ABC/Image Group LAIt’ll be a long day for Dierks Bentley leading up to the 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday.
The four-time nominee will be up bright and early to kick off the half-century festivities with a live show outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that morning. You can catch his performance on Good Morning America starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.
Dierks won’t be the only country star on GMA that day, either, as Robin Roberts catches up with co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood in advance of the historic show.
Country Music’s Biggest Night officially gets underway at 8 p.m. ET November 2, as the golden anniversary of the CMA Awards airs live from Music City on ABC.
Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes will debut his new single, “Yesterday’s Song,” Wednesday night after the 50th Annual CMA Awards on ABC, but he’ll do it with a twist. While the Louisiana native will be playing live at Nashville’s CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame, he’ll be beamed live via hologram all the way across the country to Jimmy Kimmel’s studio in Los Angeles.
You can catch the new song and the technological feat starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on Jimmy Kimmel Live! November 2 on ABC. In years past, both The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line have appeared on Jimmy’s show using the same 21st century method.
Ryman Hospitality PartnersThe Grand Ole Opry is getting a new “home away from home” in the Big Apple. While the world’s longest-running radio show won’t be moving from it historic base in Nashville, it will be extending its reach, as Ryman Hospitality Properties opens the new Opry City Stage next year.
The four-level complex will be located on Broadway in Times Square, with a two-story bar and restaurant featuring Music-City-themed food and beverages, as well as an Opry shop and a private event space. Perhaps most exciting is the plan to simulcast Opry shows and curate live performances in partnership with Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café.
Opry City Stage is expected to open in New York City in April of 2017.
ABC/Image Group LALook for new music on the way next year from CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Maddie & Tae. While the pair has been busy this summer touring with Brad Paisley and launching their own fashion line at Bloomingdale’s, it appears they’ve also been in the studio.
In The 50th Annual CMA Awards Zinepak, which is available exclusively at Walmart, Maddie Marlowe and Tae Dye give the first details about their second album, which is due in 2017.
“Sophomore record! We can’t give too much away, but our fans will hear the growth we’ve gone through the past two years on this album,” they promise.
We’ll find out if Maddie & Tae can take home the Vocal Duo trophy Wednesday, when the biggest night in country music airs live from Nashville starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The two already have one CMA on their shelves, having landed the Music Video of the Year award last year for their breakthrough hit, “Girl in a Country Song.”
Pearl Records, Inc.Ever since Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood took “In Another’s Eyes” to the top of the charts back in 1997, fans have been clamoring for the two to make an album together. Nearly 20 years later, it’s finally happened, with Christmas Together set to be released next month.
The eleven-song set includes several traditional duets, as well as solos from both Garth and Trisha. While Trisha’s favorite Garth tune is a new track titled “Ugly Christmas Sweater,” Garth raves about his wife’s take on “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.” The two even wrote a new song together, “What I’m Thankful For,” and got their pal James Taylor to both play guitar and sing on the recording.
Christmas Together is due November 11. If you pre-order Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection from Target, you’ll get the duet album free.
Here’s the complete track listing:
“I’m Beginning to See the Light” “Ugly Christmas Sweater” “Santa Baby” “Feliz Navidad” “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” “Marshmallow World” “Merry Christmas Means I Love You” “Hard Candy Christmas” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” “The Man with the Bag” “What I’m Thankful For (The Thanksgiving Song)” (with James Taylor)
Comstock/Thinkstock Though she's frequently a name that's brought up for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, this McMinnville, Tennessee native only won two CMA Awards during her career, both for Vocal Duo of the Year with Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers. Can you name the "Lesson in Leavin'" hitmaker? ANSWER: Dottie West.
BMLGThomas Rhett breathes new life into his sophomore release Friday, as Tangled Up Deluxe comes out in stores and online. The new edition of his second album adds five new tracks, including a remix of his smash hit, “Die a Happy Man,” that features pop phenomenon Tori Kelly.
TR says the expanded version is a great vehicle to pave the way for album number-three.
“I've never done a Deluxe before, which is nice. It's kind of like a great bridge. I go through a phase in between records where I'm like, 'Gosh, I'm bored! Can we please put more songs out?' So that's what this Deluxe did for us.”
One of the new tunes has already cracked the top 20.
“'Star of the Show' is one of those songs that I wrote right after I got married in 2012,” Thomas recalls, “so for that song to kinda resurface and raise its hand as a single was pretty cool. So to hear it on the radio now after writing it so long ago is amazing.”
Thomas Rhett kicks off his very first headlining trek, the 2017 Home Team Tour, with Kelsea Ballerini, in Saginaw, Michigan in February.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride wrapped up her Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour Wednesday night at the Grand Ole Opry, with Little Big Town, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery and Nashville’s Charles Esten taking the stage as well.
Joe Diffie has just signed a deal with Silverado Records, with the album he’s working on now due in 2017.
Thompson Square will perform their new single “You Make It Look So Good” Friday morning during the 10 a.m. hour of the Today show on NBC.
Blue Chair Bay/Columbia Nashville On Friday, fans will finally get to hear Kenny Chesney’s album that started out as Some Town, Somewhere and morphed into Cosmic Hallelujah.
“This record is personal to me. It was an unusual path,” he says of changing the title and delaying its release as he retooled the track listing, “but I think it took the album as a whole to new places… Cosmic Hallelujah balances being aware with embracing every thrill that comes with being alive -- and knowing that those thrills are right in front of you, if you just pay attention.”
You’ll have plenty of chances to catch up with Kenny in the coming days, as he makes the media rounds to promote his 17th studio album. Natalie Morales chats with the “Setting the World on Fire” hitmaker Friday morning on the beach on NBC’s Today show, before he stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show later. On Tuesday, he’ll check in with both The Talk and The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.
ZinePakSure, you downloaded it, but if you also want a physical copy of “Forever Country,” there’s only one place you can get a CD with 30 of country music’s biggest artists doing the now-legendary mashup of John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
The CMA-commissioned single is the first track on a new 20-track disc commemorating the 50th Annual CMA Awards. The package also includes an 80-page magazine looking back at the half-century history of the show, as well as a set of trading cards featuring the 2016 New Artist of the Year nominees.
You can catch the show itself next Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s the complete track listing for the package, which is available exclusively at Walmart and will run you about 12 dollars:
“Forever Country” -- Artists of Then, Now & Forever “Without a Fight” (featuring Demi Lovato) -- Brad Paisley “Church Bells” -- Carrie Underwood “21 Summer” -- Brothers Osborne “Burning House” -- Cam “Fire Away” -- Chris Stapleton “Think of You” -- Chris Young (with Cassadee Pope) “You Should Be Here” -- Cole Swindell “From the Ground Up” -- Dan Shay “Somewhere on a Beach” -- Dierks Bentley “Dime Store Cowgirl” -- Kacey Musgraves “Wasted Time” -- Keith Urban “Peter Pan” -- Kelsea Ballerini “Pain Killer” -- Little Big Town “Sierra” -- Maddie & Tae “My Church” -- Maren Morris “Break Up with Him” -- Old Dominion “I Like the Sound of That” -- Rascal Flatts “Die a Happy Man” -- Thomas Rhett “Humble and Kind” -- Tim McGraw
Comstock/Thinkstock Though only two members of the band are related and their name was actually derived from a brand of facial tissues, this Virginia-born quartet holds the record for most wins in the CMA Vocal Group of the Year category, with a total of nine trophies. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famers? ANSWER: The Statler Brothers.
Courtesy CMTCould a full-fledged Shania comeback be in the works? After several years of lying low post-divorce from longtime producer Mutt Lange, Shania Twain seems to be spending more time in the spotlight than she has in close to a decade.
Last week, the Canadian superstar talked about the progress on her forthcoming album as she walked the red carpet en route to accepting CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime honor at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Once onstage, she joked the moment felt so right, she didn’t want to leave.
It appears the top-selling female in country music history won’t have to vacate her position anytime soon. Billboard will give her its Icon award December 9 in New York City, as the magazine also names Madonna its Woman of the Year.
You can watch the festivities December 12 on Lifetime.
BMLGNot only will Jennifer Nettles reprise her role as Dolly Parton’s mother in the sequel to the successful TV movie Coat of Many Colors next month, she’ll also help bestow the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on the most famous daughter of Sevierville, Tennessee during next week’s CMA Awards show.
“With it being the 50th anniversary of the CMAs, it is a night of celebrating country music across the board, and who better to celebrate than the queen herself, you know?" Jennifer says. “It is surprising in some ways that they haven't done it before, but also, how fantastic to, on such a special night, for it to be the 50th anniversary, to commemorate such a special artist within the country tradition who continues to go out. She's touring, you know, right now? So to get to be a part of that tribute for her is gonna be really special for me as a singer/songwriter, and as a musician…”
When she asked for advice about honestly portraying her mother, Jennifer says Dolly told her Avie Lee Parton was simply “me without the glitter.” When it came time to play the matriarch of the clan again for the second movie, Jennifer says Dolly simply left it there.
“You know what? She is so gracious and is nothing but kind. So, no notes, only fierce praise and encouragement from her, which is nothing to sneeze at, when Dolly Parton is giving you the thumbs up on playing her mom.”
You can catch Jennifer Nettles’ tribute to Dolly November 2 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC on the 50th Annual CMA Awards. Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love airs November 30 on NBC. Jennifer's first solo holiday album, To Celebrate Christmas, comes out this Friday.
ABC/Image Group LACan Luke Bryan or Kenny Chesney take down Justin Bieber? That’s the question at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards, as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and the “Setting the World on Fire” chart-topper compete for Top Package honors against the Biebs’ Purpose Tour.
Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion joined Kenny for the Spread the Love trek, while Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch rounded out the Kill the Lights run with Luke.
Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line are also up for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award. The 13th annual honors will be passed out November 9 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles.
ABC/Paula LoboJason Aldean flipped the ceremonial switch at the Opry Tuesday night, turning the iconic barn pink and kicking off a night to bring awareness to breast cancer. The ACM Entertainer of the Year brought his 11th annual Concert for the Cure to the Grand Ole Opry House this year, playing two shows alongside Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Chris Young with surprise guest Cassadee Pope, Montgomery Gentry and more.
As is his tradition, the “A Little More Summertime” hitmaker delivered a check to the Nashville chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, offering up more than $450,000 worth of ticket sales from his Six String Circus Tour, to help find a cure for the disease that claimed the life of one of his close friends early in his career. To date, Jason’s raised more than $3 million in that effort.
ABC/Eric McCandlessJust days after wrapping the initial leg of their Dig Your Roots Tour, Florida Georgia Line is already planning part two. They'll kick off their winter trek in January, with Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane set to pump up the crowd before the duo takes the stage.
“They are both electric, young performers and great friends of ours!” Brian Kelley says.
“They fit into our vibe perfectly and we know our fans are going to love this new experience,” Tyler Hubbard agrees.
Here’s the list of cities confirmed so far, with tickets going on sale in November:
Allentown, PA Atlantic City, NJ Biloxi, MS Bossier City, LA Cedar Falls, IA Champaign, IL Charleston, SC Charleston, WV Charlottesville, VA Columbia, MO Durant, OK Greensboro, NC Knoxville, TN Lafayette, LA Moline, IL Newark, NJ Oklahoma City, OK Omaha, NE Orlando, FL Sioux Falls, SD Springfield, MO State College, PA Tallahassee, FL Uncasville, CT Hamilton, ON, Canada Ottawa, ON, Canada Montreal, QC, Canada Quebec City, QC, Canada
Country Music AssociationRandy Travis continues to make a remarkable comeback after his devastating stroke three years ago. First, he stunned the world by singing “Amazing Grace” at his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum earlier this month, and just this week, he showed up in the audience at Garth Brooks’ Ascend Amphitheater show in Nashville, looking remarkably healthy. Now comes the news he’ll be on next month’s historic CMA Awards.
Promising more performers than any other show in the half-century history of the show, Randy’s fellow 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels will appear, as well as Ricky Skaggs, Roy Clark, Clint Black, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Elle King, a capella sensations Pentatonix and Dwight Yoakum.
Already set to perform are Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Charley Pride, Reba, George Strait, Keith Urban and hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
You can catch the 50th Annual CMA Awards next Wednesday, airing live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
EMI Records NashvilleEric Church won’t hit the road again until his Holdin’ My Own Tour kicks off in January, but you won’t have to wait that long to get a preview of the five-time CMA nominee’s new show.
The North Carolina hitmaker will release his second live album November 4 exclusively at Walmart. Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged was recorded back in August during Eric’s two-night stand at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The set’s seven tracks include his new single, “Kill a Word,” and his latest number-one, “Record Year.” Six come from his latest studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, which he surprise-released at last year’s CMA Awards. Eric is totally self-contained on the one new track, playing electric guitar and singing on the Leonard Cohen classic, “Hallelujah.”
Here’s the complete rundown for Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged:
“Mistress Named Music -- Red Rocks Medley” “Chattanooga Lucy” “Mixed Drinks About Feelings” “Knives of New Orleans” “Kill a Word” “Record Year” “Hallelujah”