Comstock/Thinkstock This 1997 Martina McBride album opens with a clip of the singer at age 7, singing the Little Jimmy Dickens hit "I'm Little But I'm Loud." Can you recall the project's title? ANSWER: Evolution.
ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will be one of the headliners for Live Nation’s 2nd Annual National Concert Day Show May 3 in New York City. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, and rapper Wiz Khalifa will also take the stage at Irving Plaza.
The Today show’s Hoda Kotb will host, bringing on special appearances by Nick Jonas, Goo Goo Dolls, Simon Kirke of Bad Company and more. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple next week, you’ll also be able to stream the full concert live on Yahoo.
Live Nation will also offer a special $20 summer concert ticket May 13-20 to kick off the upcoming season of live music. Nearly a thousand concerts will be included in the deal. Though the specifics are yet to be announced, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Dierks, the Dixie Chicks, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr. & Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band are just some of the stars leading Live Nation tours this summer.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darryl Worley hosts a tournament at Nashville's Hermitage Golf Course May 6 to benefit the nonprofit Christmas 4 Kids.
The 4th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will donate $2 from every ticket sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Jake Owen headline the festival that takes place September 2-4 in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride will celebrate 50 years of recording by launching his 2016 tour April 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
You can check out Keith Urban's new video for "Wasted Time" on YouTube now.
BMLGWhen you think of daredevils who throw caution to the wind, Martina McBride probably isn't the first name that pops into your head. But the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has to confess -- Reckless is more than just the title of her new album and its lead single.
"I think back to that girl that left Kansas knowing nobody in Nashville, and I came from a town of like 200 people. I grew up on a farm. I mean nobody around me did what I wanted to do, and I didn't have any kind of role model or somebody to pattern myself after. My husband and I were newlyweds and we just picked up everything and moved to Nashville and just got started," she recalls. "I look back on that, and at the time I didn't feel like it was a reckless thing to do, but it really was, you know?"
One of Martina's more recent "Reckless" moments came in the video for her latest release, when she decided to cut off a chunk of her signature raven mane while the cameras were rolling.
"You know the video is about peeling away layers and really getting to the heart of the matter and showing some hope and inspiration and just feeling reckless. So we thought it was just a good metaphor and I wanted to cut my hair anyway, so I was like, 'Well let's just do it in the video!'"
Martina's thirteenth studio album, Reckless, is new in stores and online today.
ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert showed the world she’s definitely Anderson East’s “girl” this week in Los Angeles. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year had been waiting in the wings while Anderson played his sold-out show opening for Chris Stapleton at L.A.’s Greek Theatre on Wednesday -- until the Traveller hitmaker spilled the beans, that is.
“She’s gonna kill me,” he apologized, after calling Miranda onstage to join Anderson for their duet on The Temptations' “My Girl.” All was apparently forgiven, though, as Miranda jumped in, adding background vocals and impromptu choreography wiith Chris’s wife Morgane. You can check out the superstar couple’s collaboration in a video now posted to YouTube.
This isn’t Miranda’s first time to join her boyfriend onstage, having dueted on Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” during his Valentine’s Day show, according to Billboard.
Capitol NashvilleThe superstar from Down Under is expanding his tour in the Great White North. Keith Urban is adding five new Canadian concerts to his ripCORD World Tour, with Maren Morris and native son Dallas Smith joining him on the new dates.
“Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties,” Keith recalls. “From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that’s only grown stronger over the years.”
Keith’s August stop in Edmonton, Alberta is set to be the first concert in the new Rogers Place indoor arena. Look for the album that inspired the tour’s title on May 6.
Here are the new dates just added to Keith Urban’s ripCORD World Tour:
Mark TuckerGarth Brooks’ Sin City shows are selling so well, he’s sticking around for Independence Day.
The G-man is already set to play the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the previous weekend and in the days leading up to July 4. Now, he and wife Trisha Yearwood will also do a 7 p.m. show on Sunday, July 3, as well as a 5 p.m. concert on America’s birthday.
Tickets for the new shows go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. PT, through GarthVegas.com or 1-844-63GARTH.
CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/WebsterPREvery year, Dolly Parton celebrates the opening of Dollywood with a parade through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee -- and this year, she wants to take you along for the ride.
The entertainment icon's 31st Homecoming Parade will be streamed live on Facebook, in a feed originating from Dolly’s float, which is decorated to commemorate her new Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. The trek through the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains starts Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. CT.
ABC/Image Group LABrett Eldredge gave fifty music teachers from Music City a night they won’t soon forget this week at Nashville’s City Winery, passing out $100,000 worth of grants on behalf of the Country Music Association.
It’s a cause close to the “Drunk on Your Love” hitmaker’s heart, a fact that was illustrated by the presence of his own musical mentor, a veteran 27-year teacher from his hometown of Paris, Illinois.
“Everyone needs somebody to guide you along,” Brett asserts. “Someone that sees the talent in you, that believes. There are so many schools that don’t have this, because some kids may not have their Judy Carroll, or their mentor, or the person that helps them along. Kids should never be without the option to have music in their lives.”
Each teacher received a $2,000 grant as part of the first-ever CMA Music Teacher of Excellence honors. This is one of many projects funded by the proceeds from CMA Music Festival, which comes up June 9-12 this year in Nashville.
ABC/Image Group LASam Hunt will apparently be full of surprises when he walks on the platform for his appearance Friday night at the Stagecoach Festival. The “Take Your Time” hitmaker will turn his fifty-minute set into a jam session, according to Billboard, continuing his tradition of blurring the lines between country, hip-hop and pop by potentially inviting artists from multiple genres to join him.
Since the Montevallo singer often works Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” into his track “Single for the Summer,” the magazine points to the rapper as a likely choice. Pointing out that Sam has written hits for his fellow countrymen Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Billy Currington, Billboard also believes any one of them could be waiting in the wings.
Sam’s Stagecoach set starts at 7:25 Friday night in Indio, California. It’s also a good bet he’ll work in his latest single, “Make You Miss Me.”
ABCOn Wednesday night’s Nashville, Rayna Jaymes was prepared to move heaven and earth to get her daughter Maddie to drop her fight to become an emancipated minor. When her attempts to get through to the teen’s friend Cash failed, she managed to sneak up on Maddie and have a heart-to-heart talk -- but her eldest daughter remained unconvinced. Meanwhile, younger sister Daphne worried her big sister wouldn’t make it for a planned performance at the Opry.
Juliette Barnes relished her time on the Luke Wheeler tour, taking advantage of the chance to get closer to her ex, Avery Barkley, and her baby Cadence. But while Juliette pleaded with him to give her another chance, Avery was growing ever closer to his new employer Layla Grant, even sharing a kiss at one point.
Meanwhile, Luke himself was busy making amends for having dropped Will Lexington from his label when he found out he’s gay, taking the re-signed singer on Good Morning America to chastise country radio for not playing his records because of his sexuality. While he agreed the exposure would be good for Will’s career, Luke’s manager feared it would hurt his.
A non-working elevator proved to be the catalyst to finally get Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott to rediscover their true feelings for each other. The two passed the time by reminiscing over first meetings and singing old songs, and by episode’s end, it appeared The Exes might not be exes anymore.
Maddie thrilled Daphne by showing up to sing with her sister on the Opry, assuring her that cutting ties with her parents didn’t mean she was abandoning her sibling and musical partner. While the performance led Rayna to believe that all was forgiven, Maddie assured her mother it most certainly was not.
The drama of Nashville continues next Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Loud RecordsWhen newcomer Chris Lane was growing up in North Carolina, the “Fix” hitmaker didn’t dream of taking the stage -- he dreamed of hitting home runs.
“I really thought my whole life -- I grew up playing football and baseball and got a scholarship to play college baseball, and always assumed that that would be what I do after college. I mean that was truly my dream. I had several ACL reconstructions that really hurt my chances at that, and my twin brother, he got drafted to go play but decided not to do that,” he says of his brother Cory, who now plays drums in his band.
While his knee injury may’ve closed the door on one career, it turns out it laid the groundwork for another.
“As bummed out as I was, like looking back now, it was all for the best because it led me to where I'm at now. During my downtime from my surgeries when I couldn't really do a whole lot other than rehab, it gave me a chance to start learning how to play the guitar. Seriously, I can't believe what's happening now from all that. So I guess, had those knee surgeries not have happened, then I would've got drafted to go play baseball. It'd be a total different story right now. Who knows what would be happening?”
Right now, Chris is enjoying his first top twenty hit with the song that also happens to be the title track of his digital EP, Fix, which is also available exclusively at Target on CD. This summer, he heads out on the Rhythm & Roots Tour with Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini.
ABC/Eric GebhartThe BandPerry’s song, “Live Forever” is getting a new life. Originally released as a single last summer, it will now be Team USA’s official song for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The sibling trio performed the tune Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show, and there’s also a new Olympic-themed version of the “Live Forever” music video.
The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and run through the 21st. The Band Perry is set to sing their song as part of NBC’s coverage of the festivities.
“Live Forever” was originally launched as the lead single from The Band Perry’s third album, which was to be titled Heart Beat. Since parting ways with their longtime label last month, the trio hasn’t revealed exactly what the status of the album is.
Webster PRHow well do the two members of LOCASH know each other? Pretty well, it seems, but Chris Lucas and Preston Brust put it to the test in the latest installment of Vevo’s online seriesBandmates.
“Chris is like the brother I never had,” Preston told Pollstar. “I have an older brother and a younger brother but never had a brother the same age. Chris became that guy. His mom is like my mom, and my mom is like his mom. There has always been a special closeness among the families of LOCASH-- even among the band members. We spend holidays together if we can.”
You can find out more about the guys as they try to predict each other’s answers to a series of personal questions, ranging from their favorite restaurant to the number one item on their bucket list. If you’re wondering, a number one for LOCASH tops Chris’s list, while Preston dreams of flying in a fighter jet.
Chris just might get his wish, as the duo’s latest single, “I Know Somebody,” continues to climb the charts.
ABC/Image Group LAIf his recent European trek is any indication, it looks like Dierks Bentley may soon be crowd-surfing his way across the U.S.A. Prior to the start of his Somewhere on a Beach tour May 12 in Holmdel, New Jersey, the Arizona native checked off three dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Dierks kicked things off last Thursday night in Dublin, and by the time he reached London the next night, he was confident enough in his bond with the British fans to dive in and float across the crowd’s outstretched arms. Some members of Sunday night’s Scottish audience got a bonus set, as Dierks took to the loading dock of Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium for an impromptu late-night performance.
His highly anticipated Black album hits stores May 27, a couple weeks after he sets out on his summer tour with Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard.
Columbia NashvilleIn addition to being a powerhouse vocalist, newcomer Maren Morris also happens to be a stellar songwriter who's already had cuts by major stars like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. But when she crafted her breakthrough hit, "My Church," she had a premonition it wasn't one to share -- it was a song she had to sing herself.
"I had the concept and the title kind of chiseled out," she recalls. "We wrote it really, really quickly -- in under an hour, and that is so rare. When we were done, I don't know. I just had this feeling about it, that it was really special and I wanted to keep it for myself. So I was very protective of it when I came back to Nashville from L.A., which is where I was writing. So when I got back to town, I didn't send it to anybody. I would only play it for them if I were in person with them. I just knew it was my song."
Now that Maren's country music anthem is edging toward the top of the charts, the Texas native says you're completely on target if you have the urge to roll down your window, turn up your radio, and sing "My Church" at the top of your lungs.
"That was the point when we wrote it, whether it's in the car or you're at a show. I find a lot of my inspiration and peace when I drive, so having people tell me, like they love turning it up in the car, it's awesome!"
Look for more infectious tunes from Maren when her debut full-length album Hero comes out June 3, a day after she heads out on tour with Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maddie & Tae's new single is "Sierra," from their debut album Start Here.
This year's annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game will be Tuesday, June 7 at Nashville's First Tennessee Park. Tickets for the pre-CMA Music Festival event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Hunter Hayes, Kix Brooks, Big Kenny, Frankie Ballard and others helped raised $360,000 for cancer research Monday night by attending T.J. Martell Foundation's annual Best Cellars dinner. A meal at Kix's house went for $60,000 during the event's silent auction.