Nashville News: Friday, 9/9
Blake Shelton's 2016 tour gets under way today in Oklahoma City.
He says, “I’m ready to get back out on the road and play some new music, some favorites and a few obscure songs
for the fans. I’m really excited to kick off this tour in my home state and thrilled that RaeLynn is joining us on this leg
of the tour.”
The tour won't interfere with his gig on The Voice -- the first shows airing are the pre-recorded blind auditions, which will premiere on September 19th.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be the next country artists inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame.
The ceremony takes place on October 6th in Nashville's Walk of Fame Park. That date is a big deal for them -- it's their 20th wedding anniversary.
Nashville News: Friday, 9/2
Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn have extended their Las Vegas residency for a couple more years.
They renegotiated their contract with Caesars Palace for their run of shows, which began last year. Ronnie Dunn
says, "So we'll go into 2017, maybe parts of 2018... No end in sight."
The next round of shows for Reba, Brooks and Dunn: Together in Vegas begins on November 30th.
Carrie Underwood just launched the second leg of her Storytellertour.
A few things have changed , but she’s still opening the show by rising up on a jukebox surrounded by pyro. It's the first
tour where she's used fire for a good reason -- her hair is flammable- that’s the reason why she has been horrified of pyro.
Carrie is also celebrating her CMA nominations including her nod for Entertainer of the Year!
Nashville News: Friday, 8/26
Alabama: Song of the South, the new exhibit celebrating the guys from Fort Payne, is open now at the Country Music
Hall of Fame in Nashville. The display features instruments, stage outfits, awards and more.
The exhibit runs through June 12th of next year.
If you want to hear Jason Aldean's new album, They Don't Know, when it's released on September 9th, you'll have to
buy it. It won't be available on any of the streaming services until a month after its release.
Jason tells Billboard, "A new album is just like anything else. When the new iPhone comes out, when you go to the
Apple store, they’re not just handing them out for free. If you want something that’s brand new, you’re willing to pay the
price for it. And then, after it’s been out for a while, you may get it at a discount. That’s just business 101."
So let’s review:They Don't Know will be available at both physical and digital retailers on release day. It will then be
released to streaming services on October 9th.
Nashville News: Friday, 8/19
The Dixie Chickshave been raking in the dough since starting their first U.S. tour since 2006.
So far they've brought in $26.6 million in ticket sales -- not bad for only 29 performances. Kenny Chesney narrowly edged them out by bringing in $31.1 million for his Spread the Love
tour for the same time period.
So far they've attracted over 400,000 people to their shows.
The tour wraps in L.A. on October 10th.
There's mutual admiration going on between Eric Church and Michael Phelps via Twitter.
Michael, who included Eric in his pre-race playlist, tweeted to him, "When you coming to AZ? It was Record Year... I wanted to have the best year that I could."
Eric's team replied,"Michael Phelps, March 28th in Phoenix. DM us your info and you'll be our guest. We would be honored.
Congrats on your Record Year."
It's been a record year for both Eric and Michael -- Eric picked up his seventh number one with "Record Year," and Michael picked up five gold medals at this year's Olympics.
Nashville News: Thursday, 8/11
Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Linehas been on his hiatus from social media for a month, and he isn't ready to go
back to posting on his personal accounts just yet.
He says "It's just kind of a cleanse if you will. Someone said that earlier. I think it's a cool analogy. I was spending a lot
of time on it and I said, man, I need to have a little reality check. It was healthy for me personally. For how long, I don't
Tyler says he does help out with the Florida Georgia Line account.
Lady Antebellum have been tapped to host and perform at the 10th annual ACM Honors at the Ryman
Auditorium on August 30th.
Also performing will be Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell
and Keith Urban.
Those being honored include Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbitt,Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban,
Jimmy Webb, Little Big Town and The Statler Brothers. Jason Aldean will accept the ACM's Triple Crown Award for winning
the New Male Vocalist, Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year award throughout his career.
The show will be taped on August 30th and air on September 9th on CBS.
Nashville News: Friday, 8/5
John Rich plans to open two Redneck Riviera bars by the end of the year. One will be on Lower Broadway in Nashville
and the other will be next to Bally's in Las Vegas.
The two locations will feature food, music and a Heroes Bar, which will be staffed by veterans and offer a first free drink
to veteran patrons.
The Redneck Riviera brand includes a line of clothing and boots for both men and women.
Country newcomer William Michael Morgan is slated to debut his first major label album, Vinyl, early this fall.
The project will feature his current single, “I Met a Girl,” which recently broke into the Top 20 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay
chart and continues to climb. That track was penned by Sam Hunt, though William’s rendition has roots deeper in the
traditional country sound.
Vinyl is set for release on Sept. 30.
Nashville News: Thursday, 7/28
Everyone is talking about "Vice.” It is Miranda's first single off her forthcoming sixth album and the first song she
has released since her divorce from Blake Shelton. Miranda co-wrote the song withJosh Osborne and Shane McAnally, who also co-wrote Dierks Bentley's latest single, "Different for Girls.”
Miranda wraps up Kenny Chesney's Spread the Love tour next month. She was also just named one of Forbes's highest-earning country artists, raking in $18 million in 2016.
She is also on her Keeper of the Flame tour while working on her forthcoming album. She will be at Blossom tonight
with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne!
Still the King is officially coming back for season 2 on CMT. The show features Billy Ray Cyrus as Vernon Brown, AKA
“Burnin’ Vernon,” a scandal-ridden washed up one-hit wonder who is kicked out of country music, only to emerge 20 years later as the second best Elvis impersonator.
It is CMT’s highest rated original series to date.
Nashville News: Friday, 7/22
Carrie Underwood doesn't post many pictures of her son in which you can see his face -- most pictures are usually taken from behind. But in a new post onInstagram, you can almost see him full-on.
Little Isaiahlooks like he's getting ready to work out with mom. Carrie captioned the photo: "He soaks in the sunshine
...and I realize that he is mine... I don't deserve such sweetness!"
Sam Hunt is elaborating a bit more about the kind of woman in his new song “Make You Miss Me.”
He said in a recent interview, “This sentiment came out of knowing a girl — and girls in general — who tend to be
very into something one minute and over it the next. And not really ever having been in a relationship with a guy,
because she was over before it could get started.”So this song is from the man’s perspective and how he is not going to
let that happen. He said, “He’s gonna be memorable. It’s implied that he wants to make her miss him the way that he
misses her when she’s not with him.”
Sam wrote the tune with Josh Osborne andOld Dominion’s Matt Ramsey. It’s the fifth single from his debut studio album,
Nashville News: Friday, 7/15
Miranda Lambert has confirmed the title of her new single, “Vice.”
Rumors are rampant that the single will see official release on Monday, and there has been some speculation
that her upcoming sixth studio album will be titled Records I Never Heard, but neither Miranda nor her label
have confirmed any of those reports. She has said that she has beenhard at work on new musicthat she hopes to
release by mid-summer.
Craig Morgan's son Jerry will be laid to rest on Saturday in Nashville -- and a big honor has been created in his name.
To celebrate his life, family and friends set up a scholarship fund that will honor Jerry's energy, athleticism and love
of life. Scholarships will support student athletes at Dickson County High School -- especially those with dyslexia.
Nashville News: Thursday, 7/7
Kenny Chesney is pushing back the release of his new album, Some Town Somewhere, to October 28th. It was originally
scheduled to come out on Friday.
Kenny wants the album to be perfect -- and that means adding a woman's voice to "Setting the World on Fire." So he called his new friend, the pop star Pink.
Kenny says, “Pink's voice holds so many feelings all at the same time: joy, desire, a bit of toughness, a little hurt. She’s an
incredible singer and has this great tone that shines but has a little wear to it, but doesn’t sound beat up."
He says adding her to the song brought the track to a whole new level.
Miranda Lambert has closed her bed and breakfast in Oklahoma. A notice posted on The Ladysmith'swebsite says it is closed and
has new management. There is no indication when it will reopen.
She previously shuttered her Pink Pistol Boutique, which is in the same town. Blake Sheltonbought the property on which the
boutique was located and says he has plans for it. The Pink Pistol store Miranda owns in Lindale, Texas is in the process of expanding.
Blake filed for divorce from Miranda one year ago Wednesday.
Nashville News: Friday, 7/1
Kelsea Ballerini has already cut six songs for the follow-up to her debut album, The First Time. And seeing as she’s done a lot of living over the last few years,
songwriting has become a whole different experience. She is older now and it is more authentic.
There’s no word yet on when Kelsea's new album will come out.
Chris Young announced via Facebook Live that he is working on a Christmas album.
He broke the news direct from the studio with his producer and co-writer and two friends dressed as
Santa Claus and an elf.
He said, “I am so excited. You guys know Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. I have so many Christmas
songs I want to do, it was hard to narrow it down to this album.”
Chris has not yet revealed a release date for his Christmas project, but he’s clearly in the holiday spirit.
Nashville News: Thursday, 6/23
Brett Eldredge has released the video for his new single, "Wanna Be That Song." He filmed the clip at
Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Brett plays a '40s baseball star in the clip. He tells People, "I wanted to do a storyline that captures those big moments
in your life that you never forget -- that shape you into who you are. I remember as a kid saying, 'One day I'm going to go onstage and sing in front
of thousands of people,' back when I was singing in front of 10. This video is another version of what I envisioned -- and home plate brings it full circle."
Kellie Pickler parted ways with her record label Black River Entertainment. She signed with them back in 2012.
Kellie was a top 6 finalist on American Idol and the season 16 winner of Dancing With the Stars in 2013. She currently
stars with her husband, Kyle Jacobs on the CMT reality series “I Love Kelly Pickler” and she is working on a View like show
in Nashville produced by Faith Hill.
Nashville News: Thursday, 6/16
Reba McEntire seems to be enjoying the single life.
She's been travelling and working with her team -- who are coming up with some fresh, new ideas for her career -- as well as spending time with family and friends.
She just returned from a vacation in the Canadian Rockies. Reba and Brooks and Dunnhead back to Vegas for more
shows this fall.
Drake White will release his long-anticipated debut album on Dot Records later this summer. Titled Spark, the 12-track album will be available Aug. 19 and includes his current single, “Livin’ the Dream.”
Drake says, “Since we began this journey — working on the album — I knew I wanted the title to be Spark. The idea of
starting a fire from a tiny spark has always been so intriguing to me. That’s the way I have always lived my life; starting
with a small plan and then it becomes this dream I didn’t even know to dream.”
Drake wrote 10 of the album’s 12 tracks.
Nashville News: Friday, 6/10
Steven Tyler's long-awaited country album is almost here. We're All Somebody From Somewhere will be
released on July 15th.
He says, “Country music is the new rock and roll. It’s not just about porches, dogs and kicking your boots up.
It's a whole lot more. It's about being real. And nothing is more real than understanding We’re All Just Somebody
Lots of country singers received gold status recently for their singles selling over 500,000 copies and downloads.
Gold single honors went to Tim McGraw for “Humble and Kind,” Dierks Bentley for “Somewhere on a Beach,”
Jon Pardi for “Head Over Boots,” Florida Georgia Line for “Confession,” and Thomas Rhett for “Die A Happy Man.”