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Garth Brooks Announces New Album/Tour including Collaboration with Randall King

Garth Brooks revealed on the Bobby Bones Show details regarding his upcoming tour and a new album this week. Brooks also shared that Texas’ very own Randall King served as a contributor and that together, the two wrote a song titled “The Road I’m On”. Brooks says the track will “be the opening song for the tour. It’s just one of those songs that’s all about appreciation. It describes the tour really well.”

Brooks also released his single titled “All Day Long” this week. “The Road I’m On” is available immediately to those who pre-order the yet-to-be-titled album on Amazon Music.

Randall has been on a non-stop ride since the release of his album last month and shared on Twitter that it’s “Pretty unreal to be able to say my first “cut” was with Garth…”

Casey Donahew Partners with Ariat

Ariat International proudly announced its newest partnership with Casey Donahew. Donahew shared to fans on Facebook this week,  “I am so excited to be working with and wearing Ariat products on and off the stage! I’ve been a huge fan of Ariat so it’s an honor to represent an innovative company with a big focus on quality.” Remarks from the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear and apparel were also reported on Donahew’s website. “We are thrilled to be working with Casey,” said Susan Alcala, vice president, partnership marketing at Ariat. “He is extremely talented and well loved by so many people, including our customers and employees. He will be a fantastic representative for the Ariat brand and Relentless by Ariat which is a truly innovative product we developed with Trevor Brazile for cowboys.”


Dan Johnson Addresses Veteran Suicide with bold “Hemingway” Project

Fort Worth singer/songwriter Dan Johnson announced he will release “Hemingway,” a unique EP/audiobook project that paints a “haunting picture of mental health struggles and suicide among military veterans.” The release of the project on State Fair Records is Johnson’s personal testament of a troubled life, molded by the devastating mental collapse and eventual suicide of his father all told through compelling narrative.  “Hemingway” stands as a message of how generations can be impacted by this kind of loss, and how people can intercede on behalf of those who aren’t reaching out on behalf of themselves. The track and story behind the title track are inspired by the life and tragic suicide of Dan’s father, an injured military veteran. The project will include five songs and five companion short stories total with Johnson’s hope not only to “educate the public on the specific and common warning signs of suicide but also the variety of resources available in their own communities across America.” The release is scheduled for July 27th. Operation Hemingway, a donation page, is also available and 20% of the proceeds from the “Hemingway” project will go to further the campaign’s mission.

Backroads Fest to be held July 5 & 6

Hey, summer festival goers…if you haven’t already, you should make plans to head on out to Rocker B Ranch for this year’s killer Backroads Fest lineup! Spread out among two days, the patriotic festival out in Graford, Texas will feature Mike Ryan, Stoney Larue, Wade Bowen and Casey Donahew on Thursday, July 5th. Acts continue on Friday, July 6th with Micky & the Motorcars, Koe Wetzel, Pat Green, and the Randy Rogers Band.

Josh Ward to Record Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Album Next Week


If you are in the city of Fort Worth next Friday, June 29 then Billy Bob’s Texas is THE place to be…Josh Ward will record his Live at Billy Bob’s Texas album! We are still jamming Ward’s latest album, “More than I Deserve” that was released last month. This show is sure to be a honky tonkin’ good time!


Holly Tucker Partners with Kendra Scott

Holly Tucker announced her partnership with jewelry designer company Kendra Scott (San Antonio) this week and had some social media fun with her fans as she picked new statement earrings for her upcoming performance at the Family 4th Celebration & Fireworks show in North Richland Hills (Dallas area).


Jon Wolfe to Make Luckenbach Debut August 11

Jon Wolfe announced that he will make his Luckenbach debut this summer on August 11. The Austin-native will also bring along special guest Mason Lively who just released his debut album, “Stronger Ties” this year. Be sure to add this one to your list of shows to attend this season!

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Author: Christina Ramirez

Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.

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