And the girl crush continues! Kacey Musgraves will team up with tourmate Katy Perry for the next installment of CMT’s Crossroads. Musgraves says, I've been such a HUGE fan of Katy and her vision since I found out about her. So, joining forces with her for Crossroads is going to be incredible. In some ways we're on opposite ends of the spectrum, but in a lot of ways our music makes total sense together.” And Perry returns the sentiment saying, “To me, Kacey Musgraves is an artist that should be a household name because she offers a unique perspective with her writing style. It's going to be a BLAST to play on each other’s songs this Crossroads. It will be a preview to our Prismatic World Tour road trip this summer WHICH I CAN'T WAIT FOR!” They will record the show in LA at the end of this month and it will air across all CMT platforms on June 13th.
And a new album aims to honor Merle Haggard. “Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard” boasts some impressive covers meant to show appreciation to The Hag. Jason Aldean recorded two songs for the album, but admits one holds a special place in his heart. In reference to recording “Going Where the Lonely Go,” Aldean says, “My dad was a big Merle Haggard fan, and I just remember him playing this song a lot as a kid. So given a chance to be part of this tribute, I wanted to do a song that meant a little something to me. And this was one that took me back to my days as a kid.” Luke Bryan and Garth Brooks also recording songs. Merle Haggard will also receive the Crystal Milestone Award this Sunday at the ACM Awards. Listen to Jason's version of "Going Where the Lonely Go" here.
Blake Shelton has officially set a new chart record. Shelton’s latest single, “Doin’ What She Likes” was the #1 song on Billboard Country Airplay chart this week, making it his eleventh consecutive number one song, he has 16 overall. With this week’s number one, he surpasses Brad Paisley as the artist with the most consecutive number ones in the 14 year history of the chart.
And speaking of Brad Paisley, he’s dropping hints about his next single and album. Paisley has posted a couple videos teasing fans to “Get Ready for the River Bank.” One showcases a young lady fishing before being joined by a bobble head version of Paisley joins her. And the second, has that same girl loading up a truck with a cooler, ice and tubes while a snippet of the song plays in the background. With all the hints and the single’s name, it’s likely to hear this new one in the next couple weeks and hopefully get some details on the new album. Check out the videos...
Brad Paisley River Bank Teaser #1
Brad Paisley River Bank Teaser #2
Rascal Flatts is gaining another member, sort of. Joe Don Rooney and wife Tiffany Fallon are expecting their third child. Rooney says, “We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to bring another little angel into our world.” Baby #3 is expected to join brother Jagger and sister Raquel this Summer.
And Danielle Bradbery has more than a little experience on television, but she’s looking to eventually expand on that. After guest starring on “Hart of Dixie,” Bradbery admits, “I would love to start acting, even though I haven’t before. We’ll see how that goes. It would be a lot of fun and I’d be really interested.” Not that she’ll have time this summer since she’s criss-crossing the country touring with Hunter Hayes.
Today’s the first day you can get your hands on Chris Cagle tickets! That’s right, tickets are now on sale to see Cagle perform at Boot, Scoot, BANG! 2014. This year’s BSB event will take place outside The Rooster Club in the ConnXtion Entertainment parking lot. Advance tickets are just $20 and available at all Crowley’s HomeWorks, Landmark Bank in Cabool, and online at BootScootBANG.com.
Jerrod Niemann has unveiled his new nonprofit charity, Free The Music USA (FTMUSA), dedicated to collecting used instruments and giving them to children in need. Born out of his deeply rooted belief that every child deserves the opportunity to explore music within themselves, Niemann set out to help place instruments in the hands of children who could not otherwise afford them. FTMUSA will also make spontaneous and varied donations to music based charities throughout the year. Niemann also purchased a PBR caliber bull. Named “High Noon” after his new album, Niemann will be donating any money his bull wins to FTMUSA.
It’s been a tough year for Trace Adkins. After relapsing in his battle with alcohol, he lost his father, and now his wife of 16 years has filed for divorce. She’s asking for full custody of their three children. Adkins and his wife have issued a joint statement saying, “Trace and Rhonda are united in ensuring that their children’s interests come first. They thank everyone for respecting their privacy as they work through this personal matter together.” Prayers going up for them.
And Florida Georgia Line is hitting the high seas this November. The duo is headlining the “This How We Cruise” four day musical cruise. Nelly, Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, The Cadillac Three, Chris Lane, and Canaan Smith will join them November 8-12 aboard the Norwegian Pearl. Fans can get information at FLGCruise.com.
Campaigning for ACM Entertainer of the Year is in full force! Taylor Swift is usually the queen of these kind of things, but so far, Luke Bryan takes the cake for the best campaign videos. Playing off his latest album title, Luke takes to crashing weddings and baby showers. Of course his dance moves are showcased as he steals the bride during her first dance, and we learn he isn’t the best gift giver when he attends a baby shower. Check out the videos and see if Luke retains his Entertainer of the Year trophy when the ACM’s air April 6th on CBS.
Luke Crashes A Wedding!
Luke Crashes A Baby Shower!
Chase Rice has created an incredible fanbase, without a major recording deal. And while he says that’s not necessarily what he’s looking for, he did sign an agreement with one of Nashville’s heavy hitters, Columbia Nashville. The strategic partnership is basically a deal that says Columbia will promote Rice’s music. Rice describes the decision to partner by giving credit to his fans saying, “It started out with me pounding the pavement and playing anywhere I could that involved reaching the fans. It’s grown into this really incredible entity where the #CRew spreads the word about our music and our shows for us. We’ve played based on where they demanded us—so when we were approached to take it to the next level, we knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity for them.” The ultimate goal is to get Chase’s current single to #1 before the release of his full length album this summer.