Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s career was on the upswing before he released his latest album, Where It’s At, but things have really taken off since Dustin introduced an edgier sound on that album’s singles, “Where It’s At” and “Hell of a Night.” It also doesn’t hurt that Dustin has landed a spot on Luke Bryan‘s 2015 tour.
As for his solo shows, Dustin tells OC Weekly, “We’re selling out everywhere we go… It’s crazy how far we’ve come as a band. Seeing the progression and the crowds grow is a testament to what we’re doing on stage, and what we put into our live show -and it’s so much fun.”
Dustin is a special guest on Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up tour stop in Boise, Idaho this Thursday night.
Image Courtesy Bieber PRBrad Paisley has assembled a team of country superheroes in his new animated video for “Crushin’ It.” Brad not only came up with the concept himself, he also drew the cartoon caricatures.
Carrie Underwood appears as “Carrie Under-Woman,” Keith Urban is “Captain Australia” and Kenny Chesney is “Agua Man.” Dierks is “Derx Skydrink” and Florida Georgia Line is drawn as Beavis & Butthead. Blake Shelton, Luke Byran, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church and George Strait are among the other stars getting Brad’s cartoon treatment.
Brad’s “Crushin’ It” video is now live on YouTube.
Image Courtesy Dot RecordsSteven Tyler makes his official move into the country format Wednesday with the release of his new single, “Love Is Your Name.” The Aerosmith frontman moved to Nashville in January and recorded “Love is Your Name” very early in the process of making his debut country album.
Steven says, “The FIRST DAY in the studio, I recorded a song that became my first single, and if ‘Love Is Your Name,’ then Nashville’s my new girlfriend. I guess you could call that Beginner’s Luck.”
Steven will promote “Love Is Your Name” with interviews on CBS This Morning and Entertainment Tonight Wednesday. He’ll perform the new single that night on the American Idol finale at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood, Easton Corbin and Scotty McCreery are performing at the Grand Ole Opry’s CMA Music Festival kickoff show Tuesday, June 9 in Nashville. Tyler Farr and newcomer Mo Pitney will perform at the free Opry Plaza Party in front of the Grand Ole Opry House that afternoon, too.
Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini‘s debut album, The First Time, is now streaming at KelseaBallerini.CMT.com before it’s available for purchase on Monday, May 18.
Country newcomer Logan Mize releases his debut EP, Pawn Shop Guitar, on May 19 featuring the single, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.”
Wynonna will co-host CBS’s The Talk on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13 when the show broadcasts from New York City.
Image Courtesy CMTLady Antebellum will reveal a portion of the nominees for the 2015 CMT Music Awards on NBC’s Today show Wednesday morning. Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood will reveal a few other categories on their social media accounts that morning, and other categories will be announced on CMT’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms.
The 2015 CMT Music Awards will be handed out Wednesday, June 10.
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has signed on as national ambassadors for Teen Cancer America, an organization spearheaded by rockers Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshed of The Who. The country group joined Roger Daltrey for a press conference to announce the partnership Monday in Nashville just before The Who’s concert at the city’s Bridgestone Arena.
The organization seeks to help eliminate the isolation teenage cancer patients feel when they are in the hospital receiving treatment. While children and adults battling cancer often have support programs and activities while in the hospital, teen patients can sometimes fall through the cracks.
The Perry siblings are very familiar with the medical field, thanks to their dad, who is a pediatrician. The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry tells ABC Radio, “We would go with him on rounds all the time. We have noticed that so many of the medical systems cater to either young children or adults. It’s almost like these teenagers and young adults, they’re in the no man’s land.” (THE BAND PERRY AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Teen Cancer America seeks to bring those teenagers together to help support each other through specialized facilities and programs at medical centers.
Roger Daltrey explains, “Like a child wants a nursery with a teddy bear, they want a room where they can do the things that teenagers do and young adults do. They want a room where they can watch sports, cook for themselves, have a bit of fun, talk to each other. The best therapist for this lot is to talk to each other. No one is better.”
Teen Cancer America has partnered with Nashville’s Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to bring those programs and facilities to teenage cancer patients in Music City. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend founded Teen Cancer America for the United States in 2012 after serving as patrons of the similar Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years.
Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington has named his new album Summer Forever, and that title sums up Billy’s approach to touring, too. While some artists brave the harsh winter months to play for fans suffering from cabin fever, Billy tells ABC Radio, “I don’t do that anymore! I don’t tour no Canada in no February! I’m in Hawaii in February.”
Billy had to start his 2015 tour a little earlier, so he did play a few arena shows with snow on the ground outside this year.
“It was cold, and it affects me,” Billy admits. “I mean, there’s a heater going on the bus, my skin’s drying out, I’m having to drink tons more water.”
Since Billy prefers to be outdoors most of the time, he felt cooped up having to stay on his tour bus or inside the arena due to the cold.
He adds, “I don’t want to cry about it, but I have to adapt to get out there. But I’m always dying for the spring when I’m on the mainland.”
Billy has a sweet gig playing The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on May 29. His new album, Summer Forever, is due out June 2 featuring his latest hit, “Don’t It.”
Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery‘s country career took off after he won American Idol in 2011. Now that the show is coming to an end after next year’s 15th season, Scotty says he’s grateful to Idol‘s producers, judges and viewers for giving him his big break.
Scotty tells The Tennessean,”American Idol has been a dominant force in our pop culture for almost a decade and a half, but all good things must come to an end.”
The first installment of American Idol‘s two-night finale of the current, 14th season airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.
Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore released his debut single just seven years ago, but he’s already starting to hear from new acts who have drawn on his music for inspiration. At just 31 years old, Justin’s adjusting to being the seasoned veteran on tours with up-and-coming country singers.
Speaking of influencing other young musicians, Justin tells Billboard, “I don’t think that any of us start out to be that. We still think of ourselves as looking up to whoever we did. But it definitely makes you feel good and is humbling to hear that kind of stuff.”
Justin is taking the entire “elder statesman” role in stride, though. He says with a laugh, “I asked my wife, ‘When did I get to be the old guy?”
Image Courtesy CMAEric Church learned a lot watching George Strait end his touring career with The Cowboy Rides Away tour last year. Eric opened several shows on the trek, and the song that affected him the most at every concert was the Strait hit “Troubadour.” The song talks about a singer still feeling young and vital even though they don’t have much longer in the spotlight.
Eric tells Rolling Stone, “It was an emotional thing for me, seeing him wrap up his career the way he wanted to. I think about this song a lot when I’m on stages. Will I be on this stage again? There’ll be a time when I won’t be. My day will come too.”