Artist Action: Luke Bryan at Houston Rodeo, Clay Walker’s Chords of Hope, Aaron Watson Featured by NRA Country

Clay Walker

Clay Walker will host his benefit concert Chords of Hope in partnership with his charity Band Against MS (BAMS) in Nashville on June 6 at 3rd & Lindsley. The event, now in its eighth year, will feature surprise performances and will raise money to fund research, education and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Chords of Hope has raised well over $200K just for the MS Center at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., and fans can purchase tickets here.

“This is our 8th year putting together Chords of Hope and every year the event and even the fans who come out and support keep getting better,” said Walker. “The amount of money that continues to get raised to help support research and education through BAMS and the MS Center at Vanderbilt is incredible and this night is truly a special one for me and for Music City!”

Band Against MS was founded by Walker in 2003 with the goal of helping others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. To date, BAMS has raised more than 4.5 million dollars.


ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee and four-time show co-host Luke Bryan performed at the Houston Rodeo last night (March 16) as the biggest country act to play this year with a crowd of 75,500 screaming fans. Last night marked Bryan’s fifth consecutive year at the rodeo.

“It continues to be an honor to play here at the Rodeo,” shared Bryan. “The fans are so energetic and make this such an incredible night. This is one I always look forward to doing!”

Bryan will wrap his Kill The Lights Tour this weekend with two sold out shows in Orange Beach, Alabama. The tour launched in February 2016.  

Coming up, Bryan will appear as the skilled adviser for friend Blake Shelton’s team on NBC’s The Voice March 20 & 21 and March 27 & 28. On Sunday, April 2 Bryan will co-host the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards with Dierks Bentley from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m. ET/delayed PT on CBS.


Aaron Watson has been chosen as NRA Country’s Featured Artist for the month of March. To celebrate, the Texas native will be joining NRA Country in offering an exclusive giveaway with one lucky fan winning a prize pack featuring airfare and hotel accommodations to the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, VIP tickets to the NRA Country Jam concert on April 28 and NRA’s Saturday night concert on April 29, and other prizes.

Watson’s new album, VAQUERO, debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s 200 Albums chart and #2 on the Top Country Albums chart.


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