Oct 09

Blake Shelton reveals his new album, “Texoma Shore,” was an unplanned surprise

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton’s tenth studio album will arrive before the end of the year, but the always-unpredictable star of The Voice reveals his latest recording came as a surprise to most everybody.

“I had no plans of putting out an album this year at all,” he tells Entertainment Tonight. “It just happened, you know. I think ‘I’ll Name the Dogs’ is really what set this ball rolling because I’d planned on still being in the middle of releasing music off If I’m Honest. That was the plan. That was the label’s plan, the manager’s plan, and I called one day and said, ‘Hey guys, when this current single runs its course, screw it! Let’s come out with a new album.’ So I caught everybody off guard, which is another indicator of how excited I am about this one.”

If you’re looking for more insights into Blake’s relationship with girlfriend Gwen Stefani or more details about his split from ex-wife Miranda Lambert, the Oklahoma native warns you probably won’t find them on the new record.

“I don’t think this one is as personal,” he says. “There’s a song or two on there that are directly personal. But for the most part, I just made an album that feels like I feel right now, that’s just happy and going with the flow. There might be one or two songs on there that kind of feel like, you know, I’ve lost my dog and my wife,” he jokes, “but it’s really just more about the overall feel.”

Texoma Shore arrives in stores and online November 3.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 07

Live from New York, Jason Aldean opens “Saturday Night Live”: “When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit…they’re unbreakable”

Courtesy NBCIn his first public appearance since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean opened Saturday Night Live with a speech and a song.

Aldean was onstage at the Harvest 91 Festival in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing nearly 60 people and wounding hundreds more.  He’s posted several messages online since then, but Saturday night on SNL, he took center stage to comment on the tragedy.

“I’m Jason Aldean,” he began.  “This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history.  Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting.  They’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family.”

He continued, “So I wanna say to them, ‘We hurt for you and we hurt with you.’ But you can be sure that we’re gonna walk through these tough times together, every step of the way.  Because when America is at its best, our bond, and our spirit…it’s unbreakable.”

Aldean and his band then kicked into the perfect song, not only given the circumstances, but given the fact that this past week, we also lost a music legend who inspired both rock and country musicians. He played Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 06

“Hell Yeah, Damn Right”: Brett Young releases his tribute to the Ole Miss Rebels

BMLGIf you’re an Ole Miss fan, you’ll want to download Brett Young’s tribute to the University of Mississippi.

The California native pitched for the Rebels’ baseball team in college, and was inspired to write “Hell Yeah, Damn Right” based on the school’s traditional chant.

“My time at Ole Miss was so much fun and so impactful,” Brett says. “I wanted to write a song to commemorate the game day experience in Oxford at the Grove.”

Brett originally shared the song with his friends in Mississippi and on the Ole Miss campus, but decided to officially release it due to demand.

The “Like I Loved You” hitmaker kicks of his Caliville Tour next weekend, starting October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 06

Dakota Discovery Museum announces a special exhibit

Mitchell’s Dakota Discovery Museum, Dakota Wesleyan University and the Jewish Community Relations Council for Minnesota and the Dakotas are collaborating on a project documenting South Dakota’s Jewish population throughout history.

Dakota Diaspora: Judaism in South Dakota tells the story of homesteaders, storekeepers and families of Jewish heritage in South Dakota.

Eleven of DWU Professor Joel Allen’s world religion students are working on the project. “It’s just kind of identifying different people, different families that we ought to be in touch with,” said Allen. “We started putting out feelers and one thing led to another, and here we are.”

The second part is called “Transfer of Memory”, a photo exhibit of illustrating Holocaust survivors who settled in the region.

Steve Hunegs is executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He says the exhibit is hugely important. “As the survivor community passes on, this is our best way to tell the stories of the holocaust,” Hunegs said. “Not because we should learn about…the holocaust, but because we need to use it to guide us and inform us today.”  The exhibits also serve as a platform to commemorate Israel’s 70th anniversary in May of 2018. Dakota Diaspora and Transfer of Memory is scheduled to open in late spring.

J.P. Skelly

Oct 06

Wrigley Cares: Michael Ray’s shelter pup inspires him to help other animals in need

Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleAs Michael Ray kicks off his Get to You Tour, he’s also launching a new initiative to help local animal shelters.

“Wrigley Cares:  Helping Animals in Need” is named for the puppy Michael adopted this summer at Chicago’s Country Lakeshake festival.

“Wrigley is a huge part of my life,” the Florida native says. “She’s on the road with us and she’s there for all the major moments. She changed my life back in June and I’m hoping we can change the lives of other shelter dogs by lending a helping hand.”

A donation station will be set up at each stop on Michael’s tour for collecting items that shelters need the most, including wet and dry dog and cat food, and new or slightly used towels and blankets to line crates. Fans who make a donation will also get a code for a discount on Michael’s tour merchandise.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 06

Watch now: Dierks Bentley debuts new look in emotional “Hold the Light” video

ABC/Image Group LA The new movie Only the Brave won’t be out until October 20, but you can preview the film in Dierks Bentley’s new music video.

The Arizona native wrote “Hold the Light” for the movie, about a group of elite firefighters in his home state of Arizona who lost their lives protecting their community from a wildfire.

“This song hits really close to me because we wrote it based on the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” Dierks explains. “One of the most powerful takeaways for me from working on this project has been the need to search for hope and light even in the darkest of times. I think right now that message is more meaningful than ever.”

Dierks shot the video for “Hold the Light” last month in Nashville, and you’ll notice he’s sporting a new look, complete with a full beard. You can check it out on YouTube now.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 06

What’s the cost of a future #1? Kane Brown made Lauren Alaina miss her workout

Sony Music NashvilleAs the deluxe edition of Kane Brown’s self-titled debut album arrives in stores and online on Friday, the newcomer also is on the verge of having his very first #1.

“What Ifs,” his duet with Lauren Alaina, is a song he had a hand in writing.

“I had a title called ‘What Ifs’…” Kane recalls, “I feel like everybody always says ‘what if this, what if that.’ Even if you’re not in a relationship, there’s always this ‘what if’ question. So we just kinda put it in a relationship status.”

Once “What Ifs” was finished, Kane knew it only lacked one thing: a vocal from the American Idol runner-up who’s also his former schoolmate.

“After we wrote it, I asked Lauren…,” he remembers. “I’d been trying to get her on a song with me, so I asked her if she would come to the studio and record it. She was going to work out that night. I told her it would only take 15 minutes, and I made her late for her hot boxing class and she just came and she killed it.”

Kane Brown Deluxe adds four new songs to his original album.

 Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 06

Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country” is coming December 8

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan’s sixth studio album, What Makes You Country, is on the way December 8, the four-time Entertainer of the Year announced Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“It is important to me to continue to push myself to grow on all levels and I feel like we did that on this project,” the Georgia native says. “Making and performing music never gets old and I can honestly say I am having the time of my life. I will be forever grateful to every fan who sings along each night,” he adds.

The new American Idol judge had a hand in writing seven of the album’s fifteen cuts.

Here’s the complete track listing for What Makes You Country:

“What Makes You Country”
“Out of Nowhere”
“Light It Up”
“Most People Are Good”
“Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”
“Bad Lovers”
“Drinking Again”
“Land of a Million Songs”
“Like You Say You Do”
“Hooked On It”
“She’s a Hot One”
“Hungover in a Hotel Room”
“Pick It Up”
“Driving This Thing”
“Win Life”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 06

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announce ‘The Rest of Our Life,’ first-ever album together

Arista Nashville/McGraw Music/Sony Music EntertainmentTim McGraw and Faith Hill have been making a combined 50 years so far, and have been married for the last 21.  And while they’ve toured together many times on their Soul2Soul outings, they’ve never made an album together — until now.

The Rest of Our Life, an an 11-song collection featuring songs written by some of the biggest names in country and pop music, will be released November 17.  The title track, co-written by pop superstar Ed Sheeran, will be exclusively available on Amazon Music Unlimited for the next 48 hours.  You can also listen to now on their YouTube channel.

The album also features the CMA Award-nominated first single, “Speak to a Girl,” which is now available for pre-order.

It’s almost certainly no coincidence that news of The Rest of Our Life was released today, October 6 — Tim and Faith’s 21st wedding anniversary.

Timed to the album’s release date will be Showtime’s airing of the concert special Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul at 9pm Eastern time Nov. 17.

Here’s the track listing for The Rest of Our Life:

1. “The Rest of Our Life”
2. “Telluride”
3. “The Bed We Made”
4. “Cowboy Lullaby”
5. “Break First”
6. “Love Me to Lie”
7. “Sleeping in the Stars”
8. “Damn Good at Holding On”
9. “Devil Callin’ Me Back”
10. “Speak to a Girl”
11. “Roll the Dice”

 Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oct 05

The Opry Goes Pink this October, with a little help from Kelsea Ballerini and Trisha Yearwood

ABC/Paula Lobo/Randee St. NicholasKelsea Ballerini and Trisha Yearwood are teaming up to help the Grand Ole Opry fight breast cancer.  On October 24, the Opry Goes Pink for the ninth year in a row.

Kelsea will flip the ceremonial switch to turn the Opry’s iconic barn pink for the night, while Trisha will introduce this year’s Women Rock for the Cure honorary survivor. It’s a cause that’s very personal for Trisha, since she lost her own mother, Gwen, to cancer several years ago.

LANCOEaston Corbin, and Runaway June will also take the Opry stage that night, with five dollars from every ticket going to help Women Rock for the Cure in their efforts to fight breast cancer.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.