May 24

Chris Young Gets CMA Music Festival 2016 Rollin' on the Riverfront

RCA NashvilleChris Young will get the party started officially for CMA Music Festival 2016 with a free performance at Music City’s new Ascend Amphitheatre on the banks of the Cumberland River. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will join the “Think of You” hitmaker on the newly christened Skyview Stage for the opening ceremonies.

All the money raised from the festival formerly known as Fan Fair goes to fund music education in schools. Some of the students who’ve benefited from those programs will also get the chance to show off what they’ve learned. Gates open an hour ahead of time for the 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Wednesday, June 8.  

This week, Chris revealed his third single from his I’m Comin’ Over album will be “Sober Saturday Night,” which features Vince Gill on guitar and vocals.

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May 24

Together Again: Lady Antebellum Reunites to Host ACM Special for CBS

Capitol NashvilleThough they’ve been spent most of the year apart working on their individual projects, the members of Lady Antebellum will be back together again to host the 10th Annual ACM Honors special this fall on CBS.

While the Academy of Country Music has held the ceremony for its special honorees and off-camera winners from the ACM Awards for close to a decade, this is the first time it will be televised. The show tapes August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with its airdate to be announced later. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle and The Statler Brothers are just some of the evening’s honorees.

In the meantime,  Lady A is back on the road as a group this summer, with Charles Kelley promoting his new single “Lonely Girl” from his album The Driver, as Hillary Scott performs her song “Thy Will” from her forthcoming faith-based album Love Remains with her family. 

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May 24

Frankie Ballard Gets "El Rio"-Ready on the Latest Edition of "Skyville Live"

Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard continues the countdown to his new album El Rio, with a performance Tuesday night on the latest edition of the web-based concert series Skyville Live. You can be sure the Michigan native will do his latest hit, the top twenty “It All Started with a Beer,” as he takes the stage alongside ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons and others. You can watch Skyville Live Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET at or via the free go90 mobile app.

Frankie’s new project, which was recorded in Texas, is due June 10. You can check out his mini-documentary Journey to Sonic Ranch:  The Making of El Rio on YouTube now.

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May 24

Demi Drops In: Brad Paisley Surprises Fans on First Weekend of Life Amplified Tour

Arista NashvilleFans at one of Brad Paisley’s stops on his Life Amplified World Tour this weekend definitely got more than they bargained for. 

“We cut a little song that came out a week ago and we wanted to practice it, so you’re our guinea pigs tonight,” he teased the crowd at California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, before bringing pop star Demi Lovato onstage to sing the pair’s duet, “Without a Fight.”

Brad was still bathing in the afterglow the next day. “As far as this tour goes, you made my year last night Demi Lovato & it was only the 2nd show!” he tweeted. “Thanks for being here.”

Paisley fans probably shouldn’t hold out for more frequent Demi drop-ins on Brad’s tour, since it will get significantly more complicated as she heads out on her own Future Now trek with Nick Jonas this summer.

Tune in for the TV debut of the pair’s duet Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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As far as this tour goes, you made my year tonight @ddlovato & it’s only the 2nd show! Thanks for being here.

— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 21, 2016

May 24

Little Big Town Will Debut New Song Tonight on "The Voice"

Frederick Breedon/WireImageThere’s another reason to tune in to tonight’s season finale of The Voice, besides learning who wins.  You’ll get to hear Little Big Town perform their brand-new song, “One of Those Days,” from their forthcoming album, Wanderlust.

Wanderlust was produced by Grammy-winning The Voice coach Pharrell Williams, with some help from pop star Justin Timberlake, who also wrote with LBT for the album.  We got our first news of those collaborations last March, when Timberlake teased fans with an Instagram photo of him with Little Big Town, writing “NBD…Just writing with @LittleBigTown.  This band is the truth!! So good!!!!”  That same month, he also posted a snapshot of himself in the studio with Pharrell.

Written by Little Big Town and Williams, “One Of Those Days” is the lead single from Wanderlust, which drops Friday and features eight tracks.

Can’t wait until tonight to hear “One of Those Days?”  It’s available now from all the usual digital retailers.

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May 23

Dierks Bentley Takes Over TV as He Prepares to Go to Black

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is gearing up for a busy week, leading up to the release of his new album Black on Friday. Thursday night, the “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which starts at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

The following morning, he’ll get up early to perform on New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of Today’s summer concert series. You can catch the show at 7 a.m. on NBC.

Then Saturday night, you’ll be able to relive the pop-up show Dierks did April 10 at The International in Knoxville, Tennessee. Instant Jam: Dierks Bentley premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. You can watch a preview now at

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May 23

Actress Kate Hudson Is "Already Ready" for Dan+Shay's New Album

Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Dan+Shay have found a fan in Kate Hudson.  This weekend, the duo tweeted a video of the actress listening to their track “Already Ready” during one of her Snapchat sessions.

“Just starting playing this song,” the daughter of Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn said, as she checked out the tune on her Amazon Echo speaker. The second generation star isn’t too far removed from country music — you might remember her brother Oliver Hudson played the now-deceased character Jeff Fordham on ABC’s Nashville.

“Already Ready” is featured on Dan+Shay’s new album, Obsessed, which comes out June 3. You can check out the pair’s just-released “instant grat” video, for the track “How Not To,” on YouTube now.

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May 23

New Parents Thompson Square Survive the "Sleep-Deprived-Almost-Killing-Each-Other-Phase" to Release New Single

BBR Music GroupFour months after Thompson Square welcomed their first little one, the husband-and-wife duo is back with new music. “You Make It Look So Good” also serves as the soundtrack for a new home movie featuring their pride and joy, Rigney Cooper Thompson.

Keifer and Shawna admit they weren’t immune to many of the fears most first-time parents experience.

 “It was the scariest thing we have ever experienced during the first three weeks,” the couple tells People. “We were like ‘I can’t believe that they let us take him home. We have no idea what we’re doing.’ After the sleep-deprived-almost-killing-each-other phase was over and we realized that he was probably going to be OK and it wasn’t an impossible feat, we started enjoying our new life.”

Part of that new life will be taking Cooper along on the road, with the help of a long-time friend, who’s recently become the Thompsons’ nanny.

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May 23

If the Baby Boot-ie Fits: Granger Smith Is a New Dad

BBR Music GroupGranger Smith’s brand new baby boy is a week old today. The “Backroad Song” hitmaker announced the new arrival Friday on his Facebook page.

“Heart and hands are full,” the post said, accompanied by a photo of his family seated in a porch swing, with Granger holding four-year-old daughter London, and wife Amber balancing both two-year-old Lincoln and the newborn. “We added one more boy to the clan. River Kelly Smith has joined his brother and sister!”

It’s back to work for the father of three, as he plays Stampede Houston on Tuesday night. His new single “If the Boot Fits” is currently climbing the charts.  

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May 23

Dustin Lynch Sees a "Mind Reader" in His Future After His #1 Party

Sweet Talk Publicity/Justin Nolan KeyEven though it appears Dustin Lynch’s love interest in the “Mind Reader” video is telling his future, it turns out Luke Bryan’s current tourmate is a Tarot card virgin.

“I told myself before the music video I wanted to make sure I was comfortable doing it, so I wanted to do it for real, so I wouldn’t be faking it on camera. And I pulled up to this place over by my house,” he recalls. “I was by myself, and I just freaked myself out. ‘Man, I can’t do it! I need somebody with me!’”

Now, it looks like Dustin will have the perfect opportunity to get his cards read, and also take along some company.

“We always try to do an activity as a village after a number one party, and I’m going to take my team out to get some cards read. I think I am! I haven’t had a chance to go, but I’m glad I haven’t, because I’ll get to do that for the first time, and probably some of my team from my record label hasn’t done it either. It’ll be a great experience for us.”  

“Mind Reader” is the final single from Dustin’s sophomore album, Where It’s At. Expect a new single from his forthcoming third project soon.

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