CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PROn May 30, Dolly Parton will celebrate fifty years of marriage to one of the most elusive husbands in all of show business. The entertainment icon has often told the story of how Carl Dean vowed to stay out of the spotlight after attending one music business event with his world-famous wife early in her career. In the coming days, he’ll make an exception though -- as Dolly and Carl renew their vows on their golden anniversary.
“My husband is the worst!” Dolly jokes. “It's hard for me to make him do anything. I have to make him go to the dentist, I have to make him go to the doctor. I have to make him get new clothes. I go get 'em and [he says] 'I don't like that... my feet are too long... I don't like those socks.' I said, 'Well, we're going shopping for a wedding suit and I don't want to hear nothin' about it!' So anyway, we've got him all suited up, so he liked the suit.”
The “I Will Always Love You” composer says she’s excited about the ceremony, since she never really got to have a wedding. When Dolly and Carl tied the knot back in 1966, she’d just signed her first recording contract and promised her label she’d wait to marry. So the young couple fled to a church in Ringgold, Georgia, where they tied the knot in secret, with Dolly’s mother as a witness.
“He don't like to do this kind of thing as a rule,” she says of Carl, “but he's like me, he's proud we've made it 50 years. We've been together 52 years. We dated two years and then we got married, so anyway, we're gonna do it. He said he would, so he better -- or it won't last another year!” she jokes.
There’s a possibility the world may get its best look ever at the mysterious Carl Dean after the anniversary, as Dolly’s planning to sell the photos to raise money for her nonprofit that sends books to children all over the world, the Imagination Library.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is teaming up with Elle King for the second single from his new album, Black.
Though you may not be familiar with the hot new singer’s name, chances are you’ve heard her recent smash, “Ex’s & Oh’s.” She also happens to be the daughter of comic Rob Schneider from Saturday Night Live and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Dierks says being a father himself is part of what drew him to “Different for Girls.”
“The differences in how guys and girls deal with a broken heart is really interesting material to me. Having two daughters certainly has changed the way I see the world and what they have ahead. What I love about Elle being on this record, beside her uniquely powerful but vulnerable voice, is that she’s a total bada**. Having her perspective really helps tell the complete story.”
Even though the song is the pair’s first collaboration, it’s clear the two have a bit of a mutual admiration society going.
“I get a little shy when I’m asked to sing other people’s songs,” Elle confesses, “let alone a duet with one of the biggest country stars in the world. Our voices blended really well together. Since I often write from the male perspective, I was really excited to be a part of someone else’s story that is jumping outside of the norm for a relationship song. The lyrics are really smart and I love that he is bringing a lot of attitude to modern country music.”
You’ll be able to download “Different for Girls” on Friday, the same day Dierks’ new album comes out.
CMTIt’ll be a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, as Cam teams up with vocal group Fifth Harmony for a performance at the 2016 CMT Music Awards. They’ll do an all-girl mashup of “Mayday,” along with the number one pop smash, “Work from Home.”
Dancing with the Stars’ Erin Andrews returns for the second year as the show’s host, along with the Houston Texans’ J. J. Watt, who’s being promoted from his presenter gig last year. Newly booked to pass out trophies in 2016 are Charles Kelley, Cole Swindell, Dan Shay, Kellie Pickler, actor Vince Vaughn, and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.
Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Thomas Rhett are all set to sing, with more performers to be announced soon.
The 2016 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET.
Comstock/Thinkstock Not only has Brad Paisley hosted the CMA Awards eight times, he’s also number three on the list of folks who’ve taken home the most trophies. Can you guess how many he’s won? ANSWER: 14.
ABC RadioA week before he kicks off his Ripcord World Tour next Thursday in Kansas City, Keith Urban gave a select audience a preview of his two-hour-plus-show Wednesday afternoon at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Clad all in grey, from jean jacket to T-shirt to torn jeans, the Aussie superstar blazed through a mini-version of his set, starting just as his album Ripcord does, playing ganjo on “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today).” He plans to do nine songs from the chart-topping record, including his duet with Carrie Underwood, “Fighter,” and his collaboration with Pitbull on “Sun Don’t Let Me Down.” The American Idol winner will join him via videotape, except during his December trek “Down Under,” where she’ll be with him in person. Keith wasn’t quite ready to reveal how the Miami rapper will materialize.
An eye-catching motion lights package makes way for a super-widescreen display at the back of the stage, where images like the ones from the “Wasted Time” video can fill the space. Keith’s set also features a second smaller stage, where he revealed tourmate Brett Eldredge will join him for a song. Newcomer Maren Morris will sing the Miranda Lambert part on “We Were Us” each night.
“I can remember lyrics from songs I haven’t sung in a decade, but I lose my car keys like that!” he joked after delivering an impromptu request for the song “Homespun Love,” recorded by his band The Ranch back in 1997.
While that tune may not often make the list, Keith offered up a blistering version of “Where the Blacktop Ends” as an example of how he’s tweaked the sound of some of his biggest hits to match the energy of the new material. Given the fact that he has 36 top tens to choose from and many of his fans attend more than one show, he plans to swap out his hits from night to night.
Keith officially pulls the Ripcord June 2 in Kansas City, Missouri, before continuing on to St. Louis and Indianapolis on his opening weekend.
ABC Wednesday night on the series finale of Nashville, Layla Grant finally pushed it too far. Avery Barkley realized his new girlfriend had lied to him, all the while manipulating circumstances to torture his ex-wife Juliette Barnes over the death of her manager Jeff Fordham.
Avery broke it off with Layla. Juliette came clean to the world about Jeff’s demise -- he’d fallen to his death while keeping her from committing suicide. Avery immediately reached out to comfort Juliette, making a reconciliation between the two seem imminent.
Determined to finally speak out against the conservative pundit who’d been bad-mouthing him, Will Lexington joined forces with his ex-boyfriend Kevin Bicks to stage a rally outside the studio where she taped her show. When a hate group seemed to be drowning them out, Luke Wheeler delivered a pop-up stage complete with a sound system and Will and the gang started to play. After the TV commentator finally invited him on her show, Will stated his position eloquently, standing up for the gay community as a whole. Having triumphed over his fear, Will learned that Kevin was single again.
Scarlett O’Connor found the courage to once again tell Gunnar Scott she loved him, but it seemed to come too late, as Autumn Chase flaunted their newfound romance. But this time Scarlett wouldn’t be deterred, restating her point with Gunnar, who eventually kissed her onstage. The Exes were instantly fired from the Autumn Chase tour.
While in New York City for a benefit, Rayna Jaymes was horrified to learn her daughter Maddie was working with the same producer who’d tried to take advantage of her years earlier. With no other way to get in touch with her estranged daughter even though they were in the same city, Rayna wrote an open letter to the teen about the dangerous situation she was in, which The Huffington Post agreed to publish. Maddie read it just as the creep was advancing toward her. Her father Deacon Claybourne rushed in to whisk her away just in time.
In the end, all was restored for Rayna, Deacon, Maddie and Daphne. The family marched arm-in-arm, headed for the plane to fly home to Nashville.
But the same couldn’t be said for Juliette Barnes. In the final scene of ABC’s Nashville, Avery and Cadence are left waiting at the airport. Juliette’s plane has disappeared from the radar and can’t be found.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lee Greenwood's patriotic anthem "God Bless the U.S.A." is one of the songs immortalized as part of Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke and a Song" campaign. You'll be able to spot the lyric "I'm proud to be an American" on special new red, white and blue cans of Coke.
The favorite sons of Ft. Payne, Alabama, will be honored with the new exhibit "Alabama: Born Country" at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It opens August 25 and runs through June of next year.
Dierks Bentley guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Image Group LAIn what could be one of the final pieces of fall-out from Miranda Lambert’s divorce from Blake Shelton last July, her boutique The Pink Pistol is closing its doors in the town where the two lived together -- Tishomingo, Oklahoma. At the same time, the sister store in the “Automatic” hitmaker’s hometown is expanding and moving to a larger location.
Miranda says it’s been a longtime goal to have all her non-musical endeavors headquartered in the Texas town where she grew up and her parents still live. Her MuttNation Foundation, which she founded with her mom, is also based there.
“It feels full circle to have everything under one ‘roof’ basically where it all began in my hometown of Lindale. I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the employees who worked hard to help me bring the store in Tishomingo to life… Sometimes you need to close a chapter to build on a new beginning or go back home,” she adds.
CMTCharles Kelley and Rob Thomas sing both their solo tunes as well as their group hits, as the two front men team up for a new episode of CMT Crossroads.
The two pair up and trade vocals on everything from Lady Antebellum’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “We Owned the Night” to Matchbox 20’s “3 AM,” from Charles’ latest single “Lonely Girl” to Rob’s “Lonely No More” and “This Is How a Heart Breaks.”
CMT Crossroads: Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley premieres Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET. You can preview the pair’s collaboration on “Lonely No More” online now.
ABC/Mark LevineNashville’s Charles Esten is definitely team Opry. The actor-turned-fictional country singer was presented with his official jersey for this year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game last weekend during his performance on the Grand Ole Opry.
His co-star Jonathan Jackson, Vince Gill, Lauren Alaina, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, David Nail, Jake Owen, and Bret Michaels are just some of the folks who’ll be his teammates and adversaries during the June 7 game. The matchup at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park raises money to fight cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Nashville wraps up its run on ABC Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET, with the episode titled “Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday.”
Bob D'Amico/ABCIt’s a celebration half a century in the making. This fall, the Country Music Association marks a milestone as it passes out its yearly trophies November 2 in Nashville. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Bridgestone Arena the first Wednesday in November starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Brad Paisley announced he and Carrie Underwood will return as the hosts for Country Music’s Biggest Night for the ninth year in a row.
“Carrie and I have certainly hit our stride in terms of balancing humor and a genuine respect for the nominees and winners,” he reflects. “This year the stakes are higher than ever as we honor the legacy and traditions of the past 50 years. We will give it everything we've got.”
“Of course we have fun up there,” Carrie adds, “but we take the responsibility of honoring the best artists in the format and shining a positive light on country music very seriously. And this year, the bar will be even higher as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary… I can’t wait.”
Vince Gill still holds the record for the longest streak as CMA host, helming the show for a dozen years from 1992 to 2003. You can check out a highlight reel from half a century of CMA Awards on YouTube now.
CMTThe electric energy that kept fans on their feet during a recent Friday evening taping in Nashville will make its way to the small screen next month, as the episode of Crossroads that pairs Thomas Rhett with Nick Jonas airs on CMT.
The dynamic duo powers through TR’s hits “T-Shirt,” “Die a Happy Man,” “Crash and Burn” and “Make Me Wanna,” while also taking on “Chains,” “Jealous,” “Close” and “Chainsaw” from Nick’s catalog. John Oates makes it a trio, joining the pair for a new version of the Hall & Oates classic “Rich Girl.”
CMT Crossroads: Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett premieres Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT. You can check out a clip of the two performing “Jealous” online now.
Mark Horton/WireImageBradPaisley made some news on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night.
First, he give Kimmel a full-throated endorsement of the chat show host's run for Vice President of the United States -- even wearing a campaign t-shirt to prove his loyalty.
Paisley also sang a song poking fun of the North Carolina bathroom controversy set to Tammy Wynette's classic "Stand By Your Man." Sample: "Sit by your man/Why is this such a big deal/Just hike up your dress and take a stand!"
Paisley confirmed that he and Carrie Underwood will host November's Country Music Awards, which would bring their total number of team-ups to 11 -- two shy of Vince Gill's hosting record of 13. "Vince Gill is going to be furious at this news," Kimmel quipped.
Finally, Brad closed out the show by performing "Without a Fight," his new duet with Demi Lovato. The country star said Demi cut her teeth "singing Billy Gilman at a rodeo in Texas," and it took just "four days" from the time they spoke about collaborating, to the song being cut.
MCA NashvilleWith his current single “Night’s on Fire” threatening to go top 15 any day, David Nail is enjoying being a new dad to nearly-six-month-old twins and preparing for the release of his new album, Fighter. But the Missouri native remembers a time when things weren’t nearly as good for him and his wife Catherine.
“When I met my wife and I proposed to her, I really naively thought, 'Okay, I know all there is to know about [her], and three or four years into our marriage, we hit a really rough spot,” he reveals. “There were so many moments where I would come home from the road and be like, 'Is this the Sunday morning her car's not in the driveway?'”
Ultimately, it was the way Catherine handled that situation that inspired David to write the title track for his new record.
“Not only was it always in the driveway, but she would literally be in the living room like, 'Hey! We're dealing with this. Head on! I'm here. We're in this for the long haul.' You know, 'We're gonna fight for this!'” he recalls. “So that's what the song is about. It's like, 'I thought I knew everything there was to know about you, but I never knew I had a fighter.'”
To tide fans over until his new project comes out, David recently released his new EP Uncovered, which features his take on four songs by artists ranging from Elvis to Adele to Phil Collins, plus a remake of a track from his first album. His fourth studio effort, Fighter, is due July 15.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are taking their World Tour to San Antonio, Texas. They’ll play AT&T Center on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. CT.
Blake Shelton will headline the 12th Annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit June 7 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Chris Lane, Kane Brown and others are also on the bill.
For the second week in a row, Keith Urban’s album Ripcord tops the charts in the United States, Canada and Australia.
This past Sunday, Jerrod Niemann returned from his first USO Tour with the National Guard, visiting soldiers in four countries in six days.
What happens when Blake Shelton eats sushi for the first time? You get a sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which aired Tuesday night. You can check out the hilarious results on the program's YouTube page now.
NBC/David LaChapelleNot only will Blake Shelton be rubbing elbows with some majors stars, he’ll also be rubbing noses -- red noses, that is- - for NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special this Thursday. Blake and legend Elton John will provide the music for the event, along with David Letterman’s longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer.
Red Nose Day was created a quarter-century ago in the United Kingdom, to raise money and awareness for kids in need both at home and around the world. More than 65 celebrities are set to take part in the show, including Julie Roberts, Celine Dion, Connie Britton, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Kobe Bryant, just to name a few. You’ll also be able to see the cast of The Walking Dead in a whole new light, as they star in a comedy sketch.
The two-hour special kicks off Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
UMG NashvilleNewcomer Clare Dunn has the unique distinction of having the sole new song on the latest edition of Now That’s What I Call Country. The ninth country-themed collection in the series features number-ones by veterans like Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan, alongside the first chart toppers by breakthrough artists Cam, Granger Smith, Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and more.
If you pre-order the digital version now, you’ll be able to download Clare’s “Tuxedo” instantly. Here’s the complete track listing for the 19-cut Now That’s What I Call Country 9, which comes out June 10:
“Strip It Down” -- Luke Bryan “Take Your Time” -- Sam Hunt “Smoke Break” -- Carrie Underwood “Burning House” -- Cam “Girl Crush” -- Little Big Town “I’m Comin’ Over” -- Chris Young “Save It for a Rainy Day” -- Kenny Chesney “Country Nation” -- Brad Paisley “Drunk on a Plane” -- Dierks Bentley “Backroad Song” -- Granger Smith “Buy Me a Boat” -- Chris Janson “Girl in a Country Song” -- Maddie & Tae “Dibs” -- Kelsea Ballerini “I Got the Boy” -- Jana Kramer “Stay a Little Longer” -- Brothers Osborne “Don’t It” -- Billy Currington “Break Up with Him” -- Old Dominion “I Like the Sound of That” -- Rascal Flatts “Tuxedo” -- Clare Dunn
RCA NashvilleChris Young will get the party started officially for CMA Music Festival 2016 with a free performance at Music City’s new Ascend Amphitheatre on the banks of the Cumberland River. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will join the “Think of You” hitmaker on the newly christened Skyview Stage for the opening ceremonies.
All the money raised from the festival formerly known as Fan Fair goes to fund music education in schools. Some of the students who’ve benefited from those programs will also get the chance to show off what they’ve learned. Gates open an hour ahead of time for the 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Wednesday, June 8.
This week, Chris revealed his third single from his I’m Comin’ Over album will be “Sober Saturday Night,” which features Vince Gill on guitar and vocals.
Capitol NashvilleThough they’ve been spent most of the year apart working on their individual projects, the members of Lady Antebellum will be back together again to host the 10th Annual ACM Honors special this fall on CBS.
While the Academy of Country Music has held the ceremony for its special honorees and off-camera winners from the ACM Awards for close to a decade, this is the first time it will be televised. The show tapes August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with its airdate to be announced later. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle and The Statler Brothers are just some of the evening’s honorees.
In the meantime, Lady A is back on the road as a group this summer, with Charles Kelley promoting his new single “Lonely Girl” from his album The Driver, as Hillary Scott performs her song “Thy Will” from her forthcoming faith-based album Love Remains with her family.