ABC/Image Group LA Illinois native Brett Eldredge is taking the CMA Songwriters Series to Chicago.
"The Long Way" hitmaker will lead the latest show in the series on Tuesday, July 24 at Joe's Bar on Weed Street. Songwriters Ross Copperman, Tom Douglas, and Jordan Reynolds will join Brett to take turns telling stories and singing their songs.
All four have cuts on Brett's latest, self-titled album. Brett, Ross and Jordan helped produce the project as well.
Tickets are on sale now at JoesBar.com and will run you $40 for general admission.
Big Loud If you've ever had a drunken booty call, don't worry about it. That's the message of Chris Lane's new track, "Drunk People," the latest preview of his Laps Around the Sun album, which arrives July 13.
"Drunk people do dumb things/They pick it up when the phone rings/Saying things that they don't mean/Like I want you bad/The keys under the mat," the North Carolina native sings on his sophomore album.
"Yeah they forget about the heartbreak/Never think about the next day/'Til it's too late, you can't take it back now/But it's okay, don't let it get you down/Drunk people do dumb things," he concludes in the chorus.
"Drunk People" is available to stream or download now, or you can check out an audio-only version on YouTube.
The lead single from Laps Around the Sun, "Take Back Home Girl," is just one spot away from country's top ten.
ABC/Kelsey McNealIf you'd told Bebe Rexha last year that she'd spend most of 2018 holding down the #1 spot on the country chart, she wouldn't have believed you. But the success of her Florida Georgia Linecollaboration, "Meant to Be," is just one of the little surprises that helped to inspire the title of her debut album Expectations, in stores today.
"My life in general, I’ve always expected things to go a certain way," Bebe tells ABC Radio. "And I always expected to, like, be married by now and have kids and I think just life is so unexpected."
"I never thought I would have a song with Florida Georgia Line, and have such an incredible country song, so life is just really interesting," she adds. "You don’t really know what’s gonna happen."
While Expectations is a pop album, Bebe says there are definitely a few tracks on it where "there's a little bit of bleeding in from the country world."
"I feel like I’ve been really inspired by it," she explains. "I feel like country music is very real and honest and raw and it’s like storytelling, and these are definitely, like, real things that have happened to me."
In fact, Bebe says she's enjoyed her experience in the country music world so much, "Meant to Be" probably won't be her last country collabo.
"I love the energy [of Nashville] and I just love the country community," she gushes. "There’s so much love, and it's kinda funny, but I feel like I have a little less stress when I write country music."
"It just feels so much more free...it’s so much more about the lyrics and the story and I love that," Bebe adds. "And it feels like, I dunno, like more therapeutic to me."
Warner Music NashvilleMorgan Evans is giving new meaning to the term “whirlwind tour” after kicking off his 10 Cities in 10 days trek Thursday night in Los Angeles.
"Thank you LA for making my first ever headline show in the US so much fuuuuuuuuun!!!" he tweeted on Friday. "See you guys in Denver tonight!"
The Australian singer heads for Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday, before making stops in Chicago, Illinois and Dallas, Texas on Sunday and Monday. His debut single in the U.S., "Kiss Somebody," is currently in country's top ten.
ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch may be a “Small Town Boy” from Tennessee, but he’s still up to help out his friends from Georgia.
The “Good Girl” hitmaker is the latest star to sign on to play the Fifth Annual Georgia on My Mind benefit next Tuesday at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. He joins an impressive lineup of talent that includes Lauren Alaina, Michael Ray, Chris Janson, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Randy Houser, John Berry and others.
The yearly event is hosted by the group of songwriters known as the Peach Pickers: Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip. In its four-year history, the fundraiser has brought in close to $300,000 to fund music educaiton in the Peach State through the Georgia Music Foundation.
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCWhen Blake Shelton initially started dating Gwen Stefani, he admits they both were on the rebound from their previous relationships. The “I Lived It” hitmaker makes the straightforward comment in a new interview with Willie Geist that airs on NBC's Sunday Today.
“When I was going through my divorce, I hit rock bottom, just like anybody does when they go through something that devastating,” he tells Geist. “It’s a miracle that I met somebody that was going through the same exact thing that I was at the exact same moment in time.”
The two met on The Voice, and started dating in the wake of Blake’s unexpected split from Miranda Lambert in 2015. At the time, Gwen was also divorcing her husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale.
“If Gwen and I were being honest right now, talking about this, I think in the back of our minds we both kind of thought, ‘This is a rebound deal,’” Blake says candidly.
He goes on to confess he and Gwen were “kind of clinging to each other to get through this,” after “coming out of a pretty low spot in our lives.”
Fast forward to 2018, and the couple is so solid, talk of marriage often comes up -- at least in the media.
“Here we are, going on three years later,” Blake adds, “and every day that goes by it just feels like a stronger bond between the two of us and it constantly feels like it’s going to the next level.”
You can hear Blake’s full conversation with Willie Geist this weekend, starting at 8 a.m. ET on NBC’s Sunday Today.
Comstock/Thinkstock The Eagles landed their first -- and only -- top-ten hit on the country chart with this deceptive track from 1975. Can you name the second single from their One of These Nights album? ANSWER: "Lyin' Eyes."
ABC/Image Group LA This weekend, Chris Stapleton not only plays his own sold-out stop on his All-American Road Show tour, but he's also opening for The Eagles at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
"Yeah, it's great, you know," Chris says of the opportunity. "What more could you ask for out of a year? You get to go out and play some of your own shows and play some stadiums with heroes. So it's a real good year for us."
The "Broken Halos" hitmaker admits he jumped at the chance to get to know the musical icons a little better.
"I have only met Don Henley in hallways at awards shows," Chris tells ABC Radio, "and I doubt if he would remember that."
"I have spoken to Joe Walsh," Chris continues. "I've played a few things with Joe Walsh, and he actually called me to play his charity thing, and we're trying to work that out. So I know Joe a little bit just from a phone conversation," he laughs.
"Vince Gill, I guess he's an honorary Eagle at this point. I know him better than any of the other guys," Chris admits.
Chris plays Rogers, Arkansas on Friday night, before taking the stage at the home of the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday. His wife Morgane won't be along on this summer's trek, as she's home taking care of their newborn twins.
Chris's new single, "Millionaire," is currently climbing the country chart.
ABC/Image Group LA On Friday, Dan Shay come full circle, as the project they started teasing right after the first of the year arrives in stores and online.
Though their self-titled album is only their third, through the years, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooneyhave become masters at engaging their fans on social media, just as they did by hinting the lead single, "Tequila," was coming in January.
"We've found creative ways to deliver the music to fans," Dan reflects. "It's not always just about having a great song, but having a great accompaniment piece, having a great video."
For the album's first release, that meant traveling to the mountains of Colorado and braving the weather.
"We go all out on that stuff," Dan admits. "We shot the 'Tequila' video, we flew all the way out to Breckenridge, and stood out in the snowy, cold day for I don't know -- How many takes did we do? Shay said we did 96 takes of the video. I think it was like three," he jokes.
"It was like three," Shay agrees, "but it felt like 96."
The effort has paid off, as "Tequila" sits at #3 on the chart, with a shot at hitting the top spot next week.
"It's just a great opportunity we have in 2018," Dan says of social media, "to be able to post something on Instagram, rather than just a WAV or an MP3 of the song."
"But to put your vision out there," he goes on, "you know, what you saw when you wrote the song, or what you saw when you recorded the song, to be able to share that with fans on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, whatever it may be... It's a great opportunity for us."
The duo's most recent album, Obsessed, came out in 2016.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels will both speak and perform at the first-ever Veteran Impact Celebration next Thursday at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The sold-out benefit will raise money for the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center on the campus of nearby Middle Tennessee State University.
If you're feeling like a little Christmas in July, AXS TV will air Faith Hill's Joy to the World holiday special as part of an an all-day block of holiday programming in the summertime. You can catch Faith's contribution at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 28.
If you missed Kacey Musgraves doing the Golden Hour track "Rainbow" on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can watch her performance now on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LA Some like it hot, just like the song says, and apparently Tim McGraw is one of those folks.
You can watch the "Humble and Kind" hitmaker and some of his road buddies taking the "Pepper Pyramid Challenge" in a new YouTube video. In the clip, Tim and his cohorts taste different combinations of ten varieties of chili peppers, ranging in heat from a mild 300 to a scorching two million Scoville Heat Units.
If you don't happen to be pepper proficient, the Scoville scale measures the heat of peppers or other spicy foods. If you've wondering why Tim would undertake such a masochistic challenge, it's apparently a promo for a kit you can buy online. The ten bottles of hot sauce will cost you about 40 bucks.
ABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs' next single will be the fan favorite "She Got the Best of Me" -- one of five new recordings on the re-release of his debut album, titled This One's for You Too.
Luke originally cut the track back in 2014 -- when he was still living in Boone, North Carolina -- for his Can I Get an Outlaw EP. "She Got the Best of Me" is the follow-up to his three previous #1 songs "Hurricane," "When It Rains It Pours," and "One Number Away."
Expect to hear those songs and more next Thursday, as Luke's new episode of CMT Crossroads with R&B star Leon Bridges premieres at 10 p.m. ET.
Capitol NashvilleIf you'd like to catch "Summer Fever" but your bank account doesn't seem to be on board, Little Big Town is here to help you out. You can win an all-expenses-paid trip to see the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year in the Sunshine State this summer, just by entering a contest online.
The lucky winner will get two tickets to see LBT in either Tampa or West Palm Beach, Florida on August 3 or 4, plus airfare, hotel, car rental and a $500 gift card. Go to Tunespeak.com to enter, but you'd better hurry: the contest ends in ten days.
Little Big Town kicks off their Bandwagon Tour with Miranda Lambert July 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Summer Fever" is the lead single from LBT's forthcoming follow-up to The Breaker.
ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton has sold millions of records and countless concert tickets since his Traveller record broke through in late 2015. The Kentucky native and his wife Morgane wasted little time establishing their Outlaw State of Kind charity in 2016, named after the track "Outlaw State of Mind," from Chris's debut album.
Now, Chris and Morgane are giving their fans a chance to pitch in by ordering a new Outlaw State of Kind t-shirt. It'll cost you $30, with all the proceeds going toward their charitable work.
The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and so far, they've furthered the work of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, City of Hope and MusiCares, among other causes.
Friday night, Chris plays a sold-out show at Walmart AMP in Rogers, Arkansas, before opening for the Eagles at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.
ABC RadioWith a hook that proclaims "I can do this night life all day long," it's no surprise Garth Brooks' latest single was inspired by one of the bars on Nashville's Lower Broadway.
"'All Day Long' was pretty much born from getting to play Layla's," the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year says. "Just realizing how much I miss honky tonks, how much that music pretty much IS me."
"I cannot wait to hear it live, people getting to sing that right back to you," he goes on. "That's why I love it. This is gonna be good!"
"All Day Long" has a built-in honky tonk pedigree, considering Garth wrote it with two of the architects of some of his biggest hits.
"The great thing about writing songs is the buddies you get to write 'em with," he explains. "'All Day Long' was written with Mitch Rossell, who wrote 'Ask Me How I Know,' Bryan Kennedy, who wrote 'The Beaches [of Cheyenne],' [and] 'American Honky Tonk Bar Association.'"
"Good cats -- fun!" he adds.
"All Day Long" is the lead single from Garth's new studio album, which is expected sometime next year. If you pre-order it now from Amazon for $10, you'll also get the new track, "The Road I'm On," a song Garth has already chosen as his show opener the next time he tours.
Comstock/Thinkstock Brooks & Dunn scored a #1 in 1998 with this song that was also a hit for its writer, Roger Miller, as well as for '80's duo David Frizzell and Shelly West. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Husband and Wives."
ABC/Image Group LA Two weeks ago during CMA Fest, fans got a preview of Jason Aldean's Kitchen Rooftop Bar in downtown Nashville. But on Wednesday, the new venture from the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year officially opened.
Jason says it's something he couldn't have imagined when he came to Music City two decades ago.
"When I moved to Nashville twenty years ago," he reflects, "Lower Broadway was older honky tonks and little souvenir shops that you could go in and get a cowboy hat and a shot glass."
"Now you go down there..." he continues, "there's all these really cool things popping up everywhere. Nashville's booming, just as a city. And that's such a cool part of our town... that downtown area."
Jason's new 30,000-square-foot space has 250 seats for dining, as well as six different bars. It's all part of a trend that includes Florida Georgia Line's FGL House, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, and Blake Shelton's Ole Red.
"You've got the FGL boys and Blake and Dierks and all those things are popping up now," Jason explains. "And I think it's cool for fans. You know, they come in and they get to in to go in the FGL House and see FGL memorabilia. They can come in my place and see all of our stuff," he adds.
The "Drowns the Whiskey" hitmaker plans to spend plenty of time at his new honky tonk himself.
"Not only I can go with my friends and hang out and have a good time," he says, "it's like the same reason I play shows. I want to see people having fun and having a good time."
"Twenty years ago," Jason confesses, "if you'd have told me I'd have a bar in Nashville, I'd have been like, 'Yeah, right!'"
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The first single from Big Machine artist Riley Green is "There Was This Girl," from his debut EP, In a Truck Right Now, due out June 29.
The first two singles from Brett Eldredge's self-titled current album, "Somethin' I'm Good At" and "The Long Way," have both been certified Gold. The third single from Brett Eldredge, "Love Someone," has just been released.
Texas music sensation Cody Johnson is the latest artist to become a member of the Warner Nashville family. His most recent independent recording hit #2 on the country album chart and #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Tune in for a special Shania-Twain themed episode of Lip Sync Battle Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. Former Pussycat DollNicole Scherzinger and Dancing with the Star's Derek Hough square off, with Derek tackling "Any Man of Mine." You can watch a preview of the show -- with Shania herself as a guest -- on YouTube now.
Capitol NashvilleWatching the new lyric video for “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is a lot like flipping through Luke Bryan’s photo album.
The new clip showcases snapshots of Luke’s nearest and dearest, including his wife Caroline, his kids, his manager and many more. If you watch closely, you’ll also spot Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley.
You can check out the new lyric video on YouTube now.