by Christal Blue posted Nov 24 2014 12:00AM

Last night's 2014 American Music Award winners in country music are: Favorite Male Artist – Country – Luke Bryan, Favorite Female Artist – Country – Carrie Underwood, Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Country – Florida Georgia Line, Favorite Album – Country - Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am 

 

Faith Hill will star in a new indie crime drama film titled Dixieland, according to Deadline.com. Hill will reportedly portray the mother of a young man who recently is released from prison and falls for the "troubled girl next door." The "girl next door" will be played by Magic Mike actress Riley Keough, who also just happens to be the granddaughter of the one and only Elvis Presley.  This will be Faith's second role in a film following her big screen debut in 2004′s Stepford Wives, in which she starred beside Keith Urban's wife Nicole Kidman. It's still unclear if this means Hill is pursuing an expanded film career, taking a page from her hubby Tim McGraw, who has starred in films such as Friday Night Lights, The Blind Side, Country Strong as well as the forthcoming George Clooney picture Tomorrowland.

Country legend Ronnie Milsap is set to embark on his aptly named farewell tour "Legend In My Time." The 71-year old singer will kick off his three-year trek when he performs an intimate show at the Country Music Hall of Fame on November 29. Milsap, who is one of this year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, says the time is right to hit the road on what will be his final tour. The tour is still in the process of being booked.

Fans of country music will be able to celebrate the biggest college football weekend of the year with the first-ever televised special CMT Ultimate Kickoff  Party Live From The College Football Playoff National Championship. The special will premiere live on CMT Friday, January 9 at 9 PM ET and will feature performances by Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge. The live 90-minute special will be broadcast from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas and more artists will soon be announced. The concert special marks a first-time partnership with CMT and College Football Playoffs and is the kickoff entertainment event at the national championship playoff weekend. 

by Christal Blue posted Nov 21 2014 12:00AM

Ty Herndon has been holding back a secret from his fans for years, but the 90's hit maker recently sat down with ET for exclusive interview to lay everything out on the table and declare that he's gay. The revelation that he's gay brings new meaning to the title on his 2013 album Lies I Told Myself. When asked what the biggest lie he ever told himself was, Ty responded, "That I couldn't be gay in country music." Herndon says he's proud of his sexuality and he's even revealed that he has someone special in his life. Ty shared, "I have an awesome relationship that I've been in for a good number of years."

Miranda Lambert has raised nearly $66,000 for her MuttNation Foundation through an online auction. The centerpiece of the auction was a customized Ram Laramie Longhorn truck which sold for $54,901. The rest of the money raised came from signed copies of Miranda's Platinum CD, signed guitars and tickets to one of her concerts in 2015, including a pre-show cocktail with her.  The auction was part of Lambert's growing relationship Ram Trucks that will continue in 2015.

A few years back, Brantley Gilbert decided that he needed to make a change in his life and give up drinking for good. The singer recently told Billboard that he had made the decision to give up alcohol after the release of his debut album Modern Day Prodigal Son in 2009, with him becoming fully committed to being sober two years later. In December of 2011, Gilbert checked into the hospital and began the long road to sobriety. But Brantley didn't have to wander the road alone. While he was in the hospital, Keith Urban paid him a visit and gave him some encouragement to help him through the hard time. Brantley told Billboard, "I was worried I wouldn't be able to do my job because I had always had a little bit of a buzz on. Keith told me I was going to be alright."

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan has become one of the biggest names in country, so it might come as a surprise to some to find out what he'd be doing if he didn't choose music. Bryan tells CMT, "I would either be working at my dad's fertilizer/peanut company, or I would probably be in some kind of real estate stuff with my brother-in-law. Probably, I would have been driving a tractor hauling peanuts, breathing a lot of peanut dust, so I'm glad I'm singing." It's safe to say that the world is thankful Bryan chose the microphone over the tractor, and Luke is equally as thankful that his wife, Caroline, chose to be by his side every step of the way.

by Christal Blue posted Nov 20 2014 8:18AM
56th GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

Hunter Hayes has cancelled his show in St. Louis tonight over concerns that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in the area. Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency on Monday in preparation for an impending grand jury decision over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. Hayes assures his St. Louis fans that he'll be back in 2015. Hunter took to Twitter to say, "I am so beyond bummed that our show had to be canceled."

Lorrie Morgan will hit the road on an 11-show Christmas tour. The tour will launch on December 3rd in Niagara Falls, New York and will wrap up in Nashville on December 22. The "Lorrie Morgan Enchanted Christmas Show" will feature Lorrie singing her hits along with holiday classics. Morgan shares, "To be able to bring the wonderful music of Christmas to audiences around the country is a dream come true. This is my favorite time of year. I get to think about my children growing up and reminisce my life with my family. I wish all year could be Christmas time!" 

Blake Shelton is just the latest singer to weigh in on certain artists pulling their music from Spotify. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Shelton came to Taylor Swift's defense and said, "I can see why she did that. I don't disagree with her and I know a lot of artists have followed suit." Shelton also said that the revenues that are lost from streaming sites such as Spotify affect more than just the artists who sing the songs. Blake said, "When you look at the numbers, it's easy to say 'That's Taylor Swift — why is she so worried about money?' But when you talk about other writers and songwriters on the album who aren't Taylor Swift, it hits them pretty hard. I don't disagree with her at all."

The Band Perry made a guest appearance on last night's episode of ABC's Nashville. The sibling trio played themselves as they presented the award for "Single of the Year" at the fictional CMA Awards. The trio took the mock CMA Stage with their hit "Done" playing in the background to announce Luke Wheeler and Rayna James as nominees in the category.



by Christal Blue posted Nov 19 2014 12:00AM


The list of performers at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards has grown with the addition of Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Brett Eldredge to the night's lineup. These artists will join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert at the award show that will take place at Nashville's Music City Center on Monday, December 15. The American Country Countdown Awards will be broadcast live at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. FGL will host the ceremony, based on "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," and will honor country biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay.



Kenny Chesney is speaking out about the songs in country music that objectify women. Chesney says, "Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she's in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate -- they objectify the hell out of them." While he admits that he's probably written songs like that, Kenny says he's has a new message that he wants listeners to take away from his songs. One song is "Wild Child," from The Big Revival. Kenny says he wrote the tune about a strong-willed woman who is more independent than what is represented in some of the music today, and it's a duet with Grace Potter, whom Chesney teamed up with on his 2011 song "You and Tequila."



Garth Brooks has always been a very vocal critic about the state of digital music, and now he's applauding big-name artists such as Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift for deciding to pull their music from digital services such as Spotify. Brooks recently told Access Hollywood, "When music starts standing up for itself, it's going to get a lot better." Garth just feels that the artists who put the music out there should getting better compensation for what they are creating. But it isn't just Spotify and iTunes that Garth is taking aim at. He exclaims, "And I'm telling you, the devil – nice people, but YouTube. They claim they pay…people are getting millions and millions and millions of views and they don't get squat. Trust me."

Things heat up pretty fast in the sexy video for Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down." From the opening bathtub scene to the couple making their way to the bedroom, Aldean's steamy video leaves no questions about the song's meaning. Jason tells CMT that the video's director actually wanted him to shoot the sexy scenes in the video, but he had to decline because he didn't think it would've gone over too well with his fiancée Brittany Kerr. Aldean says that even when he was pressed by the director to do some of the sexier scenes, he had to say no. Jason says, "I was like, 'Nah, man. I'd be single — again.'"


by Denny & Christal posted Nov 18 2014 12:00AM

Rascal Flatts is heading to Las Vegas! The trio has announced that they'll be heading to Sin City in February for a residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The group will perform nine shows at the venue that will kick off February 25 and run through March 14.  Tickets for the show start at $39.50 and will go on sale this Friday (November 21).



The weather might be frightful this holiday season, but not if Kenny Chesney has anything to do with it. That's because Chesney's brand-new holiday single "Christmas In Blue Chair Bay" arrives at country radio this week. The song, which is described as "wholly acoustic" and "slightly Calypso," is Kenny's first seasonal song to be released since his album All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan came out more than a decade ago. He shares, "I was in the mood, especially with the time I've been spending in Barbados with my rum, to try and distill how slow and sweet the holidays in the islands are." The rum Kenny is referring to is his Blue Chair Bay Rum, which is made in authentic beachside distilleries on the island nation of Barbados.

In July, Justin Moore and his wife Kate welcomed their third daughter Rebecca Klein, who joined older sisters Ella Kole, 4, and Kennedy Faye, nearly 3. And Justin admits that the newest arrival is actually pretty vocal, which has caused the singer to lose some sleep. Moore tells Taste of Country, "She's pretty noisy." With all of his young ones under the age of five, Justin says TV time around the house usually consists of children's programming, which can sometimes drive him up the wall. Justin jokes, "Caillou … I'd like to kick him right in the throat."

Chris Young wrapped up a an impressive run in New York City last week with a sold-out headlining show at the Best Buy Theater on Friday. The trip marked Chris' first stop in the city in nearly two years. Young's trip to The Big Apple also included his debut appearance on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman, where he performed his latest hit "Lonely Eyes" from his fourth album, A.M. The singer then made an unannounced appearance at the MLB Fan Cave in Manhattan, surprising several hundred fans with a pop-up show inside the venue. After his trip, Young took to Twitter to share a message that pretty much summed up his visit to NYC. Chris tweeted, "If I haven't made it clear...I love New York. #thatisall."

by Christal Blue posted Nov 17 2014 12:44PM

Brantley Gilbert revealed that he was engaged last month, but just who the singer's new fiancée was remained a mystery –until now! Gilbert recently spilled to People that his wife-to-be is Amber Cochran, a schoolteacher from his hometown he has known for several years. Brantley tells People, "Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs from 'More Than Miles' to 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do' for the last 10 years. I'm a blessed man to have her back in my life and can't wait to make her my wife." There is no word yet on when the couple plans on getting hitched.

Miranda Lambert has a well-known love for dogs which is evident from the small pack of pooches that now live with her and her husband Blake Shelton at their house. Miranda admits that when she's at home there are at least four dogs in the house most of the time --which is enough to drive anyone mad. She says, "I built them their own house, It's one of those pre-fab buildings from Lowe's and we had heat and air put in it, little doggie beds and built them a fence. So they have their own place. I'll let them know when they need to have dog time and off they go."

In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Kenny Chesney revealed that he took a trip to Italy earlier this year with his current girlfriend. While Chesney didn't reveal his girlfriend's name or where they traveled to, he did say that the two "hung out and drank a little too much red wine." Kenny doesn't divulge details about his personal life often, so his latest revelation came as a shock to some. But even though the star values his privacy, maintaining that secrecy is becoming increasingly harder to do with the modern celebrity culture. Kenny says, "That's why God made boats."

DIERKS BENTLEY brought a couple of girls on stage to join him for his performance of "Drunk On A Plane" last Thursday in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, one was either sick or drunk, because she projectile vomited in front of the whole crowd. Dierks Tweeted about it on Friday, writing, "Last night in Hershey, Pennsylvania was a first:  Projectile vomit on #'DrunkOnAPlane'.  Now known as #PukeOnAPlane.  Good video but reluctant to tweet." He must've thought he was being insensitive, because a few hours later he Tweeted, "Feel bad for the girl last night.  I would love to meet her.  Not sure how to make that happen.  Tell her I hope she's okay if you know her." ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I320TQEA364 )

by Denny & Christal posted Nov 11 2014 12:48PM

Sam Hunt has announced his first headlining tour, the "Lipstick Graffiti Tour," launching January 29 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The tour will run through mid-April making stops across the country from Anaheim, Dallas and Denver to Chicago, Boston, New York and more. He'll be playing at The Fillmore, Silver Spring on Valentine's Day.

Josh Turner's first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood, is now available at all 633 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations. The fan-favorite book features a variety of stories and anecdotes from Turner's life, often revealing a lesson or piece of advice that the singer/songwriter learned. Focusing on his Christian faith, each of the chapters begins with a scripture verse that relates to the stories being told. As a husband, son, brother, friend, and father of four boys, Turner has had a multitude of experiences which he shares with the readers. 

Scotty McCreery is a strong supporter of the men and women serving in the U.S. Military, paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice with his song "The Dash" on his current album, See You Tonight. McCreery performs this fan-favorite song every night in concert, accompanied by a poignant video created by Josh Carter that highlights the life of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter. In honor of Veterans Day, McCreery has posted the video at his official Facebook page and YouTube site so that his fans can take a moment to remember the men and women who serve. 

CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge, Tennessee Titan Delanie Walker, and representatives of the U.S. Marines were on hand during the taping of CMA Country Christmas on Friday, November 7 to collect toys for children in need. Audience members and Nashville residents alike brought enough new, unwrapped toys to fill 50 Toys for Tots bins, bringing to life the #ShareTheJoy movement.



by Denny & Christal posted Oct 29 2014 5:09AM

Luke Bryan may sing about trucks and girls and drinking beer on a few of his songs, but don't you dare call his music "bro country."  Luke tells ABC News he finds that term aggravating and derogatory of the country music genre as a whole.  He says, "I mean, listen to the whole album and don't judge me on one song."  Luke's fans now have five hit singles to judge him on from his latest album, Crash My Party. 

Glen Campbell's Musical Legacy and Alzheimer's Disease Chronicled 

Glen Campbell's Goodbye Tour is captured in the new documentary film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, opening in select theaters Friday. The movie chronicles Glen's diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 2011 and the 151 shows he played until the disease made it impossible for him to go on performing last year.  Scenes from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS and his acting role in the western True Grit are included in the movie along with vintage performances of his signature hits.  The film also shines a light on Glen's role as a session guitarist on classic songs from The Beach BoysElvis PresleyFrank Sinatra and many more.

Trisha Yearwood is the latest country star to make a cameo appearance on the ABC TV drama Nashville. The show will host its own fictional version of the CMA Awards, and Yearwood will appear. Trisha told Rolling Stone Country that while she and Garth don't watch much TV, she approved of the popular show, "I especially love to watch it for the city. They’re at the Bluebird, or I know that drummer, you see people that you know. Then you get sucked into the story and you’re waiting to see what happens."

James Otto is back with new music, a new sound and even a new team around him. The country crooner, known for his smash hit "Just Got Started Lovin’ You" and for co-writing the ACM and CMA Song of the Year, "In Color," is returning with new music. After taking a step back from the spotlight to focus on his family and hone his songwriting, Otto returned to the studio to record music that he feels reveals a renewed promise he made to himself long ago: to create his own distinctive sound in country music.

by Christal Blue posted Oct 29 2014 12:00AM

Hunter Hayes is kicking off the week leading up to "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" next week with a free nighttime concert in downtown Nashville on Monday, November 3 as part of Hayes’ involvement with the USO’s "Every Moment Counts" campaign. The street party commemorates one of many "moments" in honor of Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family, who will be in attendance at the show along with servicemen and women currently stationed at nearby Fort Campbell. SFC Arnold has been deployed six times, including multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is being recognized by the USO for his service, sacrifice and strength during the “moments” Arnold missed with his wife and two young daughters during his deployments.

The ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows will kick off with two dates headlined by Tyler Farr in January 2015. More clubs and artists will be announced in the coming months with dates through Spring of 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 31st for the first two shows headlined by Farr, taking place in January at The Rave in Milwaukee and at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. The money raised goes to fund organizations that work to improve lives through the power of music.

When Jerrod Niemann became a Back Seat Buckers Celebrity Stock Contractor in January, he aptly named the bull he selected "High Noon" after his third major album, which was released in March of this year. High Noon the bull has now lived up to the success of his namesake, winning the 2014 Back Seat Buckers grand prize and $100,000 in prize money at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. As Niemann announced earlier this year, he will be donating all the bull’s earnings to his nonprofit, Free the Music USA (FTMUSA), an organization dedicated to supporting music education and collecting used instruments for children and teens in need, named for his 2012 album, Free The Music

 

Sara Evans makes a cameo on ABC's Nashville Wednesday night singing her latest single, "Put My Heart Down," as a duet with the show's resident male superstar, Luke Wheeler. In addition to singing onstage, Sara plays herself in a backstage scene, which she admits was a surreal experience. Look for Sara on ABC's Nashville tonight at 10.


by Christal Blue posted Oct 28 2014 6:20AM
Here's the deal:  Denny and Christal each picked "winners" for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on November 5th.  Whoever gets the most right gets to hit the loser in the face with a pie!!!  In the event of a TIE Candice the Tshirt Cannon babe will get to hit them BOTH in the face with pies!  We'll do this LIVE and on YouTube so you can all be a part of the fun.  

Denny's choices are highlighted in BLUE, Christal's in PINK!  Print the list and play along as you watch the 48th Annual CMA Awards on November 5th at 8pm on ABC.

GET THE LIST HERE

 
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