ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line celebrates the twelfth number-one of their career this week with “May We All,” and what’s even sweeter is they get to do it with one of the men who helped pave the way for their success.
“Honestly, Tim McGraw's been a huge hero of ours for a long, long time and a huge inspiration and a huge influence,” Tyler Hubbard says. “So for him to be featured on this third record is a super special thing for [Brian Kelley] and I both. We really are diggin' our roots and we're taking it back to our influences and for guys like Tim McGraw to be willing to sing with us is just a huge honor.”
In fact, Tyler says Tim’s musical imprint on Florida Georgia Line dates back to when they were just little boys.
“You know what? [Brian] always says he can remember the first time he heard 'Don't Take the Girl' and I can remember driving to elementary school and watching my mom cry to that song,” Tyler recalls.
Coming on the heels of “H.O.L.Y.,” “May We All” is FGL’s second number-one from the Dig Your Roots album.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Singer/songwriter Mark Gray, who was perhaps best known for his 1985 hit “Sometimes When We Touch” with Tammy Wynette, died Friday at the age of 64.
Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum will headline the festival formerly known as Jamboree in the Hills July 13-15 in Belmont County, Ohio. This will be the 41st year for the gathering, which will now be known as Jambo Country.
Eric Church’s singles “Love Your Love the Most,” “Springsteen,” “Like Jesus Does,” “Talladega,” “Like a Wrecking Ball,” and “Creepin’” were all certified platinum during the month of November.
Mercury NashvilleLauren Alaina’s top-20 hit, “Road Less Traveled,” which was co-written by Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor, will be the title track of her sophomore album. In fact, the American Idol season 10 runner-up had a hand in crafting all of the set’s dozen tracks.
“I wrote for it for three-and-a-half years,” Lauren reveals. “I’ve grown so much as a person, a songwriter and an artist in that time. These songs are a true representation of who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. This album has pushed me to accept who I am and be 100 percent honest about it. The Road Less Traveled is truly me. I can’t wait to share my stories, my music and myself with the world.”
Here’s the track listing for The Road Less Traveled, which comes out January 27:
“Doin’ Fine” “My Kinda People” “Three” “Road Less Traveled” “Queen of Hearts” “Think Outside the Boy” “Painting Pillows” “Next Boyfriend” “Crashin’ the Boys Club” “Same Day Different Bottle” “Holding the Other” “Pretty”
BMLGNewcomer Drake White’s new song “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” isn’t just the follow-up to his top-15 hit, “Livin’ the Dream” -- it just may be the tune that seals the deal to make him husband of the year.
“This song is deeply personal to me,” the Alabama natives says. “The inspiration for this song is my wife Alex. I am always a better version of myself when she is by my side and I am thankful for her every day. It is awesome that I can finally express that to the world through music.”
“Makin’ Me Look Good Again” is the second single from Drake’s debut album, Spark. Another song from the collection, “Heartbeat,” is featured in a new Geico spot starring Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.
Drake is set to play the prestigious New Faces show February 24 during Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.
ABC/Image Group LA You can add Old Dominion to the list of country stars who’ll be headed to the Caribbean with Luke Bryan after the first of the year.
The “Song for Another Time” hitmakers join Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, and Brothers Osborne for Luke’s annual Crash My Playa getaway January 19-22 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Newcomers Kelleigh Bannen, Brooke Eden, Adam Craig, Lucie Silvas and DJ Rock have been added to the lineup as well. You can find out more about the all-inclusive vacation at CrashMyPlaya.com.
ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton is busy planning a telethon to help raise money for victims of last week’s wildfires in East Tennessee. While we don’t know many details about the event yet, it’s set for next Tuesday, December 13 in Nashville.
Money raised will go to Dolly’s My People Fund, which she set up to give $1,000 a month to families who lost everything in the fires that raged through the tourist meccas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, near where the entertainment icon grew up.
The Country Music Hall of Famer’s theme park, Dollywood, narrowly escaped the fire. Both the Dollywood Companies and the Dollywood Foundation chipped in the initial money to start the My People Fund.
BBR Music GroupGranger Smith is off the road for the time being, as he recuperates from an accident at his show Saturday night at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
The “Boots On” hitmaker was standing on a monitor when it collapsed, sending him crashing into a metal barricade offstage. He managed to finish his set with his recent number one, “Backroad Song,” before being rushed to a nearby emergency room. There, it was discovered he’d suffered two broken ribs, as well as a punctured and partially-collapsed lung.
Granger continued his recovery in a New Jersey hospital this past weekend, with plans to return home to Texas as soon as possible.
Comstock/Thinkstock Six years ago this week, Lady Antebellum grabbed six Grammy nominations on the strength of this hit, which also happened to be the title track of their album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Need You Now."
ABC RadioTim McGraw and Faith Hill are heading out on tour together next year, and there’s new music on the way from the superstar couple as well. Tim and Faith co-wrote and perform “Keep Your Eyes on Me” from the soundtrack of the new film The Shack.
Tim also co-stars in the movie, which is based on the best-selling book of the same name that deals with one father’s journey after his youngest daughter is abducted. You can check out the trailer for The Shack now, which also includes a snippet of the song. The major motion picture is set to open March 3.
Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge and Dierks Bentley are contributing songs to the film’s soundtrack as well.
ABC/Paula LoboNow that Carrie Underwood has joined Keith Urban for the Australian leg of his RipCord World Tour, the two finally have a chance to perform their new duet, “The Fighter.” As it happened, Keith and Carrie weren’t even together when they recorded the song. He was clear across the country in California shooting the “Wasted Time” video, and she was in the heartland on the Storyteller Tour.
“She had a day off on tour and she was in St. Louis, Missouri,” Keith recalls. “So she was in the studio, and I was way out there on the set and I was FaceTiming Busbee, who's the producer and songwriter with me on the song. I was FaceTiming him and Carrie in the studio from the video set. I just went, 'Guys this is such a 2016 moment right now!'” he laughs.
In the end, it was Keith and Carrie's collaboration on his RipCord album that set the wheels in motion for the two to hit the road together.
“It was more of a call-and-response song than a traditional, straight-up duet,” Keith says of “The Fighter.” “I love that Carrie loved the song and wanted to do it, and [I’m] thrilled how it turned out. And then the next thing, we talked about maybe touring at some point.”
For his show Saturday in Wellington, New Zealand, Keith donated dozens of tickets to first responders who helped with the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake, to show his appreciation. Tuesday night, Keith and Carrie continue the tour in Adelaide, Australia.
ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris will be the musical guest on the December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live, making her the first country artist to play the show this season. WWE superstar-turned-actor John Cena will host that night.
The CMA New Artist of the Year just added two new dates to her 2017 Hero Tour. Both Maren's February 2 show in New York City and her April 4 concert in Nashville sold out in less than ten minutes on Friday.
CMTIf you can’t wait for the premiere of Nashville, the good news is -- you won’t have to! CMT, the drama’s new home, will preview the first hour of season five on December 15, ahead of the full two-hour episode’s official air date on January 5. Both air in Nashville’s new time slot, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.
You can also get an early preview via a new trailer on YouTube. Though the first half is largely a recap of last season, the final minute teases a new love interest for Maddie after she returns home with Rayna and Deacon, fireworks between Gunnar and Scarlett, and the answer to what happened to Juliette after her plane disappeared.
ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley takes fans on a tour of the Appalachian Mountains where he grew up, in his episode of the new Landmarks Live in Concert series set to air next year as part of Great Performances on PBS.
Hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, the show will feature interviews with the artists, as they showcase some of their favorite places. Brad’s set was shot during his outdoor concert at West Virginia University during his Country Nation College Tour in September.
You can catch Brad Paisley -- Landmarks Live in Concert Friday, January 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS.
ABC/Image Group LAYou can find out what a typical show day is like for David Nail in the new live performance video for his latest single, “Good at Tonight.” You can check out the clip shot in different cities on David’s Fighter Tour on YouTube.
Written by CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne, the single features vocals from TJ and John, though they don’t appear in the video. “Good at Tonight” is the second release from David’s Fighter album.
Comstock/Thinkstock On December 4, 1956, the foursome soon-to-be known as The Million Dollar Quartet held an impromptu recording session at Sun studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Can you name the group's members? ANSWER: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Capitol NashvilleIf you’re an audiophile and a Keith Urban fan, Friday is your lucky day! Three of Keith’s records -- 2002’s Golden Road, 2010’sGet Closer, and 2013’sFuse -- are being released on vinyl for the first time ever.
Golden Road is a two-disc set, while both Get Closer and Fuse are single LPs. The Aussie superstar’s most recent release, RipCord, came out on vinyl last summer.
ABC/Image Group LA William Michael Morgan, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Granger Smith and Drake White are set to play next year’s prestigious New Faces of Country Music show. Held every year during Country Radio Seminar, it’s seen as a significant indicator of who’s likely to be around for a long time, as well as who has a shot at super-stardom.
The performers are voted on by members of the radio industry attending the convention. Last year, both Kelsea Ballerini and Old Dominion took the stage, following in the footsteps of Reba, George Strait, and Thomas Rhett, who were also chosen early in their careers.
The already-sold-out show takes place Friday, February 24 at the Omni Nashville.
NBCUniversalAfter going head-to-head with Cookie Wednesday night, Dolly Parton officially comes out on top. Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was number-one for the night, drawing nearly 12 million viewers for NBC, compared to nearly eight million for Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire, according to Variety.
The holiday-themed sequel to last year’s Coat of Many Colors was down about a million-and-a-half viewers compared to its record-setting predecessor, which was the most-watched made-for-TV movie in some time.
If you missed Dolly’s cameo as The Painted Lady who inspired her iconic look, you can stream or download Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love now, with the DVD on the way December 20.