Photo Courtesy of Big Machine RecordsHaving just released his first single, “There’s a Girl,” Trent Harmon is busy working to finish his debut for Big Machine Records. While we don’t know exactly how long it will be before the American Idol winner’s full album will be out, there is some new music to tide fans over.
The Arkansas native has re-recorded Gary Wright’s 1975 hit “Dream Weaver” for the new animated film Ice Age: Collision Course. It’s available as a bonus track on the digital release of the soundtrack.
Last week, Trent shared the stage with label mates Maddie & Tae at the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s fundraiser in Minneapolis. He also got to rub elbows with the likes of Jennifer Garner, Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Jay Leno.
Columbia NashvilleIf you want to know what it’s like to hang out with Maren Morris in her backyard, the “My Church” hitmaker is issuing an invitation for you to check it out. You can vicariously visit Maren’s outdoor space at her East Nashville home, thanks to her partnership with the website Wayfair.
The home furnishings and décor retailer recently helped the newcomer trick out her patio dining space, adding a lounge with a fire pit and a cabana. You can check out pictures of the makeover at People.com, with the individual items available in a special section on Wayfair. Through August 22, you can also enter to win a trip for two to next November’s 50th CMA Awards in Music City.
Maren's follow-up to her breakthrough hit is her second single, "80's Mercedes." This weekend, she took in a screening of Star Trek Beyond with tourmates Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge.
Courtesy BMLGThis week, “H.O.L.Y.” becomes Florida GeorgiaLine’s eleventh career number-one. It’s a milestone that puts the duo in a reflective mode.
“From the college guys we were when ‘Cruise’ came out to starting our families, it’s been really cool to see our fans and radio embrace the music BK and I make,” Tyler Hubbard says. “‘H.O.L.Y.’ is personally so special to us.”
“Tyler and I have been beyond blessed to have so much support throughout our career,” Brian Kelley agrees, “and are continually grateful when these moments happen. Here’s to digging a little deeper and soaring even higher with our fans every night out on the road!”
“H.O.L.Y” is the lead single from the pair’s third album, Dig Your Roots, which comes out August 26.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley will officially be “Somewhere on Beach” well into the fall. The “Different for Girls” hitmaker is extending his tour of the same name, adding a second leg that will go through the end of October. Current tourmate Randy Houser will continue on the ten new dates, while newcomer Drake White and The Big Fire will join Dierks after they wrap their work on Zac Brown Band’s Black Out the Sun trek.
The initial dates on Dierks’ tour conclude with a two-night stand at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, Colorado. After a few days off, Dierks and company will fire up round number two, starting October 13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“We’re about 30 shows in so far, and I feel like we are just getting started,” Dierks says. “The songs from the new album are really connecting like nothing I’ve experienced before. The band and crew are in a great groove and we’re having the time of our lives out there… We’re going to make summer last as long as possible out here on the ‘Beach.’”
You can find the latest info on the new dates at Dierks.com, as pre-sales for the second leg of the Somewhere on a Beach Tour start Tuesday. This week, Dierks’ duet with Elle King, “Different for Girls,” breaks into the top 15.
Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney’s surprise new duet with Pink will be his next single. The opportunity to record “Setting the World on Fire” with the acrobatic pop star is one of the reasons the eight-time Entertainer of the Year decided to push back the release of his next album and change the title to Cosmic Hallelujah.
“I wanted a song that packs all that joy, all that fun, all the energy that love is made of,” he says of the collaboration. “You can’t conjure a song that captures that feeling of being on the brink like this does. The lyrics are a perfect way of saying it, but when you feel that melody rise, the arrangement picking up momentum -- it’s bigger than you are, and all you want to do is throw yourself against the night. Then when Pink comes in -- well that just brings this [song] to life.”
The world will get its first chance to hear “Setting the World on Fire” when it’s released to radio Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. Cosmic Hallelujah, which features its top-10 first single “Noise,” is set for release October 28.
ABC/Image Group LASaturday night, Keith Urban worked an impromptu version of The Temptations’ classic “My Girl” into his show as the Ripcord tour stopped in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- and the funny thing is, his duet partner happens to have a little history with Keith’s girl.
Actor Miles Teller was handpicked by Keith’s better half, actress Nicole Kidman, for his role in the 2010 film Rabbit Hole. You may’ve also seen him in the Divergent films or in TheFantastic Four.
His guest turn with Keith was likely inspired by his model girlfriend Kaleigh Sperry’s Instagram post last week of him playing and singing the Motown classic. You can check out his duet version with Keith on YouTube.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line will soon release their own line of brown liquor, to be known as Old Camp Whiskey.
American Idol alums Carrie Underwood and Lauren Alaina exchanged affectionate tweets after Lauren opened for Carrie this Saturday in Monticello, Iowa.
Joey Feek is almost finished writing a new book about his shared journey with his wife Rory as she fought and eventually succumbed to cancer last March. It will be titled This Life I Lead, after his blog of the same name.
Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleThis weekend, Dolly Parton wrapped up a series of four dates that took her from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday to Deadwood, South Dakota, on Saturday, as she resumed her summer Pure & Simple Tour. You might be surprised to learn that means the entertainment icon has recently been spending some serious time in the kitchen.
“I cook. Like when we're going on tour, I cook for about a week,” she reveals. “Because I'm a good country cook. And I miss the certain things that I like to eat, whether it's chicken and dumplings or pork roast or fried corn. It depends on what the season... I always cook and then I freeze a lot of stuff, put it in containers. So when I'm out on the road, if I don't get exactly what I want, I can just go get me a container of something I did cook.”
While Dolly has been candid about the fact that she prefers to stay on her bus as opposed to checking into fancy hotels, she admits she makes sure she brings along all her favorite creature comforts.
“Sometimes I just miss home, so...I always have to have my pillows...You know, everybody sleeps a certain way. I've got a couple of pillows that I have to have, a certain little blanket I have to have. So I always have my little things like that.”
Dolly’s home-cooked food, pillows and her blanket roll through Utah, Colorado, and Missouri this week. Her new album, Pure & Simple, which shares its title with her tour, will be out August 19.
PRNewsFoto/Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, even amid the hottest days of summer. As part of her new partnership with Cracker Barrel, Reba is releasing her third yuletide collection this September.
My Kind of Christmas includes eleven highly-recognizable standards, including Reba’s cover of Dolly Parton’s classic from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, “Hard Candy Christmas.” The Country Music Hall of Famer is no stranger to crooning a Christmas tune, having already notched two holiday collections in her catalog, 1987’s Merry Christmas to You and 1999’s The Secret of Giving.
Here’s the complete track listing for My Kind of Christmas, which will be available exclusively at Cracker Barrel starting September 2:
“Winter Wonderland” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” “Holy Night” “Hard Candy Christmas” “Come All Ye Faithful” “Jingle Bell Rock” “Silent Night” “White Christmas” “Jingle Bells” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Photo credit: Danny Clinch/Courtesy Shock InkIf you live in Washington or Colorado, you’ll soon be able legally to partake of Willie Nelson’s premium brand of cannabis. Willie’s Reserve is expected to be available in select stores in July in Washington, before debuting in Colorado in August.
In a press release that calls the Country Music Hall of Famer “the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States,” Willie says he always knew marijuana would be legalized. He’s just surprised it happened in his lifetime.
“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” he admits candidly. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people. I hope it gives social justice to those who are incarcerated for doing what we’re now doing legally,” he adds.
To celebrate, Willie will do a show this Saturday at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. He’ll follow with another concert July 30 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, Colorado.
Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer William Michael Morgan is getting high praise from ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean.
“Just a really, really cool voice, and it’s very country,” Jason says, evaluating WMM’s abilities. “I think it’s really important to have those guys that are the traditionalists, that carry the flag in country music, and after hearing this guy sing I was like, ‘He could be the dude.' I love the song, I love his voice and I hope he does well because I think we need this kind of thing in the format.”
William Michael’s debut single, “I Met a Girl,” which was co-written by Sam Hunt, is currently knocking on the door to the top twenty. He recently shot the cover photo for his full-length debut on Warner Brothers, which should be out later this year.
MCA NashvilleNext month, Kip Moore headlines Nashville’s annual Guitar-B-Que fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but last week in Memphis, he got the chance to visit with some of the patients the concert will help.
You can see Kip in action with the kids in a new YouTube clip, laughing, hugging and performing an impromptu rendition of Josh Turner’s “Your Man” as he gets to know the youngsters undergoing treatment at the non-profit hospital. Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Brandy Clark and Chris Lane will join Kip for the show August 10 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.
Right now, Kip’s latest single, “Running for You,” is poised to break into the top 15.
Cover Art Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is back with a new single, just in time for “The Weekend.” It’s a song that was inspired by the crowds on his Blackout Tour last winter.
“We were rolling through the Midwest, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and you see how hard people work-- and how much they need to let it go when they get to Friday!” Brantley recalls. “All those people coming out to the shows and rocking hard, they meant business. I wanted to write a song that matched that intensity to kick back even harder than you work.”
This summer, Brantley’s meeting those same kinds of fans on his Take It Outside Tour with Justin Moore and Colt Ford. When he’s not on the road, he’s busy working to follow up “The Weekend” with his new album.
Courtesy BMLG/Photo Credit: Sheryl NieldsIt’s been ten years since Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” topped the charts, and for the entire decade since its release, ESPN has used the song as the soundtrack for its series that follows the Make-a-Wish Foundation as they turn dreams into reality for children with life-threatening illnesses.
To celebrate the anniversary, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have recorded a new version of their hit from 2006. They also reflect on the impact of “My Wish” on the Friday night edition of SportsCenter. You can catch it at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can check out the trio’s interview online now.
Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has country’s most successful tour of 2016 so far, according to Billboard. The American Idol winner made $29.9 million from the 40 dates on her Storyteller tour, enough to land at number 10 on the magazine’s Highest-Grossing Tours list.
The “Church Bells” hitmaker also has the distinction of being the only country artist on the ranking, though it’s worth pointing out that Garth Brooks doesn’t release his numbers. Carrie’s former country colleague Taylor Swift comes in at number 9 with $33.3 million for just a dozen shows. Bruce Springsteen lands at the top, making $135 million over his 45 dates.
Carrie sets out on the second leg of the Storyteller tour at the end of August.
Capitol Records NashvilleJon Pardi may’ve grown up in California, but his latest hit, “Head over Boots,” actually has its roots in the Lone Star State. He was visiting his dad, who lives near San Antonio, when the inspiration struck.
“Texas has a bunch of dance halls,” Jon recalls, “so we were out there kinda hanging out, having some beers, watching the band, listening to country music. And they were playing like western swing and old Merle Haggard songs and stuff. There was old couples and young couples dancing, and I was like, 'Man, it'd be really cool just to get like a cool song that once you hear it, everybody wants to dance to it.'"
Even after sleeping on it, Jon couldn’t shake the idea.
“I woke up the next morning after the dance hall and had a cup of coffee and I just started singing, and like strumming and kinda just writing melodies and stuff. And I recorded the melody to 'Head over Boots' and the first three lines… And that's kinda what we started with.”
“Head over Boots” is currently edging its way into country’s top five. It’s the lead single from Jon’s sophomore album, California Sunrise, which recently debuted at number one on Billboard’s country albums chart.
ABCLittle Big Town and Bonnie Raitt were among the artists who explored the years 1990-1995 on Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s musical tribute show Greatest Hits.
Thursday’s show saw the "Girl Crush" quartet put their spin on the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,”with the band giving the 1995 song a southern twist.
Andra Day teamed up with Raitt for a duet of Bonnie’s 1994 hit, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You.” Next, the pair, who first met at this year’s Grammy Awards back in February, joined forces for a powerful version of Day’s “Rise Up.”
The evening also included “Here” singer Alessia Cara putting her stamp on U2’s “One,” En Vogue performing “Free Your Mind,” Seal reprising his classic “Kiss from A Rose,” Montell Jordan delivering his R&B smash “This Is How We Do It” and Boyz II Men singing their 1991 hit, “Motownphilly”
Greatest Hits returns next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.