ABC/Chris HolloAfter 14 months and 86 concerts all over the globe, Taylor Swift‘s RED tour has finally come to an end. Her fans aren’t quite ready to let go, however, using the hashtag #LongLiveREDTour on Twitter to express their sadness about the fact that it’ll be a while before they get to see their idol rock the stage again. That’s why Taylor’s taken to Instagram with a message designed to make them feel better.
Taylor wrote, “Just so you know….” and posted a photo of a piece of paper with this quote by author C.S. Lewis: “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
This is, we assume, a reference to the fact that Taylor will now have time to finish up her new album, which she said is “already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created.” It’s due at the end of the year, and a slew of TV and magazine appearances will likely precede and follow its release, so cheer up, Swifties: it won’t be long before you’ll have wall-to-wall Taylor in your life once again.
Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi‘s new video, “What I Can’t Put Down,” features an interactive component that allows fans to decide what they want to drink at the bar, and which girl Jon dances with in the video. This special interactive version is available at JonPardi.com, while the regular version is now airing on all digital platforms.
Jon says of making the clip, “We shot the video at Whiskey Bent Saloon downtown [in Nashville], which is cool because that’s where we started out playing years ago.” Jon also got a chance to wear his black-and-white custom-made Manuel suits in the clip.
“What I Can’t Put Down” is the latest single from Jon Pardi’s debut album, Write You a Song, available now.
CMTKacey Musgraves deep friendship with Katy Perry will be on full display Friday night when their CMT Crossroads episode premieres. Though the pairing may seem a bit odd, Kacey insists she and Katy are more alike than you might think.
“If you look at it, she’s super whimsical, and I can be super whimsical with my light-up boots and my cactus and stuff,” Kacey says. “We’re songwriters, and the lyrics mean the most above all the fireworks.”
Fans tuning into the one-hour special will find the two collaborating on Katy’s hits “Roar” and “Teenage Dream” as well as Kacey’s “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Follow Your Arrow.” Covers of Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Dolly Parton‘s “Here You Come Again” round out the set list.”
Kacey adds, “It’s gonna be so much fun. I can’t even wait, and we have a tour coming up in August — the Prismatic World Tour. So, it’s crazy!”
CMT Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves premieres Friday night at 10 ET on CMT.
Buena Vista/Walt Disney StudiosTom Hiddleston, who starred in two Thor films and in Marvel’s The Avengers as the villainous Loki, will portray country music legend Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic.
An official release regarding I Saw the Light states the film will chronicle Williams’ “meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.”
Williams died of heart failure at the age of 29 after struggling with alcoholism and addiction.
Hiddleston will do his own singing in I Saw the Light, which will be based on a Hank Williams biography by Colin Escott. The film will be directed by Marc Abraham, who previously helmed the Greg Kinnear drama Flash of Genius.
Production on I Saw the Light will begin in Louisiana in October. A theatrical release date has not been announced.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVisitors to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville don’t have much longer to see Reba‘s All the Women I exhibit. It’s closing June 22.
Brad Paisley has contributed two songs to the new Disney Pixar film, Planes: Fire & Rescue, coming to theaters July 18. According to USA Today, Brad also makes a voice cameo as a heartbroken pick-up truck named Bubba.
Photo Credit: Joseph LanesLeeBrice is constantly away from his family on the road, so he’s looking to spending a low-key Father’s Day with his two sons, Takoda and Ryker. His main goal is just to watch his two kids having a blast.
Lee tells ABC News Radio, “I just want to be with the family, man. We’re on the road so much that any chance I get vacation or time for myself is gonna be time with them.”
Lee is letting his wife Sarah plan the family’s Father’s Day activities but he has a feeling they’ll wind up at a water park or hanging out at the pool.
“I’m a water baby. I like water, so I’m OK with that,” Lee says.
On the music front, Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance, is due out September 9. The title track is now climbing the country chart.
CMAThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry is a married woman. According to The Tennessean, Kimberly married Texas Rangers pitcher J.P. Arencibia on Thursday at a church in her hometown of Greenville, TN. Carrie Underwood was on hand to watch the couple exchange vows. Fan photos from the ceremony are starting to pop up on Twitter, too.
Kimberly wasn’t exactly a hands-on bride with all the wedding details, though.
She says, “When it came time to plan a wedding, I had zero foundation for ideas. So, my mother, who of course styles the three of us — we’re sort of like her blank canvases — hat has poured over into wedding mode, so we have put all the details in her hands.”
Kimberly and J.P. got engaged at Kimberly’s parents’ house last fall.
ABC/AMA/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan is teaming up with Miller Lite to give Army and Air Force service members a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago to see his That’s My Kind of Night tour stop at Soldier Field. The text-to-win sweepstakes will only be available via Army and Air Force Exchange Services, now through August. Forty-five lucky service members will win the trip to see Luke in the Windy City on August 31.
Luke’s tour continues Friday night with two shows in St. Louis.
Eckrich MeatsRandy Houser traveled to Gaithersburg, MD this week to cut the ribbon on a new Operation Homefront Village, offering rent-free apartments for wounded military service members and their families. The appearance is part of Randy’s partnership with Eckrich smoked sausage and deli meats.
Randy says, “The men and women who serve this country, and their families, sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to show our appreciation and join Eckrich in supporting military families with Operation Homefront.”
Randy spent time with several service members and their families during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. For more information about Randy’s partnership with Eckrich Meats and Operation Homefront, go to Eckrich Meats’ Facebook page.