Garth Brooks can’t help himself. He loves interacting with his concertgoers . . . and digging into his pockets to help them.
In the last few months, he has offered to pay for a couple’s honeymoon, invited a teen onstage, given his guitar to a fan and serenaded an 89-year-old.
At his show in Los Angeles on July 21, Garth assisted in the gender reveal of a pregnant couple’s baby. When the couple told Garth that they planned to name the child Brooks regardless of the gender, Garth opened the envelope containing the ultrasound to reveal that they would be having a baby girl. Garth then told the couple, “If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we will pay for her college.”
Watch the video below.
video courtesy of Stephanie Evers YouTube
Slow and steady is winning the race for Sam Hunt.
Sam’s “Body Like a Back Road” has been “doin’ 15 in a 30” for 24 straight weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, which ties the record set by Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” in 2012 and 2013.
“I wrote ‘Body Like a Back Road’ with my producer Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally,” said Sam to Nash Country Daily. “I connect music to the emotions that come from relationships, so most of the songs that I write are inspired by those circumstances, emotions, feelings, all that kind of stuff. ‘Body Like a Back Road’ is a lighthearted song that was a lot of fun to write. It sort of swings, and hopefully it’s easy to listen to and will put a smile on some folks’ faces.”
Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart All-Time Record
1. “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt — 24 weeks (2017)
1. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line – 24 weeks (2012)
2. “Walk On By” – Leroy Van Dyke – 19 weeks (1961)
3. “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line – 18 weeks (2016)
4. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett 17 weeks – (2015)
5. “Love’s Gonna Live Here” – Buck Owens [...]
The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C., cancelled Jamey Johnson’s concert hours before it was scheduled to take place on July 23.
The House of Blues issued a statement on Facebook, citing “safety and security” reasons.
A member of Jamey’s band, Melonie Cannon, posted two Facebook comments, one of which was attributed to Jamey’s drummer, TC Coleman.
“no one in the band carried a gun in that building . . . FYI”
“House of Blues didn’t need to treat us like we were terrorists, they put a medal [sic] detector between Jamey’s buses and the stage entrance and the only people coming in and out of his buses was us. His band and crew and we all have laminated stage identification. We did not come to House of Blues to be treated like we are going to kill the fans. If someone came backstage to harm anybody you better pray there is a Jamey Johnson type individual around. The backstage area is supposed to be tightly secured for our protection not to protect us from ourselves. How can you expect any artist to give a great performance if you are gonna give him or her a bunch of shit before we perform. I [...]
If you don’t have time to comb through social media all day, here’s what you’ve been missing over the last 24 hours or so in the country music world:
Keith Urban and Frankie Ballard trade guitar licks.
Lindsay Ell shares a backstage video of Brett Eldredge’s first manicure.
Thomas Rhett and his daughter stop by the Mercy Lounge photo booth in Nashville.
Carly Pearce sings the national anthem at the Brickyard 400.
Kane Brown gets a new Canary Mastiff pup.
Brett Young rides a tiny bicycle.
Hanging backstage at @fasterhorsesfestival w/ @bretteldredge. 💅🏼😎 #firsttimeforeverything
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Thanks for swinging by @thomasrhettakins! You have a beautiful family. ❤️
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Incredible rendition of the National Anthem by @carlypearce. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #Brickyard400 pic.twitter.com/jyNEab3wq8
— Ind. Motor Speedway (@IMS) July 23, 2017
Welcome to the family Nash! pic.twitter.com/Im7XPTp8GM
— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) July 24, 2017
C I R C U S // I N // T O W N pic.twitter.com/4FXsTJJSNw
— Brett Young (@BrettYoungMusic) July 23, 2017
main photo via Kane Brown’s Instagram
Before his concert in Kansas City, Mo., on July 21, Luke Bryan shared a memorable meet-and-greet with one of his biggest fans, 88-year-old Francis Stanaway, who is battling a terminal illness.
Decked out in her “Shake It For Me, Luke” sweatshirt, not only did Francis get the chance to chat with Luke and attend his concert, but she also took part in a photo op that put a big smile on her face.
NBC news affiliate KSHB Channel 41 picked up the story and even asked Francis if she thought Luke was a good looking guy. She immediately responded, “Oh heavens, yes.”
Crossroads Hospice through the Gift of a Day program helped make Francis’ meet-and-greet possible.
photo via LukeBryan.com
Miranda Lambert and her pet pooches led more than 1,000 people, including Nashville mayor Megan Barry, along the first-ever MuttNation March through Music City on June 8 as part of CMA Fest. The almost-one-mile march, which was created to raise awareness and funds for pet adoption, helped 60 shelter dogs find new homes across 21 states and Canada.
photo courtesy Metro Nashville
If Miranda has her way, the MuttNation March will become a yearly event.
“[The MuttNation March] was awesome,” says Miranda to Nash Country Daily. “It was our first year. We’re kinda in a revamp phase for MuttNation just ’cause it started with my mom and I and four other girls, and we kinda got a little too big for our britches. We don’t know what we’re doing at all [laughing]. Our main goals are to raise money for aiding shelters and aiding in rescues, either natural disasters or when dogs get misplaced in storms or when shelters need someone to come in and help move dogs out of there.
“We want to be able to raise enough money to help shelters do renovations and help with adoption drives. I really love it and I’m just excited because we’re sort of in a [...]
Avid golfer Darius Rucker is parlaying his favorite hobby into a gig on SiriusXM as the host of a new show, On Par With Darius Rucker.
The monthly show, which will debut on July 26, will feature Darius chatting with other celebrities and professional golfers about the worlds of golf and entertainment.
“They say that rock stars want to be pro athletes, and pro athletes want to be rock stars, and there is definitely some truth to that,” said Darius. “It’s no secret that music and golf are two passions of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to play with and get to know well some of the best golfers on tour. While we’re on the course, I’m looking for swing tips and all they want to do is talk music. SiriusXM is the perfect place to blend both of those worlds into one show, and I am really excited to get started.”
On Par With Darius Rucker will debut on July 26, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Sirius channel 208, XM channel 92 and on the SiriusXM app.
photo by Jason Simanek
Carly Pearce is enjoying the first Top 20 single of her career with “Every Little Thing,” which is currently No. 17 on the Mediabase chart. Carly, who was named to the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country class, signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group in January and released “Every Little Thing” to country radio in February. Now the Kentucky native has a new video for the personal tune.
“I wrote this song from a very personal place of a heartbreak that I experienced and never really thought anybody was going to hear it,” says Carly to Nash Country Daily. “I certainly didn’t think that it was going to be something that would be my debut into the country genre. I thought that maybe my fans would have to buy into me a little bit to understand the artistic side of this song. I joke and say I’ve put out a lot of songs and been a part of a lot of things, but this song, as soon as it came out, it felt like it had its own wings and it was kind of out of my control.
“It’s about a relationship that was four or five years [...]
More than three years after dropping his 2014 album, Ignite the Night, Chase Rice will release his fourth studio album, Lambs & Lions, on Sept. 29. The 10-song offering, which includes seven songs co-written by Chase, features the lead single, “Three Chords & the Truth.”
“I’m not sure I’ll ever know the full reason why I had to struggle through two failed singles [“Whisper” and “Everybody We Know Does”] in a row after such an amazing start, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” said Chase. “God had my back the whole time, whether I knew it or not. Out of those failed singles I got ‘Three Chords & The Truth.’ I was fed up with trying—whether that was trying to be something I’m not, trying to make music that people said I should make or trying to make music I felt people wanted to hear. Instead I decided I’m going to make music that I needed to hear. When you go through tough times the truth always has a way of finding its way to you. This song was my truth. It’s the soul of my childhood, the songs that went along with it and the memories [...]
Fresh off the breakout success of his current single, “My Girl,” which reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart last week, Dylan Scott tells Nash Country Daily that his next single will be “Hooked.”
Penned by Lindsay Rimes, Seth Ennis and Morgan Evans, “Hooked” will be featured on the Deluxe Edition of Dylan’s self-titled debut album, which will drop on August 4. In addition to the original album’s 13 songs, the Deluxe Edition will feature three new tracks: “Hooked,” “Can’t Take Her Anywhere” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
“The new single is a song off the Deluxe that I did not write, so that narrows it down to one song, ‘Hooked,’” says Dylan to NCD. “We’re excited about it. A buddy of mine sent it to me in an email, and it was one of those moments where it immediately took me back to where I was 11, 12, 13, 14 years old and just a fan of music. I could see myself riding around and just jamming to this up-tempo song.”
Watch Dylan’s “Hooked” video below.
Dylan Scott Deluxe Edition Track Listing with Songwriters
“My Girl” (Dylan Scott, Josh Kerr)
“Crazy Over Me” (Dylan Scott, Matt Alderman)
“Lay It On Me” (Dylan [...]
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