Getty Images Via ABCYou can learn an awful lot about Thomas Rhett in a minute. For example, he prefers red wine over white, touring over writing, and “Teardrops on My Guitar” above all other Taylor Swift tunes.
And, if you ever get the chance to have the “Vacation” hitmaker over to your house, you should probably pick up some spicy turkey, cake batter protein powder and a carton of almond milk, which TR reveals are his must-haves backstage.
The adventurous singer is also looking to cross “swimming with sharks” and “skydiving in Fiji” off his bucket list.
UMG NashvilleToby Keith scored his breakthrough hit back in 1993 with “Shoulda Been a Cowboy,” and now he’s back with another cowboy song. The Oklahoma native penned a “A Few More Cowboys” with fellow singer-songwriters Bobby Pinson and Dean Dillon. You can check it out now at the usual digital outlets.
Toby’s 13th annual golf classic in his home state recently raised more than a million dollars for his OK Kids Corral, which provides a free place to stay for families with kids undergoing medical treatment.
This summer, he’s racking up the miles on his Interstates & Tailgates tour with Eric Paslay.
Courtesy BMLGThe details are out on Florida Georgia Line’s third studio album and, appropriately enough for a record titled Dig Your Roots, the duo collaborates with three of their musical heroes on their latest effort.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley team up with Tim McGraw on “May We All,” while The Backstreet Boys join them for “God, Your Mama, and Me.” Reggae star Ziggy Marley stops by for “Life Is a Honeymoon.”
“Collaborating… alone is already super surreal for us,” Brian remarks, “but to have them all on this album is pretty mind-blowing.”
“These three artists were huge influences on both of us musically. BK’s first concert was The Backstreet Boys and they were my first album!” Tyler adds.
Fans who pre-order the 15-song collection can instantly download track number-one, “Smooth.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Dig Your Roots, due August 26:
“Smooth” “Dig Your Roots” “Life Is a Honeymoon” (featuring Ziggy Marley) “H.O.L.Y.” “Island” “May We All” (featuring Tim McGraw) “Summerland” “Lifer” “Good Girl, Bad Boy” “Wish You Were on It” “God, Your Mama, and Me” (featuring The Backstreet Boys) “Music Is Healing” “While He’s Still Around” “Grow Old” “Heatwave”
ABCThe cast of Nashville is coming back to your screen a little sooner than expected. While we don’t know exactly when season five of the former-ABC drama will make its debut on CMT, the stars of the music-themed show will take center stage in the next edition of web series Skyville Live.
Series regulars Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen and Lennon & Maisy Stella are set to perform, as well as Mark Collie, J.D. Souther and Pam Tillis, who’ve all guested on the show. You can tune in Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. ET at AOL.com or via free mobile video app Go90.
ABC/Image Group LAIt’s been a big week of changes for Kenny Chesney. First, he announced his next album wouldn’t come out as planned July 8, but would be pushed back to October 28. Friday morning on Good Morning America, he delivered another left turn — one that was a surprise even to his team: He’s changing the name of the record.
“In the end, these album titles are around for a very long time,” Kenny explains. “I really try to have titles that give people a sense of what the music is, and what the album is all about. There sure is a lot of Some Town Somewhere for sure, but really when I pulled back and listened, these songs are all about taking The Big Revival to the next level. That level is Cosmic Hallelujah.”
Change has emerged as a major theme of Cosmic Hallelujah, at least behind the scenes. Kenny shelved the album’s original lead single in favor of “Noise,” which he wrote, recorded and released in just 11 days.
Warner Music Nashville“It makes me nervous to talk about it,” Blake Shelton admits, as he opens up to Chelsea Handler about his divorce from Miranda Lambert and his subsequent relationship with Gwen Stefani.
“… My marriage, everything just fell apart, and then trying to pick the pieces up from being at the rock bottom, you know,” Blake says, remembering the time that ultimately became the beginning of his latest album, If I’m Honest.
The “She’s Got a Way with Words” singer goes on to recall it was then he realized his acquaintance from The Voice was dealing with a break-up as well.
“To all the sudden find out she’s going through basically the same exact thing at the same time– and this is how my life turned around,” he says of his relationship with Gwen, “and so quickly too, by the way. It’s like ‘Whoa!’– all this has to be meant to happen, you know.”
Chelsea sums up Blake’s feelings about the whole matter with a question.
“Do you feel like you’re happier than you’ve ever been in your entire life?” she asks.
“Oh there’s no question about that,” he answers.
You can watch Blake’s full interview on Chelsea when it premieres Friday on Netflix.
Mark TuckerFor the first time since his historic 1997 concert in Central Park, Garth Brooks returns to New York City this weekend to play two shows at Yankee Stadium. The country icon says one of the things he loves most about the Big Apple is that you can plan on an unpredictable time.
“The great thing about this place is, this place changes every second. But what doesn’t change is you’re guaranteed that whatever happens in this town is going to be epic. Whatever happens in this town is going to be fantastic. And they know no center. It’s either full left or full right here. And that makes for a lot of fun!”
Whatever happens at the Friday and Saturday concerts in NYC, it’ll all be captured for an upcoming special, just like the six-show run Garth just finished last weekend in Sin City.
“Three or four days after we announced the Vegas gig,” he recalls, “we get a call from the people in New York at Yankee Stadium to also do something, to film there. Oddly enough, they come back-to-back, so this is the first time ever in my career that I know that we’ll be shooting two really big specials back-to-back, so I’m a little scattered right now, I’m going to be honest.”
BBR Music GroupIt may’ve looked like Dustin Lynch was simply debuting his new single on Conan this week, but the up-and-coming entrepreneur was actually multi-tasking. The “Mind Reader” hitmaker also managed a subtle plug for his new Stay Country clothing line, sporting one of his new shirts that’s currently available via the web.
ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney kicks off the party this weekend with a Friday morning command performance for GMA.
“If there’s one thing that seems like summer– as much as our hitting the road, getting out there to the No Shoes Nation — it’s being a part of Good Morning America’s concert series in Central Park,” the eight-time Entertainer of the Year says. “Taking the music outside is what it’s all about– and there is something about the park that just feels like everything the music I’ve been making is all about.”
Expect to hear Kenny’s hit “Noise,” which is poised to break into the top-five, during his set. GMA starts at 7 a.m. on ABC.
The East Tennessee native’s new album, Some Town Some Where, is set for release on October 28.