Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a hand in writing both his #1 hits, “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music,” so he obviously has a way with words. That’s why Brett’s advice on misusing words carries some weight.
Brett tweets, “If you think about it, all words are made up, so if you say a word wrong, who cares, make up your own!”
This casual approach to the English language could make for a very interesting sophomore album for Brett. You can catch him performing songs form his debut project, Bring You Back, on the road with Keith Urban through the fall.
Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Broken BowJason Aldean‘s daughters, 11-year-old Keeley and six-year-old Kendyl, have grown up on the road with him, so they’re used to sleeping on tour buses and hanging out backstage in arenas.
“They like coming out,” Jason says. “They like hanging out in the bus. It’s like, sleeping on the bus to them is like having a sleepover party or something, you know? So, they dig that part of it. They’ve got their bunks that are all decorated for them.”
Jason and his crew also set up a blow-up swimming pool for the girls out by the buses on show days.
Says Jason, “[It's] just finding little things to keep ‘em occupied more than anything.”
Once show time rolls around, Jason’s youngest daughter, Kendyl, isn’t very impressed by all the big lights and pyrotechnics.
Jason says with a laugh, “She makes it through about four or five songs, and then she’s ready for bed. She’s over it.”
Kendyl’s bed time may have something to do with Jason performing his steamy, new single, “Burnin’ It Down” a little later in his set list. Fans have downloaded more than 183,000 copies of the song since it came out last week.
Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley‘s Riser tour is one of country music’s hottest tickets this summer playing sold-out shows across the country. Dierks has Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice opening the show for him. That lineup reminds Dierks of being on the road with Kenny Chesney about a decade ago.
“I think back to when I was opening for Kenny and Keith Urban was the middle act, and I was the beginning act, and what that felt like just to have that camaraderie of guys to be able to talk about things,” Dierks explains. “Now, I’ve got one step further. I got three other guys out there with me — just great guys at all different levels in their career.”
Dierks is quick to praise his supporting acts starting with Jon Pardi, who Dierks says reminds him of himself when he was first starting out. Dierks admires Chase for building his own following via social media before scoring his debut hit, “Ready Set Roll.” As for Chris, Dierks adds, “[He's] , just one of the best singers in this town and a great guy.”
He continues, “They’re all great hangs, and I’m having the best time of my life out there. It’s been a total blast.”
Go to Dierks.com to see where the Riser Tour is stopping next.
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is having some fun with his record label leaking the title track of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, via Twitter and YouTube. The label removed the clip shortly after he posted it Wednesday afternoon.
This leak comes after Brad tweeted emails from his record label president asking him not to share the song just yet. Brad has also “gone rogue” and posted a remix of his latest hit, “River Bank,” featuring Colt Ford.
Over the weekend, Brad also shared snippets of all the songs on his new album. The new project is due out August 26.
Here’s the Moonshine in the Trunk track list:
“Crushin’ It” “River Bank” “Perfect Storm” “High Life “Moonshine in the Trunk” “Shattered Glass” “Limes” “You Shouldn’t Have To” “4WP” (feat. Brad Paisley) “Cover Girl” “Gone Green” “JFK 1962″ “American Flag on the Moon” “Country Nation”
Image Courtesy Ash Newell/13 ManagementTaylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show.
E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist.
Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month.
The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight.
Image Courtesy David McClister/Sony Music NashvilleIt looks like Miranda Lambert is headed to the silver screen. According to Deadline, Miranda is collaborating with video director Trey Fanjoy and screenwriter Cindy McCreery to make a movie called Something in the Water, about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition. Miranda would play one of the five women in the movie, said to be somewhere between Bridesmaids and Steel Magnolias in tone.
Miranda and Trey Fanjoy have collaborated on a lot of the country stars’ videos, including her latest clip, ‘Somethin’ Bad.” They’ve also teamed up on the videos for “The House That Built Me,” “Kerosene,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and “Fastest Girl in Town.”
Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsAfter a decade with his multi-platinum selling duo, Sugarland, Kristian Bush is stepping out with his debut solo single, “Trailer Hitch.” The lyrics speak to the joys of living simply and not getting bogged down with possessions, a philosophy that’s more than just some lofty idea for Kristian. As he flies across the country from show to show, traveling light has become a necessity.
Kristian tells ABC News Radio, “I don’t know how recently you’ve been on an airplane, but they can get pretty aggressive about this, ‘Two bags! You get two bags! Put your largest bag in the overhead,’ or whatever it is. You seem to be rewarded if, for some reason, you have less.”
Avoiding attachment to inanimate objects isn’t hard for Kristian, since he’s prone to leave things behind on planes all the time. “I have left my hat underneath the chair in front of me on an airplane three times in the last month,” Kristian says with a laugh. “I have to buy more hats. But I do believe that it feels good when things are just a little simpler. Things are just complicated!”
“Trailer Hitch” is the lead single from Kristian’s upcoming solo project, Southern Gravity. In the last two years, Kristian has written more than 300 songs, including the ones that will end up on his album. In an effort not to forget the songs, Kristian began recording himself singing the songs as he wrote them. He says, “I noticed after about six or seven months that I was singing four or five hours a day, five days a week, right? And I didn’t realize I was doing it!”
All of that vocal exercise paid off when Kristian hit the road on his current Put Your Soul In It tour and found his voice is now stronger than ever. In fact, he’s hitting notes he’s never been able to hit before.
“There are songs that I can sing where I’m getting closer to the Aretha Franklin voice that’s in my brain when I write some of these songs,” Kristian says. “There’s just a lot more control involved.”
He adds, “It’s exciting! It’s exciting to feel that change.”
“Trailer Hitch” is now available at iTunes. Check out the lyric video on YouTube as well.