Bob D'Amico/ABCFall officially arrived this past Saturday, and Reba McEntire was ready for it.
She recently rolled out her fall line of her Reba clothing line, a brand that’s been going strong since she launched it in 2005, at Dillard's. You can check out Reba modeling some of the clothes on her socials, or look through the whole collection online.
Next up, the Country Music Hall of Famer will start looking ahead to the holidays: She hosts the annual CMA Country Christmas special this Thursday night at the Curb Center at Nashville’s Belmont University. This is Reba’s second year at the helm of the holiday tradition, which will air later this year on ABC.
There’s no slowing down for the legend these days. She’s recently been in the studio working on a new project, and she’s also on the cover of the new issue of Woman’s World.
ABC/Image Group LAThe second round of voting for November’s People’s Choice Awards is now underway, as the contenders in each category shrink from twelve to just five.
Keith Urban emerges as country’s top nominee in the second round, as he vies for both the Male Artist and the Country Artist of 2018 at this year’s ceremony.
The “Never Comin’ Down” hitmaker competes against Bruno Mars, Drake, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes for the overall Male title. Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett round out the Country category.
You can vote now online, ahead of the November 11 ceremony. which will air for the first time on E!.
ABC/Image Group LAFaith Hill is getting political today in Nashville. The country superstar isn’t endorsing any particular candidate or cause, however -- she’s just encouraging everyone to get out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
The Mississippi native will appear at the #WhenWeAllVote rally Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. It’s part of a Week of Action by the group that will find other celebrities appearing at voter registration drives across the country.
Tom Hanks will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, while former first lady Michelle Obama is set to speak in Miami on Friday. You can sign up to attend the events at WhenWeAllVote.org.
ABC/Image Group LAIt was an emotional weekend for Justin Moore, as the Arkansas native played the first #MSDCountryStrong benefit Friday night in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives during the shooting at at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past Valentine’s Day.
Before starting his set, Justin invited the victims’ families onstage and donated $30,000 to the MSD fund, which helps victims and survivors of gun violence in schools.
Since Justin has four small children himself, it’s an issue that affects him deeply.
“I send each and every one of them to school every day and drop them off. Usually it’s late," he told the crowd. "But I drop them off each and every day. My first prayer is that they’ll come home safe that afternoon. I can’t even fathom what these families up here…have had to deal with and the difficulty this has caused.”
Justin then went on to sing his touching #1 from 2011, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.”
The Valory Music Co. Thomas Rhett is extending his Life Changes Tour into 2019, adding a Canadian leg set to start in the spring.
Dustin Lynch will join him on the nine-date run that kicks off April 24 in Montreal.
“My fans in Canada are incredible,” TR says, “so I’m really excited that we will be headed there for a couple weeks next year and get to bring all the energy of the Life Changes Tour with us.”
Here’s the complete itinerary for the 2019 Canadian leg of Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour, with tickets set to go on sale Friday:
4/24 -- Montreal, Quebec, Bell Centre 4/26 -- Ottawa, Ontario, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre 4/27 -- London, Ontario, Budweiser Gardens 5/2 -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sasktel Centre 5/3 -- Regina, Saskatchewan, Brandt Centre 5/4 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bell MTS Place 5/8 -- Calgary, Alberta, Scotiabank Saddledome 5/10 -- Edmonton, Alberta, Rogers Place 5/15 -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Art Streiber/NBCTonight, Blake Shelton kicks off season 15 of The Voice on NBC with two hours of blind auditions that start at 8 p.m. ET.
And as much as Blake hates to admit it, he believes fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson may both have a leg up on him and Adam Levine, thanks to their experience on American Idol.
"You know, I would like to think that just because Kelly and Jennifer came from another singing competition show that they wouldn't have an advantage, but I guess maybe they do a little bit," Blake confesses.
"I mean, Kelly won her first season as a coach on this show," he adds, "and that's tough to do. And I was definitely betting against her the whole time, and she proved me wrong for sure."
Blake remains the winningest coach in the history of The Voice. Still, he sees that Kelly and Jennifer have some invaluable insights that he lacks, thanks to their time on American Idol.
"I guess it does, you know, [give you an advantage] to be able to relate to your contestant in a way that even I can't or Adam can't," he observes."Because they were under these spotlights and in front of the cameras on live television night after night, and they know what these artists are going through."
Two of Blake's country colleagues will be joining him when it comes time for the battle rounds this season. Keith Urban will advise Team Blake, while Thomas Rhett will be helping Team Kelly.
Kelsea Ballerini will also serve as the fifth coach on The Voice this season, as its companion series, Comeback Stage, debuts tonight on the show, before continuing online.
Comstock/ThinkstockThirty-two years ago this month, George Strait recorded this real-estate-themed hit at Sound Stage studios in Nashville. Can you name the #1 that was also the title of his album released in January of 1987? ANSWER: "Ocean Front Property."
Carrie Underwood has something happy to cry about. Her latest album Cry Pretty has debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making her the only female country artist to achieve the feat four times.
Cry Pretty dropped on Sept.14 and has sold 266,000 equivalent album units. About 251,000 of that was traditional album sales.
“This album is so special to me for so many reasons and I couldn’t be more proud that people have embraced it the way they have,” Underwood told Billboard.
Carrie's no stranger to the top of the chart. She’s topped the Billboard 200 three times before, with 2012’s Blown Away, 2009’s Play On, and 2007’s Carnival Ride.
“I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do, and I am incredibly grateful for the support of fans around the world that make it all possible,” she said.
The album is the biggest week for any album by a woman this year and the largest for a country album in three years.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers will perform their new collaboration, "This Feeling," Wednesday on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The Cash and Carter Family Cookbook: Recipes and Recollections from Johnny and June's Table comes out on Tuesday. It was written by the legendary couple's only son, John Carter Cash.
Marty Robbins' classic, "El Paso," is the sole country track on the five-disc vinyl-boxed set that celebrates the ten-year anniversary of the 2008 debut of the AMC series Breaking Bad. The limited-edition release comes out November 30.
If you missed Jennifer Nettles doing her duet with Josh Groban, "99 Years," on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can watch their performance online. The song is from Groban's new album, Bridges, which came out Friday.
ABC/Mark LevineWith a talented group of writers like the guys in Old Dominion, inspiration can strike anywhere.
The seed for their latest #1, "Hotel Key," was planted during an otherwise ordinary day on the road for Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and the rest of their band mates.
"You know, we travel a lot. Got hotel keys in our pockets all the time and one fell out of my pocket," Matthew explains. "And, you know, [I] just wrote down that title and then brought that thing into a write one day and Trevor said his wife actually does keep hotel keys. And it just felt like it would be a fun story to tell."
Matthew says it's also turned out to be a fun tune to play in concert.
"'Hotel Key' is a good little...dance number," he points out. "When we start playing it live, you start to see people dancing and...you know, we need some more uptempo stuff in our set... It’s fun to have a little dance tune there."
"Hotel Key" is the third #1 from OD's latest album, Happy Endings.
In April, Old Dominion picked up the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Group of the Year. Later this fall, we'll find out if they can take home its Country Music Association counterpart, as the 52nd CMAs air live November 14 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley is set to have the best night of his life at comedian Will Ferrell’s fundraiser next month in Los Angeles.
Brad will be part of the Super Mega Funktastic Jam Rock All Stars band, led by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Josh Klinghoffer from the Chili Peppers will sit in as well, along with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Mike McCready from Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Stefan Lessard from Dave Mathews Band.
The Saturday, October 6 event at L.A.’s Greek Theatre raises money for Cancer for College, an organization that helps cancer survivors achieve their college dreams.
The star power doesn’t end with the top-notch musicians, however. Ferrell’s lined up an array of funny men and women to match: Jerry Seinfeld, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Zooey Deschanel and more will all be there.
Farm AidFarm Aid 2018 is one day away: The day-long festival is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday, September 22. Tickets are sold out through official channels but still available on StubHub and CraigsList, and the multi-artist hoedown is the perfect event for a road trip.
However, if you're unable to hit the highway in pursuit of Farm Aid, AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live.
In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Chris Stapleton,Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.
The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET until the show starts at 7.
Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.
Sony When they filmed their episode of CMT Crossroads earlier this year, Luke Combs and R&B singer Leon Bridges had such great musical chemistry that the two are now releasing some joint songs.
You can now stream or download the live, collaborative versions of Bridges’ hit, “Beyond,” as well as the Luke fan favorite “Beautiful Crazy.”
"Leon is one of those artists that is changing the game,” Luke observes. “His showmanship and connection to his songs and fans is truly awesome.”
“Getting to sing 'Beyond' with him and his band was a highlight for me,” the North Carolina native adds, “and 'Beautiful Crazy' is dynamite with him. The best part of this is now having him as a friend.”
BBR Music Group With his debut single, “Best Shot,” now in the top 20, newcomer Jimmie Allen’s first full-length album is set to follow next month.
Mercury Lane will arrive October 12 and is named for the street where the Delaware native grew up.
“Mercury Lane is where my journey began,” Jimmie explains. “All of the fundamental life lessons that shaped my values and make me who I am today, I was taught on that street: It’s where I learned about love, family, life, how to believe in myself, the concept of never giving up, following your dreams and being a good person.”
He continues: “This album touches on all of those ideals and truly feels like I’m sharing a piece of my heart with the world. I’ve been working toward this moment for so long; I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
Jimmie’s also set to make his national TV debut on the Today show on October 9.
Here’s the complete track listing for Mercury Lane:
“American Heartbreaker” “Make Me Want To” “Deserve to Be” “How to Be Single” “Wait for It” “High Life” “21” “Underdogs” “Like You Do” “Back of Your Mind” “Boy Gets a Truck” “County Lines” “Best Shot” “Warrior” “All Tractors Ain’t Green”
MCA NashvilleJosh Turner will release his first-ever gospel album on October 26, titled I Serve a Savior.
The South Carolina native says it’s a dream come true, and something his fans have been requesting for a long time.
“My faith is the most important thing to me,” Josh explains. “I want people to hear the sentiment and heart behind this record.”
“I want them to feel the same inspiration that I felt,” he continues. “I want them to feel that and hopefully they’ll make these songs a part of their life.”
The dozen-song collection includes hymns, classics and live recordings of Josh’s hits “Long Black Train” and “Me and God.” It also features a new song, titled “The River (of Happiness),” written by Josh's wife, Jennifer, and their oldest son, Hampton. Jennifer and their four sons all join Josh on the tune.
"It’s an uplifting song," Josh says. "And having Jennifer and the boys singing on it drives that home.”
The album will also be accompanied by a 90-minute live DVD hosted by gospel legend Bill Gaither.
Here’s the complete track listing for Josh Turner’s I Serve a Savior:
“I Saw the Light” (featuring Sonya Isaacs) “I Pray My Way Out of Trouble” (featuring Bobby Osborne) “Great Is Your Faithfulness” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” “Without Him” “I Serve a Savior” “How Great Thou Art” (featuring Sonya Isaacs) “The River (of Happiness)” (featuring the Turner family) (Live from Gaither Studios) “Amazing Grace” “Long Black Train” (Live from Gaither Studios) “Doxology” “Me and God” (Live from Gaither Studios)
Anthony D'AngioEric Church is doubling down during his 2019 tour.
Just as he did on 2017’s Holdin’ My Own trek, the Chief will have no opening act for next year’s shows. On the Double Down Tour, however, he’ll do two different concerts on back-to-back nights in each city, with one notable exception: In Music City, he’ll headline Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on one super-sized night in May.
The North Carolina native’s fan club, the Church Choir, will have first access to tickets through Eric’s new app. You can find out more at EricChurch.com.
Tickets for the Double Down Tour will go on sale to the general public October 5, the same day Eric’s Desperate Man album comes out. To discourage scalpers, you’ll have to register as a Ticketmaster Verified Fan, which you can do now.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Eric Church’s 2019 Double Down Tour:
1/18-19 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center 1/25-26 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 2/1-2 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 2/8-9 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 2/15-16 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena 2/22-23 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena 3/1-2 -- Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 3/8-9 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena 3/15-16 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 3/22-23 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 3/29-30 -- Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum 4/12-13 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 4/19-20 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 4/26-27 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 5/3-4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 5/10-11 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 5/17-18 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center 5/25 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium 6/28-29 -- George, WA, The Gorge Amphitheatre
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty ImagesBrad Paisley and Simon Cowell both turned out to praise Carrie Underwood on Thursday, at the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But it was Carrie's three-year-old Isaiah -- dressed in black vest, bow tie and jeans -- who stole the show.
"We were having the worst American Idol season...ever...," Simon explained, recalling the first time he heard Carrie sing. "The whole show was in what I call grey and white... And then [she] walks in and sings 'I Can't Make You Love Me' and the show turned into full color."
Brad compared Carrie to another icon, remembering his first trip to London as an artist.
"I got into a taxicab...and the driver...said 'What do you do?'...I said, 'Oh, I'm a country...singer...'"
"I said, 'Do you like that?'" Brad continued, "And he said, 'I don't know. I like Dolly Parton.'"
"Well, Carrie...is really, in many ways, this generation's Dolly -- the person the world looks at as Miss Country Music."
Carrie's star is near the Capitol building in L.A. -- something that awakened Brad's sense of humor.
"I think of the artists that'll be in here recording...that are gonna walk out here one night -- drunk -- and throw up on the star of one of the most important artists we will ever have in our format," he joked.
"How does a girl from Checotah, Oklahoma end up with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?" Carrie asked as she accepted the honor. "I will tell you how: belief."
Carrie tearfully thanked her parents and her husband Mike Fisher, before turning her attention to her son.
"Isaiah Michael, I love you so much! You're the best thing we ever did... I'm proud of you and I believe in you too."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton's "I'll Name the Dogs" took home the Song of the Year honor at Thursday night's first-ever Nashville Songwriter Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
LANCO's multi-week #1, "Greatest Love Story," has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Hunter Hayes gets animated in his new video for "One Shot." You can check out the cartoon treatment for the song on YouTube now.
If you missed Lady Antebellum doing their Heart Break track, "Hurt," on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can watch their performance online.
EMI Nashville Eric Church’s 2006 debut album, Sinners Like Me, features a duet with Merle Haggard on the track, “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag,” and he seems to be doing that again on the new song “Jukebox and a Bar.”
The Chief’s latest preview of his Desperate Man album marries a hardcore honky tonk sound with a lead guitar part that’s reminiscent of Merle -- even if Eric does use a five-dollar word or two.
“One pushes me up the mountain and one roll me down the hill/While I sit in a phosphorescent dark,” he sings. “So you can keep your fancy potions and your incandescent notions/As for me and my barely-beating heart/There’s no better prescription for my broken disposition/Than a jukebox and a bar.”
The full Desperate Man album arrives in its entirety in just two weeks. As he’s done with every preview track before, Eric shared it with his Church Choir fan club members first, before sharing it on social media or releasing it the next day.
So far, there are only two tracks we haven’t heard: “The Snake” and “Drowning Man.”