Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a teaser trailer for his brand-new single, "American Kids." The clip features Kenny with a bunch of hippies in the desert dancing around a psychedelic-looking school bus. Kenny sings the lyrics, "Little messed up, but we're all all right" at the end of the video.
"American Kids" hits the airwaves June 20. Last week, Kenny tweeted the date 9/30/14, which likely signals his new album should be coming out on that date. We'll keep you posted with any further details.
Sony Music NashvilleBrad Paisley had a little fun with protesters from Westboro Baptist Church outside the venue of his Sunday night concert in Kansas City, MO. Before the show, Brad took a selfie with the church members holding signs that said, "God hates drunks" and "Sin breeds violence." In another photo, the churchgoers actually smile for the camera as Brad takes the picture. He captioned the photo with "Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here. We'll play loud."
Brad will crank up his guitar for the fans at CMA Music Festival this weekend in Nashville. He's set to perform at LP Field Sunday night.
Republic NashvilleOne of the perks of being in a band versus being a solo artist is the ability to divide up the workload among all the band members. Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli learned to delegate some of the band's big business tasks -- like keeping up with the money -- to band mate Jon Jones early on in their career.
He says, "At the time I was managing us, booking us, and the deposits weren't always correct 'cause maybe I wasn't getting enough sleep. So, Jon kinda came in and started helping me with that."
Now that Eli Young Band is one of country's top bands, they have managers, accountants and record label staff helping them keep everything straight. Still, their hectic schedule of playing shows, recording albums, writing songs, shooting videos and giving interviews can still be overwhelming. That's why drummer Chris Thompson is thankful they have each other to take up the slack when one of them is falling behind.
Says Chris, "The really great thing is when one of us is really off and not having a good day or whatever, there's three other people to kind of pick it up and to figure out where -- to kind of fill in that space that needs to be filled in."
Eli Young Band kicks off their CMA Music Festival week Monday night with a performance at Darius Rucker's Darius and Friends benefit concert at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon. Thompson Square, David Nail, Kenny Rogers and Clint Black are also on the bill. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has plenty of experience living out the title of his latest single, "Drunk on a Plane." Though he's sure to stay sober while piloting his own plane to and from concerts, Dierks and his band and crew have been known to imbibe while flying the friendly skies.
"I'm pretty proud of the fact that my band, just my band alone, and the crew had some help too. We have drunk a Southwest plane completely dry of alcohol," Dierks says. "I mean, just, halfway into the flight, you know, it's just like, 'We have no more booze thanks to you guys. Your band has completely decimated our supply.'"
Dierks recruited several band members to play some of the rowdy passengers in his "Drunk on a Plane" video. They'll perform it at the CMA Music Festival at LP Field Thursday night in Nashville.
ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift has raised the expectations for her next album quite a bit. She recently met with reporters in Shanghai, China, during her ongoing Asian leg of her RED tour, and addressed the project.
Taylor noted that with her RED tour soon coming to an end, she can focus more on the album. She added, “I’ve already been working very hard on it and it’s already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created.”
Chances are strong that she’ll continue to write songs that draw from her personal experiences -- something she said she’s done since she was a pre-teen. She has a good reason for doing so. She told reporters, “I think I really just love the unity that it brings me and the audience because chances are they’ve felt exactly the same way I felt when I wrote the song and I think it kind of reminds everyone -- and it reminds me -- that the human experience isn’t so lonely. It doesn’t have to be so lonely.”
The RED tour is scheduled to conclude in Singapore on June 12.
EB Media PREricChurch had the biggest first-week sales of any country artist so far this year when his album The Outsiders came out in February. He credits that success with staying true to his art no matter what's happening on the country charts at the moment.
Eric tells the San Francisco Examiner, "Any decision we make, we just try and be artistic. Because essentially that's what we're all supposed to be doing -- making art and not worrying, 'Is this going to commercially work?'"
Eric is now climbing the chart with his funky, new single, "Cold One" -- the third release from The Outsiders.
Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell and Frankie Ballard will perform the CMT Awards Official Fan After Party at aVenue next Wednesday, June 4. Their record label, Warner Music Nashville, has taken over that downtown Nashville venue again this year for the Warner Sound Event during CMA Music Festival, too.
On June 5, Cole, Jana Kramer and Gloriana will hold fan events at aVenue, with Charlie Worsham, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay following suit on June 6. For details, go to WarnerMusicNashville.com/MusicFest.