Aug 03

“Still Not Dead”: Willie Nelson squashes another internet hoax

Rick Kern/WireImageWillie Nelson’s publicist confirms to ABC Radio that the country legend is “Still Not Dead,” just as the song on his latest album declares.

Internet rumors of Willie’s demise have become so rampant in recent years, the “Red-Headed Stranger” recorded the humorous track for his new project that came out in April, God’s Problem Child. The latest falsehood started with a tweet Thursday morning from a Chicago radio station.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer will, in fact, be “On the Road Again” this weekend, as his 1980 hit says. Willie’s set to play the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta Friday night.

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Aug 03

Carrie Underwood's husband, Mike Fisher, steps off the ice

C Flanigan/WireImageCarrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, is leaving hockey on a high note. After making it to the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he’s retiring from the NHL.

The now-former Nashville Predators’ captain made the announcement Thursday morning in a special article for The Tennessean, titled “Predators’ Mike Fisher:  Thanks, Nashville.”

After expressing his gratitude for Music City’s overwhelming support during the Preds’ run for the title — which they ultimately lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins — the Ontario native broke the news.

“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I know I’ve made the right one,” Fisher said. “I’ve decided to retire from the NHL.”

While the 37-year-old didn’t reveal exactly what he plans to do now that he’s stepping off the ice, he did say he’s planning on enjoying more time with Carrie and their 2-year-old son, Isaiah.

“Things change when you have kids and you have a family,” he observed. “They’ve supported me without question, and now it’s my turn to return the favor.”

Fisher played 17 seasons in the NHL, joining the Preds in 2011, after he and Carrie tied the knot the previous year.

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Aug 03

Brad Paisley tests his comedy chops on Netflix special, “Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo”

Lloyd Bishop/NBCBrad Paisley dropped by NBC’s Late Night on Wednesday to chat with host Seth Meyers about his Netflix comedy special Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo, debuting August 15, and told Meyers how a country singer ended up hosting a comedy show.

Paisley started honing his comedy chops during his concerts, as a way to hold the audience’s attention between songs. “I really worked on the comedy chops for a while and started hosting this thing at our comedy festival in Nashville called The Wild West Comedy Festival,” he explained.

“We had a great time and I’ve got a bunch of comedians that [we’d] tell a bunch of jokes,” he continues, “and Netflix approached us and said, ‘Would you like to film that for a special,’ and we did and it’s a blast.”

Brad also revealed that, as with movies, he has director’s cuts of his songs that include verses that didn’t make it onto the final track. We’ll get to hear some of them during the special, including a never-before-heard verse from his 2005 hit, “She’s Everything,” which he previewed for Meyers.

“She’s a yellow pair of running shoes, a hole-y pair of jeans,” he started off, before adding, “She looks great in cheap sunglasses, she a passive aggressive little thing. She’s almost everything I ever wanted, almost everything I need…” 

Brad returned later to sing “Last Time for Everything,” from his latest album, Love and War.

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Aug 03

Jason Aldean goes back to where it started to celebrate his latest three number ones

ABC RadioJason Aldean celebrated his most recent chart-topping hits at a triple #1 party Wednesday afternoon at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.

With nineteen number ones now under his belt, Jason took time to explain the significance of the celebration’s location.

“I remember getting my record deal in this building,” he recalled, “and telling people in this business that I was signing to Broken Bow Records, and everybody going ‘Good luck with that!’… because they were just this little independent label that nobody thought was gonna do anything.”

“And I remember people kinda looking down their nose when I said that…,” he went on, “It almost just kind of gives you some fuel to prove ’em wrong, you know.”

The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year took the stage to perform his hits with the songwriters who wrote them. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley assisted on “Lights Come On,” the song that originally was supposed to be a new show opener for FGL.

Jason reminisced about the surreal moment he decided to cut his 18th #1, “A Little More Summertime.”

“I was actually headed to my house down in Florida in my Jeep, and I’m driving through this little beach town…” he explained, “as this song comes on. And it was almost like something out of a movie, you know. My wife was sitting next to me, and she fell in love with the song, and that was pretty much it.”

“Any Ol’ Barstool” subsequently became the Georgia native’s 19th chart-topper. His latest single, “They Don’t Know” seems to be on track to be #20.

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Aug 02

Tim & Faith cancel Thursday Soul2Soul show, as Faith goes on two days' vocal rest

ABC RadioTim McGraw and Faith Hill have been forced to cancel their Thursday stop on the Soul2Soul tour, after Faith’s doctor put her on two days of vocal rest.

In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the concert was to take place, Tim and Faith apologize, saying they “adore their fans and are so sorry to disappoint them.” If you have a ticket for the Thursday show in Arkansas, you can get your refund at the point of purchase.

Tim and Faith are set to resume the Soul2Soul tour Friday, for a two-day stint in their hometown of Nashville, with R&B sensation Andra Day opening.

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Aug 02

Maren Morris is apparently keeping her wedding plans simple, but not revealing many details

ABC/Image Group LA If you’re curious about Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd’s upcoming trip down the aisle, Maren has a little update for you — sort of.

“When people ask how our wedding planning is going…” she tweeted on Wednesday, along with a photo of a program with two rings lying on top. “Order of Ceremony,” the page reads, “Music starts, we get married, everybody parties.”

Maren and Ryan revealed their engagement last month, but so far haven’t really spilled any details about the impending nuptials.

Ryan is currently out on Florida Georgia Line’s Smooth Tour, as he promotes his debut single, “Love in a Bar.” Maren’s working on Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 trek, as “I Could Use a Love Song” climbs the chart.

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When people ask how our wedding planning is going… ?

— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) August 2, 2017

Aug 02

Carrie Underwood works up a sweat as we wait for new music

ABC/Image Group LA Now that Carrie Underwood’s current single with new label mate Keith Urban has officially reached the pinnacle on the country chart, the wait is on to see how she’ll follow up “The Fighter.”

As we watch for Carrie’s first music for Capitol Nashville, the American Idol winner does have some new products in the marketplace: new workout gear in her CALIA line.

“New collection. New attitude. New you,” Carrie tweeted along with a new video where she models the Hi-Shine Capri, the Mesh Zip-Up, and the High Neck Tank, while getting in a workout.  

You can check out Carrie’s new designs at

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New collection. New attitude. New you. Shop @CarrieUnderwood’s #lotd:

— CALIA by Carrie (@CALIAbyCarrie) August 1, 2017

Aug 02

Twenty-five years later, George Strait's “Pure Country” returns to theaters; soundtrack debuts on vinyl

UMG NashvilleExactly a quarter-century since its original release, the soundtrack to George Strait’s classic movie Pure Country will finally be available on vinyl for the very first time.

The 25th Anniversary Limited Edition of the album that boast the hits “I Cross My Heart,” “Heartland,” and “When Did You Stop Loving Me” will be available on September 15. King George himself will spotlight music from his big-screen debut during his September 1 and 2 shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, if you happen to live near an Alamo Drafthouse theater, you can catch special screenings of the film Pure Country during the month of August. The independent Texas-based chain has 28 locations nationwide.

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Aug 02

Morris Equipment closing

Morris, Inc. President and CEO John Morris has announced that the company will be closing down its Morris Equipment Division.  Morris Equipment consists of implement dealerships and equipment rental businesses in Pierre, Mitchell, Mobridge and Valentine, NE.  The closure of the locations comes as the company faces challenges to remain profitable due to a sluggish economy and a drought that has affected its customer base.

Morris says that “all his time is dedicated to his loyal employees and customers.” 

Morris says the company’s goal is to ramp down operations over the next 30 days in a manner that provides time for our loyal employees to prepare for their next career path. Morris Equipment employees will be offered a severance package to help them make the transition.

Morris also stated that Morris, Inc.’s strategic plan is to remain focused on their core business operations which consists of aggregate crushing, asphalt mix production and laydown, redi-mix concrete, site utilities, site work, all aspect of highway-heavy construction, and Agriculture Irrigation services.

The closure will mean the loss of approximately 25 jobs in the four locations. Management will be working with the local Department of Labor and Economic Development offices to find new opportunities for the Morris Equipment employees.

Aug 02

Could “CMT Crossroads” pave the way for a full album from Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys?

ABC RadioAfter Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys’ performance for CMT Crossroads this week, it seems likely we’ve only seen the beginning of the collaborations between the hot country duo and the boy band legends.

Tuesday’s show at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, on the outskirts of Nashville, started with an a capella version of FGL’s chart-topping hit, “H.O.L.Y.,” with FGL’s Tyler Hubbard seated at a white grand piano for the ballad. The seven singers quickly picked up the pace, as they segued into BSB’s 1999 smash, “I Want It That Way.”   

FGL’s current single, “Smooth,” led into Backstreet’s “All I Have to Give” from 1998, with Howie D. commenting on how good it was to hear Tyler and Brian Kelley singing BSB’s songs.

Between takes, AJ McLean floated the idea of BSB and FGL doing an entire album together, much to the  delight of the standing-room-only crowd.

Kevin Richardson confessed that FGL’s 2014 hit, “Dirt,” was a new addition to the set, simply because he’d been so struck by the song while working the stadium dates on FGL’s Smooth Tour. The bands still have one more summer show together, August 12 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

For the back half of the set, they brought out the big guns, song-wise. BSB’s “As Long As You Love Me” preceded the seven singers’ #1 hit together, “God, Your Mama and Me.” As expected, the largely female audience went wild when the stage full of heartthrobs kicked into the choreography on BSB’s 1997 signature tune, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”

The night closed with the biggest-selling single in country music history, FGL’s crossover hit, “Cruise.”

You can experience the evening for yourself, when the Florida Georgia Line/Backstreet Boys edition of CMT Crossroads airs August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

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