Capitol NashvilleBrothers Osborne aren't just Dierks Bentley's touring partners this summer. They also help kick off his new album, The Mountain, by singing on the record's first track.
Dierks says his attraction to "Burning Man" was instant.
“I felt an immediate connection to the lyrics," he tells People. "The idea that we all are a little bit of everything…a little bit holy water and a little bit burning man…really resonated with me."
"Burning Man" tips its hat to the annual festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that's focused on art and self-expression. Now, Dierks' song is poised to become a stand-out on his Mountain High Tour.
“I’ve never heard a song communicated like this in country music before," Dierks explains. "I love Brothers Osborne both as musicians and people and I knew they would connect to the song like I did. Performing it with them is certainly a highlight in the show for me. We all can’t wait to hear the crowd singing along with us.”
You can stream or download "Burning Man" now, and if you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can also check out Dierks' new video for the the tune.
ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan may be one of the busiest men in show business, between his job as a judge on American Idol and a jam-packed concert schedule that includes 13 stadiums this summer. But that won't keep the Georgia native from doing his tenth Farm Tour in 2018.
This year's six stops will travel from Iowa to Florida over two weekends in September and October. The shows are typically staged in the fields of working farms, with the money raised going to fund scholarships for teens from farming families.
It's a cause close to Luke's heart, since he grew up on a peanut farm himself.
Tickets go on sale June 6, and will run you $51 in advance or $60 at the gate, plus parking.
Here's a look at the itinerary for Luke Bryan's Farm Tour 2018:
ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray's new album, Amos, is named for his late grandfather, who inspired him to pursue a career in country music. And Michael says "Summer Water" is a track Amos would've loved.
Perhaps more than any other song on the record, "Summer Water" paints a picture of what it was like for Michael growing up in the Sunshine State.
“I have so many memories from my childhood, my teenage years, even my young adult years, that all involve time spent on the water," the native Floridian says. "That’s where you learned to fish when you were a kid, it’s the place you met up with your buddies on the weekend and even now it’s where I go with my dad to just talk about life."
"My grandfather did the same thing with my dad," he reflects. "It's generational for us and something I know I'll do with my kids down the road.”
You can stream or download "Summer Water" now ahead of the June 1 release of Amos. Michael's set to perform the record's lead single, "Get to You," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show June 4.
ABC/Mark LevineThomas Rhett's autobiographical "Life Changes" is likely to be a huge hit this summer on country radio -- that's kind of a given. But the music experts at Spotify are predicting the self-referential tune may be bigger than that.
TR's latest single is the only country title included in Spotify's all-genre list of predictions for 2018's Song of the Summer. "Life Changes" comes in at #8 on the rundown of sixteen titles that include rapper Cardi B, Taylor Swift's ex Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and others.
The folks at Spotify put together the list of likely candidates, based on buzz, momentum, playlisting, chart performance and simply whether they'd sound really great at a beach or poolside.
For the record, last year's Song of the Summer across all genres was "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
Here's Spotify's full list. We're pulling for you, TR:
1. "I Like It" -- Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin 2. "This Is America" -- Childish Gambino 3. "One Kiss" -- Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa 4. "OTW" -- Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign 5. "Sangria Wine" -- Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams 6. "Boo'd Up" -- Ella Mai 7. "Nice for What" -- Drake 8. "Life Changes" -- Thomas Rhett 9. "Zombie" -- Bad Wolves 10. "No Tears Left to Cry" -- Ariana Grande 11. "Playinwitme" -- KYLYE ft. Kehlani 12. "Ball for Me" -- Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj 13. "2002" -- Anne-Marie 14. "Burn the House Down" -- AJR 15. "Solo" -- Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato 16. "Youth" -- Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
Williams-SonomaMemorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and weather permitting, lots of Americans will spend the holiday lounging by the pool or the lake with an adult beverage. That's where Trisha Yearwood comes in.
The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and culinary guru created her mixer, Summer in a Cup, specifically for occasions like this. In fact, her concoction has been so successful, there's now a second variation available from Williams Sonoma.
Trisha's original version is flavored with tangerine, cherry and pineapple. "I usually make Summer in a Cup with a little bit of vodka and a splash of 7-Up," she explains. "That’s my signature way to make Summer in a Cup."
The new Summer in a Cup Aloha mixes the flavors of pineapple, orange and banana. Trisha says her fans are always coming up with variations on their own, too.
"I love hearing from people different ways they’ve made it," she goes on. "And I’ve learned from them, you know, a splash of Prosecco is really nice. It’s perfectly good with just a little splash of something like 7-Up…a little fizz…even club soda. Keep those ideas comin’! I love it!"
The "How Do I Live" hitmaker also did a holiday version of the mixer called Christmas in a Cup. You can find Trisha's products both online or in Williams Sonoma stores.
Now that she and husband Garth Brooks are taking a little break from the road, the Georgia native is busy working on her first full studio album since 2007.
Comstock/Thinkstock Nineteen years ago this weekend, this West Virginia native made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Can you name this artist, whose first single was called "Who Needs Pictures?" ANSWER: Brad Paisley.
Darius Rucker was Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Thursday's The Tonight Show and also joined host Jimmy in a tribute to our armed forces in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
Thursday's Tonight Show audience was made up entirely of service men and women in town for New York City's annual Fleet Week. So Jimmy and Darius performed a special version of Rucker's 1994 hit with Hootie & the Blowfish, "Only Wanna Be with You," reworked as "Only Wanna Thank the Troops."
"Army, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines/Here's to the Navy/For protecting all our seas," Rucker began.
"You serve with bravery/you serve with style/You serve with six pack abs/I can barely walk a mile," Jimmy continued.
The two then joined each other for the chorus, "Well we owe it all to you/I only want to thank the troops."
The song went on to suggest things like passing "a law that says our troops can drink for free," as well as "letting loose in New York" and hoping "when your captain pukes you get it all on tape."
Finally, they warned the soldiers not to "get a bad tattoo."
Darius returned later to perform "For the First Time," the latest single from his album, When Was the Last Time.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Janson and LANCO are set to perform at the Nashville Songwriters Awards on September 19 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Kris Kristofferson and Bill Anderson will be honored at the annual gathering.
Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley will be a presenter at the June 3 Innovation in Music Awards at the Westin in Nashville. Charlie Worsham, Lucie Silvas and Striking Matches will perform.
Ashley McBryde and newcomer Travis Denning will join Rodney Atkins for his annual Music City Gives Back show June 4 at Ascend Park in Music City. Big & Rich are set to headline the benefit for Nashville's W.O. Smith Music School.
Cassadee Pope is set to play the free Paws & Play Music Festival on June 3 at Cumberland Park in Nashville. The canine-centric event is sponsored by Pedigree and CMT.
ABC/Heidi GutmanWhen Sugarland hits the stage tonight in Augusta, Georgia, to launch their Still the Same Tour, they won't just be playing the big songs you've come to expect from the CMA-winning-duo.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will also be previewing new material from their reunion album, Bigger, which comes out June 8. They both agree that's the best part.
"It's so much fun," Jennifer says. "Obviously, part of the joy of this is getting to revisit all these songs that we haven't played over the past few years that of course we love, because they're ours."
"But to get to do new stuff is really thrilling," she continues. "And to get to use all these skills. You know, one of the reasons that we did want to take a break is so that we could have something new to say and new skills to offer each other and new experiences and new inspirations and come back with full cups. And I feel like we have done that. "
Kristian happens to be particularly obsessed with one new track.
"I want to just play 'Lean It on Back' like eight times and get high or something," he admits, as Jennifer laughs. "The songs are coming alive and that's fun when they're not just in the studio, but they're under your hands and [you're playing them with] your band."
Sugarland continues on to Raleigh, North Carolina and Daytona Beach, Florida, this weekend, with Brandy Clark and Nashville's Clare Bowen opening the shows.
HGTVFor the seventh year in a row, HGTV will set up its two-story, 3,500-square-foot HGTV Lodge in downtown Nashville during CMT Fest.
Michael Ray will kick things off Thursday, June 6 with a 10 a.m. appearance. In the days that follow, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Lee Ann Womack, Lee Brice and Luke Combs are scheduled to play as well.
Look for Ashley McBryde, Cam, Chris Lane, Eric Paslay, Jordan Davis, LANCO, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, LOCASH, Maddie & Tae, Morgan Evans, Ryan Hurd, Jillian Jacqueline and others to stop by, as well as HGTV stars like the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott.
If you can't make it to Nashville, you can still experience the HGTV Lodge online as Trisha Yearwood hosts a special edition of her Facebook Live series, T's Coffee Talk, Saturday morning at 10:00 CT.
ABC/Image Group LA You can tune in for the television debut of Devin Dawson's new single on Monday, June 11, when the California native performs "Asking for a Friend" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Devin made his first TV appearance on Seth Meyers' show last year, singing his breakthrough hit, "All on Me." You can watch the show at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.
The Dark Horse hitmaker is currently overseas, playing shows in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. He'll be back in the U.S. in time for CMA Fest, where he's nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year for "All on Me" at the CMT Music Awards on June 6.
Columbia NashvilleMore than two years after Tim McGraw released his inspirational hit, "Humble and Kind," in English, the superstar is putting out a new Spanish version of the song.
Claudia Brant translated Lori McKenna's original composition into "Nunca Te Olvides de Amar," which actually means "Never Forget to Love."
"Recording this song in Spanish has been my hope of making it truly universal," Tim tweeted. "I know my Spanish may not be perfect, but I hope that you can feel the sentiment and intention behind the song."
The English version of "Humble and Kind" was a multiple-week number one, and won the CMA Song of the Year trophy, as well as a Grammy.
Tim also shot a new version of the "Humble and Kind" video to match the new Spanish recording. You can check it out on YouTube now.
Allister AnnKenny Chesney captures the vibe of the fans he calls No Shoes Nation in his new video for "Get Along."
The clip was shot at the opening concert on his Trip Around the Sun Tour last month at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
“It made for a couple long days, doing a video the same time we were starting a tour…" Kenny says. "But I wouldn’t have changed anything for the world!”
The superstar from East Tennessee believes the attitude of his fans perfectly matches the message in "Get Along."
“The whole point of the song is to look for your common ground instead of worrying about your differences,” Kenny explains. “And when I look out into the crowd, that’s what I see: people who are having a great time, getting along and making the most of every single minute.”
In addition to performance footage from the show, the "Get Along" video also showcases the fun Kenny's fans have before the concert ever starts.
"It takes a lot to try to keep up with the No Shoes Nation, with their rolling Tiki Bars, tons of sand, Blue Chair Bay cocktails and wading pools," Kenny observes. "They have as much fun waiting to get into the show as they do at the concerts, and I love that! I wanted this video to be a mix of how their world works and the way their passion inspires all of us up onstage."
"Get Along" is the lead single from Kenny's Songs for the Saints album, which comes out July 27. You can check out the new video on YouTube.
CMAWith only two weeks to go before CMA Fest takes over downtown Nashville, the nightly lineup of superstars at Nissan Stadium continues to grow.
"I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" hitmaker Jake Owen joins Friday night's roster, with Cole Swindell returning to play CMA Fest's main stage on Sunday. Cole's new single, "Break Up in the End," is currently making its way up the chart.
A limited number of four-day passes still remain for the big nightly shows at the home of the Tennessee Titans. Concerts start Thursday, June 7 and wrap up the following Sunday. You can find out more at CMAFest.com/tickets.
CMTLuke Combs is set to shoot a new episode of CMT Crossroads in the days leading up to this year's CMA Fest. The "Hurricane" hitmaker will team up with R&B sensation Leon Bridges for the genre-bending show.
If you happen to be in Music City, you can check out Luke and Leon's collaborative concert for free. It'll take place on an outdoor stage at 5th and Broadway on Tuesday, June 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. CT, with the show scheduled to start at 8:30.
Luke and Leon's episode of Crossroads premieres June 28 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.
Meanwhile, Luke will sing his #2 hit, "One Number Away," Friday on the Today show. The deluxe re-issue of his debut album, titled This One's for You Too, comes out June 1.
Comstock/ThinkstockFifty years ago this week, Glen Campbell recorded this classic at Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood. Can you name this #1 song, which Little Big Town performed in his honor at last year's CMA Awards? ANSWER: "Wichita Lineman."
Warner Music NashvilleIf you check out Ashley McBryde's debut album, Girl Going Nowhere, the Arkansas native will take you to "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," just like her breakthrough hit says. But she'll also introduce you to her father, through a very personal track called "The Jacket."
The autobiographical tune tells the story of the denim coat her dad wore, which he eventually passed on to her. Unfortunately, when Ashley was away recently playing a gig, a thief vandalized her truck and stole her prized possession.
"The jacket was in my truck in East Nashville, and we were in Charlotte," she tells ABC Radio. "We were only gone for 24 hours. I parked right in front of a camera, in a secured parking lot. And somebody busted out the window of my truck and took the jacket."
"It is the most disgusting-looking piece of denim ever," she explains. "It's got a buckskin collar, hand-sewn. No one would ever want that piece of clothing. But somebody did, and they took it."
Though Ashley's fans and the tight-knit music community have tried to track down the irreplaceable jean jacket, it still hasn't turned up.
"All of Nashville's been looking for it," she goes on.
She laughs, "All the vintage shops have pictures of it, up in there. It's unmistakable, this jacket. If you saw it, you'd be like, 'That's gross. And that's Ashley's jacket.'"
In September, Ashley launches her first series of shows as a headliner. Tickets for the Girl Going Nowhere Tour go on sale Friday.
ABC/Image Group LA During last year's CMA Fest, Darius Rucker was sitting at the top of the charts with "If I Told You." By the time this year's fan gathering takes over Nashville June 7-10, the South Carolina native could very well repeat that feat, since "For the First Time" is currently sitting at #3 on the country ranking.
Darius's latest single inspired the title of his most recent project, When Was the Last Time, an album that turned out to be even more autobiographical than he intended.
"I didn't mean for it to be, but in a huge way it is. Totally," Darius tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I listen to it now and I go, 'Wow, a lot of this is exactly where I am in life or where I was just right before this time.'"
"And...some of the songs that are autobiographical, I didn't even write," he continues. "But they're still so me, and that's why I cut 'em."
The Hootie and the Blowfish frontman may be plenty comfortable being transparent in his music, but that doesn't mean he's itching to write his life's story.
"No," he says in response to the question. "Because if I did it, it'd have to be-- It's like the reason I won't write a book is because I'm gonna be honest and real if I do it, and sometimes honest and real is not the way you wanna be."
Darius heads out on the co-headlining Summer Plays On tour with Lady Antebellum July 19, before reuniting with his Hootie bandmates to play Atlanta's Suntrust Park with Jason Aldean July 21.
Thursday night, watch for Darius on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon before he gets up early to play the Today show's concert series Friday.
The Valory Music Co.The remix of Thomas Rhett's "Leave Right Now" is getting such good response in Europe, he's shot a music video for the song.
In the clip, TR pursues a mysterious blonde woman through a crowded party at Nashville's Frist Art Museum. Though you never see her face, it's worth noting that the mystery female looks a lot like Thomas's wife Lauren, who's starred in several of his previous projects.
The new video is an extension of the Leave Right Now -- The Remixes set that came out in March. The original track appears on TR's current Life Changes album.
“It’s unbelievable to be able to continue to release music that inspires me and be embraced by fans not only at home but overseas too," Thomas says of his success in Europe. He'll take his tour back to London in November.
You can check out the new "Leave Right Now" video on YouTube.