EB Media PRGeorge Strait's final tour stop in Nashville featured guest appearances from two of country's other biggest stars and a pointed message to a rock legend.
Kenny Chesney joined George onstage Friday night at the Bridgestone Arena for a duet of "Amarillo by Morning." Eric Church also showed up to sing "Cowboys Like Us" during Strait's set.
To open his encore, George sang a cover of Tom Petty's "You Wreck Me," and it worked nicely as a country song. Strait spoke out last year against Petty's comment that country music is "bad rock with fiddle." George's decision to cover "You Wreck Me" on this tour serves as a rebuttal to Tom's statement as well as an invitation for the rock star to actually learn about modern country music.
As for the rest of George's show, the evening was packed with classics like "Unwound," "Ocean Front Property," "The Chair," "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her," "Check Yes or No" and "The Fireman." More recent singles such as "Give It All We Got Tonight" and "I Got a Car" rounded out the set list.
Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert plays a gangster running moonshine with an all-female crew in his video for "Bottoms Up," and his friends are giving him grief about making the women do all the work in the clip.
Brantley tells ABC News Radio, "My buddy was, like, 'Man, I love how in the video how you got them girls working for you. You just touching the engine. You ain't even doing nothing. You hollering at 'em, "Hey, y'all got this stuff loaded up yet? What's up?"'"
While Brantley certainly enjoyed being surrounded by all those pretty girls on the video shoot, he knows it looks a little ridiculous. The clip was partly inspired by the rap videos Brantley watches for fun.
"Some of 'em are really, really funny, and I'm watching these guys, and they got girls crawling all over 'em," Brantley says. "It was kind of like an inside joke for us, but where else can you get three gorgeous women like that to give you a massage at the same time and not get in a fight? Right? That's awesome! Nowhere else but a music video does that happen!"
Brantley adds with a laugh, "I'm hoping that, like, in videos to come we can get in a lot more of those situations."
"Bottoms Up" is the lead single from Brantley's new album, Just As I Am, due out May 19.
Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves spends most of her time on the road, so her ultimate weekend would be spent at home in Nashville.
Kacey tells Cosmopolitan, "I’d be getting some good workouts in, hanging out with my dog and eating delicious food."
One of those relaxing weekends at home just might inspire a new song from Kacey, and she's always prepared to jot those song ideas down. When asked what she keeps on her nightstand at home, Kacey says, "A notepad, because I’ll often get random ideas right before I’m going to sleep and I’ll have to write them down, otherwise they’re gone forever!"
Listen for Kacey's new single, "Keep It to Yourself," to hit the airwaves soon.
Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Take Me Downtown tour got a big shot in the arm when they added their latest hit, "Compass," to the set list. The group's Charles Kelley tells the Las Vegas Review Journal to expect more upbeat songs like that from Lady A in the future.
"Music always kind of takes you in whatever direction it’s supposed to, and it’s hard to say what our next direction’s going to be,” Charles says. “But we’re definitely trying to write a lot more up-tempo music for sure.”
Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has been working on the production elements for his We're Not Invisible tour for years now. The vertical screen behind him on stage is based on a design he came up with as a freshman in high school.
Hunter tells the Toledo Free Press, "All of these ideas we’ve thrown into the show are things I’ve been thinking about and dreaming about since I was practically in middle school. This is a product of a lot of time and dreaming."
Hunter has Danielle Bradbery and Dan + Shay with him in the opening slots on the We're Not Invisible tour. Go to HunterHayes.com for concert dates.
ACMCarrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith are among the off-camera winners for the 49th Annual ACM Awards. Carrie will receive this year's Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanks to her gigs singing the NFL Sunday Night Football theme and starring in NBC's live production of The Sound of Music.
The Flatts are getting the Jim Reeves International Award for their work in promoting country music around the world. Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap are both getting the Career Achievement Award, while this year's Poets Awards go to songwriting legends Dean Dillion, Kris Kristofferson, the late Jack Clement and the late Buck Owens.
The trophies will be presented during the 8th Annual ACM honors September 9 in Nashville. The 49th Annual ACM Awards will be handed out Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET live on CBS.
Big Machine RecordsTimMcGraw is taping an appearance for Live from the Artists Den in Houston on March 30, and you could be in the audience. Fans interested in attending can sign up ArtistsDen.com/TimMcGraw for their chance to win tickets. The show will air later this year on Live from the Artists Den on PBS and other outlets.
Tim's performance is in support of his upcoming album, due out later this year. The lead single, "Lookin' for That Girl," is now climbing the country chart.
Photo Credit: John RussellDierks Bentley's CMT Crossroads concert with OneRepublic premieres Friday night, but fans won't be hearing their planned cover of the Avicii pop hit, "Hey Brother," on the show. During rehearsals, OneRepublic front man Ryan Tedder kept singing different lyrics to the song to crack Dierks up. For example, Ryan replaced, "Hey brother, do you still believe in one another?" with "Hey brother, did you know your sister is your mother?"
Dierks tells ABC News Radio, "I was like, 'You're ruining [it]. We're never gonna be able to sing the song now 'cause we're gonna be cracking up the entire time.'"
Dierks has since added "Hey Brother" to his concert set list, but fans can expect to hear him and OneRepublic swapping vocals on each other's hits, including "I Hold On" and "Counting Stars." The show also includes a cover of the U2 hit, "Pride (in the Name of Love)."
Dierks says of working with OneRepublic, "I always loved the CMT Crossroads, and always wanted to do it, but hard to find that right band. That was the only band that I really wanted to do it with, and it happened."
CMT Crossroads with Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic premieres Friday night at 10 ET.