Hunter Berry/CMADustin Lynch is just a few years into his country career, but his experience touring with Luke Bryan is giving him inspiration to continue touring for many years to come. Though he’s not naming names, Dustin has seen other headlining acts he feels are weighed down keeping a major touring operation going year after year. That isn’t the case with Luke, though.
“He’s still having a great time,” Dustin tells Rolling Stone Country, ” It’s exciting for me to see somebody that’s ten years ahead of me in his career still having as much fun as he is, to know that it’s possible.”
Dustin will kick off his Hell of a Night headlining tour November 14 in Virginia. He’s currently a supporting act on Luke’s Kick the Dust Up tour.
Starstruck RecordsReba isn’t keeping a low profile following Monday’s announcement of her split from husband/manager Narvel Blackstock. Look for her to debut her new single, “Until They Don’t Love You,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon August 12. She released the cover art for the new single across social media earlier Tuesday.
Reba says of the track, “The energy and sass of ‘Until They Don’t Love You’ mimics ‘Going Out Like That’ but takes it up another notch. When we were talking about the next single, I kept going back to this one … it’s just so much fun to perform live.”
On top of the new single, Reba is guest-starring on the finale of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy Wednesday night at 8:30 ET. The show stars her former Reba co-star, Melissa Peterman.
Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington has always maintained a steady workout regimen, but he’s kicked his fitness routine into high gear this summer while on tour with health nut Tim McGraw. Billy admits he can’t keep up with Tim’s insane exercise schedule, though.
“For us, you know, we pick about three or four hours of the day, not 10 [hours like Tim],” Billy says with a laugh. “He works out all day, and it’s pretty amazing to watch.”
On top of his extreme workout regimen, Tim also sticks to his low-carb, high-protein Paleo diet.
Says Billy, “Like, where does he get the energy from? ‘Cause the foods that I hear he eats, it’s like, ‘Really? That fuels you to go every day like that?’ It amazes me. So inspiring.”
Billy hopes to be somewhat close to Tim’s level of fitness by the time they wrap up the Shotgun Rider tour next month.
He adds with a laugh, “I’m getting on it now. Can’t end the tour and not look close to that.”
Billy is on the road with Tim through a September 19 show in Irvine, California.
Warner Music NashvilleMichael Ray is on track to score a #1 hit with his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning.” On first listen, the song seems to be about a guy trying to get to know a girl on a first date, but Michael says the song applies to couples that have been together for awhile, too.
He tells ABC Radio, “Maybe it’s just that rekindling of a long relationship that maybe you go, ‘Hey, let’s go back to how we used to be, have a wild night.'”
No matter how long you may have known the girl, Michael encourages all guys out there to open up and pursue that romantic connection.
“If it’s a good time, there’s no reason to end it,” Michael explains. “You know, don’t be that dude that just does a one-night thing. Keep it going. See what’s gonna happen.”
“Kiss You in the Morning” is the lead single from Michael Ray’s self-titled debut album, due out this Friday.
Brett Warren/GreenroomKix Brooks‘ new Cooking Channel series, Steak Out with Kix Brooks, is generating good ratings for the network, especially among male viewers. On Tuesday night, Kix takes his show to New Orleans to check out three of the city’s top steakhouses.
Kix says, “I couldn’t be more excited to hear that everyone is having as much fun watching Steak Out this summer as we had making it. This week’s episode is in one of the best cities in the country.”
Steak Out with Kix Brooks airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on The Cooking Channel.
Next up, Kix will host his 4th Annual Harvest Party August 15 at his winery, Arrington Vineyards south of Nashville. Proceeds go to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
ABCCarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning for an eighth turn as hosts of the 49th Annual CMA Awards this year. The show airs Wednesday, November 4 on ABC. The show will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that night at 8 ET.
BMICountry Music Hall of Fame member Billy Sherrill died Tuesday morning following a short illness. He was 78 years old.
Sherrill is best known for producing country standards such as Charlie Rich‘s “Behind Closed Doors,” George Jones‘ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tammy Wynette‘s “Stand by Your Man,” which he co-wrote with Tammy. He is credited with bringing a lush, orchestrated sound to country music.
Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama on November 5, 1936, Sherrill got his break in 1962 when Sun Records’ Sam Phillips hired him as a producer and engineer in Nashville. He went on to Epic Records and wrote and produced David Houston‘s 1966 #1 country hit, “Almost Persuaded.” That song went on to win three Grammy Awards.
Sherrill is the man who signed Tammy Wynette to Epic Records. He went on to work with artists ranging from Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and Shelby Lynne to Elvis Costello and Ray Charles. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church will headline the first-ever American Roots Festival coming up October 17 and 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow also are on the bill along with The Roots, Grace Potter and Chris Stapleton.
The two-day event takes place at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, and more stars will be added to the lineup soon. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 10 through LiveNation.com.