ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton has sold millions of records and countless concert tickets since his Traveller record broke through in late 2015. The Kentucky native and his wife Morgane wasted little time establishing their Outlaw State of Kind charity in 2016, named after the track "Outlaw State of Mind," from Chris's debut album.
Now, Chris and Morgane are giving their fans a chance to pitch in by ordering a new Outlaw State of Kind t-shirt. It'll cost you $30, with all the proceeds going toward their charitable work.
The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and so far, they've furthered the work of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, City of Hope and MusiCares, among other causes.
Friday night, Chris plays a sold-out show at Walmart AMP in Rogers, Arkansas, before opening for the Eagles at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Saturday.
ABC RadioWith a hook that proclaims "I can do this night life all day long," it's no surprise Garth Brooks' latest single was inspired by one of the bars on Nashville's Lower Broadway.
"'All Day Long' was pretty much born from getting to play Layla's," the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year says. "Just realizing how much I miss honky tonks, how much that music pretty much IS me."
"I cannot wait to hear it live, people getting to sing that right back to you," he goes on. "That's why I love it. This is gonna be good!"
"All Day Long" has a built-in honky tonk pedigree, considering Garth wrote it with two of the architects of some of his biggest hits.
"The great thing about writing songs is the buddies you get to write 'em with," he explains. "'All Day Long' was written with Mitch Rossell, who wrote 'Ask Me How I Know,' Bryan Kennedy, who wrote 'The Beaches [of Cheyenne],' [and] 'American Honky Tonk Bar Association.'"
"Good cats -- fun!" he adds.
"All Day Long" is the lead single from Garth's new studio album, which is expected sometime next year. If you pre-order it now from Amazon for $10, you'll also get the new track, "The Road I'm On," a song Garth has already chosen as his show opener the next time he tours.
Comstock/Thinkstock Brooks & Dunn scored a #1 in 1998 with this song that was also a hit for its writer, Roger Miller, as well as for '80's duo David Frizzell and Shelly West. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Husband and Wives."
ABC/Image Group LA Two weeks ago during CMA Fest, fans got a preview of Jason Aldean's Kitchen Rooftop Bar in downtown Nashville. But on Wednesday, the new venture from the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year officially opened.
Jason says it's something he couldn't have imagined when he came to Music City two decades ago.
"When I moved to Nashville twenty years ago," he reflects, "Lower Broadway was older honky tonks and little souvenir shops that you could go in and get a cowboy hat and a shot glass."
"Now you go down there..." he continues, "there's all these really cool things popping up everywhere. Nashville's booming, just as a city. And that's such a cool part of our town... that downtown area."
Jason's new 30,000-square-foot space has 250 seats for dining, as well as six different bars. It's all part of a trend that includes Florida Georgia Line's FGL House, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, and Blake Shelton's Ole Red.
"You've got the FGL boys and Blake and Dierks and all those things are popping up now," Jason explains. "And I think it's cool for fans. You know, they come in and they get to in to go in the FGL House and see FGL memorabilia. They can come in my place and see all of our stuff," he adds.
The "Drowns the Whiskey" hitmaker plans to spend plenty of time at his new honky tonk himself.
"Not only I can go with my friends and hang out and have a good time," he says, "it's like the same reason I play shows. I want to see people having fun and having a good time."
"Twenty years ago," Jason confesses, "if you'd have told me I'd have a bar in Nashville, I'd have been like, 'Yeah, right!'"
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The first single from Big Machine artist Riley Green is "There Was This Girl," from his debut EP, In a Truck Right Now, due out June 29.
The first two singles from Brett Eldredge's self-titled current album, "Somethin' I'm Good At" and "The Long Way," have both been certified Gold. The third single from Brett Eldredge, "Love Someone," has just been released.
Texas music sensation Cody Johnson is the latest artist to become a member of the Warner Nashville family. His most recent independent recording hit #2 on the country album chart and #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200.
Tune in for a special Shania-Twain themed episode of Lip Sync Battle Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. Former Pussycat DollNicole Scherzinger and Dancing with the Star's Derek Hough square off, with Derek tackling "Any Man of Mine." You can watch a preview of the show -- with Shania herself as a guest -- on YouTube now.
Capitol NashvilleWatching the new lyric video for “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is a lot like flipping through Luke Bryan’s photo album.
The new clip showcases snapshots of Luke’s nearest and dearest, including his wife Caroline, his kids, his manager and many more. If you watch closely, you’ll also spot Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley.
You can check out the new lyric video on YouTube now.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesLate Country Music Hall-of-Famer Roger Miller is the focus of an all-star, multi-genre, two-disc tribute coming August 31.
In addition to country stars like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, and Alison Krauss, Beatles legend Ringo Starr and alternative rock bands Toad the Wet Sprocket and Cake also contribute songs to the project.
Brad Paisley covers one of Miller’s signature tunes, “Dang Me,” while his fellow Hall-of-Famers Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard team up to do “Old Friends.” Eric Church tackles “Oo De Lally,” a song Roger wrote for Walt Disney’s Robin Hood.
Actor John Goodman, who scored one of his big career breaks in Miller’s Broadway musical Big River, contributes the show’s “Guv’ment.”
King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller was produced by Roger’s son, Dean Miller.
“Roger Miller didn’t have to say much,” he says of his dad in the liner notes. “You were simply drawn to him. He had a magnetic smile, and electric wit and a passion for life and music that transcended generations.”
The elder Miller died of cancer in 1992, at the age of 56. During his career, he landed more than 30 top-40 hits on the country chart, including ten tracks that crossed over to the pop world.
A TV tribute is also in the works.
Here’s the complete track listing for King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller:
Disc One "Chug-a-Lug" -- Asleep at the Wheel ft. Huey Lewis "Dang Me" -- Brad Paisley "Leavin's Not the Only Way to Go" -- The Stellas/Lennon and Maisy "Kansas City Star" -- Kacey Musgraves "World So Full of Love" -- Rodney Crowell "Old Friends" -- Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard "Lock Stock and Teardrops" -- Mandy Barnett "You Oughta Be Here With Me" -- Alison Krauss ft. The Cox Family "The Crossing" -- Ronnie Dunn, The Blind Boys of Alabama "In the Summertime" -- The Earls of Leicester ft. Shawn Camp "England Swings" -- Lyle Lovett "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd" -- Various Artists "Half a Mind" -- Loretta Lynn "Invitation to the Blues" -- Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter "It Only Hurts Me When I Cry (Live)" -- Dwight Yoakam
Disc Two "Hey, Would You Hold It Down?" -- Ringo Starr "Engine, Engine #9" -- Emerson Hart ft. Jon Randall "When Two Worlds Collide" -- Flatt Lonesome "Oo De Lally" -- Eric Church "You Can't Do Me This Way and Get By With It" -- Dean Miller ft. The McCrary Sisters "Nothing Can Stop Me" -- Toad the Wet Sprocket "Husbands and Wives" -- Jamey Johnson ft. Emmylou Harris "I Believe in the Sunshine" -- Lily Meola "Guv'ment" -- John Goodman "The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me" -- Dolly Parton ft. Alison Krauss "I'd Come Back to Me" -- Radney Foster ft. Tawnya Reynolds "Reincarnation" -- Cake "One Dying and a Burying" -- The Dead South "Do Wacka Do" - Robert Earl Keen, Jr. "King of the Road" -- Various Artists
PEOPLELook for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on the cover of this week’s People magazine, along with an article titled “How We Make Our Love Last.”
Faith says one of the secrets to their 21-year marriage -- especially when they’re on tour together, as they are now -- is to take some time apart.
“We both have our daily routines and we have our own dressing rooms,” she reveals. “We each have our own space to retreat to so we do get time to ourselves.”
Still, the two make it a point to come together before they start their Soul2Soul show each night.
“Tim and I share a quick quiet moment together before hitting the stage,” Faith reveals. “Always praying.”
Even after more than two decades together, the two remain huge fans of each other.
“She’s such a powerhouse that it forces me to raise my game every night,” Tim says of his wife.
“Tim is the absolute best entertainer, hands down,” Faith asserts, returning the compliment. “He can bring a crowd to their feet with the motion of his hand. He knows how to deliver songs to the fans and make them feel like he’s singing to them.”
This weekend, Tim and Faith take their Soul2Soul trek to Raleigh, North Carolina and Duluth, Georgia.
You can read more in the latest edition of People, which hits newsstands Friday.
Monument/Arista NashvilleWalker Hayes will head back to work next Wednesday, as he resumes his touring schedule after the loss of his seventh child.
His first date will be June 27 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to a post on his socials. All his subsequent concerts are set to go on as well.
On June 6, Walker was forced to cancel his planned appearance at the CMT Music Awards, announcing later via Twitter that “Oakleigh Klover Hayes was born this morning at the hospital and now is safely in heaven.”
Less than a week later, he posted his favorite photo of his wife Laney and their kids, to wish her a happy 14th wedding anniversary.
Walker’s new single “Craig” is the follow-up to his debut top-ten hit, “You Broke Up with Me.”
ABC/Image Group LA Scotty McCreery may be busy honeymooning in Bora Bora with his new wife, Gabi Dugal, but he still took time to leave a little something behind for his fans. The lyric video for his latest single, “This Is It,” is set to premiere at noon ET Thursday on his socials.
You can check out a short snippet on Scotty’s Twitter feed now. The North Carolina native wrote the song about his mountain-top proposal to his longtime sweetheart, and the visuals for the lyric video match that theme.
Scotty and Gabi tied the knot last weekend in their home state. You can check out some of their wedding photos in the new issue of People, which comes out on Friday.
RCA/Monarch PublicityHaving already sold out more than 30 shows on his Losing Sleep World Tour, Chris Young is extending the trek through the end of the year.
Dan Shay, Morgan Evans and Dee Jay Silver will join the "Hangin' On" hitmaker on the fifteen new dates.
Pre-sales start Tuesday, June 26, with seats becoming available to the general public the following Thursday.
Here's a complete look at the new additions to Chris Young's Losing Sleep World Tour:
10/25 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center 10/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center 10/27 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center 11/1 -- London, ONT, Budweiser Gardens 11/2 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena 11/3 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutte Center 11/8 -- Norfolk, VA, Constant Convocation Center 11/9 -- Hershey PA, Giant Center 11/10 -- Syracuse, NY, The Onecenter War Memorial Arena 11/29 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena 11/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 12/1 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 12/6 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena 12/7 -- Long Island, NY, NYCB Live/Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 12/8 -- Manchester, NH, SNHU Arena
Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett shot the video for this song in Jupiter, Florida. Can you name the tune that hit #1 in August of 2003? ANSWER: "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."
ABC/Kelsey McNeal"Meant to Be," the collaboration between Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, has been one of the biggest hits of the year. FGL is now dreaming of collaborating with other pop stars -- and they're setting their sights pretty high.
"Bruno Mars...that'd be somebody to spend a couple days with in the studio and try to create something from nothing," says Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelly. "Y'know, get in the studio and make it really come to life. But I think Rihanna would be cool [too]...I think it'd be cool to hear our voices together."
According to FGL's Tyler Hubbard, they're pretty much down to work with any number of stars outside of the country genre.
"I think every time we go to an awards show, BK and I are always [saying], 'That'd be cool to do a song with them!' or 'That'd be awesome to do a song with them!'" he laughs. "There's so many talented artists out there, it's pretty unreal."
Meanwhile, Tyler says that the message of "Meant to Be" has not only resonated with music fans, but with him and BK as well.
"It's been over a year since we wrote that song and we've been living with it way before the world had it, so I think we were learning the day we wrote it," Tyler explains. "And learning how to kinda look at the world that way, and look at life that way, and just kinda let go of some control and just let things happen."
Tyler adds, "I just think that's something that we've continued to be reminded of, with...every bit of success that this song has had...and then it's cool to kinda see the world be reminded of that as well and really connect with that."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Peach State native John Berry celebrated the 25th anniversary of his recording career by performing the national anthem for Sunday's Atlanta Braves game against the San Diego Padres. He was also presented the key to the city during a Friday concert in his hometown of Athens, Georgia.
"Kiss You All Over" hitmakers Exile are marking the 55th anniversary of the band with a re-recording of their most loved songs. Hits is available now online.
Rory Feek's second book, Once Upon a Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier, is available now. The new volume chronicles Rory's life since the passing of his wife Joey, the other half of the ACM-winning duo Joey Rory.
If you missed Granger Smith doing his hit "Happens Like That" and his new single "You're in It" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can catch his performances on YouTube now.
Valory Music Co. With two little girls, a wife, and a packed touring schedule, the autobiographical “Life Changes” is a whole lot more than Thomas Rhett’s latest single -- it’s just one of the signs of how fast things are moving for him these days.
“We're on our fourth single, which is crazy, because the record, it's not even a year old,” TR says of the album, also called Life Changes. “I remember, on my second record, man, we didn't make a new record for like two years or something like that.”
But now that Thomas Rhett has reached headliner status, things seems to be speeding up.
“I just think it's the way that a lot of fans are consuming music today,” he explains. “When my album came out, that was the first time that we'd ever gone out on the road after an album and got to play album cuts that people knew all the words to.”
“Songs like 'Sixteen' and 'Renegade' have sort of acted like singles to me on the road, even though they haven't been singles,” he explains. TR says the same was true of “Life Changes” as well, which is currently in the top 20.
Luckily, Thomas never stopped looking ahead to his next project.
“I've been doing nothing but writing my face off since the last album came out,” he admits. “And so we are, right now, just trying to lock down a time to figure out what songs we're gonna record and when we're gonna record 'em. But it is my goal to just keep putting more music out there.”
This summer, Thomas Rhett’s working his own headlining dates, in between opening for Kenny Chesney on the Trip Around the Sun Tour.
Dove ShoreThis summer, newcomer Brandon Lay is busy opening all the dates on Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour. One song you’re sure to hear during his set is his new single, “Yada Yada Yada.”
“I had the melody in my head one day as I was driving home from a gig but I didn’t have any lyrics yet,” Brandon explains, “so I was just humming yada yada yada as dummy lyrics [into my phone].”
Brandon continues: “A few days later I was in a writing room with the voice memo and [co-writers] Mikey [Reaves] and Heather [Morgan] thought that would make a pretty good title in itself so we went with it. It’s a fun tune that I hope people will enjoy.”
You can check out the new lyric video for “Yada Yada Yada” on YouTube now.
This Saturday, Brandon plays Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona with Kenny Chesney.
ABC/Paula LoboHow'd you like an all-expenses-paid trip to see Luke Bryan at Wrigley Field in Chicago?
All you need to do is download Luke's app for a chance to win. That lucky individual will not only get airfare, hotel, and two tickets to the What Makes You Country Tour -- XL Stadium Sized in the Windy City on September 1, they'll also be treated to a backstage tour, a meet-and-greet with the American Idol judge, and a special VIP performance.
This week, the "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" hitmaker swings through the Sunshine State, playing dates in West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, and Tampa, Florida.
Reviver Records“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” may be the title of this week’s #1 collaboration between David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney, but things are considerably more than alright for the duo, as they've also set multiple records with the feat.
The tune becomes Kenny’s 29th chart-topper, tying Tim McGraw’s record for the most number ones on Billboard’s Country Airplay ranking. If “Get Along” -- which is currently at #8 -- makes it to the top, Kenny will claim the all-time title.
Alan Jackson and George Strait are just behind Kenny and Tim, by the way, with 26 number ones apiece.
The lead single from David Lee’s No Zip Code album is also making the history books for the length of time between the singer's number ones. Murphy last topped the tally with “Dust on the Bottle” on October 28, 1995: 22 years, five months and three weeks ago.
That time span between number ones beats everyone except Vince Gill, whose time between “Tryin’ to Get Over You” in 1994 and last year’s “Sober Saturday Night” with Chris Young was 23 years and one week.
ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert hasn’t done very many in-depth interviews since her split from Blake Shelton in 2015, or the release the following year of her album, The Weight of These Wings. But she opens up to journalist Holly Gleason in a new article for Hits Daily Double.
The typically candid CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year pulls no punches when it comes to admitting her own shortcomings. “I am who I am. I am honest about being flawed. That’s all I can be, you know?” Miranda admits. “I cuss. I drink. I get divorced and get my heart broken. I break hearts…”
As she’s done before, Miranda acknowledges she uses both her writing and her recordings to deal with her emotions.
“My intention was to use it as therapy, to figure this s*** out,” she declares. “I was going through a divorce very publicly, and thank the Lord I am a writer. That meant I could find some way to deal with it…"
"There’s fun stuff on there too,” she says of The Weight of These Wings. “I feel like I’ve captured the seven stages of grief, but it took me 24 songs to get there.”
“It made me feel so alone,” Miranda says of the divorce, “as much as it does anybody else."
The “Keeper of the Flame” singer also talks about being a favorite target of the tabloid media.
“It’s such bulls***,” she says. “I’m thankful for the drama of it all, because it gets sillier and sillier. They make up so many lies, no one can know the truth. The truth is it’s in my music if you listen close enough.”
Look for more from Miranda in the upcoming second part of the Hits Daily Double interview.
ABC/Randy Holmes; ABC/Image Group LALuke Combs and Lauren Alaina will celebrate Independence Day this year with a collection of the biggest stars in American music, as they perform on the 2018 edition of the PBS special A Capitol Fourth.
Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and TheTemptations are also set to sing on the show, hosted by actor John Stamos. A cappella sensation Pentatonix and gospel legend CeCeWinans will also take the stage that’ll be set up on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
The annual special will also commemorate America’s 242nd birthday with an impressive fireworks display, set against the Washington, D.C. skyline. You can tune in to watch A Capitol Fourth Wednesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.