Upcoming concerts, songs and a new album announcement
CONCERT TICKETS: Since George Strait trotted off into the sunset on his Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2014, his appearances onstage have been few and far between — outside of his 18 “Strait to Vegas” concerts. However, George has announced he will take the stage on March 30 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The King of Country will be joined by Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. The upcoming performance marks George’s first show in Atlanta since 2014. Other than concerts at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 7 and 8 and Feb. 1 and 2, George has not announced any other performance dates.
BILLBOARD REIGN: Luke Combs’ reign atop the Billboard Country Airplay chart continues as “She Got the Best of Me” is No. 1 for the fourth straight week. The last song to accomplish the four-week feat was Dustin Lynch’s “Small Town Boy” in September/October 2017. “She Got the Best of Me” is Luke’s fourth consecutive No. 1 single on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, following previous No. 1 tunes “Hurricane,” “When It Rains It Pours” and “One Number Away.” The four No. 1 singles are featured on Luke’s 2017 debut album, This One’s For You, and the 2018 deluxe follow-up, This One’s For You Too. Luke is the only solo country artist in history to score four consecutive No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with his first four singles. While Luke is the first solo country artist to achieve the four-for-four feat, two duos have accomplished the coup: Florida Georgia Line and Brooks & Dunn.
ALBUM: Trisha Yearwood will release her first full-length studio album in more than 10 years with Let’s Be Frank, a collection of tune made famous by Frank Sinatra. The album will be available on Dec. 20 via Williams-Sonoma and everywhere on Feb. 14. “I’ve done some standards over the years in my shows, and this is a record I’ve been wanting to make for 20 years,” Trisha says. “When I got off the road and started working on a regular album, I also wanted to do this. This was just an incredible project. And I had so much fun.”
Trisha recorded Sinatra’s tracks live with a 55-piece orchestra at the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood using Sinatra’s microphone and sitting on the same stool where he sat while recording the originals. “I got to sing with a 55-piece orchestra ... live,” Trisha says. “The arranger is a legend ... the engineers are legends ... the producer is a legend. (And) Garth was there for every session.”
Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.