Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States’ first-ever “playable poster” to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.
The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda’s Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.
Miranda says, “I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”
Miranda’s Platinum tour continues through October.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, “Whiskey in My Water” and “Redneck Crazy,” with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.
The song is called “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” but it’s not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye.
“A Guy Walks into a Bar” is now available for digital download at iTunes.
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn’t mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.
“It’s a pretty nice mix,” says Tyler. “You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through.”
FGL’s Brian Kelley adds, “And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids.”
Tyler goes on to call their shows a “big family night,” but he stresses, “At the same time, it’s a party.”
Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn’t listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.
Says Brian, “We love representing country music. We feel it’s an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format — it’s amazing. It’s changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like.”
Florida Georgia Line’s string of hits continues with their latest single, “Dirt.” Their new album is due out later this year.
ABC/Matt BrownLuke Bryan will launch his sixth annual Farm Tour with an October 1 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.
This year’s Farm Tour will once again include shows in eight towns, wrapping up October 11 with a concert in Macon, Georgia.
Last year, Luke performed for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns.
A portion of the proceeds from the shows fund local college scholarships for students from a farming family in the communities the tour visits. Get ticket details at Luke’s official website. Special VIP experiences are also available for purchase. Details at cidentertainment.com.
Here are the dates for Farm Tour 2014:
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, Perry Field 10/9 — Athens, GA, Meldon Farm 10/10 — Columbia, SC, Culler Farms 10/11 — Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park
Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols‘ new video, “Yeah,” uses animation to place a young couple on the pages of a comic book as their love story plays out over the course of a night. It’s easily one of country’s most compelling videos so far this year, but that comic book effect was actually an afterthought. Joe and his team originally wanted the video to look cheap and cheesy with the couple acting out the song around a fake campfire and fake trees set up in a studio. That idea didn’t quite pan out, though.
Joe tells ABC News Radio, “It came off looking incredibly cheap and cheesy. That was the only problem. It was supposed to be funny, and it kind of missed.”
He adds with a laugh, “It just looked like we ran out of money or something.”
Luckily, Joe’s video director had the idea to take that cheesy-looking footage and add animation to create the comic book look.
“He showed me 30 seconds of it, and I was like, ‘Yeah. Love that!’ It changed everything, “Joe explains. “It was probably a mediocre video at best to I think it’s a pretty dang good one right now.”
“Yeah” is included on Joe Nichols’ latest album, Crickets, now in stores.
Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and Luke Bryan will join their Buck Commander buddies — Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and baseball players Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans – for about two or three hunting trips this winter. The guys always have a blast on these trips, and all the action ends up on the Outdoor Channel series, Buck Commander.
Jason tells USA Today Hunt & Fish magazine, “There are so many hunting shows out there that are all about the technical hunt. But we wanted to capture the fun and friendships that are developed in the outdoors.”
The hunting trips also give Jason a chance to unwind from the stress of being on the road all summer long. “It’s like a vacation,” Jason says, “and I think all of us, especially with our careers, wait all year for those times.”
Jason continues his 2014 Burn It Down tour Friday night in Philadelphia.
Image Courtesy CMAIt looks like Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are pulling up stakes in Malibu. According to Variety, the couple’s California home is now on the market for $7.5 million. The house was built in the late ’50s and was remodeled in 2007. It boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
Garth and Trisha will be spending more time in Nashville as they spend the next few years on a world tour. They plan to keep a residence back in Oklahoma, too.
Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” on the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special next week on ABC. Zac Brown Band is teaming up with Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora on the special, and Justin Moore will sing “Home Sweet Home” with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.
Look for show hosts Little Big Town to sing in addition to performances from Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. They join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.