Reba McEntire is back with the label that launched her. She has signed a new deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. "It's a wonerful feeling to be back with the family where I started," Reba says in a press release. "I am thrilled because my catalog is here at Universal and I'm really excited to revisit all the songs that I recorded many years ago. We're going to have a lot of fun." Reba spent the first 32 years of her career with UMG Nashville. She earned 33 of her 35 number one singles with the label and sold more than 56 million albums.
Congratulations to Frankie Ballard and his wife Christina. They became parents to a baby girl on February 8th. They announced Pepper Lynn Ballard's arrival on Instagram on February 20th. "God gave us a DAUGHTER!!!" Christina writes, calling Pepper "a precious angel and beautiful gift from Heaven."
Luke Combs lost a bet during the football season and had to go on a 90-day vegan diet. "I mean I'm still alive, I'll put it that way," he says. "I eat a lot bars like protein bars, lots of veggies. And, if you're not familiar with vegan, it's no animal products whatsoever: no meat, no cheese, no milk, no butter, no anything good. So I've still got about 70-odd days left, which is pretty depressing to think about." Luke has also added another 15 dates to his What You See Is What You Get Tour. The new shows will feature an in-the-round stage design.
Luke Bryan teamed with Constellation Brands to develop his own beer. It's called Two Lane Americana Golden Lager. "Between my songs, Instagram posts and onstage toasts to my audience, it's no secret that I like beer," says Luke. "For a long time, I've dreamed of creating a beer to enjoy no matter if you are hanging out at one of my shows or at home with friends and family, and I was so grateful to find a partner in Constellation to make that dream a reality."
Unfortunately, Chad Brownlee had to cancel his upcoming shows in Ontario. He shared the news earlier today in a statement on social media. "Due to unforeseen health concerns I will not be able to perform at my upcoming "Forever's Gotta Start Somewhere Tour" in Ontario this March/April. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes," he wrote. "It's not a decision I take lightly and ask for everyone's patience and understanding. I look forward to visiting London, Toronto, St. Catharines, Peterborough, Oshawa, Kitchener and Ottawa in the near future. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. The western leg of the tour is still planned to be announced on August 25th. I love you all. CB."
Trace Adkins will be on the road this spring and summer for his "The Way I Wanna Go Tour". It will start April 15th. "I'll be on stage singing 'Every Light in the House Is On', and I look down at the crowd and realize that person right there wasn't even alive when I recorded that song," says Trace. "To watch their face go, 'Oh, that's a cool hook, I like this.' It's like, 'Well, these songs still resonate today and are tried and true hits.' It's pretty special."
Darius Rucker is partnering with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to serve as an official ambassador for South Carolina tourism in 2020. He will make appearances at several tourism events, including the RBC Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head in April. He will also appear on marketing material for the state's DiSCover campaign and as the cover story for their official vacation guide.
Brad Paisley announced that he will heading out on a 2020 World Tour. It will kick off May 15th in California. The tour will also head to Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Canada. Jordan Davis and Gabby Barrett are his support acts. A portion of ticket sales will go to The Store, a non-profit free-referral based grocery store that Brad and his wife Kimberly run in partnership with Belmont University.