» I Know What You'll Do This Summer:Brad Paisley launches his Beat This Summer Tour May 9, and it feels like it'll be a hard tour to beat this summer. Exactly. Chris Young and Lee Brice are coming along as openers and the whole thing is presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Maryland Heights, MO is up first, and 29 dates are already on the books, here. Additionally, Paisley has decided to donate one dollar from each ticket sale to the charity Live Beyond. More on that organization here.
» McCready's Mountain: An industry conference in Nashville this week became the setting for an unlikely yet beautiful tribute to the late Mindy McCready. Unsurprisingly, the man behind the memorial was Vince Gill, who admitted he didn't know her well. "But she was part of our family and the history of country music – and that mattered," he said at the event, hosted at, appropriately, the Mother Church of country music – the Ryman Auditorium. Vince then played "Go Rest High On That Mountain" for a crowd so quiet it was as if they stopped breathing. Also unsurprisingly, the performance drew a standing ovation.
» Better Off Red: Taylor Swift has been known to make careers with her tour opener selections. For The Red Tour she's chosen Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line and Casey James. The tour starts March 13 in Omaha. Ed Sheeran was previously announced for all tour stops, and Austin Mahone joins the bill in stadiums. The tour will include 66 shows in 47 cities, including nine stadium dates. See the full itinerary here.
» Keep A Secret: Former Stealing Angels band members Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth are running around the world trying to win The Amazing Race this season and, through the magic of television, the show has already finished shooting. So Jennifer and Caroline gather with family and friends to watch themselves each week, and it's becoming increasing difficult to keep the results a secret. "They make you sign a contract saying, if you tell ... you have to pay 10 million dollars," Caroline tells us. "It puts the fear in you and that kinda shuts you up." Jennifer adds, "It's really hard, though. In the first episode we almost got elimininated and everyone wanted to know if we were gonna be okay." The girls left Bora Bora in seventh place and head to New Zealand for episode three Sunday night (3/3) on CBS-TV.
» Mush Room: Sled, Artic, Polar and Fjällräven are four of the world's coldest words, and now you can add Craig Morgan to the list. He'll participate in a 200-mile dog sled excursion above the Arctic Circle called the Fjällräven Polar April 9-13. The journey will be documented for his TV show All Access Outdoors which airs on the Outdoor Channel.
» Dancing With The Stars Trek: You may have heard that Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler will journey into the unknown as cast members on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. Kellie will depend on Julianne's brother Derek Hough to teach her the mysterious Paso Doble, while Wynonna partners with Tony Dovolani. The country girls will find their way with Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, ice skater Dorothy Hamill, boxer Victor Ortiz, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, comedians D.L. Hugley and Andy Dick, and more when season 16 premieres March 18 on ABC-TV.
» Let's Get Ready To Reba: Reba will emcee Celebrity Fight Night XIX March 23 in Phoenix. The charity event includes performances by Jennifer Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus and more under the musical direction of David Foster. Reba will also auction dinner for four at her Beverly Hills home with herself and husband Narvel Blackstock. Proceeds go to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. More here.
» In Case You Missed It: Jason Aldean took a trip back to "1994" Wednesday (2/27) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Watch here.
» An Affair To Remember: The 50th anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins will be remembered at the Grand Ole Opry's first Tuesday Night Opry of the year March 5. The evening will include performances of their hit records by Jean Shepard, Mandy Barnett, Terri Clark, John Conlee and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys. Also on the night's bill are performances from Florida Georgia Line and Riders In The Sky.
The Academy of Country Music will hold its seventh ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas leading up to the 48th ACM Awards. The event will feature perfomances from Sunny Sweeney, Joe Nichols, Kip Moore and Gary Allan April 5. Chris Janson, Randy Houser, Jana Kramer and Jake Owen will perform April 6.
The Band Perry will headline Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! on The Lawn at Riverfront Park in Nashville, TN. The summer holiday show will include performances from Keb’ Mo’ and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Shelby Lynne, The Oak Ridge Boys and Sam Moore are the newest lineup additions for George Jones’ Nov. 22 final Nashville concert. They will join previously announced performers Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Lorrie Morgan, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson.
Storme Warren (3/2)
Friday (3/1): The Mavericks, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
Sunday (3/3): Trace Adkins, The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC); Carrie Underwood, Blown Away Tour (AXS TV).
Monday (3/4): Little Big Town, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS); Trace Adkins, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS); Sarah Darling, Conan (TBS).
Upcoming Album Releases
Ashley Monroe Like A Rose (3/5)
Luke BryanSpring Break… Here To Party (3/5)
Kacey MusgravesSame Trailer Different Park (3/19)
Blake SheltonBased On A True Story ... (3/26)
Thompson SquareJust Feels Good (3/26)
Maggie RoseCut To Impress (3/26)
» Moore Nash Gill: Everyone knows Deacon Claybourne doesn't like surprises, but that didn't stop Juliette Barnes from inviting Kip Moore (top, r) and Vince Gill (bottom, r) along with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach to the (TV mock-up of) The Bluebird Café for a birthday celebration. Watch Wednesday's (2/27) episode of Nashvillehere.