Image Courtesy BJ Yeager/Red Bow RecordsJoeNichols got a surprise visit from Randy Travis over the weekend. Randy attended Joe’s show at Billy Bob’s Texas Saturday night in Ft. Worth, Texas. The two shared some barbecue, and Joe honored the country legend with an acoustic performance of Randy’s song “Promises.”
Joe and Randy sang a duet of “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” in tribute to the late George Jones on Randy’s 2013 album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Randy hasn’t made many public appearances since suffering a stroke and undergoing heart surgery last year.
Image Courtesy Webster PRBig& Rich will perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis December 29. They’ll also headline the President’s Gala Dinner Dance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on December 28.
Big & Rich will also receive the Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the dinner recognizing their achievements in the music world. Previous recipients include Clint Black, Alabama and Little Richard.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans doesn’t have any co-stars in her new video for “Put My Heart Down.” The clip features Sara alone in Nashville’s Riverside Mansion, surrounded by hundreds of lights, which are meant to signify the light coming on in her head that this relationship is over. Eventually, the lights explode, something Sara feels demonstrates the song’s sad lyrics and happy melody.
She says, “You have such beautiful and pretty scenes with the soft lighting and beautiful mansion, contradicted by the exploding bulbs. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”
Sara premiered the video for “Put My Heart Down” exclusively at RollingStone.com. It’s the latest single from her current album, Slow Me Down.
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is rescheduling as many TV appearances as possible this week, due to the riots in Ferguson, MO. This includes his planned appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael Tuesday, a Thursday night appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and a Friday morning appearance on NBC’s Today. Garth is also slated to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which tapes in Los Angeles, on Tuesday afternoon. He taped that appearance Monday before the grand jury’s decision was announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on murder charges in the death of Michael Brown.
Garth sent an email to fans Tuesday, saying, “We landed in New York last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another…g”
We’ll keep you posted on Garth’s confirmed cancellations and rescheduled appearances.
Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser was the bearer of really good news for one military concert during a backstage visit at his show in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Solso and his wife, Clare, were surprised with a meet-and-greet with Randy, who presented them with a voucher for a year of free groceries on behalf of Eckrich meats’ Operation Inspiration campaign and Operation HomeFront.
Randy will also host the Solso family for a VIP trip to his December 14 concert in Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife will tour the film studio in Tucson where Randy shot his latest video, “Like a Cowboy,” before seeing Randy’s show that night at the city’s Fox Theater.
Randy says, “Being a part of Operation Inspiration and getting to meet with military families like Christopher and Clare Solso is such an honor. I am proud to have been a part of this surprise and can’t wait to see them again in December.”
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch had a party in Nashville Monday night celebrating the first #1 hit of his career, “Where It’s At.” The song has elevated Dustin’s career to a new level on the road.
“It’s crazy to go in any town in the country and have that many faces looking back at you singing,” Dustin says. “Our audience has grown tremendously over the course of the summer as this song has grown in numbers and in just energy that they’re bringing to the show.”
When Dustin has a big hit song like “Where It’s At,” his band and road crew feel the effects, too.
He explains, “We rely on hit songs to make a living and to pay for diapers, too. A hit song definitely benefits a lot more people than just myself out there.”
Dustin’s mom and dad drove into Nashville from their hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee, about an hour outside of Music City. Dustin’s sister, however, felt bad that she couldn’t get away for the party since she has two kids.
Dustin says, “Since Thanksgiving starts tomorrow, I’m gonna see them tomorrow, so I told them not to worry about it.”
Dustin has released the new song “Hell of a Night” as the follow up to “Where It’s At.” Both tracks are included on his sophomore album, Where It’s At, out now.
Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalTobyKeith and Lady Antebellum will perform on CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. The show airs Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET from Dallas, in connection with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. That’s set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will also perform on the 90-minute special. More acts will be announced soon.