MCA NashvilleVince Gill plays a special show Friday night inside Nashville’s famed Ernest Tubb Record Shop, to celebrate the release of his new album, Down to My Last Bad Habit.
Situated among the stretch of honky tonks on Music City’s Lower Broadway, the iconic music store currently features a pop-up shop dedicated to the Country Music Hall of Famer. The free concert kicks off at 6 p.m. CT Friday, the same day Vince’s new project comes out.
In August, Vince will mark a quarter century as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by headlining two shows at the legendary venue.
Mercury Nashville/19/InterscopeSeason 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returns to American Idol Thursday night, offering some pointers to two of the contenders in the show’s farewell season. She will perform with the pair as well.
“I’m so honored American Idol asked me to mentor,” she says. “It’s really special to be able to go back to the show that taught me the ins and outs of the music business and be able to share what I’ve learned with the new contestants. I love that I get to give back to the show that gave me so many opportunities and tools to set up my career,” she reflects.
Scotty McCreery, who won Idol the year Lauren was on, will be back on Thursday as well. You can catch the pair’s return to the show that made them famous at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Lauren co-wrote all five songs on her new self-titled EP, including her current single, “Next Boyfriend.” She heads out on the Keepin’ It Country Tour this spring with Alan Jackson.
Arista Nashville/RCA RecordsHot off her appearance at the prestigious New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar this week in Music City, Cam is now gearing up for the Grammys. The Best Country Solo Performance nominee will present on Monday’s show, joining Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, who are set to perform.
Cam opened her New Faces performance Wednesday night at the Nashville Omni with the title track from her debut album Untamed, before seguing into the uptempo “Runaway Train.” She delivered her new single “Mayday” next, before inviting the crowd of radio professionals to sing along on her Grammy-nominated number-one, “Burning House.”
Current tourmate Brad Paisley made a cameo appearance in the comical intro clip that brought Cam onstage -- a spoof of her “Burning House” video that pitted a sleepy Cam against a flaming toaster. The California native continues touring with Brad through the end of the month before heading out with Dierks Bentley on his Somewhere on a Beach dates in May.
You can catch a profile of Cam Friday on CBS This Morning, in advance of the 58thAnnual Grammy Awards Monday night at 8:00 ET on CBS.
Capitol NashvilleLadyAntebellum’s Charles Kelley is now officially a daddy. He and his wife Cassie welcomed Ward Charles Kelley at 9:20 Thursday morning in Nashville, according to Cassie’s Womanista blog.
“We can’t stop staring at him and he hasn’t stopped chitchatting with us since he arrived,” the couple says. “He’s got momma’s nose and daddy’s eyes and vocal chords and a head full of blond hair. We feel like our life just began today and are so grateful for a healthy baby boy in our arms.”
Little Ward weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, measuring 20 inches long. He arrives almost exactly a week after the release of his father’s debut solo project, The Driver.
Charles has continued working, though he's been staying close to home. Tuesday night, he joined Sam Hunt onstage at the Ryman Auditorium, though he’d already opted not to attend Monday’s Grammys in L.A., where he’s nominated for the title track of his album.
Big Machine Label GroupNext week, Rascal Flatts returns to Las Vegas for their second residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. But even after the trio wraps up their nine shows in Sin City, a part of them will remain. On Tuesday, the Hard Rock will dedicate a case of memorabilia to the “I Like the Sound of That” hitmakers.
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney play their first Rhythm & Roots show Wednesday night at the nearly 4,300-seat venue. Barrett Baber, a finalist from Blake Shelton’s team during the most recent season of The Voice, will open the shows, which continue through March 5.
ABC/Image Group LAMonday night at the Grammys, Carrie Underwood's "Little Toys Guns" competes for the Best Country Solo Performance trophy. She confesses the emotional song about the power of a parent's words is just one of her hits that can bring on the tears when she spends one-on-one time with her fans.
"I cry a lot in meet-and-greets," she admits, "because somebody inevitably will say something about a song that’s important to them or that has affected them or made them think differently about something or gave them an 'aha' moment. I mean, I have songs about loss and stuff like that too. People are like, ‘This happened to my family, we lost somebody that was really important, and I’m just so glad that you sing this song because it reassures me.'"
Carrie believes one of the reasons she's so easily touched by her fan's reactions to her music is because she herself has often had a similar response to another artist's work.
"It’s a regular occurrence that I’m moved by someone else being moved. That’s something that’s great about country music, is we do go there and sing about things that are real life. But even like Patty Loveless, ‘How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.’ That one was one that was a story song, kind of going through somebody’s life. I mean, that’s like I said, one of the great things about country music, because you can listen to the radio and something just really speaks to you on a personal level. It’s real," she says.
We'll find out if Carrie wins Monday at 8 p.m. ET as the 58th Grammys air live from Los Angeles on CBS. She's also set to perform on the show, as part of a special collaboration with fellow nominee Sam Hunt.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert, Kix Brooks and Steve Wariner will play Wade Hayes' Country Hits Back concert March 2 at the Franklin Theatre, just outside Nashville. Proceeds go to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Wade himself is a cancer survivor.
Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., and Jack Ingram are now set to play March 16th's The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson taping at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean is hot down under. The “Gonna Know We Were Here” singer is the first headliner ever to sell out Australia’s CMC Rocks QLD festival -- an impressive feat since both Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw have played the show in the past.
“I have been looking forward to heading down under to play, but to hear it’s already sold out without ever stepping foot in Australia is pretty cool,” the nominee for ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “The boys and I kicked it off really early this year stateside and I am ready to bring it to the fans who I hear have been waiting.” Prior to his March 12 festival date in Willowbank, Jason plays Melbourne March 8, followed by Syndey on March 9.
After a rare weekend off, Jason and tour mates Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses take their We Were Here show to Roanoke and Charlottesville, Virginia next week.
Justin NolanIf you’re single and Dustin Lynch strikes your fancy, there just may be some hope on the horizon for you, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The singer, whose hit “Mind Reader” just cracked the top 20, confirms he is indeed uncoupled, with the most romantic holiday of the year just around the corner.
“It seems like the last four years we've had a show on Valentine's Day. So it'll be doing a show,” he says, looking ahead to his February 14 date at Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom.
“Kidding around, one of the band guys is gonna have to be my date, because I don't have a Valentine,” he jokes. “I'm taking somebody to Mexican food. We're gonna do Mexican this year!”
Chris Lane, who’s currently enjoying his first top-30 hit with “Fix,” is opening for Dustin on his Hell of a Night headlining tour. Dustin heads out with Luke Bryan and Little Big Town for their Kill the Lights trek next Thursday night.
Courtesy of Big Loud Records Just as his first hit, “Fix,” breaks into the top 30, Chris Lane is now set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. He’ll play the world’s longest-running radio show on Saturday, February 20 -- a lifelong dream for the newcomer.
“Growing up, I always considered the Grand Ole Opry to be hallowed ground,” Chris says. “So many greats have played that stage and to now have the opportunity to share that stage is a huge milestone moment in my career. I’m truly honored.”
In the meantime, Chris continues on Dustin Lynch’s Hell of a Night Tour with shows this week in Boston, Philadelphia and Silver Spring, Maryland.
Eric AdkinsIf you want to know exactly what it’s like to compete to be an American Idol, you’ll have the chance to question Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery this Thursday. The 2011 winner's Q&A starts at 6 p.m. ET on the Fox show’s official page.
“I always have a blast talking with my fans, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what they want to ask me. Maybe I’ll share a backstage story or two from when I was taping American Idol last week,” he teases.
You can catch Scotty mentoring a pair of the final 24 contestants Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
EMI Records NashvilleTonight, Brothers Osborne play what may very well be the most intense performance of their lives: They've been chosen for the New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar. In the old days, Patsy Cline would've called it the deejay convention, as air personalities from all over the U.S. gather to meet the stars and discuss the future of country music.
"Just in itself it’s an honor to be up to play the show, so it’s really cool. Anything that’s CRS is a little nerve-racking," T.J. confesses. "It’s one of those moments where it’s like, ‘Alright, I’ve stumbled many times in my life. This is one where I cannot.’ So it’s intense in that regard. But we’re sharing it with some other artists that are really great, and we think are some of the best artists out in Nashville right now. So it’s definitely an honor to be in that group of people who are considered to come play it."
When pressed to reveal what he does to deal with his nerves in a career-making situation like this, T.J. hesitates-- but then comes clean.
"The more you do something, the less you get nervous-- it’s more like anxious. I hate to even say it, but a couple drinks beforehand doesn’t ever hurt, you know, just to kinda calm the nerves. It lowers your inhibitions, but you know the more prepared you are, the less nervous you get. We’ve been playing so many shows lately our band’s really on point. And you become less nervous and more excited. That’s where you want to be and I think we’re really excited for this show coming up."
The sibling duo will be joined by Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Old Dominion and Chris Janson, to play a short set that shows their promise. In the past, Reba, George Strait and Thomas Rhett have all dealt with the same sort of nervousness.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEaston Corbin, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, Nashville's Chris Carmack, David Nail, Trace Adkins and Maddie & Tae played a special edition of the Grand Ole Opry during this week's Country Radio Seminar in downtown Nashville this week.
As he prepares for the release of his new album Down to My Last Bad Habit, Vince Gill has opened a pop-up store at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop on Nashville's Lower Broadway.
Curb RecordsIt’s been seven years since the release of Wynonna’s last album, Sing: Chapter 1-- but that all changes this Friday, as the country legend unveils music from her new vehicle, Wynonna & the Big Noise.
The band, which includes Wy’s husband Cactus Moser, one of the founders of late eighties hitmakers Highway 101, will make its first national TV appearance this Wednesday on Late Night withSethMyers. They’ll do “Ain’t No Thing” from their debut recording. You can catch their performance at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.
Thursday, they’ll play their new music live at New York City’s City Winery, followed by an album-signing event on release day at Barnes & Noble on NYC’s Fifth Avenue. Wynonna & the Big Noise comes out this Friday on vinyl, as well as the usual digital formats.
You’ll also be able to catch the band performing two songs on CBS This Morning on Saturday, February 20.
ABC/Image Group LAWith six weeks at number one on the country chart, a cover by rapper Nelly and some serious crossover potential on pop radio, Thomas Rhett's monster hit, “Die a Happy Man,” is about to get another round of major mainstream exposure.
He’ll perform the song, written about his wife Lauren, Tuesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, and then he’ll get up early Wednesday morning to do it all over again on the Today show, starting at 7 a.m.
The career-defining track continues to sit atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for the 13th week, having already been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Thomas is following up his fifth number one in a row with “T-Shirt,” from his Tangled Up album.
ABCDierks Bentley is teaming up with the cast of ABC’s Nashville to raise money for the African Children’s Choir, with a show at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium next Monday. Though the group of youngsters is not terribly well known, they’ve been nominated for a Grammy and their good work is even more impressive. The program has helped put more than 52,000 kids through school in the past three decades and has helped more than 100,000 struggling with poverty in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
The list of performers reads like a cast list from the hit ABC show-- Connie Britton, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Will Chase, Aubrey Peeples, Chris Carmack and Mark Collie. Perhaps some of their devotion to the cause is derived from the fact that the show’s star, Connie Britton, has an adopted son from Ethiopia. She’ll host the evening.
Tickets for the show, which range from about $40 to $120, are available online.
Broken Bow RecordsFor the past two weekends, newcomer Chase Bryant has been unable to go on stage, and he’s not happy about it at all.
First, he missed his show with Kip Moore in Cincinnati on January 30, ending up in the emergency room just a few days later on Monday. By Thursday, he was ready to give it another shot, but by Friday, he had to admit he wasn’t well enough to continue, writing his fans a long, thoughtful letter of apology on Twitter. Now his doctors have placed him on partial vocal rest for the next week.
While Chase may be sidelined, fans can enjoy the new video for his top-15 hit “Little Bit of You." Shot mainly at his concerts across the U.S., the new clip captures Chase’s eagerness to get back home to his girlfriend as his work takes him away.
“When I wrote this song I was dating a girl 3,000 miles away," he recalls. "I always had the feeling that I’d do anything in my power to get there. Making this video I think we establish that story but also captured this life I live in many different venues from the road. This is the real me.”
You can check out the new video for “Little Bit of You” on YouTube now.