Big Machine Riley Green’s new song, “Numbers on the Cars,” is just one of the tracks on his forthcoming EP, Get That Man a Beer, which is set to come out June 14.
The collection follows his debut #1, “There Was This Girl,” and Riley's new single, “In Love By Now.” Look for a full album from the newcomer before the year’s end.
The Alabama native wrote “Numbers on the Cars” about both his grandfather’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and his love of NASCAR.
“Growing up near the Talladega Superspeedway I used to go over to my grandaddy’s house as a kid and watch the races,” Riley recalls. “He knew every drivers name, number and sponsor and so as the racing season kicks into full gear, it seemed like a perfect time to debut this song.”
This summer, Riley heads out with Brad Paisley on his World Tour, before joining Jon Pardi on his Heartbreak Medication trek in the fall.
The Valory Music Co.A week before the release of his fourth album, Thomas Rhett is unveiling the title track, which features his former tour mate and two-time CMA Fest co-host, Kelsea Ballerini.
“‘Center Point Road’ to me is very nostalgic,” TR reflects. “It's about being young and thinking 'This is as complicated as life is ever going to get,' not realizing one day you move on to the next chapter and it comes at you quickly.”
“Kelsea and I have been good friends for years now,” he continues, “and with her growing up similarly in a Tennessee town, I knew she would relate to what we were writing about. She absolutely nailed it."
Center Point Road is the name of the street where Thomas Rhett grew up, in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville. Kelsea was born and raised farther east, in Knoxville.
Next Friday, TR will celebrate the arrival of his new album by playing the Today show’s concert series in New York City.
“Center Point Road” is available to stream or download now, or you can check out its lyric video on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is re-imagining some of her biggest hits exclusively for Apple Music.
On May 31, the Grammy winner will release Maren Morris: Reimagined, featuring stripped-down, vocals-focused re-recordings of “Girl,” “The Middle” and the album track, “The Bones.”
Maren worked on the new EP with respected producer Dave Cobb, known for his work with Chris Stapleton, among others.
"I think the mark of a good song is you can rearrange it up and it still is a very defining song,” Maren explains. “Dave -- you know, his production is so rootsy and very soulful and Americana -- and he just understands that sound so intensely. I love the way it turned out.”
Apple Music will also premiere a short behind-the-scenes film on May 31 about the making of Maren Morris: Reimagined.
Trae Patton/NBCEven though Adam Levine is leaving The Voice, his bromance with Blake Shelton is destined to continue.
Host Carson Daly announced Friday morning on the Today show that Adam won’t return for season 17. Blake wasted no time tweeting he only learned the news Thursday, and the reality “hasn’t set in on me yet.”
Adam followed up with his own, lengthy post on Instagram a short time later, calling the singing competition a “life-shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever.”
He went on to express his deep affection for his former Voice rival from the country world.
“And, BLAKE F****** SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried,” Adam joked. “Can’t do it.”
“Our friendship is and always will be one for the books,” he continued. “Whatever this whole surreal experience was, I’m just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life.”
While Blake may miss his bro next season, he’ll have his boo by his side for comfort: Gwen Stefani’s stepping into Adam’s spot.
NBCUniversal Media Blake Shelton’s getting ready for some big changes on The Voice. Host Carson Daly announced Friday on NBC’s Today show that longtime judge Adam Levine won’t return next season.
Both Blake and Adam have been mainstays on the singing competition since its start in 2011. Along the way, they’ve become friendly rivals who love to throw jabs at each other, and have even had a bit of a bromance.
“Having a hard time wrapping my head around Adam Levine not being at The Voice anymore,” Blake tweeted after the announcement. “After 16 seasons that changed both of our lives, I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet.”
“Gonna miss working with that idiot,” Blake added.
There is a silver lining for Blake, however. For season 17, his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, will return to The Voice to fill Adam’s red chair.
Blake remains the winningest coach in the history of The Voice, having taken home bragging rights six times.
ABC/Mark Levine On Monday, which is Memorial Day, lots of us will be thinking about America's military and giving thanks for their service and sacrifice.
Even though Keith Urban grew up in Australia, he says it's something that crosses his mind often, especially when he's onstage.
"It’s one of the things I comment on fairly regularly when we’re playing concerts," he explains, "especially outdoor festivals, where I look around and think 'It’s just an amazing freedom to be able to do this.'"
"And it doesn’t effortlessly just come," he adds.
Keith is very aware of the men and women who worked to make it possible.
"A lot of people are devoting their life, their entire life, to going out and protecting and defending and honoring their own calling," he points out. "So, I feel immensely grateful for all of the men and women in the military, all in the armed forces, all around the world, [and for] the sacrifice they make, especially their families too."
Next Friday, May 31, Keith plays the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
ABC/Image Group LAIf you listen to Justin Moore's latest hit, "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home," you can't miss the fact that he has tremendous respect for America's servicemen and women.
For the Arkansas native, it's something that hits close to home.
"One of my grandpas retired out of the Navy, the other was in the Air Force, and so I was super close to both of them," Justin explains. "I mean my entire family was pretty patriotic in that sense. And, you know, I have countless uncles and cousins and that kind of stuff who’ve served."
As you might imagine, Justin grew up with a great sense of gratitude toward the members of America's military.
"You know, it was well known that, ‘Hey, we need to be really thankful for these men and women and what they do for us on a daily basis,’" he recalls.
It's a message Justin's sure to pass on in all of his shows.
"I say it every night on stage how much they mean to us and that, you know, at times I’m sure it can feel like they’re taken for granted but certainly that’s not the case with me and my guys out here," he points out.
On Monday, Justin will perform "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home" during the 15th annual National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC, which starts at 2 p.m. ET. You can watch the parade on many ABC stations, or stream it at ABC.com.
The Valory Music Co. When Thomas Rhett released his last album, Life Changes, in September of 2017, he did something he's not anxious to do again.
"We played three concerts in a day," he recalls. "We played one in Boston, one in Philadelphia, and one in Chicago at like noon, five, and nine."
"And I was just like, 'That just about killed me!'" he admits. "Like, there has to be a different way to bring a lot of people in to celebrate an album."
So for his new project, Center Point Road, TR is doing what he would want as a fan: he's playing a "power acoustic" set at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at noon on Saturday, June 8, during CMA Fest. He promises hits, plus five or six songs from the new record, and a question and answer session.
"If I was gonna go to Eric Church's album release event," he explains, "I wouldn't wanna just go to a show. I would want to watch him and his guitar, and be able to understand how and why he wrote my favorite song on that record. So I'm trying to do that same thing that I would want as a fan for my fans."
"And we're getting to play Bridgestone this fall," TR points out. "And so for the people that didn't get tickets to that fall show, they get to come to this in the summertime, especially if they live far away."
"And so I think it's gonna be really cool to say that you did an album release event in an arena," he adds.
This Friday, the title track of Center Point Road comes out, which features Kelsea Ballerini. The full album arrives a week later, on May 31.
ABC/Image Group LAKip Moore’s follow-up to 2017’s Slowheart is in the can.
“That’s a wrap. Record #4 is done,” the Georgia native announced on his socials this week.
So far, Kip hasn’t revealed any details about his next album, its title, or potential release date.
The third single from Slowheart, the track “The Bull,” is currently climbing the country chart. It’s the follow-up to Kip's top-ten hit, “Last Shot,” and his most recent number one, “More Girls Like You.”
Big Machine The Grand Ole Opry is throwing a free outdoor party the week of CMA Fest in Nashville.
Riley Green, Tenille Townes, Travis Denning, and Tegan Marie will all play on the plaza outside the Opry House on Tuesday, June 4. Tegan will take the stage at 4:45 CT, with Travis coming on at 5:30. Tenille continues the entertainment at 6:15, with Riley closing things out at 8:50.
All four are part of the Opry NextStage class of 2019, a new initiative by the legendary country music institution to help the careers of promising newcomers.
Meanwhile that same night, Carrie Underwood, Chris Janson, Travis Tritt and Josh Turner will all play two shows inside the Opry House.
Comstock/ThinkstockFourteen years ago this week, this Oklahoma native won season four of American Idol, performing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" and singing "Bless the Broken Road" with Rascal Flatts during the finale. Can you name her? ANSWER: Carrie Underwood.
Broken BowWhen Jason Aldean sets out on his Ride All Night Tour on Saturday, he'll have a very special guest along: his one-year-old son.
"Memphis is going out this weekend, and he's never really seen a show," Jason explains. "He usually is in bed by the time we play..."
"But, you know, I'll be able to bring him out for soundcheck," he explains. "And I think it's cool just to have them grow up around it, for sure."
Things were much different, however, for Jason's older daughters, 16-year-old Keeley and 11-year-old Kendyl.
"My eleven-year-old," he recalls, "she was born and two days later, I left on tour with Rascal Flatts. I don't think I came home for a month."
"So it was a lot of that kind of stuff," he adds. "It was the early part of my career. I mean, I was gone 250, 280 days a year."
"You know, I'm fortunate enough now to be at a place where I can kind of dictate how much I'm out and make sure I'm at home a little more," Jason points out. "I have the ability to be able to take them on the road with me if I want. The early days, I didn't. It was twelve of us on a bus."
"You know it's just a whole different deal for me these days. But I love it," he smiles.
On Wednesday, the ACM Entertainer of the Decade celebrated his latest number one, "Girl Like You," with a party at Diskin Cider in Nashville.
On Saturday, Jason plays Durant, Oklahoma, before heading to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarly Pearce, Tyler Rich, and Filmore have been added to Rodney Atkins' Music City Gives Back show June 3 at Ascend Park in Nashville. Carly's fiance, Michael Ray, is set to close the show, which raises money for the W.O. Smith Music School.
Singer/songwriter Elvie Shane is the latest artist to join the roster at BBR Music Group, home to Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, LOCASH, and others.
If you missed Chris Janson doing "Good Vibes" on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can check out his performance online.
Kellie Pickler guests on The Talk on Thursday, which starts at 2 p.m. ET on CBS.
ABC/Mark Levine Chris Stapleton surprised the crowd at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, showing up to sing his new duet “Love Me Anyway” during Pink’s concert.
The pop star started the intimate ballad onstage in a flood of spotlights with only a piano and a couple string players. Later, the audience erupted in applause as the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year walked on to harmonize with her.
After the song was over, Pink hugged Chris and fell to the floor in mock worship as he exited.
“One of my absolute favorite songwriters, favorite voice, and person. Chris Stapleton,” Pink wrote on Instagram following the performance. “What an absolute honor to share a stage with you my friend.”
You’ll find “Love Me Anyway” on Pink’s new Hurts 2B Human album. You can check out fan video of the Madison Square Garden performance on YouTube now.