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Jim Casey talks with Justin Moore about: having his first son, Thomas South Moore, in June why Thomas prefers mom over dad right now how Thomas’ three older sisters like the new addition to the family scoring his seventh No. 1 single, “Somebody Else Will,” in August releasing the title track from his 2016 album, Kinda Don’t Care getting outside his comfort zone when creating Kinda Don’t Care working on his upcoming fifth studio album, which he says will be his most traditional sounding album yet writing songs for his upcoming album kicking off his Hell on a Highway Tour, with opener Dylan Scott balancing family life with life on the road Quote Worthy: “[My son] is good, but I don’t think he likes me. I like him.” Participants: Justin Moore Jim Casey, NCD editor in chief [...]
Wed, Nov 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
When Blake Shelton was bestowed People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title, he knew a bad mood was looming. As far as Blake is concerned, photo shoots are the worst part of his “job.” But as the Oklahoma crooner told Kix Brooks on American Country Countdown, he can be talked into it, unlike the King of Country, George Strait. “Photo sessions, without question, are the [worst thing I have to do],” says Blake. “In fact, I did a magazine [shoot]—it’s been like three years ago now—and it was Men’s Journal. And it was a photo shoot and interview, and they did great, they didn’t do anything wrong, but that’s when it hit me, ‘I absolutely don’t care . . . I am not doing them anymore.’ And, I’ll be damned if they didn’t talk me into doing one about three weeks ago again. “I’m in a bad mood the days I wake up and know there’s a photo shoot for an album or anything or for The Voice promo . . . it’s a waste of a day. To me, you outta be able to get away with a picture once every 10 years. George Strait—you can’t tell me George Strait doesn’t use the same [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Garth Brooks stopped by Ellen on Nov. 20 to chat with the hostess about a number of topics, including his recent CMA Entertainer of the Year win, lip-syncing at the CMA Awards, his new anthology and touring. Ellen also tried to give Garth one of her personalized “scares,” but the G-man is so damn focused on entertaining that he refused to be affected by the attempt. Watch Garth and Ellen in action. photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
From times and channels to performers and floats, here’s everything a country music fan needs to know about the 91st Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Date: Nov. 23 Channels: NBC CBS Times: 9 a.m. to noon (all time zones) on NBC 9 a.m. to noon ET on CBS 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT on CBS 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. MT on CBS 9 a.m. to noon PT (delayed) on CBS Stream Online: NBC Live CBS All Access Hosts: NBC—Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker CBS—Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight Country Performers: Lauren Alaina: Green Giant Float Dustin Lynch: KFC Floats Cam: Domino Sugar Float Sara Evans: Entenmann’s Float Kelsea Ballerini will be the featured performer on CBS Other Performers: 98 Degrees Sabrina Carpenter Andra Day & Common Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Flo Rida Goo Goo Dolls Kat Graham Andy Grammer Angelica Hale Olivia Holt Nicky Jam Wyclef Jean Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio of Top Chef Miss America 2018 Cara Mund Leslie Odom Jr. (performing with the cast of Sesame Street) Bebe Rexha Smokey Robinson Jojo Siwa photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Nash morning show Ty, Kelly & Chuck partnered with the USO for an initiative to send 100,000 thank you cards to overseas troops before Dec. 5. Send your card to: Ty, Kelly & Chuck’s 100,000 Thank Yous P.O. Box 23797 Nashville, TN 37202 [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
CMT’s Nashville will be coming to an end in 2018. Season 6, which will debut on Jan. 4 and feature 16 episodes, will be the show’s final season. Since launching on ABC in May 2013, Nashville has produced 108 shows over five seasons and featured memorable characters such as Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton), Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) and more. Watch a sneak peak of Season 6 below. photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Jim Casey talks with Cole Swindell about: his current streak of seven consecutive No. 1 singles releasing his new single, “Stay Downtown” dropping his new EP, Down Home Sessions IV, on Nov. 24, which features acoustic versions of songs he wrote for other artists picking the five songs for the new EP the concept behind his Down Home Sessions EPs playing seven small venues on his Down Home Sessions Tour, which begins on Jan. 11 hitting the road with opener Morgan Evans getting amped-up before his shows working on his third studio, which will be released in 2018 going back home to Georgia for Thanksgiving Show Participants: Cole Swindell Jim Casey, NCD editor in chief [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Never one to take himself too seriously, Luke Bryan treated his Facebook friends to a dramatic reading of his new song, “Hooked On It,” which will appear on his upcoming sixth studio album, What Makes You Country. The new tune, which was co-penned by Luke, Dallas Davidson and David Lee Murphy, is available as an instant grat track—with three other songs—if you pre-order What Makes You Country now. The album officially drops on Dec. 8. Watch Luke’s dramatic interpretation below. photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Coming off back-to-back-to-back No. 1 singles, Thomas Rhett has shipped a new tune to country radio, “Marry Me.” Unlike previous single, “Unforgettable,” TR’s new ditty is non-autobiographical. The twisting tune, which was co-penned by TR, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally, is the third single from TR’s 2017 album, Life Changes. “‘Marry Me’ is one of my favorite tracks on the record,” says Thomas Rhett. “It’s my big ‘what if’ song. I wrote it from the perspective of if I had never told my wife how I felt about her all those years ago. I probably would have been sitting at her wedding watching her marry someone else. Heartbreaking thought—and thankfully I did tell her how I felt—but it makes for a great song concept that so many people can relate to.” Listen to “Marry Me” below. photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Miranda Lambert teamed with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Green Day to sing “Ordinary World” on the group’s new album, Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, which dropped on Nov. 17. The tune originally appeared on Green Day’s 2016 album, Revolution Radio. Miranda has traded vocals with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in the past, most notably at the 2014 Grammys when the artists paid tribute to Phil Everly by singing “When Will I Be Loved.” Listen to “Ordinary World” below. photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Keith Urban had a big night at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, taking home three trophies in the fan-voted competition, including Favorite Male Country Artist, Favorite Country Album (Ripcord) and Favorite Country Song (“Blue Ain’t Your Color”). Carrie Underwood was named Favorite Female Country Artist, while Little Big Town copped Favorite Country Duo/Group. Check out all of the winners below. Favorite Country Male Artist Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett Keith Urban WINNER Favorite Country Female Artist Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Carrie Underwood WINNER Favorite Country Duo or Group Florida Georgia Line Little Big Town WINNER Old Dominion Favorite Country Album Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 Keith Urban, Ripcord WINNER Favorite Country Song Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” Jon Pardi, “Dirt On My Boots” Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” WINNER Tour of the Year Garth Brooks Coldplay WINNER U2 Artist of the Year Bruno Mars WINNER The Chainsmokers Drake Kendrick Lamar Ed Sheeran Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist Bruno Mars WINNER Drake Ed Sheeran Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist Lady Gaga WINNER Rihanna Alessia Cara Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group Coldplay The Chainsmokers Imagine Dragons WINNER Favorite Pop/Rock Album The Weeknd, Starboy Bruno Mars, 24K Magic WINNER Drake, More Life Favorite Pop/Rock Song “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber WINNER “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey New Artist of the Year James Arthur Niall Horan WINNER Julia Michaels Post Malone Rae Sremmurd Collaboration of the Year The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, “Closer” DJ Khaled featuring [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Mel Tillis, one of country music’s most versatile artists, died this morning (Nov. 19) of respiratory failure at age 85. Mel battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. Mel won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1976 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Plant City, Fla., but raised in the community of Pahokee, Fla. As a youngster, he survived a childhood bout with malaria, which left him with a chronic stutter. Before moving to Nashville in 1957, Mel worked on the railroad and joined the Air Force. During his time in the military, he was assigned as a baker, a trade he learned at a young age. “People asked me if I served my country,” Mel remarked in an interview with Country Weekly. “I always tell them that I sure did. I served cakes, pies and donuts,” he laughed. While stationed in Japan, Mel became the lead singer for a band called The Westerners. Though blessed with a strong and resonant singing voice, Mel found his first musical success as a songwriter. Webb Pierce recorded a tune that Mel wrote, “I’m Tired,” [...]
Sun, Nov 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Sugarland is back. After taking a break from the duo in 2012 to pursue solo projects and raise families, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush announced today (Nov. 17) that new music is coming. “We’ve been writing and in the studio together and have some new music coming your way,” said Jennifer, in part, during a Facebook Live video. The duo, which has not released an album since 2010’s The Incredible Machine, created a buzz at the CMA Awards on Nov. 8 when they appeared onstage to present Vocal Duo of the Year. Watch Kristian and Jennifer make their announcement below. In case you missed it… Sign-up on our website and be the first to know ALL the things! 👉 https://t.co/9IPLYQIDw9 #StillTheSame pic.twitter.com/EEPrZOld6s — Sugarland (@Sugarlandmusic) November 17, 2017 photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Following the release of From A Room: Volume 1 in May 2017, Chris Stapleton announced that Volume 2 will be released on Dec. 1. Taking its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A—where it was recorded in 2016 with producer Dave Cobb—Volume 2 will feature nine songs. Seven of the nine songs were co-penned by Chris, including “Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind,” which was released today (listen below). From A Room: Volume 1 debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. It remains the best-selling country album of 2017 and recently won the CMA Award for Album of the Year. From A Room: Volume 2 Track List & Songwriters “Millionaire” (Kevin Welch) “Hard Livin’” (Chris Stapleton, Kendell Marvel) “Scarecrow in the Garden” (Chris Stapleton, Brice Long, Matt Fleener) “Nobody’s Lonely Tonight” (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson) “Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind” (Chris Stapleton, Jaron Boyer, Kendell Marvel) “A Simple Song” (Chris Stapleton, Darrell Hayes) “Midnight Train to Memphis” (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson) “Drunkard’s Prayer” (Chris Stapleton, Jameson Clark) “Friendship” (Homer Banks, Lester Snell) photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
No, Zac Brown Band has not broken up. However, Zac Brown has teamed with songwriter Nico Moon and producer Ben Simonetti to form a new Southern pop trio, Sir Rosevelt, which will drop its self-titled debut album on Dec. 15. The 11-track offering, which seeks to fuse the sounds of pop, dance, acoustic instrumentation and Southern stylings, features two tracks co-written by Pharell Williams and two tracks co-produced by Timbaland. “Sir Rosevelt is a new chapter in addition to Zac Brown Band,” says Zac. “A new outlet for creativity, connection and art. Get ready.” Zac and Nico have been working together for more than 10 years and have been co-writers on a number of tunes, including “Homegrown,” “Loving You Easy” and “Beautiful Drug.” Ben was the recording engineer on ZBB’s 2015 album, Jekyll + Hyde. Watch the lyric video to Sir Rosevelt’s new track, “The Bravest,” below. photo by Diego Pernia/Atlantic Records [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville got a tip of the cowboy hat from TripAdvisor, as it was recently named a 2017 Top 25 Trending U.S. Attractions for Fall. The Johnny Cash Museum (#9 on the list), which opened in 2013, has become a destination for both tourists and locals. Other attractions that made TripAdvisor’s list include the Grand Canyon (#1), Ryman Auditorium (#2) and the Grand Ole Opry (#12), among others. The Johnny Cash Museum is dedicated to the life and music career of Johnny and features a comprehensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the Man in Black, including stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork and handwritten lyrics, as well as contributions from family members and notable friends. Take a look at our exclusive photo gallery from the Johnny Cash Museum. photos by Jason Simanek [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
When Nash morning show Ty, Kelly & Chuck decided to partner with the USO on Nov. 1 for an initiative to send 100,000 thank you cards to overseas troops, the co-hosts had no idea the outpouring of support they would receive from the country music community, including stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, Chase Rice and Old Dominion. “Setting the goal of 100,000 was intimidating, but we felt like if we hadn’t pushed for so many, we’d only be lowering the ultimate result,” says co-host Ty Bentli. “The response has been incredible, and the stories from the soldiers have show how much these letters mean to them.” Letters have come from as far away as North Pole, Alaska, and from organizations like the NFL’s New York Giants. In addition, thousands of letters have poured in from elementary schools across the country. “I love seeing all the cards come in from elementary schools,” says co-host Chuck Wicks. “Nothing is better than seeing a card made by a kid. Those are the sweetest thank yous.” The country music community has show its support as well—in a big way. “Having so many country stars—Tim, Faith, Blake, Keith and many [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
From nominations and notes to performers and presenters, here’s everything a country music fan needs to know about the 2017 American Music Awards. Date: Sunday, Nov. 19 Time: 8 p.m. ET/delayed PT Location: Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Television Station: ABC Host: Tracee Ellis Ross Pre-Show: 5 p.m. on Twitter: @Amas Performers: Alessia Cara, Alesso​, BTS, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Niall Horan, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Nick Jonas, Khalid, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, P!nk, Portugal. The Man, Diana Ross, Hailee Steinfeld, watt, Zedd Presenters: Yara Shahidi, the Chainsmokers, Sadie Sink, Sabrina Carpenter, Lilly Singh, Kevin O’Leary, Kathryn Hahn, Kat Graham, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Gaten Matarazzo, G-Eazy, DJ Khaled, Daymond John, Chris Hardwick, Caleb McLaughlin, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Heidia Klum, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Ciara, Ansel Elgort, Billy Eichner, Camila Mendes, Lea Michele, Jenna Dewan Tatum and more Nominees (winners are voted entirely by fans) Favorite Country Male Artist Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett Keith UrbanFavorite Country Female Artist Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Carrie Underwood Favorite Country Duo or Group Florida Georgia Line Little Big Town Old Dominion Favorite Country Album Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 Keith Urban, Ripcord Favorite Country Song Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” Jon Pardi, “Dirt On My Boots” Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Tour of the Year Garth Brooks Coldplay U2 Artist of the [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Earlier this year, Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris teamed up for the No. 1 hit, “Craving You.” Now the pair is celebrating another benchmark together: a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Music list. Thomas Rhett, 27, and Maren, 27, were the only country artist to make this year’s list, which also included musicians Lauren Daigle, Joe Jonas, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo and more. Here’s what Forbes had to say about each young star: Maren Morris The singer-songwriter’s major label debut peaked at No. 1 on the country charts and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, thanks largely to the smash single “My Church.” Morris earned a nomination for Best new Artist at this year’s Grammys, losing out to 30 Under 30 alum Chance the Rapper. Thomas Rhett Rhett’s album Life Changes debuted in September atop the Billboard 200, the first country album to accomplish that feat in 2017. One of the most finally successful acts in the Class of 2018, Rhett now grosses a quarter million dollars per night on the road. photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Fri, Nov 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
One of country music’s biggest football fans, Darius Rucker (go Gamecocks), will headline the College Football Playoff concert in Atlanta on Jan. 8. Before the National Championship Game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN on Jan. 8, Darius and opener Brett Young will take the stage at Centennial Olympic Park. The free, three-day concert series also features Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth and Lizzo on Jan. 6 and the Chainsmokeers, Bebe Rexa and Spencer Ludwig on Jan. 7. The concert series will include daily ESPN broadcasts, sponsor giveaways and firework shows. Heck yeah! Can’t wait to hang with fellow College Football fans at the #CFBPlayoff, January 8 at #ATTPlayoffPlaylist! Free Show in downtown Atlanta, y’all! More info: https://t.co/NL2N8ghbWf https://t.co/xgZPTbPREV — Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) November 15, 2017 photo by Jason Simanek [...]
Thu, Nov 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Looks like the “King of Country” is selling one of his castles. According to the San Antonio Express-News, George Strait is selling his adobe mansion—The Dominion—in San Antonio, Texas. The 7,925-square-foot home sits on 12.2 acres and features three bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a guest house, infinity pool, 14 fireplaces, sauna, gym, safe room, patio and more. According to property records, the estate is valued at $3.9 million. Check out the video below to see how a King lives. photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com` [...]
Thu, Nov 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
In addition to releasing a video for “Church Clothes,” hosting her own podcast, This Nashville Life, and touring in 2017, CMT Next Women of Country alum Kelleigh Bannen is closing out her busy year by putting a soulful spin on a couple of classic holiday tunes: “Deck the Halls” and “O Holy Night.” Both tracks will be available on Nov. 17, but you can get a sneak listen to “O Holy Night” today (Nov. 16) via Nash Country Daily. “‘O Holy Night’ is probably my favorite Christmas carol,” says Kelleigh to NCD. “I love the language and I love the way it tells the Christmas story. For the last several years, I’ve sung ‘O Holy Night’ at my church on Christmas Eve, so it’s just a really special song to me.” Instead of going the traditional, church-esque route with her new recording, Kelleigh put her own rootsy twist on the classic Christmas tune. “The tricky thing about ‘O Holy Night’ is that there are so many great traditional versions of the song and I didn’t want to compete with those,” says Kelleigh. “With Christmas recordings, I think you either have to go really classic or you have to go really creative. Justin Glasco, who [...]
Thu, Nov 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been country music’s power couple for more than 20 years, and now the darling duo will be the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame titled Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man. photo by Tammie Arroyo With industry insiders and press, Tim and Faith walked through their new exhibit for the first time on Nov. 15. The career-spanning exhibition officially opens on Nov. 17 and runs through June 10, 2018. ”We are honored to be included in the halls of this historic museum, among the names and faces of so many of our friends and musical heroes. This is a moment that dreams are made of, and we are so appreciative to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for all of the hard work and care that has gone into the exhibit,” said Tim and Faith. A few highlights of the exhibition include: Playskool airplane-shaped desk used by Faith as a child. Ivory-colored Heidi Weisel gown with short train, worn by Faith at her wedding to Tim in 1996. Mirror from Tim’s dressing room, on which Faith answered his marriage proposal, using a felt pin to write, “I am gonna be [...]
Thu, Nov 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Dates and cities have been announced for Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett's shows for the 14th annual CMT on Tour. Danielle Bradbery, season four winner of The Voice, will be the special guest during CMT on Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett — Suits & Boots which kicks off Oct. 29 in New York City…. » Powered by WPeMatico [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For the past 16 years, Little Big Town has only known how to summer one way. On the road. “This was the first summer in 16 years that we've taken off,” the band's Karen Fairchild told me Friday (Aug. 21) when Little Big Town was headlining in Chicago. “And it was what it needed to… » Powered by WPeMatico [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
BBR Music Group, label home to Jason Aldean, Thompson Square and others, is launching Wheelhouse Records as the company's fourth label imprint. Trace Adkins and Texas singer-songwriter Granger Smith are the first artists signed to the new label. Broken Bow Records was established as an independent label in 1999 by businessman Benny Brown, the company's… » Powered by WPeMatico [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
It's already been two and a half years since the Boston Marathon bombing. But if it's up to Kenny Chesney, it's always going to feel like it just happened yesterday. When his Big Revival tour brought him to the Boston area last week, he attended a luncheon with several of the survivors, according to the… » Powered by WPeMatico [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
He plays a mean fiddle, but Charlie Daniels himself is anything but mean. In fact, the “Devil Went Down to Georgia” singer and master fiddler is more like an angel in disguise. Daniels' Volunteer Jam is a massive night of music that benefits charities. And this year, he had a lot to donate when the… » Powered by WPeMatico [...]
Mon, Aug 31, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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Sat, Aug 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has opened its latest exhibit, Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, and several key figures in the history of rockabilly music will gather Saturday (Aug. 29) to discuss the visionary producer's legacy. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in… » Powered by WPeMatico [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source