The Valory Music Co.You may have to watch Thomas Rhett's music video for "Remember You Young" a time or two to figure out exactly what's happening. But once you do, it'll move you as much as the song.
TR performs the song barefoot in a virtual hall of mirrors, as the camera follows the storyline of an elderly man.
First, the older man is having breakfast in a diner and playing cards with his friends. Then he gets in his car, drives around town at night, and goes to his hotel room.
All along the way, he continually spots the same dark-haired girl: she's a waitress, she's pushing a stroller, she's having a soda with her boyfriend.
The next morning, the old man gets up and drives to a scenic meadow, where a similarly-aged woman is standing looking out across a hillside. He walks up to her, and holds her hand -- and she morphs into the younger woman he's been envisioning.
Ultimately, as the song ends, he's standing on the hillside alone, embracing an urn of ashes.
You can check out Thomas Rhett's "Remember You Young" video on YouTube now.
PBSFilmmaker Ken Burns admits there's one person noticeably missing from his sixteen-hour Country Music documentary on PBS.
"We were in negotiation with George Jones's people," he tells ABC Radio. "We thought that our next trip -- which was gonna be a week-long trip that would get us 10 or 12 interviews -- George would be part of it. And he passed away."
Still, Burns believes the film skillfully pays homage to the man many regard as the greatest country singer who ever lived.
"I'm really proud of the scenes on George," he reflects. "I think we do justice to him, and particularly to what is arguably the best country song ever, 'He Stopped Loving Her Today.'"
Burns is thankful so many of the genre's legends -- whom he compares to Greek gods and goddesses -- are in Country Music -- and that they voiced their opinions.
"We have Loretta [Lynn], and she's unbelievable," he explains. "We have Merle [Haggard], and we've lost Merle, and Merle is like Zeus in our film. We have Willie [Nelson]."
"Merle said 'You've got to do Jimmie Rodgers,'" he continues. "You've got to do the Maddox Brothers and Rose. You've got to do Bob Wills.' And Willie is saying, "You've got to do... Ernest Tubb.'"
Near the film's beginning, Merle and Willie help bring the earlier legends to life. Toward the end, things come full circle.
"It's so great that they populate the early episodes, and can make these people real," Burns points out. "You're curious about them because these people that are mythic figures in your life are curious about it. And then their own stories catch up."
The final four episodes of Country Music start Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. If you've missed any of the earlier episodes, they're available on PBS.org or Amazon Prime Video.
Broken BowJimmie Allen's mourning the passing of his father, who died this weekend. Though he didn't give specific details, he posted about his dad's death on social media on Friday.
"Saying goodbye to my daddy is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do," the Milton, Delaware native said. "As you get older, you sometimes think about losing your parents, but nothing to prepares you for it when it actually happens."
Jimmie included a photo of his dad holding him when he was a child. If you've watched the music video for Jimmie's breakthrough hit, "Best Shot," you'll notice it's similar to the footage of his father at the start of the clip.
"When I got the news he died I was fishing at one of our favorite spots in Lewes (Roosevelt Inlet)," Jimmie continued. "I decided to do something we both enjoyed doing rather than go to the hospital and see him laying there lifeless. As I reeled my line, I thought about all the memories me and dad had fishing there."
The artist, who's now enjoying his second country hit with "Make Me Want To", went on to thank his dad for his successful career.
"I’m gonna miss the man that raised me on country music and who I give credit for my career today, the man that taught me the meaning of hard work," he wrote. "I love you dad and I’m thankful for the time we had."
"Wherever you are now I hope I showed you I love you and how much you mean to me. Miss you Big Jim," he closed.
Jimmy's debut album, Mercury Lane, is named for the street where he grew up.
ABC/Mark LevineThere’s new music coming from Sam Hunt “in about a month or so," and "a new record coming out first of the year.”
That's what the “Body Like a Back Road” hitmaker said Thursday night during his Calgary, Alberta appearance on the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour.
Toward the end of his set, Sam went on to unveil “something from the new record,” which he describes as “kinda chill and slow”: the new tune “Sinnin’ with You.”
“I never felt like I was sinnin’ with you/Always felt like I could talk to God in the morning/I knew that I would end up with you/Always felt like I could talk to God in the morning,” he sings on the new track.
“If it’s so wrong, why did it feel so right/If it’s so wrong why’d it never feel like sinnin’ with you,” the chorus finishes.
You can watch Sam’s entire Bud Light Dive Bar show on YouTube. You’ll find “Sinnin’ with You” 53 minutes into the show.
“Downtown’s Dead,” Sam most recent single, peaked at #16 in July of 2018. His only full-length studio album, the multi-platinum Montevallo, came out five years ago next month.
BallantineEver since Thomas Rhett put out his smash “Die a Happy Man” back in 2015, fans have been following his romance with his wife Lauren. After they adopted their daughter Willa Gray from a Ugandan orphanage and Ada James was born, interest in their family has only grown.
Now, as the couple prepares to welcome their third daughter, Lauren’s taking fans even deeper inside their lives with the release of her first book next spring.
Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes promises “inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.”
“I never would have guessed I'd be telling my story in a book about my life,” Lauren says. “I hope by sharing parts of myself and my journey that I’m able to help someone feel less alone, [be] inspired, and find the love that we share as humans in these pages.”
Live in Love recounts the childhood friendship of TR and Lauren, and reveals how they reconnected as young adults, fell in love, and then found fame. It also delves into Lauren’s missionary work in Haiti, and includes never-before-seen photos.
You can pre-order Live in Love now, ahead of its May 5 release.
Comstock/ThinkstockDirector Shaun Silva very ably impersonates Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow in the storyline of this 2004 music video by Terri Clark. Can you name the hit whose video also includes a cameo by singer Wayne Newton? ANSWER: "Girls Lie Too."
BMLG RecordsFans can dive into Lady Antebellum’s new album, Ocean, on November 15.
The thirteen-track record is Lady A’s first for their new label, Big Machine, and marks their first time working with hitmaking producer Dann Huff.
“There’s this theme of returning to the core of who we are,” Dave Haywood reflects, “as writers, vocalists and people -- that came out in each of these songs.”
“Our time in the studio with Dann had an excitement that felt like we were making our first album all over again," he adds.
Ocean’s title track is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out a live performance of the tune on YouTube.
"It's such a cinematic and theatrical melody, with a message that became the cornerstone of this record for us," Hillary Scott explains.
“Ocean is all of the things that we think and feel when we hear the word,” she continues. “This album is immersed in life stories about barely keeping your head above water, all the way to those times that make you feel like everything is smooth sailing.”
In addition to the previously-released track, “Pictures,” and their top-fifteen hit, “What If I Never Get Over You,” the new album also includes a guest appearance by Little Big Town on the cut “The Thing That Wrecks You.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Lady Antebellum’s Ocean, which arrives November 15:
“What If I Never Get Over You” “Pictures” “Crazy Love” “You Can Do You” “What I’m Leaving For” “Be Patient with My Love” “Alright” “Let It Be Love” “On a Night Like This” “Boots” “The Thing That Wrecks You” featuring Little Big Town “Mansion” “Ocean”
ABC/Mark LevineMiranda Lambert will be a Wildcard on tour in 2020.
Named for her seventh studio album that’s coming out November 1, Miranda will kick off her 27-date Wildcard Tour January 16 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Cody Johnson and LANCO will open most of the dates, with Randy Rogers Band and Parker McCollum joining her on others.
“The essence of a wildcard is always having something up your sleeve, in whatever capacity that means to you,” Miranda says. “It is universal. Which is why I’m excited to kick off this tour with an incredible group of talented artists. We’re going to have a blast!”
Pre-sales start on Tuesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday.
Here’s a look at Miranda Lambert’s complete itinerary for the Wildcard trek:
With Cody Johnson and LANCO: 1/16 -- Tupelo, MS, BancorpSouth Arena 1/17 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum 1/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at the BJCC 1/23 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 1/24 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 1/25 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center 1/31 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena 2/1 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 2/20 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center 2/22 -- Ontario, CA, Toyota Arena 2/28 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 2/29 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 4/23 -- Boise, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena 4/24 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 4/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 4/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place 5/1 -- Regina, SK, Brandt Centre 5/2 -- Winnipeg, MB, Bell MTS Place 5/5 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens 5/7 -- Oshawa, ON, Tribute Communities Centre 5/8 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre 5/9 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
With Randy Rogers Band and Parker McCollum: 2/6 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 2/7 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 2/8 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
With LANCO and more: 2/21 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 2/27 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
Big Machine As of today, things are Different 'Round Here for Riley Green, as the Alabama native's debut album comes out.
The "There Was This Girl" hitmaker had one thing in mind when making his first full album for Big Machine: the folks who come to see him at his shows.
"I feel like I'm always thinking about the audience, especially when picking songs and writing songs," Riley explains. "If you start looking at what's gonna work on radio, it's really easy to start doing what somebody else is doing. And things start to sound the same like that."
"So for me songwriting-wise especially, it's always 'What songs go over well live?'" he continues. "And fortunately I get to play enough shows that I could see what little lines work and what songs do what in a set."
Riley reveals at least one track on his album was inspired by The Chief.
"For this record, I used kind of the idea of 'What covers did I do during shows that did well?'" he says. "Eric Church/'Wrecking Ball' was one of the kind of sexier songs that I used to do and people really loved it..."
"So I thought, 'Man, I need to write a song that's got that kind of feel to it.' That's where 'Hard to Leave' came from."
In the end, Riley believes every song on Different 'Round Here is ready for the stage.
"I wanted to make a record that was gonna be something I could play a whole show of, and it would cover all the spots I needed covered," he adds. "And beyond that, it's just been playing songs and seeing which one fans like."
ABC/Image Group LAThe exact timing of Carly Pearce’s wedding to Michael Ray is top secret, but all the pieces seem to be in place for it to happen anytime.
Carly started September with a bachelorette bash at her former workplace -- Dollywood -- and a few days later, she and Michael picked up their marriage license.
Then, this past weekend, Michael traveled to Sin City for an impromptu bachelor party at the Wynn. His dad, uncle, and some friends joined him for an 18-hour party that included cigars, winning $1500 playing blackjack, a performance by the Chainsmokers, and a Shaquille O’Neal sighting, plus donuts on a private plane.
You can check out both Michael and Carly’s photo diaries from their respective parties at People.com.
Meanwhile, Carly and her wedding planner -- a.k.a. her mom -- are busy putting the final touches on the ceremony.
"I never have been the girl that cared about her wedding," Carly confessed to ABC Radio. "But now I'm finding it's very fun, and I never knew that my mom was going to love planning a wedding so much."
"But it's really fun and it's something that I think you don't get: that kind of time with your mother as an only daughter," she reflects. "And we're having a really good time doing that, and it's gonna be very special and very Carly and Michael."
Stay tuned to find out when the trip down the aisle takes place.
Ironically, both Michael and Carly's latest singles are all about heartbreak: Michael's climbing the chart with "Her World or Mine," while Carly's duet with Lee Brice, "I Hope You're Happy Now," comes out next week.
ABC/Mark LevineGarth Brooks will be Martina McBride’s first guest when she launches her new podcast on Friday, September 27.
Martina and the Country Music Hall of Famer go way back, since she used to sell t-shirts on the road for him.
You’ll also hear from Lauren Alaina, Pam Tillis, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, Sara Evans, Don Was, Brenda Lee, Runaway June, Howie Mandel and Loretta Lynn during the first season of Vocal Point with Martina McBride.
“I wanted to do a podcast that’s not really an interview as much as it is a conversation,” Martina says. “I hope it's entertaining for the listeners and also that it gives a little bit of insight into the person that I'm interviewing.”
“We talked about their life philosophy, their struggles and how they've overcome them,” the “Independence Day” hitmaker adds. “A lot of it has been so inspiring as well as entertaining.”
Wheelhouse Records/BBR Music Group LOCASH is turning “One Big Country Song” into One Big Country Tour.
From now through March of next year, the duo's dates will be known as the One Big Country Tour. Next Tuesday, the “One Big Country Song” video from Preston Brust and Chris Lucas will also premiere on CMT.
Preston explains, “Our goal for the video was to somewhat extend the sing-along moment that this song creates in our live show and capture the feeling of bringing people from every walk of life together to enjoy a moment.”
You can check out a behind-the-scenes preview of the “One Big Country Song” video now, before its big reveal Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET on CMT.
"One Big Country Song" is the latest single from LOCASH' Brothers album.
MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is rescheduling the remainder of his September dates after one person was killed and seven more were injured when a tour bus carrying his crew crashed in Shandon, California late Wednesday night.
“Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss,” says a statement from Josh's publicist. “Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers.”
Josh was returning from a show at Vina Robles Amphitheater when the accident happened at 11:42 p.m., according to ABC affiliate KEYT-TV.
The “Long Black Train” singer was on a different bus and was not hurt. So far, we don’t know what caused the crash.
ABCWith Brad Paisley NOT hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood this November -- for the first time in more than a decade -- it seemed as though we'd missed our chance to see Brad and Carrie together on ABC this year. Well, think again.
Carrie will be one of the guests on Brad’s first-ever prime time special, coming sometime this season on ABC. You’ll also be able to see Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates, Kelsea Ballerini, Jonas Brothers, Bachelor host Chris Harrison, and football legend Peyton Manning.
The hour-long outing is titled Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special.
“Wait, I thought it was called The Brad Paisley Special,” he jokes. “Who added the Thinks He’s? Oh well, I’m still psyched.”
Recorded at Nashville’s historic War Memorial Auditorium, the special promises plenty of Brad’s trademark sense of humor, surprises, and heartfelt segments shot on location.
Stay tuned to see exactly when Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special will air on ABC.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour will be going strong through the end of the year, but he’s already mapped out the next leg of his journey.
He’ll launch the What You See Is What You Get Tour next February with Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker opening the dates.
The new tour takes its name from Luke’s sophomore album, which is set to be released November 8.
Pre-sales for the What You See Is What You Get Tour start next Tuesday, September 24, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s the complete itinerary:
2/7 -- Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena 2/8 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 2/13 -- University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Center 2/14 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 2/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 4/18 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater 4/19 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena 4/21 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 4/24 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center 4/25 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
Jeff NelsonBrantley Gilbert is on the road right now, and at the top of the year, he's got a huge North American tour planned. But now that he's a father of two -- he and his wife just welcomed daughter Braylen Hendrix -- he says it's getting harder and harder to get on the bus and leave the kids behind.
Brantley says his son Barrett, who'll be two in November, is just at the age where he knows Daddy's about to hit the road, and he's not happy about it.
"Every time I leave the house...if I start walking my bag up to the bus, he kinda starts figuring it out a little bit," says Brantley. "I don’t think he’s to the point where he knows exactly what’s going on but I think he’s got an idea that something’s gonna be different tomorrow, and he fights sleep a little more."
"But the worst is when I have to leave during the day when he’s awake," Brantley admits. "He doesn’t really like it when I get in my truck and go places, but when I load up on that bus, he knows it’s going to be for a minute. And man, he'll, like, grab my leg and, you know, just, [say] ‘Da-Da,’ and...dude, it ripped me up! That's my little man!"
Unfortunately for Barrett, Da-Da is going to be gone a bunch in the coming months, as he releases his new album Fire and Brimstone, due out October 4. His Fire't Up tour starts January 23 in London, Ontario with opening acts Brandon Lay and Dylan Scott; in April, Chase Rice takes over for Dylan as the opening act.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Songwriters Series is heading to Albequerque, N.M. with performances by Lauren Alaina, Erin Enderlin, Sierra Hull and Luke Laird at the KiMo Theatre on October 15. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. CT.
Sam Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of Hank Williams Sr., was invited by Cam to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on October 9.
Temecula Road, the young trio of Emma Salute, Maddie Salute and Dawson Anderson, will make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry on November 1.
John Berry has launched a limited release of his debut album, Humble Beginnings, in honor of its 40th anniversary.John self-released the album in September 1979.