Feb 08

“Forever Words”: Brad Paisley, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss and more breathe new life into the unfinished writings of Johnny Cash

Legacy RecordingsThe new Johnny Cash project, Forever Words, won’t be out until April 6, but you can sample the innovative album now, thanks to the track “Gold All over the Ground,” which is also on Brad Paisley’s Love and War record.  

Forever Words was produced by John Carter Cash, the only son of the Man in Black and June Carter Cash. To create the project, John Carter and a diverse group of artists took his father’s lyrics, poetry and letters and turned them into songs.

“I picked the artists who are most connected with my father, who had a personal story that was connected with Dad,” John Carter says. “It became an exciting endeavor to go through these works, to put them together and present them to different people who could finish them in a way that I believed that Dad would have wanted.”

The album begins with Kris Kristofferson reciting the last poem Johnny ever wrote, as Willie Nelson plays the classic “I Still Miss Someone” on guitar. Both were close friends of Cash. Husband-and-wife Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly perform “To June This Morning,” which grew out of a letter Johnny wrote to his wife.

John Carter’s stepsisters Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter contribute “The Walking Wounded” and “June’s Sundown,” respectively.

The record also included the first studio recording in six years from Alison Krauss and Union Station, the track, “The Captain’s Daughter.”

You can check out a trailer about the making of Forever Words now on YouTube.

Here is the full Johnny Cash: Forever Words track list:

“Forever/I Still Miss Someone” — Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
“To June this Morning” — Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
“Gold All Over the Ground” — Brad Paisley
“You Never Knew My Mind” — Chris Cornell
“The Captain’s Daughter” — Alison Krauss and Union Station
“Jellico Coal Man” — T. Bone Burnett
“The Walking Wounded” — Rosanne Cash
“Them Double Blues” — John Mellencamp
“Body on Body” — Jewel
“I’ll Still Love You” — Elvis Costello
“June’s Sundown” — Carlene Carter
“He Bore It All” — Daily and Vincent
“Chinky Pin Hill” — I’m with Her
“Goin’, Goin’, Gone” — Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
“What Would I Dreamer Do?” — The Jayhawks
“Spirit Rider” — Jamey Johnson

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Feb 08

Trent Harmon’s real-life heartbreak inspires his new single, “You Got ‘Em All”

Big Machine Season 15 American Idol winner Trent Harmon is back with an emotional new single called, “You Got ‘Em All.”  It was inspired by the news that his longtime girlfriend suddenly planned to move overseas in just a matter of days.

“This past year has been tough,” the Mississippi native revealed. “I have had a few highs and many lows. The reaction to this song has made it all worth it, and I am so excited to get out there and share it with fans.”

Trent debuted the new song Wednesday at a luncheon at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, performing it accompanied only by a piano. By the end of the song, the audience was on their feet.

“You Got ‘Em All” is the follow-up to Trent’s top-20 debut single, “There’s a Girl.” It’s available to stream or download now.

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Feb 08

Dierks the designer: Arizona native launches Desert Son fashion line

Flag & AnthemThe Mountain may be the name for Dierks Bentley’s forthcoming ninth album, but he’s turning to the desert as inspiration for his new fashion line. The Arizona native is launching his new clothing collection, Desert Son, both in stores and online this month.

Dierks created the clothes along with his longtime stylist, Annie Psaltiras, in partnership with the Flag & Anthem brand. The spring collection is mostly men’s items: vintage-washed tees, raglans, hoodies and hats, but there are a handful of women’s tees as well. By summer and fall, Desert Son will expand to include button-downs, knit tops, denim and jackets.

“This has been such a fun thing to create and develop,” Dierks says. “I love clothes that are perfectly worn-in, like you’ve had them a lifetime, but can also take the wear and tear that comes from an active lifestyle.”

“I’ve learned over the last few months that there’s a real art to getting that just right,” he adds. “The Flag & Anthem guys have been doing it at the highest level and have helped me put together a collection that I think is totally authentic to me and one that hopefully people all over the country will dig too.”

You can check out Dierks’ new designs at Dillard’s, Buckle and Von Maur stores, or online at FlagAndAnthem.com.

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Feb 08

“Luke-alikes” and lots of wine: Luke Combs, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, Midland and Carly Pearce are 2018’s New Faces

ABC/Randy HolmesWednesday night in Nashville, Carly PearceMichael RayMidlandLauren Alaina and Luke Combs followed in the footsteps of superstars like Reba McEntireGeorge Strait and Tim McGraw, playing the New Faces show at Music City’s Omni Hotel.

Since 1970, the closing show of Country Radio Seminar has predicted which artists will go on to find lasting success in the music business. In the 2018 class, every member has already scored their first #1, with Michael, Lauren and Luke each having had two chart toppers.

Carly’s future tour mates Rascal Flatts made a special appearance in her intro video, congratulating the Kentucky native by giving her one of her favorite things: a bottle of wine. By the clip’s end, Carly was so weighted down with vino, she could barely walk. The bit closed with a phone call from her Country Music Freaks tour partner Blake Shelton, who also sent along a bottle — this time, a giant one.

“I moved to Nashville nine years ago because all I’ve ever wanted to do is sing country music,” Carly said, as she breezed through a powerful set that included “Careless,” “If My Name Was Whiskey,” “Hide the Wine” and her breakthrough hit, “Every Little Thing.”

In his intro video, Michael Ray remembered his grandfather who fostered his love for classic country music. In addition to his hits “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Get to You” and “Think a Little Less,” the Florida native debuted a new ballad:  “Her World or Mine,” which will be one of the tracks on his forthcoming sophomore album, due sometime this year.

Midland came out wearing capes reminiscent of Elvis, after a comic spoof of a Billboard interview gone wrong. “What a difference a year makes!” lead singer Mark Wystrach observed, as the trio offered a performance that included “Make a Little,” “Burn Out” and “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Lauren Alaina appeared on stage seated behind a piano, accompanying herself as she started with her emotional ballad, “Three.” She followed her current single, “Doin’ Fine,” with a solo version of her #1 with Kane Brown, “What Ifs,” as well her first song to make it to the top, “Road Less Traveled.”

The night’s final performance came from Luke Combs, who explored the “Luke-alikes” phenomenon in his intro video, explaining he often sees men with red beards who look like him at concerts these days.

Once the curtain parted, it turned out it wasn’t Luke at all who was standing at center stage. He shooed away the “Luke-alike” to start his set with the track “Honky Tonk Highway,” with a snippet of Brooks and Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” thrown in.

“Thank you for believing in a regular dude from North Carolina,” Luke remarked, before doing “When It Rains It Pours,” as well as his new single, “One Number Away.” “This is the song that changed my life,” he added, as he launched into “Hurricane.”  

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Feb 07

Chris Young to donate $10K to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

ABC/Image Group LAChris Young recently notched his tenth career number-one hit with “Losing Sleep,” which is why he wanted to do something special to celebrate. Tuesday night, during Sony Music Nashville’s CRS showcase at the CMA Hall of Fame Theater in Nashville, he revealed some major charitable plans.

“One of the things that I did when I first got started was I looked for a charity that I loved,” he told the audience. “Once I got signed, I realized that a big part of country music and country radio, one of the charities that you lift up, was the same one: St. Jude.”

He added, “The fact that this is my tenth #1, on behalf of country radio I’m going to donate $10,000 to St. Jude.”

“Losing Sleep” is Chris’ fourth consecutive #1 single and the title track of his latest album.

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Feb 07

Miranda Lambert hints at Pistol Annies reunion

ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert and Pistol Annies members Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley have never ruled out the possibility of a reunion, and now it seems a new album could be in the works.

Following an Instagram post in January where Miranda hinted at a third record for the trio, she’s now sharing some details behind what could be a new song for the group.

“Literally the other night I had a song that kind of just came out of the air to me, and I sent a verse and a chorus to the girls,” she says in a recent interview with CMT.  “I sent them half a song, and then within three minutes, I had a whole song. They both sent me a verse back. And I was, ‘And, we’re back.’ We’re very much in the spirit of the Annies right now.”

Pistol Annies previously released two albums: 2011’s critically acclaimed Hell on Heels and its sophomore follow-up, Annie Up, before they took a break so all three women could focus on their individual careers.

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Feb 07

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard shares adorable video of daughter

ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard is the proud father of a brand new baby girl, and the first-time dad can’t help but gush about his daughter. Tyler recently shared an adorable video of his little bundle of joy laughing and smiling on Instagram.

“The stuff that’ll change a man and make ya eyes water,” he captions the clip.

In the short video, Tyler’s daughter, Olivia Rose, is all smiles as her mother asks if she wants to talk to her father.

“Do you want to say hi to Daddy?” Tyler’s wife, Hayley, asks off camera as their daughter coos. “Do you want to give him a smile?” The sweet video shows the newborn beaming, something that no doubt tugged on Tyler’s heartstrings.

Olivia was the couple’s early Christmas gift: She was born in Nashville on Dec. 23.

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Feb 07

Vince Gill, Amy Grant book 12 Christmas shows at Ryman Auditorium in 2018

Kristin BarloweVince Gill and Amy Grant are set to return to Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium in 2018 for their annual Christmas shows. This year, the couple will be breaking their previous record of playing 10 nights and extending their holiday residency to 12 concert dates.

The duo’s 12 Nights of Christmas at the Ryman residency begins on Nov. 28. They’re set to perform on Nov 29, Dec. 5-6,  Dec. 12-13, Dec. 16-20 and Dec. 23. Tickets for the concerts cost between $35-$135 and go on sale Friday, February 9, at 10 a.m. via ryman.com.

“I’ve always loved Christmas music, and I’ve toured the country singing it for years,” Amy said in a statement. “But, there’s nothing sweeter than coming home to the Ryman Auditorium each holiday season to join Vince on this legendary stage, making even more music and memories with old friends and new.”

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Feb 07

“Say Something” pops up the chart as Chris Stapleton achieves crossover success

ABC/Image Group LAHaving already conquered the country charts, Chris Stapleton is now seeing his first major success on the pop charts.

According to Billboard, Chris has scored his first top 10 on the publication’s all-genre Hot 100 chart as “Say Something,” his duet with Justin Timberlake, reaches number nine.

This isn’t the first time the country singer has appeared on that chart, though. In November 2015, “Tennessee Whiskey” hit #20 following his performance of the song with JT at the CMA Awards.

“Say Something” also marks Chris’ first major pop radio airplay — the song has reached #20 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #22 on its Adult Pop Songs chart.

While Chris’ pop radio success is just getting started, he’s going from strength to strength at country radio. This week, Grammy-winning star earns his highest career rank on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart: His single “Broken Halos” is number nine.

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Feb 07

Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher reportedly “trying for another baby”

ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood and Mike Fisher may soon become a family of four, Us Weekly reports. The magazine recently spoke with a confidante of Carrie’s, who claims the couple are making plans for a second child. 

“Everyone around her knows she wants a big family, and they’re always trying for another baby,” the country superstar’s friend says.  The couple has a two-year-old son, Isaiah.

The Nashville power couple is celebrating Mike’s recent return to the NHL — he’s announced he’ll be rejoining the city’s Predators team just five months after he retired. Carrie is a staple at the games, often seen cheering on her husband with Isaiah.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight last year, the country singer discussed the possibility of a second child. “We’re on God’s good timing or whatever you might call it,” she said. “I’m just trying to figure out where life’s going to take me next.”

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