Country Music
Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Mark LevineOn Wednesday, Maren Morris marked her first #1 as a solo artist with a celebration at The Crying Wolf in East Nashville. Just a couple days before the party for “I Could Use a Love Song,” Maren was the guest of honor at another rite of passage:  her bachelorette party leading up to her wedding with singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd.

Since she travels so much, Maren says her only request was that she be able to stay in for the get-together that included fellow artists and friends like Cassadee Pope and Lucie Silvas. In the end, Maren confesses there were some moments straight out of Dirty Dancing.

“It just turned into the most like amazingly cliched girl night, of just dancing to '[I've Had the] Time of My Life' -- attempting the Patrick Swayze lift -- and Celine Dion,” Maren laughs. “Yeah, 'The Power of Love!'"

You can check out exactly what Maren means thanks to a short video she posted on her socials.

“It was perfect, and we all woke up [Tuesday] feeling a little less than our best,” Maren admits, “but it was so worth it!”

The “My Church” hitmaker also had another bachelorette party with her friends in her native Texas over the Christmas holidays. She and Ryan are set to tie the knot March 24.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Mary Chapin Carpenter namechecks both Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett in this top-five hit from 1992. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Feel Lucky."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA These days, Jon Pardi is Livin’ Like Hippies, on the tour of the same name with Miranda Lambert.

Even before the two hit the road together, the pair was already discussing the prospect of recording a duet.

“We keep talking about it…” Jon reveals. “I think she's in. I don't know… When we first started talking about her singing with me on her song she wrote, she goes, 'Well, let's just see how the end of the tour is!' I said, 'Okay,'” he laughs. “So we're working on it, but yeah, it's looking good.”

Jon’s next date with Miranda is March 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the California native says the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is proudly carrying the banner for women in country music.

“She's a sweetheart, and we're having nothing but fun on tour,” he says. “She is a great artist, and… she's putting on a great show, and [it] really shows the true songwriter in her and what she stands for, in her music.”

“And it's really an honor to be on tour with her,” Jon goes on, “because I always give her credit and much respect:  she's my only female headliner I've ever been a part of a show with. Really, if you think about it, she's one of the only girl headliners out there.”

Jon celebrated his latest two charttoppers, “Dirt on My Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” with a #1 party Wednesday afternoon at BMI in Nashville.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line are among the headliners for this year’s Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The festival takes place June 27-July 1 and July 3-8, with tickets going on sale March 3.

Patty LovelessRonnie MilsapRicky SkaggsJeff FoxworthyThe Oak Ridge BoysJoe DiffieThe Bellamy Brothers and more are set to play the sixth annual Country Music Cruise January 27-February 3, 2019. The ship leaves from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and visits Key West, St. Thomas and Half Moon Bay in the Bahamas.

Brantley GilbertBrad Paisley, and Blake Shelton will headline the seventh year of the Watershed Music and Camping Festival, which takes place August 3-5 at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. Cole SwindellDustin LynchMorgan EvansChris LaneLOCASH and others are set to play as well. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 2.

Charlie Daniels will mark a decade as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by playing two shows on Tuesday, March 27. Trace AdkinsTerri Clark and Lorrie Morgan will also take the Opry stage that night.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Troy Gentry’s widow, Angie, is suing the maker of the helicopter that crashed September 8, taking the Montgomery Gentry’s singer’s life, according to People.

The suit, filed in Pennsylvania, alleges that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Sikorsky Global Helicopters and Keystone Helicopter Corp. knew the Model 269 Schweitzer helicopter had “dangerous defects,” and lacked “modern crashworthy features” included on the military version of the aircraft, “so that in the event of an accident, occupants had virtually no change to survive or be less injured.”

The helicopter’s pilot had offered to take troy on a sightseeing tour of Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey, prior to Montgomery Gentry’s scheduled performance later that day.  According to the NTSB, the helicopter had engine trouble shortly after takeoff. The suit claims that “defects in the engine” made it impossible to “perform a routine autorotation safely to the ground,” resulting in the crash.

Both Troy and the pilot were killed. Angie’s suit seeks “damages of more than $50,000,” plus legal fees and interest.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Black River EntertainmentMaren Morris may have recently hit #1 with “I Could Use a Love Song,” but it sounds like Kelsea Ballerini may not feel exactly the same way.  Kelsea’s follow-up to her chart-topping “Legends” will be the track “I Hate Love Songs,” a song she first played on the Opry.

“I will never forget introducing ‘I Hate Love Songs’ at the Grand Ole Opry before my record was even out, and just the overwhelming feeling of magic,” Kelsea says. “I’d never experienced anything like that before with a song.”

“It’s sweet and sassy and I hope you love it as much as I do,” she adds.

Kelsea wrote “I Hate Love Songs” with producer Shane McAnally and Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Big MachineBrett Young is giving his fans what they want, with the fourth -- and likely final -- release from his self-titled debut album.

“‘Mercy’ is the new single because of the amazing fan response,” the California native says. “It’s the feeling you get when someone breaks your heart but won’t let you move on. ‘Mercy’ is a plea to rip the Band Aid off, and many people can relate to that.”

For Brett, the bar is set high, since all three of his previous singles have gone to #1.

Last week, the former pitcher returned to his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, to throw out the first pitch for the Rebels’ opening weekend of baseball. Along the way, he set an attendance record at the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, and played multiple sold-out shows in Oxford.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Warner Bros.We’ll get our first listen to music from Cole Swindell’s third album on Friday, as the Georgia native releases his new song, “Break Up in the End.”

“This is one of those songs from the first time I heard it I knew it was special,” Cole said on social media, as he revealed the single’s cover. “So many people can relate to the lyrics. Even though I didn’t write it, I’m amazed the best writers in town are bringing me songs like this. Excited it’s the first single from my new album.”

Considering he’s penned ten #1 songs overall -- seven of which he took to the top of the charts himself -- it's quite a departure for Cole to release a single he didn't have a hand in writing.

Last weekend, he kicked off his headlining Reason to Drink Tour with Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole OpryChris Janson will officially become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry during a ceremony set to take place March 20.

The “Fix a Drink” hitmaker found out when he’ll be inducted on Tuesday night, during his first performance on the Opry since he was first invited to become a member.

As previously reported, on February 5, Keith Urban surprised Chris with the good news during the Missouri native’s sold-out show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

Carly Pearce, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Lorrie Morgan are just some of the artists who are set to take the Opry stage the night of Chris’s induction.  

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock In addition to being the fiance of Maren Morris, newcomer Ryan Hurd also wrote this #1 hit for Blake Shelton. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Lonely Tonight."

 Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA If you follow Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans on social media, you’ve had a front-row seat for the newlyweds’ romance.

The Australian singer admits he wasn’t always so comfortable opening up about his personal life -- but once he met Kelsea, she left him little choice.

“I used to be so private and closed off,” Morgan tells ABC Radio. “I'd just talk about music. But then when we got together, she just started posting things, and she just started talking about it. So I had no choice but to be honest. And since I've started just talking honestly and openly, it's just easy.”

While the couple took most of December off for their wedding and honeymoon, Twitter and Instagram let them keep in touch with their fans, even as they enjoyed a well-deserved vacation.

“It was a lot of time off for us,” Morgan explains. “I mean, we were doing certain things here and there, but in terms of being on the road and stuff like that. I had to take her home and introduce her to my family that couldn't make it to the wedding and stuff like that, so we had to go and do those things.”

Morgan says social media also comes in handy since most of his family lives Down Under.

“It's good to share your story too, over there, you know. 'Hey, we're at the Super Bowl!'” Morgan says, referring to his post from the big game earlier this month. “And my brother called me. He was like 'Are you at the actual Super Bowl right now?' I was like, 'Yeah dude!'”  

This week, Morgan’s debut American single, “Kiss Somebody,” has entered country’s top forty, as his bride enjoys her fourth #1 with “Legends.”  

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA With a collection of critically acclaimed gold and platinum albums to his credit, as well as CMA Awards and Grammys, Chris Stapleton says his philosophy of making records is actually pretty simple.

“I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, I read an interview with him one time,” Chris explains, “where he said he always just tried to make music that he would want to listen to. And I think that is the best litmus test for what you want to record or make. And I'm a fan of albums too, so I always like things that kind of work together in a pot.”

This week, the Kentucky native is also enjoying his biggest radio hit so far, as “Broken Halos” ascends into the top five. While Chris welcomes the success, he admits he’s not terribly competitive when it comes to airplay.

“Am I necessarily chasing somebody else?” he asks. “No, because I'm not somebody else and any attempt on my part to be somebody else would be not only not genuine, but it just wouldn't work, because it's not me.”

“So I hope that I can have some radio success,” he continues. “I hope that radio stations decide to play some things off this record. But I don't make records thinking about how it will play out that way, just like I don't make records thinking about awards or anything like that. I just don't think that's a healthy thing to do.”

“Broken Halos” is the latest single from the gold-certified From A Room: Volume 1, which won the CMA award for Album of the Year in November.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt is taking “Body Like a Back Road” to the racetrack.

The Georgia native will headline this year’s Legends Day Concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 26. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 follows on Sunday.

“Love You Like That” hitmaker Canaan Smith will open, along with newcomer Filmore. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Devin Dawson will do his breakthrough hit, “All on Me,” Wednesday, February 28 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can watch for his performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

There’s new music from Ashley Monroe on the way Friday. “Hands on You” is the first taste of her forthcoming album for Warner Nashville, set to be released later this year.

Michael RayDevin DawsonMorgan Wallen and Russell Dickerson all join the lineup for the Carolina Country Music Fest June 7-10 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood is pitching in to help an injured police officer from her Oklahoma hometown.

Checotah Assistant Police Chief Justin Durrett suffered multiple neck injuries on February 11, after his truck ran off the road, flipped, and pinned him underneath, according to the Tulsa World.

Carrie donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe account created to help the 35-year-old father of three, under her married name, Carrie Fisher.

Durrett is a 13-year veteran of the Checotah Police Department.  Carrie was born in nearby Muskogee, Oklahoma, and grew up in the rural town of Checotah.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini claims the fourth #1 song of her career this week, as “Legends” tops the country chart.

“I can’t believe ‘Legends’ is my fourth #1!”... All I can say is THANK YOU,” she says. “As one of the first songs I wrote for Unapologetically, the song really captures my journey of loss, life, love, and truly is the heartbeat of this record. Seeing radio embrace this story has meant the world to me.”

The last time a female artist scored number ones with the lead singles from both her debut and sophomore albums was in 2007, when Carrie Underwood accomplished the same feat.

Kelsea’s currently headlining her Unapologetically Tour through the end of April. This summer, she heads out on the Graffiti U World Tour with Keith Urban.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Triple TigersScotty McCreery is teaming up with Cracker Barrel to create a new video for his top three hit “Five More Minutes” -- and he needs your help.

The American Idol winner is asking fans to submit videos with loved ones they’d like to spend “Five More Minutes” with, for a chance to be included in the clip. It’ll premiere on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel on March 15, one day before Scotty’s new album, Seasons Change, is released.

For every album sold, Cracker Barrel will also give one dollar to Operation Homefront, a non-profit that supports military families.

"Both of my grandfathers served in the armed forces,” Scotty says, “which instilled in me a huge respect for our military, their families, and the sacrifices they all make on our behalf.”

Scotty’s grandfathers helped inspire “Five More Minutes,” which could be the North Carolina native’s first #1. You can find out more about the contest at CrackerBarrel.com/FiveMoreMinutes.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Shock Ink Toby Keith is celebrating the silver anniversary of his very first hit with a 2018 tour. The Should’ve Been a Cowboy Tour XXV marks a quarter-century since the Oklahoma native’s debut single -- and first #1  -- was released.

The trek kicks off April 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here’s a look at the itinerary so far, with more dates to be added soon:

4/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivnt Smart Home Arena
4/7 -- Florence, AZ, Country Thunder
4/8 -- Huntington Beach, CA, Coastal Country Jam
5/27 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Country 500 Fest
6/8 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, Carolina Country Music Festival
6/17 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Country Summer
7/5 -- Ft. Loramie, OH, Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes
7/6 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
7/13 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Amp
7/14 -- Rhinelander, WI, Hodag
7/19 -- Harrington, DE, Delaware State Fair
7/20 -- St. Clairsville, OH, Jamboree in the Hills
7/21 -- Twin Lakes, WI, Country Thunder
7/27 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/28 -- El Dorado, KS, Dam Music Festival
8/2 -- Davenport, IA, Mississippi Valley Fair
8/18 -- Calgary, AB, Country Thunder
8/25 -- Glenmoore, PA, Citadel Country Spirit USA
8/31 -- Huron, SD, South Dakota State Fair
9/15 -- Puyallup, WA, Washington State Fair

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Chris Young is extending his Losing Sleep World Tour, adding nine new dates in September, including his first-ever headlining show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native has already sold out five consecutive weekends on the winter leg of the tour this year, just as the trek’s title song became his tenth #1.

Kane Brown and Morgan Evans will open the new dates, with the first tickets going on sale this Friday:

9/13 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center
9/14 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
9/15 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
9/20 -- Biloxi, MS, Miss Coast Coliseum
9/21 -- Tupelo, MS, BancorpSouth Arena
9/22 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/27 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Car Stadium
9/28 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
9/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock This 1971 crossover hit by Jerry Reed was the Country Music Hall-of-Famer’s most successful country release, spending five weeks at #1. Can you name the song that also made it to #9 on the pop chart? ANSWER: “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot.”

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Hound Poll
Did you watch the Superbowl?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.