ABC - Country Music News
Subscribe To This Feed

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumIs a Brooks & Dunn song your go-to karaoke tune? If so -- and you happen to be pretty good at it -- you could find yourself on your way to Sin City.

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is launching the Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon Karaoke Contest to promote their new B&D exhibit.

To enter, just upload a video of you doing your best version of one of Kix and Ronnie’s classics to your public Instagram account, and add the hashtag #KingsOfNeonContest.

Ten finalists will compete for the grand prize August 28 during a sing-off at Losers Bar and Grill in downtown Nashville.

The lucky winner will get a trip to Las Vegas to see Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas, as well as a chance to check out the new exhibit and record at Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville. You can find out more about the contest online.

Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon opens at the Hall of Fame on Friday, August 9 and runs through July 19, 2020.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Kacey Musgraves is extending the second leg of her Oh What a World: Tour this fall, adding five major dates in October.

The Texas native will play two shows at The Pavilion in Dallas on October 10 and 11, followed by two nights at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on October 15 and 16.

The six-time Grammy winner will wrap up the run with an October 25 concert at home at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

If you missed Kacey singing the Golden Hour tracks “Slow Burn,” “Lonely Weekend,” “Happy and Sad,” and “Oh, What a World” Friday on the Today show, you can check out her performances online.

Pre-sales for the new dates on the Oh What a World: Tour II start on Monday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday:

10/10-11, Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/15-16, New York City, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/25, Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Capitol Nashville CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will mark the twentieth anniversary of his self-titled, debut album this fall by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time.

The platinum-selling Keith Urban will be available as both a limited-edition lavender LP and on standard black vinyl as well. The record -- which originally came out on October 19, 1999 -- set the Aussie superstar’s career in motion with the hits “But for the Grace of God,” “Where the Blacktop Ends,” and “Your Everything.”

Keith’s 2009 effort, Defying Gravity, marked its tenth anniversary earlier this year, and will once again be available on vinyl as well. Previously, it was available only as a limited-edition white disc. That version will return, plus a standard black disc as well.

Defying Gravity was Keith’s first album to top the all-genre Billboard 200, and features the hits “Sweet Thing,” “Kiss a Girl,” and “Only You Can Love Me This Way.”

Both vinyl re-issues are set to come out September 13. They’re available for pre-order now.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Byron CohenJon Pardi and Lauren Alaina are teaming up to play ABC's Celebrity Family Feud this Sunday.

The two country stars will try to guess what the “survey says” as they square off against actress Brooklyn Decker and tennis player Andy Roddick on the popular game show, hosted by comedian Steve Harvey.

Jon and Lauren compete to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The non-profit founded by Hollywood legend Danny Thomas works to end childhood cancer, and is completely free, with no family ever getting a bill.

You can tune in to watch Celebrity Family Feud Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Olympic skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir face off during the other half of the show.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Midland’s Mark Wystrach will soon be a daddy. His fiancée, Ty Haney, announced the news Friday on Instagram.

“Baby on board or too many donuts?” she captioned a mirror selfie showing off her baby bump.

“Lil cowgirl on the way,” she added.

Mark and Ty got engaged in late May, after meeting on a blind date. They celebrated their one-year anniversary together back in April.

Today, Midland also released the new music video for “Put the Hurt on Me,” a new track from their Let It Roll album, which drops August 23.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Low Country Sound/Elektra RecordsThe first taste of music from Maren Morris’s all-female supergroup The Highwomen arrived on Friday, along with a fiery music video and the promise of a full-length album coming in the fall.

And as you might expect, Maren and her pals - hit songwriter Natalie Hemby and Americana Grammy-winners Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires -- have something to say.

“Redesigning women/Running the world while we’re cleaning up the kitchen/Making bank, shaking hands, driving 80/Trying to get home just to feed the baby,” the foursome sing in the tune, which alternates between solo spots and parts sung in unison, complete with impressive harmonies.

“Skipping the bread for the butter/Changing our minds like we change our hair color/Yeah, ever since the beginning, we’ve been redesigning women,” the song continues.

In the music video, The Highwomen drive a fire truck loaded with boxes into a hayfield, dressing as firefighters soon after they arrive. When they start unloading the truck, you realize it’s filled with symbols of modern womanhood: a sofa, teacups, kitchen table, ironing board, lingerie, and more.

Then a pickup truck arrives, loaded with legends like Tanya Tucker and Wynonna, as well as Highwomen contemporaries like Lauren AlainaCamCassadee Pope and more.

As the sun sets, the women make a bonfire out of the household imagery they brought along and have a party, before the clip ends with a toast.

“Redesigning Women” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out the music video on YouTube as well. The full-length, self-titled The Highwomen is set to arrive September 6.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA

Mitchell Tenpenny seems to be developing a theme: he followed his debut chart-topping hit, "Drunk Me," with another seemingly booze-soaked song, "Alcohol You Later."

"Well, one you become sober, and one you're just making a mistake," he laughs. 

"'Alcohol' wasn't even gonna make the record," he tells ABC Radio. "It was a live song that just kept doing its thing. It's a five-year-old song and I released it a long time ago. But it just kind of worked its way back up."

"It's crazy, the life of a song, sometimes," he observes.

Mitchell was hanging out at a watering hole in Midtown Music City when the idea for the song hit him.

"I was sitting at Losers bar in Nashville," he recalls, "and the guy next to me puts his drink down, and real suddenly tells his buddy he'll call him later."

"He's like, 'All right buddy, I'll call you guy later,'" Mitchell explains, imitating the man's voice. "And I just heard 'Alcohol you later.'"

"And so I wrote it down. I looked it up on Google real quick. I saw nothing, and I was like, 'All right.'"

"So the next day I went in the room with two guys to write and I threw that idea out. And they're like, 'Yeah let's have fun with it.'"

"Alcohol You Later" is the second single from Mitchell's debut album, Telling All My Secrets.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, the debut album by Gretchen Wilson was certified double platinum, having sold more than two million copies. Can you remember its title? ANSWER: Here for the Party.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA

Thomas Rhett is much more than Russell Dickerson's boss on the Very Hot Summer Tour: he's also his best friend.

For the "Yours" hitmaker, that's a best-case scenario.

"It's been amazing," Russell tells ABC Radio. "We've hung out, you know, even in the madness of the touring."

"You know, I finally have people helping me out on the road, so I can hang," he goes on. "And so it's just great to be able to hang with such a great friend on the road."

Russell admits he's particularly blown away by TR's new material on his autobiographical Center Point Road album.

"Oh my gosh. That's the thing about being such good friends with him," he says. "I'm so proud of him for being one-hundred percent himself, and open and real and vulnerable about, you know, how he was raised, and not trying to follow anything except just being himself."

No doubt Thomas Rhett is equally impressed by the growth of Russell's career, as he follows two number-ones with his latest top-twenty hit, "Every Little Thing."

"It just keeps getting better and better," Russell reflects. "Because for so long, I had to teach people the songs. You know, like even in 'Blue Tacoma,' we started the whole song, I was like, 'It goes like this. Blue Tacoma, California, whatever.' And they're like, 'Okay!'"

"And then now," Russell points out, "as soon as we hit the downbeat, it's just like, you know, they know it. And that's what I've dreamed of more than anything else is being onstage and hearing these big crowds sing my songs that I wrote."

Friday night, TR, Russell, and Dustin Lynch play Darien Center, New York, before heading for Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You'll be able to stream or download Jon Pardi's new Heartache Medication track, "Me and Jack," on Friday. 

Kacey Musgraves plays Today's Citi Concert Series on NBC Friday morning, while piano man Phil Vassar will be on Fox & Friends on Fox News.

Midland's new video for the Let it Roll track "Put the Hurt on Me" is set to premiere Friday on YouTube.

If you missed newcomer Ingrid Andress doing her debut single, "More Hearts Than Mine," on the Today show, you can check out her performance online.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

The Valory Music Co. What could be more country than a drinking song inspired by your mama?

That’s exactly the case with Justin Moore’s new track, “Why We Drink.” But the Arkansas native would be quick to point out the idea came from something his mom said at dinner -- not something she did.

“I ordered a drink, and then I ordered three, four more,” Justin tells Access. “And my mom goes, ‘Why do you drink so much?’”

“And I go, ‘Hell, I don’t know why I drink so much!’” he recalls. “I like drinking. If my team wins, I drink to celebrate. If my team loses, I drink ’cause I’m bummed out. If a certain song comes on, I drink.”

“So I had this idea to write a song called ‘Why We Drink,’” he explains. “So, in a roundabout way, my mom gave me the idea.”

“Why We Drink” will be available to stream or download at midnight ET, or you can sample it now via Access.

It’s one of the tracks from Justin’s new album, Late Nights and Longnecks, which comes out July 26. Its lead single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” is currently in country’s top ten.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert not only released her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” on Thursday, she also made good on her promise that a little something extra was coming: She also dropped “Locomotive”, the rock-influenced tune she debuted last month at CMA Fest.

Nearly three years since the release of her last album, Miranda is anxious to put out new music, revealing the full “record should be out by fall.”

“I’m very ready,” she tells Billboard. “Having time off to write was great. I got to live some life for a little bit, which helps, but I’m definitely really excited to have new music to play on the road.”

Miranda says her new single “definitely has the attitude and tone of the record,” which is “a little more upbeat than The Weight of These Wings.”

“My last record went through a lot of the trials and tribulations I had been going through personally, and I feel like I’m kind of over the hump,” she admits.

Miranda went on to reveal she’ll be “putting more songs out as soon as possible,” and the new collection contains a “collaboration with a friend.”

And if you enjoyed the shirtless video the newlywed posted of her husband on Wednesday, Miranda teases she’ll probably share more of the New York City policeman, since she has more to promote.

“I do have a tendency to creep on him when he’s doing house chores shirtless," she confesses. “I creep on him doing all kind of things: moving, laundry, dishes.”

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Capitol NashvilleEven though Carrie Underwood is devoted to her workout routine and has a physique envied by many, she says you’ll never see her in a tiny bikini.

“I feel like with swimwear, growing up in my teenage years, early 20s, I couldn’t wear a triangle swimsuit,” she told People Tuesday at the launch of her new CALIA swimwear line in the Hamptons.

“I can’t do it, it’s not going to happen,” she adds. “It would never have happened.”

So for her new line of swimsuits, Carrie stuck to more “sporty” styles that are “pretty and functional.”

“I’ve had women come up to me and be like, ‘Thank you! I can take my teenage daughter and we can get things that are cute but also appropriate for her and for me’,” the “Southbound” hitmaker says.

“And I think of myself running after my crazy kids and being at hotel pools, wanting to be cute but also not wanting to worry about things,” she adds. “Everything stays where it’s supposed to!”

While Carrie herself prefers “being by the water or on the water, not so much in it,” she says her four-year-old Isaiah “is a fish” and “loves being in the water.”

You can find Carrie’s new CALIA swimwear -- along with the rest of her athleisure line -- at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

This Friday and Saturday, Carrie’s set to play two shows each night at the Grand Ole Opry, while she’s on a break from her Cry Pretty Tour. It resumes September 10 in San Diego.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Mitch HaasethHow does Marshmello manage to drive while wearing the huge “marshmallow” helmet that covers his head? That’s one question you may have after you watch his new music video with Kane Brown.

The “One Thing Right” clip starts with the electronic music producer/DJ getting out of jail, and then being picked up by the country hitmaker. Kane then takes ‘Mello to see his lady -- and that’s where the trouble starts.

Her father -- who’s dressed as a member of law enforcement -- manages to keep them apart. Soon after the two musicians drive away -- this time with Marshmello behind the wheel -- a police chase starts. It’s big enough that it makes the news, and supporters line the road holding signs and cheering Kane and Marshmello on.

In the end, the new country/EDM duo rides away, leaving the cops in the dust. You can check out the “One Thing Right” video on YouTube now.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Lou RoccoFirst, Billy Ray Cyrus joined rapper Lil Nas X to help turn "Old Town Road" into a certified smash. Just last week, yodeling viral video sensation Mason Ramsey added a new verse to another remix of the monster hit. Now, it looks like Dolly Parton just might be next.

After X joked on Twitter that he wanted to do another version of his chart-topping smash with Dolly and rising rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the country legend responded in a low-key way: She tweeted a picture of the "Old Town Road" artwork, which features two horses, with a pink horse with a blonde mane added in. She also added a horse emoji and a unicorn emoji.

To which Lil Nas X responded, "YEE YEE GANG!" with three horse emojis and some hearts.

Stay tuned to see what's next. "Old Town Road" has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks.

In the meantime, you can check out CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban traveling down "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray and Lil Nas X on next month's annual CMA Fest special. It airs Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Curb Two weeks after it topped the chart, Lee Brice's latest number one has been certified platinum, for sales of one million units. 

"'Rumor' is platinum, y’all!!" the South Carolina native tweeted. "I have to shout out our incredible fans who have supported 'Rumor' by tuning in, downloading, streaming and coming to see our shows."

"None of this happens without you," he added.

This is Lee's eighth platinum single, bringing his total career certifications from the RIAA to 14 million.

That total includes the platinum album Hard 2 Love, the two gold albums Love Like Crazy and I Don't Dance, and two gold singles. 

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA

If the title of Russell Dickerson's top-twenty hit "Every Little Thing" seems familiar to you, there's a good reason: its name is exactly the same as the breakthrough, chart-topping single by his friend and former tour mate, Carly Pearce.

"You know what? I had it first," Carly laughs.

In reality, Carly points out that the two songs with the same title couldn't be more different.

"I feel like that's the interesting part of what we do for a living... writing songs," she tells ABC Radio. "He wrote that song and it's an uptempo...bop about being in love and being so obsessed with every little thing about his wife, Kailey."

Carly's, on the other hand, is about "Every Little Thing" in her former relationship breaking her heart.

"Mine was the complete opposite, but still the same title," she continues. "So it's been interesting to see...different perspectives happen in the writers' room." 

Earlier this year, Carly and Russell went out together on The Way Back Tour, which took its name from the fact that the two singer/songwriters go "way back."

"Every Little Thing" is the third single from Russell's Yours, album, following its chart-topping title track and "Blue Tacoma." 

Carly's current hit, "Closer to You," is the lead release from her forthcoming sophomore album.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famer Dottie West recorded the song that would go on to become her first solo number one. Can you name the tune that would also be a hit for Jo Dee Messina in 1999? ANSWER: "A Lesson in Leavin'."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC/Image Group LA

Miranda Lambert isn't too proud to use her new husband to promote her new single.

In a new video posted on her socials, Miranda sneaks up on a shirtless Brendan McLoughlin as he's loading clothes into a stackable washer/dryer.

"C'mon, really?" the New York City policeman asks as he realizes he's being caught on camera showing off his abs.

Miranda's new single is appropriately titled "It All Comes Out in the Wash."

"I wrote 'All Comes Out in the Wash' with The Love Junkies, some of my favorite people to write with: Mrs. Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hilary Lindsay," Miranda explains. 

"I had the title for awhile written down on my phone, and we like to talk about girly things, and things going on in life when we write together," she continues. "So I feel like this song is just kind of a mix of scenarios that all of us have either been a part of or seen or, you know, something that's happened in all of our lives."

In addition to the literal laundry reference, Miranda admits the new song does have a deeper meaning.

"Realizing that when you have something in your life that's a little hurtful or a moment that you wish would pass, it does all pass," she says encouragingly. "And it all comes out in the wash."

"And, you know, that's something that all of our moms would say to us when we were little, 'Let's not worry about a stain,'" she adds. "So I'm really proud of it. It's a really fun song."

You can hear "It All Comes Out in the Wash" in its entirety starting at 6 a.m. ET today. Miranda's also been hinting she may have some more surprises on Thursday as well.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"More Hearts Than Mine" newcomer Ingrid Andress will launch her European tour September 16 in Cologne, Germany. You can also watch for her Thursday starting at 7 a.m. on NBC's Today show.

Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama will receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Musicians Hall of Fame during a ceremony October 22 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Cole Swindell will release "All Nighter" on Friday. It's the latest track from his Down Home Sessions V EP.

You can check out Old Dominion's new lyric video for their track "Some People Do" on YouTube now.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wolf News
Sports News