Jan 22

Midland puts “blood, sweat, tears and booze” into On the Rocks

Harper Smith for Big Machine RecordsJust as Midland gets ready to compete for two Grammys at this weekend’s ceremony in New York City, the trio is giving fans an inside look at the making of their breakthrough record.

“It’s like this super team where everybody’s working to bring the song to its full potential,” lead singer Mark Wystrach says of creating their debut disc, On the Rocks. “This album is soaked in blood, sweat, tears and booze.”

“We took a lot of care to create a landscape of songs, an overall concept for the album, and to hopefully bring albums back a bit,” Jess Carson adds.

You can check out the behind-the-scenes video on YouTube now.

Meanwhile, Midland is set to play their second single, the Top 15 hit “Make a Little” Tuesday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can watch for them starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Then on Sunday, the band competes for both Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys. Both nominations are for their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.” You can catch the show live from New York City, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Jan 22

MTI recognized for excellence in on-line learning

AffordableCollegesOnline.org, a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings, has recognized Mitchell Technical Institute for their excellence in online learning.  MTI was listed as the top two-year college for online programs in South Dakota.

The primary data points used to identify the best online colleges of 2018 included regional accreditation; in-state tuition and fees; percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid; number of online programs offered; and student-to-teacher ratio.

MTI currently offers five fully online programs: Administrative Office Specialist; Advanced Medical Imaging; Medical Office Professional; Small Business Management; and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

“We wanted to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”

AffordableCollegesOnline.org has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric. A “bang for your buck” metrics, the PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or a similar cost).


Jan 22

Weekend Warrior graffiti? Brad Paisley tags Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena

ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley has left his mark on Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — quite literally.

Along with artist Rob Hendon, Brad has painted a Music-City-themed mural on the first level of venue. In addition to guitars, a cowboy hat and a catfish, you’ll also spot Gnash, the mascot of Nashville’s Predators hockey team.

The artwork is titled “Smashville,” another reference to the Predators, who made it to the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. You can check out a time-lapse video of the two working on the mural on YouTube.

While you can count on Brad stopping by to watch the Predators play as often as he can, he’ll also be bringing his own tour to the Bridgestone on Friday, April 6. Tickets for Brad’s Nashville date go on sale Friday.

On Thursday, the “Heaven South” singer kicks off the winter leg of his Weekend Warrior World trek at L.A.’s Staples Center. Dustin LynchChase Bryant and Lindsay Ell are opening the shows. 

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Jan 22

Dolly’s working on new music for Jennifer Aniston’s “Dumplin'”

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaDolly Parton‘s music will play a central role in an upcoming movie starring Jennifer Aniston.

Dumplin’ is based on the popular young adult novel by Julie Murphy about a teen who enters a beauty pageant, and who also happens to be a huge fan of the music superstar from East Tennessee. Dumplin’ is a nickname for Willowdean — which also happens to be the real name of Dolly’s oldest sister, Willadeene. Aniston plays the girl’s mother.

The musical comedy will feature classic Dolly tunes, according to E! News, as well as new music from the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer. So far, we don’t know the film’s release date.

This weekend in Nashville, Dolly picked up two trophies at the MidSouth Emmys: the Governor’s Award for her charitable work, as well at the Best Community Service honor for 2016’s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon to help victims of the East Tennessee wildfires.

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Jan 22

“Round Here Buzz”: Eric Church hits #1 as “Mr. Misunderstood” goes platinum

ABC/Image Group LAEric Church may be Mr. Misunderstood, but it seems to be working out for him.

The North Carolina native’s surprise 2015 album, which he unveiled more than two years ago at the CMA Awards, has just been certified platinum, as its fourth single, “Round Here Buzz,” climbs to #1 on the country chart. The project’s second release, “Record Year,” made it to the top as well.

This weekend, Eric’s set to perform at the 60th Grammy Awards, remembering the victims of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last October in a special segment with Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne. The show starts Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Jan 22

“Singles You Up”: How an engagement inspired Jordan Davis’s hit about stealing another guy’s girl

MCA NashvilleJordan Davis’s breakthrough hit, “Singles You Up,” happens to be a song about wanting to steal another guy’s girl. But the Louisiana native reveals the idea for the clever turn of a phrase actually came out of a very different situation.

“My buddy I wrote that with had just gotten engaged,” Jordan tells ABC Radio. “We were messing with him about how he kind of out-kicked his coverage on his now-wife and we said that he was smart not to single her up. And right when we said it, we were kinda like ‘Oh, gosh, dude! We gotta write that!’”

About two hours later, Jordan says they’d finished “Singles You Up.”

“It was a quick one…” he recalls. “Most of the time with me writing songs, it’s a super-long process and I kinda go back and pick at stuff. But that one just felt so good, and we haven’t done a lot of changin’ on it.”  

“Singles You Up” is Jordan’s first top-20 hit, as well as the lead release from his debut album, Home State, which comes out March 23. He sets out on the White Wine and Whiskey Tour February 2 with newcomer Jillian Jacqueline.

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Jan 22

Dierks Bentley gets Mountain High with Brothers Osborne and LANCO in 2018

The GreenRoomBrothers Osborne and LANCO will be trekking up The Mountain with Dierks Bentley this summer. The two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and the “Greatest Love Story” hitmakers will join Dierks on his 2018 Mountain High Tour, which takes its name from his forthcoming ninth studio album.

“I can’t wait to fire up the buses and get back out there,” Dierks says. “I’ve been friends with TJ and John for a long time and I have loved watching their career explode. I’m just getting to know the boys in LANCO, but I love their music and the energy they bring to the stage. And after seeing them and the Bros party down at the grand opening of my new bar on Lower Broadway last week, I can tell you it’s gonna be game on this summer!”

The tour kicks off May 17 in Columbia, Maryland, with the first tickets going on sale this Friday.

Here’s a look at the initial list of stops on Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High Tour:

Columbia, MD
Holmdel, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Cincinnati, OH
Clarkston, MI
St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Pittsburgh, PA
Indianapolis, IN
Bethel, NY
Darien Center, NY
Saratoga Springs, NY
Raleigh, NC
Charlotte, NC
Alpharetta, GA
Salt Lake City, UT
Virginia Beach, VA
Bristow, VA
New York City, NY 
Jacksonville, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Austin, TX
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Albuquerque, NM
Phoenix, AZ
Mountain View, CA
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA

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Jan 19

Coming soon: Maren Morris is in “The Middle” of new single with pop stars Zedd and Grey

ABC/Image Group LA She’s still riding the wave of her first solo #1 on the country chart, but Maren Morris now has new music coming. It won’t be from her own album though: It’s a collaboration with hitmaking deejay/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey.

Both Maren and Zedd shared the news of their collaboration on social media, along with the artwork for the song, “The Middle,” which features an exploding flower. We’ll be able to hear the song for the first time on Tuesday.

Zedd, who’s made a name for himself as a record producer, has teamed up with Ariana GrandeHailee SteinfeldAlessia Cara, and Paramore’s Hayley Williams in the past. This won’t be Maren’s first time coloring outside the country lines, either: She also duets with pop star Niall Horan on “Seeing Blind” from his Flicker album.

Across the board, there’s no shortage of genre-bending country/pop crossovers these days. “Cruise” hitmakers Florida Georgia Line currently have two:  “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha and “Let Me Go” with Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso, and watt.

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Jan 19

“Parallel Line”: Keith Urban gets romantic in new Aussie single

ABC/Image Group LA “Take a little bit of my heart tonight,” Keith Urban invites listeners, in his new song “Parallel Line.”

The new tune is the second track the Aussie superstar has released from his forthcoming album Graffiti U, following “Female,” which is still scaling the U.S. chart. “Parallel Line” is Keith’s lead single in his native Australia.

“Maybe it’s time we put our hearts in a parallel line,” he sings in the romantic, percussion-driven number that’s laced with seductive harmonies. “Parallel Line” is available to stream or download now, or you can check it out via a new lyric video on YouTube.

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Jan 19

Not bad for a “Girl Going Nowhere”: The ironic origins of Ashley McBryde’s debut album

Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer Ashley McBryde’s Warner Nashville debut, Girl Going Nowhere, is set to arrive March 30.

The album takes its title from a track the Arkansas native performed during her Grand Ole Opry debut, one inspired by a bad experience in high school algebra class.

“…We were going around the room saying what we wanted to do when we grew up,” Ashley recalls. “When it got to me, I said, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville and write songs, and they’re going to be on the radio.’ The teacher looked at me and said, ‘That won’t happen and you better have a good backup plan.’”

“It didn’t put the fire out, it just added to it,” the “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” hitmaker explains.

Girl Going Nowhere’s lead single is one of four tracks available to stream or download now, including the just-released “American Scandal.” You can check out the song’s new music video on YouTube.

Ashley’s set to make her TV debut Tuesday when she plays Late Night with Seth Meyers, which airs at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC. From there, she hits the road with Luke Combs on his Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour, while also squeezing in some March dates on Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies World Tour. 

Here’s the complete track listing for Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere:

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
“American Scandal”
“Southern Babylon”
“The Jacket”
“Livin’ Next to Leroy”
“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”
“Andy (I Can’t Live Without You)”
“El Dorado”
“Tired of Being Happy”
“Home Sweet Highway”

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