Apr 07

18 years in, Brad Paisley and wife Kimberly share what they love about their marriage

Roy Rochlin/FilmMagicBrad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary last month. Almost two decades into their marriage, the couple is still finding a lot to love about each other, and they shared some of the specifics in a new cover story for People.

“You keep our house afloat,” Brad tells his actress wife, nodding to her skills as a mom to 14-year-old Huck and 11-year-old Jasper, as well as her knack for dealing with his own more immature moments.

“Seeing you give birth to two kids and raise a third is amazing,” Brad jokes about his childlike nature. “And you try to do the right thing all the time.”

“You care about all creatures, great and small,” Kimberly replies to Brad, citing a recent example: He ran out to check on a nest of goose eggs during a particularly powerful rainstorm. “They weren’t [okay],” Brad recalls.

“But it’s sweet how much you care,” insists Kimberly.

Most of all, the couple says they’re proud of how much they enjoy spending time together, even after years of marriage.

“A lot of married couples would rather do anything but spend the evening together,” Brad reflects. “That’s not the case in our house.”

Brad pays tribute to his wife, and all the other grit-fueled, independent women who inspire him, in his new song, “Off Road.”

By Carena Liptak
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Apr 07

Breakout TikTok star Priscilla Block readies a self-titled debut EP

Mercury Nashville Priscilla Block first made waves on TikTok early last year with her songs “Thick Thighs,” “PMS” and “Just About Over You.”

Now, she’s poised to become a bona fide country star, with “Just About Over You” cruising into country radio’s Top 40 and a newly-announced, self-titled debut EP set for release on April 30.

“This EP is such a vulnerable side of who I am and where I’ve been,” Priscilla explains of the six-song project. “It’s my story of falling apart in order to find myself again. I hope that when you hear these songs, they make you feel that it’s ok to not be perfect and realize that sometimes we need the lows to value the highs.”

Priscilla Block features the singer’s current single, as well as the previously-shared “I Bet You Wanna Know,” plus her brand-new song “Wish You Were the Whiskey.”

By Carena Liptak
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Apr 07

Trisha Yearwood admits it can be tough to age gracefully in the public eye: “I think about it a lot”

Shannon Finney/Getty ImagesAs someone who’s been in the country music spotlight for three decades, Trisha Yearwood has had plenty of experience navigating getting older in the public eye. Still, the singer admits that it can be difficult to brush off the comments and critiques that people make about her appearance — at any age.

“I think about it a lot,” Trisha reflects in an interview with New Beauty. “Especially when I look back and see pictures of myself when I was 28 and remember I wasn’t happy with how I looked.”

“As women, we’re so hard on ourselves!” Trisha goes on to say. “We’re never thin enough, we’re never pretty enough, we’re never, whatever, fill in the blank.”

Looking at those pictures now, of course, it’s difficult to even remember exactly what it is she didn’t like about them.  “I’m like, ‘Oh my God, there’s not a line on your face!” says Trisha. “Why were you so hard on yourself?’”

But over the course of her career, Trisha, who turns 57 this fall, has learned an important lesson about beauty: It’s important to focus on making yourself happy, rather than trying to please everyone else.

“I learned a long time ago that, no matter how I feel about myself, somebody is going to love it and someone is going to hate it, so I have to base how I feel on how I actually feel about myself — not how someone else feels about me,” she declares.

By Carena Liptak
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Apr 07

Zac Brown Band will share some news with fans during a livestream event from Southern Ground Studio

ABCZac Brown Band are cooking up something special over at their Nashville studio, Southern Ground, and they’re ready to clue fans in on what it is.

The band will announce some exciting news during an upcoming livestream event next month, their first ever to air from Southern Ground. Tickets start at $19.99, and VIP packages are also available, featuring exclusive signed merch, one-on-one virtual hangs with frontman Zac Brown, and more.

ZBB have been relatively quiet since releasing “The Man Who Loves You the Most,” their poignant reflection on fatherhood, last June. But on their socials, the band has shared a number of studio snaps over the past few weeks that suggest they’re up to something. One shot shows Zac with his acoustic guitar, “putting those finishing touches on a new one,” according to the caption. In another studio post, the band comments, “Feels so good to be back at it.”

ZBB’s virtual show will take place May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Following their set, the band will host a VIP encore performance and Q&A.

By Carena Liptak
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Apr 07

Eric Church “can’t wait to see” all his fans on his just-announced Gather Again Tour

ABCAfter more than a year off the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eric Church is ready to announce plans for his next batch of tour dates.

On Wednesday, the singer announced his upcoming Gather Again Tour, a massive arena run that is set to launch in Lexington, Kentucky on September 17. The tour will stretch through next spring, wrapping up with a grand finale show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on May 20, 2022.

“I cannot wait to get back on the road and play live music for good friends,” Eric says in a video message, also explaining that his Church Choir fan club will get first dibs on buying tickets. “Can’t wait to see you. Cannot wait to see you on the Gather Again Tour,” he adds.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 7 at 10AM local time, but Church Choir members will have access to an early pre-sale beginning May 4.

Meanwhile, Eric’s three-date roll-out of his triple album, Heart & Soul, begins on April 16.

Also, during this month’s ACM Awards, a PSA featuring Eric will debut to encourage fans to get their COVID-19 vaccines in order to hasten the return of live music. Darius Rucker and Ashley McBryde will co-star in the ad.

By Carena Liptak
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Apr 07

Kane Brown wraps his arms around a “Worldwide Beautiful” future for country music

RCA As the country music industry makes strides toward being more inclusive, “Worldwide Beautiful” hitmaker Kane Brown couldn’t be more pleased. 

The struggle reminds the Chattanooga, Tennessee-native of his teen days when he worked to make country converts of his friends. 

“Country music’s such a broad scene,” Kane reflects. “Once I got to high school, because I went to so many, you know, there were some of them that I would put country music on and they’d be like, ‘Aw, man, come on.'”

“But then I’d have that other friend that would get in the car,” he continues, “and they would put country music on. And I was like, ‘Heck yeah!’ You know, it’s something that your friend groups don’t listen to all the time, but you gotta love it.”

“My friend groups that didn’t listen to it at the time, I pulled them into it now,” he adds. “So they’re learning about all these different artists.”

Though there’s still work to do, Kane’s pleased that the number of Black artists finding success is on the rise.

“It’s just great the way that country music is being so diverse right now,” he says, “especially me and Darius Rucker and Jimmie Allen and Mickey Guyton. And, you know, I mean, there’s Black artists coming in and trying to be a part of the country genre, which I think is awesome.”

“It’s different, but it’s cool. I mean, I’m different, so it’s awesome just to see it, you know,” he smiles. 

Kane’s own “Worship You” is now climbing the chart alongside “Famous Friends,” his duet with Chris Young.

Kane vies for Album of the Year for Mixtape, Vol. 1 and Video for “Worldwide Beautiful” at the ACM Awards, where he’s also set to perform.  The show airs live Sunday April 18 at 8PM ET on CBS.

By Stephen Hubbard 
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Apr 06

Brett Eldredge spotlights fans with #GoodDayMovement billboards

Greg Noire Brett Eldredge is elevating the generosity of his fans through the #GoodDayMovement. 

The “Good Day” singer is partnering with Lamar Advertising Company for a digital billboard campaign to promote the work his fans are doing through the movement that encourages acts of kindness. 

The billboards feature an image of Brett alongside his fan club members, known as The Locals, that show healthcare workers inside a hospital, a radio station staff showing off a giant donation check, a young teen wearing a mask as she holds up a sign that reads “keep shining your light” and more.

Participating markets are spread across the country including Nashville, Orlando, Denver and Brett’s hometown of Paris, Illinois.

The #GoodDayMovement kicked off on April 1 and will continue for six weeks. Fans can submit the photos of their good deeds through the singer’s social media pages using the hashtag.

The movement is named after Brett’s positive-minded current single. It’s part of his latest album, Sunday Drive, which debuted inside the top five on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart last year. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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Apr 06

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley to drop solo EP next week

Warner Music Nashville Brian Kelley is riding the waves with his debut solo EP. 

On Tuesday, the Florida Georgia Line star announced that he is releasing a four-song EP, BK’s Wave Pack, on April 13, his first solo project under his new partnership with Warner Music Nashville.

The beach-themed project opens with “Beach Cowboy,” which the Florida native refers to as “a way of life and state of mind,” followed by “Made by the Water,” “Party on the Beach” and “Sunday Service in the Sand.” All of the songs are co-written and co-produced by Brian.  

“I’m so excited to ride this wave with y’all. My Wave Pack EP is a snapshot into my world and the life I’m living, whether it’s a little party on the beach, or a little Sunday service in the sand,” the singer says. “And you don’t always have to be on the sand or by the water, you can take the vibe with you wherever you go.”

The news of the EP comes hot on the heels of FGL’s latest single, “Long Live,” becoming the duo’s 18th #1 hit.    

By Cillea Houghton 
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Apr 06

Carrie Underwood extends record atop ‘Billboard’ Top Country Albums chart with ‘My Savior’

Capitol Records Nashville With the success of her new album, My Savior, Carrie Underwood is extending a chart record. 

As her first gospel album bows at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, it continues the singer’s record of being the only artist to have their first nine albums debut at the top of the chart since the beginning of their career.

Carrie started the streak after winning season four of American Idol in 2005 with her debut album, Some Hearts, followed by studio albums Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009), Blown Away (2012), Storyteller (2015) and Cry Pretty (2018), in addition to her Greatest Hits: Decade #1, released in 2014, and 2020’s debut Christmas album, My Gift. 

My Savior also appears in the top five on the Billboard 200 and is at #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and Top Current Album Sales chart.

“I feel like there’s not one single time in recording it or doing anything with these songs that after I’m done I haven’t felt like crying happy tears,” Carrie shared about the album during an appearance on CBS Sunday Morning. “It’s a beautiful thing when you know you are loved unconditionally, just as you are.”

By Cillea Houghton 
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Apr 06

Old Dominion to perform on mental health livestream, ‘Set Break’

ABCOld Dominion is doing their part to bring awareness to mental health in the music industry by signing on to perform on the Set Break livestream event in support of the cause.

The band joins a multi-genre lineup that includes Alanis Morissette, Leon Bridges, Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Michael Franti, “Own It” singer Bailey Bryan, Grammy-nominated Americana singer Yola, and many more. 

The virtual event will feature live performances from across the world, in addition to immersive wellness experiences and public service announcements from music industry professionals. The showcase is presented by Backline, a nonprofit that connects music industry professionals with mental health and wellness resources. 

The concert is free to view but Backline will be accepting donations, with a portion of the proceeds going to Crew Nation, Live Nation’s relief fund for live music crew members, and Sweet Relief’s Mental Health Fund, which offers financial assistance to music professionals seeking mental health care. 

Set Break streams on Twitch on April 10 at 2 p.m. ET. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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