Big & Rich and Proxima Brands announced the launch of the GIT Big $ Rich Casino game, available on all digital app stores now. The casino-style game is free to download and offers loyalty points that players can cash in for unique Big $ Rich gear and even a chance for a VIP experience to a concert.  
 
Proxima Brands has a very solid track record with building quality gaming apps and the extension of this game echoes the energy and flow of the Big & Rich brand.  Recently, Proxima Brands launched several popular social media gaming apps featuring music legends George Strait, Alabama and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  

 

Rascal Flatts will return to the road this summer on their newly announced Back to Us Tour.

Although dates have not been released yet, the trio will visit more than 25 cities, including Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and more.

Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce will serve as openers.

https://www.rascalflatts.com/

 

Dierks Bentley will release his next project, titled "The Mountain", sometime in 2018.

"The Mountain" will be Bentley's ninth album, and was largely put together in Telluride, Colo.  Bentley tells NPR that his inspiration for the album came following a set at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2017. He wrote with names familiar in Nashville, Natalie Hemby, Ross Copperman and more -- but in Telluride, not in Music City; Bentley recorded the album at a studio about 30 minutes outside of town.

 

Performances from the Dixie Chicks‘ DCX MMXVI World Tour will be featured on a new live album arriving on Friday.

The Chicks’ Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin and Emily Strayer announced the release on Wednesday (Jan 10) through social media.

 Carrie Underwood will open NBC’s Super Bowl LII on February 4 with a video filmed last year for her anthemic song, “The Champion,” released globally Friday. Underwood co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano, and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who Underwood asked to collaborate on the event song. NBC Sports will also incorporate “The Champion” into its coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The link to the video is below...

https://youtu.be/Htu3va7yDMg

Brandi Carlile, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band will perform the songs of Fleetwood Mac at the rock band’s 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute.  Proceeds from the January 26th concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall will benefit the Recording Academy’s nonprofit, MusiCares, which supports music people in need.

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks will receive their honor from former president Bill Clinton.

The night will also include performances by Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Juanes and Portugal. The Man. They join previously announced performers Keith Urban, Haim, Lorde, OneRepublic and Harry Styles. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

James Corden will host the 60th annual Grammy Awards live from Madison Square Garden on January 28th.

The all-star Charlie Daniels salute, the "Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie", has added performances by Alabama, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Sara Evans and Travis Tritt.

They join previously announced performers Daniels and the Charlie Daniels Band, Alison Krauss, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, the Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons.

Tickets for the concert event on March 7th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena are on sale through Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Journey Home Project; the nonprofit co-founded by Daniels and his manager David Corlew to support U.S. military veterans.

Luke Bryan will kick off the fourth annual Crash My Playa destination event next week (Jan. 17-20) in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke will headline two of the four night beach front concerts during the all-inclusive vacation event with Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt headlining the remaining two nights. Also set to perform are Dustin Lynch, Maren Morris and Brett Young along with new additions to the star power The Cadillac Three, Ryan Hurd, Adam Craig, Maggie Rose, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock. In addition to the beach front shows, additional day time performances will take place at the Barceló and Hard Rock Hotel.

http://crashmyplaya.com/

Lari White, best known for the '90s Top 10 hits "That's My Baby," "Now I Know," and "That's How You Know (When You're in Love)," has announced an ongoing battle with cancer.

A letter from White published in November explained the singer’s ordeal, which began with a persistent upset stomach. Exploratory surgery to diagnose the problem unfortunately resulted in the worst news.

The 52-year-old singer writes, “The surgery revealed advanced Peritoneal Cancer.. Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in and out of the hospital fighting for my life. This is, of course, my focus for the foreseeable future.”

White also related that she will be facing chemotherapy and additional surgery through 2018, which will keep her mostly bedridden as she battles the disease.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help with White’s hospital bills.


http://artistworks.com/blog/update-lari


https://www.gofundme.com/lari-white-cannon-fund

Dierks Bentley has been announced as Monday’s featured speaker (February 5th from 4 – 5:00 p.m.) for CRS 2018, set for Februay 5th through 7th in Nashville.
 
The conversation will spotlight Bentley’s rise to superstardom built by following his own path and not trends, ultimately celebrating a career built on the combination of commercial success and critical acclaim. The CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award presentation will take place during the CRS Opening Ceremonies, prior to Bentley’s conversation.
 

Emmylou Harris will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy this summer (dates TBA). Other honorees are Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen and Tina Turner.

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town are joining forces for a co-headlining tour this summer.

The Bandwagon Tour will kick off on July 12th in Charlotte, N.C., and make stops in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Tampa, Philadelphia, Toronto and more. So far, 13 dates have been scheduled, and more will be announced soon.

Tickets for select dates will become available as part of the Live Nation’s Country Megaticket on January 26th.

Willie Nelson abruptly canceled a Saturday night concert shortly after it began and has now canceled a string of upcoming shows. A representative says the country icon is dealing with a health issue.

Shortly after he began performing his opening song, "Whiskey River," during his Saturday night concert at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Nelson walked offstage, allegedly coughing and experiencing difficulty breathing. Nelson's publicist reported that Nelson is suffering from "a bad cold or the flu," and that he would be going home to Texas to get well. Those with tickets to Nelson's concert received automatic refunds.

Following the incident, Nelson canceled an additional set of upcoming concerts: at Palm Desert, Calif.'s McCallum Theater; at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nev., and at Laughlin, Nev.'s Edgewater Hotel Casino.

In late 2016 and early 2017, Nelson was forced to cancel a string of tour dates due to an undisclosed illness. However, he remained healthy throughout the rest of the year, and his publicist shot down a March rumor that he was "deathly ill."

Nelson's next scheduled concert is on February 7th in Macon, Ga.