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"This Is It": Scotty McCreery prepares to play the Ryman as a chart-topping hitmaker

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Steve Lowry/Ryman AuditoriumTonight, Scotty McCreery brings his tour to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time in half-a-dozen years. 

While the American Idol winner has played other events at the Ryman, it’s been quite awhile since he’s done his own show at the Mother Church of Country Music.

“First time headlining in about six years, and [it’s] six years too long!” Scotty tells ABC Audio. “I love it there, so [I] can’t wait.”

“It’s definitely a little more butterflies there than you get anywhere else,” he admits. “Because you want to go out there and put your best foot forward and play your best show you have…”

“We’ll be pumped up. We’ll be jacked for that one!” he adds.

Looking back on his previous times playing the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, Scotty can’t help but focus on the significance of the legendary platform.

“My goodness!” he reflects, “just looking out the stained glass windows ahead of you and just knowing that you’re on the stage, that so many greats have come before you…  It’s like pressure that…so many greats have been here. You want to make them proud.”

You can be sure Scotty’s chart-topping hits “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It” will both be part of his set.

“We played a lot of covers the last time…” he says. “So it’ll be fun to come back with a couple songs that mean a lot to me and that did well at radio. And it’ll be the first time being there on that stage playing number ones.”

He adds: “And it was always my goal just to get A number one. So the fact that we have two now, it’s an amazing thing.”  

Scotty’s current hit, “In Between,” just broke into country’s top twenty.

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It's official, Coachella and Stagecoach postponed until October

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2020 Coachella lineup; Goldenvoice COVID-19 coronavirus has taken down yet another set of festivals in its wake. 

On Tuesday, Goldenvoice, the company behind the fests, made the announcement that both Coachella and Stagecoach have been postponed until October due to the infectious disease. 

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” the statement read. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously.” 

Coachella was originally scheduled to take place on the weekends of April 10 and April 17, while Stagecoach was supposed to follow taking place from April 24 until April 26. Both festivals take place in Indio, California, located in Riverside County, where three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Monday. 

Now, according to Goldenvoice, Coachella will jam out on the weekends of October 9 and 16. With its sister festival following suit on the weekend of October 23.

Tickets already purchased by festival-goers need not fret as they will be honored for the new dates. For ticket holders looking for a refund, the company said it will issue instructions on how to do so on March 13.

Coachella, whose highly anticipated 2020 headliners are Rage Against the MachineTravis Scott, and Frank Ocean, brings fans to the desert for some good old fashioned and Instagram-worthy fun.

Stagecoach does the same but with a country twist. Its headliners are Carrie UnderwoodThomas Rhett and Eric Church.

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