Oct 24

Life’s Whatcha Make it: Jake Owen will wrap his 2018 tour by helping his hometown

ABC RadioChris LaneMorgan Wallen and Joe Diffie are pitching in to help Jake Owen raise money for his hometown.

They’ll play the December 8 benefit concert for Jake’s foundation at Indian River Fairgrounds in Vero Beach, Florida, where Jake grew up. Tickets for the show are on sale now online.

Jake started his charity in 2010 to help fight childhood cancer and other diseases through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and also to lend a hand to youth organizations and other causes in his hometown. So far, he’s raised more than $1.4 million for the effort.

Jake’s latest single, “Down to the Honkytonk,” just broke into country’s top 25, as he continues his Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour. The benefit show will be his final stop on the 2018 trek.

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Oct 24

Midland at the Mother Church: “Burn Out” hitmakers book headlining gig

BMLGMidland will spend Cinco de Mayo headlining their first show at the Ryman. 

Mark WystrachCameron Duddy and Jess Carson are set to play the historic Nashville venue on May 5 of next year. Previously, the trio opened for Little Big Town at the Mother Church of Country Music.

“The heritage of country music is something that is very important to all three of us,” Mark tells the Tennessean. “The three of us are students of music.”

“We weren’t so nervous playing in front of 85,000 people at Stagecoach,” he continues, “but I think when you play the Ryman for the first time as a headliner, I think every one of us will be really fighting the emotions to get those first words out.”

Tickets for Midland’s Ryman show go on sale Friday, November 2. 

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Oct 24

Thomas Rhett, Dierks, Brothers Osborne, FGL, Bebe Rexha, Pistol Annies and Kacey Musgraves set to play the 52nd CMAs

ABC/CMAThe list of performers for this year’s CMA Awards continues to grow.

Dierks Bentley will take the stage with Brothers Osborne, while Florida Georgia Line will collaborate with Bebe Rexha. It seems likely Dierks will do his current single, “Burning Man,” with Brothers, while FGL and Bebe will team up for their crossover smash, “Meant to Be.” 

Miranda Lambert will sing with her Pistol Annies colleagues, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, with Thomas Rhett and Kacey Musgraves set to play as well. 

They join previously announced performers Kelsea BalleriniLuke BryanKenny ChesneyDan + ShayOld DominionCarrie Underwood and Keith Urban

Carrie and Brad Paisley will host the show this year for the 11th time.

Expect more big names to join the lineup as the Wednesday, November 14 show approaches. You can watch all the action live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Oct 24

Lady Antebellum will “Own the Night” with Vegas residency

ABC/Randy HolmesLady Antebellum will “Own the Night” with their Vegas residency that starts in February of 2019.

The Our Kind of Vegas stint begins February 8 in the Pearl Concert Theater of the Palms Casino Resort. It’s the first time a country act has headlined the venue.

“Las Vegas has always been a special place for us both personally and as a band,” Hillary Scott says. “I’ve celebrated my birthday in Vegas and we won our first award ever as Lady A at the ACM Awards. So we are looking forward to making it our second home, bringing along some of our friends from Nashville and creating a show unlike we’ve ever put together before.”

Pre-sales start on Wednesday, October 29, with seats becoming available to the general public on Friday, November 2.

Here are the dates for Lady A’s Our Kind of Vegas residency:
February 8, 9, 13, 15, 16
May 10, 11, 15, 17, 18
August 23, 24, 28, 30, 31

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Oct 24

“The Voice” recap: The battles conclude with Blake Shelton stealing an artist from Adam Levine

NBC/Trae PattonThe battle rounds concluded Tuesday night on The Voice, as teammates went head-to-head for the right to grab the last spots in the knockouts. It was a night that saw Blake Shelton steal an artist from Adam Levine.

Each coach enlisted the help of a guest adviser during rehearsals: CeeLo Green for Team Adam; Keith Urban for Team Blake; Halsey for Team Jennifer Hudson and Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly Clarkson.

Here are the highlights of Tuesday night’s show:

Blues singer Sarah Grace, 15, and 20-year-old pop vocalist Erika Zade, went head-to-head, with Alice Merton’s “No Roots,” representing Team Kelly. The song, said Clarkson, was “bluesy enough for Sarah Grace,” but “pop enough for Erika.” What Kelly wanted from both artists was “vibe.” The winner of the battle was Sarah Grace, who heads to the knockouts. Erika heads home.

Next, Team Blake’s country artists Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill were paired against each other on “Only Wanna Be with You,” by Hootie & the Blowfish, because, as Blake explained, it was so far out of each artist’s comfort zone, it would give both a chance to “step up and take ownership” of the tune. Blake declared Kameron the winner. He advances to the knockouts, while Kayley is sent packing.

Finally, DeAndre Nico and Funsho battled each other for Team Adam, singing New Edition‘s “Can You Stand the Rain” — a “contemporary song” that also went “back a bit,” according to Levine. His guest adviser, CeeLo Green warned the artists to “respect” the original version, and “don’t over-sing it.” Both artists killed their respective parts, but DeAndre prevailed over Funsho and moves on to the knockout rounds. However Funsho isn’t through just yet, thanks to a Blake Shelton steal. He advances to the next round, now a part of Team Blake.

A montage during the show revealed the winners of other battles not shown on Tuesday: Team Kelly’s Claire DeJean eliminated Josh Davis; Team Blake’s Kirk Jay bested Caeland Garner; and Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes advanced, beating Lela.

Here’s how the coaches’ teams look going into the knockouts:

Team Adam: DeAndre Nico, Delaney Silvernell, Jake Wells, Keith Paluso, RADHA, Reagan Strange, Steve Memmolo and Tyke James.

Team Blake: Chris Kroeze, Colton Smith, Dave Fenley, Funsho, Kameron Marlowe, Katrina Cain, Kirk Jay and Michael Lee.

Team Jennifer: Anthony Arya, Franc West, Kennedy Holmes, Mackenzie Thomas, Mike Parker, Patrique Fortson, Sandyredd and Tyshawn Colquitt.

Team Kelly: Abby Cates, Chevel Shepherd, Claire DeJean, Cody Ray Raymond, Kymberli Joye, Natasia GreyCloud, Sarah Grace and Zaxai.

The knockout rounds on The Voice get underway Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, with key advisor Mariah Carey.


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Oct 23

Want the “American Idol” scoop? Just #AskLuke

ABC/Craig SjodinWant to know more about the next season of American Idol? Well, all you have to do is ask Luke Bryan.

Luke’s been busy shooting new episodes of the show as he wraps up the final few dates on his What Makes You Country Tour. On Wednesday at some point, he’ll be answering questions on the Idol Twitter page. If you have one, all you need to do is tweet it, adding the hashtag #AskLuke.

On Thursday, Luke plays Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, before wrapping up his 2018 concerts with a Saturday night stadium show at Detroit’s Ford Field.

By next Tuesday, he’ll be back with the Idol judges, as he guests with Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on Live with Kelly and Ryan. You can catch the show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

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Oct 23

Will new music from Lady A arrive on Wednesday?

ABC/Image Group LA It seems likely we won’t have to wait much longer for new music from Lady Antebellum.

“2019 is going to be big…” Lady A teased fans Tuesday on their socials, along with a new, short video clip of the band. In it, we see Hillary ScottCharles Kelley, and Dave Haywood dressed in Great Gatsby-era glamour, behind vintage mics in a theater from the same time frame. It ends with the word, “Tomorrow.”

Tuesday evening, Lady A’s also planning an industry-only event at a Nashville-area venue that’s likely the same place where the new footage was shot.

Early last month, we found out the “Heart Break” hitmakers were leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, to sign with its rival, Big Machine.

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Oct 23

Midland gets fashion-focused in new “At Large” feature

Courtesy of At Large Magazine / Credit: Cole CameronEarlier in his career, Midland’s Mark Wystrach modeled for Calvin Klein. Now, he’s getting back to his fashion roots with bandmates Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, in the new music issue of At Large Magazine.

This time, however, Mark isn’t showing off his Calvins for the men’s independent fashion magazine. The trio’s showcasing their vintage 70’s western style in a new profile shot at a performance in Ft. Loramie, Ohio this summer. You can check out the profile that describes Mark as “George Strait channeling Freddie Mercury” at AtLargeMagazine.com.

Wednesday, Midland kicks off their Electric Rodeo headlining trek in Tucson, Arizona, before continuing on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour for the rest of the weekend.

The “Burn Out” hitmakers are nominated for New Artist, Vocal Group, and Single for “Drinkin’ Problem” at next month’s CMA Awards.  

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Oct 23

Cole Swindell celebrates his #1 “Break Up” with his fans

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell was out performing for his fans when he found out “Break Up in the End” has claimed the #1 spot on the Mediabase chart this week, making it the eighth chart topper of his career.

“My fans are the best and I was so excited to be on the road celebrating with them this past weekend…” the Georgia native reflects. “There is so much work that goes in to the successes of all artists and I never take that for granted and am reminded each time I see one of my songs make it to #1.”

“I have been blessed with not only the best fans who allow me to do this for a living,” Cole adds, “but I have a team that continues to believe in me and my music. It can’t get much better than that. Thank you all!”

“Break Up in the End” is the lead single from Cole’s #1 album, All of It.

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Oct 23

Aaron Watson to prove “A Night of Texas” is not “Outta Style” at the Ryman

ABC/Image Group LAFor the second year in a row, Aaron Watson is bringing a taste of the Lone Star State to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The “Outta Style” hitmaker will headline A Night of Texas January 24 at the historic Music City venue.

“It is such an honor to headline the iconic Ryman stage again,” the staple of the Texas music scene says. “What a way to kick off the new year!”

“We had such a great time last year and we are excited to bring another night of Texas to Nashville in 2019,” he adds.

Tickets for A Night of Texas at the Ryman go on sale this Friday. Aaron expects to announce the full details of his 2019 tour soon.

Earlier this month, Aaron released his first holiday album, An Aaron Watson Family Christmas.

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