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Music City Minute: CMT Artists of the Year, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett 

This year's "CMT Artists of the Year" special is going to be all female. Every honoree will be a woman.

Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini… Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman… and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

People are saying this could be their way of recognizing the #MeToo movement and maybe the lack of female Entertainer of the Year nominees at the CMAs and ACMs. Either way it’s definitely appreciated by the female arists.

Maren Morris Tweeted, "Thank you for narrowing the gap in this industry. Proud to be honored among friends this night." Kelsea Ballerini said, "Goodness, I love you CMT." Hillary Scott wrote, "This puts a smile on my face like no other."

And Little Big Town gave a shout-out, "Couldn't be any prouder to stand alongside these inspiring women. Thank you CMT." No word yet on the list of performers. The show will air October 17th.

 

Speaking of Carrie Underwood she will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 20.Carrie will receive the 2,646th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Two very important men in Carrie’s life will speak at the event--Simon Cowell and Brad Paisley--who have shared the television screen with Carrie numerous times. Simon was a judge on American Idol when Carrie was named the Season 4 winner in 2005. Brad and Carrie will co-host the CMA Awards for the 11th time on Nov. 14. And don’t forget Carrie’s new album “Cry Pretty” comes out Friday! 

 

This is hilarious – so you might remember Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren recently vacationed in Italy, he shared the story of how they went on a moped-riding adventure:

Thomas Rhett: "Me and Lauren rented a moped, which was probably one of the worst best decisions we ever made. Our friends rented a moped as well, and they literally, when they pulled out of the moped parking lot, their moped fell onto the side, like in the middle of the street. Me and Lauren were like, are we still gonna do this? And Lauren was like, 'Yep.' And I was like, 'Alright, here we go.' And we literally drove that thing five hours up around Lake Como and saw George Clooney's house, and it was pretty awesome."

Music City Minute: Luke Bryan, Brett Young, Kelsea Ballerini 

Luke Bryan scored the 21st No. 1 single of his career as "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" made it to the top of the charts this week! Speaking of Luke Bryan – he’s been super busy! Last night he celebrated the official opening of his restaurant brand new bar, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink in Nashville! 

And Luke Bryan has started his own record label called 32 Bridge Entertainment. And the first artist he's signed is a man named Jon Langston, who is one of the performers on his upcoming Farm Tour. Luke says, "The ability to start a record label is such a dream come true for me."

 

Brett Young announced the title, release date, and track listing of his new album. It's called "Ticket to L.A." and it comes out December 7th. Brett and pop singer Gavin DeGraw co-wrote and perform on a track called "Chapters". Here’s the full track listing:

     
  1. “Ticket To L.A.” (Brett Young, Zach Crowell, Jon Nite)
  2. “Here Tonight”(Brett Young, Ben Caver, Justin Ebach, Charles Kelley)
  3. “Catch” (Brett Young, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley)
  4. “1, 2, 3 – Mississippi”(Brett Young, Justin Ebach, Jon Nite)
  5. “Let It Be Mine” (Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Jon Nite)
  6. “Where You Want Me” (Brett Young, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shane McAnally)
  7. “Used To Missin’ You” (Brett Young, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins)
  8. “Change Your Name” (Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins, Jon Nite)
  9. “Chapters” (Feat. Gavin DeGraw) (Brett Young, Ross Copperman, Gavin DeGraw)
  10. “The Ship And The Bottle” (Nicolle Galyon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite)
  11. “Reason To Stay” (Brett Young, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins, Emily Warren)
  12. “Runnin’ Away From Home” (Brett Young, Zach Crowell, Hillary Lindsey)
  13. “Don’t Wanna Write This Song”(Brett Young, Zach Crowell, Sean McConnell

Kelsea Ballerini is about to add multi-media star to her resume. She's the newest coach on "The Voice"... but she's not replacing anyone. She's coaching a brand new online phase called The Comeback Stage.

Here's how that'll go. She'll personally select SIX performers who did NOT turn a chair during the blind auditions. She'll coach them as they compete against each other... two at a time... and then she'll pick one winner from each. 

Those three will advance to the Comeback Stage Finals, and she'll choose two from that. And then those two will compete on the Live Playoffs Results show, which will air November 13th. That winner will move on to the regular competition.

The Comeback Stage will air on YouTube, Instagram TV, "The Voice" Official App, Facebook, and NBC.com. It'll debut on September 24th . . . the same day that the new season of "The Voice" debuts on NBC.

Kelsea hit up Instagram to say, "So excited to share that I'm joining the 'The Voice' family as the fifth coach for the first-ever Comeback Stage."

Music City Minute: Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, CMT Crossroads 

Just another reason we all love Blake Shelton so much… When given a choice between a healthy dinner prepared for grownup-type people, or a tasty meal made for kids… Blake admitted he prefers the kid meal & who wouldn’t agree! 

In a recent interview Blake was asked what would make up the perfect day for him. One is hunting, and another would be Gwen Stefani cooking for the family.

Blake says, "But I eat terribly. She'll make this big dinner… a piece of salmon and a salad for us. And then there are her three little boys, and so there's macaroni and cheese and all those other things for them.

"I'll look at her plate and she'll have the salmon and salad, and I'll look at my plate and it's all the [stuff] she made for the boys… chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, those little pretzel bread rolls. I've got to get better at that one of these days."

 

I can’t with the internet sometimes… the haters were out in full force and lit up the Internet last night whining about Carrie Underwood’s new Sunday Night Football theme song. 

Some called it "atrocious" while others said it sounded like a "parody" of last season's song. Which is so annoying, don’t ya’ll have anything better to do!? 

 

The next “CMT Crossroads” is pairing up the Zac Brown Band and pop singer Shawn Mendes. It’ll be taping this week, and you’ll be able to watch it October 24th! 

Music City Minute: Carrie Underwood & Kane Brown 

Carrie Underwood is cancelling two shows and other appearances in the U.K. due to an illness. Her record company confirmed it, and said she "looks forward to resuming promotion for her new album 'Cry Pretty' soon."

According to her calendar, she'll be doing "The Tonight Show" next Thursday, which is the night before the new album drops. 

 

Speaking of that new album Carrie shared some clips of new songs from the album, it sounds like we can expect a little bit of everything from passion to fun and playful.

It looks like Kane Brown and his fiancée Katelyn Jae will be getting married very soon… and then disappearing from the world to have some fun. 

Kane says, "I'm gonna take three months off. We'll have the wedding and then we're going to take a month for the honeymoon."

Although we don't know the exact timing, it'll have to be way before January 10th, which is when his Live Forever Tour starts. He says, "It's my biggest tour so far. We've been in clubs, and now we'll be playing for 8,000 to 10,000 people."

And in case you haven't heard: He's also releasing a new album. That's called "Experiment", and it'll be out November 9th. 

Music City Minute: Carly Pearce + Michael Ray, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett 

We knew that Carly Pearce had it BAD for Michael Ray before they even started dating, but this takes it up a notch. She was so drawn to him that she HAD to break up with the guy she was dating.

 She talked about it in a podcast. She kind of knew Michael, but the feelings came on real strong when they were performing at a radio event. Her people promised to find out if he was single, and she was all-in at that point.

 Carly said, "I'm like, 'Okay. I'm not single, but okay.' I remember I was dating somebody at the time, and I was like, 'I have to break this off, because even if it's not Michael Ray, I shouldn't feel this way about somebody else.' So I did." 

The podcast is great and full of juicy gossip about Michael Ray, listen to it here

 

 

After topping the charts with singles "You Make It Easy" and "Drowns the Whiskey" from his 2018 album, "Rearview Town," Jason Aldean has announced the album's third single will be "Girl Like You."

"Our fans have always been along for the ride when we mess around with different sounds," said Jason. "I've always loved big guitars and a good groove, but we've never really done it like this before. So, it's cool that we can do that coming off something like 'Easy' and 'Whiskey.”

 

And a huge congrats to Thomas Rhett his song “Life Changes” just became his 11th number one! 

Music City Minute: Country Sororities/Fraternities, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum 

Now that's school back in session, The Boot has a list of country artists who pledged fraternities or sororities in college. I like it because it's cool to picture some of these huge stars going through a pinning ceremony. Here's the list:

Carrie Underwood pledged Sigma Sigma Sigma at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She loved it, and said it made college life more bearable. 

Luke Bryan was a Sigma Chi at Georgia Southern University. It's where he met his wife, Caroline, while she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Cole Swindell was also a Sigma Chi at Georgia Southern.

Tim McGraw was a Pi Kappa Alpha at Northeast Louisiana University, although it's now called University of Louisiana at Monroe. He once said, "I got into school, picked up a guitar, joined a fraternity, and started sucking down kegs.

Kenny Chesney pledge Lambda Chi Alpha at East Tennessee State. He referenced his frat in "Keg in the Closet", singing: "This ol' guitar taught me how to score/Right there on that Lambda Chi porch."

Dierks Bentley was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Vermont.

Willie Nelson, yes Willie Nelson, was a Tau Kappa Epsilon at Baylor University.

Zac Brown was a brother in the Kappa Alpha Order at University of West Georgia.

 

Kelsea Ballerini may be releasing some EDM music. The Chainsmokers hit up Twitter yesterday and said, "Kelsea, you think they're ready?" She re-tweeted it and responded, "It's like you're READING MY MIND. I'm in." My guess is it's a song called "Reading My Mind". 

 

One more thing about Kelsea. She posted clip of herself playing an acoustic guitar and singing Troye Sivan's song, "Seventeen".

 

Yesterday we told you about Cam switching record labels, well now we found out Lady Antebellum officially changed labels too. The award-winning trio announced a new deal they have signed with Big Machine Label Group in Nashville yesterday, confirming rumors that had been swirling around Music City.

“We have been truly blessed throughout our career to work with some of the brightest people in music,” Lady A singer Hillary Scott says in a press release. “We’ve watched BMLG become the powerhouse they are from the sidelines and couldn’t be more excited to become part of their family. We hope to honor all the people who have been part of our story over the last 10 years — can’t wait to work with some old friends again and are excited for where it takes us all together!"

Music City Minute: Carrie Underwood, Cam, Luke Bryan 

You may have noticed that Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360 has all female acts. Her openers are Maddie & Tae and Runaway JuneAnd yes, she did it to make a statement.

Carrie says, "I feel like the more we do of that and the more normal it is, why would I not want to take women out on the road with me? Why would anybody feel like 'Oh, well I'm a girl, so I better have a guy'?" 

She also dropped a new single called “Love Wins” another song off her “Cry Pretty” album that’ll be out on the 14th.

 

This is also interesting to me, Cam announced that she’s cancelling all of her fall U.S. tour dates. She made the announcement after she switched record labels, which means her new album won’t be coming out as originally scheduled. Since there’s no new album to promote… she’s postponing the tour until she knows more. 

One fan made a rude comment saying that it was clear she was changing her plans for financial reasons and that fans should come first no matter what… Cam responded by saying her reasons for leaving were more personal than paycheck-related.

Cam statement was, "The fact that you can’t imagine a reason I would need to leave that building or a reason Sony would let me move without dropping me, says a lot about our culture, it’s disappointing you can’t imagine the risk involved and assume this is some selfish financial game. But it’s important to say, especially to the women reading this: you have to take care of yourself first. You deserve a safe, healthy space. Don’t settle for less."

I know Cam is a big advocate for females in country music, so my guess is that it has a lot to do with that. But glad she’s standing up for herself nonetheless. 

And Luke Bryan did some hunting over the holiday weekend and shared a photo hanging with his sons with the caption reading, “Dove hunting weekend”:

Music City Minute: Carrie Underwood, Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Midland, Luke Bryan 

 

In honor of Labor Day some of our favorite country artists share their first jobs and worst jobs. Carrie Underwood actually enjoyed her first job:

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

 

Jon Pardi wasn’t exactly a fan of his first job:

“The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work. I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

 

Kip Moore obviously loves his current job, but says the job he disliked the most had to do with being outside and it was hot! 

“I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the South Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

 

Midland singer Mark Wystratch may look like he has it all together now, but he recalls some of his first jobs and they involved a lot of manual labor:

grew up on a ranch in Arizona and at the age of six he was hauling manure and cleaning stalls. But check this out: He was a repo man in college. "I used to repo cars. People that would stop making payments. That was interesting, and I did that with two of my best friends."

 

Luke Bryan is a huge superstar and he’s coming to SA 9/6, but of course he paid his dues starting in a grocery store:

“At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce. They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

Music City Minute: CMT Crossroads, Chris Young, Carrie Underwood 

CMT Crossroads' latest inspired pairing is that of Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor, who will bring their respective musical styles together for a unique performance airing early next month. In order to get fans excited for the event, CMT has released a teaser of the pair performing Trainor's single, "No Excuses." 

The episode will air at 9PM on Monday, Sept. 3.

 

Fake profiles have always been an issue with celebrities and it’s no secret that our favorite country artists get super annoyed with them too. Chris Young was forced to face the issue head on earlier this month, and gave a warning to his fans about catfish who pretend to be him on social media saying, "I don't know how else to say this. I don’t want money. I’m not gonna send you my number in secret. "This is my only account."

Remember when Carrie Underwood was "all of sudden" playing harmonica... and killing it? Videos started showing up of her in concert tearing through "Choctaw County Affair".

Well, it wasn't some secret skill that she hid from everyone. She just randomly decided to learn. She tells CMT, quote, "I definitely tend to get myself in over my head sometimes, and I was like, 'Wouldn't it be cool if I played the harmonica?'" 

It raised a few eyebrows from her people, but that didn't stop her. She said, "I said, 'I'll figure it out. Go get me one, because I'm pretty good at playing things by ear.'"

And off she went... but she was so bad at first that her son would cry every time she played. She had to start practicing when she was alone in the car. Quote, "I'd be on my way to work... practicing harmonica."

After learning the basics she reached out to a pro who showed her "a couple of things"... and that's all she needed.

Music City Minute: Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion

Carrie Underwood made a special appearance during Keith Urban’s show in Nashville last weekend and showed off her BABY BUMP!! Carrie walks out to screams from the crowd during the chorus of Keith’s song, ‘The Fighter’ which Carrie sings back-ups to. As Keith goes through the song, Carrie can be seen rubbing her belly and obviously feeling great as she doesn’t miss a note.

Brett Eldredge is teaming up with his good friend, Meghan Trainor for next month’s CMT Crossroads! The two reportedly met at a party back in 2014 and since then have developed an incredible musical chemistry. They will be performing several songs together including Brett and Meghan’s duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside"—which is featured on Eldredge’s Christmas album, Glow -- along with Trainor's hits "All About That Bass," "Let You Be Right"; and Eldredge's “Drunk on Your Love,” “Wanna Be That Song” and “Haven’t Met You Yet." 

CMT teased the event with Brett and Meghan’s performance of “No Excuses”!

The episode will air Sept. 3 on CMT at 9 PM CST.

Old Dominion just released a dance remix version of their song “New York At Night” from their 2017 ‘Happy Endings’ album! The guys said it was a fun way to take something that had more of a rock vibe and give it a dancing twist but don’t expect to see the guys busting a move soon.

"The song kind of started out as more of a dance-y sort of vibe anyway and then when we recorded it in the studio as Old Dominion we kind of made it more of a rock thing,” guitarist. Brad Tursi said.

“I think it came out great. No one the band is dancing to it though- not because it's not dance-able, but because, you know, no one would want to embarrass themselves like that."

You can check out the remix of “New York At Night“ below!

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