Country Stars The Scoop

The Scoop

Leesa Mitchell scoops out the biggest and best nuggets on Big Cat 105.5.


Carrie Underwood says that she "can't wait to watch the big game coming up this Sunday,” that’s after she has takes part in a new, customized opening for NBC's coverage of the 49th Super game.  She's singing "Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight," a special version of her "Sunday Night Football" theme. 2010, Carrie sang the national anthem. SB49 fun starts Sun. at noon.


Jerrod Niemann says he's looking forward to "Chords for a Cause."  The benefit supports Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  The country star tells it's hard to say no when asked to "play some songs and help the babies."  He adds that the show has a great lineup, including Love And Theft, former Edens Edge singer Hannah Blaylock, and others.  The singer says he's "trying to drag Lee Brice out" with him as well.  Jerrod adds that Nashville is a great place for fundraisers, because the city has "such a great community where everyone comes out and supports each other."  "Chords for a Cause" will take place at Dan McGuiness' Irish Pub Tuesday night.

Vince Gill says his upcoming shows with Lyle Lovett will be spontaneous.  The country star tells Virginia's "Daily Press" neither he nor Lyle "have a plan," but every concert will "be like playing ping-pong" -- each song they play will "inspire" the next.  He explains that there'll be "no big bands" on the stage, "just two guys sitting on stools, telling stories and singing songs."  Vince adds that he's really looking forward to the shows.  The performers will launch "Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Stories and Songs" in Glenside, Pennsylvania Tuesday night. "Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Stories and Songs" 

Kip Moore is back on the road.  The country star is kicking of his 2015 road work with a show in Missoula, Montana Tuesday night. In addition, he's among the openers for Dierks Bentley's "Sounds Of Summer" tour, which begins in June.

Fans can begin voicing their choice for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year.  This year's eight semifinalists include Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Tyler Farr.  Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice, and the duo Dan + Shay are also up for the honor.  The first round of voting, which will determine the three nominees in the category, begins Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern at and  The winner will be announced during the 50th annual ACM Awards, which will air on CBS on April 19th.

Craig Craig Morgan says he's continually "amazed by the support" he gets for his TV series.  "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" was among the winners at last week's Golden Moose Awards, getting the nod for Best Comedy.  He says he "can't put into words what it means to receive this honor."  He explains that he and his crew "have fun every day" with their Outdoor Channel series, and to get such recognition from the outdoor industry is "just incredible."  He’s received other awards form them before including 2013’s Humanitarian Award for his support for the troops. Craig is currently prepping episodes for season 6.

Reba McEntire is working on her new album.  The upcoming set will be her long-awaited follow up to her 2010 effort, "All The Women I Am."  Reba's current single, "Going Out Like That," is the lead-off release from the still-untitled project.

Justin Moore says he'd "love nothing more" than to see his Miranda Lambert duet, "Old Habits," become a single.  But the singer says, “it's complicated.” Find out why… Justin and Miranda have also both released other duets recently. 
Moore is featured on Brantley Gilbert's hit "Small Town Throwdown," and he covered "Home Sweet Home" with Motley Crue's Vince Neil.  Miranda and Carrie Underwood topped the chart with "Somethin' Bad," and she's featured on Keith Urban's "We Were Us."  But Justin says he's not ready to give up on "Old Habits," admitting "you never know in this business."
Justin is currently on the road with Miranda.
  He's an opener on her "Certified Platinum" tour

Garth Brooks says he might be married to Trisha Yearwood, but that's not why he chose her to open his shows.  The country superstar explains that Trisha is simply an incredible performer. Garth adds that while he's the headliner, he thinks Trisha puts on the better show.  He claims that every night "the competition is on," and "the truth is the wife can run circles around the husband."  However, Garth says every night he "gets closer" to matching her.  Brooks and Yearwood just wrapped up a slate of shows in Boston,  They'll launch a run in Pittsburgh on February 5th.

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus loves the ladies in a male dominated business; The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry is one of his favorites… Rascal Flatts is prepping for their upcoming Las Vegas engagement.  They'll kick off "Rascal Flatts: Vegas Riot!" at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on February 25th.

Carrie Underwood says her dogs Penny and Ace are precious to her…that it's why she includes them in everything she does.


CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is extending his run on the road with a new tour.  The country star has announced big plans for his Kick The Dust Up Tour, scheduled to begin May 8th in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  The outing will include seven stadium shows in Denver; St. Paul, Minnesota; Nashville; Cincinnati; San Francisco; Cleveland; and Detroit.  Luke is also bringing along friends Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett on select stops along the trek.  Before Kick The Dust Up kicks off in May, Luke will head overseas for his first-ever international shows in countries like Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Germany and the U.K.  That leg will begin at the end of February in between the remaining stops on Luke's current "That's My Kind Of Night Tour.  Fans can also look forward to the release of Luke's seventh and final "Spring Break" series album, "Spring Break... Checkin' Out" on March 10th. 

Luke Bryan says it's "a huge honor" to be the focus of a new exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  The country star is working with the facility on the project.  But he admits he might have a tough time finding certain wardrobe items for the displays. While Luke describes the exhibit more generically, the presentation will tell his story.  Displays will show his career progression from his upbringing in Georgia to his move to Nashville, where he started as a songwriter, landed a record deal, and became a country music superstar.  Luke adds that their goal is to make the exhibit "a very fun fan-interactive experience" in which visitors "may learn a little more" about him.  The Luke Bryan exhibit is expected to launch in May, and remain open through November.

Sam Hunt says he's excited about making his "Ellen DeGeneres Show" debut Thursday.  The country newcomer adds that he doesn't even need the gift Ellen typically gives to male singers. Sam admits he has a lot of respect for the talk show host, and he appreciates how she seeks out and champions new artists.  The singer says Ellen will "really give them exposure and help them out in a really cool way."  Sam is supporting his new single with his "Ellen" appearance.  He's slated to sing "Take Your Time," the follow up to his chart-topping breakthrough hit, "Leave the Night On."

Miranda Lambert is headed to the Grammys.  The country star is among the latest additions to the upcoming ceremony, along with John Legend, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, and others.  And with Miranda's participation, country's top nominees are both on board for the show.  Miranda has bids in four categories, including Best Country Album for most recent release, "Platinum."  Her hits "Automatic" and "Somethin' Bad" -- her collaboration with Carrie Underwood -- are up for awards as well.  The Grammy lineup also features four-time nominee Eric Church, who was among the first stars confirmed for the event.  The 57th annual Grammy Awards will be presented in Los Angeles, airing February 8th on CBS at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

Craig Morgan is once again getting recognition for his Outdoor Channel series.  The country star's "Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors" is a three-time nominee at this year's Golden Moose Awards.  The show is up for Best Comedy and Best Bird Hunting, while Craig is a contender for the viewer-voted honor Fan Favorite Hosts.  And Craig will be on hand to accept in person if he wins.  He's slated to serve as a presenter at the event.  But Morgan isn't the only country star in the running for an award.  "Buck Commander," Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean's series with Willie Robertson and others, is also a nominee for Best Comedy, while the guys could take Fan Favorite Hosts for a second consecutive year.  Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox is up for that award as well along with his "Drury's THIRTEEN" co-hosts.  "Drury's THIRTEEN" also has bids in six other categories, including Best New Series.

The 15th annual Golden Moose Awards will take place at The Venetian in Las Vegas on Thursday, in conjunction with the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show and Conference.  And for the first time the event will be streamed online.  Fans can watch the ceremony live at, starting at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

The tour is being called "Vince Gill & Friends."  But Vince says that name is a little deceptive.  The country superstar is heading out on a four-date run with Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, and his daughter, Jenny Gill.  Vince explains that concerts will feature "a musical collaboration -- not a headliner with opening acts."  He adds that these shows "won't be a 'guitar pull,' where one person sings while the others listen and wait for their turn."  He says they'll all be on the stage together throughout the entire performance, "pitching in, picking and singing harmony for each other and doing each other's songs."

Vince and his friends will hit four cities in four days, starting in
El Dorado, Arkansas on March 19th.  They'll also visit St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Milwaukee.
March 21 - Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Taft Theater
March 22 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the Milwaukee Theater

Chris Young says he thinks he and Lee Brice are "just going to have a ball" on their co-headlining tour.  And the country star tells the "Hartford Courant" he's hoping audiences have just as much fun as they do.  He says their goal is for people to "come out and forget any problems they got for several hours, and listen to music."  Chris adds that both he and Lee "put on a show," so, their concert is something fans "don't want to miss."  The singer says he thinks they make a very strong double-bill, because they "have different sounds and slightly different fan bases that complement each other."  He also admits this tour is "just a really cool opportunity" for both of them.

Young and Brice are launching their collaborative trek in
Syracuse, New York Thursday night.  The Brothers Osborne are also on board to open most dates.
The Swon Brothers' Zach Swon says anyone who knows him knows how big of a Brad Paisley fan he is.  The singer recalls when he turned 18 he received a special gift inspired by the country superstar.
Zach explains that he still has the guitar -- it's hanging on his wall at home -- and he's hoping to do something else with it soon.  He says at some point while the Swon Brothers are touring with
Paisley, he'd like to "bring it out and let Brad put his signature on it."  Zach has several weeks to accomplish his goal.  Paisley's "Country Nation World Tour" runs through the first week of March.  Their next show will be in Southaven, Mississippi on Thursday.

Joe Nichols says he really enjoys his latest single, "Hard To Be Cool."  The country star explains that it's a catchy song, even if it doesn't exactly tell an original story. Joe adds that he thinks listeners will be able to relate to the song.  He says "Hard To Be Cool" conveys the feeling of "I'm so head over heels about this girl that it's hard to keep my cool."  Joe admits it's something he's felt "a hundred times," especially with his wife.  "Hard To Be Cool" is the third single from Joe's most recent album, "Crickets."

Casey James believes 2015 will be a good year.  The country singer says he's optimistic about what lies ahead.
Casey is currently promoting his latest single, "Fall Apart," the lead-off release from his upcoming sophomore album.  Casey explains that he's prepared for whatever it takes to "get the music out there."  He says he's "excited to get out there and do the work, and then see what happens."  Casey's album is tentatively scheduled to arrive in stores this year. 


Tom T. Hall has lost his wife. says Dixie Hall, who has been battling a brain tumor, passed away last Friday.  She was 80.  The British-born songwriter's original name was Iris Violet May Lawrence.  She had interests in cowboy culture and writing from an early age, and when she was in her 20s moved to Nashville.  She got a job with Starday Records and met Mother Maybelle Carter, which marked her entry into the Country music community.  She began writing songs under the name Dixie Deen, penning the 1965 top five hit "Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun" for Dave Dudley.

Dixie met Tom T. Hall in 1964, and they were married in 1968.  Her career then took a back seat to his for much of the 1970s and '80s.  When she returned to songwriting she took her music in a bluegrass direction.  Over the course of her career Dixie wrote hundreds of songs, that were recorded by such stars as Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert.  Dixie was also an avid animal rights activist, and a strong support of the Nashville Humane society.

Martina McBride is getting recognized for her efforts to help others.  Martina has been tapped to receive the Music Business Association's Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award, in acknowledgment of her support of victims of domestic abuse and her other projects to assist women and children in need.  Martina explains that she's never done charity work to gain attention for herself.  But the singer says she's hoping that in earning the Music Biz prize people will be inspired, and see that "we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others."  Martina will receive her award at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon, taking place in Nashville on May 14th.

Aaron Tippin is getting into the wine business.  The singer is partnering with Stonehaus Winery on his own brand, "Aaron Tippin Jam."  The beverage isn't the singer's unique recipe but his "barrel-selected" choice of the company's Blackberry wine.  They're putting out the special label product to mark their 25th anniversaries.  Tippin launched his music career with the release of his debut single, "You've Got To Stand For Something," in 1990 -- the same year Stonehaus opened in Crossville, Tennessee.

"Aaron Tippin Country Jam" will make its debut at a special event at The Butcher's Block at Stonehaus on February 14th.  Aaron will take part in a free meet-and-greet to take photos and sign wine bottles.  The winery will also host a Valentine's Day Dinner, featuring a short acoustic set from Tippin after the meal.

Dolly Parton says she's "so excited" about her new NBC deal.  On Friday, NBC's Robert Greenblatt announced that the network was partnering with the star to produce a slate of two-hour movies based on her songs, stories, and life.  Dolly, who'll will serve as a producer, says they plan to "create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind."  The singer doesn't say which of her songs they're considering for the TV movie adaptations.  Dolly adds that she's thrilled to be teaming up again with Greenblatt, who joined her in producing her Broadway show "9 to 5: The Musical."  She says she's also pleased to be working on the projects with her former agent Sam Haskell.

Kip Moore probably isn't surprised to see the Seattle Seahawks capture the NFC Championship.  The star says he's a "huge fan" of the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, explaining that despite his reputation the running back is simply an incredible player.

The Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday with a come-from-behind win against the Green Bay Packers.  The Seattle team will face off against the AFC Champion New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49, which is coming up in Glendale, Arizona.  The game will air live on NBC on February 1st.

The Swon Brothers couldn't be happier to be an opener on Brad Paisley's winter tour.   singer Colton Swon says it's an incredible opportunity for the duo.

Zach Swon adds that he's always admired Brad as a musician.  He says every time he plays one of Paisley's songs, he's just doing his best to "fake a little bit" of what Brad does on the guitar.  Zach admits he's aspiring to eventually be able to play guitar as well as Paisley.

Paisley, the Swon Brothers, and Parmalee launched the final leg of the "Country Nation World Tour" over the weekend with a pair of shows in Brad's home state of West Virginia.  Their next stop is coming up in Southaven, Mississippi on Thursday.

Eric Church has an explanation for the popularity of his latest hit, "Talladega."  The star says the song has a reminiscent quality most people can appreciate.

Eric adds that one of the special aspects to music is its ability to trigger memories, which allows listeners to go back and spend a few minutes reliving certain moments.  "Talladega" is from Eric's most recent album, "The Outsiders."  The singer is currently on the road in support of the disc.

The Statler Brothers' Don Reid says their 1965 single "Flowers on the Wall" not only launched but saved their recording career.  The Hall of Famer tells "Billboard" it was the b-side to their third release under a three-single deal with Columbia Records.  He recalls that after their first two singles didn't catch on, the group "got blessed" when a Kansas City DJ took their third single and "turned it over one day" to play "Flowers" instead.  Don says the song "just exploded," and "all of a sudden" Statler Brothers had a crossover hit.

adds that stories about the song being "kind of psychedelic" aren't true.  He says band member Lew DeWitt "had written it literally -- there were flowers on the wallpaper."  Don explains that it was about being "so bored that you were counting the flowers on the wall and playing cards with a deck of 51 that you know you can't win with."  Reid also says the group owes their recording career to Johnny Cash, who "opened a lot of doors" for them.  He admits
Columbia only gave the Statlers that initial three-single deal at Johnny's insistence.


Glen Campbell's daughter admits she was thrilled and surprised to learn of her father's Oscar nomination.  Glen's final recording, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which he wrote with producer Julian Raymond for his documentary "Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me," is among the tracks in the running for Best Original Song.  Following the announcement Ashley Campbell took to Facebook, saying she was "feeling so stunned."  She added that she "couldn't be more proud" of her dad and "everything he's accomplished in the face of so much adversity."  Ashley also expressed her appreciation and admiration for Raymond.  Ashley said Julian is "an amazing, talented, big hearted man," and she "couldn't be prouder to know" him.

Taylor Swift is getting more recognition overseas.  The country-turned-pop superstar is once again a nominee for the Brit Awards -- the UK's equivalent to the Grammys.  Swift is in the running for International Female Solo Artist, along with Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Sia, and St. Vincent.  And Taylor will be there if she wins.  She's one of the first confirmed performers for the ceremony.  The 2015 Brit Awards will be presented at London's O2 Arena on February 25th.  The 2015 ceremony marks the third time Taylor has been a Brit nominee, and the second time she's performed at the event.  In 2013 she was up for the International Female award, which went to Del Rey, and she sang her hit "I Knew You Were Trouble."  In 2010 Taylor was in the running for International Breakthrough Act, but lost to Lady Gaga.

Brad Paisley is heading home.  The singer is launching the final leg of his "Country Nation World Tour" this weekend from his home state of West Virginia, with shows at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown Friday and Saturday night.  In addition, he's bringing Parmalee and The Swon Brothers with him on his seven-week run, which will come to a close in Lubbock, Texas on March 7th.  Paisley's trek is in support of his most recent album, "Moonshine in the Trunk," which features the hit singles "River Bank" and "Perfect Storm."


Chris Young and Lee Brice are hitting the road together.  The country stars are mapping out a co-headlining tour.  The trek includes nine dates, starting in Syracuse, New York on January 22nd.  It's scheduled to come to a close in Hawaii, with shows in Kahului and Honolulu in early March.  The Brothers Osborne are also on board for the mainland shows, but won't be going with Chris and Lee to Hawaii.
Chris says the idea of teaming up with Lee for a tour came up last year, when they were both opening


Eric Church admits he's thrilled to extend his "Outsiders World Tour."  The country star recently announced a slate of new dates that continue the trek into the summer.  Eric says the tour has been an amazing experience, with some truly memorable moments. Eric is performing in Las Vegas this weekend.  He'll play a two-night stand at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan Friday and Saturday night.  Both shows are sold out.


Vince Gill says he appreciates the values and work ethic of those who live in rural America.  The country star adds that he feels indebted to these folks, who make up a large portion of his fan base. Vince is now showing his support for small towns and farming communities through his participation in the America's Best Communities partnership, a collaborative corporate effort to revitalize rural America.  The program will reward communities that devise the best strategies for stimulating the local economy and improving the quality of life for residents.  More information is available at


Justin Moore admits that in some ways making his most recent album was a bit of a juggling act.  The country star explains that with "Off The Beaten Path," his goals were to grow as an artist and adapt to the changes in the genre while remaining true to his traditional country roots. Justin is currently taking his music to the fans.  He's on the road, opening shows on Miranda Lambert's "Certified Platinum" tour.  They'll be performing in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday and Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.


A photograph of Patsy Cline, which is being called "the last photo ever taken" of the late country legend, is going to a new owner.  Bidding has surpassed the 300-dollar reserve for the photo, which is part of's "Rock N' Roll" auction.  The Cline picture is also just one of a few country-related items in the sale.  A 1969 Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and June Carter show has generated multiple bids, pushing its price well beyond its 100-dollar reserve.  Other lots include Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Brenda Lee, and Jerry Lee Lewis memorabilia.  The auction closes Friday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.



T.G. Sheppard is out of the hospital.  The country star's wife, singer Kelly Lang, said in a Facebook update Wednesday that her "precious man is coming HOME today!! Prayers answered!"  His release comes just a day after he underwent surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.  In describing the situation to fans, Kelly said Monday that T.G. needed to have a lengthy but "somewhat minor" operation.  On Tuesday, following the procedure, Lang admitted they'd had "a marathon day," but everything went well.

The 70-year-old Sheppard was among the prominent country stars in the 1970s and '80s.  His 14 chart-topping hits include "Devil in the Bottle," "Last Cheater's Waltz," "Slow Burn," and "Only One You."  His most recent work includes the 2013 album "Iconic Duets," a collaboration with Lang.


LeAnn Rimes and her husband, Eddie Cibrian, say they don't have a baby on the way.  Cibrian's rep is shooting down the rumor sparked by a "Star" magazine article, telling E! News "there's absolutely no truth whatsoever" to the story.  The country star is featured on the cover of the latest edition of "Star," which claims she's "finally pregnant."  LeAnn, who has no biological children of her own, is the stepmom to Eddie's two sons from his previous marriage.

But a baby isn't out of the question for the couple.  Last summer, in an episode of their VH1 reality show "LeAnn & Eddie," they both voiced an interest in having a child together.


Scotty McCreery is mourning the death of his grandfather.  The country star shared his sad news with fans on Facebook, saying Bill McCreery "passed away unexpectedly last Sunday," just two days after his 86th birthday.  Scotty describes Bill as a devoted family man who "lived life to the fullest, was good-natured and had a hearty laugh."  He says his granddad "was one amazing guy who drove a black mustang convertible and could still dive off his diving board in his backyard pool."  The singer praises Bill's commitment to the country, which included 20 years in the Air Force.  He adds that as Bill's only grandson he considers it "an honor to carry on the family name."

Scotty even credits his grandfather -- indirectly -- for his music career.  He sends out a thanks to Bill "for everything, but especially the lessons on love and respect, the golf and diving lessons AND that McCreery deep voice."


Miranda Lambert says she loves her new single, "Little Red Wagon."  The country star adds that she's looking forward to performing it in concert.
Miranda's next chance to play "Little Red Wagon" in concert is coming up.  She's launching her "Certified Platinum Tour" in Evansville, Indiana on Thursday.  Justin Moore is on board as an opener, while select shows will also feature either Ashley Monroe, Danielle Bradbery, RaeLynn, or Sunny Sweeney.

"Little Red Wagon" is a song that almost didn't make it to Miranda.  She says two years after the track was brought to her tour manager's attention, he finally remembered to mention it to her.  Miranda admits that when she listened to "Little Red Wagon" she fell in love with the song, and became "obsessed" with Audra Mae, the woman who wrote and recorded it.  Lambert says she sought out Audra, and after they struck up a friendship she asked to record the song.  Audra not only agreed -- she even sings on Miranda's version of the track.


Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are ready to go on their "Anything Goes" tour.  The country stars will kick off their trek in Toledo, Ohio on Thursday.  The duo's headlining run includes 23 dates through June, with several departures peppered into their schedule.  Later this month they'll take some time to play shows with Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.  At the end of February Florida Georgia Line will head across the Atlantic for performances in Europe.  They'll also appear at several spring and summer festivals.  With their road work Florida Georgia Line is supporting their latest album, which shares the tour's name.  "Anything Goes" shows will also feature opening sets from Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.


Frankie explains that his goal is to simply make an impression.  The singer says he knows the venues will be packed with Florida Georgia Line fans, not his followers.  He admits he'll consider the run a success if he can win some people over, and end the tour with a few more fans than he has now.  Florida Georgia Line's "Anything Goes" trek, which also features Thomas Rhett, begins in Toledo, Ohio on Thursday. Frankie Ballard says that as an opener on Florida Georgia Line's tour, he has no intentions of trying to upstage the headliner.  The country star adds he doesn't think he could, even if he wanted to.


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is giving himself two first concert experiences.  The country singer says he believes the first band he chose to see live was Lonestar, but he also saw another group before that. Tyler Hubbard admits he doesn't remember much about the first concert he ever saw.  He recalls it was a Christian show, and thinks it was probably either Casting Crowns or Third Day.  Florida Georgia Line might have some first-time concertgoers in their audience this year.  The duo is launching their "Anything Goes" trek in Toledo, Ohio Thursday night.


Darius Rucker's new album is coming soon.  The singer's fourth country release, "Southern Style," will arrive on March 31st.  The upcoming disc includes Rucker's latest single, "Homegrown Honey."  Darius will also hit the road this spring to support the project.  He's planning a 30-date North American tour, which is expected to begin in Holmdel, New Jersey on May 14th -- one day after his 49th birthday.  All the details on the trek haven't been revealed yet, but he's planning to make stops in Pittsburgh, Tampa, and St. Louis, as well as Dallas, Denver, Detroit, and other cities.  In addition, Rucker has tapped Brett Eldredge and the Brothers Osborne to join him as openers.  A Thousand Horses is also on board for select dates.