Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTimMcGraw and Faith Hill will receive the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award at the 2014 Symphony Ball on December 13. The honor recognizes individuals who represent the “harmonious spirit” of Nashville’s music community. In addition to receiving the award, Tim and Faith will perform with the symphony at the event, according to Nashville’s The Tennessean.
Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Trisha Yearwood are among the previous recipients of the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award. Vince Gill and Amy Grant will host the 2014 Symphony Ball patron party December 9.
Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKennyChesney is scheduled to be all over TV next week to celebrate the release of his brand-new album, The Big Revival. The project comes out Tuesday, and he’ll perform on NBC’s Today program that morning. Kenny will sing on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday before flying to Los Angeles for a September 25 performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The usually press-shy Kenny says, “Normally I don’t get geared up for this much television, but this record makes me wanna get out and talk about it.”
Look for Kenny to continue promoting The Big Revival with a performance on TBS’s Conan on September 29, followed by an appearance on CBS’s The Talk on October 2.
Image Courtesy Michael MonacoLuke Bryan is bringing Cole Swindell and top Nashville songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, along for his sixth annual Farm Tour. DJ Rock and female newcomer Chancie Neal are also on the bill for the trek, launching October 1 at Maple Lane Farms outside Knoxville, TN.
Luke’s Farm Tour will hit eight Southeastern cities, with a portion of the proceeds going to students from farming families in the areas surrounding the concerts. Tickets for all shows are now available at LukeBryan.com.
Here are Luke’s Farm Tour 2014 Dates:
10/1 — Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms 10/2 — Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms 10/3 — Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place 10/4 — Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm 10/8 — Statesboro, GA, Meldon Farm 10/9 — Athens, GA, Meldon Farms 10/10 — Columbia, SC, Culler Farms 10/11 — Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new duet with Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight,” has already hit #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart. Blake tweeted a screenshot of the chart Wednesday with the message, “Sooo…I’m guessing he word is out about my duet with Ashley Monroe…. Happy happy joy joy!!!”
“Lonely Tonight” and Blake’s current hit, “Neon Light,” are both included on his new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, coming out September 30.
In other Blake news, he and fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani engaged in an epic lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Blake showed off his tap dancing skills while lip syncing to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco, but his gender-reversing performance with Gwen on Diana Ross and Lionel Richie‘s “Endless Love” convinced Fallon to throw in the towel and declare Blake and Gwen the winners.
Gwen and Blake join Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams as coaches on the new season of The Voice premiering Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr plans to include several songs about drinking beer, partying and driving trucks on his upcoming sophomore album because that’s what he does to have fun. Instead of living near downtown Nashville, Tyler lives south of town in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, which is home to the largest tractor pull in the South.
He tells the Arizona Republic, “There’s not a lot more that you do on the weekends than drink and party. And I write what I know about. So I am gonna have songs that have partying and hot girls and pickup trucks.”
“A Guy Walks Into a Bar” is the lead single from Tyler’s new album, due out next year. Fans can look forward to hearing a collaboration with his friend and tour mate Jason Aldean on the project, too.
Image Courtesy Sugar Hill RecordsLee Ann Womack teamed up with pop/R&B star John Legend to tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads Wednesday night in Franklin, TN.
The eight-song set included the two singers swapping vocals on their biggest hits, including Lee Ann’s “I Hope You Dance” and “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” as well as John’s pop hits “All of Me” and “Green Light.” Lee Ann’s new single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” also made the set list, as did John’s new offering, “You and I (Nobody in the World).”
CMT Crossroads: Lee Ann Womack and John Legend premieres Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT. Lee Ann’s new album, The Way I’m Livin’, is due out this Tuesday.
Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLeeBrice still gets emotional talking about his performance of the national anthem with Luke Bryan during their September 12 concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Since it was the day after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Luke gave a shout-out to those who lost their lives on that day in the attack on the World Trade Center. As the crowd chanted, “USA! USA!” Luke brought Lee onstage and whispered in his ear, “I just feel like we should do the national anthem.”
After they decided Luke would start it off, Lee then jumped in on harmony. Says Lee, “It was something really special. I’ve never heard a crowd sing the national anthem that loud. It was a moment I will never forget, and I think Luke’s the same way.”
Lee especially loves that the big display of patriotism was all off-the-cuff, too.
“I don’t think he even knew he was going to ask me to do that,” Lee says of Luke’s decision to sing the anthem, “but he definitely just threw it at us as we’re walking out onto the stage in front of people, he’s whispering in my ear. So, that was the coolest part.”
Lee is very thankful to Luke for letting him warm up the crowd every night on the That’s My Kind of Night tour. They’ve played two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden this year before moving on to become the first country concert ever held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last week.
Lee says of the opportunity to tour with Luke, “There has been a lot of experiences that I, you know, who knows if I would have ever gotten to do?”
The good times keep rolling for Lee. He had a party in Nashville Wednesday to toast his latest #1 hit, “I Don’t Dance.” It’s the title track from his latest album, which just debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.
Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloGrand Ole Opry legend George Hamilton IV died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77, ABC News has confirmed. He’d suffered a heart attack last weekend.
Hamilton IV released his signature hit, “Abilene,” in 1963. However, he’d scored a number of hits before then, including “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” “Before This Day Ends,” “Three Steps to the Phone (Millions of Miles)” and “If You Don’t Know I Ain’t Gonna Tell You.”
Hamilton was known as “The International Ambassador of Country Music,” a title he earned after becoming the first American country singer to perform in the then-Soviet Union and in Prague.
Hamilton had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1960.