Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley‘s 1994 white Chevy truck, named Big White, has appeared in several of his videos, and he directly references the vehicle in his latest hit, “I Hold On.” So, why is there a white Ford truck featured in the song’s video?
It turns out Dierks wanted the guy in the video to be a younger version of himself. He wanted the guy to be on a similar journey from playing honky tonks to eventually playing arenas, but Dierks wanted to draw the line between himself and the character in the clip.
Dierks tells ABC News Radio, “We kind of went out of our way to get a different guy with dark hair, and that’s why I got the Ford instead of the Chevy just to like not draw – - he’s having his own experience and not me. I’ve had a lot of people comment on that.”
In a larger sense, Dierks took pains to include elements of Americana to capture the line about “faith, love and freedom” in the song. It’s a nod to all the small towns Dierks has discovered touring the country on a bus in the last 10 years.
“You drive through small towns and storefronts and cafes and barber shops and American flags,” Dierks says. “I wish I had started from very beginning taking pictures of American flags in these random locations I’ve seen them all over the country — on the sides of barns and in front yards and on silos.”
“I Hold On” is featured on Dierks’ latest album, Riser.
CMABrad Paisley prefers you don’t know which candidate he voted for in the last Presidential election, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to turn down an invitation to perform for President Obama at the White House. He’s said yes to that gig twice and also performed at an inaugural gala last year.
Brad opens up about his political performances in a new Nashville Scene interview. He says, “If you don’t agree with this administration, or with any administration, or with Congress, or with issues, boycotting things is not going to help.”
Brad goes on to say, “Declining the invitation to play something like the inauguration would be a slap in the face to our democracy. It would be a missed opportunity for country music to be present.”
Brad is singing about more international topics on his single, “The Mona Lisa.” It’s the latest single from his album, Wheelhouse.
Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum certainly finds ways to keep themselves entertained on the road.
Band member Dave Haywood threw an apple on the roof of the Calgary Saddledome in Canada when they played there in 2009, and he’s kept that tradition alive at the Saddledome every time they’ve played there since
In the latest installment of the group’s webisode series, Dave holds his fourth apple-tossing ceremony and succeeds at throwing the piece of fruit on top of the building.
After achieving his goal, Dave says, “Now my arm’s exhausted, and I can’t play guitar, but it was fun.”
Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is calling on his fans to help reveal the album cover for his upcoming release, Just As I Am. A Checked.in campaign is now underway at on Brantley’s website and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Fans who use the hashtag #JustAsIAm will “shoot out” parts of the diamond plate at BrantleyGilbert.com to ultimately reveal the new artwork.
Look for Brantley to reveal the track listing and release date for Just As I Am very soon. The lead single from the project, “Bottoms Up,” is already a big hit at country radio.
Sweet Talk PublicityFlorida Georgia Line are stepping up to the plate with their newly-announced tour, This Is How We Roll Summer Series 2014. The trek will visit select baseball stadiums across the country with a special guest: rapper Nelly, their “Cruise” duet partner. Chris Lane will be the tour’s opening act.
FGL’s Brian Kelley says in a statement, “Last year we played the ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky and it was an epic night. We thought how fun would it be to hit several of these and bring the good times to the field!” His musical partner, Tyler Hubbard, adds, “Summer can’t get here fast enough. Having Nelly and Chris along for the ride is going to make for one big, outdoor party!”
Here are the initial tour dates:
5/30 — Springdale, AR, Arvest Ballpark 5/31 — Pearl, MS, Trustmark Park 6/1 — TBA 6/12 — Charleston, SC, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park 6/13 — Augusta, GA, Lake Olmstead Stadium 6/14 — TBA 6/19 — Ft. Wayne, IN, Parkview Field 6/20 — Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Ballpark 6/22 — Asheville, NC, McCormick Field
Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupThe lineup of stars set to take the stage at next month’s Academy of Country Music Awards has just expanded. Eric Church, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum — with special guest Stevie Nicks — will all perform on the show, which will air on CBS on April 6.
These new additions join a lineup that already includes Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, and Jason Aldean. Luke and Blake are also co-hosting the show. Miranda and Tim McGraw are the leading ACM nominees this year, with seven nods apiece.
It’s not surprising that Stevie Nicks will be joining Lady A for the performance. The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman appeared on CMT Crossroads with the group last year, and the two acts have stayed in touch and remained friends since.
In fact, Stevie has been spoiling Eisele [EYES-lee], the baby daughter of Lady A’s Hillary Scott, by sending her gifts of fabulous baby clothes.
“She’s definitely taken her wardrobe up a few notches than what she had originally,” Hillary told ABC News Radio last year.
Columbia NashvilleGiven country music’s conservative reputation, you’d think Miranda Lambert singing a song mentioning a cross-dresser would raise an eyebrow or two. Surprisingly, no one seemed to notice when Miranda’s top-20 single, “All Kinds of Kinds,” brought the story of Thomasina, the cross-dressing congressman, to country airwaves.
Miranda tells SPIN, “It’s pretty crazy that country radio embraced cross-dressing and played it on the radio. It’s fricking awesome, actually. I think it’s really cool that that song was able to be a single.”
Now that she’s 30, Miranda says “All Kinds of Kinds” is an indication of her changing attitude towards people who are different than she.
“I had to just sort of come to this realization that it was all about being who you are, no matter what you are about, where you come from, what color you are, or if you’re gay or straight, or whatever it is, Miranda explains. “I was just getting to that point in my life where I was starting to accept people for who they are, and myself.”
“All Kinds of Kinds” is the last single from Miranda’s album, Four the Record. Her new album, Platinum, comes out this June featuring the lead single, “Automatic.”
ABC News RadioFloridaGeorgia Line has been on a rocket ride to the top ever since their hit, “Cruise,” came out in 2012. The duo’s sudden success was a shock even to them, but they’re doing their best to enjoy their good fortune.
“We get to do what we love every single night,” says FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “It’s a very blessed life that we live. We worked hard to get here, so we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor. We’re just trying to make the best of it. Make smart decisions, and hopefully keep this thing going for a while.”
Tyler’s duo partner, Brian Kelley, agrees, saying, “Every day we wake up, it’s like, ‘Is this really our life?’ Things don’t happen this quick and this fast.”
Above all, Florida Georgia Line is thrilled to lead country’s new wave and bring young fans into the format.
Brian says, “It’s just a really cool time in country music. It really is. People are taking chances. A lot of great new artists. A lot of older artists that are still creating great country music. We just feel like the luckiest dudes to be a part of it.”
Look for Florida Georgia Line to make a major announcement Friday morning.