Oct 18

A minor injury sidelines Tim McGraw, as “Neon Church” races up the chart

Columbia NashvilleTim McGraw’s become almost as well-known for his physique, physical fitness, and his intense workout regime as he has for music and acting. But it looks like a minor injury may keep him sidelined for a bit.

“Too much spearfishing and beach volleyball… 2 stress fractures,” the 51-year-old shared on his socials, along with a photo of his foot in an orthopedic boot.

Later, Tim Instagrammed a short video of him watching baseball by the fireplace as Faith Hill does some dishes in the kitchen, along with the caption, “Pretty darn good evening.”

While Tim may be slowing down for a little while, his latest single, “Neon Church,” continues racing up the country chart. It’s already in the top thirty after only being out a couple weeks.

Tim’s also been previewing the new lyric video for “Neon Church,” which is coming on Monday.

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Oct 18

Maren Morris adds three more awards to her “Artists of the Year” honor

CMTMaren Morris was honored as a member of CMT’s first all-female Artists of the Year class Wednesday in Nashville, but that wasn’t the only bright spot in her evening. She also found out her first three hits have achieved new sales milestones.

“As if last night couldn’t fit any more magic into it,” Maren shared on her socials, “my label surprised me with the news that I Could Use a Love Song + 80s Mercedes are certified platinum and My Church is DOUBLE PLATINUM!!!”

“You guys ain’t playin’!” she added. “I love you so much.”

Maren’s fourth single from Hero, “Rich,” continues its upward momentum in country’s top ten.

The Texas native also paid homage to the late Aretha Franklin at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year bash, teaming up with Americana’s Brandi Carlile for a blistering version of “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”

If you missed it, you can check out their performance on YouTube.

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Oct 18

A visit with the “Coal Miner’s Daughter”: Sissy Spacek talks about the possibility of working with Loretta Lynn again

CMTLoretta Lynn couldn’t attend Wednesday night’s CMT Artists of the Year gala to accept her Artist of a Lifetime honor, but her friend Sissy Spacek reminisced about the visit she’d had with the legend earlier in the day.

“She’s so excited about tonight. She’s so disappointed that she couldn’t be here,” the actress explained as she walked the red carpet. “She’s fantastic. She looks great and I love her dearly and she’s a treasure… a national treasure.”

Sissy won the 1981 Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta in Coal Miner’s Daughter. She says she wouldn’t hesitate to play her again, should someone decide to make her second autobiography into a movie.  In fact, Sissy says Loretta is anxious to do something together again.

“When I saw her today, she said, ‘We’ve got to get together. You’ve got to come stay with me, and we’re gonna write some songs. We’re gonna go into the studio. We’ve got to get back on the stage.’ I went, ‘I’m in!'”

Sissy says the bond she shares with Loretta is simply inexplicable.

“It’s meant everything… She cast me in the movie, first of all,” she points out. “And we had instantaneous friendship. It was bizarre.”

“She says, ‘Sissy, we were twins in another life.’ And I go, ‘Okay, yeah, I get that.’ You know, she helped me so much with the role. She opened her life to me, she opened her heart to me. We’re god-sisters.”

“It didn’t have anything really to do with our professional careers,” Sissy continues. “It was just, we’re like girlfriends… like best friends. And we sit around and chew the fat… We just hang out… we just love each other.”

Loretta continues to recover from a 2017 stroke, as well as a broken hip she suffered earlier this year.

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Oct 18

This One’s for the Girls: CMT honors its first-ever all-female “Artists of the Year”

CMTCountry music’s girl power was in full force Wednesday night at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, as CMT honored its first-ever all-female class of Artists of the Year.

Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies kicked things off with plenty of attitude, debuting the new track “Sugar Daddy” before Elle King presented Miranda her award.

“Not a day will go by that I don’t honor and lift up other women in this industry, and want to work with them and collaborate,” she said in her acceptance. “…And it’s a small community and we’re all friends, so I really appreciate CMT celebrating that tonight.”

Honoree Kelsea Ballerini delivered a haunting version of the Shenandoah classic “Ghost in This House” with Alison Krauss, before Sheryl Crow led the tribute to Maren Morris.

“I feel like the women in this room that I’m honored with tonight are putting out the most compelling, emotional, bada** music right now of our lifetimes,” Maren said as she clutched her trophy.

The “My Church” hitmaker teamed up with Americana favorite Brandi Carlile to do “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” in remembrance of the late Aretha Franklin.

Hillary Scott offered a medley that matched Lady Antebellum‘s hit “American Honey” with the inspirational classics “Never Alone” and “O Happy Day,” with help from singer/songwriter Tori Kelly and gospel star Kirk Franklin.

As she accepted her honor from bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Hillary’s thoughts turned to her daughters.

“This just means so much to me… I’m a mom of three girls: five and eight-and-a-half-month-old twins,” she explained. “And it’s a gift that my mom gave me… that there is no dream too big, and that we can really, if we work hard and we’re kind that we can honestly see just what the world has to offer.”

The night’s top honor went to Loretta Lynn, as CMT proclaimed her its latest Artist of a Lifetime. Though the 86-year-old wasn’t well enough to attend, Martina McBride honored her with her trademark “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man,” while Sheryl Crow and Dierks Bentley teamed up for a fiery duet on the Loretta/Conway Twitty classic “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.” 

Actress Sissy Spacek, who won the 1980 Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta in Coal Miner’s Daughter, gave an emotional acceptance in her stead, recalling 40 years of close friendship, and revealing that Loretta earlier tried to give her one of her gowns to wear to the gala.

Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook feted their vocal partners Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, before the two joined R&B legend Gladys Knight on “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.”

Carrie Underwood enlisted her 2019 opening acts for a gargantuan eight-song medley that included Tammy Wynette‘s “Stand By Your Man,” Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5,” The Judds‘ “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain,” Martina McBride‘s “Independence Day,” Faith Hill‘s “Wild One,” Reba McEntire‘s “Why Haven’t I Heard from You,” and Shania Twain‘s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” before ending with her own “Cry Pretty.”

Carrie ably summed up the entire night in her acceptance, to thunderous applause: “To all of the incredible, amazing, talented women that have been on this stage tonight, you are not here because you are women, you are here because you are dang good!”

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Oct 17

Get Your ‘Shine On: Cole Swindell gets into the moonshine business

ABC/Image Group LA Cole Swindell is now officially in the business of selling ‘shine.

The Georgia native’s signature brand of 100 proof Peppermint Moonshine is now available from Sugarlands Distilling in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Swindell’s spirit comes in a Mason jar, complete with Cole’s likeness and autograph on the label.

“You ready for some MOONSHINE?” he asked on his socials. “Cole’s Sugarlands Shine is now available… and trust us, you need some! Please remember to sip wisely…” he added.

If you’re 21 or over, you can go to Sugarlands.com to order the ‘shine online, find out where it’s available near you, and check out recipes that feature Cole’s new product.

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Oct 17

Morgan Wallen to headline If I Know Me Tour in 2019

ABC Radio“Up Down” hitmaker Morgan Wallen will kick off his 2019 headlining tour January 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Morgan made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the #1 party for his breakthrough hit at Nashville’s Thompson Hotel.

Taking its name from his debut album, the If I Know Me Tour will hit 26 cities, including a hometown stop for Morgan in Knoxville, Tennessee. The trek wraps March 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

“Up Down” co-writer Hardy will open the dates.

Pre-sales start next Tuesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday, October 26.

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Oct 17

Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country trek can hang with the pop stars when it comes to hot tours

ABC/Image Group LA Luke Bryan ranks #3 on Billboard’s latest rundown of Hot Tours, lagging behind only pop superstars Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

The latest Billboard Boxscore reports add $31.1 million to Luke’s tally, courtesy of 23 new shows on the What Makes You Country Tour. In all, Luke’s made $65.5 million since the trek started in February in Springfield, Missouri.

Comparatively, that bests Luke’s $41.6 million from last year’s Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day dates.

Two concerts still remain on the What Makes You Country run: Thursday, October 25 in Rochester, New York and the next day at Ford Field in Detroit.

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Oct 17

Shania Twain’s “Real Country” arrives on USA Network November 13

ABC RadioUSA Network’s new country music talent show, Real Country, is set to premiere Tuesday, November 13.

Executive producer Shania Twain, Jake Owen, and Travis Tritt will serve as the competition show’s judges. Graham Bunn from ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise will be its host.

“I have never seen a show like this before,” Shania shared on her socials, along with a preview of the program. “So proud to be a part of Real Country.”

Jake predicts Real Country will even deliver some country converts.

“Country music fans, they’re gonna love this show,” he says. “But I think there’s people out there that don’t even realize that they love country music — yet.”

You can catch the first episode of Real Country Tuesday, November 13 at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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Oct 17

An “excited, scared and nervous” Garth Brooks announces 2019 stadium tour

ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like Garth Brooks‘ recently completed world tour just wasn’t enough for the six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year: He’s hitting the road again.

At a Nashville press conference Wednesday, Garth announced that he’ll be putting five shows on sale before Christmas, and the tour will kick off in the spring of next year in St. Louis, MO.  He’ll also perform at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, and seemed to hint at possible shows in Texas and Boston, but those details will come later.

Garth plans do to around 10 stadium shows a year for three years, and says he’s “excited, scared and nervous.” He is also challenging “one person on the planet to come to all 30 shows.”

Garth’s October 20 show at Notre Dame Stadium will be the “blueprint” for these upcoming shows. He describes that Notre Dame Stadium show as “a big step up for me.”

In addition, as part of the tour, Garth announced that he’ll be playing at colleges as part of a series of shows called “Music 101,” where he’ll play other people’s songs.

More details to come….

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Oct 17

Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett join Jason Aldean to headline the beachfront Tortuga Music Festival

Allister AnnKenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett are joining Jason Aldean as the headliners of next year’s Tortuga Music Festival. This will be Kenny’s fourth time playing the Florida gathering in its seven-year history.

Kane BrownDustin LynchMaren MorrisChris JansonMorgan EvansMidlandCarly PearceMichael RayMaddie & TaeMitchell TenpennyLindsay Ell and more will take the stage in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park during the April 12, 13, and 14 musical extravaganza.

Non-country performers like Sheryl CrowFlo RidaJoan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Elle King are set to play as well.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 26, with more information available at TortugaMusicFestival.com.

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