MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait has a new single, a new album on the way -- and now two more dates in Las Vegas this year.
King George is extending his Strait to Vegas run at T-Mobile Arena in 2019, adding shows on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7. It’s a busy time in Sin City, as the dates coincide with the National Finals Rodeo.
ACM Female Artist and New Female Artist of the Year nominee Ashley McBryde will open the concerts. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 22.
Strait’s new single, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” is out now, ahead of the release of Honky Tonk Time Machine on March 29.
Columbia NashvilleIn the new track from her forthcoming album, GIRL, Maren Morris compares a relationship facing challenges to a house weathering storms. According to Maren, just as a sturdy house can withstand bad weather, so can a strong relationship make it through any hard times.
“When the bones are good/The rest don’t matter/Yeah the paint could peel/The glass could shatter/Let it rain/ ‘Cause you and I remain the same,” she sings in “The Bones.”
“When there ain’t a crack in the foundation/Baby I know any storm we’re facing/Will blow right over while we stay put/The house don’t fall when the bones are good.”
Maren wrote the song with the same team behind her first number one, “I Could Use a Love Song.”
The Texas native helped craft all fourteen tunes on her sophomore album, including writing “All My Favorite People” and “Great Ones” with her husband Ryan Hurd.
Just as in "The Bones," Ryan's also alluded to his relationship with Maren in his own tracks, "Diamonds or Twine" and "To a T."
You can stream or download “The Bones” now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well. The full GIRL album arrives March 8.
BMLGFlorida Georgia Line’s fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart, having sold 300,000 album equivalent units in its first week.
The news comes as Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are up for four Academy of Country Music Awards in April: Duo, Single, Song and Music Event of the Year, all on the strength of their quadruple-platinum collaboration with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be.”
Pre-sales start next Tuesday for their accompanying Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour. Dan Shay, Morgan Wallen, HARDY, and Canaan Smith will join them on the trek.
Cliff Lipson/CBSIf you enjoy a little “Oklahoma Swing” -- like Reba McEntire’s 1990 hit with Vince Gill, for example -- you’re going to love the latest track from her Stronger Than the Truth album.
It’s one of the rare songs Reba co-wrote herself, with the help of another famous friend: Ronnie Dunn. They crafted "No U in Oklahoma" based on an idea the tune’s third writer, Donna McSpadden, suggested to Reba years ago: “There’s no U in Oklahoma, and that’s O.K. with me.”
You can watch the song come to life in the studio in a new behind-the-scenes video on YouTube. "No U in Oklahoma" is available to stream or download now as well.
Reba’s new record, Stronger Than the Truth, comes out April 5, just two days before she hosts the 54th ACM Awards on CBS.
The Valory Music Co."Look What God Gave Her," the lead single from Thomas Rhett's forthcoming fourth album, won't be available in full until next Friday, but he's teasing fans with a short snippet of the song now.
"Look what God gave her/How perfect he made her/She walks in the room/It's like he answered my prayers," TR sings on the uptempo earworm, which tips its hat to the boy bands of the nineties.
"The way that she moves/How could anybody blame her/I know she's got haters/But it ain't her fault/Naw/Look what God gave her."
You can sample the song via TR's socials now. And if you wonder who the father of two is singing about, he recently Instagrammed a series of photos from his music video shoot with his daughters, Willa and Ada.
Following its release next Friday, Thomas Rhett will perform the song when he serves as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. You can tune in to watch at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
"Look What God Gave Her" is the follow-up to TR's most recent #1, "Sixteen," and his first new music since 2017's Life Changes album.
Comstock/ThinkstockStarting from the beginning of their career in 1991, every song released by Brooks & Dunn hit #1, until the fifth single from their Brand New Man album broke their streak. Can you name this song, which peaked at #6? ANSWER: "Lost and Found."
ABC/Image Group LAFor Luke Bryan, "What Makes You Country" is more than just the title track of his latest album and likely the song that will be his next number one: it's an anthem for folks just like him, who grew up in rural America.
"I love the song. It's a statement song," Luke says. "And I think people hear that and go, 'Hell yeah! He's speaking to me.'"
The Georgia-born son of a peanut farmer also views it as a reminder of his authenticity.
"It's just about reassuring that I'm kinda stuck in my roots," Luke explains. "And I mean, when I'm doing hunting shows and posting pictures of me and my boys -- I mean, when I've got a seven-year-old that can throw a bait-caster halfway across a lake, hook a seven-pound bass, you know, that's me being out there in the country with him teaching him how to do that. And that's what I want my fans to see."
Luke admits "What Makes You Country" is also a way to stand up to naysayers who've questioned whether he's country enough.
"You know, if they hear that chorus -- I got my dirt road cred when I was twelve, on a no-cab tractor hauling hay bales -- which I did, and still do -- and they still wanna call me not country, well, they're just being ignorant," he concludes.
This weekend, you can see how Luke is representing country music, as American Idol: A New JourneyBeginspremieres Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ABC, before the Oscars. The half-hour special previews the new season of Idol, which premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
L-R: Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster, Willie Nelson; Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesCountry Music Hall of Famer Fred Foster passed away Wednesday night at the age of 87, after a short illness.
The 2016 inductee into the Hall led the legendary record label Monument, and was instrumental in the careers of Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison, among others. Perhaps most notably, he gave Dolly Parton her first record deal.
“I am heartbroken that my friend Fred Foster has passed on,” Dolly reacted on her socials. “Fred was one of the very first people to believe in me and gave me chances no one else would or could.”
“We’ve stayed friends through the years,” she added, “and I will miss him. I will always love him.”
Dolly performed her breakthrough hit, “Dumb Blonde,” in honor of Foster when he officially joined the Hall of Fame a little more than two years ago.
Details are pending for a planned memorial service in March.
Carter SmithCould Kelly Clarkson be planning on making a special appearance -- or even performing -- at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards?
The original American Idol is nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 54th ACMs for "Keeping Score," her collaboration with Dan Shay from their current self-titled album.
Responding to the news, Kelly tweeted, "YES!!!!! #Keeping Score," adding "See ya in Vegas Dan Shay."
While we'll have to keep watching to see exactly what that means, Kelly's musical hero and former stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is also hosting the Sunday, April 7 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Kelly's not exactly an ACM virgin, by the way. She's been nominated a total of five times, and won both Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year in 2011 for "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean.
ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard won’t soon forget his appearance this week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He and his wife Hayley were supposed to find out the sex of their second child on Friday, but Ellen sped up the process for the couple with a surprise gender reveal.
Prior to the big news, both Tyler and Hayley agreed they felt like they’re having a son, though they admitted they’ve been wrong before. You may remember that due to a problem with a test, they believed their one-year-old daughter Olivia was going to be a boy for two-and-a-half months, until new results showed otherwise.
In the end, Ellen and Brian Kelley proved the Hubbards right, as they hit a big red button that sent rockets of blue confetti through the air, while an “It’s a Boy” backdrop appeared.
In the interview, Tyler also revealed that Olivia had just taken her first steps in Ellen’s green room.
Arista NashvilleThe track listing is out for Brooks & Dunn’s twelve-cut REBOOT of their biggest hits, which teams them with a who’s-who of the hottest names in country music.
Highlights of the set promise to be Thomas Rhett’s rendition of “My Maria,” Brothers Osborne doing “Hard Workin’ Man,” and Midland tackling “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”
The full album won’t be out until April 5, but you can hear one new cut now: Jon Pardi’s spin on “My Next Broken Heart.”
“What’s really intriguing to me is that we didn’t do any production meetings about how we might cut these things,” Kix Brooks explains. “We kind of just went in, and it morphed in the process.”
“Each artist came at it from a different angle,” Ronnie Dunn adds. “When Jon Pardi walked in, he said ‘I’m in, but we’re not changing anything,’ and we didn’t musically, but his vocal speaks for itself.”
You can stream or download Pardi and B&D’s duet on “My Next Broken Heart” now. It joins Luke Combs’ “Brand New Man” and Kane Brown’s “Believe,” which were released when the top-secret project was first revealed.
Here’s the complete track listing for Brooks & Dunn’s REBOOT, which arrives April 5:
“Brand New Man” (with Luke Combs) “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” (with Brett Young) “My Next Broken Heart” (with Jon Pardi) “Neon Moon” (with Kacey Musgraves) “Lost and Found” (with Tyler Booth) “Hard Workin’ Man” (with Brothers Osborne) “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” (with Ashley McBryde) “My Maria” (with Thomas Rhett) “Red Dirt Road” (with Cody Johnson) “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (with Midland) “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up for Nothing” (with LANCO) “Believe” (with Kane Brown)
Columbia NashvilleYou’ll be able to hear the third new song from Maren Morris’ sophomore album, GIRL, tonight at 11 p.m. CT.
Maren’s been teasing “The Bones” by sharing some of the lyrics on her socials: “The house don’t fall when the bones are good.” She also included the artwork for the track, which is a simple pencil drawing of a two-story house adorned with flowers.
Maren wrote “The Bones” with Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, the same team behind her #1 hit, “I Could Use a Love Song.”
“The Bones” follows the release of “Common” -- which features Grammy-winning Americana artist Brandi Carlile -- and the album’s top-thirty title track.
Maren will travel to New York City for a Today show performance on Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, March 8, the day GIRL comes out. Appropriately, that also happens to be International Women’s Day.
Capitol NashvilleFor Dierks Bentley, waking up to four Academy of Country Music nods Wednesday was a great way to start the day, since he hadn't slept particularly well the night before.
"I have a dog that's 15 years old, George," Dierks explains, pointing out he adopted George at the same time as his beloved Jake, who passed away in 2016. "He's got cancer -- he's not doing well -- so he gets to be in the bed with us. And I can't sleep with an animal in my bed..."
"So at five o'clock," Dierks continues, "I'm like, 'I'm out!' And I went and slept in my five-year-old's bed. And I woke up and saw those nominations, and I'm like, 'Oh man!' It was the perfect morning to get that news. So I was very appreciative of it."
Dierks considers The Mountain's Album of the Year nod to be his top honor.
"The album obviously to me is the biggest nomination..." he says. "It's one of the tangible results you get to physically see from putting... the year-and-a-half that goes into making that."
The caliber of talent in the Male Artist category -- which also includes Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton-- isn't lost on Dierks, either.
"Luke Combs is probably gonna be a staple in there now. And Thomas Rhett's gonna be in there every year. So it's harder," he admits. "There's less space. There's only five guys in there. So to be one of those, I think I just appreciate it now more than ever."
Though he still recalls how important nominations were early in his career, Dierks he says it's even "sweeter" now: "It's so much more gratitude... It's like, wow!"
Dierks is also up for both Music Event and Video for "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne.
Comstock/ThinkstockSixty years ago this week, this legendary entertainer became the first country artist ever to have an album certified gold, for his Hymns project. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famer? ANSWER: Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWednesday's a busy day for country stars on TV. Morgan Wallen starts things off on NBC's Today, which begins at 7 a.m., while Florida Georgia Line guests on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Then Reba McEntire visits Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo starting at 11 p.m. ET.
Thompson Square is canceling their weekend performances, including a Saturday appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, after Keifer Thompson's mother, Carrol, passed away Wednesday morning in Miami, Oklahoma.
Zac Brown Band is set to open the Rolling Stones' April 24 show at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
If you missed Lauren Alaina performing her latest single, "Ladies in the '90s," on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can catch her appearance on YouTube.
Capitol NashvilleEven though Luke Bryan's closing in on ten career ACM Awards, the Georgia native is still plenty excited about the possibility of adding two more trophies to his collection.
"The opportunity to go to the ACMs with two nominations, Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year -- is just a huge honor for me," he reflects.
Luke's particularly stoked to be recognized for his second number-one from his What Makes You Country album.
"When I was able to record ‘Most People Are Good,’" he explains, "I just felt like it was a really, really important song for the world to hear, an important song for me to have in my live show and to put out on radio. And to have it nominated is so rewarding for me, and I’m so happy for the songwriters."
Luke's already been named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music twice, in 2012 and 2014. But he says he's always working on upping his game.
"To have an Entertainer of the Year nomination is a huge honor for me," the American Idol judge points out. "It’s something that I really, really work hard every year to try to be a better Entertainer, and a better singer and a better performer."
Of course, Luke also admits he's ready to have a little fun in Sin City.
"Nothing is better than going to the ACMs in Vegas, having a couple of nominations and just being out there enjoying the show, enjoying the party and being in the room and seeing what happens."
"I’m humbled by it, and it’s gonna be exciting the night of the ACMs," says Luke.
Reba McEntire hosts the 54th ACM Awards, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7 on CBS.
Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris’ sophomore album boasts 14 tracks, including two collaborations. She revealed the details on her socials on Wednesday by sharing a photo of the back cover of the record.
The project kicks off with its title cut, “GIRL,” which has already broken into the top thirty on the country chart.
It also includes “All My Favorite People,” with her pals Brothers Osborne, as well as “Common” with Brandi Carlile. Maren performed a tribute to Aretha Franklin with the Grammy-winning Americana favorite at last year’s CMT Artists of the Year gathering.
Here’s a look at the complete track listing for Maren Morris’ GIRL, which comes out March 8:
“GIRL” “The Feels” “All My Favorite People” (featuring Brothers Osborne) “A Song for Everything” “Common” (featuring Brandi Carlile) “Flavor” “Make Out with Me” “Gold Love” “Great Ones” “RSVP” “To Hell & Back” “The Bones” “Good Woman” “Shade”
Academy of Country MusicNot only are Michael Ray and Carly Pearce headed down the aisle in the coming months, they’re also headed to Las Vegas to possibly pick up matching trophies at this year’s ACM Awards. Michael’s up for New Male Artist of the Year, while Carly competes for the New Female honor.
“PRETTY SURE ALL OF LA JUST HEARD ME SCREAM!!!!!” Carly tweeted after finding out about her nomination, along with a photo of her overlooking downtown Los Angeles.
“This year has blown my mind in every way,” she added on Instagram, “and it's because of YALL that this is happening. I've watched this awards show my whole life and dreamt of moments just like this.”
Michael grew up watching the ACM show as well.
“I took notes in a notebook and kept track of the nominations and winners…” he revealed on his socials.
“From growing up playing in my family’s band in south Florida to being nominated for my first ACM, I know my grandparents are looking down on me right now…” he added, before giving a shout-out to his beloved.
“Congrats to my smoking hot fiancée and queen CP on new female vocalist!!!," he wrote. "Thank you Lord for this blessing and showing me it’s all about your time. This is already the best year ever.”
While the pair hasn’t revealed exactly when they plan to make things official, we do know Carly’s already picked out her wedding dress and that she and her mother are busy planning the wedding.
The 54th ACMs will be handed out Sunday April 7 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.