Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are among the stars playing Stagecoach Festival 2015 in Indio, CA April 24, 25 and 26. The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Sara Evans, and Frankie Ballard are among the other stars set to appear at Stagecoach.
Image Courtesy Russ Harrington/UMGScotty McCreery celebrates his 21st birthday Thursday, but he doesn’t want his fans to send him any presents or cards to mark the occasion. Instead, Scotty is calling on people to consider making a donation to the 12.14 Foundation. The organization was founded in the wake of the December, 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to raise money for a multi-purpose performing arts and education center in Newtown, CT. The foundation hopes the facility will serve as “a beacon of hope and change.”
Scotty is the National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation and has visited families in Newtown several times since the shooting. He says, “Together we can support a great organization doing positive things in a town that is still recovering. Let’s help them reach their goal of building a state-of-the art performing arts and education center. That would be the best birthday gift I could receive.”
Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTimMcGraw, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood were among the stars honoring the newest inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Sunday night in Music City. The organization held its 44th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction ceremony at the Music City Center, with Thomas Rhett performing a medley of inductee Paul Craft‘s compositions “Brother Jukebox” and “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life.”
Tim McGraw performed “My Little Girl” in honor of new Hall of Fame member Tom Douglas. Brandy Clark sang inductee Gretchen Peters‘ “You Don’t Even Know I Am” and “Independence Day,” which were hits for Patty Loveless and Martina McBride, respectively. Trisha Yearwood also saluted Peters singing “On a Bus to St. Cloud,” a single from Trisha’s 1994 album, Thinkin’ About You.
John Rich inducted John Anderson into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Josh Turner performed Anderson’s signature song, “Swingin’.”
Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, are preparing to welcome their first baby, and Carrie admits she gets nervous every time time she makes a shopping trip to Babies-R-Us.
Carrie tells CMT Hot 20, “We were walking around, and I was like, ‘This is just so overwhelming.’ I don’t want to get the wrong things. I don’t know what most of it does. There’s like 5,000 things to choose from.”
On the music front, Carrie’s new single, “Something in the Water,” is now available for download.
Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley have been added to the performers lineup for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. They join previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert.
Returning co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform on the CMA Awards, too. The show broadcasts live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.
Image Courtesy CMABlakeShelton and Miranda Lambert have learned to brush off the tabloid rumors that they’re headed for divorce, but Blake felt the need to respond via Twitter to the latest round of allegations.
In Touch Weekly quoted an unnamed source saying Miranda and Blake are “barely together,” and she is worried they’ll grow further apart if they don’t spend more time together.
Blake took to social media with the message, “Maybe because the divorce rate is so high the tabloids have just decided to play the odds with me and Miranda. Morons.” He then finished the message off with the hashtag #eatad*ck.”
Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town got the surprise of a lifetime Friday night at the Grand Ole Opry when Reba joined them onstage to invite them to become the Opry’s newest members. As LBT wrapped up their performance of “Pontoon,” Reba walked out riffing on the song’s suggestive musical tag, “motorboatin’.” She then spoke of LBT’s commitment to playing the Opry since they made their debut on the show since 1999.
Of course, Little Big Town accepted the invitation. They’ll be formally inducted into the show on October 17 by Opry star Vince Gill.
Getting the big invite from their hero, Reba, made the Opry invitation even sweeter for Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman.
She says, “I can’t believe it. We have wanted this for years, as long as we first stepped on that stage, this is what we wanted. Thank you, Jesus and Reba.”
Before their Friday night appearance on the Opry, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild spent time with her father reflecting on the iconic female artists who have graced the Opry’s membership roster over the years. Karen had the backstage dressing room decorated with photographs of those women, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette.
Kimberly says, “If you’re a woman on this wall, you are the you-know-what.”
Little Big Town has another major event this month. Their new album, Pain Killer, comes out October 21 featuring the hit single, “Day Drinking.”
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s career is off to an amazingly good start with his first two singles hitting #1 at country radio. Since he came onto the country scene, Cole’s life has kicked into overdrive, but his mentor and friend Luke Bryan is there to help him adjust to life in the spotlight.
“I’ve been around him probably the most over my career here in Nashville,” Cole says of Luke. “He’s always just told me to have fun. Like, literally, that’s what he said. Just have fun with it, ’cause I think he knows. He’s been there, and he knows how much I care about things in general. When I want to do something, I’m hard on myself. He wants me to enjoy it.”
While Cole’s career is on fire at the moment, he’s aware that every artist’s time at the top of the country heap is limited.
Says Cole, “I also know that they can turn around just like that, and it might not last for long. I’m trying to enjoy it while I can.”
Cole is currently opening for Luke on the Farm Tour. Go to ColeSwindell.com to see the full itinerary.