Posts from June 2014
by Christal Blue posted Jun 30 2014 9:39AM
There's a man in Minnesota that was actually struck by lightning Friday, but still insisted on attending the Randy Houser concert at a Festival on Saturday. Newspapers reported that he said he had special passes to see Randy, and he wasn't going to settle for missing the show. The 19-year-old was camping Friday when winds knocked a tent into his grill, tipping it over. He stepped on a hot plate and fell. He grabbed the metal framing under his camper. That's when the lightning knocked him down, inducing seizures, although he regained consciousness quickly. Doctors told him to take it easy, but he said he wasn't missing the show. Randy is actually looking for the fan and tweeted last night, quote: "Anybody know who this dude is?"

Last week, Lee Brice spent time with "ACM Lifting Lives" campers during a recording session at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios with producer, Ross Copperman. Brice said, "I got to hang out with some of the brightest, most talented musicians this week. Everyone in the group came equipped with big hearts, creativity and such a love of music which is exactly what it takes to be able to do this in Nashville." Lee will release his album I Don't Dance on September 9.

Chris Young had to undergo a few surgeries on his left hand after severing tendons in a kitchen knife accident earlier this month. Though some reports made it sound like he was cooking a big late-night dinner at the time of the accident, Chris tells The Topeka Capital-Journal, "I was cutting a piece of fruit. It wasn’t like I was cooking anything.”  Chris is now undergoing physical therapy to regain the use of his left hand, and he hopes to be playing guitar again in about six weeks. In the meantime, Chris is performing just fine without his instrument.

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley shares some revealing facts about himself in a new interview with a Wisconsin newspaper. When asked which drink best describes him, Brian says, "Jack and Coke." His favorite junk food is chocolate chip cookies, and Brian always goes for Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" when it's time to hit the karaoke stage.  When it comes to gas station stops on the road, Brian can't help but pick up candy, a drink and some sunflower seeds. (Photo Credit:  www.tasteofcountry.com )

by Christal Blue posted Jun 27 2014 9:10AM
Newcomer Sam Hunt’s debut single, "Leave the Night On," has made it into the history books becoming the highest debut – at No. 36 – for a new artist in Country Aircheck. The song is the first release from his forthcoming as-yet-untitled album. The song was released on iTunes and sold more than 22,000 digital downloads during its first week.  Sam will hit the road with Kip Moore on "CMT On Tour" September 25 in New York, New York. In the meantime, he’s playing fairs, festivals and on select days opening for Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes.

Not much time passes that Carrie Underwood isn't asked about she and her husband Mike Fisherhaving babies or that a tabloid just comes right out and says she's pregnant, which she isn't. This time is was Access Hollywood that popped the questions to Carrie and Mike. She replied, "I don’t know. I’m working on new album stuff and I feel like we’ll just, we’ll know when it’s that time in our lives."

It's well known that Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean have been buddies for years and now the two both hold the distinction of having reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with four straight radio singles that hit the 2 million sales mark. Jason's four songs are "She’s Country," "Big Green Tractor," "Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Kelly Clarkson)" and “Dirt Road Anthem." Luke's four songs to hit the mark are "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," "Crash My Party," "Drink a Beer" and "Play it Again."

Tim McGraw's music video for his chart climbing single "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill) debuted yesterday exclusively on Good Morning America at the same time Entertainment Tonight will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video. The personal video features McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, and exposes the juxtaposition of their public and private lives. Highlighted with clips from their show-stopping performance at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the video integrates footage of McGraw and Hill in a relaxed setting on their family farm just outside of Nashville. Tim continues his "Sundown Heaven Town 2014" tour this weekend with stops in Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati. (Photo credit:  www.eonline.com )
by Christal Blue posted Jun 26 2014 9:32AM
The video for Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad" premiered on CMT, MTV and VH1 yesterday morning. The video debuted simultaneously across the channels and their corresponding websites, reaching more than 100 million viewers across the three networks. The video is now live exclusively at  MirandaLambert.CMT.com and CarrieUnderwood.CMT.com. "Somethin' Bad" is the second single from Lambert’s record-breaking fifth album, Platinum.

Trace Adkins was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame during his tour stop at Dixie Landin’ in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Adkins, a Louisiana native, was joined on stage by Mike Shepherd, the President and Executive Director of The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, who presented him with the award and an official statement signed by Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal. Trace has always honored his hometown, even naming his band the Sarpeta Gentleman’s Club after his hometown of Sarpeta, Louisiana. Trace is also looking forward to returning to his hometown next week to play a special show at the Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park on Saturday, July 5.

While it's been almost a year since Randy Travis suffered a stroke, after battling viral cardiomyopathy and pneumonia, Travis is still struggling to speak. According to TMZ, new information suggests that Travis’ recovery might take longer than originally thought and doctors speculate his recovery could take as long as three years. However, Travis' father told media that he was starting to get his voice back little by little and was anxious to get back out and entertain his fans. (www.theboot.com)

Miranda Lambert tells Ladies Home Journal this month that says she's not a good role model. She says, "I cuss and I drink and I have tattoos. It's two Colt .45s and wings. I got it when I was 22, and it was the first thing I ever did without consulting my parents. I didn't ask them because I didn't want their answer." However, Lambert does say that she does feel like a good role model when this happens, "When a girl comes up to me after a show and says, 'Thank you for being normal,' that's when I feel like I've done my job."
by Christal Blue posted Jun 24 2014 9:03AM
Brad Paisley was pretty pleased with how the premiere of ABC's Rising Star turned out. He told reporters right after the show, "It's a blast, isn't it?" The night's talent saw six singers move onto the second round.  Brad also loved the live aspect of the show saying of his seven-year-old son, Huck, "I got a text in the middle of the show that said, 'Huck disagrees!' I wrote back and said, 'You tell him he's not the expert yet!'"

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood went behind the scenes of the recording of their new duet "Somethin' Bad" with People magazine recently. Lambert said, "When you respect someone like that you get so nervous. To hit the notes she hits, I would have to take off running and jump as high as I could." The two performed the duet live for the first time at May's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, taking the stage again in Nashville in June, first at the CMT Music Awards and then at the CMA Music Fest. Miranda shares, "I hope she'll come to the dark side and we can explore something on video! I want the 'Before He Cheats' Carrie!" (Photo Credit: www.facebook.com/mirandalambert)

Carrie Underwood just returned to the U.S. after spending a week working with orphans in Haiti. Carrie and her husband, Mike Fisher, teamed up with the Danita's Children organization, which provides shelter, education and meals to children in need.  Carrie tweeted Monday, "Back to work now after an amazing week in Haiti with @DanitasChildren Such wonderful children & staff! I miss them…"  Fans can only hope Carrie is working on her new album this week.

Justin Moore is taking a bit of a left turn with his next single covering Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home." Crue front man Vince Neil sings with Justin on the track. It's the first single from the upcoming country tribute to Motley Crue, Nashville Outlaws, due out August 19.  Justin recently shot a video for "Home Sweet Home" in Nashville with all the members of Motley Crue making an appearance. Look for the clip to premiere on Rolling Stone Country and Vevo on July 1st.

 
by Christal Blue posted Jun 23 2014 9:01AM
Luke Bryan had one heck of a weekend as he headlined his first stadium show and made history by setting an all-time record Saturday night for sold tickets at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He entertained for more than 50,000 fans and was joined by special guest Dierks Bentley along with "That’s My Kind of Night Tour" openers Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.

Zac Brown Band's "Great American Road Trip" tour will welcome bluegrass great Sturgill Simpson as support on select East Coast dates this summer. Zac Brown Band's "Great American Road Trip" is the band's first tour following the release of The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (Southern Ground), a CD/DVD that features several new songs in addition to a 45-minute film that trails the band during a marathon week-long recording session with Dave Grohl. (Photo Credit: www.ticketmaster.com )

Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night in Nashville after a brief illness. Jimmy C. joined the Opry in 1956 and was 86 years old. He last performed there on Friday, June 6, 2014 with his band, Cajun Country. Newman was born in Louisiana in 1927.  Newman was known for mixing Cajun and country music which was an instant hit with fans. Like most country music performers of the time, his lifelong dream was to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. A public service will be held on June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.

Miranda Lambert will grace the cover of the final issue of Ladies' Home Journal when it hits newsstands this week. The publication traces its roots to 1883, though its first official "cover girl" appeared in 1898. Ida McKinley, wife of President William McKinley, had the honor. Lambert has been on the cover of the famous publication many times in the last couple of years.
by Christal Blue posted Jun 18 2014 9:00AM
When Brett Eldridge scored his very first chart topper with "Don't Ya" he promised he would jump out of an airplane and he did just that. Now that Eldridge has another number one song this week with "Beat Of The Music" somehow he got roped into swimming with sharks. Brett Admits: “I said I would go cage diving if 'Beat of the Music' goes number one.   Hopefully the cage is really strong and hopefully I come back and have a shot at the next number one." (Photo Credit:  www.bretteldridge.com )

Tim McGraw was handpicked to be the cover star of the upcoming July/Aug double issue of Men’s Health. The special summer issue is available for download now and will be on newsstands nationwide on June 24. Inside, McGraw reveals why he finally gave up on his partying ways, Saying “I drank too much. I partied too much. And did other things too much… chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but … use your imagination."

Toby Keith fought some rough weather at Saturday's tour stop at the Winstock Music Festival in Winsted, Minnesota. A storm stretching from the Texas Panhandle to the Great Lakes with unrelenting rain, 20-30 mph winds, and lightning hit hard and made it nearly impossible for Keith to go on stage. Threatening as it was, Toby delayed the start of his set and went on to perform in the rain with the fans that packed festival grounds, who all stayed until the last note. The rain continued throughout the show, causing some equipment damage including the loss of video projectors and HD cameras. They were also unable to do some of the pyro/flames due to the winds. A few early acts were unable to perform because of lightning in the area.

WILLIE NELSON'S headquarters in Luck, Texas was torn apart by the same storms.  On Monday, he posted pics on Facebook Willie BUILT the town of Luck on his ranch outside Austin, Texas in the 1980s to be the set of his film "Red Headed Stranger".  After the movie wrapped he kept it intact and used it as his headquarters.  It's also served as the location for his Heartbreaker Banquet, which he's been hosting during each South by Southwest festival since 2012.
by Christal Blue posted Jun 16 2014 9:03AM

Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry's CMT Crossroads premiered on Friday on CMT. The show – which will be shown several times on the network with a lineup to come soon – was filmed in Los Angeles and featured duets of their individual hits like "Firework" and "Merry Go Round," as well as covers of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again." ( Photo Credit: www.heavy.com )

Kelly Clarkson became a mother on Thursday giving birth to a baby girl named River Rose Blackstock with her husband Brandon Blackstock by her side. Clarkson tweeted over the weekend, "Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th! Thank you everyone for all of your well wishes! Brandon and I are on cloud 9!! :)" The baby's grandmother is Reba McEntire. Clarkson married Blackstock in October.

Miranda Lambert surprised a small crowd in a club when she and her band stopped in to play on Saturday night at a club called The Block in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Lambert told the crowd, "We've been working our butts off to release our last record and traveling all over the world. We haven't played in a good old-fashioned club in a while. That's where we feel at home." Miranda tweeted out Saturday night, "We were on our way to Jacksonville and decided to stop in Ft. Walton Beach tonight! Come party with us! 9:30 at The Block." The crowd was capacity and the line to get in wrapped around the building as Lambert played songs off her brand new album and a few covers as well.

While we shared the small details of Kimberly Perry's wedding on Friday, a few more details have rolled in from Perry's wedding to pro baseball player J.P. Arencibia at the Christ Chapel First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville on Thursday. Brothers Reid and Neil Perry were her best men while Arencibia's young nieces were his groom's women. Kimberly wore a Reem Acra gown and held a large bouquet of white flowers. Gift of music was given by Stella sisters Lennon & Maisy and Mac Powell. The reception immediately followed at the home of Kimberly Perry's parents, Dr. and Mrs. Steve Perry.

by Christal Blue posted Jun 12 2014 9:09AM

Brad Paisley told Fox News why he mocked the Westboro Baptist church on Twitter recently when they picketed outside of one of his concerts. He said, "My patriotism starts there. We're talking about, I think everyone can agree — except maybe Westboro Baptist — on the fact our soldiers are our most important, the most amazing people that we've had." Paisley recently traveled to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan with President Obama and the experience was still fresh when the son of a veteran encountered protesters outside his show June 1. Brad took a selfie while making a face with protesters in the background and posted it to Instagram with a mildly profane caption that mocked the church. (Photo Credit: www.nydailynews.com )

Miranda Lambert was thrilled when she learned that her Platinum album topped both the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart becoming the only country artist in the 50-year history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart to have each of her first five albums debut at #1. With 180,000 albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Platinum marks a 35% increase in sales over her previous album release. All four of her prior albums have been certified platinum. She said when she heard, "THANK YOU to the music lovers who believe in albums and spent your hard-earned money on 16 songs! I’m the luckiest girl in the world, blessed with the best fans!"

Kacey Musgraves, will perform the television debut of her tune, "The Trailer Song" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC. The following night (Friday, June 13) pop-superstar Katy Perry and Musgraves will join together in an all-new episode of the critically acclaimed series, CMT Crossroads, which will premiere at 10 PM ET on CMT. The show marks the 50th episode of the longest-running music series of the network and will feature exclusive collaborations of the stars’ hits, including Perry’s "Roar" and "Teenage Dream," and Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" and "Merry Go ‘Round." Kacey is currently on tour with Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss and in August she will hit the road with Katy on her "Prismatic World Tour."

Jon Pardi received a plaque celebrating his first RIAA Gold record for "Up All Night" on Sunday before taking the stage at Riverfront Park for the final day of CMA Music Fest. "Up All Night" was written by Pardi, Bart Butler and Brett Beavers, was the first Top 10 earned by the rising country star. 

by Christal Blue posted Jun 11 2014 9:29AM

So much is coming out on Tim McGraw and his Oprah's Master Class interview, which aired on OWN over the weekend. McGraw opened up about his drinking, saying, "It got to the point where I knew I drank too much.”  Tim traces his problems with drinking back to his childhood when he found out his father was professional baseball player Tug McGraw.  Tim also shared when he decided to give up what he calls his "liquid courage." He said it was the night before the "Live Your Voice" tour started. After a night of ‘blow out drinking’ he flew to Florida and started the tour, and hasn’t had a drink since. (Photo Credit:  www.allaccess.com)

Country Weekly magazine kicked off the 2014 CMA Music Festival with the annual Country Weekly Kick-Off Party powered by NASH, which raised $17,000 for Musicians On Call (MOC). The party was held at the Mercy Lounge in downtown Nashville, and featured music from today’s hottest country stars - Kip Moore, Frankie Ballard and host, Chuck Wicks. All proceeds directly impact Musicians On Call’s ongoing efforts to bring the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

The Tug McGraw Foundation held its 3rd Annual "Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am" on June 3, 2014 at the Nashville Gun Club in Nashville, Tennessee. The event raised over $153,000 to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A highlight of the event was attendance by 90-year old WWII veteran Henry Shaw who had just received his combat medals thanks from the help of Stand Down Nashville. Special dignitaries attending included members of the Tennessee National Guard. Other country music celebrities and song writers included Faith Hill, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, Keith Anderson, Daryle Singletary, and the LoCash Cowboys, plus ESPN analyst John Kruk.

People Country features a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of Dustin Lynch’s new video for "Where It’s At," this week. Directed by 2014 ACM Award winner Shane Drake (who directed “Highway Don’t Care”), the music video gives fans a glimpse into the life of Dustin Lynch and his onscreen girlfriend. The official video for "Where It’s At" will world premiere today across Country Music Television on CMT, CMT Pure, CMT Artists App, CMT.com and CMT Canada.

by Christal Blue posted Jun 9 2014 12:40PM
George Strait's full house final concert on his "Cowboy Rides Away Tour" Saturday at the AT&T stadium in Dallas, Texas broke a record. With 104,793 in attendance and the top names in country music joining him for the final ride of the tour, Strait took fans on a three-hour journey of memories by way of 40 songs from throughout his storied career, including 20 of his massive 60 number one hits. Special guests for the show included Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Sheryl Crow, among others.

Chris Young's 2014 CMA Fest didn't really happen as on Thursday night last week he accidentally cut his left hand with a kitchen knife while at home. Young underwent surgery in Nashville Friday to repair damaged tendons. As a result of the injury and surgery, the 28-year old was unable to take the stage as planned at LP Field Saturday to play for tens of thousands of fans at CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Young, who was released from the hospital Saturday morning, is expected to fully heal and will return to playing guitar following his recovery and rehabilitation. (Photo Credit: www.chrisyoungcountry.com )

Tongues started wagging in Nashville when on Wednesday night on the red carpet for the 2014 CMT Music Awards; Jason Aldean arrived with his girlfriend Brittany Kerr on his arm. The two have been linked since 2012, when photos of the two kissing hit the Internet. However, at the time, Aldean was married to his high school sweetheart, Jessica. At the time he said, "I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar." The couple later divorced.

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry has been engaged for a while now to Texas Rangers baseball player J.P. Arencibia. With both of their busy schedules this summer, Kimberly admits she's not sure when the nuptials will take place although she suspects it will be during a busy time.

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