Alan Jackson Lines Up TV Appearances to Promote New Album, “Angels and Alcohol”

Capitol NashvilleAlan Jackson‘s new album, Angels and Alcohol, comes out July 17, and he’s lined up several TV appearances to promote the project.

Look for Alan to be profiled on CBS Sunday Morning July 12. He’ll perform on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday, July 15, then close out next week with a Friday release date performance on NBC’s Today as part of the show’s Toyota Summer Concert Series.

Angels and Alcohol is Alan’s first studio album of all-new music in three years.

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Michael Ray Releasing Self-Titled Debut Album August 7

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray will release his self-titled, debut album on August 7. The project features his top-10 hit “Kiss You in the Morning,” which has established Michael as one of country’s hottest new acts of 2015.

He says, “Coming from the kid that grew up in Eustis, Florida in a double-wide trailer on ten acres of land to releasing my debut album worldwide is such a surreal and ‘I can’t believe it’s happening’ feeling. Many people have put a lot of hard work into making this a reality and I hope everyone enjoys the record.”

You can pre-order Michael’s debut album starting July 17 at MichaelRayMusic.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKenny Chesney produced which one of Willie Nelson‘s studio albums? ANSWER: Moment of Forever.

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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Loves Slowing Things Down on Wheels Up Tour

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is delivering a high-energy show to their fans on their Wheels Up tour, thanks to their recent uptempo hits like “Compass,” “Downtown,” “Bartender,” and their latest single, “Long Stretch of Love.” With so many fast songs, Lady A has to space out their slower hits “Just a Kiss” and “Dancing Away with My Heart” throughout the night.

Band member Dave Haywood relishes those more intimate moments during their show.  He tells The Arizona Republic, “If it was up to me, I would play ballads for two hours. We love writing ballads. I think it’s just what comes naturally to us as songwriters.”

Of course, Lady Antebellum’s biggest hit ever was a ballad.  “My favorite moment in the show would still have to be the eruption when you kick into ‘Need You Now,'” Dave says. “There’s nothing like that feeling.”

Lady A plays San Diego Friday night with special guests Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEaston Corbin‘s third album, About to Get Real, bows at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.

Kenny Chesney‘s video for “Save It for a Rainy Day” goes live exclusively at People.com Thursday morning.

Look for Hunter Hayes to appear on CBS’s The Talk Thursday.

Dierks Bentley apparently offers furniture moving services. He posted a picture on Instagram Wednesday showing a piece of his late father’s furniture in the bed of his truck, Big White. The caption reads, “cruising around nashville with my dad’s old lazy boy in the back if anyone needs a lift….”

 

cruising around nashville with my dad’s old lazy boy in the back if anyone needs a lift….

A photo posted by Dierks Bentley (@dierksbentley) on Jul 8, 2015 at 2:25pm PDT

 

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Jason Aldean Says Having Multiple Country Stadium Tours Is “a Good Sign for Everybody”

CMAJason Aldean is playing the nation’s biggest stadiums with Kenny Chesney all summer long, but they’re not the only country acts headlining those massive venues. Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band also are playing stadium dates this summer, and Jason is very happy to see his peers selling so many concert tickets.

He says, “If you’ve got a few guys that can go out and are filling stadiums, that’s a good sign of where the business is — the touring side of it for sure in country music. That’s a good sign for everybody.”

Jason is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his self-titled debut album hitting stores. He points out that his fellow superstars Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood all came out as new artists around the same time. He goes on to explain that it takes about a decade to get enough hits to join the ranks of country’s touring elite, like his tour mate Kenny Chesney.

“I go out and listen to Kenny’s show, and he plays two hours, and I know every song’s been a #1,” Jason says. “It’s like, we haven’t had that luxury except for just recently.”

With newer acts like Florida Georgia Line selling out amphitheaters with their own headlining tour, Jason sees a bright future for country music on the road.

He says, “I think it’s in a good place. It’s fun to be a part of it.”

Check out JasonAldean.com to see where he’s playing next.

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Trisha Yearwood Says Her New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Is a Career “Milestone”

Country Music Hall of FameTrisha Yearwood worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville when she first moved to town, so having her own exhibit at the museum is a real “milestone” for the singer.

Trisha tells ABC Radio, “I loved walking through and seeing all the artifacts from all the country artists that came before. I love that museum. So, to be a part of it and to have an exhibit in there, I can’t even describe how much it means to me.”

The exhibit, titled Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, features awards and stage clothes from Trisha’s career, as well as both dresses she wore for her 2005 wedding to Garth Brooks. Several of the outfits were made by Trisha’s late mother, Gwen, who’s responsible for a lot of the items in the exhibit.

“My mom, who was the president of my fan club, she saved everything,” Trisha says. “So, going back and finding things to put into this exhibit has been really fun. And to see everything that she saved has been pretty amazing.”

Trisha was on hand for the exhibit opening last week at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and she returns Thursday afternoon for an in-depth interview and performance at the museum’s CMA Theater. Trisha has enjoyed sharing the display with her family and friends, and she looks forward to seeing what you have to say about it, too.

Trisha adds, “To the fans that have supported me over the years, I’m hoping that they’ll get a chance to go to the Hall of Fame and see it for themselves.”

Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame through December.

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Chase Rice Reveals What It’s Like to Perform Onstage with His Hero, Kenny Chesney

EB Media PRChase Rice has had quite a few surreal moments since he shot to stardom in 2014 with his debut hit, “Ready Set Roll.” He’s experiencing that feeling even more frequently these days, now that he’s on the road with Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival tour. After Chase’s opening set, Kenny has been pulling him up onstage every night to close out the show with a performance of “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”

Chase tells the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, “I always have a moment [onstage] where I’m like, ‘That’s Kenny damn Chesney standing next to me.’ All I’ve had right now is one radio hit and I’m singing to 10,000 people in a place like Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That means so much to me.”

Chase is working on his second radio hit as his current single, “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” continues its climb up the country chart.

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Nominees Announced in 2015 Teen Choice Awards Country Song Category

Capitol NashvilleThe finalists in the Choice Country Song category of the 2015 Teen Choice Awards have been revealed as part of the ceremony’s second wave of nomination announcements. They are:

Luke Bryan, “Kick the Dust Up”
Florida Georgia Line, “Sippin’ on Fire”
Hunter Hayes, “21”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Megan & Liz, “That Ghost”
Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns.

Fan voting in the category is now open at TeenChoice.com through Friday, July 24. You can vote via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well using the hashtag #ChoiceCountrySong.

Teen Choice 2015 airs live Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook Explains Why They Don’t Do a “Greatest Hits” Show

Image Courtesy: Danny Clinch/ShorefireZac Brown Band has racked up an impressive run of hits at country radio since their 2008 debut with “Chicken Fried,” but if you go to see them live, don’t expect to hear every single they’ve ever released. The group is just as likely to throw in a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” or Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” as they are to perform one of their #1 hits, such as “Colder Weather” or “Highway 20 Ride.”

“We could actually do a greatest hits show,” Zac Brown Band member Clay Cook tells Provo, Utah’s Daily Herald, “I think some of the people want to see that, but I think the reason people like us is we stretch out and do non-conventional things. We’re musicians. We’re not a jukebox up there on stage.”

Even if the band’s set list gets a little left-of-center, Clay thinks you’ll have a great time at a Zac Brown Band show regardless of your musical tastes.  He says, “We’re trying to build such an entertaining show that hopefully it won’t matter too much if you don’t know those particular songs.”

Zac Brown Band takes their Jekyll + Hyde tour to Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday night.

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