Aug 14

Old Dominion breaks with tradition to appear on the cover of their self-titled, third album

RCA Nashville Old Dominion is breaking new ground with their self-titled, third album — simply by appearing on its cover.

The artwork for OD’s 2015 debut, Meat & Candy, is reminiscent of a heavy metal cover, showing a hot girl dressed as a waitress, surrounded by, well, meat and candy. 2017’s Happy Endings features a traditional needlepoint sampler adorned with tiny pictures symbolizing each song.

But the cover of Old Dominion shows all five members of the band crowded onto a sofa in a classic American living room. The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year sits underneath a familiar-looking picture of a sailboat; there’s even a United States flag in a vase on top of a wooden chest of drawers.

OD will reveal the full track listing for the album on Thursday via their newsletter. You can sign up for free online.

Fans can also look forward to a new song on Friday called “My Heart Is a Bar.”

OD’s full third album arrives October 25, featuring their latest hit, “One Man Band,” and their #1, “Make It Sweet.”

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Aug 14

ld Dominion breaks with tradition to appear on the cover of their self-titled, third album

RCA Nashville Old Dominion is breaking new ground with their self-titled, third album — simply by appearing on its cover.

The artwork for OD’s 2015 debut, Meat & Candy, is reminiscent of a heavy metal cover, showing a hot girl dressed as a waitress, surrounded by, well, meat and candy. 2017’s Happy Endings features a traditional needlepoint sampler adorned with tiny pictures symbolizing each song.

But the cover of Old Dominion shows all five members of the band crowded onto a sofa in a classic American living room. The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year sits underneath a familiar-looking picture of a sailboat; there’s even a United States flag in a vase on top of a wooden chest of drawers.

OD will reveal the full track listing for the album on Thursday via their newsletter. You can sign up for free online.

Fans can also look forward to a new song on Friday called “My Heart Is a Bar.”

OD’s full third album arrives October 25, featuring their latest hit, “One Man Band,” and their #1, “Make It Sweet.”

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Aug 14

“I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore”: Carrie Underwood shows her undying devotion to Bryan White at the Opry

Grand Ole Opry LLC/Chris HolloEven a superstar like Carrie Underwood is not above fan-girling a little bit, and that’s exactly what she did Tuesday night during her appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

“This pic pretty much sums up my night at the Opry,” she shared on her socials, along with a photo of her smiling demurely as she stands behind Bryan White on the famed stage.

“This was my #FullCircleMoment!!” she added. “Growing up, I was a member of the Bryan White Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle!”

During Carrie’s set, the two turned Bryan’s top five hit from 1996, “I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore,” into a duet. Carrie also revealed that the song she sang to Bryan at that meet-and-greet was Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 1996 album cut, “I Want to Be Your Girlfriend.”

Carrie also performed her current top ten hit, “Southbound,” as well as “Something in the Water.” You can check out her Opry set via fan video posted on YouTube.

Last year, Bryan was the fellow Okie who inducted Carrie into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. At the time, she confessed that when she was growing up, she was “pretty sure I was gonna marry that guy.”

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Aug 14

Dylan Scott believes “Old Town Road” could inspire his toddler son to pursue the family business

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As “Old Town Road” spends its nineteenth week atop Billboard‘s Hot 100, practically everyone is obsessed with the smash hit by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus

And that includes Dylan Scott‘s son, Beckett, who’ll turn two in December. 

“He’s singing,” Dylan explains. “He [doesn’t] know what he’s singing, but he started singing… It’s kind of cool.”

“We all know the song ‘Old Town Road,’ right? So literally, the song will come on, and his head starts going just like this, up and down,” Dylan demonstrates. “And they go, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the Old Town Road.'”

“And literally, he comes in right here when they go ‘I’m gonna ride,'” Dylan continues. “He goes, ‘RIDE, DA, DA, DA, DA, DA.’ Like he knows, man, he knows what’s going on.”

Since Dylan’s own father worked as a touring musician, he believes there’s a possibility Beckett may continue the family business. 

“My dad never forced music upon me, nor my mom…” Dylan clarifies. “Whatever I wanted to do [was okay] — and I kind of feel the same way with him.”

“I have to prepare him,” Dylan adds, “like, ‘Son, if you do want to be a singer, it’s a long hard road.’ But whatever he wants to do. But, yeah… that’s cool. He’s singing.”

An Old Memory, Dylan’s tribute to the late Keith Whitley, comes out Friday. Meanwhile, his latest single, “Nothing to Do Town” is currently climbing the country chart.

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Aug 14

Newcomer Matt Stell reveals it wasn’t his love affair that inspired his breakthrough hit, “Prayed for You”

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Newcomer Matt Stell is a co-writer on his top-fifteen debut single, “Prayed for You.” But it was actually his collaborator, Allison Veltz, who came up with the idea for the hit song. 

“She came in and… a week before [had just met the man] who turned out to be her husband,” Matt tells ABC Radio. “And she was riding high from that, and had this title, just ‘I Prayed for You.'”

“I think she said, you know, ‘Bigger than I can fathom/Didn’t know you from Adam/But I prayed for you,'” Matt  recalls, quoting lines from the song. “And we just immediately started thinking about our own not only relationships, but just any time that you kind of fight the good fight and give an opportunity for good things to happen.”

For him, Matt says the semi-religious sentiment is really about being grateful for all the breakthroughs that come your way. 

“The character in the song is a lot like me in that he’s way, way luckier than he deserves,” the Arkansas native says humbly. “And in terms of the religious component of that, I owe a big debt of gratitude to everyone around me and a higher power because the cards have fallen in my favor in such a way that I don’t deserve it at all.”

“It’s really a gratitude thing, and a perseverance thing,” he adds. “And to me those are lessons I took from the church house.”

You’ll find “Prayed for You” on Matt’s EP, Everywhere But On.

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Aug 13

“Thought About…” football: Tim McGraw to play free show for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ABC/Mark Levine This fall, Tim McGraw will help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off their 2019 season with a free concert.

The Sunday, September 8 show also celebrates one hundred years of NFL Football. All you need to get into the free concert at Florida’s Raymond James Stadium is a ticket to see the Buccaneers take on the San Francisco 49ers.

You can find out more at Buccaneers.com. Fans can expect to hear Tim’s latest top twenty hit, “Thought About You.”

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Aug 13

Listen now: The Highwomen update Willie, Waylon, Kristofferson, and Cash’s namesake tune

Low Country Sound/Elektra RecordsFor the title track of the new album by the all-female supergroup the HighwomenMaren MorrisBrandi CarlileNatalie Hemby, and Amanda Shires re-imagine 1985’s “Highwayman,” previously recorded by Willie NelsonJohnny CashKris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings.

This time, however, they’ve updated and re-worked the lyrics from a female perspective, Carlile tells Rolling Stone.

“We rewrote it with fates that befell women,” she says. “A doctor convicted of witchcraft, an immigrant who dies trying to get over the border but got the kids over safe and sound, a preacher, and a freedom rider who gets shot.”

Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, who penned and recorded the tune in 1977, helped with the new version.

U.K. songwriter Yola contributes vocals as the freedom rider, while Sheryl Crow adds backgrounds as well.

You can stream or download the “Highwomen” track now, with the full The Highwomen album set to arrive September 6.

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Aug 13

Check out Russell Dickerson’s colorful, guitar-smashing new video for “Every Little Thing”

Triple TigersRussell Dickerson strips it down in the new music video for his top twenty hit, “Every Little Thing.”

In the clip, Russell’s dressed head-to-toe in white, against a white backdrop, playing a white guitar. As the song progresses, the entire scene takes on a red, yellow, or blue cast, changing to the beat of the music.

“This video and song wrap up my style and personality all into one,” Russell tells Billboard. “The bright colors, the quick cuts (like my attention span), the high energy, and singing about my ‘dream girl’ are all authentic to who I am as a human and an artist.”

Toward the end, the person Russell’s singing about — his wife Kailey — joins him for a brief appearance. The music video ends with the “Yours” hitmaker smashing his white guitar.

You can check out the “Stripped” video for “Every Little Thing” on YouTube now.  

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Aug 13

“Hell Right”: Blake Shelton’s hinting his new song may be controversial

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton’s new single, “Hell Right,” which features Trace Adkins, is set to arrive on Friday.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma native took to Twitter to voice his anticipation about the song — and to hint that it may raise some eyebrows.

“So damn excited for y’all to hear ‘Hell Right’ that literally I can’t believe it,” he writes…and that’s where things get interesting. 

“Oh and my apologies ahead of time to a few of the ‘purest’ bloggers of country music because this one’s really gonna make you cry,” he adds.

“That’s MY apology,” Blake goes on. “Trace doesn’t give a s***…. Hell Right.”

When a follower inquired as to what a “purest blogger” is, Blake replied, “I don’t know.”

On Monday, his record company put out a fifteen-second snippet of the song’s beginning, which starts with the sound of crickets and Trace asking him to “Tell ‘em that story you were telling me.”

Stay tuned to see what develops ahead of the release of “Hell Right” on Friday.

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Aug 13

“One Night at a Time”: King George extends Vegas residency into 2020

ABC/Image Group LA With three years of sold-out shows at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas under his belt, George Strait has no plans to stop now. He’s extending his run into 2020, with new dates planned for Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1.

Pre-sales for the 2020 Strait to Vegas concerts start this Friday, before becoming available to the general public on Friday, August 23. You can find out more at StraitToVegas.com.

Meanwhile, King George still has four more Sin City dates this year: two later this month, and two in December.

This Saturday, he takes over the home of the New England Patriots, playing Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts with Blake SheltonCody Johnson, and newcomer Caitlyn Smith.

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