Sugarland will kick off their Still The Same Tour May 4th in Durant, OK. The reunited country duo hits the road with guests Brandy Clark and "Nashville"s Clare Bowen on the first leg.   Frankie Ballard and

Lindsay Ell are on the second leg.

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Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Midland, Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson are among the country and Americana acts booked for the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Eminem, Muse and the Killers will headline the four-day event running June 7th through 10th in Manchester, Tennessee.

Other Bonnaroo performers include Sheryl Crow, The Brummies and Larkin Poe. The Grand Ole Opry will also have a presence at the festival.

Bonnaroo tickets go on sale Friday (1/12) through the festival’s website.

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Sugarland revealed the 48 cities that will be on their Still The Same 2018 tour. Among them are Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Nashville.

The tour update comes days after the duo’s Times Square performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles revealed their reunion at the 51st annual CMA Awards when they presented the award for duo of the year to Brothers Osborne. Later that evening, they celebrated their new recording contract with Big Machine Label Group with a performance at the label’s after-party.

Visit http://SugarlandMusic.com  to see the list of cities and sign up for the email newsletter for first dibs at tickets. Fan pre-sale begins January 9th.

Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox escaped injury when his bus caught fire on Saturday morning.

The singer and his brother were traveling on the singer's bus to Louisiana, where they planned to go hunting, when the blaze started. LeVox posted video on Instagram Saturday, showing thick white smoke billowing from inside the bus, permeating the space where the bunks are all the way to the steps.

LeVox wrote: "My bus caught on fire this mornin on my way to a hunting trip. My brother Kevin and I got out. It happened so quick and could have been a different story if the ammunition would have caught fire. What a way to start 2018. Thank you lord for your covering this mornin!"
 
LeVox included a short narration in the background of the video, which looks like it was captured via cell phone. "This is our Louisiana trip," he says glumly as the smoke billows.

 

Chris Stapleton is one of three collaborators announced for Justin Timberlake's new album.

According to a release, “Man of the Woods” will also include collaborations with Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland.

Stapleton's career famously exploded when he and the global pop icon delivered a knockout performance of "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Drink You Away" at the 2015 CMAs. Speaking with Billboard shortly after the awards show, Stapleton said he and Timberlake first bonded years earlier over fatherhood and a shared appreciation for each other's music, then began to share new tunes as a way of keeping in touch. 

A piece of country music history found its way to a Goodwill store in Kansas City recently, and the employees are pretty excited about it. According to WDAF-TV, a fiddle once belonging to country legend Roy Acuff was donated to the Goodwill location along with a letter detailing its significant history. The fiddle had been handcrafted by Acuff's Uncle Evart in 1945 and was sold to the Country Music Hall of Fame member for $125. The fiddle was put up for auction online by the Goodwill and has fetched over $8,000. 


RaeLynn is calling on fans to help find her lost dog, Dolly, who ran off her tour bus on New Year's night due to the loud fireworks outside. RaeLynn was playing a show in the Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg area of East Tennessee when her dog went missing, and she's asking for people in that area to be on the lookout. The pup is a small, tan colored Chihuahua, who RaeLynn says she can't imagine being without. Now, Chrisley Knows Best star Todd Chrisley has taken to Instagram to personally offer a $5,000 reward for the return of RaeLynn's dog. 

 

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is pregnant with twin girls, and the singer has shared a video showing the babies kicking in her womb.

She captioned the Instagram post:  “Baby Ninjas. I’m still absolutely floored by the fact that we are created to carry life, and that they MOVE like this within us. As I’m nearing the end of carrying these two precious little girls, I’m trying to soak up these (slightly less uncomfortable) moments that I will miss and try to hold in my heart forever.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has criticized Luke Bryan for gifting his wife two baby kangaroos for Christmas. After both Bryan and his wife Caroline posted photos of the handsome pair on Instagram, the animal rights organization stepped in to make a statement, and offer to help the couple right what PETA sees as a wrong.

PETA's statement appears on the organization's website under the headline "Luke Bryan Should Send Christmas Kangaroos to a Sanctuary." The statement explains that "[b]aby kangaroos belong in their mothers’ pouches, not in gift bags."

It goes on:  "These joeys have complex needs, including specialized diets and room to roam — they are not toys and will only become more difficult to care for as they grow older. PETA is calling for an investigation into where these kangaroos came from and stands ready to help Luke Bryan right this wrong and move these vulnerable marsupials to a reputable sanctuary."

The Bryans plan to raise the baby joeys at Brett's Barn, a farm established in memory of Caroline's late niece. The state of Tennessee does not regulate the private ownership of some exotic animals (including kangaroos).

After Carrie Underwood wrote a letter to fan club members telling them she "might look different" due to a serious facial injury she suffered during a fall in November, people started to speculate at how serious the injury was or how different her appearance might be. But a picture of Underwood with Bravo's Below Deck star Adrienne Gang, which was taken about a month after the fall, is now getting people's renewed attention. The photo shows Underwood standing next to Gang, with Carrie looking just as stunning as ever. Responding to people on social media, Adrienne later reassured everyone that she had no clue Carrie had been injured when the photo was taken, adding that "she looked amazing." 

In her letter, Underwood told fans that in addition to the surgery she underwent to fix her broken wrist, she also had between 40-50 stiches put into her face.

Blake Shelton was the most played country artist in 2017.

Shelton came in at No. 1 on both Top 5 overall artists and male artists lists, compiled in a year-end Mediabase report. The singer had multiple hits throughout the year, including "I'll Name the Dogs" and "Guy With a Girl" and "Every Time I Hear That Song."  

Thomas Rhett followed Shelton on the Top Overall Artists list, and debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and Billboard 200, marking his first No. 1 debut on the all-genre chart. Brett Young, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line round out the Top 5 artists on the list. Shelton, Rhett, Young and Aldean all appear on the Top Male Artists collective as well, with Jon Pardi coming in at No. 5.

Maren Morris was the top female artist on country radio, gaining considerable air time with hits like "I Could Use a Love Song" and "80s Mercedes." She's followed by Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina, Carrie Underwood and newcomer Carly Pearce.