Julie Reeves: Country roads are rocking this week

September 13, 2018

Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch Dierks Bentley rolls into the Big Sandy Superstore Arena for his Riser Tour on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in downtown Huntington, W.Va.

UPCOMING SHOW: Luke Combs will kick off his headlining tour “Beer Never Broke My Heart” in 2019. His second show will be in Huntington on Feb. 1 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. The run will feature special guests LANCO and Jameson Rodgers, and will launch on Jan. 31 in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. local time. In an effort to combat scalping, fan club tickets will be sold through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program and all tickets will offer fan-focused pricing between $25 and $50. Luke’s prior headlining tour, “Don’t Tempt Me With A Good Time,” was sold out in all 55 cities. He is nominated in two categories: Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards, taking place in November in Nashville.

NASHVILLE PARTY: Luke Bryan hosted a huge party in the streets of downtown Nashville on Monday, Sept. 10, to celebrate the grand opening of his new bar, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food & Drink. To get a place near the stage, some fans started lining up 16 hours before the show began, at 2:30 in the morning! Luke had another reason to celebrate: “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” has become his 21st No. 1 single. He calls it the “perfect single.”

NEW VOICE ADDITION: Kelsea Ballerini made a huge announcement on Instagram and wrote, “Y’all, I have been SO excited to share that I’m joining the NBC Voice family this fall as the 5th coach.” She went on to post, “It’s been such a new, fulfilling challenge and I’ve been beyond inspired by the artists I’ve gotten to meet and work with. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with them.” Kelsea posted her comments along with a photo of herself standing in front of the show’s famous “V” logo.

SOLD OUT SHOW: Dierks Bentley played to a sold-out crowd on Saturday, Sept. 8, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. It was his first time to headline a concert there. The show included collaborations with Brothers Osborne on the song “Burning Man,” and he was joined on stage by LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster as they did a version of John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold.” Dierks will continue his Mountain High Tour with stops this weekend in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida.

MISSED FRIEND: Eddie Montgomery turned to Twitter last weekend to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of his musical partner, Troy Gentry. Troy was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Sept. 8, 2017. Eddie shared a video on Twitter, along with a separate post where he wrote, “Been dreading this day coming but then I get to thinking T-Roy wouldn’t have wanted that he would want us to be smiling Hugh and thinking the next prank to pull on who.. I guess I’m just selfish cause I miss him everyday !! T-Roy we miss u and love u !!!” Eddie continues performing as Montgomery Gentry with the duo’s longtime band. Their next show is on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the California Bee Festival in Ventura, California.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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