George and Reba Tour, Hillbilly Bone Rules

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George Strait and Reba McEntire Together In Concert – That’s Nirvana

George Strait announced last week he’d be playing dates both in San Antonio and Nashville with Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack, and The Randy Rogers Band. My tail hasn’t stopped wagging since! Lee Ann’s about as country as it gets to me. San Antonio is March 27 and Nashville is April 28. Guess they have a lot of equipment to move for a show that big! 
Brad Paisley’s Fun Tour Facts
Brad Paisley closed out his American Saturday Night Tour in a big way last Thursday at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show by playing to over 70,000 fans.  The tour played a total of 74 dates with 42 sell-outs in 8 months and for nearly 1.2 million fans.
More fun tour facts include:
1,196,312 Fans
1,151,880 total miles of tour
340,000 watts of power
230,376 gallons of diesel fuel
80,000 lbs total show flying weight
41,000 total bottles of water
34,000 tour photos taken by tour photographer (400 kept)
17,955 meals served
12,840 Guitar picks
4,165 local tour personnel
3,570 AA Batteries
1,056 packs of strings
924 Hotel rooms booked
855 people who took backstage tour
840 9 Volt Batteries
836 sq feet of video
240 rolls of gaff tape
214 pair of drumsticks
95 minute show
74 shows
74 cowboy hats
45 stage jumpers
42 sell outs
12 semi trucks
10 tour buses
9 people arrested for lewd behavior in Charlotte
8 people arrested for lewd behavior in Tampa
7 people arrested (several cities) (you get the picture)
2 births
1 Las Vegas wedding
1 large bruise
0 Bloodhounds.
Dierks Bentley Up On The Ridge
Dierks Bentley is working on a bluegrass and acoustic inspired album and he says the only way to explain it to fans is to get out on the road and play it. So that’s what he’s doing. Dierks calls it his Up On The Ridge Tour and it kicks off April 21 in Portland, OR. It’s 24 shows in 30 days at big and small venues (that’s places). You be careful up there on that ridge Dierks. It’s dangerous. Here’s the other tour stops:
4/21            Portland, OR                                    Wonder Ballroom
4/22            Boulder, CO                                     Boulder Theater
4/23            Colorado Springs, CO                     Arnold Hall Ballroom
4/24            Austin, TX                                       The Parish
4/28            Athens, GA                                     40 Watt Club
4/29            Greenville, SC                                Blind Horse Saloon
4/30            Wilkesboro, NC                              Merlefest
5/2             Knoxville, TN                                   Bijou Theatre
5/3            Charlottesville, VA                           Jefferson Theatre
5/4            Athens, OH                                     Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Mem Auditorium
5/5            New York, NY                                  Highline Ballroom
5/6            Foxborough, MA                              Showcase Live!
5/7            Portsmouth, NH                               The Music Hall
5/8            South Burlington, VT                       Higher Ground Ballroom
5/9            Northampton, MA                            Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
5/11            Portland, ME                                  Port City Music Hall
5/12            Philadelphia, PA                             Theatre of the Living Arts
5/13            Pittsburgh, PA                                Mr. Smalls Theatre
5/17            State College, PA                           State Theatre
5/18            Richmond, VA                                The National
5/19            Baltimore, MD                                Rams Head Live
5/20            Washington, DC                            6th & I Historic Synagogue (on sale March 26)
5/21            Charlotte, NC                                Coyote Joe’s
5/22            Nashville, TN                                 Ryman Auditorium (on sale April 2)
People Like Blake Shelton’s Hillbilly Bone
Blake Shelton’s single “Hillbilly Bone” is currently #1 and the album by the same name that was just released is #3. Of course old friend Trace Adkins is featured in the single too. He’s at least #2 with Miranda Lambert too. Way to go Blake, now go curse and swear about it on Twitter like you do so well. 
NASCAR Fans Get Revved Up For Free Country Music Concert
There’s all kinds of stuff going on in Charlotte, NC May 11 as they celebrate the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. One big event is a FREE concert by Love and Theft that night. My advice is do not cut in line in front of Carl Edwards. Ouch.