Sep 21

How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Scotty McCreery’s approach on ’Same Truck’

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Scotty McCreery had most of his new album, Same Truck, completed before the COVID-19 pandemic altered life in 2020. But the forced downtime allowed him to see the project from a new vantage point. 

In an interview with Peoplethe American Idol winner shares that the album previously consisted of songs penned by other songwriters. But being at home allowed him to tap into his own well of songwriting, with 10 of the 12 songs co-written by him, including current single, “You Time.” 

“I had a lot of outside cuts actually the first time around. But then the world shut down and I had nothing but time to sit there and pick up a guitar and strum ideas and write songs,” he explains. “Faith is something I lean on daily. I’ve definitely had to lean on it a lot in the last year and a half, with the craziness of the world.”

“You Time,” inspired by Scotty’s wife, Gabi,” is inching its way toward the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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Sep 21

Cole Swindell tributes late mother with heartfelt “You Should Be Here” performance

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Cole Swindell brought the crowd to a standstill over the weekend with a tribute performance of to his late mother. 

Days before the Saturday show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, Cole’s mother, Carol Rainey, passed away. Cole dedicated his performance of “You Should Be Here” in her honor, telling the crowd that he made the effort to be at the show, rather than take the weekend off like headliner Thomas Rhett suggested. 

“I can promise you my momma wouldn’t want me sitting at home. She would want me on stage in front of a crowd like this, people who care, people who matter,” Cole professed, eliciting cheers from the audience. 

“Wow, it looks like heaven,” he marveled as the crowd lit up their cell phones and held them in the air for anyone they’ve lost, as fans sang along to the song.

Cole wrote “You Should Be Here,” which became a #1 country hit, as a tribute to his late father. He continues on the road as part of Thomas’ Center Point Road Tour through October.

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Sep 21

Dustin Lynch, Lainey Wilson & more join lineup for Tracy Lawrence’s turkey fry and benefit concert

Sean Hagwell

Dustin Lynch, Lainey Wilson and Michael Ray are all giving back to a Nashville homeless shelter. 

The three stars are set to perform 16th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert, hosted yearly by Tracy Lawrence in support of Nashville Rescue Mission, which provides programs and services to people experiencing homelessness. 

The event will take place November 23 in the parking lot of Nashville Rescue Mission, beginning with the signature turkey fry, followed by the benefit concert at SkyDeck at Assembly Hall in downtown Nashville. Additional artists will be announced. 

Tickets go on sale September 24, with all of the proceeds benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission.

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Sep 21

Keith Urban shares “Crimson Blue” from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’

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Keith Urban is contributing to wife Nicole Kidman‘s show, Nine Perfect Strangers, in the form of a song. 

In the finale episode of the hit Hulu series, fans can hear Keith’s new song, “Crimson Blue.” A departure from his country sound, the serene track features a mellow acoustic guitar and choral voices as Keith sings, “We’re returning to the stars that we’re made of/We all find our own way/In the end we’ll see we never were alone.” 

To celebrate the song’s release, the superstar singer has created his own “Crimson Blue” concoction, a spoof on the drug-filled smoothies made at Tranquillum, the health and wellness center run by Kidman’s character, Masha.

In a video, Keith shows us how to make the recipe, which includes blue milk “from a very sad cow,” he quips, along with blueberries, a “micro amount” of blue cheese, and bananas. “These are special bananas from Tranquillum. It’s a wonderful resort we heard about,” he jokes.       

Nicole makes a subtle appearance, lurking behind her husband in a white dress, adding in a few drops of a red liquid to the mix for a crimson touch. “Relax,” she tells him.   

The final episode of Nine Perfect Strangers streams on Hulu on Wednesday.

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Sep 21

Sam Hunt on his songwriting process: “I’m always nostalgic”

Connor Dwyer

Sam Hunt leaned into nostalgia when writing his new single, “23.” 

The song finds Sam reflecting on a past love, wondering where she is now and remembering her as a “Memphis queen” with “long blonde hair.” “No matter where I go/No matter what I do/I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you,” he sings. 

“I’m always nostalgic. I’m always thinking about the past,” Sam shares with People“I love that happy, sad feeling in music. I’m really attracted to. It comes out when I’m writing quite a bit.”

The singer-songwriter adds that he rarely writes about people directly in his life, rather pulling inspiration from movies, culture and the world around him. 

“When I write songs, I’m really intimidated to write songs about people I’m really directly involved with. My songs tend to be an amalgamation of a lot of different experiences,” he describes. “My songs come through sort of this osmosis that comes from being around people who are going through things.” 

“23” is currently in the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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Sep 21

How the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Scotty McCreery’s approach on ’Same Truck’

Triple Tigers

Scotty McCreery had most of his new album, Same Truck, completed before the COVID-19 pandemic altered life in 2020. But the forced downtime allowed him to see the project from a new vantage point. 

In an interview with Peoplethe American Idol winner shares that the album previously consisted of songs penned by other songwriters. But being at home allowed him to tap into his own well of songwriting, with 10 of the 12 songs co-written by him, including current single, “You Time.” 

“I had a lot of outside cuts actually the first time around. But then the world shut down and I had nothing but time to sit there and pick up a guitar and strum ideas and write songs,” he explains. “Faith is something I lean on daily. I’ve definitely had to lean on it a lot in the last year and a half, with the craziness of the world.”

“You Time,” inspired by Scotty’s wife, Gabi,” is inching its way toward the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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Sep 21

Cole Swindell tributes late mother with heartfelt “You Should Be Here” performance

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Cole Swindell brought the crowd to a standstill over the weekend with a tribute performance of to his late mother. 

Days before the Saturday show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, Cole’s mother, Carol Rainey, passed away. Cole dedicated his performance of “You Should Be Here” in her honor, telling the crowd that he made the effort to be at the show, rather than take the weekend off like headliner Thomas Rhett suggested. 

“I can promise you my momma wouldn’t want me sitting at home. She would want me on stage in front of a crowd like this, people who care, people who matter,” Cole professed, eliciting cheers from the audience. 

“Wow, it looks like heaven,” he marveled as the crowd lit up their cell phones and held them in the air for anyone they’ve lost, as fans sang along to the song.

Cole wrote “You Should Be Here,” which became a #1 country hit, as a tribute to his late father. He continues on the road as part of Thomas’ Center Point Road Tour through October.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Sep 21

Dustin Lynch, Lainey Wilson & more join lineup for Tracy Lawrence’s turkey fry and benefit concert

Sean Hagwell

Dustin Lynch, Lainey Wilson and Michael Ray are all giving back to a Nashville homeless shelter. 

The three stars are set to perform 16th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit Concert, hosted yearly by Tracy Lawrence in support of Nashville Rescue Mission, which provides programs and services to people experiencing homelessness. 

The event will take place November 23 in the parking lot of Nashville Rescue Mission, beginning with the signature turkey fry, followed by the benefit concert at SkyDeck at Assembly Hall in downtown Nashville. Additional artists will be announced. 

Tickets go on sale September 24, with all of the proceeds benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Sep 21

Keith Urban shares “Crimson Blue” from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’

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Keith Urban is contributing to wife Nicole Kidman‘s show, Nine Perfect Strangers, in the form of a song. 

In the finale episode of the hit Hulu series, fans can hear Keith’s new song, “Crimson Blue.” A departure from his country sound, the serene track features a mellow acoustic guitar and choral voices as Keith sings, “We’re returning to the stars that we’re made of/We all find our own way/In the end we’ll see we never were alone.” 

To celebrate the song’s release, the superstar singer has created his own “Crimson Blue” concoction, a spoof on the drug-filled smoothies made at Tranquillum, the health and wellness center run by Kidman’s character, Masha.

In a video, Keith shows us how to make the recipe, which includes blue milk “from a very sad cow,” he quips, along with blueberries, a “micro amount” of blue cheese, and bananas. “These are special bananas from Tranquillum. It’s a wonderful resort we heard about,” he jokes.       

Nicole makes a subtle appearance, lurking behind her husband in a white dress, adding in a few drops of a red liquid to the mix for a crimson touch. “Relax,” she tells him.   

The final episode of Nine Perfect Strangers streams on Hulu on Wednesday.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Sep 21

Sam Hunt on his songwriting process: “I’m always nostalgic”

Connor Dwyer

Sam Hunt leaned into nostalgia when writing his new single, “23.” 

The song finds Sam reflecting on a past love, wondering where she is now and remembering her as a “Memphis queen” with “long blonde hair.” “No matter where I go/No matter what I do/I’ll never be 23 with anyone but you,” he sings. 

“I’m always nostalgic. I’m always thinking about the past,” Sam shares with People“I love that happy, sad feeling in music. I’m really attracted to. It comes out when I’m writing quite a bit.”

The singer-songwriter adds that he rarely writes about people directly in his life, rather pulling inspiration from movies, culture and the world around him. 

“When I write songs, I’m really intimidated to write songs about people I’m really directly involved with. My songs tend to be an amalgamation of a lot of different experiences,” he describes. “My songs come through sort of this osmosis that comes from being around people who are going through things.” 

“23” is currently in the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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