ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is now once again a married woman. She unexpectedly revealed the news Saturday via her socials.
“In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news,” she tweeted. “I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full.”
“Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me,” she added, along with the heart emoji and the hashtag #theone.
Miranda also included two photos of the couple taken in the countryside, with Miranda wearing a white lace wedding dress and holding a bouquet, and the groom sporting a black suit.
This is Miranda’s second marriage, following her surprise divorce from Blake Shelton in the summer of 2015. Since then, she’s dated Americana artist Anderson East, as well as Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours. She and Felker called it quits in August of 2018.
So far, we don't know very much about Miranda's new husband. A representative tellsPeoplemagazine the couple’s nuptials happened “a while ago.”
ABC RadioThe New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville typically boasts the five most promising new acts in country music, as voted on by the radio community. But for the event’s fiftieth anniversary, they added something extra: Tim McGraw and Keith Urban.
Tim started the Friday evening banquet by surprising the crowd with his hit “Don’t Take the Girl,” while Keith honored the organization’s outgoing leader. Superstars aside, it was back to the business at hand: giving five of country’s outstanding acts the chance to shine.
Russell Dickerson delivered his number ones, “Blue Tacoma” and “Yours,” after starting with his latest single, “Every Little Thing.” The album cut “Girls Night Out” borrowed sections of both Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
Lindsay Ell began with her Canadian number one, “Criminal,” followed by “Castle,” and a brand new song, likely titled “Go To.”
Jimmie Allen’s set began with an adorable intro by his son, before seguing into “County Lines,” his new single “Make Me Want To,” and his multiple week number one, “Best Shot.” The Delaware native then sang one for the “Underdogs,” before reminding the audience “All Tractors Ain’t Green,” a clever reminder that black men can have a vital place in 21st century country music.
LANCO started with “Born to Love You,” building toward their number one, “Greatest Love Story,” while also offering a couple new songs.
Dylan Scott had the audience “Hooked” from the beginning, and then explored his options in a “Nothing to Do Town.” The Louisiana native sat down at the piano to play “Nobody,” while strongly suggesting the tune as his next single. He proved his true country roots by doing Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” before closing with his number one, “My Girl.”
Throughout the night, CRS reminded the crowd how successful a predictor of long-term success the New Faces show is, showcasing videos by past honorees like Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, and Blake Shelton.
ABC RadioOn October 1, 2017, Jason Aldean was onstage in Las Vegas singing "When She Says Baby" when he heard a noise. He thought a guitar amp blew, but it was gunshots. What happened next -- the night of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history -- and in the months that followed, was the topic of a panel at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Friday called "Overcoming Obstacles."
"It was confusion, more than anything," Jason told a roomful of seminar attendees. Then, he says, panic set in, because he didn't know where his wife, who was eight months' pregnant with their son Memphis, was.
"Scared, nervous, chaotic," he said of his mindset. "If there's one word that summed it up, it was chaos, for sure."
As for the aftermath, Jason says appearing on Saturday Night Live to sing Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" was "one of the biggest things we could have done." He also flew back to Vegas six days later to visit shooting victims in the hospital, which he called "the hardest thing I've ever done."
"It was gut-wrenching," he said. "We were one of the lucky ones to get out of there without a scratch, so I felt a responsibility to have some face time with them."
But after meeting with the victims, some of whom he still sees, he said, "I left with a whole new feeling about the whole thing, and I was so glad I went. It was one of those eye-opening, life-changing days that I'll never forget."
Talking to his two older daughters about the shooting was tough as well; Jason revealed that one of them thought he was the target, and was "freaked out." He says he sat them both down and simply told them the truth, so they wouldn't go online and read anything that would upset them.
These days when he plays live, Jason says the shooting is something that will "be forever on our minds." What helps, he says, is being back onstage, and being able to talk about it with his band mates, who went through the experience with him. He's also stepped up security tremendously at all his shows, both indoors out.
"We stay on top of it every day," he says. "We want to make it as safe as we can make it for the fans, and for ourselves."
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban hadn't toured his home country in nearly two years, so it's no wonder the Australian leg of the Graffiti U World Tour was a big success.
Keith played sold-out shows to over 100,000 fans in cities like Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, as well as a club show that benefited Rural Aid, which provides relief for victims of Australia's droughts. You can watch a YouTube video of Keith's adventures Down Under now.
Next up for Keith -- who debuted a brand-new song called "We Were" Thursday at Nashville's Country Radio Seminar -- is a run of shows in Europe. Starting March 2, he'll play four shows as part of the Country 2 Country festival in Berlin, Germany, along with Lindsay Ell, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Cam and others.
After those dates, Keith plays a pre-tour club show in London, as well as a show at London's O2 Arena with Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton. Shows in Scotland are also on the agenda.
Keith's latest single "Never Coming Down" just broke into country's Top 20.
Cliff Lipson/CBSReba McEntire’s gearing up for a busy week ahead, as she prepares to reveal the nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards next Wednesday on CBS This Morning.
Reba will reveal the first contenders during the 8:30 a.m. half hour of the show, with the full rundown following at 8:50 a.m. ET via ETOnline.com.
The Oklahoma native’s day only gets busier from there. At 11 a.m. ET, she’ll do a livestream Q&A as part of the Build series.
Fast forward twelve hours, and Reba will sit down with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live at 11 p.m. ET, before stopping by to visit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.
Reba steps up to host the ACM Awards for the sixteenth time on Sunday, April 7 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Just two days before, she’ll release her new album, Stronger Than the Truth. You can stream or download the title track now, or check out an audio-only version on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Music Festival will return to Buena Vista, Colorado this Labor Day Weekend for the second year in a row.
Fans who attended the gathering’s first year will get first crack at tickets through the Alumni Pre-Sale. Even if you didn’t get to go in 2018, you can access this year’s pre-sale by signing up for the event’s newsletter at SevenPeaksFestival.com.
Expect more details about the 2019 incarnation of Dierks’ Rocky Mountain music festival in the coming weeks.
The Arizona native's vision for the Labor Day gathering was inspired by recording his most recent album, The Mountain, in Telluride, Colorado.
ABC RadioRascal Flatts sang, BrantleyGilbert rocked and Riley Green showed why he's a top 10 artist at the Big Machine Label Group luncheon at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Friday.
CEO Scott Borchetta introduced the label's acts to the crowd, starting with Riley Green. The "There Was This Girl" hitmaker recalled that just one year ago, he was an unsigned artist and now he's got a song that's #8 on the chart. In addition to playing that hit, he also performed three other songs: "Georgia Time," "Betting Man" and "In Love By Now."
Next up was rising star Lauren Jenkins, with her songs "Makers Mark and You" and "Running Out of Road." Brantley Gilbert was next, firing up the crowd with "Country Must Be Country Wide," "Bottoms Up" and "Kick It in the Sticks." Then he welcomed Lindsay Ell to the stage, for one of the first performances of their duet "What Happens in a Small Town."
22-year-old newcomer Noah Schnacky came next, performing "Hello Beautiful" and "Maybe We Will." And the afternoon was closed by Rascal Flatts, who performed their new single "Back to Life," as well as a string of hits: "Yours If You Want It," "I Like the Sound of That" and "What Hurts the Most." They ended with a rousing version of "Life Is a Highway."
If you'd like a refresher course in why Trisha Yearwood has two CMA Female Vocalist trophies to her credit, all you need to do is pick up her new Let's Be Frank record. Trisha's first full-length studio album since 2007 becomes widely available today, after being exclusive to Williams Sonoma since December.
In the tribute, Trisha covers tunes from the classic American songbook, particularly ones by Frank Sinatra. But she admits there are definitely other influences on the collection.
"I narrowed this album down to a hundred songs at first," she explains. "And I'm like, 'Okay, how do I pick twelve songs?'"
She adds: "So the cool thing was that even though I do cover 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' and you might associate that more with Judy Garland, there is a Frank version."
"But I learned things, like there's a song on here called 'Drinking Again.' There's a really cool Frank version and there's a really cool Aretha Franklin version," Trisha continues. "So I sort of listened to both and kind of picked a couple licks from Aretha, but mainly focused on the Frank version."
There was one rule Trisha applied while selecting songs: She's such an admirer of Linda Ronstadt, she didn't let herself duplicate anything the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did on her three similar albums with Nelson Riddle in the eighties.
"I'm an impersonator, anyway!" Trisha laughs. "...I would've done 'em the way she did 'em... In my head, I'm like, 'I don't know what else to do to those songs.'"
Trisha expects to release a country album before the end of the year, but hints this may not be her last big-band effort: "I hope I get to do more of these, because I had a blast," she teases.
Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1991, Garth Brooks co-wrote and provided background vocals on the follow-up to Trisha Yearwood's #1 debut single, "She's in Love with the Boy." Can you name the current Mrs. Brooks' second release, which peaked at #4? ANSWER: "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart."
BMLGFlorida Georgia Line's fourth studio album arrives today, boasting a title track that Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley not only believe is a smash -- it's also meant to settle the question of the duo's country cred.
"'Can't Say I Ain't Country' is what we like to call just a no-brainer," Tyler explains. "It just feels like a hit. It's a fun song."
"And you know what? At the end of the day," he adds, "BK and I are about as country as it gets, regardless of what you may think. We grew up in the country, we love the country. That's kind of where our roots are from."
If you're looking for further proof, check out FGL's new collaboration with Jason Aldean.
"'Can't Hide Red' is every redneck's anthem," Tyler points out. "Man, we've had so much fun recording that one. It kind of started as a joke song, to be honest. And then it turned into a rocker that we couldn't deny and couldn't not put on this album."
"We just had to call one of our favorite redneck buddies and try to get him on this song," Tyler continues, referring to the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. "He heard it, he was pumped about it, and it's the perfect fit. He crushed this song, and it wouldn't be the same without him on it."
Can't Say I Ain't Country includes FGL's #1 "Simple," as well as their current hit, "Talk You Out of It."
ABC RadioThursday, for the 10th year in a row, the Universal Music Group record label took over Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for a Country Radio Seminar event to show off its roster. But after the label's rising stars and superstars all performed, none other than Hootie & the Blowfish made a surprise appearance to close the show.
Darius Rucker is already on the label, but his 90's pop rock band just signed a deal to make a new album. The audience cheered wildly as Darius and his bandmates played two of their biggest hits: "Only Wanna Be With You" and "Hold My Hand."
But they were just the capper to a show that included everyone from Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton andEric Church, to Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley and Jordan Davis.
Little Big Town opened the show with an impactful new song about the pressures that society puts on women, whose title may be "A God for the Daughters." Keith Urban also played a new song called "We Were" -- but it was so new that he actually forgot the words! Don't worry: He eventually remembered them.
Dierks Bentley debuted his new single "Living," while Jordan Davis played an album cut called, "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot." The bearded singer didn't seem too upset that the head of the label joked that he resembled Bigfoot.
Vince Gill also debuted a new song --- a tearjerker that seemed to be called "A Letter to My Mama." Chris Stapleton sang his latest hit "Millionaire," while Valentine's Day inspired Eric Church to do "Heart Like a Wheel," and Maddie & Tae to sing "Die from a Broken Heart."
Rising stars like Travis Denning, Brandon Lay, Adam Hambrick, Kassi Ashton and Caylee Hammack also performed their latest singles at the event at the Mother Church of Country Music.
ABC/Image Group LAA professional bull rider battles addiction in Brothers Osborne’s emotional new video for their ballad, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).” But just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, there’s a twist.
“We’re very excited to release this emotional example of someone’s life being changed by another,” John Osborne says.
“We’re never truly ourselves without the ones we love.” TJ adds. “The directors, Wes [Edwards] and Ryan [Silver], knocked this video out of the park. We’re beyond proud of this one.”
The team is the same one behind the CMA-and-ACM winning video for “It Ain’t My Fault,” as well as “Shoot Me Straight.”
This weekend, TJ and John continue their three-night, sold-out run at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, as their headlining tour continues through April. Later this year, they’ll join Chris Stapleton on his All-American Road Show.
Comstock/ThinkstockFourteen years ago this week, Rascal Flatts hit #1 with this career-defining song that was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Bless the Broken Road."
ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert reportedly dumped a salad on a woman during a heated moment at a Nashville restaurant.
According to TMZ, it happened last Sunday night at the Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in Nashville, after the woman's husband got into a dispute with a male friend of Lambert's in the men's restroom over a wisecrack made about millennials and their phones.
The sore feelings soon spilled into the dining area, where the woman's husband reportedly approached the "Gunpowder and Lead" singer's table and started screaming. The two-time Grammy winner was dining with her mother and a family friend. Video posted on TMZ shows the man clearly arguing with a man identified as Miranda's friend.
That's when Miranda apparently had to be held back by her male friend, after which she approached his table, allegedly got into it with him again, and ultimately picked up his wife's salad and dumped it in her lap. That moment isn't caught on the video.
Nashville police confirmed that they responded to a call about two men fighting at the steakhouse on Sunday evening around 8:00 p.m., but cannot confirm Lambert's involvement. At any rate, no charges were filed.
Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan are used to rocking stadiums, but for the Country Radio Seminar, taking place in Nashville this week, both superstars scaled things way down.
Garth performed an intimate one-man acoustic concert on the floor of Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for an audience of fewer than a thousand people. He sang, told stories and took questions from the crowd, while performing snippets of everything from George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning" and Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes," to Bob Seger's "Against the Wind" and Don McLean's "American Pie," to Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" and Billy Joel's "Piano Man."
Garth played abbreviated versions of his own songs too, of course, often choosing certain tunes to illustrate songwriting concepts or memories. He also took requests, playing songs like "The Red Strokes," "Wolves," and "Somewhere Other Than the Night," as well as favorites like "Unanswered Prayers," "That Summer" and "Much Too Young (to Feel This Damn Old)." He ended the show with the one-two punch of "Friends in Low Places" and "The Dance."
As for Luke, he took the stage at a place in which he feels pretty comfortable: his own bar, 32 Bridge Food Drink, on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Claiming he didn't have a set list, Luke sipped bourbon as he and his band ran through a string of hits, including newer songs like "What Makes You Country" and "Most People Are Good," and older favorites like "That's My Kind of Night," "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" and "I Don't Want this Night to End."
Luke also pulled Morgan Wallen onstage to sing his hit "Up Down," before finally getting off the stage, explaining that he had to fly to Los Angeles. Luke returns to your TV next month on ABC's American Idol.
ABC/Image Group LAWednesday night, Luke Bryan surprised his label mate and future tour mate Jon Langston by appearing during a special pop-up show at his 32 Bridge Food Drink on Lower Broadway in Nashville. But on Thursday, the Georgia-born hitmaker was due back on the set of American Idol in Los Angeles. And that's making Valentine's Day a little tricky for him.
"For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m working every day around Valentine’s, but I’m doing Idol," Luke explained. "Actually, Idol is filming on Valentine’s Day. So I have approached Caroline about maybe flying out to L.A."
Caroline, of course, is Luke's wife. Even though his schedule is jam-packed, Luke's determined to make the best of it with her.
"I think we’re gonna have a short taping day at Idol, so maybe we can have a Valentine’s dinner in maybe one of her favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. So I’ll try to make it somewhat romantic," he jokes.
Luke's latest hit, "What Makes You Country," is currently in the top five.
You can tune in to see Luke's Valentine's Day work starting Sunday, March 3, when the second season of American Idol premieres at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.