Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett are back to host this year's CMA Fest TV special, which will air August 4 on ABC. You'll see performances from Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young. There will also be collaborations between Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban; Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers; Brothers Osborne, Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde; Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell; Tim McGraw and Luke Combs; Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile; and Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett.
Luke Bryan will be hitting the road for his 11th Annual Farm Tour between September 26 and October 5. This time he is taking Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, DJ Rock and the Peach Pickers with him. The tour will make 6 stops at farms in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas and Oklahoma. Over the years, Luke has given more than 60 scholarships to local students from farming families where the tour has played.
Old Dominion will release their third album on October 25. It will be self-titled. They co-produced the album with Shane McAnally, who was behind their two previous albums. The project already features a number one single with "Make It Sweet" and their latest song, "One Man Band", which was written by Josh Osborne with Matthew, Trevor and Brad from Old Dominion.
Blake Shelton has his 26th number one song with "God's Country". It tops both the Mediabase chart and Billboard Country Airplay chart this week. The song was written by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson and is his first number one since "I'll Name the Dogs" in December 2017.
In honour of his new song Dive Bar, which he recorded with Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks is planning to spend part of his summer in dive bars. The tour will start in Chicago on July 15 and will stop in six different cities. Blake and Garth will perform the song together live at Garth's Stadium Tour stop in Boise, Idaho on July 19. He's also been working on a new album called Fun and has told Billboard that it should be done "by the end of July".
Kelsea Ballerini is feeling better after spending part of her vacation in Greece with food poisoning. She shared a picture of her being nursed back to health by her husband, Morgan Evans. "Welp. I spent the better part of our time in Santorini with a wicked case of food poisoning," Kelsea wrote on Instagram. "Lucky for me I have the sweetest man who kept me stocked up on Powerade and the view from our room was still the prettiest sunset I had ever seen. Here's a realgram for ya because I'm starting to be able to laugh about it."