Josh Turner Focused on Cutting Hit Songs for New Studio Album, Due Out in 2015

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is back on country radio with a brand-new single, “Lay Low,” and a new studio album to follow in 2015. While he’s sticking to his guns musically, Josh has paid more attention than ever before to recording potential hit songs for the new album.

Josh tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve had radio in mind with every tracking session that we’ve done so far, which is pretty unheard of with a Josh Turner session. That’s not really the way I’ve ever approached a record.”

It’s not that Josh is chasing the rock and hip-hop influenced sounds dominating country radio these days.

“I don’t pay too much attention to what’s going on out there,” Josh explains, “and I don’t let what other artists are doing influence really what I do. I kind of look back at what I’ve done thus far and try to figure out how I can keep all those important elements and continue to evolve and improve.”

Josh’s last album, Punching Bag, came out in 2012 featuring the most-played song of that year at country radio, “Time Is Love.” He also put out a book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, earlier this year.

As for people calling this new project a “comeback,” Josh says, “I’ve been pretty busy. I haven’t been taking time off.”

Josh has been performing four brand-new songs in his live shows lately. Go to to see where he’s playing next.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Josh Turner‘s middle name? ANSWER: Otis.

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Jason Aldean Pulls Latest Album From Spotify

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsSounds like Taylor Swift has started an anti-Spotify movement.

According to Rolling Stone, Jason Aldean has followed in the “Shake It Off” singer’s footsteps and pulled his latest album from Spotify.

The country singer decided Monday to remove Old Boots, New Dirt from the streaming music site. On Spotify, a note was added where the tracks were previously listed. “The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify,” the message read. “We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon.”

Aldean’s decision comes on the heels of Swift’s choice to pull all of her songs from Spotify. She explained, “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”

Aldean has not yet addressed why he decided to pull his album from the site.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA new CMT Inside Fame profiling Big & Rich premieres this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Sam Hunt is following up his debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” with the new single, “Take Your Time.” Both songs are included on his just-released debut album, Montevallo.

Jerrod Niemann‘s Wednesday night show in Indianapolis will stream live on Yahoo! at 10 p.m. ET.

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Garth Brooks’ First Studio Album in 13 Years, “Man Against Machine,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Sony/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ first, brand-new studio album in 13 years is out now. Man Against Machine finds Garth revisiting some familiar musical territory for his longtime fans.

“It’s a Garth record, which means we have everything,” he says. “We have everything from cowboy songs, we have everything to waltzes to things that people have never heard in country music before. That’s kind of what we do. We just follow our hearts.”

While Garth didn’t write many of the songs on Man Against Machine, he thinks this material holds up to his classic material.

Says Garth, “These are songs that are comin’ that have some pretty hellacious substance in it.”

Garth enlisted a few new studio musicians to work on Man Against Machine, but most of the players on this project have performed on every Garth record since his 1989 debut.

He says, “Walkin’ in the studio and seein’ those guys that I hadn’t seen in years, that were my brothers that I just loved to death that we made all the early records with, was a wonderful feeling. And I think that translates into the music and onto the record.”

Man Against Machine is available at all physical retailers and online at

Here’s the Man Against Machine track listing:

“Man Against Machine”
“She’s Tired of Boys”
“Cold Like That”
“All-American Kid”
“Wrong About You”
“Rodeo and Juliet”
“Midnight Train”
“Cowboys Forever”
“People Loving People”
“Send ‘Em on Down the Road”
“You Wreck Me”

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Jason Aldean Is Rocking Out Again with Brand-New Single, “Just Gettin’ Started”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is back to rocking out on his brand-new single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” the follow-up to his sexy hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” Both songs are included on Jason’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

Says Jason, “This is a great follow-up to ‘Burnin’ It Down’ because it’s probably more familiar to those fans who love that bigger rock guitar sound we do a lot. This will be a fun one to put in the set list.”

Jason will fire up his Burn It Down tour again in February 2015.

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Brett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe Performing at John Oates’ Nashville Fundraiser

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe will join John Oates of Hall & Oates for a fundraiser in Nashville coming up Monday, January 26. The concert at City Winery celebrates the release of John’s new DVD, Another Good Road. Proceeds from the event go to the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Tickets are available now at

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Kenny Chesney Lines Up Five 2015 Stadium Dates with Eric Church

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has announced five stadium dates on The Big Revival Tour featuring Eric Church. They two superstars last toured together in 2013, and Kenny can’t wait to team up with Eric again starting in May.

Kenny says of Eric, “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

Kenny also has stadium dates lined up with Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert for 2015. Check out for all the latest tour information.

Here are Kenny’s tour dates with Eric Church:

5/9 — Indianapolis, IN, Lucas Oil Stadium
5/30 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
6/13 — Atlanta, GA, The Georgia Dome
7/11 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
8/22 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field

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Sam Hunt Launching Lipstick Graffiti Tour This January in Los Angeles

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is heading out on the Lipstick Graffiti Tour starting January 29, 2015 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The trek will continue through mid-April with stops in Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York City. Newcomers Native Run and Michael Ray will open the shows.

Tickets go on sale Friday. Go to for more details.

Here are Sam’s 2015 tour dates:

1/29 — West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
1/30 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
2/5 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
2/7 — Jackson, MS, Hal & Mal’s
2/11 — New York, NY, Irving Plaza
2/12 — Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
2/13 — Burlington, VT, Higher Ground
2/14 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/19 — Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
2/20 — North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
2/21 — Charleston, SC, Music Farm
3/12 — Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
3/13 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
3/14 — Chicago, IL, Joe’s Bar
3/20 — Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theatre
3/21 — Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
4/2 — Fayetteville, AR, George’s Majestic Lounge
4/3 — Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
4/4 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Florida Georgia Line member hails from Ormond Beach, Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.

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