Garth Brooks Honored at ASCAP Centennial Award Ceremony in New York City

Image Courtesy CMAMonday night in New York City, Garth Brooks was honored with the ASCAP Centennial Award — a new honor created to mark the performing rights organization’s 100th anniversary. Garth was recognized alongside the night’s other honorees, including one of his heroes — Billy Joel. Joan Baez, Stevie Wonder and musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim also received the Centennial Award Monday night.

Garth says, “I feel lucky, ’cause an award really, truthfully, is only good as the names that have won in the past or other things, so this was pretty sweet that they did this.”

The Centennial Award honors Garth as a songwriter, and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, performed one of his compositions, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” in his honor. Garth co-wrote that song with Kent Blazy, who first introduced Garth to Trisha at the beginning of their respective careers.

Says Garth, “Tonight, it’s a full circle. So, not only the song, but all involved kind of creates life for us. So, this is a big night for us.”

Trisha is quick to call Garth a “poet” and a “great songwriter.”

She says, “I’ll hear him humming something or singing something, and I’ll go, ‘What song is that?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.’  It’ll be a piece of something that sounds amazing to me that he’s just pulled out of thin air from somewhere that he’s just humming. And that’s how those songs get started.”


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Frankie Ballard’s Rocket Ride Continues with Second #1 Hit, “Sunshine and Whiskey”

Image Courtesy Sam Erickson/Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard feels like he just got finished celebrating his last #1 hit, “Helluva Life,” and he’s already followed that one up with another chart-topper, “Sunshine and Whiskey.”

“It’s crazy, you know, the momentum that we’re [experiencing],” Frankie says. “It’s unbelievable. I’m on cloud nine. I’m so happy.”

“Sunshine and Whiskey” never fails to get the girls out of their seats at Frankie’s shows, too.

He adds, “It starts the dance party. ‘Cause I think sometimes people come in, and they’re not really sure if it’s OK to dance. Then you play that one, and the dance party starts, and it’s all downhill from there.”

Frankie looks forward to continuing his upward momentum with an opening spot on Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes tour starting in January.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

David Nail Wraps Up 25-Date I’m a Fire Tour

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail wrapped up his headlining I’m a Fire this past weekend in Green Bay, WI. The trek hit 25 cities, including New York City, Boston, New Orleans and Cincinnati along the way.

David says, “There is no bigger compliment than people coming out to see you play your music live.  Thanks to everyone who came out and made this tour so special.” 

New duo Native Run joined David on the I’m a Fire tour. His latest single, “Kiss You Tonight,” is included on his current album, I’m a Fire.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hunter Hayes Performing with Roanoke Student Musicians Tonight to Celebrate Music Education

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes performs with 450 elementary, middle and high school students in Roanoke, Virginia, on Monday night in celebration of the city’s booming music education programs. The CMA Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to complete VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s instrument campaign to bring access to instrumental music education to students in Roanoke. So far, $510,000 worth of instruments have been donated to the city’s schools.

In celebration, Hunter will perform at Monday night’s concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. He will also talk about the impact of music and music education programs on his life.

The CMA Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to organizations that support music education throughout the United States. The money is raised on behalf of the artists who perform for free at the CMA Music Festival each year.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kenny Chesney Takes Fans to the Islands for “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay”

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony MusicKenny Chesney is helping fans put a little bit of the island life in their holiday season with his new single, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay.” The song is described as “slightly Calypso” and “wholly acoustic.”

Kenny hopes the track can help fans relax a little bit with their friends and families this season. He says, “I do know that my family really loves Christmas — and I was in the mood, especially with the time I’ve been spending in Barbados with my rum, to try and distill how slow and sweet the holidays in the islands are when we can get there.”

Of course, Kenny’s referring to his Blue Chair Bay rum, which has also turned out to be a big seller for Kenny. “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay” is now at country radio.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rascal Flatts Launching Vegas Riot! Residency This February at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sin City

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is launching their Vegas Riot! Residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas February 25, 2015. They’ll play nine shows through March 14 at the hotel’s concert venue, The Joint.

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus says, “We’re so excited to do something so different for us. You will experience Rascal Flatts in a way you’ve never seen us before – up close, intimate and personal, and we promise you one thing, it’s going to rock!”

Tickets go on sale Friday morning at AXS.com/RascalFlattsVegas.

Here are the Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! show dates: 2/25, 2/27, 2/28, 3/4, 3/6, 3/7, 3/11, 3/13, and 3/14.



Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tanya Tucker Wants to Say One Last Goodbye to Her Old Love, Glen Campbell

Image Courtesy Webster PRTanya Tucker‘s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, titled “Strong Enough to Bend,” includes a few mentions of her famous, yet stormy, relationship with Glen Campbell in the early ’80s. Memories of that relationship are bittersweet for Tanya now that Glen is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and living in a long-term care facility in Nashville.

“I haven’t spoken to him,” Tanya tells ABC. “And I’ve asked his manager, I’ve called and asked him to ask his wife if I could possibly — I said, ‘Just let me say goodbye.’  I really would like to have that, ’cause it just breaks my heart, you know.”

Tanya also wishes Glen wasn’t living in a long-term care facility.

“I just think it’s not right,” she says. “I want him to be in a beautiful place with 10 people waitin’ on him hand and foot, you know?”

Still, Tanya is grateful to Glen’s wife, Kim, for taking care of him since they tied the knot in 1982.

Tanya says, “I know he’s a handful, and I want to thank her for taking care of him and being his rock. But I’d just like to say goodbye.”

Tanya goes on to say that she’s never loved anybody like she loved Glen, and she still keeps in touch with his family in Arkansas.

Says Tanya, “They want to bring him back home where it all started, in Delight, Arkansas.”

In an interview with People, Kim said it wasn’t safe to keep Glen at home anymore due to his worsening condition.  A documentary about Glen’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, recently hit theaters.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockGarth Brooks‘ touring band is named for which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Stillwater.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood has released a behind-the-scenes clip from her “Something in the Water” video shoot to People.com.

Scotty McCreery has picked up platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America for three of his songs —  “See You Tonight, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls.”

Fifteen shows on Sam Hunt‘s Lipstick Graffiti tour sold out within minutes after going on sale last week. He is now considering moving some of those shows to larger venues or adding additional dates in those markets.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Cole Swindell Releasing Five New Songs on “Down Home Sessions EP”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s debut album just came out in February, but his fans will be happy to know he’s got a brand-new, five-song EP coming out this week. It’s called the Down Home Sessions, and Cole says his fans have been waiting for some of these songs for a while now.

He explains, “There were a couple [songs] that I saw fans, that they’d heard me play live, and just wondering, you know, ‘Why didn’t that make the album?’  Hey, you can only pick so many.”

The Down Home Sessions EP coincides with Cole’s just-launched Down Home club tour, which is a far cry from the stadiums and arenas he’s played on Luke Bryan‘s That’s My Kind of Night tour all year long.  Cole hopes the Down Home EP and tour will become a longstanding tradition.

He says, “I just want to hopefully be able to do that every year — give the fans new music and then go out and play the clubs, which I started playing in.”

Here’s the Down Home Sessions EP track listing:

“Ready”
“The Way You’re Lovin’ Me Now”
“Kiss”
“Workin’ on Me”
“Boomerang”


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio