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Luke Bryan Announces “Crash My Playa 2020”

Luke Bryan is headed back to Mexico next year. The singer just announced dates for “Crash My Playa 2020,” with Jason Aldean joining Luke on the bill for the first time ever.

“I’m so appreciative that the fans have shown up and supported this destination concert weekend,” Luke shares. “To have one of my best friends Jason join us this year means it’s about to be epic!”

This year’s festival is set for January 22nd to 25th at a new location, The Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Riviera Cancun. Tickets go on sale May 22nd at 1 pm.

This day in 1980: Merle Haggard & Clint Eastwood makes their chart debut

Today in 1980, the single, “Bar Room Buddies,” Merle Haggard and actor/director Clint Eastwood debuted on the charts. The song would become Clint’s first and only #1 and Merle’s 25th of 38 number ones.

It was written by Milton Brown, Cliff Crofford, Steve Dorff and Snuff Garrett, and was featured on the soundtrack for the film Bronco Billy starring Eastwood. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of thirteen weeks on the Billboard country charts.

First Performers Announced For The CMT Music Awards

There’s going to be a lot of great music on next month’s CMT Music Awards. In fact, the show has lined up the largest number of performances in the show’s 17-year-history.

Artists confirmed for this year’s telecast include Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett, with more artists to be announced in the coming days.

The 2019 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Little Big Town, will air June 5th live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

This day in 1986, Johnny Paycheck found guilty of shooting a man after an argument in an Ohio bar.

This day in 1986, Johnny Paycheck was found guilty of shooting and wounding a man after an argument in an Ohio bar.

Paycheck walked into the North High Lounge in Hillsboro, Ohio. The bar was less than 20 miles from his hometown of Greenfield, and the country singer was planning on heading back home to his childhood stomping grounds to visit his mother for the holidays. Before completing the drive, though, he wanted to grab a drink.

Also in the bar that night was Larry Wise, a Greenfield native and country music fan who recognized Paycheck. Although the exact details of their conversation remain unknown, Wise began talking to the singer, who asked to be left alone. The dialogue escalated, with Wise — either as some sort of peacemaking gesture, or a clever dig at Paycheck’s small-town roots — offering to take Paycheck back home and feed him a home-cooked meal of deer meat and turtle soup. That’s when Paycheck — who, coincidentally enough, scored one of his earliest hits with a song called “Pardon Me, I’ve Got Someone to Kill” — reached around his hip in search of his .22-caliber pistol.

”I never seen the gun, and I never heard the shot,” Wise testified during a hearing that occurred eight days later, claiming he began backing away as soon as Paycheck roared, ‘Do you see me as some kind of country hick?’ Although Wise ultimately ran from the bar, he wasn’t fast enough to avoid a bullet from Paycheck’s gun, which grazed his scalp and left him bleeding above the right eye. ”He blowed my hat off,” Wise told the court room. “I guess he took it as a personal insult.”

Paycheck was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison, but was released in 1991.

Grand Ole Opry Returns To Bonnaroo

The Grand Ole Opry will once again be featured at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, with an opening night performance hosted by Old Crow Medicine Show.

The band will also perform during the June 13th show, and will be joined by Steve Earle & the Dukes, Ricky Skaggs and Riders in the Sky, Morgan Evans, Ashley Monroe, Molly Tuttle and Wendy Mote.

Bonnaroo’s special Opry performance will air live, and will also be streamed at opry.com. The Bonnaroo Music Festival takes place June 13th to 16th in Franklin, Tennesee.

This day in 2003: June Carter Cash passes away

This day in 2003: June Carter Cash died in Nashville at the age of 73. She had been in the hospital for eight days following heart surgery. She had developed complications following the operation, and remained in critical condition until her death. An old saying holds that behind every successful man is a woman, and June Carter spent roughly 40 years as the woman behind Johnny Cash.

Randy Travis & Wife Discuss Memoir On “Today”

Randy Travis and his wife Mary visited “Today” to talk about his new memoir, “Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life,” which comes out today, and Mary opened up about just how big a fighter her husband is.

Randy suffered a stroke six years ago, and doctors only gave him a one-percent chance to live, but Mary, his then-fiancée, says Randy gave her a sign that told her not to take him off life support.

“Even in his state, his semi-coma state, he squeezed my hand,” she shared. “And he laid there, and I just I saw this tear just fell. And it was, you know, one, two at a time. And I just went back to the doctors and I said, ‘We’re fighting this.”’

The book is very honest about Randy’s struggles throughout his life, including alcohol abuse and more. “He’s always owned up to his shortcomings and failures, but he has always risen above them, too,” Mary says. “And he wants the reader to understand that there is mountains and valleys in life.”

This day in 2011: Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert get hitched

This day in 2011: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were married at the Don Strange Ranch near Boerne, Texas, in front of Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride and The Bellamy Brothers. Fast forward to July 20th, 2015 – and the couple announced that they were divorcing after four years of marriage. Hours later, it was confirmed that the divorce was final. As it turns out, Blake had filed three weeks earlier…the world only found out once the deal was done.

Vince Gill To Drop New Album “Okie” In August

Vince Gill is releasing a new album this summer. The singer is set to drop “Okie” on August 23rd, his first record since 2016’s “Down To My Last Bad Habit.”

“I thought this was going to be a songwriter record, not a concept album,” Vince says. “It wound up being more information than I’d envisioned.” He adds, “A friend sent me an email saying, ‘You could have only written this record after living a 60-year-plus life.’ He said, ‘There’s no struggle in these songs, just truth and your experience.”

Vince also released the first single from the record, the track “A Letter To My Mama.”

This day in 2011: Tim McGraw is sued by his record label

This day in 2011: Tim McGraw was sued for breach of contract by Curb Records, which claimed that he recorded his “Emotional Traffic” album too soon after the previous release. Tim had also filed a countersuit, saying Curb had kept him in an ongoing state of “involuntary servitude” by forcing him to wait so long to record new albums. His filing claimed that was a way to stretch out his contract indefinitely. McGraw’s suit also alleged that Curb’s decision to release a total of seven greatest hits albums was a ploy to extend his contract against his will.

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