Republic NashvilleEli Young Band front man Mike Eli didn't spring for a fancy night out to celebrate his recent wedding anniversary. Instead, Mike and his wife celebrated very simply at home.
He tells Country Aircheck, "We celebrated in front of the television with two bar stools, a roast and a candlelight on the bar stools in front of us."
Since Mike is out on the road so much touring, we're sure his wife enjoyed the quiet night at home. Eli Young Band continues their opening spot on Darius Rucker's True Believers tour this weekend with shows in Florida and Alabama.
EB Media PRGeorge Strait has added a June 5 show in Hidalgo, TX to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour schedule. The concert at State Farm Arena is just two days before his massive tour-ending concert at Dallas's AT&T Stadium on June 7. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Martina McBride are on the bill for the sold-out Dallas date.
Tickets for the June 5 date go on sale to the public Friday, May 2.
CMARascal Flatts will perform an acoustic album launch concert for their latest release, Rewind, on the release date, May 13. The show takes place at the Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles, and only Citi card holders can purchase tickets at CitiPrivatePass.com.
Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox says, "We're immensely proud of our new album and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our closest fans. We can't wait for everyone to hear Rewind and look forward to kicking things off with Citi in Los Angeles next month."
Fans attending the show will enjoy a wine pairing with each songs based on the track's tempo and lyrics. Rascal Flatts' new album features the hit title track.
Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced: Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran, and Mac Wiseman. The inductees were revealed Tuesday morning in Nashville.
Soulful keyboardist Milsap, who's blind, was of the biggest crossover country performers of the '70s and '80s, thanks to hits like "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "Stranger in My House," "Lost in the Fifties Tonight," and "Any Day Now." He's won six Grammys and scored forty #1 country hit singles. Milsap's name was announced by Hunter Hayes.
The late Hank Cochran is the Songwriter inductee this year. A recording artist in his own right, Cochran also penned hits like Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," Ray Price's "Make the World Go Away," George Strait's "Ocean Front Property" and "The Chair," and Ronnie Milsap's "Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)."
Mac Wiseman is the Veterans Era inductee this year. The bluegrass singer is a solo artist, but also served as a member of the Foggy Mountain Boys, along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and played with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. He's nicknamed "The Voice with a Heart."
All three performers will be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington's latest single choice, "We Are Tonight," is a direct result of his recent leap to arena headliner status. Billy loved what he calls the "amped-up energy" of the song, and the carefree lyrics appealed to him as well.
Says Billy, "It made me think of football games and the summer rolling down the window, driving down the beach boulevard. Everything that the song states took me back to my younger years."
Billy will be playing "We Are Tonight" at his shows in Alabama and North Carolina this weekend. Go to BillyCurrington.com to see where he's playing this summer.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Jerrod Niemann will host a joint fan club party June 2 at Rocketown in Nashville.
Craig Morgan will host his 8th Annual Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride and Outdoor Concert July 20 in Dickson, TN.
Dierks Bentley has launched an interactive photo booth at Dierks.com to help fans get in the mood for his new single, "Drunk on a Plane." The booth allows fans to upload their own picture and customize it with airline and party-themed stickers.
Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking some well-deserved time off after he wraps up the Off the Beaten Path tour this weekend. The trek started back in November 2013, and Justin is anxious to spend more time with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters. Their third child is due in July.
Looking forward to his summer touring plans, Justin says, "We’re gonna do some of the big fairs and some of the big festivals. We’re not gonna do as many of the county fairs, and things that we’ve done in the past, simply because my girls are gettin’ older and I wanna spend as much time at home as I can with them."
Justin's status as an ACM Award-winning hitmaker means he can be a little more selective about how many shows he does every years.
"We’re gonna scale it back a little," Justin explains. "We’ll probably play somewhere around 100 shows this year, as opposed to 150, 160, 170 shows."
Justin plans to spend quite a bit of time at the new beach house he just bought in Destin, FL, too.
Photo Courtesy Lee BriceLee Brice and his wife, Sara, celebrated their first wedding anniversary Monday. Lee marked the occasion by posting a picture of himself with Sara on Twitter. The caption reads, "It's been a year today since Sara made me the luckiest dude in the world."
Lee's latest single, "I Don't Dance," was written about Sara for their first dance as a married couple at the wedding reception. The video for the song features actual footage from Lee and Sara's wedding day.
The couple has two children, sons Ryker and Takoda.
Sony Music NashvilleMirandaLambert launched her own line of shoes and boots last December with her music and lifestyle serving as the main inspiration. Some of the high heels have a rock and roll edge, while the boots give a nod to Miranda's country roots.
She tells Women's Wear Daily that running her boutique, The Pink Pistol, taught her some valuable lessons going into the shoe line launch.
"Keep it simple," Miranda says of her design philosophy. "You can't get crazy with design because you need something for everybody. I learned that with buying for my store, especially at the beginning. You have to keep it a little neutral or you’ll paint yourself into a corner."
Miranda wore flashy, metallic boots from her shoe line while performing "Automatic" on the ACM Awards earlier this month. Look for her shoes at DSW, Rack Room Shoes and Country Outfitters.
Capitol NashvilleCongratulations to Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, on the impending arrival of their first child. The couple took to Lady A's Twitter account Monday to share the good news saying, "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy!!!"
Dave and Kelli tied the knot in April 2012. His band mate, Hillary Scott, welcomed her first baby, daughter Eisele Kaye, last July.
Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made it to the final round of voting for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. She's up against Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic for the fan-voted trophy. The polls are now open at Billboard.com/Milestone.
The Milestone Award recognizes an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET.
Justin Lubin/NBCEver since Kelly Clarkson announced she was expecting, glimpses of her baby bump have been rare. But this past weekend, she was out and about with her pregnant belly definitely on display.
US Weekly has photos of Kelly on a boating outing with her husband Brandon Blackstock and his family, including his stepmother, country superstar Reba McEntire. She was wearing black leggings, flip-flops and a long salmon-colored tunic with a black and white bow printed on the belly. Later, she wore a white top which showed off her belly even more.
That same day, Kelly and her group were spotted dining at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, according to the magazine. "Happy Easter everybody! We celebrated on the lake today. Loving the sun, family and friends!" she tweeted.
It's not clear exactly when Kelly and Brandon are expecting their baby girl, though she announced in November that she was expecting. Earlier this month, she tweeted, "There's something very cool yet very creepy about a baby moving inside your belly. Regardless, I'm pretty sure she's gonna be a gymnast."
Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch's latest single, "Where It's At," features him singing the phrase "yep yep" at several points in the song. Fans have latched onto "yep yep" so much, Dustin's already selling t-shirts and other items with that line at his concerts.
Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "What's crazy is how many people have picked up on that in social media, like Twitter and Facebook. I see it all over the place now. Hashtag yep yep."
The overall message of "Where It's At" celebrates the everyday magic of a true love relationship well beyond the first few dates.
"It's about not being able to take your hands off of someone, but for good reasons," Dustin explains. "It's about real. Being real. It's not about glam, you know. It's about just being who you are in your own clothes and a ballcap and t-shirt and pajamas and being the big spoon on the couch and all that good stuff."
"Where It's At" is the lead single from Dustin's upcoming sophomore album, due out later this year.
Courtesy KevinSharp.comKevin Sharp, who scored a hit in 1996 with "Nobody Knows," has died.
Sharp's website announced the singer died Saturday night of ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43.
Sharp -- who survived a battle with a rare form of bone cancer after he was diagnosed while in high school -- earned a #1 country hit in 1996 with "Nobody Knows," a cover of a song by R&B artist Tony Rich. It was off his debut album, Measure of a Man, which also featured the singles "She's Sure Taking It Well" and "If You Love Somebody."
Sharp later released two more studio albums: 1998's Love Is and 2005's Make a Wish.
A memorial service is being planned in Nashville. More information will be announced on Sharp's website in the near future.
CMATheBand Perry recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of their sophomore album, Pioneer. While the latest single from that project, "Chainsaw," climbs the charts, the Perry siblings are starting to think about what they want to say on their upcoming third album.
Lead singer Kimberly Perry says, "We have begun, slowly but surely, and I can’t even tell you what’s in our heads yet, because we’re still trying to get it all out on paper."
The Band Perry spent a lot of time writing and re-writing songs for Pioneer. This time around, they're taking a more intuitive approach to writing music.
"On the third album I can say it’s all about feel," Kimberly explains. "'How does this feel? This feels good. This is gonna feel good live.' So it’s already taken a life of its own and it has its own personality. We’ll see what it becomes."
There's a chance The Band Perry could try out some of those new songs on the road. Go to TheBandPerry.com to see where they're playing next.
CMACountry newcomer Jon Pardi probably wouldn't have pursued a career in music if it wasn't for his grandmother's karaoke machine. She used to watch him sing for hours when he was a kid growing up in Dixon, CA.
Jon tells The Sacramento Bee, "She just loved to sing. We'd play Garth Brooks tracks or George Strait tracks, and we'd sing along. It was fun."
Jon eventually picked up the guitar and began writing songs before moving to Nashville a few years ago. Now, he's signed to the same record label as Strait, and the two got to hang out for a little bit earlier this month at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.
"For five minutes I had a conversation with him, and he was so cool," Jon says of George. "Talk about a guy who’s conquered it all, but still so level-headed. I always looked up to him before that, but I look up to him even more now."
Jon recently shot the video for his latest single, "What I Can't Put Down." Look for that clip to premiere in the coming weeks.
MCA NashvilleKipMoore is just one of the many country stars you might find digging in the bins at an independent record store. He's the proud owner of an old record player and is building a collection of old vinyl albums.
Kip tweeted, "Everyone should cut off from the world once a week, grab a drink and listen."
Saturday, by the way, is national Record Store Day, and a few country artists like Dolly Parton and Eric Church are releasing vinyl products exclusively to independent record stores around the country to celebrate.