ABC/Image Group LAThe exact timing of Carly Pearce’s wedding to Michael Ray is top secret, but all the pieces seem to be in place for it to happen anytime.
Carly started September with a bachelorette bash at her former workplace -- Dollywood -- and a few days later, she and Michael picked up their marriage license.
Then, this past weekend, Michael traveled to Sin City for an impromptu bachelor party at the Wynn. His dad, uncle, and some friends joined him for an 18-hour party that included cigars, winning $1500 playing blackjack, a performance by the Chainsmokers, and a Shaquille O’Neal sighting, plus donuts on a private plane.
You can check out both Michael and Carly’s photo diaries from their respective parties at People.com.
Meanwhile, Carly and her wedding planner -- a.k.a. her mom -- are busy putting the final touches on the ceremony.
"I never have been the girl that cared about her wedding," Carly confessed to ABC Radio. "But now I'm finding it's very fun, and I never knew that my mom was going to love planning a wedding so much."
"But it's really fun and it's something that I think you don't get: that kind of time with your mother as an only daughter," she reflects. "And we're having a really good time doing that, and it's gonna be very special and very Carly and Michael."
Stay tuned to find out when the trip down the aisle takes place.
Ironically, both Michael and Carly's latest singles are all about heartbreak: Michael's climbing the chart with "Her World or Mine," while Carly's duet with Lee Brice, "I Hope You're Happy Now," comes out next week.
ABC/Mark LevineGarth Brooks will be Martina McBride’s first guest when she launches her new podcast on Friday, September 27.
Martina and the Country Music Hall of Famer go way back, since she used to sell t-shirts on the road for him.
You’ll also hear from Lauren Alaina, Pam Tillis, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, Sara Evans, Don Was, Brenda Lee, Runaway June, Howie Mandel and Loretta Lynn during the first season of Vocal Point with Martina McBride.
“I wanted to do a podcast that’s not really an interview as much as it is a conversation,” Martina says. “I hope it's entertaining for the listeners and also that it gives a little bit of insight into the person that I'm interviewing.”
“We talked about their life philosophy, their struggles and how they've overcome them,” the “Independence Day” hitmaker adds. “A lot of it has been so inspiring as well as entertaining.”
Wheelhouse Records/BBR Music Group LOCASH is turning “One Big Country Song” into One Big Country Tour.
From now through March of next year, the duo's dates will be known as the One Big Country Tour. Next Tuesday, the “One Big Country Song” video from Preston Brust and Chris Lucas will also premiere on CMT.
Preston explains, “Our goal for the video was to somewhat extend the sing-along moment that this song creates in our live show and capture the feeling of bringing people from every walk of life together to enjoy a moment.”
You can check out a behind-the-scenes preview of the “One Big Country Song” video now, before its big reveal Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET on CMT.
"One Big Country Song" is the latest single from LOCASH' Brothers album.
MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is rescheduling the remainder of his September dates after one person was killed and seven more were injured when a tour bus carrying his crew crashed in Shandon, California late Wednesday night.
“Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss,” says a statement from Josh's publicist. “Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers.”
Josh was returning from a show at Vina Robles Amphitheater when the accident happened at 11:42 p.m., according to ABC affiliate KEYT-TV.
The “Long Black Train” singer was on a different bus and was not hurt. So far, we don’t know what caused the crash.
ABCWith Brad Paisley NOT hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood this November -- for the first time in more than a decade -- it seemed as though we'd missed our chance to see Brad and Carrie together on ABC this year. Well, think again.
Carrie will be one of the guests on Brad’s first-ever prime time special, coming sometime this season on ABC. You’ll also be able to see Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates, Kelsea Ballerini, Jonas Brothers, Bachelor host Chris Harrison, and football legend Peyton Manning.
The hour-long outing is titled Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special.
“Wait, I thought it was called The Brad Paisley Special,” he jokes. “Who added the Thinks He’s? Oh well, I’m still psyched.”
Recorded at Nashville’s historic War Memorial Auditorium, the special promises plenty of Brad’s trademark sense of humor, surprises, and heartfelt segments shot on location.
Stay tuned to see exactly when Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special will air on ABC.
River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour will be going strong through the end of the year, but he’s already mapped out the next leg of his journey.
He’ll launch the What You See Is What You Get Tour next February with Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker opening the dates.
The new tour takes its name from Luke’s sophomore album, which is set to be released November 8.
Pre-sales for the What You See Is What You Get Tour start next Tuesday, September 24, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s the complete itinerary:
2/7 -- Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena 2/8 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 2/13 -- University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Center 2/14 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 2/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 4/18 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater 4/19 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena 4/21 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 4/24 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center 4/25 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
Jeff NelsonBrantley Gilbert is on the road right now, and at the top of the year, he's got a huge North American tour planned. But now that he's a father of two -- he and his wife just welcomed daughter Braylen Hendrix -- he says it's getting harder and harder to get on the bus and leave the kids behind.
Brantley says his son Barrett, who'll be two in November, is just at the age where he knows Daddy's about to hit the road, and he's not happy about it.
"Every time I leave the house...if I start walking my bag up to the bus, he kinda starts figuring it out a little bit," says Brantley. "I don’t think he’s to the point where he knows exactly what’s going on but I think he’s got an idea that something’s gonna be different tomorrow, and he fights sleep a little more."
"But the worst is when I have to leave during the day when he’s awake," Brantley admits. "He doesn’t really like it when I get in my truck and go places, but when I load up on that bus, he knows it’s going to be for a minute. And man, he'll, like, grab my leg and, you know, just, [say] ‘Da-Da,’ and...dude, it ripped me up! That's my little man!"
Unfortunately for Barrett, Da-Da is going to be gone a bunch in the coming months, as he releases his new album Fire and Brimstone, due out October 4. His Fire't Up tour starts January 23 in London, Ontario with opening acts Brandon Lay and Dylan Scott; in April, Chase Rice takes over for Dylan as the opening act.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Songwriters Series is heading to Albequerque, N.M. with performances by Lauren Alaina, Erin Enderlin, Sierra Hull and Luke Laird at the KiMo Theatre on October 15. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. CT.
Sam Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of Hank Williams Sr., was invited by Cam to make his Grand Ole Opry debut on October 9.
Temecula Road, the young trio of Emma Salute, Maddie Salute and Dawson Anderson, will make their debut on the Grand Ole Opry on November 1.
John Berry has launched a limited release of his debut album, Humble Beginnings, in honor of its 40th anniversary.John self-released the album in September 1979.
ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs was the center of attention at the All for the Hall benefit concert Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
The event, which is a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, found Luke participating in an acoustic guitar pull alongside Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow. Luke used the show as an opportunity to perform two new songs, Billboardreports.
One of the new tracks, "Dear Today," finds Luke speaking to his past self, advising him to call his mom, spend time with his dad and to not take life for granted. Luke's performed the song during recent live shows, and it'll be included on his highly anticipated sophomore album, What You See is What You Get, set for release on November 8.
According to Billboard, Luke also debuted a song that's so new, it didn't even have a title, but it was a tribute to his parents and the sacrifices they've made behind the scenes to allow him to pursue his dream.
Luke is currently out on his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour through December.
ABC/Mark LevineTwo of country music's trailblazing stars are lending their names to a worthy cause.
Chris Stapleton and Ashley McBryde have thrown their support behind historic guitar company Fender, and will serve as artist ambassadors for its newly instituted Fender Play Foundation.
The foundation aims to support youth music education by providing gear for schools and other educational institutions, as well as offering music instruction, both in-person and online.
Artist ambassadors like Ashley and Chris will engage with kids via meet and greets, donating signed merchandise to the cause, and offering insight into ways the foundation can better serve youth.
The program will launch in three cities where Fender has offices -- Los Angeles, Nashville and Scottsdale, AZ -- and is expected to expand next year.
"When I was a kid, I picked up a guitar and found a whole new world at my fingertips. I'm proud to partner with the Fender Play Foundation to help kids from all walks of life find a whole new world of their own," Chris says.
Other artists participating in the initiative include pop star Avril Lavigne, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz,Green Day's Mike Dirnt and Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie.
ABC/Mark LevineIt's a big week in the big city for Thomas Rhett.
The country superstar is set to perform his new single "Remember You Young" on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight. On Friday, the grand unveiling of the video for the reflective tune will happen on a billboard in New York's Times Square in New York City -- and on YouTube at 11:15 a.m. CT.
Also on Friday in New York City, TR will do a headlining, sold-out show at Madison Square Garden -- one of the many stops on his six-month Very Hot Summer Tour, in support of his latest album Center Point Road.
In addition to "Remember You Young," Center Point Road also features "Look what God Gave Her." The album is the only country release to debut at number one on the all-genre Billboard 200 in 2019.
TR and his wife Lauren are also expecting their third child, a girl.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.
ABC/Image Group LAHe's not known as a songwriter, but George Strait received the President's Keystone Award Tuesday night at the 2019 Nashville Songwriter Awards, Billboard reports.
“I believe songwriting is a gift from God,” George told the crowd at the event. "I think God has truly blessed all these songwriters in here. I want to thank you for sharing your talent with me over the years."
In honor of King George, there were performances of his hits “Here For a Good Time,” “The Chair,” “Carried Away” and “Carrying Your Love With Me” by their respective songwriters.
Also at the event, Luke Combs was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year, while Loretta Lynn was given the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award. Cole Swindell's "Break Up in the End" was named Song of the Year.
There were also awards given for "10 Songs I Wish I'd Written," a list that included "Meant to Be," "Whiskey Glasses," "Up Down," "Drunk Girl," "God's Country," "Burning Man, "Tequila," "Some of It," "Drowns the Whiskey" and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright."
Some of the artists who recorded those hits -- including Jason Aldean, Chris Janson, Dierks Bentley and Dan Shay -- were on hand to perform them, reports Billboard.
ABC RadioWe know it's coming in November...but later on this month, we'll find out exactly what day Garth Brooks' upcoming A&E TV special, Biography: The Road I'm On, will air.
The trailer that's out now promises "exclusive, unprecedented access" to the star, as he entertains stadiums full of fans and reflects on his incredible career.
When the project was initially announced back in March, Garth said in a statement, "IF I was EVER going to do a documentary on my life and music, I wanted A&E to do it. They have interviewed all the people who would know what the true stories are so no matter how this turns out…I can't say it isn't the truth.”
The initial announcement said the special would feature "never-before-seen" interviews with Garth, his wife Trisha Yearwood, his original road band, his family and his team. It also promised a behind-the-scenes at Garth's current stadium tour, as well as an in-depth look at his biggest hits.
Over the years, Garth has been the subject of many TV specials, including 1997's Garth Brooks: Live from Central Park, 1992's This Is Garth Brooks and 1998's Garth Brooks: Ireland and Back. He's also prominently featured in the final episode of Ken Burns' PBS documentary series Country Music.
Alan PoiznerRyan Hurd's having a pretty good week so far.
The Michigan native was surprised with a Gold plaque last night in Nashville, as he was rehearsing for his opening slot on Old Dominion's upcoming Make It Sweet tour. The certification celebrates sales of half-a-million units of his latest single, "To A T" -- and he even got some t-shirt and gold-record-shaped cookies as part of the presentation.
On Twitter, Ryan posted a photo of the sweet treats and wrote, "THATS RIGHT! Those are Gold Record cookies. And they taste just as good as my 14 year old self imagined. TO A T is GOLD. I’m the luckiest dude in the world. Dreams, baby. Sometimes they come true. THANK YOU."
Earlier in the week, Ryan performed at a benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium for the Bahamas, which was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. His five-song EP, Platonic, arrives on Friday. It includes "To A T," which features harmony vocals by his wife, Maren Morris.
Ryan's shows with Old Dominion begin September 27 in Charlotte, NC.
Jim WrightLuke Bryan is coming to the Grand Ole Opry next month for two special concerts.
On October 22, as part of the annual Opry Goes Pink breast cancer fundraiser, Luke will flip the switch on the switch on the Opry's iconic barn backdrop, bathing it in pink light. He'll then perform intimate, acoustic sets on both shows that night.
“I wanted to make this Opry appearance something special,” Luke says. "Performing in the Opry circle is unlike any other stage in the world and I want it to be a unique memory for me and the fans.”
That night's show will also feature Anita Cochran, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Five bucks from every ticket sold will be donated to Susan G Komen®. The charity, as well as Komen Central Tennessee, helps fuel research, advocate for patients and support people facing breast cancer.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are on sale now; tickets for the 9:30 p.m. show go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. via Opry.com and at (800) SEE-OPRY.
Forty-five years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams rose to the top of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the single that would be the first of seventeen career number ones for Williams? ANSWER: "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me."
If you missed Sheryl Crow doing "Prove You Wrong" -- the country single from her Threads album -- on The Late Late Show with James Corden, you can watch her performance online.
Tanya Tucker guests on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live Wednesday night starting at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo. At 11:35, you can head over to CBS to see Thomas Rhett on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well.
You can check out newcomer Mickey Guyton's inspirational new video for her song "Sister" on YouTube now.
A capella group Home Free debuts at #4 this week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with their new record, Dive Bar Saints.
These days, Rhett Akins is a whole lot more than just Thomas Rhett's dad.
In the nineties, Akins' own career as an artist yielded huge hits like "That Ain't My Truck" and "Don't Get Me Started." He followed that with a successful career as a songwriter -- so successful, in fact, the Academy of Country Music just named him their Songwriter of the Decade.
It's the second of seven new Decade trophies the ACM is now in the process of awarding. Rhett found out about the honor backstage at TR's recent Chicago stop on the VHS Tour, where he's also the opening act.
Right after the start of the trek, TR gave the elder Akins' performance a shining review.
"I give my dad's set a ten out of ten," Thomas told reporters backstage at CMA Fest. "And of course I'm biased, but when you get out there and watch my dad, like I remember how much of a great entertainer he is."
"And for somebody to walk out there after not playing shows for like 15 years and do what he did in Orange Beach, [Alabama] was pretty special," Thomas added.
TR says he admires how at ease his father is on stage.
"It's like he has no fear..." TR explains. "He just walks out there and is like, 'Hey y'all, I'm Thomas Rhett's dad. And these are songs that you hear on the radio.' And he just plays a Jon Pardi hit or a Dustin Lynch hit."
"I just love his attitude out there," TR continues. "It was a really, really cool show to watch."
Rhett wrote Jon's "Dirt on My Boots" as well as Dustin's "Small Town Boy," among many other hits. He continues on TR's VHS Tour until it wraps on October 12.