After starting their career with hits such as “Fly” and “Girl in a Country Song” on Big Machine, Maddie and Tae have parted ways and signed a new deal with UMG Nashville. The duo debuted a new song at the end of last year entitled “Somebody Will.” Now word on when there will be a new album from the ladies, but they are hard at working hoping to get it out this year.
Gretchen Wilson Releases First Album In Four Years
Country music singer Gretchen Wilson has released her seventh studio album titled ‘Ready To Get Rowdy
It’s been over a decade since Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the scene with her rockin’ brand of country music and now she is back after a 3-year hiatus with an album that her fans are sure to love ‘Ready To Get Rowdy’
The “Redneck Woman” singer has gone back to her roots with her latest release titled Ready To Get Rowdy, and she couldn’t be more excited about getting back out on the stage and back to the “party”.
“Listening to this record in its entirety will make you believe good ol’ country music hasn’t gone anywhere,” Wilson said. “These 12 songs are as ‘Gretchen Wilson’ as I get. The Redneck is back!”
The new project is a reflection of the artist she started out as, a woman that sang about partying, rednecks, and being unapologetic about lacking “lady-like” skills. That was a stark contrast to other female country singers then and now, which is what made fans gravitate to Wilson.
Wilson is going to pull out all the stops with this new project, including a live show that is going to get her fans ready to rock! “This tour is not going to be an evening with [Gretchen Wilson],” Wilson confirmed. “It’s more like a Skynyrd concert; on your feet, partying, drinking beer and raising hell for the next 60 to 90 minutes.”
The first single from the album, “Rowdy”, was released last year and Wilson recalled what made her choose that song as the lead off track. “I thought to myself, ‘Why are you coming back? What do you really want to say?’ So I had to answer that question and it was like, ‘because I’m ready! I’ve been off for a few years, I’ve done what I needed to do at home and it’s time. I’m ready to get rowdy’” she exclaimed.
Thomas Rhett has announced additional dates for his “lively” (Tennessean) Home Team Tour, “one of the best Country concerts of the year” (Peoria Journal Star). After launching his “forward thinking” (Sioux City Journal) debut headlining tour in February, Thomas Rhett also made his first headlining run in Canada before he is set to return overseas to Europe later this year. With 18 sell-outs already tallied for the tour, high demand has prompted additional fall dates as he works to “give the audience something they could only experience live” (PEOPLE). First fall dates are on sale now, with remaining show details rolling out over the coming weeks
Shania Twain Sings “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
New Single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” & More on “Today”
Fresh off of yesterday’s news that she will be releasing her upcoming fifth studio album, Now, on Sept. 29, Shania Twain stopped by the TodayShow’s plaza (June 16) to perform a few off her old hits, including “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” as well as Now’s lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” and new song, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.”
“The new music is more celebratory, more inspirational, more about coming from somewhere bad and going somewhere good, dark to light, and that whole transition emotionally,” says Shania to NCD. “So, it’s a little deeper emotionally, for sure, this new album. There’s a lot of optimism, like ‘Life’s About to Get Good.’ The words are quite melancholy, but it’s just a happy song. It makes me feel happy when it comes on.”
Check out Shania’s performances from Today’s Summer Concert Series below.
Dolly Parton Talks About Faith and Reveals Who Her “Best Buddy” Is
In the new issue of Simple Grace, the first inspirational monthly magazine and devotional in one, Dolly Parton opens up for a heartfelt interview to share how her amazing relationship with God helped her through the most difficult moments in her life.
“God is my best buddy,” Dolly tells Simple Gracewith a burst of her signature joy-filled laughter. “I grew up in a faith-based family. I’ve always loved Him. I’m 71 now and every day I thank God for letting me see another day.”
One of the biggest influences on Dolly’s faith was her mother, Avie Lee, who taught her the value of falling on her knees. Dolly recalls:
“Mama would say to trust God and pray when you didn’t know what to do.“
Growing up in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, Dolly was the fourth of 12 children in a close-knit Christian family (tales of which inspired the hit television movies Coat of Many Colors in 2015 and Christmas of Many Colors in 2016). Although her parents were able to imbue Dolly and her siblings with faith, laughter and love, they were very poor and couldn’t always protect the family from hardship and hurt.
When Dolly was 9, she experienced one of the most painful times in her life when her baby brother, Larry, died when he was just 4 days old.
“Losing my baby brother was my first encounter with death and the deepest hurt I’ve ever known,” Dolly tells Simple Grace. “It was my first true feeling of loss and of questioning God. I remember asking, God, why are You doing this?”
She learned it takes a lifetime to understand that pain and loss are a part of life, a part of loving others.
“It’s a hard lesson because we love our families and our babies and our pets, and you can’t lose anything that you love with all your being and it not break your heart,” Dolly says. “Bad things happen, loss happens, but I don’t think God causes them to happen. I think He’s there to comfort us and help us through it.”
Dolly has found that leaning on Him in times of suffering and remembering everything happens for a reason helps us become fearless to love and frees us to love more deeply.
“You never know how God works,” she tells Simple Grace smiling. “You just have to have faith and know that it’s going to be alright.”
Take a Peek Inside Alan Jackson’s New Downtown Nashville
AJ’s Good Time Bar [Photo Gallery] Below
“It’s time for a good time.” That’s what Alan Jackson sang in his 2008 No. 1 hit,
“Good Time,” and that’s what he’s created with his new AJ’s Good Time Bar
The four-level building on Nashville’s Lower Broadway boasts more than 6,000-square-feet of good timin’ fun, including a honky-tonk on the first floor, a man cave on the second floor, a fishing-themed third level (the bar is a replica of AJ’s Hullbilly boat from his “5 O’clock Somewhere” video) and a rooftop bar. The venue also sports wall-to-wall memorabilia from throughout Alan’s career, televisions for watching the big games, stages for live performances and a karaoke bar. After opening the first two floors in 2016, the third floor and rooftop patio are now open.
On the heels of reintroducing Budweiser’s line of iconic patriotic packaging, the brand is announcing its return to the big-screen with an all-American toast to the season just in time for its 141st summer. The Budweiser commercial features user generated content toasting with America cans and bottles across the country alongside ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett.
“Budweiser has some of the most iconic commercials of all time, so it’s pretty awesome to actually be in one,” says Thomas Rhett. “It’s cool that we get to toast America together with all the fans this summer and fall on our Home Team Tour.“
Budweiser’s partnership with Thomas Rhett first began in 2016 when the brand teamed up with the all-American Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter for a behind-the-scenes look into his 2016 tour. This year, the brand will follow the country music singer on his nationwide HOME TEAM TOUR. Thomas Rhett is also making appearances at several country music festivals this summer with the Budweiser Country Club, which offers a unique fan experience to enjoy the best of Budweiser and country music along with outdoor games and an updated modern country look and feel that only Budweiser can deliver.
“Thomas Rhett is truly a member of the Budweiser family and we are honored to be joining him back on tour and at the Budweiser Country Club this summer to raise an iced-cold Budweiser,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Budweiser. “The return of our America red cans and this new commercial is just one of the many ever-present reminders that every drop of Budweiser consumed in America is brewed in America – and we’re proud of that fact.“
Budweiser has historically celebrated the summer with patriotic packaging. Every year since 2011, when the brand first unveiled its first patriotic packaging, Budweiser has raised a cold one to summer while offering a great reminder that Budweiser is proudly brewed across America. This season, fans can enjoy a red Budweiser America can or bottle through Labor Day.
Sara Evans Back on Country Radio with “Marquee Sign”
Sara Evans is lighting up country radio with her new single — “Marquee Sign.” With lyrics and haunting vocals that allude to the warning signs of love gone wrong, Sara Evans’ “Marquee Sign”
If you woulda been lit up like a marquee sign Coulda saved myself some wasted time From the minute I found you…
Written by Sara with Jimmy Robbins and Heather Morgan, “Marquee Sign” is the first single from Evans’ upcoming album Words, due July 21st on her own Born To Fly Records. The multi-platinum entertainer enlists her daughter, Olivia Evans, to add her own unique vocal style to the song.
“Having Olivia sing on ‘Marquee Sign’ is such a special moment for me, not only as a mom but also as a fan,” said Sara. “I was so impressed when she went in the vocal booth and started singing these really cool parts and ad-libs at the end of the song! My fans have watched her grow up on the road with me and I can’t wait for them to hear her on this song.”
Words features fourteen separate female songwriters, including powerhouses Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott, Liz Hengber, Sonya Isaacs and three songs co-written by Sara. The record marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005’s Real Fine Place, 2014’s Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon and Craig Dunn provide A&R direction.
“Road Less Traveled”coming to a digital retailer near you.
Lauren stars as Charlotte in the new movie Road Less Traveled, which hit digital retailers on June 6. The rom-com follows Charlotte’s journey from California to her Tennessee hometown, where she runs into her old high school flame.
“I play Charlotte, and Charlotte is a 25-year-old, like mid-20s, songwriter that lives in Los Angeles,” says Lauren to NCD. “She’s getting married. It is this whole story about her journey to getting married, and she can’t find a dress. It’s just a bunch of getting married drama. I really had so much fun. It’s a lighthearted movie. It’s a romantic comedy. It’s the kind of movie that when you’re home in your pajamas, and you want to be comfy, it’s that kind of movie that you watch that makes you feel good. I love being home in my pajamas and feeling good, so I’m excited to share it with my fans. It’s a whole new side of me that no one’s ever seen.”
In addition to her No. 1 hit, “Road Less Traveled,” the movie features songs from Lauren’s current album, including “My Kinda People,” “Queen of Hearts,” “Painting Pillows,” “Holding the Other” and current single, “Doin’ Fine.”
Disco Party! Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Charles Esten,
Lindsay Ell & More Groove to the Sounds of the ’70s & ’80s
Hosted by Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Blair Garner, the inaugural Disco Party to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association kicked off CMA Fest week at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Charles Esten, Lindsay Ell, Chuck Wicks, Jerrod Niemann, Jamie O’Neal, High Valley, Ryan Kinder, Todd O’Neill and CJ Solar donned their best disco-era duds and hit the stage to perform tunes from the 1970s and ’80s.
In addition to raising awareness in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease, the event raised more than $300,000 through a silent auction. Performance highlights from the night include Jamie O’Neal’s “Lady Marmalade,” Hunter Hayes’ “September” and Charles Esten’s “Play That Funky Music” with Brad Paisley on guitar.
Check out the NCD photo gallery below, including red carpet and performance photos.