1. What Are We Waitin’ For | 2. Red | 3. Look At Me Loving You | 4. Green Light | 5. Shake It Off | 6. Picture This | 7. Justice | 8. Country Girls Love | 9. That Made a Believer | 10. Get Your Farm On | 11. Driving Nails | 12. Heaven Is a Small Town
Where To Buy (Available Digitally)*:
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Upcoming Country Music Releases**:
June 18th – Hunter Hayes – Encore
June 18th – Locash Cowboys – Locash Cowboys
July 16th – Joey+Rory – Inspired Songs of Faith and Family
July 16th – JJ Lawhorn – Original Good Ol’ Boy
July 30th – Glen Campbell – See You There
July 30th – Vince Gill – Bakersfield
August 6th – Brett Eldredge – TBA
August 13th – Luke Bryan – TBA
August 13th – Carrie Underwood – The Blown Away Tour: Live DVD
September 10th – Keith Urban – Fuse
September 10th – Sheryl Crow – Feels Like Home
September 17th – Chris Young – A.M.
*Prices based on Sunday Ads or online prices and are subject to change at any time.
**Dates are subject to change without notice
Carrie Underwood Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary as an Opry Member
This weekend, Carrie Underwood celebrated 5 years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry at a star-studded show during CMA Fest.
“It’s so hard to believe it’s been five years, but what an amazing five years it has been. Just watching that video, I was getting a little teary-eyed, thinking about how I felt when all of that was happening. And I still feel that blessed and that honored to be on this stage.”
Congrats Carrie!!! Where any of you at the sold-out shows??
The surprises just keep coming for fans at this year’s CMA Music Festival! Dierks Bentley held his annual Last Call Ball yesterday at Nashville’s Belcourt Theater in Nashville. During the intimate fan gathering, Dierks announced that he and his wife Cassidy are expecting a bouncing baby boy.
The couple, who announced they were expecting baby no. three earlier this year are already proud parents to daughters Evie (age 4) and Jordan (age 2).
Dierks will release his new album, Riser, later this year. He also previewed four new songs from the album at the party. Visit Dierks.com for more information.
I’d heard a lot about The Henningsens over the last few months, as I’m sure you have too. They’ve regularly appeared just scraping the top 25 of each Billboard chart, particularly country radio, with their first single ‘American Beautiful’ seeming to receive a good response. So when I came to listen to their music for the first time in the form of their brand new EP, I didn’t know what kind of sound to expect, but I was expecting good things.
And effectively, that’s what I heard, good things. The Henningsens’ sound is comprised of a soft rock-infused contemporary country sound, with sweet, pop-orientated vocals from Clara Henningsen. Direct comparisons can and will be made between the two reigning mixed-gender trios in country music: The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. Apart from anything else, it’s almost as if Clara’s vocals are the lovechild of Hillary Scott and Kimberly Perry, and it’s not surprising that The Henningsens would sound similar to one of these supergroups. They wrote songs with The Band Perry for their debut album, including hits ‘You Lie’ and ‘All Your Life’, and have thus have similar use of melodies and production. It’s fair to say if you like The Band Perry and/or Lady Antebellum then you will enjoy music from The Henningsens.
Jo Dee Messina is back in action with a new album in the works, however, she has entered a whole new world. With only fifteen days to go before her kickstarter project ends, she needs your support more than ever. The goal is to raise $100,000 in just thirty days and it's an all or nothing kind of deal. The money raised during this project will go toward studio time, background vocalist, mixing, recording and everything involved with making a record. I got to chat a little bit with Jo Dee about her new project and she couldn't be more excited.
So with this album it'll be all you right? You have full control?
It is. I've written alot of the stuff and I've spent years writing stuff just to hear "thats not going to work" so this gives me the freedom to record a bunch of stuff I've wrote. It also gives me the opportunity to do different kinds of stuff. There is a bluegrass tune on there, a rock song that I wrote with Pink in mind and just different kind of songs.
What is it like doing the independent thing so far, is it something your having fun with?
It's only three days old (laughs) but its been fun. I dont want it blown up to be like every record will be done this way but it's something I thought would be a fun project. For those people who are dedicated fans they actually get something in return at a certain level of funding so it's just a fun thing and I wanted to try it out.
Jo Dee's kickstarter project will also allow fans to submit artwork for the album cover and it really gets the fans involved one hundred percent. A new album is not the only thing in the works for Jo Dee, she will also be touring this summer. To check out future dates or to donate to her kickstart project and be a part of the album making process you can visitwww.jodeemessina.com .
Jett Williams is the daughter of the legendary Hank Williams Sr. and lately she has been busy with a project that portrays the life of her late father. "The Last Ride" is a independent film about Hank's relationship with his driver he hired to take him through the ï»¿Appalachian mountains for shows in West Virginia and Ohio. It's a brilliant film with a different take on country's original bad boy. Jett is not only a big supporter of the movie, she is also featured on the soundtrack as well.
What does country music mean to you?
It means everything to me. I grew up with country music, I lived country music and I love country music.
How did it come about that you would be doing a few songs on the soundtrack, how was that process?
Actually, Henry Thomas asked me if I would like to be a part of that musical project and would I like to sing a couple of my dads songs and a couple of my own songs so I was thrilled to be part of the team and go in there and share some of my dads songs and I just think the soundtrack truly compliments the movie.
What were your thoughts on the movie?
I was very impressed with the movie. Unless you were actually there no one can say what really happened but overall I think when people see it that it gives not only a glimpse to the genius Hank Williams but also to the man Hank Williams.
How do you think the public will respond to this movie?
Some people will say oh they didn't use any Hank music but to me that is the beauty of it. It's not a bio type of movie so during his ride and during that time he didn't sing. I think more people are so use to having that biopic and movies about their career than they are that last part of their life. It just depends on the individuals but it is a very heart felt story about Hank the man in those last hours of what he tried to accomplish.
Do you think this soundtrack will inspire you to do any kind of touring?
I think the soundtrack is just fabulous and we were actually talking about getting some of the artist on that to do like a package tour. If you take it like that it's kind of like a mini Grand Ole Opry and each artist have their own style and it's not something you just turn on and all the sounds are alike. The songs are so powerful and I just think it would be a show people would really enjoy.
For more info about Jett please visit www,jettwilliams.com .
Although Carrie Underwood won top honors at the 2013 CMT Music Awards, her performance and thoughts were aimed at those still impacted by the recent tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Okla.
"I'm kind of in a haze right now," she told CMT Radio Live's Cody Alan after her video of the year win for "Blown Away." "This is pretty cool. I have the most awesome fans in the world."
In a tribute to the tornado victims, the Oklahoma native sang her latest single, "See You Again," with backing by a choir from Nashville's Christ Church. The performance closed with the American Red Cross logo in a call to help those impacted by the storm.
Underwood has firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by residents in the Oklahoma City area.
"I've heard some really incredible stories," she said. "I actually have family that lives in Moore and was in the thick of it. They managed to walk away with cuts and bruises, and that was about that. But, I mean, there's so many people who are going to have to be putting their lives together.
"My main thought process behind tonight was just that people keep thinking about it and keep praying for them and keep reaching out and keep helping because when things like that happen, they're big news for a couple of days, and then everybody moves on to something else. It's going to take a really long time for these wonderful people to put their lives back together again. Keep helping, everybody. I'll do my part. Hopefully, everybody else will do theirs, too."
When Alan noted that Underwood has already donated $1 million from her latest tour to finance disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, she quickly downplayed the gesture.
"You can always do more," she said. "You can always do something."
Hunter Hayes was on the run Wednesday night (June 5) during the 2013 CMT Music Awards as he raced through the crowd outside the plaza of Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to hop on a small stage for a "I Want Crazy."
During a backstage interview following the show, Hayes told CMT Radio Live's Cody Alan that he was excited about the logistics for getting to the outdoor stage in time to begin singing.
"I really wanted to do that," the Louisiana native said. "'Crazy' always had a lot of energy in the studio, and our shows have been picking up on energy. I think we just really wanted to do something that sort of showed how energetic the fans are and how awesome they are and to show everybody why we love them."
In addition to singing his hit song, Hayes also accepted an award for best new live act, presented by Nationwide Insurance. As happy as he was about winning the award, he was especially pleased that his performance turned out exactly as planned.
"I actually made it from stage to stage both times, so that's all pretty much I can ask for," he said. "We definitely ran through it a couple of times, and I was running to the pace. I was, 'OK, I think I've got this. I know when to stop and breathe so I can actually sing.'"
He was in his comfort zone -- as well as a danger zone -- as he ran through the crowd with his Stratocaster guitar.
"There was the interaction and all that cool stuff, and so I was worried," he admitted. "I was like, 'I think I'm bumping into people with my guitar. This is freaking me out. I don't want to hurt anybody."
"Whew, the good Lord has been very good to me -- well, all of us in this room, for a long time," she told the fans. "First and foremost, I'd like to just thank Him for our love of music."
Underwood also praised Randee St. Nicholas, the video's director. With a radiant smile, the singer added, "My husband, it's his birthday! So, I got you a present! My fan club members and all the people here in town for CMA Music Fest awesomeness. And the fans! Thank you so much! ... I don't deserve this. Thank you."
Meanwhile, Florida Georgia Line cranked their career into overdrive as "Cruise" crossed the finish line by winning awards in the duo and breakthrough video categories.
"Wow! My heart's beating out of my chest. Thank you guys so much. We have the most amazing fans in the world. Thank you, thank you so much," said FGL's Tyler Hubbard, after winning the breakthrough category.
Brian Kelley added, "Our amazing fans, we can't thank you enough. You guys have changed our lives!"
After winning the duo award, Kelley excitedly told the crowd, "This is a little overwhelming. Thank you guys so much. We've got the best fans in the freaking world."
Meanwhile, Hubbard exclaimed, "Two in a row? We're going to turn into Taylor Swift here in a minute! Right, Taylor?"
Upon claiming the buckle in the group video category, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott said, "We honestly never had more fun shooting a video. Our co-star, Beth Behrs [of 2 Broke Girls], pulled me out of my shell. And it was just really fun getting to go do a lot of illegal things. Thank you to the fans. We love you!"
Lambert claimed two awards -- one for her performance of "Over You" at the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year special and the other in the female video category for "Mama's Broken Heart."
Lambert accepted the latter award from Lenny Kravitz, the rock star who led the night's performances by singing "American Woman" as a duet with Aldean.
"I just got a kiss from Lenny Kravitz. That was an award in itself," she said. "I had so much fun making this video with Trey Fanjoy. There wasn't much acting, unfortunately, because I got to be a little bit crazy. The only unfortunate part about the video was all the drinking was actually iced tea. That was bad. But, anyway, thank you so much! This is great. I appreciate you. I love country music. I love you fans."
Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton, was not on hand to accept his male video award for "Sure Be Cool If You Did" in person. Lambert, who was presenting the award, accepted on his behalf.
"He wasn't able to be here tonight. He's on a plane. He tried really hard to get here, but he's filming in L.A. tonight," Lambert told the fans. "I'm going to take this home on his behalf. Honey, I'm drinking for two tonight! I love you!"
However, Shelton was part of a pretaped opening segment with Aldean and actress Kristen Bell, the show's two co-hosts. Other comical cameos in the therapy-themed bit included Luke Bryan, Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood, as well as Lorraine Bracco of The Sopranos, Dr. Drew of Celebrity Rehab and Kelsey Grammer of Frasier.
Bryan was not available to accept the collaborative video award in person, but Aldean and Church both gave him shout-outs.
"I've got to thank, first of all, Eric, right here, and Luke Bryan, who is not here tonight," Aldean said. "I know he'd be up here stumbling around his words for about five minutes, trying to thank everybody and probably crying. Thank you guys so much."
"I want to thank Jason for letting us do it, CMT, the fans and Luke -- wherever the hell he is," Church added.
In addition, Hayes accepted an award for best new live act, presented by Nationwide Insurance. "This is awesome," he said in a prerecorded speech. "Thank you, fans. This proves once again -- you rock."
After opening the show with Lenny Kravitz on "American Woman," Aldean anchored the final half-hour by steaming up the plaza in front of Bridgestone Arena with "Night Train" while Carrie Underwood touched the audience with "See You Again," performed in honor of tornado victims in her native Oklahoma. Underwood donated $1 million to the American Red Cross for tornado relief efforts in May.
Florida Georgia Line closed the fast-moving show with "Cruise," jamming with special guest Nelly. While the fans inside couldn't roll the windows down, there's no doubt they were cruising into a country fan's dream night.
He may have looked every inch the rock star on Wednesday night (June 5) at the 2013 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, but Lenny Kravitzswears that country music runs as deep as rock and psychedelia in his artistic veins.
But speaking backstage before he strutted out to open the show, Kravitz said country music is a building block of his 25-year career.
"I've always got that little butterfly for two seconds," Kravitz said about his momentary anxiety before his performance debut at this year's CMT Music Awards. "But this is what I do, and it feels natural. It's a whole new crowd.
"You know, I've always had influences of country in my music, back to [1995's] 'Can't Get You Off My Mind' and songs like that. Country and rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues all work together so well."
Kravitz said he and Aldean met through some mutual friends. They ended up hanging out together, and the rest, as they say, is history. Both men worked their Gibson Les Paul guitars to the max during the show and the mix of Aldean's grittier vocals and Kravitz's signature soulful wail proved to be a killer combo.
"Great vibe in the hall," he said as the clock ticked down. "I'm having a great time. What can I tell you?"
Clearly not much, since both he and Aldean let their fingers -- and voices -- do the talking once they took the stage.
Sitting at the top of Country Airplay is a new #1 in the shape of Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’ (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban), although it’s struggling to rise above #4 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs. Tim’s latest album ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ is now down to #11 although it could see another rise in the coming weeks as this single really takes hold at the top. Another contender for #1 is Blake Shelton’s ‘Boys Round Here’ (featuring Pistol Annies and friends), currently at #2 on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, and #3 on Country Airplay, while Blake’s March-released ‘Based On A True Story…’ has actually reclaimed #1 on Top Country Albums, after some weeks being beaten to it. Darius Rucker’s ‘True Believers’ has been knocked down to #2 because of this, with his single ‘Wagon Wheel’ at #3 on Country Digital Songs and Hot Country Songs and #2 on Country Airplay. With last night’s performance on the CMT Awards this song may be set to rise again, marking a great year so far for Darius.
Luke Bryan may also enjoy a rise in sales after his performance last night. ‘Crash My Party’ has stepped up yet another place to #5 on Hot Country Songs, marking his sometimes slow but constant rise up the charts since the song was released. It’s also at #6 on Country Airplay and #5 on Country Digital Songs, while his chart-buddy Hunter Hayes sits closely behind him with ‘I Want Crazy’, at #7, #13 and #6 respectively. The Band Perry have seen a significant rise of their single ‘DONE’ recently, which is now at #8 on Hot Country Songs, #10 on Country Digital Songs and #8 on Country Airplay, while ‘Pioneer’ is at a very respectable #9 on Top Country Albums.
Another hot track this summer is ‘Anywhere With You’ by Jake Owen, a dark horse of country singles that is now at #4 on Country Airplay, #9 on Hot Country Songs and #13 on Country Digital Songs. He is accompanied across the charts by Brad Paisley with ‘Beat This Summer’, #14 on Country Digital Songs, #5 on Country Airplay and #10 on Hot Country Songs. The Voice contestant Danielle Bradbery has yet another entry this week, this time ‘Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)’, and it’s come in at #7 on Country Digital Songs and #24 on Hot Country Songs. However, surprisingly there are no more new entries on any of the 4 charts this week.
Honorable mentions go to Randy Houser, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney.
Florida Georgia Line continue their record-breaking ways, achieving their 13th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs with ‘Cruise’ (featuring Nelly). The hit track is also #1 on Country Digital Songs, while the duo’s second single ‘Get Your Shine On’ drops to #5 on Country Airplay. However, their 2012 album ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ moves up two places to #5. Darius Rucker has held onto his #1 spot on Country Airplay for another week with ‘Wagon Wheel’, moving up to #2 on Hot Country Songs and sticking to #3 on Country Digital Songs. What’s more, his brand new album ‘True Believers’ comes into Top Country Albums at a shiny #1, making this a very good week for the Grand Ole Opry member.
Rachele Lynae has a sweet smile behind one powerful voice. It's no wonder her new single is titled "Fishing For Something" considering she grew up in Alaska. Rachele moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and along the way met singer/songwriter/producer Jamie O'Neal. In 2012 she was signed to Momentum Label Group. After hearing her new single I decided to find out more about the talented young lady.
1. At what age did you know you wanted to pursue music?
I don't remember ever not wanting to be a country singer, but my mom tells me I was singing as a toddler.
2. Who influenced you growing up? What artist did you listen to?
Early on I listened to Leann Rimes, Reba McEntire and Shania Twain. Later, Martina Mcbride & Jamie O'neal became big influences.
3. Do you have a favorite place to perform?
I love to perform anywhere with a big stage and an audience full of true country music fans.
4. If you could duet with any male artist who would you pick?
I'd love to duet with Eric Church. He is such a true and authentic artist.
5. Favorite restaurant in Nashville?
PM. They have great sushi.
6. Do you have a favorite sport?
My favorite sport to watch is football. Go Niners!!!
7. Favorite place to shop?
I am in love with Free People.
8. Three things you can't live without?
My family, friends and my guitar.
9. Any new projects coming up that we can look forward to?
My brand new single "Fishin For Something" has just hit country radio airwaves and I'm so excited! It's a fun song that I co-wrote with my good friend, Hannah Bethel and I think the ladies (and men) are really going to enjoy listening to it. It's from my new album that's coming out later this year. Oh, and did I mention that one of my major influences, Jamie O'Neal, is producing my album? How cool is that! I'm also looking forward to playing a bunch of shows this summer which I will be posting on my website for fans (www.rachelelynae.com) so check it out, lots of exciting stuff!! :)
10. Is there anything you would like to say to all the Rachele Lynae fans out there?
I can't wait to meet each & every one of you after one of my shows! You are my inspiration and the reason I do this.
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CMA Fest is rapidly approaching! There is no shortage of events taking place in Nashville throughout the entire week of CMA Fest. One not to miss event will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at 8:00 p.m. Ashley Monroe will kick off the third-annual summer concert series - Hot Nights at the Hall.
Access to the concert can be purchased by becoming a Museum member at the door for $30 or ahead of time by visiting www.countrymusichalloffame.org/hotnights or calling (615) 291-8419. The evening will also feature food, a cash bar and exclusive access to the Museum’s galleries after-hours for a sneak peak of the new exhibit Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour!
Museum members will also enjoy Hot Nights at the Hall concerts by Sarah Darling on July 19 and Craig Campbell on August 9 and free unlimited admission and access to all of the programs for a year.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum truly needs your support, so the music and its legacy can live on! Click here to check out all the events going on during CMA Fest week at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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