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Tour comebacks and honors highlight country music

December 7, 2018

Hootie & the Blowfish are planning a 44-date tour in 2019.

TOP SPOT: Kane Brown scored the third No. 1 single of his career as “Lose It” ascended to the top spot on both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart. “Lose It,” which is the lead single from Kane’s sophomore album, “Experiment”, follows previous No. 1 singles “What Ifs” and “Heaven.” Kane co-wrote “Lose It” with Chase McGill and Will Weatherly. Two weeks ago, “Lose It” dethroned Bebe Rexha and Florida Georia Line’s “Meant to Be” after a record 50 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, a similar feat to when his “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina halted Sam Hunt’s then record-setting 34 weeks at No. 1 with “Body Like A Backroad.”

NEW FACES: Up-and-comers know they’re on the right track when they’re invited to play the New Faces of Country Music show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Only a handful of rising stars get the honor of performing before the industry crowd, which includes radio programmers, executives and members of the national media. The 2019 New Faces class features Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell and LANCO. The new class will take the stage at the Omni Hotel for the 2019 New Faces show on Feb. 15. This year’s class was narrowed down from a group of nominees that also included Jordan Davis, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Walker Hays, Chris Lane, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen and Aaron Watson.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS: Following in the hallowed footsteps of Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and more, Reba McEntire was honored at the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2. Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn and Reba’s daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, performed in honor of Reba. In addition to Reba’s award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the 2018 class included Cher, Philip Glass and Wayne Shorter. Hamilton co-creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Andy Blankenbuehler and Alex Lacamoire were honored for their “transformative work.” The 41st Kennedy Center Honors ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 26 at 9 p.m.

HOOTIE TOUR: Darius Rucker will reassemble one of the most prolific bands of the 1990s — Hootie & the Blowfish — for a 44-date headlining tour in 2019. Darius and his crew — Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld — announced the new trek, dubbed the Group Therapy Tour, on “Today” on Dec. 3. The tour will kick off on May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and make additional stops in Atlanta, L.A., Houston, New York City, Detroit, Nashville and more. The Barenaked Ladies will serve as direct support. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow. Hootie & the Blowfish’s 1994 debut album, “Cracked Rear View,” is one of the top 10 best-selling albums of all time, according to the RIAA.

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

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