Toby Keith is among the stars kicking off this weekend's Stagecoach Festival. The country star is serving as the opening night headliner for the three-day event. He's capping off a 17-act first day lineup that also feaures Trace Adkins, Hank Williams, Jr., Joe Nichols, and Connie Smith.
Lady Antebellum will provide the finale for day two, while Zac Brown Band is the festival closer on Sunday. Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, and Darius Rucker are some of the other artists scheduled to perform. The festival will also feature sets from Thompson Square, Lonestar, Phil Vassar, Jana Kramer, Charley Pride, and many others.
The 2013 Stagecoach Festival is taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, but fans will be able to check out some of the performances from the comfort of their own living rooms. AXS TV has teamed up with StubHub to provide exclusive live coverage of the event. The six-hour daily broadcasts will include stage performances as well as backstage interviews and other behind-the-scenes action.
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(Yahoo!) - When sibling trio The Band Perry entered the Ram Country studios to perform some of their new tunes, the atmosphere was considerably jubilant. The sibling trio had just come off a very successful release week for their new album, Pioneer, which entered the country albums chart at No. 1 and the all-genreBillboard 200 at No. 2.
This would be fantastic news at any time, but it's especially sweet for the young band, who were in the enviable-but-stressful position of following up their massively successful debut—resulting in a bit of wracked nerves preceding the album's actual street date.
"The one terrorizing phrase in all of the whole world for us has been sophomore slump," admits eldest sibling and lead vocalist Kimberly Perry. "So I think we really felt the weight of responsibility coming off the heels of the first album."
"Not only that, there’s kind of this cliché in Nashville that you have your whole life to write your first album...and a few months to write your second album," adds youngest brother Neil Perry. "We felt that, but [with] added pressure."
Middle child Reid Perry agrees: "When we released Pioneer we were biting our fingernails and staying close to the emails to see what all the numbers were," he recalls. "Just because, you've worked for the past 18 months on something you put your whole heart and soul into, and you don’t want anyone to tell you that it's not beautiful or it's not pretty."
Willie Nelson's birthday celebration has already begun, and will continue well after the country legend turns 80. Jamey Johnson and Ashley Monroe were among the stars on hand last week to tape a special episode of "CMT Crossroads" in Willie's honor.
Neil Young and Sheryl Crow also took part in the event, along with Leon Russell and Norah Jones. Rocker Jack White hosted the concert at his Third Man Records studio in Nashville.
Willie turns 80 at the end of the month, but the premiere of "CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records" is slated for June.
Willie Nelson's birthday is also being celebrated with a special video campaign. Details on how to submit a clip are posted on Nelson's website.
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam wishing Willie Nelson a Happy Birthday:
Emmylou Harris wishing Willie Nelson a Happy Birthday:
Vince Gill wishing Willie Nelson a Happy 80th Birthday:
Sandra Bernhard wishes Willie Nelson a Happy 80th Birthday:
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Brad Paisley will be sharing network air time with his real-life wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, next month. The country star, who has weathered recent press over his controversial song "Accidental Racist," is heading to ABC's "Nashville."
According to "Extra," Paisley will play himself on the show's season finale. He'll perform with Connie Britton's character Rayna James and the character Deacon Claybourne, played by Chip Esten.
Brad's wife Kimberly plays the mistress of Rayna's estranged husband Teddy, played by Eric Close in the country music-set drama.
"Nashville's" season finale is scheduled to air May 22nd on ABC.
(TMZ) - Khloe Kardashian has been eliminated from "X Factor."
According to TMZ, Fox released a statement moments ago, claiming Khloe will NOT be returning as a host for Season 3 ... but Mario Lopez will.
The network didn't give a reason for chopping Khloe, but said, "We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors." Translation: Sayonara sucker!
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Willie Nelson is making plans to support the community he calls his "backyard" with a show at The Backyard. Nelson was born and raised in Abbott, Texas - less than ten miles away from the small community of West, where a massive fertilizer plant explosion claimed several lives Wednesday night.
The country legend was already scheduled to perform at The Backyard in Austin, Texas on April 28th at a show that was slated to be a big bash for his birthday two days later. But Willie tells "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" that in light of the West tragedy, he and his band have "decided to start a benefit there and let other people join in."
Nelson adds that he'll be giving the money he makes from the show to the West Volunteer Fire Department. He says the other participants won't be obligated to make a similar donation, but they certainly "can do so."
Additional performers and other details on the benefit haven't been announced yet, but will be posted at WillieNelson.com. His website also has information on how to help out with Red Cross donations of money, blood, food, and other goods.
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