NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their 2019 Down Home Christmas Tour. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform over thirty-one concerts and are set to kick-off on November 13th in Branson, Missouri, playing in 28 cities and 14 states across the U.S. In conjunction with the tour, the Oaks’ latest Christmas album, Down Home Christmas, produced by Dave Cobb, will be released by Lightning Rod Records/Thirty Tigers on October 25, 2019.
Each year The Oak Ridge Boys travel all over the United States spreading Christmas cheer by performing Christmas classics, new favorites and many of the hits that shaped the career of this legendary group. The Oak Ridge Boys’ set list will take audiences on a hit-filled musical journey of holiday cheer from the group’s seven best-selling Christmas albums, along with songs from the new Down Home Christmas Album, which includes standards such as “Amazing Grace” and “Silent Night,” but also new favorites such as “Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus Beard” written by Americana hit-maker Anderson East and “South Alabama Christmas,” written by Jamey Johnson.
“Down Home Christmas began much like the other seven Christmas albums we have recorded. But things changed. Most of the songs I had collected were put on the shelf, and we started looking for songs that addressed specific subjects related to Christmas,” says The Oaks’ Duane Allen. “Dave Cobb was the producer/coach/motivator for this project. He encouraged us to dig a little deeper into our souls, to capture the magic of each song. With very simple instrumentation, the four Oak Ridge Boys’ voices are out front, and in your face, with the awesome, huge sound of RCA Studio A wrapped around, but not over-powering it.”
“Down Home Christmas is a project that we are happy to share with the world and, rest assured, you will hear these songs on our upcoming 30th annual Christmas tour,” says Joe Bonsall. “The instrumentation is sparse, yet incredibly put together, and the vocals are rich and vibrant. Many of the songs were freshly written by a stable of Nashville’s top songwriters.”
Down Home Christmas marks the Oaks’ 30th annual Christmas tour, eighth Christmas album, and third album collaboration with producer Dave Cobb.
1. The Family Piano (Aaron Raitiere)
2. Angels (Aaron Raitiere)
3. Bring Daddy Home For Christmas (Channing Wilson, Aaron Raitiere)
4. Reindeer On The Roof (Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
5. Silent Night (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr)
6. Hallelujah Emmanuel (Robert Jason, Paul Bradley Jr.)
7. Down Home Christmas (Mando Saenz, Aaron Raitiere)
8. South Alabama Christmas (Jamey Johnson)
9. Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard (Anderson East, Aaron Raitiere)
10. Amazing Grace (John Newton)
The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—are best known for their iconic and multi-platinum hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
The true untold story of two of country music’s most iconic women will soon debut on Lifetime. The biopic, dubbed Patsy & Loretta, will follow the two country legends as they make their way into the music industry and become the well-known pioneers they’re known as today.
On Tuesday (7/24), the first trailer for the film debuted showcasing stars Megan Hilty as Cline and Jessie Mueller as Lynn. The two-and-a-half minute feature’s their first meeting as with the Lynn visits Clint in the hospital after an near-fatal car crash in 1961.
The two bond after Lynn asks if Cline was “angry” she had sang one of her songs on stage. “Not at all,” responds Cline. “I thought it was real sweet.” The two maintained a close friendship afterwards, never viewing one another as competition and championing the other on during their careers, and eventually touring together. But their close friendship came to a brisk end after Cline tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 30 in 1963.
Patsy & Loretta was shot in Nashville, TN and was directed by Nashville creator Callie Khouri. Cline’s daughter, Julie Fudge, and Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, served as co-producers on the project. The film will debut in fall 2019.
Recently engaged couple Mark Wystrach (Midland frontman) and Ty Haney (Outdoor Voices CEO and Founder) have announced that they are expecting their first child. And, their baby girl is set to arrive this November. Haney announced the news on Instagram this morning with the caption, “Baby on board or too many donuts? 🔮 Lil cowgirl on the way”
In an additional statement, Ty shared her excitement and said, “I am beyond thrilled to be welcoming a girl, particularly since there are more strong women breaking barriers today than ever before.” The parents-to-be announced their engagement in May with sweet posts to Instagram. Wystrach spontaneously dropped to one knee during a trip to Haney’s father’s farm. “It kind of was unplanned and just unfolded naturally when we were barefooted and on a walk with our little puppies,” he shared with PEOPLE at the time. “It was right after a big thunderstorm, and the sun just popped [up] out of nowhere, and I knew it was a sign.”
The two first met on Instagram after Haney “slid into the DMs” and asked the Midland frontman to hang out.
The fall is gearing up to be a busy time for the country crooner as he and his bandmates prepare to hit the road for their Let It Roll Tour, in support of their upcoming album of the same name, set for release on August 23.
Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton have released their much-anticipated duet, “Dive Bar,” to country radio, showcasing the party-animal lurking within each of the country icons. Co-written by Brooks with Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, the good-timing summer anthem is said to live within the same thematic universe as Brooks’ drinks-in-the-air classics “Friends in Low Places” and “Two Pina Coladas.” And in a preview posted to Brooks’ Instagram, fans can get a taste what “Dive Bar” is serving up.
“Gonna spend the weekend in the deep end / The water’s fine ya’ll so just come on in / To the deep end of the dive bar,” the superstar duo sing in the song’s chorus. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Billboard, Brooks explains that he chose Shelton for the duet after The Voice coach delivered his current single “God’s Country”on the 2019 ACM Awards, and that he was surprised with how “Dive Bar” turned out. Specifically, Brooks says fans might notice that Shelton’s voice sounds strangely familiar.
“My biggest shock in all of this is I think I know my voice and I think I know his,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “But there were several times I looked over at Matt, the engineer, when we were mixing it going, ‘Is that him or me?’ The track is playing now on radio stations across the country, and will be available for streaming and purchase exclusively through Amazon Music as part of Amazon Prime Day.
Described as his “first real” single from his “first real” album on his new label home — a partnership his Blue Chair Records and Warner Bros. Nashville — “Tip of My Tongue” is said to be a kind of counterpoint to Chesney’s last project, the deep thinking Songs for the Saints. While he hasn’t unveiled any of the new music just yet, Chesney has offered up his thoughts on the track, which features a sweeping groove and an “almost-humid” melody, all about romantic desire so strong you can almost taste it.
“It’s funny how a figure of speech can lead you to all kinds of places,” Chesney says in an official statement. “You start talking, and words fall out, and anything can happen. When you go in and write on any given day, the chemistry is what it is. When the idea fell out, we all just laughed and went, ‘Well, what can we do with that?’”
It was Chesney’s first writing session with Sheeran (“Shape of You,” “Galway Girl”), who joined in alongside Nashville hit maker Ross Copperman, and Chesney says that unfamiliar dynamic helped make this song particularly special. After it was written, Chesney co-produced the track with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, giving that unmistakable Chesney sound an update. “I’ve written so much with Ross, that’s always easy,” Chesney explains. “He brought Ed in, and he is such a great writer. … The way creativity works in creative people is so different, but it’s always exciting. As a co-write with a new writer, it’s one of the most fun sessions I’ve done in a long time. I get why people love working with him.
“With all the great songs that have been written in this town, I think you always want to do something a little different,” Chesney goes on. “I think there’s this moment when you look at someone and you know they contain everything. You want to know everything, consume everything about them. It’s why we say ‘It’s a long way down,’ because you want to know it all. And the best part: We got a melody that feels like what’s going on lyrically. The music matches the words, and you can just drift in it.”
“Tip of My Tongue” comes out July 12 at 5 a.m. CDT. Chesney finished up his 2019 Songs for the Saints Tour in May.
Lee Greenwood, is celebrating the release of ‘The Lee Greenwood Collection’ in Kirkland’s, Hobby Lobby and select retailers nationwide. ‘The Lee Greenwood Collection,’ in partnership with Trade Cie, LLC, includes patriotic home decor with some of Greenwood’s iconic “God Bless the U.S.A” lyrics.
“So many veterans, military families and just all around patriotic fans have told me how lyrics like “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free” or ‘The Flag still stands for freedom” truly mean to them. So, we took those words and created some beautiful pieces that exemplify that song. I’m really proud of this collection and hope it brings a sense of warmth and patriotism to your home,” Greenwood said.
Greenwood, who was recently named one of Billboard’s 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time, performed during President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Previously, Greenwood sang during President Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush’s ceremonies.