Tyler Hubbard’s second child -- a son named Luca Reed -- was born Monday at 3:40 a.m. in Nashville, arriving on his due date.
Tyler’s wife, Hayley, says his timing was perfect, as the process started just as Tyler returned from the Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour this weekend.
“The moment Tyler flew in from his last show of the weekend, the contractions started!” she tells People. “Tyler was so helpful in the birthing process from start to finish, and I’m so glad he made it home in time.”
The Florida Georgia Line hitmaker has plenty of praise for the new mother of two as well.
“Hayley was absolutely amazing throughout the whole labor,” Tyler says. “She was so patient, positive, and strong. She honestly made it look easy.”
“I feel so blessed to get to raise a family with such an incredible woman and amazing mother,” he adds. “She was meant for this and it’s so special to see.”
Eight-pound, eleven-ounce Luca joins older sister Olivia Rose, who’ll turn two in December.
“Luca looks a lot like Liv did as a newborn,” Hayley says.
ABC RadioKelsea Ballerini’s third album won’t be out until next year, but we can expect its first single early next month, according to the Tennessean.
The “Miss Me More” hitmaker’s taken some time off the road this summer to work on the follow-up to Unapologetically, and she says she’s “really just settled into my voice” -- instead of trying to belt out songs in the tradition of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride.
“I learned what it can do,” Kelsea tells the Tennessean. “I learned what makes it special. And, I stopped trying to sing like my heroes. I think vocally, on this record, I’m really excited about where that is laying.”
The Knoxville native reveals the album features a track about her hometown that makes her cry every time she hears it. And even though this is her first record since marrying Morgan Evans, Kelsea warns that you shouldn’t expect a bunch of happy love songs.
“I think now that I’m married, it gives me such a perspective on the other relationships that failed me,” she explains. “I’m writing the most heartbreaking songs I’ve ever written because I understand what went wrong before now.”
“I think the older I get … the more confident I feel about writing that kind of stuff,” she adds. “I write my songs, and I play guitar, and I write about what I’m going through. I’m just really excited to clean the slate again.”
Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboKeith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Midland, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Maddie & Tae, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack are all set to perform at Wednesday's 13th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
Barbara Mandrell and Trisha Yearwood will also present awards during the event, which honors Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Rodney Crowell and more.
The evening is an extension of the Academy of Country Music Awards, which took place in April in Las Vegas.
ABC/Image Group LA Things will be decidedly different at this year's CMA Awards, with Brad Paisley sitting out the co-hosting gig for the first time in twelve years. Instead, Carrie Underwood will be joined by Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire during a night that pays tribute to country music's biggest female names. But Brad seems O.K. with it.
While fans will no doubt miss his trademark parodies and sense of humor, the West Virginia native is already reaching out to support Carrie and the two legends.
"As a fan of all 3 of these amazing women, I can't wait to watch," he tweeted Monday, along with the CMA's promo for the show.
The 53rd annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 13 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAACM Entertainer of the Decade Jason Aldean will play three consecutive nights in Las Vegas, starting Friday, December 6 at the Park Theater in the Park MGM.
“I’ve wanted to bring our show back to Vegas for a while now, and the timing feels right,” Jason says. “We’re going to pack up the show, set it up for a couple days and hang out with our Vegas family. I’m looking forward to being back.”
The December 6, 7 and 8 residency will be known as Ride All Night Vegas, just like Jason's current Ride All Night Tour.
Pre-sales start on Tuesday, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday.
ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood is returning to host the CMA Awards in November...but for the first time in 12 years, Brad Paisley won't be joining her.
Instead, Carrie will get some help from two legends: Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Together, they'll be celebrating country's legendary women throughout the ceremony, which airs November 13 on ABC.
CMA CEO Sarah Trahern says in a statement, "In addition to awarding the year's best and brightest in the genre, the 53rd Annual CMAAwards will celebrate the legacy of women within country music, and we couldn't think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show."
The nominations will be announced Wednesday, August 28 during ABC's Good Morning America, and then via livestream after the telecast.
Together, Carrie, Reba and Dolly have won 22 CMA Awards, 11 of them for Female Vocalist of the Year. They've also collectively been nominated 14 times for Entertainer of the Year, with Dolly winning it in 1978 and Reba winning in 1986.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban's appearance Friday on ABC's Strahan & Sara, you can check out his interview on the show's Facebook page.
Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis is releasing the new single, "Lead Me Home," which was recorded prior to his massive stroke in 2013.
Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford are the new brand ambassadors for Paramount Outdoors' line of Engineered Hunting Gear that includes apparel, headwear, and accessories.
Newcomer Brandon Ratcliff pays tribute to his hometown of Cotton Valley, Louisiana in his new track, "Slow Down Hometown."
The Valory Music Co. Justin Moore has no problem admitting he's not the foremost authority on his own music: That happens to be his wife Kate.
"She's really good to run music by because she's completely honest -- brutally honest," the Arkansas resident tells ABC Radio. "And so, she'll go, 'Yeah, I don't really like that.' And I'm going, 'That's great! I mean, that was my idea. I wrote it!' She goes, 'I don't like it.'"
"So she's the one I usually rely on for that for that back home," he adds. "She's actually picked a lot of our hits. She'll say 'You need to put that out' or 'You need to put that out.'"
In fact, Justin admits he's messed up at times by NOT taking Kate's advice.
"I had a song on hold that I was going to record that I didn't," he explains. "And she was mad at me, and said, 'Man, you shoulda recorded that.' And then instantly Lee Brice made it a hit. It was 'Drinking Class.'"
"So she won't let me live that one down," Justin smiles.
"Drinking Class" went on to become a platinum-selling hit for Lee, and Billboard's most-played song of 2015.
Of course, Justin has still done pretty well for himself. His latest single, "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home," is currently at number three on the chart. It's the lead release from his new Late Nights and Longnecks album.
Valheria RochaThere’s new music from the Dixie Chicks on the way -- all thanks to Taylor Swift.
Taylor foreshadowed her collaboration with the trio earlier this year in her “Me!” video: If you look closely, you’ll see a picture of the Chicks hanging on the wall behind Taylor’s duet partner, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, starting :36 into the video.
The Easter egg started rumors Taylor was cooking something up with Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire.
On Friday, Taylor confirmed it, releasing the track listing for her new album, Lover, which comes out August 23. The Dixie Chicks appear on cut twelve, on a song titled “Soon You’ll Get Better.”
Back in June, Natalie Maines hinted even more may be coming from the controversial Grammy winners, sharing a short video on Instagram where the trio simply said, “Dixie Chicks album coming -- someday,” adding the hashtag #dcx2019.
Sony Music EntertainmentMorgan Wallen’s already shared a number one with Florida Georgia Line and written a chart-topping hit for Jason Aldean, but now he has a new non-country collaborator: electronic producer/DJ Diplo.
Morgan’s featured on the second country song from the pop hitmaker, who’s releasing the tracks under his given name, Thomas Wesley. Back in April, he put out “So Long,” with vocals by Cam.
His collaboration with Morgan is titled “Heartless.”
“Couple a boys from the south makin music we love,” Morgan tweeted, referencing the fact that Diplo grew up in Florida, while he’s from East Tennessee.
“Why you gotta be so heartless/I know you think it’s harmless,” Morgan sings on the tune about love gone wrong.
“You’re tearin’ me apart and/Girl the hardest part is/You’re so high on attention/Taking miles from inches,” he continues, “Leave me in the darkness/Never finish what we started/Girl why you gotta be so heartless.”
Morgan and Diplo both star in a new lyric video for the song, which alternates between shots of the two hitchhiking while holding a cardboard sign. Morgan’s on a tree-lined country path, while Diplo’s in a more arid climate with cacti lining the road.
“Heartless” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the lyric video on YouTube.
Cowboys & Indians/Robby Klein Soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famers Brooks & Dunn are on the cover of the October issue of the western lifestyle magazine Cowboys & Indians.
They’re flanked by Kane Brown and Jon Pardi on each side, who both collaborated with them on the new REBOOT remakes of their hits. Kix and Ronnie will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the annual Medallion Ceremony this October.
The “Country Music: Celebrating an Art Form” issue also features an interview with Tanya Tucker, whose While I’m Livin’ album comes out August 23. It previews Ken Burns’ new sixteen-hour Country Music documentary as well, which premieres September 15 on PBS.
You’ll be able to pick up the new copy of Cowboys & Indians on September 3.
RCA NashvilleOld Dominion not only delivered a new preview track from their next album on Friday as promised, they also made a video for it.
In the “My Heart Is a Bar” clip, the five-man band turns one of their trailers into a watering hole to have some fun with their crew while on the road.
But with lyrics like “My heart is a bar and I’m closing it down,” the song’s not nearly as happy as the video.
"'My Heart Is A Bar' might be the loneliest sing-along of all time," lead singer Matthew Ramsey admits. "It’s a song about feeling alone, and used, and pissed off at love to the point of throwing up your hands and saying, 'Screw this!'”
“That’s a feeling a lot of people can identify with,” he adds. “It’s lonely and liberating at the same time. That’s why we decided to treat this like a big, barroom sing-along so we can all sing and say 'Screw this!' together!"
The third album from the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year is set to arrive October 25. For the first time, they co-produced it themselves, alongside longtime collaborator Shane McAnally. It features their current hit, “One Man Band,” along with their previous number one, “Make It Sweet.”
Warner Music NashvilleAfter a week of anticipation leading up to Blake Shelton’s new single, the mystery is solved: “Hell Right” is a rap-influenced party song that features Trace Adkins and namechecks both “Old Town Road” and Hank Williams Jr.
“This song is about taking things to the max,” Blake explains. “You can raise hell or you can raise hell right. It’s about cutting loose and having fun the right way.”
“I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles these days,” he continues, “but when I hear songs like this on the radio, I am immediately thinking about being back home and what I’d be doing if I was there.”
The star of The Voice says his new single also has something in common with his most-recent, multi-week number one.
“The first time I heard ‘God’s Country,’ I was on my ranch in Oklahoma,” Blake recalls. “As a guy who actually lives this lifestyle, ‘Hell Right’ hits me in the soul now just as much as ‘God’s Country’ did then.”
“Hell Right” is available to stream or download now.
On Saturday night, Blake plays Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts with George Strait.
Dylan Scott's seven-song tribute to Keith Whitley, titled An Old Memory, is new today.
While the legend is almost universally revered for his vocals and his songwriting, Whitley died more than a year before the "Nothing to Do Town" hitmaker was born.
So for Dylan, his first exposure to Whitley is literally An Old Memory, one he shares with his father, who was also a touring musician.
"It was with my dad," Dylan says of hearing Keith for the first time. "My dad had a single-cab Toyota pickup truck that had a tape player. And we're from Louisiana, so we would ride back roads, and we'd roll the windows down and my dad would just play that tape over and over again."
"It was 'Don’t Close Your Eyes,' and 'When You Say Nothing at All,' and 'Ten Feet Away.' That’s my first memories, just riding around with my dad listening to Keith Whitley."
Dylan covers all of those songs on his tribute. He says Whitley's appeal to him evolved over time.
"In the beginning, when I was a small kid, it was the tone of his voice," he remembers. "That’s what got me first, and then the older I got, it was his melodies. And then when I started writing and understanding, it was his lyrics.
"You know, it was just the whole package," Dylan continues. "But in the beginning, it was just his voice and the tone of it, and just how smooth his voice was. Even as a kid, I could tell he was such a great singer, so that's what did it for me."
Dylan Scott's An Old Memory is available to stream or download now. It also includes a duet with Keith's widow, Lorrie Morgan.
Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, Crystal Gayle recorded her first hit in Nashville. Can you name the song that would make it all the way to #6 on the country chart? ANSWER: "Wrong Road Again."
Warner Music NashvilleIf you want to see Blake Shelton turn into a fangirl, just ask him about George Strait.
The Oklahoma native was super-excited to get the call to play several stadium shows with his hero, like the one he'll do Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.
"I had opened for George in 2007... or 2008," Blake recalls. "And it was one of the greatest things I ever did... just being a country music fan, and being able to stand on the side of the stage every night, watch him, and get a chance to visit with him a few times, you know."
"Not as many times as I wish I could have," he adds, "but that's George Strait. It's like, 'Where'd he go? How'd he get here?' He's sneaky!"
Blake actually gets a little speechless when he starts talking about the Country Music Hall of Famer.
"There's really nothing to say. You just say, 'George Strait,' and that's it," he explains. "To be able to now flash forward many, many years to get that call... I don't know if it was George himself -- I like to tell myself it was -- that asked for me. But I'm just happy to be doing it."
Back in June, Blake played Ohio Stadium with King George.
"Just like I hoped, I got that invitation to go up on the bus and hang out with him," he says. "And I literally don't remember leaving his bus, and it wasn't very long...I was so excited, I was just drinking my face off. Let's be honest."
"I was super pumped about it, and hopefully I can get the chance to do that again," he adds.
Blake's new single, "Hell Right," comes out today, ahead of his Saturday performance with George.