(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Country smash duo Florida Georgia Line brings their multi-platinum sound to the Iowa State Fair on the final night of the 2018 Fair, Sunday, August 19.
Florida Georgia Line joins already announced Grandstand Acts: Casting Crowns (August 9), Reba (August 10), Old Dominion (August 12), Jim Gaffigan (August 14), Earth, Wind & Fire (August 16), and Sugarland (August 17). Tickets for Florida Georgia Line (August 19) go on sale on Friday, March 9, at 10:00 AM.
Since their breakout in 2012, Florida Georgia Line has earned prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM, CMA, Billboard Music Awards and CMT Music Awards. The top-shelf entertainers continue to crush records as the first and only country act to achieve RIAA Diamond certification: 10 million copies sold for their breakout smash, “Cruise,” which is the best-selling digital country single of all time.
Ticket prices vary depending on location of seats in the Grandstand. Tickets can be purchased at www.etix.com or by calling 800-514-3849. Please see concert maps for reserved and standing pit area seating. Convenience charges apply to all tickets. Grandstand tickets do not include Fair admission, but discounted advanced admission tickets are available at www.iowastatefair.org. The Iowa State Fair is not responsible for tickets purchased through any third party vendors; please check that you are purchasing tickets from www.etix.com.
Neil Young is hitting the big screen. The singer stars in girlfriend Darryl Hannah’s new movie “Paradox,” which is set to premiere at SXSW in March.
As for what the film’s about, a press release calls it a “whimsical western tale of music and love.” The description adds, “Somewhere in the future past, The Man In the Black Hat hides out between heists at an old stagecoach stop with Jail Time, the Particle Kid, and an odd band of outlaws. Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait… for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon’s magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly.”
And Neil isn’t the only musician in the flick. Willie Nelson also stars in it, along with his sons MicahNelson, Lucas Nelson and members of the band, Promise of the Real.
ONE MORE THING! Neil and Promise of the Real just released a video for their track “Almost Always,” which appears on Neil’s most recent album “The Visitor.” Check it out to the right.
Maren Morris has accepted an important role in her home state of Texas. The trailblazing country star is now honorary chairwoman for the Texas Music Project.
The main mission of the nonprofit organization is to “encourage, promote, produce, and advance music education programs” across the state of Texas. Morris participated in the organization through its songwriting camp when she was 16 years old, traveling to California with her peers to hone in on her songwriting skills.
“Education, songwriting, Texas, you blend those all together and that’s what the heart of me is and so to be the honorary chairman … is really incredible,” Morris says in accepting the position. She follows in the footsteps of previous honorary chairman Willie Nelson. “I like to represent Texas in any way, shape or form that I can, so this is a huge honor.”
Texas Music Project offers a variety of programs including music therapy, supplying instruments and music lessons to children battling deadly diseases at Texas Children’s Hospital and more.
“Making music dreams come true is what we at TMP are all about, and Maren’s story is just another in a long line of continued music education success stories. We can’t wait to see what more music Maren brings us and the help she can bring in spreading the word on saving the arts in Texas,” the organization says in a statement on their website.
Morris is nominated at the 2018 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Country Solo Performance for “I Could Use a Love Song.”
Three Massachusetts teenagers were killed in a car crash earlier this month, and their classmates are having a hard time coping. Blake Shelton had no ties to those who died, but felt compelled to deliver a message of hope to the mourning, as local newspaper the Telegram reports, because he has been there.
Shelton lost his 24-year-old brother Richie in a car accident when he was a teen himself. So when a family friend reached out to the singer’s mother, he recorded a message for the Quaboag Regional High School students in hopes to provide some healing words after the deaths of their classmates Jaclyn R. Desrosiers, Christian J. Congelos, and Lena A. Noonan.
“It breaks my heart. I completely know how it feels. I lost my brother in a car accident. I can understand how you guys feel. It’s the worst possible feeling,” Shelton says in a clip. “It’s confusion. It’s anger. It’s just an overall brokenness that’s just gonna take a lot of time to heal. If you can find comfort in anything, it’s just knowing that they’re all in a better place now and God has a plan.”
He adds, “I still miss my brother every day, and you’re going to miss those guys every day. I just wanted to say I’m thinking of you and it gets easier, it just takes a long time. Just always honor their memory and never forget about them. God bless you guys. I’m praying for you.”
Shelton’s message was made into an eight-minute video slideshow of photos of the three high school students who lost their lives.