Mar 23

Listen now: Kacey Musgraves rides her “High Horse” onto the dance floor

MCA NashvilleThe imagery in the lyrics of Kacey Musgraves‘ new song, “High Horse,” may be country — they mention horses and John Wayne — but the sound of the funky track is decidedly disco.

“Why don’t you giddy-up, giddy-up / And ride straight out of this town / You and your high horse,” she sings on the latest release from her Golden Hour album, which comes out next Friday. So far, the Texas native has also previewed the tracks “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy” from the record.

“High Horse” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its retro lyric video on YouTube.

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Mar 23

Listen now: Little Big Town soars with Elton John’s “Rocket Man”

ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has long been known for their soaring harmonies, but they take things to an entirely new level — literally — with their cover of “Rocket Man.”

LBT’s version of the Elton John classic is the latest track released from the forthcoming Restoration album, which re-imagines the tunes Elton created with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton and many more are featured on the record as well.

“Rocket Man” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the audio-only version on YouTube.

Little Big Town will also perform the song on Elton John:  I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute April 10 on CBS. The Restoration album drops a few days earlier, on April 6.

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Mar 23

Jason Aldean is Broadway-bound, opening bar in Music City

ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Jason Aldean will soon join the ranks of Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson and Blake Shelton, who all have their own bars and restaurants in downtown Music City.

Nashville’s Historic Zoning Commission recently approved a sign for “Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar,” according to Nashville Business Journal.

Ohio-based TC Restaurant Group bought the building at 305-311 Broadway, which currently houses Tequila Cowboy, WannaB’s Karaoke Bar, Sun Diner and Luigi’s City Pizza. They plan to add 23,000 square feet to the building’s footprint, including a fourth-story rooftop space.

This is the same company that partnered with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley to create FGL House. So far, we don’t know how long construction will take or when Jason’s bar may open.

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Mar 23

“Diamonds or Twine,” Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris are headed down the aisle

ABC/Image Group LA We may not know the exact details of Maren Morris’s wedding to Ryan Hurd this weekend, but we do know at least one gift the groom is giving the bride:  his new song, “Diamonds or Twine.”

Ryan secretly recorded his composition — without Maren knowing — with plans to release it in the days leading up to their ceremony.

“I played this song for Maren the night we got engaged,” Ryan reveals. “We were at the lake in Michigan, on the dock, and I will never forget that moment. ‘Diamonds or twine, no matter what, I’ll be yours and you’ll be mine.’”

“Diamonds or Twine” is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out an audio-only clip of the tune on YouTube.

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Mar 23

Kelsea Ballerini to lead a “Legend”-ary workout with her trainer in Vegas

ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re headed to Vegas for next month’s ACM Awards, you’ll have a chance to work out with Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea’s trainer, Erin Oprea, will lead an early-morning sweat session on Saturday, the day before the Sunday show, as part of the Academy of Country Music’s Party for a Cause.

“I’m beyond excited Kelsea will be joining me to lead this awesome workout. It’s going to be a giant party,” the former Marine and celebrity fitness guru says. “Kelsea shows that staying fit doesn’t have to be boring. It’s all about getting up, getting moving, and having fun — I can’t wait to have a blast with everyone in Vegas!”

Tickets for ACM Workout for a Cause:  Erin Unleashed Tour are on sale now, for the event that starts at 9 a.m. PT at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Las Vegas.

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Mar 23

FGL and NASCAR were “Meant to Be,” as the duo takes over Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line’s making their mark on both the pop and country charts right now with their hit with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” and soon they’ll also be leaving a lasting impression on the NASCAR world.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will headline FGL Fest on Saturday, September 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They’ll take the stage inside Turn 4 of the track, with tickets going on sale in early April and more artists yet to be announced.

The show hypes the Sunday race that’s now named after both the duo and their record label: the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line. It’s the first phase of a deal that will see FGL’s name on NASCAR events for years to come.

The FGL show and the race are both part of the 25th annual NASCAR weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While it’s typically held in the heat of late July, it’s been moved to September in hopes of cooler temperatures.

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Mar 23

“It’s gonna be the coolest party ever”: Maren Morris set to marry Ryan Hurd this weekend

ABC/Image Group LA This weekend, Maren Morris will tie the knot with fellow artist Ryan Hurd in a ceremony that’s likely to be as casual and laid-back as the couple themselves.

While we don’t know a lot of the details about the wedding, Maren has been keeping her fans updated on her socials, revealing she was “writing vows and feeling sentimental AF” on Wednesday.

Even though she’s been busy working on her sophomore album and promoting her top ten pop hit, “The Middle,” with Zedd and Grey, the Texas native says the planning for the nuptials has gone surprisingly smoothly.

“Honestly, it’s been such an easy planning of all of it,” she tells ABC Radio, “and I can’t believe we were able to plan a wedding in the midst of all the touring that we do and the Grammys. It was just insane.”

Maren and Ryan got engaged in July of last year, and recently both starred in Maren’s forthcoming Western-themed video for “Rich.”

Even with all the career accomplishments she’s enjoyed in the past couple years, Maren expects nothing will compare to her wedding day.

“It’s gonna be the biggest day of my life, and our lives,” she adds. “And I just am so excited that I get to do all of this with my best friend. And so, I’m very excited about the wedding. And, yeah, it’s gonna be the coolest party ever I think that we ever throw,” she laughs.

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Mar 22

Live from the Hall of Fame: Watch Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s big reveal next Tuesday

ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be behind the podium next Tuesday, when we find out the identities of this year’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

But even if you’re not lucky enough to be in the room, you can still experience the excitement of the big reveal live. The Country Music Association will stream the event, which takes place in the Hall’s rotunda, starting at 10 a.m. CT. All you need to do is head over to the CMA’s YouTube channel to tune in.

Typically, three deserving members of the country music family are chosen to join the industry’s most hallowed ranks every year. Last year’s inductees were Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and songwriter Don Schlitz.

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Mar 22

Devin Dawson strikes gold on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

ABC/Image Group LA“All on Me” is not only Devin Dawson’s first top-five hit, it’s also his first gold single. Ellen DeGeneres surprised the California native with the news on Thursday when he appeared on her syndicated talk show.

Devin’s also recorded a new version of his breakthrough hit, as well as a cover of Maroon 5’s “Whiskey.” The accomplished musician laid down every instrument and vocal track himself for the latest installment of Spotify Singles.

“I wanted to do something different and get out of my comfort zone,” he says. “My goal was to make a new statement and show you guys a side of me that you’d never seen.”

You’ll find Devin’s two new recordings on Spotify, and you can watch his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show online.

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Mar 22

Kelsea Ballerini’s a baller, and Jason Aldean is too

ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini are headed for the Final Four. They’ll be playing the March Madness Music Festival leading up to the biggest games in the NCAA tournament.

“This is the one time I will make the BALLERini joke…” Kelsea kidded on her socials, as she announced her performance at the AT&T Block Party on Friday, March 30 in San Antonio, Texas.  That event, which will also feature Jason, runs from 4-10 p.m. 

Pop and rock acts like Maroon 5 OneRepublic, Luis Fonsi and Imagine Dragons will perform at subsequent free concerts on Saturday and Sunday.  You can find out more about the free festival online.

The 2018 Men’s Final Four starts March 31 at San Antonio’s Alamodome. 

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