CRAIG MORGAN is not ready to let the “American Sniper” controversy die down. In a radio interview he tore into MICHAEL MOORE for disrespecting Chris Kyle, the soldier whose life is depicted in the movie.
Craig said, quote, “[Michael Moore] abuses the privileges of this country more than anybody. Why he’s not put in jail is beyond me. He’s just short of terrorism in my opinion, and deserves none of the blessings that we have in this country.”
Craig did admit that Moore has the right of free speech, but he not the right to abuse it. Quote, “I believe that we do have the right to speak our mind, and that’s the luxury and the blessing of living in the United States of America.
“[It’s] a country that men and women have died for to ensure that we can speak our minds. But just because you have the right to say something doesn’t make it right.”
LUKE BRYAN held a press conference yesterday to announce his plans for what is going to be a very busy year. The biggest news is his “Kick The Dust Up” world tour, which launches May 8th in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The tour will feature seven stadium shows and it wraps October 30th in Detroit, Michigan. Dustin Lynch, Randy Houser, Florida Georgia Line, and Thomas Rhett will open select shows. Dates and ticketing info are atLukeBryan.com.
He’s also doing his final Spring Break-themed album and concerts. The album is called “Spring Break . . . Checkin’ Out”, and it’ll be out March 10th. The final two Spring Break concerts are March 11th and 12th in Panama City, Florida.
Finally, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville is putting together a Luke Bryan Exhibit that will open in May, and run through November. You’ll find more information at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.
Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, and Rascal Flatts will be performing at this year’s iHeartRadio Country Festival, which is going down May 2nd in Austin, Texas. More acts will be announced the closer we get to the show. (Tickets go on sale March 28th. You’ll find details at this link.)
JAKE OWEN posted a photo on Twitter of his two-year-old daughter . . . and it’s a good thing he’s making a nice living because it appears horseback riding lessons are in her future. He wrote, “Pearl’s first pony. My little girl likes country music and horses.”[Baby Pearl Owen]
VINCE GILL is bringing Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham, and his daughter Jenny Gill on a four-day tour. It starts March 19th in El Dorado, Arkansas, and then moves on to St. Louis, Missouri on the 20th . . . Cincinnati, Ohio on the 21st . . . and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 22nd. (Rolling Stone)