Nitty Gritty from Music City – Mon. March 20th

The Country Music Association has revealed the artists performing at the nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium during the 2017 CMA Music Festival. They are: Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton, Chros Young, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, John Anderson, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins and Tracy Lawrence.

Toby Keith, Alabama, and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons have joined the lineup for the Merle Haggard Memorial Tribute concert, Sing Me Back Home, to be held April 6 in Nashville. They join a lineup that already includes Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn and Ben Haggard.

Glen Campbell’s wife says Alzheimer’s disease has robbed the 80-year-old singer’s ability to play guitar. But Kim Campbell says that Glen will occasionally break into a solo air guitar routine, which she says is “kind of fun.”

Jake Owen took to Twitter last Thursday to share a few tips with fans about how to avoid imposters claiming to be country stars. Jake says two sure signs are those with low amounts of followers and requesting money in direct messages. Jake assures fans that no artist would ask fans for money directly, because the fans give so much just by paying for shows and merchandise.

On March 26 Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will celebrate its 125th anniversary with free admission and self-guided tours of the venue. The Ryman was built as a tabernacle by a riverboat captain.

Billboard magazine claims Garth Brooks surprised fans on Friday night when he played a surprise show at Austin, Texas’ Broken Spoke Dance Hall. He performed a 45-minute acoustic show between sets by the house band. Garth sung: “Friends In Low Places”, “The Thunder Rolls,” “Rodeo,” “Papa Loved Mama” and “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” “Two Pina Coladas” and “Two Of A Kind (Workin’ On A Full House)”

Luke Bryan tells NBC that he is looking forward to mentoring singers on The Voice.“I think ‘The Voice’ is an amazing opportunity. You’re advising people that are going to take your words and use them the rest of their lives,” Luke says. “At the end of the day, you’re watching stars be born. I don’t think that ever gets old.”

Trace Adkins is heading out on his 12th USO Tour this spring and says one thing he’s learned from the tours is that he always feels guilty when he comes home. Trace says he’s learned how to deal with that better over the years, but time hasn’t changed the feeling.