Florida Georgia Line will ring in 2014 with a performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.
CMT rolled out the red carpet last night (Tuesday) for the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw. The annual event is invitation only and celebrates country music's top acts with several musical tributes.
The night included performances by Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Train frontman Pat Monahan, Cassadee Pope, Lionel Richie, Travis Tritt and Dwight Yoakam. Blue Collar comic Ron White hosted the 90-minute special.
Jason Aldean says being recognized by the industry is a special occasion.
“I think anytime you get recognized for any award in this business, that’s a cool thing. I mean, it’s not always going to be that way. In music, you have artists who kind of come through. They have their time and then it’s time for them to move on and the new wave comes in, and right now, it’s our time. Anytime you get recognized for things like that, to me, it’s really special.”
Luke Bryan talks about his history as a two-time CMT Artist of the Year.
“This is my second year in a row. It’s pretty surreal. I’m caught up in a world where I know things are amazing and my life is so good right now, I kind of don’t want this period of my life to ever end.”
Brian Kelley says he and Tyler Hubbard are enjoying their time in the spotlight.
“It’s just amazing to be able to travel the country and play the songs that we’ve written, songs that we love and know that our fans love. It’s just a special time in music with a lot of different collaborations and genres are kind of getting kicked back and forth and just some really cool things happening. So, we’re enjoying the heck out of this time. It’s a party, and we just hope our fans are, too.”
Hunter Hayes talks about being a CMT Artist of the Year “Last year I was here to introduce the awesome headliner I was opening for, Ms. Carrie Underwood. It was cool enough just to be here for it. And to know what it’s based on, right? To know what it’s measured by … It is mind-boggling, this year. I mean, it’s exactly what I’ve dreamed about.”
Tim McGraw says its an honor to among the 2013 class of CMT Artists of the Year.
“Artists that are doing great work, doing great things, making great music … At this point in my career to be associated with those guys and to be on the same sort of placard with those guys, I feel like that I’m still kicking.”
Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” and Florida Georgia Line’s “’Round Here” brought the two acts together on Monday for an exclusive double number-one party in Nashville.
Thomas co-wrote the FGL smash “’Round Here” with hit-makers Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins, and considered it for his debut album. But at the time the song was born, the album was nearing completion, leaving no room for additional music. “Round Here” got another chance when FGL recorded it for their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, and it went on to become their third consecutive chart-topper.
Thomas Rhett talks about leaving “’Round Here” off his debut album.
“I think I had already finished the majority of my record so for me at that point in time, I don’t’ think I had even had any room to do anything on my record and I had always loved that song. And it was always my wife’s favorite song. And I wanted to be part of this huge wave of success that Florida Georgia Line is having and so, for me to have a number-one with two of my good buddies and Rodney and Chris. It’s just a very, very special feeling.”
FGL’s Brian Kelley talks about sharing a number-one with Thomas Rhett.
“That’s when you know it’s a hit when stuff like that happens. He could have cut it and it still would have been a hit. But a lot of different elements have to come together to make that possible. It’s just cool to see the song be so big. And so, to take it from here to New York to California and get the same response, that’s crazy.”
Garth Brooks and his band will hit the stage of the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas next month.
Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music is moving into the theater for four shows -- January 3rd and 4th at 7:00 and 10:30 p.m. Garth says, "I’ve been itching for the chance to bring my band to Vegas to play this room."
Garth just wound down his solo residency at the Wynn last week. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday.
Comedian Ron White will host the CMT Artists of the Year special, airing live on December 3rd at 8 p.m. ET. The 90-minute event will honor Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw. Special guests and performers will be announced soon.
Kacey Musgraves has an explanation for her seemingly unimpressed reaction after losing Female Vocalist of the Year to Miranda Lambert at the CMA Awards last month She tells Rolling Stone, “I’m still getting used to cameras being on me 24/7, and there’s no way you can be caught smiling at all times. If you know me, sometimes when I’m just sitting there, it looks like I’m not having a good time, but I am!”
In the days following the CMAs, celebrity blogs had a field day with GIFs poking fun of Kacey’s stoic expression. But she says she reached out to Miranda to say she didn’t mean anything by it and adds, “If anyone should be offended, it should be me! I mean, did you see my face? I look like a dumba**. It was a long day. My feet were hurting.”
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return as co-hosts for the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in April.
Florida Georgia Line will headline the fourth annual ACM Fan Jam, coinciding with the three-hour awards show. Details on an all-star concert taping the day after the show and the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival are in the works. Additional talent announcements will be revealed soon.
The ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas on CBS on April 6th. Tickets go on sale on December 13th at ticketmaster.com.
Joe Nichols has the number-one single on the Mediabase chart this week with “Sunny and 75.” The track is Joe’s first chart-topper since “Gimmie That Girl” went number-one in May 2009.
Joe Nichols says “Sunny and 75” and his latest album Crickets led his comeback at radio.
“I’m very thankful. I haven’t had a single out in about a year-and-a-half. And so, when you come out with a new song after a little break, it’s very scary because you don’t know how everybody is going to receive you. I couldn’t be more happy with this record as a whole.”
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s “We Were Us” follows at number-two. Parmalee rises to number-three with “Carolina.” And Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” and Darius Rucker’s “Radio” round out the Top 5.
Jake Owen’s new album Days of Gold lands in stores today (Tuesday). Opening with the lead title single, the 12-track collection features material by some of Nashville’s biggest hit-makers including Luke Laird (Brad Paisley’s “Beat This Summer”), Shane McAnally (Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart”) and the Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston (Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly”).
Jake Owen opens up about his decision to exclusively record songs from the Nashville music community for Days of Gold “Thankfully, where my career has gone in the last couple of years songwriters are giving me their best songs. I’m very thankful for that because it’s not only changing my world, it’s changing my wife and child’s world. It’s giving me a future. And plus, I get to give great songs to the fans. And that’s what they deserve. It shouldn’t always be about if you wrote it or not. I should be about the greatest song.”
Release week has Jake visiting ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday and Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday. His next show is Saturday in Anaheim, California.
Also out today is the Dolly Parton and Friends: Collection DVD featuring special guests Brenda Lee, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
ABC has just announced Barbara Walters's list of the 10 most fascinating people of 2013, and the list is fascinating all by itself.
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, the stars of Duck Dynasty and baby Prince George -- the child of Prince William and Kate Middleton -- all made the cut.
As in years past, the number-one most fascinating person will be revealed on the show. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year airs on December 18th.
Deana Carter’s first album of new music since 2005 hit stores Monday.
Released on Deana’s own Little Nugget Records, Southern Way of Life features songwriting collaborations with Kacey Musgraves, Kimberly Perry and Tyler Hilton. The oldest track written for the album is the lead single, “Do or Die” -- an autobiographical song about Deana’s personal struggles as a single mom.
Deana recalls, “I hadn’t had a record deal in a while. I was between publishing deals, and I was freaking out at how I was going to carry on in music and make a living and take care of my son… It just came out of probably my lowest point in a really long time.” Not long after she wrote the track, Deana’s prayers were answered. Kenny Chesney recorded “You and Tequila,” a track she'd co-written with Matraca Berg, and took it to number-two on the Mediabase chart in September 2011.
Deana Carter talks about Southern Way of Life.
“I didn’t have a model to try to cram a sound into, I just let them be what they are, which is what we did on the first record. I feel like this record is probably the closest process to the first record. It feels that way. You know?”
The soundtrack for NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! hits stores today (Tuesday). Carrie Underwood performing the classic title track, “My Favorite Things” and “The Lonely Goatherd" all made the 22-track compilation.
Carrie Underwood talks about being part of The Sound of Music legacy.
“Being on TV, being a live event, being a musical, I really think we’ll be able to kind of bring all of those things to a whole new generation and hopefully just let people really get an appreciation for big events like that and live music. And I’m just excited to be a part of one of the greatest musicals of all time, and I’m excited to get that chance.”
The Sound of Music Live! premieres on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The DVD lands in stores on December 17th.