News And Notes
Apr 9

Dierks Bentley is Flying High with New Single “Drunk On A Plane”

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The Green Room

Dierks Bentley‘s new single, “Drunk On A Plane,” co-written by Dierks, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, tells the story of a man left at the altar who is pushing through his pain by taking his Cancun honeymoon solo.

“I have never been jilted at the altar, but I have had a marriage proposal rejected….all you can do is pray there’s a good return policy for the ring, get drunk and carry on,” Dierks said. “Whether I have the band with me onstage or it’s just me and my guitar, the fans love this song, and they catch on to the choruses immediately. It’s a fun song, but when you really listen, there’s also an underlying lonesomeness which is what makes it different that a lot of the other uptempo songs I’ve put out.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 8:29 am | Permalink
Apr 8

Country Stars Celebrate ACM Awards Wins Via Social Media

George Strait tweets about his ACM Award win

George Strait tweets about his ACM Entertainer of the Year win. Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/GeorgeStrait.

Following Sunday’s ACM Awards, country stars took to social media to thank their fans for their support and express their excitement over hearing their name called as a winner on the night. George Strait, who was voted ACM Entertainer of the Year by his fans, was over the moon about his win. While he usually lets his management run his Twitter account, he took over the 140 character space for one night.

#mysecondtweetever Thank you to the fans for this honor! You mean everything to me! –g” he wrote, including a post-ACM photo. #EOTY2014 #ACMs

See photos from the 2014 ACM Awards >>

Another equally excited artist was Justin Moore who picked up New Artist of the Year, the other fan voted award of the night. In a series of tweets, Justin thanked his fans and country radio.

“Wanna say another HUGE thanks to country radio for giving me a shot at success,” he wrote. “I love all of you. You are so important to us. I will never be able to repay you guys. I can’t wait to continue waving the flag for country music alongside all of you. Sincerely…JM And all you fans…you freakin rock! Anytime my fans are allowed to have their voice heard, it is heard LOUD And CLEAR! Thank you so much! Y’all are responsible for this award! Enjoy this! We did this together!” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 4:56 pm | Permalink
Apr 8

Miranda Lambert Sets Record with ACM Awards Win

 Miranda Lambert wins 3 ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert poses in the press room with the Best Female Vocalist award during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Award. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)

Miranda Lambert had an ACM Awards to remember. She performed her new single, “Automatic,” for the first time on national television and paid tribute to Merle Haggard and his 50 years in country music by performing “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” with George Strait. She also won her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award, setting an ACM record for the most consecutive wins in that category.

See photos from the 2014 ACM Awards >>

In all, Miranda took home three ACM trophies, including wins for Single Record of the Year  for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban. “Tonight has not even begun to sink in yet. It probably won’t for a week,” Miranda said. “I can’t believe that this is my job. I got a picture with George Strait and Garth Brooks, I hung out with Trisha Yearwood and practically stalked Faith Hill. It was a great night.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 4:51 pm | Permalink
Apr 7

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Keith Urban Big Winners at the 2014 ACM Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: Singer/songwriter George Strait poses in the press room with the Entertainer of the Year award during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage)

Winners have been announced for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE April 6 on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Fans named George Strait the Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor and the second win of his career in that category. This year marked another record-breaking year with 1.5 million fan votes cast for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year categories combined, and also marked the first time online fan voting for these categories were open to fans in Australia and Canada.

The king of country music and newly-crowned Entertainer of the Year, George Strait, also participated in a special moment with Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. During the telecast the two announced the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS. It was also announced that Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the show.

Merle Haggard was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award,which was presented by Garth Brooks and celebratedwith a tribute performance featuring Miranda Lambert and George Strait.

Jason Aldean won Male Vocalist of the Year,his second consecutive win in this category. He has won an overall total of 7 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert won for the fifth consecutive year as Female Vocalist of the Year, and is now the record holder for the most consecutive wins in that category. She is the leading female winner of the night, with a total of three trophies. Lambert also took the prize for Single Record of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and Vocal Event of the Year for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban.

The Band Perry won their first Vocal Group of the Year award. This marks their third overall ACM win; they won the New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year award and New Artist of the Year in 2010. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 10:20 am | Permalink
Apr 7

Jerry Jones & George Strait Announce 50th Anniversary ACM Awards to Take Place in Dallas

Jerry Jones & George Strait Announce 50th Anniversary ACM Awards to Take Place in Dallas

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 06: Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones (L) and Singer/songwriter George Strait speak onstage during the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Newly-crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year George Strait and Jerry Jones, Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, made an exciting announcement during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night. The pair revealed that the ACM Awards will celebrate its 50th anniversary from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards will air live on CBS at 8/7c on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

“For our 50th Anniversary, we wanted to invite more fans than ever to our party,” Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music, said. “Tickets to the ACM Awards sell out in minutes, country fans make their vacation plans around our events. In 2015, we’ll celebrate with the biggest group of mega artists at ACM Party for a Cause and allow more music fans to experience the Awards by hosting it in the premier stadium in the country.” Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 9:10 am | Permalink
Apr 5

Tim McGraw to Release Sundown Heaven Town on September 16

Tim McGraw to Release Sundown Heaven Town on September 16

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw will release his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, on September 16. The album will feature his new single, “Lookin’ For That Girl,” which is in the Top 20 and climbing at country radio. Beginning April 6 during Tim’s performance on the ACM Awards, which air live on CBS at 8/7c, he will launch his unique “Countdown To Sundown” program.

When fans Shazam his ACM performance, they can join the Countdown program and automatically have access to exclusive content. They will also be entered to win a season pass for 2 tickets to each of Tim’s summer tour dates, including an all-expenses paid trip to the tour’s opening night. Leading up to the album’s release, Tim will reveal new songs through major primetime television performances and provide fans with free downloads, first listens, contests and more through www.countdowntosundown.com.    Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 10:24 am | Permalink
Apr 4

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman’s New Kitchen

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Kimberly’s Simply Southern host Kimberly Schlapman recently gave Great American Country a tour of her new kitchen. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

When season 3 of Kimberly’s Simply Southern premieres Monday, April 7 at 4/3c, you’ll notice something different about the set. Little Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman is still the host — but unlike the first two seasons, she’s now filming the show in her own kitchen. Kimberly and her husband Stephen recently more than doubled the size of their kitchen, turning a former guest bedroom and bathroom into a gorgeous, “rustic meets calm” space. She invited us over to check it out.

See Kimberly’s Kitchen >>

“We’ve been in our house almost 8 years,” says Kimberly. “When we moved, we loved everything about it except for the kitchen. It was really, really small. We always knew we wanted to renovate and put a kitchen somewhere. Before, we called this area ‘Paw Paw’s Room’ because that’s where my parents stayed when they came to visit.

“My husband had the idea to put the kitchen there,” she continues. “He drew up the plans. We had to get an architect involved because we took out a load-bearing wall. We had to put columns in behind the cabinets to support the weight of the upstairs. But we knew what we wanted and we got a cabinet maker to help us with the logistics. And then we brought the cooking show producer in to say, ‘This is what we want – but where should we put the oven? Where should we put the stove?’ to help us know the best angle to shoot from. And the head camera man came over too, to help us decide where to put things.”

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Kimberly’s window herb garden, designed by her husband Stephen. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

When it comes to Kimberly’s favorite things about her new kitchen, the list is long but includes the thriving herb garden sitting in a sun-filled kitchen window (Stephen’s idea); the coffee maker she found on eBay; her “splurge” — an ice maker; the farm sink she always wanted; and pull-out pantry shelves. One must-have — a refrigerator hidden behind cabinet doors — is loved by everyone except Kimberly’s 6 1/2-year-old daughter, Daisy.

“It’s not magnetic so she can’t put her art up on the refrigerator,” says Kimberly. “I would’ve done something about it, like had one panel magnetic or something. On our old refrigerator, she had her artwork all over it. But I didn’t think about it; I just wanted cabinet doors on the refrigerator.  So she’s mad at me about that,” she laughs. “But I do love the hidden refrigerator!”

Take a Tour of Kimberly Schlapman's New Kitchen

Throughout the kitchen you’ll find pieces of pottery made by Kimberly’s father. Photo by Joe Hardwick.

In addition to the new favorites, Kimberly’s kitchen is a home for her many family heirlooms and treasured flea market finds. She’s especially sentimental about several homemade pieces, including pottery made by her father and a dining room bench made by Stephen.

“I would so much rather have something that someone that I know and love made than go to the store,” says Kimberly.

Spilling out of every cabinet door are stories — tales of her vintage finds and dishes lovingly passed down by previous generations. For Kimberly, the new kitchen is a showcase not only for the new season of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, but for the many happy memories of growing up cooking with her family — and the perfect setting for the memories yet to be made.

ShareThis

Posted at 3:50 pm | Permalink
Apr 4

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood’s trainer proves she puts in time at the gym while Carrie says goodbye to How I Met Your  Mother; Lady Antebellum is honored by the GRAMMYs; Blake Shelton is back to mocking his celebrity and Brad Paisley pulls an April Fools’ joke; Plus, Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore share a birthday phone call. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Carrie Underwood does a pull-up

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/OpreaFitness.

Oprea Personal FitnessOpreaFitness: Check out @carrieunderwood killin it on her pull-ups today!! Awesome job!

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Tonight is the final episode of @HIMYM_CBS. I feel like 5 of my friends are moving away & I’ll never see them again. Been a great 9 seasons!

Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: The name of the new tour is going to be “The Barnacles, Bouys, and Bouncy Castles Tour”

Thomas Rhett Facetimes with Justin Moore

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ThomasRhett.

Thomas Rhett – ThomasRhett: Fun fact: @JustinColeMoore and I share a birthday. Better fact: it’s today. Happy birthday brother. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 12:24 pm | Permalink
Apr 4

ACM Awards Invite Fans to Engage Through Social Media

ACM Awards Invite Fans to Engage Through Social Media

The Academy of Country Music wants you to be a part of the 49th Annual ACM Awards! Co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, April 6 at 8/7c and fans have a number of ways to interact with the show.

Before the show kicks off, be sure to tune into Great American Country for all the glitz and glamour, live from the ACM Awards Red Carpet! Great American Country hosts will bring you all the action starting at 6:30/5:30c. Be sure to tell us on Facebook and Twitter which star is wearing your favorite look!

Fan Voting for Entertainer of the Year and ACM New Artist of the Year – Fans can place their votes for Entertainer of the Year powered by the Ram Truck brand and ACM New Artist of the Year presented by Kohl’s, by logging on to www.VoteACM.com or via text message using a number that will be announced during the telecast. Fans are allowed to vote once per day and can cast their vote for ACM New Artist of the Year through the start of the live broadcast and Entertainer of the Year into the third hour of the show. Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 11:15 am | Permalink
Apr 4

Top 20 Previews the ACM Awards

Top 20 Previews the ACM Awards

Nan Kelley, host of Top 20 Country Countdown.

Top 20 Country Countdown is all set for Sunday’s ACM Awards! Host Nan Kelley is previewing the show, giving fans the rundown on all the night’s nominees and performers while counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos, chosen by you. Make sure you tune in for new videos from Chris Young and Miranda Lambert!

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Besides getting the inside scoop on the ACM Awards, you could win $5,000 in our Top 20 for $20,000 Sweepstakes! Enter daily between now and May 12 for your chance to win the weekly $5,000 cash prize. One grand prize winner will take home $20,000! Enter Now >> Continue Reading

ShareThis

Posted at 10:18 am | Permalink