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ABC/Image Group LAJustin Bieber‘s been posting multiplemessages denouncing racism since the death of George Floyd, whose death following his arrest by the Minneapolis police has sparked protests worldwide. Now, his “10,000 Hours” duet partners, Dan + Shay, have added their voices to the chorus.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the duo explains that they’ve been silent on social media because they’ve been busy finishing up “what we think is our best work yet.” But, they add, “This past week’s event in Minneapolis changed that.”
“When the news story began do break, so did our hearts. In fact, they shattered. For the family of George Floyd and for the black community as a whole,” they write. “This is not the first time this has happened, but by God, please let it be the last.”
They continue, “We, as humans, MUST come together to make a change. Racism and discrimination because of someone’s skin color is simply just WRONG. Politics and all other bulls*** aside, we all have a giant responsibility to eliminate this issue, which has plagued our country for far too long.”
The “Speechless” duo’s message concludes, “…this starts at home. We must educate our children, and instill values of love and equality. We are all born innocent, and racism is something that is learned. Let’s work together, NOW, to make a change. Please use your voice.”
Dan + Shay also add that their “hearts go out to those affected directly and indirectly by COVID-19.”
Brothers Osborne take fans behind the scenes of how they’re spending self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic in a new installment of CMT’s On the Road Series — which has been renamed “Off the Road” in light of the quarantine. Peoplepremiered the vlog-style clip.
Bandmates and brothers TJ and John Osborne have been isolating together in Nashville, along with their mom, sister and John’s wife, fellow artist Lucie Silvas. While they miss their fans, the pair admits that this time off the road has provided them a much-needed break.
“To be honest with you, when it happened, I thought, ‘Okay, each day is going to crawl by. I’m going to be losing my mind by day four. And the first month flew by so fast. We come home, and you know, we spend time with family, not feel like you’re being lazy,” John explains in the clip.
“The government has mandated that you stay home, and so you have an excuse. It has been a blessing. It’s been the break that I know my brother and I have needed for a long time,” he adds.
John’s also been keeping busy with home improvement and artistic projects, while TJ shows off his newfound skills in the kitchen in the video, taking fans along for the ride as he cooks steaks. With their family, the brothers are enjoying card games and even a drive-in movie theater set up in their driveway.
Even though they’re enjoying the break, Brothers O can’t wait until they can get back onstage.
“We’re looking forward to getting back out on the road, though, I can tell you that we miss our fans. We miss performing,” they agree.
Warner Music NashvilleTucker Beathard reflects on the tough decision to end a painful relationship in “Can’t Stay Here,” his new breakup ballad. Written early in 2020, the song was among the first Tucker penned after his younger brother’s untimely death.
During that period of grief, the singer admits he wasn’t sure he’d be able to write music at all.
“After my brother passed away in December, I wasn’t sure if I had the emotional energy to start writing again right away,” Tucker reveals. “But, I decided I might as well try and clear my head and mess around with some writer buddies of mine and sure enough, the first song I wrote this year was this one.”
Still, Tucker didn’t originally intend to record and release “Can’t Stay Here” so soon. However, after he uploaded an acoustic performance of the song to social media, Tucker was overwhelmed by the fan response.
“I’ve been really enjoying connecting with my fans through social media live videos during this time and just hanging out, playing a bunch of old and new songs of mine,” he explains. “…I decided to post an acoustic video of me playing [‘Can’t Stay Here’], and after seeing the feedback, I knew it would be a great addition to the album and went in and recorded it right away.”
“Can’t Stay Here,” along with its accompanying music video, is the latest glimpse into Tucker’s next project. He’s previously shared a couple of other new songs, including “Better Than Me,” “Find Me Here” and his current single, “You Would Think.”
Zac Brown Band frontman Zac Brown re-released his debut solo album, The Controversy, on Friday. The project originally came out as a surprise release last September.
The new version of the project boasts two remixes not featured in the first iteration of the project, including a Petey Radio remix of “Someone I Used to Know,” the lead single off of Zac Brown Band’s newest album, The Owl.
The re-released The Controversy also features “Spend it All on You — Petey Remix,” and two more new collaborations: “Hometown,” from DJ and producer Diplo’s new country project, Snake Oil, and “Someday,” which is included on Norwegian DJ Kygo’s brand-new Golden Hour album.
“This album is an outlet for me to explore pop music, a broad category in its own right, without expectations and to be creative musically in other ways,” says Zac. “…To create The Controversy, not only was I able to work with some incredible new collaborators, but I also love being able to share different sounds — regardless of label or genre — with my fans.”
Midland put an acoustic spin on five of their best-loved hits in Guitars, Couches, ETC., ETC., a new EP recorded from quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project’s name is a good-natured tip of the hat to Dwight Yoakam’s 1986 Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., an album that the trio counts as an important influence on their music.
“The title is a bit tongue in cheek with reference to a seminal album that largely influenced this band, cut against the strange reality that we’ve all found ourselves living these past few months,” the band’s Mark Wystrach explains, adding that the return to old favorite songs felt like a balm for the band during such an uncertain time.
“It was medicinal to pick these songs back up and re-interpret them in a new way, both recording-wise and in the arrangements and colorings,” Mark adds. “We hope you enjoy these new iterations as much as we did making ‘em.”
The Guitars, Couches, ETC., ETC. EP sheds new light on some of Midland’s biggest hits over the years, including the top-five single “Burn Out” and their 2017 hit debut, “Drinkin’ Problem.”
Derrek Kupish / dkupish productions In light of the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanya Tucker announced this week that her headlining CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now tour will postpone all its scheduled shows through August.
“My heart is absolutely broken knowing that we will have to wait to be together again,” the star explained on social media. “However, I know it will be all the sweeter once we can do so safely.”
Rescheduled dates will be announced soon, and Tanya told her fans that anyone who can’t make the new dates will be able to get a refund at the point of purchase. However, she added, fans should keep their tickets handy, as previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled shows.
“Hold onto that ticket as I promise to throw one heck of a party when we are allowed to!” Tanya went on to say. “Those who hold onto their ticket are also in for a sweet surprise that we are cooking up! Keep an eye out for an email in the coming weeks that will have details.”
In addition to Tanya’s headlining performance, the CMT Next Women of Country tour enlisted a talented roster of opening acts including Brandy Clark, Hailey Whitters, Aubrie Sellers, Erin Enderlin and many more.
Due to gathering restrictions, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone my “Bring My Flowers Now” tour through the end of Aug. New dates will be announced soon. If u need a refund, pls contact ur point of purchase or hold onto ur ticket, I promise to throw a prty when we can pic.twitter.com/t8YyJJ2mKJ
Old Dominion has combed through the archives of their career, and now they’re sharing three previously unreleased songs from three different points in their musical past.
“We’re releasing NEW, old music,” explains frontman Matthew Ramsey. “Three songs, previously unreleased but that were recorded for our previous albums Meat and Candy, Happy Endings, as well as an EP we released before signing a record deal.”
The first song, “I’m On It,” was originally recorded for the group’s 2015 major-label debut but was ultimately bumped from the track list in favor of “Song for Another Time,” which went on to be a chart-topping hit.
Next, the group shared the studio version of “Can’t Get You,” which fans may recognize: The live version of the song appeared on Old Dominion’s sophomore album, Happy Endings.
Finally, the band also dropped “Goes Without Saying,” which they first recorded for an independent EP that came out before they signed their record deal.
While the band has had plenty of time to mine their musical past amid the COVID-19 shutdown, the band has some exciting plans for the summer: They’re slated to perform during Good Morning America’s virtual Summer Concert Series this July.
Universal Music GroupKip Moore’s new album, Wild World, came out on Friday, and the project is teeming with introspective anthems filled with passion and self-discovery.
Just before the project came out, Kip premiered its third track, the high-octane “Fire and Flame,” on The Country Show with Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. The song spotlights the quest for meaning and spiritual understanding that Kip chases throughout his new album.
“I guess I’m stuck out in the middle/‘Cause I got this reckless heart that I can’t tame,” he sings in the song’s chorus. “Just when I think I’ve reigned it in a little/I’m still somewhere between the fire and flame…”
Those are themes that Kip explores throughout his deeply personal new album. The singer co-wrote all but one of Wild World’s 13 tracks, and he says that the lyrics on the project are some of the most personal he’s ever put to paper.
In tandem with his album, Kip also released a new documentary called 7 Days at the Rock, which premiered Thursday night on Outside TV. The film finds him in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic at his rock climbing facility, located in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.
Cam reflects on the bittersweet passage of time in her meditative new single, “Redwood Tree,” a song inspired in large part by a climbing tree that grew in her backyard when she was a child. Since then, her musical dreams and ambitions have taken her far away from her hometown and that old favorite tree, and the singer waxes nostalgic in the song for simpler times.
“I spent so many afternoons up there [in the tree] as a kid looking out and dreaming about the future,” Cam reflects. “It feels like I’ve lived five lifetimes since then — I’ve done more than I can even remember, but still part of me wishes I could’ve stayed put, and to have that time at home.”
As much as Cam has changed, the redwood tree, which can live for thousands of years, has remained exactly as she left it.
“It’s a song about time, and whatever way you spend it still feels just like a blink to a redwood tree,” she adds.
“Redwood Tree’s” evocative, stop-motion video tells the story of a family’s life as it revolves around a redwood tree. We see Cam as a young girl spending time around the tree with her parents, and as the song wears on, she grows up and moves away to Nashville. Meanwhile, her parents continue to grow older, but the tree remains the same. Ultimately, Cam returns to the redwood tree and her family, this time with a baby in her arms.
“Redwood Tree” follows “Till There’s Nothing Left,” which Cam released earlier this year.
CeCe DawsonEven though King Calaway‘s still relatively new, they already have the distinction of being country’s most internationally-diverse band.
In fact, two of its members have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic in their homelands: Jordan Harvey in Scotland, and Simon Dumas in Gibraltar. Like many other country acts, King Calaway was overseas for the Country to Country Festival when coronavirus began to bring life to a halt.
“King Calaway was doing a little European run for C2C…” Simon explains. “We were gonna take a week off for me to come home for my brother’s bachelor weekend, and Jordan was gonna visit his family. And so we just so happened to be in Europe when kind of things started locking down.”
Unable to play live, the six-man band searched for a way to keep making music, and Nashville’s House Band Series was born. L.A.-based Chad Michael Jervis explains.
“When the quarantine began, we wanted to try to do something that was a little creative, with us being in all of our different places,” he tells ABC Audio. “The first video that we did was just…an acoustic rendition of one of our songs from the record, ‘Obvious.'”
“People really loved it,” he continues, “so we decided to…do a couple more videos like this. But then we realized, ‘Well, why don’t we bring in some other artists and some friends of ours?'”
So far, Jordan, Simon, Chad, Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, and Austin Luther have teamed up with Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen and more.
This week, they tackle The Beatles‘ classic, “I Saw Her Standing There” with 2019 American Idol winner Laine Hardy, which premieres exclusively via ABC Audio.
King Calaway’s eyeing Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Ingrid Andress as future dream collaborators.