Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has canceled their shows this weekend due to an illness affecting Gary LeVox‘s voice. The affected shows include stops in Nampa, Idaho; Airway Heights, Washington; and Mission, British Columbia in Canada.
“It is incredibly difficult to make the decision to cancel shows and disappoint our loyal fans who have been so good to us over the years,” says Flatts member Jay DeMarcus. “The schedule of shows this past weekend, coupled with media days in New York City, have left him without a voice. We promise to return as soon as we can and give our fans the best show possible!”
Ticketholders can contact the concert venues for refunds.
Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/RCA NashvilleJake Owen shared a very interesting solution in song for California’s ongoing drought during his appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. In an effort to convince listeners to conserve water, Jake sang a song titled “Drink Your Pee.” He somehow kept a straight face as he sang lines touting urine as 95 percent water and “American-made.”
The hilarious performance had the audience in stitches before Jake returned to sing his latest single, “What We Ain’t Got.”
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleFans who pre-order Brad Paisley‘s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, at iTunes will immediately get a download of his latest hit, “River Bank,” as well as another track, “Perfect Storm.” The lyric video for “Perfect Storm” premiered this week as the latest sneak peek from the new album along with a new song called, “High Life.” That track features a cameo from Carrie Underwood, and the lyrics actually talk about a family getting quick money from suing Carrie for copyright infringement.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is appearing at surprise, pop-up listening parties around the country in support of his sophomore album, Where It’s At. In addition to sharing tracks from the project, Dustin is also giving an acoustic performance during the events.
“It’s really exciting to me to get to share my new music with my fans in an up-close-and-personal setting,” Dustin says. “My fans fuel me and are the reason I get to do what I love for a living. This new album is very personal to me and I wanted to find a way to do something special for the people that have supported my music for the past two years.”
To find out where Dustin is popping up next, go to FindWhereItsAt.info and unlock the dates by connecting with Dustin via Facebook or Twitter. You can also enter your email address to get the dates.
Where’s It At comes out September 9 featuring the hit title track.
Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is one of the most successful acts in country music history, but that doesn’t mean they’re super-human. The guys often have to eat on the go due to their crazy schedules, which means they’re prone to getting heartburn. That’s why the Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus describes their partnership with Nexium 24 Hour as “a perfect marriage.”
“We have the freedom to live life without hesitation [and] not worry about when we’re eating or what we’re eating,” Jay tells ABC News Radio. “We try to be as healthy as we can, but sometimes with our schedule, it doesn’t allow us to make the healthiest choices. So, with Nexium 24 Hour, it’s one less thing we have to worry about.”
The guys in Rascal Flatts aren’t picky eaters according to guitarist Joe Don Rooney, and Nexium gives them the freedom to eat what they want when they want it.
He says, “We love food. There’s no doubt about it from Italian food to — love pizza, love hot dogs. We get a little American-style food, too. Hamburgers and stuff.”
Of course, the Flatts sometimes need heartburn relief after tipping back a few cocktails.
Jay says with a laugh, “It also helps if you’re hitting the vodka hard, too. You know what I mean? Get that burn going down your esophagus.”
On the music front, Rascal Flatts is climbing the country chart with their latest single, “Payback,” from their current album, Rewind.
Image Courtesy Jon Paul Bruno/Thirty TigersSunny Sweeney is back with a brand-new album out this week titled Provoked. It’s her first release since scoring at top 10 hit with “From a Table Away,” which led to an ACM nomination for Top New Female Vocalist in 2013.
The new project finds the native Texan outspoken as ever, singing about every aspect of her life from the divorce that ended her first marriage to the challenges of building a life with her current husband, Jeff. They tied the knot in 2011.
Sunny tells ABC News Radio, “I don’t mind singing about things and saying things that other people are thinking but don’t want to say. I like doing that, because it relates to people.”
That honest attitude can be heard in the album’s first single, “Bad Girl Phase” — a song that speaks to the freedom Sunny experienced after her first marriage ended.
She says, “I didn’t do anything too crazy, but not having to check in was a big thing and going out with your girls and doing whatever you wanted. Not having to go home. Like, you could spend the night at your friend’s house.”
As for that album title, Sunny tells us her husband, Jeff actually came up with the word “provoked” to capture the spirit of these 13 songs. It also speaks to the spunky nature of Texas women.
Sunny says with a smile, “You mess with our eyeliner, or our hair, or our man, then there is a situation. Big situation.”
There are a few tender moments on Provoked, including an unlikely love song comparing her new man’s heart to a trusty automobile on “Used Cars.”
“I never thought that would happen,” Sunny says. “I never have written a love song.”
Provoked has already cracked the top 10 on the iTunes Country Albums chart.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi has announced the first 12 dates for his Up All Night tour with special guest Joey Hyde. The trek kicks off October 10 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and eight more dates will be announced soon. Jon’s set list will include his hits “Up All Night” and “Missin’ You Crazy” in addition to his current single, “What I Can’t Put Down.”
Jon is currently on the road with Dierks Bentley‘s Riser Tour.
Here are Jon’s Up All Night tour dates:
10/10 — Lincoln, NE 10/11 — Omaha, NE 10/24 — Boston, MA 10/25 — Portland, ME 10/26 — Uncasville, CT 10/30 — San Jose, CA 10/31 — Salt Lake City, UT 11/12 — Overland Park, KS 11/13 — Columbia, MO 11/14 — Chicago, IL 12/12 — Denver, CO 12/20 — Columbus, OH