COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 28

Posted 7 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Eric Church by Townsquare Media Albany, on Flickr

ERIC CHURCH TAKES ON SCALPERS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Church has resold tickets to his Minneapolis show so the right people get them. Church’s management has identified 902 tickets to his Minneapolis show in September as being held by scalpers. That’s a violation of the sales limits for the show, so the tickets were canceled and put back on sale Friday. Church says in a statement a lot of acts just want to sell as many tickets as they can and they don’t care who buys them. Church says he can’t stop scalpers completely, but he can definitely make it harder for them.

WILLIE NELSON INDUCTED INTO AUSTIN CITY LIMITS HALL OF FAME

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson was the first performer on the TV show Austin City Limits back in 1974. And now he’s part of the first class of the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Nelson says the honor “means a lot” because Austin is “the music capital of the world.” During Saturday’s induction ceremony, actor Matthew McConaughey introduced Nelson saying simply: “There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson.” Nelson turns 81 this week.

JOSH THOMPSON MODERNIZES HIS SOUND

NASHVILLE (AP) — Josh Thompson wanted to create an amped-up album without alienating everyone who already likes what he does. Thompson says he uses the same lyrical themes on his latest album, “Turn It Up,” but he added modern sounds to it, with more loops and more loud guitars. That’s a gamble and he knows it. He says he wanted to bring his music into today’s world, but he says he still has steel guitar and the lyrics are still very country.

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