Garth Brooks Signs with Sony Music; New Music Coming Soon; Will Make Music Available Digitally

PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas, Mark TuckerGarth Brooks is moving into the second phase of his career with some big news.  At a Nashville press conference, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris announced that Brooks will be recording for the label, with Brooks himself later clarifying that it'll be for RCA Nashville. 

And yes, that does mean there will be new music from Garth later this year. He expects to release a new album around Black Friday to coincide with the holiday shopping season. When asked when we'll get a first taste of the new music, Garth said, "I know that but I can't tell you that."  After being gently pressed, he declared, "Sometime in the next two months."

As for how new Garth music will sound, Brooks joked you won't be hearing "bro country" or "hick-hop" from him.  He said fans will be getting "Garth music…it's ever-evolving and it stands the test of time." Garth added the project will be a double-album due to the amount of songs he's been recording.

Brooks also revealed that he'll no longer be a holdout when it comes to offering his music digitally.  However, it'll be only through Garth's website, GarthBooks.com. A countdown on the website suggests Garth's digital catalog could be available for purchase by early next week.

Garth will support his new album with a world tour, and details on tour dates and cities are expected to be announced next week. He addressed social media as well, saying he'll be doing something there, but "our stance on social media is not quantity, but quality."

The last thing Garth addressed before opening the floor to questions was the recently-canceled series of shows in Ireland.  Brooks spoke at length, essentially saying he thought the five shows were a go until he heard that only three had been green-lighted.  As for what happened, Garth said he had no idea, and that at no time during the arrangements or press for the shows did anyone say, as he put it, "Whoa, whoa, wait."  He also said all the powers that be have to do is say "yes," and he'll be there.  "It's a simple 'yes' is all it is," he said repeatedly.

 


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert co-wrote her CMA Award-winning hit, "Over You," with which fellow country star? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.


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Wynonna Shows Some Love for Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesWynonna won't be chasing country radio airplay with her next studio album, but that doesn't mean she's not up to date on country's current landscape. In an interview with Rolling Stone Country, Wynonna says she loves the humor in Brad Paisley's music and considers Blake Shelton to be "the brother I never wanted but I'm so glad I have."

As for today's current country female acts, Wy says, "I love Kacey Musgraves and the fact that at her age she's doing stuff that I didn't have the guts to do. I love that she's controversial and she's, oh my goodness, singing about what? I couldn't do stuff like that because my mother would have said no!"

Wynonna is also a fan of Lady Antebellum because of Charles Kelley's voice. She adds, "Little Big Town is still my favorite in terms of harmony."

As for her own music, Wy recently released a song called "Follow Me" from the film The Hornet's Nest. She's currently working on a full-length project with her band, The Big Noise.


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Rascal Flatts Lead Singer Gary LeVox’s Illness Forces Oklahoma City Concert Cancellation

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has canceled their Thursday night concert in Oklahoma City, OK due to an illness affecting lead singer Gary LeVox's voice.

In a post at RascalFlatts.com, the band says, "We appreciate your understanding and continued support." They've posted refund information on their website as well.

Rascal Flatts' Rewind tour is expected to continue Friday night in Austin, TX.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Steps Up to the Mic on Traditional-Leaning Single, “Dirt”

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's brand-new single, "Dirt," finds the duo taking a step back from the party anthems that shot them to fame to deliver a sentimental, straight-ahead country song. The lyrics speak to the whole of life from falling in love to welcoming a child to saying goodbye to a loved one.

FGL's Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio, "It feels like country music. It feels like the natural progression. Sixth single leading after Here's to the Good Times, it kinda continues -- shows a little maturity, a little different side."

Brian also sings lead on the second verse of "Dirt" -- something he's never done before on an FGL single. Since his duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, has taken lead vocals on every hit so far, Brian doesn't see a reason to mess with that winning formula too much.

"That's kind of the way we've branded the thing, and that's the way it sounds the best, to be honest with you," Brian says. "This is one of those things we kind of like switching off. We did that back in the day, and two is always better than one."

Plus, trading vocals on a love song like "Stay" or "Get Your Shine On" just wouldn't sound right.

Says Brian, "If you're coming in singing about a girl in the second verse, it can be a little weird if there's two guys and it's a duo."

"Dirt" is the lead single from Florida Georgia Line's upcoming album, which will feature more of the duo's classic, rocking sound.

Brian adds, "We can promise you that after this single, the party's coming."

Look for Florida Georgia Line's sophomore album to come out this fall.


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Chris Young Found the Love Song He Was Looking for in “Who I Am with You”

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsChris Young was looking for a love song to round out his latest album, A.M., when a friend of his sent over "Who I Am with You." Once he heard the track, Chris knew immediately he'd found the right song to fit that slot.

He says, "It's something you wanted to [do the] first dance at a wedding to. That's kind of what I heard the first time I heard this. I was like, 'God, this is such a cool song.'"

"Who I Am with You" is the follow-up to "Aw Naw," the rocking lead single from A.M.

"I'm so glad this is the second single, because it does give you a little bit of a look at the different things that are on this album," Chris explains. "We led with a big, uptempo party rock song. This song, it is a love song from start to finish."

Chris thinks everyone can relate to the song's lyrics about that special someone who makes you become a better person.

He adds with a laugh, "I wish I had written it."

Chris will perform "Who I Am with You" at Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music for Kids benefit concert September 28 in Nashville.


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Garth Brooks Holding Out Hope Ireland Concerts Can Go On

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsCould the five canceled Garth Brooks concerts in Ireland go on after all?

Garth's crew is still on its way to Ireland with the concert equipment for the shows, even though Aiken Promotions announced Tuesday all five shows have been called off. Ticketmaster plans to start processing refunds for the 400,000 tickets this Monday. The concerts were canceled because the city of Dublin only granted licenses for three of the planned five concerts, which means 160,000 of the 400,000 tickets sold would have been refunded.

In a letter sent to Aiken and printed in the Irish Independent, Garth expresses his heartbreak over the canceled gigs, saying, "I hope you understand that to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those people that they are not welcome would be a nightmare. To do what the city manager suggests (play three shows and not all five) means I agree that is how people should be treated and I just can’t agree with that.”

Garth adds, "If you tell me, ‘Garth, thanks but it is over’, I will cease my efforts and bring our people and gear back to the States."

In the meantime, Garth is expected to reveal big news at a press conference in conjunction with Sony Music Thursday morning in Nashville. The media event is streaming live at GarthBrooks.com at 12 p.m. ET.


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Nashville Notes

Miranda Lambert's album, Platinum, is #1 for a fourth week on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Upon hearing the news, Miranda tweeted her fans, "Thank you so much for spending your hard-earned money on my music. It means the world to me."

 

 

David Nail is a big fan of the latest Kings of Leon album, Mechanical Bull.


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Craig Morgan Adds Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks to Charity Concert Lineup

Image Courtesy Black River EntertainmentChuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence have signed on to perform at Craig Morgan's 8th Annual charity event concert July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee. The show takes place that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn following Craig's Charity Off-Ride Trail Ride that morning in Vanleer, Tennessee.

The annual event benefits the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. Tickets are available at CraigMorgan.com.


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Jerrod Niemann Got His “Hangover Cure” Hit, “Buzz Back Girl,” from Pal Lee Brice

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleLee Brice sang Jerrod Niemann's latest single, "Buzz Back Girl," before Jerrod even heard the song. The two country stars have been friends for many years now, but Jerrod had no idea Lee had co-written the catchy song until he heard Lee singing it on the demo.

Jerrod tells Billboard, "I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first note, I knew that it was Lee singing."

While Jerrod has had several hits about drinking, including his latest #1 hit, "Drink to That All Night," he thinks this is his first song dealing with the hangover the morning after a bender.

Says Jerrod, "In this case, the ‘Hangover Cure’ is making love to your sweet country girl. If there is any global ‘Hangover Cure,’ it’s my job to express that to the entire planet."

"Buzz Back Girl" is included on Jerrod's latest album, High Noon.


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