ABC RadioDolly Parton will mark her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by performing two shows on Nashville's most famous stage on Saturday, October 12.
To kick off the celebration, the Dolly: My Opry Memories exhibit is now open at the Music City institution. The collection includes two dozen iconic items of clothing Dolly's worn during the last half-century, including the dress from the night of her Opry induction.
Without her childhood friend Judy Ogle, Dolly's creative director Steve Summers says the exhibit simply wouldn't be possible.
"Judy Ogle is Dolly's best friend, and they have been since they were seven years old," he explains. "Judy had the foresight, even back then -- it would have been in the early 1950s -- to start saving everything. Every single thing: Love letters that Dolly was given by other boys -- everything!"
"And Judy was just adamant on making sure that these things were taken care of and stored properly," Summers adds. "And there would be no archives without Judy Ogle."
Dolly's niece -- and production manager -- Rebecca Seaver says you wouldn't believe what's in Dolly's archives.
"Judy has saved everything: her shoes, her costumes, hats, and -- most importantly to Dolly -- her fan art," Seaver says. "And we have art that she's been given from her fans for decades."
"I've never seen another archive from a celebrity or an icon like her. It's kind of like the hillbilly Smithsonian," she laughs.
Tickets to see Dolly: My Opry Memories are available now. It's open at the Opry House through October 31.
Craig wrote the song after the death of his 19-year-old son Jerry three years ago in a tubing accident. Last week, Blake enlisted the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Luke Combs and more to help him promote the song, which peaked at #1 on both iTunes Top Country Songs chart and the all-genre tally as well.
“I am truly humbled by the response to the song so far and to my friend Blake Shelton for what he has done to honor Jerry,” Craig says. “It’s incredible to reunite with the team at Broken Bow to share this song with radio and my hope is [that] it will be a help to those who need it most.”
During his previous time at Broken Bow, Craig recorded signature hits like “Almost Home,” “International Harvester,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Tough,” and “That What I Love About Sunday.”
After accomplishing his original goal on iTunes, Blake went on the predict that “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” would be a #1 song on country radio. Stay tuned to see what happens next.
Big Machine Midland’s planning to Let It Roll Tuesday night on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy, and Jess Carson are set to perform the track “Playboys,” from their #1 sophomore album, on the show. You can tune in to watch starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.
On Tuesday, the trio also kicks off their Let It Roll Tour -- named for the new record -- at New York City’s Terminal 5. Meanwhile, the album’s lead single, “Mr. Lonely,” is nearing country’s top twenty.
ABC/Image Group LACountry music fans just can't stop "Knockin’ Boots”: This week, Luke Bryan’s latest hit hangs on to its position at the top of the chart.
“#KnockinBoots sitting at #1 for the second week in a row. Wow. Can’t believe it,” Luke tweeted on Monday, along with photos of himself with writers Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Jon Nite, as well as his behind-the-scenes team.
“This team and these writers are amazing. THANK YOU,” Luke added.
So far, the Georgia native hasn’t given any hints as to how he’ll follow up “Knockin’ Boots,” the lead single from his follow-up to 2017’s What Makes You Country.
SonyTim McGraw is remembering Ric Ocasek, the day after the lead singer of The Cars was found dead in New York City.
Tim’s most recent release happens to be a cover of the band’s 1984 hit ballad, “Drive.”
“Man...so saddened to hear about the passing of Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, and legendary producer to many,” Tim tweeted on Monday. “His music was inspirational to me.”
“Our thoughts go out to all of his family, friends, and fans,” he added.
It's worth noting that Ocasek didn't sing lead on the original version of "Drive" -- late Cars bass player Benjamin Orr did. However, Ocasek did write it, and it was produced by Shania Twain's former husband and songwriting partner, Mutt Lange, before he and Shania married.
Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed Sunday afternoon, having apparently died of natural causes. He was 75.
Tim’s version of “Drive” is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out a new acoustic version of the classic hit on YouTube.
Monday night, we'll meet the new man in Lauren Alaina's life: Not her boyfriend, but her partner on Dancing with the Stars. For the first time, the pairs won't be revealed this season until the premiere.
Lauren's motivation to compete came when she sang on DWTS.
"Watching them dance to my song, like, changed my life," she tells ABC Radio. "I was like, "What.is.happening?... I've got to be on the show."
"It reminded me so much of my time on American Idol," Lauren continues, "and I could tell all the dancers were like family, and I miss that... And a lot of the people who worked on... Idol work on DWTS, so I saw a bunch of people I knew."
But this is much different than when she was runner-up on American Idol's tenth season, in 2011.
"I went into... Idol with a skill that I feel really comfortable with," she explains. "I've sung my whole life. So doing those live performances, it was nerve-racking, but I felt comfortable... singing."
"I'm gonna go into this show with something I've never done in my whole life," Lauren admits. "So, hopefully, I'll pick it up naturally because I don't know how to dance."
If DWTS doesn't work out, Lauren's still focused on her day job.
"I just got into the studio and recorded five songs," she reveals. "I've been getting my mixes back, so I'm very excited. We're gonna put a new single out sometime... before the end of the year."
But Lauren may be fibbing about her dancing experience.
"I can twerk. And drop it... If they want me to shake my booty, I can do that," she laughs.
Find out how Lauren fares when Dancing with the Stars premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Noted filmmaker Ken Burns traces the history of Country Music -- along with the history of America -- in his new sixteen-hour documentary that premieres Sunday on PBS.
For Nashville-based rocker Sheryl Crow, it's a connection that's easy to see.
"I think the journey of country artists and the journey of American musicians at large paints an incredible picture of who we were at our best and who we were at our worst, and how we overcame a lot," she says.
"With regard to country music and blues...I think there is an overlap there -- and mountain music -- you can really get a clear picture of what it means to overcome," Crow adds. "And we need more of that."
Burns' thoughtful evaluation of events profiles how music brought the U.S. together during some of its most troubled times. Sheryl believes that's a message that's more important now than ever.
"Oh my goodness!" she reacts. "Listen, I am a tried and true proponent of introducing young people to our history."
Sheryl goes on: "I think at this moment, we need to understand who we were before now, and how far we've gotten away from it, and what it means to fight for the things you believe in. And what it means to hear each other, and what it means to disagree and still live together peacefully and respectfully."
Sheryl's new collaborative album, Threads, weaves together contributions from country artists like Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson alongside other greats like Stevie Nicks, Sting, James Taylor and Mavis Staples.
The first installment of Country Music, titled "The Rub" (Beginnings - 1933), premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, with "Hard Times" (1933-1945) following on Monday. The series continues on subsequent nights before wrapping up on September 25.
Broken BowIf you haven’t heard Jason Aldean’s new song, “We Back,” chances are if you watch college football, you will.
The SEC on CBS has picked the lead single from Jason’s forthcoming album as their song for the season. You can listen for “We Back” this weekend when the first football Saturday in the Southeastern Conference takes place in Columbia, SC, with the Gamecocks taking on the Crimson Tide.
You can tune in to watch South Carolina play Alabama starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Meanwhile, the ACM Entertainer of the Decade will likely be watching from Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, where his Ride All Night Tour will be Saturday night.
This happens to be the first road trip for his infant daughter, who was born February 4.
“Navy’s first time on tour this week,” he tweeted, along with pictures of himself with the smiling, laughing little one. “This is the happiest baby I have ever seen.”
Jason’s newest baby -- his ninth album titled 9 -- arrives November 22.
Vanner Records/RCA NashvilleOnce you check out Miranda Lambert’s new version of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour mates, you probably won’t mind if the entire show is one big sing-along.
Miranda starts the cover of the pop hit by guitarist Elvin Bishop, before Ashley McBryde continues the first verse. Maren Morris joins on the chorus, with rocker Elle King throwing in some soulful ad libs. Newcomers Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack get their chance to shine on the second verse.
In an interesting choice, Miranda and the gang don’t change the pronouns from the original version. In other words, they sing “I must’ve been through about a million girls, I love ‘em and I leave ‘em alone” -- just like Starship’s Mickey Thomas did on the 1976 original.
“The girls on the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour can sing their a**** off,” Miranda brags. “There’s something crazy about seeing these artists with a new fire in their eyes.”
“It reignites your own flame. I’m so excited to watch them every night on tour,” she adds.
The trek kicks off tonight with a two-night stand at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
You can stream or download “Fooled Around in Fell in Love” now, plus there’s a music video of the women recording the song in the studio.
It’s a bonus cut from Miranda -- one that won’t be included on her new Wildcard album, which comes out November 1.
RCA Nashville The last time we heard from Old Dominion, they announced “My heart is a bar and I’m closing it down.” But now, the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year is up for a “Midnight Mess Around.”
The sexy new song is the fifth preview track from OD’s upcoming album, following “My Heart Is a Bar,” “Some People Do,” their current hit “One Man Band,” and their most recent number one, “Make It Sweet.”
It turns out the new track is one the group has had for awhile.
"'Midnight Mess Around' is a song we wrote years ago with our old friend, the late, great Andrew Dorff," Matthew Ramsey reveals. "It’s been a favorite of ours for a long time, but we never got around to recording it.”
“The old-school Ronnie Milsap/Rolling Stones' vibe is a sound we’ve never attempted before,” he adds. “But as we got deeper into the recording of this album, it seemed like we were missing that sexy country feel. So we messed around a little.”
You can check out the new lyric video for “Midnight Mess Around” on YouTube, which follows OD as they record the song in the studio.
Look for Old Dominion’s self-titled third effort to arrive in full on October 25.
BBR Music GroupIt's a big day for "The Git Up" artist Blanco Brown.
The singer, who calls his brand of music, "TrailerTrap," has debuted the official video for "The Git Up" and also announced that his debut album Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs, will be out October 11.
The album was inspired by Blanco's experiences of growing up partly in Atlanta, and partly in rural Georgia, where his two biggest musical influences were Johnny Cash and Outkast.
“This album represents everything I stand for and all of the different entities of my life," Blanco says in a statement. "For a long time, I was anxious about releasing my own music. I often wondered what the outcome would be and if people would accept my sound, culture, music and the TrailerTrap lifestyle, but I’m finally ready to be my own narrator.”
As for the video, it's currently available to watch on YouTube. It shows Blanco getting up, putting a pair of spurs on his sneakers, and heading out, where he does the dance down the street with a group of people, with some firemen, with some senior citizens, and then with a huge crowd of people in a field.
Some of the folks in the video are the same ones who made their own videos of themselves doing "The Git Up" and posted them online.
Here's the album's track listing:
“Temporary Insanity” “HeadNod” “Funky Tonk” “CountryTime” “Georgia Power” “Gemini (Damn Right)” “Ghett Ol Memories” “Don’t Love Her” “Tn Whiskey” “The Git Up”
What's even more surprising is that it's fluctuating between one and two on the all-genre ranking as well.
Craig wrote the emotional song after the loss of his 19-year-old son Jerry three years ago in a tubing accident.
On Monday, Blake started a campaign on Twitter to get the single to #1 on the iTunes country chart, enlisting big names like girlfriend Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson, Ellen DeGeneres, Hoda Kotb, and Carson Daly to help him.
By Thursday, Craig’s single had hit #1 on both the country and all-genre iTunes singles charts -- and he reached out to say thank you.
“WOW! I’m so completely humbled by all the support the world has shown this song,” Craig tweeted. “Blake... you are an awesome friend and champion for country music. We love ya, and I cannot thank you enough.”
“The support the entire entertainment community and music fans have shown is a testament to the love that country music embodies,” he added. “This song is a God thing. My hope is that it reaches all who need to hear it.”
“My son Jerry’s work on earth did not end with his passing,” Craig closed.
Blake continues to urge country radio to play the single as well.
“This song might go to #1 on country radio before this is over!!!” Blake tweeted. “Scratch that. I believe it WILL go #1 at radio. So deserving...”
“Not only does ‘The Father, My Son and The Holy Ghost’ put life in this insane world back in perspective,” he added, “it could also put country music back in its lane.”
The new documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, looks at the life and career of the celebrated singer before Parkinson's disease forced her retirement.
It features new interviews with Ronstadt herself and her famous friends and collaborators Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, and more.
Co-directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, it profiles the woman who was not only a huge rock star, but also a force in country music.
"The film really tells the story of her musical journey, which spanned decades," Epstein tells ABC Radio. "And she conquered rock and folk and country, and then moved on to ballads...standards...opera, Broadway, mariachi."
Friedman notes, "A large part of the story we tell is her venturing into new genres, and her record companies and her management urging her not to do that, telling her it's gonna ruin her career."
That includes two Grammy-winning Trio albums with Dolly and Emmylou.
As for what Freidman hopes the film accomplishes, he tells ABC Radio, "I hope viewers will…see a successful pop star who did not care about celebrity or fame or…even success. This was a woman who really cared about art and her music making something beautiful."
The doc includes a dramatic scene showing Ronstadt, her voice in a weakened state, singing a Mexican folk song with family members. Epstein notes that Linda was OK with the segment because she felt it "would be a way to acknowledge that she does have Parkinson's and what her limitations are, but that she is still very engaged and living a full life, and still pursuing all of her passions, which includes music and, most especially, family."
Comstock/ThinkstockOnce known as the "King of Country Music," in 1948, this Grand Ole Opry star ran unsuccessfully on the Republican ticket for governor of Tennessee. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famer, known for songs like "Wabash Cannonball" and "Great Speckled Bird?" ANSWER: Roy Acuff.
Right now, HARDY's enjoying his first top twenty-five hit as an artist with "Rednecker," while also savoring his CMA nomination for writing "God's Country" for Blake Shelton.
He spent the summer on Florida Georgia Line's Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour, and somehow found time to make his superstar-packed Hixtape Vol. 1,featuring Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Jake Owen, Morgan Wallen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Trace Adkins, Joe Diffie, Tracy Lawrence, Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson and more.
HARDY also wrote Blake and Trace's hit, "Hell Right," as well as Morgan and FGL's number one, "Up Down."
So when you're an in-demand singer/songwriter, how do you decide which tunes to keep and which to give away? HARDY admits it's harder when he's in the studio.
"It's funny, because once I start cutting songs, I kind of think differently," he tells ABC Radio, "because now I just want to write really, really, really cool stuff for me."
"But it's nice to get in the room with another artist," he adds, "and just try to say what they would say, and just kind of turn just the old-school songwriter brain back on."
HARDY reveals the pull to keep songs for himself is always there, but deciding who actually ends up with a new tune is more instinctual.
"Sometimes after we'll write a really cool song, and I'll listen to it awhile and then be like, 'This could be for me,'" he confesses.
"But for me it's more free and what comes natural, as opposed to really thinking about you know the artist and who I'm working with," he says.
Here's the complete track listing for HARDY's Hixtape Vol. 1, which is new today:
"Boy from the South" -- featuring Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch "He Went to Jared" -- featuring Morgan Wallen "Redneck Tendencies" -- featuring Trace Adkins and Joe Diffie "Nothin' Out Here" -- featuring Thomas Rhett "My Kinda Livin'" -- featuring Hunter Phelps and Jameson Rodgers "No Place Like Hometown" -- featuring Keith Urban and Hillary Lindsey "Something a Lil' Stronger" -- featuring Mitchell Tenpenny and Jon Langston "What They Make Backroads For" -- featuring Tracy Lawrence and Jake Owen "Turn You Down" -- featuring Morgan Wallen and Zakk Wylde "One Beer" -- featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line, Riley Green, and Ryan Hurd are all joining the lineup for Monday's Hope 4 Hope Town benefit at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, LOCASH, Devin Dawson and more are already set to play the fundraiser, which will raise money for parts of the Bahamas hard hit by Hurricane Dorian. Tickets are on sale now.
Morgan Wallen's set to sing his current single, "Chasin' You," and his recent number one, "Whiskey Glasses," Tuesday, September 24 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. You can tune in to watch starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
You can check out Kip Moore's playful new music video for his latest single, "She's Mine," on YouTubenow.
If you didn't see Little Big Town performing their new single, "Over Drinking," Thursday on the Todayshow, you can watch their performance online.
ABC/Mark LevineMiranda Lambert not only kicks off her all-girl, all-star Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour on Friday -- she’s also put together a little something extra for her fans.
On Friday, September 13, she’ll release a new cover of the 1976 pop hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” that also features her tour mates Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack.
Earlier this week, all the artists teased the new song on their socials, sharing a twenty-second instrumental clip that shows them in the studio singing the song by Elvin Bishop, which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Fun fact: the vocals on the song were provided by Mickey Thomas, who went on to become the lead singer of Jefferson Starship.
Miranda’s tour starts this weekend with two shows at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday and Saturday and continues through November. Check Miranda’s website to see which artists will be on each show.