Apr 05

Get to know Morgan Wallen with “If I Know Me”

Big Loud RecordsAs Morgan Wallen’s breakthrough hit “Up Down” climbs the chart, his debut album, If I Know Me, is set to follow later this month.

The East Tennessee singer unveiled the album’s artwork Wednesday night, after performing his collaboration with Florida Georgia Line in front of thousands at a free concert in Music City.  

“I moved to town three years ago and have gotten to write with some of the best songwriters and artists in Nashville,” Morgan reflects. “I’m ready for people to hear this album and get to know what I’m all about. There are songs that have made the journey with me and I’m just really proud to be putting If I Know Me out there.”

The album is set to arrive Friday, April 27, with more details about its track listing still to come.

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Apr 05

Lady A and Chris Janson will Let Freedom Sing! this Fourth of July in Nashville

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Fourth of July celebration in Music City is known as Let Freedom Sing!, and this year, Lady AntebellumChris Janson and Lucie Silvas will help the annual event live up to its name.

The free concert begins at 4 p.m. CT on July 4, on a special stage that will be set up at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Nashville. At 9:15, the music will shift to Ascend Amphitheatre on the Riverfront, with the Nashville Symphony accompanying the fireworks that start at 9:30.

By the way, if you’re not familiar with the British-born Silvas, chances are you know her husband. She’s married to John Osborne of Brothers Osborne.

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Apr 05

FGL suits up with the Tennessee Titans for a massive free show in downtown Nashville

John Shearer/Getty ImagesFootball season got underway a little early in Nashville this year, as Florida Georgia Line put on a free concert Wednesday night to unveil the Tennessee Titans’ new uniforms for their upcoming 20th season.

The crowd packed the street at the intersection of Broadway and 1st Avenue, with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley blazing through a set of nothing but hits, including their current smash “Meant to Be,” with Bebe Rexha joining them via video.

Tyler and BK brought their significant others onstage to do their giant hit, “H.O.L.Y.,” with Tyler’s wife Hayley holding their little one, Olivia, who was born just before Christmas. The Tradition Evolved set marked the baby’s first FGL show.

Newcomer Morgan Wallen brought personalized versions of the new jerseys onstage for the duo, before joining FGL for their hit collaboration, “Up Down.”

“It’s an honor to be a part of this organization,” Tyler said from the stage. “It’s an honor to be in the beautiful city of Nashville — our home state of Tennessee right here — hanging out on a Wednesday night.”

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at FGL’s giant party this weekend on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. It premieres Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.

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Apr 05

Kenny Chesney stands up for “the original hillbilly rock star”: “It’s time we hear David Lee Murphy again”

Reviver Kenny Chesney‘s on the verge of having a top ten hit with his pal, “Dust on the Bottle” hitmaker David Lee Murphy.

Long before they recorded “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” their current single together, Kenny and David Lee struck up a friendship during the recording of Kenny’s 2007 album, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.

“I believe the first song I recorded of David Lee Murphy’s was ‘Just Not Today,’” Kenny recalls. “But the first song that was a single for me was ‘Living In Fast Forward.'”

“And there’s a line in that song that says ‘Living in fast forward, a hillbilly rock star out of control,’” the eight-time Entertainer of the Year continues. “And in my opinion, that’s David Lee Murphy to a T. I mean, I think he’s the original hillbilly rock star.”

Kenny not only sings on David Lee’s new album, No Zip Code, he also co-produced it and was a driving force in getting it made.

“David Lee kept sending me songs that I recorded, some songs I passed on, some songs that were big records for me,” Kenny explains. “But he had this voice that kept getting better and better and better, and one day I decided, ‘Why doesn’t David Lee Murphy make a record?'”

“It’s time we hear David Lee Murphy again, because his voice is timeless. His songs are timeless,” Kenny says passionately. “And man, I’m really glad we got in there and made this album together, and I’m really proud of him.”

No Zip Code will be available in stores and online on Friday.

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Apr 05

Get Mountain High at Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Music Festival this Labor Day

The GreenRoomDierks Bentley‘s forthcoming album, The Mountain, was inspired by the time he spent in Telluride, Colorado, and now he wants to share that experience with his fans. The Arizona native is staging his very own Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado on Labor Day weekend.

“This is a dream come true for me,” Dierks says of the three-day event. “It’s no secret that I love everything about Colorado… the fans, the venues we’ve played and of course, the landscape. We are bringing it all together with this festival.”

Dierk’s Mountain High tour mates Brothers Osborne and LANCO will be on hand for the festival, along with his “Different for Girls” duet partner Elle KingMiranda LambertDel McCoury BandSam BushThe Cadillac Three and others will also join the party, with Dierks playing multiple sets throughout the weekend.

“It’s our own field of dreams,” Dierks says of the festival. “…We are putting everything we have into it, with no details overlooked, in hopes it is the ultimate festival experience.”

He continues, “I personally will be right in there with our fans listening to best musicians, taking advantage of the unlimited outdoor opportunities including hiking, biking and playing in the river and lake…or maybe just sitting with a cold one all day in the Colorado sunshine and under the Rocky Mountain stars.”

Tickets go on sale April 20 for the August 31-September 2 event. 

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Apr 05

The Gambler’s Last Deal ends early, as Kenny Rogers cancels his 2018 shows

Donald Kravitz/Getty ImagesAt age 79, Kenny Rogers was already winding down his final year of touring. But it looks like he may be forced to end his last stand early: He’s canceled his shows through the end of 2018.

“Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges,” his publicist said in a statement. “His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, but they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation.”

Whatever his health concerns are specifically, the Country Music Hall of Famer is still maintaining his sense of humor. 

“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Kenny says. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on The Gambler’s Last Deal tour.  I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”

It’s not clear if the dates will be rescheduled. Those with tickets can get a refund at the point of purchase. 

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Apr 05

Keith Urban is “Coming Home” very soon: “Graffiti U” due April 27

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s new single, “Coming Home,” will be the opening song for his new record, Graffiti U, which is due later this month, on April 27. 

The Australian superstar revealed the details of his ninth studio album on Thursday morning, including both the cover art and the track listing. 

Keith’s last album, Ripcord, came out two years ago.

Here’s the complete track list for Graffiti U:

“Coming Home”
“Never Comin Down”
“Same Heart”
“My Wave”
“Parallel Line”
“Drop Top”
“Way Too Long”
“Horses”
“Gemini”
“Texas Time”
“Love the Way It Hurts (So Good)”
“Female”
“Steal My Thunder”

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Apr 04

On Friday, you can say “Alexa, give me the scoop on Elton John’s new (country) tribute album”

Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleCome Friday, if you want to find out the story behind the making of the new Elton John tribute albums Revamp and Restoration, all you’ll need do is ask Alexa.

Elton has teamed with Amazon Music for The Soundboard with Elton John, described as an “immersive original audio program” which will feature conversations with Elton, his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, and some of the artists who contributed to Revamp and Restoration.

You can access the program by visiting AmazonMusic.com/EltonJohn starting at midnight Friday.  Whenever you tune in, you’ll join the stream in-progress and hear Elton, Bernie and the stars featured on the album talk about reinterpreting these timeless hits. You’ll notice Chris Stapleton is featured on The Soundboard‘s main page.

Revamp features pop and rock acts covering classic Elton tunes, while country stars step into the spotlight on Restoration, including Little Big TownDierks BentleyVince Gill and Don HenleyLee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Dolly PartonWillie NelsonEmmylou HarrisMaren MorrisBrothers OsborneMiranda Lambert and others.

Don’t want to sit in front of a computer? Then you can simply say, “Alexa, play The Soundboard with Elton John.”

Elton said in a statement, “It’s been wonderful working with Amazon Music to bring our stories behind the new songs to life and I hope fans will enjoy listening to The Soundboard as much as we did recording it.”

Other acts featured on Revamp and Restoration include Lady Gaga, Miley CyrusEd Sheeran, Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Pink, and more. Both albums arrive Friday, April 6.

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Apr 04

Take a Trip Around the Sun like a “Big Star”: Kenny Chesney’s outrageous contest

Allister AnnIf you haven’t quite figured out how you can make it to one of Kenny Chesney’s concerts this summer, the “Big Star” himself is ready to help you out.

It gets even better from there: Kenny’s partnering with his Blue Chair Bay Rum to bring one fan and five friends to Kenny’s favorite show of the year — and it’s all first class. You’ll be flown to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts via a private plane; hotel also is provided.  And you won’t just get to be in the audience — you’ll get to sit onstage.

The August 25 stop on the Trip Around the Sun tour also includes Dierks BentleyBrothers Osborne, and newcomer Brandon Lay.

You can enter now at BlueChairBayRum.com/BestSeat. The winner will be revealed in August.

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Apr 04

Mom saves the world: Linda Davis helps Hillary Scott out, as she’s home taking care of twins

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SESACLady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott has her hands full these days, following the birth of her twin daughters in late January. Even with all the help she’s getting from husband Chris Tyrrell and nearly-five-year-old daughter Eisele, the timing’s not quite right for Hillary to make the trek to HSN to unveil the new additions to her LaBellum fashion line.

So it’s mom to the rescue! Hillary’s mother, Grammy winner Linda Davis — famous for her duet on “Does He Love You” with Reba McEntire — is stepping in.

“Mom and I had so much fun on HSN together last year!” Hillary tweeted. “Y’all tune in as she takes the reins on the Spring line this Thursday. (I’ll be back home with the new baby girls but I’ll get in on some of the fun for sure.)”

You can tune in to see Linda at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday on HSN — and expect a visit via Skype by Hillary. If you can’t wait to get a look at the new fashions until then, you can start shopping now at HSN.com.

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