ABC RadioDierks Bentley wrapped up his 2018 Mountain High Tour with a sold-out Saturday night show at the Hollywood Bowl that also included a surprise appearance by Dwight Yoakam.
Openers LANCO and Brothers Osborne joined Dierks and the country legend for an impromptu two-song jam.
“This season of my life has been filled with so much meaning and purpose and this tour played a large role in that,” Dierks says, reflecting on the thirty-city run.
“We launched it with the new album,” he continues, “which was in a lot of ways a reflection of the fans’ stories we’d heard out on the road, combined with my own personal life and career journey. We played and sold out bucket-list rooms like Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.”
“Most importantly, it was a year the friendships that already existed…were taken to new levels," Dierks adds. "The family atmosphere that existed on this tour is something I strive for every year and this year was no exception...it was one of the most fun touring seasons of my life on and off the stage.”
Most of the Mountain High shows featured an appearance by Dierks’ 90’s covers band, Hot Country Knights, as well as a guest spot by LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster singing the John Michael Montgomery classic, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction.)”
John and TJ Osborne also re-appeared during Dierks set to perform their current top twenty hit together, “Burning Man.”
BMLGThis week, Florida Georgia Line ascends to #1 with “Simple,” the lead single from their forthcoming fourth record.
While FGL hasn’t revealed exactly when their full project will be out, TylerHubbard tells Peoplefans can expect “an album full of hits!”
“We’ve been working on this album for over a year now, so we’ve really, really been digging in and trying to pick the best songs possible,” he continues. “We’ve probably spent more time on this album than any album yet, so we truly feel like this is probably our strongest album to date. We’re just really excited for the world to hear it.”
Tyler and Brian Kelley have previously revealed they’ll have some special guests on the album, with three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean among them.
Tyler promises, “We’ve got some really cool collaborations, some really cool songs that are different for us that kind of continued to evolve, but also some songs that go back to the original FGL -- some good ol’ country party songs -- and just a lot of great content, messages and songs that we’ve poured our heart into.”
Art Streiber/NBCTonight, Thomas Rhett makes his debut on The Voice as a guest advisor for Kelly Clarkson’s team.
He’s set to appear on the next four episodes of the NBC talent contest, starting tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Keith Urban’s also serving as an advisor, working with Blake Shelton’s contestants.
Thursday night, TR continues his Life Changes Tour in Eugene, Oregon with Brett Young and Midland opening the shows, before continuing on to Boise, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday and Saturday.
Art Streiber/NBCIf you watch The Voice, you know pretty much anything is fair game when it comes to the coaches, especially with Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
While Blake, Adam, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson may engage in some friendly rivalry with each other, they all agree it's their job to be supportive when it comes to the contestants.
"You know," Blake says, "I think the reason people keep coming back to The Voice season after season to watch is the only real competition -- and the only really cutthroat things that are going on -- are things that are happening between the coaches."
In fact, no matter whose team a contestant is on, Blake says the coaches are always there to help.
"When it comes to the contestants, whether they're on my team or somebody else's team, that's sacred up there," he explains. "And we all pull for these contestants, no matter whose team they're on. And we try to be as supportive as we can. Because that's what it's all about is that talent there up on the stage."
Blake can't resist the urge, however, to throw in one final dig at his rivals.
"Now as far as the other coaches go, you know, they can kiss my butt," he adds. "I don't care. And I think that's what people like about the show."
The blind auditions continue tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Toby Keith's self-titled debut album from 1993 will be re-released November 30 in a special 25th Anniversary Edition. Renamed Should've Been a Cowboy after its breakthrough hit, the new version has been remastered and includes three rare tracks, as well as a new cover and liner notes.
Trace Adkins is set to be a presenter at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards Tuesday, October 16 at Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville's Lipscomb University. The show will air Sunday, October 21 at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.
"A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" hit-maker Ashley McBryde wrapped up her recent tour of the United Kingdom with an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC Two. You can catch her performance of "Girl Goin' Nowhere" on YouTube.
You can check out Jon Pardi's new video for "Night Shift" on YouTube.
BBR Music Group For newcomer Jimmie Allen, lots of dreams are coming true these days: he's on the verge of having his first top-ten hit with "Best Shot," just as his debut album is out.
Mercury Lane takes its name from the place where Jimmie was raised.
"It's the street I grew up on in Delaware," Jimmie explains, "and the album is full of songs about life, love, and persistence, never giving up, being a good person."
"All those morals were instilled in me on Mercury Lane," he continues. "So Mercury Lane to me is a great place, and every time I think about that place, or when I go back to Delaware, I always go back. I just get chills, man. It's awesome."
Jimmie fought hard for his newfound success, even living out of his car at one point as he pursued his musical dreams. As you might imagine, the folks back home on Mercury Lane are pretty proud of him.
"They're fired up!" he laughs. "They're so excited. You know, to them, I'm still me. I'm still Jimmie. They could care less. But what I love about them is they've said that they're happy to see me finally start to achieve everything that I've worked so hard for, man."
"Because I've missed homecomings, proms, weddings, friends' vacations, so many things that people look forward to," he adds, "like milestones in life that I kinda gave up to chase this dream. And they're so happy that it wasn't in vain."
Later this month, Jimmie tours the United Kingdom with Chase Rice, before heading out with Scotty McCreery and Kane Brown in the coming months.
ABC/Image Group LAAt Tuesday night's American Music Awards, Kane Brown told ABC Radio that he was getting married "this week." Well, he wasn't lying: He and girlfriend Katelyn Jaetied the knot on Friday, according to People magazine.
Kane and Katelyn, who got engaged last year, got married at Mint Springs Farm in Franklin, Tennessee in front of about 200 friends and family. Speaking to People, the couple said, "We wanted something here in Nashville and loved the idea of having it at home and not traveling since we are on the road so much.”
Kane wore a Lanvin suit, while Katelyn, a music management student and singer, opted for a simple, classic gown. Instead of writing their own vows, the two said, "We decided to exchange letters to each other earlier in the day and keep the actual vows a little more traditional."
On Saturday, according to People, Kane posted a photo on his Instagram story showing a new tattoo on his hand: the word "Katelyn," with the bottom of the "y" turned into the infinity symbol.
The couple is reportedly heading off to a honeymoon at an undisclosed location, but we're sure Kane will be back on the scene in time for the November 9 release of his sophomore album, Experiment.
Warner Music Nashville“Tonight Girl” is the first new music from William Michael Morgan since his 2016 debut, Vinyl, which contained his breakthrough #1 hit, “I Met a Girl.”
For his new music, William Michael is leaning on his Mississippi roots.
“A lot of the casinos down in Vicksburg, MS get packed out every night with blues music and soul,” he explains. “It’s everywhere, and they play right from the heart, so I wanted to put some of that sound on there.”
“‘Tonight Girl’ is a snapshot of how good it feels to have that one simple moment, that one night with someone special,” he adds.
The new tune is available to stream or download now. “Tonight Girl” is also the first in a series of new videos From the Neon Lounge, which you can check out on YouTube.
Jim WrightNewcomer Mitchell Tenpenny is set to play this year’s annual Christmas 4 Kids fundraiser at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
The “Drunk Me” hit-maker will take the stage alongside the likes of Restless Heart, TG Sheppard, Darryl Worley, Shenandoah and more for the Monday, November 19 show.
“Once again, it will be our honor to be a part of the Christmas 4 Kids show live at the Ryman,” Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon says. “It’s always such a great event to be part of. We’re looking forward to performing and hopefully raising a lot of money for the kids of Middle Tennessee!”
For more than three decades, the non-profit known as Christmas 4 Kids has raised money to send hundreds of worthy kids from Middle Tennessee on a holiday shopping spree.
Tickets for the Christmas 4 Kids concert are on sale now at Ryman.com.
ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore remembers “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” in the lead single from his forthcoming fifth studio album, which is expected in 2019.
“This song is dedicated to ALL the ones that didn’t make it back home…” he says in the promotional materials for the song. “Soldiers, first responders, doctors, nurses, teachers, students…every person who made the ultimate sacrifice, while fighting for what and whom they love.”
Justin’s single tells the story of a 22-year-old soldier who lost his life just as he was scheduled to return home.
You can stream or download “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” now, and you can check out its new lyric video on YouTube as well.
RCA NashvilleAn especially fruitful songwriting session inspired the latest track released from Pistol Annies’ new album, Interstate Gospel, which comes out November 2.
“We’d just finished a song out at the farm,” AshleyMonroe recalls, “and Miranda [Lambert] said, ‘Girls, we’re on fire I think…’ and then she said, ‘So stop, drop and roll one!’”
That’s exactly how the chorus of “Stop Drop and Roll One” begins, with Ashley and Miranda trading lines and harmonizing with bandmate Angaleena Presley. It’s the third preview track from the trio’s third album, following the earlier releases “Best Years of My Life” and “Got My Name Changed Back.”
Both Pistol Annies’ October 25 show at the Ryman in Nashville and their release day concert at The Town Hall in New York City sold out within minutes. They’ll also do a November 7 performance at The Novo in Los Angeles.
Next Wednesday, Pistol Annies are set to sing together on CMT’s Artists of the Year special.
MCA NashvilleKip Moore is keeping a promise he made to his fans and releasing a stripped-down acoustic album next month.
Kip had a hand in writing five of the seven songs on the Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions EP, which comes out November 16.
Charlie Worsham and Jillian Jacqueline will also join Kip for the four-city Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour, which kicks off November 29 in Milwaukee. Physical copies of the EP will be available exclusively on the road and at RoomToSpare.KipMoore.net.
Here’s the track listing for Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions:
“Plead the Fifth” (Acoustic Version) “Tennessee Boy” “Love You to the Moon” “It Ain’t California” “Wish It Was Me” “Come Home with You” “Part of Growing Up”
Here’s the itinerary for the Room to Spare: Acoustic Tour, with tickets going on sale Friday, October 19:
Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, this internationally famous country icon suffered a wardrobe malfuction as she won Entertainer of the Year at the 12th annual CMA Awards. Can you name her? ANSWER: Dolly Parton.
ABC RadioMorgan Evans' debut album in the U.S., Things That We Drink To, includes both his first number one, "Kiss Somebody," and his latest hit, "Day Drunk." It also boasts another bonus: his first duet with his bride, Kelsea Ballerini.
"'Dance with Me' is definitely the first song that I wrote for her, and it's definitely the most special one," Morgan tells ABC Radio. "And it's the one that I asked her to sing on for the record, and probably the one I'm most proud of and most excited to share."
Morgan says recording together was an opportunity that he and Kelsea approached very carefully, because they knew it would be a milestone in their lives.
"That was something that we were pretty protective of doing," he explains. "Like all the steps, I guess, in a relationship...we knew singing together would be really special, so we wanted to wait 'til a special occasion."
Kelsea recently joined Morgan onstage during the Nashville stop of Chris Young's Losing Sleep Tour to sing "Dance with Me" -- one of the rare chances they've had to perform it together live.
"The first time we did it was at the Ryman, at her show there on Valentine's Day," Morgan recalls. "And then we did it once in Columbus, [Ohio]. And then, the fact that she was in town when we played [Nashville's] Bridgestone [Arena] on the weekend was just a miracle. So it was pretty magical that it worked out then too."
Things That We Drink To is new in stores and online today.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher helped Danita's Children raise nearly $600,000 for the children and families of Haiti during an October 4 fundraiser in Franklin, Tennessee. Carrie and Brad Paisley played an intimate concert for the crowd of more than 450.
The Judds take Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron on a tour of their new Dream Chasers exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday on the syndicated Pickler & Ben. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.
The new book, Let's All Make the Day Count: The Everybody Wisdom of Charlie Daniels, will be released November 6 by Thomas Nelson.
ABC/Image Group LA After winning three American Music Awards earlier this week, Kane Brown revealed to ABC Radio he was heading home to tie the knot with fiancee Katelyn Jae.
"Yeah, it'll be this week," Kane confirmed. "I'm not going to say the exact date, but yeah, it'll be this week."
"I'm flying home," he added, "her family's already at my house, and we're about to get ready for it."
Kane and Katelyn have been engaged since April of 2017. And so far, he says he's not feeling any pre-wedding jitters.
"I'm not nervous right now," he smiles, "but maybe when I'm up there, I'll be nervous."
After the ceremony, Kane and Katelyn will head for East Tennessee for their honeymoon.
"My fiancee, we had three different places to go to," he explains. "She's from Philadelphia. So she'd never been to Gatlinburg, except for one other time with me, and that was like our best vacation we ever had. So we're just gonna go back. We rented a little cabin above Dollywood, and we're just gonna have a good time."
Kane confirms they'll still be celebrating on his birthday, which is October 21. He'll be back to work by November 9, however, when his sophomore album, Experiment, comes out.
Average Joes EntertainmentBlake Shelton will host an all-star concert at the Grand Ole Opry as the first major fundraiser for the Troy Gentry Foundation.
Troy’s wife Angie started the non-profit to honor her late husband, who was killed in a helicopter crash last fall, shortly before Montgomery Gentry was set to perform.
So far, Jimmie Allen, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Eddie Montgomery, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan, Jon Pardi, and Rascal Flatts have all signed on for the Wednesday, January 9 fundraiser, with more talent to be added.
The Troy Gentry Foundation will help fund causes that were close to the singer’s heart, like cancer research, military families and music education