CurbFor Dylan Scott fans, the wait is finally over for the follow-up to his self-titled debut album from 2016, as his Nothing to Do Town EP arrives today.
"Two-and-a-half years later, we finally get new music," the Louisiana native smiles. "Man, I'm just so excited to get new music out to the fans. And hopefully they will enjoy this stuff just as much as I enjoyed writing it and producing it and getting it out."
Dylan's breakthrough hit, "My Girl," was inspired by his wife Blair, and most of his six-song EP follows suit.
"A lot of my stuff is love songs," he admits. "I need to bring some party songs into the mix. I need to bring some dude songs."
"But every time I sit down," Dylan tells ABC Radio, "it's just so easy to write a love song. And it's kinda worked for us live. The love songs work, for some reason..."
"But it is, it's a love letter to Blair," he adds.
While the title track and first single, "Nothing to Do Town," isn't a love song, Dylan says it's perhaps Blair's favorite.
"When I wrote that song," he explains, "I was like, 'Okay, it's cool. I like it.' And then I play it for her, and she flips out over it. And then I play it for some other people, they flip out over it."
"So she's got a good ear," he points out.
Dylan and Blair are expecting their second child -- a daughter -- in September. She'll join her big brother Beckett, who celebrated his first birthday in December.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockViral video sensation Mason Ramsey sold out hit first Nashville show Wednesday night at Music City's iconic Exit/In. His How's Your Girl & How's Your Family Tour wraps Friday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
John Rich is set to sing the national anthem Sunday, May 5 before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Delaware's Dover International Speedway.
Jack Ingram's tenth album, Ridin' High...again, comes out today and features his cover of "Desperados Waiting for a Train."
If you missed Jordan Davis doing his new single, "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot," on ABC's Strahan and Sara, you can check out his performance online.
ABC/Image Group LAAs the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway in Nashville, Dierks Bentley has plenty of reasons to be excited.
He happens to have his own honky tonk, Whiskey Row, that's right in the middle of the action in Music City, and he's set to do a free post-draft show on Saturday.
"It's the best seat in the house to be onstage looking out at everybody," Dierks admits.
"I'm sure I might venture down to Whiskey Row and kinda see what's going on down there," he adds. "It's probably pretty good for all the... restaurants and bars downtown for sure."
The Nashville location of Whiskey Row opened in early 2018.
"We had a little bit of a delay getting it open," Dierks explains, "because we really wanted to make it right. We kept missing all these major highlights. But then I realized, this city's just on fire. And there's so many great things happening all the time."
"So it was really important just to make sure it's right..." he reflects. "And this is one of those great reasons why."
Dierks says Whiskey Row is just one of the parts of his hometown he's proud to share with all the visitors who are taking in the draft.
"A lot of people come from all over the country for the draft, and get to see our downtown area," he points out. "And to have a bar down there that I kinda get to show off a little bit, it's exciting for me, and it's an honor to have a spot down there."
"Certainly I'll probably be down there checking some of it out from the second floor."
Tonight, Tim McGraw plays a free show in downtown Nashville after the draft, before Dierks' free concert on Saturday.
ABC/Image Group LADan Shay are up for seven trophies at next week’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, including nominations for the all-genre Top Duo/Group honor and the Billboard Chart Achievement Award.
But even though “Tequila” crossed over to the pop chart, Dan Smyers says the duo wasn’t necessarily looking for success outside of country music with their self-titled third album.
“No, our music is a blend of our influences,” he tells Billboard. “We listen to country, pop, hip-hop, R&B.”
“We pushed ourselves to really dig deep on this album’s production, but we didn’t compromise our sound. It’s true to us," he adds.
Instead, Dan believes that pop music just happens to be more open to elements from the country world these days.
“Pop is in a cool place where songs with stories are working,” he explains. “That has been a big door-opener for ‘Tequila’ to cross over to top 40.”
“People are hungry for that nostalgic feeling country music evokes,” Dan adds, “and pop artists and producers are respecting what’s happening in our world.”
But with the huge success of their 2018 album, Shay Mooney admits the stakes are higher for their next effort.
“There is a little bit of pressure on us, but it’s good pressure,” Shay maintains. “Our fan base has grown exponentially. Our mindset is to continue to do our thing and try to elevate ourselves.”
“We’ve been having more fun than we’ve ever had making music,” he closes.
Dan Shay are also set to perform on the BBMAs. You can tune in to watch Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Image Group LACountry Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis will celebrate his 60th birthday next month with an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
His friends Josh Turner, Charles Esten, and Charlie Worsham will play the Saturday, May 4 show, with Hall of Fame songwriter Don Schlitz also taking the stage. Schlitz wrote many of Randy’s biggest hits, including “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “On the Other Hand,” and “Deeper Than the Holler.”
The legendary singer’s ability to speak, walk, and sing continues to improve following his near-fatal stroke in 2013.
Randy's autobiography, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life, will follow on May 14.
Big Machine In 2017, Reba McEntire was all set to return to TV in a new role she’d developed with Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry: In Red-Blooded, she would’ve starred as a small-town Southern sheriff who partners with a Middle Eastern FBI agent after an unspeakable tragedy.
Now, the Country Music Hall of Famer is opening up about her disappointment that the show didn’t get picked up.
“I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be great,'” she tells Good Housekeeping. “To me, it was one of the greatest things I’d ever gotten to be a part of.”
“I was really proud of it,” she adds. “It was a different type of role for me. It was a one-hour drama pilot.”
Reba had just landed for a vacation in South Africa when she got the news that the show wasn’t going to happen.
“I was like ‘Wow, what? No, you’re kidding,'” she recalls. “I was aggravated, I was mad. I was disgruntled.”
“I was like ‘I’ll never do TV again,’” Reba says candidly. “I did, kind of, question, ‘Was it my performance? Was it, I wasn’t right for the part?’”
Ultimately, Reba got over her disappointment: She now has a new TV project in the works.
Reba's self-titled sitcom aired for six seasons on The WB and The CW starting in 2001. She followed that up with one season of Malibu Country on ABC in 2012.
Right now, Reba’s focusing on music: Her new album, Stronger Than the Truth, just came out and features her latest single, “Freedom.”
ABC/Image Group LAReigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban has a date with the Grand Ole Opry.
The Aussie superstar returns to the legendary Nashville stage to play two shows on Tuesday, May 14. Tickets for the 7 p.m. CT Opry performance are on sale now. Seats for the 9:30 show go on sale on Friday.
Keith most recently appeared on the Opry last week, singing his hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color” prior to Kelsea Ballerini’s Opry induction.
ABC/Craig SjodinWednesday night in Nashville, Luke Bryan kicked off the 2019 NFL Draft with a pre-party that raised $120,000 for charities in Music City.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit joined Luke for the fundraiser at his 32 Bridge Food Drink honky tonk. The establishment's right in the heart of the NFL action, in the section of Nashville known as Lower Broadway. In addition to a question-and-answer session with the two stars, Luke also delivered a surprise performance.
In the end, four Nashville causes -- the Predators Foundation, Tennessee Golf Foundation, Titans Foundation, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt -- each walked away with $30,000 apiece.
Tonight, Luke and Herbstreit join Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts for the first night of ABC’s prime time draft coverage, live from Music City.
The 2019 NFL Draft on ABC starts at 8 p.m. ET and also includes ESPN’s Rece Davis and the College GameDay crew.
Mercury NashvilleIt's been nearly four years since Maddie & Tae's debut, Start Here, was released. On Friday, their follow-up, the five-song EP One Heart to Another, arrives.
"That's a special one..." Tae Dye says of the title track. "The title itself, 'One Heart to Another,' we just felt... [was] like our hearts to you. So, Maddie & Tae, conjoined heart to all of your hearts!" Tae smiles.
Tae wrote "One Heart to Another" with Maddie Marlow during a particularly uncertain time, as they were changing record labels.
"When we wrote the song," Tae tells ABC Radio, "we were just in a phase of not really knowing where our career really stood, and if we were gonna get to make music."
"So we wrote the song and we just thought, 'Okay, what do we want to say if we don't have to think about what a label would think... what radio would think, or what critics would say, if we just wrote a song just for the heck of it. And that's how 'One Heart' came to be."
Ultimately, writing "One Heart to Another" expanded Maddie & Tae's horizons, and ended up shaping their album.
Tae explains: "The second verse said stuff that we've never said like..."
"'Some lay low, some get high,'" Maddie interjects, as the two laugh.
"'Some drink, some do this,'" Tae continues. "And that was never said before."
"So I think just stepping out of our comfort zone and just being more bold really gave us the confidence to [be] like 'Oh, we did it! Okay, let's keep doing it!' So it really just set the tone for the record."
One Heart to Another includes Maddie & Tae's new single, "Die from a Broken Heart," as well as their previous hit, "Friends Don't."
ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, the first round of the NFL Draft gets underway in downtown Nashville.
Dierks Bentley's just one of the country stars who'll be part of the entertainment as the football festivities take over Music City. The Arizona native sees the draft coming to town as just another sign of the massive expansion happening in the country music capital right now.
"I feel like every weekend there's a new crazy amount of people coming to town or some events happening that's gonna blow the previous record on the weekend before," he observes. "It's crazy living in this town."
"Being on the Airport Authority board..." Dierks continues, " Every month it's record numbers of people coming through our airport. Nashville's growth is unbelievable."
Dierks will do a free concert on Saturday, which is also the day of the St. Jude Rock 'N' Roll Marathon.
"Having the draft here the same weekend as the marathon," he adds, "I mean it's like another all-time high for Nashville..."
"I was here when the Titans came, and it was a really big deal," Dierks recalls. "Obviously, there's a big football community here in Tennessee and the Midsouth. To have the draft here... is gonna be incredible."
The "Burning Man" hitmaker believes football and country music go hand-in-hand.
"I think country music goes down pretty well with a lot of our southern football fans..." he points out. "So to have the draft here and get a chance to be one of the guys up onstage leading the party is really exciting for me."
Luke Bryan will be part of ABC's prime-time coverage of the draft, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Then on Friday night, Tim McGraw will do a free concert in downtown Nashville, ahead of Dierks' show on Saturday.
ABC/Image Group LAYou’ll be able to meet “Mr. Lonely” on Friday: Midland will premiere the music video for their new single at 2 p.m. ET via their YouTube Channel.
The “Official Trailer” for “Mr. Lonely” stars Dennis Quaid and was shot on the set of the Netflix show The Ranch. Set in a bar where Midland is playing, the clip shows the actor wearing a “Mr. Lonely” jacket, while several beautiful women sport “Mr. Lonely” tattoos -- though they don’t seem to be particularly happy with him.
While the full video won’t be out until Friday, there are already several “Mr. Lonely” clips out now: one features the song’s line dance, and another shows choreographer Robert Royston demonstrating how to do it.
“Mr. Lonely” is the lead single from the trio’s forthcoming sophomore album, and the follow-up to their #2 hit, “Burn Out.”
ABC/Image Group LAAs fans continue to watch for Cam’s long-awaited sophomore album, the “Burning House” hitmaker is giving them a little something to tide them over.
On Wednesday, the California native revealed her new collaboration with producer/DJ Diplo. “So Long” is the first release from his country project, titled Thomas Wesley. Diplo's birth name is Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr.
Though Diplo’s known for working with megastars like Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Madonna and has done everything from pop to rock to hip-hop, this is his first foray into country.
He tells Variety the new music taps into his beginnings in Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina. He's also teasing potential songs with Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, and Zac Brown.
Meanwhile, Cam hints she’s “got some fun plans for [the] Stagecoach [festival] too,” where she and Diplo are both set to play this weekend.
“So Long” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its lyric video on YouTube.
So far, there’s no word on Cam’s own new music. She hasn’t released a full album since her debut, Untamed, which came out in December of 2015.
ABC/Image Group LANext week, you’ll have the chance to snap up tickets to some of country’s hottest summer concerts for only $20, including fees. The extraordinary bargain is part of Live Nation’s fifth annual National Concert Week.
Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Brantley Gilbert, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band are just some of the country acts participating in the deal, along with acts from many other genres.
Pre-sales start Tuesday, April 30 for T-Mobile customers, with the $20 tickets becoming available to the general public on Wednesday, May 1. The promotion runs through May 7.
ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert will mark the tenth anniversary of her MuttNation Foundation pet charity with a march in Music City during CMA Fest.
The Mutt March will start Thursday, June 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Miranda will lead the parade of pets and their owners across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, with the festivities wrapping up at Walk of Fame Park, across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Were hoping that one thousand or more people -- some with their furry friends -- will join us walking in support of shelter pet adoption,” Miranda says.
Wednesday morning on her socials, Carrie offered her fans the chance to perform her collaboration with Ludacris with her on the Cry Pretty 360 Tour, which kicks off next week. Carrie will sing, while her guest will do the rap from the inspirational anthem.
To make it to the stage with the “Love Wins” hitmaker, you just need to submit a video of yourself doing the full rap from the song. If you’re chosen, you’ll also have the chance to submit photos and honor the person you consider to be your “Champion.”
Broken BowStarting today, Dustin Lynch will be "Ridin' Roads" in the Great White North, as he joins Thomas Rhett for the Canadian leg of his tour.
"It's exciting for me," Dustin admits. "We've been up there a few times, but we haven't done really any extensive touring up there."
"And the fans are just awesome," the native of Tullahoma, Tennessee adds. "They're really passionate about country music. So I'm excited to get up there and do a legit run of shows. It'll be exciting just to go do that, because it's new for me."
Dustin continues: "You know, it's not like we've played there three times already, and I know what the backstage locker room looks like. So it'll be some exciting new sights and definitely a lot of faces we've never seen before."
Dustin reveals this tour is also something he and Thomas Rhett have envisioned for a long time.
"TR and I came up through this together," Dustin explains, "and to get to go tour with him is like -- and he and I have already texted about it. It's like, 'Can you believe this is real life? Like we're getting to tour together like we've always talked and dreamed about doing.'"
"We just didn't know TR was gonna be an international celeb when we did it," he says with a smile. "So it's gonna be a lot of fun to get up there and make some memories with him."
Tonight, Dustin and TR play Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Fans can expect to hear Dustin's new single, "Ridin' Roads," the follow-up to his most recent #1, "Good Girl."