Miranda Lambert's life and marriage is the talk of tabloids every week, but both she and Blake contend that their life and marriage is a great one. As Lambert shares, even though they are often dubbed a country music royal couple, they live a real normal life at home in Oklahoma: “When we go home, we’re not…we’re not really a ‘country music couple’ at all. We’re just a normal country couple that lives in rural Oklahoma. Like, we don’t take work home that much, even though work is what we have in common. We have a lot more in common outside of that, and that’s what we’re just gettin’ to know even more as time goes on. So when all of this shiny stuff has gone — which is great right now — we’ll still be, you know, I think even happier because we’ll get to know each other that much more, just by spendin’ time together."
Jerrod Niemann celebrates his 35th birthday today and he's on the road as part of Keith Urban's "Raise 'Em Up Tour." Niemann will be in the great state of New Hampshire on the tour today. He talks about getting to open for Urban: "You know, Keith Urban is such a well-respected musician, but I just keep hearin' more and more about how much of an amazing guy he is, so I just can’t wait to get out there and man, try to learn so much from him — and even try to teach Brett Eldredge a thing or two about what not to do."
The Eli Young Band has enjoyed a lot of success in the last couple of years and it shows on their new album, 10,000 Towns released a few months back. As Jon Jones shares, picking songs was a bit easier than it has been on past albums: "For this record we wrote many more songs than we’ve ever written before and we just brought a lot to the table, so there’s a lot to pick from. Also, for the first time, because on the last record we had a couple successful songs, we were really getting pitched the best of the best that were out there, which made us step up our game even more, knowing that if we wanted any of our songs on there, they’d have to match up as good as the other ones. So I think we had a lot of good stuff to pick from and we have a pretty similar ear when it comes to picking songs for the record."
Chase Rice is currently signed with RCA records in Nashville after being an independent artist making his own records. He talks about life before the big deal with Sony: "When I got into music I wanted to tour. I moved to Nashville but I wanted to get out of Nashville I wanted to tour put music out and the only way to do that was putting it on iTunes myself 'cause a lot of people in town we're saying, 'It's a five year town sit around and wait, write and it'll come to you if you're good enough.' Well, that's not the way I work, I'm not gonna sit around for someone to come find me I'm gonna go focus on what really matters and that's bringing fans to shows."
Tim McGraw recently addressed those pesky divorce rumors that seem to plague the tabloids every week about he and wife Faith Hill. McGraw told Canada's ET, "Since we've been together, we've been getting divorced the next year. The only time it becomes something, it doesn't upset me but it makes me take pause, is when you have kids and when your kids see something in a supermarket line or they hear something from their friends." The current issue of The Star says Tim and Faith are headed for divorce.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil an exhibit highlighting Alan Jackson’s 25-year career on August 29, 2014. "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country" is slated to run through March 2015. Additionally, Jackson will be the museum’s next Artist-in-Residence, delivering unique, intimate performances later this year—making him the first artist to be the subject of a museum exhibit while serving as Artist-in-Residence. Museum Director Kyle Young says, "This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors. Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his Artist-in-Residence shows this fall are not to be missed."
Randy Travis’ new album Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am due August 19 is now available to pre-order on ITunes. Travis says, “We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor. We had no choice but to release a second volume. The “Influence” that the older, great ones had on me, and the “Influence” that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered—and, His will done—it is what makes me, “the man I am." Travis and his music have been a major influence to other country artists throughout his celebrated career. On Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am, Travis again pays homage to some of the songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career.
1. Chris Young – "Who I Am With You" – This is Chris' sixth number one single.
2. Joe Nichols – "Yeah" – Joe recently sang "God Bless America" at the MLB All-Star game.
3. Billy Currington – "We Are Tonight" – Billy is currently headlining his own "We Are Tonight Tour."
4. Lee Brice – "I Don't Dance" – Brice wrote the brand new Jerrod Niemann single "Buzz Back Girl."
5. Brad Paisley – "River Bank" – Brad performed over the weekend at the Grand Ole Opry with Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling.
6. Tim McGraw / Faith Hill – "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" – McGraw played shows in Canada over the weekend.
7. Dierks Bentley – "Drunk On A Plane" – Bentley's Miles and Music event happens in Nashville on September 28th.
8. Tyler Farr – "Whiskey In My Water" – This is Farr's second consecutive number one song.
9. Jake Owen - "Beachin'" – Owen recently surprised three women in Connecticut who said they didn't know much about country music, invited them to his show and then brought them up on stage. They know a bit about country music now.
10. Kenny Chesney – "American Kids" – Chesney says he can't wait to perform this song live for his fans at his only show of this year in August.
UPCOMING ALBUM RELEASES
July 22 - Sammy Kershaw - Do You Know Me? A Tribute To George Jones
August 19 - Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Mötley Crüe
August 19 - Chase Rice - Ignite The Night
August 26 - Brad Paisley - Moonshine In The Trunk
September 2 - Terri Clark - Some Songs
September 9 – Lee Brice – I Don't Dance
September 9 – Dustin Lynch - Where It's At
September 16 – Tim McGraw – Sundown Heaven Town
September 23 – Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival
September 30 – Lady Antebellum - 747
October 21 – Little Big Town – Pain Killer
THROWBACK THURSDAY – LOVE AND THEFT – 2012. On this day in 2012, RCA released Love And Theft's self-titled sophomore album. At the time, Stephen Barker Liles had this to say of the then new project: "This album felt like makin’ an album. You know? It really did. The way that we always thought we wanted to make an album, the way we thought albums were made. First album was a little more pieced together and a lot more too many extra tracks on there, too many extra things, so this one’s a lot more organic. It was based around our vocals, which is what we really wanted, and we got to sing the way we wanted to sing. We got to put our input in it. Josh Leo is incredible. He’s an icon, and to work with him…and he played guitar on it also. It was amazing. I mean, I really enjoyed it. It was definitely my favorite experience as far as makin’ music.