Rascal Flatts will be a part of the soundtrack for a big film. Flatts’ song ‘Compass’ will be featured in the upcoming movie, Heaven is For Real. The movie is based on the best selling book of the same name. ‘Compass’ will also be on the upcoming album, Rewind set for a May release. Heaven is For Real debuts in April.
And also in April...Bluke will back for to host the ACM Awards. April 6th to be exact. In a new promo, Blake does all the talking, while Luke waits for his turn. But, the ACMs aren’t waiting to announce performers. The first round announced includes: Jason Aldean Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban. And as previously announced, Florida Georgia Line will be the hosts of the side stage at Fan Jam on the same night.
Luke Bryan, "Do I Get to Say Something?"
Bro-country they are not. At least according to the guys of Eli Young Band. The Texas band has steadily seen a rise in their popularity over their ten years together, but it has nothing to do with following trends. Drummer Chris Thompson elaborates, "I think there's an interesting trend in country music on the radio right now, and I'm happy that my band in particular has never been a band to follow trends. We can stand on our own two feet musically, and be proud of every song we've ever recorded in our entire catalog. [We] know our direction without having to chase a trend." That trend of course, is what has been deemed as bro-country. Aka the party trend where every song must include a truck, beer, jeans, moonlight, and of course, a pretty girl. While the band doesn’t knock what’s working for others, they’re just proud to not be a part of the trend just to garner some success. And with a string of number one hits, they clearly don’t need it.
And in the more literal term of bro-country, brothers Zach and Colton of The Swon Brothers are celebrating a huge moment this week. Their single ‘Later On’ broke the record for single adds in its debut week. Meaning, 80 radio stations added ‘Later On’ into rotation. More than any in history. The Swon Brothers’ team, wisely, recorded the moment when they found out the big news. They are clearly ecstatic. Check it out...
The Swon Brothers React to Big News
Toby Keith is hitting the road in 2014 and he’s inviting you to hold on! The ‘Shut Up and Hold On Tour will be kicking off in May and last through September. While opening acts have not been announced, Ford is once again sponsoring the nationwide trek for Toby. A complete list of dates are below...
'Shut Up and Hold On' Tour Dates
5/25 – Tree Town Music Festival, Iowa
5/30 – San Bernadino, Calif.
5/31 – Mountain View, Calif.
6/1 – Sacramento, Calif.
6/13 – Burlington, Iowa
6/14 – Winsted Music Festival, Minn.
6/20 – Cleveland, Ohio
6/28 – Washington, D.C.
7/12 – St. Louis, Mo.
7/13 – Chicago, Ill.
7/19 – Tooele, Utah
7/25 – Holmdel, N.J.
7/26 – Hartford, Conn.
7/27 – Bethel, N.Y.
8/1 – Boots and Hearts Festival, Ontario
8/8 – Cincinnati, Ohio
8/9 – Pittsburgh, Penn.
8/23 – Lima, Ohio
9/13 – Indianapolis, Ind.
9/27 – Philadelphia, Penn.
Poor Josh Thompson. In his latest video, his love interest heads to Hollywood leaving him to cry in his beer. While they’re both clearly not meant for the other’s element, they continue to long for the other. So does someone give in or is love lost this time around? Check out the video for “Cold Beer with Your Name On It”...
Josh Thompson Cold Beer With Your Name On It
Jo Dee Messina is using technology to her full advantage lately. She funded her new album “Me” using the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. After achieving her goal there, the album is set for a March 18th release. Now she’s prepping to create a video for the first single “A Woman’s Rant.” She’s asking ladies to send in their interpretation via video. She’ll compile from those submitted to create the video. Check out full details here and listen to "A Woman's Rant" below.
Jo Dee Messina A Woman's Rant
Of all the crazy things artists see on stage, Randy Houser might have shared one of the scariest. When Houser was first starting out, a fan, Rocky, got into a tiff. Houser explains, “He was out there. Wasn’t really doing nothing wrong. He was just a little drunk. And this one guy from another town came up and busted a beer bottle and slit his throat right there in front of us.” What the?! He goes on, Next thing I know, I’ve thrown my guitar down, and I have this guy up against the wall with a beer bottle in his hand, up against the wall like I’m gonna do something.” Yikes! They were able to get Rocky some help, so that’s the good news.
Martina McBride is joining the country cooking sensation. The powerful vocalist announced she’ll be releasing a cookbook, complete with entertaining suggestions too. The cookbook is described as a “beautiful full-color illustrated collection of culinary celebrations will be complete with Martina’s mouthwatering recipes, tips and tricks, practical menu planning advice, and décor inspiration.” Around The Table will hit retailers October 7th.
And David Nail is preparing to release a his new record, I’m A Fire, tomorrow, and while he’s been in a good place career-wise for quite some time, Nail is speaking up about a personal battle he’s been struggling with. Nail is talking for the first time about his battle with depression. Nail describes the struggle saying, "To be honest and blunt as I could possibly be ... I've been depressed my entire life and just dealt with so many insecurities. And it kind of came I guess to a head a couple of years ago. 'Let It Rain' was No. 1, and I had all these good things going on, and I just wasn't happy." Since that time, he’s sought help and is progressing saying, "I've been going to counseling for a couple of years now and take a lot of really expensive medicines and just made a lot of changes in my personal life. I've learned to not take life so serious and learned to enjoy it and had a lot of help in doing that." He also credits his wife Catherine for sticking by him, even when he gave her every reason to leave. David assures fans he’s in a better place now saying, "I have a lot more good days than bad days now, and there's a lot of people responsible for that.”
Josh Turner has enjoyed an outrageously successful career. Throughout this demanding career, his life has remained strongly centered on his Christian faith and his family. Sharing stories from both his life and lessons he’s learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband, and father, Turner has written his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood, which will be released on April 29th. In the introduction Turner shares, “In this book you’ll learn a little bit more about how God has shaped and continues to shape me. You’ll also learn about my wife, my boys, and the family I grew up in. I hope you see that the everyday small things in this life really do add up to matter a great deal in the long run. And I hope you’ll smile—even laugh—and gain a little wisdom along the way. Maybe even a lot.” The forward was written by Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame.
It’s pretty unanimous that Keith Urban is a fashionable guy. Apparently fashionable does not translate to television. Urban has gotten himself in some hot water with American Idol producers over his t-shirt choices. So much so, he now has to send a picture of his outfit of choice for approval before the show. No specifics were given on exactly what made the producers uncomfortable. Keith isn’t too concerned about the issue, especially since he just signed a deal to create his own line of shirts with Revolution II designer Raphael Mazzucco. The “By Keith Urban” collection will benefit the communities where the shirts are made, Urban explains, “I’ve always loved cool, interesting T-shirts and wanted to share that passion, but only if I could do it in a fun, collaborative way with social impact that can help make a difference.” 50% of the profits from the line will be invested into healthcare, education, training and infrastructure, all geared toward improving social conditions and promoting economic development in the region for the workers who manufacture the shirts, their families and the local community. Check out the designs here.