News And Notes

Author Archive

Sep 17

George Strait Releases The Cowboy Rides Away: Live

George Strait

George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium is now available. The album was recorded during Strait’s final show on his last tour and features special guests Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson.

Eric Church was on hand both at the final show in Dallas and as an opener several times throughout the show. Strait was impressed with how Church worked the crowd.

“Eric Church is just a great artist,” Strait said. “He’s a really great performer and great songwriter. He’s got the total package. When we did our shows together during the tour he came out and, well, he said I’m not going to bring my band. I’m just going to do a set just me and my guitar. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 3:21 pm | Permalink
Sep 17

Americana Music Festival: 10 Acts to Catch

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers will perform at The Americana Festival on September 19. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/thedirtdaubers.)

The Americana Music Festival kicks off this week in Nashville, featuring four nights of live music from September 17-20. 165 live performances will take place at more than nine music venues throughout downtown Nashville. It’s a music festival like no other, and if you are headed to Music City this week, here are 10 shows not to miss:

Lee Ann Womack – September 18, 7:30p at Cannery Ballroom

Lee Ann Womack is set to release her new album, The Way I’m Livin,’ on September 23. “We wanted to capture the moment,” Womack said of the album, which was recorded almost completely live. “Both the moment in the song and the moment when the musicians catch fire. There’s a magic when the players find each other, find the heart of the song – and that spark is the greatest moment of all.”

Angaleena Presley – September 18, 9:00p at High Watt

Known as one-third of Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley will release her solo debut, American Middle Class, on October 14. “A lot of folks first heard of me when I wrote a song called ‘Knocked Up’ that Heidi Newfield cut on her first solo record,” she said. “People would say, ‘God, honey, that song has balls.’ But I just wrote what I knew. I was pregnant, not married, and felt like the shame of my family.”

Marty Stuart – September 18, 9:30p at 3rd & Lindsley

Marty Stuart is one of “country’s most historically-minded new traditionalists.” He will take the stage at 3rd & Lindsley for a show featuring his own brand of sound, which combines elements of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 3:20 pm | Permalink
Sep 16

Luke Bryan Will Kick Off Farm Tour 2014 on October 1

Luke Bryan Kicks off Farm Tour

Photo courtesy of lukebryan.com.

Luke Bryan will kick off his sixth annual Farm Tour in Knoxville, Tenn., on October 1. The tour will hit several farm towns throughout the southeast before wrapping October 11 in Macon, Ga. As in previous years, a portion of proceeds will go to local college scholarships for students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

Last year, Bryan’s Farm Tour played for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns, breaking the previous year’s record. The “Harvest Time VIP Experience” will be available on the tour. The package includes a general admission ticket, a VIP viewing area, a parking pass, access to VIP-only restrooms, limited edition Farm Tour poster, private cash bar and more.
Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 2:13 pm | Permalink
Sep 15

Maddie & Tae Grew Up Fast to Sing Country Music

Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae photo courtesy facebook.com/maddieandtae.

Maddie & Tae are making waves in the country music world with their sassy debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” While they are only 18 years old, the duo’s songwriting is wise beyond their years. They give credit to their careers for helping them grow up.

Watch Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” music video >>

“I think we started traveling back and forth to Nashville when we were 15 and 16,” Tae said. “We definitely had to grow up fast and figure out what we wanted to prioritize in our lives.” Not that they mind the sacrifices. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 3:53 pm | Permalink
Sep 15

Miranda Lambert Credits Kenny Chesney for Touring Success

Miranda Lambert Platinum Tour album cover

Photo courtesy of mirandalambert.com.

Miranda Lambert has traveled a lot of miles over the years, playing music for fans far and wide. Known for her high energy show, she gives credit to Kenny Chesney for teaching her how to not only work an audience, but also run a tour.

Top Tours of 2014 >>

“When I was on the Kenny tour, his crowd and his crew and his everybody has his spirit, which is, ‘I love my job. I love what I do. This should be fun. This is entertainment,’” Lambert told ABC News Radio. “It’s just his great spirit and love of the beach and love of relaxing and having a margarita leaks throughout the entire camp, therefore throughout the entire tour to the person on the back row of the stadium, and that’s what’s important.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 1:50 pm | Permalink
Sep 13

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation Breaks Ground on Redemption Ranch

MuttNation's Mutt of the Week, Harry

MuttNation’s “Mutt of the Week,” Harry – Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/MuttNation.

Miranda Lambert’s love of animals is well-documented. In an effort to continue to improve the lives of dogs in the Tishomingo, Oklahoma, area where she lives with husband Blake Shelton, Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation broke ground on Redemption Ranch, a 5-acre safe haven, this month.

Country Stars and Their Pets >>

“MuttNation Foundation, Inc. is thrilled to share the news that we are opening our own private, no-kill shelter,” the group shared through a Facebook post. “While we will continue to support and work with shelters and rescue groups nationwide, it is our hope that we will be able to save even more homeless animals from needless euthanasia by providing a safe haven for them while awaiting adoption to their new families.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 10:00 am | Permalink
Sep 12

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Keep No. 1 Streak Alive on Top 20

Top 20 Miranda and Carrie music video
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood keep their No. 1 streak alive with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Scotty McCreery and Tim McGraw with Faith Hill round out the Top 3, while videos from Jason Aldean, Kip Moore and Dan + Shay make their countdown debuts.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley also took a look at the recently announced nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards! Turns out, a number of nominees also have videos on this week’s Top 20.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  4. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  5. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  9. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  10. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 6:30 pm | Permalink
Sep 12

Florida Georgia Line Was Almost ‘Orange Peach’

Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line almost had a very different name. Their home states of Georgia and Florida are known for peaches and oranges. Looking for a name that would pay homage to their roots, the duo very nearly named themselves ‘Orange Peach,’ they tell Taste of Country.

Watch Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” music video >>

“We lived together for two years in Nashville and were hanging out in the hall and decided to take this music thing seriously and wanted to represent where we came from,” Brian Kelley said. “Orange Peach was an early suggestion, then it got moved to Florida Georgia Line.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 10:00 am | Permalink
Sep 12

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and Wife Kelli Welcome a Son

Dave Haywood, Kelli Cashiola

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and fiancee Kelli Cashiola were married Saturday, April 14, 2012. Photo by Skip Hopkins, courtesy of The Greenroom.

Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and wife Kelli Cashiola Haywood, who welcomed their first child, a son, on Sunday, September 7. Haywood took to Twitter to give fans the good news on Monday.

“So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night,” he wrote. “Mom and Dad are doing great and couldn’t be happier!”

Cash Van Haywood weighed in at 7 lbs. and is 19 inches long. His name is taken from Kelli’s maiden name, Cashiola, and Van is Haywood’s father’s name. The new baby made his arrival earlier than expected, causing the band to cancel their show Sunday evening at Allegan County Fair in Michigan. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 4:00 am | Permalink
Sep 11

Carrie Underwood Producing TV Series Based on “Two Black Cadillacs”

Carrie Underwood - Two Black Cadillacs TV Series

Photo courtesy of carrieunderwoodofficial.com.

Carrie Underwood may not be touring this fall, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t keeping busy. Rolling Stone reports Underwood is teaming up with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ildy Modrovich to executive produce a six-hour television series based on her hit song, “Two Black Cadillacs.” Set to air on FOX, the series is set in the modern-day South and tells the story of a wife and mistress who work together to murder a cheating husband.

“One’s the wife, one’s the one he’s messing around with — and you root for them both, because it’s not their fault,” Underwood said. “He’s lying to both of them. They figure it out, and what do they do about it? They kill him! And the first time they meet is at the funeral. There’s two black Cadillacs, and you think maybe that’s the car he bought for both of them. It’s dark, it’s stormy, it’s dramatic — it’s like a soap opera.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 8:56 pm | Permalink