by Play Now
Country Music News
Subscribe To This Feed

ONE Jeanswear GroupIf Maddie & Tae have their way, lots of girls will be going back to school wearing Black Daisy jeans this fall.

The burgeoning fashionistas have partnered with ONE Jeanswear Group to be the faces of the denim brand for juniors. They’ll design some pieces for the line later this year, with a full collection slated for 2018.   

The “Girl in a Country Song” hitmakers officially assume their Black Daisy duties with a performance and meet-and-greet at New York City’s Macy’s Herald Square on Saturday.

This isn’t the duo’s first foray into fashion. Previously, Maddie & Tae had their own line at Bloomingdale’s.

On the music front, the CMA Video of the Year winners are currently working on their sophomore album.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Paula LoboIf you thought it was big news that both Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood and their spouses are expecting babies, wait’ll you hear what’s next!

Hillary revealed on social media Friday that she and her husband, Lady A drummer Chris Tyrell, are expecting twins.

“God has answered our family’s countless prayers!” Hillary tweeted, along with a video of the couple telling their daughter Eisele the news.

“When am I gonna have a baby in my belly?” the four-year-old hilariously responded.

“That’s a great question” was her dad’s comeback.

The news is especially sweet, since Hillary’s solo Christian hit, “Thy Will,” was written after a particularly difficult miscarriage.

Lady A continues on their You Look Good World Tour -- which will take them to both Europe and South Africa -- through mid-October. Hillary’s babies are due in February, while Dave is expecting little one #2 in December.  

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

God has answered our family's countless prayers! Our family is growing...TWINS! It's truly a miracle. pic.twitter.com/nV54cthent

— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) August 18, 2017

 

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

BMLG Brett Young is giving his fans the chance to get to know him a little better, as he embarks on his Caliville Tour this fall. “Caliville” is the word the California native uses to describe his sound.

“I am so excited to get to go out on my first ever headlining tour this year,” Brett says. “It’s a pretty surreal feeling. I can’t wait to see all my amazing fans out on the road…”

Brett’s labelmate, Carly Pearce, who has her first top-15 hit with “Every Little Thing,” will open the trek, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Expect to hear Brett’s chart-topping hits, “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know,” as well as his current single, “Like I Loved You.” Brett wraps up his stint on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour October 10 at The O2 in London, England.

Here’s the itinerary for Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, with tickets going on sale Friday, August 25:

10/14 -- Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater
10/21 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman
10/28 -- Sarasota, FL, White Buffalo Saloon
11/2 -- Charleston, SC, Music Farm
11/3 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
11/4 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
11/11 -- Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe’s
11/18 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
11/29 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar-Miami U
12/1 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater
12/2 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
12/9 -- Baton  Rouge, LA, Texas Club
12/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
12/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke scored her first #1 in 1982 with this carefree tune from her album Sleeping with Your Memory. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby."

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

BMLGThomas Rhett’s Life Changes album won’t be out until September 8, but if you pre-order the project, you can download several tunes ahead of time.

One of those is the song that TR’s wife Lauren says is her favorite, “Sixteen.”

“That song is the epitome of just, the grass is always greener,” Thomas tells ABC Radio. “We've all been sixteen. If we haven't been sixteen yet, we can't wait to be sixteen. And then when you get there, you're just like, 'Well, all my friends are going to college, and I can't buy a lottery ticket!'”

Though it’s titled “Sixteen,” the touching track has a unique way of capturing the things we all long for, at significant ages during our formative years.

“I feel like so many of us go through life, just always can't wait to get to the next step, when you really just should sit there and cherish it, because one day you're gonna look back at it and go like, 'Man, those were great times!'” Thomas reflects.  

You can also check out “Sixteen” in a new lyric video on YouTube.

On Friday, another instant grat track also becomes available. “Grave” is the fourteen-cut record’s closing song. You can preview the gospel-tinged tune at Esquire.com.  

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe five children of Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Cash took to Facebook to release a statement involving a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing Cash's name over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the white nationalist rally last Saturday in Charlottesville, a 32-year-old counterprotester named Heather Heyer died when a man drove his car into a crowd.

"We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association," read the statement, posted to Rosanne Cash's Facebook page.

They said their father was a "man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations."

"His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII," the statement continued.

Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter included a quote they said their father often told them growing up.

"Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love," they said.

The family added that their father did not "judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed."

"To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you," it continued, closing with "We Choose Love."

 Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock In the week since his passing, Glen Campbell’s album sales have increased 833 percent over the previous seven days, according to Nielsen Music, moving 28,000 records.

Sony Music Nashville’s new duo The Sisterhood will make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Sunday.

If you missed Florida Georgia Line’s appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday night, you can watch both their interview and their performance of “Smooth” online.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

 

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC RadioRascal Flatts celebrated their seventeenth #1 Thursday with a party at BMI, on Nashville’s Music Row.

“Yours If You Want It” was the perfect song to introduce their latest album, Back to Us, according to Joe Don Rooney.

"I think everything Rascal Flatts is about is inside that song,” Joe Don says. “It's an uptempo song, it's a lot of fun, but when you really dissect the lyrics... it's a really great, lot of meat-on-the-bone lyric..."

Gary LeVox revealed one of the ways “Yours If You Want It” hearkens back to their roots. The song's video was shot at the same location as their very first photo shoot, Music City’s Hermitage Café.

“That's where we started...," Gary recalls. "Our album cover for [our first hit] 'Prayin' for Daylight' is right there in the parking lot..."  

Jay DeMarcus remembered the very first time he and his bandmates ever heard one of their songs on the radio, during a late night call-in segment.

“The first caller was like, 'I love it. It's different. I say shine the light on it!'” Jay explains, imitating the voices of the listeners. “The second caller was a dude, and we were all huddled around the radio, up in the front of the bus. He said, 'I tell you what. I don't like that at all! You need to turns the lights out on that! It's awful!' And the next two calls were bad calls. And then after that, there were about ten in a row that were good calls.”

“But I tell you what,” Jay continues, “for the first four calls, we were like going, 'Oh no! Oh no! Take the bus back, and let's get our jobs back at Piggly Wiggly, cause this is awful.'”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ColumbiaThe Dixie Chicks haven’t made a new record since 2006’s Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way, but next month, they’ll be back with new music.

While it’s not a studio album, DCX MMXVI captures the trio’s successful 2016/2017 tour live, complete with at least six covers they’ve never recorded before: 

--Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 hit written by Prince, “Nothing Compares 2 U”

--Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin’s “Don’t Let Me Die in Florida”

--Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons,” which they performed with her on last year’s CMA Awards

--Bob Dylan’s “Mississippi”

--Singer/songwriter Ben Harper’s “Better Way”

--“Something in the Air,” the 1969 hit from British rock band, Thunderclap Newman, which was produced by The Who's Pete Townshend.

You’ll also be able to watch DCX MMXVI digitally, or on DVD or Blu-Ray. You can pre-order the project now exclusively through Amazon Music, ahead of its September 1 release.

Here’s the complete track listing for the audio version of the Dixie Chicks’ DCX MMXVI:

“The Long Way Around”
“Lubbock or Leave It”
“Truth No. 2”
“Easy Silence”
“Long Time Gone”
“Nothing Compares 2 U”
“Top of the World”
“Something in the Air”
“Goodbye Earl”
“Travelin’ Soldier” (Acoustic)
“Don’t Let Me Die in Florida” (Acoustic)
“Daddy Lessons” (Acoustic)
“White Trash Wedding” (Acoustic)
“Bluegrass Instrumental”
“Ready to Run”
“Mississippi”
“Landslide”
“Cowboy Take Me Away”
“Wide Open Spaces”
“Sin Wagon”
“Not Ready to Make Nice”
“Better Way”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Randy HolmesLady Antebellum have a lot going on right now with their Heart Break album and You Look Good world tour.  Well, their lives are about to get even more complicated: two members are expecting additions to their families.

"#BabyBellum round 2!" the group tweeted. "Thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this Dec, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in Feb 2018!!"

That means Hillary Scott is expecting her second child with husband Chris Tyrrell, and Dave Haywood and wife Kelli are expecting their second child as well.

The tweet included a photo of the group's three adorable children:  Hillary's daughter Eisele, Charles Kelley's son Ward, and Dave's son Cash.

The You Look Good tour wraps up in October.

#BabyBellum round 2! Thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this Dec, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in Feb 2018!! 👶🏼❤️🤰🏻 pic.twitter.com/P8LljdoU4S

— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) August 17, 2017

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA You can add Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson to the list of superstars you’ll see on the 11th Annual ACM Honors when the two-hour special airs next month on CBS.

Chris and Alan join already-announced performers Kelsea BalleriniLittle Big TownMaren MorrisBrad PaisleyThomas RhettHillary ScottGeorge StraitVince Gill and Toby Keith. Kelsea, Toby and King George are among the evening’s honorees as well.

Two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum have also been added as presenters to the show, which tapes next Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.  

The Academy will pay tribute to Reba McEntireDolly PartonEric ChurchWillie Nelson and more on the show as well. The 11th Annual ACM Honors airs Friday, September 15 on CBS.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Mark LevineWith two new daughters, a major tour, and his next album on the way, Thomas Rhett is adding one more thing to his already busy schedule:  he’ll be one of the celebrity judges at this year’s Miss America competition.

TR will find himself evaluating contestants’ lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview skills and on-stage questions the very same weekend his third record comes out. Life Changes is due September 8, just days before the September 10 pageant.

In the past, Thomas Rhett’s pals Brett Eldredge and Cole Swindell have both served on the panel. This year, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and People editor Jess Cagle are two of the judges, with more to be announced soon.

The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison and SportsCenter’s Sage Steele will host the live contest from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. You can watch The 2018 Miss America Competition Sunday, September 10 starting at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt seems likely we could hear new music from Luke Bryan as early as next Wednesday.

Ads in the country music trades this week feature a new picture of a rather serious-looking Luke, along with the caption, “Luke Bryan August 23rd,” which is next Wednesday’s date.

The four-time Entertainer of the Year hasn’t had a current country single since “Fast” topped the chart in April.

During CMA Music Festival in June, Luke told reporters he was likely half-finished with the follow-up to Kill the Lights, which featured a record-breaking six number-ones. Last week at the event announcing his own album, Dustin Lynch revealed he’d heard Luke’s new project, saying that "it's rockin'!"

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock Dustin Lynch is currently nearing the top of the chart with "Small Town Boy," but in 1986, another artist went all the way to #1 with "Small Town Girl." Can you name him? ANSWER:  Steve Wariner.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCShania Twain was Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Wednesday's Tonight Show, and used the appearance to officially announce her upcoming tour, kicking off in 2018.

Fallon made the announcement during his introduction of her performance of "Swinging with My Eyes Closed," the latest single from her upcoming album, Now -- her first in 15 years. Tickets go on sale August 25.

Shania also shared the news on Twitter, along with information on how to order pre-sale tickets.

Now will be available on August 29.

Here are Shania's 2018 dates according to Ticketmaster:

5/3 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
5/5 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
5/6 -- Vancouver, Canada, Rogers Arena
5/9 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rogers Place
5/10 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rogers Place
5/12 -- Saskatoon, Canada, Sasktel Centre
5/13 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
5/15 -- St.Paul, MN,Xcel Energy Center
5/16 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/18 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center Omaha
5/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
6/1 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
6/2 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
6/4 -- Duluth, MN, Infinite Energy Center
6/6 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
6/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
6/9 -- Houston, TX,  Toyota Center
6/10 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
6/12 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
6/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
6/15 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
6/16 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
6/25 -- Ottawa, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
6/26 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre
6/28 -- Quebec City, Canada, Videotron Centre
7/1 -- Hamilton, Canada, FirstOntario Centre
7/3 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
7/4 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
7/6 -- Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/7 -- Toronto, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/11 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
7/15 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
7/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
7/18 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/20 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
7/21 -- Nashville, TN, TBA
7/24 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/25 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
7/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
8/1 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
8/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
8/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Brett OronzioBrothers Osborne’s latest hit, “It Ain’t My Fault,” was born with a guitar lick and a beat on the drums.

“We just had this riff,” TJ Osborne remembers, “and John had this drum groove, and it started happening pretty organically, pretty naturally and pretty quick. We knew we were onto something really fun, and kind of a fresh idea, of just blaming things on one another, which is something we're all very familiar with,” he says wryly.

Once TJ and John combined their blame-shifting ideology with a clip featuring armed robbers wearing presidential masks, the song seemed to really take off.

“We then kind of elaborated on that with a video having politicians in it, 'cause I think that is the M.O. of any politician that's ever lived,” TJ says, as John laughs.

“It Ain’t My Fault” is the fourth single from the CMA and ACM Duo of the Year’s debut album, Pawn Shop.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Jo Walker-Meador passed away Tuesday night in Nashville after a stroke. The 93-year-old began her career as the first paid employee of the Country Music Association:  she was the office manager. She went on to become CMA's longest-serving Executive Director.

Florida Georgia Line’s FGL House will host a Sungaze Rooftop Eclipse Party starting at 11 a.m. CT Monday in Nashville. Admission will be free, as will glasses to take in the eclipse. You’ll also be able to order a special “Get Your Shine On” cocktail from the bar.

Former Hot Chelle Rae frontman Ryan Follese surprised his fans by announcing his debut country album will come out this week. The self-titled effort will be available digitally on Friday.

Garth Brooks will bring his World Tour to Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, October 7. Tickets for the show with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, August 25.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

University of Texas PressIt may be harder than ever to find female voices on country radio, but there’s no shortage of feminine viewpoints in a new collection of country music essays.

In Woman Walk the Line:  How the Women in Country Music Changed Our LivesTaylor Swift considers the impact of her fellow trailblazer, Brenda Lee, while Rosanne Cash writes about the country icon who was also her stepmother, June Carter Cash.

Though the 27-story collection won’t be out until fall, it already counts Reba McEntire as a fan.

“These personal stories -- from women, about women and the way music impacts lives -- are entertaining, thought-provoking, and, most of all, memorable,” Reba says.

The book also features Kenny Chesney’s frequent collaborator Grace Potter sharing her connection to Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt, while second-generation country artist Aubrey Sellers, daughter of Lee Ann Womack, offers her thoughts on Alison Krauss.

Writer Holly Gleason, who edited the collection and brought the project to life, has also penned an essay for the project, on Tanya Tucker.

“I’ve been fortunate to know so many dynamic women whose voices you may not know,” Gleason says, “but how they came to be the women they are is often more tied up in the artist they identified with than you’d imagine."

"So this anthology was built around the notion of reminding people how much music informs life, and offering readers access to some amazing female writers who generously share their own lives, wisdom, and love of music.”

You can pre-order Woman Walk the Line now, ahead of its September 20 release.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

River House Artists/Columbia Nashville“Hurricane” hitmaker Luke Combs now has some video skills to add to his resume.

The North Carolina native co-wrote the treatment for his new music video, which he shot over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina.

“Every night on tour when we start playing ‘When It Rains It Pours,’” Luke explains, “you can feel the fans kick it up a notch. It’s just a fun song and I always think ‘Damn, I kinda wanna be this guy in the song. He’s got it figured out.’ So for the video, I convinced my buddies to meet me in Charleston, [and] we traced the footsteps of the song for two days at the beach and somehow they let us film it…”

You can check out Luke’s adventures with his pals on YouTube.

He continues his current trek with Brantley Gilbert and Tyler Farr through the fall, before launching his own Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour October 3 in Los Angeles.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Warner Music NashvilleWith its lead single already in the top-20, Chris Janson is giving his fans a better picture of his sophomore album, Everybody.

The Missouri native co-wrote all twelve songs on the project, which includes his hit “Fix a Drink,” as well as the other four songs from the EP with the same title.

Chris says right down to the black-and-white picture on the cover, everything came together just like he’d hoped.

“The cover shot caught me in a great moment,” he says. “I was literally laughing on the bus, talking and cracking jokes… Shooting the photography for the album was the most relaxed I’ve ever been [in front of] a camera. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it.”

Here’s the full track listing for Everybody, which comes out September 22:

“Who’s Your Farmer”
“Everybody”
“Name on It”
“Eyes for Nobody”
“Fix a Drink”
“Out There”
“Little Bit of Both”
“Our World”
“Bein’ a Dad”
“When You Like Me”
“Redneck Life”
“Drunk Girl”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments




Keyword Search


On Facebook

Music News

US 102.3 Opinion Poll
What do your favorite weekend activity?
Fishing
Hunting
Drinking _____.
Sleeping in.
Netflix/Hulu/Etc.
Hiking.
Other (comment below)!
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)
Name:
Email:
Your email address is never published.
View Results
LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services