Oct 21

Matthew Ramsey recalls the “Sweet,” unexpected beginning of Old Dominion’s next record

RCA Nashville What happens when Old Dominion heads into the studio without a plan? Well, the answer is their new single, “Make It Sweet.”

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey says the band’s only agenda that particular day was to start work on their follow-up to Happy Endings.

“We went into the recording studio back in January, and we didn’t talk about what songs we were going to record or anything,” he tells Billboard. “We just wanted to start making the next album and we had some dates — the dates snuck up on us.”

He continues, “We hadn’t talked about what songs to record so, we said, “We have this time, why don’t we just see what we can write that day and see what happens?”

Of course, it helps when you have five talented songwriters in your band who’ve written number ones for everybody from Kenny Chesney to Luke Bryan.

“That [final] recording is probably the second time we’ve ever played that song,” Matthew confesses. “You can kind of hear the excitement and the energy we have for it right there, because we had just created it and said, ‘Okay, let’s record it.'”

Old Dominion clinched the ACM Vocal Group of the Year title back in April in Las Vegas. We’ll see if they can lock in the comparable CMA trophy on November 14, when the 52nd annual awards air live on ABC.

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Oct 19

Blake Shelton goes into battle with Keith Urban tonight on “The Voice”

Trae Patton/NBCTonight on The VoiceKeith Urban continues supporting Blake Shelton in Part 3 of the Battle Rounds.

The Aussie superstar — and former American Idol judge — was all too happy to help out on the show that was once his TV rival.

“I had a blast doing it,” Keith says. “I love that side of it. You know, I love being able to try and offer any advice, feedback, insight, guidance — anything — to a lot of these guys and girls who haven’t had that opportunity, haven’t been around people who can give them specific help, you know.”

“But I loved it,” he adds. “Blake was fun to work with.”

After being in the trenches with Team Blake, Keith says his relationship with the Oklahoma native is even deeper.

“I like Blake a lot. I liked him even more after spending that whole day with him and getting to know him a little bit more,” he admits.

“I realized I didn’t know him that well. You know, I’ve never really spent any time with him. So I really enjoyed it.”

Thomas Rhett‘s helping Blake’s rival Kelly Clarkson during the Battles. You can watch for TR and Keith both Monday and Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Knockout Rounds start on Monday, October 29. 

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Oct 19

Watch now: Kane Brown invites fans to his wedding in new “Good as You” video

ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown and Katelyn Jae are still on their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, TN but the “Lose It” hitmaker’s wasting no time sharing his wedding footage with his fans.

Roughly a week after the couple was married at Mint Springs Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, they’re showing off their special day in the new video for Kane’s song “Good as You.”

“I just want to wake up every day here in this bed/Never leave ‘I love you’ left unsaid/It might take a hundred lifetimes to do/But baby, I just want to be good as you,” Kane sings in the romantic song.

From Kane having Katelyn’s name tattooed on his hand to the bride and groom getting ready for the ceremony, no part of the day is left out. You can check out everything from the ceremony to the after-party to the fireworks in the clip, which is posted on YouTube now.

Before the wedding, Kane told ABC Radio he’d still be on his post-wedding trip when he celebrates his 25th birthday on Saturday. He’ll be back to work by November 9, when his sophomore album, Experiment, comes out. “Good as You” is the latest track that’s available to stream or download now.

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Oct 19

Travis Denning, Kassi Ashton, and Jameson Rodgers get a “KixStart” from the CMA

Mercury NashvilleOver the next year, Travis DenningKassi Ashton, and Jameson Rodgers will be getting a helping hand from the Country Music Association. 

The three newcomers were chosen from a field of 100 applicants as the first participants in the CMA’s new mentorship program. Known as the KixStart Artist Scholarship, it’s named for Brooks & Dunn’s Kix Brooks, a longtime member of the CMA Board.

The CMA will align Travis, Kassi and Jameson with special opportunities at CMA Fest, the CMA Awards, and the UK’s Country 2 Country festival, among other services they’ll provide.

Travis is currently enjoying his first hit with “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” while Kassi duets with Keith Urban on the track “Drop Top” from his Graffiti U album. Jameson heads out on tour with Luke Combs next year.

You can find out more about these three rising stars at CMAworld.com/KixStart.

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Oct 19

Listen now: Maddie & Tae “Die from a Broken Heart” in second taste of sophomore record

Mercury NashvilleOn Maddie & Tae‘s current single, “Friends Don’t,” they tackle the possibility of a friendship that seems likely to turn into something more. In their new release, however, they’re fast-forwarding to full-blown heartbreak.

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye chose “Die from a Broken Heart” as the second preview track from their forthcoming sophomore effort to show off the record’s different perspectives: It’s actually a concept album that follows the different phases of a relationship.

“How does he sleep at night?/Momma the nerve of this guy/To leave me so easy/Am I gonna be alright?” the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees sing. “I wanna kick myself for falling so hard/Momma, can you die from a broken heart?”

Earlier this week, Maddie & Tae performed with their 2019 tour partners, Carrie Underwood and Runaway June, on CMT’s 2018 Artists of the Year special. Carrie chose the duo for the trek after hearing the new record.

“Die from a Broken Heart” is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out its new lyric video on YouTube.

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Oct 19

Kelsea, Carrie, OD, Dan+Shay, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and more set to play the 52nd CMAs

CMA/ABCThe 52nd Annual CMA Awards are less than a month away, and we now know the first group of performers who’ll be taking the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Nominees Kelsea BalleriniLuke BryanKenny ChesneyDan + ShayOld DominionCarrie Underwood and Keith Urban are set to sing, with more performers and presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.

Carrie and Brad Paisley will team up to host the show for the eleventh time. You can tune in to catch all the action live from Nashville Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Oct 19

“It Ain’t [Their] Fault”: Brothers Osborne stops their show after a fight in British Columbia

ABC/Image Group LA Hank Williams Jr. famously scored a major country hit with “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and judging from Brothers Osborne’s socials, those were the same folks who turned out for the duo’s concert Thursday night in Canada.

First, a fan tweeted a quote from TJ and John from the stage: “Who fights during ’21 Summer?’”

“21 Summer,” you might recall, is one of the singles from the CMA and ACM winners’ debut album, Pawn Shop.

Later, Brothers replied to another spectator who revealed the pair had stopped their set so a fan who’d been punched could get medical treatment during the show at Abbotsford Centre in British Columbia.

“Glad that guy is safe,” Brothers tweeted. “And, yes, tonight was so rowdy. Thanks for the hang!”

The Port Saint Joe music makers continue their swing through Canada into November, when they’ll also head to the United Kingdom — hopefully with less rambunctious crowds.

The Brothers currently have a top twenty hit with Dierks Bentley with “Burning Man,” and they’ve just released their own new single, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

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Oct 18

Listen now: Pistol Annies flirt with their “Sugar Daddy” in sexy new track

CMTPistol Annies continue to roll out new music, ahead of the November 2 arrival of their third album, Interstate Gospel. On Wednesday night, they kicked off CMT’s all-female Artists of the Year special with the new track, “Sugar Daddy,” and followed up by releasing the tune to stream or download.

“I think it’s fun to play with your sexuality, and the power that you have as a woman,” Ashley Monroe says of the sultry cut.

“Also, you get to see a little bit of our personalities in this song, and what we like in boys,” Angaleena Presley adds.

Miranda Lambert was the night’s first honoree. If you missed Pistol Annies’ CMT performance of “Sugar Daddy,” you can check it out now on YouTube.

Earlier this week, the trio announced that “Got My Name Changed Back” will be their album’s first official radio single.

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Oct 18

“Mama’s Song”: Carrie Underwood’s picked out a name for her little one, as she prepares for a pre-baby move

CMTCarrie Underwood knows the sex of her baby and she and husband Mike Fisher have picked out a name, but they’re keeping both under wraps for now. As she prepares to host next month’s CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for the 11th time, the “Love Wins” hitmaker is also getting ready to move.

“We have picked out a name, but we’re keeping that to ourselves right now,” Carrie tells Entertainment Tonight.

“We’re fixing to move,” she adds. “I haven’t bought anything yet, we still have some of the stuff, cribs and stuff from my son, but we’ll figure it out. We’re about to move so I’ll start buying stuff once we’re there. It’d be pointless to buy it and then move it.”

Three-year-old Isaiah is excited about having a sibling but he’s warned his mom there are some things he won’t do.

“He says he won’t change any poopy diapers, though,” Carrie jokes. “I understand, maybe I can change his mind.”

While we don’t know exactly when Carrie’s second baby is due, she admits being pregnant has been harder this time around.

“It’s definitely different than the first time,” she explains. “When they say every pregnancy is different, it really is. Just different symptoms. I feel like this one is just a little harder on my body for some reason. But it’s been really good. I’m squeezing myself into whatever dresses I can squeeze myself into.”

Wednesday night, Carrie did a mammoth medley of famous country hits by women on CMT’s female-focused Artists of the Year special. If you missed her performance with her 2019 tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, you can check it out now on YouTube.

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Oct 18

A minor injury sidelines Tim McGraw, as “Neon Church” races up the chart

Columbia NashvilleTim McGraw’s become almost as well-known for his physique, physical fitness, and his intense workout regime as he has for music and acting. But it looks like a minor injury may keep him sidelined for a bit.

“Too much spearfishing and beach volleyball… 2 stress fractures,” the 51-year-old shared on his socials, along with a photo of his foot in an orthopedic boot.

Later, Tim Instagrammed a short video of him watching baseball by the fireplace as Faith Hill does some dishes in the kitchen, along with the caption, “Pretty darn good evening.”

While Tim may be slowing down for a little while, his latest single, “Neon Church,” continues racing up the country chart. It’s already in the top thirty after only being out a couple weeks.

Tim’s also been previewing the new lyric video for “Neon Church,” which is coming on Monday.

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