Brad Lovell/Iconic EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini and Chase Bryant are giving free acoustic performances at New York City's Bryant Park this month. The appearances are part of the 3rd Annual Nashville's New Music in New York Series, in association with the Grand Ole Opry.
Kelsea will kick off the series September 9 and Chase will follow September 28. The performance stage will be decked out with the Opry's signature microphone and a replica of the circle of wood form the center stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.
Of note, the Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its 90th birthday with a two-day bash in Nashville October 2 and 3.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley will appear on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday, September 5 for the season opener between the University of Alabama and the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium in North Texas.
Congratulations to The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden, who married longtime friend Simone Staley Saturday in Nashville.
Chris Young will perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.
Big Machine RecordsBy the time Tim McGraw hits the stage for a two-hour concert, he's already put in a few hours of intense workouts with his band and crew. That kind of training helps Tim make sure he's giving the audience everything he's got.
"I think that if you work really hard before the show, and you get conditioned that by the time the show hits that you’re really ready to go," Tim explains.
He sees the group workout sessions as a team-building exercise, too.
Tim adds, "For us, it’s a good chance to talk about the show. It’s a good chance to hang out together and sort of just talk our way through what we’re doing work wise."
Tim's Shotgun Rider tour continues through a September 19 date in Irvine, California.
Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney is chilling out at his place in the Virgin Islands this week after closing out his 2015 Big Revival tour over the weekend in New England. Kenny and his co-headliner, Jason Aldean, performed for more than 120,000 fans over two shows at the home of the New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Kenny says of the trek, "There was so many unbelievable moments, so many great moments. So many moment's we'll never forget. All the faces. Everything."
Looking back on the closing weekend, Kenny still can't believe Patriots owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft brought out four Super Bowl trophies onto the stage as he sang "The Boys of Fall."
"It was so unbelievable," Kenny says of the surprise. "It was just an amazing way to end the 2015 tour."
Kenny looks forward to taking some much-needed time off after months of heavy touring.
He adds, "My feet in the sand down here with these waves crashing over my ankles feels really, really good. That's it. Thanks for loving the music."
CMAKelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler will be all over ABC Wednesday, September 9 to announce the nominees for the 49th Annual CMA Awards. The pair will announce the finalists in five categories that morning on ABC's Good Morning America, where Steven will perform his new single, "Love Is Your Name."
He says, "I'm just humbled by the open arms of the country community and am honored to take part in this BIG moment."
Kelsea grew up watching the CMA Awards as a kid in Knoxville, Tennessee. She says, "To be able to announce the nominations for the awards this year with THE Steven Tyler makes me beyond excited."
Following the GMA announcement, Kelsea and Steven will announce the rest of the nominees on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo.
Steven also will make an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael that morning. Kelsea is slated to give a free acoustic concert later that day in New York City's Bryant Park, in association with the Grand Ole Opry.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the 49th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 on ABC.
Greenroom PRDierks Bentley currently has two locations of his bar and restaurant, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, in his home state of Arizona. A third location is slated to open in Chicago in 2016. Though he'd like to expand the franchise further, Dierks is treading cautiously.
He tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, "What do they say, it’s like four out of five new bars and restaurants close. It’s a tough business to be in. I’m trying to be selective about the places we go."
If you do hit up Whiskey Row, Dierks warns that you shouldn't expect a nice, quiet atmosphere.
"Our place, we’ve got a DJ booth. The guy’s dropping Def Leppard in the middle of country songs," Dierks explains. "To the purists out there, it’s not where you want to go, but it’s not who we’re catering to. It’s a lot of 20-something-year-olds, at night at least.”
UMG NashvilleLauren Alaina has written and recorded the new song, "History," especially for ESPN's college football coverage this fall. Lauren and rock group Imagine Dragons were the only two artists selected to provide the soundtrack for ESPN's college football promos this season.
"For a southern girl, college football is everything," Lauren says. "I am so pumped to have my song used for ESPN’s college football coverage. Thank you ESPN for giving me something to make my boyfriend, dad and brother think I’m that much cooler!”
Lauren's new song, "History," is now available for download.
Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum won't be going right into another tour once their Wheels Up trek wraps up next month in New Jersey. Instead, the group is giving themselves a little time off to recharge their creative batteries before making the follow-up to their 2014 release, 747.
Lady A's Charles Kelley tells Rolling Stone, "As a band, we've talked about wanting to get off the hamster wheel for a little bit and let the fans miss us for a second. We want to spend some time to write a record like we did for our first record. But it's always been go, go, go, so we'll try to get re-inspired a little bit."
A few years ago, Charles admits he and Lady A band mates would have been afraid to step out of the spotlight for fear of losing their fans. "We felt like that in the past, if we left off the throttle," Charles explains. So, yeah, we're not quite as hot as we were around 'Need You Now,' but we realize the fans are there.
This time out from the music-making process will ultimately help Lady Antebellum come back better and stronger than ever. Says Charles, "It's all about the music, so we need to step away and make the best music we can. That's the only way it's going to sustain itself."
Webster PRJustin Moore often sings about his love of his home state of Arkansas, and now the state is returning the love in a big way. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson presented Justin with the prestigious Arkansas Traveler Award in a recent ceremony in the singer's hometown of Poyen.
The honor was introduced by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1941 to honor those who display a great love for "The Natural State." Justin and his family moved back to Arkansas last year after spending several years living in Nashville.
Black River EntertainmentKelseaBallerini had a smashing time attending the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. After walking the red carpet and watching the eye-popping show, Kelsea met up with her pal Taylor Swift at the Republic Records after-party.
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In a photo posted on Instagram, Kelsea is seen hanging with Taylor as well as actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, Empire's Serayah McNeill and models Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt. Kelsea's caption says, "Taylor Swift, you are everything good."
Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is ready to put the "degrading" term "Bro-country" to rest. In fact, he takes offense to that label being given to his music at all.
Luke tells Cleveland's The Plain Dealer," It's frustrating because whichever artists may or may not get labeled as that, they're well beyond that. For people to call me the father of it, well, whatever. It just seems like a term that was invented to cheapen me as an artist.''
He's even more outspoken about how that term "Bro-country" does to put down the fans who buy his album and concert tickets.
Says Luke, "When people say 'Luke Bryan fans are nothing but beer drinkers,' that makes me mad because I know they're more than that. They are the people who make this country go round and round.''
Luke goes on to say his latest album, Kill the Lights, goes well beyond what you might dismiss as "Bro-country" with many songs tapping into his traditional country roots. The album is out now featuring his latest single, "Strip It Down."
Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean's latest hit, "Gonna Know We Were Here," encourages his listeners to make the most out of life for the short of amount of time they're here.
Says Jason, "'Gonna Know We Were Here' is that type of song where it’s like, we might not be here very long, but we’re going to make the best of it while we are. And by the time we leave we’re going to make some noise and people are going to remember us."
According to Jason, the alternative to living a meaningful life isn't that appealing.
He adds, "You know, you don’t want to feel like you rolled through life, and when it’s over, like, nobody cares. You want to leave your mark."
"Gonna Know We Were Here" is the latest single from Jason's current album, Old Boots, New Dirt.
Curb RecordsLee Brice will have played all 50 states in the U.S. this year when he plays Rome, Georgia on November 15. The idea to pull off this feat came from a member of Lee's crew, who noticed he had played all but about six or seven states so far in 2015.
Lee says, "We booked some shows. Some of them are just small clubs. Made it happen, because I have to be able to say I did it."
Though it may seem like a lot of work, Lee thinks it's all worth it to see as many fans as possible.
He adds, "We just love playing music. So, it's easy to kind of like go, 'You know, this is double over time.' Let's just do it."