Low Country Sound/Elektra RecordsIt was only a matter of time before a man put his spin on The Highwomen's new single “Redesigning Women.” And it’s no coincidence it’s Dierks Bentley, who's a good friend of the all-female supergroup.
In a new YouTube video, Dierks gives a dramatic reading of the lyrics to the debut song by Maren Morris, songwriter Natalie Hemby, and Americana Grammy-winners Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires.
For the comic clip, Dierks goes all out, dressing the part in a button-down shirt and corduroy blazer, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and chewing on a pipe as he sits in a leather, wing-backed chair in a wood-paneled library.
It’s worth watching to see the faux-serious Dierks read lines like “breaking every Jello mold,” and then interrupt himself to question, “Jello shot?”
“Our friend Dierks Bentley’s interpretation of our song ‘Redesigning Women’ is something special,” the Highwomen tweeted. “We love you, Dierks!”
Dierks has previously recorded duets with two of the Highwomen on his past couple records. Maren Morris sang “I’ll Be the Moon” with him on 2016’s Black, while Brandi Carlile joined him for “Travelin’ Light” on last year’s The Mountain.
The full-length, self-titled debut album by The Highwomen is set to arrive September 6.
ABC/Image Group LA; ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton jokes that Garth Brooks has been “bullying” him a “little bit” about being "Mr. Stefani." Of course, that’s a reference to Blake’s equally famous significant other, pop star Gwen Stefani.
The alleged incident occurred last weekend, when the two performed their hit duet “Dive Bar” together for the first time at Garth’s stadium show in Boise, Idaho.
"I got a text from my man here earlier that said, 'Hey, man, we got your dressing room set up for you,'" Blake told Entertainment Tonight. "And he sent me a picture and it was a paper that said 'Mr. Stefani' on it."
Blake -- ever the perpetual jokester -- vowed that he wouldn't retaliate because Garth is one of the only people he considers out of bounds when it comes to his verbal jabs.
"It sucks because Garth is kind of off-limits," Blake explains. "You can't mess with him because he's like the godfather of country music."
Garth denied it, responding, "You ever think this big of a boy has been bullied, ever?"
Of course, Garth calling Blake “Mr. Stefani” is hardly bullying, since the Country Music Hall of Famer frequently refers to himself as “Mr. Yearwood” as a gesture of affection toward his wife, Trisha Yearwood.
Look for Garth to release the footage of the two singing “Dive Bar” in the coming days.
In the meantime, fans are waiting for Garth to reveal the second stop on his Dive Bar Tour. He’d planned to make the announcement Monday on Inside Studio Gon Facebook, but apologized because the details weren’t yet finalized.
ABC/Image Group LA Rascal Flatts takes their Summer Playlist Tour to the West Coast this week, and they’ll stop by the outdoor stage of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a performance as well.
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney will play their latest top twenty hit, “Back to Life,” Wednesday on the L.A.-based late-night show. You can tune in to watch starting at 11: 35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Thursday, the band plays Mountain View, California, before heading for Sacramento on Friday. Jordan Davis and Morgan Evans are opening.
ABC/Image Group LAWhen Thomas Rhett sang "Life Changes," he wasn't kidding: He and his wife Lauren are expecting their third daughter.
TR revealed the news on social media with a photo of himself, Lauren and daughters Willa Gray and Ada James all wearing bathing suits; Lauren's just showing a hint of a baby bump. He also included another photo of their gender reveal: He and Lauren are holding smoke cannons that fired pink smoke.
"Excited to share that I will now be paying for 3 weddings," he wrote in the caption. "I feel so blessed to say that our third child is on the way and it's a girl!! I love you so much @laur_akins. WG and AJ, y'all are gonna be the best big sisters! Bring on the crazy."
Willa is three-and-a-half, while Ada is 23 months.
"We decided we didn’t have enough princess dresses around the house so we're adding another Akins baby girl to the family early next year," she wrote.
"Despite Thomas Rhett's initial shock, we are absolutely over the moon for our baby girl! Our girls cannot wait to meet their little sister. Willa Gray prays for her every night...& she and Ada James love to touch my belly and talk to her, especially bc I’ve been showing since I was SEVEN weeks."
She added, "It feels like we have been hiding this secret for an ETERNITY. And I'd like to apologize to everyone I've canceled on, said no to or just been MIA, but for a second there I wasn't sure if I was pregnant or just puked for a living."
You can swipe through Lauren's post to see video of the reveal, and adorable photos of the girls kissing mommy's tummy.
ABC/Mark Levine Luke Combs is joining this year’s Farm Aid lineup, making his debut at the festival that raises money to help America’s farmers.
The “Beer Never Broke My Heart” hitmaker will play Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 21, along with Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of the history that is Farm Aid,” Luke says. “The band and I can’t wait to spend the day with Willie and meet some of the local family farmers at the show. This festival means a lot to these farmers and to us.”
Brothers Osborne, Tanya Tucker, Jamey Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews and more are set to play as well.
A limited number of tickets still remains. You can find out more at FarmAid.org.
On Friday, Midland's Mark Wystrach and his wife-to-be Ty Haney announced on Instagram they're awaiting the birth of their first child.
Now, Mark reveals they expect to become parents in the fall.
"My beautiful fiancée and I are gonna have a beautiful baby girl in November," he declares.
"It’s all come aligned at the perfect time in both our lives," continues Mark. "And we’re both just equally terrified and equally, absolutely thrilled to go through this together and to bring a child into this world and to start a little beautiful family."
But Mark has no doubt he and Ty are up to the task.
"Someone once told me it’s like drinking life in through a fire hydrant," he jokes. "But to be honest with you, Tyler and I are both hyperactive. We’re both incredibly high energy, and we’re both much better off when we’ve got a lot on our plates. And we both rise up to the challenge."
Mark adds, "I think this is just gonna be [not only] the greatest challenge, but [also] the most fulfilling and probably the most scary and the most fun challenge we’ve ever been through."
Mark and Ty got engaged in May, after celebrating their one-year anniversary in April.
Midland's sophomore album, Let It Roll, is set to arrive August 23, several months before Mark and Ty's new baby.
Tanya Tucker is set to play the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, August 23, the same day her new album, While I'm Livin', comes out.
Trace Adkins will host the Nashville premiere of Bennett's War on Monday, August 5. Trace plays the father of a young soldier who tries to save the family farm as a motocross racer in the film, which opens August 30.
Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs plays Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman on Thursday, August 31 with his band Kentucky Thunder.
Twelve-year-old yodeling viral video sensation Mason Ramsey releases his new five-song EP, titled Twang, this Friday.
ABC/Image Group LA Lots of high school seniors get a class ring, and if you make it to the Super Bowl, you get a ring for that, too. Now, it looks like Brett Young and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley have come up with the country music business equivalent.
“Received our #1 bling today!” Brett shared on Instagram, along with a photo of the two of them and their "Here Tonight" co-writer Ben Caver modeling new rings commemorating their chart-topping single.
“Not pictured Justin Ebach,” Brett added, “cuz he was busy out writing another smash without us.”
The ring’s face features a large jeweled “1” set on top of a blue stone. “Here Tonight” is engraved around the outside, along with the year 2019. On the side of each ring is the name of the other three co-writers.
“Hopefully, there is more Jostens bling in our future!” Brett continued, mentioning the name of the company who made the rings.
Brett's next shot at the top comes with his follow-up release, “Catch.” So far, he has an impeccable record: Every single he’s ever put out has gone to the top of the chart.
ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini may be taking some time away from touring to work on her third album, but she’s not exactly taking it easy.
Monday on her Instagram Stories, she reminded fans she’ll be playing a free show “with a couple friends” later in the day at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen Rooftop Bar in downtown Nashville.
The “Miss Me More” hitmaker also teased her followers with news of progress on her follow-up to Unapologetically. A snapshot titled “Meetings About Things” revealed an agenda partially titled “New Album Release,” with the items “Album cover options” and “Single art” listed below.
Kelsea’s been finding time to relax and have some fun, too. An earlier photo showed her watching Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on Food Network, and on Sunday, she posted a picture of herself enjoying some cocktails with Maren Morris.
ABC RadioGarth Brooks will reveal the second stop on his Dive Bar Tour Monday night during his regular Inside Studio G chat on Facebook.
The Country Music Hall of Famer played the first stop last Monday at Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago. He’s promised to do seven in all, with the locations being kept top secret. The only way to get tickets will be through local country radio stations.
On Friday night, Garth performed the tour’s inspiration, the duet “Dive Bar,” for the first time with Blake Shelton. Blake also did his two-week number one, “God’s Country,” for the crowd at Boise State University.
Garth played for 86,000 fans over two nights during the eighth stop on his Stadium Tour. Granger Smith opened Friday’s show, with Dylan Scott doing the honors on Saturday.
Inside Studio G typically starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday.
ABC/Image Group LA Kip Moore will play six dates on the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour next month, before kicking off a third leg of his sold-out Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour this fall.
The Dive Bar Tour begins August 15 in Detroit, Michigan. You can find out more about tickets at KipMooreDiveBarTour.com.
“Connecting with people through our live show brings me pure joy,” Kip says. “I’m really looking forward to the Bud Light Dive Bar dates; it will take us back to where we started and where our journey began.”
“It also gives us the opportunity to get a little wild with the show,” he teases.
The next round of Room to Spare dates starts October 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with Devin Dawson, Tucker Beathard, and Kylie Morgan joining him at different times on the trek.
“The rapport we’ve felt with the crowds through the acoustic shows has been really special,” Kip adds, “and I’m so glad the fans are enjoying it and we get to bring it to even more cities.”
Tickets for the Room to Spare concerts go on sale Friday.
Here’s a look at Kip’s upcoming itinerary:
Bud Light Dive Bar Tour: 8/15 -- Detroit, MI 8/16 -- Cleveland, OH 8/17 -- Cincinnati, OH 8/20 -- Indianapolis, IN 8/22 -- Chicago, IL 8/23 -- Madison, WI
Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour: 10/10 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Fountain Street Church 10/11 -- Mount Vernon, KY, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center 10/12 -- Evansville, IN, Victory Theater 10/17 -- Torrington, CT, Warner Theatre 10/18 -- Ithaca, NY, State Theater 10/19 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC 10/24 -- Greenburg, PA, The Palace Theatre 10/25 -- Rochester, NY, Kodak Center Theater 10/26 -- Rutland, VT, Paramount Theater 11/8 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater 11/9 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theater 11/14 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theater 11/15 -- Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theater 11/16 -- Pensacola, FL, Saenger Theatre 11/21 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theater 11/22 -- Charlottesville, VA, Paramount Theater 11/23 -- Hanover, PA, Eichelberger Performing Arts Center 12/5 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre 12/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
In less than two weeks, the annual three-hour recap of CMA Fest premieres on ABC.
This year, country fans once again proved their dedication, waiting it out through sweltering heat and rainstorms to see their favorite stars.
It's a phenomenon Luke Bryan's seen time and again, but he believes country fans are so die-hard, they really don't mind it too much.
"I think if you sign up for this week as a country music fan to come to CMA Music Fest," he says, "some form of the weather always comes into play when you're in Nashville for a week."
"But it is amazing," he goes on. "I mean, we've seen fans bear the unbearable through hundred-degree days in the sun all day, and yeah, we've had rain through my years of being a part of this. And that's just a part of the experience. I think the fans understand it."
Luke goes on: "This is their week to absorb every bit of Nashville, country music, and what the CMA Music Fest does. And they're not gonna let a little lightning or rain get in their way. And I'm always amazed."
For the second year in a row, Luke occupied the ultimate headlining spot, closing out CMA Fest on Sunday night.
"Even when I closed the show last year...you look out there and there's still so many people out there," he recalls. "You've got some hardcore fans out there, and that's what makes country music so great."
Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini return to host the CMA Fest special for the third time this year. Tune in to watch Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Comstock/Thinkstock This "roadworthy" tune from Keith Urban's self-titled debut album was co-written by country legend Steve Wariner. Can you name this song, which made it to number three on the country chart in 2001? ANSWER: "Where the Blacktop Ends."
ABC/Image Group LA Eric Church returns to number one this week with "Some of It," his first song to reach the pinnacle since "Round Here Buzz" in January of 2018.
"Some of It" isn't Eric's only song on the chart, though: He also co-wrote Keith Urban's latest hit, "We Were." He didn't even realize the Aussie superstar had recorded it, however, until Keith called and told him.
"The coolest thing for me is, I didn’t send Keith the song and say, ‘Here’s a song I wrote,’" Eric says. "He found it, and it honestly, it fits him more than it fits me."
"There’s a line in there about 'two heartbeats in the moonlight, leather jackets on the back of a Harley.’ I don’t ride a Harley," he explains. "Call it poetic license."
"He and Nicole used to do that when they first started dating, and they were touring," Eric adds. "They would jump on his Harley and...put on their leather jackets and they’d go ride up through the countryside...I did not know that until after he cut that song."
Eric says he "truly believe[s] songs find the path they’re supposed to find, and that one was supposed to be with [Keith]."
He laughs, "Now, as it goes number one in a few weeks, I’m gonna rethink that a little."
In truth, Eric admits Keith cutting his song may mean as much to him as the success of "Some of It."
"I came to this town to be a songwriter," Eric points out. "So for me, I’m not sure that’s not as proud as I’ve been, as when you can get a song cut by somebody else, and then it becomes a hit."
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKane Brown is set to perform Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can tune in to watch at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.
Niko Moon is the newest artist signed to RCA Nashville. You can check out his first two tracks, "Good Time" and "Drunk Over You," now.
Billy Ray Cyrus has teamed up with Johnny McGuire for his new single, "Chevys and Fords."
Tenille Townes has recorded a new version of her top thirty hit, "Somebody's Daughter," with Troop 6000 from the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. All the members of this particular troop either are, or have been, homeless, and they earned their musician badges for the recording. It's available to stream or download now, or you can check out its lyric video on YouTube. All the proceeds from this version of the song go to help the troop.