by Christal Blue
posted Oct 22 2014 9:06AM
Reba made her big announcement yesterday morning on America's Morning Show in Nashville that she will be the flagship artist on Big Machine's new venture with Cumulus Nash Icon and is currently working on a new album for the newly signed record deal.
Several country stars are vying for the 2015 People Choice Awards as nominations are out and voting is open for the through October 30. In the all-genre music categories, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan are up for Favorite Male artist; Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift have nods for Favorite Female Artist; and Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum are in for Favorite Group.
Sara Evans will release a holiday album entitled At Christmas on November 17th. The 10-track album includes some of the most well-known and celebrated holiday songs including "Silent Night," "Oh Holy Night," and "Winter Wonderland," as well as a very special rendition of "12 Days of Christmas" that features vocals from two of her daughters Olivia (12) and Audrey (10). The title track "At Christmas" is an upbeat original song written by Shane Stevens and Toby Lightman that fans are certain to fall in love with.
Garth Brooks has broken his North Carolina ticket sales record. During March 25th - March 28th, 1998, he sold 56,523 tickets at Winston Salem's Joel Memorial Coliseum. For his upcoming engagement at the Greensboro Coliseum he has surpassed that and is still selling! Tickets are still available for the concerts on November 19th, November 20th and November 23rd.
by Christal Blue
posted Oct 12 2014 9:57PM
Several of country's top stars are part of the soundtrack of the new movie, "The Best of Me."â¯Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Thomas Rhett, Thompson Square, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Paslay, David Nail, andâ¯The Eli Young Bandâ¯all contributed brand new, original songs to the package. The movie, based on the Nicholas Sparks book, will be released on October 17. Lady Antebellum actually has two songs on the album, including "I Did With You," which the trio wrote based on the film's premise.
For seven straight days,â¯Lady Antebellumâ¯traveled across the country to surprise and fulfill seven wishes for seven different fans. They wrapped up the "7For7" project this past weekend with wishes granted in Bakersfield CA, Nashville TN, and Perry GA. One of the wishes granted was to give a 22-year old college student a mentorship with Country Weekly, and a chance to do a red carpet with the trio for this Thursday's Nashville screening of the movie "The Best of Me." Yesterday, Lady A released "Freestyle," the follow-up to their #1 hit "Bartender." Both songs are on the group's new album 747.
Tonight,â¯Jerrod Niemannâ¯gets a chance to pay it forward, as he hosts a benefit in Nashville for legendary songwriterâ¯Whitey Shafer. "Whitey is the first phone call I made when I moved to Nashville. We became buddies and he was kind enough to take me under his wing and open some doors for me," shares Niemann. "He's my favorite songwriter and I am so excited to be able to assist him in any way. Whitey wrote "All My Ex's Live In Texas" and "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" forâ¯George Strait, as well as many other hits forâ¯Merle Haggard, John Michael Montgomery, and the lateâ¯Keith Whitley.
Trisha Yearwood, Collin Raye, John Rich, andâ¯Thomas Rhettâ¯were among the artists performing for this year's Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame banquet Sunday night. This year's inductees wereJohn Anderson, Tom Douglas, Gretchen Peters, andâ¯Paul Craft. Song of the Year was "Automatic," recorded byâ¯Miranda Lambert. Songwriter of the Year wasâ¯Ashley Gorley. Songwriter/Artist of the Year went to Nashville residentâ¯Jack White. The 44th annual event took place at Nashville's new Music City Center.
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by Christal Blue
posted Oct 9 2014 9:30AM
The sun is shining forâ¯Blake Sheltonâ¯today as his latest album,â¯Bringing Back The Sunshine, debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums charts. This marks Blake's third straight album to debut at #1. The album contains Blake's Top 10 hit "Neon Light." Blake's album sold over 101,000 copies, and edged outâ¯Lady Antebellum'sâ¯747, which sold an equally impressive 72,000 copies in its first week.
Say Happy Birthday toâ¯Scotty McCreeryâ¯today as the American Idol winner turns 21. Last year, Scotty celebrated his 20th with a big album-release party at the ESPN Zone in New York's Times Square. This year, the day will be more low key back home in Raleigh.â¯Scotty wants to use his own birthday as an opportunity for fans to donate to the 12.14 Foundation. Scotty serves as the National Goodwill Ambassador for the group that is seeking to build an arts center in Newtown, CT, home to Sandy Hook Elementary School.â¯
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelleyâ¯andâ¯Tyler Hubbardâ¯made a surprise appearance yesterday on NBC's Today Show. The duo announced the launch of their "Anything Goes Tour" starting January 15th in Toledo, OH. Joining them on the 24-city tour will be CMA New Artist nominee Thomas Rhettâ¯and newcomerâ¯Frankie Ballard.â¯â¯
Garth Brooksâ¯will be bringing his world tour to North Carolina. Yesterday, he announced his first shows in the Tar Heel state in 16 years! The Garth Brooks World Tour Withâ¯Trisha Yearwoodâ¯will play the Greensboro Coliseum November 21st and 22nd. Tickets go on sale on October 17th.
by Denny & Christal
posted Oct 8 2014 9:30AM
Just call him "Reverend Gilbert!" Brantley Gilbert performed at the BayFest Music Festival in Mobile Alabama this past weekend. While there, he married a couple as part of a contest put on by the local radio station. Brantley is actually an ordained minister, having obtained a license on the internet. The newly weds, Brianna Tolbert and Colby Jenkins, are also members of Brantley's BG Nation fan club.
It's been almost a year since the Zac Brown Band released The Grohl Sessions, and two years since Uncaged. On November 10th, the Zac Brown Band will release "Greatest Hits So Far..." featuring all 14 of their hits, from "Chicken Fried" to "Sweet Annie." The group recently announced a new record deal, and say they're working on a new album due out next year.
When Taylor Swift declared that her upcoming album, 1989, would be full-pop, some may have felt like the superstar was abandoning country music. But Blake Shelton doesn't feel that way. Shelton just thinks Swift is being true to herself and honest about where she's at musically. Taylor is an advisor on NBC's The Voice, and Blake actually got to talk to the singer about her musical shift while they were backstage recently. Shelton tells CMT, "I talked to Taylor, actually, about this on the set that day. And she said, 'Man, I made the record. I listened to it, and why can't I just call it what it is, you know?'" Blake then says, "I love that. It's taking a stand for where she feels like she is right now musically."
Eric Church is currently on the radio with his brand-new single "Talladega," the latest song from his fourth studio album, The Outsiders. And while the name of the new single brings to mind racecars barreling down a track, Church says this song is about more than driving fast and turning left. Eric co-wrote the song with famed Nashville songwriter Luke Laird, and he remembers the day when he came up the idea for the tune. They were sitting on a tour bus in upstate New York headed to a festival with the TV tuned to the NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. A light bulb then went off in Church's head. "What you see on TV there has nothing to do really with racing, It's about that experience, whatever that is: the experience with the person next to you, and knowing that that's probably a finite time in your life. It's not gonna last forever."
by Christal Blue
posted Oct 6 2014 9:50AM
Little Big Townâ¯ got quite a surprise on Friday night on stage at the Grand Ole Opry when they were invited to join by Opry member and friendâ¯Reba McEntire. The group will be formally inducted into the Opry on Friday, October 17 by Opry memberâ¯Vince Gill. As the group finished a three-song set with its smash "Pontoon," McEntire appeared from the side of the stage, improvising on the song's last few words, and then said "I have been asked to ask y'all, Little Big Town, would y'all like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?"
Enjoying her first pregnancy,â¯Carrie Underwoodâ¯admits to CMT that she's doesn't really know what to get when shopping for the baby. She said, "We went to Babies R Us and we were walking around and I was, like, 'This is just so overwhelming! I just don't want to get the wrong things, you know. I don't know what most of it does. There are, like, 5,000 things to choose from, and I'm like, 'Do we need that?! I don't know!'" While she may be lost at the store, Carrie does say the pregnancy is going well, "I feel really good. I think I've been really lucky in my symptoms, thus far."
Blake Sheltonâ¯talks about his duet with the legendaryâ¯Barbra Streisandâ¯on her new duets album Partners, tellingâ¯Peopleâ¯magazine of getting the phone call to do the song, "It's still shocking to me. I don't know how it came down. I don't know how she knows about me, but I'm just glad. I'm just going with it!" However, when is came time to record the song, Shelton was a bit disappointed. He said, "Ironically enough, she had already done her vocal part and I was really disappointed because when I went to the studio, she wasn't there." Streisand did call Blake later while listening to the song.
On Friday (10/3),â¯Lady Antebellumâ¯was in Fort Meade, Maryland to surprise Carrie Warfel, an army wife and mother of four who tirelessly takes great care of everyone around her for their 7For7 album release week giveaway. Warfel was nominated by her sister, but everyone on the army base says she is a true hero who selflessly puts everyone else's needs before her own, including a family whose daughter has cancer. The trio snuck onto the military base where Warfel's husband is stationed to throw her a surprise party and are treating her to an indulgent day at the spa. On top of that, the trio shocked her even more with a trip for two to the 2015 ACM Awards and a Polaris for her husband.
by Christal Blue
posted Oct 1 2014 8:53AM
When tours end in country music the touring headliner likes to get gifts for the tour openers to say "Thanks" for sharing the road. So, whenâ¯Dierks Bentley'sâ¯first leg of his "Riser Tour" came to a close recently, Dierks gifted drone cameras to tour matesâ¯Chris Young, Jon Pardiâ¯andâ¯Chase Rice. The iPad-controlled drones can fly over crowds and take videos and pictures during shows. Rice tweeted, "Got a badass drone for our last night of tour thanks to @DierksBentley. Thanks bro, been the best summer of my life." Bentley replied saying, "I'm confident in your flying skills @ChrisYoungMusic too. @JonPardi?!..I give his 3 days."
Kenny Rogersâ¯has announced his 33rd Christmas tour – "Christmas & Hits Through The Years with Special Guestâ¯Linda Davis," which launches in launches this November. Rogers generates a fun, family-friendly atmosphere annually with his Christmas & Hits shows, which have become a holiday tradition.
On Monday (9/29) morning,â¯Lady Antebellumâ¯popped up in Miami, Florida on their way to New York City and surprised South Miami Elementary Expressive Arts Center teacher Vivian Gonzales. The trio snuck into the music teacher's classroom and surprised her with an instrument donation for the school with the help of friends at Little Kids Rock. Lady A also invited Gonzales and her husband on an all-expense paid vacation to New York City to attend the group's album release show at Gramercy Theatre. Gonzales was nominated by her husband who describes her as a "a great wife, an amazing mom and a phenomenal music teacher" who "spends her days, nights and weekends coming up with lessons to engage every student she has in the world of music, and change their lives forever."
The Swon Brothersâ¯celebrated National Coffee Day with Eight O'Clock Coffee andâ¯Friendsâ¯at the Central Perk Coffee Shop in SoHo on Monday. The Swon Brothers performed their hit single "Later On" along with other songs from their self-titled debut album available October 14. The crowd enjoyed the new music along with free cups of Eight O'Clock Coffee in honor of National Coffee Day and the 20th Anniversary of the hit TV showâ¯Friendsâ¯debut.