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Monday News Briefs: Miranda Lambert, Hank Jr, Jamey Johnson, Trace Adkins and More

By: Roughstock Staff

Last Updated: January 25, 2010 11:01 AM

Miranda Lambert Tops Charts

Country music had only two solo female artists top the charts in 2009 but 2010 has already matched that feat as "White Liar" from Miranda Lambert has joined Reba McEntire's "Consider Me Gone" as two of this year's four chart-topping hits so far.  Perhaps the 'chart' glass ceiling for female artists is being lifted or removed once again so that more and more female artists can get not only inside the Top 10 but can join Miranda and Reba on top of the charts.  Taylor and Carrie are likely to follow-suit sometime this year but who will the next female vocalist hitting the #1 spot be? 

Trace Adkins Works on New Music

Trace Adkins was already at work with producer Michael Knox (Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson) when he transferred from Capitol Nashville to Show Dog-Universal.  The artist, who has scored multiple chart-topping hits with some mid to down-tempo or 'serious' fare, is working on some 'up' material for his Show Dog-Universal Debut.  in an interview with Vernell Hackett at The Boot, "The new material is not a huge departure from stuff I've been doing. This album is 'up,' whereas some of the other stuff I've done has gone pretty deep and pretty dark."

What do you think?  Do you like Trace Adkins for his 'up' stuff like "Marry For Money," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "Chrome" or do you like his 'serious' and 'pretty dark' stuff like "All I Ask For Anymore," "Arlington" and "You're Gonna Miss This?"

Lady Antebellum playing it 'safe?'

The reviews for the trio's Need You Now (click to read our review) are pouring in and while most reviews are positive, there are some that are calling the album 'safe' and "blithe" and one even says that the trio's female lead overshadows the male lead. 

Hank Williams, Jr selects Jamey Johnson, Eric Church and The Grascals for his "Rowdy Friends Tour 2010"

Country music icon Hank Williams, Jr. has selected kindred sprits Jamey Johnson and Eric Church for a set of tour dates in April that make up his "Rowdy Friends Tour 2010."  The Grascals will also be joining the legend on the tour as they tour on weekends throughout the month.  Hank Jr, who released a new album last year, will be playing the following venues:

April 2 – Charleston, WV

April 3 – Louisville, KY

April 9 – Bossier City, LA

April 10 – Lafayette, LA

April 17 – Pikeville, KY w/ The Grascals only

Tickets for the shows announced will go on sale Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 am at all venue box office locations as well as TicketMaster locations.

George Strait & Reba Sell-out Oklahoma Venue in Record Time

Tickets to the upcoming show in Tulsa, OK for Artist of the Decade George Strait and Entertainment Superstar Reba with special guest Lee Ann Womack sold out in less than an hour on Saturday. This marks the first time in the history of the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Center that over 18,000 tickets have been sold for one event.

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