ABC/Eric GebhartCountry music will be well-represented when the new season of Celebrity Family Feud premieres on ABC this summer. Comedian Steve Harvey, who also hosts the syndicated version of the show, will helm the star-studded ten-episode season of the game that was ABC’s highest-rated summer show last year.
All the contestants play for charity, with TheBand Perry taking on E’s Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill to raise money for Teen Cancer America. Sara Evans squares off against Todd Chrisley from USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, while Kellie Pickler faces down Lance Bass for the USO. Also on tap this season: Paula Deen, NeNe Leakes, Snoop Dogg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Alfonso Ribeiro, and more.
Celebrity Family Feud premieres Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Machine RecordsAs the cast of Nashville wraps up their U.S. concert tour this week with stops in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston; and Uncasville, Connecticut, a new collection of tunes from the hit ABC show is on the way. The seventeen-cut The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2 comes out May 13, building on the five million tracks fans have already bought, across seven soundtracks and one Christmas album.
In June, the cast picks up their musical tour overseas, as Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio play their first dates ever in the United Kingdom. You can catch Nashville Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here’s the complete track list for The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2:
“Can’t Say No to Love” -- Will Chase “Soul Survivor” -- Aubrey Peeples & Jonathan Jackson “Only Tennessee” -- Clare Bowen “Kinda Dig the Feeling” -- Jonathan Jackson “Swept Away” -- Lennon Stella & Jessy Schram “Movin’ On Never Felt So Good” -- Chris Carmack “From Here On Out” -- Charles Esten “The Rubble” -- Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio “Hole in the World” -- Lennon Stella “Til the Stars Come Out Again” -- Maisy Stella “Caged Bird” -- Aubrey Peeples “One Place Too Long” -- Hayden Panettiere “Ain’t It Beautiful” -- Chris Carmack “Wild Card” -- Lennon Stella “Boomtown” -- Will Chase & Hayden Panettiere “All We Ever Wanted” -- Lennon & Maisy “Hold On to Me” -- Connie Britton
Reviver RecordsBuilding on the success of their breakthrough hit, “I Love This Life,” LOCASH is set to release their full-length album The Fighters on June 17.
“The past year has been filled with so many highlights, and Chris [Lucas] and I have been so honored and humbled with the attention our music has gotten from radio and the fans,” Preston Brust says. “Since we released the I Love This Life EP back in October, our fans have consistently been asking for new music. We’re glad to be bringing that to them. We couldn't be more proud of this project and our road to getting here. The title track says it all. This one is for you. This one is for The Fighters.”
The new project includes all the songs from the EP, including the duo’s current single, “I Know Somebody,” plus five new tunes.
Here’s the complete track listing for The Fighters:
“I Love This Life” “Ring on Every Finger” “I Know Somebody” “Shipwrecked” “Moonwalkin’” “Drunk Drunk” “All Day” “God Loves Me More” “Till the Wheels Fall Off” “Ain’t Startin’ Tonight” “The Fighters”
ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves is set to perform at this year’s first-ever G Fest June 16-18 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The festival, put on by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, will pay tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard.
“Artists like Merle Haggard are important because they became legends and set trends not by worrying about money and fame but just by being themselves,” the Pageant Material singer says. “So it just inspires me even more to uphold what’s important to me as a person and songwriter first and not worry about the rest.”
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has also been given the go-ahead to erect a sculpture of the Hag on the lawn of the Muskogee Civic Center, where Haggard recorded his iconic Okie from Muskogee album. The Hall is working to procure a statue Merle himself had commissioned, and had originally intended to place on the property at his California ranch.
Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton’s most recent triumph makes its way to DVD. When Coat of Many Colors premiered on NBC last December, close to 16 million people watched it, making it the most successful movie made for broadcast TV in more than six years.
“It's always been a favorite song of mine, and a true story, and people had always said to me, 'Why don't you do that as a movie?' So one day I thought, 'Well, I ain't gettin' no younger. I better do it if I'm gonna live to see it!'” the legend from East Tennessee jokes. “So, we did it last year and it got great ratings, got really a lot of wonderful response because of the family and faith-based stuff on TV. You ain't seeing much of that anymore, which I kinda miss myself.”
The home video version of Coat of Many Colors includes an alternate cut of the film, with deleted scenes and other extras.
“They did a lot of scenes that were left out,” Dolly says. “We used a lot of scenes that didn't make it, some interviews, the kind of making of the movie. So it's really got a lot of interesting things in it. [It would] be a nice Mother's Day present, since it is about Mama.”
Both Dolly and Jennifer Nettles, who starred as Parton matriarch Avie Lee in the movie, have confirmed that plans are moving ahead for another film that would continue the story of the close-knit family from the Smoky Mountains, this one set at Christmas.
Comstock/Thinkstock This song became Kacey Musgraves' biggest success on the Billboard Hot Country Songs tally so far, making it all the way to number 10 in 2014. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Follow Your Arrow."
ZondervanIt’s a busy day for Scotty McCreery, as the American Idol winner both performs on NBC’s Today show and kicks off his 14-city tour to support his memoir, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream.
“The publisher actually came to me about two or three years ago and mentioned writing a book, and I said, 'You know, I'm still kinda green and still learning and figuring this stuff out. I don't know if I'm ready for a book yet,'” the North Carolina native recalls. “And I'm still young. I'm still young and learning. But at 22, and after being here five years and the crazy ride it's already been, I felt, you know, 'I think I have enough stories that I could probably jot something down and hopefully help some people out there that might read and be going through some stuff.'"
Go Big or Go Home takes fans inside Scotty’s transformation from everyday high school student to winner of the biggest talent competition on TV, and shares some of his secrets for dealing with overwhelming success at such a young age.
“I kind of call it the three big F's: my faith, my family, my friends. That's kinda been my foundation throughout all of this,” Scotty reveals. “You know, I got my family who was there with me way before Idol, who just loves me for being family. Friends, who really could care less about any of this. I mean, they obviously like it, they like going on the road and stuff. But if I walk in the door with the big head, they will slap it out of me so quick. And my faith is just something that I lean on for every decision I make and you know, I'm by no means a saint. I screw up all the time. You know, I just try and stay who I am and not let this crazy world get to me.”
Scotty’s book tour wraps up May 14 in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream is available now.
Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban gears up for the release of his long-anticipated Ripcord album this Friday, he becomes the latest artist to partner with rapper Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.
The Australian superstar will do three different shows in the coming days to showcase music from the new project, with the first taking place Wednesday night at New York City’s Stage 48. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you’ll be able to stream Keith’s 8 p.m. set via Tidal.
The following Monday, Keith returns to his hometown, to play a noon-time gig outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A day later, he jets to Los Angeles, where he’ll share intimate stories and performances on stage at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.
You can find more info about how to attend all three events on Keith’s website.
RCA NashvilleJust as “Think of You” claims the top spot on the country chart this week, Chris Young is extending his tour with duet partner Cassadee Pope into the fall. Dan Shay will join the I’m Comin’ Over trek in September and October, with Dustin Lynch taking over in November and December.
“I’ve been friends with Dan Shay and Dustin Lynch for a while now, so to have them join me on tour and to have Cassadee back out with us again -- it’s going to be a blast,” Chris says.
“Think of You” is Chris’s eighth number one, while it’s Cassadee’s very first. Tickets for the latest leg of their tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Here’s the itinerary for the fall leg of the I’m Comin’ Over Tour:
9/29 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena 9/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon University Arena 10/6 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena 10/7 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 10/13 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 10/14 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center 10/15 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center 10/20 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 10/21 -- Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center 10/22 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center 10/27 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria County War Memorial 10/28 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Memorial Coliseum Expo Center 10/29 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center 11/10 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena 11/11 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 11/12 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 11/17 -- Newark, DE, Bob Carpenter Center 11/18 -- Salisbury, MD, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center 11/19 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Coliseum 12/1 -- Kingston, RI, Ryan Center 12/2 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena 12/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 12/8 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center 12/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center 12/10 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley delivers the most dramatic episode yet, in the latest in his series of short films set to songs from his forthcoming album Black. In the first, “I’ll Be the Moon,” we met a girlfriend caught between her live-in boyfriend and a lover on the side. “What the Hell Did I Say” found her lover sending a series of drunken messages overnight that were ultimately intercepted by the boyfriend. Now, “Pick Up” shows what happens the morning after.
“When you’re in the throes of a relationship, it can be crazy and lustful, even obsessive and jealous,” Dierks observes. “‘Pick Up’ drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl. For the story line and plot of these videos, [director] Wes [Edwards] definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it.”
If you stay until the very end, you’ll be left with a cliffhanger that foreshadows the fourth and final episode, which is set to the title track of the record. It’s due May 13, one day after Dierks launches his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser and Cam. Look for the full album on the way May 27.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ryan Kinder’s digital EP Deconstructed Studio Sessions is out now. In addition to the newcomer’s own songs, it also features a cover of Justin Bieber’s hit “Sorry.”
Garth Brooks has broken the Rolling Stones’ record for total ticket sales during a run in Saskatchewan, Canada. Mick Jagger and the gang sold more than 80,000 seats during two shows in 2006. So far, Garth has sold more than 86,000 for his six shows in June, with the number still continuing to grow.
Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Brett Young recently sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Los Angeles Dodgers home game.
Warner Music Nashville/Katherine TylerIf you’ve spotted a photo lately of a fresh-faced Brett Eldredge, it turns out there’s a very specific reason he’s no longer sporting his familiar facial hair-- and it all has to do with the follow-up to his chart-topping single, “Drunk on Your Love.”
“I’ve been waiting to tell people and I actually haven’t really told many people, so now I’m telling people I’m releasing my new single called ‘Wanna Be That Song’ here very very soon,” he reveals. “I just shot an amazing music video for it. I’m so excited!”
While he’s not revealing many details about the shoot, one thing is clear-- the beard had to go!
“I had to shave my beard to-- I can’t really tell what role I played to shave this beard, but this is the first time I’ve seen my face without a beard for quite awhile, so it’s pretty wild. But you know what? You’ve got to get into the role whatever it takes. I like to act too. So when you see the video, it’ll all make sense.”
“Wanna Be That Song” is the third single from Brett’s latest album, Illinois. “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love” both went to number one.
Warner Music NashvilleIf you’re Obsessed with Dan Shay, there’s good news-- you won’t have to wait too much longer for their sophomore album. It’s set to be released in a little more than a month, on June 3.
Fans who pre-order the project now will instantly get two tracks, the top-25 lead single, “From the Ground Up,” as well as the new song, “Already Ready.” You can also check out the new music video for the song, which was filmed at a recent house party in Nashville, almost entirely in one shot.
For Obsessed, audiophile Dan Smyers not only wrote and sang, but also put on his producer’s hat, along with collaborator Scott Hendricks.
“There are still nights when I spend hours online or digging through stacks of albums to study the album liner notes,” he confesses. “There were so many moments when we had these amazing musicians in the studio and I would find myself so immersed in the note or the moment that I would honestly find my fingers on autopilot recording the takes without me even remembering… ” he recalls.
Here’s the track listing for Obsessed, which was originally revealed song by song by fans on social media, with a little help from Dan Shay:
“All Nighter” “Road Trippin’” “From the Ground Up” “Already Ready” “How Not To” “Lipstick” “Round the Clock” “Lately” “Sway” “Obsessed”
ABC/Image Group LAEric Church and his bandmates drag out the classic vinyl for the new music video for his latest single, “Record Year.” Shot at an abandoned schoolhouse outside of Nashville, the clip stars teen McKinley James, who’s also in Eric’s ACM-winning Video of the Year “Mr. Misunderstood” and on his album cover as well.
Throughout the video, Eric plays his new signature edition Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar. The axe Eric has nicknamed Hummingbird Dark goes on sale at authorized Gibson dealers all across the country in May. You can watch the “Record Year” video on YouTube now.
ABC/Image Group LAAs their final single from Anything Goes, “Confession,” sits at the top of the country chart, Florida Georgia Line is unveiling the first taste of their third album, Dig Your Roots-- and Brian Kelley promises “H.O.L.Y.” is worth the wait.
“We really put in the time making sure this song was the strongest it could be,” he says, “and we’re pushing ourselves on all levels: vocally, lyrically, melodically. I promise the fans, the wait was worth it.”
Musical partner Tyler Hubbard says the new direction in their music flows out of new inspiration in their personal lives.
“As we continue to grow and mature… we really wanted our music to start reflecting those changes,” he says thoughtfully. “‘H.O.L.Y.’ definitely lets the fans see a deeper side to us and we’re excited about this next chapter.”
Tyler and Brian also shot a breathtaking new video for the song on the seaside near Melbourne, Australia, that co-stars both of their wives. You can check it out now on YouTube.
Florida Georgia Line’s full Dig Your Roots album is due out later this summer.
ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will be one of the headliners for Live Nation’s 2nd Annual National Concert Day Show May 3 in New York City. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, and rapper Wiz Khalifa will also take the stage at Irving Plaza.
The Today show’s Hoda Kotb will host, bringing on special appearances by Nick Jonas, Goo Goo Dolls, Simon Kirke of Bad Company and more. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple next week, you’ll also be able to stream the full concert live on Yahoo.
Live Nation will also offer a special $20 summer concert ticket May 13-20 to kick off the upcoming season of live music. Nearly a thousand concerts will be included in the deal. Though the specifics are yet to be announced, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Dierks, the Dixie Chicks, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr. & Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band are just some of the stars leading Live Nation tours this summer.
Comstock/Thinkstock This 1997 Martina McBride album opens with a clip of the singer at age 7, singing the Little Jimmy Dickens hit "I'm Little But I'm Loud." Can you recall the project's title? ANSWER: Evolution.
BMLGWhen you think of daredevils who throw caution to the wind, Martina McBride probably isn't the first name that pops into your head. But the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has to confess -- Reckless is more than just the title of her new album and its lead single.
"I think back to that girl that left Kansas knowing nobody in Nashville, and I came from a town of like 200 people. I grew up on a farm. I mean nobody around me did what I wanted to do, and I didn't have any kind of role model or somebody to pattern myself after. My husband and I were newlyweds and we just picked up everything and moved to Nashville and just got started," she recalls. "I look back on that, and at the time I didn't feel like it was a reckless thing to do, but it really was, you know?"
One of Martina's more recent "Reckless" moments came in the video for her latest release, when she decided to cut off a chunk of her signature raven mane while the cameras were rolling.
"You know the video is about peeling away layers and really getting to the heart of the matter and showing some hope and inspiration and just feeling reckless. So we thought it was just a good metaphor and I wanted to cut my hair anyway, so I was like, 'Well let's just do it in the video!'"
Martina's thirteenth studio album, Reckless, is new in stores and online today.