With the Country Music Association's annual CMA Music Festival set for June 7-10, perhaps no act is finding more ways to plug in than Florida Georgia Line. The duo released "Simple," the first single from its upcoming fourth album, on June 1; announced a five-date Las Vegas residency for December on June 4; and on Tuesday night they received the first-ever Billboard Trailblazer Award during a Country Power Players celebration.
"I don't think a trailblazer is someone who just knocks everything down and there's nothing there when it's gone," says FGL's Brian Kelley the honor. "I think a trailblazer looks at how they can make it better, sort like an architect, and they take their time and they make trails and paths, and they leave room for big trees and they know how to make it work. Hopefully, we've been a part that process."
The duo will close the week with a June 9 No. 1 party at its own FGL House, and the duo's Tyler Hubbard will return to that venue on June 10 with wife Hayley Hubbard for Sip & Sweat, a morning rotop yoga session that's open to the public, with proceeds set for charity.
Other late-breaking festival-related news includes:
• Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, original members The Byrds, will join Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam tonight (June 6) at the Ryman Auditorium. The stint comes as the pair marks the 50th anniversary Sweetheart the Rodeo, a seminal country/rock album released Aug. 30, 1968.
• Sony Music Nashville and Sony/ATV have a series activities planned at the Omni Nashville Hotel June 7-10, including songwriter performances at the Bongo Java cfee shop. Among the participating writers are Tom Douglas ("Drunk Girl"), Jon Nite ("Break Up in the End"), Ross Copperman ("Get Along") and Chris DeStefano ("Kiss Somebody").
• RaeLynn plans a charity spin class at 7 a.m. on June 8 with KrankFit near Warner Music Nashville. All proceeds go to her diabetes fund.
• iHeartMedia's The Bobby Bones Show airs live from the Ryman Auditorium on June 8 with guests Chris Janson, Kassi Ashton and American Idol graduates Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson.