Blake Shelton Announces the Release of New Live Album
Blake Shelton announced yesterday (Aug. 14) on social media that he will release a new six-song EP, Blake Shelton (Live), on Aug. 25.
The project captures Blake’s pop-up show during Nashville’s CMA Fest in June. The new EP be available via streaming services on Aug. 25.
Blake Shelton (Live) Track Listing & Songwriters
- “All About Tonight” (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip)
- “Honey Bee” (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip)
- “Ol’ Red” (James Bohan, Don Goodman, Mark Sherrill)
- “Home” (Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies)
- “Boys ’Round Here” (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Craig Wiseman)
- “A Guy With a Girl” (Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson)
Shania Announces New Tour + Watch Her Perform New Single,
“Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed,” on “The Tonight Show”
In addition to performing her new single, “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed,” Shania Twain shared some big news during her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night (Aug. 16)—a new tour.
Shania will launch her Shania Now Tour in May 2018, with more than 40 dates, including stops in Nashville, New Orleans, Montreal, Denver, L.A., Las Vegas and more. The new tour takes its name from Shania’s upcoming album, Now, which will drop on Sept. 29.
“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 Nash Country Daily. “So, it’s a little deeper emotionally, for sure, this new album. There’s a lot of optimism.”
Watch Shania’s performance of “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” below.
Tickets for the Shania Now Tour will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 25. Pre-sale info can be found at shaniatwain.com.
Brett Young’s Emotional Cover of ‘Hallelujah’ Is Must-See
Brett Young’s ability to throw every emotion into a performance doesn’t end with his original songs. The “In Case You Didn’t Know” hitmaker’s cover of “Hallelujah” is so vulnerable, one senses he’s on the verge of tears.
The just-released “Hallelujah” performance video from Young’s Taste of Country RISERS video shoot is four roller-coaster minutes that spotlight his depth of storytelling. At times tender and at times powerful, this rendition is a hair-raising performance as real as anything Young recorded for his new self-titled album. The “Like I Love You” singer proves that fans have only seen the tip of iceberg in terms of his artistry.
Young was revealed as one of seven Taste of Country RISERS in March, and since then he’s gone on to notch a second No. 1 hit and land a coveted opening slot on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour. His RISERS performance of “In Case You Didn’t Know” is closing in on 1 million views on YouTube, but perhaps more meaningful is the dozens of comments from fans who admit the song made an impact on an important relationship.
Toby Gets Confessional With Latest Track
Toby Keith is a Hall of Fame songwriter. He’s one of the most accomplished musical entertainers of his era, continuing to fill venues on his current tour. He’s also well-respected as a business man. Sadly, he’s not quite as accomplished with a golf club in his hand. In fact, he’s happy to say he’s a “Shitty Golfer,” as he does on the latest release from The Bus Songs.
Available now as an instant gratification download with pre-order of the 12-song collection, “Shitty Golfer” doesn’t beat around the bush … unless that’s where the ball happened to land:
I’m a shitty golfer, you can ask my wife
I’ve been out there hackin’ every day of my life
I got all the shorts and all the plaid sweaters
That new TaylorMade driver didn’t make me any better
“Shitty Golfer” is a perfect representation of everything The Bus Songs is about. While Toby Keith has created some of the most played music ever heard, he’s also written more than a few songs that simply aren’t destined for airplay. A dozen of those tunes – mostly written after hours on a tour bus – are collected on the album, set for a September 8 release.
Titles include “Runnin’ Block,” “Hell No,” “Call A Marine,” “The Critic” and the already released “Wacky Tobaccy,” whose accompanying music video features Willie Nelson and has quickly become a surprise runaway viral hit, amassing more than 9 million views since its posting. From adult humor to hilarious over-imbibing, the album’s songs fill in the gaps in Keith’s prodigious catalog with the cuts and live recordings too good to hold back. And “Shitty Golfer” does anything but hold back, even at the author’s expense.
George Strait’s “Pure Country” to be Released on Vinyl for The First Time
When George Strait walks the 60-steps from the gauntlet to the center stage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on September 1 and 2, he will do so knowing countless fans of his 6x Platinum-selling Pure Country will be in the crowd as they celebrate its silver anniversary alongside the King of Country. In honor of the anniversary, the Pure Country soundtrack will appear for the first time on vinyl with a limited-edition pressing made available in conjunction with September shows (released-wide 25 years to-the-day since it initially hit shelves, Sept. 15). Strait will pay special tribute to the film’s impact on his music for a not-to-be missed set of shows.
In a rare interview and iconic nearly-8,000-word profile in The New Yorker, Strait divulged that he was initially reluctant to star as the lead in the feature film. In the profile (link here; The New Yorker Radio Hour“On the Record with Kelefa Sanneh” conversation here; podcast available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1), Strait revealed he “was persuaded by the producer Jerry Weintraub, and by Colonel Tom Parker, the former manager of Elvis Presley… After a concert in Las Vegas, Parker told Strait how important Hollywood had been to Presley. ‘Elvis hated making those movies,’ he said—but they transformed him from a pop star to an icon.’” Serendipitously, from his Las Vegas shows this weekend at T-Mobile Arena, Strait revealed his plans to honor the motion picture’s connection to fans over the last 25 years with a special spotlight on the music and stories behind some of the soundtrack’s most beloved songs.
In observance of the release of the vinyl and the film’s silver anniversary, the Alamo Drafthouse, an independent movie theater chain founded in Austin, Texas with 28 locations nationwide, will host special screenings of Pure Country throughout the month of August. Known for a completely immersive experience, providing food and beverages during their showings along with a strict no talking/no cell phone policy, it’s the perfect way for fans, old and new, to relive their favorite moments and songs while experiencing Dusty on the big screen once again.
What’s equally as impressive is that even though Pure Country is Strait’s highest-selling single album RIAA 6x Platinum Certification, his 50 Number Ones and Strait Out of the Box have sold 7 and 8 million copies respectively, with Sanneh noting, “One of the things that really makes George Strait unusual is longevity and consistency… He’s become the defining voice of country music.”
Kenny Chesney Returns with ‘Live: No Shoes Nation’
“No Shoes Nation is more than a state of mind, it’s the place we all come together for the music, the fun and each other.”
When the sound of the generators finally fell silent in his head, Kenny Chesney dug into his mountains of tapes and started listening. To the songs, to the band, but especially to No Shoes Nation, well over one million strong. And the more he listened, the more he realized his music – and the people it has attracted over the last decade – have indeed created a nation without borders or boundaries; in that moment he knew he wanted those people to know they were heard.
“When you’re on stage, in the rush of it all, it hits you so hard and so fast. You take it in, but you never really digest it,” explains the high-intensity songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee. “Once the noise in my head died down, I went in to relive some of those amazing nights I’d had with everyone in No Shoes Nation, and the more I listened, the more I wanted to hear. And the more I heard, the more I knew I needed to share these moments with all the citizens of what we call No Shoes Nation, so they could hear how freaking awesome they sound.”
Almost 10 years to the day from the first recording – a medley with Dave Matthews captured at the end of Chesney’s 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour – Live in No Shoes Nation captures 29 performances from the last decade. Some hits, some surprises, some obscure jewels, some guests and some of the unabashed songs that have come to define coming of age in the flyover in the 21st century. Beyond the obvious joy that marks the 8-time Entertainer of the Year’s summer tours, you can hear the fervor for what Chesney created.
“I always say no matter how hard we hit that stage and hurl the music at them, No Shoes Nation has so much energy and so much heart, they come back at us even harder,” Chesney marvels. “But when you can sit and really listen, it’s shocking. They are so loud, so in the moment and put out so much awesomeness, it stopped me in my tracks – and reminded me why I feel most alive out there on that stage.”
Combing through 10 years of stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters and the occasional beach takeover, Chesney listened to over a thousand hours of concerts in search of the definitive performances. More than wrangling a greatest hits with cheers, the man Los Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar” sought to capture the spirit of his audience as much as document some of the most special moments in his touring life.
“So much has happened over the last 10 years,” Chesney marvels. “But the one thing that remained consistent, that’s been there no matter what, are the people of No Shoes Nation. They’ve always been why I do what I do, but listening to all these shows over the last several months, I realized they’re really the heartbeat to everything me and my road family do.”
“And the more I heard those voices singing, the energy and the power, the more I wanted everyone who’s ever come to our shows to hear it, too. Those moments when you’re so completely free are the greatest feeling in the world.”
With a track list being finalized and plans for 2018 being sorted out, the only sure thing is this: Live in No Shoes Nation arrives October 27th.
As Chesney says, “No Shoes Nation is more than a state of mind, it’s the place we all come together for the music, the fun and each other.”
Joe Nichols Talks “Baby Got Back” Viral Success with Robin Meade
Joe Nichols sat down with Robin Meade to talk about his crazy viral success with his countrified remake of “Baby Got Back.” Apparently, this all started as a fan prank. “I don’t know what popped in my head, but one day I said let’s do something ridiculous,” Joe said and started playing the song. “Joke was on me because the band started playing it.”
Jon Pardi Reveals Markets for CMT On Tour
Jon’s Lucky Tonight Tour Features rising country trios Midland and Runaway June
Pre-sale tickets will be available starting TODAY at 10 a.m. local time at www.jonpardi.com/tour, with tickets officially on sale this Friday. Additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Jon Pardi announced the initial markets for CMT On Tour Presents Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour. Kicking off in Birmingham, AL on October 12, the award-winning singer/songwriter will bring his critically-acclaimed classic country with a modern twist to venues across the United States for the multi-city run that includes Chicago, Fort Worth, Grand Rapids and more.
Pardi’s current hit single, “Heartache on the Dance Floor” is climbing Top 15 on the country radio airplay charts and it marks his fourth single to break the Top 15 on country radio. “Heartache on the Dance Floor” follows Pardi’s back-to-back No. 1 singles off his No. 1 album, California Sunrise. His first No.1 hit, the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots” was followed by the three-week No. 1 smash “Dirt on My Boots.” CMT On Tour Presents “Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour” is the third headlining tour for Pardi, who is quickly becoming a household name. In addition to the singer/songwriter’s ACM win earlier this year, he was also nominated for Breakthrough and Video of the Year categories at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. The California native has also toured with country music icons including Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson, and is currently on the road this summer with Dierks Bentley.
Accompanied by two rising country trios, Midland and Runaway June, “CMT On Tour” aims to shed light on new artists in the industry. “CMT On Tour” was created in 2002 and has played a role in launching up-and-comers towards superstar status. In the past, the phenomenon has featured numerous wildly successful artists, including Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Kip Moore.
Lauren Alaina Joins Keith Urban on Stage for “We Were Us”
While playing the fair in Paso Robles, California; Keith Urban had American Idol alum Lauren Alaina join him on stage for “We Were Us. Since the popular single is a duet with Miranda Lambert, Keith doesn’t often get a chance to perform it. Thankfully, Lauren kills it.
New Music Video Released for Glen Campbell’s “Adios”- Watch
The video for “Adiós,” the bittersweet Jimmy Webb-penned title track of country legend Glen Campbell’s acclaimed farewell album is out now. Directed by Peter Zavadil, the award-winning director behind videos for Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and The Black Keys, the video features iconic archival videos and photos of the Rhinestone Cowboy interspersed between the story of his guitar journeying from Nashville to California where it plays its last note. It begins with Glen’s daughter Ashley Campbell handing off the guitar in Nashville and culminates with his grandson Jeremy Olson giving the six string an emotional sendoff.
“In my view, “Adios” is Glen’s farewell to the spotlight. I wanted the music video to reflect those sentiments,” says Zavadil. “The guitar is a symbol of Glen’s legacy…a ‘spiritual baton’ as it were, carried on by all those influenced by his music, beginning with one of his daughters and ending with one of his grandsons. The fact that no one will ever hold a match to Glen’s skill on the guitar is memorialized by giving his guitar a proper ‘Viking Funeral’ on the California coast. The project truly was an honor and an adventure.”
Glen’s daughter Ashley, who is following her father’s footsteps and performs banjo and sings backing vocals throughout the Adiós album, opens the video by passing off Glen’s guitar and thus starting its last tour. “My father’s music has touched so many people’s lives so I hope that this video will resonate with a lot of people,” says Ashley. “Music moves through us all in different ways, lighting a fire in each of us. That fire will always be burning as music keeps moving and as each of us continues to pass the torch.”
Several generations of the Campbell family are featured in the video as it concludes with Glen’s grandson, Jeremy Olson, in an emotional final goodbye. Olson says: “My grandfather is a man I’ve loved and admired my entire life. The emotion when dealing with a project that is his last, sung his unique way, really hit home and brought back all the amazing memories he and I have shared. This single and album truly encompasses his career and is something I know he would be proud of, which is why I couldn’t be more honored to be involved.”
Glen’s farewell album, Adiós, was released on June 9th via UMe to universal acclaim. In the U.S., the album debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 giving Glen his 16th Top 40 album and his 19th Top 10 Country Record of his astonishing career. The album, which caps off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than six decades and 50 million albums sold, has been hailed as one of his best. It has received an incredible reaction around the world from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, NPR, Billboard and many others.
Adiós was recorded in 2012 following Glen’s “Goodbye Tour” which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As Glen’s wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, explains in the album’s touching liner notes, “Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio once again to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.” She concludes, “What you’re hearing when listening to Adiós is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised, and entertained them for decades – giving him the chance to say goodbye to his fans, and put an amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves.”
Produced by longtime friend and bandmate, Carl Jackson, the 12-track collection features songs from some of his favorite songwriters like Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston.” Other songwriters featured are Willie Nelson, who duets on his classic, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Roger Miller, Jerry Reed and Dickey Lee.
Campbell who turned 81 in April, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He lives in Nashville where he is surrounded by his loving family and getting the very best of care.