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Ronnie Dunn Performs on Dr. Phil

Ronnie Dunn stopped by Dr. Phil today to perform his new song “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes” from his new album Peace, Love and Country Music. Check it out.

Charles Esten Supports St. Jude- Photo of the Day

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Charles “Chip” Esten welcomed St. Jude patient Mae to the last taping of the season for ABC’s “Nashville” at LP Field. Chip’s daughter is a cancer survivor, so he looks forward to performing at Bridgestone Arena after the St. Jude Country Music Marathon on April 26th to show his support for the St. Jude mission and the St. Jude Heroes who run for a reason.

Zac Brown Band Announces New Member & Tour!

Zac Brown Band kicks off ‘The Great American Road Trip Tour’ in May, introducing ZBB’s new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. The tour announcement comes on the heels of ZBB selling out a two-night stand at Fenway Park without any support acts — a feat only accomplished by four other bands (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, The Police and The Rolling Stones).

Often praised for their “unparalleled musicianship” (VH1), which earns the band standing ovations at every awards show they play, ZBB’s latest musical expansion will see long-time ZBB bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins playing different instruments. Already known to “electrify with ear-grabbing vocals” (Billboard), Hopkins will continue to sing and play bass, but take on guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, upright bass, and banjo in the band.

ZBB fans will recognize Matt Mangano from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged. Mangano was even a featured guest player on the band’s first live CD/DVD release Pass the Jar… in 2010. Before playing with Zac Brown Band, Mangano toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and performed with singer/songwriters Darrell Scott and Dave Barnes.

Of the new line-up, Zac Brown said: “We’re always growing as musicians and challenging ourselves to bring new things to our fans. Hop is an amazing talent and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve got coming for the live show.”

The band’s latest project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 was produced by Dave Grohl and released on Zac’s own Southern Ground Artists label. The “genius” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) collaboration “embodies the best of all parties involved” (NY Times). To date, Zac Brown Band have earned three GRAMMY Awards, sold over 6 million albums and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles.

Grammy-winning country artist Kacey Musgraves will be joining Zac Brown Band as support on four dates this summer. Musgraves previously performed at the band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in 2013.

Zac Brown Band – ‘The Great American Road Trip Tour’:

5/24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena – on sale now
5/29 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – on sale now*
5/30 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – on sale now*
5/31 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre – on sale now*
6/01 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre – on sale now*
6/05 – Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at the Wharf – on sale now
6/06 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – on sale now
6/07 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – on sale now
6/12 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion – on sale now
6/13 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center – on sale now
6/14 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center – on sale 4/18
6/19 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center – on sale now
6/20 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center – on sale now
6/21 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium – SOLD OUT
6/22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live – on sale now
6/27 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park – SOLD OUT
6/28 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park – SOLD OUT
7/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater – on sale now
7/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center – on sale 4/18
7/12 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion – on sale 4/18
7/13 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center – on sale now
7/16 – Paso Robles, CA – Midstate Fair – on sale now
7/20 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – SOLD OUT
8/02 – Camrose, Alberta, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree – on sale now
8/04 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip – on sale now
8/09 – Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest – on sale now
8/15 – Endicott, NY – Dick’s Sporting Goods Open – SOLD OUT

* With Kacey Musgraves

Additionally this summer, Zac Brown Band joins a few festivals! Check out the rest of ZBB’s tour dates here.

Willie Nelson Set to Receive His 5th Degree Black Belt

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Willie Nelson will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system. At a ceremony on Monday, April 28th at 7:30pm, Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson at his studio, Master Martial Arts, located at 3425 Bee Cave Rd C-4 in Austin, TX. The celebration takes place two days before Nelson’s birthday.

Nelson has been a practitioner of martial arts most of his life, starting with studying kung fu when he was a songwriter in Nashville. In the past 20 years he has been training in the art of Tae Kwon Do and Gong Kwon Yu Sul often practicing techniques while traveling on the road in his bus, Honeysuckle Rose. Just prior to his 80th birthday last year, Nelson told Men’s Health Magazine, “Really, all my life, Charles Atlas and Bruce Lee were on my mind. It’s a good form of exercise, especially as you get older. I went through school playing all kinds of sports. I played shortstop. I ran track. I played football. I was a pole vaulter. Then when I went to Nashville, I got into some martial arts and kung fu. I liked it. We used to offer kung fu lessons to the kids in town. It’s good for you.”

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Say Farewell to Las Vegas

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill closed out their Soul2Soul residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas Saturday night (4/12), and Faith took to Twitter to mark the occasion.

“We would like to thank the incredible staff & crew at The Venetian for their hard work and hospitality during both runs of #soul2soul,” Faith posted, She also thanked the fans who came out to see the shows: “It was a thrill getting to perform for you all on that stage.”

Faith is featured on Tim’s new single, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” That song is included on Tim’s upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out September 16.

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