RCA NashvilleIf you want to know more about Old Dominion’s forthcoming third album, you’ll have a chance to get the scoop on Thursday.
The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year will do a question and answer session on Twitter starting at 11:30 a.m. ET on August 22. Just tweet your question and be sure to add the hashtag #AskOldDominion.
Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET, you can see Old Dominion on the latest episode of NBC’s Songland, alongside their co-producer and frequent collaborator Shane McAnally.
The self-titled Old Dominion -- which features the band’s current hit, “One Man Band” -- comes out October 25.
ABC/Image Group LA You can add one more name to the ever-growing list of country stars expecting babies these days: Shay Mooney.
Shay and his wife Hannah shared the news on Instagram on Wednesday, along with a picture of their two-year-old son, Asher James. Of course, this week Dan Shay also happen to have the top song in the country with “All to Myself.”
“Celebrating a number 1 with baby number 2!” Shay commented. “Hannah and I have been dying to share the news.”
“We thought for sure we’d be announcing a baby girl,” he added, “but God has other plans for the Mooney’s. Found out today we’re having a BOY! Bout to be a new duo in town.”
Soon-to-be big brother Asher will turn three on January 24.
If you’re keeping up with who has a baby on the way, here’s the rundown: Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Young, Midland’s Mark Wystrach, Dylan Scott, Jordan Davis, and Kane Brown.
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley welcomed their second child, a son named Luca Reed, early Monday.
Big Machine The vintage pink Cadillac parked outside Nashville’s Texas Troubadour Theater on Tuesday night was a huge hint as to what was happening inside: Midland was previewing their new album for an invitation-only audience inside the Music Valley venue named for Country Music Hall of Famer Ernest Tubb.
Hit songwriters and co-producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne introduced Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy, and Jess Carson, who wasted no time lobbing a few friendly jabs back.
“They’re only the two biggest writers in the last 25 years,” Mark began. “Somehow when we met all together, the first song we wrote was a song called…”
“Well, don’t spoil it for later,” Cam interrupted.
“Well nobody will ever know because it was a total turd,” Mark joked. “It sucked. It was Shane and Josh’s idea… And then we go, hey guys, we got an idea…”
“It’s called ‘Drinkin’ Problem,’” Cam continued, referring to Midland’s debut number one single.
“It goes like this: ‘People say I got a drinkin’ problem. I got no problem drinkin’ at all.’ Finish the rest,” he added, as the crowd laughed.
Midland went on to do new tunes like “Cheatin’ Songs,” “Put the Hurt on Me,” “Playboys,” and their hit, “Mr. Lonely,” from their sophomore album. Let It Roll comes out on Friday.
ABC/Image Group LA Garth Brooks will receive the first-ever George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion during a gala next month in New York City.
The 41st president -- who was a huge country music fan -- started the Points of Light campaign, which even had its own theme song, sung by Randy Travis.
Garth is being honored for his charitable work with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and his Teammates for Kids Foundation.
“The fact that this award is a reflection of 41, his beloved Barbara, and the work they believed in is the greatest honor,” Garth reflects. “An award is only as good as its recipient. My hope and goal is to make the Bush family and the honorary chairs proud that Garth Brooks is the first name on this award for caring and compassion.”
Presidents George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama are the honorary chairs for the event that’s set for Thursday, September 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
Meanwhile, Garth has revealed that the third stop on his Dive Bar Tour will take place just a few days prior, on September 23 at the legendary Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas. The only way to get tickets for the show at Texas’ longest continually-running dancehall is through local country radio stations.
NBCUniversalCarrie Underwood and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett already teamed up earlier this summer to play CMA Fest together in Nashville, and now they’re reuniting for this year’s Sunday Night Football open.
They’ll perform the original SNF opening number “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which is actually based on Joan’s 1988 hit, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
“I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s,” Carrie says, “and I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open. What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on prime time’s biggest stage?”
For the first time ever, this year’s open was filmed at an NFL stadium, with as-yet-unannounced players joining Carrie and Joan at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
You can get your first look at this year’s theme this Sunday night, during halftime of the Steelers/Titans pre-season game, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You’ll be able to see the full version before the first official game on Sunday, September 8.
This is Carrie’s seventh year in a row starring in the Sunday Night Football open.
ABCLauren Alaina is taking the "Road Less Traveled" to the ballroom, as she competes on the upcoming season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Lauren was announced as one of the cast members for DWTS Season 28, along with the likes of Christie Brinkley, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, former basketball star and Khloe Kardashian’s ex Lamar Odom, Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek, legendary Supremes member Mary Wilson, pop star Ally Brooke, The Office’s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell.
The cast was announced on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday. Lauren admitted on the show that she was totally starstruck by Flannery, who played Meredith Palmer on The Office. She even said that she would probably end up voting for Flannery, and not herself, to win the Mirror Ball trophy.
Being on a reality show where the audience votes for you is, of course, nothing new for Lauren: She came in second on the 10th season of American Idol; Scotty McCreery won.
The new season of DWTS will premiere on Monday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here's the full cast list:
Christie Brinkley, model Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star Kel Mitchell, Kenan & Kel actor Ray Lewis, former pro-football player Lamar Odom, former Lakers player and Khloe Kardashian’s ex Kate Flannery, The Office actress Lauren Alaina, country singer Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary Ally Brooke, singer and former Fifth Harmony member Karamo Brown, Queer Eye star James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek star Mary Wilson, ex-member of The Supremes
There's no escaping the fact that country music is in the middle of another baby boom right now.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard just welcomed his second child, a son named Luca Reed, on Monday, and Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Young, Midland's Mark Wystrach, Dylan Scott, Jordan Davis, and Kane Brown are all expecting babies -- with a lot of help from their wives, of course.
Kane's already done quite a bit of thinking about the kind of dad he wants to be to his daughter, who's set to arrive this fall.
"Hopefully she plays sports and I can be that dad that's a coach. I want to coach a Little League team," he reveals.
"I wanna be there for, you know, when her first boyfriend breaks her heart," Kane continues, "I want to be there and help her, or, you know, [be] the dad that sits at the table and helps her with her homework. I just wanna be there for her."
Last week at a baby shower thrown by Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany, Kane and his wife Katelyn revealed they plan to name their first child Kingsley.
Kane plays the Crawford Country Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pennsylvania Wednesday before re-joining Jason on the Ride All Night Tour.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe episode of the music competition show Songland featuring CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
You can check out Midland's new video for "Playboys" on YouTube now. It's from their sophomore album, Let It Roll, which comes out on Friday.
Martina McBride is one of the inaugural members of the Ambassadors Council for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. As part of her work with the nonprofit, she'll mentor aspiring artists, speak at workshops, and donate a portion of tickets sales, as well as memorabilia, to the cause.
New Australian duo Seaforth is set to make their Grand Ole Opry debut on September 6.
Warner NashvilleWhen Chris Janson released his latest song, the positive anthem "Good Vibes," he hoped it would not only become a hit, but a movement as well -- one that would inspire his fans to do random acts of kindness and spread positivity.
Now that he's seen that happen -- and "Good Vibes" is nearing the top fifteen -- Chris says that attitude spurs him on, even if he's having a bad day.
"You are subliminally talking to yourself every day," he explains. "And even on days where I don't feel like being the 'Good Vibes' guy, and maybe I'm just being kind of grumpy -- like every human being in the world, I mean, that's pretty natural -- it reminds me, and it's a good reminder to self, to really try to be better, be nicer."
"Smile as often as you can," Chris adds, "and you can really change somebody's life like that. And I've noticed it. I've seen it happen, and that is very rewarding."
"Good Vibes" is the lead single from Chris's new album, Real Friends, which comes out October 18.
This week, he continues on the Raised on Country Tour with Chris Young and Jimmie Allen, with stops in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry archives/Les LeverettThis fall, Dolly Parton will celebrate half a century as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with two sold-out performances October 12 at the Nashville institution.
The Opry will also mark the occasion by unveiling a rare Dolly exhibit on September 3.
Dolly Parton: My Opry Memories features 24 iconic items from her closet that she’s worn throughout the last fifty years, either at the Opry House or the historic Ryman Auditorium. That includes the dress the Country Music Hall of Famer wore on the night of her Opry induction in 1969.
While Dollywood features an elaborate museum called Chasing Rainbows that’s dedicated to the icon, it’s rare to be able to see Dolly memorabilia outside the park. Earlier this year, Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton was on display for a little more than a month at L.A.’s Grammy Museum.
Dolly’s Opry exhibit will run through October 31, with tickets going on sale Wednesday.
ABC/Randy HolmesMichael Ray will headline this fall’s 18th annual CMT on Tour trek, with Jimmie Allen and new duo Walker County opening the dates.
The run kicks off October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Michael comments, “I’ve noticed that after the CMT tour, you can see the trajectory of the year ahead, and many of the artists who have participated in the past end up having one of the best years of their careers.”
“I think CMT has a great way of putting a package together that really sets up artists for the next chapter,” he adds.
In the past, superstars like Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert have all been chosen for the tour.
Tickets go on sale this Friday. Here’s the current lineup for 2019’s CMT on Tour with Michael Ray, with more dates still to come:
10/17 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center 10/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City 11/1 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live 11/2 -- Fort Wayne, IN, The Clyde Theatre 11/22 -- Lexington, KY, Tipsy Cow Bar 11/23 -- Macon, GA, The Crazy Bull 12/5 -- New York, NY, The Gramercy Theatre 12/6 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 12/7 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert
ABC/Randy Holmes Garth Brooks continues to stoke the anticipation about where his next stop on his Dive Bar Tour will be.
On Monday’s weekly Inside Studio G chat on Facebook, he revealed that show number three will take place somewhere in the Lone Star State.
To find out where exactly it will be, you’ll need to be able to tune in to local country radio stations in the Texas/Oklahoma area at 4:15 p.m. CT today, Tuesday. That’ll be the only way to land tickets as well.
The next show will be the third of seven planned concerts on Garth’s Dive Bar Tour, which launched Monday, July 15 at Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago. The second stop took place last Thursday at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.
The tour promotes the Blake Shelton duet "Dive Bar," Garth’s latest single from his forthcoming FUN album.
ABC/Image Group LA Now that we know that Reba McEntire will co-host November’s CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, it raises an interesting question: Could Reba still return to host the competing ACM Awards next spring?
“We haven’t confirmed our host yet for 2020,” a representative of the Academy of Country Music tells Billboard, without mentioning Reba specifically.
Billboard also cites an unnamed source as saying that “no deal is in place for [McEntire] to come back” and “nothing [is] determined yet."
There’s no denying there are plenty of differences between the CMA and ACM: the Country Music Association is based in Nashville and calls ABC its TV home, while the Academy of Country Music is West-Coast-based and airs on CBS.
Still, things are mostly friendly.
Reba hosted the ACM Awards for the sixteenth time in April. She also hosted ABC’s CMA Country Christmas for the second year in a row the previous December. So far, we don’t know the details for 2019’s annual special either.
For now, what we do know is that we can see Reba, Dolly, and Carrie leading a female-focused 53rd CMA Awards Wednesday, November 13 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LA George Strait is re-opening his resort in the Texas Hill Country this fall, and not only does he want you to come visit Tapatio Springs, he wants to send you to Vegas, too.
George's getaway in Boerne, Texas re-launches on October with a new clubhouse and renovated guestrooms. The resort also boasts one of the top public golf courses in the Lone Star State, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, and spaces for private events.
To celebrate, King George is giving away a trip for two to see his Strait to Vegas show at T-Mobile Arena on Friday, December 6. The winner will get round-trip airfare for two, plus two nights at the MGM Grand, and premium tickets to the show.
Comstock/Thinkstock This November, Dolly Parton will co-host the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. The superstar from East Tennessee has hosted the show once before, by herself. Can you recall when it was? ANSWER: Dolly hosted the 22nd CMA Awards in 1988.
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan will mark the tenth anniversary of his breakthrough 2009 album Doin’ My Thing by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time.
In addition to his hits “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” the vinyl re-issue will include two rare bonus tracks. “Y’all Can Have This Town” and “Favorite Flowers” were previously available only on the iTunes exclusive version of the album.
Doin’ My Thing also features Luke’s cover of the OneRepublic hit “Apologize.”
The special edition of the record comes in both translucent and traditional black vinyl.
Here’s the complete track listing for the tenth anniversary version of Luke Bryan’s Doin’ My Thing, which comes out October 4:
Side A: “Rain Is a Good Thing” “Doin’ My Thing” “Do I” “What Country Is” “Someone Else Calling You Baby” “Welcome to the Farm” “Apologize”
Side B: “Every Time I See You” “Chuggin’ Along” “I Did It Again” “Drinkin' Beer and Wastin’ Bullets” “Y’all Can Have This Town” “Favorite Flowers”
ABC/Image Group LA Tyler Hubbard's second child -- a son named Luca Reed -- arrived in the wee hours of Monday morning.
The eight-pound, eleven-ounce baby was born on his due date, with Tyler's wife Hayley going into labor shortly after Tyler returned from the Florida Georgia Line tour this weekend.
The couple picked out the name and revealed it several months ago:
"The middle name, Reed, is my middle name," Tyler explains. "So we just wanted to carry that over, thought it kinda had a little ring to it, Luca Reed."
"We'd liked the name Luca," he continues, "thought it was kind of American, but kind of cultured as well, if you know what I'm saying. And also it means bringer of light. So we kind of thought that was cool."
Tyler admits Hayley was actually the creative force behind the name.
"I can't take a lot of credit," he says. "My wife's the one that came up with all that. But I definitely agree and think it's a cool name. It's got a good ring to it."
Luca joins big sister Olivia Rose, who'll turn two in December.
Old Dominion's Trevor Rosen has signed a new publishing deal with Twelve6 Entertainment. It includes both his previous hits and his new compositions.
The Grand Ole Opry will host a special screening of part one of Ken Burns' eight-part, sixteen-hour Country Music documentary on Sunday, September 15, the same night it premieres on PBS. The evening will also feature a performance by Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets for the event that benefits Nashville Public Television go on sale Friday.
The new single from Aaron Watson is the track "Country Radio," from his Red Bandana album.
You can check out Tanya Tucker performing her signature hit, "Delta Dawn," with newcomer Tenille Townes and Brandi Carlile on YouTube. It's part of Cracker Barrel's Five Decades, One Voice series.