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MAJOR CLOSURE ON I-35 THIS WEEKEND

Plan to leave early if you’re traveling on I-35 this weekend! The Texas Department of Transportation shared plans to close all lanes in BOTH directions at Farm-to-Market 1103 in Schertz starting 9:00pm Saturday until 3:00pm Sunday. If you’re going to be driving through this area expect to remain on the frontage road through FM 1103 and re-enter the highway.

The closures will go in effect this weekend due to a $7.2 million project that involves expanding the FM 1103 bridge over I-35 to five lanes and U-turn bridges. The construction is scheduled for completion in summer of 2019.

For more information on closure, check out more from our friends at KENS-5!

Music City Minute: Kenny Chesney, Cam, Eric Church 

It’s new Music Friday and we are so excited! 

In the build-up to the release of his new studio album, "Songs for the Saints," on July 27 Kenny Chesney shared a song from the album called "Better Boat" today with fans.

One our our favorite women in country music, Cam, released her new song, "Road To Happiness" and says she has her own definition of the word. She says, "I've met unhappy successful people and happy 'unsuccessful' people. There's no one road to happiness, it doesn't exist, it's an illusion. Happiness is now and it's up to you to feel it in the moment. This song is me working through all this, and trying to be present and happy in my own way."You can see Cam opening for Sam Smith next Saturday in Austin. 

 

Eric Church still believes that his fans should hear his music before the critics. That's why his fan club got to hear his new song, "Desperate Man", yesterday… but it didn't come out until today.

He'll even be sending them a free copy of the album. It's also called "Desperate Man", and it goes on sale October 5th. 

Eric Church, Desperate Man Track Listing:

1. "The Snake" 2. "Hanging Around" 3. "Heart Like a Wheel" 4. "Some of It" 5. "Monsters" 6. "Hippie Radio" 7. "Higher Wire" 8. "Desperate Man" 9. "Solid" 10. "Jukebox and a Bar" 11. "Drowning Man"

Music City Minute: Eric Church, Brett Young, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan 

Eric Church fans have been waiting for him to make an announcement he’s been teasing all week on social media, and the news is finally here! Eric announced his next album is done! It’ll be called “Desperate Man” and that’s also the name of the next single. You can listen to it now if you’re a member of the “Church Choir” Eric’s fan group. The album will be out October 5th! 

 

Oh. My. Heaven. Brett Young has done it again! Brett Young took the stage at the Country in the Park event at West Windsor, N.J. last weekend and mesmerized fans by covering Garth Brooks 1995 single “She’s Every Woman” it will absolutely just make you melt! 

 

Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Bryan are cooking something up. What? We don't know yet.Over the course of the last 24 hours, all three artists have posted individual photos on Instagram--without captions--that depict their faces created on landscapes, kind of like you would see in a corn maze. Some fans have theorized that Jason and Kelsea may be joining Luke on his six-date Farm Tour (Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6), but Kelsea is busy opening for Keith Urban's Graffiti U Tour each of the six dates of Farm Tour, and Jason has existing performances listed on his tour schedule that coincide with dates on Luke's Farm Tour. So we have no idea, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon! 

Music City Minute: Jason Aldean, Eric Church

Jason Aldean revealed via Instagram that he and wife Brittany are expecting their second child together!Jason posted a photo of their seven-month-old son Memphis donning a "Big Brother" onesie with the caption: "Sup everybody. guess who is gonna be a BIG brother!"Jason and Brittany, who wed in 2015, welcomed baby boy Memphis in December 2017. Jason also has two daughters, Keeley, 15, and Kendyl,10, from his first marriage.

 

Speaking of Jason Aldean PBS featured Jason on their "Breaking Big" series. They went back to his childhood growing up in Macon, Georgia, and featured old photos and interviews with family, friends, and music types.

They spent a lot of time on what it took for him to "break big", obviously… and it's pretty fascinating. They interviewed an educator who said Jason was so serious about music that he practiced 12 hours a day… year after year. 

He started playing clubs at 14, and all the hard work paid off when he began winning talent contests. That talent got him to Nashville and a record deal, but it wasn't overnight success. Thing were constantly changing and Jason explains, "At the time, Nashville was a different game. You had a lot of boy bands that were hot. 

"So, they were trying to make artists look like a boy band member. [I'd] always wore boots and jeans. And [they were like] 'take the hat off'… and I just wasn't that guy, I wasn't comfortable doing that stuff and I was dropped from the label. 

"It was hard, when you get dropped from a record company, you're almost like blacklisted and all the other labels are like 'Something's wrong. He must have got dropped for a reason.'" 

He was pretty sure the dream was over. He told his mom he was thinking of giving it up, and he called his cousin hoping to get hooked up with a factory job in Georgia. But… he had a couple of things to finish up first. 

One of those "things" was a showcase, and he rocked the house so hared that a new label signed him. And then "Hicktown" became a hit and he had a career. (The boy band stuff comes at 10:14. The almost quitting is at 12:35.)

 

Eric Church fans, he has some news dropping in the next couple of days, and he is stirring up excitement for the big reveal with a post to social media.

The superstar is rumored to be releasing a new single tomorrow and he is hinting at a special announcement across social media. Yesterday he simply posted "July 12th - 9:00am EST" in white lettering over a black backdrop via Instagram, while his website homepage features a clock counting down to that day.

Eric hasn’t provided any information on what's coming, leaving it up to fans' imaginations about what to expect. Of course we’re intrigued and trying to figure out if it’s a new single, album or possible tour announcement. 

This is interesting too apparently a radio station in Oklahoma said they saw a video teasing a new single but that it’s since been removed. Luckily we only have to wait until tomorrow to find out the big news! 

Music City Minute: Luke Bryan, Josh Abbott, Miranda Lambert 

With a new venue slated to open on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, Luke Bryan will soon be following in the foodie footsteps of Alan Jackson (AJ’s Good Time Bar), Dierks Bentley (Whiskey Row), Florida Georgia Line (FGL House), John Rich (Redneck Riviera), Blake Shelton (Ole Red) and Jason Aldean (Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar).According to the Tennessean, which cited Metro Historic Zoning Commission documents, Luke is planning to open the new venue at 301 Broadway. The new restaurant will be named Luke’s 32 Bridge Kitchen + Drink.32 Bridge is also the name of Luke’s clothing line.Ohio-based TC Restaurant Group purchased the building at 301 Broadway for $5.5 million in March. The Group’s portfolio also includes Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar and FGL House.

 

Josh Abbott married his girlfriend Taylor Parnell on Sunday in Austin, Texas. Their 14-month-old daughter Emery was one of the flower girls. The groomsmen included his bandmates Austin Davis and Preston Wait, plus his brother Chance. The wedding colors were neutral and soothing… green from the arrangements and the champagne from the girls’ dresses.”

The greenery and lighting was a really important part of the theme. We wanted everyone to forget they were indoors for the night, but in the middle of a Texas summer, air conditioning is a must,” the couple explain. 

Josh said, “Taylor was born and raised in Austin. Her grandparents are influential in her life and we didn’t want to make them travel for a destination wedding. Ultimately, the convenience and proximity of a wedding in downtown Austin was too good to pass up”

This part is interesting too. Josh wanted them write their own vows but Taylor said NO because she didn't want to compete with a professional songwriter. They are off on their honeymoon Cabo.

People did an entire article where you can read more and see photos here.

 

Miranda Lambert will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 15th artist-in-residence.Miranda will perform two shows in the museum’s CMA Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Sept. 26. Both shows will begin at 8 pm."The history that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum holds is so important," said Miranda. "It’s truly an honor to be named artist-in-residence for the museum. I’m thankful for this place, where our music can continue to be cherished, and I’m thrilled to be among the esteemed artists who have been honored by this designation."Ticket prices for each show range from $59.50 to $150 (plus ticketing fees). Tickets go on sale to the public on July 13 at 10 am.Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence series honors a musical master who has contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences. Miranda joins a prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash and Jason Isbell.

Music City Minute: Maren Morris + Niall Horan, Lady Antebellum, Kristin Cavallari 

Maren Morris and Niall Horan are on tour together, but before that they went to a studio in Nashville to record a version of their duet “Seeing Blind.”

People are saying this is absolutely perfection, the way they harmonize together really shows their talent. 

 

If you missed it on Friday Lady Antebellum performed on the “Today” show as part of their summer concert series. They sang “Heart Break”, “You Look Good”, and “I Run to You” all in the rain!

 

And also if you missed this season premiere of the show “Very Cavallari” last night I don’t know if we can be friends. It’s the new show with Kristin from The Hills and it follows her journey to starting her own business in Nashville, and her hubby Jay Cutler became the star of the show last night with his dry humor. It’s okay if you missed it, it’s on next Sunday at 9 on E! 

Music City Minute: Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, RaeLynn 

Florida Georgia Line fans new music is here! The guys have been teasing a new song all week and today it’s out, it’s called “Talk You Out Of It” and it’s got some sensual vibes!

RaeLynn’s husband was a financial advisor when they got married, but last year he enlisted in the Army. So she knows what it's like to be a military spouse, and posted a video on Twitter talking about it.

You could probably guess the answers but there’s just something about hearing someone who’s basically a famous country singer talking about something a lot of us can relate to. 

She said, "The most challenging thing about being an Army wife is for sure the not getting to see each other part, because there's so many things that happen in life that your spouse should be there for.

"The thing I love most about being an Army wife is I get to be a part of an incredible community with other women that are going through the same exact thing that I'm going through."

It’s just so touching to hear her share her experience, she also just posted a song she wrote for army and military spouses it's called "Camo" and she said, "I had a sweet army wife come up to me at one of my shows and ask me to write a song for spouses in the military. So here you go Stacy.

"Thank you to every person in this country that has a loved one that serves, your service of encouragement is just as important."

 

Brett Eldredge clearly has a thing for travel. He's always talking about where he's been, where he wants to go, and even did an 'Instagram Story takeover' for "Travel and Leisure".

So they asked him to name the one thing he always packs for any trip. And that thing is… his journal. He said, "I literally freak out if I forget to pack it, because I feel like I just need it and I'm missing out on telling myself a story."

It's a specific kind of journal called a 'Gratitude Journal'. You start the day by answering a question like, 'What would make the day great?' In Brett's words, that would be something like, "Go on a hike and try to find a view I've never seen."

Then at the end of the day, it asks you, 'What made the day great?' Maybe it isn't what you set out to do, but you answer anyway. Again, in Brett's words, something like, "I danced like a goofball on the streets of Key West."

Or, "I met a funny character at a bar wearing a cowboy hat, and he told me all the crazy things that happened in his life." 

He says he does it every morning and night, it shows him what to be thankful for, starts the day on a positive note, and makes you appreciate the little things. Not bad.

If you want the specific one Brett uses, it's called "The Five-Minute Journal", and you can buy it on Amazon for $22.95.

Music City Minute: Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, 4th of July Celebrations! 

Florida Georgia Line revealed they are dropping a new song tomorrow. The tweet contained a sample of the new track, which will be their third song from their upcoming album 'Simple' and bonus track 'Colorado.' No word yet when the album will be released.

Miranda Lambert didn't promote her new album with a bunch of interviews, because she'd already been through hell creating it. And when she finally did one, they asked about Gwen Stefani… so she hung up.

You might not have noticed this, but Miranda Lambert didn't do any interviews to promote "The Weight of These Wings". For a very specific reason… she'd already been through hell creating it.

So the album came out in November of 2016 but she’s talking about this now. In a new interview she said, "It was hell… putting my words on paper. So I didn't want to rehash. I'd finally gotten to a place where I wasn't sad anymore.”

She went on to say, “All the sad moments were there, all the truths were right in those songs. All you had to do was listen. I didn't need to say anything."

If that sounds a little dramatic, imagine this… once the album was out, she finally got on the phone for the first interview. And the very first question was, "How do you feel about Gwen?" So she hung up and stopped talking. Until now.

Next up is her stuff with the Pistol Annies, which takes the pressure off writing alone. She describes it as, quote, "a slumber party with songwriting."

And of course yesterday was the 4th of July so a lot of our favorite country artists shared their celebrations in Instagram. Thomas Rhett and his family wore matching swimsuitsKelsea Ballerini hung out in a pool with friends, and Jason Aldean and his family wore their red white and blue!

Music City Minute: Jason Aldean, Rolling Stone List of Top 100 Songs, Shania Twain! 

Jason Aldean allowed Taste of Country to grill him for their "One Last Question” segment… which is several rapid-fire questions delivered ambush-style. But it's fun to hear him being put on the spot.

He admitted that his favorite chick flick is "The Notebook"… and that he believes in ghosts. They asked him about a habit he wishes he could break, he said, "Being on my phone all the time."

This one surprised me because it comes out of nowhere but it tells me a lot about him and I like it, they asked for his biggest pet peeve, and he said, "Dirty dishes laying in the sink."

His go-to late night snack is dill pickles, and the TV show he'd like to do a cameo on is "The Walking Dead". Fun Jason facts!

Rolling Stone reached out to a bunch of artists, producers, critics and industry experts to compile a list of the '100 Greatest Songs of the Century So Far.'Of the 100 songs included from the last 18 years, only two country songs made the cut: Miranda Lambert’s 'The House That Built Me' #75:

And Eric Church’s 'Springsteen' #68:

Obviously, a list like this is totally subjective to everyone’s opinion, but I found it interesting. 

 

People.com is previewing a Shania Twain mini documentary that takes you behind-the-scenes during rehearsals and backstage stuff leading up to her "Now Tour," which launched in May. 

They're also featuring an interview called "Firsts and Faves", which had some cool stuff. She says her favorite song to perform is "That Don't Impress Me Much" because it stands the test of time, and has a lot of energy. 

Plus, she loves how because it brings out the freak in her fans. She said, "A lot of people wear leopard print clothes to the show and wait for that song... so it's a novelty every night."

Her first concert was Van Halen. She said, "I was 15 years old, I was so in love with Eddie Van Halen”.

Music City Minute: Mason Ramsey, Morgan Evans, Kelsea Ballerini 

Mason Ramsey the Walmart boy released two new songs! If you remember J.R. was obsessed with his first some “Famous” and now he’s released “The Way I See It”:

And “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” which Hank Williams recorded in 1952:

He’s been performing everywhere! You can see him next at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 25th annual NASCAR weekend and opening again for FGL in September! 

 

"The Bachelorette" is on tonight at 7 p.m. on ABC! Country singer and Kelsea Ballerini’s hubby Morgan Evans will serenads Becca on her date with Leo. Then seven guys take a history quiz at the state capitol before competing in a debate about who is the best one for her. That should be interesting! 

 

Speaking of Kelsea Ballerini she always prides herself on being real and over the weekend she posted a clip on Instagram where she’s taking all her stage makeup off the caption read, "I really want to give you a genuine look at my real life. And while part of it is glittery and airbrushed, the other part is this: Here's the 'post-show back to reality no filter acne on my forehead' look."

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