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.”
Capitol NashvilleIf you’ve seen the CMA Awards over the past decade, you know that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley make quite a pair. And they don’t even have to be in the same room together for Brad’s antics to kick in.
Brad’s latest exploits involve the “glitter tears” Carrie sports on the cover of her Cry Pretty album and single. They’re available now as a Snapchat filter that also lets you lip sync Carrie’s latest top-ten hit.
On Wednesday, Brad tried ‘em out, and posted the results on his socials.
“Can’t cry pretty? We’ll just see about that,” he added. “I beg to differ Carrie Underwood… I can #CryPretty.”
"Lemme go re-write the song..." Carrie quippedin return.
We’ll see much more from Brad and Carrie in a couple months, as they reunite to host the CMA Awards for the 11th time on Wednesday, November 14. You can watch the show live from Nashville starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington’s leaning into his sexy side with his new single, “Bring It on Over.”
“Oh baby, just wait a minute/If you’re in the bed stay in it/I’m about to dive on it it/Got to, got to get you closer/I’m about to bring it on over,” the Georgia native sings in the new tune written by The Peach Pickers -- Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip -- along with Jesse Frasure.
It’s a facet of Billy his fans love, as evidenced by his first #1, “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” as well as his most recent one, “Do I Make You Wanna.”
“Bring It on Over” is the lead single from Billy’s new album, the follow-up to 2015’s SummerForever.
Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC; Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographerDarius Rucker will host a special Opry Salute to Ray Charles next month, as the Grand Ole Opry kicks off a week-long celebration of its 93rd birthday.
Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Travis Tritt, R&B legends Boyz II Men and others will join Darius for a show filled with collaborations and special performances on Monday, October 8. The evening will be captured to air as a PBS special in November.
"When you think of musical legends, you think of Ray Charles," Darius says. "To host this great event celebrating his legacy at the Opry makes it even more special.”
“Being asked to join the Opry six years ago was one of the greatest highlights of my career,” Darius adds, “and it's an honor any time I get to step onto that stage, especially for a night like this."
Tickets go on sale Thursday morning, with more info at Opry.com.
Ray Charles was already an established R&B star when he began to cross both musical and social barriers in 1962, recording multiple volumes of country material starting with Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. He both appeared on the Opry stage and scored major hits with country classics like “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “You Don’t Know Me,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”
ABC/Mark Levine Old Dominion raised $40,000 for charity Tuesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, with a little help from their friends.
Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Michael Ray and Sam Hunt all took their turn on the historic stage, joining the guys primarily to do the hits OD wrote for them.
Kenny offered “Save It for a Rainy Day,” while Kelsea did “I Hate Love Songs” and joined OD for their most recent #1, “Written in the Sand.” Michael delivered his current single, “The One That Got Away,” while Sam served up both “Make You Miss Me” and “Ex to See” from his monster Montevallo album.
Old Dominion went on to add nineteen more songs to their 120-minute set, including the new tunes “Make It Sweet” and “Smooth Sailing.”
“What an unforgettable night,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey reflects. “The Nashville community has given so much to us. Our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined so we felt like this show at the Ryman was a great way to start giving back.”
“There was so much love and music and history swirling around,” he continues. “We are beyond proud to be able to raise money and help those who need it, along with help from our friends!”
The proceeds from OD’s Ryman show will be divided between the Opry Trust Fund and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
Dick Clark ProductionsCarrie Underwood is set to perform a song from her new Cry Pretty album on next month’s American Music Awards.
This will be the 12-time AMA winner’s first performance on the show since 2015. This year, Carrie’s up for Favorite Female Country Artist.
For the second year in a row, actress Tracee Ellis Ross will host the Tuesday, October 9 show. You can catch the 2018 American Music Awards live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago this week, this Oklahoma-born country legend received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located right next to Meryl Streep's star. Can you name this Country Music Hall of Famer who's also starred in multiple sitcoms, movies and Broadway? ANSWER: Reba McEntire.
ABC/Image Group LA If you've been to a Brett Eldredge concert or seen him on TV, you know he's an upbeat, positive kind of guy.
But even a bundle of energy like Brett can sometimes hit a tough spot in life. The Illinois native opens up to ABC's Dan Harris about one of those moments in a new episode of Harris' 10% Happier podcast.
"I might play in front of 30,000 people, and then I walk...offstage and...you're by yourself, after having the most insane adrenaline rush ever," Brett explains.
"Everybody's going crazy...[you're] sweaty...walk to the backstage, people giving you high fives," he continues. "And then...it's just you and the walls of a tour bus. I'd be there by myself."
"Don't have a girlfriend or anything at this point. Still don't," Brett adds.
For Brett, it was man's best friend to the rescue: his Weizsla pup named Edgar.
"Now I've got Edgar to be there with me, and it just made me more happy," Brett tells Dan. "You know, he's excited that he gets to see you after he's been sitting on the bus."
"It's a crazy thing," Brett says. "He's a very human-like dog. He's one of those dogs that just has a personality...And he sits up in the driver's seat on the tour bus, and it looks like he's gonna drive it, when it's parked."
Now that Edgar's started making appearances onstage, his popularity's even rivaling that of his dad.
"There's so many signs in the crowd for that dog every night," Brett tells ABC Radio. "So I put a treat on his nose, and he flips it off his nose and catches it in his mouth. People go crazy!"
You can listen to the latest edition of Dan Harris' 10% Happierpodcast now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe documentary Country Music -- by respected filmmaker Ken Burns -- is set to premiere on PBS in September of 2019.
On Monday, RebaInstagrammed a picture of a set of headphones with her name on them, adding "Back at it in the studio," along with the hashtags #NewMusic and #Coming Soon. Next week, she hosts the annual CMA Country Christmas special at Belmont University's Curb Center in Nashville. It'll air later this year on ABC.
Billy Currington's new single is called "Bring It On Over." It's the lead release from his follow-up to 2015's Summer Forever.
If you didn't catch Willie Nelson's Tuesday appearance on ABC's The View, you can watch it on YouTube now.