Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsListening to Tim McGraw's brand-new single, "Shotgun Rider," it's easy to think he's singing a song of devotion to his wife, Faith Hill. You shouldn't assume you'll see Faith acting out that role in Tim's upcoming video for the song, though. In fact, Tim doesn't want fans to think of him or his famous wife much at all as they're listening to his new album, Sundown Heaven Town. Instead, he hopes his listeners find pieces of their own stories in his new collection of songs.
Tim says, "They might not necessarily have lived thematically what that song is talking about, but I think they find a way to adapt a part of their life to what that song is talking about or sort of superimpose a piece of what they've done in their life, or what they think they might wish they'd have done in their life, and they find a way to live through that vicariously."
Tim and Faith's video for their collaboration on "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" left room for fans to create their own story line for the song. The traditional-leaning song also served as a contrast to the rock and hip-hop influences heard on country radio lately. Tim is excited to see country music evolve so fast in the last few years, and a few of those new sounds show up on Sundown Heaven Town, too.
"I love the broad spectrum of music that you can find on country [radio] these days. I think it's the most dynamic and diverse genre of music that's out there," Tim explains. "'Meanwhile Back at Mama's' was a spot that needed to be filled -- that needed to be filled in the entire landscape of country music, and it's cool that you can do that. It's cool that you can have a genre that allows that big of a spectrum."
Tim will promote Sundown Heaven Town with a performance on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, followed by an appearance on ABC's The View on Wednesday. He follows that up with another performance on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.
Passengers flying on Southwest Airlines flights to Los Angeles Tuesday evening will also get free wifi and exclusive content from Tim on the Rapid Rewards in-flight network in celebration of Tim's new album. The airline is also offering fans a chance to win a VIP trip to Los Angeles to meet Tim and see him perform at a private event.
Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGeorgeStrait's new concert album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, is available now, featuring performances from his final tour stop last June. To make the evening even more special, George invited special guests Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and more to join him singing their favorite songs from his catalog. Having his friends pick which songs they wanted to sing made it easier on George when it came time to put the final set list together.
He says with a laugh, "Once I had that list, that was like 18 songs, then I got to pick all my favorite ones. So, that’s basically what I did. I picked the songs that were my favorites."
When it came time for Jason Aldean to pick which song he'd sing with Strait, he went with George's first #1 hit, 1982's "Fool Hearted Memory." That was one of the early George Strait hits Jason grew up listening to with his dad.
"I love George Strait from top to bottom, but that was my favorite era was that early '80s into the mid-'80s kinda thing," Jason tells ABC News Radio. "Those are songs that I just grew up as a kid listening to, and then I got to be a teenager and the George Strait box set, and I'm still listening to 'em. As an adult, they're still some of my favorite songs."
Jason later joined the other stars and George for a sing-along of "All My Ex's Live in Texas," and the whole experience was pretty surreal for the Georgia native.
When asked how it felt to be onstage singing '80s hits with Strait that night, Jason says, "Are you kidding me? Now, I get a chance to get onstage with him and sing some of these things? It was like, that was insane to me."
Here's the live album track listing:
"Check Yes or No" "Love Bug" (with Vince Gill) "Fool Hearted Memory" (with Jason Aldean) "Arkansas Dave" (with Bubba Strait) "Cowboys Like Us" (with Eric Church) "That's What Breaking Hearts Do" "Marina Del Rey" "Here for a Good Time" (with Sheryl Crow) "I Can Still Make Cheyenne" "Jackson" (with Martina McBride) "A Showman's Life" (with Faith Hill) "Murder on Music Row" (with Alan Jackson) "The Chair" "Give It All We Got Tonight" "Run" (with Miranda Lambert) "I'll Always Remember You" "Ocean Front Property" (with Kenny Chesney) "Troubadour" "All My Ex's Live in Texas" (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride) "The Cowboy Rides Away"
Image Courtesy Chris Spinks/Billy Bob's TexasChris Young played the second sold-out show of his career at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth, Texas over the weekend. Nearly 6,000 fans were on hand for the show, which was Chris's first time playing the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in almost three years.
He says, "Billy Bob's is one of my absolute favorite venues to play. I always say I love playing anywhere in Texas and that goes double for this venue."
Chris has more headlining shows coming up this weekend before he rejoins Dierks Bentley's Riser tour later this month. Go to ChrisYoungCountry.com for a full list of tour dates.
Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker's first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, is due out October 27 featuring two song Darius co-wrote for the project -- "Candy Cane Christmas" and "What God Wants for Christmas." He also teams up with Sheryl Crow for a duet on the holiday classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
Darius says, "I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album. This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it."
Darius will release a brand-new studio album in 2015 featuring his latest hit, "Homegrown Honey."
Here's the Home for the Holidays track listing:
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" "White Christmas" "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" "Winter Wonderland" "Please Come Home for Christmas" "What God Wants for Christmas" "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (featuring Sheryl Crow) "O Come, All Ye Faithful" "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" "Candy Cane Christmas"
CMATop nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are the first performers confirmed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. All four artists are nominated for Entertainer of the Year along with that category's reigning champ, George Strait.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the CMA Awards for a seventh consecutive year on Wednesday, November 5. The show airs live that night from Nashville at 8 ET on ABC. More performers will be announced soon.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker joins pop star Colbie Caillat and fun. band member Jack Antonoff as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation's new program with yearbook and class-ring makers Jostens. Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation's Grammy in the Schools music education programs.
Darius contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped him become the man he is today.
He says, "[I] learned so much about life, singing and all that stuff. That was how I found out who I was, and it was really cool for me, 'cause I just developed into who I am right in the halls of Middleton High School, and I think a lot of my friends did the same thing."
Jostens is also donating $50,000 on top of the money raised through the class rings and yearbooks program, so the total donation to the Grammy Foundation could reach $150,000. Go to Jostens.com/GrammyFoundation for more details.
UMG/Sonya JasinskiBrothers Osborne went back to their hometown of Deale, Maryland to shoot the video for their latest single, "Rum." The cast of characters in the clip all hail from Deale as well, which may explain the duo's T.J. and John Osborne's offbeat senses of humor.
At first the director wanted to go to Deale to find off-the-wall people to appear in the video, but T.J. says they assured him they'd just call on their old friends and family that still lived there.
"We grew up with those people," T.J. tells ABC News Radio. "We wanted it to be real. We wanted the music to be real. We wanted the music video to be real and when people see and hear it, it's completely true, honest what it is. We didn't want anything to be contrived, 'cause it didn't need to be."
The video for "Rum" features the guys' pals lip syncing the song, but not everyone had the lyrics memorized in time for the shoot.
Says T.J., "There's even a couple moments, we left them in the video 'cause they were hilarious where people are just singing along and they get to the bridge, and they're like, 'Oh, I don't know what the words are.' And they have this kind of paused look on their face like deer in the headlights, and it's amazing."
"Rum" is included on Brothers Osborne's new, self-titled EP, available now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban's concert at the Washington State Fair has been rescheduled to September 19, 2015. He had to bow out of the gig Saturday due to the death of his wife Nicole Kidman's father, psychologist Dr. Antony Kidman.
Garth Brooks has added three more shows for a total of six dates in Jacksonville, Florida, starting October 10.
Garth Brooks took batting practice at the home of the Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Friday prior to his two shows that night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, according to ESPN.
Blake Shelton's new video, "Neon Light," was shot during stops on his current Ten Times Crazier tour.
Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean's mornings have gotten a lot crazier this school year since his oldest daughter, Keeley, started going to middle school. His younger daughter, Kendyl, is in first grade, but she doesn't go to school until 8:30. Since Keeley's class starts at 7:20, Jason drops her off first and then hands Kendyl off to his mother.
He tells ABC News Radio, "It's like I get one to school and then take 'em over to my mom's and let her cook my little one breakfast, let her eat and then take her to school. We've got a little system working out, now. It's working out pretty well."
Jason admits he's a little depressed having his oldest daughter in middle school now, but he's happy to see Keeley finding her niche as a sixth grader.
"She's playing sports," Jason says, "and actually she tried out for middle school volleyball team and made it and actually is doing really well, really likes it. I think she might have found her sport 'cause she's really good at it."
Keeley is also developing a bit of a rebellious streak as she approaches her teenage years.
Says Jason, "My older one, she's 11 going on 20. So, that's not fun at all."
On the music front, Jason's new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, is due out October 7 featuring the hit single "Burnin' It Down."
Image Courtesy Avi Gerver/MSG PhotosLeeBrice got a big surprise during his Friday night set opening for Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Toward the end of the show, Lee's pal Hoda Kotb of NBC Today's Kathie Lee and Hoda joined Lee on stage to present him with a platinum plaque for his recent hit, "I Don't Dance." He then performed the song, which is up for Song of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards in November.
"I Don't Dance" is the title track from Lee's new album, in stores now.
Warner Music NashvilleHunterHayes and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley will perform at the Harvest Night event September 20 as part of the Music City Food and Wine Festival. Festival co-founders Kings of Leon are also on the bill for the show along with Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael McDonald and Nashville's Clare Bowen. Each artist will perform with the house band, The Long Players, made up of Nashville studio musicians.
Broken Bow Label GroupParmalee is set to perform their latest hit, "Close Your Eyes," on FOX News's Huckabee Saturday night at 8 ET. The guys also will be joined by the host, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, on bass for the performance.
"Close Your Eyes" is the follow-up to Parmalee's #1 hit "Carolina." Both songs are included on the band's debut album, Feels Like Carolina.
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has recorded a special version of their song "That's What's Up" for CBS's SEC football coverage this season. The original version of the song appears on FGL's upcoming album, Anything Goes, due out October 14.
Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes Tailgate 2014 is set for October 31 at the Jacksonville Shipyards in Florida. Footage from that performance will be broadcast the next day on CBS's coverage of the Florida versus Georgia game. FGl's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are also taking part in a Fantasy Football league at CBSSports.com with lucky fans who won a spot in their league.
Listen to Florida Georgia Line's new song Saturday afternoon as Georgia takes on South Carolina.
Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is the first performer confirmed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards being held November 5 in Nashville. He's up for three trophies, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Crash My Party.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts of the CMA Awards which aire Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT, live on ABC.
CMABrad Paisley shows off his Air Force One rocks glass in a tour of his brand-new, at-home bar that inspired his latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk. Brad picked up the souvenir when he accompanied President Obama on a trip to entertain the troops in the Middle East earlier this year.
Brad also gives fans a look at his extensive moonshine and bourbon collection in the clip at People.com. People subscribers can look forward to receiving the latest issue of People Country featuring Brad on the cover.
Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton's new duet with Barbra Streisand, "I'd Want It to Be You," has been posted on People.com. The track is included on Barbra's new duets album, Partners, but it's not her first time collaborating with a country star. Barbra teamed up with Vince Gill for the duet, "If You Ever Leave Me," on her 1999 album, A Love Like Ours.
Partners comes out Tuesday featuring additional collaborations with Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie, as well as a duet with Elvis Presley on "Love Me Tender."
CMACountry star Lynn Anderson was arrested for driving under the influence Friday morning in Nashville following a car crash Thursday night.
According to Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, the singer admitted to taking prescription medication and drinking alcohol prior to the crash. No one was injured in the crash, and Anderson was released on a $5,000 bond.
Anderson released a statement Friday saying, "I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident. By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result. I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path."
Lynn Anderson was previously arrested for DUI in 2004 when officers found her passed out in her car on the side of the road. The Grammy winner is best known for her 1971 hit, "Rose Garden."