To heed the excitement for the August 7th album release of Colt Ford’sDeclaration of Independence, AOL Music is offering fans an exclusive weeklong album listening party.
Beginning yesterday, fans can access full song streams including his new single, “Back” with Jake Owen, HERE. The new single, co-written by Ford, Shannon Houchins and Noah Gordon, was recently released to country radio and has sold over 50k digital downloads in less than five weeks. The accompanying video has been added to GAC and CMT with a recent debut on CMT’s Top 20 Countdown as a bonus video.
Declaration of Independence is available for pre-order exclusively on iTunes until August 6th, with the Standard 11-track and the Deluxe 15-track versions priced on SALE for $7.99 and $9.99. Both versions come complete with a digital booklet. To pre-order the new album, click HERE.
I was beginning to wonder when Jamey Johnson was going to get around to releasing a new album, and now we know.
Jamey Johnson's next album won't be a solo effort, but rather a collaborative celebration of Hank Cochran’s music with Jamey singing duets with some really big names.
“Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran” will include artists such as Willie Nelson, George Strait, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and many others, each singing a duet on one of Cochran's biggest hits with Johnson. The album will hit stores September 25 on vinyl and October 16 in all other formats. The album will feature 16 tracks.
Cochran passed away in 2010 at the age of 74.
Full (AKA really, really long) press release after the jump.....
Celebrity comes with lots of perks including wealth, fame, ability to wreck your car lots of times and never get your driver's license revoked (I'm looking at you Lindsay), but one thing that I would never want to deal with that most celebrities do at one time or another is a stalker.
One of the newest celebs in court trying to keep a crazed fan away is Sheryl Crow who back in April discovered that there was a delusional fella on Facebook making threats against her.
Phillip Gordon Sparks, 45, allegedly has been posting things like Sheryl has "stolen money from him," "tried to have him arrested" and "had broken into his house because [she] was looking for his gun." According to 'Entertainment Tonight', he even threatened to shoot her.
Now Sheryl has gone to court to obtain a temporary restraining order and has a hearing scheduled for August 14 to possibly make it permanent.
Sheryl recently revealed that she has a benign brain tumor, so this stress can't be helping matters. Hopefully she gets her permanent restraining order and this alleged nut job disappears back into the hole he crawled out of.
You may have heard already, but Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley will be performing this August for 'Teachers Rock' - a special tribute concert celebrating teachers and education.
The special was originally going to air August 18th but has now been rescheduled to broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. live Friday, August 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.
'Teachers Rock' will honor American teachers and will feature personal recollections from the stars who are taking part in the special. The show will also double as a benefit concert to raise money for three nonprofit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.
So we are currently day #5 of Blake Shelton versus the turtle lovers of the world after his now infamous tweet on Friday about running over a turtle -- a tweet that wasn't actually based on real events but rather was just meant as a silly joke.
Now Ellen DeGeneres, usually the sweetest person on the planet -- at least she appears that way on television -- has put her 2 cents in, tweeting Blake yesterday:
While most of the world's focus has been on the possibility that Taylor Swift was dating The Ahnuld's single son, and Kennedy family member, Patrick Schwarzenegger, it appears there may possibly have been a different Kennedy in Taylor's sight....Conor Kennedy.
The pair have been spotted all over Massachusetts at pizza shops and on the beach and at house parties and various other places.
Conor just turned 18 last week and is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, brother of former president John F. Kennedy.
Of course, there are pictures of Conor with his arm around Taylor so maybe, just maybe, Conor really is Taylor's future song inspiration.
Photo of Taylor leaving a pizza shop with Conor here and a picture of Conor with his arm around Taylor here (just click the arrows, there's a whole slew of pics) and a picture of Taylor and Conor holding hands here.
I so wish all of Jason Aldean's weekend tweets could just be about the music. But after a man was shot after Aldean's concert in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday (July 27), the singer had to say something.
"There's no excuse 4 things getting that heated in traffic leavin a show. I'm prayin 4 the fan who was injured and thanx to the Raleigh police for acting so quickly," he wrote.
And of course, he's right. He probably could've stayed on Twitter all night lecturing his fans about right and wrong, and maybe they would listen, and maybe it would help. (And by the way, who brings a gun to a concert? And if the venue is so hell-bent on searching fans for alcohol and drugs on their way in, wouldn't they have noticed a gun?)
The shooting took place after the concert outside the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion as fans were walking to their cars. The victim was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but his injuries were not life-threatening. Still, just like Aldean, I'm praying for him.
If you've ever had a gallbladder attack, you'll know it's one of the most painful things in the world. I have a deep respect for anyone who has these attacks and can keep going on without having immediate surgery.
I had two attacks back in 1999 and was begging the doctor to get that monster-pain-maker out of me, which thankfully they did with little argument.
According to Got Country, Toby Keith's set to become gallbladder-less sometime this week.
Toby Keith will be undergoing a minor medical outpatient procedure to have his Gallbladder removed this week.
Albright & O’Malley was told that Toby has been in significant pain for sometime now and decided to have the Gallbladder removed.
He has rescheduled his August 2nd performance at Fort McCoy for August 30th due to the surgery but will resume his regular schedule this Saturday August 3rd.
Dude is definitely badass if he's been living with that kind of pain for any amount of time.
Charlie Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, who is probably best known as the mother of his twins and as a frequent visitor to various rehab programs around the country, is apparently dating Jaron Lowenstein of Jaron And The Long Road To Love.
Yeah, this might not end well.
According to TMZ, Brooke and Jaron have known each other for about a year but only recently started dating.
Apparently they met at a party last year when Brooke and Charlie Sheen were attempting to reconcile. Realizing it was a pointless endeavor, Brooke gave her number to Jaron. The two kept in touch but only recently decided to give dating a try.
Let's hope for Jaron's sake (and her twins, of course), that Brooke is finally free of the drugs and finished with rehab.
'American Idol' seems to be in some sort of free fall right now. Yesterday, the former reality show juggernaut failed to receive an Emmy nomination for Best Competition Reality Show, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have both quit or been fired depending on what report you read, and the ratings have been lacking lately from my understanding.
So what's a seemingly struggling former monster hit reality singing competetion to do?
Hire one of your most popular competitors ever if possible.
Reportedly, the show has reached out to Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, and Adam Lambert to possibly come back as judges or in some other sort of capacity.
"Idol is reaching out to try and gauge the interest of former contestants coming back on the show to participate in some way. They wouldn't necessarily be in judging positions, but the show wants them involved."
Carrie Underwood would definitely be a great choice, but I can't imagine she'd take the job. Too bad Shania's busy. She was great when she was on the show as a special guest.
Kelly Clarkson has spoken up about not wanting to be a judge but she thinks Carrie would be perfect. She tells Us Magazine:
"She would! Didn't she major in journalism or something?" Clarkson said of the 29-year-old country singer. Indeed, Underwood did graduate from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism. "And she can have that face . . . that bluff face! She can put that on! She would be good."
I definitely think at least one former 'American Idol' contestant who has successfully made it post Idol would be a great addition. I mean, who better to help current contestants out than someone who has been through the stress of the show and succeeded in the real world?
Back in January, I told you about the California man who was accused of shooting his son. The reason for the shooting was that the 50-year-old son, William Carr Jr., wouldn't quit singing country music on his karaoke machine and visit with his father.
The father, William Carr Oller Sr., 70, told police that his son wouldn't shut up and stop singing so he went out to his pickup and grabbed a pistol with the intention of scaring his son into shutting up.
A fight ensued between the two and both ended up shot by the time police showed up. The son and the father both made a full recovery, although I have a feeling their relationship was probably not so lucky.
Now the senior Carr is charged with attempted murder and on Tuesday was ordered to stand trial.
Aaron Williams, the father's attorney, argued there was no evidence showing the shooting was intentional, saying because both men were shot his client could have been acting in self defense. His client, who faces a potential life sentence if convicted, is due back in court at the end of the month.
The younger Oller attended the Tuesday hearing, saying afterward he wished his father "the best" and hoped the district attorney's office would not pursue the matter.
"But that's up to the D.A.," he told The Record.
So what song was the son singing that threw his father into such a bullet-flinging tizzy? Well that's still a mystery.
"Maybe it will come out in trial," attorney Aaron Williams said.
You know darn well if it was Taylor Swift the son wouldn't stop singing, no jury in the land's going to convict this man.
Hank Williams, Jr. has the top selling independent album in the country with his new CD, Old School, New Rules. The new CD debuts at #4 on Billboard's Country Albums chart and #12 on Billboard's Top U.S. Albums chart. This gives the country music legend the highest peak position of his career on the overall chart, surpassing his previous high of #16 achieved by 1964's "Your Cheatin' Heart" and the 2006 compilation, "That's How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential Collection."
"Old School, New Rules" is the first album on Hank Williams, Jr.'s new label imprint, Bocephus Records, licensed to Blaster Records with distribution by Warner Music Nashville.
As I told you earlier, a promoter at this weekend's Jukebox Music Festival in Anderson, California unceremoniously told Alan Jackson this morning that he wasn't invited to perform any longer at the festival because apparently Jackson's rescheduled concert on Friday had messed up ticket sales for his performance tonight at the festival.
At least that was the story Jackson's crew was given.
But if that wasn't strange enough, the promoters of the festival actually shut the festival down hours early without giving other performers the chance to perform as scheduled, leaving thousands of paying fans disappointed.
And they had the gall -- GALL I say! -- to interrupt Ms. Pam Tillis when she was trying to perform for her fans.
So, so strange.
According to the Anderson Valley Post, the meltdown began at about 2:30 in the afternoon shortly after Ricky Skaggs had done his sound check and Pam Tillis was about to take the stage to do the same. Suddenly one of the promoters took the stage and announced to the crowd that “we are shutting down the festival.”
No explanation at all. He then went on to say, “The venue is now closed. Please go home.”
They then shut all the sound equipment down on the festival's two stages. Pam Tillis wasn't having it and announced to the crowd that she would stay as long as fans were willing to stay and started singing Amazing Grace with the crowd singing along with her.
That's when uniformed security guards took the stage and told everyone to get out.
“I thought Pam Tillis was great and trying to do what she could for all her fans. I am very disappointed in the promoter. I think a better solution could have been found for Sunday's performance,” said Robbie Ennis of Cottonwood, who witnessed the event.
At 3 p.m., a statement was sent out stating:
"We are very grateful for those of you who were able to join us on Friday and Saturday at the Jukebox Music Festival,” the statement read.
“Despite the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers, community supporters and generous sponsors, we are saddened to have to close the gates on our inaugural festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22.
"We are very sorry to have not been able to fulfill our dream. We hope you all enjoyed the two-and-a-half-days of music, dancing and eating.
"For more information send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow two weeks for response while we sort this out,” the statement continued.
Wow. Just wow.
For a full account of what happened throughout the Sunday Jukebox mess, head over to the Anderson Valley Post.
"To answer that fan question" is the part of NashvilleGab where I take the sometimes funny things readers have ended up on the website searching for and actually answer them in a somewhat coherent way.
The Teen Choice Awards aired last night and because Taylor Swift's love life is usually a hot topic, many fans are wondering just who the handsome fella in the suit was that Taylor was sitting with.
Well fans, don't get too excited because the dapper young man was none other than Taylor's bro, Austin, who often accompanies his big sis to these sorts of events.
Last weekend Billy Ray Cyrus tweeted a photo of his son Braison in the hospital hooked up to all kinds of wires and holding a container filled with blood. It was gross and pretty scary. Billy Ray's only explanation was:
Kellie Pickler is on the cover and in the pages of Maxim magazine's special Salute to the Military issue and the girl is totally smoking hot!
Kellie isn't just a pinup in the magazine, though, she also has an interview. A few of the highlights include:
On what inspired her to get involved in the USO tour:
"I comes from a military family. My grandfather is a retired Marine, and I've always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country. It really does take someone special to sacrifice everything. I don't mean just their lives, either. There are men who are sacrificing the chance to hold their newborn baby!"
On her tattoos:
"My grandmother would be mortified if she knew I had these. She's passed away now, but she would say, 'Tattoos are the devil!' So my first tattoo, of course, was my grandma's name. I also have stars on my left arm for my USO tours, but I'm missing two."
On whether small town girls can be trouble:
"We might be, but we can also talk out way out of it. A country girl can talk her way out of a ticket. Not that I've ever been pulled over..."
For the first time in the history of the Nielsen SoundScan's tracking (starting in 1991), old albums have begun to sell more than new albums. According to MSN Music, in the first half of 2012, albums released more than 18 months ago sold 76.6 million copies compared to 73.9 million of more current albums sold.
One of the best selling of the over-18-month-old "catalog" albums is Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' which was released in October of 2010. According to Wikipedia, as of 2012 (date unknown), the album has sold 4,005,000 copies in the United States.
So why are so many old albums being sold compared to new ones? According to Nielsen analyst David Bakula, it probably has to do with price. "I really, truly do believe that there probably is a consumer that is buying music here that wasn't buying music in the past," Bakula told the OC Weekly.
When a new CD runs $13-$18 and an older one runs $5.99 and $10.99, I can definitely see the appeal of going with a classic.
“What’s weird is playing a lot of these cities now, selling out arenas and I remember we were at the club two years ago just down the street. It’s just weird for me to be out there and see that and go, ‘What the hell happened? Where did you people come from?’
“It’ll never feel normal for me because I’ll always feel like we’re the underdog a little bit," he said. "I’ll always feel like we’ve got to fight harder than everybody else, that we have to give it more than everybody else.
“I mean, I never thought I’d have a No. 1 anything so to have the No. 1 album and the second No. 1 single off this record, it’s just bizarre.”
Of course, the pre-show workout is nothing new for Tim this summer. Before his Brothers of the Sun appearance in Nashville, Tim—again with no shirt—took a run around downtown, spurring dozens of fans to take out cellphone cameras to capture the moment.
"You know, one of the nicest things an artist can do is share his stage with another artist. Kenny has always been so generous that way. I heard they were going to do one of my tunes, and I figured I should come over and do it with him."
And Kenny and Steve did Steve's 1974 No. 1 smash "The Joker," with Kenny changing some lyrics to Come on, California, we're gonna show you a good time.
“It just kind of caught on. It’s doing pretty good so far. It’s kind of blowing up,” Dierks says.
Maybe Toby Keith has started a trend with his "Red Solo Cup" hit, which Toby first called “very, very stupid.”
Turns out Dierks Bentley wasn't so thrilled initially with his “5-1-5-0” hit either.
Dierks said the song got started when he used the expression “51-50”—police code for psychiatric emergency—in front of his friend and co-writer Jim Beavers.
“And the next day I saw him at the gym and he was singing ‘5-1-5-0, somebody call the po-po,’” Dierks told reporters recently.
“So he came up with that line, and I thought it was the stupidest thing I’d heard in my life, but every time I’d see him, he’d sing that. He’d be like ‘Man, my kids keep—they can't get that out of their heads, it stuck. We got to write it.’”
Dierks didn't exactly jump on it—until they got stuck in a writing session later.
“I was like, ‘Alright, let’s pull out 5-1-5-0,’ and we wrote it, and it just kind of caught on. It’s doing pretty good so far,” Dierks said. “It’s kind of blowing up.”
"We call it an eight-year overnight success because we had been dreaming about moving to Nashville for a long time," says Hannah Blaylock, who relocated to Nashville with bandmates Dean Berner and Cherrill Green in 2007. The Arkansas natives met through mutual friends.
"The other day, I actually looked at Cherrill and was like, 'Do you remember when we would drive around in Russellville, Ark.?" Blaylock recalls. "We'd say, 'Man, it's going to be so cool someday to move to Nashville and do what we love.' We'd just sit there and dream about it to each other."
Once in Nashville, they kept their performances private -- with most shows taking place in the living room of the house they shared in East Nashville. By hiding out and working on their music, they say they were able to develop under the radar and curb any outside influences from seeping into their sound.
Well-established songwriter Kye Fleming encouraged them to move from Arkansas to Music City after hearing material they submitted for a songwriting competition. And she continued to champion and mentor them upon their arrival. When Fleming was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 with credits like Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," Ronnie Milsap's "Smoky Mountain Rain" and Sylvia's "Nobody," she asked the band to perform a medley of her compositions at the induction ceremony.
"It was such a special night for us," says Green. "We had not at that point been playing out in Nashville at all, so it was really a showcase for us to the music industry. The entire music industry goes to those things."
That very night, Big Machine Records' CEO Scott Borchetta walked up and scheduled a meeting. When they arrived in his office the next morning, he offered them a record deal.
Yet looking back, they realize they almost missed their shot at the big time.
"Do you remember the night of the [Songwriters Hall of Fame] awards show?" Berner asks his bandmates. "There was a video on Tammy Wynette, and we were supposed to go backstage during that. Someone was going to come get us and take us backstage, and it didn't happen. We looked at each other like, 'We're supposed to be back there.' We headed backstage, and we had to run all the way across the backstage and grab our instruments. We didn't have time to think about anything, about getting nervous before our performance.
"We walked out, we plugged in, and they were like, '... and here's Edens Edge.' We played the medley of Kye's songs, and it was actually fortunate that we didn't have any time to prepare because we would've probably gotten nervous. We just showed up and did it," Berner added.
"One of the biggest challenges of performing is not letting your mind get the best of you. We were fortunate that we didn't have time to get nervous," Blaylock says. "The best thing that you can do is turn your brain off, just not think about it. Don't think about the people that are out there. Don't think about what anybody else thinks. Just have fun in the bliss of hearing the music that you're making, not only with each other but that you're making inside of your own body and your own fingers."
Blaylock stands front-and-center as the lead singer, but the band's sound is rooted in three-part harmony and unique instrumental lineup. Berner's Dobro licks and Green's mandolin skill give their music almost an old-time feel, even as the songs and singing are quite contemporary.
Green says growing up in a family bluegrass band helped prepare her for the big stage.
"I think my first festival I was about 2 weeks old, so I just grew up around music constantly. At festivals, you're always going to these little jam sessions where you're just walking along with your instrument and you just sit down and someone starts playing," she says.
"Also, it was my chance to play in front of people. I grew up with a family in a bluegrass band, so being onstage in front of people was one of the most valuable things in becoming an artist and performer. It's learning to wipe away the fact that you're standing up in front of all these people. When you've been around it, it feels more and more natural."
With their debut single, "Amen," making waves at country radio in 2011, the trio hit the road with Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley. Their dramatic video for "Too Good to Be True" is now on CMT.com, and a deluxe edition of their album is available at Cracker Barrel.
People are already approaching the band with questions on how to break into the business.
"I had a fan email me and was like, 'What did you do in your life to get to where you are today?'" Blaylock recalls. "I started listing different things that I did, and it was overwhelming to read it all at once. I finally said, 'I'm sorry if I've overwhelmed you, but honestly what I was doing was just doing what I loved. ... So if it's a passion for you, you don't need to worry about it. You'll want to do it when opportunities come and God will open the doors for you.' It was crazy to see the list because it's really proved to me that I love what I do."
Country legend Cowboy Jack Clement passes away
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