“This is a brand new show we’ve put together for our fans, and it will be first time we get to play Hallelujah Nights in its entirety,” said lead singer Brandon Lancaster of the band, which is currently on Dierks Bentley’s “Mountain High” tour. “This year has been full of so many incredible firsts for us, and we’ve learned so much out on the road about ourselves and about what our people want and expect from us. We can’t wait to play these songs and share their stories from front to back that represent the core of LANCO.” Tickets for LANCO’s “Hallelujah Nights” tour go on sale beginning Friday, August 17, at 10 a.m. local time, with fan club members receiving early access
Maren Morris decided to open up to her fans via social media, and boy, did we learn some things! Among the information she spilled via Twitter on Thursday (Aug. 9) were shockers about a near-miss with authorities overseas and her plans to have a child soon.
Morris was on a long plane flight when she decided to pass the time by throwing her Twitter feed open to an impromptu question and answer session with her online followers. She got plenty of questions about her music, with many fans particularly curious about the direction of her second album, but some of her most interesting answers had nothing to do with her career.
The singer-songwriter didn’t hold back when one fan asked whether she planned to have kids someday. “I literally have it blocked out on my calendar next year,” she replied with a laughing emoji. Morris married singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd in March, and this marks the first time she’s said anything about having a family.
Morris also revealed that London is her favorite place on Earth, that her wedding day was her favorite day of her life, and that she would love to play Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. She was equal parts practical and humorous when a fan asked the best advice she had ever gotten, writing, “Wear underwear at all times.”
Morris’ second album will have two collaborations on it, she says, and one of the new tracks, “Gold Love,” was the hardest one to write and complete. The first single from the project is due in a “couple months.”
Asked to name her favorite country she’s visited, Morris says: “I loved France. Except I almost got arrested.” That set off a chain of fan replies asking her to share that story, but she did not elaborate.
After answering a wide range of questions, Morris brought the unexpected Q&A to a close by writing, “Alright, y’all. Spilled some tea. Spilled some wine. Love you guys. I need to do this more often tbh,” adding, “My label probably has constant conniptions when I tweet.”
Opposites attract, and in “Rock & Roll to My Country Soul,” singer/songwriter Jenny Tolman sings about the benefits of meeting her man in the middle. The song pays tribute to a relationship defined by musical genres: he loves rock, she’s an old-school country gal. But that doesn’t stop them from making sweet music when they get together.
Tolman, a musical old soul herself, owns every line and every note of the song thanks to her ever-engaging vocals. As she croons that her beau is more Jimmy Page and she’s more Emmylou Harris, it’s easy to imagine Tolman’s voice alongside those stellar songbirds of the past. Its ethereal-meets-sassy tone gives the modern singer–and song–a throwback feel.
“‘Rock & Roll to My Country Soul’ is such a fun song to play live, that I wanted to recreate the feeling and energy of being at the live show for the viewer. I’m so lucky to have amazing musicians in my band, so being able to showcase that through this song and video, is really special to me,” Tolman tells Sounds Like Nashville.
The video keeps the focus completely on the music, with Tolman and her band in performance mode on a white backdrop. (Though Tolman’s westernista-chic styling and see-right-through-you blue eyes are tough to ignore.) The singer is clearly having fun, rolling off clever lyrics like “From the front porch swing / to Friday night freewheeling / you bring life in the fast lane / to my peaceful easy feeling / you’re the rock and roll / to my country soul / and I like it.” The song is the second single from Tolman’s forthcoming sophomore album, There Goes the Neighborhood, produced by Grammy-nominated Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jerrod Niemann).
Check out the premiere of the video for “Rock & Roll to My Country Soul” below. But be warned: This song will be stuck in your head all day!
It’s been nearly six years since Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have toured together, and they’ve already proven it was more than worth the wait. Sounds Like Nashville has been itching to catch a show since the 2018 “Still the Same Tour” hit the road earlier this spring. We were there for all the hits, and plenty of new songs off their newest release, Bigger, as the duo rolled in to Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO, June 30. These are the 5 coolest things we saw on our big night out with Sugarland, and not-to-be-missed openers Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen. (In other words, go get your tickets now!)
The Production: From the steampunk inspired “Incredible Machine Tour” of 2010 and 2011, to the vintage circus theme driving the “Still the Same Tour” in modern-day 2018; it’s a unique, transportive experience each and every time you step foot into a Sugarland concert. This go-around, Nettles and Bush’s set features a red and white striped big top tent, complete with all the smoke, lights and theatrics we’ve come to expect at a Sugarland show. Nettles looked no further than to fashion design icon Christian Siriano to create a totally chic, one-of-a-kind wardrobe fit for any ringmaster.
The Set List: If you’re wondering if you’ll get to hear all of your classic Sugarland favorites on the “Still the Same Tour,” the answer is YES! With a dramatic curtain drop projecting silhouettes of the duo, the opening performance of their latest title track, “Bigger,” sets the tone for an upbeat night of past and present Sugarland jams. “All I Want To Do,” “Stuck Like Glue,” and “Settlin’” are sure to get you moving, while the new and sultry Latin-infused “Let Me Remind You” will have you feeling like that dancing lady emoji – you know, the one in the red sassy dress! Nettles and Bush also bring the tempo back down at times, and there wasn’t a louder moment than the crowd wide sing-a-long during “Stay.”
Together, Solo and Together Again: If you thought Sugarland was taking time off during their hiatus, then you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Nettles and Bush, among other projects, both released solo albums during their time apart. We love that they each had a moment in the spotlight to perform one of their solo hits – Bush brought the snaps back to country music with his catchy single, “Trailer Hitch,” while Nettles’ vocals soared on her ballad, “Unlove You.” We couldn’t help but notice Bush and his acoustic guitar backing Nettles with the rest of the Sugarland band while she delivered her song. Friendship goals to the extreme, folks. Side note: If you’ve never heard Bush sing before, you’re in for a treat on this tour and on this record.
Sugarl&: In Sugarland, everyone is welcome to come as they are. Their cover of the Indigo Girls’ “Galileo” was a special tribute, celebrating the LGBTQ community and Pride month, with “Sugarl&” displayed on the big screen behind them – “& = everyone belongs here – including you & you & you & you.” Nettles and Bush’s music has always had a beautiful way of bringing people together, reminding us we’re all more alike than not, as heard in “Little Miss,” off their 2010 album, The Incredible Machine. New songs that create powerful moments in the show include “Bird In a Cage,” which addresses the very things in life that leave us feeling stuck, or quite literally, caged, from our greatest potential and truth. The last track on Bigger, “Not the Only,” leads into a moving encore performance, resulting in an entire crowd on its feet. Nettles, Bush and their entire band shine lights from their hands out into the darkness as thousands of fans turned on their cell phone flashlights and illuminated the entire arena. We still have chills (and maybe a few tears) just thinking about it.
Nostalgia: If you’ve been following Nettles and Bush as long as we have, and you find yourself counting down the days until your next Sugarland concert, then this live show will hit you right in the feels–just like it did for us. Their nearly two-hour set took us back to the beginning with “Baby Girl” and “Something More,” but also looked to the future with seven songs off “Bigger,” including their current single, “Babe,” co-written by Taylor Swift and Train’s Pat Monahan. This band is so important to our musical landscape, and they continue to stretch and bend the rules of genre; constantly keeping us on our toes in the best way possible. Thank goodness for that.
Booed from the stage performing with his bluegrass band Mountain Smoke during opening slot for ‘Kiss”
Though he’s spent much of the year on the road with the Eagles, Vince Gill will step into the spotlight solo with a slew of his own dates scheduled for the fall. Kicking off in Detroit Lakes, MN, the legendary performer will visit 28 cities across the United States, before wrapping on November 18 in Danville, KY.
Among the venues on the tour will be the historic Surf Ballroom where Buddy Holly played his last show. The gig will be Gill’s first time playing the venue. Additionally, Gill will return to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, where he was previously booed from the stage while performing with his bluegrass band Mountain Smoke during their opening slot for KISS.
After wrapping his solo dates with his impressive band, comprised of Glenn Worf, bass; Billy Thomas, drums/vocals; John Jarvis, keyboards; Jeff White, guitar/vocals; Tom Bukovac, guitar; Jedd Hughes, guitar/vocals; Wendy Moten, vocals; and Paul Franklin, steel, Gill will return to Music City for his annual Christmas at the Ryman show with Amy Grant. The couple will host and perform 12 nights across the months of November and December.
Krystal Keith, a fellow singer/songwriter, shared the news with a post to Instagram of her daughter Hensley donning a big sister T-shirt. The proud sister-to-be let viewers know that “mommy has a baby in her belly” and that she was going to be a big sister. Krystal captioned the adorable clip, with several emojis, including the baby and pink and blue hearts, hinting that they may not yet know the gender.
Krystal hasn’t revealed when she is due with baby number two. She and her husband Andrew welcomed Hensley into the world in October 2015.
“God is so good,” she wrote when she shared the first photo of baby Hensley with the world. The mom-to-be will lean on her famous dad for support as her family grows, knowing just how involved he was in raising her as a young child.
“I think it speaks volumes that the way I kind of remember childhood is I don’t really remember him being gone,” she explained during a recent podcast. “When he was home, he was so present that I don’t remember the spans of him being gone.” The new addition will be Keith’s fourth grandchild.
When Kenny Chesney sat down on the set of Good Morning America to perform his contemplative, inspirational new single “Better Boat” on July 31, the superstar had the New York City audience hushed and swaying peacefully to his gentle composition.
Chesney, who strummed an acoustic guitar and was backed up by two more guitarists and a keyboardist, brought a calming wash of peace over the studio, set in bustling Times Square, as he delivered the lyrical narrative of a person trying to repair a damaged life — a sentiment he uses as a metaphor for his experience working to rebuild the U.S. and British Virgin Islands after extensive damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Chesney explained upon the song’s release that it had a very special feeling for him in terms of recalling his hurricane relief efforts. “‘Better Boat,’ I think really captures the emotion of that moment—and the months following,” he said in a statement. “There’s an acceptance it takes to face those challenges and that uncertainty. The lyric has that line, ‘I ride the waves I can’t control …’ And that’s exactly how this was, and in some ways, still is.”
The album it appears on, Songs for the Saints, released July 27, is a tribute to the islands Chesney has called home for more than 15 years, and captures the spirit and resilience of the people who live there. Chesney has made several significant contributions to this territory in the wake of the hurricane’s damage, and has even set up a dedicated charity, Love for Love City Foundation.
All proceeds from his album’s sales will go to the foundation.
Ahead of her Saturday night (7/21) show in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Shania Twain let out a hearty “let’s go girls” invitation to many of country music’s finest rising female voices.
During a pre-show reception, the best-selling female in country music recruited Cassadee Pope, Jillian Jacqueline, Kalie Shorr and many other amazing women for a power-packed photo as a show of support.
Many of the women grew up listening to the hits released by Twain over the years, making the evening all the more special. “It says a lot about @shaniatwain that she’d take the time to meet all of us before her show in Nashville last night and give an incredible pep talk. We’re so lucky to have such a badass role model. Ps… good thing I don’t have to sing today,” shared Pope.
Added Shorr, “Can’t believe me and my queens got to meet THE queen last night. Shania- thank you for inspiring little girls with boom boxes everywhere to fall in love with country music and be proud to be a woman. Still shook.”
Among the women invited to join Twain was Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT, who has been an outspoken advocate for more female voices to be heard on country radio. Fram praised the iconic performer for the glass ceilings she’s been able to break through, and for holding out a helping hand to those following in her footsteps.
“Last night was magical – for anyone who has ever said “Women Don’t Want To Hear Women” has never experienced a @shaniatwain concert where thousands of women from all generations are singing every word to every song,” wrote Fram. “Before last nite’s show, Shania gave a toast to Nashville, expressed words of wisdom & invited/celebrated some of Nashville’s new female creators. She is making a difference and as an industry we must come together so we can support/nurture our next Shania, our next Dolly our next Reba. We must create an equal playing field. Thank you Shania❤.”
The stop in Nashville was just one of many Twain scheduled for her massive Shania Now Tour. The trek will continue for just two more weeks before wrapping on August 4 in Las Vegas, NV.
– Lauren Laffer for SoundsLikeNashville
George Strait isn’t known as the “King of Country” for no reason. The influential, iconic and legendary hitmaker has had such an impressive career, and even at 66 years old, he’s still going strong. Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in a town called Poteet, Texas. His Texas influence has been visible throughout his storied career, which began in 1981 with the release of “Unwound.” The following year the singer released the Straight from the Heart album, which included his first No. 1 hit, “Fool Hearted Memory.”
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He has won Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Alan Jackson is one of the most successful country artists of his generation, and he’s built his huge career entirely around traditional country music. Jackson came to Nashville after his wife approached Glen Campbell at the airport and told him about her husband, who landed a songwriting deal with Campbell’s publishing company.
That led to a record deal, and Jackson’s 1989 debut album, ‘Here in the Real World,’ scored several big hits, including the title song, “Wanted” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” Since then he’s landed an enormous string of hits including “Livin’ on Love,” “Gone Country,” “Drive” and many more. Jackson responded to the 9/11 attacks with a song titled “(Where Were You) When the World Stopped Turning,” which many regard as an all-time classic. Alan Jackson has won Grammy, CMA and ACM awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In recent years he has turned his attention to gospel and bluegrass music.