ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is celebrating her one-month anniversary with Ryan Hurd by giving us an inside look at their wedding day.
“One month ago, I married my best friend and we threw a kicka** wedding,” she tweeted, along with a one-minute video of the festivities. “Hope y’all enjoy.”
The recap includes the best look yet at Maren’s revealing dress -- as well as her shoes -- plus several other unique features of the celebration: white vinyl records with Ryan Maren on the label, a huge mirror ball at the after-party, and a cupcake sculpture in the shape of Maren’s native Texas.
The video is set to the sixties R&B hit, “I Want to Love You Baby,” by Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson. You can check it out on Maren’s socials.
ABC Radio“Okay, so y’all like it COUNTRY!” Lee Ann Womack joked with the crowd, as she played the MusiCares benefit Tuesday night at AJ’s Good Time Bar in downtown Nashville.
The 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year proved her vocal chops are still second-to-none in an intimate set that featured hits like “A Little Past Little Rock,” “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” “Never Again, Again,” “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger,” and “Solitary Thinkin’.”
Along the way, she also included album cuts like “All the Trouble,” from her current record, The Lonely, the Lonesome, & the Gone, as well as “Chances Are” and “Don’t Listen to the Wind,” from The Way I’m Livin’. Lee Ann closed, appropriately, with a stripped-down version of her signature song, “I Hope You Dance.”
Newcomer Jackie Lee and Texas favorite The Randy Rogers Band opened the evening, which raised money for the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys. The effort continues, with an online auction that goes through May 4 on CharityBuzz.com.
The concert is just a preview of what fans will see Saturday, June 9, as Lee Ann plays the main stage at Music City’s Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest 2018.
BMLG RecordsDrake White’s follow-up to his debut album, Spark, will be the new EP Pieces, which comes out digitally May 4.
The Alabama native co-wrote two of the project’s five tracks, “Happy Place” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
“I love writing that’s very simple, but it’s like, ‘Oh, I know exactly what you’re talking about,’” Drake says. “I’m infatuated with words and trying to arrange them in a way that would make my heroes proud.”
Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi had a hand in crafting the EP’s opening track, “Girl in Pieces.”
Drake scored his biggest hit so far in 2016 with the top-15 “Livin’ the Dream.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Pieces:
“Girl in Pieces” “Grandpa’s Farm” “Happy Place” “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight” “The Best Is Yet to Come”
ABC/Image Group LALindsay Ell has her first top-20 hit in the U.S. right now with "Criminal," and appropriately, for the music video, she turned to a life of crime.
"It was a very busy day," she says of the shoot. "I stole a car, committed a crime, got put into prison, broke out of jail -- all in one day."
"But I love shooting music videos," Lindsay continues. "I feel like they really bring songs to life. And our little mini-movies -- our director Peter Zavadil took this vision and really just took it to a whole other level. And we had a blast shooting the music video for 'Criminal.'"
The clip was filmed on location at the former Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, the same place where Devin Dawson shot his video for "All on Me."
"It was the same place they shot Green Mile," Lindsay adds. "And it's been closed for 20 years, I think. But I felt like we were on set in The Walking Dead. It was just so cool."
As "Criminal" continues to climb in the States, it's already been a #1 hit for Lindsay in her native Canada.
Comstock/ThinkstockThirty years ago this week, this country music couple, now divorced, hit #1 on the Billboard chart with "It's Such a Small World." Can you name them? ANSWER: Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs wrote his latest top-ten hit, "One Number Away," shortly after relocating to Music City from North Carolina. His bandleader Rob Williford unknowingly set things in motion, by introducing him to co-writers Sammy Mitchell and Steven Battey.
"I had just moved to town," Luke recalls, "and Rob kind of introduced me to them to sing some demos for those guys. And so I came in and sang some demos for them, and we sat down and we were like, 'Hey, man, we should try to write something.'"
"So we wrote once, and wrote a good song. And then the second time, we wrote, we got on 'One Number Away.'"
For Luke, the writing process for his current hit was unlike anything he'd ever experienced before.
"Rob had had the idea in his phone," Luke explains. "And Steven is just an incredible melody guy. So he was like, 'Hey, I've got this melody thing that I really like.' And he started humming that chorus of the song. And so we just kind of sat there, and Steven had this cool chorus melody and Sammy built the track."
"I had never written with a 'track guy,'" Luke points out. "I didn't know that was a thing. It actually turned out being pretty cool, and it ended up becoming one of my favorite songs on the record."
Luke's two previous singles, "Hurricane" and "When It Rains It Pours," have both gone to #1. The deluxe re-issue of his debut album, titled This One's for You Too, is due June 1.
ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is now in a relationship with the lead singer of the Turnpike Troubadours, Evan Felker, according to reports in both Us Weekly and In Touch.
The band joined Miranda earlier this year on her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, and will head out with her again this summer on the Bandwagon trek with Little Big Town.
In Touch reports that it’s been three months since the CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year split with former boyfriend Anderson East. The publication also claims Felker filed for divorce from his wife in February, after the two tied the knot in the fall of 2016.
Miranda and East dated for two years, after her surprise divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015.
Mercury NashvilleCountry/pop superstar Shania Twain will host this fall’s Canadian Country Music Association Awards in her homeland. The September 9 ceremony will take place at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton.
“It’s such a pivotal moment in country music,” Shania says in a statement. “As the industry evolves, we’re seeing a new generation of deeply talented artists emerge and I look forward to being a part of the celebration of them and also celebrating some of the trailblazers before them.”
Shania herself will be given the Generation Award that night, for her contributions to the genre. You can tune in at 8 p.m. ET on CBC or watch online at CBCMusic.ca/CCMAs.
The announcement comes on the heels of a minor controversy this past weekend, as Shania told The Guardian she likely would’ve voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, had she been a US citizen. She later apologized on her socials, saying her comments were not “representative of my values.”
Shania kicks off her Now Tour next Thursday, May 3, in Tacoma, Washington.
ABC/Image Group LAPort Saint Joe, the new album from Brothers Osborne, is getting high praise from everyone from Miranda Lambert to Cheech & Chong...pun intended.
On Monday night, TJ and John Osborne played The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and came face to face with two of pop culture’s most notorious stoners: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. It was a fortuitous meeting, since Port Saint Joe includes numerous references to TJ and John’s affinity for pot, including a track titled “Weed, Whiskey and Willie.”
“Uh… met Cheech & Chong backstage at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Brothers tweeted, along with a photo of the foursome.
“Great great people and left us with a very kind parting gift,” the siblings added, along with a photo of a jar of Chong’s Choice Cannabis. “Life complete.”
If you missed Brothers’ performance of their latest hit, “Shoot Me Straight,” you can check it out online.
Meanwhile, Miranda tweeted on Tuesday, “I can’t get enough. Thank you Brothers Osborne. I needed this. We all did." We assume she means the music.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban fans who turned out Monday night for a special Spotify preview of his new album got an extra surprise. Keith’s Oscar-winning wife, Nicole Kidman, joined him onstage to sing a few background vocals.
Nicole contributes BGVs to Keith’s most recent hit, “Female,” but this time, she also chimed in on “Parallel Line.” The Graffiti U track was co-written by pop superstar Ed Sheeran, and is Keith’s single in the couple’s native Australia.
Clad in a black-and-white printed dress, Nicole sat on a stool as she leaned into the mic, sang and smiled at her husband. You can check out a short clip on Keith’s socials.
You can see Keith on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, the same day Graffiti U comes out.
ATO RecordsTuesday night in Nashville, Lee Ann Womack headlines a show at Alan Jackson’s honky tonk to help MusiCares. Newcomer Jackie Lee and Texas favorites The Randy Rogers Band will also join the 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year at AJ’s Good Time Bar on lower Broadway.
The event also kicks off an online auction to raise money for MusiCares, which is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, the folks who award the Grammys. Eric Church, Keith Urban and Alan Jackson contributed signed guitars to the effort. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Dolly Parton, and others signed unique memorabilia for the fundraiser as well.
You can find out more about the auction, which continues through May 4, at CharityBuzz.com.
ABC/Kelsey McNealFlorida Georgia Line grabs the 14th #1 of their career with “Meant to Be,” this week on the country airplay charts.
At the same time, their collaboration with Bebe Rexha is also top five on the pop charts, while spending a record-setting 21 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs tally.
“From day one, this song was just meant to be,” Tyler Hubbard says of the double-platinum smash he co-wrote. “Bebe jumped in on a canceled writing session last minute and now it’s going down in history.”
“It’s been nothing but good vibes to see it take off and inspire,” Brian Kelley adds. “Its message is a positive one and why I think it’s connecting with those who hear it.”
Thursday night, FGL performs their other top-15 country hit, “Up Down,” with Morgan Wallen on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC. You can tune in to catch their performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET.
Then on Friday, the duo headlines this year’s Stagecoach festival in Indio, California.
Atlantic Michael Ray's top-20 hit, "Get to You," is the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album.
On his second record, the Florida native says he's giving his fans a glimpse at some of the things that are closest to his heart.
"Amos is the name of the album, named after my late grandfather," he explains. "You'll get asked a lot, 'What got you into music?' You know, for me, if I think about it, it's my grandfather."
"He got out of the army, passed the passion down and started the family band with my dad and my uncle, my cousins, and passed it down to us grandkids."
Michael didn't hesitate to give the album such a personal title, since he feels like the music also shows a more intimate side of himself.
"We lost him a couple years ago," he says of his grandfather, "and I thought, 'You know what? This record's gonna be a big opening for me. I think fans are gonna know me better from this album, and one of the ways is what got you started. Name the title after it.'"
Capitol NashvilleOne of the standout lyrics in Lady Antebellum's top-25 hit "Heart Break" is, "I'm sleeping like a queen in a California King I made."
Hillary Scott says it's a line that she and co-writer Nicolle Gaylon championed.
"It's such an empowering lyric," Hillary tells ABC Radio, "of like, you know, 'Not until I'm sleeping like a queen in the California King I bought myself, I make myself,' you know."
"We have that on a t-shirt out on the road," Charles Kelley interjects.
"Heart Break" was such a pivotal song in the making of the record, it ended up being the title track.
"Everybody had a big part in putting that song together," Charles explains. "And it just felt like, 'Okay, now we have a song we can base the rest of the record around, the sound of the record.' Because we were struggling."
"Like, 'Do we make a really traditional-sounding record? Do we go more R&B? Do we go more pop? Do we go rock?'" he recalls. "And we were like, 'Let's just let the songs show us where to go.' And so that song, that is definitely one of my top favorites off this record."
Lady A kicks off their Summer Plays On tour July 19 in Toronto with Darius Rucker and "Yours" hitmaker Russell Dickerson.
Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineZac Brown Band’s trip Down the Rabbit Hole will go on just a little bit longer.
ZBB is adding four new September dates to its 2018 run, with stops in Las Vegas, Nevada; Saratoga Springs, New York; Bangor, Maine; and Hartford, Connecticut now on the itinerary. The Down the Rabbit Hole Live trek starts June 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Pre-sales for the new concerts start on Tuesday, with seats going on sale to the general public on Friday.
Here are the new additions to Zac Brown’s Down the Rabbit Hole Live tour:
9/21 -- Las Vegas, Nevada, The Pearl Concert Theater 9/28 -- Bangor, Maine, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion 9/29 -- Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9/30 -- Hartford, Connecticut, Xfinity Center
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentYou can score a $20 ticket to some of the hottest shows of the summer starting next Monday, thanks to Live Nation’s National Concert Week promotion.
Big names like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band are just some of the country artists you can see as part of the deal.
In all, Live Nation is offering 1.5 million $20 tickets to more than 2000 summer shows. The promotion starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 30, and goes through Tuesday, May 8. You can find full details on the Live Nation website.
Columbia NashvilleTyler Farr’s record label calls his new song “2 minutes and 41 seconds of up-tempo, authentically-Tyler, turn-up-the-volume-and-singalong instant-familiarity.” But according to Tyler himself, “Love by the Moon” is about his bride.
“Me and my wife Hannah have been married for a year and a half now,” he says, “and this song is for her. We live in the country and enjoy our lives together on the farm. We laugh, work and play hard. This song is us!”
“Love by the Moon” was produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush.
“Being a country music artist, I’m away from home a lot,” Tyler explains. “So, when I do get time at home, I make those days count and don’t take one for granted. We live by the sun and love by the moon. Yeah, that’s right!”
Tyler scored major hits in 2013 and 2014 with “Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” “Love by the Moon” is available to stream or download now.