Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton on Sunday shared his thoughts on Maverick and The Rockford Files actor James Garner, who died at the age of 86. Blake tweeted, “Damn sad to hear about James Garner passing away.. One of my favorite actors ever. Always wanted to meet him…”
Brad Paisley made good on his promise to perform “Whiskey Lullaby” with Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night. Sarah was eliminated from the ABC music completion last week, and Brad extended the invitation to sing with him during that live broadcast.
Tyler Farr shares photos of his just-purchased “dream home” with People.com. The 2,200-square-foot log cabin sits next to a river on 32 acres of land an hour south of Nashville. Jason Aldean lives down the road.
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHow did Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney end up drinking a recent afternoon away together at a Nashville-area location of the chain restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings? Jason recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself partying with Kenny. It turns out Jason just sat down at the restaurant with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, when he got a call from Kenny.
Jason says, “He goes, ‘Well, I’m at somewhere. We’ve been drinking margaritas all day.’ I was like, ‘Well, come over here and meet us. We just sat down. We’ll have a beer. Whatever.’”
Jason’s invitation turned to hours of drinking beer, tequila and rum once Kenny showed up.
“All I do know is, I think we ended up calling a car to take us home,” Jason says. He adds, “Kenny, he’s a funny dude, man.”
Jason and Kenny have been friends for several years now, but they truly became peers when Jason started headlining stadium shows. Since Kenny has played more than 100 NFL stadium concerts, Jason often goes to him for pointers on how to connect with fans in such a large venue.
Says Jason, “He’s a good guy to kind to have there to kinda talk to about stuff and bounce ideas off of, and been there-done that kind of thing. And still, as long as he has been in the business, he still loves what he does.”
Jason just headlined stadiums in Cleveland and Cincinnati this weekend, and he expects Kenny to get back out on the concert trail in a big way in 2015, too.
Jason says with a laugh, “I know he’s taking some time off right now, and he’s, like, already over it. He’s ready to get on the road.”
Jason debuted a sexy new song, titled “Burnin’ It Down,” at his weekend concerts. He expects to have a new album out by the end of the year.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell extends a sexy invitation to an old flame in his latest hit, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” but quite a few people have misunderstood his intentions in this song.
Cole says with a laugh, ” It’s funny — somebody [was] joking, like, ‘Why is Cole Swindell wishing bad on this girl hoping she gets lonely?’ But, you listen to the song, it’s a good ‘Hope You Get Lonely.’ Yeah, you just hope the girl wants to see you as much as you want to see her.”
Cole goes on to say “Hope You Get Lonely” is one of his favorite songs on his self-titled debut album, which also features his #1 hit “Chillin It.”
“I’m excited about having a new song out, and just the whole album, man,” says Cole. “I’m glad people get to hear more of me than just ‘Chillin’ It,’ ’cause I have several other songs on the album that cover all the bases.”
Look for Cole to perform on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special coming up Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET.
ABC/Todd WawrychukTaylor Swift made waves not long ago by penning an op-ed piece for theWall Street Journal about the future of the music business. Most people focused on Taylor’s optimism about the industry, but now, her actual writing ability has been put under a microscope.
Entertainment Weekly invited Margo Mifflin, a professor of English at the City University of New York, to “grade” Taylor’s essay and point out any flaws. Professor Mifflin’s opinion? “She has a strong, effervescent writing style,” she told the magazine. “But the piece has serious focus problems. It skids all over the place.” She gives Taylor a B-minus.
Taylor’s essay includes her thoughts about how artists need to surprise fans constantly and take musical risks, how albums can become best-sellers if they connect emotionally with listeners and how autographs and distinctions between musical genres are both obsolete.
For comparison’s sake, Mifflin also critiqued a piece by George Clooney, in which he expressed his anger and frustration over a story in a British tabloid claiming that his future mother-in-law opposes him marrying her daughter. She gave Clooney’s effort an A-minus, saying that his writing was “pointed” and “persuasive,” but “a little too concise.”
Image Courtesy: Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood‘s names always come up in discussions about the sexiest men in country music. Their band mate, Hillary Scott, has revealed the secret to Charles and Dave’s sex appeal: “Tight jeans and chest hair.”
She tells them with a laugh, “It’s true, and you always show it.”
Charles claims to be a pioneer among male country stars who are now painting on their pants. He says, “We were wearing tight jeans before Luke [Bryan] did. Let’s just say that. No, I’m just kidding. I just bust on him.”
Dave adds, “We have more chest hair than Luke.”
Charles agrees, saying, “He doesn’t have any chest hair.”
Lady A’s new album, 747, is due out September 30 featuring their latest hit, “Bartender.”
Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore is kicking off CMT’s Summer Concert Series this Saturday on CMT Hot 20 Countdown premiering at 11 a.m. ET on CMT. David Nail will be featured on the series’ July 26 installment, and Chris Young follows on August 9.
Dierks Bentley will close out the series with a performance at the Bristol Motor Speedway airing September 6. Dierks will also appear on all four Summer Concert Series bringing fans exclusive videos and features on his ongoing RISER tour.
Look for additional videos from the CMT Summer Concert Series to air on CMT.com, too.
Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba asked her fans to turn in videos of themselves praying around the world for her new “Pray for Peace” video. Now it looks like that clip is going live Monday at 12 p.m. ET at Facebook.com/Reba.
Reba posted a short video of the song playing on bagpipes on Instagram Thursday. Several celebrities are expected to pop up in the “Pray for Peace” video, too.
Reba encourages fans to use the hashtag #prayforpeace when posting about the song and video on social media.
Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain has picked up a big honor for her Vegas show, Shania: Still the One.
Las Vegas Weekly just named Shania the “Best Resident Performer” on their “Best of Vegas 2014″ list. That means she beat out fellow headliners Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Elton John and Olivia Newton-John for the win.
Shania is playing select dates at Caesars Palace this month. Go to ShaniainVegas.com for tickets.
Image Courtesy Sarah Barlow/Big MachineA Massachusetts man has been sentenced to probation on willful trespass and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a series of incidents outside Taylor Swift‘s Rhode Island mansion.
According to Rhode Island’s Westerley Sun, Daniel P. Cole, also has been ordered to have no contact with the star. He was arrested in March after attempting to drive onto Taylor’s property despite a standing no-trespass order issued in December 2013. Officers say the man resisted arrest, but he claims he only swore at them a few times when they asked him to get out of his truck and show his hands.
Prior to his charges of trespassing on Taylor’s property, Daniel Cole had two charges of driving under the influence in Massachusetts in the 2000s.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will release their fifth album, 747, on September 30 featuring the hit title track “Bartender.” That up-tempo lead single is an indication of what listeners can expect on the rest of the project.
Lady A’s Hillary Scott says, “We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters…taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before.”
The band members contributed several songs to 747 while also finding quite a few tracks written by other writers. The group took some chances with the songs during the recording process, too. Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says, “As we took them into the studio, we changed our approach and challenged ourselves to try some new things that were outside of what we’d done before.”
Here’s the 747 track listing:
“Long Stretch of Love” “Bartender” “Lie with Me” “Freestyle” “Down South” “One Great Mystery” “Sounded Good at the Time” “She Is” “Damn You Seventeen” “747″ “Just a Girl”