ABC/Mark LevineIf you’d like to hear what Old Dominion sounded like back in the days when they were just a bunch of songwriters playing in a bar in downtown Nashville, all you need to do is check out their socials.
The reigning ACM Vocal Group of the Year shared a clip from nearly a decade ago, captured as they covered Garth Brooks’ 1993 #1, “That Summer.” A lone couple two-steps on the dance floor at Music City’s Wildhorse Saloon.
“This is us in 2010,” the band tweeted. “Jamming our favorite Garth Brooks tune to a crowd of 2 whole people at the Wildhorse Saloon. What a crazy ride we have been on…”
OD’s debut album, Meat & Candy, came out in 2015, and it spun off a string of chart-topping singles, starting with their first release, “Break Up with Him.” Since then, “Song for Another Time,” “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” and “Written in the Sand” have all gone to #1.
The band’s latest hit, “Hotel Key,” just broke into country’s top 10.
Allister AnnEvery album Kenny Chesney ever released on his former record label, Sony Nashville, has now been certified gold or platinum. In all, that encompasses twenty projects, ranging from 1995’s All I Need to Know to 2017’s Live in No Shoes Nation.
Five of Kenny’s albums are multi-platinum, ten are platinum, and five are gold.
“It always amazes me how deep into the catalogue No Shoes Nation goes,” Kenny says, referring to his fans. “People talk to me about songs from Me and You; they talk to me about Hemingway’s Whiskey, Be As You Are and even All I Want for Christmas.”
“But you never sit down and think about the fact they must have all made those albums a part of their life,” he continues. “So to hear every record I’ve made is platinum -- or gold -- that kind of makes me pause a little.”
Kenny closed the Sony Nashville chapter of his career last year, leaving his longtime label home to sign with Warner Bros. Nashville. Songs for the Saints, his Warner debut, came out last month.
BMLGIf you wonder how Florida Georgia Line's latest top ten hit came to be, the answer is "Simple," just like the title of the song. It's one of the many hits that have been born out of the duo's tradition of bringing a bus filled with songwriters on tour, sponsored by their publishing company, Tree Vibez Music.
"It started on the Tree Vibez bus," Tyler Hubbard explains, "which is a bus that we bring out on tour with us, with all our writers, about a year ago actually. We wrote that song a little over a year ago."
Tyler says "Simple" came out of his and Brian Kelley's desire to reconnect with who they are at their core.
"It's just been a special song," Tyler reflects. "I think that day we were just trying to remind ourselves to get back to the basics of life a little bit, and keep things simple. You know, keep our priorities in line, and make sure we're staying present and all that type of stuff."
"Simple" serves as an important reminder for Tyler, since he became a father for the first time back in December, when his daughter Olivia was born.
"I just think it's perfect timing for us," he says, "and it feels like it couldn't be more us right now."
"I feel like the fans have really connected with it," Tyler adds.
"Simple" is the lead release from FGL's forthcoming follow-up to Dig Your Roots. So far, we don't know when exactly the full album will be released.
Comstock/Thinkstock Eleven years ago this week, Luke Bryan's first album was released. Can you recall the name of the debut record from the man who would go on to be a four-time Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: I'll Stay Me.
ABC/Image Group LA As Lady Antebellum continues their Summer Plays On trek with pal Darius Rucker, there's no denying things have changed drastically since last year's You Look Good Tour.
Both Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott have new babies. In fact, Hillary has two: twins Betsy Mack and Emory JoAnn, who were born in January.
In December, Dave and wife Kelli welcomed daughter Lillie Renee -- she joined older brother Cash, who'll be four next month. Dave admits it takes a lot more planning to hit the road these days.
"It's a lot of logistics now with the kids..." he explains. "There's a lot of, 'Okay, kids are coming here, kids are flying there, riding on the bus.'"
"But we love the tour bus," Dave continues. "We're out there ridin' through the night, and it's a lot of...making sure you've got everything you need."
Hillary undoubtedly has the fullest plate of all. In addition to the twins, she's also mom to big sister Eisele, who turned five in July. For now, the twins are staying home with their dad, Chris Tyrell, who usually tours with Lady A as their drummer.
Hillary says for her, the key is taking it day by day.
"I learned that with my personality, I can make some big future plans, and then once they're made, I kind of have to take it three to four days at a time," she laughs, "and then just focus on the immediate, the present. And just know that adrenaline's always gonna kick in, no matter how jet-lagged you are."
Meanwhile, Charles Kelley and wife Cassie are busy keeping up with two-year-old Ward, who's loving life on the road so far.
This week, Lady A works the West Coast, as their latest single, "Heart Break," nears country's top-ten.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean is the first headliner revealed for next year's Tortuga Music Festival. Look for more information about the April 12-14 festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the coming months.
Thomas Rhett's current album, Life Changes, has been certified platinum, while his current hit, which is also the title cut, has just gone gold.
Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley announced she's expecting her second child in January. She revealed the news during a surprise appearance with bandmates Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe this past weekend.
You can check out Ashley Monroe's new music video for "Wild Love" on YouTube now. It's the latest release from her current album, Sparrow.
Blackbird PresentsYou can experience Charlie Daniels' 2018 Volunteer Jam this Sunday, as a new concert special premieres August 19 at 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV. The show was recorded March 7 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
The show, titled Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels, is headlined by the Country Music Hall of Famer, and also features performances by Chris Janson, Chris Young, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt, Sara Evans, Eddie Montgomery and Ricky Skaggs, as well as Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
In addition, the concert features a tribute to the late Gregg Allman that includes renditions of the Allman Brothers Band classics "Blue Sky" and "Midnight Rider" performed by Gregg's son Devon, ex-Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts' son Duane and former Allmans keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
At the concert, Gibbons sang the ZZ Top classic "La Grange," Lynyrd Skynyrd played their signature song "Sweet Home Alabama," and The Charlie Daniels Band performed their best-known hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Bringing the concert to a close, all the performers joined together for a performance of the Allman Brothers' "One Way Out."
A two-CD set and digital album featuring music from the concert special is also set to be released on October 12, and is available for pre-order now. Visit VolunteerJamXX.com for more details.
Here's the full track list of the Volunteer Jam XX CD set:
CD 1 "Trudy" -- Blackberry Smoke "Brand New Star" -- The Oak Ridge Boys "Sweet Louisiana" -- Brent Cobb "Evangeline" -- Sara Evans "Simple Man" -- Justin Moore "(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks" -- Chris Janson "Texas" -- Steep Canyon Rangers "My Town" -- Eddie Montgomery "The Legend of Wooley Swamp" -- Lee Brice "Blue Sky" -- Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell "Midnight Rider" -- Devon Allman & Duane Betts with Chuck Leavell
CD 2 "Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" -- Travis Tritt "It's a Great Day to Be Alive" -- Travis Tritt "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" -- Chris Young "We Had It All One Time" -- Ricky Skaggs "La Grange" -- Billy F Gibbons "The South's Gonna Do It Again" -- Alabama "Mountain Music" -- Alabama "Tennessee Fiddlin' Man" -- Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- Charlie Daniels & The Charlie Daniels Band "One Way Out" -- All Star Finale
ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs may only be on the fourth single of his career so far, but the North Carolina native is already amassing quite a collection of precious metal.
His debut single, "Hurricane," has just been certified triple platinum by the RIAA, while his follow-up, "When It Rains It Pours," is now double platinum. If you're seeing a pattern here, you might have predicted that his third single, "One Number Away," has just crossed the million mark and gone platinum.
Single number four, "She Got the Best of Me," just broke into country's top-30 this week. It's from the deluxe reissue of his album, re-titled This One's for You Too. Another album track, "Beautiful Crazy," has also been certified gold, even though it's never been a single.
Here's another impressive feat: Since its release in June of 2017, Luke's debut album has been streamed more than a billion times.
Luke reflects on his success in a new Nightline profile, shot before his debut at New York City's Madison Square Garden last weekend. You can check out out the piece online.
ABC RadioDierks Bentley will be hanging out with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Whoopi Goldberg and John Stamos this Friday night, as he appears on the fourth annual WE Day special on ABC.
The event is “a celebration of young people making a difference,” and is put together by the WE organization, which encourages the next generation to effect positive change in the world.
Dierks performed his most recent #1, “Woman, Amen,” when the special was taped back in April, and says there’s no question his kids have positively impacted his life, going so far as to say he’d be “incomplete as a man” without them.
The Arizona native tells People his son Knox and daughters Jordan Catherine and Evalyn Day are likely “the greatest character builder” in his marriage to wife Cassidy, but adds they’re also pretty good on the road.
“They love traveling, touring,” Dierks says. “Whenever it’s possible, we just drag them out there. I feel like that’s my main job, really, is being a dad."
You can watch for Dierks on the WE Day special starting at 8 p.m. ET this Friday on ABC. John Stamos hosts, with Will Ferrell, Cyndi Lauper, Dr. Phil, and Martin Sheen set to join him as well.
ABC/Mark LevineACM Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion will play Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for the very first time next month, in a special show they’re calling An Evening with Friends.
The September 18 concert will benefit both The Opry Trust Foundation and The Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
“The Ryman has been a bucket list venue since we moved to Nashville,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey says. “The growth of this band over the past couple of years has taken us all over the world into some truly huge venues, but every time we come home, there she is. We cannot wait to get on that stage.”
“On top of that,” he adds, “we are enjoying getting to the point where we can help others with our music. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Opry Trust are charities that are near and dear to us. It’s going to be a beautiful night.”
Pre-sales are underway now, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Stay tuned to find out which of OD’s friends will be joining the “Hotel Key” hitmakers.
Big Loud Chris Lane will kick off his fall Laps Around the Sun Tour on the beach in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Viral video sensation Mason Ramsey will join him on the trek, along with American Idol alum Gabby Barrett.
The North Carolina native’s headlining run takes its name from his new album, also titled Laps Around the Sun. It features his top-ten hit with pop star Tori Kelly, “Take Back Home Girl.”
“I’m blown away by the response to my new album,” Chris says. “Performing live and interacting with fans is one of my favorite parts of what I do, and hearing people sing along is such a cool feeling.”
“I can’t wait to hit the road and play these songs every night,” he adds. “See y’all this fall!”
Here’s a look at Chris Lane’s complete itinerary for the Laps Around the Sun Tour, with pre-sales starting August 21, before becoming available to the general public on August 23:
10/12 -- Gulf Breeze, FL, Flounder’s Pensacola Beach 10/13 -- Savannah, GA, Saddle Bags Savannah 10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave 10/19 -- Rosemont, IL, Joe’s Live 10/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, 8 Seconds Saloon 10/25 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues 10/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues 10/27 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues 10/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour 11/2 -- Lynchburg, VA, Phase 2 11/8 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City 11/9 -- Charleston, SC, Music Farm 11/15 -- Columbia, SC, The Senate 11/17 -- Rootstown, OH, Dusty Armadillo 11/24 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 11/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 12/1 -- Lakeland, FL, Wild Greg’s Saloon 12/12 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 12/13 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 12/14 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 12/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts
This fall, Shelly West's mother, the late DottieWest, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The second-generation country hitmaker scored two number-ones in her own right, the first being her 1981 duet with David Frizzell, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma." Can you name her second hit, and only solo #1? ANSWER: "Jose Cuervo."
Capitol NashvilleA little more than ten days ago, we found out that Carrie Underwood will return for the 11th time to host the CMA Awards. Then just five days later, the American Idol winner revealed she’s expecting her second baby.
But the “Cry Pretty” hitmaker admits she’s happy to juggle the responsibilities of being one of the leading female vocalists in country music and the challenges of motherhood a second time.
“We were super excited to get the phone call to ask Brad [Paisley] and me to come back for an 11th year of the CMAs of hosting,” she says. “We just always have a lot of fun. It’s definitely a lot of pressure and it’s a lot of work working on the CMAs.”
After more than a decade leading country music’s most prestigious night, Carrie says everyone on the show has become a family.
“At the end of the day, I love the team that we work with,” she explains. “We have a lot of fun, and we kinda get to be the ones that represent country music and we take our jobs very seriously, but we love what we do.”
Carrie’s new album -- her first for Capitol Nashville, also titled Cry Pretty -- comes out September 14. The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will follow a couple months later, on November 14. You can tune in to watch at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Luke Bryan, Sugarland and Dan Shay will announce this year’s nominees on Good Morning America on Tuesday, August 28. You can tune in to find out who’s in the running starting at 7 a.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Mark LevineIf you watch Luke Combs’ new video for “She Got the Best of Me” carefully, you’re sure to spot several surprises.
The new clip is laced with plenty of inside information hardcore Luke fans will recognize, including cameos from Luke’s band members, the Dodge Neon he drove when he moved to Nashville, and even some shots of his hometown of Boone, North Carolina. The guitar Luke plays in the video also happens to be his very first one, which he used while learning the instrument.
You can check out the “She Got the Best of Me” video on YouTube now.
The GreenRoomLANCO hits the road for their first-ever headlining tour this fall, kicking off the run October 24 in Columbia, Missouri, before wrapping up in Nashville in early December.
Travis Denning, who has his first top-40 hit with “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” will join the fivesome for the trek, called Hallelujah Nights.
The tour not only takes its name from LANCO’s first album, it’ll also be their first chance to showcase their debut effort from start to finish.
“This is a brand new show we’ve put together for our fans and it will be first time we get to play Hallelujah Nights in its entirety,” lead singer Brandon Lancaster reveals.
“This year has been full of so many incredible firsts for us,” he adds, “and we’ve learned so much out on the road about ourselves and about what our people want and expect from us. We can't wait to play these songs and share their stories from front to back that represent the core of LANCO.”
This summer, the “Born to Love You” hitmakers are busy opening Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High trek with Brothers Osborne.
The first tickets for LANCO’s Hallelujah Nights Tour go on sale Tuesday, with seats becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s a look at the complete itinerary:
10/24 -- Columbia, MO, The Blue Note 10/25 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District 10/26 -- Clive, IA, 7 Flags Event Center 11/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE 11/2 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater 11/3 -- Rochester, NY, Anthology 11/8 -- Chattanooga, TN, The Signal 11/9 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, The House of Blues 11/10 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 11/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 11/18 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 11/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 12/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 12/7 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
Allister AnnKenny Chesney set a new record this weekend at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, playing for more than 55,000 fans in Music City. Kenny's Trip Around the Sun Music City tour stop surpasses the number of tickets sold by One Direction in 2014, when close to 54,000 fans filled the home of the Tennessee Titans.
“There’s a special energy that happens when you’re home,” Kenny observed after the show. “This one’s for the people who know you, your team, where these songs come from.”
“When they sing the chorus of ‘American Kids,’” he adds, “you can feel they know that song in a whole other way -- and it’s incredible to hear that much passion and energy coming at the stage.”
Next up, Kenny takes his two-hour set to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey this Saturday night, with openers Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay.
BMGTwo decades after the release of her classic, multi-platinum album, White Christmas, Martina McBride is back with a second volume. It’s the Holiday Season is set to come out October 19.
The nine-song collection was recorded at the historic Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and at McBride’s own Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
"It's been exactly 20 years since I released White Christmas,” Martina reflects. “With that album, I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done. I wanted to accomplish the same thing with It's The Holiday Season, but with a different feel.”
“So I decided to make most of the album with a big-band swing vibe that takes you back to the [Frank] Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald records,” she continues. “We recorded more of the pop Christmas numbers that lend themselves to that kind of feel."
The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year will also put out her second cookbook this fall. Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life will be released October 30.
The Kansas native will hit the road for another leg of her The Joy of Christmas Tour this year as well. Here’s a look at her itinerary:
11/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage 11/24 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 11/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium 11/29 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center 11/30 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center 12/1 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center 12/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall 12/6 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 12/7 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre 12/8 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
ABC/Image Group LA There’ll soon be a new baby girl in Jason Aldean’s family.
Jason and his wife Brittany announced the gender of their new little one this weekend on Instagram, in a baseball-themed reveal created especially for their older girls, 15-year-old Keely and 10-year-old Kendyl.
“Kendyl’s been… it’s the only thing she’s talked about for the past month,” Jason said at the beginning of the clip. Both older sisters correctly guessed they’d be getting a new baby sister, before hitting a baseball to reveal a cloud of pink smoke.
In addition to the two older girls, from Jason’s previous marriage, the new baby joins Jason and Brittany’s son, Memphis, who was born in December. While they announced the pregnancy back in July, we don’t know exactly when the new addition is due.