Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Image Courtesy NBCCarrieUnderwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC’s Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.
Carrie says, “I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It’s kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event.”
Carrie filmed the “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.
Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC’s Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans who pre-order Blake Shelton‘s new album, BRINGING BACK THE SUNSHINE, at iTunes or Walmart.com will get an instant download of the project’s first single, “Neon Light.”
Blake says of the song, “‘Neon Light’ is a song that I fell in love with more each time I heard it. It finds a way to blend this new sound with a very traditional chorus, making it unique.”
Blake’s new album comes out September 30. He returns for another season of NBC’s The Voice on September 22.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustinLynch‘s live show has gotten a big shot in the arm from his feel-good hit, “Where It’s At.” He’s never had a fun hit song like this during the summertime.
Dustin tells ABC News Radio, “The crowds we have coming out are exploding. You know, the energy they’re bringing to our shows are the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m having so much fun making music right now.”
“Where It’s At” is the lead single and title cut from Dustin’s upcoming studio album. He’s been playing random pop-up shows across the country to share the new music with fans. Fans have to pay attention to Dustin’s social media accounts to find out where these events take place.
He says, “It’s a fun kind of deal ’cause we leak where we’re at last minute. You know, we’ll have however many people show up last minute. And the energy’s great. It can be from anywhere — we’ve had 12 people show up to 200-something.”
Most of these Find Where It’s At pop-up shows are scheduled on days Dustin would have off in between shows. He doesn’t mind giving up that downtime to hang out with his fans, though.
Dustin says, “It’s fun to do. It beats sitting in a Walmart parking lot with the band dudes.”
Dustin’s new album, Where It’s At, comes out September 9.
Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineTrisha Yearwood has been one very busy woman lately. As she gears up to hit the road with hubby Garth Brooks on September 4, Trisha is also completing work on her new album, PrizeFighter. The project will be her first for RCA Nashville, which is also Garth’s new label home. Trisha performed two songs from the album, “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us” and “I Remember You,” at an industry event to celebrate the new music Tuesday in Nashville.
Describing the title track to PrizeFighter, Trisha says, “It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what. I think it’s a message we all need to hear.”
Trisha didn’t announce a release date for PrizeFighter at Tuesday’s event. The announcement of new music comes more than two decades after Trisha first hit the country scene with “She’s in Love with the Boy.” Back when she signed her first record deal at age 26, Trisha compared her singing career to that of a pro baseball player.
“I thought, you know, these guys come out and they have their time and they have a few good years, and they have to know when they can’t swing the bat anymore,” Trisha says. “It’s been 23 years since that first single, and I’m just not ready to stop swinging the bat.”
In addition to the new music, Trisha is also kicking off the fifth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen this Saturday. She’ll release a third cookbook, titled Trisha’s Table, in April 2015, and Trisha’s own line of Precious Metals cookware and a cutlery line will launch in the coming months, too.
Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsNo Alan Jackson retrospective would be complete without including one of his vintage cars, and the new Alan Jackson exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville features his most precious set of wheels — the 1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought at age 15. Alan and his father, Gene, restored the car, but Alan had to sell it to get the down payment for his first home. Years later, Alan’s wife, Denise, tracked down that exact T-Bird and gave it to Alan for Christmas. The car appeared in his 2008 video “Good Time.”
Alan’s 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country opens August 29, and the T-Bird will only be on display for the opening weekend. Alan also is performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame October 8 and 22. Go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org for ticket information.
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/OpryGarth Brooks has added an 11th show to his scheduled run in Chicago. The newly scheduled show will take place on Friday, September 5 at 10:30 p.m. CT at the Allstate Arena. Tickets for that date go on sale this Saturday through Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks or 1-800-745-3000.
Garth decided to add this latest show after ironing out some issues with Ticketmaster with his run of shows in Atlanta.
“I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed,” Garth says. “I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people that wanted tickets and could not get in the system, now have a chance to see the show and get their tickets at face value and NOT have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don’t want to.”
Garth’s World Tour kicks off Thursday, September 4 in Chicago. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, is the opening act on all dates.
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley‘s affiliation with the new multi-format platform My Country Nation continues with the premiere of his new “Country Nation” video at MyCountryNation.com and on the outlet’s YouTube channel.
Brad’s new clip features a look at the everyday people who make up the “Country Nation.” Says Brad, “I can’t think of a better platform to debut the video for ‘Country Nation.’ It’s what my album represents and what programming on the channel is all about.”
“Country Nation” is included on Brad’s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out Monday. The lead single, “River Bank,” is on track to become Brad’s latest #1 hit.