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.
Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail launches his I’m a Fire tour this fall with special guests Native Run. The first show is set for September 11 in Oxford, MS, with 22 dates announced so far. More shows will be added soon.
Headlining his own tour gives David the chance to play much longer sets than he would opening for another artist. He tells Rolling Stone Country, “I’ve always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75- to 90-minute show. We can show the range of the past three records.”
Here are the I’m a Fire tour dates:
9/11 — Oxford, MS, The Lyric Oxford 9/12 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 9/24 — Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre 9/26 — Tallahassee, FL, The Moon 9/27 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues 10/9 — Wichita, KS, The Cotillion 10/10 — Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 10/16 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Jupiter Bar 10/17 — Jacksonville, FL, Maverick’s 10/24 — Columbia, MO, 9th Street Summerfest 10/26 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 10/29 — Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre 10/30 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom 10/31 — San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre 11/6 — Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center 11/7 — Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 11/8 — Boston, MA, House of Blues 11/9 — New York, NY, Irving Plaza 11/11 — London, ON (CAN), London Concert Theater 11/13 — Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 11/14 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection 11/15 — Green Bay, WI, Meyer Theatre
Show Dog/Universal Forbes magazine has released their 2014 Country Cash Kings list, and Toby Keith tops the countdown for a second straight year, with an estimated $65 million coming in from his tour dates, restaurants and other business ventures.
Taylor Swift is second with $64 million, and Kenny Chesney rounds out the top three with a $44 million payday.
In fourth place, Jason Aldean earned $37 million from about 88 shows during the ranking period. Luke Bryan took in $34 million for a number-five finish.
Big Machine RecordsTimMcGraw revealed the album cover and track listing for his new project, Sundown Heaven Town. via social media Monday morning. The a album features his latest hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” with wife Faith Hill, as well as a collaboration with Kid Rock on the song “Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs.” The deluxe edition of Sundown Heaven Town will feature a total of 18 tracks, which is an indication of just how excited Tim is about the new music.
He says, “I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that’s part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could. I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music.”
Tim has been out on his Sundown Heaven Town tour all summer long. The new album is due out September 16.
Here’s the Sundown Heaven Town track listing: “Overrated” “City Lights” “Shotgun Rider” “Dust” “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” (with Catherine Dunn) “Words Are Medicine” “Sick of Me” “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” (featuring Faith Hill) “Keep on Truckin’” “Last Turn Home” “Portland, Maine” “Lookin’ for That Girl” “Still on the Line”
Bonus Tracks: “Kids Today” “Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs” (duet with Kid Rock) “The View” “I’m Feelin’ You” “Black Jacket”
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert performed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the events surrounding the big NASCAR race there this past weekend. The country star always jumps at the chance to play at NASCAR events since he’s such a big fan of the sport. In fact, he recently went out for a couple of laps with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Brantley says, “That joker can drive the hell out of some race cars. So I think I became a fan that day of his. He’s just an awesome guy, and it was great hanging out with him.”
Like most race fans, Brantley loves to see a good pile-up on the track.
“I do like watching wrecks,” Brantley admits. “I think there’s a few of us out there. It’s fun, you know, when they get a little bit out of control. I don’t want nobody to get hurt.”
You can catch Brantley on his Let It Ride tour all summer long. His concert dates are posted at BrantleyGilbert.com.