Image Courtesy Capitol Nashville/Nino MunozDierks Bentley hit the recording studio with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley this week. He posted a photograph of the session on Twitter with the caption, “Still processing. got to sing a ralph stanley song with…ralph stanley! look him up kids. #firstgenerationbluegrass.”
Dierks continues his Riser tour Thursday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has been reunited with the breast cancer patient and longtime fan who brought one of his recent Minneapolis concerts to a stop. Theresa Shaw was serenaded by Garth after he saw her sign about undergoing chemotherapy earlier in the day before the concert. Garth even gave Theresa a guitar.
Entertainment Tonight brought Garth and Theresa together again, and he got emotional recalling their exchange at the show. They were performing two shows that day, so Garth and his team were feeling a little worn down. Then Garth saw the sign that said, “Chemo This Morning. Garth Tonight. Enjoying ‘The Dance’,” and his perspective totally changed.
Garth says, “You’re like, ‘Am I really [complaining] about anything? Really?’ It put it all in perspective. Caught me off guard, but [Shaw] was so sweet and her face just said it all…No walls, no barriers, that’s when magic happens, that’s it.”
Garth’s reunion with Theresa Shaw airs on Entertainment Tonight Tuesday. Check local listings for air time and channel.
In other Garth news, he’s sold more than 201,000 tickets for his 11 shows in Minneapolis at the Target Center. That’s the most tickets Garth has ever sold for a single city in North America. Tickets are on sale at AXS.com/Garth for the remaining three shows in Minneapolis coming up this weekend.
Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery has posted a video of his song, “The Dash,” on YouTube paying tribute to fallen U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter. Carpenter was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was fatally wounded on Valentine’s Day 2011. He died five days later leaving behind his wife Chrissie, who was pregnant with their first child, Landon, at the time. Chrissie’s cousin, Nathan Thomas, is the bass player in Scotty’s band.
Scotty says, “When Nathan told me the story about his cousin’s husband, I knew it was a very personal way to connect our audiences to the song ‘The Dash.’ On this day when we honor our military veterans, I could think of no better way to show my respect than to make sure my fans have a chance to know Andrew and his story.”
“The Dash” is included on Scotty’s latest album, See You Tonight.
Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has added Jake Owen, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice as opening acts on select dates of The Big Revival tour next year. He’s already teaming up for stadium shows with Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert along the way. Finding the best opening acts for his fans is a responsibility Kenny takes very seriously.
“It’s about fresh faces people need to know,” Kenny explains. “If I can turn people on, or remind them of an artist like Jake, I know they’re gonna get a show that rocks them, but also opens up some new music.”
Look for another big tour announcement from Kenny in the coming days.
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s hit song “See You Again” has become an anthem for military personnel serving overseas and their families as they wait to be reunited. The song is also a source of hope for the family members of those who’ve lost their lives in battle.
One family in particular sticks out in Carrie’s mind. A young girl and her mother bought three tickets to see one of Carrie’s shows thinking the girl’s father would be able to join them. He died in the line of duty, but the mother and daughter still came to see Carrie’s show.
Carrie arranged to meet them at her show. She writes in Time magazine, “I am still amazed at how strong they both were. They might have found a little comfort in one of my songs. But because of their story and the many others like it that I have heard since, I’ll never sing that song the same way again.”
Carrie is performing “See You Again” on HBO’s Concert for Valor Tuesday night.
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 JoshTurner.com to see where he’s playing next.
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.
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 Ghostunes.com.
Here’s the Man Against Machine track listing:
“Man Against Machine” “She’s Tired of Boys” “Cold Like That” “All-American Kid” “Mom” “Wrong About You” “Rodeo and Juliet” “Midnight Train” “Cowboys Forever” “People Loving People” “Send ‘Em on Down the Road” “Fish” “You Wreck Me” “Tacoma”