Artist Updates: Little Big Town, Brooks & Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Darius Rucker, Chris Carmack, Tracy Lawrence

Little Big Town Teams With Justin TimberlakeFullSizeRender

Following his collaboration with Chris Stapleton at the Country Music Association awards last year, it looks like pop star Justin Timberlake is back for another country alliance.

Timberlake shared recently that he was writing some tracks with Little Big Town, uploading a photo of himself with LBT members Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman.


Brooks & Dunn To Appear At Chicago’s LakeShake Festival

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn will perform at the upcoming LakeShake Festival in Chicago. They will perform two shows, on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

The duo is currently part of a Las Vegas residency with Reba at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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Jamey Johnson, Love and Theft To Headline Buckin Wild Music Festival

Buckin Wild FestThe third annual Buckin Wild Music Festival will feature headliners Jamey Johnson and Love and Theft, among other performers, when it returns to Lost Creek Ranch and Arena near Erick, Oklahoma on April 15-17.

“What’s happening now continues to validate our vision for the Buckin Wild Music Fest of keeping it real,” said Donny G. Liles, the festival’s founder and producer, and Managing Partner of ALL Entertainment LLC.  “In just three years, we already have a first-rate lineup of great talent to deliver fantastic entertainment. This is part of what makes Buckin Wild unique – the connection among the artists and the fans. On and off the stage, everyone has a great time.”

Tickets and detailed information about the festival are available at

Darius Rucker Plans Seventh Annual ‘Darius and Friends’ Benefit Concert

Darius Rucker. Photo: Piper Rastello

Darius Rucker. Photo: Piper Rastello

Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker will host his seventh annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, June 6 at the Wildhorse Saloon, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and sponsored by A. O. Smith.

Fans will have access to a pre-sale beginning March 23 at 11:00 a.m. CT, by using the code SOUTH. A general on sale will open at 11:00 a.m. CT the following day. Prices range from $35-100 with VIP table options.

Tickets will be available through the Wildhorse Saloon box office (615-902-8200 x1),, and


Chris Carmack Stars In New Opry Americana Collection

Chris Carmack

Chris Carmack

The Grand Ole Opry and Chris Carmack of ABC’s series Nashville are ushering in the spring and summer seasons in the online shop at with a new Americana merchandise collection.

Carmack is the face of the collection in photography shot at a Nashville university ball field and found online and in the Opry’s retail stores including prominent window displays at Opry Originals on Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway.


Tracy Lawrence Honored By Association of Fundraising Professionals

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Phil Wenk (Delta Dental), Brooke Ely, Sandra Lipman, Erin Wenzel (CFRE), Tracy Lawrence. Credit: Kori Bowers

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Phil Wenk (Delta Dental), Brooke Ely, Sandra Lipman, Erin Wenzel (CFRE), Tracy Lawrence. Photo: Kori Bowers

Tracy Lawrence was named Philanthropist of the Year at the Nashville’s National Philanthropy Day award ceremony Thursday, March 17. The event, put on by Nashville’s chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations and others engaged in philanthropy who made large, positive impacts in the community in 2015.

Lawrence has long been in partnership with the Nashville Rescue Mission, fundraising for the organization and feeding more than 75,000 in need throughout the past decade with his annual turkey fry. In addition to meals served, more than $63,000 was raised at the 10th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry Concert on Nov. 24, 2015 at City Winery which prompted the Rescue Mission’s submission of Lawrence for Philanthropist of the Year.



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