ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley is set to have the best night of his life at comedian Will Ferrell’s fundraiser next month in Los Angeles.
Brad will be part of the Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars band, led by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Josh Klinghoffer from the Chili Peppers will sit in as well, along with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Stefan Lessard from Dave Mathews Band.
The Saturday, October 6 event at L.A.’s Greek Theatre raises money for Cancer for College, an organization that helps cancer survivors achieve their college dreams.
The star power doesn’t end with the top-notch musicians, however. Ferrell’s lined up an array of funny men and women to match: Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Zooey Deschanel and more will all be there.
Farm AidFarm Aid 2018 is one day away: The day-long festival is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday, September 22. Tickets are sold out through official channels but still available on StubHub and CraigsList, and the multi-artist hoedown is the perfect event for a road trip.
However, if you're unable to hit the highway in pursuit of Farm Aid, AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live.
In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Chris Stapleton,Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.
The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET until the show starts at 7.
Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.
Sony When they filmed their episode of CMT Crossroads earlier this year, Luke Combs and R&B singer Leon Bridges had such great musical chemistry that the two are now releasing some joint songs.
You can now stream or download the live, collaborative versions of Bridges’ hit, “Beyond,” as well as the Luke fan favorite “Beautiful Crazy.”
"Leon is one of those artists that is changing the game,” Luke observes. “His showmanship and connection to his songs and fans is truly awesome.”
“Getting to sing 'Beyond' with him and his band was a highlight for me,” the North Carolina native adds, “and 'Beautiful Crazy' is dynamite with him. The best part of this is now having him as a friend.”
BBR Music Group With his debut single, “Best Shot,” now in the top 20, newcomer Jimmie Allen’s first full-length album is set to follow next month.
Mercury Lane will arrive October 12 and is named for the street where the Delaware native grew up.
“Mercury Lane is where my journey began,” Jimmie explains. “All of the fundamental life lessons that shaped my values and make me who I am today, I was taught on that street: It’s where I learned about love, family, life, how to believe in myself, the concept of never giving up, following your dreams and being a good person.”
He continues: “This album touches on all of those ideals and truly feels like I’m sharing a piece of my heart with the world. I’ve been working toward this moment for so long; I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
Jimmie’s also set to make his national TV debut on the Today show on October 9.
Here’s the complete track listing for Mercury Lane:
“American Heartbreaker” “Make Me Want To” “Deserve to Be” “How to Be Single” “Wait for It” “High Life” “21” “Underdogs” “Like You Do” “Back of Your Mind” “Boy Gets a Truck” “County Lines” “Best Shot” “Warrior” “All Tractors Ain’t Green”
MCA NashvilleJosh Turner will release his first-ever gospel album on October 26, titled I Serve a Savior.
The South Carolina native says it’s a dream come true, and something his fans have been requesting for a long time.
“My faith is the most important thing to me,” Josh explains. “I want people to hear the sentiment and heart behind this record.”
“I want them to feel the same inspiration that I felt,” he continues. “I want them to feel that and hopefully they’ll make these songs a part of their life.”
The dozen-song collection includes hymns, classics and live recordings of Josh’s hits “Long Black Train” and “Me and God.” It also features a new song, titled “The River (of Happiness),” written by Josh's wife, Jennifer, and their oldest son, Hampton. Jennifer and their four sons all join Josh on the tune.
"It’s an uplifting song," Josh says. "And having Jennifer and the boys singing on it drives that home.”
The album will also be accompanied by a 90-minute live DVD hosted by gospel legend Bill Gaither.
Here’s the complete track listing for Josh Turner’s I Serve a Savior:
“I Saw the Light” (featuring Sonya Isaacs) “I Pray My Way Out of Trouble” (featuring Bobby Osborne) “Great Is Your Faithfulness” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” “Without Him” “I Serve a Savior” “How Great Thou Art” (featuring Sonya Isaacs) “The River (of Happiness)” (featuring the Turner family) (Live from Gaither Studios) “Amazing Grace” “Long Black Train” (Live from Gaither Studios) “Doxology” “Me and God” (Live from Gaither Studios)
Anthony D'AngioEric Church is doubling down during his 2019 tour.
Just as he did on 2017’s Holdin’ My Own trek, the Chief will have no opening act for next year’s shows. On the Double Down Tour, however, he’ll do two different concerts on back-to-back nights in each city, with one notable exception: In Music City, he’ll headline Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on one super-sized night in May.
The North Carolina native’s fan club, the Church Choir, will have first access to tickets through Eric’s new app. You can find out more at EricChurch.com.
Tickets for the Double Down Tour will go on sale to the general public October 5, the same day Eric’s Desperate Man album comes out. To discourage scalpers, you’ll have to register as a Ticketmaster Verified Fan, which you can do now.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Eric Church’s 2019 Double Down Tour:
1/18-19 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center 1/25-26 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 2/1-2 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 2/8-9 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 2/15-16 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena 2/22-23 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena 3/1-2 -- Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 3/8-9 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena 3/15-16 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 3/22-23 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 3/29-30 -- Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum 4/12-13 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 4/19-20 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 4/26-27 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 5/3-4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 5/10-11 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 5/17-18 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center 5/25 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium 6/28-29 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty ImagesBrad Paisley and Simon Cowell both turned out to praise Carrie Underwood on Thursday, at the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But it was Carrie's three-year-old Isaiah -- dressed in black vest, bow tie and jeans -- who stole the show.
"We were having the worst American Idol season...ever...," Simon explained, recalling the first time he heard Carrie sing. "The whole show was in what I call grey and white... And then [she] walks in and sings 'I Can't Make You Love Me' and the show turned into full color."
Brad compared Carrie to another icon, remembering his first trip to London as an artist.
"I got into a taxicab...and the driver...said 'What do you do?'...I said, 'Oh, I'm a country...singer...'"
"I said, 'Do you like that?'" Brad continued, "And he said, 'I don't know. I like Dolly Parton.'"
"Well, Carrie...is really, in many ways, this generation's Dolly -- the person the world looks at as Miss Country Music."
Carrie's star is near the Capitol building in L.A. -- something that awakened Brad's sense of humor.
"I think of the artists that'll be in here recording...that are gonna walk out here one night -- drunk -- and throw up on the star of one of the most important artists we will ever have in our format," he joked.
"How does a girl from Checotah, Oklahoma end up with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?" Carrie asked as she accepted the honor. "I will tell you how: belief."
Carrie tearfully thanked her parents and her husband Mike Fisher, before turning her attention to her son.
"Isaiah Michael, I love you so much! You're the best thing we ever did... I'm proud of you and I believe in you too."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton's "I'll Name the Dogs" took home the Song of the Year honor at Thursday night's first-ever Nashville Songwriter Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
LANCO's multi-week #1, "Greatest Love Story," has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Hunter Hayes gets animated in his new video for "One Shot." You can check out the cartoon treatment for the song on YouTube now.
If you missed Lady Antebellum doing their Heart Break track, "Hurt," on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can watch their performance online.
EMI Nashville Eric Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me, features a duet with Merle Haggard on the track, “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,” and he seems to be doing that again on the new song “Jukebox and a Bar.”
The Chief’s latest preview of his Desperate Man album marries a hardcore honky tonk sound with a lead guitar part that’s reminiscent of Merle -- even if Eric does use a five-dollar word or two.
“One pushes me up the mountain and one roll me down the hill/While I sit in a phosphorescent dark,” he sings. “So you can keep your fancy potions and your incandescent notions/As for me and my barely-beating heart/There’s no better prescription for my broken disposition/Than a jukebox and a bar.”
The full Desperate Man album arrives in its entirety in just two weeks. As he’s done with every preview track before, Eric shared it with his Church Choir fan club members first, before sharing it on social media or releasing it the next day.
So far, there are only two tracks we haven’t heard: “The Snake” and “Drowning Man.”
ABC/Randy HolmesJennifer Nettles is currently climbing the country chart with Sugarland on the Taylor-Swift-penned hit, “Babe,” but on Friday, she’ll be focusing on another duet partner besides Kristian Bush.
Jennifer will team up with pop uber-vocalist Josh Groban to do a song from his new album, Bridges, on Friday's Live with Kelly & Ryan.
“TV Performance Alert,” Jennifer tweeted. “Tomorrow, I’m singing a beautiful song called ’99 Years’ with a lovely human called Josh Groban, to celebrate the release of his new album!”
“Set your alarm. Set your DVR. Set your intentions. Set your curls,” Jennifer added.
Live with Kelly & Ryan follows Good Morning America on most ABC stations. The full version of “99 Years” will be available when Josh’s album comes out on Friday.
ABC Radio For her first Artist in Residence concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Miranda Lambert focused on the “ones that got away,” delivering a career-spanning retrospective of songs she loves, but has rarely performed.
The reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year started with three songs from her 2005 debut, Kerosene, including a guest appearance by her dad on the song they wrote together, “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere.”
Miranda’s repeatedly said if you want to know about her life, all you have to do is listen to her music, and by the time she got to her second record, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, things got personal, as she introduced the track “Desperation.”
“I wrote it by myself when I was like -- I don’t know -- 21 and heartbroke,” she told the capacity crowd in the CMA Theater. “Still heartbroke to this day, that’s how it goes.”
“But I was foreshadowing then. I’m foreshadowing now for the next ten years I guess,” she added, as the audience laughed.
Miranda revealed “A Soft Place to Fall” was the first song she ever sang in public, as she brought out Allison Moorer to play her Oscar-nominated composition from The Horse Whisperer.
Things got personal again as the two introduced “Oklahoma Sky,” Allison’s song that Miranda recorded on Four the Record.
“She sent me this song, because… It’s a long story,” Miranda said. “We’ve been through some men since then…”
Of note: Miranda’s ex-husband, Blake Shelton is from Oklahoma.
Miranda returns to the Hall next week for a second and final Artist in Residence concert. Keeping with tradition, the night will have an all-new theme and a different lineup of special guests.
Here’s the complete set list for Miranda Lambert’s inaugural Artist in Residence show:
“Love Is Looking for You” “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere” (with Rick Lambert) “Bring Me Down” “Desperation” “More Like Her” “Dead Flowers” “Airstream Song” (with Natalie Hemby) “Virginia Bluebell” (with Natalie Hemby) “White Liar” (with Natalie Hemby) “Heart Like Mine” (with Ashley Monroe) “Me and Your Cigarettes” (with Ashley Monroe) “A Soft Place to Fall” (with Allison Moorer) “Oklahoma Sky” (with Allison Moorer) “Gravity Is a Bitch” “Dear Diamond” “Tomboy” (with Natalie Hemby) “I've Got Wheels”
Blue Note RecordsRosanne Cash returns with her first new album in nearly five years this fall, as She Remembers Everything comes out November 2.
The second-generation country hitmaker had a hand in writing all ten songs on the record, which includes contributions from Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello. Recorded in Portland, Oregon and New York City, the album boasts a “uniquely feminine perspective,” as the title suggests.
"There is a woman's real life, complex experiences, and layered understanding in these songs," Rosanne explains. "I could not have written them 10 years ago -- not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say."
Rosanne’s most recent album, 2014’s The River and the Thread, won three Grammys.
Here’s the complete track listing for She Remembers Everything, with the title cut and the track, “Everyone but Me” available to stream or download now:
“The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” “The Undiscovered Country” “8 Gods of Harlem” “Rabbit Hole” “Crossing to Jerusalem” “Not Many Miles to Go” “Everyone but Me” “She Remembers Everything” “Particle and Wave” “My Least Favorite Life”
ABC/Image Group LA Chris Young picked up the inaugural Charlie Daniels Patriot Award earlier this week at a special fundraising dinner in Music City.
The Country Music Hall of Famer presented Chris the honor Tuesday at a sold-out event at The Palm for his Journey Home Project.
"I am immensely grateful to our military and their families for the sacrifices they make for our country,” Chris says, “and incredibly humbled to receive the Patriot Award honor from Charlie and The Journey Home Project.”
In the past, Chris has played for U.S. soldiers stationed in the Middle East, South Korea and Japan.
Charlie’s Journey Home Project supports veterans as they return, rehabilitate, and reintegrate back into civilian life. This year’s dinner raised more than $200,000, making it the most successful one so far.
Saturday night, Chris plays for a hometown crowd, as his Losing Sleep World Tour stops in Nashville. His latest single, “Hangin’ On,” is currently in country’s top ten.
Comstock/Thinkstock This 1964 recording was the first debut single by a female artist to make it all the way to the top of the country chart. It stayed there for eight weeks, and set another record for the most weeks at #1 by a female, a title it held until Taylor Swift came along with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in 2012. Can you name the iconic song and the Country Music Hall of Famer who recorded it? ANSWER: "Once a Day" by Connie Smith.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Eric Church previewed the track, "Jukebox and a Bar," from his new album, Desperate Man, for his Church Choir fan club on Wednesday. The full album arrives October 5.
Blake Shelton celebrated his 24th and 25th #1 songs, "Every Time I Hear That Song" and "I'll Name the Dogs," Tuesday with a party at Ole Red Nashville.
The latest volume in the Country Faith series, titled Christmas Vol. 2, comes out September 28. It features holiday tracks from Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Dylan Scott and many more. A Southern Gospel edition of the series is also set for release a week earlier.
If you missed Carrie Underwood's Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can check out both her interview and her performance of "Love Wins" online.
"It was this old movie town in Tucson where they shot Three Amigos and Tombstone," Maren reveals. "It had all these movie posters that they shot at this, like, little movie town. And it rained the whole day."
In spite of the wet weather, the "Rich" video remains one of Maren's favorite things she's ever shot.
"It was the most fun, easy shoot I've ever done," she recalls. "I kind of conquered my fear of horses. I had a very nice horse."
"I'm just so excited about it," Maren adds. "It's the last single from the record, and we get to do this like crazy, bada** Western video for it. And it's very funny and doesn't take itself too seriously, which is the meaning of 'Rich.'"
If Maren has any regrets about the shoot, they may involve her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd.
"Ryan looks really good in it. Ryan looks better than I do in it," she laughs. "Ryan has never been in a video of mine, so he's the cowboy in it."
"But I basically put everyone I know in it," she continues. "Like, my manager is in it. My tour manager, Jennifer, plays the sheriff. Ryan's the love interest, and then I put my band in it. So, I got to look around all day and just laugh at how ridiculous everyone looked!"
Maren's Western adventure must be working: "Rich" is currently just a couple spots away from entering country's top ten.
Disruptor Records/ColumbiaThe Chainsmokers just released their latest collaboration, "This Feeling," on Tuesday, but the feedback they're getting from fans about the song -- which features country star Kelsea Ballerini -- is blowing them away.
"Damn, this is exciting!" they tweeted. "Feel like we haven’t seen a reaction to a song of ours like this since the Coldplay collab!"
Of course, the "Coldplay collab" was the duo's massive hit "Something Just Like This," and "This Feeling" could follow in its footsteps. After all, country/pop collabs, like "The Middle" and "Meant to Be," are all the rage these days. And as Kelsea told Zane Loweon his Beats 1 show, songs like these help break down barriers and change perceptions about country music.
She explained, "Having these kinda collaborations, people that have that stigma in their heads of like, 'Well, it's all about a truck' -- they're like, 'Oh, wait, I like this song! That's a country singer? Wait, let me go check out more!' It kinda opens the doors more, which is really sick!"
Kelsea, who's covered the duo's hits "Closer" and "Paris" in the past, told Lowe that working with The Chainsmokers is her "dream collab," adding, "I love that they write their stuff. They’re songwriters, which I relate to so much and respect a whole lot."
And The Chainsmokers love Kelsea just as much as she loves them.
As the duo's Alex Pall told Zane, "I feel like, you look at her and you smile...like, she's such a happy person!"
He added, "When we sent her this song...she wrote us back right away and was like, ‘I f****ing love it. I’m in.’ Everything’s been super fun.”