ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley is pitching in to help those affected by the recent wildfires and mudslides in California.
The "Today" hitmaker is organizing a May 12 benefit at the Santa Barbara Bowl, with proceeds going to the community through local organizations. He’s calling it “The 2nd Responders,” as a tip of the hat to those who were on the front lines. Ellen DeGeneres will be his special guest, and he’s enlisting other friends to join him as well.
Brad and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have a special connection to the area. “Kim and I fell in love with Santa Barbara and the Montecito area on our honeymoon,” Brad explains. “It feels like small-town America by the sea.”
“With this concert I hope to raise awareness, spirits and money for the region that’s recovering from the devastating mudslides and fires,” he continues. “I hope people come out and actually make it an experience with us and visit some of the local shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops.”
Tickets will be available to local residents this Friday before going on sale to the general public on Saturday.
ABC/Image Group LA It looks like Wednesday will bring new music from Keith Urban.
“There’s nothin’ in the world that feels like coming home…” the Australian superstar tweeted on Monday, along with Wednesday’s date, 3.21.
The post also includes a fifteen-second snippet of a song, attached to what appears to be its artwork. The new tune “Coming Home” will feature Grammy-nominated pop singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, who scored a huge hit last year with “Issues."
“Coming Home” is the follow-up to Keith’s top-ten “Female,” the lead single from his forthcoming Graffiti U album. He’s also released the track “Parallel Line” in his native Australia.
Academy of Country MusicThe list of stars you’ll see on this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards keeps growing.
Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum are now set to sing on the show. They join Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett, who previously joined the performance roster.
We’re also getting our first look at this year’s presenters. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell, actress Rebecca Romijn, and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn are all on the board.
You can tune in for all the action Sunday, April 15, when the 53rd ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas on CBS, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
ABC Radio Garth Brooks is voicing his support for Saturday’s student-organized March for Our Lives.
During Monday night’s episode of Inside Studio G on Facebook, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year read a letter he’d received from Parkland, Florida shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez.
“I believe the young people in this country can change the world. And wouldn’t that be something?” the Stoneman Douglas High School student said.
“It’s yours!” Garth responded, encouraging Emma and her peers to “take it and shape it.”
“Be tolerant. Be loving. And don’t let hate win,” he added.
Garth went on to perform an unrecorded song he’d written with Tony Arata, who helped him craft his classic, “The Dance.” The song contains the line, “to matter then, it must matter now,” which Garth says reminds him of the students who’ll be marching Saturday.
Seventeen people were killed during the Valentine’s Day shooting at the Florida school. Supporters from all across the country will join the Parkland students on Saturday as they march on Washington to call for improved gun control and school safety measures.
You can check out the latest weekly edition of Inside Studio G on Garth’s Facebook page now.
ABC/Mark LevineAfter the premiere of American Idol last week, some viewers were in an uproar over the fact that judge Katy Perry kissed contestant Ben Glaze on the lips after he said he'd never been smooched. Now, fellow judge Luke Bryan is defending Katy, saying she's just trying to "make fun TV."
Glaze told several media outlets that Katy's kiss made him uncomfortable because he didn't know her, and he was disappointed that his "first kiss" was the special moment he'd always dreamed it would be.
But when viewers began accusing Katy of harassment, Glaze, who didn't make it through to Hollywood, took to Instagram to say, "I do not think I was sexually harassed by Katy Perry...I was uncomfortable in a sense of how I have never been kissed before and was not expecting it."
While touring in Australia this week, Luke appeared on the Australian talk show The Morning Show and said he was surprised that the whole moment became such a big deal.
"It's unfortunate that stuff like that turns into a story that big," Luke told the interviewer. "I watched an actual interview where Ben, the kid that was involved, he said he was cool with everything. And I gotta back Katy on that, y'know? She's in there working hard and making fun TV."
"You know, we're gonna get it right sometimes and we're gonna get it wrong sometimes," Luke continued. "We're in there critiquing people and I may say something one day that everybody's not gonna like. That's just what you sign up for."
But, Luke points out, "At the end of the day, me and Lionel [Richie] and Katy and Ryan [Seacrest]...our hearts are in the right place."
American Idol continues this Sunday with the final round of auditions.
ABC/Image Group LATim McGraw’s intense workouts and his travel schedule may have gotten the best of him last week, but the superstar still has a sense of humor about it.
The “Humble and Kind” hitmaker briefly collapsed onstage in Ireland during the Country to Country festival. Tim’s wife, Faith Hill, later returned to explain the fitness buff had been fighting dehydration and she’d made the decision he wouldn’t be coming back to finish his set.
Fast-forward to Tim’s socials on Monday night, where he posted a photo of himself underwater, dressed in a wetsuit, with the simple caption, “Hydrating!”
Tim will have plenty of time to make sure he’s 100%. He and Faith don’t hit the road for the latest leg of their Soul2Soul trek until May 31 in Richmond, Virginia.
Comstock/ThinkstockReba McEntire's brother scored a #3 country hit in 1986 with "Savin' My Love for You," following it up that same year with the #12 hit "Bad Love." Can you recall the name of Reba's older sibling? ANSWER: Pake McEntire.
ABC/Image Group LA Carly Pearce wrapped her tour with Blake Shelton this weekend, just in time to celebrate her first #1, “Every Little Thing,” with a party Monday at CMA headquarters in Nashville.
The Country Music Freaks Tour boasted a cast of characters that included Blake, Trace Adkins and Brett Eldredge, and Carly says the trek certainly lived up to its name.
“I don't know how to explain how much fun that tour was,” the Kentucky native says. “Blake is as down to earth -- I'm sure everybody knows. Trace is hilarious in his own right. Their friendship is really cute. They eat lunch every day together and hang out, and that's really fun.”
Carly confesses things got a little wackier with Brett.
“Edgar, Brett's dog, gets into everything, and became a buddy of all of ours. And on any given day, you might see Brett flying down the hallway past your dressing room on a remote-controlled suitcase. So it was kinda weird,” she laughs.
Carly’s second single, “Hide the Wine,” is now making its way up the chart. She heads out on tour with Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett later this year.
ABC RadioChris Janson officially becomes the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. The induction ceremony will take place in the circle of wood on the venue's stage that was famously transported from the Opry's longtime home at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Appropriately, it was at Chris' sold-out show at the Ryman in February where Keith Urban invited him to become an Opry member. The Missouri native admits it caught him totally off guard.
"We did ['Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)'], [the] John Michael Montgomery song," Chris recalls of that night. "And it was great and the crowd went wild. And then in typical Keith fashion, and in my personal fashion -- you know, we've done duet stuff over the years together -- so I'm just totally assuming, as naturally we would, do another song. Right?"
"So I'm motioning for a guitar," he continues, "and he's talking and I'm totally in tune with it. And then all of the sudden, he just comes out with, 'Do you want to be a member of the Opry?' And I was like, 'Oh my God.' I lost it. I screamed "Holy s**t!" Chris laughs.
It wasn't long before the congratulations started rolling in.
"To put in perspective of how big of a deal it is to me and to other artists," Chris explains, "the first phone call I got the next morning at eight o'clock was Luke Bryan."
"He was home with his kids, doing the dad thing. And he called and said, 'Buddy, do you know how big that is?' And I said, 'Yes I do. I totally get it.' That says a lot for not only Luke, but it says a lot for the Grand Ole Opry, and, you know, that means a lot."
Chris adds, "The second call was Dustin Lynch, third call Craig Morgan, fourth call John Conlee. I will never forget those type of things."
Chris's latest single, "Drunk Girl," is currently in country's top 40. It's the follow-up to his #1 hit, "Fix a Drink."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You can catch Blake Shelton on both the Today show and Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday. The NBC shows start at 7 a.m. and 12:35 a.m. ET, respectively.
Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline and her boyfriend Bryan Brown got engaged over the weekend in Paris, France.
Dan Shay's new single, "Tequila," has been added to Spotify's Today's Top Hits playlist. They're one of only three country artists with songs on the list, alongside Chris Stapleton, who's on Justin Timberlake's "Say Something," and Maren Morris, who's on Zedd's "The Middle."
The debut single from newcomer Travis Denning is called "David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs." You can check out the new Mercury Nashville artist via his lyric video on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LABoth Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line are enjoying some major momentum on the pop charts these days.
This week, FGL matches the crossover success of their debut smash, “Cruise,” as “Meant to Be” rises to #4 on the BillboardHot 100. “Cruise,” which featured rapper Nelly, also made it to #4.
And thanks to the duo, their "Meant to Be" duet partner Bebe Rexha now has the biggest hit of her career to date.
But Maren isn’t far behind. "The Middle," her song with producer/deejay Zedd and electronic duo Grey, rises to #6 on the Hot 100, and tops Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a seventh week. This is Maren’s first pop hit.
“Meant to Be” is also a top ten hit on the country chart, while “The Middle” hasn’t made its way to country radio.
EMI NashvilleYou can win a chance to see a special pre-ACM-Awards concert in Las Vegas by Brothers Osborne by going to the duo’s website. And if your luck doesn’t pan out or you just can’t make it to Sin City, you’ll still be able to enjoy the show.
TJ and John will play the Friday, April 13 set at Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas, as part of their partnership with the lifestyle brand Frye. Both Zappos and Frye will livestream the show starting at 4 p.m. PT.
The following Sunday, the reigning Vocal Duo of the Year will defend their title at the 53rd ACM Awards.
On April 20, Brothers release their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe, which features their latest hit, “Shoot Me Straight.”
Trae Patton/NBCNow that Blake Shelton has wrapped up his Country Music Freaks Tour with Brett Eldredge, Trace Adkins and Carly Pearce, the star of The Voice is headed for the golf course.
The “I Lived It” hitmaker will still be working, though -- he's headlining an August 17 show at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. The annual concert comes at the end of the first round of the annual PGA Champions Tour.
Blake will take the stage at dusk on Friday, August 17 at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, New York. Tickets for the event go on sale March 28.
Warner Music NashvilleYou can watch RaeLynn ascend to the throne in her new video for “Queens Don’t.”
The clip follows the former The Voice contestant as she gets made up for the photo shoot for the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album. The “Queens Don’t” session includes a crown, a scepter, and a golden throne -- as well as plenty of hugs for RaeLynn’s glam squad.
“A ‘queen’ is any person who knows that they are royalty from the inside out regardless of where they came from,” the Texas native tweeted, along with a link to the new video.
ABC/Image Group LA We haven’t seen much of Carrie Underwood since late last year, when she fell in November, breaking her wrist and suffering a facial injury that required a large number of stitches. But this weekend, she turned out for the wedding of one of The Swon Brothers, according to the Tennessean.
Carrie sat discreetly in the back of the room, as Colton Swon married Caroline Glasier Saturday in front of 300 friends and family members in Nashville. The two met when they were both contestants on season four of The Voice. Colton’s brother Zach was his best man.
The Swon Brothers were Carrie’s opening act, along with Easton Corbin, on 2016’s Storyteller Tour, which was her last major outing. Last month, the duo released their latest single, “What Ever Happened.” Carrie’s currently in the studio working on her debut album for Universal Nashville.
ABC/Image Group LATim McGraw and Faith Hill alternated openers on last year’s Soul2Soul Tour, but for the 2018 version of the trek, they’re employing a different strategy. Rather than changing acts every weekend, this year they’re taking newcomers Devin Dawson and Caitlyn Smith out with them.
Caitlyn will kick off the tour May 31 in Richmond, Virginia, with Devin taking over June 26 in Bossier City, Louisiana and continuing until the tour wraps July 22 in Devin's home state of California. The “All on Me” hitmaker did a weekend with Tim & Faith last year, getting to play the first arena of his career near the place he grew up.
Caitlyn is best known for writing Meghan Trainor’s quadruple-platinum pop hit, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Her debut album Starfire came out earlier this year.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton interprets Elton John’s “I Want Love” on the new Restoration album, and the next time we hear new music from the Traveller hitmaker, it may be on the big screen.
“I’ve got a few songs in some movies,” Chris reveals, “and some different collaborations with some people that are on the horizon.”
Chris is currently climbing the pop chart with Justin Timberlake on his single, "Say Something." But when it comes to heading back into the studio to work on his own next record, the Kentucky native predicts it will be awhile.
“As far as a project for me, I don’t know what that next thing is,” he admits. “It’ll probably be a minute, because two records in a year is a lot and sometimes you don’t know stuff like that until you do it, like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna put out two records in a year.’”
In 2017, Chris released two volumes of songs, both recorded in Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and titled From A Room.
“It's been great,” he says of the process, “and it was a good plan, and I’m real happy with how everything is turning out. But we’re probably not gonna be recording anything real soon. It may be a minute.”
“We’ll tour off these two records. They’ve got a lot of life in ‘em as far as touring goes. So I’m sure whatever the next right thing is to do will present itself and then I’ll look at it dead in the eye and go, 'Alright, let’s go.'”
For now, the “next right thing” for Chris seems to be his first #1 on the country chart, as “Broken Halos” is poised to claim the top spot.
Comstock/ThinkstockThis East Tennessee theme park opened in 1961 and was originally called Rebel Railroad, before morphing into both Goldrush Junction and later Silver Dollar City. Can you guess what it's known as today? ANSWER: Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park.
ABC/Lou RoccoThis weekend, Dolly Parton presided over opening weekend at her East Tennessee theme park, as Dollywood opened its gates for its 2018 season.
With a sequel to 1980’s 9 to 5 in the works with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, there’s no slowing down for the Country Music Hall-of-Famer. In fact, she was busy working on another big screen project as she turned 72 on January 19.
“I was doing the music with [producer] Linda Perry, who's doing the music for the Dumplin' movie, the soundtrack, all the music for that,” Dolly reveals. “So we were in the studio, 'cause I got flowers on my birthday.”
Dolly’s doing much more than just helping with the music for the project. In fact, she’s the very inspiration for it.
“There was a little girl named Julie Murphy that wrote a book about a little girl with no confidence,” Dolly explains. “And she had loved my music and my sayings, and it kinda helped build her confidence. And… it was a New York Times bestseller. And then Jennifer Aniston adapted it for the movies, and she's starring in it, and she's producing it.”
Dumplin’ will include Dolly tunes, both old and new.
“I wrote some additional music for that,” she tells ABC Radio, “so a lot of my music is in that movie, and some new stuff I wrote. So I'm helping them promote that on the musical end.”
So far, we don’t know when Dumplin’ will be released, or when we’ll get to hear Dolly’s new music.