Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLeeBrice‘s new album, I Don’t Dance, is all over the map musically with sounds influenced by rock, blues, hip-hop, and, of course, classic country.
Lee tells American Songwriter, “I didn’t want anything to feel the same. So I really tried to understand what I was doing the whole time.”
Shepherding the entire project into one cohesive piece of work means Lee declined to record some songs he knows will end up on the radio by other artists. “There were a few songs I loved but I didn’t love the verses,” Lee explains. “I just did not love what they said or how they felt so I just couldn’t get into them. Although they may have been hits, I had to pass on them.”
Now that Lee is finished with I Don’t Dance, he may be shifting his focus to another big project in the works in Music City. Says Lee, “I got a call. Garth has been making some new music and I think he’s been looking for songs around town.”
Look for Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance, in stores September 9.
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley shares some revealing facts about himself in a new interview with Wisconsin’s Post-Crescent newspaper. When asked which drink best describes him, Brian says, “Jack and Coke.” His favorite junk food is chocolate chip cookies, and Brian always goes for Garth Brooks‘ “Friends in Low Places” when it’s time to hit the karaoke stage.
When it comes to gas station stops on the road, Brian can’t help but pick up candy, a drink and some sunflower seeds. He also looks up to Matthew McConaughey as a fellow celebrity. Brian explains, “He’s an actor who seems like he’s got his head on straight. Very talented and seems like he has his personal life in order.”
Fans will be hearing a lot more from Florida Georgia Line as they release their brand-new single, “Dirt,” next month.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young had to undergo a few surgeries on his left hand after severing tendons in a kitchen knife accident earlier this month. Though some reports made it sound like he was cooking a big late-night dinner at the time of the accident, Chris tells The Topeka Capital-Journal, “I was cutting a piece of fruit. It wasn’t like I was cooking anything.”
Chris is now undergoing physical therapy to regain the use of his left hand, and he hopes to be playing guitar again in about six weeks. In the meantime, Chris is performing just fine without his instrument.
He says, “I’m really known as a singer first. I can still entertain and move around, and I’ve worked out a few things that I don’t normally do on my shows.”
Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney hit the desert with a group of young folks and a multi-colored bus to film his new video for “American Kids.” The clip premieres Monday on Vevo, CMT and Great American Country, and a sneak peek is now posted at ETOnline.com.
Kenny wanted to branch out beyond what fans might expect for the “American Kids” video. He says, “It’s easy to do a literal video, have a bonfire, hit a small town football field, but I wanted everyone to get out of what they know! It’s when you don’t know, and you’re winging it sometimes, that you have the most fun.”
“American Kids” is the lead single from Kenny’s upcoming studio album, due out this fall.
Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard just received his ACM trophy for Vocal Duo of the Year this week in the mail. He posted a picture of the award on Instagram with the caption, “Dang it’s surreal. Thanks to all who believe in us and works so hard to make our dreams come true. Love y’all #bestfansintheworld.”
Florida Georgia Line’s new single, “Dirt,” will hit the airwaves next month. A new album is expected to follow in the fall.
Capitol NashvilleHappy anniversary to Keith Urban, who wished the same to his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, while onstage at a concert in Melbourne, Australia, this week.
Wednesday was the couple’s eighth wedding anniversary. It was also the first of two sellout shows for Keith in Melbourne. According to the Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun, the 46-year-old singer dedicated his performance of “Making Memories of Us” to Kidman, declaring, “Eight years, baby girl. This song is for you. I love you so much.”
Kidman was reportedly watching the concert from a VIP sky box at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
Keith also recalled for the audience how he sang the song to Nicole at their wedding. “This is a song a lot of people have at their wedding. We had it at ours. I sung it. I was too cheap to get anybody else,” he joked.
Earlier in the concert, Keith performed “Once in a Lifetime” and told the audience he was inspired to write the song one day after the then-engaged couple had a discussion about their wedding plans.
“A couple of months before the wedding, we were in our hotel and we were talking about the future and Nic was getting very nervous about marrying me,” Keith recalled. “She was saying things like ‘it’s a long shot.’ I knew she loved me and was just nervous. I did everything I could to remind her that I was going to be her man forever.”
The couple have two children together.
Keith begins a run of shows in North America, starting July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.
Image Courtesy PedigreeMiranda Lambert shares the story of her animal shelter in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in a new short film from Pedigree. The pet food company has been donating food to Miranda’s shelter for many years now, and they also have chipped in to help clean and paint the facility and construct agility courses for the dogs.
Miranda says, “I started supporting this shelter to ensure every dog in my hometown would have a safe place to stay and enough food to fill their bellies. And, Pedigree has helped me deliver on both those promises.”
Since moving to Tishomingo, Miranda has personally rescued and fostered about 30 dogs. People in the area know where she and husband Blake Shelton live, so stray dogs tend to show up around their driveway all the time. One of those dogs, a hound dog named Moses, stayed with Miranda before going over to live with her friend, Sara, for a few weeks. Moses then found his forever home.
“[Sara's] dad drove 29 hours from Oregon to pick him up and took him home,” Miranda says with a laugh. “So, he now lives in Oregon. I was like, ‘That is a long drive for a hound dog!’”
Miranda gets a big thrill out of seeing dogs like Moses get a second chance. She says, “They thought they were doomed for good, and then they’re like, ‘Oh, I got a new life.’”
To join Miranda and Pedigree in providing food to shelter dogs, go to Pedigree’s Facebook page and share your dog story today.
Image Courtesy Getty Images/ACM Lifting LivesThe ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp continued this week with campers hitting the studio with Lee Brice. During the session at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, the campers joined Lee to sing “Bright Eyes,” the song they wrote Monday with The Band Perry.
“Every day you learn something new, and you learn a new experience every day, and this is a big one for me,” Lee says. “I think they might be some of the most talented musicians. They have big hearts, and they are so bright.”
The campers at the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp all have Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder that leads to an intense interest in music. Their musical week continued Wednesday with Brett Eldredge and Wynonna leading the campers in a karaoke session.
Says Brett, “It’s not about disability out here. It’s not about anything. It’s just about everybody sharing a common ground of music and having fun, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
The ACM Lifting Lives campers will cap off the week performing “Bright Eyes” on the Grand Ole Opry Friday night with newcomer Chris Janson. The Swon Brothers and J.T. Hodges have also visited with the campers this week.