Warner Music Nashville has shared a previously unreleased song, “One in a Row,” by Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis.
Randy recorded the breakup ballad prior to his stroke in 2013. Penned by Buddy Jewell and Thom McHugh, “One in a Row” is Randy’s first new tune in six years and comes out on the heels of the release of his new book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, which chronicles Randy’s working-class childhood, country music career, medical problems, broken marriage and more.
Over the course of his career, Randy has recorded 18 No. 1 hits and sold more than 25 million albums. He suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2013, but with the help of wife Mary and physical therapy, he has made improvements in his speaking, walking and singing. He was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Randy celebrated his 60th birthday in April.
Listen to “One in a Row” below.
Count Blake Shelton among those who were shocked to learn that Adam Levine won’t return as a judge on Season 17 of The Voice.
The news was announced on Today on May 24 by the host of The Voice, Carson Daly.
Adam has served as a judge with Blake since the show’s inception in 2011. The pair’s often-contentious shtick continued to keep viewers tuning in for 16 seasons. After hearing the news, Blake didn’t miss the chance to hurl a final Twitter insult Adam’s way, noting that he was “gonna miss working with that idiot.”
Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasnâ€™t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.
â€” Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) May 24, 2019
Gwen Stefani will take over Adam’s chair for Season 17, joining boyfriend Blake, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson as judges.
Maren Morris will release a new EP, Maren Morris: Reimagined, via Apple Music on May 31. The three-song offering, which was produced by Dave Cobb, features acoustic versions of “Girl,” “The Bones” and “The Middle.”
As a companion to the EP, Apple Music will also release a short film that takes fans behind the scenes in the studio as Maren shares the meaning behind each song.
“I think the mark of a good song is you can rearrange it up and it still is a very defining song,” says Maren. “Dave [Cobb], his production is so rootsy and very soulful and Americana and he just understands that sound so intensely. I love the way it turned out.â€�
Maren Morris: Reimagined and the companion film will be available exclusively on Apple Music beginning on May 31.
Watch a sneak peek of the companion film below.
Thomas Rhett is gearing up for the release of his upcoming fourth studio album, Center Point Road, which will drop on May 31. The 16-song album takes its name from the street in TR’s Hendersonville, Tenn., hometown that shaped much of his life experiences.
TR co-penned every track on the album, which also features a number of collaborations, including Little Big Town (â€œDonâ€™t Threaten Me With a Good Timeâ€�), Jon Pardi (â€œBeer Canâ€™t Fixâ€�) andÂ Kelsea Ballerini (â€œCenter Point Roadâ€�).
One week before the album’s release, Thomas Rhett shared the nostalgic title track, which he penned with Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge and Cleve Wilson.
“I though the song was good before Kelsea hopped on there, but when she got on there, it turned into great,” says TR to Nash Country Daily. “It’s cool because I grew up [in Hendersonville] and Kelsea grew up in Knoxville, so we kind of grew up in the same way, at the same time, same kind of small towns, so I knew Kelsea would relate to this song. She told me the other day, she said, ‘I felt like I wrote this song.’ I think if you’re going to be on a collaboration, you should feel that way about [...]
After 38 weeks at country radio, Morgan Wallen’s single, “Whiskey Glasses,” is wobbling up the charts. The tune, which was penned by Ben Burgess and Kevin Kadish, is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
â€œLyrically, ‘Whiskey Glasses’ is a heartbreak song, but I didnâ€™t want it to feel like that so we tried to get clever in the studio,” says Morgan to NCD. “I didnâ€™t want it to feel sad, so I told [producer Joey Moi] that I wanted to make the song kind of feel more drunk as it went along. We kept adding little things here and there to make it almost wobble.”
Whatever Joey and Morgan did in the studio is working. “Whiskey Glasses” is mirroring the ascent of Morgan’s previous No. 1 single, “Up Down,” which topped the charts in June 2018 after 32 weeks.
“Iâ€™m just glad people are liking it,â€� adds Morgan.
Morgan is currently nominated for CMT’s Breakthrough Video of the Year for â€œWhiskey Glasses.â€� He will join Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour in June.
Jim Casey talks with Thomas Rhett about:
the anticipation of releasing his new album, Center Point Road, on May 31
moving from Valdosta, Ga., to Hendersonville, Tenn., as a 5-year-old in 1995
his first memory of his house on Center Point Road
building the new 16-song album
finding the centerpiece for the album, “Remember You Young”
his nostalgic, old-soul nature
writing the majority of the record while on the road
his new song, “That Old Truck,” which was inspired by his first truck, “Fergie”
selecting “Look What God Gave Her” as the album’s lead single
collaborations on the new album, including Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi and Little Big Town
the range of emotions created by sequencing the songs on the album
how being a father the last two-plus years influenced the album
his Very Hot Summer Tour with Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins
performing at Bridgestone Arena during CMA Fest on June 8
Jim Casey, editor in chief of NCD
Clare Bowen’s character Scarlett O’Connor found herself in the middle of plenty of drama during her six seasons on TV’s Nashville. With the release of her self-titled debut album on July 12, Clare will ditch the drama in favor of harmony.
The 35-year-old Australian native is giving fans the first taste of the new album with the release of lead single, “Let It Rain,” a soulful anthem about surviving lifeâ€™s hardships and letting go of fear.
â€œâ€˜Let It Rainâ€™ is about my gratitude for lifeâ€™s lessons, no matter how hard. I wouldnâ€™t be sitting here writing this without them,â€� says Clare. â€œI believe that everyone and everything we encounter in life, good and bad, leads us to the place and person weâ€™re meant to be. Even when we bugger up real bad, because mistakes are how we learn to be better versions of ourselves.â€�
Directed by Clare and Tyler Barksdale, the video for “Let It Rain” is an exploration of finding the beauty in life’s scars. The new clip, which you can watch below co-stars the singer as well as her husband and a few of her close friends.
Tickets for Garth Brooks’ upcoming show in Boise, Idaho, on July 20 sold out in under an hour. Fear not, Idahoans.
Due to popular demand, Garth is adding a second show in Boise on July 19 at Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University. This will be the first time Garth plays Boise in more than 20 years, and itâ€™s the first major concert event at Albertsons Stadium.
Tickets for the new Boise date go on sale on May 31 at 10 a.m. MT for $94.95.
Garthâ€™s Stadium Tour, which features in-the-round staging, has already visited St. Louis, Glendale, Gainesville, Minneapolis (x2) and Pittsburgh, with upcoming sold-out shows in Denver (June 8), Eugene (June 29) and Boise (July 20).
During her sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on May 21, P!nk invited Chris Stapleton onstage to perform the live debut of their new song, “Love Me Anyway.”
The duet is featured on Pink’s new album, Hurts 2B Human. Pink co-penned the tune with Allen Shamblin and Tom Douglas, the songwriting tandem behind Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” The heavy-hearted piano ballad features Chris’ harmony vocals.
This isn’t Pink’s first foray working with a country artistâ€”she collaborated with Kenny Chesney in 2016 for the duet, “Setting the World on Fire,” which hit the top of Billboardâ€™s Country Airplay chart later that year.
Watch a clip of the Pink and Chris’ performance below.
“Busy beats bored,” according to Brantley Gilbert. One thing is for sure, Brantley will not be bored over the course of the next few months.
Brantley will kick off his Not Like Us Tour with Lindsay Ell and Michael Ray in June, in addition to playing numerous summer festivals and fairs. Brantley is also hard at work on his upcoming fifth studio album, with lead single, “What Happens in a Small Town,” featuring Lindsay Ell, climbing to No. 22 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week.
Brantley & Amber at the 2019 ACM Awards in Vegas: photo by Arroyo/O’Connor, AFF-USA.com
But that’s not all: Brantley and wife Amber are expecting their second childâ€”a girlâ€”around September. However, it doesn’t sound like Brantley is sweating his full plate of professional and personal responsibilities.
â€œAw, man, I donâ€™t even know yet what to expect with the new baby [laughing],” says Brantley. “I guess weâ€™ll find out, but, you know, the way I look at it is busy beats bored, and for what we do for a living, itâ€™s hard for there to be a lot of structure â€™cause a lot of it is last minute stuff. But as long as my top two priorities are being [...]
Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Nashville is once again teaming with Spotify to host more than 50 artists during CMA Fest on June 6â€“9.
Ole Red’s “Spotify House” will include an A-list group of performers throughout the week, including Midland, Old Dominion, Lauren Alaina, Hunter Hayes, Lil Nas X, Brantley Gilbert, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Morgan Wallen, Cody Johnson, Tenille Townes, Riley Green, Lindsay Ell, Carly Pearce, Danielle Bradbery, Mitchell Tenpenny, Filmore, James Barker Band, Cassadee Pope and more.
The Spotify House daytime schedule will run from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nightly headlining shows and late-night jam sessions will be scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. All shows will be open to the public. Space will be limited to first-come, first-served.
Located at 300 Broadway, the multi-level, 26,000-square-foot entertainment venue features a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor and private VIP booths for small groups. The complex also includes a large, private event space and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop featuring an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant with panoramic views of Lower Broadway.
â€œLower Broadway is the centerpiece of Nashville,â€� says Blake. â€œThereâ€™s so much great music and fun going on down there all the time and itâ€™s exciting [...]
Where does Blake Shelton get his capacity for creativity? For the biological answer, start with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford.
Dorothy is the co-owner of Junk Stars, a store in downtown Tishomingo, Okla., where she creates unique artworkâ€”including pet portraitsâ€”jewelry, decor items and plenty of Blake-inspired mementos. As Blake told Kix Brooks in an interview on American Country Countdown, his mom has “taken her artwork to the next level.”
â€œSheâ€™s an artistâ€”my momâ€”sheâ€™s a great painter, and itâ€™s something that I can remember her doing when I was a kid,” says Blake. “Sheâ€™s always been creative, you know? But now that sheâ€™s been retired for a few years, sheâ€™s taken her artwork to the next level and spends more time with it. My mom will be awake until two, three oâ€™clock in the morning every night, painting or crafting or making stuff to put in her store. She just gets lost in it.â€�
Blake’s fans may also recall that Dorothy teamed with her son to penâ€”and singâ€”a song, “Time for Me to Come Home,” that was featured on Blake’s 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas. But from what Blake told Kix, it sounds like Dorothy prefers painting chickens over penning songs.
â€œShe painted a chicken, [...]
Luke Combs will release a new five-song EP, The Prequel, on June 7.
Buoyed by the album’s lead single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which is currently No. 15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after two weeks, The Prequel features four additional songs that Luke co-wrote, inclduing “Refrigerator Door,” “Even Though Iâ€™m Leaving,” “Lovinâ€™ On You” and “Moon Over Mexico.”
Luke recently made history as the first artist to simultaneously top all five Billboard country charts for multiple weeks: Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales. He is also the first country artist in history whose first five singles have reached No. 1.
The Prequel Track List & Songwriters
“Beer Never Broke My Heart” (Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton)
“Refrigerator Door” (Luke Combs, Jordan Brooker)
“Even Though Iâ€™m Leaving” (Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher)
“Lovinâ€™ On You” (Luke Combs, Thomas Archer, Ray Fulcher, James McNair)
“Moon Over Mexico” (Luke Combs, Ray Fulcher, Dan Isbell, Jonathan Singleton)
Brett Young will try to score his sixth consecutive No. 1 single with the release of “Catch” on June 3. The new tune, which was co-penned by Brett, Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman, will be the second single released from Brett’s 2018 sophomore album, Ticket to L.A.
â€œâ€˜Catchâ€™ is a song that I wrote with Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman, and it was a song that kinda was born out of another song,â€� says Brett. â€œWe were in a write and somebody threw out the word â€˜catchâ€™ as an idea, as just a word in a line of the song. Ashley Gorley stood up and said heâ€™d be right back, and he walked outside and he came back and he goes, ‘Okay, we gotta book another write, because Iâ€™ve got an idea for a song called â€œCatch,â€� where itâ€™s a play on the word “catch” and I think we can go a lot of places with this, Iâ€™m very excite.â€™â€�
The songwriting trio reconvened a short time later to grind out the catchy new idea.
“We got back together, and just got really excited about, not only the kinda tongue-in-cheek, play-on-word nature of it, but also I think itâ€™s kind of normally the [...]
Kacey Musgraves will be the subject of a new exhibit at the the Country Music Hall of Fame titled Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors.
Opening on July 2 and running through June 7, 2020, the new exhibit will explore the musical and personal journey of the six-time Grammy winner, from her upbringing in Texas and her diverse musical influences to her innovatinve songwriting and award-winning albums.
â€œI absolutely adore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,â€� says Kacey. â€œIt’s a privilege to have them curate an exhibit that will showcase pieces from moments all the way back to my childhood that are very special to me.â€�
Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors features stagewear, handwritten lyrics and personal artifacts, including:
Tip jar used by Kacey and Alina Tatum when they performed as yodeling duo Texas Two Bits
Detention notice received for â€œcontinuous classroom disruptionâ€� during high school
Manuscript for â€œFallinâ€™,â€� a song written by Kacey with Miranda Lambert
Manuscript for “Slow Burn,” written by Kacey and the co-producersâ€”Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchukâ€”of her recent album, Golden Hour
Satin dress embellished with sequins, beads, rhinestones and tasseled fringe, designed by Enrique Urbina. Kacey wore the dress at the 2014 Grammy Awards
Western-inspired black Atelier Versace pantsuit ensemble with [...]
CMT Crossroads is crossing up its playbook for an event in downtown Nashville on June 4 that will feature headliner Brooks & Dunn teaming with a number of country artists.
Instead of collaborating with a cross-genre artistâ€”as is the norm on CMT Crossroadsâ€”Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks will join forces with a number of stars featured on their recent Reboot album, including Brett Young, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, Midland and Brandon Lancaster from LANCO.
Fans are invited to attend the CMT Crossroads taping on June 4 at the corner of 5th and Broadway in downtown Nashville. The taping begins at 8:30 p.m. CT. Fans should arrive early, as the event is standing-room only and entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The hour-long show will will premiere on CMT on June 28 at 10 p.m. ET.
In addition to releasing their new No. 1 album, Brooks & Dunn have kept busy this year with a number of shows in Las Vegas as part of their residency with Reba McEntire. The duo will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the fall.
Eli Young Band scored its fourth No. 1 single as “Love Ain’t” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart this week.
The emotionally charged tune, which was penned by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally, is the band’s first No. 1 single since “Drunk Last Night” topped the charts more than five years ago in December 2013.
“Getting back here to the top again is a blessing that both country music fans and country radio have given us,” says EYB’s frontman Mike Eli. â€œWe do not take this for granted. It’s a blessing that carries on to our families and our teams that have been behind us every single step of the way. We humbly thank you all for making this happen for us.”
The video for “Love Ain’t” follows the love story of Taylor Morrisâ€”an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the Navy who became a quadruple amputee after an explosion in Afghanistan in 2012â€”and his girlfriend of more than a decade, Danielle, who remained by Taylor’s side. The inspiring clip, which has more than 6 million views on YouTube, features personal videos of Taylor’s rehab, his 2013 homecoming in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and marriage [...]
After scoring four Top 5 singlesâ€”including two No. 1 hitsâ€”with his 2016 No. 1 album, California Sunrise, Jon Pardi revealed that he will release his third studio album, Heartache Medication, on Sept. 27.
On June 3, Jon will ship the album’s title track to country radio as his lead single. Co-written by Jon, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby, “Heartache Medication” finds the singer drowning his sorrows at a dive bar.
“The single ‘Heartache Medication’ has an â€™80s George Strait ‘Fool Hearted Memory’ feel to it, and is something people can dance to,â€� says Jon. â€œThatâ€™s something I really wanted for this album. There really are no sad songs on this recordâ€”it covers a range of subjects, but is ultimately about moving on, and having a good time.â€�
Listen to “Heartache Medication” below.
In addition to the album and single, Jon will launch his Heartache Medication Tour with back-to-back shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 2 and 3, followed by additional stops in Milwaukee, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix and more. Riley Green will serve as direct support.
Ticket pre-sale begins on May 28, with tickets to the general public going on sale on May 31. Every online ticket purchase will come with one Heartache Medication [...]
Garth Brooks continues to achieve feats of Garthonian proportion with his current Stadium Tour.
photo by 8 Ten, Inc
On May 18, Garth performed in front of more than 75,000 fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, making it the biggest ticketed show in the history of the Steel City, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The previous record was set during the Pitt vs. Penn State football game in 2016 with 69,983 tickets sold.
The Pittsburgh show follows Garth’s previously sold-out concerts in St. Louis, Glendale, Gainseville and Minneapolis (x2). Upcoming sold-out shows include Denver (June 8), Eugene (June 29) and Boise (July 20).
Garth’s two-plus-hour set in Pittsburgh featured more than 20 of his hits, as well as a few covers, including Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” and George Strait’s “Amarillo, By Morning.”
If the Academy of Country Music’s Industry Awards are any indication, Nashville is living up to its Music City moniker.
The Academy revealed the winners of the ACM Industry and Studio Recording Awards on May 20, and Nashville sites swept the three Venue of the Year categories: Ryman Auditorium (small capacity), Ascend Amphitheater (medium capacity) and Bridgestone Arena (large capacity).
The Nashville venues will be recognized during the 13th annual ACM Honors ceremony, an evening dedicated to the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th ACM Awards on August 21 at the Ryman Auditorium.
Below is a complete list of the Industry and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.
Industry Award Winners
Casino of the Year | Small Capacity: Choctaw Casino & Resort | Durant, Ok
Casino of the Year | Large Capacity: Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Ct
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year: Nicole More | Wilson Events, Inc.
Festival of the Year: Faster Horses | Brooklyn, Mi
Nightclub of the Year: Joe’s on Weed St | Chicago, Il
Promoter of the Year: Ed Warm | Joe’s Bar
Venue of the Year | Small Capacity: Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, Tn
Venue of the Year | Medium Capacity: Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, [...]
Travis Tritt was aboard his tour bus on May 18 when it was sideswiped during an auto accident that killed two people on Veterans Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
After Travis performed a Friday evening (May 17) show in North Myrtle Beach, his bus was slightly damaged as it tried to avoid a crash caused by a driver going the wrong way. Two people died during the multi-vehicle crash at 3:30 a.m., while a third person sustained minor injuries.
According to police reports, a Jeep traveling in the wrong direction crashed into a Chevrolet truck head-on, killing the Jeep’s driver, Charles “Cody” Wade, 25, and a passenger in the truck, Tonda Cross, 61.
No one on Travis’ bus reported any injuries.
Travis posted a series of tweets moments after the accident, noting that “God was obviously watching over us tonight” and that he was “incredibly sad for those who lost their lives tonight.”
We sustained minor damage as we tried to avoid the crash site in front of us. Bus damage can be fixed, but lives cannot be replaced. Iâ€™m so incredibly sad for those who lost their lives tonight.
â€” Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) May 18, 2019
Iâ€™m told that two people were killed in tonightâ€™s accident [...]
Carrie Underwood knows a thing or two about winning over the crowdâ€”and judgesâ€”on American Idol.
After winning Season 4 of the reality competition in 2004, Carrie returned to the show during the Season 17 finale on May 19 to perform her new single, “Southbound.” Decked out in a colorful sequined dress, Carrie delivered a rousing performance of the new tune, prompting judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie to get out of their seats to shake a leg.
Penned by Carrie, David Garcia and Josh Miller, “Southbound” is currently No. 35 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after three weeks.
Watch Carrie’s performance below.
Wade Bowen scored one of the best albums of 2018 with the release of Solid Ground, an 11-song offering that was produced by Keith Gattis. The gritty collection of tunesâ€”Wade co-wrote 10â€”serves as a love letter to his home state of Texas by incorporating many of his musical influences, everyone from Guy Clark to ZZ Top.
Wade will release the album on vinyl on May 31, with the addition of a previously unreleased song, “Yours Alone,” which Wade penned with Sean McConnell.
“This song has always been on the back burner for me waiting for an album,” says Wade. “Iâ€™ve loved this song since Sean McConnell and I wrote it. It was a tad too happy for the record for the original release but I feel it was maybe the best song on the album. Sometimes we have to cut our favorites to make the album make sense. Iâ€™m glad this song is finally being heard by the world. Love the lyrics and maybe my favorite melody Iâ€™ve ever had the pleasure writing.”
Listen to “Yours Alone” below.
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…. »
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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… »
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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… »
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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… »
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