USA Network’s new TV singing competition Real Country is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 13 at 10PM. Along with celebrity judges Jake Owen, Shania Twain and Travis Tritt, it was announced that numerous big country names will make appearances on the show during its run. Country superstars such as Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich will all be celebrity guests and Willie Nelsonwill also make a special appearance. During each hour-long episode, Owen, Tritt and Twain will select up-and-coming solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases. The best acts from each episode will return for a grand finale episode. Additionally during each episode, one special guest helping out the three permanent judges. Graham Bunn, a radio DJ who most recently worked in Los Angeles, Calif., will host.
Cassadee Pope has shared her-upbeat new release, “One More Red Light.” Pope sings about the thrill that comes along with getting to know someone new and wanting to spend as much time as possible with each other. “One More Red Light” was written by Pope, Kelly Archer and Emily Shackleton. The song is available for purchase now. More information about Pope can be found on her official website.
Cody Johnson has shared the first track off of his major label debut album, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, with the new song “On My Way to You.” The track is a true country love song about finding the person you’re meant to be with forever. Earlier this summer, the singer-songwriter signed a partnership with Warner Music Nashville, though he’s been making music independently since 2006. Johnson self-released his sixth studio album, Gotta Be Me, in 2016. That project boasted big names such as Randy Rogers and the Brothers Osborne in its writing credits and reached No. 2 on the country charts and led to appearances at festivals all over the country. “On My Way to You” is available for purchase now. Ain’t Nothin’ to It is set to be released at the beginning of 2019. More information about Johnson can be found on his official website.
Chris Lane will embark on his headlining Laps Around the Sun Tour on Oct. 12. The tour takes its name from Chris’ new album of the same name, which dropped in July. The 21-city trek will hit both coasts, making stops in Las Vegas, San Diego, Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and more. Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett will serve as support on the tour. Says Chris: “Performing live and interacting with fans is one of my favorite parts of what I do, and hearing people sing along is such a cool feeling. I can’t wait to hit the road and play these songs every night. See y’all this fall!” See a list of all of Lane’s Laps Around the Sun Tour dates below, and you can find more information by visiting Lane’s website..
Luke Bryan has knocked Garth Brooks out of his position as the highest-paid artist in country music. Bryan now ranks No. 1 on Forbes‘ newly released list of the top-earning stars in country music in 2018. Bryan earned $52 million over the last 12 months, raking in much of it from touring revenue. He earned the rest from his job as a judge on American Idol, as well as through endorsement deals. Brooks had topped the list for three straight years, mostly due to the income from his three-year world tour. This year he slips to No. 2, earning $45.5 million. Kenny Chesney makes another appearance this year as his Trip Around the Sun Tour earned him plenty of money over the last year, along with his self-owned Blue Chair Bay Rum and an endorsement deal with Corona.