Jeremy Cowart/Sony Music NashvilleJust like any working mom, Carrie Underwood is pressed for time when it comes to fitting a workout into her busy day. That means her baby boy, Isaiah, sometimes joins her while she's working on her fitness.
Carrie tells lifestyle site Womanista.com, " I try to devote at least part of one of them (maybe even a whole hour if I’m lucky) to physical activity. Sometimes that means the little guy has to be a part of it. But, lucky for me, Isaiah loves going for walks/jogs, so he often comes along!"
Carrie's husband is Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher, so Isaiah will grow up seeing both of his parents leading extremely active lifestyles.
"Mike and I both want to be around for him as long as we can," Carrie says of their focus on maintaining good health. "It might sound strange to think about that now when we’re only in our 30s, but better to prevent illness now than try to fight it later in life."
Carrie goes on to say she prefers running and doing squats and push-ups to working out in a gym. She adds, "I don’t need any fancy equipment. I can make an amazing work out with my own body weight and a Tabata timer [phone app], and I can do it anywhere!"
On the music front, Carrie's new album, Storyteller, is out October 23 featuring the lead single, "Smoke Break."
Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesA Thousand Horses welcomed special guest Richie Sambora during their Thursday night show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The rocker joined the group during their cover of "Travelin' Man." A Thousand Horses also covered The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes during the set, as well as their hit songs "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial" and "Smoke."
Thomas Rhett's Tangled Up, George Strait's Cold Beer Conversation and Don Henley's Cass County are all vying to debut in the top spot. Billboard predicts each album will move about 75,000 units in the first week.
MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait may have retired from launching major tours, but he's intent on keeping the connection with his fans strong as ever through his music.
"I have great fans," George says. " I run into 'em, [and they ask me,] 'When are you gonna put a record out?' [I say,] 'Well, it's coming. I'm gonna do it.' [They also ask me,] 'Well, you're not retiring, though?' 'I'm not.'"
George finally got that new album out to his fans this week. Cold Beer Conversation features 13 brand-new songs, and George has his fingers crossed the title track picks up steam at country radio.
He adds, "I think it’s been almost a year, really, since I’ve actually really had a record on the radio that’s of any significance. So, I’m hoping that this album changes that."
Cold Beer Conversation is available only at Walmart and Apple Music.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will sit down for an interview and acoustic performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville Sunday, November 1. The appearance is a part of the events surrounding Luke's Dirt Road Diary exhibition at the Hall of Fame running through November 8. To reserve your spot in the audience, go to Ticketfly.com.
Kelsea Ballerini posted an exclusive performance of her hit debut single, "Love Me Like You Mean It," on ABC.com. The clip was recorded while Kelsea was in Los Angeles performing her latest hit, "Dibs," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.
Sony Music NashvilleChase Rice kicked off his JD and Jesus Tour Thursday night in Virginia. Fresh off his gig opening for Kenny Chesney this summer, Chase expects to see a lot of new fans this time around.
He says, "This is the next step for us. I mean, a lot of people have seen our shows now."
Though Chase is only on his second hit at country radio with "Gonna Wanna Tonight," his fans have clearly been pressing repeat on his latest album, Ignite the Night.
"We've got people singing our songs like we've got five, six #1 songs," Chase says. "It's crazy, man. Our shows are crazy. The crowds are showing up, the crowds are selling out, the shows are selling out."
As for his experience opening Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival tour, Chase learned a lot watching his hero perform for thousands of fans every night. He also forged a friendship with the country superstar.
Says Chase, "I didn't expect to become as good of friends as we've become, and he's a great guy. I look forward to hopefully one day touring with Kenny again."
Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith is performing on the new TBS series Neighborhood Sessions, coming up October 16 at 10 p.m. ET. The show was recorded in Toby's hometown of Moore, OK, with neighbors from the area sitting in the audience.
Look for Toby to perform several of his hits during the show as well as a few new tracks from his latest album, 35 mph Town, due out October 9.
Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryThe Grand Ole Opry is headed to the big screen this December. American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry is a made-for-cinema concert film featuring performances from Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker.
Look for the movie to start a limited engagement at Carmike Cinemas starting December 4. American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry will open in more theaters in January 2016. Go to OpryMovie.com for more details.
Here are some of the songs performed in the film:
Brad Paisley -- "American Saturday Night," "Country Nation" Blake Shelton -- "Boys Round Here," "Gonna" Darius Rucker -- "Wagon Wheel," "So I Sang" The Band Perry -- "If I Die Young" Brett Eldredge -- "Don't Ya"
Big Machine RecordsEver wonder how Tim McGraw stays in such great shape? He's revealed his intense workout regimen in the New York Times.
While on tour, Tim starts out his day running up and down a hill with 40-pound weights attached to his legs. After lunch, Tim and his crew go through 12 circuits of CrossFit exercise. He mixes some martial arts and yoga in there, too.
The 48-year-old country superstar says he's working hard to keep his endurance levels high. Says Tim, "I don’t want to not be able to go up there and do a two-hour high-energy show."
Tim prefers to work out shirtless, but you won't see any beefcake photos in the New York Times. Tim adds, "For the [photo] shoot, I put a T-shirt on, because I didn’t want to be running around half-naked."
Tim's hard work will be on display in the coming weeks with several TV appearances as he gears up to release his new album, Damn Country Music, on November 6. The lead single form that project, "Top of the World," is currently racing up the country chart.
Jason MyersCountry newcomer Lindsay Ell is launching her brand-new single, "By the Way, with a 24-hour performance at Nashville's Opry Originals Store on Lower Broadway. Lindsay will start her marathon concert Thursday night at 11 p.m. CT and continue singing for 24 hours straight.
You can catch the performance on Lindsay's Periscope account, @LindsayEll. All tips for Lindsay's performance will benefit the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to Parmalee band member, Barry Knox, who is now engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Kristin Joyner. He actually proposed back in February. They plan to get married in 2016.
Reba will headline the Third Annual Mission Gratitude Benefit Concert in Boston on Monday, November 9. The event raises money for service men and woman battling PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
Reba teamed up with Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild for a cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" during The Shadowboxers' Wednesday night show at The Basement East in Nashville.
A Thousand Horses will headline the Ganassi Sound Garage event October 5 in Concord, North Carolina. The show is staged in collaboration with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams drivers.
Chris Young welcomed Brad Paisley onstage Wednesday night during his show at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater for a collaboration on the Babyface and Eric Clapton hit, "Change the World."
Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett had a few #1 hits before his latest chart-topper, "Crash and Burn," but the fan reaction to that latest hit is beyond anything he's ever experienced before.
"I try to go back to remember 'It Goes Like This' and 'Get Me Some [of That]' and I feel like they both took forever to get to that number-one spot," Thomas says. "I feel like I just started singing 'Crash and Burn' in my set. So, from the first time we sang it to now, you would think that that song was just like the biggest thing ever."
The effect "Crash and Burn" has on Thomas' concert crowds is undeniable. He says, "I’ve never heard one of my songs screamed back to me like the way 'Crash and Burn' is. So, it’s my favorite one to play."
"Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Thomas' sophomore album, Tangled Up, available now. The second single from that project, "Die a Happy Man," is just starting its climb up the country chart.
ABCScarlett O'Conner's world was in a state of upheaval on Wednesday night's Nashville. Her mother, Beverly, came out of a coma after suffering a brain aneurysm during surgery to donate part of her liver to Scarlett's uncle, Deacon Claybourne. Just as it looked like Scarlett and Beverly were patching up their often-strained relationship, Beverly flatlined at the end of the episode.
On top of that, Scarlett decided to scale back her tour with ex-boyfriend, Gunnar Scott, so she could spend more time at home with her current doctor boyfriend, Caleb. Gunnar and Caleb had a tense confrontation over Scarlett, and it turns out Caleb isn't too enthused about his girlfriend pursuing her music career.
After getting advice from a high-powered PR rep, Luke Wheeler decided to drop the recently-outed Will Lexington from his label. He told Will the country community just isn't ready to accept a gay country singer.
The press started noticing that hard-partying Juliette Barnes hadn't been seen with her husband, Avery, and their daughter, Cadence, in several weeks. Juliette managed to patch things up with Avery just long enough to have him and their baby in the audience for her album release party in Nashville. After the event, Juliette got a brand-new mobile phone and left Avery without saying goodbye to fly to her next tour stop.
In an effort to save her fledgling Highway 65 record label, Rayna Jaymes took a commercial flight from Los Angeles to New York to stage a signing meeting with a rock star eager to enter the country market. Rayna's other artist, Layla Grant, played a show at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, but no one from the label was in the audience. Look for Layla to make changes in her record label and management deals soon.
ABC's Nashville returns next Wednesday night at 10 ET.
Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley played a small showcase in Nashville Wednesday night previewing music from his upcoming solo project. The first single, "The Driver," features Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley, and both of those guys were there to support Charles Wednesday night. Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Charles' Lady A band mate Dave Haywood were also spotted in the invitation-only crowd.
The 30-minute set also included Charles' cover of the Tom Petty song "Southern Accents." He told the audience Stevie Nicks will be adding her part to that track this week.
Though Charles is stepping out with this solo release, he stressed that Lady Antebellum will always be his main focus. His band mates Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott gave him the blessing to go forward with this side project.
Look for Charles to announce more details on his solo release in the coming days.
Webster PRDolly Parton's long time duet partner, Kenny Rogers, performed a benefit concert at Dollywood last weekend to raise money for Dolly's Imagination Library. The sold-out concert raised more than $60,000 for the organization. Kenny is proud to contribute to Dolly's effort to give books to children around the world.
He says, "Dolly has shipped over 70 million books! I think it’s a great idea. I'm glad to be a part of this and I hope it helps!"
Of course, Kenny recently announced that he's retiring from the road. He'll head out on his final Christmas tour starting November 11 in Niagara Falls, Canada.