Chris Stapleton Performing on “The View” in Support of New Album, “Traveller”

Image Courtesy UMGChris Stapleton has written songs recorded by everyone from Miranda Lambert and Adele to George Strait and Keith Urban. Now he's stepping out with his debut album, Traveller, coming out Tuesday, May 5. The project includes Chris's bluesy version of the George Jones classic, "Tennessee Whiskey," which he'll perform on ABC's The View Tuesday before playing a show at New York City's Mercury Lounge that evening.

Chris will round out his album release week with a two-night stand at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom May 8 and 9. He'll hit the road with Eric Church for a few shows next month, too.

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Garth Brooks Reveals Eight Houston Shows, Adds Knoxville Show

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Houston, TX, for eight shows over nine days, beginning in June.

Garth will play two shows each on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, and again on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, at the Houston Toyota Center.  Tickets go on sale starting May 8 at 10:00 a.m., local time. 

Garth's also added a Friday, May 28 show to his already announced dates at Knoxville, Tennessee's Thompson Boling Arena.  Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m., local time.

As always, you can find more information at

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will play a rare, co-headlining concert July 3 in Fairlea, West Virginia, as part of the annual Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament. For ticket information, go to

Kenny Chesney is co-producing a new studio album for "Dust on the Bottle" singer David Lee Murphy. Kenny made the announcement at a #1 party in Nashville Tuesday honoring "American Kids" and "'Til It's Gone," which was co-written by David Lee.

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Thompson Square Rebuilding Their Alabama Dream Home Following Devastating Flood

Image Courtesy Stoney CreekThompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson are rebuilding their dream home in Alabama after a water leak in the upstairs bathroom flooded the entire house a few weeks ago. Water spewed throughout the house for six days while the duo was on the road.

Keifer tells ABC Radio, "[Shawna's] mother went to the house to let somebody in to do some work, and she stepped into ankle-deep water. Literally destroyed the house. It's all down to studs. It's been a nightmare."

To make matters worse, the people cleaning up the flood backed their truck into the home and destroyed the front porch.

Says Keifer, "I'm just like, just burn it down. What else is next? I'm waiting for lightning to strike."

Keifer and Shawna had only been in the house for a year-and-a-half, and they'd just gotten all the furniture and rugs into place when the flood happened. They'll be able to salvage their ACM and CMA Awards, but the envelopes announcing Thompson Square as Duo of the Year winners of those trophies were destroyed in the flood.

The Thompsons are keeping perspective on losing their possessions, though.

Shawna says, " It was so cute. One of the guys that came out to help us clean it out, he was like, 'I can't believe stuff like this happens to people like Thompson Square!'" She adds, "We're just normal people like everybody else!"

Keifer adds, "There's nobody avoiding that. It's gonna happen to anybody."

Of course, Thompson Square is on the road with back-to-back shows in support of their new single, "Trans Am," so they were already planning to spend a lot of time on their tour bus this summer.

Keifer says with a laugh, "It's not like we were gonna see the house anyway!"

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