ABC RadioUSA Network’s new singing competition, Real Country, is set to premiere Tuesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. ET.
In addition to being one of Real Country’s permanent panel of artists, Shania Twain is also one of the show’s executive producers. Both Jake Owen and Travis Tritt will appear alongside the Canadian country/pop superstar on each episode, with Trace Adkins, Wynonna and Big & Rich also guest-starring. Country legend Willie Nelson is also set to make a special appearance.
During the hour-long show, Shania, Jake and Travis will hand-pick emerging artists for the competition, with the winners advancing to play in a special two-hour grand finale.
To be in the Nashville audience for a taping, just go to USANetwork.com to find out more.
ABC/Randy HolmesKacey Musgraves is set to perform alongside Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and others at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 event later this year in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, and Tyler Perry will also be on hand for the December 2 gathering at FNB Stadium, put on by international advocacy organization Global Citizen.
Oprah will give a special keynote address remembering the work of civil rights leader Nelson Mandela. The organization will launch a city-wide cleanup program in Johannesburg as well, while also working to build skills and leadership opportunities for young people in South Africa.
Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah, who was born in South Africa, will host the event. You’ll also be able to see highlights during a special edition of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Monday, December 2 at 11 p.m. ET.
ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch will soon be jamming with the house band from The Tonight Show to promote tourism in Tennessee.
The Tullahoma, Tennessee native is teaming up with The Roots for the September 15 Six Degrees to Tennessee concert in Memphis. The show will take place at the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street, and will also feature Elle King, who scored a #1 country hit with Dierks Bentley on “Different for Girls."
R&B hitmaker Estelle, The Isley Brothers and more will join as well. Tickets to the concert are free; you can find out more at TNRootsJam.com.
Tennessee Tourism is putting on the event to promote TennesseeMusicPathways.com, an online resource to link visitors with musical landmarks in the Volunteer State.
CMABrothers Osborne’s frustration over not being able to land on a idea for a “Shoot Me Straight” music video just might have resulted in one of the most creative ones ever made.
“This idea genuinely spawned out of us not being able to come to agreement on what we wanted the video to be about,” TJ Osborne explains.
John Osborne picks up the thought: “After weeks of back and forth emails, conference calls, treatment pitches, etc., we came to the conclusion that we needed to make a video about, well, not making a video. It turned out to be so damn fun.”
The clip starts with the CMA and ACM award-winning duo rejecting parody movie pitches like 00 Bros, Brothers of the Corn, and Space Force.
From there, the directors set out on a secret mission to kidnap TJ and John and make their vision happen, even going so far as to shoot TJ with a tranquilizer dart and to chloroform John. There’s even a Weekend at Bernie’s moment where Dierks Bentley makes a cameo and doesn’t realize Brothers are both unconscious.
You can check out all the outrageous fun of the “Shoot Me Straight” video on YouTube now.
You can vicariously experience Scotty McCreery's wedding to his longtime sweetheart, Gabi Dugal, through the music video for his latest single, "This Is It."
As you might expect, the American Idol winner and his bride got some pretty nice presents at their June wedding in their native North Carolina. Scotty reveals one of his very favorites came from his fans.
"We've gotten a lot of cool stuff," Scotty explains. "We registered at the normal registry places: Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target and all that. Obviously, the family and friends got us a lot of great stuff."
"But some of the coolest stuff," he continues, "I was really big on the Roomba, so when I'm on the road, the place is still getting vacuumed. A group of fans got us a Roomba for our wedding gift."
"So that is very clutch," he adds. "So they've been really nice."
Scotty imagines the Roomba will really come in handy one Gabi heads back to work as a pediatric nurse.
"She will be working. She's on a little leave right now but she'll be back at the hospital working in about a month or so," he points out. "So I'm busy, she's busy. If she's working the night shift, I guarantee the last thing she wants to do is vacuum the house when she gets back."
Scotty won't have much time for vacuuming either, as he heads out on the Seasons Change Tour this fall with newcomers Jimmie Allen and Heather Morgan. They'll play the first date November 29 at the House of Blues in Dallas.
Comstock/Thinkstock In 2009, the Academy of Country Music combined its male and female newcomer categories into one award that was renamed Top New Solo Vocalist of the Year. Can you name the future ACM Entertainer of the Year who took home the trophy that year? ANSWER: Luke Bryan.
Not only is "Kiss Somebody" Morgan Evans' first #1 in the U.S., the debut single from the Aussie singer may also set a record when it comes to its music video.
Morgan estimates the slow-motion clip for "Kiss Somebody" actually took less than a minute to shoot.
"I've made a bunch of videos in Australia before and we started talking about the video," he recalls. "And all I said was, 'I just don't want to have a video of a dude with a girl in a bar or something. It needs to be something really interesting.'"
"And a guy named Jeff Venable put this treatment forward," Morgan continues. "It was like all one shot in this slow-motion event thing. And I just thought it sounded different and cool."
"We shot the whole thing in 15 seconds or something like that," he explains. "Because it's slow motion, so it's 15 seconds that's stretched out."
Kelsea Ballerini's husband admits the set-ups and run-throughs did take longer.
"We spent all morning setting up and rehearsing," Morgan tells ABC Radio, "and then I think we shot maybe ten runs of it, and we just picked the best one. And that's it."
"It was a crazy experience, and it was freezing cold that day too," her remembers. "I don't know if you can tell when you watch it. I think they put some filter over it to make you look warmer..."
"And that fellow," Morgan says of the leading man, "he was really putting in the work that day, jumping on cars, running into people and stuff. It was really cool."
You can check out "Kiss Somebody" on YouTube now. You'll also find the song on Morgan's self-titled EP, with a full album to follow later this year.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Keith Urban's follow-up to his #1, "Coming Home," will be "Never Comin Down," from his Graffiti U album.
Train's new video for "Call Me Sir" -- which features both Cam and Travie McCoy -- is set to arrive on Tuesday.
Tracy Lawrence, Phil Vassar, Little Texas and Cledus T. Judd are set to play the Classic Country Throwdown October 4 at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
You can check out newcomer Ryan Kinder's new lyric video for "Stay" on YouTube now.
BMLGMidland has now been immortalized in cement at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.
Back in 1989, Billy Bob’s Texas started having any artist who sells out the venue at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards preserve their handprints and autographs on a concrete slab. After recently packing the house, Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson joined the ranks of George Jones, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, who’ve been similarly honored.
“Hands down, it is one of our biggest honors to be included with such a heralded group of legends,” Midland says in a statement. “We’re simply flattered and humbled to be joining this fabled wall. Billy Bob’s will always feel like we’re coming home…”
The trio’s latest single, “Burn Out,” is just about to break into country’s top 30. Next month, Midland joins Thomas Rhett on his Life Changes Tour.
BBR Music Group After a couple years of waiting, the debut self-titled EP from Runaway June will finally arrive next month, on September 7.
The five-song collection from Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne will feature the trio’s current single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” as well as their hit “Wild West.” The digital EP also includes a cover of Dwight Yoakam’s top-five hit from 1993, “Fast as You,” which is a concert favorite.
“This is a group of songs that really expresses us as a band,” Naomi says. “We have been working on this project for two years and so many life changes have happened to us as people, and now more than ever we have songs that tell the stories of those moments.”
Next spring, Runaway June heads out on The Cry Pretty Tour 360 with Carrie Underwood.
Here’s the complete track listing for Runaway June, which will be available to stream or download September 7:
“Buy My Own Drinks” “I Am Too” “Got Me Where I Want You” “Fast as You” “Wild West”
Warner Music NashvilleDevin Dawson plans to “Stray Off Course” later this year, as he kicks off his first headlining tour in the fall.
First, the “All on Me” hitmaker will reunite with Brett Eldredge for the second leg of Brett's The Long Way trek in September, before kicking off his own Stray Off Course Tour in Columbia, South Carolina on November 1.
Devin’s second single from Dark Horse, “Asking for a Friend,” is currently climbing the chart.
Here’s the itinerary for Devin Dawson’s Stray Off Course Tour, with special guests to be announced in the coming days:
11/1 -- Columbia, SC, The Senate 11/2 -- Savannah, GA, Saddlebags 11/3 -- Rome, GA, Brewhouse Music & Grill 11/9 -- Detroit, MI, Coyote Joe’s 11/10 -- Buffalo, NY, AdPro Sports Training Center 12/7 -- Arlington, TX, Texas Live! 12/8 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Texas Club 12/15 -- Pocola, OK, Gilley’s at Choctaw Casino Pocola
Capitol NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s self-produced Capitol Nashville debut won’t be out until September 14, but the American Idol superstar is giving fans a tiny preview on her socials, by revealing the album’s track listing.
Carrie unveiled the song titles in a short video that continues the "pink-and-purple glittery tears" theme of all the Cry Pretty artwork so far.
In addition to the top ten title track, the album will also include “The Champion,” the Super Bowl theme she recorded with rapper Ludacris.
Here’s a look at the complete song list for Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty:
“Cry Pretty” “Ghosts on the Stereo” “Low” “Backsliding” “Southbound” “That Song That We Used to Make Love To” “Drinking Alone” “The Bullet” “Spinning Bottles” “Love Wins” “End Up with You” “Kingdom” “The Champion” (featuring Ludacris)
Carrie Underwood's latest top-ten hit, "Cry Pretty," is much more than just the title track from her debut album for Capitol Nashville that's coming next month: The American Idol superstar sees the song she co-wrote as part therapy -- and part mystery.
"I want people to be drawn into ‘Cry Pretty’ from the get-go," she explains. "The first words of it are ‘I’m sorry,’ and I feel like those are words that are powerful."
"They’re two little words," Carrie continues, "but they kind of suck you in and I want people to be like, ‘Well, why are you sorry?’ and then kind of follow the rest of the musical journey that we go on."
The expectant mother also hopes "Cry Pretty" can help her fans with whatever they're facing in their lives.
"I want them to relate to it," Carrie says. "I want them to be like, ‘Oh my gosh! This is me. Whatever I’m going through, I can relate to this.’ And then by the end of it, I want people to feel...that release."
Carrie goes on: "I mean, the song just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it’s pretty rocking by the end. So I want people to listen to it and by the end, just feel like they’ve kind of gotten a little bit of an emotional release just by listening to the song."
It'll be a busy few months ahead for the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, who most recently hit #1 with Keith Urban and "The Fighter." Her Cry Pretty album drops September 14, before she returns to co-host the CMA Awards for the 11th time on November 14 with Brad Paisley. At some point, she'll also deliver a younger sibling for her 3-year-old son, Isaiah.
CMTBrett Young’s fall tour will take its name from his new single, “Here Tonight,” the lead release from his forthcoming sophomore album. Newcomers Tyler Rich and Rachel Wammack will open the CMT on Tour: Here Tonight trek.
“This tour has got me pumped already,” Brett says. “We teamed up with CMT to name it after a new song I’ve been working on. It’s all about losing track of time because you’re so wrapped up in the moment. That’s what I want it to be all about out with the fans each night, and Rachel and Tyler are going to be a great way to get it started."
Here’s a look at the complete itinerary for Brett Young’s CMT on Tour: Here Tonight run, with the first tickets going on sale on Friday:
11/16 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Theatre 11/17 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park - Hard Rock Live 11/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 11/29 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore Charlotte 11/30 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium 12/1 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 12/2 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 12/6 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre 12/9 -- New York, NY, Playstation Theatre 12/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca Cola Roxy Theatre 12/16 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Broken Bow Miranda Lambert currently has her biggest hit since 2013's "We Were Us" with Keith Urban, this time teaming up with Jason Aldean on "Drowns the Whiskey."
The three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year and the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist go way back.
"Miranda and I have known each other for a long time," Jason tells ABC Radio. "I tell people all the time we sort of started off in this business together. We sort of came up in the business together and toured a lot together back when we were first getting started. And I think her and I have always kinda had a mutual respect for each other and the types of music that we do."
"And I worked with her on a song on my second album called 'Grown Woman,'" he adds, "that I always thought was really cool, and just kinda wanted to do something else with her."
Even though Jason and Miranda were eager to record together again, he admits Miranda wasn't crazy about the first song he picked.
"I had an idea for a song on this album," he explains, "and I sent her the song and she wasn't blown away by the song. She was kinda iffy on the song that I sent. And I told her, 'Listen, if you don't like it, if you're not loving the song, let's find something else to do. We'll find something cool.'"
"And so I sent her another song that I had that I thought was really cool that would work. And it was 'Drowns the Whiskey' and she loved that song."
The track from Jason's Rearview Town album is now at #2, on track to become the latest #1 for the two superstars.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne and Brantley Gilbert are set to perform at NSAI's Nashville Songwriter Awards September 19 at Music City's historic Ryman Auditorium.
You can watch Scotty McCreery's interview and his performance of his latest single, "This Is It," from Friday's Fox & Friends online.
Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Diamond Rio, Pam Tillis, Steve Wariner and others will play the September 25 Music for Mike benefit at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium. Money raised will help former Arista promotions executive Mike Owens, who's dealing with end-stage renal disease.
If you missed Cole Swindell doing his hits "Break Up End the End," "Let Me See You Girl," and "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" on the Today show, you can check out his performances online.
Allister AnnKenny Chesney set a new sales record Saturday night at MetLife Stadium on the outskirts of New York City. The “Get Along” hitmaker packed the venue with 58,642 fans, beating his own best number. He also outsold Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift by 10,000 tickets if you add up the attendance in the same number of appearances.
Even though the show started 45 minutes late after an evacuation and a storm delay, that couldn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm.
“When they told me, I couldn’t really get my head around it,” Kenny says of his record. “Those are big numbers. But you know, to me, when we hit that stage, and I saw all those people, soaking wet, who’d hung through the evacuation and had come for the music; to me, that was the greatest sight in the world -- and it’s why we come back year after year. They rock us harder than we rock them!”
This was the final night of the Trip Around the Sun Tour for both Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion. Next week, Kenny carries on with Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne opening at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
ABC/Image Group LA Not only did Tyler Hubbard co-write RaeLynn’s new single, “Tailgate,” he recently called her onstage to sing it during Florida Georgia Line’s Sunday night headlining set at the Faster Horses Festival. RaeLynn had previously taken the stage on Friday during the three-night event last month in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Fellow artist Canaan Smith helped write "Tailgate," RaeLynn’s follow-up to “Queens Don’t.” It's her first new music since the release of her #1 album, WildHorse. Both Canaan and RaeLynn write for Tyler and Brian Kelley’s Tree Vibez publishing company.
You can check out the video of RaeLynn both performing “Tailgate” and exploring the festival on YouTube now.
Big Loud RecordsKeith Urban plays guitar and sings on the latest track from newcomer Jillian Jacqueline.
“If I Were You” is the first taste of the singer/songwriter's forthcoming EP, which will be called Side B.
“I couldn’t wait to share this song,” Jillian says. “I wrote it… about meeting and falling for someone new very soon after a heartbreak and feeling unprepared to love again.”
“The song was very real to me when I wrote it,” she explains, “and is now one of the most special songs of my career because Keith is part of it with me. His voice and guitar playing took this song to the next level, and I am so proud of it."
“If I Were You” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the new vertical video for the song on Spotify.
So far, we don’t know the release date for Side B, which, appropriately, is the follow-up to Jillian’s Side A project from last year.
Next month, Jillian hits the road with Kip Moore on his After the Sunburn Tour.