Broken Bow Label GroupCraig Campbell‘s flirty new single, “Tomorrow Tonight” is out. The clip tells the story’s song using playful text messages between Craig and his co-star, actress Sulivan Mellencamp, as a split screen shows them getting ready to meet up for a romantic date.
Says Craig, “I had to break out my acting skills for this one. It definitely shows a side of me that has not been on camera yet. I’m excited for everyone to finally see it!”
CMARascal Flatts has been going strong for 15 years now, but that’s nothing compared to the 53-year career of their heroes, The Rolling Stones. The Flatts opened for the Stones on July 4 in Indianapolis, and the experience of watching their set was inspirational for Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney.
He tells Massachusetts’s Sun Chronicle, “I go, ‘There’s more in store for us.’ And that’s a great thing to see, a band like that that’s still hungry and still passionate, still going out and kicking a** like they are at 70 years old.”
Joe Don says that desire to evolve and be on the cutting edge of music has kept the Rolling Stones relevant all these years.
“There’s something to be learned from that if you’re willing to put in the time and the work and the passion, and you really care about it enough,” Joe Don says. “You can’t be scared to dive deep into it and try to keep evolving.”
Rascal Flatts is just one of the acts featured on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special, coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.
Capitol NashvilleIf you’re looking to spice up your summer playlist, Lady Antebellum has a few song selections to get you on your feet. Band member Charles Kelley tells USA Today he goes for The Weeknd‘s hit, “Can’t Feel My Face,” for its “gnarly melody.” Hillary Scott likes to keep things light with WALK THE MOON‘s “Shut Up and Dance” and her pal Kelsea Ballerini‘s new single, “Dibs.”
Dave Haywood opts for tour mate Sam Hunt‘s latest hit, “House Party,” when he wants to get amped up. He says, “This is the jam of the summer, perfect for a good time.”
Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up tour continues through next month. Check out their tour dates at LadyAntebellum.com.
CMA/Donn JonesCountry singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit “Rose Garden,” died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.
Lynn Anderson was born September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and raised in California. Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.”
In 1966, Lynn Anderson released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called “For Better or for Worse.” It failed to chart, but she went on to score her first top-5 hit, “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)” in 1967. Anderson went on to appear on ABC’s The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.
With the release of her first #1 country hit, “Rose Garden,” Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart. She also won a Grammy Award for the song in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards. Lynn also took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.
Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early ’80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet, “You’re Welcome to Tonight.” She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month.
Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville. She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.
Several stars have shared their thoughts on Lynn Anderson’s contribution to country music:
Reba: “I am a huge fan of Lynn’s. She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music. Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. ‘Rose Garden’ was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed.”
Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys: “It was a pleasure to record with Lynn. I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair. We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage. She owned Utah that night. She didn’t stop until she won everybody’s hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven.”
Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney plays a show in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday night, but he got to town a day early to hang out with the Kansas City Chiefs. The country star was on hand at the team’s training camp Friday morning. Kenny even posed with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in a picture on the team’s Instagram account.
EB Media PREric Church opened Nashville’s brand-new Ascend Amphitheater Thursday night with a sold-out acoustic show. According to The Tennessean, Eric kicked off the show by playing “Smoke a Little Smoke” and “Talladega” alone on his guitar. An onstage bar gave band members a place to hang out until Eric called them up to join him throughout the night.
Since the show was acoustic, the audience often was louder than Eric’s singing, and that came in handy when Eric messed up the words to some of his more obscure songs.
Eric closed out the night with a brand-new song, “Three Year Olds,” inspired by his oldest son, Boone. Before playing the song, Eric told a story about Boone throwing a fishing rod and a tackle box into the water during a fishing trip. He told the crowd, “I am 38 years old and I did not know a fishing pole would sink faster than a tackle box. I also learned a garbage can is a good place to hide truck keys.”
The lyrics to “Three Year Olds” includes the lines, “Say I love you all day long/When you’re wrong you should just say so/I learned that from a three year old.”
Eric will wrap up his two-night stand at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with another sold-out acoustic show Friday night.
Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a married Luke Bryan fan, you now have the perfect excuse to check out the popular dating app Tinder. That’s because Luke has partnered with Tinder to debut “Kill the Lights,” the title cut from his upcoming album, due out Friday, August 7.
The song appears on the app along with a lyric video. Luke says, “I’m happily married and not on Tinder, but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song — and if they’re not on Tinder, now’s the chance.”
Of course, if you think that even downloading the Tinder app would cause major problems in your relationship, you’ll be able to grab the track on iTunes this Tuesday.
Sony Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever gone through a breakup or gotten back together with an old flame, Chris Young thinks you’ll probably identify with the longing portrayed in his latest single, “I’m Comin’ Over.”
He says, “It’s all first person, so it’s not he or she. It’s just the side of, ‘I’m coming over. I’m running every red light. I’m just gonna get to you. To hell with trying to close this off.’ This is just, ‘I just need to be with you.'”
Of course, some listeners will be going through that kind of situation right now, but Chris is certain the song will strike a chord with listeners who have loved and lost before.
Chris adds, “Whether it’s girl, guy, in a serious relationship now, not in a serious relationship, I just think there’s something about this song that everybody can kind of put themselves in. You’ve probably been there before.”
“I’m Comin’ Over” is the lead single from Chris’s upcoming studio album. We’ll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.