ABC/Image Group LA Just days after we learned Chris Stapleton missed Sunday’s ACM Awards because of the birth of his twin sons, his wife and musical partner Morgane is revealing more about the two new little ones in their lives.
“Thank you for all the love!” she shared on Instagram, along with a photo with the newborns. “We’re so grateful to finally be home with our sweet family.”
Morgane goes on to thank the doctors and nurses at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.
“At more than a month early,” she explains, “we had a week long stay in the nicu & the incredible people there kept our boys healthy & happy. Words cannot express our gratitude for you all & what you did for our family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”
Morgane and Chris also have two older children, a boy and a girl. So far, they haven't revealed the twins' names.
ABC/Image Group LA Cam just kicked off her Listening Room Series Tuesday night with a sold-out show in Portland, Oregon; and now she’s adding a rather impressive date to her itinerary: On Wednesday, September 26, the California native will do her first headlining concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Lucie Silvas -- who happens to be married to John Osborne of Brothers Osborne -- will be Cam's special guest for the night. Pre-sales are underway now, with seats going on sale to the general public on Friday.
BMLGHot off Midland’s free-wheeling appearance Sunday night in the ACM press room -- where the trio showed up with their Budweiser tallboys -- the New Vocal Group winners have gone right back to work.
“Pure honky tonk magic tonite filming the new video for Burn Out...” Midland tweeted late Monday, along with a photo that shows lead singer Mark Wystrach in front of a Billy Bob’s Texas logo. The Fort Worth, Texas bar is known as the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.
“Burn Out” is the third single from Midland’s On the Rocks album, which features their #1 debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.”
Sony Music Kane Brown’s self-titled debut returns to #1 on Billboard’s country albums charts this week, making it the set’s eleventh time at the top. Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour got in between Kane and #1 last week, but it now slips to second place.
Kane’s getting plenty of good news from Billboard this week: Monday, he found out he’s nominated for Artist, Album and Song for “What Ifs” with Lauren Alaina at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.
This week, Kane’s follow-up single, “Heaven,” ascends to the top five. If you’re a Comcast customer, you can see the him perform the song as an encore performance to Sunday's ACM Awards.
Country Music AssociationIf you can't grab a ticket to CMA Fest’s nightly stadium shows this summer, the Country Music Association once again is giving fans a free option.
The venue typically known as Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville will transform into the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage from June 7-9.
Broken Bow artists Chase Bryant, Craig Campbell, Lindsay Ell, Chase Rice, Runaway June, Granger Smith and more will take the stage on Thursday. Lee Brice headlines on Friday, with Clare Dunn, Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae, and Drake White joining him.
On Saturday, Cole Swindell leads the bill, with his Warner Bros. labelmates Cale Dodds, Morgan Evans, Michael Ray and Tegan Marie rounding out the show. The concerts start at 7 p.m. CT each night.
While these performances are free, you can buy passes that include VIP early access.
Some seats still remain for the Thursday-Sunday concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. You can find out more at CMAFest.com.
ABC/Image Group LAOn this day in 2010, this artist became the first woman in history to win Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards twice. Can you name her? ANSWER: Carrie Underwood, who previously won the award in 2009.
Randee St. Nicholas/Capitol Records NashvilleAfter debuting her new single, "Cry Pretty," on Sunday's ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood has now revealed that it's also the title track of her upcoming album.
Cry Pretty, her first for Capitol Records Nashville, will arrive September 14. Carrie co-produced the album with David Garcia. You can watch a trailer for the album now on YouTube.
In a statement, Carrie says, "At this point in my career, I feel stronger and more creative than ever. I think you can hear that in this new album. It’s emotional, it’s soulful, it’s real, and we also have some fun on there too. I hope everyone loves it as much as I have loved making it.”
BBR Music GroupJason Aldean started the week with a major performance on the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, followed up shortly after by winning his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year trophy.
Since big TV appearances typically turn into big album sales, Rearview Town -- Jason's new record that came out Friday -- should be on track for a huge debut.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't pay attention to that stuff," Jason admits. "But, you know, I think ultimately, you know, we just want people to listen to the record."
"You know, we spent a lot of time working on those albums and it just so happened we released the album on ACM weekend because we knew we were going to be doing a lot of press that would help promote it, all that kind of stuff," he explains.
Should Rearview Town debut at #1 on both the country albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200, that'll be the icing on the cake.
"Entertainer of the Year is pretty big," Jason says. "If we end the week with a #1 album to top it off, I mean, I don't know that it gets any better than that."
Jason's previous record, They Don't Know, topped both the country and the all-genre chart after its first week.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRodney Atkins has announced his 2018 These Are My People Tour in support of his new single, "Caught Up In the Country." The tour kicks off April 18 and runs through June 29. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit rodneyatkins.com.
The 2019 Outlaw Country Cruise 4 will set sail January 27 - February 1, 2019. The eclectic lineup includes Margo Price, Bobby Bare, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Drive-By Truckers and many more. The cruise will sail from Tampa to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas. For more information, visit outlawcountrycruise.com.
Kacey Musgraves and Midland are both nominees at the same two upcoming award ceremonies. At the Innovation in Music Awards, set for June 3, both Kacey and Midland are nominated in the category of Innovation in Music, Creative/Artist. Meanwhile, at the Association of Independent Music Publishers' Nashville Awards, Kacey's "Space Cowboy" is a finalist for the award's Publisher's Pick, while Midland's "Drinkin' Problem" is a nominee for Song of the Year.
Ben Ritter Kelsea Ballerini will spend the majority of her summer on the road as part of Keith Urban's 2018 Graffiti U World Tour, and Keith's already passed along plenty of wisdom to the young star.
In an interview with Elite Daily, the "I Hate Love Songs" singer says she looks up to Keith when it comes to career and relationship advice.
"The best kind of artists are the ones that change but stay the same," she tells the publication. "It’s hard to do and I think that’s why a lot of artists have a shorter career... It’s something that I want to learn from people like Taylor [Swift] and Keith [Urban] and people that somehow reinvent themselves but stay the same."
This isn't the only thing she's learned from the "Coming Home" singer, though. Kelsea says in the past, she and her husband Morgan Evans took advice from Keith and his wife, Nicole Kidman, on how to make their relationship work.
“We have a two-week rule. We’ve only broken it once. We learned it from Keith and Nicole; they have it," she explains. That rule states that you don't go for more than two weeks without seeing one another, and Kelsea says it's tough, but important.
"I just think as much as we are in this phase of our careers where it’s like, building the foundation and it’s really important to be busy and to be doing as much as we can, obviously our relationship comes first...This is definitely the year of putting in the effort."
Kelsea will get some up-close and personal schooling on how Keith reinvents himself night after night on his summer tour, which kicks off on June 15.
Allister AnnKenny Chesney knew he had to record "Get Along" as soon as he heard it, and the response the singer is getting to his new single reaffirms his belief in its message.
“In every conversation I find myself in, some part of the sentiment of this song just keeps coming up,” Kenny says in a statement. “Everyone, no matter what they believe, is tired of the angriness and divisiveness that’s out there… It seems like getting along is brain surgery, something beyond normal people, but it’s not."
He continues, “So no matter what you believe, no matter what you think, at the end of the day, people just want harmony, friendship, joy. This song is the best reminder of how simple this is that I’ve heard in years.”
Country fans are soaking up the song's positive message, exemplified by the lyrics "Get along while we can/Always give love the upper hand." Since its release April 6, "Get Along" has racked up two million first-week streams. It's currently number one on Billboard's Top Country Digital Song chart.
“Sometimes you hit a nerve,” he says. “I never think I’m the only one feeling something, whether it’s the crush of the news or the growing anger that pits people against each other."
"I don’t know where it comes from, but sometimes I think if you’ll just show people what’s happening, something they may miss from being so churned up, they might just exhale and find some peace.”
ABC/Image Group LADarius Rucker will return to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on June 4 for his ninth annual benefit concert for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dubbed Darius and Friends, the concert will include performances by the country singer and some of his famous pals.
“When you see first-hand what this organization can do for families, it’s remarkable,” Darius says in a statement. “Over the years we’ve met so many survivors, families of patients and volunteers whose lives have been changed by St. Jude. It’s one of my favorite shows of the year.”
An official artist lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. In previous years, the singer has been joined by artists including Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Randy Houser, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and Kenny Rogers, among others.
Pre-sale tickets for the concert go on sale beginning today, while tickets to the general public are available April 20 via Ticketmaster. In the past nine years, Darius has helped to raise over $1 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCThe full list of nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards has been revealed, and Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt lead the country nominees, with five nods each.
Sam finds himself nominated for both Top Country Artist and Top Male Artist, as well as Top Country Song for "Body Like a Back Road." He also receives two nods in the all-genre categories of the Billboard Chart Achievement Award and Top Selling Song, for "Body Like a Back Road."
Chris, meanwhile, is nominated in the Top Country Artist and Top Country Male Artist categories, as well as Top Country Album for From A Room: Volume 1. His all-genre nods include Top Selling Album with From A Room: Volume 1, and Top Billboard 200 Artist.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have three nods in the Top Country Duo/Group Artist, Top Country Tour and Top Country Song categories. Additional nominees include Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, who are nominated for Top Country Female Artist, and Kane Brown and Luke Combs, who are nominated as Top Country Artist.
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards air May 20 on NBC.
Here a list of the country nominees:
Top Country Artist Kane Brown Luke Combs Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton
Top Country Male Artist Sam Hunt Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton
Top Country Female Artist Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris
Top Country Duo/Group Artist Florida Georgia Line Old Dominion Zac Brown Band
Top Country Tour Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Top Country Album Kane Brown, Kane Brown Luke Combs, This One’s For You Thomas Rhett, Life Changes Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 Brett Young, Brett Young
Top Country Song Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant To Be” Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFollowing the ACM Awards Sunday, Blake Shelton treated country fans to a surprise pop up show at House of Blues Las Vegas, and also brought along a few of his famous friends.
With a simple tweet Sunday evening, the "I'll Name the Dogs" singer let fans know that he'd be hosting a first-come, first-served free concert. While fans rushed over to the venue, Luke Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, Toby Keith and Gwen Stefani also headed to the location for an unforgettable night of music.
The most memorable moment came when Blake's girlfriend took the stage for an energetic performance of "Hollaback Girl" and then followed up with No Doubt's "Hella Good," thanks to a request from Blake. Gwen said she'd be open to perform the song but only if he would sing along with her. Blake obliged and joined in on the chorus of "Hella Good," and also showed off a few new dance moves, much to the crowd's approval.
Blake attended the ACMs earlier that night with Gwen, where he took the stage as a performer and was nominated for Single Record of the Year for "I'll Name the Dogs."
ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt won Single of the Year at the ACM Awards Sunday evening for his 34-week number-one, "Body Like a Back Road," but when presenters Dustin Lynch and Nancy O'Dell called his name, Sam was nowhere to be found. No worries -- an Instagram post explains his absence.
The post shows Sam wearing a formal suit, next to another man clad in a tux.
"Thank you Academy Of Country Music for the award for Single of the Year," Sam writes. "I was celebrating the marriage of my long time friend and tour manager John Worthington. This made the weekend extra special. See y’all next year!"
Sam penned "Body Like a Back Road" with Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. The song saw massive chart success last year when it spent an unprecedented 34 straight weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, breaking Florida Georgia Line's previous 24-week record for "Cruise" in 2013.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line will perform "Meant to Be" with Bebe Rexha Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Dierks Bentley is set to make an appearance Wednesday evening on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jason Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, have announced a 2018 summer tour. The trek kicks off July 5 with a festival appearance at Wisconsin's Summerfest and continues through September.
Marty Stuart has announced his 17th annual Late Night Jam. The concert is set for June 6, and will include performances by Marty and friends Margo Price, John Prine, Connie Smith, Chris Stapleton, Gary Mule Deer, The Grand Ole Opry Squaredancers, and The Wandering Hearts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Tickets for the show go on sale April 20 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased here.
ABC RadioThere's no doubt about it: Newcomer Jordan Davis is coming off one of the biggest weekends of his entire life. When he was in Las Vegas for this weekend's ACMs, the Home State singer found out his debut single, "Singles You Up," is now the #1 song in the country.
"Goodness gracious. I never would've dreamed this would've happened," he reacted. "But I am very blessed, very grateful. What a better way to celebrate a #1 song [and] celebrate country music? Man, I am just tickled to death."
And, since the Louisiana native called his debut album Home State, he couldn't wait to tell the home folks about his first #1.
"I called my parents this morning," Jordan explained, "told 'em about the news, and they are just so happy. Got to call my brother and tell him, which was really, really cool. And I need to call my sister. That's the only one I haven't called, so I'm probably gonna be in trouble."
"It's unbelievable. I really am, I'm at a loss for words," he added. "It hasn't really sunk in yet."
Jordan admits the effects of all his celebrating in Sin City will soon be sinking in as well.
"I don't know if it's stopped," he confessed. "Like, I woke up this morning, and I just kinda got right back on it. Tomorrow's gonna be pretty rough!"