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Music City Minute: Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton, The Voice

You know if anything has to do with George Strait I have to tell you about it! As we know, Luke Bryan and Jon Pardi are on tour together, because they were here a few weeks ago at the AT&T Center. Over the weekend they did a duet of George Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me” and it was great! 

 

The Voice’s Season 15 kicked off last night and featured coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton. A standout contestant was 29-year-old Mikele Buck, an Iraq veteran who shared a tragic story: One of his military friends, that was struck with PTSD, sadly committed suicide.

Before he sang, he noted tearfully, “Everyone is worrying about who’s kneeling for a flag or what some politician said, when we’ve got this problem. I don’t get it."

He then sang a moving version of "She Used to be Mine" by Brooks & Dunn, which of course Blake immediately recognized.

To everyone’s surprise he chose Kelly Clarkson as his coach because his entire family is basically obsessed with her, his daughters were crying, it was a sweet moment. 

 

Another standout country contestant on The Voice last night was Kameron Marlowe, a 21-year-old powerhouse vocalist from North Carolina who sang a confident and sexy version of Luke Combs “One Number Away” that caused Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson to turn their chairs.

Kameron chose Team Blake, and The Blind Auditions will continue tonight at 7! 

Music City Minute: Blake & Gwen, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, The Voice

Chris Young surprised the crowd is Nashville Saturday night with a little appearance by Brad Paisley, they sang his song “I’m Still a Guy”. It was a big deal for Chris, it was his first night ever headlining in his home town, and he sold out Bridgestone Arena. 

 

Of course we know Blake Shelton was here Friday night at Cowboys… and a lot of people were wondering if we were going to catch a glimpse of Gwen, well she may have been here! Gwen shared a special moment from Blake’s bus of him serenading her with his song “Turnin’ Me On”. She posted the video on her Instagram Saturday, but she very well could’ve taken it Friday and waited to post it Saturday so people didn’t know she was here.  

 

And another video to check out is Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay falling on stage last Thursday while opening for Rascal Flatts. But he had a good sense of humor about it! He posted on Twitter, “Sacramento that was unreal. Please tell me someone got a video of me eating [crap] on the stage.” And of course the fans came through and there are videos with multiple angles of the fall! 

 

And tonight on TV don’t forget The Voice is BACK! See Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson take on the Blind Auditions at 7p!  

Music City Minute: Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton 

Carrie Underwood got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday, and of course, pretty emotional in her induction speech.

She explained to the audience how crazy it is that a girl from Checotah, Oklahoma ended up where she was… and got about a sentence in before she started crying(She starts talking at 49:36.) 

One of the best parts were when she talked about how her parents would enter her in singing contests, and got her an old mixing board and giant speakers to practice.

She said, "They would always ask me, 'Did you practice?'" Which they knew I did, because we lived in a tiny house and they could hear me. But driving me to places, taking me to places, just being incredibly encouraging.”

Brad Paisley was there to salute Carrie and her family, and Simon Cowell talked about how she basically saved the show back in 2005, when it was faltering during Season 4. You can check out the entire ceremony on our Y100 Facebook page in the Music City Minute blog, couldn’t of happened to a sweeter person. 

 

There have been a lot of viral moments at country concerts recently… stars interacting with fans, their phones, and such.

Keith Urban was playing a show in Winnipeg, Canada on Wednesday, and saw two fans holding a yellow neon sign that said they'd get the day off… if he mentioned the ORTHODONTIST they worked for. 

Well, Keith was totally down. He invited them up on stage, and apparently, they'd made a bet with their boss… his name is Brent, from Kildonan Orthodontics.

Then Keith CALLED the guy, and asked him to give EVERYONE at the office a day off… and maybe even a raise… and they made a deal.

Then Keith posed with a sign that said "Visit Kildonan Ortho for your perfect smile!" 

So… basically just a shameless promo for the guy's business. But you gotta give the guy props for creativity. And when's the last time YOUR favorite singer got you a day off?

And of course we have more wristbands for the Blake Shelton Pop Up Concert tonight at Cowboys all day at :40 after! 

Music City Minute: Dustin Lynch, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington 

Dustin Lynch’s first performance as a bona fide member of the Grand Ole Opry was on Tuesday. And Reba McEntire was there to induct him 41 years and one day since she performed there for the first time.

Dustin had a great quote in his induction speech, when he dedicated it to the hundreds of people BEHIND the scenes who made his career happen.

He said, "There's a lot of guys and girls here that are responsible for getting our music heard, and getting our music played, and putting us in clothes, so we don't look like the idiots we are." 

That's the kind of humility you only hear in country. How many rock stars would admit that if it was left up to them, they'd end up dressing themselves horribly.

And speaking of Reba, she promised that new music is coming soon.

 

Brad Paisley uploaded a funny Instagram video to prove to Carrie Underwood that he can "Cry Pretty" too. The caption says, "Can't cry pretty? We'll just see about that. I beg to differ." Then he has one of those filters on that makes him look like he's crying and smearing his makeup.

 

Billy Currington fans he’s back! He shared his new song called “Bring It On Over” and it’s the first single from Billy’s seventh studio album, but no release date has been announced yet. *

Music City Minute: : Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini, Carrie Underwood 

It seems like Luke Combs gets more famous by the day! This will be another reason why you love the guy, he’s super humble and has no ego. He loves hanging out with his family and says things haven’t changed a bit, "It's no different than when I went home five or six years ago. I visited my grandma [and] she still watches her soap opera every day at noon. 

"I came in and she was like, 'Well, what do you want for dinner? Do you want Chinese food or burgers?' It was the same as when I was living there playing open mic nights. They treat me no differently."

He says it's actually good to go back and be just another family member at the Thanksgiving table. He says, "I try not to talk about music. If it comes up, fine, but most of the time we just hang out and around the new little cousins and stuff."

 

Last week we told you that Kelsea Ballerini was going to be on a song with The Chainsmokers, well it came out yesterday and people are already loving it! It’s called "This Feeling" and there’s a lyric video for it. It's animated and kind of has a Halloween look to it.

 

Carrie Underwood and her beautiful baby bump visited Disneyland on Sunday. She was with her hubby Mike Fisher and their son Isaiah. According to "Us Weekly" she obviously stuck to the "mellow" rides, like "It's a Small World"… and she posed for plenty of pics with fans and I just love that! She’s so sweet! 

Music City Minute: Brett Eldredge, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry 

This is going to melt your heart and make you love Brett Eldredge EVEN more! So, by now you probably know his dog Edgar has become just as famous as he is, that’s why it’s only fitting that Edgar played the ‘love interest’ role the music video for his song “Love Someone”. It’s seriously one of the cutest things ever, from eating dinner together, to spinning around in a circle and laughing, to putting Edgar in the side car of a motorcycle… it’s going to be the best thing you see all day. There’s a really cute surprise at the end of the video too but I won’t ruin it for you, just have to check it out! 

 

Blake Shelton is always a busy man, so why not add more to his plate!? He’s opening a new Ole Red restaurant and bar in Orlando, Florida!Blake and Ryman Hospitality Group have already opened Ole Red locations in Tishomingo, Okla., (September 2017) and Nashville (May 2018), with Ole Red Gatlinburg slated to open next spring.The $15 million dollar Ole Red Orlando project is expected to be approximately 15,000-square-feet over two levels and will seat approximately 500 guests. The venue will feature live music as well as indoor and outdoor private event areas and a view of ICON Orlando, one of the world's largest observation wheels.Blake said, “I think it's impossible to visit Orlando and not have a good time, and that's why I know Ole Red is going to fit right in."

 

And I thought this was really interesting… The Band Perry is back after a six-year hiatus… well, kinda? They’re releasing a new five-song EP called “Coordinates” on Friday but it’s NOT country. One magazine says it’s “unapologetically electronic” and Kimberly Perry says it was influenced by Kanye West and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails sooooo I’m not sure their former country fans will enjoy it, but we’ll have to wait and see on Friday! In the meantime you can check out the oddly cryptic video they’re teasing on their Instagram. 

Music City Minute: Brett Young, Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge

Carrie Underwood really opened up and let it all out during an interview on "CBS Sunday Morning". She revealed that she went through three miscarriages in the past two years. 

She had two in 2017, and one earlier this year. But as we know, she didn't give up. She announced last month that she's pregnant again, and she's feeling good.

But the ups and downs of the past two years were tough to take for someone who admits she's had a pretty charmed life. "I'd planned that 2017 was going to be the year that I work on new music, and have a baby.

"We got pregnant early 2017, and it didn't work out. In the beginning, it was like, 'Okay, God, we know this is, just wasn't your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.'"

But after two more miscarriages, she was thinking another baby was not in the cards. Carrie went on to say her thoughts were, “If we can never have any other kids, that's okay. I have this amazing life. What can I complain about? I can't.'"

And then the current pregnancy happened, and once again she was SURE she was having a miscarriage. She prayed about that, but with a different tone of voice. 

Carrie prayed, "I was like, 'why on earth do I keep getting pregnant if I can't have a kid? Either shut the door or let me have a kid.' And for the first time, I actually told God how I felt. 

"That was like a Saturday… and the Monday I went to the doctor to, like, confirm, another miscarriage. And they told me everything was great."

 

In lighter news Brett Eldredge brought an adorable little girl on stage to help him sing "Mean To Me" at his show on Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri. He posted a clip on Instagram and wrote, "She was crying and singing every word all night in the crowd… so I brought this sweet soul up on stage and she melted all of our hearts."

And Brett Young fans if you missed it, he released a new song on Friday called “Here Tonight” that he wrote with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. It’s upbeat, catchy, and the first song off his new album “Ticket to L.A.” that comes out December 7th! 

Music City Minute: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, & Kelsea Ballerini 

Carrie Underwood was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night promoting her new album “Cry Pretty” that’s out today! She talked about the album of course, but the Jimmy asked her how her son Isaiah is doing and if she wants him to be a singer and she said, “If he’s not musically inclined that is fine, I’m excited to find out what he loves and is passionate about and is good at and I will support that, but I really want him to sing.”

 

And then they talked about Isaiah’s favorite cartoons to watch and Carrie said he really loves Duck Tales and then they actually sang the theme song together and it was awesome! Fast forward to the 3:20 mark below:

 

After introducing her Idyllwind clothing line during the 2017 holiday season, Miranda Lambert has launched the collection at Boot Barn!According to Boot Barn, the brand is "inspired by vintage and retro looks with a modern fashion edge and a focus on comfort, fit, and quality for the everyday girl who wants to look amazing and feel good at the same time."The Idyllwind line, includes apparel, accessories and cowboy boots and has so many cute pieces including ones with fringe! Miranda says, "Idyllwind is a true expression of my style, created for the everyday girl who is also a badass, it’s a brand based on being who you are and being comfortable in your skin and celebrating yourself whatever your size or age.” You can check out some of my favorite pieces below, and see the entire collection for yourself here

And it's official: Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers are releasing a song next Tuesday. For some reason, they still haven't announced the title. Here’s a tweet between Kelsea and The Chainsmokers from earlier in the week, we’ll share the song with you as soon as it comes out! 

Music City Minute: Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, & Josh Abbott Band

Yesterday I told you about how this year’s “CMT Artists of the Year” special is going to be all female, and that every honoree will be a woman. The females in country music are celebrating that but at the same time female country artists are continuing to speak out about the misguided perception that they’re not as bankable as the males.

Billboard recently asked Kacey Musgraves about her album “Golden Hour” getting a CMA Album of the Year nomination, and instead of just talking about how thankful she was, she got real. 

Kacey said, "Though I'm extremely honored, I have to say that the number of females included still doesn't satisfy me… especially considering the fact that I feel we're in a current time where more females are making good music."

The frustrating part is their good music isn't getting the exposure it deserves. And the reason is, as usual, because of dollars and cents. Since things are going well, and everyone's getting fat, why stir things up? 

She went on to say, "The fear is that money will be lost if something different doesn't succeed. That is so dangerous to a wonderfully rich and beautifully historic genre that, at its core, has traditionally always celebrated the underdog."

 

And as you may know Cam is another female artist who says the people in charge are afraid of change. She says, "They're terrified. Label heads are saying, 'I don't know how to launch women.' I don't know how you can be in that job if you don't know how to do that. I think you should leave your job." 

Her solution is to recruit more diversity INSIDE the industry. Cam said the industry needs to "Get candidates to be CEOs of labels who [are] women, people of color, LGBTQ, anybody who has a different perspective. 

"Diverse companies create and support diverse products and can reach more people and are more profitable. It's been proven in other areas."

It sounds like this is something the women in country music are starting to speak more and more about openly, and no longer being afraid to share with fans how things are really going down, so I definitely think it’s something to keep our eyes open for. 

 

 

Kelsea Ballerini is currently on vacation celebrating her 25th birthday and of course, has been sharing photos on Instagram. The first vacation celebration photo is Kelsea in a one piece posting on a palm tree on the beach, and the caption reads “25. In Mexico in the rain with 8 of the realest friends I’ve ever had playing card games and drinking tequila and I’m just real happy about this being the way I ring in this new year of my life”.

 

She’s shared a couple more photos from the vacation including a group shot with all of her friends dressed up probably getting ready to go out to dinner and celebrate:

And a photo where she’s wearing this gorgeous black dress, posing on the beach, and just looking absolutely stunning!

 

And we made a big concert announcement yesterday, Bud Light & Texas Music Office co-present Josh Abbott Band and friends at Floores September 27th for a private benefit show! Listen to win your tickets from Y100! 

That is your Music City Minute! 

CMT Artists of the Year

CMT Artists of the Year

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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