Bass guitarist for Toby Keith's band, Carl "Chuck" Goff, Jr., died in a car accident on Wednesday night at the age of 54. KOCO-TV reports that the accident involved two vehicles and occurred near Slaughterville, Oklahoma, at about 7:45PM local time. Authorities said that one vehicle was found on top of the other and the other driver was not seriously injured. The accident still remains under investigation. Goff was a longtime band leader and friend to Toby and he is credited with writing two of his hit songs, "You Ain't Much Fun" and "Upstairs Downtown." In a statement posted on his website, Keith says, "We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff. He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family."
LINEUP FOR TIM'S ACM SPECIAL GROWS
The Academy of Country Music has announced that Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and R&B artist, Ne-Yo are the first to be added to the all-star lineup performing at the ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night. The taping for the special will take place on April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be broadcast at a later date on CBS. The two hour star-studded concert event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives and will feature dynamic musical collaborations. Tim says, "There's no better time for live music than in the heat of the summer. Country music is hotter than it has ever been, and with some help from a few friends in other genres too, we're going to get summer started off right. I've been lucky enough to have all these artists join me on tour, and it'll be fun to get everyone back together to help raise money and bring some attention to Lifting Lives. Not enough people know what good work the organization does, and when I was asked to help put this show together, it was a no-brainer."
BRAD ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR DETAILS
Brad Paisley has announced the first leg of his 2013 tour, "Beat This Summer Tour" presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The tour will kick off on May 9 with a show in St. Louis, Missouri, and will hit over 29 cities in the United States and Canada during the summer months. Brad will be joined by special guests Lee Brice and Chris Young on the four month long trek. Brad is proud to partner with Live Beyond and he will be donating $1 from each ticket sold to the charity's cause. Live Beyond is a Nashville nonprofit with a mission to provide medical care, clean water, nutritional support, and development activities to impoverished communities in Haiti.
DARIUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING TOUR
Darius Rucker has announced his upcoming headlining tour in support of the release of his upcoming, True Believers, album this spring. The "True Believers Tour" kicks off on May 9 with a show in Estero, Florida, and will travel to more than 20 cities across the country before wrapping up in Clarkston, Michigan on June 30. Darius says, “This is going to be an exciting summer. I’ve got an album I can’t wait for y’all to hear and I’m hitting the road with a great group of artists. We’re gonna have a good time!” Rucker will be joined by special guests Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore, and Jana Kramer for select days on the tour. On each tour date, Darius will be offering two pairs of tickets through an auction on www.DariusRucker.com. The proceeds from the tickets sold will benefit both the Country Music Association’s “Keep The Music Playing” initiative and the Academy of Country Music’s “Lifting Lives” program.
COUNTRY TO ROCK FREMONT STREET
The Academy of Country Music and Las Vegas has announced that for the seventh consecutive year, ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience will be taking place on Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th. The two-nights of concerts will be headlined by Gary Allan and Jake Owen and will feature performances by Randy Houser, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, and Sunny Sweeney. ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience will once again be a free and open-to-the-public concert with performances on two stages that start at 9:00PM on both nights. Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment zone located in downtown Las Vegas and features the world’s largest video screen at 1,500 feet long 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. ACM Weekend at Fremont Street Experience will all be taking place in conjunction with “The Week Vegas Goes Country,” leading up to the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACM awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 at 8:00PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.