This is A Day in the Country with Paul Koffy –Â July 23rd
On this day in 2016 Jason Aldeanâ€™s hit â€œLightâ€™s Come On,â€� was number-one
And speaking of Jason, in 2013 his hit â€œAmarillo Sky,â€� was certified platinum
In 2012, Brantley Gilbert was number-one with â€œYou Donâ€™t Know Her Like I Do,â€�
And weâ€™re sending out a very happy birthday to Alison Krauss.
Photo Courtesy of Alison Krauss
It didn’t take Jason Aldean very long to follow-up on his number-one hit “Blame It On You” – even as he still occupies the top spot on the country music airplay chart, Jason is sharing his new song “If I Didn’t Love You.”
He started giving hints earlier this week that it would be a duet, but failed to share who would be joining him on the track…but now we know!
It’s Carrie Underwood!
Check out the studio performance lyric video featuring behind the scenes footage of Jason and Carrie as they recorded “If I Didn’t Love You.”
Photos Courtesy of Jason Aldean
Chris Young continues to give fans a preview of the music that will be coming on his new album, Famous Friends, this August 6th.
“Break Like You Do” is the latest track released…
Of course fans are also still digging the number-one hit title track – featuring Kane Brown – to Chris Young’s new Famous Friends album
Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson
Scotty McCreery has shared the name and release date of his next album – Same Truck will arrive for fans on September 17th.
The 12 track project will contain his Top-15 (and climbing) hit “You Time,” and “Why You Gotta Be Like That” – a new song from the album that Scotty recently shared.
Fans are connecting with “You Time” and “Why You Gotta Be Like That” just like they do with the rest of Scotty’s music, and he loves to hear stories from fans, “It really brightens my day. It makes my day when someone comes up and says how my music has impacted their life and tells me their stories. I’ll sit there and listen to them for hours, cause it’s just an amazing thing…and it’s cool to be in that position to have that kind of impact on somebody’s life you haven’t even met…it’s pretty cool.”
Scotty was pretty young when he entered the country music spotlight after winning American Idol at age 17, so it took him a while to get used to random people coming up to him to talk about his music…but as his career developed, not only did he get use to it, now Scotty treasures [...]
Travis Denning‘s road to his country music career started at age 14 with an appearance on stage with The Marshall Tucker band and a word of encouragement from his dad.
Travis shares the story of the first time he thought that making music for a living might actually be possible,Â “First time I ever thought music might actually be a career was…the first time I ever stepped foot on stage. I was 14 years old and I actually got to play ‘Can’t You See’ with The Marshall Tucker Band. My dad was good friends the guitar player in the band – and that was also the first night I kinda heard my dad make some comment that sounded like him and mom would’ve supported me if that’s what I wanted to do, so that’s when I knew I wanted to be a musician.”
Travis just released a brand new song called “Jack And Coke” – check it out here…
Photo Courtesy of UMG Nashville
This is A Day in the Country with Paul Koffy –Â July 22nd
On this day last year in 2020, Dustin Lynchâ€™s â€œRidinâ€™ Roadsâ€� is certified Platinum
In 2013, Cole Swindell sent â€œChillinâ€™ Itâ€� to radio.
In 2010, Brad Paisleyâ€™s â€œWater,â€� was number one.
And back in 2006 the music video for Taylor Swiftâ€™s debut single â€œTim McGrawâ€� made its debut
Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky
Just when you think you heard it all, Jon Pardi brings us the cover song we didn’t know we needed.
Jon along with 52 other artists – including Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton & Miley Cyrus – contributed to the charity album, The Metallica Blacklist which features each musical act giving their own special twist to the music of Metallica‘s classic Black album.
The Metallica Blacklist, which includes Jon’s version of “Wherever I May Roam” arrives September 10th – and all profits will be split 50/50 between Metallicaâ€™s All Within My Hands Foundation and a charity of the artistâ€™s choice…and for Jon it’sÂ The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, which is committed to improving the quality of everyday life for people and families affected by autism along seven key dimensions critical to living each day fully: staying educated, employed, active, social, safe, supported, and informed.
Check out Jon’s version of “Wherever I May Roam” right here…
Photo Courtesy of Jon Pardi
Thursday night (July 22nd) Darius Rucker will be appearing on Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty.
Darius shared, “Had fun catching up withÂ Kyle PettyÂ onÂ Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty! We drove around Charleston in my Karmann Ghia listening to music.”
Check out a preview of the episode here…
Tune in tonight (Thursday, July 22) at 8pm EST on Circle All Access and Peacock TV.
Check out the latest track from Darius – “My Masterpiece”
Headline Photo Credit: David McClister
Additional Photos Courtesy of the Circle Network
Congrats to Lauren Alaina who was surprised this week with a plaque commemorating four of her songs going Gold.
The presentation – backstage at the Grand Ole Opry – recognized “Getting Good,” “Road Less Traveled,” “Doing Fine,” and “Like My Mother Does” for all achieving the certification of reaching Gold.
Lauren shared “(Tuesday) night at the Grand Ole Opry was CERTIFIABLY GOLD. My team surprised me with FOUR gold records. This achievement as a female in country music is such an honor. Thank you to my fans for listening and buying the music I pour my heart into. These gold records are just as much yours as they are mine.”
Lauren is hoping to add to her metal collection when it comes to her latest track, “Getting Over Him” which features Jon Pardi.
and for the newly minted Golden songs…
“Road Less Traveled”
“Like My Mother Does”
Photo Credit: Katie Kauss
This is A Day in the Country with Paul Koffy –Â July 21st
On this day in 2020, Carrie Underwoodâ€™s â€œDrinking Alone,â€� was certified gold.
In 2018, Dylan Scott, Dallas Wilson, and Matt Alderman write â€œNobodyâ€� â€“ which hit number-one this year
In 2015, Thomas Rhettâ€™s song â€œCrash and Burnâ€� is certified Gold
And back in 2005, the video for Gary Allanâ€™s â€œBest I Ever Hadâ€� made its debut
Photo Credit: John Shearer
Matt Stell made his first trip oversees earlier this month on the Fourth of July holiday to entertain U.S. service men and women.
Playing at the Al Dhafra Air Base in Abu Dhabi, Matt entertained the troops with his music, including his number-1 hits â€œPrayed for You,â€� and â€œEverywhere But On,â€� as well as his current single â€œThat Ainâ€™t Me Anymore.â€�
Matt said this something he’ll never forgetÂ â€œMy first trip overseas was a really special one because we got to spend Independence Day with the troops there in the Middle East.”
He addsÂ “I got to meet a whole bunch of really great, really amazing, really fun people that do everything from fly planes to work on â€˜em, to build bombs, all kinds of stuff. And really great to meet those folks and see what they do day to day and then play a rock show made out of country music with them that night, so we sure had a lot of fun in that hot, hot desert.”
Not usually one to be at a loss for words, Matt saysÂ â€œThis doesnâ€™t happen to me often, but I really canâ€™t find the words to express what this trip has meant to me. I am so thankful [...]
Earlier this year Eric Church released a trio of albums that has already produced a Grammy nominated hit, and a number-one song.
But itâ€™s his latest single at country radio that had the biggest impact on the Heart & Soul project, as it was the track that got the whole thing rolling.
Eric shares â€œ’Heart On Fire’ was the first song we recorded when we got to North Carolina. I already had pretty much, I wrote this song by myself, but I already had this song on the rails and we were heading down the path of what this was going to be.â€�
He adds, â€œI thought we needed to kind of break the ice and get started on something, you know, we were doing something that was tough to do – writing the song the same day we were record it. This was the song that was kind of the icebreaker for the whole project, and I credit this song a lot for getting us to where we ended up getting to with the project.”
â€œHeart On Fireâ€� follows the Grammy nominated â€œStick That In Your Country Songâ€� and the number-1 â€œHell Of A Viewâ€�
Photo Courtesy of Eric Church
Dolly Parton presented her husband Carl with a memorable birthday present on Tuesday (July 20th), by recreating her iconic 1978 Playboy cover picture.
Dolly shared the story behind Carl’s present with fans on her socials…
At the time when Dolly did the original photoshoot in 1978 – she became the first country singer to pose for the magazine.
Dolly didn’t show too much, because to her, it wasn’t about nudity, it was about promoting her brand.
She recalls,Â â€œI have been asked, back in the day, but that was so totally not me. I would never do thatâ€¦ But that was a good article they ran in there, and it was just a fun thing to do. That was just another way I was trying to market myself, at that time, to kinda get in the mainstreamâ€�
Dolly is still marketing herself in 2021, and also still making music!
Her next song, “Sent From Above,” arrives July 27th, butÂ fans can sign-up to hear it first, here:Â https://forms.gle/4PrjfVwgX6bMR8ta8
Until the new music is released, fans can still enjoy one of her classic hits…
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Additional Photo Courtesy of Dolly Parton/Playboy
This is A Day in the Country with Paul Koffy –Â July 20th
On this day in 2019, Blake Sheltonâ€™s â€œGodâ€™s Country,â€� was number one.
In 2016, Hunter Hayesâ€™ self-titled record, featuring â€œWanted,â€� went double-platinum.
In 2013, Luke Bryanâ€™s song â€œCrash My Party,â€� was number one.
And in 2012, a couple of Kenny Chesney songs get certified – â€œCome Over,â€� went Gold…
While his other number-1 hit â€œDonâ€™t Blinkâ€� went Platinum…
Photo Courtesy of Hunter Hayes
Dustin LynchÂ recently released not one, but two songs for his fans.
Dustin shared, â€œ’Not Every Cowboy’ and ‘Pasadena’ are about that timeless, authentic, American cowboy love story. They felt special since the day they were born and Iâ€™m so excited theyâ€™re out for everyone to enjoy.”
Check out “Not Every Cowboy”…
and “Pasadena” is the other song that Dustin shared with fans…
Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch
Jordan Davis has released a new song, “Buy Dirt.”
Jordan says, “‘Buy Dirtâ€™ is a song that came to me a couple of months into the pandemic. We couldnâ€™t tour, music, everything was at a standstill. I came to the realization of man, all you need is your faith, your family and your friends. And musicâ€™s great and I love it and Iâ€™m happy I get to do it, but at the end of the day those are three things that I need to always keep at the top of my list, and â€˜Buy Dirtâ€™ is my kind of pledge to that.â€�
It’s the title track to his latest album, which also features his hit song “Almost Maybes” – and “Buy Dirt” includes a very special guest…Luke Bryan.
Jordan explains how Luke came to sing on the song, “We sat around the fire after a golf tournament one day, smoking cigars and talking about everything BUT music. That conversation always stuck with me. Luke isnâ€™t just a great entertainer; heâ€™s a great Dad, a great husband, and a great friend, too. Thatâ€™s what â€˜Buy Dirtâ€™ embodies. When I wrote â€˜Buy Dirt,â€™ I knew he could relate to the songâ€™s message. I took a [...]
Congrats goes out to Jason AldeanÂ as his song “Blame It On You” is the number-1 song on the Country Music Airplay Chart this week!
Jason has been a mainstay in country music for nearly two decades now – and the two guys who wrote his 25th number-1 hit have been there for every step along the way.Â “This one feels especially sweet because it was written by 2 guys that have been with me for over 20 years. Itâ€™s our 25th number-1 together but the first one they have written that I sang on to get there. Thanks to everybody who had a part in it.”
Jason shares the story behind his latest number-1 song, “So ‘Blame It On You’ was a song that I got, it was actually written by a couple of guys in my band, Kurt Alison and Tully Kennedy, my guitar player and bass player. And it was just one of those things that was just really different for the record that I thought we were [kind of] missing. It kind of reminded me a lot of a song ‘Girl Like You’ that we had where it kind of starts off down and you almost wonder is it going [...]
Itâ€™s been a busy year for Jimmie Allen.
The ACM New Male Artist of the Year is looking forward to the birth of his next child, heâ€™s still celebrating being a newly wed, heâ€™s rocking the country charts with “Freedom Was A Highway” with Brad PaisleyÂ – who he’s also out on tour with, and on top of it all, Jimmie just released a childrenâ€™s book.
My Voice is a TrumpetÂ –Â written by Jimmie Allen and illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson – is a story aimed at children to share with them the importance of speaking up and doing the right thing.
As a child he struggled with a severe stutter, and on a recent appearance onÂ The Today ShowÂ with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, Jimmie shared that he, â€œhated talking in personâ€¦public speaking? Forget about it.â€�
He also shared that he was encouraged by his speech therapist to sing the first few words of sentence becauseÂ â€œwhen people sing, they donâ€™t stutter.â€�
Jimmie recognizes the power of â€œspeaking up,â€� and My Voice is a Trumpet encourages kids to do just that. Speak up for the powerless, encourage others, and overcome your differences.
My Voice Is A Trumpet is available now in book stores and at Penguinrandomhouse.com
Check out Jimmie [...]
While she played a few shows in her home state of Texas not long ago, Miranda Lambert has not been “on tour” for a while now, due to the quarantine and shutdown, so when asked about getting back out in front of fans, she replied, “I’m definitely ready to get back on the road.”
And this weekend it happened. Miranda kicked off her 2021 show dates in Belmont, Ohio.
She says, “Iâ€™ve been seeing everybodyâ€™s socials when they’re, you know, at the festivals and fairs with the crowd reaction and I think everybodyâ€™s just so happy to be back in live music mode.”
Miranda is back out again this upcoming weekend with stops in Indiana and Michigan, where she’ll be playing her Top-10 (and climbing) hit “Settling Down.”
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This is A Day in the Country with Paul Koffy –Â July 19th
On this day in 2019, Miranda Lambert announced that she had adopted two pet bunnies. She named them Frida and Selena
Photo Courtesy of Miranda Lambert
In 2018, Brett Young films the music video for â€œHere Tonightâ€�
In 2015, Blake Sheltonâ€™s â€œSangria,â€� was number-one.
And back in 2003, Alan Jacksonâ€™s video for â€œItâ€™s Five Oâ€™clock Somewhereâ€� â€“ which features Jimmy Buffett â€“ makes its debut
Photo Credit: Seth Kupersmith
This weekend Blake Shelton surprised fans by holding a couple of rehearsals at his Ole Redâ€™s in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
After the first appearance Blake shared, “That was a blast yesterday!!! Letâ€™s do it again today at Ole Red Tishomingoâ€™s The Doghouse!!!”Â Blake addedÂ “Come on out and get yourself a drink if youâ€™re bored. I repeat itâ€™s only a rehearsalâ€¦ It may not be good but at least itâ€™s free!”
Blake’s wife Gwen StefaniÂ was also there, and joined in on performing a few of their duets.
Blake will be kicking off his rescheduled Friends and Heroes 2021 tour in just a few weeks in Omaha – the very town where he was forced to cancel all this shows last year due to COVID-19.
Fans are looking to see Blake perform his Top-10 (and climbing) hit “Minimum Wage” – which is one of the tracks from his latest album, Body Language.
Headline Photo Courtesy of Warner Music Nashville
Additional PhotosÂ Courtesy of Blake Shelton
Garth Brooks rocked Salt Lake City Saturday Night atÂ the University of Utahâ€™s Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Thrilled to be back performing for his fans Garth shares,Â â€œIt was fun! Theyâ€™re so sweet! Even though thereâ€™s 50-thousand of them, they act as one. Itâ€™s the greatest partner youâ€™ve ever had. Itâ€™s a fun dance.”Â
After the last year and half Garth – who is no stranger to big stages – realized that being back to concerts means something a little different now, “Iâ€™m thinking weâ€™re okayâ€¦and then you realize what youâ€™ve missed, because you get to hear them sing (getting emotional). Thatâ€™s the hard part. So, for me â€“ I didnâ€™t know how much I missed itâ€¦until you get to hear those voicesâ€¦get to see that face. And I donâ€™t think it was for Garth Brooks. I think it was the joy of being together. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re supposed to do is be together.â€�
Garth shares his secret to performing for his fans,Â â€œThe quicker you can turn it into a party [rather] than a concertâ€¦the less the old man has to work. Thereâ€™s nothing to do! You just watch!â€�
Of course, the party got started the day before Garth took the “big” stage – when he stepped back [...]
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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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… »
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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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When Waylon Jennings sang “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” back in the late ‘70s, it wasn't about dogs at all. But now that Miranda Lambert is building her two-day rescue dog charity event around the classic country tune, it all makes perfect sense. Her MuttNation Foundation is hosting the eighth Cause for… »
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