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." Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Thomas Rhett, Thompson Square, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Eric Paslay, David Nail, and The Eli Young Band 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, Lady Antebellum 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, Jerrod Niemann gets a chance to pay it forward, as he hosts a benefit in Nashville for legendary songwriter 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" for George Strait, as well as many other hits for Merle Haggard, John Michael Montgomery, and the late Keith Whitley.

Trisha Yearwood, Collin Raye, John Rich, and Thomas Rhett 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, and Paul Craft. Song of the Year was "Automatic," recorded by Miranda Lambert. Songwriter of the Year was Ashley Gorley. Songwriter/Artist of the Year went to Nashville resident Jack White. The 44th annual event took place at Nashville's new Music City Center.


by Christal Blue posted Oct 9 2014 9:30AM

The sun is shining for Blake Shelton today as his latest album, 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 out Lady Antebellum's 747, which sold an equally impressive 72,000 copies in its first week.

Say Happy Birthday to Scotty McCreery 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. 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. 

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard 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 Rhett and newcomer Frankie Ballard.  

Garth Brooks 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 With Trisha Yearwood 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 Town  got quite a surprise on Friday night on stage at the Grand Ole Opry when they were invited to join by Opry member and friend Reba McEntire. The group will be formally inducted into the Opry on Friday, October 17 by Opry member 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, Carrie Underwood 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 Shelton talks about his duet with the legendary Barbra Streisand on her new duets album Partners, telling People 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), Lady Antebellum 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, when Dierks Bentley's first leg of his "Riser Tour" came to a close recently, Dierks gifted drone cameras to tour mates Chris Young, Jon Pardi and 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 Rogers has announced his 33rd Christmas tour – "Christmas & Hits Through The Years with Special Guest 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, Lady Antebellum 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 Brothers celebrated National Coffee Day with Eight O'Clock Coffee and Friends 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 show Friends debut.


by Christal Blue posted Sep 30 2014 6:42AM

Jason Aldean's single "Burnin' It Down" has officially been certified platinum by the RIAA in only 9 weeks, making it the fastest selling single of 2014. Additionally, it has been at number one on theBillboard Hot Country Singles since its release. In advance of the October 7 release of his sixth studio album Old Boots, New DirtAldean will perform the hit song on The Ellen Degeneres Showtomorrow (10/1).  

More performers have been added to the lineup for the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live on ABC on November 5. Not only are they hosting for the seventh consecutive year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will each perform during the three-hour live broadcast. Also added to the performing list are Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry. Previously announced performers include Entertainer nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. photos via itunes.com

 

 

Love and Theft are proud to team up with CMT to launch a special fan-engaging "Night That You’ll Never Forget" Sweepstakes, in conjunction with the duo’s upcoming action-packed performance at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City, New York on October 30. Having launched earlier this month and running through October 8, the sweepstakes offers one lucky winner and a guest the opportunity to sing onstage with Love and Theft, two tickets to the Gramercy Theatre performance, two roundtrip coach airfare tickets to NYC, two-night hotel accommodations, artist meet and greets and an exclusive merchandise package. Photos Via bing.com

 

 

Back in June, Chris Young injured his hand while cooking dinner and had to cancel his CMA Fest appearance as a result and of course had to stop playing guitar in his shows for a while after. Now, Young is back on the guitar, but has learned to love singing without it, he says, "The first time I picked a guitar up it just sounded like someone was killing a goose. So, it's slowly worked its way back in to where it sounds like someone playing guitar.” 

by Christal Blue posted Sep 29 2014 11:43AM
 
 

Carrie Underwood appeared on NBC’s Today show Friday morning, where she announced that on December 9, she’ll be releasing her very first hits collection, titled Greatest Hits: 


Decade #1. Carrie’s album — with a final track listing to be announced — will pull from her 18 number-one hits and also include new material, which kicks off with today's release of the first single, a song that she co-wrote called "Something in the Water."


Photo Credit: via directlyrics.com

 






















While playing his concert in Louisville, Kentucky last week, 
Eric Church announced in a roundabout way that he and his wife Katherine are expecting their second child.

Church launched into"Sinners Like Me," and sang a slight lyric change in the second portion of the song. Where he normally sings, "Give my dad a grandson," he sang instead, "Give my dad another grandson." Eric and his wife already have one son, Boone McCoy, born back in 2011 and now a rep confirms that the Church family is growing by one. No due date was mentioned. 

 
 


Lady Antebellum
 is gearing up for the release of its fifth studio album, 747, in stores tomorrow. The trio will kick-off the week with a three song performance on NBC's Today (9/30) followed by an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater that night for a Yahoo! live stream event starting at 8 PM ET. The band will also stop at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (10/1) to perform their hit single "Bartender." Photo Credit: via theboot.com

 


The Swon Brothers – Zach and Colton – are heading to New York City for a return performance on NBC's Today show on October 13. The appearance comes one day prior to the release of the duo’s self-titled Arista Nashville album, featuring their Top-15-and-climbing debut single, "Later On." The S
wons will also be in the Big Apple to play songs from their new album today (9/29) to kick-off Nashville’s New Music in New York. In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s birthday and Country Music Month, both in October, the Opry and Southwest Airlines are returning to New York City for a second annual series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. As part of the experience, the artists will travel to Manhattan with the Opry’s signature microphone stand and a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House. 

Photo Credit: via freeconcert.com
 

 

by Christal Blue posted Sep 24 2014 9:02AM

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard proposed to longtime girlfriend Hayley Stommel on Monday (9/21). Hubbard and Stommel went on a helicopter ride over Nashville Monday night and that's where Tyler popped the questions to which she quickly said "Yes." Hubbard and his new bride-to-be both posted photos of the event on their Instagram accounts. No word yet on when the pending nuptials will be. Stommel is a 26-year-old Idaho native.  The two have been dating since last December. (Photo Credit:  www.people.com )

Scotty McCreery has extended his "See You Tonight Tour" into the fall, with special guest Danielle Bradbery and will bring it to Toyota Oakdale in Wallingford, Connecticut, on Thursday, December 4, for a special 12.14 Foundation Benefit Concert. McCreery serves as a National Goodwill Ambassador for the Newtown -based foundation. In conjunction with this show and Live Nation Concerts, McCreery will also host a VIP pre-show party to benefit the foundation as well. Since the 2012 shooting tragedy which devastated the town and shocked the nation, McCreery has made multiple visits to Newtown to meet with families there.

Kip Moore is kicking off his headlining "CMT On Tour 2014: Up In Smoke" tomorrow (9/25) with a sold-out show at New York's Best Buy Theatre. Advance sell outs are stacking up including the stops in Nashville, Boston, Minneapolis and a two night stand in Chicago. Kip will hit over 20 cities through November and is bringing newcomers Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt along for the ride.

Little Big Town’s sixth-studio album Pain Killer is available for pre-order now at all digital retailers.  Pain Killer, which features current hit single "Day Drinking," is set for release on October 21. When purchased through iTunes or Amazon, buyers will receive "Day Drinking" as an instant download. The band is also releasing The "Pain Killer" Game on their website on LittleBigTown.com fans can unlock 90 seconds of each track from the new album when completing levels by killing viruses with color-coded pill capsules thrown by the members of LBT.

by Christal Blue posted Sep 22 2014 12:20PM
On Friday (9/19), during a press conference before he kicked of his Atlanta, Georgia shows, Garth Brooks confirmed that his upcoming all original album will be available on November 11. The album will be released on Pearl/RCA Nashville and will feature his current single, "People Loving People." Fans can pre-order the album at garthbrooks.com and ghosttunes.com.  In addition to the album, fans can order an additional mega bundle including all eight iconic studio albums digitally updated, the new double live 25th Anniversary Edition featuring 30 songs along with 30 videos, an instant download of the new single, "People Loving People" and the bonus track, "Send ‘Em On Down The Road."
 
Zac Brown tells Billboard this week that his Southern Ground Artists record label has three new label partnerships. The label has been independent for the last year, but Brown announced new partnerships with Universal’s John Varvatos Records, Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records. The deal will include all of the artists signed to Southern Ground Artists, as well as future Zac Brown Band albums.

Kenny Rogers talks about him and Dolly Parton's first CMA nomination since the 1980's for Musical Event of the Year for their duet, "You Can’t Make Old Friends." He says, "Whether we win or not, it was an event for me being back together with my good friend. I have great respect for everyone in this category, and there’s no way you can lose being in that group." Other nominees in the category include Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield", Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s "Meanwhile Back at Mama’s," "Somethin’ Bad" from Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood and Lambert and Keith Urban on "We Were Us."  The 48th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 5 at 8 PM ET on ABC. (Photo Credit:  www.theboot.com )

Aaron Lewis is safe after a private charter jet he was a passenger on was disabled, causing a flight cancellation. After filming a segment for his TV show On The Road for the Sportsman’s Channel, an error caused the Cessna to veer off the taxiway and become stuck in mud, prohibiting the safe continuation of the flight. Lewis said, "I'm so glad that we are safe; however, I am really sorry that the fans in Tulsa were disappointed and let down with me not making tonight’s show. I promise I’ll be back to Tulsa soon."
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