Columbia Nashville Old Dominion and Tenille Townes are both set to perform at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards on Sunday, September 8 in Calgary, Alberta.
It’ll be Tenille’s first time playing on an awards show in her native Canada, after topping the chart earlier this year with her debut hit, “Somebody’s Daughter.”
“Ahhhhhhhh I’m so darn excited to be playing the CCMA Awards!!!!” she tweeted. “This is such a crazy cool [honor] and a full circle dream for this Alberta girl. See ya soon Calgary!!!!!!!!!”
“Somebody’s Daughter” recently broke into the top thirty on the country chart in the U.S.
Tickets are on sale now for the show at Scotiabank Saddledome, which will also include Lindsay Ell and Terri Clark. You’ll be able to tune in live via Canada’s Global TV starting at 9 p.m. ET on September 8.
Big LoudWanna ask Chris Lane some questions about his engagement to former Bachelor contestant Lauren Bushnell? You’ll have the chance Wednesday night, as the “Fix” hitmaker takes to his socials to chat.
“Doin’ an Instagram Live tonight with Lauren Bushnell at 9 p.m. CT,” he tweeted.
“Jump on and ask us anything you want! We are gonna call a few people as well,” he added.
Chris asked Lauren to marry him earlier this month on Father’s Day at her family’s home in Portland, Oregon. The two had been friends for awhile before they started dating last fall; they eventually moved in together in Nashville in March.
The North Carolina native’s latest single from his Laps Around the Sun album, “I Don’t Know About You,” just broke into country’s top twenty-five.
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCThis fall, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani will be together again as coaches on season 17 of The Voice. In November, they’ll also be celebrating their fourth anniversary as a couple.
“It’s actually shocking that it has already been that long,” Blake tells People. “It’s kind of a blur. It still feels like it’s pretty new to me. I guess it is, relatively.”
“Four years isn’t forever, but man, it seems like it just happened in no time,” he adds.
Blake and Gwen's relationship became public in the fall of 2015, after a summer that saw both of them file for divorce from their spouses Miranda Lambert and rocker Gavin Rossdale, respectively.
The competition is already heating up between Blake and Gwen on The Voice, where Blind Auditions are already underway.
“Getting excited to beat this guy on The Voice this season!” Gwen recently shared on her Instagram Story, along with a picture of Blake, who’s not quite ready to roll over.
“I’m glad that she’s already feeling competitive,” he responds. “Of course, I’m not going to let her win. I’m going to have to win, but I’m going to have to do it in a way that she doesn’t feel like I beat her.”
“I don’t know if that’s possible or not because I definitely don’t want to upset her,” he continues. “That’s not going to pay off for me in the long run.”
“This will be her fourth time on the show, so she’s no stranger to it. She knows what she’s doing.”
Blake remains the winningest Voice coach, having claimed victory six times.
He’s also winning on the country chart these days: His solo single, “God’s Country,” is at number three, while his duet with Garth Brooks, “Dive Bar,” just debuted in the top twenty-five.
Rick Kern/Getty ImagesGranger Smith and his wife Amber donated nearly $219,000 to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, in honor of their son River.
The three-year-old died on June 6, after a drowning accident in the family’s swimming pool.
"You guys gave us a feeling that we were very special, the feeling that our son was very special, all the while knowing there are many kids here,” Granger said during the presentation. “We felt like we were the only ones in the world, the only ones that mattered.”
“I don’t know how you do it, but I thank God every day that there are people like you that love what you do and are so passionate about it,” he added.
You can watch the entire ceremony via ABC affiliate KVUE.
Granger raised the money by selling the River Tribute Shirt, a red t-shirt with a picture of one of the boy’s favorite things on front: an excavator. Though it’s now sold out, the family plans to create a new one in the fall to raise more money.
This past weekend, Granger, Amber, and their older children -- seven-year-old daughter London and five-year-old son Lincoln -- returned to the road as a family to continue their healing process.
Granger debuted a new tattoo on his right forearm that simply says “River.” This weekend, his tour continues with shows in Midland, Michigan; Sun Valley Idaho; and Bend, Oregon.
NBCUniversalLuke Bryan, Maren Morris, and Brad Paisley will celebrate America's birthday this year in the Big Apple, performing on Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC.
The two-hour show will be hosted by World of Dance judge Derek Hough and singer/songwriter Ciara. You can tune in to watch live on July 4 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, with a one-hour encore presentation set to start at 10 p.m.
This is the 43rd year Macy's has put on the fireworks display over New York City.
Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, Blake Shelton released this summertime hit, written by Paul Overstreet and Rory Feek. Can you name this tune with the double entendre title, which would go on to spend a month at the top of the Billboard chart? ANSWER: "Some Beach."
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRiley Green's debut single, "There Was This Girl," has been certified gold in Canada.
Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama will wrap up their 50th Anniversary Tour with a stop at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 20. Fellow Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels will also be a part of the show. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Dwight Yoakam, and Eddy Raven are this year's Songwriter/Artist nominees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Inductees will be revealed this summer, ahead of the October 14 gala at Music City Center.
Little Big Town is set to perform Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can watch for them starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
The Dixie Chicks have another album on the way, revealing the news on singer Natalie Maines' Instagram. It'll be the Grammy-winning trio's first studio album since 2006's Taking the Long Way. They also released a live album, DCX MMXVI Live, in fall of 2017.
ABC/Image Group LA Morgan Evans' "Day Drunk" may only now be nearing the top twenty in the U.S., but it's already been a massive hit in his native Australia, topping both the country and the pop charts.
The "Kiss Somebody" hitmaker admits that's not too bad for a song that was inspired by spending a lazy day off with his wife, Kelsea Ballerini.
Morgan confesses success Down Under is even sweeter, because he wondered if he'd still be accepted back home when he left to pursue music in the States.
"It's pretty funny," he laughs. "I had no idea that it would do that down there."
"Australia is a little bit like Texas," Morgan explains. "You know, all of country music is still popular there, but it also has its own kind of [musical scene]. And sometimes when you leave Texas, Texans don't like that."
"And I always wondered if Australia would be like that for me," Morgan goes on. "But the way that they've embraced this song is definitely not that."
In fact, when Morgan visited his family during the holidays, he could hardly escape his hit song.
"When I was back over Christmas, like every radio station in my hometown plays the song, which is pretty funny," he smiles. "And that's an amazing feeling, you know, because I feel like as an artist and a singer/songwriter you just want to be accepted in your hometown. And, yeah, I feel like I got that."
Half of Morgan's Australian dates on his World Tour next October are already sold out.
"Day Drunk" is the second single from Morgan's Things That We Drink To album, following his debut number-one hit, "Kiss Somebody."
PBSThe countdown to filmmaker Ken Burns’ eight-part, sixteen-hour PBS documentary Country Music begins Sunday, September 8 with a special live concert recorded at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
The two-hour music special features both songs and performers that figure prominently in the epic re-tracing of country music’s history.
Dierks Bentley sings Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” and also teams up with Dwight Yoakam to perform “Streets of Bakersfield,” which Dwight previously recorded with Buck Owens.
Ricky Skaggs offers “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’,” as well as a duet with Marty Stuart on his hit version of Bill Monroe's “Uncle Pen.”
Look for Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Mattea, Rodney Crowell and more on the special as well.
Country Music: Live at the Ryman, A Concert Celebrating the Film by KenBurns premieres Sunday, September 8 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. The first installment of the documentary airs a week later at the same time.
Gwendolyn RecordsTrisha Yearwood’s already a best-selling author, a two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, a Food Network star, and of course, wife of Garth Brooks. But now you can add one more thing to the list: resident of FarmVille.
In the coming months, fans will start to see Trisha in the new version of the popular game, called FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Trisha’s avatar will be a “down-to-earth farmhand” and her new song “Every Girl in This Town” will play as she helps fans with their imaginary farms.
On Monday, Trisha visited the headquarters of the company behind the app, Zynga, and took part in a discussion about gender equality.
"As someone who plays FarmVille, and having grown up on a farm in Georgia, the game ties back to my roots," she says. "With women also being the central characters in all the FarmVille games, it shows that farming -- like music, tech, politics, science and entrepreneurship -- should be accessible to anyone."
You can get a sneak peak at Trisha’s FarmVille character in a new YouTube video. Her new album, Every Girl, arrives on August 30.
ABC/Image Group LA Thirteen years ago, Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman tied the knot during a ceremony in Manly, Australia. Today, the Aussie singer wished the Big Little Lies star a happy anniversary on social media.
“Thirteen years of magic, music, romance, wild adventures, and the ongoing discovery of pure love,” he captioned a photo that showed him playing the piano as Nicole danced behind him.
“Happy Anniversary Babygirl. xxxx,” he added.
A short time later, Keith's original post disappeared, replaced by a more recent photo of the two laughing and embracing on the beach. In the new picture, you can also spot an elaborate "Nicole" tattoo on Keith's bicep.
Just last Thursday, Keith serenaded his bride on his socials on her 52nd birthday, playing an impressive one-handed version of “Happy Birthday” on the keyboard.
Meanwhile, Keith just released a concert video of the Graffiti U track, “Drop Top,” which features newcomer Kassi Ashton.
Fans can also pick up a special seven-inch version of his latest hit, “We Were,” backed with his cover of the Marshmello/Bastille pop hit, “Happier.” You can choose from red, orange, blue or clear vinyl.
ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray and Carly Pearce spent their first anniversary where their romance began: across the street from the Grand Ole Opry at the Nashville Palace, in the part of town known as Music Valley.
“We have 5 hours together this week,” Michael shared on his socials, along with a picture of the couple in the bar. “So we celebrated our 1 year anniversary at the place where she stole my heart, listening to traditional country music."
“Carly you’re my foundation in life and I can’t wait for 99 more years with you,” the soon-be-married singer added. “Thank you for choosing me, you’re the gift I’ll never know how I deserved. I love you forever and a day.”
Michael and Carly got engaged over the Christmas holidays, and though they haven’t revealed their exact wedding date, they’ve hinted it may be in the fall.
Carly shared the same anniversary photo as Michael, adding “I wish I could go back in time and tell that girl sitting at the bar listening to old school country music with that boy, hoping he’d keep his arm around her, that this was going to be the night that changed her life forever.”
Meanwhile, Michael’s planning a tour of the United Kingdom in October. Here’s the itinerary, with tickets going on sale Friday:
10/22 -- London, England, Bush Hall 10/23 -- Birmingham, England, O2 Institute 3 10/24 -- Liverpool, England, Arts Club the Loft 10/25 -- Manchester, England, Night & Day 10/27 -- Glasgow, Scotland, Stereo
ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert hopes to have new music out before she sets her all-girl Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in motion this fall.
She tells Rolling Stone that she recently delivered the follow-up to 2016’s The Weight of These Wings to her record label. She switched producers, working with Jay Joyce, known for collaborating with Eric Church and Little Big Town, among others.
“It was a change,” Miranda admits, “but I wanted to go in a different direction for this one than I have in the past because I feel like I was in a new place.”
“Jay and I had some new chemistry,” she adds. “Sometimes you have to change it up.”
Miranda teases that the new music has “a little rock vibe to it,” as evidenced by the new tune “Locomotive,” which she debuted earlier this month at CMA Fest.
“I think that everything in my life in the last year has weaved itself in," she says of her next album.
“I have been spending time in New York and I got married and I’m happy, and working with Jay, that all brought a really new phase and sound.”
The Texas native didn’t reveal exactly when fans can expect the first taste of the new record, but says she’s “ready for a single to be out yesterday.”
Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Roger Miller won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Original Score for this musical based on Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Can you name it? ANSWER: Big River.
Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks and Blake Shelton’s “Dive Bar” is already a top twenty hit, even though it’s only been out a week.
The new duet debuts at #16 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, giving it the best first chart week of any song since Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” started at #15 back in May.
“Dive Bar” also gives Blake the highest debut of his career so far. Garth can’t say the same, since he already has a more impressive feat under his belt: “More Than a Memory” became the only song ever to debut at #1, back in 2007.
Right now, you can only hear “Dive Bar” on country radio. It’ll be available to stream or download on Amazon Music on Prime Day, which starts at midnight on Monday, July 15.
Garth and Blake will perform it for the first time live the following Friday, during Garth’s sold-out stop on his Stadium Tour in Boise, Idaho.
Newcomer Matt Stell is on the verge of having his first top-thirty hit, as his debut single, "Prayed for You," makes it to #31 on the country chart this week.
At six-foot-seven, the Arkansas native easily qualifies as one of the tallest men in country music, alongside Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Brett Young, and Trace Adkins.
Of course, that works out well if you play basketball in college, as Matt did, but there are some downsides, particularly if you need to travel: Bunks on tour buses weren't really made for guys that tall.
"Neither are seats in 737s," Matt continues. "That kinda sucks..."
"I wear hats a lot," he adds, "and if I have the bill forward -- you don't think about peripheral vision being [vertical]. But man I hit my head all the damn time. I really do..." he laughs.
"It's hard to find pants. Pants are tough, shoes are tough. But, you know, that's about all the complaints that I have."
Then the Everywhere But On singer thinks of one more.
"Oh, you know something else that sucks? Counter height," he explains. "You wouldn't think about that. But if the counter's too tall, you get a box and you stand on an apple crate or something."
"It's like you can't put the apple crate on the sink to cut things up, you know, or to wash dishes. So that's a little bit painful. But yeah, I'm not gonna complain too much," he smiles.
Savannah Chrisley from the reality show Chrisley Knows Best stars in the "Prayed for You" video, along with her boyfriend, the Anaheim Ducks' Nic Kerdiles. You can check it out on YouTube.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock NBC's Today show shot a feature with Luke Bryan this past Friday during his sold-out show at Gillette Stadium in the Boston area. It's set to air on Tuesday, July 2.
Eli Young Band will follow-up their latest #1, "Love Ain't," with the new track, "Break It In." You can check out the song's lyric video on YouTube now.
Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels will both speak and perform at The Grove at Williamson Place in Murfreesboro, Tennessee this Thursday evening. The Veteran Impact Celebration is a fundraiser for Daniels Center on the campus of nearby Middle Tennessee State University.
Newcomer Brandon Ratcliff just shot the new music video for his debut single, "Rules of Breaking Up." You can watch it on YouTube now.
BBR Runaway June can't wait until their debut album, Blue Roses, comes out on Friday. But in the meantime, the trio has plenty to celebrate.
On Sunday night, they broke out the champagne as they marked the end of the first leg of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour. They’ll be busy working their own dates this summer, before rejoining Carrie and Maddie & Tae for the fall leg, which kicks off September 10 in San Diego, California.
Next up, Hannah Mulholland, Jennifer Wayne, and Naomi Cooke will play Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 12 in New York City.
This week, Runaway June’s latest single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” continues to be their biggest hit so far, rising to #16 on the country chart.
ABC/Image Group LA Who needs Bono when you’ve got Miranda Lambert and some of the best female voices in country music?
Friday night at Country LakeShake in Chicago, the evening’s all-girl lineup tackled one of U2’s signature songs, their 1987 number one, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell and Miranda’s fellow Pistol Annies -- Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley -- all joined the headliner onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime performance.
“A wall of women we are proud to be amongst,” Pistol Annies shared on their socials later, along with a picture of the whole group during the song.
You can check out fan-shot video of the performance on YouTube.
This was the fifth year for Country LakeShake in the Windy City, and the festival’s best-attended gathering so far.