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April Showers Bring May Flowers, But May Brings Concert Season!


The weather is finally warming up here in New England and all we can think about at NECM are the amazing shows coming our way this summer. There are twelve concerts with country performers heading to our big outdoor venues, The XFINITY Center in Mansfield, MA, and the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. This year the lineups are as stacked as ever with concerts featuring some of the biggest names in Country Music. Whether you have PIT tickets or like to kick it on the lawn you won’t want to miss these shows!

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Jason Aldean: High Noon Neon Tour
Lineup: Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, and DeeJay Silver.
XFINITY Theatre: Friday May 25th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday May 26th at 7:30 PM

Rascal Flatts: Back To Us Tour 2018

Rascal Flatts: Back To US Tour
Lineup: Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, and Carly Pearce
XFINITY Theatre: Friday June 8th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday June 9th at 7:30 PM

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Country 92.5 Presents: Sam Hunt at Damon & Cory’s Summer House Party
Lineup: Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, and Conner Smith
XFINITY Theatre: Friday June 29th at 8 PM

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton: All American Road Show
Lineup: Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, and Brent Cobb
XFINITY Center: Saturday June 30th at 7 PM

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Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town: The Bandwagon Tour
Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Turnpike Troubadours, and Tenille Townes
XFINITY Theatre: Friday July 20th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday July 21st at 7 PM – Presented by WKLB

Keith Urban: Graffiti U World Tour

Keith Urban: Graffiti U World Tour
Lineup: Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini
XFINITY Center: Saturday August 4th at 7:30 PMBrad Paisley Tour 2018

Brad Paisley: Weekend Warrior World Tour
Line up: Brad Paisley and Tyminski
XFINITY Center: Saturday August 11th at 7:30 PM

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker Summer Plays On Tour

Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker: Summer Plays on Tour
Lineup: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, and Russell Dickerson
XFINITY Theatre: Saturday July 28th at 7 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday September 22nd at 7 PM

Maren Morris: opening for Niall Horan’s: Flicker World Tour 
Niall Horan and Maren Morris
XFINITY Theatre: Friday September 24th at 8 PM
XFINITY Center: Saturday September 8th at 7 PM

Outlaw Music Festival

Willie Nelson: Outlaw Music Festival
Lineup: Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid.
XFINITY Center: Friday September 21st at 3 PM 

Kid Rock+Brantley Gilbert: Red Blooded RocknRoll Redneck Extravaganza

Kid Rock + Brantley Gilbert: Red Blooded RocknRoll Redneck Extravaganza
Lineup: Kid Rock, Brantley Gilbert, and Wheeler Walker Jr.
XFINITY Center: Saturday September 29th at 6:30 PM

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Zac Brown Band: Down The Rabbit Hole Live!
Lineup: Zac Brown Band
XFINITY Theatre: Sunday September 30th at 7 PM

Be prepared on show day. Plan ahead and arrive early to allow for time to park, enter the venue, and to purchase food or drinks.  For more information about the venues’ policies, procedures, and show day information you can visit the XFINITY Theatre and XFINITY Center websites.

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Keith Urban: ‘Coming Home’ Single Review

‘Coming Home’ is the second single off of Keith Urban’s upcoming new album ‘Graffiti U,’ which is scheduled to be released this Friday, April 27th. Keith co-wrote the song with JR Rotem, Nicolle Galyon, and pop singer Julia Michaels, who is featured on the track. As we’ve seen recently, country/pop collaborations are becoming increasingly popular and this is another one that is sure to climb the charts. Julia Michaels’ vocals add a nice touch to the catchy, upbeat melody and the harmonies between her and Urban at the end are on point. The distorted guitar riff gives the song a unique, really cool vibe that’s unlike anything on country radio today.

Keith Urban pays homage to the legendary Merle Haggard during the intro of ‘Coming Home.’ In an interview with Taste of Country, Keith described how the song came about, “‘Coming Home’ started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs, ‘Mama Tried,’ to build an entirely new song around it. I called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard to play them what we’d been working on. It was important to me to have their blessing and I’m so grateful that they love the song.” In another touching tribute, Keith officially listed Merle as a songwriter on the tune. The concept of incorporating someone else’s song into your own can be quite risky, especially if they’re as iconic as Haggard, but in this case it paid off brilliantly for Urban.

It’s easy to feel a connection to ‘Coming Home’ because the lyrics are so relatable. For Keith, this is particularly true. He explains, “Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood and my dream to come to America. I knew right then the story of the song was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home – wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.” Keith’s feelings are echoed in the verse, I’m feeling lost in all the madness, I need somewhere to ease my mind, these sidewalks filled with different faces, so many places but there’s none like mine. These lyrics paint a picture of the challenges of living in a place where you don’t know anyone. It’s very difficult being away from your family, friends, and everything you’ve ever known for an extended period of time but returning to the familiarities of your home can provide an immediate sense of comfort. After hearing ‘Coming Home’ and the previously released first single ‘Female,’ we’re greatly looking forward to Keith’s new album.

Keith Urban is set to embark on the Graffiti U World Tour this summer with Kelsea Ballerini. Lucky for us, they’ll be making several stops in New England: July 5th and 6th at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, NH; August 4th at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA; August 5th at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME; and September 7th and 8th at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

Favorite Lyrics: There’s a place that I know where they all know me, I gotta get back now to the ones who love me.

You can buy ‘Coming Home’ on iTunes here.