Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoBradPaisley says goodbye to his first season as a celebrity expert on ABC's Rising Star Sunday night on the show's season finale. As he looks back over the experience, Brad says he's loved every minute of this first season.
He tells ABC News Radio, "What really surprised me is my favorite part of it is the mentoring -- is getting to know these kids and trying to give them the right song."
Leading up to the finale, Brad is mentoring the young rocker Jesse Kinch, who he says is "so gonna have a career when this is done."
Brad's fellow celebrity expert panelist, rapper Ludacris, is mentoring Brad's absolute favorite Rising Star contestant, Audrey Geiger.
Brad tells us, "She is one of the most unique voices I've ever heard, but she's not the kind of voice that normally wins one of these shows."
When Ludacris asked Brad via text for advice on mentoring Audrey the other day, Brad replied, "Tell her she's already won. She's in the final four. That was our goal all along. I wanted to see her get there."
Brad did get in a song suggestion for Audrey -- "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt. See if she sings it on the season finale of ABC's Rising Star Sunday night at 9 ET. During the show, Brad will also perform a song from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out Monday.
Image Courtesy BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCMiranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are both multi-platinum country superstars, but Miranda admits she was a nervous wreck when it came time to record their duet, "Somethin' Bad."
"She came in the studio and we were all so nervous," Miranda says. "I mean, everybody -- the producers, musicians, everybody was kinda like, jittery and nervous, 'cause she's Carrie."
Miranda gave herself a big pep talk before the recording session, too.
She says, "In the mirror that morning, I was like, 'All right now, you better sing your butt off,' to myself."
Once they started working on the song, Miranda and Carrie ended up having a great time singing together as peers. They even started scheming about the girls-on-the-run video they eventually made for the song.
Says Miranda, "It was just cool to have a girl in there, dreaming with her, because we're at the same kind of level in our careers where we can have fun, and we can do it together."
"Somethin' Bad" is the latest single from Miranda's album, Platinum, in stores now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes performs on NBC's Today Friday.
Josh Turner will release a brand-new single, titled "Lay Low," next month. According to Billboard, the song takes an "escapist tack without a single mention of alcohol."
Congratulations to Dustin Lynch on the gold certification of his latest hit, "Where It's At." It's the lead single and title cut from his sophomore album, due out September 9.
The Band Perry is featured in the latest installment of the Opry Hitmakers series now live at Opry.com.
Big & Rich will celebrate the release of their new album, Gravity, with a performance on NBC's Today on Thursday, September 25. The project comes out September 23 featuring their latest single, "Look at You."
Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupRascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes and Nashville's Charles Esten are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Look for Alyssa Milano, Josh Groban and Susan Lucci on the Show of Strength Telethon, too.
Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets in Nashville next month. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year's show, hosted by Jake Owen.
Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the September 9 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.
Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks has already received what seems like enough trophies to fill a warehouse during his career, but he's adding a pretty impressive honor to the collection this fall. ASCAP has announced Garth is one of the five artists receiving their once-in-a-century Centennial Awards November 17 at a gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The other honorees are folk star Joan Baez, rock legend Billy Joel, musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim and the great Stevie Wonder. The recipients are described as "a select group of American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond."
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday to premiere the lyric video for his new song, "Shattered Glass," on Ellen's YouTube channel. Brad was inspired to write the song thinking about women, like his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ellen, continuing to break through barriers and overcome challenges they face in male-dominated businesses. That sentiment is heard clearly in the song's hook: "All you've been through ain't in vain/Come on baby, make it rain down shattered glass."
Brad tells ABC News Radio, "I sat down to write this as the ultimate pat on the back and sky's the limit-type song."
Brad sees Ellen DeGeneres as a great example of a woman who has broken down big barriers in Hollywood and the country at large. After publicly coming out as a lesbian on her '90s sitcom Ellen, DeGeneres has gone on to host her own highly-influential talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host the Oscars and win 13 Emmy Awards.
Brad tells us, "I admire the fact that she has used her career to entertain people and to do a lot of good things, and yet, the odds were totally against her becoming the most powerful person in Hollywood, and that's what I think she is now. She's such a good case for anybody has a shot at really making a difference, you know."
"Shattered Glass" is included on Brad's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, coming out Monday. The project also includes his latest hit, "River Bank."
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is very happy with the success of their latest hit, "Bartender," but they were a little uneasy about putting it out as the first single from their upcoming album, 747. While they had a few other songs that might have led off the album, everyone they played their new music for started raving about "Bartender."
Lady A's Dave Haywood tells ABC News Radio, "You start to show the record to people. These early stages of finishing songs and sharing them with your team and label and friends and family and you start to kinda hear people talk about it. The label was like, 'I'm telling you, this "Bartender" song.'"
Now that "Bartender" is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio, Lady A has seen their concert crowds really latch on to the up-tempo song.
"We had a feeling fans that were gonna dig it, but we didn't know they were gonna dig it this much," says group member Charles Kelley. "This has probably been the fastest-rising single we've had in a long time -- probably since "Need You Now."
The lady in Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott, sings lead on "Bartender," which tells the story of a woman going out on the town with her girlfriends to get over an ex. That storyline makes it interesting for Charles and Dave singing backup on the song every night.
Charles says with a laugh, "That's always my most, like, awkward line to have to sing harmony to -- 'Dancin' with my girls to the D.J.' It's like, 'Yeah, I'm dancing with my girls!'"
Look for Lady Antebellum's new album, 747, to land in stores and online September 30.
In other Lady A news, Hillary and her husband, Chris, celebrated a big milestone with their baby, Eisele, on Wednesday. Hillary posted the news on Instagram, "Our 13-month-old daughter started walking on what we thought was gonna be just another Wednesday...we are 50% happy and proud, and 50% sad it's going so fast."
Hillary admits she cried a lot watching Eisele walk, and she calls the event "bittersweet."
Image Courtesy Ora TV/Larry King NowTheBand Perry sits down with Larry King on his new show, Larry King Now, Thursday. The Perry siblings reveal they've recorded seven new songs for their upcoming studio album, and they say they're having a lot of fun making new music. Lead singer Kimberly Perry also reveals she doesn't like to sing the words "hurricane," "butterfly" or "rainbows" in a song.
Catch The Band Perry on Larry King Now Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on Hulu.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Image Courtesy NBCCarrieUnderwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.
Carrie says, "I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It's kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event."
Carrie filmed the "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC's Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans who pre-order Blake Shelton's new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, at iTunes or Walmart.com will get an instant download of the project's first single, "Neon Light."
Blake says of the song, "'Neon Light’ is a song that I fell in love with more each time I heard it. It finds a way to blend this new sound with a very traditional chorus, making it unique."
Blake's new album comes out September 30. He returns for another season of NBC's The Voice on September 22.
Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineTrisha Yearwood has been one very busy woman lately. As she gears up to hit the road with hubby Garth Brooks on September 4, Trisha is also completing work on her new album, PrizeFighter. The project will be her first for RCA Nashville, which is also Garth's new label home. Trisha performed two songs from the album, "Your Husband's Cheating on Us" and "I Remember You," at an industry event to celebrate the new music Tuesday in Nashville.
Describing the title track to PrizeFighter, Trisha says, "It's a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what. I think it's a message we all need to hear."
Trisha didn't announce a release date for PrizeFighter at Tuesday's event. The announcement of new music comes more than two decades after Trisha first hit the country scene with "She's in Love with the Boy." Back when she signed her first record deal at age 26, Trisha compared her singing career to that of a pro baseball player.
"I thought, you know, these guys come out and they have their time and they have a few good years, and they have to know when they can't swing the bat anymore," Trisha says. "It's been 23 years since that first single, and I'm just not ready to stop swinging the bat."
In addition to the new music, Trisha is also kicking off the fifth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha's Southern Kitchen this Saturday. She'll release a third cookbook, titled Trisha's Table, in April 2015, and Trisha's own line of Precious Metals cookware and a cutlery line will launch in the coming months, too.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustinLynch's live show has gotten a big shot in the arm from his feel-good hit, "Where It's At." He's never had a fun hit song like this during the summertime.
Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "The crowds we have coming out are exploding. You know, the energy they're bringing to our shows are the best I've ever felt in my life. I'm having so much fun making music right now."
"Where It's At" is the lead single and title cut from Dustin's upcoming studio album. He's been playing random pop-up shows across the country to share the new music with fans. Fans have to pay attention to Dustin's social media accounts to find out where these events take place.
He says, "It's a fun kind of deal 'cause we leak where we're at last minute. You know, we'll have however many people show up last minute. And the energy's great. It can be from anywhere -- we've had 12 people show up to 200-something."
Most of these Find Where It's At pop-up shows are scheduled on days Dustin would have off in between shows. He doesn't mind giving up that downtime to hang out with his fans, though.
Dustin says, "It's fun to do. It beats sitting in a Walmart parking lot with the band dudes."
Dustin's new album, Where It's At, comes out September 9.
Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsNo Alan Jackson retrospective would be complete without including one of his vintage cars, and the new Alan Jackson exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville features his most precious set of wheels -- the 1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought at age 15. Alan and his father, Gene, restored the car, but Alan had to sell it to get the down payment for his first home. Years later, Alan's wife, Denise, tracked down that exact T-Bird and gave it to Alan for Christmas. The car appeared in his 2008 video "Good Time."
Alan's 25 Years of Keepin' It Country opens August 29, and the T-Bird will only be on display for the opening weekend. Alan also is performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame October 8 and 22. Go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org for ticket information.