Aug 15

Is Blake Shelton rapping on “Hell Right?”

Warner Music NashvilleIn the first tease for Blake Shelton’s new single, “Hell Right,” Trace Adkins urged him to “Tell ‘em that story you were telling me.”

Now we know how that story starts, thanks to the second clip of the song that Blake shared on his socials.

Earlier, Blake’s label hinted the new song is in the tradition of “Boys ‘Round Here” and his previous collab with Trace, “Hillbilly Bone” — and that seems to be the case.  But “Hell Right” may also be veering into rap territory.

“Couple boys clock out ‘bout 5:35/Trying to put a little hammer in their head,” Blake talk-sings on the new track. “Standing in the liquor store staring at a fifth/But they picked up a handle instead/Hell right.”

Previously, Blake tweeted a mock apology to country purists, hinting they might be offended by the song. You’ll be able to hear “Hell Right” in full on Friday.

Meanwhile, the new promo for the latest season of The Voice is out with Kelly Clarkson describing it as “the blondes against the bros, y’all.”

The preview plays up the fact that Blake’s now competing against his main squeeze, Gwen Stefani, as she replaces longtime coach Adam Levine. Kelly and Gwen square off against Blake and John Legend, starting September 23 on NBC.

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Aug 15

Damn Country Music: Tim McGraw tackles Lil Nas X in new “TIME” essay

ABC/Mark Levine Tim McGraw and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham consider the changing face of both country music and America in a new essay in the latest issue of TIME.

Titled “Country Music Should Be Political. After All, It Always Has Been,” the article accompanies the cover story featuring “Old Town Road” phenomenon Lil Nas X.

In the piece, McGraw and Meacham assert that country music “is undergoing a period of healthy redefinition and soul searching,” that’s “not so different from the ones the broader nation is asking itself in the age of Trump.”

They argue that country is “more complicated and… interesting than the prevailing caricature,” seeing “a strain of protest alongside the sentimental patriotism.”

The article also teases Ken Burns’ new sixteen-hour Country Music documentary, which traces the evolution of America alongside the growth of country music as well. It premieres September 15 on PBS.

In the end, McGraw and Meacham see Lil Nas X as “a hopeful sign” that “broad audience acceptance of artists of color may be the next big front in country,” while hoping country makes a larger place for female artists like Kacey Musgraves too.

Pointing to songs like 1975’s “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” by Waylon Jennings, they conclude that country’s current identity struggle is nothing new.

“We can embrace tradition, and… the more current sounds of the day — this is, after all, what our musical forebears did so brilliantly,” they write.

Ultimately, they believe “country is the music of inclusion and universality” and “Complexity is country’s friend, not its enemy, and more people need to realize that.”

You can read the full article online or in the new issue of TIME, which arrives Friday.

McGraw and Meacham’s book, Songs of America, is a New York Times bestseller.

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Aug 15

Miranda Lambert’s got a “Wildcard” up her sleeve for November 1

Vanner Records/RCA Records NashvilleMiranda Lambert will play her Wildcard on November 1.

Wildcard is Miranda’s seventh studio effort, and her first since 2016’s double album, The Weight of These Wings

“When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them,” Miranda says. “I feel you, because I’m just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that go on in my world and in the worlds of people around me.”

“I want people to get along,” she adds. “You know, just be who you are, own it and move on from the moments you couldn’t live in.”

Wildcard is Miranda’s first time working with producer Jay Joyce.  It features her latest single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” as well as the new track “Bluebird,” which she just released today.

Next month, she heads out on her all-female Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour with Maren Morris, Elle King, Pistol Annies, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack.

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Aug 15

Kane Brown reveals he plans to name his daughter Kingsley

ABC/Image Group LA Kane Brown’s first child — a girl — will be named Kingsley, he revealed Wednesday evening, at a baby shower thrown by his current tour mate, Jason Aldean.

“Officially announcing our baby’s name! KINGSLEY can’t wait for u to be here!!!” Kane shared on Instagram, along with a photo showing himself touching his wife Katelyn’s stomach while she holds a purple balloon bearing the baby’s name and a crown.

“Thank you Jason and Brittany Aldean for throwing us this awesome baby shower,” he added. “Love you guys!!!”

The ACM Entertainer of the Decade shared a picture with Kane as well, though he couldn’t resist giving him a little grief.

“My dude! Kane Brown is about to be a daddy!” Jason added to his selfie with Kane. “So happy for him and Katelyn.” 

Jason teased him with the hashtag #KaneWearingAJacketInAugust, to which Kane shot back, “If I remember correctly u had it on at one point.”

The two friends will be together again on the Ride All Night Tour with Carly Pearce next Thursday, August 22 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Aug 15

Jason Aldean’s new mansion will boast a bowling alley and a pool “like Sandals beach resort”

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) These days, Jason Aldean and his family are living in a temporary space after selling their house in January, as he and his wife, Brittany, await completion of their dream home.

When it’s finished, Jason’s new address will have quite a few features worthy of an ACM Entertainer of the Decade.

“I kind of always feel like a douchebag talking about this stuff,” the Georgia native confesses.  “But my old house had a bowling alley… and had a bar in it.  And it was just kind of like the man cave, you know, that I would go and watch football and stuff like that on the weekends.”

Jason goes on: “And so that was something that I used a ton.  And, you know, we used it a lot for Thanksgiving. We had family and stuff come over. So when we built our new house, that was the one thing I was like, ‘We have to at least have that again. We use it too much not to.'”

Jason admits he may have gone a little overboard when it comes to the pool.

“The pool is pretty good, too. It looks kind of like Sandals beach resort,” he laughs. “We got a little carried away. I’ll say that. But it’s gonna be fun when it’s finally done.”

Back in March, Brittany estimated she and Jason were a year away from moving into their new home.

In the meantime, Jason’s latest single, “Rearview Town,” is currently in country’s top five.

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Aug 15

“Hell Right”: Blake Shelton’s new single remains a potentially-controversial mystery until Friday

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With less than a day to wait before Blake Shelton‘s new single, “Hell Right,” arrives on Friday, the mystery surrounding his latest collaboration with Trace Adkins only seems to grow.

Blake first hinted the song was coming last week at the #1 party for “God’s Country.”

“We’ve got a bunch of things recorded, and we just cut one actually that HARDY wrote,” he told reporters gathered at Ole Red Nashville, referring to the new track. HARDY co-wrote “God’s Country” as well.

Blake then went on to emphasize that he’s not necessarily working toward a traditional album, going on to say if that were the case — for whatever reason — it wouldn’t be possible to release “Hell Right” as a single.

“It’s another one of those things where I’m kind of glad I don’t have an album,” he cryptically explained. “I’m glad that we’re not up here right now talking about this album coming out, because if that was the situation, [we] probably wouldn’t have this new song that we’re super pumped about.”

Whatever that means exactly, Blake says he’s enjoying the new way he’s making music.

“I’m just having a blast with it!” he said. “So yeah, we’ve got a ton of stuff recorded.”

“Will all of it see the light of day?” Blake asked. “The way the music industry works these days, probably. But I don’t know when or how.”

As for “Hell Yeah,” on Tuesday, Blake tweeted “apologies ahead of time to a few of the ‘purest’ bloggers of country music,” seemingly hinting the song may be controversial.

A snippet released by Blake’s record label starts with the sound of crickets and Trace asking him to “Tell ’em that story you were telling me.” The rest, we should understand on Friday.

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Aug 14

Keith, Blake, Eric, Luke Combs and more set to play ATLive to help Hotlanta

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboCountry music is coming together to help put on a massive concert event to both help veterans and fight homelessness in Atlanta.

Dubbed ATLive, the shows will take place over three days this November at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the Georgia capital.

CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will headline the Friday, November 15 concert, along with Blake SheltonSam HuntSugarland, and Cale Dodds will take the stage as well.

On Sunday, November 17, Eric Church and Luke Combs will top the bill, with Brothers Osborne and Caylee Hammack set to play too.

A non-country Saturday concert is planned as well. Look for the full lineup to be revealed on Monday, before tickets go on sale on Friday, August 23.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Johnnie Mac Soldier’s Fund, which gives scholarships to veterans and their families, as well as Quest Community Development, which provides affordable housing and community services.

You can find out more at MercedezBenzStadium.com.

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Aug 14

Josh Turner grabs multiple nods at Christian music’s 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards

MCA NashvilleJosh Turner could take home three GMA Dove Awards this fall, for his I Serve a Savior gospel album.

The South Carolina native is up for both Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “How Great Thou Art” and Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song for his version of the Hank Williams classic “I Saw the Light.”

The record itself is competing for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year as well.

Meanwhile, Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs is giving Josh some competition in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song category. He’s nominated for his contribution to Contemporary Christian icon Steven Curtis Chapman’s re-recording of “Dive.”

This is the 50th year for the Dove Awards, which are given out by the Gospel Music Association and considered to be the Christian equivalent of the Grammys.

The 2019 awards will be handed out Tuesday, October 15 at Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville’s Lipscomb University. They’ll air the following Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on TBN.

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Aug 14

Miranda’s “got a wild card up [her] sleeve,” and she’ll show her hand on Thursday

ABC/Mark Levine When Miranda Lambert said she was anxious to put out new music, she wasn’t kidding.

First, she debuted the new track “Locomotive” during CMA Fest in Nashville in June. Then in mid-July, she released her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”

Last Friday, she delivered the rocking “Mess with My Head,” and on Thursday, it looks like we can expect another new song.

“Stay tuned…tomorrow,” Miranda teased on her socials on Wednesday, along with a short video clip.

“If the house just keeps on winning, I got a wild card up my sleeve,” she sings in the snippet, which is accompanied by a fast-paced array of images that includes a new picture of Miranda.

“I’ve got something up my sleeve for y’all this week…” she posted earlier, along with another new photograph showing her leaning against a pink-tiled wall that’s decorated with vinyl singles and the cover of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Previously, Miranda’s said she’s hoping her entire new album will be out by fall.

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Aug 14

What I did on my summer vacation: Maren Morris to unveil “The Bones” video on Thursday

Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris’s follow-up to her number one single, “Girl,” is the romantic track, “The Bones,” and on Thursday, she’ll unveil its music video.

The Texas native announced the premiere on her socials, along with a short, instrumental preview clip that features lush tropical locales and a shot of her on the beach with her husband, Ryan Hurd.

“The house don’t fall when the bones are good,” Maren sings in the track, while describing a relationship that’s solid. Back in July, she revealed she’d filmed a music video while she and Ryan were vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Stay tuned to Maren’s socials for the exact details of the video’s premiere. She plans to chat with fans at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, before revealing the new clip at 11:15. “The Bones” has already been certified gold.

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