Artist News: Armiger, Jaron, Durante, LBT

Katie Armiger is scheduled to make her Grand Ole Opry debut September 23, when she performs during the 7 pm show. Her Opry appearance coincides with the Sept. 20 iTunes release of the deluxe package of her album Confessions of a Nice Girl (The True Confessional), which features four songs not on the basic version. “Performing on the Grand Ole Opry is a dream come true for me,” says Armiger. “I am truly honored and thankful to be able to take that legendary stage and perform.” Armiger is currently on her summer tour, which includes supporting dates for Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Little Big Town, and Clay Walker.

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Jaron & the Long Road To Love has announced a fall tour, spanning 60 cities nationwide. The tour launches Sept. 3 at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and is catering to smaller venues throughout. Former Last Call With Carson Daly band leader Joe Firstman will join Jaron for the trek, and the two have also formed a new group together called Cordovas. Full tour dates here.

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Up-and-coming country artist Margaret Durante was recently asked to be an online guest blogger for Ladies’ Home Journal, where she has been documenting her experiences as a new artist in the country music industry. This week, Durante has finished her second installment for the monthly series “Margaret Durante’s Nashville Diaries.”

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Little Big Town’s popular online video series “Scattered, Smothered, & Covered” has let the group churn out countrified versions of pop hits “Rolling In The Deep,” “Born This Way,” and “Price Tag,” among others. The latest installment in the series features the foursome covering the Jackson 5’s classic “I Want You Back.” Check out the video here or stream it below.

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