Apr 20

Watch now: Trent Harmon draws on real-life heartbreak for “You Got ‘Em All” video

Big Machine RecordsTrent Harmon’s new video for “You Got ‘Em All” is every bit as heart-wrenching as the emotional single itself.

The storyline draws on the real-life inspiration for the ballad, which Trent wrote in less than an hour after getting some devastating news.

“My girlfriend just told me over the phone that she was moving to Thailand with two days notice to fulfill her dream of teaching overseas,” Trent reveals. “I was so happy for her but at the same time was so heartbroken that she was literally going to be across the world from me for an indefinite amount of time.”

In the video, Trent’s love interest leaves to pursue her dream to become a ballerina.

“You Got ‘Em All” is the title track from Trent’s debut album, which comes out May 18. The Mississippi native co-wrote eight of the record’s eleven tunes, including the previous single, “There’s a Girl.” Chris Stapleton contributes the track, “Hold On,” while there’s a remix of the KeithUrban-penned “Falling.”

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Apr 20

Watch now: Jake Owen turns “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” into a 10-minute mini-movie

ABC RadioLess than a day after Jake Owen premiered his new video for “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” at an exclusive event at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the mini-movie is now available to view online.

Jake followed Thursday’s video’s unveiling with a chat with director Justin Clough and  the video’s stars, Nashville’s Jake Etheridge and MacKenzie Porter of the Netflix show, Travelers. The new clip follows an ’80s-era high school couple as they navigate the challenges of love, baseball, college and their home town. In addition to doing some singing, Jake also plays a waiter.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a music video,” he says, noting that “this isn’t your typical country music video.”  He adds, “I think it could be considered a short film. I really appreciate the attention to detail and hard work that everyone put into making it. I’m anxious to hear what people think.”

Jake finished the evening at the Hall of Fame by performing the song, which was inspired by John Mellencamp’s hit, “Jack & Diane.”  He also sang Hank Williams Jr.’s “The Blues Man,” and the new tunes “Made for You” and “Down to the Honkytonk.”

He kicks off his Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour next month with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.

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Apr 20

Dierks Bentley makes a “Mountain” of media appearances on the West Coast

ABC/Randy HolmesDierks Bentley started the week by performing his top ten hit, “Woman, Amen,” on the 53rd ACM Awards, and things only got busier from there.

The Arizona native stayed on the West Coast for a Wednesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he again cued up “Women, Amen,” as well as “The Mountain,” for the Los Angeles audience. If you missed Dierks’ set, you can catch up online.

Thursday night, he stopped by the Grammy Museum in L.A. for an in-depth discussion about his new album, also called The Mountain, which comes out June 8. You can check out that conversation thanks to a live stream now posted on Facebook.

Dierks kicks off his Mountain High Tour May 18 in Columbia, Maryland with Brothers Osborne and LANCO.

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Apr 20

Brett Young begs for “Mercy” Monday on “Good Morning America”

BMLGBrett Young will start the week begging for a little “Mercy.”

The Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year will perform his latest single Monday on Good Morning America. The show starts at 7 a.m. on ABC, with Brett’s performance to set to come up in the 8 a.m. hour.

The California native is currently in the running for both Top Country Album for his self-titled debut and Top Country Song for “In Case You Didn’t Know” at next month’s Billboard Music Awards. This spring, he’s part of Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour.

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Apr 20

A closer look at “Amos”: Michael Ray reveals cover art & track listing for sophomore album

Atlantic Michael Ray stands in the foreground on the cover of his new album, Amos, with a framed picture of his grandfather — who inspired the album’s title — behind him. The photo sits on a chest of drawers, along with what appears to be a bible, a watch, an ashtray and a coffee cup.

The Florida native named his sophomore effort after the man who led his family’s band and helped inspire his love for country music. Amos died a couple of months before Michael made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

The 11-track album includes tunes written by members of Old Dominion and newcomer Travis Denning, as well as Michael’s current  top-20 hit, “Get to You.”

The first track on the record, “Fan Girl,” is available to stream or download now.

“For months we have been playing these songs on the road and we start most every show with ‘Fan Girl,’” Michael explains, “so it was time to put this song in their hands.”

“The lyrics, ‘You give me that front row feeling/Screaming with my hands up/Walk in the room and everybody stands up,’ create such a powerful visual,” he goes on. “That — equated to how you feel about a girl — is a perspective I had not heard before, yet I know exactly what that feeling is.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Amos, which arrives June 1:

“Fan Girl”
“One That Got Away”
“Summer Water”
“Get to You”
“Forget About It”
“Her World or Mine”
“You’re On”
“I’m Gonna Miss You”
“Dancing Forever”
“Girl from Spring Break”
“Drink One for Me”

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Apr 20

Maren Morris believes we’re desperate to meet in “The Middle,” in more ways than one

Nick Walker“The Middle,” Maren Morris’ pop hit with DJ/producer Zedd, sounds like a typical upbeat dance song about love, but Maren feels that it’s also a reflection of what our society needs at this moment in time.

“I related to it so much, not so much like the vocal, but the meaning behind the song and especially at such a crazy time right now,” she tells ABC Radio. “Just politically, the world is just, it feels very divisive.”

“I feel like the song ‘The Middle,’ like, ‘Why don’t you just meet me in the middle?’ is such a great message for right now and I think that’s what people want so desperately,” she adds.

Maren’s also happy that “The Middle” can be enjoyed on more than one level.

She explains, “I loved that the song could pertain to a relationship and also, like, how we feel, just as people, right now in America.” 

“The Middle” is currently #6 on the pop chart, while Maren’s new single, “Rich,” just broke into country’s top 40. 

Maren can also be heard on Restoration, one of two recently released albums of Elton John cover songs, performing his classic tune “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.”  On June 1, she’ll kick off four months of dates as a special guest on One Direction member Niall Horan‘s solo tour.

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Apr 20

“You really blew this, babe”: Hear Sugarland sing with Taylor Swift now

Big Machine RecordsSugarland has shared another track from their upcoming album Bigger, and it’s probably the one everybody’s most excited to hear.

Titled “Babe,” the song features vocals by Taylor Swift, who co-wrote the song with Pat Monahan of the band Train.  Taylor offered the breakup song to the duo last year.

“We’ve never put someone else’s song on a Sugarland record, but we were immediately interested in ‘Babe’ the first time we heard it!” Jennifer Nettles says in a statement. “This one really felt like it belonged so we saved it for the final afternoon of our recording session; a special time for us.” 

Kristian Bush adds, “Our last hours in the studio have always been good luck. ‘All I Want to Do’ was from a final session, so was ‘Stuck Like Glue.’ The biggest compliment was when [Taylor] heard our take on the track and emailed us to say she wanted to be a part of it!” 

Jennifer adds that the collaboration is “the perfect combination of mutual admiration for each other and mutual admiration for great songs,” noting, “As artists, we really see the world through a similar lens.”

Bigger, Sugarland’s first album in six years, is due June 8.  The duo will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 2.  Their Still the Same 2018 tour kicks off May 25.

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Apr 20

Weed, Whiskey and Brothers Osborne: Why the 4/20 release “Port Saint Joe” is made for Record Store Day

EMI Records NashvillePort Saint Joe, the sophomore record from Brothers Osborne, arrives on 4/20, and it’s not exactly a coincidence that Friday’s date is also considered the unofficial holiday of pot smokers. After all, the project features a song called “Weed, Whiskey and Willie.”  On Saturday, a special Record Store Day edition of the album is released on colored vinyl that reinforces that theme.

“We love supporting independent record stores,” TJ says. “And we made a…vinyl release that’s unique for Record Store Day that will be green. Tip of the hat to it being right around 4/20 when it comes out!”

While the majority of fans may experience the record digitally, TJ says Port Saint Joe was made for the turntable. The first four songs — “Slow Your Roll,” the single “Shoot Me Straight,” “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” and “Weed…” — flow seamlessly into each other.

“The way we made this record, I think, is perfect for vinyl, in the sense that the songs kind of just go one to the other,”  TJ tells ABC Radio.

“We wanted to make a record that you would want to listen to from front to back,” he explains, “and the first four songs are one, non-stop stream of music. There’s not a ‘And, done. And start the next one.’…We wanted that to be something you’d put on from track #1 and play all the way to track #10.”

Port Saint Joe is named for the Florida town where it was recorded, and while it’s certainly not a beach record, the disc will give you a little taste of the ocean sonically.

“The A side starts with waves and ends with waves,” John says. 

“Yeah, which is kinda cool,” TJ agrees. “Like, waves that we actually tracked there at Port Saint Joe.” 

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Apr 19

Kelsea Ballerini’s $5,000 Las Vegas sweat session

ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini’s sweat session last Saturday morning in Las Vegas raised $5,000 for ACM Lifting Lives.

The “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker hosted the first-ever ACM Workout for a Cause last weekend, with celebrity trainer Erin Oprea leading fans through some of her signature exercises. In addition to Kelsea, Oprea also trains Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves.  

ACM Lifting Lives is the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.

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Apr 19

Watch now: Dad Tyler Hubbard makes baby Olivia laugh

John Shearer/Getty ImagesIf you could use a little pick-me-up, all you need to do is check out Tyler Hubbard’s Instagram.

“Somebody thinks I’m funny,” the Florida Georgia Line singer shared, along with an adorable video of himself making his baby daughter, Olivia Rose, giggle endlessly.

Olivia was born December 23. Earlier this month, she attended her first FGL show, as Tyler and Brian Kelley played the free Tradition Evolved concert for the Tennessee Titans in downtown Nashville.

FGL’s currently readying their fourth studio album, as their hit, “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha, continues to be a smash on both the country and pop charts.

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