No. 1 Celebrating the Opry
Take a peek behind the scenes of country’s most famous show in a new book chronicling its 40 years in the Grand Ole Opry House. Vince, Keith, Carrie and more share fun memories along with backstage pics. $24.99 AT SHOP.OPRY.COM
NO. 2 PROMISES KEPT
At a 1997 concert at Dublin’s then-under-construction Croke Park, Garth Brooks vowed to return to the stadium when it was finished. Never let it be said he’s not a man of his word: Brooks will play five sold-out concerts there in July – the first stops on his comeback tour.
No. 3 Cool Prints
These fun prints from Nashville’s Anderson Design Group let you take a bit of Music City home. $39 FOR AN 18×24-IN. PRINT AT ANDERSONDESIGNGROUPSTORE.COM
No. 4 HOT HOSTS
It’s the return of Bluke! Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan team up for another night of bro banter and adorably bad jokes as they host the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards April 6 (8 p.m. ET on CBS). And the award for sexiest cohosts goes to …
No. 5 TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL
APRIL 12-13, 2014
With a lineup featuring Luke, Eric and more, saving the oceans was never so much fun.
For more info, go to tortugamusicfestival.com.
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin pay tribute to the Bakersfield sound with a CD of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard classics. $8.89 AT AMAZON.COM
MUSIC IN SCHOOLS
The CMA donated $1 million to Nashville-area school music programs Jan. 28 as part of its Fifth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert. And some of the city’s best student musicians said thank you by joining Eric Paslay onstage to demonstrate how those funds are being put to good use.