by Denny & Christal posted Feb 27 2015 7:48AM
Country Thunder - Twin Lakes, Wisconsin - Day 1

As we reported yesterday,Dierks Bentleyand his band came out as the 1990's bandHot Country Knights on Wednesday night and was joined by several friends on stage and one in particular named Shelby Shelton (Miranda Lambert) coveredShania Twain's "Who's Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" and the video is all over the web. Well, last night Twain herself saw it and loved it. She tweeted, Love this! Miranda & Dierks covering #WhoseBedHaveYourBootsBeenUnder! #HotCountryKnights. You can see the videohere. Other performances of note includedRandy Houser, a.k.a. "Dallas Houston," who channeledBlake Sheltoncirca the late '90s andLady Antebellum's Charles Kelleywho donned a new wig as "Ronnie Buns" and sangBrooks & Dunn's"My Maria." 

 

 

The Grand Ole Opry House, home of the Opry since the venue opened in 1974, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Regarded as the home of country music, the world-famous venue was recognized because of its impact on popular culture and the entertainment industry. 

 

 

It seems that Luke Bryan has a little competition from one of his fellow artists, but it's not about getting his songs played on the radio. During a recent episode of Slacker.com's "I Am the DJ" series, Luke admits that his son's favorite song isn't his. Bryan said, "My son's favorite song is 'Pirate Flag' by Kenny Chesney. He always wants Caroline and I to play that when we get in the car. So there you go, Kenny. You've trumped dad because my son likes 'Pirate Flag' better than me." Both Luke and Kenny will hit the road this summer on their massive tours that include several stadium dates. 

by Denny & Christal posted Feb 23 2015 9:36AM

Garth Brookshas broken his ticket sales record in Sacramento, California. The Garth Brooks World Tour withTrisha Yearwoodhas sold more than 84,000 tickets for his upcoming Sacramento shows, breaking his previous record of 78,620 tickets sold back in August of 1997. Garth and Trisha will hit the Golden State's capital city for two concerts on March 27 and 28 at Sleep Train Arena. The concerts are just the latest dates added to Garth's comeback world tour which has been setting ticket sales records across the country. Brooks' world tour is in support of his latest album,Man Against Machine, which is his first new studio album in 13 years.  

 

Willie Nelsonis one of the most iconic musicians ever to grace the stage, but the singer has also had a very prolific acting career. Some of his most notable films includeThe Electric Horseman, Honeysuckle Rose,BarbarosaandStagecoach, and the singer has another one on the way. According toRolling Stone Country, Nelson is set to star in a new fantasy adventure film titledWaiting for the Miracle to Come. The film centers on a young girl, played bySophie Lowe, who finds a letter from her late father that guides her to a goldmine in a sparsely populated area of the California desert. When she gets there, the girl meets two retired vaudeville performers, played by Nelson and British actressCharlotte Rampling, who teach her that there are things in life far more precious that gold.  Production for the film will start in March, but there is no word yet on when the film is set to be released. 

 

Jason Aldeanfaced a lot of scrutiny after he was caught kissing his now fiancéeBrittany Kerrin 2012 while he was still married to his first wifeJessica Ussery. But Jason is ready to put all of his focus on the good things in his life; not the bad.  (0) Comments

by Denny & Christal posted Feb 20 2015 12:45PM

Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, have exciting news! The couple welcomed their second son, Tennessee Hawkins Church, on Sunday, February 15. Tennessee came into the world weighing 6 lbs. and 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. The new bundle of joy joins older brother Boone McCoy, who is three-years-old. The couple says they plan on calling him Hawk for short. Church says in a statement, "I'm thrilled that Hawk and his mom are doing well. We aren't sleeping very much, but we are enjoying every part of this incredible journey.  I'm very blessed and thankful." 

It's been a while now since Taylor Swift said goodbye to country music and she's setting the pop world on fire as her 1989 album recently set a record for being on top of the album charts longer than any other album. Even though it seems like she's gone forever, Dustin Lynch has a theory about what will happen to Taylor in her musical future: (Audio Clip) 

As we reported earlier, a musician by the name Blaze recently wrote and recorded a song about how cool it would be to jam with Brad Paisley. The music video of the song eventually went viral on YouTube and made its way all the way to Paisley, who took to Twitter last month to say that he would indeed jam with the young musician. Now it seems that the musicians have worked out the details of their impending jam session. According to the Springfield News-Leader, Blaze received word on Monday that Brad has invited him to come jam with him onstage on March 5 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The two will team up during a sound check of Paisley's new song, "Crushin' It" before Paisley takes the stage for a show at the Colorado Springs World Arena that night. Blaze tells the publication, "I don't normally get stage fright but I guess there is a first time for everything.  

Chris Young has announced the date and location for his 14th Annual Fan Club Party. The annual party will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on June 10 at 9:30 AM local time. Current and new fan club members will be exclusively treated to a live performance by Young, followed by a meet & greet with photo opportunity and a guided Opry backstage tour. The tickets for party are $50 and will go on sale Monday, February 23 at ChrisYoungCountry.com. The fan club party takes place during the week of this year's CMA Music Fest, which runs June 11-14 in downtown Nashville.

by Denny & Christal posted Feb 18 2015 8:14AM

Jason Aldean has announced that his 10th Annual "Concert For The Cure" will be held at his Coral Sky Amphitheatre tour stop in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 24. Aldean will donate a portion of ticket sales made throughout the year on his "2015 Burn It Down Tour" to Susan G. Komen South Florida to support the West Palm Beach Area. This year, Aldean will also honor two brave cancer survivors at each of his shows nominated through fan submissions. Those chosen will win VIP access and the opportunity to meet Jason.  Additionally, Google Play is now offering Jason's album OldBoots, New Dirtas the "Free Album of the Week" from February 17 – 24. As part of the promotion, Jason will donate $1 for every complete album downloaded on Google Play to this year's "Concert For The Cure." 

 

Trisha Yearwood has sold millions of records as a country star and has become a New York Times Bestselling cookbook author and host on a Food Network show, but now the singer is expanding her reach even further. Yearwood has announced a partnership with Klaussner Home Furnishings to introduce the singer's first home collection. "The Trisha Yearwood Home Collection" will make its debut in April at the International Home Furnishings show in High Point, North Carolina. The collection will include pieces for the whole home. Trisha is currently on the road with her husband Garth Brooks on his huge world tour and is also set to release her third cookbook, Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites For A Balanced Life on March 31. 

 

 

Kristian Bush will be the featured musical guest on TBS' Conan tonight (2/18), where he'll perform his current Top 20 single "Trailer Hitch." The song is the lead single from his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, which will be released on April 7. The new album marks Kristian's first studio release since he and Jennifer Nettles took a hiatus from Sugarland to record solo projects. The episode of Conan featuring Bush will air tonight at 11 PM ET on TBS. Bush is also set to kick off his "Put Your Soul In It Tour" next week, beginning with appearances in Nashville at  The Bluebird Cafe on February 26 and the Grand Ole Opry on March 6. He will then overseas for select tour stops in Australia. 

 

Lady Antebellum is packing and getting ready to head overseas for the unofficial kickoff of their "Wheels Up Tour" which launches February 28 in Oslo, Norway, followed by shows in Sweden, Ireland, Scotland and London, before heading Down Under to Australia March 13. The European leg will feature openers Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert  (0) Comments

by Denny & Christal posted Feb 16 2015 8:58AM

Garth Brooks'oldest daughter,Taylor, is asking for help in locating her pickup truck that was stolen on her dad's birthday (Feb. 7). Taylor recently posted a picture of the truck onFacebookand a message that said, "My grandfather's truck that was passed down to me, was stolen on Saturday (February 7th)."  She went on to describe the truck as a black 2003 GMC Sierra 1500 extended cab truck with a "tan-ish" bottomShe went on to write, "It has my Grandpa Raymond's Marine sticker in the upper left side of the back window; & an OSU (Oklahoma State) sticker on the right side." Taylor says the truck was last seen in North Tulsa, Oklahoma around 11th Street and Memorial Drive. She also stated that the Owasso/Tulsa police have already been notified about the stolen truck.  

 

Toby Keith's latest single "Drunk Americans" is all about how alcohol can help people overcome social barriers, and there's no better way to break down barriers than with some good times and a few pick-up lines. And that's just what Toby aims to do this summer on his new "Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour." The tour will kick off in Mountain View, California on May 29 and will continue through the end of September. The "Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour" already has close to 30 dates on the books, to include an August show at Jiffy Lube Live, and a visit to Virginia Beach in September. 

 
 
With more than 100 albums to his name and sixty years in the music industry,Willie Nelsonhas become one of the most iconic artists to ever grace the stage. But Willie's influence has gone far beyond the realm of music, as he's also become a renowned author, poet, actor, and activist. Now, Nelson will share every facet of his incredible story in his new memoirIt's A Long Story: My Life, coming to bookshelves on May 5. Written with award-winning authorDavid Ritz, the memoir gives a detailed history behind the man known as the Red Headed Stranger and includes Willie's never-before-told stories behind the making of his most successful records. Nelson also shares memorable portraits of his close friends and collaboratorsRay Charles, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, andWaylon Jenningsand tells road stories of his travels with the country supergroupTheHighwaymen. In the book, Willie also delves into his history with alcohol and tobacco abuse, which lead to his five-decade-long use of marijuana and his advocacy for its benefits. 

--Lady Antebellum have teamed with Coca-Cola Freestyle for a contest that gives the grand prize winner a trip for two to see the band on their "Wheels Up 2015 Tour." 

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by Denny & Christal posted Feb 9 2015 9:03AM

Best Country Album - Platinum, Miranda Lambert 

Best Country Song - "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond 

Best Country Solo Performance - "Something In The Water," Carrie Underwood 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance - "Gentle On My Mind," The Band Perry 

 
 

Brad Paisley is currently playing shows on the 2015 leg of his "Country Nation World Tour," but after the tour wraps up in March, it won't be long before Brad returns to the road again. Paisley has just announced the dates for his "Crushin' It World Tour," which kicks off in Philadelphia on May 15 and runs through October. The trek will make stops in U.S and Canada during the summer months and will feature special guests Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton. Tour stops include a date Jiffy Lube Live, and a stop in Virginia Beach. 

 

Love it or hate it, the term "bro-country" may be here to stay.Cambridge Dictionaries Onlinehas recognized the word bro-country as a possible addition to the dictionary. The word appears as one of the "New Word" additions in Cambridge's About Wordsonline blog. The blog defines bro-country as, "a sub-genre of country music sung by young white men, featuring songs with macho themes such as trucks, drinking, and partying." The blog allows people to post comments and vote on the new words to see if they have any validity as a new dictionary entry.  

 

A new musical comedy inspired by the classic variety TV series Hee Haw is getting the Broadway treatment. Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical will make its world premiere on September 2 at the Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas, where it will run through mid-October. The musical will also feature a score written by Brandy Clark and famed Nashville songwriter Shane McAnally. The musical returns to a present day Kornfield&nbs

by Denny & Christal posted Feb 4 2015 12:01PM

Garth Brooks has set a personal record for tickets sales in Pittsburgh. Garth's upcoming six shows at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh have already sold more than 100,100 tickets, surpassing the 100,024 tickets he sold at his Steel City shows back in 1997. Brooks' Pittsburgh concert series kicks off tomorrow (Feb. 5), with two shows set for both Friday and Saturday and one on Sunday. The tickets for the upcoming six shows are still selling and can be purchased at 1-866-448-7849. The concerts are part of Garth's huge world tour with Trisha Yearwood, which is in support of his first new studio album in 13 years, Man Against Machine. 

 

 

--Clint Black celebrates his 53rd birthday today. 

--Chase Bryant, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Mickey Guyton, Mo Pitney, Oak Ridge Boys and RaeLynn will perform during the Grand Ole Opry at CRS on February 25 in the Nashville Convention Center. 

 

 

TIM MCGRAW is featured in "GQ's" "Unsung Style Heroes of the 2015 Grammys."  Some of the highlights include:  Everything fits him perfectly, he can totally pull off the tuxedo / cowboy hat combo, and he effortlessly rocks the dressy denim look.  (Tim's two nominations are from his duet with FAITH HILL on "Meanwhile Back at Mama's".  It's up for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group.  The Grammys air Sunday on CBS.) 

 

KIX BROOKS had to turn down the role of Terry George on the show "Nashville" because it conflicted with several concert bookings.  The part ended up going to MYKELTI WILLIAMSON, whom you probably know as Bubba from "Forrest Gump".

by Denny & Christal posted Feb 2 2015 9:52AM

The nominees for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards were announced on Friday morning via an online digital press conference. Miranda Lambert leads the pack with 8 nominations, including a coveted Entertainer of the Year nod. Dierks Bentley follows Miranda with 7 nominations and Florida Georgia Line comes in close behind with 5 nods. Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, and Eric Church alsoeach receive 4 nominations. Country legend Glen Campbell also returned to the ACM nominee list this year, picking up a nod for Video of the Year for his song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You."  Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return this year's ceremony that will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. 

 

Eric Church had quite a challenge this past Saturday (1/31) at his show in Salt Lake City as most of his band and crew were sick with a stomach virus. Church decided that instead of pulling the plug at last minute on the show he would give the crowd something special and promised them more to come. He said on the basic stripped down stage, "Here’s the deal: Yesterday we had the stomach flu strike our band, our crew, everyone. We had no one to hang video, lights, nothing. But I’m still here. I’m still standing. There’s nobody left. It’s just me. I’m going to give you everything I got." He then announced he’d be back Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, with a full band, 

 

Miranda Lambert leads the pack of nominees for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, earning an impressive 8 nominations. Miranda is nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy, as well as Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Platinum and Single Record of the Year for "Automatic." Miranda also secured a double nomination for Song of the Year as songwriter and performer of "Automatic," as well as nods for Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year, both for her hit duet, "Somethin' Bad," with Carrie Underwood. Lambert is the only artist to have won Female Vocalist of the Year award five consecutive times. She has also taken home the Album of the Year trophy three times. 

 

Earlier this month when Dierks Bentley announced his "2015 Sounds Of Summer Tour," he surprised tour mates by bringing them to Percy Priest Lake in Nashville to take part in Bentley's annual Polar Plunge. But Kip Moore didn't take too kindly to being forced to jump in the lake's icy waters and he began to plot his revenge. Kip knew he had to hit Dierks where it hurt, so he went after his beloved Chevy Truck, "Big White." In a video posted on YouTube, Moore documents the prank.  Team Kip went to work on "Big White" using markers to write all over the truck, then filled the cab with Styrofoam peanuts (0) Comments

by Denny & Christal posted Jan 30 2015 10:06AM
Tim McGraw will step in to perform for Glen Campbell at the 87th Academy Awards next month. McGraw will perform Campbell's song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which is nominated in the Best Original Song category at the show. Campbell's family said in a statement, "We are thrilled that Tim McGraw will be singing 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' on Glen's behalf at the Academy Awards." Campbell co-wrote the song for the documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me, which centers on the singer's struggle with Alzheimer's disease as he embarked on his farewell tour. The 87th Academy Awards will take place on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will air at 8:30 PM ET on ABC. This year's ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris

The nominees for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced this morning at 8:30 AM ET via digital press conference. There will be appearances by special VIP guests who will announce the categories via social media posts. The fourth annual ACM digital press conference can be viewed on the ACM's Facebook and Instagram pages as well as its Twitter feed. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host this year's ceremony that will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in North Texas on April 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. 


Sam Hunt will headline The 6th Annual CountryMusicIsLove benefit Concert in Nashville on February 23. The concert, which raises money for the The Children's Heart Foundation, will take place at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Children's Heart Foundation, the nation's leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. The event has raised thousands of dollars for charities in previous years and has featured performances by top acts such as Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Thompson Square and Craig Campbell.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has extended the Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country exhibit through June 21. The exhibit, which was originally scheduled to close in March, highlights the first 25 years Jackson's career and includes his awards, instruments, costumes and personal mementos. To celebrate the extension, the museum will put Jackson's '55 Ford Thunderbird back on display from February 8 to 16. The T-Bird is very special to Jackson and even served as inspiration for his 2002 song "First Love." Alan drove the car throughout high school and his wife, Denise Jackson, even agreed to a first date with her future husband because "he owned the coolest car in town."



 
by Denny & Christal posted Jan 28 2015 9:15AM

It seems Blake Shelton is licking his acting chops. Following his debut as host of NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Blake is now set to star in the upcoming Adam Sandler film Ridiculous 6, according to The Wrap. Ridiculous 6 is a Western spoof that will be Sandler's first of four films announced in his huge deal with streaming service Netflix. Joining Shelton in the all-star cast will be Sandler,Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Vanilla Ice, Whitney Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, and many more. Blake is set to play legendary lawman Wyatt Earp while Vanilla Ice will playMark Twain. Production for the film will reportedly start in February.  

 

Chicago is known for its famous deep dish pizza and hot dogs, but The Windy City will soon be getting a down-home dose of country music. Live Nation Entertainment revealed plans yesterday to launch Chicago's first major country music festival dubbed the Windy City LakeShake. The three-day festival will take place on the city's scenic Northerly Island located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The festival will run from June 19 through 21 and will feature headlining acts Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley. Set against the iconic backdrop of Chicago's city skyline, the festival will also feature performances by Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Maddie and Tae, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, and Thomas Rhett among others. There will also be more acts revealed in the coming weeks.  

 

They say letting your baby listen to classical music when you're pregnant will turn them in to a classical fan later in life, but is the same true for country music?  (0) Comments

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