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Music City Minute: Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, FGL, Old Dominion 

Dustin Lynch had a career moment on Tuesday when he was asked to join the Grand Ole Opry. Trace Adkins did the inviting… and the official induction will happen on September 18th.

Dustin talked about it later. Apparently, he's an emotional guy. He said, "I'm a crier. And I held it back to just about two minutes of tears."

It was also a full-circle thing, because Trace was one of the first country stars he met, and probably the first one to insult him. It was back in high school, he was with his girlfriend, and he asked Trace to take a photo with them. 

He said, "[Trace] looked at me and he looked at her and said, 'Darlin', you're dating this little shrimp?' Fast forward however many years it's been and he invites me to become a member of the Opry."

He also made a confession, Dustin said, "The first time I came here I snuck in under someone else's name. A buddy [got] put on the list and I used his name to get in backstage. I remember sweating bullets."

 

An awesome little tidbit I came across is that Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line are tight now, but they sure didn't start off on the right foot. Jason remembers before they met when he saw them backstage looking a little too comfortable. He didn't like it. 

He says, "I saw them in the dressing room at the show, and I don't know who these guys are. So my first question was, 'Who are you and why are you in my room?'"

However, once he gave them a listen, Jason discovered that he, Tyler and Brian had quite a bit in common: Jason said, "Once I started listening to their music, it reminded me of a lot of my stuff, some of the early stuff, where it was country but also had this hard rock edge to it... I think, for me, it was this respect for what they were doing and what they were bringing to the country music genre."

This is awesome, talked about being humbled, Old Dominion recently posted a clip of them performing at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon back in 2010... and every single customer in the place was dancing. Unfortunately, there were only TWO customers in the place. Yes, they were a couple, but at least they were having fun!

Music City Minute: Chris Stapleton, Brett Young, Keith Urban 

People are saying Chris Stapleton’s wife Morgane won the Internet this week. I know it's only Wednesday, but check this out. 

It started when Kendall Jenner posted some clips of Chris's L.A. concert on her Instagram Story. She captioned one with "I love you Chris Stapleton" . . . and another with "Call me."

 

Instead of getting jealous or firing back, Morgane did exactly what you're supposed to do. She went one better. 

She took her own screenshots from Kendall's Instagram Story and wrote, "When @Kendall-Jenner loves your husband and wants him to call her, but you also have strong love for said Kar-Jenner."

Obviously, Morgane is secure in her marriage. She and Chris celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary last October, and they have four kids together.

 

Brett Young’s fiancé has been wedding planning like crazy, and it’s been going on for a while now so I’m just excited for the big day and I can’t wait to see pictures of the dress and how they decorate everything. Brett shared a funny story about how she’s devoting a lot of time to it, he said, “She found a quote the other day which is so true, it cracked me up, it said, ‘Do you ever wonder what you did with all of your free time before you were planning a wedding?’ because I feel like she’s doing a 40 hour a week job working on this thing.”

 

Keith Urban fans he just released the next single from his “Graffiti U” album it’s called “Never Comin’ Down” and Keith says, “"There was just such a great thing happening up there. I had this drum beat that I had carried around for a bit, and I presented that, and we started building on that. It really started with a tribal rhythmic feel."

Music City Minute: Chris Stapleton, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood 

Chris Stapleton paid tribute to Aretha Franklin at his concert in Los Angeles on Saturday. He called her "the greatest singer that ever lived" . . . and performed "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man".

 

You know I love any news that has to do with weddings! Well, Kelly Clarkson made a couple's wedding day even more special, by making a surprise appearance to sing her song "Piece by Piece" for their first dance.

The bride, and her groom were blindsided and overwhelmed by emotion when Kelly and a live band were revealed from behind a curtain as they took the floor to dance together as husband and wife. Neither knew to expect the her, and Kelly seemed super excited to be a gift for them.

The video is so sweet and full of emotion! 

 

Carrie Underwood has revealed the names of the 13 songs on her upcoming “Cry Pretty” album, sharing 11 new titles in addition to the two tracks fans are already familiar with.

Cry Pretty will be released on Sept. 14, featuring her single "Cry Pretty" and "The Champion," a duet with rapper Ludacris. It's her sixth studio album and first since Storyteller in 2015. It's also her first album on UMG Nashville.

Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty Track Listing:

1. “Cry Pretty”

2. “Ghosts on the Stereo”3. “Low”4. “Backsliding”5. “That Song That We Used to Make Love To”6. “The Bullet”7. “Southbound”8. “Drinking Alone”9. “Spinning Bottles”10. “Love Wins”11. “End Up With You”12. “Kingdom”13. “The Champion” (Feat. Ludacris)

Music City Minute: Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery 

 

It’s the first day of school for a lot of students in SA and Dierks Bentley knows exactly what it’s like because he has a 4 year old, 7 year old, and 9 year old. He says, “Back to school for kids is kind of like back to school for me, it’s like time for me to get back in gear too, I usually work out really early from 5-5:50 and so I get up at 4:45 when school is back in session, so I come back in the house with peak energy ready to rock for them”. 

And like any normal parent he struggles with getting the kids out the door on time saying, “From about 6 to 6:15 or 6:20 if you’re at 6:25 you’re going to hit traffic so you have to be right there that last like 10 minutes is like ‘guys if we don’t get out the door right now we’re going to be stuck’ so there’s a very fine window for making it to school on time.” 

We’ll have more tickets to see Dierks Bentley with LANCO and Brothers Osbourne September 20th at the Austin 360 Amphitheater all week at 11:10!

 

Miranda Lambert’s boyfriend, Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker, has finalized his divorce from his wife, Staci Felker, according to a new report.

A source says that the couple's marriage officially ended earlier this week, saying, “Staci feels free and relieved" now that the situation is resolved. And Miranda is happy that Evan is now “all hers”.

 

Scotty McCreery fans he will hit the road this fall and winter for his headlining Seasons Change Tour. It’s a 13 day tour named after his 2018 album, and will kick off November 29th in Dallas and will stop in San Antonio November 30th at the Aztec Theatre. Tickets go on sale August 24th 10 a.m.!

Music City Minute: Luke Combs, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert

This might actually be one of my most favorite things of all time! Ya’ll known I’m a huge Luke Combs fan, well this made me love him even more. He did an interview recently with ABC News and he confessed he was a fan of boy bands back in the 90’s! Then he went on to sing a piece of *NSYNC’s “God Must’ve Spent A Little More Time On You” and I lost it, it’s amazing.

The death of Aretha Franklin resonated through the country community yesterday. Tons of artists went on social media to pay tribute and share stories of how she affected their lives.

Reba McEntire talked about finding inspiration. She Tweeted, "I've had so many influences in my life, and one is the Queen of Soul. Rest in peace, Aretha." She included a link to her 1988 CMA Awards performance of "Respect"

Willie Nelson hit up Twitter to say: "Whether it was gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, or civil rights, Aretha [could] turn any song into a hymn. She'll be greatly missed here on earth, but that band in heaven just got our Angel. Rest in peace."

Miranda Lambert kept it simple, writing, "The greatest of all time."

 

Faith Hill included a photo, and wrote: "The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise, and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement."

 

And Margo Price may have said it best with this: "Legends never die."

Music City Minute: Jason Aldean, Midland, Maren Morris

A fairy-tale scenario happened for a young couple over the weekend, 21-year-old Jess McCormack, is a Jason Aldean fan and her boyfriend, Alex Borsari, took her to his New York City concert at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 11th.

When Jason broke into his romantic song "You Make it Easy," Alex led his girl to the aisle and dropped down on one knee, causing the crowd to roar with excitement. The couple were then led by security down to the stage area, where they were addressed by Jason, who shared his blessings with them!

 

Midland gave their list of the nine best honky-tonks in America. Granted, they're all in places where they've toured and spent time. And half of them are in Texas. So yeah… it's a LITTLE biased. But they're all solid choices.

 

1. Poodie's Roadhouse Driftwood, Texas

2. Billy Bob's Ft. Worth, Texas

3. Broken Spoke Austin, Texas

4. Luckenbach Luckenbach, Texas

5. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar Jackson Hole, Wyoming

6. Grizzly Rose Denver, Colorado

7. Gruene Hall Gruene, Texas

8. Buck Owen's Crystal Palace Bakersfield, California

9. The Troubadour West Hollywood, California. 

Which isn't really a honky-tonk, but it's Los Angeles, so what can you do. Plus it's legendary.

 

 

Maren Morris did a Q&A with her Twitter followers while she was stuck on a plane, drinking wine. And we learned some interesting things.

1. She wishes she could've played a 'White Walker" on "Game of Thrones".

2. She wishes she'd written "Love Yourself"by Justin Bieber.

3. The best advice she's ever gotten is "Always wear underwear."

4. The hardest part of being in the music industry is, quote, "Being young. Being a woman. And being different."

5. Her favorite drink is tequila and soda. Preferably Casamigos tequila.

6. Her dream collaboration would be with Freddie Mercuryof Queen.

7. Her favorite place is London, England. But she also loves France. Although she almost got ARRESTED there.

8. Oh, and she plans to have a baby next year.

Music City Minute: Forbes Highest Paid Country Stars, George Strait, Florida Georgia Line

Forbes released its list of the 10 Highest-Paid Country Stars of the year – and the top earners are no surprise to us! The 5 Highest-Paid Country Stars of 20181. Luke Bryan, $52 million2. Garth Brooks, $45.5 million3. Kenny Chesney, $37 million4. Zac Brown Band, $31 million5. Blake Shelton, $28 millionLuke Bryan dethroned Garth Brooks in the top spot by raking in the majority of his income from his headlining tour – which routinely grossed seven figures nighty, plus his role as a judge on American Idol and his endorsement deal with Chevy.Garth made most of his $45.5 million from his World Tour, while Kenny collected his big bucks from his Trip Around the Sun Tour, endorsements with Corona and his own Blue Chair Rum. Zac Brown Band cashed in with a new album and extensive tour, while Blake Shelton earned his keep through touring, coaching on The Voice and endorsement deals with Smithworks Vodka and Macy's.Rounding out the Top 10 are Florida Georgia Line with $27 million, Jason Aldean $23 million, Toby Keith with $22 million, Brad Paisley with $20 million, and Dolly Parton with $19 million.

 

George Strait super fans his San Antonio mansion now has an asking price! The King’s stunning home is a massive 8,675-square-feet and the market last year without a public price tag. 

Now, the Zillow listing for the home at 10 Davenport Lane includes a cost of $10 million.

The Dominion home has 11 bedrooms and 9 baths on 12.2 acres. Features 14 hand-sculpted fire places, a detached "casita," exercise room equipped with a sauna and an infinity edge pool are all included, according to the listing.

The Bexar County Appraisal District values the home at $4,118,980. 

And if you missed the guys of Florida Georgia Line last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden check out their performance of “Simple”!

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Music City Minute: Carly Pearce, Cassadee Pope, Luke Combs, & FGL

Remember the whole thing about Carly Pearce wanting to get with Michael Ray, so she slid into his DMs so he'd notice her? Turns out there's a whole chain of advice that led to it. 

She heard about it from Cassadee Pope who used that technique on her current boyfriend, "Nashville" star Sam Palladio. And Cassadee was tipped-off to it from Mandy Moore.

Cassadee said, "I was inspired by Mandy. She met her husband through slipping into the [DMs], so that was kind of like an inspiration. So now I get to pass on the knowledge and experience to Carly.

"I thought it was so funny that she talked about it. I didn't even remember that I told her that's how I met Sam, or that that's how we started dating. I wasn't telling her to give her advice I was just talking about how I met him. And so it was really funny." 

And if you’ve missed Cassadee Pope: She just released her new single, "One More Red Light".

 

And Luke Combs fans if you’re loving his new song “She Got The Best of Me” you have to check out the video! It has a lot of cool inside things you might recognize. There are shots of his Boone, North Carolina hometown, cameos from his band members… and even the Dodge Neon he drove when he moved to Nashville. 

 

Tonight on TV you don’t wanna miss Florida Georgia Line on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

And randomly, I thought this was great, no affiliation with country music but there’s a show/movie called “Santa Jaws” that’s coming on the Syfy channel at 8pm and it’s all about “a guy who makes a wish to be alone for Christmas has to try to save his family after the wish backfires and a shark attacks them.” I can’t. Here’s the movie poster. 

Music City Minute: LoCash,  Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean  

Preston Brust’s wife went into early labor, so LoCash had to cancel their show in Marysville, Ohio on Friday. The news came suddenly so Preston had to take several flights to get back to Nashville.

Fortunately, he made it to the delivery room in time to be with his wife Kristen when she gave birth. Their son Legend Wilde was born on Friday. He's their second child. They also have a two-year-old daughter named Love Lily. 

You can read all about the exciting news here. According to their website, they're still scheduled for tonight's show in Norwalk, Ohio.

And speaking of LoCash, their new song is called “Feels Like A Party” and they co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard.

 

Some other fun things that happened over the weekend:

Carrie Underwood posted a photo of herself as she's about to go on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and you can see her tiny baby bump. 

 

Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline celebrated their son Tate's eighth birthday on Saturday, and the party included a homemade slip-n-slide.Both Luke and Caroline shared videos of their tandem slide as they were dragged along a wet tarp on a shark-shaped raft by a tractor.

 

And Thomas Rhett posted a super cute photo yesterday of his daughter Ada wearing one of his hats. They were celebrating a special occasion. He wrote, "Happy first birthday sweet baby girl. I love you so much it hurts."

And Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany revealed they’re having a baby girl! They both knew and made the announcement special for Kendyl & Keeley! 

Music City Minute: Chris Stapleton, AJ McLean, Dan + Shay 

So, you remember a while back we told you AJ McLean from The Backstreet Boys was trying to get into country? AJ actually said he was coming to country music to “disrupt country” and “shake things up” – listen I’m a fan of The Backstreet Boys but he’s sounding a bit cocky here. 

And that’s why I don’t feel bad at all doing this. Recently AJ covered a Chris Stapleton song called “Drunkard’s Prayer” now you know if you’re covering Chris Stapleton you better knock it out of the park. Well let’s see how AJ did. Here’s Chris Stapleton’s song:

 

Now here’s AJ McLean’s cover:

What do you think?

 

Everyone is loving Dan + Shay’s song “Tequila” so much that it just became their 4th number one, probably because it’s amazing. I thought this was SO cool and kind of magical, the guys released the isolated vocals from the song, and it’s going to give you goosebumps.

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