99.9 The Wolf was at the Grand Opening celebration of Portland's newest event space, Aura.
Aura (formally known as The Aslyum) was a great venue before the remodel but now it's a venue that is second to none in New England.
After it's $9.1 million renovation, the venue is able host a wider range of events, including more national concerts, weddings and conferences.
The renovated main concert space has a capacity of about 1,000 people, compared with roughly 500 before. There are multiple bars in public and private areas, live feed video of the stage everywhere, and two VIP lounges. A full schedule and tickets to shows are available here.
Drake White toured with Zac Brown Band a lot over the past several years, and as a result, he has gotten to know Zac's family which includes five kids — four daughters and one son — and Drake admits he’s been thinking about having kids with his wife, Alex, but not that many.
“I don’t know about five, but a good two or three sounds pretty good,” he says in a recent interview with his label, Big Machine. “But I can imagine it’s pretty — there’s not really a dull moment at the Zac Brown household, not with that many girls.”
Drake is currently touring on his headlining tour, the Spark Tour which hit Paradise Rock Club in Boston on March 24.
Jake Owen has a girlfriend, and he sounds pretty happy about it. Jake recently spoke about her saying that they’ve been together for awhile.
She’s an interior designer, and a Tennessee sports, news and opinion site called Tenn Truth has identified her as Erica Hartlein and some checking of social media leads one to believe she's been with Jake long enough to become friends with both of his parents.
Last summer Jake said he was still single but wanted to love again and perhaps have more kids. He and Lacey Buchanan in 2016 and have a daughter named Pearl that Jake makes no secret of being the most important thing in his life.
Lee Brice and his wife, Sara, are expecting their first daughter this summer, and Lee is just a bit excited.
Lee showed off his wife’s growing baby bump in a short, but powerful video uploaded to Instagram. It shows Sara is lying down with her bare stomach exposed. Lee pats lightly on her skin, and seconds later, their baby girl responds.
Lee and his wife revealed they’re expecting their first daughter in January. They already have two sons. “Takoda and Ryker are so excited and Sara is more beautiful than ever,” he told People at the time. “We can’t wait for our new little one to get here this summer.”
Thomas Rhett is beyond excited about being a dad. When it comes to having a baby girl, there is one thing that he's pretty worried about.
He revealed his secret in a recent interview with People magazine, saying, "When she turns 13, 14, 15 and starts dating, that terrifies me pretty hard, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there."
Brad Paisley recently offered some parenting advise to Thomas, “I’m gonna give Thomas the advice that Pat Green gave me. Pat said, ‘It’ll be the most natural thing you’ve ever done.’ You don’t know what it’s gonna be like. You don’t understand. You can’t fathom it. You can vision it, but it still doesn’t seem real. And you already know how to do it. You just know how.”
Blake Shelton has reached a settlement with In Touch magazine in his lawsuit over its cover story that labeled him a drunk who was going to rehab.
Documents filed today (Thursday) say Blake and the magazine are asking the court to dismiss the defamation lawsuit he filed in 2015 after they ran a cover story saying he had hit "rock bottom" and was drinking vodka before noon.
In touch paid an undisclosed amount of money to make the suit go away.
Brad Paisley has released the video for his next song, “Last Time for Everything” and it gives nods to the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, as well as Knight Rider, with a cameo from David Hasselhoff and KITT, and hits on nostalgic things like Brad at prom and at his high school graduation and Sony Walkmans.
“Last Time for Everything” will be on his upcoming album, Love and War, which will be released April 21.
Jeff Cook, a longtime member of Alabama, revealed today he has Parkinson’s disease. The fiddle player and vocalist learned of the diagnosis four years ago, but decided the timing was right to share the news with fans.
With his bandmates Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry beside him, Jeff read a prepared statement saying that he’ll step back from his duties with the band beginning April 29. A combination of loss of coordination and balance, as well as the tremors, have made it too frustrating for him to keep playing.
“I’ve tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end,” he explained. “Let me say, I’m not calling it quits but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it’s time to take a break and heal.”
He will continue to appear at Alabama shows and even perform when he feels up to it, but for the most part his instrumental duties and vocals will be handled by another musician. Teddy and Randy say his microphone will remain on stage whether he’s there or not.
CMT has revealed that the hit drama Nashville will return for a sixth season!
One of the highest-rated and most-watched CMT series in history, Nashville will air 16 new episodes starting in early 2018. Charles Esten, who plays Deacon, shared the news on Facebook today.
This is good news for diehard fans of the show who were upset when the show was cancelled by ABC, after Season 4, but due to popular demand, the show was picked up and moved to CMT for Season 5 and now, Season 6.
William Michael Morgan and Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June have ended their engagement.
The two took to social media this afternoon and posted similar announcements.
The couple got engaged in late December while vacationing in Malibu, CA.
“We had a big bottle of Dom Perignon, bottle of wine, went to a big old nice steak dinner, and we had the hotel right on the ocean. God couldn’t have put it any better for me and I just asked her. Surprisingly, she said ‘Yes,’” William told People of their engagement.
While no official wedding date was set, it had been said they were planning to say “I do” early next year.
He's earned four Grammy's, had 22 No. 1 hits, landed five platinum albums and mentored new voices on American Idol.
On Wednesday night, Keith Urban was honored at the Recording Academy’s annual Grammys on the Hill event at The Hamilton in Downtown D.C. The private event is held every year to promote federal funding for the arts with a night of live performances followed by a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill.
“Taking music out of schools is like taking out reading,” Keith told the crowd of lawmakers and fellow musicians. “That’s how musicians learn to read. … It’s our portal into communicating with the world.”
After speaking his piece, Urban treated the audience to an intimate set, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” which was just nominated for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.
More than 60 members of Congress attended, including Maine Senator Susan Collins who announced she would be part of a bipartisan caucus to advocate for culture.
Carrie Underwood is revealing her big plans for a second baby despite rumors that her marriage could be heading for divorce.
Carrie shut down the accusations in an interview with Entertainment Tonight where she revealed that she and Mike Fisher are actually ready for another baby!
“We’re on God’s good timing or whatever you might call it,” She said this week. “I’m just trying to figure out where life’s going to take me next.”
Carrie also gushed over her husband and her son’s bond, just days after she took to Instagram to show off Mike and Isaiah spending time at a Nashville Predator’s hgame while she was in Las Vegas at the ACM Awards.
What made Maren Morris decide to chop of her beautiful locks? A few days ago, she decided to snip off her locks, debuting her new 'do on social media then showing it off Sunday night on the ACM Awards.
Though it seemed like a sudden change, it turns out she'd planned this chop two or three months ago. She chatted about her new hair style on the ACM Awards red carpet, saying, "I didn’t want to cut it on a whim... It was just time for a change. I just love when girls rock short hair because they can’t hide behind anything. I feel more empowered with short hair.”
You can check out Maren's new look live this summer when she hits the road with Sam Hunt on his 15In A 30 tour which hits Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor July 21st.
Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz have been named as the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees! Hall of Fame member Vince Gill was on hand to announce the honorees during a ceremony held at the museum's rotunda in Nashville this morning (April 5).
After the ceremony, Alan admitted that he's pretty overwhelmed.
"Yeah I don't think I was even that overwhelmed about it until I had the office get me a list of all the members 'cause I wanted to see. And then when I started reading down through there even though I knew pretty much who it was but still when you see it the whole list is like, 'Oh my gosh' man everybody you ever loved is in there. So, to be in there with 'em it's just amazing. It's am American dream right there."
The Class of 2017 will be formally inducted at the medallion ceremony later this year. Alan will be inducted in the Modern Era category, Jerry in the Veteran category, and Don in the Songwriter category.
Representatives from the worlds of music and politics will come together at The Recording Academy's 2017 Grammy's on the Hill Awards tomorrow (April 5) to honor four-time Grammywinner Keith Urban. Keith will receive the Recording Artists' Coalition Award for his musical achievements and commitment to numerous music education programs that have inspired young musicians and provided thousands of musical instruments to underserved programs across the country. The Academy will also honor Maine Senator Susan Collins and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall for their ongoing support of music programs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Known as "Washington's most interesting mix of music and politics," the awards presentation takes place at the Hamilton Live in Washington D.C. Martina McBride will host the ceremony, which will feature unique live performances by Keith Urban, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and Grammy winner Wynonnawith special guests, as well as a special presentation by renowned television composer Jonathan Wolf.
Thomas Rhett is now 27 and with some big, life changing events on the horizon, he's having some fun this birthday. Ahead of becoming a first-time father, his wife, Lauren, got him a robe — but not just any robe. It's leopard-print with the word “DADDY” in gold letters across the back.
Keith Urban... 'devastated' by wife Nicole Kidman's injuries. Wait, what?
Nicole stars on HBO’s "Big Little Lies", playing the role of Celeste, the wife of a man who is emotionally and physically abusive, and their sex life kind of revolves around that abuse.
Nicole told Vogue that Keith was alarmed to see the bruises she brought home from work. "I didn’t realize how much of it penetrated me. I would go home at night sometimes and be in a lot of pain, and I had to take things like Advil because I was being thrown around physically," she says. "I was really bruised.
"At one point Keith was like, ‘I’m going to take a photo of your back because it’s covered in deep, massive bruises.’ He was devastated seeing it, but then he would say, ‘But I have an artist wife!’ “He knows that’s how I work," she said.
Keith is up for 7 awards at this Sunday's ACM Awards and will perform his new song "The Fighter" alongside Carrie Underwood on the show.
Carrie Underwood has been sporting her beautiful blonde locks for the duration of her career, although her latest update shows a darker side to the perhaps former blonde! Carrie posted this picture to Instagram, with a mischievous expression as sat in a salon chair with a freshly applied dye neatly feathered in her hair.
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Carrie is nominated for Female Vocailist of the Year at this weekend's ACM Awards.
The ACMs will air live on April 2, bringing all your favorite country stars to one venue for a night of fun, laughter, and quality music! Be sure to tell us what you think of Underwood’s new hair trend! Are you hoping for a darker do?
When Nicole and Keith began dating, she had a mountain of trust issues and insecurities due to her rough marriage (and subsequent divorce) to Tom Cruise. She had been hurt deeply and didn't know if love was possible in her life again.
Despite her emotional scarring, their love quickly blossomed. The Huffington Post reported that Nicole knew she wanted to marry Keith just one month into dating.
"I'm spontaneous. I jump in. I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other; I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it's a more natural process."
More than 10 years after saying "I do," Nicole and Keith's relationship is stronger than ever. They've had their ups and downs, good and bad days, and have come out of all with a tighter bond.
So, to honor his wife, Keith told Billboard Magazine that he decided to write a song based on something she said when they first started seeing each other.
"It's all from a conversation my wife and I had early on in our relationship, that when things get tough, I need to hold her tighter and just try to take care of her. The song is about wanting to heal somebody, wanting to take care of somebody, wanting to protect somebody. It's really like a vow in so many ways."
The song that stemmed from her words was later titled "The Fighter" - but Keith knew it wasn't meant to be a solo.
That's when he decided to enlist the help of country music's sweetheart Carrie Underwood. Almost immediately after the two finished recording and the song was released, it was a smash success.
With the massive amount of attention the song garnered, it came as no surprise that rumors of a budding relationship between Carrie and Keith began to swirl....
The lyrics were about unconditional love and Keith and Carrie's musical chemistry was undeniable - but no one knew where the inspriation of the song really came from.
Despite tabloids' reporting about a possible love affair, Keith's devotion to his wife never wavered.
So, to poke fun at all of the rumors and gossip, Keith and Nicole took to the Internet for a duet of their own. They jumped into the car, cranked up the volume and started singing "The Fighter" at the top of their lungs. This is what true marriage looks like!
Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell are out on the road together, on Dierks’ What the Hell World Tour, so the two are used to performing “Flatliner” together live, and they wanted to bring that energy to the song's video.
Colel co-wrote the song almost four years ago, with Dierks in mind, but he never imagined that he would be able to actually sing it with him.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day. And here we are,” Swindell tells the Tennessean. “[Performing “Flatliner” with Bentley on tour] is such a fun, highly energized and, honestly, surreal moment each and every night of the tour for me that there was no question in my mind of how I wanted to capture this video.”
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In February, the couple held a gender reveal party with family and friends where Thomas cut into a cake iced with pink and blue frosting. The color of the cake inside revealed the sex of the baby (it was pink).
The expecting parents are also awaiting the arrival of their adopted baby from Africa, a process they admit has been stressful. “The process of adopting someone from a different country is really, really strenuous and you find out a lot about yourself,” the singer shares.
It’s not clear when the couple’s adopted child will arrive, but Lauren is due to deliver baby Akins in August.
Florida Georgia Line made one wounded veteran’s life much easier with the gift of an all-terrain wheelchair. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley met with retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage, who was wounded in Afghanistan and lost his leg in 2010, at a recent concert, where they also shared their appreciation for his service.
“I got an invitation from Independence Fund to go to the concert,” Shane told Fox News. “I thought I would just be attending a concert and then four days prior they contacted me and said, ‘Hey, Florida Georgia Line wants to do a presentation with you and donate the chair directly to you at the concert.'”
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Shane says it was an emotional meet-and-greet for him.
“It was an emotional experience to have that type of opportunity to be able to participate in something of that nature,” he notes. “To be able to represent my fellow amputees and fellow veterans and to be able to do that on national TV is such an honor to be able to do.”
FGL brings their Smoothe Tour with The Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane to Fenway Park in Boston July 7.
Justin Moore and his wife have a bit of an ongoing battle in their house right now. They are expecting their fourth child. While Justin is dying to know the gender of the baby, his wife is adamantly against finding out.
“That’s a battle that’s ongoing in my house. Kate didn’t want to find out with Klein our youngest and I convinced her to, talked her into it, broke her down and talked her into it. And she is adamant that we will not find out this time, as well, which I despise the idea of not finding out.”
Justin hates surprises, so this isn't easy for him.
RaeLynn never thought she would be the girl with a big tattoo on her arm, but that all changed a few weeks ago when she celebrated her debut album Wildhorse by getting a large tattoo of a horse on her forearm. After spending hours online, searching for inspiration, she decided to let her tattoo artist create a one-of-a-kind piece instead. It's pretty awesome!
Rumors have been flying about Sam Hunt's martial status after fans saw a ring on his left hand in a picture he posted to Instagram over the weekend. Turns out, he's not married. So, what's up with the ring?
Back in 2015, Jimmy Fallon spent 10 days in the ICU after falling at home and experiencing Ring Avulsion (don’t Google it!). Sam wants none of that so his fiancée, Hannah, bought him a black, silicone ring that is easily cut and removed in the case of an emergency or accident and he thought it was so cool, he didn’t take it off.
Sam brings his 15 In A 30 tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion June 23 and to Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor July 21.
The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners in the new artist categories for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Brothers Osborne earned the title of New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, Maren Morris has been named New Female Vocalist of the Year, and Jon Pardi has been named New Male Vocalist of the Year. Each of the winners will perform on the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2.
The awards mark the first ACM Award wins for Brothers Osborne, Jon and Maren. Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at this year’s awards show, while Maren has an additional five nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Hero (as artist and producer), and Single of the Year for “My Church” (as artist and producer).
You ask and you shall receive and in this case in a form of four legs and fur! After may asked in their recent Q&A when Jason and Brittany were going to start extending their family the couple welcome a new puppy. Welcome Boss the French Bulldog!
It's one thing to know a singer is having vocal cord issues, which happens quite a bit, it's quite another to actually see the nasty culprits. Thanks to Justin Moore, we unfortunately are able to see his problem.
Last week, Moore posted a little cartoon on Instagram announcing that he had to cancel a show in Omaha on Thursday night due to being sick.
When a new baby is on the way, the older siblings go one of two ways ... either they're eccstatic and can't wait for the new addition. Or they go the way of Justin Moore's eldest daughter, Ella, and, well, basically aren't having any of it.
Justin and his wife Kate are expecting baby #4 and he says Ella, who is 7, has put her foot down about this baby's sex, telling her parents that under no circumstances is this new baby to be a girl. “Ella said, ‘If it’s a girl, I won’t never talk to it, I won’t claim it, I won’t never hold it, I don’t even want to see it,'” Justin says. “And so Kate was going, ‘Well, it very well may be a girl. You’re a girl. What if we’d have thought that about you?’ And she said, ‘I don’t care, I don’t want another one. We’ve got enough.’ So, needless to say, she wants a little brother (laughs).”
With three little girls already in the family, we can understand where Ella is coming from. Here's to hoping little Ella gets the little baby brother she really, really wants.
Aura (formerly the Asylum) at 121 Center St. in Portland will be opening soon after almost two years of construction and planning. The new facility will house a concert venue that will seat 1,000, a sports bar that is currently open, functions rooms that can be used for many things from holiday parties to wedding receptions and more.
This is a photo of the stage and it is a monster!
As we walked through Aura we had safety glasses and hard hats on due to construction but you could really see what an unbelievable state-of-the-art venue this will be soon.
Here is a photo of the stage looking down from the balcony area. The sightlines will be like no other venue in the state. Not a bad seat in the house!
Another amazing feature of Aura will be the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system designed by Alex Gray.
Many shows have already been booked at Aura and here is a list of what is scheduled through June 8th. There will be many more announced soon.
It came as a big surprise to many that Taylor Swift had written Little Big Town's current hit "Better Man." Turns out it was a pretty big surprise to Little Big Town also.
The group tells Billboardthat Taylor just sent them the song out of the blue in an email. "Taylor sent it in an email -- I don’t even know when she wrote it. She never cut it, but it was always a special song to her, and she felt like she could hear our harmonies on that chorus. She doesn’t really pitch her songs to anybody. I love that it’s definitely a country chorus, the chord structure of it and everything. I guess some good things do come in email still," says Jimi Westbrook.
Their new album, The Breaker will be out February 24.
After another busy year, Carrie Underwood says she's ready to slow down a bit.
During her pre-Grammy red carpet interview on Sunday (February 12), she says she's done a lot of thinking since coming off her Storyteller tour, then playing December show in Australia and New Zealand with Keith Urban, she's ready for some time off.
“Right now, I’m kind of in the process of remembering what it’s like to be human and getting into the mom routine and going to some hockey games and stuff like that,” she said. “I figure I’ll start working on new stuff at some point. I’ll get the itch and I’ll be like OK, I need to go be creative.”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday morning to talk about family, the tour and Tim’s upcoming movie, “The Shack. The conversation turned to their three daughters: Gracie, Maggie and Audrey.
After the interview, Ellen wanted to learn even more about the happy couple—who have been married 20 years—by playing a game of “Never Have I Ever.”
Luke Bryan and his family recently moved into a new home outside of Nashville, and he says life his household is “constant chaos.”
Luke has two sons, Tate and Bo, who are 6 and 8, and he's the guardian to his 15-year-old nephew, Til, who they took in following the death of his brother-in-law in 2014
“They always have seven or eight of their friends over,” he tells People. “Our furniture is constantly getting broken and damaged, but we try not to think about it too much. It’s just life at the Bryans’. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Lately, Luke says he himself looking up at his teenage nephew, who is now taller than him.
“It kind of just happened and I woke up one day and I’m raising a teen,” he says. “And it’s a challenge because my main thing with Til is just properly giving the right amount of advice and realizing you’re talking to someone who is becoming an adult. I have to be that parent role where if he does something, he needs to get in trouble, but I want to be a friend to him too.”
Now that his children are getting older, Luke says his new song “Fast” holds even more meaning. He says with his own children, he finds himself constantly wanting to slow things down and seize the moment.
Luke plays SNHU Arena in Manchester March 3rd with Brett Eldredge and Brett Young.
Miranda Lambert joked at a recent concert that she started “drinking a little extra” following her 2015 divorce from Blake Shelton.
She recently an intimate show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago as a warm-up to her Highway Vagabond Tour and told the crowd, “I got divorced so I started drinking a little extra.” During her set, she also opened up about the inspiration behind her track “Ugly Lights” from her album, "The Weight of These Wings".
She tole the audience, “Anyways, I found myself in Midtown in Nashville three nights in a row at like last call and with the lights coming on, and I’m still sitting there. So I wrote a song about it.”
Miranda brings her Highway Vagabond tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion June 2 and June 3.
Maren Morris will team with Alicia Keys to perform a duet at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Maren is nominated for four Awards, including the all-genre category of Best New Artist. She’s also up for Best Country Album for her debut album, Hero, as well as Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her smash debut single, “My Church.”
The two teamed up in 2016 for an episode of CMT Crossroads.
“Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m performing at the #Grammys!!” Maren tweeted to fans. “AND I’m gonna collab with my girl @aliciakeys again for this incredibly special night of music.”
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will also perform together on the 59th Grammy Awards, Sunday February 12 on CBS.
It's been a few years in the making but, as promised, Josh Tuirner will release a new album this year and it will be called Deep South!
“I’m really proud of this album. It was really important for me to expand creatively and explore in new ways for this record,” Josh says in a press release. “The way I pick songs is different now. There are so many things in my life and career that have matured me as an artist.”
Since his last album in 2012 with Punching Bag, Josh and wife welcomed a new baby, Samuel Hawke, into the family in September of 2014. The new addition to the family serves as a source of maturation that’s reflected on the album, and Josh says the project is a tribute to a simpler lifestyle that “represents hardworking people who find joy in the simple things in life; heritage, church, community, high school sports, being outdoors. It is a culture.”
Deep South will be out March 10 and features "Hometown Girl."
Carrie Underwood shared a video of her playing the game Speak Out. It’s a game in which the players all distort their mouths by inserting a large and somewhat uncomfortable-looking plastic mouthpiece, then attempt to speak an assigned phrase while the other participants try to guess what they are saying. Carrie and husband Mike Fisher played with a group of friends.
Luke Bryan says Blake Shelton'sgirlfriend Gwen Stefani'totally fits In' with the country crowd. Luke tells People magazine, “I think Gwen enjoys learning a little bit more about us country people! But she totally fits in and has a blast.”
Blake brought Gwen to the four-day music Crash My Playa music fiestal in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke says, “They’re excited to be on vacation and we’re happy they have the ability to enjoy themselves."
Dierks Bentley is is currently in Canada on tour and is hoping to have a little fun along the way. The singer says he's bringing his ice skates with him and is hoping to get in on a few random hockey games while he's there.
“I’m putting the call out there right now, if there are any pick-up games in the middle of the day, let me know. We’ll be looking to play some hockey before we play some shows.”
Dierks says he's looking forward to getting out of Nashville and hitting the rink.
“Nashville is cool,” he says of his homebase. “But there’s nothing to do this time of year. It’s just cold and grey — there’s no snow. So if it’s going to be cold, we might as well go some place where people are used to it and there’s plenty of stuff to do ... you can play hockey and you can play curling. We became big curling fans when we played up in the Niagara Falls area a couple of years ago.”
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to perform their new song, “You Look Good,” and Ellen also roped them into playing the game "Oops! My Water Broke" which drops water balloons on a willing contestant—in this case, Charles.
Brantley Gilbert credits Keith Urban with helping to save his life. In an interview with Nashville’s Tennessean, Brantley opens up about his longstanding fight with drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab in 2011. He reveals that his drinking began when he was young, frequenting parties in high school where his drinking habits kicked in full force. A drunken fight and nearly fatal car wreck at the age of 19 led him to judge-ordered group therapy sessions and 12-step meetings that didn’t really stick.
But he finally sought help in 2011 at a Nashville-based rehab facility, where he met face-to-face with Keith Urban, a fellow recovering addict, to whom he opened up about his fears following sobriety. Keith had been to rehab several years before, and Brantley’s counselors brought him in to speak to him after he decided to leave treatment against medical advice. Brantley told Keith: “I told him, I don’t think I can do my job. I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being (messed) up. Or writing, I was worried my songs wouldn’t be the same, that I wouldn’t be on everyone else’s level. It’s a drinking environment.”
Brantley says Keith once had the same fears and told him that his sobriety makes him a better performer — and person. Brantley says, “If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or be in this business anymore. I’d probably be dead.”
Garth Brooks fans who expressed they were "very disappointed" that Garth will not be performing atPresident-elect Donald Trump's inauguration later this week.
During his weekly interactive Facebook Live series Garth said he never agreed to perform during Friday's festivities because he was waiting to solidify his tour schedule for this weekend. He explains, “We go up to do the Christmas tree lighting in D.C., and TMZ -- they always stick a camera in your face -- they go, ‘Hey man, what about the inauguration?’ And the response was, ‘It’s always an honor to serve.’ I wasn’t asked at that point.".
He says it wasn't until casino mogul Steve Wynn joined the Trump inaugural team, that he was formally approached. "Steve Wynn is my brother. I love him to death." Being in the middle of a two-year worldwide tour, he said, “We left it up to karma. If Cincinnati goes two weekends instead of one, then of course we are out." Strong ticket sales prompted three additional shows in Cincinnati, booking Garth on inauguration weekend.
“I’ll tell you with this whole presidential thing: We got one going out. Pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Let’s stay together," he says.
Dierks Bentley has released the video for his new song, "Black". Shot outside of Reykjavík, Iceland in November over four days.
“We’re both not happy unless we’re just barely clearing the highest possible bar that we can jump,” the video's director, Wes Edwards explains. “The night before the shoot we were having dinner at the hotel in Iceland and Dierks was like, ‘It’s gotta be the best one ever. No pressure,'” he recalls. “It was my idea to come here so if this goes south, I’m totally screwed!'”
“The most ambitious part of the whole deal was convincing my wife to be in the video,” says Dierks, as she is extremely camera shy.
William Michael Morgan is now sharing details behind his surprise proposal to Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne. In an interview with People. He says he popped the question a couple of weeks ago while on vacation at her mother’s house in Malibu.
He says they managed to sneak away to Santa Barbara, where he set the tone, complete with an oceanside view, nice dinner and plenty of wine. “God couldn’t have put it any better for me and I just asked her,” he says. “Surprisingly, she said ‘Yes.’”
While he had it all planned out, she admits she was taken by surprise even though they had discussed the idea of marriage before. Though they’re both thrilled for their future, they both say they are in “no rush at all” as they’re both focused on their busy careers.
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and her husband, Stephen, are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Dolly Grace. Kimberly took to Instagram on Thursday morning (1/12) to share a picture of the happy family.
A rep for Little Big Town says the family welcomed Dolly Grace through a "domestic adoption." The couple's oldest daughter, Daisy Pearl, is 9 years old.
Carrie Underwood will be taking it easier in 2017. She spoke with Ryan Seacrest for E! News at the Golden Globes rSunday (January 8), and said her schedule for the year remains very open.
“I think I’m gonna enjoy a little time with my family and then start writing, maybe, and just seeing what I’m ready to do,” she says. “I don’t know. There’s no real plans.”
Carrie spent much of 2016 on the road on her Storyteller Tour and iand on the road promoting her latest album, Storyteller. Plus, she recently wrapped up a co-headlining tour with Keith Urban in Australia and New Zealand, which, she admits, being on the road has left her home a bit of a mess.
"I’ve got to get this in order,'” she says. “Being home off the road, every time we go home for a little short 24, 48-hour stints, I just drop stuff off and leave again. And now I’m trying to make sense of life.”
In her down time she may do some skydiving with her husband Mike Fisher, an activity she got turned on to while in Australia, as she shared on a video she posted to her social pages.
“We actually — after that, people started giving us gifts of skydiving. So I’m going to have to make my husband go.”
Blake Shelton is opening a new bar, food and live music venue in downtown Nashville!
It will be called Ole Red, after his 2002 hit "Ol' Red". The different spelling reflects a partnership with the Grand Ole Opry.
Blake made the announcement with executives from Ryman Hospitality at a press conference at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this morning (January 5).
Blake calls it as a lifestyle and entertainment brand. “It doesn’t even seem like I’m venturing that far out of my realm, because I’m doing it with these guys,” he said in announcing it on Facebook Live.
Ole Red’s will be at the corner of 3rd and Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville. It will include a bar and a number of other lifestyle features, including live music stages, a restaurant, VIP booths and live band karaoke, as well as an outdoor rooftop space with fire pits and other amenities.
He'll open a second location in his hometown of Tishomingo, OK, where he hopes to stimulate some local and regional economic activity.
“I know this is going to become one of those types of venues where people will just want to say that they’ve been there … I’m excited about it,” he states, adding that he will definitely take a personal stake in being on hand at the locations, both in person and through technology.
The Oklahoma location is expected to open this October with the Nashville location coming on in April 2018. The delay at the Nashville location is due to the extensive building renovations that have to be done.
Carrie Underwood did not have a good Christmas break. She loves her dogs and one has wound up in Therapy. She posted this video on Facebook with the caption,"Right before Christmas, my little Ace suffered a herniated disk. He was completely paralyzed in his back end for a couple of days and, with rest, soon got mobility back in his right side...his left side is slowly getting better but we have a long way to go...he's taking his physical therapy like a champ!"
Keith Urban paid respect to many of the great musicians who passed away in 2016 during his Music City Midnight New Year's Eve performance in Nashville Saturday night (December 31). His eight-minute set, leading up to midnight and airing on CNN, included a medley of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah," Glenn Frey’s “Take It Easy," David Bowie’s “Heroes," Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and Prince’s “Purple Rain."
Over the past few years, scalpers have made it harder for true fans to buy tickets to see their favorite artists at a fair price.
Eric Church is one artist who is doing everything he can to combat it. He posted this on Facebook for fans who may have missed out on tickets to upcoming shows. He and his team managed to identify nearly 1,000 tickets taht were bought by bots or brokers and put them back on sale.
Music won’t be the only place you can hear Tim McGraws voice in 2017. He is lending his voice to Season 2 of the CNBC show 'Blue Collar Millionaires', which kicks off in January.
The show profiles three “hard-working entrepreneurs who’ve gotten rich by getting their hands dirty,” as described in a press release about the program, highlighting the self-made successes of working class men and women who’ve made a fortune by mastering their trades, ranging from gator trappers to chimney sweeps.
That's just one of several places Tim will be seen and heard in 2017 as he'll star in the film 'The Shack' which will be out in March for which he co-wrote a song for with his wife Faith Hill called "Keep Your Eyes On Me."
The duo will also be on the road on their Soul2Soul Tour 2017 starting in April.
Season 2 of 'Blue Collar Millionaires' premieres Wednesday, January 4 with back-to-back episodes starting at 10pm on CNBC.
Hanna posted on her page, “Asher – A name meaning fortunate; blessed; happy one.. @shaymooney and I are all of those things and more. God has truly honored us with the privilege of being the parents of this sweet boy. We love you and can’t wait to meet you, Asher James Mooney 💙.”
Shay and Hannah got engaged August 9, and announced their engagement on social media a few days later. They announced they were expecting a child in October.
Randy Houser and his wife Tatiana said "I Do" for a second time. The couple originally tied the knot in early May at the Homestead Manor in Franklin, Tennessee. But unfortunately, many of Tatiana's family couldn't be there because she's originally from Australia.
Over the weekend, Randy and Tatiana flew to Melbourne and celebrated their union once again. Randy posted a gorgeous black and white photo from the love-filled day to Instagram...
Tatiana posted the same photo to her own Instagram with a more lengthy, but sweet caption. She wrote: "I'd marry this man 1000 times if I could; but getting to celebrate our marriage for a SECOND time, with our Australian family and friends, was pretty great. Especially when @jatoncouture creates a dress this incredible in just a couple of days! I feel so lucky that we have now been able to celebrate our love on both sides of the world with the people that we love the most #happilyeverhouser"
Randy's wife also posted this picture from their Australian wedding, as his birthday was on December 18th.
Go big or go home seems to be the social media motto for Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard.
Back in July, he said he was quitting social media for a while to focus on his family. Well the time came for hime to get back in the swing of social media with his guns ablazing, posting this picture:
Lee Brice paid tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert at a full military honors funeral service Monday (December 19) held at Arlington National Cemetery, 10 years after his death.
Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed November 27, 2006, when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, while engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations. After the crash, the pilot’s body was taken away by Al Qaeda members and Maj. Gilbert was declared missing in action. Ten years later, Maj. Gilbert’s body was recovered, allowing him to be laid to rest.
Lee first met Maj. Troy Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, in 2015 at the Folds Honor Event and connected over Lee’s song, “I Drive Your Truck.” Lee honored the family friend with a moving version of “Go Rest High On That Mountain” during the private chapel service held in the Old Post Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Brad Paisley has finally announced the official release date for his much-anticipated new album, Love and War.
It will be out March 3, and you will finally get to hear all the interesting choices he’s been making lately with collaborations, as well as experimenting a bit with his style. The album will feature a duet with Mick Jagger, as well as some co-writing with John Fogerty. But the most out-of-the-box pairing has to be hip-hop producer Timbaland.
“I wanted the collaborations on this record to be collaborations that took me outside of what you’d typically think and brought that other world into this, but it’s also very country,” Brad says.
His newballad “Today,” will be featured on the record and Brad recently announced he is releasing a new live DVD/CD set featuring his Life Amplified Tour stop at West Virginia University, out December 23. The show will air January 27, 2017 on PBS.
Maren Morris sat down with late night host Chelsea Handler on her Netflix show to share what she’s learned over the past year as her career has skyrocketed her to fame. Maren admits what has been a freeing concept for her.
Maren knows what she’s doing when it comes to music having a groundbreaking year in 2016, taking home the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year after “My Church” hit No. 1. Her album Hero garnered acclaim from critics and topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for 2016, and she recently made her Saturday Night Live debut. Her success will continue into 2017, as she’s nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album (Hero), Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance (“My Church”) and the all-genre Best New Artist. And, she'll head out on her first headlining tour which kicks off Feb. 2 in New York City and will be at Paradise in Boston on February 3.
Maren Morris recently took to Twitter to call out someone trying to sell her autograph on a guitar pick on eBay and wasn’t havin’ it.
She tweeted: "My guitar player is kind of a badass. He bid $5 on a pick guard I politely signed which the eBay guy marked up for $100, his profit. "eBay guy: This isn't a charity. Ben: Neither is Maren Morris." Then she posted:
Maren has become one of the breakout stars of 2016 since the release of, “My Church,” and her debut album, Hero. She was a highlight of the 2016 CMA Awards, where she took home the award for New Artist Of the Year minutes after delivering a show-stopping performance of “My Church.” She is also nominated in multiple categories in the 2017 Grammy Awards, including the all-genre Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Hero.
Dan + Shay discovered a nasty scene at their tour bus after a recent show. At a stop in Baltimore on Wednesday the guys found a considerable amount of damage that had been done by someone who threw a brick at the windshield multiple times. Luckily they managed to capture the vandal on camera.