Food NetworkOn Saturday, Trisha Yearwood will relive her recent twentieth anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on the season 14 premiere of her cooking show on Food Network.
On the menu for the episode: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Pot Pie Burgers, Pepper Jack Cheese Straws, and Caramel Peanut Butter Sweet and Saltines. To find out how it’s all done, just tune in to Trisha’s Southern Kitchen at noon Eastern.
While that's airing on Saturday, Trisha will be in Pittsburgh, hosting her traditional Trisha’s Tailgate before husband Garth Brooks’ stadium show at Heinz Field.
Look for Trisha’s new country single, “Every Girl in This Town,” to arrive June 6.
ABC/Image Group LADarius Rucker may be taking a little break from his country career these days to reunite with Hootie & the Blowfish, but next week, he’ll be back together with a couple of his comrades from Music City.
Darius is bound to bump into both Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift when he and The Blowfish perform next Tuesday on the season finale of The Voice. The group will perform "Let Her Cry," from their best-selling debut album Cracked Rear View, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year.
Taylor, meanwhile, will sing her new smash, “ME!,” with Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie.
You can tune in to watch Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Meanwhile, Darius hits the road with Hootie on the Group Therapy Tour May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Look for the band’s first album of new music in a decade later this year as well.
MonumentWalker Hayes has tackled a wide variety of topics in his songs. His breakthrough “You Broke Up with Me” dealt with his struggles in the music business. “Craig” was about a friend who helped him out when he needed it, and “90's Country” name checked his heroes and favorite tunes.
Now, with his new song “Don’t Let Her,” he considers what life would be like for his wife Laney if something happened to him.
“I’m honored to be sharing this powerful and massive song about Laney,” Walker says.
“I was touring in the U.K. missing her and my family terribly so I started texting myself specifics about Laney,” he recalls. “Things that if somebody were to hang out with her, what would they need to know about her."
“And then it kind of turned into a letter to whoever would take my place if something were to happen to me,” he explains. “That’s what this song is about and I hope you guys can relate in some way.”
Walker’s new single, “Don’t Let Her,” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out its new lyric video on YouTube, which traces Walker and Laney’s relationship through pictures.
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett and Jon Pardi team up to sing about the power of -- well, beer -- in the latest preview of TR’s forthcoming Center Point Road record. And yes, the uptempo pick-me-up “Beer Can’t Fix” seems tailor-made to one day be a commercial.
“Ain’t nothin’ that a beer can’t fix/Ain’t no pain it can’t wash away,” Thomas sings. “From the moment that it hits your lips/Makes those clouds look a little less gray.”
“Oh, you could be lonely or heartbroken/Or hungover from the night before,” he continues. “Turn that frown into a smile real quick/There ain’t nothin’ that a beer can’t fix.”
Pardi isn’t TR’s only all-star contributor to this song: Ryan Tedder from the band OneRepublic co-wrote the tune.
Next Friday, Thomas Rhett will release his collaboration with Kelsea Ballerini, which is the album’s title track. The full Center Point Road album arrives a week later on May 31.
Amazon MusicCountry’s fascination with the music of the nineties continues, as Maddie & Tae cover Diamond Rio’s classic, “Meet in the Middle.”
The original came out in February of 1991 as Diamond Rio’s very first single, and made it all the way to the top of the chart. It also made the band the first in country music history to have their debut single hit #1.
“We have always loved this song and had such a blast putting our own spin on it,” Maddie Marlow says.
Maddie & Tae’s “Meet in the Middle” cover is available exclusively on Amazon Music. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sample a snippet on the duo’s socials.
This weekend, the two play Oakland and Bakersfield, California on Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour with Runaway June.
Maddie & Tae’s latest single is “Die from a Broken Heart” from their new One Heart to Another EP.
Big Machine Lady Antebellum is back with their first new music since they changed record labels, and if their new song, “What If I Never Get Over You,” reminds you of their 2009 smash, “Need You Now,” they say that’s just fine with them.
"We hit this place of wanting to go back to where we came from," Hillary Scott explains. "This single is a great example of that.”
“We've got 13 years of life together, of work together, of ups and downs in our personal lives,” she adds. “All of that kind of encompasses one same feeling: 'We're here, we're loving it, and we're turning over a new leaf -- one that feels really familiar and authentic to ourselves as a band.'"
Dave Haywood echoes Hillary’s thoughts: "I feel like 'What If I Never Get Over You' is a turn back to our beginning, both in the sound and the core of who we are,” he says.
"We love being able to put out those big questions about lost love,” Dave continues, “like 'What if time doesn't do what it's supposed to do?' or 'What if I never move on from this relationship?’"
“It's been a bit of our magic from day one,” Charles Kelley says of the new song.
After recording for Capitol since the start of their career in 2007, the trio left to sign with Big Machine last year.
Today at 1 p.m. ET, Lady A is set to premiere the new video for “What If I Never Get over You” on YouTube. Then at 7:30 p.m. ET, they’ll do a Facebook Live event where they’ll perform the song and take questions from fans.
Tonight, they continue their Our Kind of Vegas residency at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.
Comstock/ThinkstockIn the history of Luke Bryan's career, only his second single failed to crack country's top ten. Can you name the sophomore release from the I'll Stay Me record? ANSWER: "We Rode in Trucks."
Tonight in St. Louis, Missouri, Jimmie Allen opens for Rascal Flatts on their Summer Playlist Tour.
Fans can be sure they'll hear his breakthrough, multi-week #1 hit, "Best Shot." The crowd's reaction is also likely to match every other time Jimmie's played the song recently.
"I didn't realize how many people knew the song..." he tells ABC Radio. "I don't even have to start the song, you know, start singing."
"As soon as I play the first chords," Jimmie says, imitating the intro, "people start screaming."
"And the first time it happened, I stopped playing and was just like..." he stops, recreating his silence. "And they just took the song and started singing the whole song. I was like, 'This is crazy!'"Saturday night, Jimmie, Billy Currington, and the Flatts guys continue on to Chicago. Look for Jimmie's second single, "Make Me Want To," to be a staple of his set as well.
Songwriter Glenn Martin passed away on Sunday at the age of 86. He wrote classics like Charley Pride's "Is Anybody Going to San Antone" and Merle Haggard's "If We're Not Back in Love by Monday" and "It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)," among others.
Montgomery Gentry's new EP, Outskirts, will be released on June 14. It was recorded before the passing of Troy Gentry in a helicopter crash in September of 2017.
"All on Me" hitmaker Devin Dawson plays two shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Saturday.
You can check out Danielle Bradbery's new video for "Shallow" on YouTube now. She teams up with newcomer Parker McCollum to recreate the Academy-Award-winning tune from A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
With the finale of American Idol on the way Sunday, ABC has already confirmed a third season in 2020. But Luke Bryan clarifies that he, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry are still in talks about their return.
"They have agreed to pay me $180 million..." Luke jokes. "We like that number... it's in the ballpark."
"But, no..." he adds in a more serious tone. "I'm obviously excited about the potential of a season three. We're in the business portion of it where we're working [the contract] out -- I pray to God that me and Lionel and Katie are the ones that can come back."
Luke will sing his latest hit, "Knockin' Boots," on Sunday. But regardless of what happens, he says American Idol made him better.
"I could not be prouder of what we have put on TV..." he asserts. "I can tangibly hold my head high... It's something that I enjoy doing. It's something that I work hard at."
"My learning curve from last year to this year -- I just got a lot better..." Luke admits. "Now I hop in a cab and a lot of people don't know now my music... they just know me from American Idol."
But the Georgia native doesn't foresee any cause for worry.
"All things feel positive that me and Lionel and Katy and Ryan [Seacrest] will be back," Luke says candidly.
Luke confesses he has a dollar figure in mind.
"I always like to find out what Blake's making on The Voice, and just do one dollar more than him..." he deadpans. "I'm gonna get him all liquored up, and he's gonna tell me his salary, and then I can come back and tell Idol what I want."
The AmericanIdol season two finale starts Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Mark LevineThe stars will be shining brighter than ever before for Second Harvest in 2019: During CMA Fest this year, CMA and ACM Entertainer Keith Urban will headline Nashville's annual benefit to feed Tennessee’s hungry.
The 2019 Stars for Second Harvest show will be Tuesday, June 4 at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Singer/songwriter HARDY, viral sensation Mason Ramsey and others are also set to take the stage.
This is the 15th year that hit songwriter Craig Wiseman -- who helped craft Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” -- has produced and emceed the event. Tickets are on sale now.
Atlantic/CurbMichael Ray will headline Rodney Atkins’ 9th Annual Music City Gives Back Concert the week of CMA Fest in Nashville.
The Monday, June 3 event will take place in Ascend Park on the Riverfront in Music City. Rodney will host the evening, while Michael will close the show. Look for more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Music City Gives Back show benefits the W.O. Smith Music School, which provides music lessons to the children of Nashville.
Rodney’s top twenty hit, “Caught Up in the Country,” has just been certified gold. Michael’s also just put out a new stripped-down version of his latest single, “Her World or Mine.” You can check it out on YouTube.
AtlanticTonight in St. Louis, Brett Eldredge is playing his stop on the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour.
Since dive bars by definition are typically small and often crowded, the location is being kept top secret to everyone except those lucky enough to score a ticket.
If you keep your eye on Brett’s socials, however, he’s hinting you’re likely to be able to see at least part of his concert on Instagram. We do know the doors for the show open at 7:30 CT.
Meanwhile, Brett’s latest single, “Love Someone,” is currently climbing in country’s top ten. It’s the third single from his self-titled album from 2017, and his biggest hit since “The Long Way” made it to #2 in April of last year.
The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett’s fourth album, Center Point Road, won’t be out for two more weeks. But the “Look What God Gave Her” hitmaker revealed there’s still plenty of new music coming as fans wait for its arrival.
This Friday, TR will release his collaboration with Jon Pardi called “Beer Can’t Fix.” Ryan Tedder, frontman for pop group OneRepublic, is one of Thomas Rhett’s co-writers on the song.
Then next Friday, we’ll be able to hear the title track, which features Kelsea Ballerini. The full Center Point Road record arrives May 31.
The new tunes join a handful of tracks from the record that are already available: “That Old Truck,” “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” with Little Big Town, and the top ten lead single, “Look What God Gave Her.”
Ashley's version is climbing the chart now, but it's also been covered by one of the biggest stars on the planet: Garth Brooks.
At first, the Arkansas native admits she thought her iPhone was playing tricks on her.
"The first thing that happened was I got a text," Ashley explains. "You know, with the way Apple works, it might say 'Maybe Ashley' if I texted you."
"So I got a text from 'Maybe Garth,' and it says, 'Is this the correct information for Ashley McBryde?' And I'm like, 'There's no way this is Garth Brooks. No way.'"
"I texted back, 'Yes sir,' just in case. And he said, 'Can I call you tomorrow at 1:15?'"
"'Yes sir!'" Ashley responded. "Then he calls, and it's legit: Garth Brooks."
When the winningest Entertainer of the Year in CMA history got Ashley on the phone, they talked about a couple of her songs.
"He asked about 'Girl Goin' Nowhere' and 'A Bible and a .44,'" Ashley recalls. "And he wanted to know about my family and my upbringing and my parents and how was their health?"
"And then I didn't even know he was gonna cover the song until later in the year, when he did it in Tacoma and Spokane," says Ashley. "He did send out an email and a text to say, 'We're gonna put it on the live record,' which is insane."
In Garth's hands, Ashley's song becomes "Guy Goin' Nowhere." Currently, the only way to hear it is to order The Anthology, Part III: Live from Amazon, or via fan video on YouTube.
Comstock/ThinkstockThis native of the Volunteer State was nicknamed "the Tennessee Plowboy" and topped the chart in 1965 with "Make the World Go Away," one of his signature songs. Can you name this 1966 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum? ANSWER: Eddy Arnold.
RCA Nashville When Chris Young kicks off his Raised on Country Tour tonight in the Atlanta, Georgia area, he'll also be hitting the road with some old friends -- including one he met a decade ago when he landed one of his first record deals.
"I think the very first time I met [Chris Janson] was when he was signed to Sony way back in the day," Chris Young recalls. "And we were playing -- the two of us -- acoustic for eight people. So I've known him for a long, long time."
"He's incredible," the headliner adds, "and he actually opened on a show out in California last year, and... it was the first time I'd seen his show in awhile. And I was like, 'Dude, I want you on my tour!' It was just awesome to watch him perform and watch his show and watch what he does."
It's important to the "Raised on Country" hitmaker to book opening acts his fans want to see.
"I want people to come early and stay late when I have a tour," Young explains. "So being able to have him, LOCASH, Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen -- and they're all so incredibly talented."
Chris Young discovered Jimmie early in his career, too.
"I met him at an acoustic writers night," he remembers. "I heard him playing and... I was like, 'Dude, hit me up, because you are super-talented.'"
"And it was before he got signed," Chris points out. "So being able to have somebody... that's now had songs out there, that everybody knows...is really special."
Tonight, Dylan Scott and Chris Janson open the show in Alpharetta, Georgia, before heading to Charlotte, North Carolina and Bristow, Virginia on Friday and Saturday. LOCASH and Jimmie Allen come on board in July.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae discuss their new EP, One Heart to Another, on Thursday's episode of Pickler & Ben. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area.
The self-titled debut album from former Nashville actress Clare Bowen is set to be released July 12. She kicks off her summer tour July 29 at New York City's City Winery.
You can check out Cam's new acoustic video for "So Long" on YouTube. The stripped-down version of her collaboration with electronic producer/DJ Diplo was shot at The Cave Studio in Nashville.
If you missed Filmore doing his debut single, "Slower," on the Today show, you can check out the Missouri native's performance online.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson will be dropping some “Good Vibes” on Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest next Wednesday.
The “Fix a Drink” hitmaker is set to sing hit latest hit, “Good Vibes,” on Live with Kelly and Ryan on May 22. You can catch the syndicated show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.
Last evening, Chris played the Tuesday night Opry with his pal Keith Urban. He followed a performance of his double-platinum hit “Buy Me a Boat” by collaborating with the Aussie superstar on their version of John Michael Montgomery’s nineties’ hit, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction).”
Chris’ summer kicks into high gear this Thursday, as he plays the first date on Chris Young’s Raised on Country Tour in Alpharetta, Georgia.