ABC/Image Group LAIf two, back-to-back sold-out nights a San Jose’s Rodeo Club weren’t enough, California native Brett Young got an extra surprise Wednesday night: Reps from his record label arrived with a platinum plaque for his most-recent #1, “Like I Loved You.”
That makes it Brett’s third chart-topping single to go platinum, on the heels of “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know.” He also found out this is the first time in 15 years an artist has sold out two consecutive nights at the Golden State venue.
From here, Brett’s Caliville Tour rolls on, between his dates on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes trek.
RCA NashvilleMichael Ray, Granger Smith, Walker Hayes and High Valley will all join Old Dominion on the newest leg of their Happy Endings World Tour.
It kicks off October 27 in Roanoke, Virginia, with Canadian duo High Valley joining for most of the U.S. dates. As of now, Granger’s only on the opening concert, with Michael coming on board at the end of November. Walker will work the eight November stops in the United Kingdom.
“It’s a little hard to wrap our minds around the size of some of these venues,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey says of the headlining trek. “It suddenly feels like we're in the big league now.”
“But we feel ready and excited to bring that positive energy and the momentum we’ve built over the past few years to the stage,” he adds. “This is what we’ve been working for!”
Here’s the current itinerary for OD’s Happy Endings trek, with more dates and more info about opening acts still to come. You can find updated info at OldDominionBand.com:
10/4 -- Knoxville, TN, Civic Coliseum 10/6 -- Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory 10/11 -- Amarillo, TX, Amarillo Civic Center Auditorim 10/12 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 10/26 -- State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center 10/27 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Center 10/31 -- Dublin, Ireland, Dublin Whelans 11/1 -- Belfast, UK, Belfast Empire Music Hall 11/3 -- Liverpool, UK, O2 Academy 2 11/4 -- London, UK, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 11/5 -- Bristol, UK, Trinity Centre 11/6 -- Manchester, UK, Manchester Academy 2 11/8 -- Birmingham, UK, O2 Institute Birmingham 11/9,10 -- Glasgow, UK, Queen Margaret Union 11/29 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena 11/30 -- St. Augustine, FL, Amphitheatre 12/7 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena 12/8 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Deltaplex Arena 12/13 -- Bismarck, ND, Event Center 12/14 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena 12/15 -- Duluth, MN, Amsoil Arena
Sony/Warner Bros.There’s no doubt about it: Ashley McBryde can deliver a spot-on rendition of Cam’s “Diane.”
Ashley and two of her bandmates recently recorded their take on the “Burning House” hitmaker’s latest single on their bus, and subsequently sent it to Cam, who was so flattered, she shared it on her socials.
“When they tell me women don’t like each other, I can’t help but laugh - that’s my main support system!” Cam added. “Thank you to all the women who lift me up daily with genuine love. Like this game-changing bada** Ashley McBryde.”
Clearly, the next logical move is for Cam to cover Ashley’s “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” which is currently making a place for itself in country’s top-40.
Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban’s new album, Graffiti U, comes out on Friday, and ahead of the album's release, he’s letting his “Horses” run.
The Australia superstar shared a clip of the track, which features Canadian guitar-slinger Lindsay Ell, on his socials, adding the line “Let’s be lost and young,” which is part of the song’s lyrics.
Graffiti U boasts Keith’s top-ten hit, “Female,” as well as his new single, “Coming Home.” Lindsay’s currently conquering the charts in the U.S. with her first top-20 hit, “Criminal,” which has already gone to #1 in her homeland.
ABC/Image Group LAHigh Valley will be hitting the road with Old Dominion this autumn.
“Excited to announce that we will be heading out with Old Dominion on The Happy Endings Tour this fall,” brothers Brad and Curtis Rempeltweeted Thursday. “Stay tuned, tickets go on sale next week!”
Michael Ray also revealed via Twitter he’ll be playing a November 29 date with High Valley and OD at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida as well. Tickets for that show go on sale next Friday, May 4. A video included in the tweet unveils the full OD itinerary.
High Valley’s currently enjoying their first top-ten hit in the States with “She’s with Me.”
Here's a look at the dates on OD's fall leg of the Happy Endings World Tour:
10/4 -- Knoxville, TN, Civic Coliseum 10/6 -- Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory 10/11 -- Amarillo, TX, Amarillo Civic Center Auditorim 10/12 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 10/13 -- Albuquerque, NM, International Balloon Festival 10/26 -- State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center 10/27 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Center 11/29 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena 11/30 -- St. Augustine, FL, Amphitheatre 12/7 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena 12/8 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Deltaplex Arena 12/13 -- Bismarck, ND, Event Center 12/14 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena 12/15 -- Duluth, MN, Amsoil Arena
ABC RadioWhen Garth Brooks takes the stage Sunday night to close Stagecoach in Indio, California, it'll be his first festival appearance since coming out of retirement, and only his third concert of 2018.
To say the CMA Entertainer of the Year is hyped up would be an understatement.
"You know, this is going to be the first festival that we’ve gotten to play in the modern era, and I’m excited," Garth explains.
"Keith Urban’s on there," he continues, "so I had to text Keith, ‘Hey, man. What’re these things like?’ And he said, ‘It’ll be the most fun you’ve ever had.’ So to tell Garth Brooks it’s going to be the most fun you’ve ever had? I’m so looking forward to it!"
Keith is Saturday night's headliner.
Garth's pal Lee Brice is set to play Sunday too, as is Garth's better half, two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood.
ABC RadioThis week, Brantley Gilbert's been in Music City rehearsing for his May 4 date at Ascend Amphitheater with the Nashville Symphony.
But on Wednesday, "The Ones That Like Me" hitmaker took a break to announce he'll be selling "I Believe in Heroism" t-shirts at the show, to benefit the victims of Sunday's Waffle House shooting. The red, white and blue design is a variation of the "I Believe in Nashville" design, and features an image of James Shaw Jr.'s injured hand.
Shaw managed to disarm the gunman, who'd already killed four people at the Nashville restaurant. Still, at Brantley's news conference, the 29-year-old Shaw remained reluctant to be labeled a hero.
"When you think of a hero, you think of Batman or Superman or something like that, or Wonder Woman or somebody like that, and they're fictional characters," Shaw explained. "But if I say that a regular guy took a gun from somebody, I hope you can find that same fire within yourself, that you can possibly emulate that, and that anybody can be a hero."
Brantley respectfully begs to disagree.
"I know he says he's not a hero, but I kinda told him, 'Hey man. You did what you did. You got hero in you for sure,'" he said. "...In [an] extraordinary case like this... that's all heart and soul. That's probably a little bit of instinct and a lot of heart."
If you can't go to Brantley's symphony show next Friday, you can pick up one of the t-shirts at IBelieveInNashville.com. Rock band Dashboard Confessional will also be offering the tee at their May 11 show at Music City's history Ryman Auditorium.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDevin Dawson, David Nail, and Hunter Hayes are just some of the stars who took part in Monday's 6th Annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic at South Carolina's Daniel Island Golf Club. The rock band's annual event raised more than $200,000 for the non-profit OneWorld Health.
This week, the stars of CMT's Nashville wrapped their farewell tour with shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Nashville in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall DVD will be released on Friday.
Sara Evans, Trent Harmon and Eric Paslay play a special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series next Wednesday at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Big LoudMorgan Wallen is counting down to the release of his debut album on Friday by working the West Coast.
The East Tennessee native headlines the famed Troubadour club in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, before making his late night debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday. His pals Florida Georgia Line will stop by to help him do his breakout hit, “Up Down.” You can catch the show at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Then on Friday, Morgan will make his first appearance at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, California, just as If I Know Me arrives in stores and online. Saturday, he wraps up the first leg of his tour at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Las Vegas.
Even after all that, things won’t be slowing down for Morgan. He heads out with Luke Bryan on the stadium dates of his What Makes You Country tour starting May 31.
UMGWe’re learning more about the serious fall that left Carrie Underwood with a broken wrist and close to fifty stitches on her face, thanks to a new Peoplearticle.
The accident happened last November when Carrie was taking her dogs out at night. She tripped, missing one of the steps outside her home, but didn’t let go of the dogs’ leashes. As a result, she suffered a broken right wrist and injuries near her mouth.
A source close to Carrie tells People she looks “gorgeous in person” -- and on TV as well, as anyone who saw her performance of “Cry Pretty” on the ACM Awards can attest to.
“You honestly couldn’t see any scarring even up close,” the source goes on. “She had extensive reconstruction done around her mouth area and lips, but the doctors did a really great job, obviously.”
The American Idol winner is busy putting the finishing touches on her new album -- also titled Cry Pretty -- which comes out September 14.
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is celebrating her one-month anniversary with Ryan Hurd by giving us an inside look at their wedding day.
“One month ago, I married my best friend and we threw a kicka** wedding,” she tweeted, along with a one-minute video of the festivities. “Hope y’all enjoy.”
The recap includes the best look yet at Maren’s revealing dress -- as well as her shoes -- plus several other unique features of the celebration: white vinyl records with Ryan Maren on the label, a huge mirror ball at the after-party, and a cupcake sculpture in the shape of Maren’s native Texas.
The video is set to the sixties R&B hit, “I Want to Love You Baby,” by Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson. You can check it out on Maren’s socials.
ABC Radio“Okay, so y’all like it COUNTRY!” Lee Ann Womack joked with the crowd, as she played the MusiCares benefit Tuesday night at AJ’s Good Time Bar in downtown Nashville.
The 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year proved her vocal chops are still second-to-none in an intimate set that featured hits like “A Little Past Little Rock,” “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” “Never Again, Again,” “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger,” and “Solitary Thinkin’.”
Along the way, she also included album cuts like “All the Trouble,” from her current record, The Lonely, the Lonesome, & the Gone, as well as “Chances Are” and “Don’t Listen to the Wind,” from The Way I’m Livin’. Lee Ann closed, appropriately, with a stripped-down version of her signature song, “I Hope You Dance.”
Newcomer Jackie Lee and Texas favorite The Randy Rogers Band opened the evening, which raised money for the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys. The effort continues, with an online auction that goes through May 4 on CharityBuzz.com.
The concert is just a preview of what fans will see Saturday, June 9, as Lee Ann plays the main stage at Music City’s Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest 2018.
BMLG RecordsDrake White’s follow-up to his debut album, Spark, will be the new EP Pieces, which comes out digitally May 4.
The Alabama native co-wrote two of the project’s five tracks, “Happy Place” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
“I love writing that’s very simple, but it’s like, ‘Oh, I know exactly what you’re talking about,’” Drake says. “I’m infatuated with words and trying to arrange them in a way that would make my heroes proud.”
Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi had a hand in crafting the EP’s opening track, “Girl in Pieces.”
Drake scored his biggest hit so far in 2016 with the top-15 “Livin’ the Dream.”
Here’s the complete track listing for Pieces:
“Girl in Pieces” “Grandpa’s Farm” “Happy Place” “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight” “The Best Is Yet to Come”
ABC/Image Group LALindsay Ell has her first top-20 hit in the U.S. right now with "Criminal," and appropriately, for the music video, she turned to a life of crime.
"It was a very busy day," she says of the shoot. "I stole a car, committed a crime, got put into prison, broke out of jail -- all in one day."
"But I love shooting music videos," Lindsay continues. "I feel like they really bring songs to life. And our little mini-movies -- our director Peter Zavadil took this vision and really just took it to a whole other level. And we had a blast shooting the music video for 'Criminal.'"
The clip was filmed on location at the former Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, the same place where Devin Dawson shot his video for "All on Me."
"It was the same place they shot Green Mile," Lindsay adds. "And it's been closed for 20 years, I think. But I felt like we were on set in The Walking Dead. It was just so cool."
As "Criminal" continues to climb in the States, it's already been a #1 hit for Lindsay in her native Canada.
Comstock/ThinkstockThirty years ago this week, this country music couple, now divorced, hit #1 on the Billboard chart with "It's Such a Small World." Can you name them? ANSWER: Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs wrote his latest top-ten hit, "One Number Away," shortly after relocating to Music City from North Carolina. His bandleader Rob Williford unknowingly set things in motion, by introducing him to co-writers Sammy Mitchell and Steven Battey.
"I had just moved to town," Luke recalls, "and Rob kind of introduced me to them to sing some demos for those guys. And so I came in and sang some demos for them, and we sat down and we were like, 'Hey, man, we should try to write something.'"
"So we wrote once, and wrote a good song. And then the second time, we wrote, we got on 'One Number Away.'"
For Luke, the writing process for his current hit was unlike anything he'd ever experienced before.
"Rob had had the idea in his phone," Luke explains. "And Steven is just an incredible melody guy. So he was like, 'Hey, I've got this melody thing that I really like.' And he started humming that chorus of the song. And so we just kind of sat there, and Steven had this cool chorus melody and Sammy built the track."
"I had never written with a 'track guy,'" Luke points out. "I didn't know that was a thing. It actually turned out being pretty cool, and it ended up becoming one of my favorite songs on the record."
Luke's two previous singles, "Hurricane" and "When It Rains It Pours," have both gone to #1. The deluxe re-issue of his debut album, titled This One's for You Too, is due June 1.
ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is now in a relationship with the lead singer of the Turnpike Troubadours, Evan Felker, according to reports in both Us Weekly and In Touch.
The band joined Miranda earlier this year on her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, and will head out with her again this summer on the Bandwagon trek with Little Big Town.
In Touch reports that it’s been three months since the CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year split with former boyfriend Anderson East. The publication also claims Felker filed for divorce from his wife in February, after the two tied the knot in the fall of 2016.
Miranda and East dated for two years, after her surprise divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015.