Tim McGraw Speaks Out On #NeverAgain Movement

One week after the deadly mass shooting in Florida, Tim McGraw was among the millions of Americans watching as students rallied at the Florida state capitol and Washington, D.C. demanding action on school safety and gun control. McGraw called Scott Beigel, one of the teachers who died in the Stoneman Douglas shooting, a “true hero,” and was deeply moved by the students’ demonstrations. He also revealed Beigel was a friend of one of his associates. In a Twitter post, McGraw said: “I learned one of the teachers at Stoneman Douglas, Scott Beigel, was a friend of one of my associates.  A true hero who lost his life protecting the children.  I’m deeply moved by these students who are lifting their voices, challenging us to listen, learn, and make real changes.”

Tim McGraw Says He’s ‘Deeply Moved’ by Florida Students Speaking Out After Shooting

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Sam Hunt To Headline Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s “Legends Day” Concert

Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert ahead of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 this May. Hunt will perform on May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ahead of the race, Canaan Smith and Filmore will open the concert, which starts at 3:30PM. Tickets are currently on sale via IMS.com. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held on Sunday, May 27. Hunt announced that he will be curating a festival in April with back-to-back nights of the inaugural Nashional Music Festival, a multi-genre event that will also feature Brothers Osborneand Lanco. That festival is set to take place at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall on April 20-21. And In June, he’s headlining the 2018 Taste of Country Music Festival in New York.

Country star Sam Hunt to headline Legends Day Concert for this year’s Indy 500

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Chris Janson To Be Officially Inducted To Grand Ole Opry Next Month

Chris Janson will officially become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry during a ceremony set to take place March 20. Janson found out when he’ll be inducted on Tuesday night, during his first performance on the Opry since he was first invited to become a member. As previously reported, on February 5, Keith Urban surprised Chris with the good news during the Missouri native’s sold-out show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Carly Pearce, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Lorrie Morgan are just some of the artists who are set to take the Opry stage the night of Chris’s induction. 

Chris Janson’s Grand Ole Opry Induction Set for March 20: “I Will Be the Greatest Ambassador the Opry Has Ever Had”

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Toby Keith Celebrating First Single’s 25th Anniversary With “Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV”

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of his first hit, Toby Keith has announced his Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV. The tour will keep Keith on the road throughout 2018.  Back on Feb. 12, 1993, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” was released by Keith and went on to become the most-played country song of the decade; it also helped earn Keith  a spot in the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2015. Keith penned “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” in a hotel bathroom, after one of his hunting buddies was passed over at a bar for a cowboy. Keith’s Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV will kick off in April and travel throughout North America. A complete list of dates is below.

Toby Keith Names His 2018 Tour in Honor of Very First Hit

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Margo Price Debuts New Video For Her Single ‘A Little Pain’

Margo Price has released her new music video for “A Little Pain.” Directed by Mike Dempsey and Joshua Shoemaker, the clip features Price playing an underpaid and under-appreciated diner waitress, sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever had to endure a service industry job. The video was shot at Nashville’s historic Elliston Place Soda Shop. The diner shots are interspersed with clips of Price and her band jamming in a laundromat.  Price wrote about the video on Twitter, saying “I prepared for this role my entire life,” See the video in the link below!

Watch Margo Price Endure the Grind in New Video for “A Little Pain”

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Chris Young Adding More Dates To His “Losing Sleep” Tour

Chris Young has announced that he is adding nine dates to his “Losing Sleep” world tour, including a Sept. 15 tour stop at Oklahoma’s BOK Center.  A news release said the dates were added in response to Young playing five consecutive sold-out weekends of arena shows and scoring his 10th No. 1 single. Special guests Kane Brown and Morgan Evans will join him for the added dates All of the additional Chris Young 2018 Losing Sleep Tour Dates are in the link below.

Chris Young Extends His Losing Sleep Tour

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Blake Shelton Launches New Tour With Carly Pearce And Brett Eldredge

Blake Shelton launched his 14-date Country Music Freaks Tour with openers Carly Pearce and Brett Eldredge on Feb. 15. Between his role as a coach on The Voice, releasing the new single “I Lived It” and making the media rounds, Blake says touring is still his favorite part of his career, and he’s excited that Carly and Brett are along for the ride.  Shelton said “I can’t believe this lineup actually worked out, because Brett, his career is blowing up. He’s the new dude in country music that’s taken off, and I couldn’t be happier for him. And man, it’s tough, you know, we wanted a female artist for the tour to represent the girls in country music . . . and we’re so lucky to get Carly, and I can’t thank her enough for signing on for this tour. She’s going to make us look good.” Blake has 11 more dates left on his Country Music Freaks Tour, including stops in St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia and more.

Blake Shelton Kicks Off ‘Country Music Freaks Tour’ In Tulsa

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Vince Gill Defends Grammys On Female Representation Criticism

Vince Gill has spoken in defense of The Recording Academy, which has recently come under critical fire for under-representing female artists.  The country star spoke before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame, sharing the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha. He claimed it is “impossible” to not leave some artists off the list in a given year. Gill concluded that all that matters is that musical people are “conscious of what’s great at the end of the day,” adding, “We don’t care about genres, of color of skin, or gender, or anything. We just love playing music with great people and that’s all.”  The Recording Academy was pointed out in this arena last month for several Grammy Awards-related incidents, most notably a lack of female winners. Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow responded by saying women need to “step up”; a comment he later said was taken out of context and regrettable.

Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation

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Troy Gentry’s Widow Sues Helicopter Company Over Fatal Crash

The widow of Montgomery Gentry musician Troy Gentry has filed suit against the company behind the helicopter he was riding in during the September crash that took his life.  In the suit, filed against Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Keystone Helicopter Corporation, Angela K. Gentry alleges that there were multiple defects in the craft, which the defendants “made it a point to hide and deny.” According to the suit, the helicopter pilot offered Gentry a sightseeing ride, but the throttle cable jammed as soon as the craft became airborne, and the helicopter’s engine went into high speed.  Gentry died at age 50 on Sept. 8, 2017, in a fatal helicopter crash near a small New Jersey airport. His band had been scheduled to perform at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford that night. 

Troy Gentry’s Widow Sues Helicopter Company Over Crash

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U.S. Senate Rejects Trump Immigration Plan

On Thursday, the US Senate voted down President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal, leaving Congress with no viable plan for shielding “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation once their protections expire beginning March 5. At least 14 Republicans joined most Democrats in opposing the measure, which was defeated 39 to 60 despite the president warning he would veto any plan that did not meet his criteria. The Senate had earlier rejected a bipartisan proposal that would have put 18 million immigrants brought to the country illegally as children on a path to citizenship and funded border security upgrades, but which made only slight changes to legal immigration policy.

The Latest: Senate rejects Trump immigration measure

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