MCA NashvilleThe imagery in the lyrics of Kacey Musgraves' new song, "High Horse," may be country -- they mention horses and John Wayne -- but the sound of the funky track is decidedly disco.
"Why don't you giddy-up, giddy-up / And ride straight out of this town / You and your high horse," she sings on the latest release from her Golden Hour album, which comes out next Friday. So far, the Texas native has also previewed the tracks "Butterflies" and "Space Cowboy" from the record.
"High Horse" is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its retro lyric video on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has long been known for their soaring harmonies, but they take things to an entirely new level -- literally -- with their cover of "Rocket Man."
LBT's version of the Elton John classic is the latest track released from the forthcoming Restoration album, which re-imagines the tunes Elton created with longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton and many more are featured on the record as well.
"Rocket Man" is available to stream or download now, or you can check out the audio-only version on YouTube.
Little Big Town will also perform the song on Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute April 10 on CBS. The Restoration album drops a few days earlier, on April 6.
ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Jason Aldean will soon join the ranks of Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson and Blake Shelton, who all have their own bars and restaurants in downtown Music City.
Nashville’s Historic Zoning Commission recently approved a sign for "Jason Aldean’s Kitchen Rooftop Bar," according to Nashville Business Journal.
Ohio-based TC Restaurant Group bought the building at 305-311 Broadway, which currently houses Tequila Cowboy, WannaB’s Karaoke Bar, Sun Diner and Luigi’s City Pizza. They plan to add 23,000 square feet to the building's footprint, including a fourth-story rooftop space.
This is the same company that partnered with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley to create FGL House. So far, we don’t know how long construction will take or when Jason’s bar may open.
ABC/Image Group LA We may not know the exact details of Maren Morris’s wedding to Ryan Hurd this weekend, but we do know at least one gift the groom is giving the bride: his new song, “Diamonds or Twine.”
Ryan secretly recorded his composition -- without Maren knowing -- with plans to release it in the days leading up to their ceremony.
“I played this song for Maren the night we got engaged,” Ryan reveals. “We were at the lake in Michigan, on the dock, and I will never forget that moment. 'Diamonds or twine, no matter what, I’ll be yours and you’ll be mine.'”
“Diamonds or Twine” is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out an audio-only clip of the tune on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re headed to Vegas for next month’s ACM Awards, you’ll have a chance to work out with Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea’s trainer, Erin Oprea, will lead an early-morning sweat session on Saturday, the day before the Sunday show, as part of the Academy of Country Music’s Party for a Cause.
“I’m beyond excited Kelsea will be joining me to lead this awesome workout. It’s going to be a giant party,” the former Marine and celebrity fitness guru says. “Kelsea shows that staying fit doesn’t have to be boring. It’s all about getting up, getting moving, and having fun -- I can’t wait to have a blast with everyone in Vegas!”
Tickets for ACM Workout for a Cause: Erin Unleashed Tour are on sale now, for the event that starts at 9 a.m. PT at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Las Vegas.
Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line’s making their mark on both the pop and country charts right now with their hit with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” and soon they’ll also be leaving a lasting impression on the NASCAR world.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will headline FGL Fest on Saturday, September 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They’ll take the stage inside Turn 4 of the track, with tickets going on sale in early April and more artists yet to be announced.
The show hypes the Sunday race that’s now named after both the duo and their record label: the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line. It’s the first phase of a deal that will see FGL’s name on NASCAR events for years to come.
The FGL show and the race are both part of the 25th annual NASCAR weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While it’s typically held in the heat of late July, it’s been moved to September in hopes of cooler temperatures.
Comstock/Thinkstock This star of the Grand Ole Opry co-wrote the Irma Thomas R&B classic, "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is," which was featured in the hit Netflix series, Black Mirror. Can you name the Grammy winner known as "Miss Country Soul?" ANSWER: Jeannie Seely.
ABC RadioIt’s been quite a week for newcomer Jordan Davis: his breakthrough hit, “Singles You Up,” is just one spot away from country’s top five, and on Wednesday, he found out it’s been certified gold. Add to that, his debut album arrives on Friday.
He named the disc Home State, as a tip of the hat to the place he grew up.
“I think it's important that everybody kinda has that Home State love,” Jordan tells ABC Radio. “You know, kinda always tip the hat to the place that made you. And I feel that way about Shreveport, Louisiana, and I feel that way about Baton Rouge and New Orleans.”
When he was deciding what to call the album, Jordan discovered his Home State was his debut’s unifying theme.
“I didn't want to name the album [after] either a song or just self-title it,” he explains. “And kinda when I was looking back through the track listing of the record, the only thing that was a common thread between all those songs was Louisiana.”
“You know, whether the idea for the song came from being in college in Baton Rouge,” he continues, “or a weekend in New Orleans or something I did stupid in high school in Shreveport... Not everybody's from Louisiana, but everybody has a Home State.”
Jordan reveals there's a track titled “Home State,” though you won’t find it on the album.
“I've actually written a song called "Home State" with my brother, and he was kinda mad that I didn't put it on the record,” he laughs. “But as I kept listening to that song, that title kept standing out to me. And I thought it fit it perfect.”
Jordan’s brother Jacob records for Kelsea Ballerini’s label, Black River Entertainment.
ABC/Image Group LA This weekend, Maren Morris will tie the knot with fellow artist Ryan Hurd in a ceremony that’s likely to be as casual and laid-back as the couple themselves.
While we don’t know a lot of the details about the wedding, Maren has been keeping her fans updated on her socials, revealing she was “writing vows and feeling sentimental AF” on Wednesday.
Even though she’s been busy working on her sophomore album and promoting her top ten pop hit, “The Middle,” with Zedd and Grey, the Texas native says the planning for the nuptials has gone surprisingly smoothly.
“Honestly, it's been such an easy planning of all of it,” she tells ABC Radio, “and I can't believe we were able to plan a wedding in the midst of all the touring that we do and the Grammys. It was just insane.”
Maren and Ryan got engaged in July of last year, and recently both starred in Maren’s forthcoming Western-themed video for “Rich.”
Even with all the career accomplishments she’s enjoyed in the past couple years, Maren expects nothing will compare to her wedding day.
“It's gonna be the biggest day of my life, and our lives,” she adds. “And I just am so excited that I get to do all of this with my best friend. And so, I'm very excited about the wedding. And, yeah, it's gonna be the coolest party ever I think that we ever throw,” she laughs.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kellie Pickler's syndicated talk show, Pickler & Ben, is nominated for three Daytime Emmys this year, for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Hosts, Outstanding Hairstyling, and Outstanding Directing. We'll find out if the show, produced by Faith Hill, wins when the Daytime Emmys are handed out April 29 in Pasadena, California.
If you missed Scotty McCreery singing his first #1 song on Pickler & Ben, you can check out his performance online.
ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be behind the podium next Tuesday, when we find out the identities of this year’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
But even if you’re not lucky enough to be in the room, you can still experience the excitement of the big reveal live. The Country Music Association will stream the event, which takes place in the Hall’s rotunda, starting at 10 a.m. CT. All you need to do is head over to the CMA’s YouTube channel to tune in.
Typically, three deserving members of the country music family are chosen to join the industry's most hallowed ranks every year. Last year's inductees were Alan Jackson,Jerry Reed, and songwriter Don Schlitz.
ABC/Image Group LA“All on Me” is not only Devin Dawson’s first top-five hit, it’s also his first gold single. Ellen DeGeneres surprised the California native with the news on Thursday when he appeared on her syndicated talk show.
Devin’s also recorded a new version of his breakthrough hit, as well as a cover of Maroon 5’s “Whiskey.” The accomplished musician laid down every instrument and vocal track himself for the latest installment of Spotify Singles.
"I wanted to do something different and get out of my comfort zone,” he says. “My goal was to make a new statement and show you guys a side of me that you'd never seen.”
You’ll find Devin’s two new recordings on Spotify, and you can watch his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Showonline.
ABC/Image Group LAJason Aldean and Kelsea Ballerini are headed for the Final Four. They'll be playing the March Madness Music Festival leading up to the biggest games in the NCAA tournament.
“This is the one time I will make the BALLERini joke…” Kelsea kidded on her socials, as she announced her performance at the AT&T Block Party on Friday, March 30 in San Antonio, Texas. That event, which will also feature Jason, runs from 4-10 p.m.
Pop and rock acts like Maroon 5, OneRepublic,Luis Fonsi and Imagine Dragons will perform at subsequent free concerts on Saturday and Sunday. You can find out more about the free festival online.
The 2018 Men’s Final Four starts March 31 at San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Diamond/Getty ImagesCam is counting down the days to the premiere of her new episode of CMT Crossroads with the legendary Smokey Robinson.
The show debuts next Wednesday, but if you can't wait quite that long, there's a Spotify playlist featuring the tunes the two do in the new special, including everything from Cam's latest single, "Diane," to Smokey's classic with the Miracles, "I Second That Emotion."
You can preview Cam and Smokey's version of the song now online, ahead of the episode's premiere Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.
ABC/Image Group LASeason four winner Carrie Underwood is staying on top of the new season of American Idol, and she's rooting for a contestant from her Oklahoma hometown.
"Finally getting to catch up on this week's American Idol!!!" she tweeted late Wednesday night. "Love to see some more [love] for Checotah with [Kenedee Rittenhouse]," she added. "Good luck in Hollywood, girl!!!"
The 19-year-old sang the Randy Travis classic Carrie also covered, "I Told You So," on Tuesday, and clinched her golden ticket by performing judge Katy Perry's hit, "Firework."
The final round of auditions picks up Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, with Carrie's label mate Luke Bryan behind the judge's table, along with the legendary Lionel Richie.
Sony Music NashvilleDolly Parton created one of the most sung-about love triangles in modern musical history, as she begged the fictional “Jolene,” “please don’t take my man.”
Now, with her latest single, Cam imagines that “Jolene” didn’t know she was dealing with a married man, and goes to his wife, whom she calls “Diane,” to clear the air.
“The song is the other woman coming forward,” Cam explains, “reaching out to the wife, saying 'The guy I've been seeing, I didn't realize he was married, but it's your husband. And you deserve to know.' So it's promoting this open communication: honesty, integrity in a hard situation -- not making it harder.”
It turns out Dolly herself is a fan of Cam’s continuation of her story, even though she’s holding on to another “Jolene” chapter of her own.
“It's an amazing song!” she tells ABC Radio about Cam’s single. “And I was happy that somebody was touched enough to want to do that.”
“I actually have a version of my own,” Dolly continues. "You know, the 'Jolene'-the-other-woman song. Someday I had planned to do that as a duet. But she did a really good job on that and I'm real proud of her. She's really one of my favorite new artists in the business.”
Just as she did in “Jolene,” Dolly admits to being jealous -- of Cam’s look.
“Don't you love that curly [hair]? That's the hair I prayed for, and the Lord didn't answer that prayer,” she laughs. “Maybe in another life.”
“I can go buy me one!” she continues. “But it won't be the same as that curly hair growing right out of your head! I think she's a beauty!”
Comstock/ThinkstockThirteen years ago this week, Craig Morgan spent the first of four weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this laid-back tune about the weekend. Can you name it? ANSWER: "That's What I Love About Sunday."
BBR Music GroupIf Jason Aldean's social media profile has expanded lately, the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year admits he's probably not the one who can take the credit for it. It seems the credit should go to Jason's nearly-four-month-old son Memphis, who by most accounts is the singer's "mini-me.”
“Man, it's crazy, the people that, you know, sort of follow us to keep up with him," Jason tells ABC Radio. "He's cool. I think he's kinda won a lot of people over since he's been here.”
While the “You Make It Easy” hitmaker is a willing participant, he says it’s his wife Brittany who's the brains behind their social media presence.
“My wife's really great at that stuff,” Jason explains. “She's way better...than I am. You know, she does a really good job of sort of keeping people updated on what's going on with not only her and I, but him, and just in our family in general. So, I give her a lot of credit for sort of showing everybody that side of our life.”
From time to time, the new mom also shares products that have been particularly helpful to her. Take for example, a recent post showcasing a pillow that swaddles Memphis when you lay him down.
“I tried to get in it too,” Jason laughs. “And it's a little small. But that thing's a life saver. I don't even know what it's called. I just know he loves that thing.”
Jason’s new album, Rearview Town, comes out April 13. Two days later, he vies for his third consecutive Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.
Burke/Triole Productions/ThinkstockThe 12th Annual ACM Honors returns to Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium for the ninth year in a row, on Wednesday, August 22.
Sony Music Nashville and Christian publisher Thomas Nelson are partnering to place copies of Dolly Parton's children's album, I Believe in You, alongside the devotional Jesus Calling product line in select Kroger stores.
If you missed Blake Shelton doing "I'll Name the Dogs" Tuesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can catch up online.