Five at Five: Luke Bryan Joins NFL Draft + CMA Fest’s Nightly Concerts at Ascend Amphitheater

Five Things to Know in Country Music for April 16

Give us a minute, and we’ll give you five things you need to know in country music. It’s your new fix for all the latest headlines in one place. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday (April 16):

CMA Fest Reveals Lineup for Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater

Chase Rice, Brett Young, Hunter Hayes and Cody Johnson will headline CMA Fest’s nightly concerts running June 6-8 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. Additional performers set to take the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend include Jimmie Allen, Blanco Brown, Adam Craig, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Farr, King Calaway, LOCASH, Runaway June, Bailey Bryan, Jordan Davis, Adam Hambrick, Caylee Hammack, Jillian Jacqueline, Mitchell Tenpenny, Ingrid Andress, Tucker Beathard and Ashley McBryde. Single-day lawn passes start at $10 and will be available when tickets go on sale Friday (April 19) at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster and the CMA Fest websitec.

Luke Bryan Joins NFL Draft

Bryan will be part of ABC’s prime-time coverage of the NFL Draft, airing live from Nashville April 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Bryan will join Robin Roberts, ESPN’s Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and the

College GameDay crew on night one. CMT Hot 20 Countdown will also be downtown capturing all the action for an upcoming episode. Hot 20 airs Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. ET.

Ingrid Andress’ Late-Night Debut

Rising artist Ingrid Andress, a member of CMT’s Next Women of Country program, made her late-night premiere with “Lady Like” on Monday’s (April 15) Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Austin Burke and Lexy Kadey Are Engaged Thanks to Dierks Bentley

Bentley helped rising artist and fellow Arizona native Burke stage a public proposal for Burke’s girlfriend, Lexy Kadey, during Bentley’s headlining set Saturday (April 13) at Country Thunder Arizona. “[Lexy], thank you for saying yes in my Home State in front of all of our family and friends,” Burke wrote on social media. “Thank you, [Dierks], for making this the ultimate proposal and for filming the whole thing!”

Randy Travis, Randy Houser and Paul Cauthen Walk Into a Bar

Jason Myers

Everyone who lives in Nashville knows that Mondays and Tuesdays are the weekend for local touring musicians. On Mondays, odds are good country artists can be found checking out rising talent at Whiskey Jam at Winner’s Bar in midtown. Randy Travis was seen at Monday's (April 15) Whiskey Jam hanging out with Randy Houser and Paul Cauthen, the latter of whom has a new album coming this fall.

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