Aug 21

Cole Swindell hopes you'll “Stay Dowtown” with new single

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell may have seven number-ones under his belt, but he’s going for eight!

“What a week!” the Georgia native says. “Not only did I get the amazing news that ‘Flatliner’ went #1, but now I get to let my fans know that my new single, ‘Stay Downtown,’ will go to radio on Monday.”

He adds, “Even though I am not a writer on this song, I knew the first time I heard it I had to have it. Can’t wait to start doing this every night in my set!”

“Stay Downtown” is the fourth single from Cole’s latest album, You Should Be Here. He continues on the What the Hell Tour with Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi through the beginning of September.Copyright

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Aug 21

Why Brett Young will feel like the “King of the Road” on the Caliville Tour

BMLGTwo-time chart topper Brett Young continues on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour through the first half of October, when he’ll launch his own headlining trek.

On the heels of his recent success, the California native is happy to now be traveling in style.

“I’m super-excited to get out there with my full band,” he tells ABC Radio. “And we’re finally on a bus this year, and we get the consistency of the same production every night, and being around the same guys every night. I’m just excited!”

If you notice Brett looking a little more rested these days, he says the customized coach is to thank.

“You know, it’s so funny,” he explains. “People that started with a bus think of a bus as like this small, confined space. But if you ever did radio tour in a van, then a bus absolutely feels like moving out of a one-bedroom apartment into a mansion.”

“There’s so much more space,” Brett continues, “and you get so much more sleep, cause it’s not a 5:30 a.m. flight to meet the bus to go straight to the venue. You go to sleep after a show, you wake up after eight hours sleep, and you’re at the next venue already. So it feels like an absolute luxury.”  

Tickets go on sale this Friday for Brett’s Caliville Tour, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Aug 21

Eclipse Day is here!

Good morning! The long-awaited day of the total solar eclipse in Nebraska has arrived and the excitement is building leading up to totality at about 1 pm central time.

Arnold, Nebraska is close to dead center of the 70 mile-wide path of totality. Since Friday visitors from across the nation and overseas have steadily filtered in to the Custer County, Nebraska town of just under 600.

One of the busiest locations is the Arnold Exchange, local convenience store/café. Higher than average crowds have stopped in for a meal and camping necessities such as ice and water. As I was leaving a gentleman asked if I was visiting Arnold for the solar eclipse. His voice had a distinct and familiar accent and I asked him where he was from. He replied, to my delight, “New York”, my home state. In fact he was from Huntington, about 10 miles from my hometown and just a few miles from where my sister lives. You never know who’ll you’ll meet in Arnold, Nebraska.

The Arnold Recreation Area, south of town, has seen a steady influx of eclipse observers arriving in vehicles ranging from small passenger cars to large motor-homes and RV’s, many towing smaller vehicles. The come from places like Arizona, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, Washington State and a large number from Colorado.

During a trip out in the country I saw a family group camped out in a pasture on the prairie near Gandy, Nebraska.

One thing to note, there’s plenty of wide-open spaces and sky to view the eclipse.

There are some profiteers taking advantage of the influx of out of towners, especially in larger cities close to I-80. One North Platte hotel room listed at just over $1,000 a night. In other locations anywhere between $300-600 a night. Two businesses in Kearney reported fuel shortages, yet here in Arnold there’s plenty to go around.

Arnold Public School has planned an eclipse viewing event for students and staff at the nearby football field.

Most Arnold businesses are open today, yet most will pause at the time of totality.

Bonnie and I plan to observe this magnificent event at few miles north of Arnold on Harvey and Barbara Foran’s ranch which includes the highest point in Custer County, Nebraska. The view of the valley below is spectacular and will offer a view of the moon’s shadow as it approaches and eventually covers the sun for about two and a half minutes.

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J.P. Skelly

Aug 19

Nebraska Eclipse Experience

Monday’s solar eclipse is a popular topic around gathering places in Arnold, Nebraska, a town of about 600 people located in the Sandhills about 40 miles northeast of North Platte.

Customers at the Arnold Exchange chat and speculate what lies as ahead as 1PM Monday, the time of totality arrives.

Arnold lies almost dead center of the line of totality, making it an ideal location to view the total eclipse of the sun which is predicted to last about two and a half minutes.

Most of the conversations focus on how many people from outside the community plan to watch this once in a lifetime event as it unfolds. I’ve already seen visitors from California, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Florida and New Jersey. International visitors from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden are also expected to take advantage of front row seats to what Mother Nature is offering.

While some communities such as Kearney have reported some fuel shortages, it looks like business as usual in Arnold. I fact a limited number of special eclipse safety glasses custom printed for Arnold are still available along with t-shirts.

Arnold Public School is holding an eclipse viewing for students and staff. And the City Park south of town is filling with visitors.

There’s plenty of open sky and locations for everyone desiring to the view Monday’s eclipse. Some are willing to pay area landowners top dollar for a place to stay and watch.

Traffic seems a little heavier than normal on the state highways running through Arnold with an increased presence of law enforcement.

So, why did my wife Bonnie and I choose Arnold to view this magnificent display of nature? This is Bonnie’s hometown which affords us a chance to visit with family, plus friends who have invited us to view the event from near the highest point in Custer County, Nebraska. We have it all to ourselves to enjoy. We’re eagerly awaiting as the hour draws near when day is plunged into darkness and then back to day as the shadow crosses the Sandhills as it makes its way southeast.

I’m looking forward to sharing our eclipse experiences with you. Keep an eye out on our website, for more stories.

Aug 18

Maddie & Tae prove they're more than a “Girl in a Country Song” as they extend fashion empire

ONE Jeanswear GroupIf Maddie & Tae have their way, lots of girls will be going back to school wearing Black Daisy jeans this fall.

The burgeoning fashionistas have partnered with ONE Jeanswear Group to be the faces of the denim brand for juniors. They’ll design some pieces for the line later this year, with a full collection slated for 2018.   

The “Girl in a Country Song” hitmakers officially assume their Black Daisy duties with a performance and meet-and-greet at New York City’s Macy’s Herald Square on Saturday.

This isn’t the duo’s first foray into fashion. Previously, Maddie & Tae had their own line at Bloomingdale’s.

On the music front, the CMA Video of the Year winners are currently working on their sophomore album.

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Aug 18

#Twinning! There's more to the Lady Antebellum baby news

ABC/Paula LoboIf you thought it was big news that both Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood and their spouses are expecting babies, wait’ll you hear what’s next!

Hillary revealed on social media Friday that she and her husband, Lady A drummer Chris Tyrell, are expecting twins.

“God has answered our family’s countless prayers!” Hillary tweeted, along with a video of the couple telling their daughter Eisele the news.

“When am I gonna have a baby in my belly?” the four-year-old hilariously responded.

“That’s a great question” was her dad’s comeback.

The news is especially sweet, since Hillary’s solo Christian hit, “Thy Will,” was written after a particularly difficult miscarriage.

Lady A continues on their You Look Good World Tour — which will take them to both Europe and South Africa — through mid-October. Hillary’s babies are due in February, while Dave is expecting little one #2 in December.  

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God has answered our family’s countless prayers! Our family is growing…TWINS! It’s truly a miracle.

— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) August 18, 2017


Aug 18

Brett Young invites you to Caliville on headlining tour

BMLG Brett Young is giving his fans the chance to get to know him a little better, as he embarks on his Caliville Tour this fall. “Caliville” is the word the California native uses to describe his sound.

“I am so excited to get to go out on my first ever headlining tour this year,” Brett says. “It’s a pretty surreal feeling. I can’t wait to see all my amazing fans out on the road…”

Brett’s labelmate, Carly Pearce, who has her first top-15 hit with “Every Little Thing,” will open the trek, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Expect to hear Brett’s chart-topping hits, “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know,” as well as his current single, “Like I Loved You.” Brett wraps up his stint on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour October 10 at The O2 in London, England.

Here’s the itinerary for Brett Young’s Caliville Tour, with tickets going on sale Friday, August 25:

10/14 — Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater
10/21 — Kansas City, MO, The Truman
10/28 — Sarasota, FL, White Buffalo Saloon
11/2 — Charleston, SC, Music Farm
11/3 — Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
11/4 — Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
11/11 — Knoxville, TN, Cotton Eyed Joe’s
11/18 — Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
11/29 — Oxford, OH, Brick Street Bar-Miami U
12/1 — Detroit, MI, Majestic Theater
12/2 — Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
12/9 — Baton  Rouge, LA, Texas Club
12/13 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
12/16 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave

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Aug 18

From “Sixteen” to the “Grave,” Thomas Rhett previews “Life Changes”

BMLGThomas Rhett’s Life Changes album won’t be out until September 8, but if you pre-order the project, you can download several tunes ahead of time.

One of those is the song that TR’s wife Lauren says is her favorite, “Sixteen.”

“That song is the epitome of just, the grass is always greener,” Thomas tells ABC Radio. “We’ve all been sixteen. If we haven’t been sixteen yet, we can’t wait to be sixteen. And then when you get there, you’re just like, ‘Well, all my friends are going to college, and I can’t buy a lottery ticket!’”

Though it’s titled “Sixteen,” the touching track has a unique way of capturing the things we all long for, at significant ages during our formative years.

“I feel like so many of us go through life, just always can’t wait to get to the next step, when you really just should sit there and cherish it, because one day you’re gonna look back at it and go like, ‘Man, those were great times!’” Thomas reflects.  

You can also check out “Sixteen” in a new lyric video on YouTube.

On Friday, another instant grat track also becomes available. “Grave” is the fourteen-cut record’s closing song. You can preview the gospel-tinged tune at  

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Aug 18

Johnny Cash's children denounce Charlottesville protester who wore shirt with his name on it

Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe five children of Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Cash took to Facebook to release a statement involving a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing Cash’s name over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the white nationalist rally last Saturday in Charlottesville, a 32-year-old counterprotester named Heather Heyer died when a man drove his car into a crowd.

“We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association,” read the statement, posted to Rosanne Cash’s Facebook page.

They said their father was a “man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations.”

“His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII,” the statement continued.

Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter included a quote they said their father often told them growing up.

“Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love,” they said.

The family added that their father did not “judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed.”

“To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you,” it continued, closing with “We Choose Love.”

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Aug 18

Back to Us: Rascal Flatts remembers their roots, as they celebrate their 17th #1

ABC RadioRascal Flatts celebrated their seventeenth #1 Thursday with a party at BMI, on Nashville’s Music Row.

“Yours If You Want It” was the perfect song to introduce their latest album, Back to Us, according to Joe Don Rooney.

“I think everything Rascal Flatts is about is inside that song,” Joe Don says. “It’s an uptempo song, it’s a lot of fun, but when you really dissect the lyrics… it’s a really great, lot of meat-on-the-bone lyric…”

Gary LeVox revealed one of the ways “Yours If You Want It” hearkens back to their roots. The song’s video was shot at the same location as their very first photo shoot, Music City’s Hermitage Café.

“That’s where we started…,” Gary recalls. “Our album cover for [our first hit] ‘Prayin’ for Daylight’ is right there in the parking lot…”  

Jay DeMarcus remembered the very first time he and his bandmates ever heard one of their songs on the radio, during a late night call-in segment.

“The first caller was like, ‘I love it. It’s different. I say shine the light on it!’” Jay explains, imitating the voices of the listeners. “The second caller was a dude, and we were all huddled around the radio, up in the front of the bus. He said, ‘I tell you what. I don’t like that at all! You need to turns the lights out on that! It’s awful!’ And the next two calls were bad calls. And then after that, there were about ten in a row that were good calls.”

“But I tell you what,” Jay continues, “for the first four calls, we were like going, ‘Oh no! Oh no! Take the bus back, and let’s get our jobs back at Piggly Wiggly, cause this is awful.’”

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