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Miranda Lambert ‘Fooled Around And Fell In Love’

Miranda Lambert & Friends Cover ‘Fooled Around & Fell In Love’

“The girls on the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour can sing their asses off”

Miranda Lambert is marking the start of her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour with a special new throwback collaboration, covering the smooth-rocking “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with her supporting acts. Featuring Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack, the the feel-good hit gets a lush vocal update — complete with the uplifting feel of a newfound romance which made the original so satisfying. Written by Elvin Bishop (and sung by Mickey Thomas), “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” was released as a single in 1976, and Lambert and company re-record the track live with an in-studio video capturing their easy-going process. Her all-female cast will hit the road starting tonight (September 13) in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“The girls on the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour can sing their asses off,” Lambert explains. “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.”

The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour features 26 dates and runs through November 23 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Morris, King, McBryde, Townes and Hammack will all be features as opening acts on select dates. Meanwhile, Lambert’s upcoming album Wildcard is due November 1, featuring the new single “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”

Nashville Neighborhood Watch: Time To Visit Melrose

Nashville Neighborhood Watch: Time To Visit Melrose

A decade ago, visitors to Nashville rarely paid any attention to the Melrose neighborhood of 8th Ave South/Franklin Pike between Wedgewood and where the I-440/65 interchange soars over the edge of the neighborhood. This was more of a “blink-and-you’ll-miss it” stretch of road which didn’t really offer many opportunities for drinking and dining. Nowadays, both tourists and locals have discovered what a vibrant neighborhood Melrose has turned into, and easy access to downtown via 8th means it’s a short rideshare or scooter ride from the neon highway of Lower Broad.

Sinema Restaurant + Bar Green Room; Photo credit: Anthony Matula
Sinema Restaurant + Bar Green Room; Photo credit: Anthony Matula

The area used to be popular as the home to an opulent old movie house and a fun bowling alley, but those went dormant years ago, and the strip that housed them lay basically empty until finally being developed as a new retail and residential complex. Five years ago, Sinema opened in the former theater space and was a major part of revitalizing Melrose. Paying homage to the old cinema, Sinema exudes an elegant vintage Hollywood cool vibe, with classic movies playing on large screens, a sexy upstairs lounge featuring crafty cocktails named after movie titles and one of the city’s deepest whiskey collections. The glamorous ladies bathroom has become one of the most popular selfie spots in town, spurring the hashtag #sinemaselfie. Chef Kyle Patterson has created a menu of elevated classic American cuisine, and the weekend brunch at Sinema is an excellent opportunity to try out his food.

The Sutler Saloon; Photo credit: Anthony Matula
The Sutler Saloon; Photo credit: Anthony Matula

At the other end of the complex is another reimagined locale, The Sutler Saloon which was for years a legendary music venue, casual restaurant and dive bar. New ownership managed to keep the old school vibe of the joint, but with a complete transformation of menu and decor. The kitchen still pumps out Southern food classics, but executed in a much more upscale fashion using premium ingredients. A lunch of their brisket-topped mac n’ cheese may require an afternoon nap, so consider yourself forewarned. The small stage at the back of the dining room still hosts musical performances with an emphasis on Americana, country and bluegrass, and their beloved bluegrass brunch on the weekends features bottomless mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar, hot biscuits, brisket hash, sweet potato pancakes and more.

Rambler Cocktail Bar; Photo credit: Alex Bodenheimer
Rambler Cocktail Bar; Photo credit: Alex Bodenheimer

Downstairs at The Sutler is a dramatic little hidden speakeasy called Rambler Cocktail Bar. This sultry upscale cocktail lounge offers a cozy getaway from the hustle and bustle of Nashvegas with a menu of classic cocktails and specialty drinks, a well-curated list of craft beers from around the world and a tight offering of fancy bar snacks. Rambler also hosts a fantastic happy hour Wednesday through Friday from 5:00 until 7:00.

Melrose Billiard Parlor; Photo credit: Alex Bodenheimer
Melrose Billiard Parlor; Photo credit: Alex Bodenheimer

For a more old-school bar experience, sneak through the back door of Rambler into its neighboring establishment Melrose Billiard Parlor. This subterranean refuge has been a place for neighborhood residents to disappear for a few hours of shooting pool and whiskey, table tennis, darts and cheap beers. First opened in 1944, Melrose Billiards survived the years when the strip mall above them was practically razed to the ground during renovations, still welcoming friends down the steep staircase from the sidewalk into an appropriately dark and dank pool hall. When the owners of the Sutler took over the property, they knew they didn’t want to mess too much with success. Instead, they gave the joint a fresh coat of paint and banned smoking inside until after 10:00 pm so that non-smokers could join in the fun. They also updated the menu to include decadent delights like a cheesy Frito pie, deep-fried Spam bites and one of the best double cheeseburgers in town.

Between Sinema and The Sutler complex is Fenwick’s 300, a quaint restaurant from the team behind Bongo Java that describes itself as “breakfast, lunch and diner.” Indeed, Fenwick’s does close after lunch at 2:00, but during the hours it is open every day, they serve up a classic diner menu of egg dishes, sandwiches and salads. The staff is dedicated to the sort of friendly customer service that you’d expect from your neighborhood hang, and the retro decor even includes a long bar made from the wood from one of the original Melrose bowling alley lanes.

M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers; Photo credit: Southern Fatty Photography
M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers; Photo credit: Southern Fatty Photography

When M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers first opened across the street from Melrose Billiards, it was called “Melrose Pub,” leading to a lot of confusion. Neighborhood residents differentiated between them by saying they were going to “Old Melrose” or “New Melrose.” Now that the burger bar has tweaked the name and both are under the same ownership, there’s little need for confusion, and both are worth checking out. M.L.Rose was early in the craft beer game, offering many Nashvillians their first taste of beer more interesting than the typical light lagers on tap at other beer bars. The vibe is still dark and cozy at M.L.Rose; they just have much better beer and burgers than at your typical dive bar. Their Nash Vegas Burger features a sweet potato bun, pimento cheese, crispy tobacco onions and BBQ sauce, making it a perfect pairing with a cold craft draft on their shaded back patio on a summer afternoon.

Holler & Dash; Photo Courtesy of Holler & Dash
Holler & Dash; Photo Courtesy of Holler & Dash

Holler & Dash is one of the better fast casual options in Melrose, concentrating on Southern hospitality and Southern fare, usually served atop a flaky biscuit as part of a breakfast sandwich. Serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, Holler & Dash’s menu also extends past just biscuit sandwiches to more traditional sandwiches, salads and bowls. They partner with local vendors whenever possible to supply their ingredients, and local honey and jam are important parts of their delicious desserts. Don’t fill up on just biscuits!

Mangia Nashville started out as a pop-up restaurant at a cafe in Franklin before moving into town off 8th Avenue at Craighead. Chef Nick Pellegrino is perhaps best known for his entertaining appearances doing cooking demos on local midday television shows and for his position as ringleader of the culinary circus that is his weekend Italian feasts at Mangia. Guests dine on family-style servings of classic Italian cuisine while listening to festive music and watching The Godfather.. projected on television screens ringing the dining room. Pellegrino keeps the party pumping, and oh yes, there will be dancing between courses! During the rest of the week, the vibe is slightly more sedate, but the menu of pizzas, pastas, snacks and sweets served during their casual dinner seatings Mon-Thu is worth a visit.

Hattie B's; Photo Courtesy of Joseph Woodley
Hattie B’s; Photo Courtesy of Joseph Woodley

Hattie B’s had already earned a reputation for taking Nashville Hot Chicken into the 21st century with their streamlined approach to volume service, even in the face of huge lines stretching perpetually out the door at their original location in Midtown. Although their chicken doesn’t emerge one piece at a time from an ancient skillet like at some of the OG hot chicken joints, it is still admirably juicy and layered deeply with flavor and spice. With heat levels ranging from their mild Southern to the infernal Shut the Cluck Up, there is something for everyone at Hattie B’s. Proceed with caution! Be sure to order some of their bangin’ Southern sides like greens or pimento mac n’ cheese to help ease the burn.

Across the street from Hattie B’s is Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, one of the old school purveyors of fiery fowl for decades. Bolton’s chicken depends on a dry spice rub for much of its heat, so it’s a different experience than at other hot chicken spots, but no less enjoyable… Or painful. In addition to side dishes that rival the best at any meat-and-three in town, Bolton’s still serves that other more exotic spicy Nashville specialty, the hot fish sandwich. Huge slabs of catfish, whiting, grouper or tilapia are perfectly fried golden brown and then sprinkled with peppery spice. The filets are served on top of spongy white bread with yellow mustard, pickles and raw onions. It’s a church supper classic that absolutely must be experienced to be appreciated, and it’s also a nice change of pace from all the hot chicken in this town.

The Smiling Elephant is a tiny spot with a minuscule parking lot to match. Get there early if you want to eat quickly, because there are only a few woks in the small kitchen to pump out all that amazing Thai food. If a big table gets their order in before you, you’ll just have to wait your turn. But it’s totally worth it for the amazing depths of their flavors and the spice levels that can be pushed to insane heats if you’re willing and able. Smiling Elephant’s Tom Kha coconut soup is a fantastic way to start your journey, and their Pad Thai is among the best in town. Don’t be afraid to venture past that most popular Thai dish or you’ll miss out on some other winners like their Pad Kra Pao or Pad Kee Mao.

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The draft board….

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Craft Brewed has evolved into a sort of a clubhouse for craft beer lovers thanks to their multiple taps pouring local, regional and national brews by the pint or for you to take home in a growler. They have diversified over the years, adding a retail store stocked with rare beers and exotic wines and spirits. They also offer a short menu of snacks to accompany your session of drinking session beers, or you’re welcome to bring your own food in.

8th & Roast; Photo Credit: Nathan Knox
8th & Roast; Photo Credit: Nathan Knox

For caffeination in the neighborhood, look no further than 8th and Roast. They source their beans from a global network of fair-trade suppliers and then roast them in house, ensuring the freshest possible coffee. They even host a podcast where their roasters and baristas can get all nerdy about coffee and trends while they entertain and enlighten listeners at the same time. In addition to fantastic specialty coffee drinks prepared with care by expert baristas, 8th & Roast also serves breakfast and lunch menus that rise well above what you’d expect from a coffeehouse. The menu changes seasonally, and everything is made from scratch, so don’t be afraid if your favorite dish rolls off. It’ll be back and most probably be replaced by a new favorite in the meantime.

Ronnie Dunn Cover’s George’s ‘Amarillo by Morning’

Ronnie Dunn Cover George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” 

Ronnie Dunn will release a new country/rock cover album, Re-Dunn, in January 2020

The 24-track album features popular tunes originally recorded by Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Hank Williams, Eric Clapton, George Strait, Tom T. Hall, Eddy Arnold and more. Ronnie released two tracks on Sept. 6: “Amarillo by Morning,” which was originally recorded by Terry Stafford in 1973 and made famous by George Strait in 1983, and “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress),” which The Hollies recorded in 1972. Ronnie will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with Brooks & Dunn cohort Kix Brooks in October.

Listen to “Amarillo by Morning” and “Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)” below.

Re-Dunn Track List

1.“Amarillo by Morning” — (originally recorded by Terry Stafford)
2. “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” — (originally recorded by The Hollies)
3. “That’s How I Got to Memphis” — (originally recorded by Tom T. Hall)
4. “It Never Rains In Southern California” — (originally recorded by Albert Hammond)
5. “How Long” — (originally recorded by Paul Carrack)
6. “Drinkin’ Thing” — (originally recorded by Gary Stewart)
7. “Together Again” — (originally recorded by Buck Owens)
8. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” — (originally recorded by the Eagles)
9. “Against The Wind” — (originally recorded by Bob Seger)
10. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” — (originally recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
11. “I Won’t Back Down” — (originally recorded by Tom Petty)
12. “Cowboy Rides Away” — (originally recorded by George Strait)
13. “Showdown” — (originally recorded by Electric Light Orchestra)
14. “Wonderful Tonight” — (originally recorded by Eric Clapton)
15. “Ashes By Now” — (originally recorded by Rodney Crowell)
16. “That’s The Way Love Goes” — (originally recorded by Johnny Rodriguez)
17. “I’m Not In Love” — (originally recorded by 10cc)
18. “Brown Eyed Girl” — (originally recorded by Van Morrison)
19. “You Don’t Know Me” — (originally recorded by Eddy Arnold)
20. “Ridin’ My Thumb To Mexico” — (originally recorded by Johnny Rodriguez)
21. “A Showman’s Life” — (originally recorded by Jesse Winchester)
22. “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” — (originally recorded by Danny O’Keefe)
23. “Amie” — (originally recorded by Pure Prairie League)
24. “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)”  — (originally recorded by Hank Williams)

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Miranda Lambert Gets Down And Dirty For Video

Miranda Lambert Gets Down And Dirty For ‘It All Comes Out In The Wash’ Video

Her new video is full of mud bogs and 4x4s

Miranda Lambert gets down and dirty in the new video for her latest single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” going off road for some 4×4 fun. Filled with jacked up trucks and mud pits, the clip finds Lambert embracing life’s grimy side. It was directed by Trey Fanjoy and puts the superstar behind the wheel for a sloppy afternoon of full-throttle bogging, but like her song says, it’s nothing a little soap and water can’t fix.

“‘Cause it’ll all come out, all come out in the wash / It’ll all come out, all come out in the wash / Every little stain, every little heartbreak, no matter how messy it got / You take the sin and the men and you throw ‘em all in / And you put that sucker on spin,” goes the feel good chorus.

“It All Comes Out in the Wash” was written by the superstar with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and marks the first single her upcoming album, Wildcard, due out November 1. Lambert has also released her “Way Too Pretty for Prison” collaboration with Maren Morris, and she was nominated for CMA Female Vocalist of the Year earlier this week.

Album Review: Tanya Tucker’s ‘While I’m Livin’

Album Review: Tanya Tucker’s ‘While I’m Livin’

10-song collection is an expertly crafted statement from a singular country music voice

Tanya Tucker; Cover art courtesy of Adkins Publicity

Country legend Tanya Tucker, it seems we must take that oft-used morsel a step further to say we didn’t know what we had until she was out of the limelight and thankfully returned. Whether or not Tucker’s flawless new record, While I’m Livin’, is some sort of “comeback album” or not isn’t the point. The point is that 16 years after her last record of new material, the 60-year old, Seminole, TX born outlaw hero with dozens of Top 10 hit singles to her credit wanted to be heard again. Produced by Shooter Jennings and arguably one of the hottest names in the country and Americana world these days, Brandi Carlile, this 10-song collection is a powerful, expertly crafted statement from a singular country music voice.

Though Tucker herself only had a hand in writing one of the tracks, her instantly recognizable, emotive, dusty rasp claims every song as her own. And, frankly, that applies to the well-known cover choices, including “The House That Built Me,” made famous by Miranda Lambert a decade ago. As aching and quietly powerful as Lambert’s version is, the weight of someone with Tucker’s hard-earned perspective looking back through the halls of her childhood home is impossible to shed easily.

Primarily consisting of acoustic-based instrumentation, While I’m Livin’ fits more easily into a folksy Americana realm than the more straight-forward honky-tonk country of Tucker’s award-collecting, platinum-selling days of the ‘70s, ’80s and ‘90s. Even when the tempos and textures alternate, the record as a whole feels cohesive and confident. Soulful gospel touches accentuate the impressively soft vocals in “Wheels of Laredo,” while “Mustang Ridge” is a jaunty, roots tune featuring an unapologetic Tucker singing “Now a women’s life ain’t just a list of the word things she has done. Sometimes the past is hard to outrun.”

The effervescent, bouncy “I Don’t Owe You Anything” is a Country ’n Western middle-finger to an ex that’s surely going to miss her far more than the other way around. The very next song, the folk-inflected “The Day My Heart Goes Still” seamlessly flips the script, conveying the sweetest feelings she has for her father. If anyone can switch the salty and the sweet better than Tucker does here, we’ve yet to hear it.

In a genius bit of song sequencing, the album’s final song is not only the star of the show, but it’s the kind of song that makes such a long wait for new music so very well worthwhile. The only song with Tucker as a co-writer, “Bring My Flowers Now” is a brave, vulnerable look at mortality and the way we all too often fail to show love and appreciation for those around us until it’s far too late. On top of a mournful, stark piano, Tucker sings “I won’t need your love when I’m gone, don’t spend your time, tears and money on my old breathless body.” The profundity of such a bare-bones directive is given even more urgency when she sings later that “days are long, but the years are lightning.”

There’s no telling when or if we’ll hear another Tanya Tucker record, and that’s fine. While I’m Living is triumphant proof that the best artists speak only when they have something to say and that we should appreciate our living legends while, indeed, they are living.

Tracy Lawrence Drops New Album ‘Made In America’

Tracy Lawrence Drops Patriotic New Album ‘Made In America’

Tracy Lawrence is back with a whole collection of original music!

Country icon Tracy Lawrence has released a new original album, his first in six years. Made In America is a collection of songs that lean on Lawrence’s signature country, rock and blue production, and pays homage to the hardworking men and women that make up the fabric of this country.

It is noteworthy too that on this album, the country singer co-penned 8 of the 12 songs. “This is my most personal album I’ve ever made. It’s something I’m very proud of and celebrates the American worker and everything that’s good about our country,” says Lawrence. He continues,  “I co-wrote a number of the songs, pouring my heart and soul in each of them. I feel it will resonate with my fans and country music lovers across this nation.”

Over the last 25 years, the 51-year-old has firmly rooted himself as a staple in the genre, Made In America is further proof of that, with both traditional-leaning and contemporary country fans, on songs like the title track or the powerful “When The Cowboy’s Gone.”

Lawrence is currently on the road on his Made In America Tour through the US. Come January 2020, he will join fellow Arkansas native, Justin Moore, as a co-headliner on his Late Nights and Longnecks Tour.

Track Listing:
Made In America (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Paul Nelson)
Forgive Yourself (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby)
Running Out of People To Blame (Tracy Lawrence, Carson Chamberlain, Mark Nesler)
When The Cowboy’s Gone (Tracy Lawrence, Carson Chamerlain, Wyatt McCubbin)
Nothin’ Burns Like You (Tracy Lawrence, Carson Chamberlain, Mark Nesler)
First Step To Leaving (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Mark Nesler)
It Ain’t You (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Paul Nelson)
Givin’ Momma Reasons To Pray (Shawn Camp, Chris Stapleton)
Work On My Willie (Tracy Lawrence, Rick Huckaby, Flip Anderson)
Chicken Wire (Rick Huckaby, Monty Criswell)
Just The South Coming Out (Rick Huckaby, Wade Kirby)
Stay Back A Hundred Feet (Rick Huckaby, Money Criswell)

Vince Gill’s 2019 Album ‘Okie’ Lifetime 

Vince Gill The Cover Story

Vince Gill’s New Album Okie Was a Lifetime In The Making

In literal terms, the recording of Gill’s new album wasn’t a long protracted process, but in terms of emotional depth and poignancy, Gill admits this isn’t an album he could have delivered earlier in his career.

“Jody Williams, who runs BMI, is one of my oldest friends. I sent him the record after we got done,” Gill tells Sounds Like Nashville. “He said, ‘You couldn’t have made this record 20 years ago. This is a record of your life experience,’ and it’s true. It takes a while to figure things out and not be judgmental, and be vulnerable to tell the truth.”

Releasing Aug. 23rd, Gill’s new album is a powerful collection of songs about life, love, regret and faith that touches on topics as unsettling as abuse and as celebratory as his love for his mother and his appreciation for Merle Haggard. “All these songs have my life in them, and a lot of truth in them too,” he shares. “In talking about this album, I didn’t realize how emotional it would be, but it really is. It’s excruciating sometimes. It’s hard to be vulnerable, so it’s been interesting seeing me try to talk about it because it is a lifetime and not just a three-minute snippet of a cute song that’s trying to get you to tune in on the radio.”

The Oklahoma native has reached a point in his career where he has nothing to prove. Known for such beloved hits as “Go Rest High on that Mountain,” “When I Call Your Name” and “I Still Believe in You,” Gill has enjoyed a level of success few artists ever attain. He’s won 21 Grammy Awards and 18 CMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and numerous other accolades, including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and he’s touring with the Eagles, lending his distinctive voice and legendary guitar skills to the iconic rock band. (They are scheduled to play their landmark Hotel California album in its entirety at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sept. 27, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The shows will also include an additional set of their greatest hits.)

“My hope is to continue to get better at playing, singing and writing and I think I have,” he says. “If you listen to my first record in 1974 and watch the years past and the records unfold, the songs get better. I sing better and I play better, and that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s not about reinventing the wheel, thinking you are going to be Michael Jackson and sell the most records in the whole wide world. It’s about just putting one song in front of the next. I love making music.”

Co-produced with Justin Niebank, Gill recorded this new MCA album barefoot in his home studio, and from the start, he knew how he wanted it to sound. “I like Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ album a lot,” he says. “I don’t think this record sounds anything like it. It’s not a concept record or anything like that, but what was so great about Willie’s record is the space, the simpleness of that record, and that’s what I was trying to do. I had this neat collection of songs and I didn’t want the music to get in the way. I didn’t want a bunch of big harmonies or solos to get in the way or electric guitar, so I didn’t even play electric guitar on this record. It’s a record of songs and I wanted to be willing to bare my soul. It’s just where I am today.”

One of the most personal songs is the tender “When My Amy Prays,” inspired by his wife Amy Grant’s faith. “That’s a song that tells the truth,” he says. “Everybody assumes that I’m married to Amy and I’m a church boy and I grew up that way. I’m not and I didn’t. I’m trying to be honest and vulnerable enough to say that she’s that and I’m not.”

Another poignant song Gill serves up on the new project is “A Letter to My Mama.” His friend Dawn Sears, acclaimed singer and member of the Time Jumpers who passed away from cancer in 2014, encouraged him to record it. “I wrote that with Dean Dillon about 18 or 19 years ago and I had never recorded it,” Gill says. “I always loved the song and Dawn heard me sing that song somewhere, soundcheck or at a gig and she said, ‘Why haven’t you recorded that song for your mom?’ And I go, ‘I don’t know. I haven’t found the right record.’ And she goes, ‘Well promise me you’ll record that song for your mom.’ I made her that promise, so I got to fulfill that promise to my old friend Dawn. My mom is 93. I’m glad my mom got to hear it before she’s gone. That means a lot to me now.”

Gill admits there’s a lot of songs he think people will easily relate to and some he thinks might make people uncomfortable. “I think probably the toughest song is ‘Forever Changed,’” he admits. “You are talking about abuse and that’s pretty rough.”

So which song on the new project is the most autobiographical? “‘The Price of Regret’ is me,” Gill says. “Everybody—if they told the truth— would tell you they live with some regret. I wouldn’t do anything over, but I still have regrets about things in my life. I learned some things from them, but it also would have been nice to not have made some mistakes. I don’t have any judgment on race. I don’t have any judgment on rich or poor, Democrat or Republican. If you haven’t made a mistake or two, you haven’t learned anything. Everyone knows the price of regret. I love the line in the last verse ‘Everyone’s broken. Everyone’s scarred. All the stuff we thought we needed winds up in the yard.’”

Vince Gill; Artwork courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville

Gill admits writing songs helps him process emotions and says they can be great conversation starters. “It’s best to have the conversation about race, about abuse, about everything, even about something positive like how much you love somebody,” he shares. “You’ve got to let them know. Communication, I’m not great at it in my real life, but I can talk things out and find my way through songs to kind of grieve and talk and tell stories. I just like telling stories. What I like about most of these songs is they have a little bit of hope in them.”

Gill is planning to share new music when he tours this fall, and he’s hoping people will hear the new album and like it. When asked if it’s being promoted to country radio, he laughs and says, “You are asking the wrong guy. I’ve been thrown out the door by country radio years ago. I’m going to keep trying and [am] hopeful something will show up that they like, but no expectations. . . The label is doing these lyric videos with three or four of the songs so far. I’m not all that up on how things really work these days with the technology and the way people find stuff. I’m a little lost, just trying to find a home.”

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Known as one of the nicest guys in Nashville (or any other city) Gill prefers communicating directly with people and readily admits technology isn’t his thing. “I’ve never sent a text. I’ve never posted a Facebook point of view or any of that stuff,” he says. “As a performer, it’s the most disheartening thing when you look out there and are singing your guts out and playing your heart out, and people paid to come see you and all they do is text on their phone and look at their phone. They are disengaged. It just kind of breaks your heart when you are out there trying to do something for folks.”

Though he always hopes his songs resonate with listeners, Gill’s reason for creating music is more personal. “I love making music, even if it’s just for me,” he says. “I’ve never done this for anyone other than for me first. That sounds selfish, but it’s the truth. I couldn’t imagine not being creative and the results have never made me waver in any way, shape or form, whether it’s been a struggle and nobody heard the records or everybody bought the records and they were the biggest hits in the world. That never moved the needle either way for me. I just kept trying.”

Kristin Chenoweth Enlists Dolly & Reba ‘For The Girls’

Kristin Chenoweth Enlists Dolly Parton, Reba For New Album

This one’s for the girls…‘For The Girls’

Kristin Chenoweth will pay homage to her biggest influences on her upcoming studio album, For the Girls. Announced Monday (8/8), the record will feature 12 reimagined versions of classics made famous by Barbra Streisand (“The Way We Were”), Dinah Washington (“What a Diff’rence A Day Made”), Doris Day (“When I Fall In Love”), Patsy Cline (“Crazy”), Judy Garland (“The Man That Got Away”), Carole King (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Desperado”).

“I really wanted to pay homage to all the women singers who have influenced me over the years,” Chenoweth said in a press release about the record. “I wanted to make something that men could also enjoy, but this is by the girls and for the girls. These songs have all stood the test of time, and most of them are songs that I grew up listening to. It was a little intimidating, because people like Judy, Barbra and Dolly are the people who made me want to be a singer in the first place. I wanted to pay homage to these women and do them proud, but I also wanted to put my own stamp on it. And I think I was able to do that.”

Several collaborations will appear on the record, with Ariana Grande, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Hudson and Reba McEntire lending their voices to different songs. To give a taste of what to expect, Chenoweth debuted her collaboration of “I Will Always Love You,” featuring Parton.

“‘I Will Always Love You’ is a song I’ve loved since I was a child. I used to think, ‘One day I’m going to sing that song.’ Little did I know that I’d get to sing it with the queen herself,” she explained to ETonline.

Fans will be able to get their hands on the legendary album when it releases on September 27.

For the Girls track listing:
“The Way We Were”
“You Don’t Own Me” with Ariana Grande
“It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”
“I Will Always Love You” with Dolly Parton
“What a Diff’rence a Day Makes”
“When I Fall In Love”
“Crazy”
“The Man That Got Away”
“I’m A Woman” with Jennifer Hudson & Reba McEntire
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
“I Wanna Be Around”
“Desperado”

Scotty McCreery First Headlining UK & Germany Tour

Scotty McCreery Plots First Headlining UK And Germany Shows

For the first time in his career, Scotty McCreery will head overseas for his first headlining tour dates. Visiting both the United Kingdom and Germany, the South Carolina native is looking forward to seeing his fans across the pond.

“I’ve received numerous e-mails and social media messages from fans asking me to perform in the UK and Germany,” said McCreery in a press release. “I am happy to finally announce that I’m coming over in October and I cannot wait to be there.”

The trek will begin in Berlin, Germany, and visit Cologne, Germany; London, UK; and Manchester, UK. Tickets for the UK dates will go on sale beginning Friday, August 9 at 9 a.m. BST via gigst.rs/Scotty. Tickets for the Germany shows are on sale now here. After returning to the U.S., McCreery spend most of November opening for Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour.

 

 

Dierks Bentley Adopts Puppy Live On Today Show

Dierks Bentley Adopts Puppy While Live On Today Show

Sometimes it’s best to let fate take control. That’s what Dierks Bentley did when he found himself with an adoptable puppy in his arms during an appearance on the TODAY Show. In support of Dogust, the universal birthday for shelter dogs, the show had several animals looking for homes on set. During the third hour of TODAY, Bentley was invited to hold one of the pops while letting viewers see the sweet faces available for adoption. But those at home didn’t have a second to pick Goose as the Bentley family was eagerly texting the country superstar to bring home the four-legged friend.

“I’ve been texting back-and-forth with my wife and kids,” he later told hosts Jenna Bush Hager and Willie Geist, while the dog’s adoption paperwork was being taken care of. “They really want a third dog. My wife for her birthday said, ‘All I want is a third dog.’” Initially resistant because they already have two adopted dogs, Bentley gave in. “I feel a connection,” he shared. “I feel it’s meant to be.” He also explained the deeper connection being that he calls his daughter Goose. Bentley’s three kids, as well as his wife Cassidy, are eager to meet their new family member. “They’re going crazy,” he said with a chuckle. “They’re going to fly to Jones Beach tomorrow. They’re all going to come to Jones Beach tomorrow — just to see the dog. They don’t care about Dad.” Goose will likely be Bentley’s new road buddy during the remaining dates of his wildly-successful Burning Man Tour. Dates for the trek run through September.

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