ABC/Heidi GutmanThe title of Florida Georgia Line's new album is Dig Your Roots, and they celebrated its release Monday night in New York City at a place where Americans come to explore their own roots: Ellis Island, the gateway for some 12 million immigrants to the U.S. from 1852 to 1954.
Journalists were transported by ferry to the island where they were greeted by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly and glasses of the duo's Old Camp Peach Pecan whiskey. The guests were then treated to the premiere of the video for "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw.
In the clip, Tyler and B.K. are brothers who race cars. Tim plays a mechanic who lets B.K. drive his car because he has a broken arm. B.K. wins the race and Tim continues to let him drive. But at one race, B.K. flips Tyler's car which catches fire. B.K. desperately tries to pull Tyler out, but as he's dragged away, the car bursts into flames. B.K. breaks free, runs to the car and pulls Tyler from the wreckage. "Did I win?" Tyler asks. "Yeah, brother. We all did," responds B.K.
At the event, the guys also received a plaque marking the success of their single "H.O.L.Y.," which has spent 16 weeks at #1.
"This is just completely humbling," B.K. told the crowd. He called making Dig Your Roots the "most challenging of times, the most exciting of times and the most creative of times," adding, "We grew a lot throughout the process."
Noting how hard it is to show all the facets of their personalities on one record, B.K. said, “We both really feel like we're just getting started letting y'all in."
By the way, if you watch the video using Google Cardboard, you can watch it in "360-degree virtual reality."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock American Idol winner Trent Harmon made his Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night, performing both his debut single, “There’s a Girl” and Chris Stapleton’s “What Are You Listening To.”
Opry star Jeannie Seely will place a cross at the site of car crash that eventually claimed the life of the legendary Dottie West, on Tuesday at noon, 25 years after the fatal accident. The memorial is part of the effort to get the "Lesson in Leavin'" hitmaker posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Chase Rice performs his new single, "Everybody We Know Does," Tuesday on NBC's Today show.
ABC/Byron CohenKelsea Ballerini is throwing down the gauntlet at her Rhythm & Roots tourmates, Rascal Flatts. After a thoughtful overture went wrong, she’s calling “Dibs” on one of the oldest country tour traditions of all.
“We are planning tour pranks,” she confesses. “The other day, it was in Wisconsin at the state fair, and they're famous for their cream puffs. And I go back on stage for an encore with them and I brought Gary [LeVox] a cream puff on stage as a nice gesture, for him to have a snack. And he pied me in the face with it on stage! So it's war, now. This is war, Flatts!” she jokes.
While Kelsea’s busy working on her strategy, her latest single, “Peter Pan,” is knocking on the door of number-one, the same week this year’s CMA Awards nominations are set to come out.
“I was nominated for New Artist last year and that'd be really cool to be back in that category,” she reflects. “But honestly, I'd be really, really, really honored if 'Peter Pan' got some kind of recognition. That'd be cool.”
Looking back on the past year, the Knoxville, Tennessee native admits her life has changed drastically as her career has exploded.
“It's gotten a lot busier! I can't believe it's been a year since the CMA nominations came out last time, which I got to do on GMA, which was really cool. Everything's changed. Yeah, everything!”
We’ll find out about this year’s nominations when Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Cam announce the nods Wednesday, live on ABC’s Good Morning America.
ABC/Image Group LAThe Academy of Country Music will give Miranda Lambert its first-ever Merle Haggard Spirit Award Tuesday evening during the ACM Honors at Nashville’s historic Ryman auditorium.
The new award singles out “uncompromising artists” in the tradition of the Hag, who passed away earlier this year. The "Poet of the Common Man" was named Most Promising Male Vocalist during the Academy’s first awards show in 1965, and would go on to win close to two dozen trophies over the course of his career.
Miranda is set to perform on The 10th Annual ACM Honors, along with Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Toby Keith, Alicia Keys, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Chris Young, Dan Shay, and The Band Perry. Lady Antebellum will both sing and host the show, which airs Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Courtesy Schmidt PR/Photo Credit: Ethan HelmsThe CMA Entertainer of the Year is getting ready to jam with the latest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Luke Bryan has been added to the lineup of Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam November 30 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
He joins Chris Stapleton, Kid Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, and Travis Tritt to help raise money for Charlie’s Journey Home Project, which helps veterans transition back into civilian life.
Tickets will run you only $25. They’re on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Bridgestone box office.
Country Music AssociationKeith Urban, Dierks Bentley, and Cam will reveal the nominees for The 50th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. They’ll make the announcement live from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, which served as the show’s home from 1974 to 2004.
The three stars will unveil the major categories at 8:30 a.m., during GMA’s final half hour, with the rest of the nominations continuing at GoodMorningAmerica.com.
The CMA Awards will celebrate its golden anniversary live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 2. The show starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Warner Music NashvilleWilliam Michael Morgan now officially has the first top-ten hit of his career, as his debut single, “I Met a Girl,” continues its climb up the charts this week.
The tune, co-written by Sam Hunt, is one of eleven tracks on WMM’s debut album, which comes out September 30. Vinyl adds five new songs to the six already released on his self-titled EP back in March.
Fans who pre-order the new record through the usual digital outlets will instantly get William Michael’s breakthrough hit, as well as the new addition, “Missing.” You can also check out a new video on YouTube of WMM performing the tune at the historic Franklin Theater on the outskirts of Nashville.
Here’s the complete track listing for Vinyl:
“People Like Me” “Vinyl” “Missing” “I Met a Girl” “Spend It All on You” “Beer Drinker” “I Know Who He Is” “Cheap Cologne” “Something to Drink About” “Lonesomeville” “Backseat Driver”
ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney wrapped up this year’s Spread the Love tour on Saturday, playing for more than 121,000 fans over two nights at the home of the New England Patriots just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. All totaled, the “Setting the World on Fire” hitmaker notched 15 sell-outs over the summer.
Kenny saved several surprises for his final weekend, playing “Guitars and Tiki Bars” for the first time on the trek, joking he used to wear a beeper back when he wrote the song. Old Dominion provided the harmonies for a version of the Eagles' “Take It Easy,” while Miranda Lambert played the role of Grace Potter on “You and Tequila,” before seguing into George Strait’s “The Fireman.”
“This night in Foxborough and the past 48 hours, I just wanna say one thing,” Kenny added after the show. “Shut the door, best night of our touring life ever! Cheers everybody!”
Comstock/ThinkstockDolly Parton’s latest album, Pure & Simple, is expected to debut atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, a feat she’s accomplished six times before. Can you name Dolly’s chart-toppers? ANSWER: Eagle When She Flies, Trio, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, Heartbreaker, Here You Come Again, and New Harvest… First Gathering.
BBR Music GroupThis summer, Randy Houser’s been busy opening Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere on a Beach tour. In addition to Cam and Tucker Beathard, there’s another added attraction on the trek -- Randy’s right-hand man, his one-year-old Goldendoodle Hawk.
“He does great!” Randy says of his prowess as a road dog. “He hasn't really had any accidents on the bus or anything. He's the smartest dog I've ever been around in my life. He catches on to everything really fast, so we don't have to worry about it. He's learned so much so fast!”
Randy confesses taking Hawk along for the ride also has its mental health benefits.
“For me, he's a therapeutic thing. He really has helped me through a lot of things. When things are crappy, it's hard to be in a bad mood when you have this incredibly handsome dog come up and let you know that he loves you!”
You can keep up with Hawk through his Instagram account, where you can frequently spot him wearing his noise-cancelling headphones while he watches his dad from the side of the stage.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Charlie Worsham and The Time Jumpers will play a free show September 25 in Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park. It’s a partnership between the CMA and the Country Music Hall of Fame to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the CMA Awards and the opening of the museum.
Newcomer Tucker Beathard will play his second headlining tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, starting December 3 in Dublin.
David Nail’s new single is “Good at Tonight,” which features Brothers Osborne.
Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleIt’s been a big week for Dolly Parton! Her latest album, Pure & Simple, is expected to debut at number one on the country albums chart, according to Billboard, with first-week sales anticipated at around twenty-thousand.
This would be the first time the Country Music Hall of Famer has topped the albums tally since 1991’s Eagle When She Flies. Dolly’s most recent effort, Blue Smoke, debuted at number-two in 2014.
The entertainment icon wrote and produced Pure & Simple herself, focusing on stripped-down arrangements of straight-ahead love songs. It’s available in multiple versions, with exclusive editions with extra songs at both Walmart and Cracker Barrel.
Academy of Country MusicThe historic stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is growing ever-more-crowded, as the Academy of Country Music adds more stars to its ACM Honors taping next Tuesday. Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Dan Shay, and R&B sensation Alicia Keys are the latest artists added to the show’s performance lineup.
Thomas Rhett, Martina McBride, Emmylou Harris, and Carrie Underwood’s hubby, hockey star Mike Fisher, are all set to present.
They join Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Toby Keith, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and Keith Urban, who were already set to sing.
Lady Antebellum will both perform and host the show, which airs Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Broken BowJason Aldean’s been passionate about raising money to find a cure for breast cancer ever since he lost a close friend to the disease in 2004. For the past decade, he’s done a special Concert for the Cure each year, while also chipping in a portion of every ticket he’s sold on tour to Susan G. Komen.
This year, the ACM Entertainer of the Year joins forces with the Grand Ole Opry for their annual Opry Goes Pink fundraiser. He’ll flip the switch on Tuesday, October 25 to turn the legendary barn backdrop pink for the night to spotlight the cause.
“Finding a cure for breast cancer is something I’ll continue to fight for the rest of my life,” Jason vows.
Five dollars from each of the Opry’s two shows that night will go to the Opry’s chosen cause, Women Rock for the Cure, with Jason making his yearly donation to Susan G. Komen that night too. Tickets are on sale now, with more artists to be announced in the coming days.
BMLGIf you follow Thomas Rhett on social media, you probably already know his wife, Lauren, went on a mission trip with the group 147 Million Orphans earlier this year. Now, the “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker is jumping in to help the organization in a big way.
Rhett will host his first-ever Thomas Rhett & Friends fundraiser October 4 at The Old School in Nashville, with Dierks Bentley confirmed as his first big-name guest.
“We’re getting asked all the time by friends and fans about what they can do to help,” Thomas says, “so we wanted to put something together to help support all the work 147 is doing for orphans around the world.”
Tickets for the concert in an outdoor-barn-setting will be auctioned off starting Saturday at 11 a.m. CT. You can find out more about how to get yours at ThomasRhett.com.
BBR Music GroupYou may have the urge to take off one of your boots and hoist it in the air after you watch Granger Smith’s new video. The Texas native rolled out the live performance clip for “If the Boot Fits” this week, showcasing enthusiastic audiences thrusting their shoes toward the sky. The second single from his album Remington is the follow-up to his very first number-one, “Backroad Song.”
Next Tuesday, Granger’s alter ego steps to the forefront, as Earl Dibbles, Jr. returns to predict the future for CBS Sports Network. This is the fourth season his Dip ‘Em & Pick ‘Em segment has been a weekly part of Inside College Football. You can catch the first one August 30 at 7 p.m. ET.
Warner Music NashvilleJust as he’s on the verge of having his first top ten hit, William Michael Morgan is paying a visit to the show that made country music famous. The Mississippi native is set to play the Grand Ole Opry Friday night, bringing the number of times he’s stepped onto the iconic stage close to 20 in the past 12 months.
The neo-traditionalist broke through with his classic country take on the Sam Hunt composition “I Met a Girl.” WMM’s debut album, Vinyl, comes out September 30.
Comstock/Thinkstock In his new video for "If the Boot Fits," Granger Smith sports a T-shirt from this band, who scored a number-one hit in 1994 with the song "My Love." Can you name them? ANSWER: Little Texas.
BMLGWith a number-one hit already to its credit, the third album from Florida Georgia Line makes its debut today, as its second single, “May We All,” ascends the charts. Just as Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley may’ve spread their wings a little with their new music, they also happen to be trying some new tactics with their latest video.
“You know, we just took a different approach this time, and it's like a little mini-movie. No singing, no performance shots and just a bunch of acting, some race car driving," Brian says of the forthcoming clip for “May We All.” "It's pretty intense. I think it pulls on the heartstrings pretty hard, so there's some really cool moments.”
Guest vocalist and accomplished actor Tim McGraw was also on the shoot.
“Tim just showed up like a total pro, in character. Learned a lot from him that day. Just an overall great day out in Tennessee,” Brian recalls.
“We told Tim we were gonna be taking notes all day,” Tyler adds. “So yeah, we studied hard that day, but we had a good time.”
Florida Georgia Line’s new video for “May We All” premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET. on the duo’s YouTube channel. Their new album, Dig Your Roots, is available in stores and online today.