Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star extended his CMA nominations record Wednesday with an 83rd nod? ANSWER: George Strait.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Teases Big Digital Music Announcement During “Good Morning America” Appearance

John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks is kicking off his big tour tour with wife Trisha Yearwood Thursday night in Chicago, but before then, he’s got yet another big announcement to make.

“We’re going to change everything,” Garth teased on Thursday’s Good Morning America. “This is gonna be awesome. There’s a new window opening with digital music coming and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Garth wouldn’t give any specifics, saying all would be revealed at a press conference today at 1:00 p.m. Central time.

As for tonight’s concert, Garth said on GMA fans should expect him to perform a lot of his old material.  “Yeah, I mean we bring new things but the truth is, I’m a fan. I sit in that audience, I pay that ticket, I go see the people I love. And I don’t go there to hear the new stuff. I go there to hear the old stuff,” he explained. “So we brought all our old stuff with us and we’re going to sprinkle a little bit of the new stuff. But it’s gonna be fun.”

The “new stuff” includes Garth’s new single, “People Loving People.”  He said after all of these years in the music business he still gets excited when he releases new music, and when he hears it on the radio.

“I heard this on the radio yesterday evening for the first time and it just…if somebody sits here and says, ‘Ehh, it’s OK if you hear yourself on the radio,’ they’re lying to you,” said Garth.  “It’s the greatest thing on the planet.”

After his shows in Chicago and Atlanta, Garth kicks off a run of shows in Jacksonville, FL starting October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Keith Urban Explains Why He’s Truly Grateful for His Four CMA Nominations

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was dropping his kids off at school Wednesday morning when his phone started blowing up as a result of his four CMA nominations, including one for Entertainer of the Year.

“I was driving, so I couldn’t respond to any of the texts,” Keith says. “I must’ve gotten 15 texts in the space of about 15 seconds, and dropped our second girl at school and then got home and then sat in the garage calling everybody to thank them. It was amazing.”

Keith is also up for Male Vocalist of the Year, a trophy he last took home in 2006. He was in rehab at the time, so he couldn’t be there to receive his award in person. Life has gotten dramatically better for Keith in the last eight years, but he couldn’t help but think back to that night in 2006 when he found out about his nominations.

Keith says, “I was right back there in that moment with deep, mixed feelings, mixed feelings of how devastating and emotional and chaotic everything was then and how living life a different way the last eight years to land at a different place is extraordinary.”

Keith’s latest release, Fuse, is up for Album of the Year, and he shares a Musical Event of the Year nod with Miranda Lambert for “We Were Us.”

See if Keith takes home a trophy when the CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 on ABC.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen and The Swon Brothers have been added as performers for the 8th Annual ACM Honors to be held Tuesday, September 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Brad Paisley‘s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with 52,000 copies sold. That’s enough for a #1 debut on Billboard‘s Country Albums tally.

Eric Church will perform his latest single, “Cold One,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, October 15.

Luke Bryan performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, September 10.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Ready for Emotional Return to the Concert Stage Tonight in Chicago

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks launches his World Tour Thursday night at the Allstate Arena near Chicago, and you better believe there will be tears on Garth’s face as he takes the stage. In fact, Garth already broke down crying rehearsing for his return to the concert trail.

“The first time I stepped on that stage, I lost it,” Garth says. “So I know in the real show, I’m going to lose it. And also, what I’m gonna do is, I’m gonna be so fired up that two songs in, my voice is gonna be gone, ’cause  I’ll just be way too excited.”

Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood is opening all shows on his World Tour.  She’s not surprised ticket demand led to them playing 10 shows in Chicago and another seven shows in Atlanta so far: “I’m not shocked that this many people turn out, especially to see him. Because I have seen this, and I have toured with him twice before. I have been on that stage in front of that audience. It’s overwhelming. “

Garth is expected to perform the new single, “People Loving People,” at the upcoming shows. He chose that track as the first single from his upcoming studio album because he loved the feel of it.

Garth explains, “I love how modern it feels, but yet it feels like Garth. And my favorite thing about ‘People Loving People’ has to be the message.”

After their shows in Chicago and Atlanta, look for Garth to kick off a run of shows in Jacksonville, FL starting October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, David Nail and More Featured on “The Best of Me” Soundtrack

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleThe soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, features songs from Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, David Nail, Eli Young Band and Kip Moore.

Lady A sings the song “I Did with You,” which is featured in the film’s trailer. The Best of Me hits theaters October 17 starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. We’ll keep you posted when the soundtrack’s release date is announced.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line’s “Instant Jam” Concert Premiering October 18 on CMT

Image Courtesy Jason Davis/CMTFlorida Georgia Line played a surprise show for a small crowd at Nashville’s Exit/In Tuesday night for CMT’s Instant Jam series. If you didn’t score one of the 350 wristbands handed out to get into the show, you can see it all when the concert airs on CMT Saturday, October 18.

The concert special features songs from FGL’s upcoming album, Anything Goes, including their latest hit, “Dirt.” Smash hits “Get Your Shine On,” “This Is How We Roll,” and “Cruise” round out the set list.

Anything Goes hits stores October 14.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Unhurt After Falling Off Stage in Indiana

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan may want to include guard rails into his stage design for 2015. The country star fell into the crowd for the third time this year over the weekend during a show in Indiana. Fortunately, Luke wasn’t hurt, and tweeted after the show, “Our stage is different in every amp[hitheater]. Little stage variations. Hell, I gotta just pay more attention.”

Luke had similar spills in February and May of this year.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

CMA Awards Nominees React to the Good News

CMAFlorida Georgia Line could add another CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year to their collection when the trophies are handed out November 5. FGL won the Duo category as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” at last year’s show, and the duo’s Brian Kelley is still shocked to see those CMA Awards at his house in Nashville.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s very surreal, man. You just kinda look at it, pick it up. It’s heavy as it can be, man. It’s an incredible thing.”

Brian’s duo partner Tyler Hubbard is creating a special place in his house to display the trophies.

“I’m building a man cave,” Tyler explains. “They’re sitting in one of the guest bedrooms right now waiting for the bonus room to get finished up.”

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again this year. The group joined Darius Rucker to announce the nominees Wednesday morning in New York City. After the press conference, LBT’s Karen Fairchild said they couldn’t get these nominations without loyal fans and great songs.

Karen explains, “We’re blessed to write with incredible songwriters in Nashville and to work with an amazing producer and to just be zoned into what we’re doing, and maybe the heartbeat of our fans? They’re the ones that give us these opportunities, so we’re incredibly grateful.”

Here’s a roundup of other CMA Awards nominees’ reactions via social media and press statements:

George Strait — “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year. It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

Luke Bryan — “Thank y’all for my nominations. Amazing. Crazy stuff.”

Dierks Bentley — “wow y’all. 5 ?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. i never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!”

Martina McBride — “Wow! Wow! Wow! SO happy to get the news about the CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year nomination!!! Congratulations to all the nominees! Woohoo!”

Cole Swindell – “Huge thanks to @CountryMusic for this incredible nomination! I am humbled beyond words. Congrats to all the nominees! #NewArtist #CMAawards”

Dan + Shay – “Proud to share these special moments with our incredible fan base. Thanks for believing in our dream! #Dashers #CMAAwards”

Thomas Rhett – “Good grief…Thanks to everyone who voted for #CMAawards New Artist of the Year…Feel very blessed to be in good company!”

Brett Eldredge — “Holy peanut butter pancakes! Woke up to being nominated for CMA awards New artist of the year! Love yans:)”

Kip Moore – “just heard the news about cma way to express my gratitude through a tweet. So many involved w this, so thanks to all!”

Kacey Musgraves — “MUCHAS GRACIAS por mi CMA Nominations! Arrow nom for SOTY?! That’s a dream come true! They all are. Thanks.”

Brandy Clark –“I’ve watched the CMA Awards every year for as long as I can remember. To be a nominee in both Song [for co-writing"Follow Your Arrow"] and New Artist is truly a thrill and a dream come true.” 

Kenny Rogers“Whether we win or not, it was an event for me being back together with my good friend, Dolly Parton. I have great respect for everyone in this category and there’s no way you can lose being in that group.”
Dolly Parton — “I’m so honored to be nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year with one of my absolute best friends, Kenny Rogers! It really is true that ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’.”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joe Nichols Staying “Cool” Releasing Third Upbeat Love Song in a Row to Country Radio

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols has scored two consecutive #1 hits with the feel-good love songs “Sunny & 75″ and “Yeah.” So, he feels no need to slow down the tempo on his upcoming single, “Hard to Be Cool.” The new track has become a fan-favorite at Joe’s concerts lately.

He tells Rolling Stone Country, “It’s surprised me how popular it is in the live show. That’s a good indicator of what album cuts should be singles: when people are singing every word to it, and they get excited right after hearing the intro.”

“Hard to Be Cool” was the last song recorded for Joe’s latest album, Crickets, available now.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio