SonyThe anticipation continues to build for new Pistol Annies music, and it looks like Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley have been busy rehearsing.
“Finally. Washboard abs!!!” the trio posted on Monday, along with a photo of Miranda -- aka #LoneStarAnnie -- wearing a Musical Washboard and holding a guitar pick. They also added the hashtags #LearningNewTricks and #BandPractice.
Miranda’s next gig is Wednesday, as she does her second and final Artist in Residence performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It's possible that the fans who come to the Hall's CMA theater to check out the show might be among the very first to hear new tunes from the band’s forthcoming third album.
Last week, Pistol Annies mailed a series of postcard to their fans containing lyrics and clues about the track listing for the album, which is rumored to be called Interstate Gospel.
Here’s a look at the potential song list, as shared by fans with the #PistolAnniesAreBack hashtag:
“Interstate Prelude” “Stop, Drop and Roll One” “5 Acres of Turnips” “When I Was His Wife” “Cheyenne” “Got My Name Changed Back” “Sugar Daddy” “Leaver’s Lullaby” “Milkman” “Commissary” “Masterpiece” “Interstate Gospel” “This Too Shall Pass”
ABC/Image Group LAAs “Hotel Key” sits at #1 on the country chart this week, Old Dominion is already hard at work on their next record.
“Hotel Key” is the third chart-topper from OD’s Happy Endings album. In fact, the ACM Vocal Group of the Year recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the record by releasing a new remix of the track “New York at Night.”
On Tuesday, the CMA nominees teased fans with news of their forthcoming third album.
“It's getting real,” the band shared, adding the hashtag #OD3, along with a photo of lead singer Matthew Ramsey and writer/producer Shane McAnally behind the sound board in the recording studio.
Last week, the band played two new songs during their headlining show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium: “Make It Sweet” and “Smooth Sailing.”
Next up for OD, they kick off the latest leg of their Happy Endings World Tour October 4 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Black River EntertainmentA new Deluxe Edition of Kelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is on the way October 26.
The expanded version of Kelsea’s 2017 album will include four new tracks, two of which -- “Fun and Games” and “I Think I Fell in Love Today” -- Kelsea co-wrote and wrote herself, respectively. The record also boasts a live cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic, “Landslide,” as well as Kelsea's collaboration with The Chainsmokers on “This Feeling.”
“I’m such a fan of these guys as people, artists, and songwriters," Kelsea says of The Chainsmokers. "I’ve covered a few of their songs on different tours, and as far as collaborators, they’ve always been at the top of my list! I’m really excited for people to hear our worlds blend in 'This Feeling.’”
So far, the song’s off to a great start: the lyric video’s been viewed more than eight million times in the past week. Kelsea and The Chainsmokers will perform the song together live for the first time Wednesday on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The fan-favorite “Miss Me More” is Kelsea’s new single from Unapologetically.
Sony LegacyLegendary actress Sissy Spacek will give Loretta Lynn the Artist of a Lifetime award next month at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony in Nashville.
Spacek became close friends with the country legend while preparing to play her in the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter, and went on to win the Best Actress Oscar that same year for the role.
The honor comes as Loretta’s latest album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, is set to be released this Friday.
"I'm always so proud when I receive any awards for my music, but when I heard it was this year's Artist of a Lifetime award it made me really happy,” Loretta says. “It's an honor to be able to make music that people enjoy and I'm really excited to have a new album coming out.”
In the past, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain have also been named CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime.
Loretta will accept the accolade during the first-ever all-female edition of CMT Artists of the Year on Wednesday, October 17, which will air live from Music City starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott will be honored as well.
ABC/Image Group LAOn Wednesday, "Burning House" hitmaker Cam will mark a career milestone, playing her first full show at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
"It's my first headlining show at the Mother Church. I'm like probably gonna die that night," the California native jokes. "That'll be my thing: I'll just go out after the show. I'll just ride out into the sunset!"
After her summer tour with pop superstar Sam Smith, Cam's put a lot of work into her first concert at the former home of the Grand Ole Opry.
"I'm so excited," Cam beams. "I've planned this whole show. I kinda do this thing where I talk a lot and I sing and we have some special guests coming. It's just my dream. Just livin' my dream," she smiles.
With Cam's followup to her 2015 debut, Untamed, expected in the coming months, the singer/songwriter has released the track, "Road to Happiness," as a taste of what's on the way.
"I feel like it's such a great snapshot of where I'm at right now, and understanding what really matters," she says of the inspirational tune. "And that's something I think a lot of people needed to hear, including myself."
"I still remind myself," she adds, "'Be careful who you're hanging around, because it absorbs into you.' And sometimes you absorb things that aren't your own ideas and your own goals, and you end up spinning your wheels for years if you're not careful."
Lucie Silvas will open Cam's Wednesday night show at the Ryman.
Comstock/ThinkstockThe Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton classic, "Islands in the Stream," is from Kenny's 1983 album, Eyes That See in the Dark, which was produced by this legend of disco. Can you name him? ANSWER: Barry Gibb, of the Bee Gees.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is stepping up to the mic to host the ARIA Awards for the first time this fall in his native Australia.
Considered Australia’s equivalent of the Grammys, this year’s ceremony will be held Wednesday, November 28 in Sydney. Keith last appeared on the show in 2007.
Tuesday night, the “Never Comin Down” hitmaker wraps the Canadian leg of his Graffiti U World Tour in Vancouver before resuming his dates in the States Thursday in Eugene, Oregon. Next February, he’ll take the trek Down Under.
Capitol NashvilleAfter going through three miscarriages over the past two years, Carrie Underwood is understandably overjoyed to be expecting her second child in the coming months.
Carrie and her husband, former hockey player Mike Fisher, do know the sex of their baby, but they're keeping it a secret, at least for now. Still, the "Love Wins" hitmaker can't help but be amused by the overwhelming interest in her pregnancy.
"It's just super-interesting to see people speculating," she laughs. "And people are congratulating me on the twins, and I'm like, 'I ain't havin' no twins!' As far as I know, they only one in there!"
Carrie and Mike's son, Isaiah, just turned three in February, and the couple is anxious to add another little one to their family.
"It's gonna be good," Carrie says. "I mean, I'm excited to have two. I hear the jump from one to two is pretty hard."
"But we're excited," she adds, "and my husband's retired now, so I'm gonna have some extra childcare at home, so that's good."
This week, Carrie's first album for Capitol Nashville, Cry Pretty, debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, making the Oklahoma native the only female artist in history to have four country albums arrive at the top of the all-genre ranking.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne's second single from their Port Saint Joe album will be the track "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)."
You can check out the new video for Tenille Townes' debut single, "Somebody's Daughter," on YouTube now.
Carrie Underwood and Jimmy Fallon improvised an impromptu version of the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton classic, "Islands in the Stream," at Carrie's recent performance on The Tonight Show in Central Park. You can check out how they did on YouTube. (Not too long ago, Jimmy did the song -- complete with retro costumes -- with Dolly's goddaughter, Miley Cyrus.)
Bob D'Amico/ABCFall officially arrived this past Saturday, and Reba McEntire was ready for it.
She recently rolled out her fall line of her Reba clothing line, a brand that’s been going strong since she launched it in 2005, at Dillard's. You can check out Reba modeling some of the clothes on her socials, or look through the whole collection online.
Next up, the Country Music Hall of Famer will start looking ahead to the holidays: She hosts the annual CMA Country Christmas special this Thursday night at the Curb Center at Nashville’s Belmont University. This is Reba’s second year at the helm of the holiday tradition, which will air later this year on ABC.
There’s no slowing down for the legend these days. She’s recently been in the studio working on a new project, and she’s also on the cover of the new issue of Woman’s World.
ABC/Image Group LAThe second round of voting for November’s People’s Choice Awards is now underway, as the contenders in each category shrink from twelve to just five.
Keith Urban emerges as country’s top nominee in the second round, as he vies for both the Male Artist and the Country Artist of 2018 at this year’s ceremony.
The “Never Comin’ Down” hitmaker competes against Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes for the overall Male title. Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett round out the Country category.
You can vote now online, ahead of the November 11 ceremony. which will air for the first time on E!.
ABC/Image Group LAFaith Hill is getting political today in Nashville. The country superstar isn’t endorsing any particular candidate or cause, however -- she’s just encouraging everyone to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
The Mississippi native will appear at the #WhenWeAllVote rally Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. It’s part of a Week of Action by the group that will find other celebrities appearing at voter registration drives across the country.
Tom Hanks will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, while former first lady Michelle Obama is set to speak in Miami on Friday. You can sign up to attend the events at WhenWeAllVote.org.
ABC/Image Group LAIt was an emotional weekend for Justin Moore, as the Arkansas native played the first #MSDCountryStrong benefit Friday night in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives during the shooting at at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past Valentine’s Day.
Before starting his set, Justin invited the victims’ families onstage and donated $30,000 to the MSD fund, which helps victims and survivors of gun violence in schools.
Since Justin has four small children himself, it’s an issue that affects him deeply.
“I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late," he told the crowd. "But I drop them off each and every day. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here…have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused.”
Justin then went on to sing his touching #1 from 2011, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”
The Valory Music Co. Thomas Rhett is extending his Life Changes Tour into 2019, adding a Canadian leg set to start in the spring.
Dustin Lynch will join him on the nine-date run that kicks off April 24 in Montreal.
“My fans in Canada are incredible,” TR says, “so I’m really excited that we will be headed there for a couple weeks next year and get to bring all the energy of the Life Changes Tour with us.”
Here’s the complete itinerary for the 2019 Canadian leg of Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour, with tickets set to go on sale Friday:
4/24 -- Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre 4/26 -- Ottawa, Ontario, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre 4/27 -- London, Ontario, Budweiser Gardens 5/2 -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sasktel Centre 5/3 -- Regina, Saskatchewan, Brandt Centre 5/4 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bell MTS Place 5/8 -- Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome 5/10 -- Edmonton, Alberta, Rogers Place 5/15 -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Art Streiber/NBCTonight, Blake Shelton kicks off season 15 of The Voice on NBC with two hours of blind auditions that start at 8 p.m. ET.
And as much as Blake hates to admit it, he believes fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson may both have a leg up on him and Adam Levine, thanks to their experience on American Idol.
"You know, I would like to think that just because Kelly and Jennifer came from another singing competition show that they wouldn't have an advantage, but I guess maybe they do a little bit," Blake confesses.
"I mean, Kelly won her first season as a coach on this show," he adds, "and that's tough to do. And I was definitely betting against her the whole time, and she proved me wrong for sure."
Blake remains the winningest coach in the history of The Voice. Still, he sees that Kelly and Jennifer have some invaluable insights that he lacks, thanks to their time on American Idol.
"I guess it does, you know, [give you an advantage] to be able to relate to your contestant in a way that even I can't or Adam can't," he observes."Because they were under these spotlights and in front of the cameras on live television night after night, and they know what these artists are going through."
Two of Blake's country colleagues will be joining him when it comes time for the battle rounds this season. Keith Urban will advise Team Blake, while Thomas Rhett will be helping Team Kelly.
Kelsea Ballerini will also serve as the fifth coach on The Voice this season, as its companion series, Comeback Stage, debuts tonight on the show, before continuing online.
Comstock/ThinkstockThirty-two years ago this month, George Strait recorded this real-estate-themed hit at Sound Stage studios in Nashville. Can you name the #1 that was also the title of his album released in January of 1987? ANSWER: "Ocean Front Property."
Carrie Underwood has something happy to cry about. Her latest album Cry Pretty has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making her the only female country artist to achieve the feat four times.
Cry Pretty dropped on Sept.14 and has sold 266,000 equivalent album units. About 251,000 of that was traditional album sales.
“This album is so special to me for so many reasons and I couldn’t be more proud that people have embraced it the way they have,” Underwood told Billboard.
Carrie's no stranger to the top of the chart. She’s topped the Billboard 200 three times before, with 2012’s Blown Away, 2009’s Play On, and 2007’s Carnival Ride.
“I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do, and I am incredibly grateful for the support of fans around the world that make it all possible,” she said.
The album is the biggest week for any album by a woman this year and the largest for a country album in three years.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers will perform their new collaboration, "This Feeling," Wednesday on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The Cash and Carter Family Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Johnny and June's Table comes out on Tuesday. It was written by the legendary couple's only son, John Carter Cash.
Marty Robbins' classic, "El Paso," is the sole country track on the five-disc vinyl-boxed set that celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the 2008 debut of the AMC series Breaking Bad. The limited-edition release comes out November 30.
If you missed Jennifer Nettles doing her duet with Josh Groban, "99 Years," on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can watch their performance online. The song is from Groban's new album, Bridges, which came out Friday.
ABC/Mark LevineWith a talented group of writers like the guys in Old Dominion, inspiration can strike anywhere.
The seed for their latest #1, "Hotel Key," was planted during an otherwise ordinary day on the road for Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and the rest of their band mates.
"You know, we travel a lot. Got hotel keys in our pockets all the time and one fell out of my pocket," Matthew explains. "And, you know, [I] just wrote down that title and then brought that thing into a write one day and Trevor said his wife actually does keep hotel keys. And it just felt like it would be a fun story to tell."
Matthew says it's also turned out to be a fun tune to play in concert.
"'Hotel Key' is a good little...dance number," he points out. "When we start playing it live, you start to see people dancing and...you know, we need some more uptempo stuff in our set... It’s fun to have a little dance tune there."
"Hotel Key" is the third #1 from OD's latest album, Happy Endings.
In April, Old Dominion picked up the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Group of the Year. Later this fall, we'll find out if they can take home its Country Music Association counterpart, as the 52nd CMAs air live November 14 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley is set to have the best night of his life at comedian Will Ferrell’s fundraiser next month in Los Angeles.
Brad will be part of the Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars band, led by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Josh Klinghoffer from the Chili Peppers will sit in as well, along with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Stefan Lessard from Dave Mathews Band.
The Saturday, October 6 event at L.A.’s Greek Theatre raises money for Cancer for College, an organization that helps cancer survivors achieve their college dreams.
The star power doesn’t end with the top-notch musicians, however. Ferrell’s lined up an array of funny men and women to match: Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Zooey Deschanel and more will all be there.