BBR Runaway June can't wait until their debut album, Blue Roses, comes out on Friday. But in the meantime, the trio has plenty to celebrate.
On Sunday night, they broke out the champagne as they marked the end of the first leg of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour. They’ll be busy working their own dates this summer, before rejoining Carrie and Maddie & Tae for the fall leg, which kicks off September 10 in San Diego, California.
Next up, Hannah Mulholland, Jennifer Wayne, and Naomi Cooke will play Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series on Friday, July 12 in New York City.
This week, Runaway June’s latest single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” continues to be their biggest hit so far, rising to #16 on the country chart.
ABC/Image Group LA Who needs Bono when you’ve got Miranda Lambert and some of the best female voices in country music?
Friday night at Country LakeShake in Chicago, the evening’s all-girl lineup tackled one of U2’s signature songs, their 1987 number one, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope, Lindsay Ell and Miranda’s fellow Pistol Annies -- Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley -- all joined the headliner onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime performance.
“A wall of women we are proud to be amongst,” Pistol Annies shared on their socials later, along with a picture of the whole group during the song.
You can check out fan-shot video of the performance on YouTube.
This was the fifth year for Country LakeShake in the Windy City, and the festival’s best-attended gathering so far.
ABC/Image Group LA Granger Smith returned to the road this past weekend for the first time since the death of his youngest son River a little more than three weeks ago.
Medical personnel were unable to revive the three-year-old after a drowning accident in the family pool at Granger’s home in the Austin, Texas area.
Sunday at Chicago’s LakeShake festival, Granger sported a new tattoo on his right forearm that simply says “River.” Just last week, he and his wife Amber addressed fans on YouTube, announcing they would return to the road with their children London and Lincoln as they try to heal.
This weekend, in River's honor, they visited SUE the T. Rex at Chicago’s Field Museum.
"Getting back on the road and back into daily life without River has not been easy in the slightest,” Amber shared on Instagram, along with a photo of London and Lincoln with the dinosaur.
“Every single thing reminds me of him, and all I can think about is how he would love exploring and seeing all that we are seeing,” she added.
You can feel the mother's grief as her post continues: “I have this pit in my stomach constantly, because I'm trying to make life as normal as possible for our other 2 incredible kiddos, London and Lincoln, while hurting so bad inside.”
“I look around at everyone else and wonder if anyone is going through something like we are,” Amber’s post goes on. “Dumb little things don't matter anymore. My family does. My faith does.”
Granger’s next date is Friday in Midland, Michigan.
The Valory Music Co. This week, Thomas Rhett’s collection of number ones grows, as “Look What God Gave Her” rises to the top of the country chart.
“Just wanna say thanks so much to country radio, my amazing team, my band, publicist and everyone that made this possible,” TR reacted on Instagram. “I can’t believe ‘Look What God Gave Her’ is my 13th number 1 song!”
“All the glory to God,” he added. “So honored to make music for y’all! Much love!”
“Look What God Gave Her” is the lead single from Thomas Rhett’s chart-topping Center Point Road album.
His most recent trip to number one came in January with “Sixteen,” the final single from his Life Changes record.
ABC/Image Group LA Just like practically everyone else on the planet, five-month-old Jacob Fisher loves his mom Carrie Underwood's singing. When it comes to his dad, former hockey star Mike Fisher...not so much.
You can witness it for yourself, in an unforgettable video Carrie posted on Instagram. In the clip, Carrie and Mike serenade Jacob with Vince Gill's classic, "I Still Believe in You."
Every time Mike sings, Jacob cries uncontrollably. When Carrie takes over, he turns his head and calms. This repeats without fail over the entire course of the forty-five-second video.
"Everyone's a critic..." Carrie captioned the clip.
"The real reason is he was hungry and wanted your food," Mike commented on the post, adding the hashtag #notmysinging.
Plenty of folks couldn't get enough of the video.
"This is the greatest thing I've seen all year," Justin Timberlake posted.
"Oh my gosh I'm dying," Kimberly Williams-Paisley added.
Next up for Carrie and the family, she takes her Cry Pretty Tour to the United Kingdom for six dates that start June 28 in Birmingham, England.
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton isn't bothered by the constant speculation about his potential marriage to his girlfriend of three years, Gwen Stefani.
"First of all, the rumors stuff, I'm not gonna sit here and say that it makes me mad," he tells Entertainment Tonight. "It's funny. I've learned over the years just to take that for what it is."
"If I am somehow, and Gwen is somehow, newsworthy enough that they have to make up stories about us just to have something to say, then I guess that's a good problem to have," he continues. "You know, I gotta say that we couldn't be happier, and we've never been doing better."
The "God's Country" hitmaker goes on to say his relationship with Gwen "gets stronger every day," adding "Obviously, that's gotta lead somewhere."
Blake does note, though, that if they do decide to tie the knot, "I promise you, we won't break the news in any of the grocery store trash magazines."
Blake and Gwen will be together again this fall on The Voice, as both return as coaches for season 17 of the singing competition.
Comstock/Thinkstock The biggest hit of Opry star Hawkshaw Hawkins' career came after his death on March 5, 1963, in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline. Can you name the song that hit #1 on the Billboard chart on May 4 of that same year? ANSWER: "Lonesome 7-7203."
With "Look What God Gave Her" poised to be Thomas Rhett's next number one, it's just the latest in a string of self-penned hits that talk about how happy he is with his wife, Lauren, and his daughters, Willa and Ada.
So are Thomas and Lauren open to more "Life Changes" as their family expands?
"These last couple months have been insane, like, all over the place..." he explains. "It is very stressful I feel like to travel with your kids and still know that like you're waking up at six and you're also playing a show at night. So in that aspect I'm going, 'I love my two kids and I'm kind of content.'
That's not TR's final answer, however.
"If we stopped having kids now, I know I'd wake up at 45 and go, 'We should have had five more,'" he reveals. "Because I really do want to be able to sit at a Thanksgiving or Christmas table with the most gigantic family on the planet."
Since the couple adopted Willa from a Ugandan orphanage just months before Lauren gave birth to Ada, TR figures they can handle anything.
"They say that going from one to two is the hardest thing you'll do as a parent..." he reflects. "But going from two to three and maybe four and five, like I'm just gonna embrace it and know that like we can accomplish anything."
"Because there is nothing more fun than being around my children," Thomas adds. "And so I can only imagine it gets more fun the more that you have."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"Caught Up in the Country" hitmaker Rodney Atkins will be a guest on Strahan & Sara on Monday. You can watch for him starting at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
Terri Clark's latest studio project, Raising the Bar, will be released as a double vinyl album on Friday, October 4. The next day, she'll help the Grand Ole Opry celebrate its birthday with a special concert at 3 p.m. CT, and appear on both regular Saturday night Opry shows as well.
Parmalee now has their own brand of coffee, called Feels Like Carolina. The single origin Peruvian beans are roasted by Sir Walter Coffee in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can pick up a 12-ounce bag and a Parmalee mug for $25 on the band's website.
Jordan Davis just released his new lyric video for "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot." You can check it out on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown becomes the first country artist ever to collaborate with superstar electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello, with the pair's track “One Thing Right,” which is new today.
The “Good As You” hitmaker connected with the helmet-wearing DJ at last year’s American Music Awards, where they were both winners. That led to Kane offering Marshmello “One Thing Right,” a tune he originally wrote for his chart-topping album, Experiment.
“Marshmello had reached out to say congratulations while I was at the AMAs,” Kane explains. “I sent him the song and he ended up being really passionate about it, and said he wanted to even make it a single, so we ended up working on it together.”
“I am a huge Marshmello fan,” Kane adds, “and think he is an incredible artist in his space, so I am thrilled to be able to get to collaborate with him on this. It’s amazing seeing a song you wrote come to life like that.”
You can check out the lyric video for “One Thing Right” on YouTube now.
The two will perform the song together August 30 as part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on ABC.
Gwendolyn RecordsTrisha Yearwood’s first all-new country album in more than a decade will arrive August 30. It's called Every Girl, in a nod to its lead single.
The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year revealed the news ahead of schedule on her socials.
“My album cover was leaked early,” Trisha posted. “So I said to myself - dust yourself off, put your lipstick on, you've got this baby!” -- quoting the lyrics of “Every Girl in This Town.”
“I want you to see it from me,” she added, along with the new artwork, which features a casual snapshot of a smiling Trisha in a white top against a white background.
Every Girl is Trisha’s first full-length country album of all-new material since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. Earlier this month, the lead single, “Every Girl in This Town,” marked her highest chart debut ever in her nearly-thirty-year career.
Trisha kicks off her Every Girl on Tour dates on October 3, with three nights at Music City’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony.
Aaron Watson's been a successful independent artist in Texas for two decades, even sending records like 2015's The Underdog to the top of the Billboard country albums chart.
But today, with the release of Red Bandana, he's taking independent to the next level.
"The new record has twenty new songs. I wrote 'em all, all by myself," Aaron says proudly. "Every song has a story. Every song is something personal. You know, there's fun moments, there's heartache, there's tempo, lots of dynamics."
At this point in his career, the "Outta Style" hitmaker feels he's come into his own as a songwriter.
"I love the quote -- I never understood it for a long time -- but..Kris Kristofferson said write a thousand songs, then throw 'em away," Aaron explains. "And I think I'm at that point in my career where, as a songwriter, I know what I'm doing. I know my brand of country music."
Aaron confesses it's a conviction that sometimes won't let him sleep.
"A song will wake me up in the middle of the night," he tells ABC Radio. "And it's not one of those, like 'Aw! I gotta get up.' It's like, 'I've gotta capture lightning in a bottle.' That moment's there. I've gotta write it down. I gotta get it."
Ultimately, Aaron traveled down some pretty unexpected roads for Red Bandana.
"I was listening to some crazy stuff," he reveals. "You know, like Pink FloydDark Side of the Moon, studying their transitions... Willie NelsonRed-Headed Stranger... Beatles' White Album."
"It was all about the music, and I wanted to not just put out a random set of songs, I wanted to give my fans an experience," says Aaron.
Part of the Red Bandana experience is its first single, the uptempo "Kiss That Girl Goodbye."
Big Machine Brett Young is stripping things down for a new acoustic EP coming this fall.
The new collection contains five tracks he co-wrote from his Ticket to L.A. album, including his most recent number one. The new version of “Here Tonight” is available now, as well as a new, intimate performance of his latest single, “Catch,” recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
Here’s the complete track listing for The Acoustic Sessions, which will arrive September 13:
“Here Tonight” “Catch” “Don’t Wanna Write This Song” “Chapters” “Ticket to L.A.”
Tonight in the Boston area, Luke Bryan brings his Sunset Repeat Tour to its biggest audience so far, playing Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots.
The "Knockin' Boots" hitmaker reveals he's particularly glad to have Cole Swindell along for this run, because he figures he'll only be at the top of the lineup after this.
"It's funny, because every year it seems like when you're a headliner, the opening acts get gobbled up," Luke explains. "I didn't want any of that to happen. I wanted to be like right off the bat [and] see if Cole wanted to do it."
"I mean, Cole certainly can go headline his own stuff," Luke adds. "And I felt like if I was gonna have another opportunity to have Cole out, this is kind of my last chance at it. So when he agreed to sign on, I was super excited."
Cole's quick to throw compliments Luke's way as well, recalling he's been learning from both him and Kenny Chesney for close to fifteen years.
"I remember back in, like, 2005, I think I had opened up a show in Athens for Luke," Cole recalls. "I mean, this was a long time ago, you know, he was just writing songs and playing around. I think you had just gotten your record deal."
"And I went to show in Atlanta," Cole continues. "I went and saw Kenny Chesney. And just the first time I'd ever seen him in an arena, and how he entertained and just brought the person from the rooftop, you know, made 'em feel like they were right there."
Tonight, Brett Young also joins Luke and Cole for the massive show, along with their regular tour mate, newcomer Jon Langston.
ABC/Mark Levine If you’re gonna throw a “House Party,” who better to book for the entertainment than Sam Hunt?
That’s exactly what Bud Light has done, locking in the “House Party” hitmaker to play a live show in a real home September 19 in Calgary, Alberta.
This will be the second edition of the Bud Light House Party Tour in Canada, and it’ll be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. You can stay tuned for more info via the Bud Light Canada socials.
Back in the States, Music City is buzzing because Sam’s rumored to be working on new music.
At the same time, Sam’s stripped-down website is sending a cryptic message: It’s simply a white background with black type, with only the main page and another featuring his music videos.
On the home page is a sole quote from Abraham Lincoln: “I walk slowly, but I never walk backwards.”
That’s perhaps a reference to the time it’s taken Sam to deliver new music. He hasn’t released a studio album since 2014’s multiple-platinum Montevallo, and his last single was “Downtown’s Dead,” which came out in May of last year.