Luke Bryan Recalls His Favorite New Year’s Eve
My best New Year’s Eve is definitely when my wife and I started back dating.
New Year’s Eve is always a toss up holiday for me. Sometimes I remember exactly what I did and some years the memories get real fuzzy from all of the adult beverages I may have drank.
For Luke Bryan the memory of his favorite New Years Eve is not the least bit fuzzy. It is actually a big day to celebrate with their family for two reasons, Luke shared with KIX 92.1,
“My best New Year’s Eve is definitely when my wife and I started back dating. We started back dating right before Christmas, and we went on a trip down to Florida and met some friends. And her birthday is New Year’s Eve. We celebrated it that night. It was just a great night.”
Luke kicked 2017 off with his annual Crash My Playa event which took place on January 19-22 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. He was joined by Little Big Town, Randy Houser, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, Blake Shelton and Brothers Osborne, to name a few. Luke’s plans for 2018 are still unknown but not for long.
Music’s Biggest Stars Go ‘All in for The Gambler’ at Kenny Rogers Farewell Celebration
The biggest names across all genres of music took the stage Wednesday night (Oct. 25) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate Kenny Rogers at All in for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert Celebration. The Oak Ridge Boys, Don Henley, Idina Menzel, Lionel Richie, Billy Currington, Elle King, Little Big Town, Justin Moore, The Flaming Lips, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton and Dolly Partonwere among those on hand to honor Rogers. Before Rogers and Parton ended the evening with a mic drop, a steady stream of artists hit the stage to share memories and songs from the iconic artist’s six decades long career.
“We’re here for Kenny, and so are you,” Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys said to the sold out crowd as the band took the stage to deliver a spirited rendition of Roger’s “Love or Something Like It,” a chart-topping 1978 hit that was the title track of Rogers’ fourth No. 1 album.
Rogers and his wife, Wanda, sat on the left side of the stage throughout the evening, soaking in every stellar performance. As the Oaks exited the stage, they stopped to embrace Rogers and share a few words.
Charles Esten, who stars as Deacon Claybourne on CMT’s Nashville, served as emcee for the evening. He introduced pop songstress Elle King, looking sassy in a short red and black outfit. She delivered a personality-packed cover of “Tulsa Turnaround,” a song Rogers had first recorded early in his career as a member of the First Edition.
Next on the stage, an all-star ensemble of Rogers’ former opening acts performed Rogers’ 1982 hit “Blaze of Glory.” Travis Tritt, T. Graham Brown, Lee Greenwood, Billy Dean, Crystal Gayle, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, T.G. Sheppard and Kim Forester of the Forester Sisters traded lines while Rogers smiled from the side of the stage.
Justin Moore performed an excellent rendition of “Lucille,” the 1977 blockbuster hit that paved the way for Rogers’ successful solo career in country music after he exited the First Edition. Moore was followed by Linda Davis and her daughter, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. The mother daughter duo shared memories of their longtime friendship with Rogers and sang a beautiful cover of his nostalgic hit “Twenty Years Ago.”
The great performances continued with Billy Currington delivering a sultry take on “Morning Desire,” followed by Aaron Lewis showing his traditional country chops with a solid rendition of Rogers’ chart-topping 1979 hit “Coward of the County.”
Wynonna took the stage next and got a rousing standing ovation before she even sang. “You may be seated,” she said smiling appreciatively at the crowd before launching into “You Turn the Light On.”
“When I was 20-years-old, I went and saw this man in concert, back when country music was more country. And it was sweet and simple like me,” Wynonna said with a mischievous grin. She was joined on stage by her mother Naomi for a Judds reunion as they sang “Back to the Well.”
Next up, the Flaming Lips delivered a cool version of the classic hit “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” which was written by country legend Mel Tillis. “Are y’all having fun yet?” Reba asked the crowd as she took the stage to sing the hit “Reuben James.” “We’ve had the best time backstage. It’s like a family reunion. Everybody’s hugging everybody and talking.”
After her performance, Rogers’ bandmates from the First Edition took to the stage for a photo op with the sold out crowd cheering enthusiastically behind them. Jamey Johnson got the music flowing again with “Sweet Music Man,” a hit ballad that Rogers wrote by himself that became a top ten hit in 1977. “You already signed my guitar or I’d be over there with a Sharpie,” Johnson said to Rogers. He got a standing ovation for “Sweet Music Man” and then launched into the First Edition’s hit “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”
Alison Krauss put her haunting soprano to excellent use on “Love the World Away” and received a standing ovation. Kris Kristofferson received a standing ovation the minute he stepped into the spotlight and another after he wowed the crowd with “Me and Bobby McGee.” Lady Antebellum followed with Rogers’ huge crossover hit “She Believes in Me,” with Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley trading vocals on the verses and Dave Haywood adding to the beautiful harmonies. They received a standing ovation as did Little Big Town who hit the stage next to perform “Through the Years.”
The crowd took to their feet in thunderous applause as Don Henley stepped into the spotlight to honor his longtime friend and fellow Texan. Henley performed a compelling rendition of “Desperado,” the Eagles classic that has been cut by numerous artists over the years, including Rogers.
Looking stunning in a blue floor-length gown, Idina Menzel hit the stage next to sing “You Decorated My Life,” before Lady A’s Kelley returned to duet with her on “We’ve Got Tonight,” the Bob Seger classic that Rogers turned into a country hit as a duet with Sheena Easton in 1983. Menzel and Kelley’s duet earned an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd.
Esten returned to the stage to share that Rogers had become friends with the next artist when he asked him to write a song for him. That song was “Lady,” penned by Lionel Richie, who moved center stage to unleash one of the most potent performances of the night. He was followed by Chris Stapleton singing “The Gambler,” while Rogers smiled from the sidelines.
During the evening, the crowd had been anticipating Roger’s performance with Parton and they weren’t disappointed. Throughout the night, the video screens had been displaying vintage photos of Rogers’ career over the years. Before Parton took the stage, the crowd was treated to a video of “Real Love” with classic clips of Kenny & Dolly over the years. When the two walked out to center stage, the crowd roared. And, as always, Parton gave the crowd their money’s worth, asking Rogers about his life and career as well as teasing him about their plastic surgeries, noting they both used to be bigger before they found “jiffy suck” (better known as liposuction). They delivered a touching version of “You Can’t Make Old Friends” and Rogers, who has trouble standing for extended periods of time, sat on a stool while Dolly sang “I Will Always Love You.” “I know I’m artificial, but I like to think my heart is real,” Parton said. “I have a spot for you that’s never ever going to be touched by anybody else.”
Before they launched into the closing number, “Islands in the Stream,” Rogers addressed the crowd, “I want to thank you so much for coming here tonight to help me say goodbye,” said the 79-year-old icon, who had previously announced he was retiring from the road after The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour. “It’s really been fun for me, and tonight has been as much about me saying thank you as saying goodbye.”
“I can’t think of anybody else I’d rather sail away with,” Parton said as the duo launched into “Island in the Stream.” They concluded the performance with a mic drop that put an exclamation point on a night of great music those in attendance will never forget.
Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman
Don’t Look Back…. Remember Lot’s wife! Luke 17:32
Before God destroyed the city of Sodom, He sent two angels to rescue Lot and his family from it
Their instructions were clear: ‘Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed…But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt’ (Genesis 19:17, 26). Jesus recalled this story in three words: ‘Remember Lot’s wife.’ Here are two lessons you should learn and remember: 1) Don’t look back with longing to your old sinful pleasures and pursuits.
The promise sin made was false then, and it’s still false now. ‘Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren’ (James 1:14-16). 2) Don’t look back with regret on the mistakes you’ve made.
Lot’s two sons-in-law wouldn’t heed the message of the angels or the pleading of their father-in-law, so they stayed behind. Perhaps that’s why his wife looked back. But it was fatal then, and it’s fatal now. Don’t wallow in the regrets of your past. Stop dwelling on the injuries inflicted on you by others. Get your eyes off the rear-view mirror and onto the road ahead.
God has great things in store for you; that’s what the battle in your life is about. Jesus referred to Satan as a ‘thief’ (See John 10:10). He has already stolen too much from you; don’t let him steal any more. Today surrender your life to Jesus, and watch His blessing begin.
Prayer, Help me to look forward and not backward.
Help me focus on what You have in store for me this coming year.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Cody Johnson Is Carving his Own Path
There once was a time when every new artist on the scene was desperate to sign a record deal with a major company. Well that’s no longer the case. The Internet, iTunes, social media and other cultural advances have gone a long way towards leveling the playing field and giving indie acts as much as chance of success as their corporately-backed counterparts. Cody Johnson is among the new breed of artists who are taking charge of their own career, calling the shots and achieving success on their own terms.
“I spent a lot of time in Nashville, my manager and I, trying to fit in to get a record deal because we thought that’s what would perpetuate my career,” says Johnson, who has always maintained his home base in Texas but traveled to Nashville frequently when he was writing songs for former Arista Nashville chief Tim DuBois’ publishing company. “Two or three different record labels really reached out at that time and tried to facilitate a deal, but it just didn’t make sense on the business side of things. If you are going to be an artist, you’d better have a hold of your business, that’s what drives it. We tried to make it work, and no matter which way we bent and which way they bent, it never did line up. It didn’t ever feel right so we sat down and had a talk about it. We prayed about it and we said, ‘It’s just not for us right now.’”
Remaining independent has worked out well for Johnson. A native of tiny Sebastopol, Texas, Johnson has racked up 160 million streams in the last 12 months and has sold over a million dollars worth of music on iTunes alone. In the last 18 months, he’s sold over 500,000 concerts tickets and his 2016 album, Gotta Be Me, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Album chart. He recently became the first artist to sell out Sam Houston Race Park.
“That was a big milestone,” he says. “After we played the Houston Rodeo this year, I wasn’t how we could ever find something to compare with that. That was a lot of people and a lot of adrenaline, but not too long after, we wound up right there back in Houston with 10,000 fans at the Race Park and it had the same intensity as the Houston Rodeo. It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I had been sick most of that day. I had a little stomach bug and I was not feeling too well. I had to have some IV’s actually because I was so dehydrated. I was wondering if that was going to affect me but as soon as you step out on stage, and you see and hear a crowd like that, all that ails you goes away.”
Johnson is living the dream that began when he was very young. “My mother said I was singing when I came out of the womb,” says Johnson, who cites George Strait, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings as influences. “Both sides of my family have always been very keen on music. It’s been instilled in my life and I always knew I could play. I wanted to rodeo for a while. I wanted to ride bulls and I had some different dreams I thought I was going to chase, but God has a funny way of making things happen. Somehow music always wound up being my outlet. Whether I was frustrated, whether things were going good, whether things were going bad, I always had music and eventually I got paid to do it. Then a light bulb went off and I thought, ‘Oh, there might be something to this besides making tips.’”
On the way to making music a full-time career, Johnson paid his dues with some interesting day jobs, including a stint as a prison guard overseeing the chain gang on horseback. “It was a pretty wild experience,” he admits with a chuckle. “I started there when I was 18 and worked there for about five years. You grow up pretty quick. That’s what my daddy did for almost 30 something years, so I kind of knew what I was into. I had a beautiful young fiancé at the time, who is now my wife that I wanted to provide for and when you are from a small town, you grow up and do what your daddy did. It had health benefits and that’s what my life was looking like until I started getting more gigs and then I couldn’t hardly keep my job anymore. I was calling in and had to take off too much time. My wardens, the ones that I worked for, actually encouraged me and they said, ‘You could always come back to this. Go chase that dream and if you fall flat on your face, there ain’t going to be no shortage of prisons.’”
Thankfully, his career took off and he left prison life behind, but doesn’t regret the time there. “There were some days when it was not so great and you wondered if you were going to come home or not,” he admits, “but when you are in that situation you kind of just block it out, and go to work like it’s no big deal. It’s something that stays with you for the rest of your life and it shakes you a bit, but I wouldn’t take any of it back, bad or good days, it helped shape me for sure.”
When not making music, most of his time these days is spent doing Crossfit, roping, riding and spending time with his wife and two little girls at their home in Huntsville, Texas. But he misses his bull riding days. “I started riding bulls when I was about 15 and I fell in love with the adrenaline,” he says. “I don’t ride bulls anymore. . .I loved the intensity. It’s pretty rough and dangerous. I busted my eye socket once. I broke my right clavicle and right leg in two places, and a couple of ribs on my left side. I’ve been broke up a lot, but I did okay. I won some buckles and here and there. I won some money, but I was never that top hand and I knew that. Honestly I probably rode broncs better than I rode bulls, but I was just being hard headed. I wanted to be a bull rider. Now days I rope and ride horses. It’s really easier.”
And obviously Johnson devotes a great deal of time to his music, touring extensively and getting ready to record a new album next year with his friend and producer Trent Willmon. He’s currently writing new material and also looking for outside songs that fit his positive attitude and solidly country sensibilities.
As he gets ready to record his sixth album, Johnson’s career has never been hotter, but he’s not one to dwell on his growing list of impressive statistics. When asked what he thinks it is about his music that is resonating so strongly, he responds, “Honestly, the same thing that I’ve always attributed it to is giving God the reins on my career and my life and keeping good people around me —my manager, my wife, my band, and my team that surround me . . .The good Lord puts us where he wants us to be and I do my job the best I can every time I get there. I try to keep it pretty simple.”
He also tries not to let the current success change him. “I keep my head very much out of the clouds. People are constantly telling me how big of ripples we’re making and how much of a ruckus we are causing. I honestly don’t pay attention to it,” he says matter-of-factly. “I have about a six-person team that does all my social media. I don’t have a Facebook page. I don’t look at any of it. I try to just do my job and keep out all the ego and all that stuff that may come along with all of this and just remain normal. I think the authenticity of who I am when I hit that stage may have something to do with it and that’s because I am keeping my head out of the clouds and making sure that no matter what I’m not getting caught up in this thing and start acting like a rock star. I just want to keep playing country music.”
And if the big labels continue courting him, would he ever sign? “I’m not really anti-label,” he says. “I figure if it’s supposed to happen someday the right deal is going to get made and it will be with the right people, but now we’re just sticking to our guns because quite frankly I feel we have a brand in country music that’s worth fighting for. We’ve got a lot of people out there supporting us and I don’t really want to change what we’ve got going. Like I said, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’”
Reba on ‘Reba’ Reboot: ‘All The Actors Are For It 100%’
Sitcom fans have recently been hit with a dose of nostalgia as many shows from the past have returned to the small screen. NBC’s hit Will & Grace made a triumphant return and recently earned Golden Globe nominations for its successes. Roseanne Barr’s show, Roseanne, will return in 2018 with nearly all the original cast returning. But fans have long since wondered… will Reba ever get a reboot?
The concept of revisiting the hilarious comedy hasn’t been lost on country superstar Reba McEntire, who starred in the show bearing her name. In fact, she’s talked about it several times over the past few months, revealing that she’d love to step back into Reba Hart’s shoes.
“There have been some in the past and hopefully some in the future too,” she previously told Entertainment Tonight in August. “We’d love to do it.”
The thought of bringing back the sitcom hasn’t gone away since, as the “Fancy” singer revealed that she has the cast on board for a revival.
“Everybody was wanting to do that. We’d love it. If everybody else would go for it, meaning the heads of the networks and things, all the actors are for it 100%,” she recently told Sounds Like Nashville and other media.
As she waits for the heads of the networks to make a call, Reba admits that she’s been bitten by the acting bug and would love to pursue more roles should she find one.
“A dream role would be ten different kinds because I would like to hit all facets, you know the kooky neighbor down the hall or the heroine in a western,” she said previously. “There’s just so many different types. I love to watch television. I love movies. So acting is something that it entertains me. Television and movies entertain me so I love to be entertained but I also love to entertain people.” Reba ran from 2001 until 2007 on the WB and CW.
Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman
“THE Problem of Busyness” by Author Eugenia Price
Most people are just too busy. This is a point for quick agreement, but the subtle danger involved in our busyness is that most of us never stop to realize that in most cases we can do something about it! We tend to look wildly and never unrealistically in any other direction for the cause of our trouble. Most of us feel like helpless victim where our work and activity schedules are concerned. For five or six years, this was entirely true of me.
Then one day when I had actually fallen to sleep on someone’s sofa in the middle of a conversation, I began to take stock. What was actually important ? How much of this activity was God actually instigating ? How much of it was the consequence of my own bad judgement , and how much was guided by the Holy Spirit within me? What was really gained that evening I fell asleep doing what to me was no longer “sweet fellowship ” ?
A woman’s ego often pushes her into a whirlwind life of business., too. If you are capable, and if the ladies adore you and keep compliments on your pretty head every time you teach the class or preside at the circle meeting, just be be wary. It is easy to mistake the voice of flattery for the voice of God. Especially if you’ve been busy for so long, there hasn’t been a really quit time to hear God speak .
The voice of God is always speaking to us and always trying to get our attention. But his voice is a “still small voice” and we must at least slow down in order to listen.
Remember When Shania Twain and Billy Currington Had a ‘Party for Two?’
Shania Twain’s list of duet partners throughout her career could act as a who’s who of the music industry, ranging everywhere from NSYNC to Nick Jonas. But one of her most successful duets was when she teamed up with a fellow country star.
Twain joined forces with label mate Billy Currington for the flirty hit, “Party for Two” in 2004. It was the lead single off of her Greatest Hits compilation, and became Twain’s 16th top 10 single. The song is a back-and-forth conversation with Twain egging Currington to come to her party, with the catch being it was going to be just the two of them. At the beginning of the track, Currington is hesitant. But he seems to come around toward the end of the tune. “I’m having me a party/(I don’t think I can come)/Uh, uh, this ain’t just any kind of party/(Nah, I think I’ll stay at home)/Uh, oh, no It’s gonna be really, really hot/(Startin’ to sound good)/I’m gonna put you on the spot/(Baby, maybe I should),” the vocalists croon in the opening verse.
The music video is just as fun as the song, featuring Twain and Currington roaming the streets of London getting ready for their party. The closing scene depicts the pair at a fancy dinner table, which seconds as their personal dance floor. At the end they are swinging from the chandelier and appear to be having a blast.
“Party for Two” was a huge commercial success for Twain and Currington as well. Currington was new on the country music scene and was still a year away from his first No. 1 single. This exposure launched him into the limelight where he has stayed ever since.
Country music truly delivered quality music videos in 2017
The 17 best are a mix of emotion, heartfelt moments and downright hilarity
Quirky videos from Miranda Lambert, Brett Eldredge and Rascal Flatts all make our year-end list, as do newcomers like Midland and Lanco. Brad Paisley appears twice on this list with “Last Time for Everything” and “Selfie #theinternetisforever.” He’s the king of the country music video, and these are two of the year’s funniest.
The adorable video for Blake Shelton‘s “I’ll Name the Dogs” had to be included, along with Shania Twain‘s grand return to country music with the vibrant “Life’s About to Get Good” and action-packed videos from Thomas Rhett and Brothers Osborne. In addition to the humorous and light-hearted features, there are several music videos that made us cry in 2017. Find videos from legends Alan Jackson and Glen Campbell in the top 10.
Is your favorite video of the year on the list? Check out 17 Music Videos That Were Worth Watching This Year below.
“We Should Be Friends”
Miranda Lambert always delivers unique music videos with eccentric characters, and “We Should Be Friends” follows this formula. It works! She visits the wackiest, yet coolest salon ever in a sassy clip that shows Miller Lite cans being used as hair rollers, impromptu dance parties and plenty of sweet tea to go around. The light-hearted video is lively, vibrant and bound to make you chuckle.
“Greatest Love Story”
Lanco went sweet and simple for the music video for their breakout single, “Greatest Love Story.” The charming feature is your classic tale about high school sweethearts, following a young couple from when they were kids to the ultimate joyful ending, where they marry and live happily ever after. It may be a concept that we’ve seen before, but it works like a charm and tugs at the heartstrings.
Midland made a splash on the country music scene with “Drinkin’ Problem,” and the video is a kickback just like the song. The trio goes classic and simple in the clip, but add a bit of flair with their signature western attire, old-fashioned cars and scenes of the wide-open road.
“Something’ I’m Good At”
Brett Eldredge is a ham, and he displays his silly side in full force in the video for “Somethin’ I’m Good At.” The crooner humorously causes mayhem all over the neighborhood, from accidentally sending letters flying after knocking over the mailman to setting his trashcan on fire. The outlandish video proves that Eldredge is in fact good at something: knowing how to make us laugh right along with him.
“Life’s About to Get Good”
Shania Twain made her big return to country radio with “Life’s About to Get Good,” and the matching music video is just as lively as the song. The beautiful beach setting, quirky characters and classic throwbacks to some of her famous costumes (we’re looking at you “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” ) all come together in this spirited video that just makes you feel joyful.
“Last Time for Everything”
Brad Paisley has a knack for creating music videos unlike any other in country music. He plants multiple easter eggs throughout the video for “Last Time for Everything,” including clips from vintage TV commercials, ’80s proms and subtle references to everything from Ghostbusters to Stranger Things. The clever scenes, plus a cameo by David Hasselhoff, masterfully weave Paisley’s unique sense of humor into the playful video that was a standout in 2017.
If it wasn’t hot in here before, it is now. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill thrilled fans with the passion-filled video for “Speak to a Girl.” The song with a humble message is supported by a video that packs in plenty of romance and steamy moments. The video exemplifies what the power couple does best: singing their hearts out while putting their love for one another on full display.
“Sway” is easily one of the coolest videos (and songs) of the year. Danielle Bradbery stretches her talents, creating a stellar earworm track that’s as infectious as it gets. The video is just as fresh, with Bradbery and a team of free-spirited, fun-loving people dancing their way through life. It just makes you want to sway right along with them!
“The Older I Get”
Always one to bring poignancy and emotion to his music, Jackson’s “The Older I Get” is built on nostalgia. The legendary country star takes fans on a journey through his life, sharing intimate photos and videos of his family and special moments from his iconic career. The visuals of the touching memories he’s experiences along the way, backed by the song’s heartfelt lyrics, make for a sweet sentimental clip that impacted fans in a meaningful way this year.
Brad Paisley is just stating the facts here … in the most hilarious way possible. For “Selfie #Theinternetisforever” Paisley called upon selfie enthusiasts everywhere to contribute their most embarrassing moments, showcasing a handful of failures like someone posing with their deceased grandmother in her casket (true story), naked handstands and even someone with their pants down at a urinal. Clever as always, Paisley’s video is definitely a good pick-me-up when you’re in need of a hearty laugh.
Kelsea Ballerini’s took “Legends” to new heights with an emotional music video that draws you into the precious love story of a couple head over heels for one another. We follow them through the precious little moments of their relationship to the birthday celebration with their young son to the tragic ending that we won’t spoil for you (although, it’s a good idea to have tissues on hand). The heartbreaking storyline, coupled with the gorgeous shots of Ballerini on an oceanfront cliffside, creates a moving picture that is perhaps her best video yet.
“Yours If You Want It”
It’s obvious Rascal Flatts had a blast making the “Yours If You Want It” video, and it’s just as entertaining for the viewers at home. Watching the light-hearted, crazy love story unfold between Kevin Farley and diner waitress Kristy Swanson, only to discover it was all in Farley’s head as he daydreams at the truck stop eatery, is fun enough as it is, but add in the image of the country trio dressed in cheesy diner uniforms, flipping burgers and playing air guitar with a mop makes the video even funnier and engaging.
“I’ll Name the Dogs”
Blake Shelton delivered one of the sweetest videos of the year with “I’ll Name the Dogs.” The endearing premise that follows a couple on their wedding day, surrounded by loved ones — including a cameo by Gwen Stefani’s adorable sons — will melt even the coldest of hearts. The song returns Shelton to his traditional country roots and the video’s precious story is one for the books in his catalog.
“All Around You”
Sturgill Simpson is one of country music’s dark horses, and the video for “All Around You” is both intriguing and powerful. The animated clip follows a young boy dressed in a superhero cape as he travels across the world and finds examples of love along the way. The beautifully cinematic piece proves that love always trumps hate and is just as inspiring as the lyrics.
“It Ain’t My Fault”
Brothers Osborne know how to bring a good time. “It Ain’t My Fault” finds criminals are on the loose, disguised as Barack Obama, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. The masks alone make the video, but the guys combine humor and action to create this one-of-a-kind feature that was one of the coolest videos in country music this year.
Thomas Rhett went all out for his “Craving You” video, and he’s not even the star. More like a feature film than it is a music video, Rhett and Maren Morris are a fearless twosome in this grand video that’s filled with enthralling action scenes. Rhett’s ambitious cinematic approach to the infectious song makes for one of the strongest and most memorable music videos country music produced in 2017. Morris? She’s just a badass.
As if listening to Glen Campbell’s last-released song ever isn’t emotional enough, the video will break you. The unique concept takes Campbell’s famous guitar on a cross-country journey as Campbell’s family members hand it off to one another from coast to coast. The video pays homage to the late country star, intertwined with images of Campbell in the early days of his career that is sure to make fans feel nostalgic, and okay, sad. The ending — Campbell’s grandson performs a Vikings funeral on his guitar — is bound to bring tears to your eyes. It’s the ultimate message of respect for such an influential figure in country music.
Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman
Devotional: Always Be Humble
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18
A member of parliament took his little daughter to visit Westminster Abbey. As she stood looking up at its magnificent columns, her father asked, ‘What do you think, sweetheart?’ With childlike candor she replied, ‘I was thinking how big you look at home, Daddy, and how small you look in here.’ God’s presence has a way of humbling us.
In the Old Testament, King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?’ The Bible’s filled with examples of people who humbled themselves before God. In Matthew’s gospel he mentions his own name only twice, and both times he calls himself a tax collector. Luke wrote two of the most important books in the Bible without ever once mentioning his own name. And Paul, the Bible’s most prolific author, referred to himself as ‘a fool’ (2 Corinthians 12:11).
He described himself as‘the least of the apostles’ (1 Corinthians 15:9), and later claimed to be ‘less than the least of all saints’ (Ephesians 3:8 ). In fact, as Paul grew older his ego grew smaller, and in one of his final Epistles he referred to himself as ‘the chief of sinners’ (See 1 Timothy 1:15). King David wrote no psalm celebrating his victory over Goliath, but he wrote a psalm of penitence confessing his sin with Bathsheba (Psalm 51). So, always be humble!
Prayer Heavenly Father,
Help me get and stay humble by knowing I am always in Your presence,
That covers me with Your arms. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Is Chris Stapelton’s ‘Midnight Train To Memphis’ A Hit
Chris Stapleton has made a name for himself as a powerful vocalist and impressive guitar player, and his new single, “Midnight Train to Memphis,” exemplifies his talent.
“Midnight Train to Memphis” appears on From A Room: Volume 2, the second project Stapleton released in 2017. Co-written by the rising star and Mike Henderson — one of the founding members of bluegrass group the SteelDrivers — “Midnight Train to Memphis” has long been a staple in the singer’s live shows.
Stapleton sings of being stuck in jail for a miserable 40 days for not being able to pay his fine. Alongside gritty electric guitar and his soulful baritone, he keeps his listener intrigued on the mesmerizing track.
“Forty days of shotguns and barbed wire fences / Forty nights to sit and listen / To the midnight train to Memphis,”Stapleton croons on the chorus.
With plenty of grungy electric guitar and a memorable percussion beat, the musical accompaniment adequately portrays the frustration of a man stuck in jail counting down the days until his freedom.