With the release of new song, “Coming Home,” Keith Urban has given fans the second sampling of music from his upcoming album, Graffiti U.
The new tune, which features vocals from Julia Michaels, utilizes a riff from one of country music’s most iconic songs, “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard.
“Coming Home” was co-penned by Keith, J.R. Rotem, Julia Michaels and Nicolle Galyon, as well as Merle Haggard.
“Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood—and my dream to come to America,” said Keith, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. “I knew right then the story [of the song] was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home—wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us.”
Before releasing the new song, Keith reached out to Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard, and son, Ben, for their blessings.
“I called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard to play them what we’d been working on,” said Keith. “It was important to me to have their blessing—and I’m so grateful that they love the song.”
Watch the lyric video for “Coming Home” below.
photo by Jason Simanek
Blake Shelton was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on March 20.
In addition to performing his current single, “I Lived It,” and playing Jimmy in a game of “Name That Song,” the onscreen frenemies visited medium Madame Fahrusha to have their palms and tarot cards read.
Madame Fahrusha revealed some interesting “facts,” including that Blake has recently “been spending some time with a young man” and that he may be overindulging with “too much eating, too much drinking, too much sex.”
Check out the clips below.
After approximately 200 performances inside the Grand Ole Opry’s hallowed circle, Chris Jason was formally inducted into the Opry on March 20 by Garth Brooks.
Garth welcomed Chris to the Opry by saying, “Chris, it is my honor to welcome you to the family. This will be—no matter how many times you look back on it—the greatest night of your music career.”
“How do you not cry on a night like this?” said Chris. “To know me is to know I really, truly love the Grand Ole Opry . . . This will be a moment I will never forget . . . Thanks for making my dreams come true, and thanks for buying a ticket to the Opry to see it happen! I hope you come back a million times! I’ll buy the ticket for ya. I don’t even care. I love you that much!”
Not only is Chris the Opry’s newest member, the 31-year-old is also the Opry’s youngest member.
Watch Chris’ induction below.
photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
The Library of Congress added 25 titles to the National Recording Registry, including Kenny Rogers’ 1978 hit, “The Gambler,” which was penned by Don Schlitz.
“The song was not written about gambling, it was written with a very personal look at life,” said Kenny, according to the Library of Congress. “To say I’m proud is an understatement. It speaks very highly for Don Schlitz’s writing ability. I am very impressed and appreciative of this great award.”
“I actually wrote [the song] in my head,” said Don Schlitz. “To have anyone listen to any of your songs and appreciate any of them is miraculous, is great. To have Kenny Rogers sing one of your songs is way over the moon.”
Other titles selected this year include Merle Travis’ 1946 album, Folk Songs of the Hills,” Arlo Guthrie’s 1967 single, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album, Rumours, The Temptations’ 1964 single, “My Girl,” and more.
The 25 titles were chosen based on their “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” importance. This year’s additions bring the Registry’s total to 500 titles.
Take a look at this year’s selections below.
“Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta” (single), Victor Herbert and his Orchestra (1911)
Standing Rock Preservation Recordings, George Herzog and Members of [...]
Coming Home (feat. Julia Michaels) - Single
March 21, 2018
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Need You Now
August 11, 2009
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Kane Brown is having a banner year, and it’s only three months old.
Check out a few of his recent accomplishments:
Kane’s self-titled debut album is once again No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week, marking the seventh week—out of nine—in 2018 that the album has topped the chart.
Kane’s recent No. 1 single, “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina, is the most-streamed song of 2018.
Kane’s new single, “Heaven,” is working its way up the Billboard Country Airplay chart, where it currently sits at No. 12.
The aforementioned accomplishments are a big reason Kane is nominated for two ACM Awards on April 15, including New Male Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year (“What Ifs”). But to hear Kane tell it, he didn’t think music was in his future until he entered a school talent show.
“I thought I was going to go to college and, you know, [play] ball—football or basketball—and then the talent show was coming up and that’s when I kind of started singing again,” said Kane. “My buddy was like, ‘Dude, you need to do the talent show,’ so I started learning Chris Young [songs]. I started singing ‘Gettin’ You Home,’ so then I went and [...]
Miranda Lambert will ship a new single to country radio on April 16 as she releases “Keeper of the Flame,” the fourth single from her 2016 double album, The Weight of These Wings.
Following previous single, “Tin Man,” Miranda kicks things up a notch with an anthem about strength and resiliency, singing in the first verse, “I’m bent but I’m not broken / I’m stronger than I feel / I’m made of flesh and bone / Not made of steel.”
The tune, co-written by Miranda, Natalie Hemby and Liz Rose, is full of imagery and lyrical depth, none so more visual than the second verse: I’ve been burned out to ashes / Waiting for a wind / To carry me and start a fire again / Sometimes I’m just a flicker / A candle in your eye / But I swear to God / I’ll never let it die.
The new single also spawned the moniker for Miranda’s 2016 Keeper of the Flame Tour.
In addition, Miranda launched an interactive book for The Weight of These Wings, where fans can connect to their Spotify accounts to hear Miranda talk through the inspiration for the album, explore unseen pictures and more.
Listen to “Keeper of the [...]
As Blake Shelton’s nostalgic new single, “I Lived It,” continues to climb the charts—currently No. 13 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after 10 weeks—the Oklahoma native says part of the song’s allure is its old-school aura.
The new tune, which was penned by Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip and Ross Copperman, features lyrics like “Them old Duke boys, they’re flattening their heels / Hollywood was fake, wrestling was real / Wouldn’t dream of spending that two-dollar bill / From pushing a lawnmower around / I’d go back there right now.”
Blake, who burst onto the country scene in 2001 with his self-titled debut album, credits country crooners from the 1980s and ’90s like Earl Thomas Conley and John Conlee with influencing his sound.
“You know, you don’t hear songs like that anymore, which is a shame,” says Blake to Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown. “I kind of feel like right now, and even though it may just be a moment in time, I felt like it would be good to get some things out there . . . not a full-on throwback to old-school country music, but maybe some ’90s-sounding stuff on radio, you know? [With “I Lived It”] I remember [...]
The Academy of Country Music announced the additions of Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban as performers for the 53rd ACM Awards on April 15.
Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett are also set to take the stage.
The Academy also announced that Drew Brees, Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Vonn have been added as presenters for the ceremony. Reba McEntire will return as the host of the upcoming show. The gig will mark Reba’s 15th time as the emcee, her first since 2012 when she teamed with Blake Shelton.
The ACM Awards will air from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
photo by Jason Simanek
Trace Adkins: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 - American Man
January 14, 2008
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This One's for You
October 7, 2016
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Break Up in the End - Single
February 23, 2018
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