Brantley Gilbert enlisted two very special co-stars to act in his latest music video: His wife Amber and the couple’s young daughter, Braylen.
It’s an intimate, autobiographical peek into the country star’s family life, featuring shots of Brantley on the road joined backstage by Amber, followed by family scenes of little Braylen toddling around under her dad’s watchful eye.
Putting the spotlight on Amber and Braylen was fitting for this particular song, which was written with the two of them in mind. In the lyrics of “How to Talk to Girls,” Brantley confesses that he still can’t always find the right words to express his love for his wife and daughter.
“I’ve known Amber since we were kids. I’ve been married to her for six years now and I’m still in awe of her,” the singer comments. “Then my daughter came along, and I realized I still struggle to find the right words to say to the girls I love.”
The music video for “How to Talk to Girls” premiered this week.
Dierks Bentley has thoughts on masking rules in schools, and he’s taking to Instagram to share his viewpoints and hear from fans.
On Friday, the singer posted a screenshot of the headline of a New York Times opinion piece, which is titled “Let Kids Take Their Masks Off After the Omicron Surge.” Written by columnist Michelle Goldberg, the article navigates the downside of long-term masking of children, and calls for a removal of mask mandates in schools after the current COVID-19 surge ends, even if future mandates have to be implemented in the future.
Dierks didn’t offer any lengthy thoughts on the issue, aside from writing “Seems like common sense” in the caption, and asking fans for their thoughts.
In addition to being a country superstar, Dierks is a father of three. His kids range in age from eight to 13 years old, so all of them are currently in school.
In musical news, Dierks has been teasing a new album that he’s working on for 2022. His current single is “Beers on Me,” a duet with Hardy and Breland.
If you ask Dolly Parton, Keith Urban’s got it all: Looks, musical talent -- and a gorgeous, talented wife.
Dolly recently made a stop on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss her new Duncan Hines line of cake mixes, and when asked who she’d choose if she could pick anyone to sing and bake with, she named the guitar-slinging Aussie.
“I love Keith Urban. I always thought he was one of the most talented and cutest guys in the world,” she tells GMA. “I’m not trying to hit on him ‘cause he’s got Nicole Kidman, and who could beat that.”
Dolly adds, “She’s Jolene,” in a reference to the red-haired, ivory-skinned beauty in her own iconic country song.
But even more important than his good looks is Keith’s personality and talent, Dolly goes on to say. “I love his writing and I just think he’s dear,” she continues.
“He reminds me so much of my brothers and my own family back home. He’s from Australia but he has that feel of our mountain southern people -- he’d fit right in,” Dolly says. “I’d be happy to make him a big ole cake and spend all afternoon singing songs.”
As it happens, Keith and Dolly have already collaborated once. They came together for a version of “The Twelfth of Never” in 2005.
You can catch Jennifer Nettles on the small screen this weekend as the HBOmax comedy The Righteous Gemstones launches its second season. The solo star and member of chart-topping country duo Sugarland will return to her role of Aimee-Leigh Gemstone.
Ahead of the Season Two premiere, Jennifer hopped on social media to share a picture of herself in character, nearly unrecognizable behind a curly brown wig and oversized glasses.
Appearing only in flashbacks, Aimee-Leigh is the late wife of Dr. Eli Gemstone(played by John Goodman), the patriarch of the world-famous televangelist Gemstone family.
“Mama says you better put on your best black patton shoes, ‘cause it’s Special Service this Sunday!” Jennifer writes in the caption of her post, teasing the return of the show.
Jennifer’s acting skills are already well-documented. She also appeared in the cast of Harriet, a biopic about the life of Harriet Tubman and in the cast of the Broadway musical versions of Chicago and Waitress.
You can catch the season premiere of The Righteous Gemstones at 10 p.m. EST on HBOmax.
Luke Combs just keeps rolling out peeks and hints into his next album. The singer shared rough mixes of two as-yet-unreleased songs this week on Twitter.
One, “Five-Leaf Clover,” is a gratitude-filled ballad that Luke’s been trying out live during his tour stops recently. The other is “Tomorrow Me,” a song he debuted with just his acoustic guitar on social media in summer 2021.
“Another little taste of something y’all may or may not have heard,” Luke wrote when he shared the snippets of the two songs.
Around New Year’s, Luke told fans he was hard at work on his third studio album, and in the weeks since, he’s been making good on his promise to get new music ready for fans’ ears. Meanwhile, his current single, “Doin’ This,” is inside country radio’s Top 30.
Luke shared exciting personal news with fans last week, too. He and his wife, Nicole, are expecting their first child, a baby boy.
Maddie & Tae’s Through the Madness Vol. 1 EP arrives this week, and the album rollout is going a little differently than either band mate planned.
That’s because Taylor Kerr welcomed her first child, Leighton Grace, in mid-January, much earlier than her spring 2022 due date. Leighton’s birth came after Taylor was hospitalized and on bed rest for over a month, but despite arriving early, Maddie Font says that little Leighton is doing great.
“Everyone is doing great and back on track in healing and growing,” Maddie says. “Tae got to hold her for the first time this week, which was amazing...So everything is looking up. But it was a rough month and a half, not gonna lie.”
Still, it’s tough for Maddie & Tae to be apart during this important career moment: They’ve always done everything musical together, and Tae is “like my sister...basically my blood,” Maddie continues.
“The first meeting I did this year without her, I sobbed,” she admits. “...I really, really miss my best friend.”
If there was ever any chance of the band mates pursuing solo careers, this experience has reminded them that Maddie & Tae are better as a duo, Maddie goes on to say.
“Honestly, I would never do a solo thing because this by yourself is not as fun,” she says. “I mean, it’s fun, but with your best friend? Oh my gosh, it just makes it so much more fun. And I feel like I am a better artist and songwriter with Tae."
Through the Madness Vol. 1 is out now. It includes the duo’s latest single, “Woman You Got.”
After Brothers Osborne’s TJ Osborne came out as gay in early 2021 -- becoming the first country artist signed to a major label to do so -- the support he received help propel the duo towards releasing their song, “Younger Me.”
A reflection on the challenges of becoming comfortable with yourself, the song touched on TJ’s experience with navigating his sexuality. But the song was just as important to his brother and band mate John, the pair tell ABC’s Nightline in a new interview.
John, who has publicly discussed his battles with depression and anxiety, shared that for him, the song speaks to a bout of mental health challenges in late 2019 that nearly cost him his life.
“What were the lows like for me? I mean, in full disclosure, the lows were suicide,” John explains. “I went through a very serious bout of it at the end of 2019 which actually hospitalized me.”
One of the things that helped him surmount that difficult time, he says, was sharing his experiences, both in his songs and with the Brothers Osborne’s fan base.
“One of the biggest things that I have done for myself over the past year and a half is talk about it,” he reflects.
While there might be different meanings behind “Younger Me,” the two brothers feel an equally deep, personal connection to the song.
“Every line and syllable of that song applies to my story just as much as TJ’s,” John says.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or worried about a friend or loved one, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it, you are not alone.
Gabby Barrett is among a list of elite female musical artists getting honored at the Billboard 2022 Women in Music Awards show.
During the ceremony, she will receive the Rising Star Award, an honor that's previously been given to the likes of Halsey, Kelsea Ballerini and Ariana Grande.
Gabby is the only mainstream country artist confirmed to be honored at this year's all-genre awards show, although Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bonnie Raitt, a rock, blues and Americana legend with country leanings, is receiving the much-coveted Icon Award.
Other honorees includes Doja Cat, Saweetie, Karol G and Summer Walker. Ciara will host the event, which is taking place March 2 at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. This year will be unlike any Women in Music Awards ceremony in the past, as tickets will go on sale to the general public for the very first time.
Gabby's career has seen a meteoric, genre-spanning rise since the release of her chart-topping debut single, "I Hope," and hit first album, Goldmine. She's since earned another number one with "The Good Ones," and has been teasing new music for the year ahead.
Lee Brice is in the mood for good-timing romance in the music video for his latest single, “Soul.” Set at a wedding, the video follows the bride and groom -- plus a handful of other couples, all at different stages in their relationship -- through a romantic and irrepressible dance party.
Just like lines from the song such as “Kiss you from your head to your toeses,” the video brings a dash of unapologetic cheesiness into the mix, but at the root of the song is something much deeper.
“The idea that our souls truly connect to each other in unexplainable ways has always been at the core of what I do as a musician, a writer, a producer, a singer...” Lee explains. “And I think it’s a good reminder to keep with me every day. I hope everybody loves this song as much as I do.”
“Soul” is currently climbing the charts at country radio. It follows Lee’s latest chart-topper, “Memory I Don’t Mess With.”
On Country Stuff The Album, Walker Hayes brings back a new version of one of his most important older songs: “Craig,” a track that originally appeared on his 2017 project, boom.
Back when he first released it, “Craig” was a fan-favorite, and even led to the foundation of Walker’s Be a Craig Fund. The song tells a special story about the singer’s friendship with a man he met at church, who helped him navigate his then-nascent relationship with his faith.
Craig also went above and beyond to help out Walker’s family, gifting him a minivan when he was too broke to buy a vehicle with enough seatbelts for all six of his kids.
It’s a great story, and a true one. On social media, Walker recently introduced his fans to Craig Cooper, the real-life person who inspired the song. Craig joins Walker in the video, while they’re in the middle of playing a family game of Horse -- or, as they call it, "Craig" -- in a driveway.
These days, Craig and Walker are more than just buddies: They’re also neighbors. The pair are also working together on a new book, Glad You’re Here, which will be out in May.
Move over, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley: There’s a new country star-owned bar coming to downtown Nashville.
Eric Church is planning to open a new hot spot called Chief’s. Occupying the spot formerly owned by John Rich-owned Cotton Eyed Joe -- which Rich and his partners sold for $24.5 million late last year, per the Tennessean -- Chief’s is due to open in 2023.
The country superstar says opening his own bar is the “culmination of catching” a dream that he’s been chasing ever since he first moved to town.
“Like everything else we do in our career, I wouldn’t even attempt a project like this if I didn’t think it would be the best, so that’s what Chief’s will be: The best,” he explains.
Named for Eric’s 2011 Chief album, and the nickname that fans have given him, the singer’s new spot is personal on every level. Drawing on his Carolina roots, Eric’s enlisting James Beard Award winner and Charleston native Rodney Scott to bring his Whole Hog BBQ to a rooftop restaurant at the top of Chief’s six-story building.
Plus, the bar and restaurant will have a designated seated music venue, ready to host ticketed shows. That’s a big difference from many of the other spots on Nashville’s neon-splattered Lower Broadway, known for its boisterous, packed, standing-room-only honky tonks.
Chief’s is the latest in a fast-growing trend of country stars opening up their own bars. Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert are two more who’ve gotten into the bar and restaurant game in recent years.
Breland’s got his first-ever country radio single -- not to mention, his first-ever top-twenty and rising hit -- in the form of “Beers on Me,” his Dierks Bentley-led collaboration that also includes Hardy.
Dierks, Hardy and a few other co-writers penned the song at a writing retreat in Colorado, but when Dierks asked Breland to be a part of it, the up-and-comer asked if he could add a verse of his own.
“I wanted to be able to add some of my own flavor to it, so I was really glad that they were cool with me trying to write my own thing,” Breland remembers. “And it came together really fast. It might have been, like, 10 minutes, 15 minutes or so.”
His verse was a hit with his duet partners, and “Beers on Me” became a big song for Dierks: He sent it to country radio, and borrowed its title for his tour.
But that day in the studio, when Breland asked to make changes to “Beers on Me,” he had no idea just how important the song was. Looking back on it, he says, that was a good thing.
“You know, I’ve never had a song at country radio before,” the singer points out. “So it was a really big opportunity for me. I’m glad I didn’t know that when I was writing the verse. Then I probably would’ve been second, third-guessing myself.”
Breland’s currently on the road with Russell Dickerson for the All Yours, All Night Tour, which kicked off on Tuesday in New York City.
Jason Aldean is the 2022 recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters Humanitarian Award. Each year, the honor celebrates a country artist who has made significant humanitarian contributions over the course of their career; Jason’s charitable efforts include contributions to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, ACM Lifting Lives, GA’s Children’s Hospital and more.
Jimmie Allen will make a stop at Ole Red Nashville on Thursday for a free show with Neon Union, the flagship act he signed to his new JAB Entertainment. On Twitter, Jimmie teased that the event will be “celebrating something,” and promised more details to fans who make it out to the show.
Kane Brown is showing off some new ink that he and his wife, Katelyn, recently got in celebration of their youngest daughter, Kodi Jane.
The singer posted a photo on Instagram, showing himself and his wife holding hands. Kane has got fresh ink on his left hand, with bold letters reading "KODI." Meanwhile, Katelyn's got the same name in a similar font, plus Kodi's middle name, tattooed on her right forearm.
Kane and Katelyn welcomed Kodi late last year, after keeping Katelyn's pregnancy a secret. Kodi is the couple's second child: Their first daughter, Kingsley, arrived in October 2019.
Both Kane and Katelyn had tattoos already. Katelyn's are relatively small, while Kane has long rocked full sleeves. After the couple got married, Kane got a tattoo of Katelyn's name on his right hand, with the "y" stylized into the shape of an infinity symbol.
Of course, the country-star couple didn't forget their oldest daughter: They've got matching "Kingsley" tattoos, too.