>Luke Bryan’s Sell-Out Weekend

Luke Bryan kicked off his first major headlining tour last weekend. “CMT ON TOUR: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines” was a sell-out in New York City and broke attendance records in Utica, New York. Also over the weekend, tickets for Bryan’s “Farm Tour” concert in Athens, Georgia, set for Friday, September 30th, has sold out. The “Farm Tour” concerts will take place during a two-week break in the “CMT ON TOUR” shows – September 29th in Clemson, South Carolina, and will wrap in Carrollton, Georgia, on October 7th.

Reba Admits Her Competitive Streak

Reba McEntire is one of the most successful female country artists ever, but says even if given the chance, she wouldn’t go back and give her younger self advice about the music business and what was to come. “That would ruin it,” she said. “If I said, ‘Be patient’ that would ruin the spontaneity or the ambitiousness that I have and had and the determination and the competitiveness that I’ve always had.” Reba has always been competitive and plans to stay that way. “I don’t care if it’s playing backgammon or hopscotch,” she said. “I just love to be competitive. I was that way in sports and school, singing, 4-H club. I just love to compete. I like to win but if I don’t, I just still wanna compete.”

Toby Talks Taxes

Toby Keith has never been one to be afraid to speak his mind about anything. Now he is sharing his thoughts on the controversy about whether the rich should pay a higher percentage in income tax. Talking to the Boston Herald, Toby stopped short of saying the rate should be jacked up. But he added, “I expect the wealthy to write a check ‘cause it’s as bad as it’s ever been.” “It would be unpatriotic not to try to save the country. I’m sure people will bi*ch about it, but if it meant we get to operate in this country and live here another day, then so be it. One way or another, before it’s over they’re gonna have to come and take big money from the earners and big corporations to save the country.”

Rimes To ‘Stream Lady & Gentlemen’ Two Days Early

LeAnn Rimes is making her upcoming covers album, “Lady & Gentlemen” available to stream 48 hours prior to its official release at LeAnnRimesworld.com as a special thank you to all of her fans for their support. Rimes co-produced “Lady & Gentlemen” with Vince Gill and Darrell Brown. The album features a dozen cover songs from classic country artists like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, as well as one of Rimes’ own songs, “Blue” – her 1996 debut track that propelled her to stardom. “Lady & Gentleman” is due out September 27th.