Jan 04

Garth Brooks teases 2018 will be the year of Trisha

ABC RadioTrisha Yearwood’s most recent solo album was 2014’s Prizefighter: Hit after Hit, which included six new songs and ten of her trademark tunes. You have to go back even farther — to 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love — to find her last full-length recording of new material.

So when will the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year make another album?

“I don’t know,” her husband Garth Brooks tells ABC Radio. “I keep asking her that every day.”

With the North American leg of Garth’s World Tour now finished, Trisha confirms she’s setting her sights on heading into the studio.

“I just haven’t been able to do it with this tour,” she explains. “But it’s tapping on my shoulder, and I want to do it just as bad as, hopefully people are gonna wanna hear it.”

While Trisha has been on the road with Garth for more than three years, she’s also been hosting Trisha’s Southern Kitchen on Food Network and expanding her culinary empire.

“I gotta tell you, she’s really happy where she’s at,” Garth says. “You can tell she’s happy where she’s at, and right now, she’s kinda focused on the cooking world.”

He goes on to hint, however, that Trisha has something up her sleeve in the coming months.

“I don’t want to speak for her or let anything out of the bag,” the six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year says, “but [2018] is gonna be very different, I’m just gonna tell you right now.”

After 390 shows where Trisha supported him, Garth adds he’ll be happy to pursue whatever his wife wants to do in the New Year.

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Jan 03

“Shoot Me Straight”: Hear the new Brothers Osborne song in its entirety now

ABC/Image Group LA You won’t be able to stream or download the new single from Brothers Osborne until Friday, but you can hear “Shoot Me Straight” in its entirety on YouTube now.

The audio-only version of the gritty, guitar-driven track is posted on TJ and John’s official channel now, complete with extended musical breaks that make the song clock in at nearly seven minutes long.

“Shoot Me Straight” is the lead single from the siblings’ forthcoming sophomore album, which is expected sometime this year. The CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year released their debut project, Pawn Shop, two years ago, in January of 2016.  

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Jan 03

PETA is upset with Luke Bryan over his exotic Christmas gift to Caroline

ABC/Image Group LA Luke Bryan may’ve scored some major points with his wife Caroline by giving her two baby kangaroos for Christmas, but his exotic present has landed him in hot water with PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The vice president of the animal rights organization calls Luke out in a statement on PETA’s website.

“Baby kangaroos belong in their mothers’ pouches, not in gift bags,” Colleen O’Brien says. “These joeys have complex needs, including specialized diets and room to roam — they are not toys and will only become more difficult to care for as they grow older.”

O’Brien goes on to say, “PETA is calling for an investigation into where these kangaroos came from and stands ready to help Luke Bryan right this wrong and move these vulnerable marsupials to a reputable sanctuary.”

The kangaroos — which Luke and Caroline named Todd and Margo — will live at Brett’s Barn, a project named for the couple’s niece, Sadie Brett, who died early last year. Brett’s Barn works with local charities to bring children to visit rescue animals who live on Luke’s Tennessee farm.

You can check out Caroline meeting the ‘roos via a video posted on Luke’s Instagram. Shortly afterward, the What Makes You Country superstar posted a photo of the kangaroos lying by the fire wearing diapers, and added, “They are adjusting perfectly [and] are beyond sweet and precious.”  

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Jan 03

Sugarland will be “Still the Same” on tour this summer

ABC/Heidi GutmanIt’s been more than five years since Sugarland set out on a major tour, but that’s all about to change.

“And now for the moment we’ve certainly been waiting for…” the duo announced Wednesday on social media. “We are headed to a city near you this summer!!!”

The new trek will take its name from the new single by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, “Still the Same.” The duo’s first new album since 2010’s The Incredible Machine is expected sometime this year.

Pre-sales start next Tuesday. You can get more details by signing up for the pair’s newsletter at SugarlandMusic.com.

Here’s a rundown of the cities on Sugarland’s Still the Same Tour, with dates and venues to be announced soon:

Allentown, PA
Anaheim, CA
Atlanta, GA
Augusta, GA
Bakersfield, CA
Bismarck, ND
Chicago, IL
Columbia, MD
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Daytona Beach, FL
Denver, CO
Des Moines, IA
Durant, OK
Gilford, NH
Grand Island, NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Green Bay, WI
Greenville, SC
Huntsville, AL
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Moline, IL
Nashville, TN
Newark, NJ
Niagara Falls, ON
Omaha, NE
Pensacola, FL
Phoenix, AZ
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Rapid City, SD
San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Seattle, WA
Sioux Falls, SD
Spokane, WA
St. Louis, MO
St. Paul, MN
Sugar Land, TX
Toledo, OH
Tulsa, OK
Uncasville, CT
Verona, NY
Wichita, KS
Worchester, MA
Youngstown, OH

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Jan 03

“Men of the Woods”: Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake reunite on JT’s new album

ABC/Image Group LA Justin Timberlake helped launch Chris Stapleton into superstardom, with a show-stopping duet at the 2015 CMA Awards. Now, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year is returning the favor.

Stapleton guests on JT’s new album, Man of the Woods, which comes out February 2. So far, we don’t know any details about the song from the men who teamed for a mash-up of “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Drink You Away” on the night Stapleton swept the CMA Awards.

This fall, Justin and Chris reunited for the first time since that 2015 performance, doing three songs at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. JT and Chris originally connected because he and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, are huge Stapleton fans.

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Jan 03

How does Carrie Underwood look after her fall? You can see for yourself

ABC/Image Group LA Lots of folks are anxious to get a glance at Carrie Underwood, after the superstar told her fan club earlier this week she “might look a bit different,” after requiring 40-50 stitches on her face following a serious fall down some steps outside her home in November. But if you’re paying attention to Carrie’s socials, you’ve already glimpsed the Oklahoma beauty, whether you realized it or not.

Adrienne Gang — from the Bravo reality show Below Deck — shared a photo with Carrie in early December, after running into her during a workout. In the picture, which clearly shows Carrie’s face, she looks much the same as always, with no noticeable change.

“I had no idea she got hurt prior to meeting her,” Gang told Us Weekly. “She had a wrist brace on, but I didn’t think much of it until I saw the headlines after I posted our picture together. I didn’t notice anything amiss on her face. Simply, she looked lovely. She was extremely friendly and gracious.”

Carrie revealed the new details about her accident — which also left her with a broken wrist — on Monday, in a blog post written especially for members of her fan club.

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Jan 03

After “Sing It Now,” what’s next? Reba’s working on it

ABC/Image Group LA In 2017, Reba McEntire put out two new records:  her Grammy-nominated, Dove-Award-winning gospel album, Sing It Now, and the expanded re-release of her My Kind of Christmas project.

Never one to slow down, the Country Music Hall-of-Famer is already working on the follow-up, though she’s not quite sure what direction it will take.

“I don’t know,” Reba explains. “We’re thinking, we’re looking for songs already. You know, I think the songs will dictate a lot of that. Because when I let everybody know we are looking for songs, when they start coming in, it kinda makes the direction more obvious.”

“But I’m looking forward to it. I love to get in the studio,” she adds.

Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith and Hope is up for Best Roots Gospel Album at the 60th Grammys Sunday, January 28 in New York City.  It’s Reba’s first Grammy nod since 2007.

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Jan 02

Building a mystery: Dan + Shay seem to have a secret

ABC/Image Group LA Dan + Shay are up to something, but it looks like we’ll have to wait about a week to find out exactly what.

Tuesday afternoon, the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees tweeted a black-and-white picture of the plus symbol that’s part of their logo, along with the date 1.10.18 — which is next Wednesday.

On the heels of a busy 2017, it seems likely that 2018 will bring the pair’s third record. Their sophomore album, Obsessed, came out in June of 2016, and featured the number ones, “From the Ground Up” and “How Not To.” At November’s CMA Country Christmas taping, Dan Smyers revealed the two were working on new music.

Both Dan and Shay Mooney married their longtime girlfriends last year. Shay and his wife Hannah also welcomed their son Asher James. He turns one on January 24.

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Jan 02

Chris Janson wraps up a banner 2017 with a gig with Garth

ABC Radio There’s no denying the past twelve months have been good for Chris Janson: he grabbed his second #1 with “Fix a Drink,” released his sophomore album Everybody, and was personally selected by Garth Brooks to open the final North American date on his World Tour.

“2017 was a banner year, and an even better holiday season,” Chris reflects. “The show with Garth was a highlight no doubt. It was hands-down one of best crowds I’ve ever played to. It was a very welcoming and music-loving audience. Garth is a gem, and his staff is better than ever.”

Next up for Chris, he plays his new single “Drunk Girl” this Friday on Megyn Kelly Today. You can watch for his performance starting at 9 a.m. on NBC.

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Jan 02

Keith Urban remembers those we lost in 2017 with a mammoth mash-up

ABC/Image Group LA For the second year in a row, Keith Urban ushered in the New Year by playing Nashville’s free Music City Midnight celebration on December 31. He also continued a tradition he started in 2016, closing out the year by playing a medley dedicated to the musicians we’ve lost in the past twelve months.

The Aussie superstar started with “Black Hole Sun,” a tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, before seguing into Gregg Allman’s “Midnight Rider” and Chuck Berry’s ““Johnny B. Goode.”

The mash-up continued with Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time,” Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” and Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town,” an ode to Troy Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter crash in September.

Keith concluded with AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” a nod to the band’s late guitarist Malcolm Young, before singing a full-length version of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”

You can check out Keith’s tribute for yourself, thanks to a fan video posted on YouTube.    

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