Jason Aldean, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett lead the Faster Horses Festival lineup, which also includes Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson, Gone West f/Colbie Caillat, Riley Green, Hardy, Chris Lane, Tracy Lawrence, David Lee Murphy, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Mitchell Tenpenny and DeeJay Silver. The festival returns to Brooklyn, MI July 17th-19th.
https://fasterhorsesfestival.com/

The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville will host a Roger Miller tribute concert, "King of the Road: Celebrating The Music of Roger Miller", on March 22nd.

The all-star lineup includes Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson, Wynonna, Rodney Crowell, Chris Janson, Lee Ann Womack, Larry Gatlin, Cake and The War and Treaty. Buddy Miller will serve as bandleader.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT.  A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Thistle Farms, a nonprofit that aids female survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction.

Over the course of his 30-plus-year career, Roger Miller earned 11 Grammys and scored No. 1 hits with “Dang Me” and “King of the Road. Miller, who died in 1992 at age 56, was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

Kenny Chesney appears to be gearing up to release a new album.

Chesney's publicist says the singer/songwriter has spent a lot of time making music, working on songs and recording. His next album will be his first for Warner Music Nashville. Chesney also will start rehearsing for the Chillaxifacation 2020 Tour soon as well.

No official word on when we can expect to hear new songs from Kenny.

George Strait has revealed several new performance dates, including additional nights as part of his Strait to Vegas concert.

The country legend has revealed he’s heading to Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium on August 22nd for a headlining show with special guests Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town. Additional acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for that show are available beginning January 31st at 10 a.m. CT via ticketmaster.com.

Additionally, he has announced two new dates for the Strait to Vegas show including August 28-29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two concerts will include an opening set from Monument recording artist Caitlyn Smith. Tickets to those shows go on sale January 31st at 10 a.m. PT via straittovegas.com.
 
Strait has spent three years performing in Las Vegas as part of his Strait to Vegas show. 

CMT, the country music video and lifestyle channel has pledged to institute 50/50 airplay between male and female artists across all of its platforms, effective immediately.

CMT broke the news via Twitter on Tuesday morning (January 21st), writing:

"Effective immediately all music video hours on CMT and CMT Music channels will have complete parity between male and female artists. That means 50/50. #CMTEqualPlay."

In addition to the video channel, CMT's platforms include CMT Radio, the CMT Next Women of Country showcase and tour, and an upcoming list of rising stars called CMT's Listen Up list, which CMT will announce on January 24th.

Luke Combs will make his debut as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" next Saturday, February 1st, with host J.J. Watt.
 
Watt is a defensive end for the Houston Texans and will be making his debut as well.

The oldest son of country music legend Merle Haggard is carrying on father's music legacy.

Marty Haggard sounds and looks just like his dad.  Merle’s oldest son makes his home in the ArkLaTex, a short drive from Shreveport in Doyline. 

Merle Haggard is one of the greatest country singers of all time. He wrote and recorded hits like "Mama Tried", "Sing Me Back Home", and "Workin' Man Blues", which featured Shreveport's James Burton. In all, Haggard produced 38 number one hits.

Despite his dad's stardom, it wasn't always so easy for Marty who says he grew up poor near Bakersfield, California.  

Marty explains, “I was born and raised in a boxcar. And I was born when dad was in San Quentin Prison. We didn't have nothin'.”

It was in San Quentin Prison that Merle Haggard witnessed Johnny Cash’s performance. Merle had taught himself to play guitar. He played and sang in prison and many of his fellow inmates tried to convince him that he had a gift.

“When they finally released him in 1960, he came out with a dream to do something through music."

Twelve years later, Merle Haggard was a national sensation and playing for President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon in the White House. Marty Haggard tours and performs around the country. He presents his father’s songs as treasures, keeping them alive. The songs are very personal to Marty.

Part of his show is storytelling. Explaining to Merle Haggard fans the story behind nearly every song.

He describes his show as:  “A tribute to my dad. Basically, it’s just real intimate and you'll find it's not a show, it's a sharing.”

During his set on the Grand Ole Opry on Jan. 17, Gene Watson was surprised by Vince Gill with an invitation to join the esteemed club.

"He's one of the greatest country singers that's walked the earth," said Vince during Gene's introduction. After Gene performed "Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget" and "Nothing Sure Looked Good On You," Vince asked, "Would you mind singing 'Farewell Party'? The Opry told me if you would, you could be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry."

Gene replied, "I'm not sure I have anything left after that kind of surprise." Gene performed the tune as the sold-out crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Gene, who made his Opry debut 55 years ago at the age of 21, scored a number of Top 10 hits in the 1970s and ?80s, including "Love in the Hot Afternoon," "Paper Rosie," "Fourteen Carat Mind," "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without" and more.

Gene's invitation to join the Opry follows recent inductees Luke Combs (July 2019), Kelsea Ballerini (April 2019), Mark Wills (January 2019), Dustin Lynch (September 2018) and Chris Janson (March 2018).

Gene will be formally inducted into the Opry later this year.

Marty Stuart will release "The Pilgrim: A Wall-to-Wall Odyssey," an illustrated tabletop book (with CD) that details the making of his record "The Pilgrim", Stuart's 10th studio album, originally released in 1999. The concept project - based on true events that transpired in his hometown - was a turning point for Stuart. But the release was not a commercial success at the time.

Originally available in limited release during the 20th anniversary celebration of the album in the fall, "The Pilgrim" book is now available as a wide-release title via BMG, which began publishing music-related books in 2017. Included in "The Pilgrim: A Wall-to-Wall Odyssey" is a newly remastered CD of the original album, along with ten bonus tracks that feature guest performances by Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Uncle Josh Graves, Earl Scruggs and Stuart's wife, singer Connie Smith.

The book also features intimate photographs of Marty making music with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Rick Nelson, Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard,B.B. King, The Staple Singers, Tom Petty, John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, George Jones and Dolly Parton.

The U.S. leg of Old Dominion's We Are Old Dominion Tour starts May 5th in Key West, FL, with Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce set to open on select dates.
https://www.weareolddominion.com/