Scotty has the No1 Country Album with His Latest Release ‘Seasons Change’
This is just one piece of exciting news the American Idol winner has to celebrate this year
Scotty McCreery is making himself comfortable on top. The singer’s brand-new album, Seasons Change, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. McCreery’s new project pushed more than 40,000 units in its first week — it was released on March 16 — propelling him to the top spot on the chart. He also gets the honor of having one of the best first weeks in the past year for a country album.
Seasons Change follows the trajectory of his previous albums, like his debut Clear as Day, holiday project Christmas With Scotty McCreery and sophomore release, See You Tonight. McCreery had another win in early 2018 when the heartfelt “Five More Minutes” became his first No. 1 single.
“It’s been quite a journey these last few years, and to learn that Seasons Change has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart is awesome and so gratifying,” McCreery says of the album’s success. “I’m glad everyone is enjoying the new music. I am so thankful to my fans, who have always been so supportive. With a No. 1 album, my first-ever No. 1 single, and my upcoming wedding to the love of my life, I just don’t see how 2018 can get any better!”
This is just one piece of exciting news the American Idol winner has to celebrate this year. He announced his engagement to Gabi Dugal in September of 2017, and the two are currently in planning mode for their upcoming nuptials. He’ll also serve as a mentor to the Top 24 contestants on the American Idol revival on ABC.
Farewell Angelina the Hot Seat poll winner
For Farewell Angelina, loyalty is important. The country quartet relied on their loyal fan base to win them a coveted spot in the 2017 Taste of Country RISERS class. As a group their loyalty to one another shines through, and each is individually loyal to where she came from.
Look no further than the creature comforts they bring on the road. Nicole Witt travels with her grandfather’s fiddle, a 1922 model so well loved that the varnish has worn off at the thumb grip. For Lisa Torres, it’s her husband’s old sweatshirt. Lauren Lucas brings a sentimental artifact from before her time, a 1943 photo of her grandparents, taken the year they married. “I’m named after my grandmother, my middle name, so she was one of my biggest fans and we were very close. She helped raise me,” Lucas says.
Rare is a modern country band with double fiddles, but Witt and Andrea Young play around and through each other with affection and aplomb. Lucas and Torres strum guitar. All four women sing. “Off stage, we really enjoy spending time together,” Witt says. “We all enjoy a good glass of wine, there are some fitness enthusiasts in the band, so there’s a lot of that going on. But we love football and sports and there’s lots of things outside of music that we enjoy collectively.”
The group of longtime friends and sometimes collaborators solidified just recently with the addition of Lucas. Prior to that, each had known one another from late-night jams and unofficial hangs around town. It’s a classic Nashville story that proves hard work and the right attitude will pay off. Fans made Farewell Angelina the Hot Seat poll winner in January. Unlike the other RISERS, they were 100 percent chosen by fans.
“For me, I would have been as loyal as our fans were to Little Texas,” Lucas says. “When I was a teenager I would make trips to Nashville from Columbia, South Carolina. I was starting to sing in Nashville already, and I would listen to cassette tapes of Little Texas through the entire drive. When I would get dressed in the morning I would sing it in my hairbrush and would pretend that they asked me to be the only female band member of Little Texas.”
“And she told them this a couple weeks ago,” Young chimes in. “Yes, we wrote together, met them, did a show, and I poured my heart out to them.” Farewell Angelina — named after a Bob Dylan song — will be heavy on the road in 2017. In between live dates they’ll be writing and recording new music.
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HAPPINESS IS HARD TO PIN DOWN
Miami. Early 1960s. Misty and I were struggling, mostly broke,
and even homeless on the street for a few days.
In the mid-1960s we had a trio on the road
playing small clubs all over the East and Midwest.
Our old car and homemade trailer kept breaking down,
and taking all the money.
Then we got lucky and landed a steady job at a Miami supper club.
That’s where we met Richard Nixon and other famous people.
Things were getting better.
We got a one month booking at a lounge in Key West,
and two guys came in and signed us to a four song contract.
We went to Nashville to record.
There were no hits, but our song “Bethlehem Steel” got played,
and Wayside Records signed us.
In December, 1969,
Misty and I were entertaining crowds at Orlando’s Everglades lounge
and commuting to Nashville to record.
We had had one Billboard charted single, “Big Black Bird”
on Wayside Records.
We had a steady gig, a nice home, and bought a new Corvette.
After struggling for years on the road playing low-pay gigs.
The stress was off and we were reasonably happy without any hits.
Our song “Big Black Bird” had gotten a Pop Pick in Billboard,
along with Aretha Franklin and others the same week,
although we considered it Country.
Wayside Records got excited
and negotiated with Mercury Records for distribution.
Mercury was ready to go with the record,
but the master sent to them by Wayside was faulty.
They had to call Wayside and wait for another master.
Radio stations were ready to play it but had no copies, and the record died.
But now we were on Mercury, a major label.
In early March, 1970, the phone rang.
It was Little Richie Johnson at Wayside.
He said, “You better get packed. We’re selling 50,000 a day!”
A month later, on April 4th, “Tennessee Bird Walk” hit Number One,
and our life changed completely.
A week later on April 11th, it was Number One again,
and we were doing a show with Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings
at a performing arts center.
Waylon joked, “You’re killing my record. Please get off Number One.”
That was the wildest year ever.
We were doing major network TV shows, state fairs and festivals,
recording “Humphrey the Camel”, “You’ve Got Your Troubles”,
and others, and dealing with big time agents and managers.
We were disoriented, facing new problems, and on the road all the time.
We often didn’t know where we were.
The money went through our hands to agents, managers, musicians,
roadies, etc., and for expensive clothes for TV and big live shows.
Our happiest times were in studios, recording with great musicians.
It was a wonderful year, an exciting year, and a grueling year.
A bunch of IRS guys showed up at our house.
Would we do it all again?
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Finalists.
© Jack Blanchard, 2018.
Russell Dickerson’s debut single “Yours” was not just a hit radio single in 2018, it has become a wedding staple for many couples as they plan their nuptials. But which version to choose from? A cappella group Home Free put their unique spin on the song, even bringing a mock wedding day to life in a music video.
Baritone Adam Chance takes lead on the beautiful ballad as well as stars in the video as a groom on his wedding day. As he sings the nostalgic love song, his bandmates stand by his side and serve as supportive groomsmen. They also provide striking harmonies.
“Those of us who are married have experienced the nerves and excitement guys can go through on their wedding day,” bass singer Tim Foust says. “The lyrics to ‘Yours’ really bring to mind making that ultimate declaration of love. It’s obvious why it has become such a modern-day classic.”
The three-and-a-half minute “Yours” interpretation begins with images of the groom’s shoes, a beautiful bouquet of flowers and the couple’s wedding bands before the camera pans to a nervous-looking Chance, who is seated at a table (with champagne). He’s getting sentimental, reflecting as he stares out the window and thinks back on meeting his bride.
When Home Free aren’t putting their stamp on some of country music’s biggest hits, they’re on the road performing for their ever-growing fanbase. The group recently extended their current 2018 Timeless Tour, which runs through the summer.
Kenny Turns 50 But He Is In Good Company
It’s not just that this list of country singers over 50 over serves as a reminder that it is definitely possible to stay sexy past a certain age. It’s that these 11 artists haven’t been around long enough to possibly be 50 years old … right?
Kenny Chesney (50 in March 2018) was just singing about sexy tractors and Shania Twain was just dissing Brad Pitt, wasn’t she? Listen, no one is going to try to claim George Strait is 35 or Dolly Parton hasn’t been singing since the ’70s, but Martina McBride? As it turns out, we’re all getting old together. Listen, if you were born after the year 2000 and are surprised that all of these country artists aren’t 60 years old, just keep it to yourself. The old people need a moment to say, “Tim McGraw? Really?” It almost feels like a betrayal, especially since he makes 50 look so dang good!
Keith Urban turned 50 in 2017, so did Gary Allan (December 2017). All of these artists prove age is just a number, as all are still at the top of their profession. They set the bar high for singers like Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who are just north of 40. Millennials will know how the Gen-X crowd feels in about 10 years.
– Taste of Country
Why Jason Aldean Is Staying Out Of The Gun Control Debate
I’m not trying to push my own agenda. I have my opinions, but what the hell do I know
It’s been six months since Jason Aldean was just a few songs into his set at the Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas strip, and was interrupted in the worst way: A gunman killed 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Despite his close presence to the tragedy, Aldean doesn’t feel it’s his place to weigh in on gun control. “I’m not a politician,” he tells EW, in the new issue that hit stands Friday (Mar. 23).
“I’m not trying to push my own agenda. If I say that I believe this, I’m gonna piss off half of the people, and if I say I believe that, I’m gonna piss off the other half. I have my opinions, but what the hell do I know?
“I think everybody needs to sit down, stop pushing their own agendas, and figure out what will make it safer,” he continues. “When people can’t go to a damn movie or a concert and not worry about somebody shooting the place up, there’s a flaw in the system.”
While he won’t take a stand on his own merit, Aldean does have a suggestion: “I think part of the issue is kids at home playing virtual reality games where they’re shooting people all day,” he says. “They sit down for hours and hours, and that starts to become actual reality. Get out and throw a ball, you know what I’m saying?” Aldean had the majority of his upcoming Rearview Town album completed before the massacre in Vegas, and the singer is dedicating the project to the victims of the tragedy.
“We did dedicate that record to the victims and the people that were there,” Aldean says (quote via the Boot). “That was just something I wanted to do on a personal note, for me.”
Related Article, “The Real Reason Behind School Shootings ?
Listen to Miranda Lambert’s Burning New Single, “Keeper of the Flame”
Co-written by Miranda, Natalie Hemby and Liz Rose, is full of imagery and lyrical depth
Miranda Lambert will ship a new single to country radio on April 16 as she releases “Keeper of the Flame,” the fourth single from her 2016 double album, The Weight of These Wings. Following previous single, “Tin Man,” Miranda kicks things up a notch with an anthem about strength and resiliency, singing in the first verse, “I’m bent but I’m not broken / I’m stronger than I feel / I’m made of flesh and bone / Not made of steel.”
The tune, co-written by Miranda, Natalie Hemby and Liz Rose, is full of imagery and lyrical depth, none so more visual than the second verse: I’ve been burned out to ashes / Waiting for a wind / To carry me and start a fire again / Sometimes I’m just a flicker / A candle in your eye / But I swear to God / I’ll never let it die.
The new single also spawned the moniker for Miranda’s 2016 Keeper of the Flame Tour. In addition, Miranda launched an interactive book for The Weight of These Wings, where fans can connect to their Spotify accounts to hear Miranda talk through the inspiration for the album, explore unseen pictures and more. Listen to “Keeper of the Flame” below.
photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com
The Real Reason For School Shootings
Liberals & followers are quick to blame Guns for all violence because of their agenda to Disarm the USA
School shootings in the United States have significantly increased in the USA since the call for Gun Control. It’s almost as though school shootings are arranged to convince the people that gun control should be implemented. If you look at the map to the left you have to wonder if that is just coincidence or is it possibly as unbelievable as it may sound, part of a master plan.
“I am almost convinced that someone out there is organizing the school shootings so that the disarming of the people can eventually be implemented with the people’s blessing.” Connie Sita
However that is not a proven fact but it certainly looks that way, from a distance. The Liberals have been shouting gun control for so long that people who have been against it are starting to be convinced through propaganda that it is the way to go. So with every new school shooting gun control will sooner or later be implemented and the one’s in favor just need more school shootings for this to happen, and as I said from a distance, it’s almost as though the left are wishing and hoping for the next school shooting to happen.
“Parents who are buying their kids the most violent games imaginable can just as well buy them guns, for in their kids minds there will eventually be no difference after being exposed to those violent games, after a period of time.” Connie Sita
Well with all that said back to the headline. Have you looked at your young and beautiful, innocent, loving and perfect children’s facial expressions lately from behind the TV set while they are playing the most horrific games you can imagine. You, yes you, the parent the Mother, Father or Grandparent you are the ones buying your kids violent games to play in the safety of your own homes. You may even be responsible for some of these school shootings, and please note I did say you may be responsible and not that you are. But who can tell and who knows?
Your kids are chopping off heads, blowing people to kingdom come, killing people in a game which to-day is so real and lifelike they will eventually not know the difference between what’s real and what’s not. Then with the introduction of huge TV sets and 4k clarity the blood and guts have become even more realistic.
With all that said, your kids are being taught to kill, kill, kill and kill again and again. They will kill everyone violently in the game just because they can, who is not on their team. It has become so bad that all the kids can think about is to kill anyone who stands in their way in a game which can easily be taken from a TV screen to a real-life situation of a classroom in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Just think about that for a while, it’s absolutely frightening.
Parents, I believe it’s not the guns you keep to protect yourselves, it’s the games the kids are playing that are making your kids lose site of what is real and what is not. If you allow your kids to be taught how to KILL, KILL, KILL and KILL again and again then you can expect more school shooting with or without gun control.
With all the propaganda going on right now the ones behind Gun Control will eventually disarm the United States with the continuation of School Shootings, but believe me, Gun Control is not the answer, for if implemented, your problem will not go away, and if it does then I will believe that all these school shooting were deliberately organized to strip the people of their right to carry arms.
– Email send in to WHISNews21 by Connie Sitasin 24Dec2018.
Kacey Musgraves’ Bee Gees Inspired New Song ‘High Horse’
This funky jam is a departure from the traditional sound most country fans expect from the singer
Kacey Musgraves will release her fourth studio album, Golden Hour, on March 30, and she’s giving fans another early listen with a new song called “High Horse.” This funky jam is a departure from the traditional sound most country fans expect from the singer, featuring infectious beats that bring the Bee Gees to mine. Zane Lowe of Beats 1 on Apple Music spoke with the singer about the fun jam, which Musgraves admits “was a freaking blast” to write and record.
“I had this title for a while,” she says. “We all know that character that is just a little high of themselves. They’re just a little bit arrogant. I had this title sitting around for a long time and I have my own ideas about who it’s about. Everyone has that character in their life and then I got to write it and oh my gosh, it is the most fun ever.” Musgraves says she was “on a huge Bee Gees kick” when she was making the album and she was intrigued by the idea of a world where the Bee Gees meets country music. She co-wrote “High Horse” with Trent Dabbs and Thomas Schleiter.
“These days I only see music really as falling into two two genres, good or bad. You won’t find someone on this earth that loves country music more than me but that also doesn’t define all my musical tastes,” she adds. “I was inspired by a thought of a world where all these ideas could come together musically and still translate as good songs if I sat down and played them on my guitar.”
Scotty McCreery Talks Topping the Chart
Dropping His New Album, Getting Hitched & More
Jim Casey talks with Scotty McCreery about:
- getting up early and staying up late
- scoring his first No. 1 single, “Five More Minutes”
- keeping a positive outlook despite some career setbacks
- releasing his new album, Seasons Change, on March 16
- the apropos title of the new album
- picking his new single, “This Is It, which he penned with Frank Rogers and David Lee Murphy about his fiancée, Gabi Dugal
- planning his upcoming wedding
- the personal aspect of co-writing all 11 songs on the new album
- the most un-Scotty song on the new album, “Barefootin’”
- growing up around “beach music”
- hitting the road this spring and summer
Click link below to listen to Jim Casey as he talks with Scotty McCreery: