May 23, 2017

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Jason Aldean Salutes Farmers in New Single

Jason Aldean’s new single “They Don’t Know” is the latest in a long line of his rural anthems. And nobody does those songs better. This one is a farmer’s take on any outsiders’ narrow-minded assumptions about the town, the life, and the back-breaking work. Among the lyrics: “They ain’t seen the blood, sweat and tears... Read more »

Brent Cobb and the Cadillac Three: Stand With Fans Abroad

Shows in Manchester, England will go on as scheduled following Monday’s (May 22) deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. That includes Tuesday’s Brent Cobb performance at the Deaf Institute, which is three miles away from the arena. The singer-songwriter is on a two-week tour overseas with shows in Ireland, the... Read more »

Country Artists React to Manchester Tragedy

As the news of the tragedy in the U.K., just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England, hit the U.S., country stars were among the first to send their prayers out to the victims and their families. According to CNN, at least 22 people were killed in the attack, including children... Read more »

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors on Songs That Live Forever

Born on May 13, 1982, Drew Holcomb wasn’t around when Van Morrison released Tupelo Honey in 1971. But it’s that kind of timeless music Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors strive to create. “It’s one of my favorite records because my parents introduced me to it,” Holcomb said during our interview with guitarist Nathan Dugger... Read more »

Dierks Bentley: You’ve Got Mail

At one of Dierks Bentley’s recent concerts, he got a letter. It was from a fan, which is no big surprise. I’m sure Bentley gets a lot of those. But this one moved him enough to snap a photo and then post it on social media to thank the fans who go out of their... Read more »

Nashville Predators Reach Stanley Cup Final to Trisha Yearwood

They did it. For the first time in NHL history, the Nashville Predators will advance to their first Stanley Cup Final after beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 in Game 6 of the western conference final on Monday (May 22) in Nashville. And they did it to the sounds of Trisha Yearwood singing the National Anthem... Read more »

Chris Janson and Fellow Country Stars “Fix a Drink”

“What you see in the video is not acting,” Chris Janson assured me on a recent sunny afternoon in Nashville as we talked about his brand new video for “Fix a Drink.” It’s a throwdown for sure: Janson and his crew really are fixin’ drinks, smokin’ cigars and gettin’ down on his farm. “I wanted... Read more »

Rascal Flatts’ Night to Shine Coming to Las Vegas

Rascal Flatts will return to Las Vegas in October for their all-new Night to Shine production. The 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre will host the eight-show engagement, running Oct. 6 through 21. The Venetian Theatre has previously hosted Vegas shows by Diana Ross, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Judds and Willie Nelson and The Moody Blues.... Read more »

Little Big Town Welcome Famous Friends to the Ryman

Album cycles for most Grammy-winning acts usually involve taking their music on the road on a national tour. Little Big Town are doing the opposite for newest album The Breaker, forcing the party to come to them. Their 2017 residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium continued this weekend (May 19 and 20) with two sold-out shows... Read more »

Love Comes First for Blake Shelton

Did you hear the collective sighs of all the women tuned in to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 21)? When Blake Shelton took the stage to accept his top country artist award, he gave his girlfriend Gwen Stefani the sweetest, most romantic compliment ever. “Wow! That was pretty cool. I had a... Read more »

How Sam Hunt’s Left Hand Adds Height

Sam Hunt was already about 6’3″ when he married Hannah Lee Fowler a month ago. But now, somehow, it sounds like he might have grown a little. On the red carpet before the Billboard Music Awards, Hunt stopped to catch up with E! News, and he showed off his new wedding band. “It feels great... Read more »

Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits

Whatever you kept you busy and (hopefully) unplugged this past weekend probably means you were a little out of the loop when it came to the country stars you follow. And here’s what they were up to. Shania Twain tweeted that feels like all she wants to do is make albums, Alan Jackson made his... Read more »

Billboard Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line Among Country Winners

Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Chris Stapleton were the country winners at Sunday night’s (May 21) Billboard Music Awards. Chesney led country winners with two award wins for top country tour and top country collaboration for his P!nk duet “Settin’ the World on Fire.” Stapleton’s Traveller won top country album, while top... Read more »

Rascal Flatts Take the Nashville Skyline for Back to Us

If there is one thing that hasn’t changed about Rascal Flatts in their last 17 years as a band, it’s their ears for infectious country pop with rich musical arrangements and lyrics that cut deep. That showed at Thursday’s (May 18) sunset celebration for their 10th album Back to Us. With a breathtaking view of... Read more »

Where Luke Bryan Is the “Happiest Man on the Gulf”

The inside of Luke Bryan‘s four-story vacation home sweet home in Florida is nice. Extremely nice. But honestly, after seeing some of the outdoor living spaces, I don’t know why anyone would ever go into the house. The porch overlooks the ocean, and has a couch and a hanging daybed, which is like one part... Read more »

Adopt a Puppy or Meet a Country Star at CMA Fest

The artist meet-and-greet has been a longtime tradition at the CMA Music Festival since it first launched as Fan Fair 46 years ago. That tradition continues with the 2017 Xfinity Fan Fair X, running June 8-11 at Nashville’s Music City Center. It’s the one place at CMA Fest where fans will have an opportunity to... Read more »

“Boy” Is Lee Brice’s Tribute to Takoda and Ryker

Lee Brice didn’t write his new song, “Boy.” But with two boys at home, it sounds like he’s made the tune his own. “We wanted to make ‘Boy’ our first single for a couple of reasons. First, Sara and I have two sons, Takoda (9) and Ryker (3). This song is a tribute to them,”... Read more »

Old Dominion’s Virtual Reality

Old Dominion‘s new music video for “No Such Thing As a Broken Heart” is four minutes of original Nintendo brought to life. The clip starts out with the band getting a lift on a dump truck to a magical Airstream that teleports them to a faraway virtual world. As the band advances through the different... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Named 2017 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee

Carrie Underwood will join the Oklahoma Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony hosted by Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth on Nov. 16 in Oklahoma City. Underwood is part of the 90th class of honorees with Justice Tom Colbert, Congressman Tom Cole, Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller, Express Employment Professionals founder Bob Funk, Hal Smith... Read more »

Why Granger Smith Didn’t Share New Song

You’d think that if you went to a Granger Smith show the night before his new single was released, you’d be one of the first to hear it. But that’s not at all how it happened on Thursday night (May 18). Smith played an intimate acoustic show at a Kmart store outside Chicago, and he... Read more »

Nashville Predators Welcome Kelly Clarkson for National Anthem

Nashville Predators fans heading downtown on foot to Game Four of their Stanley Cup playoffs against the Anaheim Ducks were overhead guessing that Kelly Clarkson would be the night’s National Anthem performer. And they guessed right. Before the puck dropped, the three-time Grammy winner hit the ice wearing a No. 82 Preds jersey to deliver... Read more »

Toby Keith Books Free Concert in Saudi Arabia

Toby Keith will be in Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh on Saturday (May 20) to co-headline An Arabian Lute & American Guitar concert with popular Saudi singer Rabeh Sager. Admission to the free event is restricted to only males, and there is a formal dress code. Osama Nugali, a spokesman for the Saudi Foreign... Read more »

Blake Shelton’s Unexplainable Bond

Typical Blake Shelton. You can never really tell how serious he is. So in this new interview with The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, I have to assume he’s being mostly honest … but with a little bit of sarcasm. When it comes to Adam Levine, his fellow coach on The Voice, Shelton described their combative... Read more »

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band Eulogize Chris Cornell

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band join Chris Cornell fans in mourning the death of the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman. Considered one of grunge music’s greatest voices, Cornell died Wednesday night (May 17) in his Detroit hotel room of an apparent suicide following a Soundgarden show at the Fox Theatre. He was 52. Cornell’s work... Read more »

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