artist belted out "Baby" and "Boyfriend," as well as Boys II Men's "End of the Road."

Additionally, Corden challenged Biebs to prove a claim he can solve a Rubik's Cube within two minutes -- which he apparently did -- and discussed one of the fringe benefits of his Calvin Klein ads: enough free unmentionables that Justin never has to run a load of undies.

"Did they send you unlimited pairs of Calvin Kleins?" Corden asked.  

"...Boxes and boxes," Justin answered. 

Intrigued, Corden wondered, "Do you just wear them once then just throw them out?" 

"Yeah. I never wear them twice...There's so many!" the star replied.

"That is the life," Corden admitted enviously.

The host also asked the star if he listens to his own music while he's with a woman -- "No," he laughed -- and where he sees himself in 10 years. "I want to be completely secure in myself, and have a family," Justin replied, which Corden called "a very mature answer."

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Wednesday
May202015

One Direction's Liam Payne Says Zayn "Had to Do What He Had to Do"

Jeff Daly/NBCNearly two months after Zayn Malik left One Direction, his former band mate Liam Payne says he understands Zayn’s decision and assures that they’re all still on good terms.

He tells U.K.’s Capital FM that Zayn “had to do what he had to do really, for himself.” Zayn also wanted to spend more time with his family and his fiancée, which Liam sees as a valid reason.

Liam adds that there are no hard feelings towards Zayn. “It’s like any other job really, sometimes you have to move on because you’re not enjoying what you’re doing as much," he says.

As for the remaining members of 1D, Liam says, “We’re just going to carry on doing what we’re doing. We’re all still great mates.”

Earlier this month, Zayn and Louis Tomlinson got into a Twitter feud, leading many to speculate that there's tension among the former band mates. But during their recent appearance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, the band said the dispute has since been resolved. And on Sunday, the boys gave Zayn a shoutout when they accepted their award for Top Duo/Group at the Billboard Music Awards.

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Wednesday
May202015

New Rod Stewart Album "Another Country" Coming in October

Penny LancasterIn 2013, Rod Stewart returned to the charts in a big way with his first album of original song in years, Time.  Still on a songwriting roll, he's following that up with another new album, due this fall.

AllAccess.com reports that at a presentation by Rod's label, Capitol Records, he spoke about the new set, which is called Another Country, and will be released in October.  He said of the project, "I've wondered about being in the armed forces, away from your sweetheart and your family ... that must be heartbreaking ... that is what Another Country is all about."  At the event, Rod also performed his new song, "Stay with Me Tonight."

In November, Rod told Vegas Player magazine that his new album would be released in the spring and would feature a lot of "Celtic melodies,"and that he'd also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds.  It's not clear if that's what this new album will actually sound like.

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Wednesday
May202015

Hayley Williams' Inspiration for “Bad Blood” Character Is Not What You Think

Big Machine RecordsHayley Williams has revealed the inspiration behind her character in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. Turns out, the Paramore singer didn’t chose the moniker “The Crimson Curse” because of her flame-red hair.

Someone on Twitter asked her why she picked the name, and she gave this TMI response: "because what is as brutal as a period? NOTHING I TELL YA."

The star-studded video for Taylor’s new tune -- which also features Lena Dunham, Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss, Jessica Alba and many others -- premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.

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Wednesday
May202015

Designers Imagine Lady Gaga's Wedding Dress; Gaga Says Dress Will Be "Totally for Taylor"

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LAThe world will be watching to see what Lady Gaga will wear on her wedding day. Will it be a wedding dress made out of meat, or something see-through and sparkly? The notoriously fashion-forward star will no doubt pick something eye-popping. But until she makes her choice, some of the biggest designers in the industry are offering their suggestions.

Fashion publication Women's Wear Daily enlisted designers including Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, Monique Lhuillier, Donna Karan and Betsey Johnson to imagine what Gaga’s wedding attire would look like. The designers came up with everything from a veil made of flowers to a completely backless -- we’re talking bare derriere -- dress. Some went more traditional, like Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection, while others went completely avant garde, like Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery for Sibling.

The only hint Gaga has given so far is that her fiancé, Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, will definitely have a say in her final decision. “It will be totally for Taylor,” Gaga tells WWD of her gown plans. “It’s all about my man. I haven’t really thought about anything specific yet but whatever it is, it will be totally for him.”

The two got engaged on Valentine’s Day this year. They’ve been together since 2011.

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Wednesday
May202015

Incubus' "Trust Fall (Side A)" Debuts in Top 10 of "Billboard" 200

Image Courtesy of Island RecordsIncubus' comeback release has landed in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The band's four-song EP, Trust Fall (Side A), has debuted at number six on the chart, moving 40,000 equivalent album units, which includes sales and streams, in its first week.

Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind, last week's number-one album, slips down one spot to number two this week after being overtaken by the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack.

Trust Fall (Side A) gives Incubus five straight top-10 albums -- six if you count the band's 2009 greatest hits compilation Monuments and Melodies -- on the Billboard 200. Incubus' last album, 2011's If Not Now, When? debuted at number two on the chart.

Incubus will be touring in support of Trust Fall (Side A) this summer on a co-headlining trek with Deftones. The tour, which also features Death from Above 1979, runs from July 22 in Clarkston, Michigan, to August 30 in Chula Vista, California.

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Wednesday
May202015

Report: Ciara and Russell Wilson Taking a Break in Their Relationship

Epic RecordsIt's only been a few short weeks since we learned of Ciara's new relationship with NFL star Russell Wilson, but already it seems they've hit a rough patch.

A source revealed to E! News that "things have gone a little rocky" between the Ci Ci and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, resulting in a little break in their relationship.

"They haven't broken up yet," the source explained. "But things are not looking good."

While neither has commented, the pair's relationship went public when they attended a state dinner at the White House together in April.

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Wednesday
May202015

Marvin Sapp Announces Release Date for Next Album, "You Shall Live"

RCA InspirationMarvin Sapp continues his storied career with his upcoming gospel album, You Shall Live, arriving next month.

"I was in a very transparent space when I recorded this album," says Marvin in a statement. "I wanted to deliver something that was going to encourage those who are in the valleys of their lives, to let them know I get it."

He continues, "I know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out of your chest. But, I also needed them to know that no matter the heartbreak, God’s got us and even the most painful experience can be overcome."

You can expect his tenth studio effort, which includes his lead single "Yes You Can," to be released on Tuesday, June 2 via RCA Inspiration.

Here's the official track list:

"Greater"
"Honor and Glory"
"Count on You"
"Live"
"Beloved"
"Yes You Can"
"Old Rugged Cross"
"Thank You for the Cross"
"Holy Spirit Overflow"
"Your Love Wins"
"Praise Your Way Through"

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Wednesday
May202015

Jamie Foxx's "Hollywood" on Track for 24K+ Sales Debut 

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsThis week saw the surprise release of Jamie Foxx's Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses, which is projected to have a modest sales start, based on first-day forecasts.

According to Hits Daily Double, industry insiders estimate that the singer's set will sell approximately 24,000 to 27,000 copies in its first week, which includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales as well as traditional album sales.

Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses, Foxx's first album in five years, features contributions from Wale, Pharrell, Fabolous and Chris Brown.

The official sales tally will be released next Wednesday.


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Wednesday
May202015

Star-Studded 2014 Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert to Be Released as CD/DVD Set in July

Loud & Proud RecordsA two-CD/DVD set featuring recordings and footage from the all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert held this past November at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta will be released on July 24. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans! includes performances of many of the famed Southern rock band's best-loved songs by such artists as Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and Donnie Van Zant, as well as by the current Skynyrd lineup.

Among the show's many highlights was a special version of "Travelin' Man" that featured Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant duetting with an archival video of his late brother, founding Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant.  Other memorable moments included Allman singing "Tuesday's Gone," Frampton playing "Call Me the Breeze," Cheap Trick performing "Give Me Back My Bullets" and Daniels and Donnie Van Zant teaming up for a rendition of "Down South Jukin'."  To close out the concert, the entire cast joined Lynyrd Skynyrd for an inspired performance of "Sweet Home Alabama."

"Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable," says founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington.  "It was a really special night and I'm so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home."

Prior to the release of the CD/DVD package, Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans! will get its television debut when it premieres on the AXS TV network on July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd will launch a lengthy North American tour on May 28 in Westbury, New York.  The band has dates lined up all the way through an October 2 show in Nashville.

Here is the full track list for Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans!:

"Whiskey Rock a Roller" -– Randy Houser
"You Got That Right" -- Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall
"Saturday Night Special" -- Aaron Lewis
"Workin' for MCA" -- Blackberry Smoke
"Don't Ask Me No Questions" -- O.A.R.
"Gimme Back My Bullets" -- Cheap Trick
"The Ballad of Curtis Loew" -- moe. & John Hiatt
"Simple Man" -- Gov't Mule
"That Smell" -- Warren Haynes
"Four Walls of Raiford" -- Jamey Johnson
"I Know a Little" -- Jason Isbell
"Call Me the Breeze" -- Peter Frampton
"What's Your Name" -- Trace Adkins
"Down South Jukin'" -- Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant
"Gimme Three Steps" -- Alabama
"Tuesday's Gone" -- Gregg Allman
"Travelin' Man" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny and Ronnie Van Zant (Ronnie on big screen)
"Free Bird" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd and the entire lineup

Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd' upcoming North American tour dates:

5/28 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
5/29 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
5/30 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Patriotic Festival
6/11 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – The Joint
6/12 -- Grande Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
6/13 -- Austin, TX, 20th Anniversary ROT Rally - Travis County Expo Center
6/19 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater at Encore Park
6/20 -- Bluefield, WV, Mitchell Stadium
6/26 -- Dover, DE, Big Barrel Festival
6/27 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
6/28 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
7/14 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Ottawa Bluesfest
7/16 -- Oshkosh, WI, Rock USA
7/17 -- Chillicothe, IL, Country Life Music Festival – 3 Sisters Park
7/31 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino
8/1 -- Council Bluffs, IA, GrassRoots II Festival - River's Edge Park
8/2 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens & Event Center – Outdoor Amphitheatre
8/4 -- Sturgis, SD, Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground
8/6 -- Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair
8/7 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
8/8 -- Billings, MT,  Montanafair
8/14 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/15 -- Watertown, NY, Freshener/F.X. Caprara Summer Concert Series - Watertown Fairgrounds
8/18 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/19 -- Harrisonburg, VA, Rockingham County Fair
8/21 -- Avondale, IL, Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival
8/28 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights
9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater
9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Commons – Community
9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair
9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/17 -- Jackson CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater

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Wednesday
May202015

Kristian Bush Launching International Military Concert Tour with Memorial Day Show at Pearl Harbor

Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops."

Following his shows in Japan, Kristian is making multiple appearances in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival, including a performance at the Bluebird Café on June 9 and another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry June 13.

Kristian's new single, "Light Me Up," is also coming to country radio June 1 as the follow-up to his top-20 hit, "Trailer Hitch." Both tracks are included on Kristian's debut solo project, Southern Gravity, available now.

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