Artist Quickies-Updated Every Wednesday
BRANTLEY GILBERT will be hosting his second annual “Kick It in the Ship Cruise” on November 4th through the 8th. It’ll feature two “unique concerts” from Brantley, plus a few other artists.
Growing up in California, you’d think Brett Young would be rooting for UCLA in March Madness. His money is on DUKE.
BROOKS & DUNN, RAY STEVENS and RCA label executive JERRY BRADLEY are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and will be inducted in October.
BRETT ELDREDGE returned to social media after taking the ‘flip phone challenge’ . He wrote on Instagram: “Oh hey, yes, I’ve been gone a bit but dammit if I’m not HERE more than I’ve ever been…Getting away from the noise and into feeling life and the sunsets and the rain and everything…”
Brett Young will be joining Boyz II Men for the next “CMT Crossroads”. It premieres March 27th.
BLAKE SHELTON is a self-described jungle gym. A co-star on The Voice, Adam Levine, usually gives Blake a hard time on just about everything, but the Maroon 5 frontman completely trusts him with his kids. Adam says, “I
BLAKE SHELTON has established the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Center at Oklahoma University Hospital in Oklahoma City. He created the program in honor of his young cousin, Aspen, who underwent treatment for cancer at age five months and is now getting ready to turn three.
CHRIS JANSON and BILLY CURRINGTON will play the Derby Concert Series May 2 and 3 in Louisville leading up the May 4 running of the Kentucky Derby.
CODY JOHNSON is calling out the reaction of some of his fellow country artists who aren’t nominated for awards: “I feel like a lot of guys my age in this industry spend a little too much time whining about what they don’t have…Those are the kids that get [mad] because they didn’t get a participation award.”
CARRIE UNDERWOOD is back at the gym, working out in advance of her Cry Pretty 360 Tour, which starts in May. Carrie says on her socials that it’s going to take her a little longer to bounce back after the birth of her son, Jacob, than it did with the birth of her first, Isaiah. Carrie says she’s quickly realizing her body isn’t letting her do things quite the same this time around, but promises to be ready for the tour and the ACM Awards.
CARLY PEARCE will be keeping her stage name after she marries MICHAEL RAY. That’s a good move because her name is her brand, and she’s spent a lot of time working on it. But she IS going to take his name legally. It’ll be on her driver’s license and other official documents. She’ll be signing stuff as Mrs. Carly Roach. That’s because his full name is Michael Ray Roach.
CHRIS LANE, whose third album will be out this year, says girlfriend and former Bachelor alum Lauren Bushnell played a direct influence on his new music and the types of songs he wrote and recorded.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD has put her Brentwood, Tennessee mansion on the market for $1.45 million. The four bedroom, five bathroom, 7,000+ square foot home is where Carrie took her fall last year that resulted in a broken wrist and 40 stitches. She bought the home two years ago for just over $1.3 million.
CHRIS STAPLETON says there probably wont’ have a new album for fans this year. With his latest release being From A Room: Vol. 2 back in 2017, one might expect to see some new Stapleton in 2019, but don’t hold your breath.
CHRIS JANSON has been dubbed the Hardest Working Man in Music by Songkick. The title is one he takes seriously, having played 149 shows last year and traveling 223,000 miles
CHRIS YOUNG says his next studio album will have elements of his past recordings, but will also tackle subject matter he hasn’t address on prior albums. For instance, Chris is particularly proud of one song he co-wrote for the project called Drowning. The song is about the loss of one of his close friends. The album is expected later this year.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD and GRETCHEN WILSON appear and perform with rock group Heart on the newly released CD and DVD, Live In Atlantic City, out now. Carrie pairs with the duo on the song Alone while Gretchen joins them for a pair of tunes.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD says it’s a privilege to juggle motherhood with her careers in music and the clothing industry (Calia By Carrie). Carrie says she’s just like other moms who wear several hats at the same time and she cherishes every minute.
Chris Stapleton is going to be a Daddy again. He announced last week that he and his wife are expecting child number FIVE!
DYLAN SCOTT is going to be a daddy again. Baby number two is on the way for Dylan and his wife Blair. The couple have a son, named Beckett, who is 15 months old. The new baby is due in September.
DEVIN DAWSON is engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Leah Sykes.
DEVIN DAWSON will play six shows in his home state of California to raise money for victims of the recent wildfires. The California Smoke Tour will begin late next month.
DAN + SHAY’s favorite musical duo is Hall & Oates. DAN SMYERS admires their “brilliant songwriting chemistry” . . . and SHAY MOONEY thinks their melodies were “far ahead of their time.”
DARIUS RUCKER will be given the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Biz Awards on May 7th, in Nashville. He’s being honored for his charity work on behalf of children.
When it comes to sleeping, there’s no place like the road for DUSTIN LYNCH. The Good Girl singer says he’s so used to being on a bus that when he’s at home in his non-moving bed he doesn’t sleep all that well.
DUSTIN LYNCH doesn’t know how to ask a woman out because he’s always been the guy on stage performing and never had the chance.
DIERKS BENTLEY has been developing two different TV shows. One is a reality-type show that would feature his ’90s cover band Hot Country Knights. The other is a comedy like “Cheers” that’s set in a fictional Nashville bar.
DYLAN SCOTT will release a six song EP, Nothing To Do Town, April 26. Dylan co-wrote five of the six songs on the project.
DIERKS BENTLEY loves Nashville, but reveals his heart is still in his home state of Arizona. In fact, Dierks, who has lived in Music City for 25 years, says one day when his career winds down, he’ll return home to Arizona.
ERIC CHURCH’s first three albums are being re-issued on colored vinyl.
It’s a boy this time around for FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubard and wife Hayley. Tyler and Hayley have a daughter, Olivia.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE have four “comedy skits” on their new album, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country”. They’re courtesy of a friend of theirs who goes by the name Brother Jervel.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour kicks off June 13. The duo will play 36 dates this summer with special guests DAN + SHAY and MORGAN WALLEN.
GEORGE STRAIT will play an August 17 in Boston. BLAKE SHELTON, CODY JOHNSON, and CAITLYN SMITH will join him
GEORGE STRAIT’s Every Little Honky Tonk Bar is his first Top 20 tune in nearly six years. George last hit the Top 20 in 2013 with I Got A Car.
GARTH BROOKS is set to release The Legacy Collection this fall. The vinyl albums included in the set will be No Fences; The Chase; In Pieces; Fresh Horses; and Triple Live.
GARTH BROOKS thinks it’s time we have a woman president. He was talking about it recently at a private show. He said, quote, “I think a woman should run the country. Not to get political, but a woman is going to use [her brain]. A man is going to use [his fist], and that never works.”
GEORGE STRAIT will release his 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, March 29.
GARTH BROOKS’ next album will be titled Fun and is expected out this spring. Garth came up with the album’s name because he had so much fun making it in between live shows.
Does HUNTER HAYES have a new lady? An Instagram post suggests he could be dating Alyssa Bonagura, daughter of BAILLIE & THE BOYS founders Kathie Bailey and Michael Bonagura (husband and wife).
JAKE OWEN’s next album has a song with Kid Rock called “The Grass Is Always Greener” . . . and yes, “grass” has a double meaning
JAKE OWEN will be singing MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE’s wedding song. Jake will sing his new tune Made for You.
JASON ALDEAN has been in the studio working on a new album.
JAKE OWEN will make his acting debut in the upcoming film The Friend, currently filming in Fairhope, Alabama. Jake joins Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).
JON PARDI’s album California Sunrise, released in 2016, has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies. The album has produced five singles, including three number ones: Dirt On My Boots, Head Over Boots and Heartache On The Dance Floor, and includes his latest, Night Shift.
JAKE OWEN will release a new album on March 29. It’s title: Greetings From … Jake.
JUSTIN MOORE is not interested in chasing different trends in country music. He says he decided early on that he’s going to do what he does best . . . and he’ll never compromise or fake it.
JASON ALDEAN will be given the Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award at next month’s ACMs. He said he’s “proud to be getting it” and thanks everyone who’s supported him through the years.
It’s been a few weeks since JUSTIN MOORE graced us with that photo of his bruised leg from his encounter with a horse. The update is that it’s still pretty sore, but is “definitely on the mend.” He’s mostly frustrated that it even happened because he’s ridden horses his whole life and “always understood the risk.”
JON PARDI will be out with a new album this summer.
When it came time for JUSTIN MOORE to start writing for his upcoming album, Late Nights And Longnecks, he went back to basics and used the approach he took on his self-titled debut. He and a group of his songwriting buddies rented a house on the beach, drank beer and wrote songs. As a result, Justin co-wrote every track on the album, which will be out April 26
JIMMIE ALLEN lived in his car, and then in a trailer with no electricity when he first moved to Nashville. It took him 10 years to get a record deal.
JASON ALDEAN will headline the Ride All Night Tour, starting May 3. KANE BROWN and CARLY PEARCE will serve as openers for the more than two dozen dates that include stops in Boston, Denver and Chicago.
JAKE OWEN revealed the baby he and girlfriend Erica Hartlein are expecting will be a girl.
KIP MOORE will celebrate Record Store Day April 13 with the vinyl release of Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions. The six song EP will include five cuts from his albums Slowheart and Wild Ones.
KEITH URBAN has agreed in principal to jump out of a birthday cake at LORETTA LYNN’s April 1 celebration concert marking her 87th birthday. Loretta tweeted out her excitement for the star-studded concert and said the only thing that would make it better was if Keith would jump out of her birthday cake, to which he said her wish is his command.
KELSEA BALLERINI will set out on a 14-city headlining tour next April. The Miss Me More Tour will include special guest BRETT YOUNG and takes its name from Kelsea’s latest single.
LOCASH will perform their latest, Feels Like A Party, March 29 on ABC’s Good Morning America, the same day their new album Brothers is released.
LUKE COMBS’ debut album continues selling like hot cakes as it surpasses double platinum status. In addition, every show on Luke’s Beer Never Broke My Hart Tour has sold out.
LUKE BRYAN has been in the studio recording his next album, which he says will include more self-penned material than his latest project, What Makes You Country, which was released in December of 2017 and has produced four consecutive number ones.
LUKE COMBS did a nice thing at a recent concert. He came to the edge of the stage and gave a little girl his Blue Otter ball cap. He posted a clip and wrote, “What memories are made of. Honored that one of my concerts was your first, Addy.”
LINDSAY ELL is at work on her sophomore album and hopes to show a more vulnerable side in the music, while also showing she can be fearless when tackling more mature lyrics.
LITTLE BIG TOWN’s in the studio working on a new album.
LAUREN ALAINA and Alex Hopkins have called off their engagement. The couple released a joint statement explaining that while they still have love for each other, they’ve grown into two different people and plan to make fresh starts in their own directions.
LUKE COMBS and his girlfriend of more than two years, Nicole Hocking, are engaged.
MAREN MORRIS’ sophomore album, Girl, debuts at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the all formats album chart.
MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Mutt Nation Foundation will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year by giving $150,000 in surprise grants to 50 shelters across the United States.
MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE have decided on a date to tie the knot. They shared a photo of their invitations on social media earlier this week. We don’t get to see the date in the invitations.
MAREN MORRIS says there are three woman she looks up to: DOLLY PARTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT and her mom, Kellie Morris. Maren says she looks up to Dolly and Miranda because they’re strong, unapologetic, and not afraid to show vulnerability in their music. She says her mom taught her the value of believing in herself and becoming self-sufficient and independent.
We know Midland singer MARK WYSTRACH used to be a Calvin Klein underwear model . . . but he has another “used to be” that’s just as interesting. Before he was in Midland he was a bouncer in a honky-tonk.
MIDLAND is finishing up their second album, which will be out later in the year.
MAREN MORRIS says the best advice she was ever given was to wear underwear at all times.
RANDY HOUSER and wife Tatiana have revealed the baby they’re expecting in June will be a boy. This is the couple’s first child together, but Randy has a son from a previous marriage.
Here’s a pregnancy reveal that would be tough for most people to pull off. RODNEY ATKINS ends his new “My Life” lyric video with a framed photo of his two sons holding an ultrasound pic of their soon-to-be third sibling. Rodney’s sons are 17-year-old Elijah from his first marriage, and one-year-old Ryder with his current wife, Rose Falcon.
RUSSELL DICKERSON was asked how his faith impacted his life in 2018, which was his breakout year. He credits God for giving him the dream to write music, be on stage . . . and get him his first tour bus.
RANDY HOUSER and his wife Tatiana are expecting their first child together. Randy has a 6-year-old son named West with his first wife. The new baby is due in June.
RUSSELL DICKERSON says the secret to his successful marriage is that he and his wife don’t worry about who’s right or who’s wrong in an argument. It’s about “laying down your pride and apologizing.”
SCOTTY McCREERY and his wife, Gabi, only tied the knot in June and already they have a new addition to the family. Both Scotty and Gabi posted cute photos of their adorable new puppy, with Scotty calling him “my whole world.” Meanwhile, Gabi joked, “2019 is off to a ruff start.”
Whose opinion does THOMAS RHETT always follow when he’s trying to decide whether or not to record a song? His wife, Lauren. Quote, “She’s the ultimate gauge.
TIM MCGRAW will play a free outdoor concert April 26 on Lower Broadway in Nashville as part of the festivities surrounding the 2019 NFL Draft.
TYLER RICH and his fiancée Sabina are getting married in the fall, and he’s more involved than he thought he’d be. At first he said SHE could do all the wedding planning . . . and then his OCD kicked in and now he’s “heavily involved” and full of opinions.
TRACE ADKINS will headline the Don’t Stop Tour this spring and summer.
TIM MCGRAW will headline two shows in Havana, Cuba, May 23-27. Tim McGraw: One Of Those Havana Nights will have Time performing along with several Cuban acts. One show during the festival will be private, with the other open to the public.
THOMAS RHETT has announced his Very Hot Summer Tour. Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and Thomas’ dad Rhett Akins.
TIM MCGRAW is currently focused on Tim McGraw the country singer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done being Tim McGraw the movie actor. Tim says, “There are some things kicking around. It’s just finding time … more after the first of the year, some stuff coming up.”
ZAC BROWN BAND will open The Rolling Stones’ April 24 concert in Jacksonville, Florida.
ZAC BROWN BAND will headline the Legends concert May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one day prior to the Indy 500 race.