Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s Raise ‘Em Up tour takes its name from the Eric Church duet on his latest album, Fuse. Keith felt the song’s anthemic feel and empowering lyrics captured how he feels about performing for his fans.
Says Keith, “I thought the essence and spirit of that song is really what playing live is all about for me. It’s a sense of community. It’s a sense of oneness. It’s a sense of optimism.”
Unfortunately, Eric won’t be on hand to sing “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith on this tour, but Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will bring fans plenty of excitement as the opening acts. Jerrod’s stint on the tour starts in New Hampshire Thursday night, which just happens to be his 35th birthday.
Jerrod calls opening for Keith “the best birthday present ever.” He says, “Just want to say thank you to him for letting me and my buddy Brett Eldredge come out and spend a summer with him. It’s gonna be a blast.”
Go to KeithUrban.net to see the complete list of Raise ‘Em Up tour dates.
Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKennyChesney will most likely return to the concert trail in a big way next year, and his latest hit, “American Kids,” will be a centerpiece of his new live show. The song excites Kenny because it sounds unlike anything he’s put out in the past.
“It’s fun to have a melody that you may not have had before,” Kenny says. “It was kind of the same way I felt about ‘Somewhere with You’ when that first came out. I knew exactly where I was gonna put that song in the show, and how it was gonna make our show a little bit different with a few more twists and turns. And I feel that way about ‘American Kids.’”
Kenny can’t tell you exactly where the new single will fall in his 2015 set list, but he can’t wait to see his fans have a good time singing along with it.
Says Kenny, “It’s such a fun, summer song. It’s going to be a song that I feel like that is gonna be a part of our life for a long time. I can’t wait to see how it comes across.”
Kenny will be performing “American Kids” at his one-off show August 16 at the Florida-Alabama line on Perdido Key. His new album, The Big Revival, comes out September 23.
Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson‘s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville opens August 29.
“Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” gives museum visitors a look at memorabilia including the water skis Alan wore in the “Chattahoochee” video, the guitar he played on the 2001 CMA Awards debuting “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and the Harley-Davidson he posed with on the cover of his 1992 album A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ’bout Love).
Alan will also perform a few Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. His exhibit runs through March 2015.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is rocking out harder than ever on her just-launched Platinum tour, so she wanted her tour bus to be an oasis from the madness of being on the road. That’s why she completely remodeled the interior with soft fabrics and colors for the 2014 tour.
Miranda showed off her new home on wheels in a new video posted on USA Today‘s website. She says, “When I come on here, I really just wanted to have a place that’s like a cottage on wheels and I could really have relaxation before I have to go out there and hit the craziness.”
The new tour bus is stocked with water, beer, wine, juice and snacks in her vintage-looking pink refrigerator. There’s even a full-sized dresser and a laundry chute so Miranda can store and maintain all her stage clothes. After the shows, Miranda nods off to sleep in her back bedroom with about three dogs laying on top of her through the night.
Miranda is on the road all summer long on the Platinum tour. Go to MirandaLambert.com to see where she’s playing next.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleA second volume of Randy Travis’s Influence album series is due out August 19. Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am features Randy’s take on classics from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and more.
Randy says, “The ‘Influence’ that the older, great ones had on me, and the ‘Influence’ that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered — and, His will done — it is what makes me, ‘the man I am.’”
Randy’s Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Several songs will be released to pre-order customers in the weeks leading up to album release.
Here’s the Influence Vol. 2 The Man I Am track listing:
“I’m Moving On” “Set ‘Em Up Joe” “Are the Good Times Really Over?” “Nearly Lose Your Mind” “There I’ve Said It Again” “That’s the Way Love Goes” “Sunday Morning Coming Down” “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” “Mind Your Own Business” “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” “For the Good Times” “California Blues” “Tonight I’m Playing Possum” (Solo Version)
Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.
A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she’s known for years.
Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as “a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend.” It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as “pretty” and “nice” with an “amazing figure.”
Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn’t just “the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized.” She continues, “I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind.”
Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she’ll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.
Image Courtesy Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography StudiosCraig Morgan‘s 8th annual Charity Event raised more than $60,000 on Sunday in Dickson, Tennessee. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks joined Craig and a few other motocross celebrities for a motocross exhibition and trail ride before performing a concert that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn.
Proceeds from Craig’s Charity Event go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to assist foster kids in that county and throughout Middle Tennessee.
Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols had to go back on tour shortly after he and his wife, Heather, welcomed their baby girl, Georgia Blue, nine weeks ago.
He tells ABC News Radio, “I feel for Mama right now ’cause I’m gone so much. She’s kinda having to pull double-duty with the two-year-old and with our nine-week-old now. She’s probably pretty wore out.”
Joe now wants Heather to just kick back, relax and say “Yeah,” just like he sings about it in his latest hit, so he’s taking her to the Bahamas in the next week for some R&R. Joe expects Heather to get some good sleep on the trip as well.
“She can lay back on the beach and just say, ‘Yeah,’” Joe says, before making a snoring sound. “A little bit of snoring. That’s right.”
This trip marks Joe’s first time back to the Bahamas since singing at Anna Nicole Smith‘s funeral there in 2007. He says, “I think the place we’re going to is a pretty stellar place. I hear it is.”
Joe could definitely use some downtime after undergoing back surgery just four weeks ago, according to The Country Vibe. Joe went against his doctors to return to the road just four days after surgery to repair an injury in his lower back from long-distance running.