Image Courtesy Capitol Nashville/Joseph LlanesLady Antebellum has released “Long Stretch of Love” as the new single from their album 747. The song already has hit the airwaves in Europe, and Lady A has been testing out the song on their international tour dates this past week.
Says group member Hillary Scott, “‘Long Stretch of Love’ sounds like we feel right now…it’s bold, upbeat and fresh. It’s the perfect song to go into a new tour with.”
Lady A will kick off their Wheels Up tour in the U.S. this May with special guests Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge is on his way to scoring his third consecutive #1 hit with “Mean to Me,” but the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year has his sights set far beyond just scoring the new big hit.
“I want to be like Willie Nelson when I’m 80 and still hopping on that tour bus and heading to the next town and singing, ’cause that’s all I love to do,” Brett tells ABC Radio.
Brett is going on the road with another road warrior, Darius Rucker, who has been touring for more than two decades as a country singer and with his rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish. That kind of longevity is inspiring for Brett.
He says, “To see people like Darius still out there plugging along, having fun with it every single day and still out making great music, that’s awesome.”
Brett begins performing on Darius’s Southern Style tour May 14 in New Jersey. In the meantime, Brett is almost finished recording his sophomore album. The lead single from that project is expected to follow “Mean to Me” at country radio.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday. His fellow cast mates from American Idol — Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest — are also slated to appear.
Mickey Guyton‘s postponed performance on ABC’s Good Morning America has been rescheduled for Monday, March 16.
Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini got a big thumbs up from Taylor Swift Monday. The pop superstar tweeted, “Driving around with the Kelsea Ballerini EP on repeat.. SO lovely.” Kelsea posted a screenshot of Taylor’s tweet to Instagram with the caption, “This just happened and I can’t even.”
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan‘s new spring break album, Checkin’ Out, is now on sale as he gears up for his final spring break shows in Panama City Beach, Florida. The two-day event at Spinnaker’s Beach Club attracted more than 230,000 fans last year, and it isn’t easy for Luke to say goodbye to the spring break celebration.
He says, “It’s always been one of the highlights of my year going down there and doing the show, just ‘cause it’s hard to turn down that much fun. It gives me a sadness to have to let it go. But we feel it’s time.”
At age 38, Luke recognizes he’s kept the spring break party going a lot longer than normal.
He says with a laugh, “I feel like I’ve done a lot better than my other buddies, because they certainly haven’t been going to spring break and partying with a bunch of college kids.”
The crazy crowds at these shows have given Luke a creative boost, too.
Luke explains, “It’s been amazing to be able to go down there and do the spring break shows every year and get inspiration for new songs and new tours and tour ideas and stuff like that.”
Luke’s final spring break shows take place Wednesday and Thursday.
Image Courtesy Barry CantrellChaseBryant got to team up with Michael McDonald for a cover of The Doobie Brothers classic “Takin’ It to the Streets.” The collaboration was captured on camera as part of Kia’s Rediscovered series on YouTube as a tie-in with the upcoming YouTube Music Awards. Michael actually surprised Chase in the studio as the young singer was recording the song.
Chase says, “To be able to say I got to work with Michael McDonald, whose music was the soundtrack to many years of my life, is something I’ll cherish for years, thanks to Kia. Great music never dies.”
The Rediscovered series also includes footage of Chase playing tour guide at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House and historic Orbison Building near Music Row. Chase is the first country artist to take part in Kia’s Rediscovered series, which pairs new acts with established stars for collaborations.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMirandaLambert celebrated International Women’s Day Sunday by listening to all of her favorite female friends’ music. She posted photos of her playlist on Instagram, starting with her friend RaeLynn‘s new single, “For a Boy.” The caption read, “Yes please! I may have already played this 10 times tonight!”
Image Courtesy StreamsoundKristianBush‘s single, “Trailer Hitch,” is such a big hit in Australia, his record label just released his new album, Southern Gravity, Down Under a full month before it comes out in the United States. The song’s video has also hit #1 on Australia’s video channels, and Kristian is making the most of his success with an Australian tour starting this week.
“I had gotten a phone call about doing a festival over there saying, ‘Would you consider doing this?’ Kristian tells ABC Radio, “and then it suddenly was piggybacked with two dates opening for Lady Antebellum.”
Kristian will play for about 45 minutes just before Lady Antebellum comes on to headline the shows. Getting that slot on the bill was pleasantly shocking for Kristian, who expected he’d just get to play for about 20 minutes as the first act on the show. Having the album out in Australia makes Kristian even more excited for these dates.
He says, “There are gonna be people out there that are gonna be singing these along with me, and that’s a thrill. You know, you think that would happen in your hometown first. You didn’t think it would happen in Melbourne.”
Kristian’s fans in the United States will have to wait until April 7 to purchase Southern Gravity.
Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloBradPaisley last Thursday fulfilled his promise to jam with a young guitarist named Blaze Baum.
Earlier this year, Blaze posted to YouTube a music video titled “I Wanna’ Jam With Brad Paisley” that features him jamming with Paisley — actually, Paisley’s head superimposed on Blaze’s body.
Paisley watched the video, shared it on Twitter, and wrote, “Speechless. Obviously, a lot of work went into this. & yessir, I will jam with you. My local @guitarcenter or yours?”
The collaboration ended up taking place last Thursday at Paisley’s show in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They jammed during his soundcheck. As a surprise, Paisley also invited Blaze onto the stage during the concert to perform Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” plus Paisley’s own hits “River Bank” and “Alcohol.”
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstocBrad Paisley has been honored a second time with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award for his work taking country music to Europe. He first won the award in 2011.
Trace Adkins will play a veteran therapy group leader in an episode of NBC’s The Night Shift to air in early May.
Brett Eldredge has joined Snapchat. You can follow him at @Brett_Eldredge.
Mickey Guyton‘s scheduled Friday performance on ABC’s Good Morning America has been postponed to do a later date due to breaking news coverage. We’ll keep you posted on the new airdate.
Alabama, Lee Greenwood and Phil Vassar have been added to Charlie Daniels ‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on August 12.
Lee Ann Womack is releasing a three-song limited edition vinyl EP, Trouble in Mind, for Record Store Day on April 18. The project will only be available at independent record stores.