BMLGRascalFlatts’ follow-up to 2014’s Rewind will be the trio’s very first holiday collection, titled The Greatest Gift of All.
“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” Jay DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.”
In addition to eight classics, Jay, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney cover both Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and 4Him’s “A Strange Way to Save the World.” The trio’s kids join them to kick off their version of “Silent Night.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Rascal Flatts’ self-produced The Greatest Gift of All, due October 21:
“Joy to the World” “O Holy Night” “Deck the Halls” “A Strange Way to Save the World” “Go Tell It On the Mountain” “Let It Snow” “Silent Night” “Someday at Christmas” “The First Noel” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Arista NashvilleNashville’s Bridgestone Arena may typically be the home turf of Predators’ captain Mike Fisher, but on Thursday night, it was his wife’s turn. Fifteen-thousand fans, including Kelsea Ballerini and Dan Shay’s Shay Mooney, all turned out to see Carrie Underwood’s hometown stop on her Storyteller tour.
The impressive in-the-round moving stage, pyrotechnics, and wardrobe changes combined with Carrie’s stellar vocals and seemingly boundless energy to remind the Music City crowd the CMA host could very well walk away with the 2016 Entertainer of the Year trophy in November. Quiet moments like Carrie’s version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” were as captivating as the rest of her predominantly up-tempo set. Openers Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers returned to the stage near the night’s end to join the headliner for their take on Alabama’s “Mountain Music.”
Afterwards, Carrie greeted her music industry friends and family at a lavish backstage Storyteller-themed party, complete with signature cocktails, a mock food truck and a caricature artist.
Image Credit: Becky FlukeWhile Miranda Lambert hasn’t explicitly discussed whether her new album addresses her divorce from Blake Shelton last year, the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year does open up a bit in the latest edition of Nashville LGBT publication Unite.
As for the inspiration for her current top-15 hit “Vice,” Miranda gets straight to the point. “The inspiration is just, the truth,” she tells the magazine. “Being honest and owning your s***.”
She hints there’s more where that came from on The Weight of These Wings. “It definitely sets up the direction with this record…,” she says of the lead single. “I’ve been working on it for a year. I’m nervous, but excited!”
When Miranda considers the songwriting she’s done for the new album, it gives the impression she only plans to go deeper on her sixth studio effort.
“I just happened to be going through some hard things in my life so all of that combined let me really grow as a songwriter. I’ve always written songs and recorded songs about where I am in life. There’s no difference in this record,” she promises.
Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Tim McGraw spent the first of five weeks atop the Billboard country chart with this song from his A Place in the Sun album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Something Like That."
Warner Music NashvilleWith two number-ones in row under their belts, Dan Shay admit it can be hard to decide which song to release to radio next. But Dan Smyers says the duo turned to some familiar allies to pick the follow-up to "Nothin' Like You" and "From the Ground Up."
"It's tough man! We always listen to our fans. You know, our fans kinda named this album for us, the Obsessed album title. We always look on social media and we look out to the crowd to see what the fans are singing the loudest and getting the most fired up about. It's a song called 'How Not To' that's on our album," Dan reveals.
The second single from Dan Shay's sophomore record also holds a unique distinction among their radio singles so far.
"It's the first song we're releasing that we didn't write," Dan points out. "You know, we're such fans of the songwriting community, and to be in a position now where we can record songs that other people wrote and to have them trust us with it, you know that's a dream come true for us. That's why we moved to this town, you know, to be a part of the songwriting community. And to record a song that we fell in love with when we heard the demo is gonna be a fun ride. It's a little different for us!"
Earlier this week, Dan Shay wrapped up their run of four sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. Look for them on Jimmy Kimmel Live next Wednesday.
Warner Music Nashville Having just wrapped the Good for a Good Time tour with Darius Rucker and Dan Shay this summer, Michael Ray is now ready to strike out on his own this fall. He’ll kick off a headlining trek, named for his top-40 single “Think a Little Less,” on October 14 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“[I’m] so incredibly excited and grateful for my first official headlining tour,” Michael reflects. “Ten years of hard work has led me to this point. Lots of incredible music in store as well as a few surprises,” he promises.
In addition to songs from his self-titled debut album, like his #1 hit “Kiss You in the Morning,” the Florida native is planning to sprinkle in some of his favorite country classics that he grew up playing in his late grandfather’s band.
Here’s the itinerary for Michael Ray’s Think a Little Less tour:
10/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Cowboys Saloon 10/15 -- San Diego, CA, Moonshine Flats 10/20 -- Iowa City, IA, Blue Moose 10/21 -- Lincoln, NE, Single Barrel 10/22 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 11/3 -- Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar 11/4 -- Shelby Township, MI, Coyote Joe’s 11/5 -- Rootstown, OH, Dusty Armadillo 11/11 -- Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s 11/12 -- Raleigh, NC, City Limits Saloon 11/18 -- Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe 11/19 -- Macon, GA, The Crazy Bull 11/25 -- Tampa, FL, Dallas Bull 11/26 -- Rome, GA, Brewhouse Music and Grill
BBR Music Group Joe Nichols proved he’s a champion multi-tasker this past weekend in the Golden State, pulling double duty by headlining the California Beer Festival in Ventura and surprising two sold-out crowds in Anaheim by opening for Garth Brooks. The “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” hitmaker managed to avoid the traffic by jumping in a helicopter to expedite the 100-mile journey between venues.
All three crowds got to hear Joe’s new single, “Undone,” from his forthcoming, as-yet-unnamed new album.
Reviver RecordsJust as they’re enjoying their second top-ten hit in a row, LOCASH is now officially one of the Ones to Watch. They’ll headline 17 dates on the Live Nation tour of the same name, starting November 17 in Louisville, Kentucky, and stretching into next April. Newcomers Ryan Follese and Michael Tyler will join them for select shows.
Preston Brust and Chris Lucas currently sit at number-eight on the country chart with “I Know Somebody,” the follow-up to “I Love This Life,” which peaked at number two in January.
Here are LOCASH’s headlining dates on Live Nation’s Ones to Watch tour:
11/17 -- Louisville, KY, Mercurcy Ballroom 11/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Deluxe at Old National 1/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Terminal West 1/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 1/7 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 1/11 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 1/12 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 1/13 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 1/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco Theater 2/9 -- New York, NY, Irving Place 2/10 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore 2/11 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz 2/15 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 2/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 3/23 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Cabooze 3/25 -- Denver, CO, Summit Music Hall 4/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Stapleton took home Artist of the Year honors at the 15th Annual Americana Awards Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
Charlie Daniels raised more than $100,000 for The Journey Home Project during his September 13 dinner at The Palm in Nashville. The non-profit helps members of the armed forces transition back to civilian life.
President George H.W. Bush presented Jimmy Wayne with the Points of Light Award this week at a private ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan releases his first-ever Farm Tour EP this Friday, and he’s been giving fans on his Kill the Lights tour a preview. But he admits the first time he ever played the track “Southern Gentleman,” he hadn’t exactly planned it.
“What was funny was I totally did that performance off the cuff, so I'm glad it turned out that good... 'cause most of the time when I go off the cuff like that, I screw 'em up, you know. So I didn't mess that one up,” he laughs.
So, what exactly is the CMA Entertainer of the Year’s definition of a “Southern Gentleman”?
“I mean, there's a lot of parameters of that, I think. It's just, I think, holding women in the utmost highest respect and being polite and just being a classy person is certainly a definition of a southern gentleman, and conducting yourself with manners and etiquette, and being a good person,” Luke says.
The five-song Farm Tour… Here’s to the Farmer EP comes out Friday, before Luke kicks off his 8th annual Farm Tour October 5 in Gaston, South Carolina.
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is certainly no stranger to doing a little hip-shaking, but he primarily turns the dancing duties over to his co-star in his latest music video. As the video begins, the casually dressed CMA Entertainer of the Year performs his latest top-ten hit, “Move,” while the camera pans to reveal a Flashdance-esque female practicing in a warehouse space next door.
Three-quarters of the way through the song, however, she’s so overcome by Luke’s music she bursts through the wall, bounding on stage with the now-dressed-up singer. You can check out Luke’s new “Move” clip on YouTube.
His new Farm Tour… Here’s to the Farmer EP comes out on Friday.
Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleWhen Kenny Chesney’s Cosmic Hallelujah arrives October 28, it’ll boast eleven tracks and a black-and-white cover photo shot on the Jersey shore. Originally titled Some Town Somewhere, the collection began to evolve after the superstar from East Tennessee had the opportunity to record his current hit, “Setting the World on Fire,” with Pink.
“…Some songs that had come in after we were done, I didn’t have to save for the next album. Suddenly, everything was changing,” he recalls, “and the album I’m releasing now has a lot of what made Some Town Somewhere capture the essential part of who the No Shoes Nation is, but really takes the your-life-is-now piece of The Big Revival and expands it,” Kenny says, referring to his previous record.
“And there’s one very special song I’ve been holding for years called ‘Coach’ that we went in and re-cut. It really captured that song’s heart.”
Here’s the complete list of songs on Cosmic Hallelujah:
“Setting the World on Fire” (with Pink) “Noise” “Coach” “Some Town Somewhere” “Trip Around the Sun” “All the Pretty Girls” “Bar at the End of the World” “Winnebago” “Jesus and Elvis” (with Allison Moorer) “Bucket” “Rich and Miserable”
Courtesy NBC PublicityDolly Parton has often joked that she patterned her look after the town trollop when she was growing up, but the entertainment icon is taking it one step further in her new TV movie. She’ll portray the character, renamed “The Painted Lady,” in the sequel to last year’s Coat of Many Colors. This week, NBC released the first photos of Dolly in her latest role.
Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love tells the story of the Parton family’s struggle to help their father buy a long-awaited wedding ring for his bride, again portrayed by Jennifer Nettles, in the midst of an unexpected blizzard. At the same time, a young Dolly also begins to be recognized for her musical talent.
You can watch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love when it premieres November 30 on NBC. It’ll be available on DVD December 20.
ABC RadioSimplicity was the watchword when Keith Urban set out to shoot the video for his latest single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” last month in Los Angeles. Filmed in black and white at Five Star Bar, the clip includes only Keith, his stripped-down band, a bartender, and actress Amber Valletta, who you might recognize from ABC’s Revenge and Blood & Oil.
You can check out both the video itself and a behind-the-scenes clip on YouTube, and Keith hopes you’ll stay until the very last frame.
“I think for me the end of the video is my favorite part,” the Australian superstar says. “The camera pans around and suddenly the stage is bare and you’re not quite sure if she’s imagined the whole thing -- there’s something really poetic about that.”
Comstock/ThinkstockAmerican Made may be the name of Justin Moore and Lee Brice's headlining tour next year, but it's also the title of a #1 hit from 1983. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famers who took it to the top? ANSWER: The Oak Ridge Boys.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Charlie Daniels will celebrate the opening of his new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with an interview and performance in the CMA Theater on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. “Million Mile Reflections” opens this Friday.
Jake Owen plays Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
The newest artists signed to The Valory Music Co. are fraternal twins The Church Sisters. You can check out Savannah and Sarah’s first single, a cover of the pop hit “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, in their new video on YouTube.
Broken BowThis week, Jason Aldean lives up to his ACM Entertainer of the Year title, debuting at number one on both the country albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200 ranking. But the Georgia native says winning the coveted ACM crown didn’t really affect the recording of They Don’t Know.
“Every time you go in to record an album, obviously you want to go in and make a great record…finding songs and…that's always kinda been the way I've approached it. I didn't really approach it any different. Actually, part of the record was done before the award actually came about,” he recalls.
Jason’s seventh studio effort is actually the first time this year a country album has been number one on the all-genre tally. The last to accomplish that feat was Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, which shot to the top spot after last year’s CMA Awards.
“You just try to go and get creative and find great songs and try to make an album that's cool that you feel like is…different but also sort of similar to what it is that kinda got you to the dance,” Jason says. “So I feel like that's something that we were able to accomplish in a big way on this record.”
Jason managed to sell the equivalent of 138,000 albums the first week They Don’t Know was out.
CMAIf you’ve had a hard time figuring out exactly when each of the 30 CMA-winning artists sings on the Country Music Association’s “Forever Country” single, making that distinction just got a whole lot easier, as the history-making video premiered Tuesday night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
From the first line as Brad Paisley sings of his home state of West Virginia on John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” a dreamlike country-music world rises around the biggest stars in the genre. Shot entirely over three days during last summer’s CMA Music Festival, the creative feat uses green-screen technology to accomplish the impossible.
The Bridgestone Arena’s CMA Awards stage materializes behind frequent host Vince Gill. The Ryman Auditorium comes together as Reba sings, all building toward the end, where all 30 stars surround Dolly Parton in a field as she delivers the final line of “I Will Always Love You.”
If you’re wondering if a live performance of the mashup that also includes Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” could be a part of the 50th Annual CMA Awards November 2 on ABC, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern says she doesn’t believe that’s likely. But as the “Forever Country” video proves -- nothing is impossible.