Warner Music NashvilleEven though Cole Swindell’s sophomore effort takes its title from the multi-week number one he wrote about the loss of his dad, the die-hard Georgia Southern fan warns you shouldn’t expect an album’s worth of songs like “You Should Be Here.”
“I want everybody to know it's not 12 'You Should Be Here' songs," he points out. "They all can't be like that. I think that's what makes that one so special. But there's fun stuff on this album that I think that will remind people of the first album, the fun side of me. But then also, not just dealing with loss, but breakups and heartbreak, stuff like that, like 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey,' there's some more songs like that that are just, I cannot wait to play live!”
Having written eight songs that have already made it to number one -- including five he sang himself -- Cole considers it a point of pride that nearly half of his new album is made up of tunes contributed by other people.
“You know, me being a songwriter, and proud of that, I'm proud of the songs I write. There's five songs on this album that I did not write, that I wish I would've written," he confesses. "You know, you work really hard to be able to say that, that your favorite writers are sending you songs now. Honestly, I know how hard that is to get songs, to write 'em and I think I've put together -- I want to have 12 great songs -- I want 'em to buy the album and not have to switch a song.”
The full You Should Be Here album arrives in stores and online on Friday. It includes Cole’s new single, “Middle of a Memory.”
ABCOn Wednesday night’s Nashville, things got ugly as Rayna Jaymes headed to court to fight her daughter Maddie’s petition to become an emancipated minor. When extensive details of Deacon Claybourne’s violent, alcoholic past came to light, it was clear he’d been betrayed by his AA sponsor and business partner Frankie Gray.
As Juliette Barnes realized Layla Grant now has all the things in life that previously belonged to her, she began to suspect that Layla somehow knew that her late boyfriend Jeff Fordham had died trying to save Juliette. Her Oscar nomination for Shenandoah Girl seemed only a minor comfort, when what she really wanted was to reunite with her ex Avery Barkley and their baby Cadence. Meanwhile, after consummating his new relationship with Layla, Avery became determined to see where it goes.
While country radio embraced Will Lexington’s new music, a conservative pundit lashed out at Luke Wheeler for promoting the gay country singer now signed to Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records. Though Luke was quick to defend him, in the end Will was left feeling like his label head only made the problem worse.
Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott awoke in the afterglow of their renewed relationship, late for an important interview with Rolling Stone. When the conversation turned into a review of their past romance, they realized they’re likely better off just being The Exes.
Real-life country star Kelsea Ballerini stopped by The Beverly to perform her latest hit, “Peter Pan,” just as Deacon decided to pay Frankie a visit. The building animosity between the two finally boiled over, and though Frankie threw the first punch, he ended up in the hospital -- while Deacon ended up in jail.
An incredulous Rayna couldn’t get past the timing of events to even process her husband’s explanation. Deacon’s latest violent outburst ended up convincing the judge Maddie should be emancipated, leaving a devastated Rayna crying alone in the courtroom.
The drama of Nashville continues next Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Brad Paisley has a little something up his sleeve. Ads in country music trade publications tout new music from the West Virginia native, due a week from Friday, on May 13 at 6 a.m. ET. The plot thickens when you consider the ad also includes the silhouette of what appears to be a female figure, along with a question mark and the line “featuring a very special guest.”
If you’re taking inventory of Brad’s potential singing partners, he and his CMA co-host Carrie Underwood went to number one with “Remind Me” in 2011, while he’s recently been on tour with “Burning House” hitmaker Cam. Brad’s current album, Moonshine in the Trunk, does include two collaborations -- Carrie guests on “High Life,” while Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris drops in on “Gone Green.”
NBC/David LaChapelle We’ll get our first to chance to hear Blake Shelton’s new duet with his main squeeze, Gwen Stefani, next week on The Voice. It’s only fitting the two should debut their collaboration on the hit NBC show, since that’s where they met. The two wrote, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart” at the end of last October, just before reps confirmed the two were dating.
Even though the two come from different musical worlds, Blake says their backgrounds are actually much the same. “As different as we are musically, we’re a fan of the same type of songs,” he tells People. “We have these playlists that we send each other that are stuff that we loved growing up and they’re so similar, so I think it made it easy for us to collaborate.”
It’s also a safe bet that the “Just Came Here to Forget” hitmaker may be battling a case of the nerves on Monday night.
“I’m intimidated by Gwen all the time. Any time I take a step back and think, ‘Wow, to me she’s Gwen, but she’s Gwen Stefani,' you know what I mean? It’s like a self-check every now and then. Whoa, I’m hanging out with literally the coolest girl in the world and I get to hang out with her. Just having a meal with her sometimes, it’s like, ‘Whoa, that’s her sitting up there!’”
You can check out Blake and Gwen’s performance on The Voice Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The duet will be included on the Oklahoma native’s new album, If I’m Honest, which comes out May 20.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Kelsea Ballerini as she plays herself on Wednesday night's episode of Nashville, performing her latest hit, "Peter Pan." The drama airs at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Gary Allan is currently recovering from having surgery on his arm last week, but he's already looking forward to returning to the road soon.
Martina McBride promotes her new album Reckless Wednesday on Home & Family. You can catch it at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.
Florida Georgia Line plays Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. You can check out their Tuesday appearance on CBS's The Talk on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LAWhat do Carrie Underwood, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton all have in common? Since Carrie lacks a parent in the presidential race, the answer lies a little closer to home. All three make this year’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms, from Working Mother magazine.
Chosen based on their “ability to influence and inspire us to reach higher and further in building better lives for ourselves,” as well as their income and professional stature, this is Carrie’s first time to make the annual tally since giving birth to son Isaiah a little more than a year ago.
Carrie is in good company -- with Adele, Beyonce, Melissa McCarthy, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon all making the ranking as well.
RCA NashvilleThis week marks a milestone for Cassadee Pope, as the season-three winner of The Voice celebrates her first #1 on the country charts. It all started when she was booked on a gig with Chris Young in her hometown.
“I was just playing a radio show in West Palm Beach, Florida, and it was fun, I was on the road doing my thing,” she recalls. “And little did I know, Chris Young was looking for a female to do a duet with. So, I just do what I always do and belt it out and have fun, and I guess he liked what he heard. So, the next thing I know I'm getting an email from my manager saying, 'Chris Young wants you to sing on a song with him,' and I heard the song, freaked out. There was no hesitation -- I said yes right away!”
In spite of Cassadee’s iniitial enthusiasm, there was still no guarantee that “Think of You” would work, until the two were face to face around a microphone.
“I think his low voice, that kind of monotone voice with my little bit of a higher tone really meshes well together. You never know until you get in the studio and we got in there and it was just right away a great mix, so we were excited.”
In the end, Cassadee’s duet with Chris turned out to be the beginning of a great friendship and a great partnership, as the two have been on tour together since the beginning of the year.
“We're fans of each other! I watch his set every night, he watches my set every night on tour, and it's just a really good combo. We not only like to sing together, but we like to hang out.”
Chris and Cassadee will have plenty more chances to hang out, as they’ve just announced another round of the I’m Comin’ Over tour starting in the fall.
ABC/Eric GebhartCountry music will be well-represented when the new season of Celebrity Family Feud premieres on ABC this summer. Comedian Steve Harvey, who also hosts the syndicated version of the show, will helm the star-studded ten-episode season of the game that was ABC’s highest-rated summer show last year.
All the contestants play for charity, with TheBand Perry taking on E’s Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill to raise money for Teen Cancer America. Sara Evans squares off against Todd Chrisley from USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, while Kellie Pickler faces down Lance Bass for the USO. Also on tap this season: Paula Deen, NeNe Leakes, Snoop Dogg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Alfonso Ribeiro, and more.
Celebrity Family Feud premieres Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Machine RecordsAs the cast of Nashville wraps up their U.S. concert tour this week with stops in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston; and Uncasville, Connecticut, a new collection of tunes from the hit ABC show is on the way. The seventeen-cut The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2 comes out May 13, building on the five million tracks fans have already bought, across seven soundtracks and one Christmas album.
In June, the cast picks up their musical tour overseas, as Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio play their first dates ever in the United Kingdom. You can catch Nashville Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s the complete track list for The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2:
“Can’t Say No to Love” -- Will Chase “Soul Survivor” -- Aubrey Peeples & Jonathan Jackson “Only Tennessee” -- Clare Bowen “Kinda Dig the Feeling” -- Jonathan Jackson “Swept Away” -- Lennon Stella & Jessy Schram “Movin’ On Never Felt So Good” -- Chris Carmack “From Here On Out” -- Charles Esten “The Rubble” -- Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio “Hole in the World” -- Lennon Stella “Til the Stars Come Out Again” -- Maisy Stella “Caged Bird” -- Aubrey Peeples “One Place Too Long” -- Hayden Panettiere “Ain’t It Beautiful” -- Chris Carmack “Wild Card” -- Lennon Stella “Boomtown” -- Will Chase & Hayden Panettiere “All We Ever Wanted” -- Lennon & Maisy “Hold On to Me” -- Connie Britton
Reviver RecordsBuilding on the success of their breakthrough hit, “I Love This Life,” LOCASH is set to release their full-length album The Fighters on June 17.
“The past year has been filled with so many highlights, and Chris [Lucas] and I have been so honored and humbled with the attention our music has gotten from radio and the fans,” Preston Brust says. “Since we released the I Love This Life EP back in October, our fans have consistently been asking for new music. We’re glad to be bringing that to them. We couldn't be more proud of this project and our road to getting here. The title track says it all. This one is for you. This one is for The Fighters.”
The new project includes all the songs from the EP, including the duo’s current single, “I Know Somebody,” plus five new tunes.
Here’s the complete track listing for The Fighters:
“I Love This Life” “Ring on Every Finger” “I Know Somebody” “Shipwrecked” “Moonwalkin’” “Drunk Drunk” “All Day” “God Loves Me More” “Till the Wheels Fall Off” “Ain’t Startin’ Tonight” “The Fighters”
ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves is set to perform at this year’s first-ever G Fest June 16-18 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The festival, put on by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, will pay tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard.
“Artists like Merle Haggard are important because they became legends and set trends not by worrying about money and fame but just by being themselves,” the Pageant Material singer says. “So it just inspires me even more to uphold what’s important to me as a person and songwriter first and not worry about the rest.”
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has also been given the go-ahead to erect a sculpture of the Hag on the lawn of the Muskogee Civic Center, where Haggard recorded his iconic Okie from Muskogee album. The Hall is working to procure a statue Merle himself had commissioned, and had originally intended to place on the property at his California ranch.
Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton’s most recent triumph makes its way to DVD. When Coat of Many Colors premiered on NBC last December, close to 16 million people watched it, making it the most successful movie made for broadcast TV in more than six years.
“It's always been a favorite song of mine, and a true story, and people had always said to me, 'Why don't you do that as a movie?' So one day I thought, 'Well, I ain't gettin' no younger. I better do it if I'm gonna live to see it!'” the legend from East Tennessee jokes. “So, we did it last year and it got great ratings, got really a lot of wonderful response because of the family and faith-based stuff on TV. You ain't seeing much of that anymore, which I kinda miss myself.”
The home video version of Coat of Many Colors includes an alternate cut of the film, with deleted scenes and other extras.
“They did a lot of scenes that were left out,” Dolly says. “We used a lot of scenes that didn't make it, some interviews, the kind of making of the movie. So it's really got a lot of interesting things in it. [It would] be a nice Mother's Day present, since it is about Mama.”
Both Dolly and Jennifer Nettles, who starred as Parton matriarch Avie Lee in the movie, have confirmed that plans are moving ahead for another film that would continue the story of the close-knit family from the Smoky Mountains, this one set at Christmas.
Comstock/Thinkstock This song became Kacey Musgraves' biggest success on the Billboard Hot Country Songs tally so far, making it all the way to number 10 in 2014. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Follow Your Arrow."
ZondervanIt’s a busy day for Scotty McCreery, as the American Idol winner both performs on NBC’s Today show and kicks off his 14-city tour to support his memoir, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream.
“The publisher actually came to me about two or three years ago and mentioned writing a book, and I said, 'You know, I'm still kinda green and still learning and figuring this stuff out. I don't know if I'm ready for a book yet,'” the North Carolina native recalls. “And I'm still young. I'm still young and learning. But at 22, and after being here five years and the crazy ride it's already been, I felt, you know, 'I think I have enough stories that I could probably jot something down and hopefully help some people out there that might read and be going through some stuff.'"
Go Big or Go Home takes fans inside Scotty’s transformation from everyday high school student to winner of the biggest talent competition on TV, and shares some of his secrets for dealing with overwhelming success at such a young age.
“I kind of call it the three big F's: my faith, my family, my friends. That's kinda been my foundation throughout all of this,” Scotty reveals. “You know, I got my family who was there with me way before Idol, who just loves me for being family. Friends, who really could care less about any of this. I mean, they obviously like it, they like going on the road and stuff. But if I walk in the door with the big head, they will slap it out of me so quick. And my faith is just something that I lean on for every decision I make and you know, I'm by no means a saint. I screw up all the time. You know, I just try and stay who I am and not let this crazy world get to me.”
Scotty’s book tour wraps up May 14 in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream is available now.
Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban gears up for the release of his long-anticipated Ripcord album this Friday, he becomes the latest artist to partner with rapper Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.
The Australian superstar will do three different shows in the coming days to showcase music from the new project, with the first taking place Wednesday night at New York City’s Stage 48. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you’ll be able to stream Keith’s 8 p.m. set via Tidal.
The following Monday, Keith returns to his hometown, to play a noon-time gig outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A day later, he jets to Los Angeles, where he’ll share intimate stories and performances on stage at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.
You can find more info about how to attend all three events on Keith’s website.
RCA NashvilleJust as “Think of You” claims the top spot on the country chart this week, Chris Young is extending his tour with duet partner Cassadee Pope into the fall. Dan Shay will join the I’m Comin’ Over trek in September and October, with Dustin Lynch taking over in November and December.
“I’ve been friends with Dan Shay and Dustin Lynch for a while now, so to have them join me on tour and to have Cassadee back out with us again -- it’s going to be a blast,” Chris says.
“Think of You” is Chris’s eighth number one, while it’s Cassadee’s very first. Tickets for the latest leg of their tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Here’s the itinerary for the fall leg of the I’m Comin’ Over Tour:
9/29 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena 9/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon University Arena 10/6 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena 10/7 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 10/13 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 10/14 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center 10/15 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center 10/20 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 10/21 -- Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center 10/22 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center 10/27 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria County War Memorial 10/28 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Memorial Coliseum Expo Center 10/29 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center 11/10 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena 11/11 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 11/12 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 11/17 -- Newark, DE, Bob Carpenter Center 11/18 -- Salisbury, MD, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center 11/19 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Coliseum 12/1 -- Kingston, RI, Ryan Center 12/2 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena 12/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 12/8 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center 12/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center 12/10 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley delivers the most dramatic episode yet, in the latest in his series of short films set to songs from his forthcoming album Black. In the first, “I’ll Be the Moon,” we met a girlfriend caught between her live-in boyfriend and a lover on the side. “What the Hell Did I Say” found her lover sending a series of drunken messages overnight that were ultimately intercepted by the boyfriend. Now, “Pick Up” shows what happens the morning after.
“When you’re in the throes of a relationship, it can be crazy and lustful, even obsessive and jealous,” Dierks observes. “‘Pick Up’ drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl. For the story line and plot of these videos, [director] Wes [Edwards] definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it.”
If you stay until the very end, you’ll be left with a cliffhanger that foreshadows the fourth and final episode, which is set to the title track of the record. It’s due May 13, one day after Dierks launches his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser and Cam. Look for the full album on the way May 27.