Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Mickey Guyton, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood are among the artists performing during the upcoming CMA Summer Jam TV special. Filmed at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater, the CMA Summer Jam is a three-hour television event airing Thursday, September 2nd at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC. Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, BRELAND, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Lainey Wilson and Dwight Yoakam will also perform.
Keith Urban is set to perform “Wild Hearts,” among others during the Today Show Summer Concert Series on September 3rd on NBC.
Chris Stapleton performed “Worry Be Gone” on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday (August 25th). The song is from his latest No. 1 album, Starting Over.
Josh Turner was surprised by his wife Jennifer and their four sons – Hampton, Colby, Marion and Hawke – after learning that the video for his 2005 chart-topping hit “Your Man,” surpassed 100 million views on Youtube. The video was the first he and his wife filmed together. He took to his socials to share a photo of the celebration, and said, “The ‘Your Man’ video surpassed 100 MILLION views yesterday. It was the first video Jennifer and I shot together, which makes it all that more special. Thanks to y’all for all the watchin’ and support these past 15 years.”
Tune in tonight (August 23rd) at 7pm ET/6pm CT for an exclusive look at Reba McEntire‘s new box set REVIVED REMIXED REVISTED in a special TalkShopLive conversation with TV host Nancy O’Dell. You’ll be able to pre-order the collection on vinyl with an autographed poster or on CD with an autographed booklet, as well.
Brothers Osborne appeared on CBS This Morning to talk music and how life has changed for them.
"I didn't realize, kind of, what a sense of purpose it would bring to my life to be here": After coming out, TJ Osborne has created a safe space for LGBTQ fans at @brothersosborne shows, and inspired them to live out loud. pic.twitter.com/rVLOk1lBZp
Chris Stapleton is scheduled to perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday (August 23rd).
Tune in Wednesday (August 25th) for CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride at 9pm ET/8pm CT on CMT. The 90-minute special will feature performances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker,George Strait,Mickey Guyton, Reba McEntire, son Dion Pride, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs featuring Robert Randolph + Reyna Roberts, Garth Brooks and Wynonna celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of the iconic Charley Pride.
Alan Jackson has been added the lineup of performers for the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors taking place on Wednesday (August 25th) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The event, which will also feature performances and appearances by Trace Adkins,Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Jessie Jo Dillon, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Nicolle Galyon, HARDY, Chris Janson, Lady A, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, RaeLynn, Jordan Reynolds, Brittney Spencer, Keith Urban, Laura Veltz, Sam Williams and Lee Ann Womack, will be livestreamed on Circle Network’s social channels – Circle All Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Circle Network will also air a television special around the 14th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors on Tuesday, November 23rd.
In this past week’s Sunday Sitdown for NBC’s Today Show, Willie Geist traveled to a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee, for a conversation with Luke Bryan. The “Waves” singer opens up about the moments in his life highlighted in his new IMDb TV docuseries “My Dirt Road Diary.” Luke also shares an early listen to a personal, new single called “Songs You Never Heard,” written to his late brother, Chris. Check out the full interview below.
Chris Stapleton will be a special guest on Taylor Swift‘s upcoming Red(Taylor’s Version), which will be available beginning November 19th. He’s featured on the song, “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault). She revealed the upcoming guests and track list on her socials after fans guessed her word scramble clues as she “unlocked the vault.”
Maddie and Tae kicked off season two of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music at Home” series, developed to help aspiring songwriters of all ages learn the art and craft of writing songs, any time, anywhere. The duo’s Madison Font and Taylor Kerr write many of their own songs, including hits “Die from a Broken Heart” and “Girl in a Country Song.” During their “Words & Music at Home” episode, the two shared insights into their personally inspired songwriting approach with the Museum’s Adam Ollendorff.
Brothers Osborne will release the music video for their current single “I’m Not For Everyone” tomorrow (Thursday, August 12th). The clip stars actor-comedian-Instagram star, Leslie Jordan. Check out his Instagram sneak peek of the video below.
Chris Stapleton joined forces with fellow Grammy Award-winner H.E.R. for a special performance of her single, “Hold On,” during last night’s 2021CMT Music Awards. Watch the performance, which Billboard hails as “showstopping,” HERE.
Earlier in the night, Stapleton also performed his own song, “Arkansas,” from The Bonnaroo Farm.
The performances add to yet another monumental year for Stapleton, who will return to the road next month with his extensive “All-American Road Show.” Kicking off July 28 with three nights at Gilford, NH’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, the tour includes stops at Arlington, TX’s Globe Life Field, Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, New York’s Madison Square Garden, two nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Washington State’s Gorge Amphitheatre among many others. Stapleton will be joined by several special guests throughout the run including (in alphabetical order) Sheryl Crow, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Caylee Hammack, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, Nikki Lane, The Marcus King Band, Kendell Marvel, Wille Nelson and Family, Margo Price, Dwight Yoakam and Yola.
The tour also includes “A Concert for Kentucky”—a special performance to be held at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field on April 23, 2022. The concert is the first ever held at UK’s Kroger Field and will feature very special guests Willie Nelson and Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola. 100% of the concert’s net proceeds will benefit Stapleton’s newly created Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund. Established in partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the fund will specifically support local and national organizations directly impacting Kentucky, with initial grant distributions focusing on music and arts education.
The newly confirmed dates celebrate Stapleton’s critically acclaimed new album, Starting Over, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this past November. Moreover, the album’s title track recently reached #1 at country radio’s Mediabase Chart, only Stapleton’s second chart-topping single as an artist following 2018’s “Broken Halos.” Released this past fall on Mercury Records Nashville (stream/purchase here), StartingOver is an album of startling prescience, featuring fourteen tracks that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Once again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the record won Album of the Year at the 56th ACM Awards and landed on several “Best of 2020” lists including NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Esquire, Vulture, The Tennessean and The New York Times, who declares, “Chris Stapleton’s roar isn’t designed to scare you off. It’s regal, an announcement of an alpha figure asserting his primacy…on this, his fourth album, the thrill is back.”
Recent critical acclaim for Starting Over:
“Chris Stapleton may have the album of the year with Starting Over”—American Songwriter
“a sure-footed masterpiece…one of the year’s finest albums”—Associated Press
“Simply put, there are few recording artists in country operating at Stapleton’s level, and Starting Over keeps the bar very high.” —Billboard
“a dynamite and dynamic new album from the mighty-voiced Kentucky native…the singer-songwriter is hitting new heights, nailing the crossroads of country, rock, gospel, and pop across 14 tracks.”—Entertainment Weekly
“14 rich, intricately-wound odes to tiny admissions and big emotions”—Esquire
“mixes beautifully stark songwriting with blues, country, and rock melodies, allowing Stapleton’s sturdy, propulsive vocals to carry the show”—GQ
“vividly exemplifies the complex emotional character of Stapleton’s best music. He’s burly but soft. Tough yet vulnerable. A protector of his loved ones and a man in perpetual search of shelter.”—Los Angeles Times
“Chris is at the top of his game with this record. It sounds like a record from a great.”
“Starting Over may be Stapleton’s best album yet…every song on the album comes as a perfectly wrapped gift to the listener”—No Depression
“Regardless of where he’s going lyrically, Stapleton brings to each successive tune a rugged assuredness and a steely resolve: There’s never any doubt that he means what he says”—Relix
“The chill Nashville trailblazer feels at home in songs that echo his pop songwriting and his
country roots.”—Rolling Stone
“if Starting Over offers a statement of principles, it’s that Stapleton is going to make Stapleton music, equal parts country, Southern rock, raw sentimentality, and self-reflective singer-songwriter-ism.”—Slate
“It is easily one of the best records I’ve heard this year. It’s easily one of the best country records I’ve heard in a long time. And I have no doubt it’s going to be one of the best country records I’ve heard this decade once everything is said and done.”—The Needle Drop
“lands precisely where country meets Southern soul: with grit, details, clarity and ache.”
—The New York Times
“the results are stunning…his most personal work yet.”—The Ringer
“expands a sonic identity and storytelling fervor that Stapleton established on his paramount debut, Traveller, and its two-part follow-up, From A Room Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.”—The Tennessean
“He has [Willie] Nelson’s tender touch, but his bluesy side is much louder; his is a part-acoustic, part-stinging approach in which Nelson’s Trigger meets B.B. King’s Lucille.”—Variety
“It’s every bit the tour de force his breakthrough album was…Elegant writing and delicate musicianship combine in an album ranking among the year’s best.”—Vulture
Kentucky-born Stapleton is a 5x Grammy, 10x CMA and 9x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. Following 2015’s quadruple platinum breakthrough solo debut album Traveller, Stapleton released two #1 albums in 2017. Both From A Room: Volume 1 (certified platinum) and From A Room: Volume 2 (certified gold) take their name from legendary RCA Studio A, where they were recorded with Cobb. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, The Tennessean praises, “Both are rich with the textures of Stapleton’s vocals that make him one of country music’s most beloved artists, classic country sounds and thoughtful articulate lyrics about love, life and pain.” He was also recently announced as the first-ever “Artist-Songwriter of the Decade” recipient by the Academy of Country Music.
STARTING OVER TRACKLIST
Devil Always Made Me Think Twice
When I’m With You
Joy Of My Life
Worry B Gone
Watch You Burn
You Should Probably Leave
CHRIS STAPLETON’S “ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW”
BOLD on-sale Friday, June 11
July 28—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†
July 29—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†
July 30—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion†
August 5—Cuyahoga Falls, OH—Blossom Music Center‡
August 6—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre‡
August 7—Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music Theatre*
August 12—Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion‡
August 13—Raleigh, NC—Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek‡
August 14—Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live‡
August 19—Des Moines, IA—Iowa State Fair++
August 21—Arlington, TX—Globe Life Field#
August 26—Tampa, FL—MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre^
August 27—Alpharetta, GA—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre^
August 28—Atlanta, GA— Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood^
September 16—St. Louis, MO—Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
September 17—Birmingham, AL—Oak Mountain Amphitheatre+
September 18—Orange Beach, AL—The Wharf Amphitheatre+
September 23—Bethel, NY—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts°
September 24—Burgettstown, PA—Pavilion at Star Lake°
September 25—Noblesville, IN—Ruoff Music Center§
September 30—Virginia Beach, VA—Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater%
October 1—Camden, NJ—BB&T Pavilion%
October 2—Mansfield, MA—Xfinity Center%
October 7—Syracuse, NY—St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview^
October 8—New York, NY—Madison Square Garden+
October 9—Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts Center^
October 14—Columbia, MO—Mizzou Arena+
October 15—Lincoln, NE—Pinnacle Bank Arena+
October 16—Sioux Falls, SD—Denny Sanford PREMIER Center+
October 21—Cincinnati, OH—Riverbend Music Center+
October 22—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena+
October 23—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena+
October 28—Lubbock, TX—United Supermarket Arena**
October 29—Albuquerque, NM—Isleta Amphitheater**
October 30—Phoenix, AZ—Ak-Chin Pavilion**
November 4—Austin, TX—Frank Erwin Center**
November 5—Tulsa, OK—BOK Center**
November 6—The Woodlands, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**
November 18—Orlando, FL—Amway Center^
November 19—Estero, FL—Hertz Arena^
November 20—West Palm Beach, FL—iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre^
December 3—Memphis, TN—FedEx Forum+
December 4—Biloxi, MS—Mississippi Coast Coliseum+
December 5—Knoxville, TN—Thompson-Boling Arena+
April 20, 2022—Toledo, OH—Huntington Center^^
April 21, 2022—Columbus, OH—Schottenstein Center^^
April 23, 2022—Lexington, KY—A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field##
June 2, 2022—Nampa, ID—Ford Idaho Center Arena††
June 3, 2022—Ridgefield, WA—Sunlight Supple Amphitheater††
June 4, 2022—George, WA—Gorge Amphitheater††
June 11, 2022—San Bernardino, CA—Glen Helen Amphitheater‡‡
June 16, 2022—Bakersfield, CA—Mechanics Bank Arena††
June 17, 2022—Wheatland, CA—Toyota Amphitheatre††
June 18, 2022—Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre††
June 23, 2022—West Valley City, UT—Usana Amphitheater§§
June 24, 2022—Denver, CO—Ball Arena§§
June 25, 2022—Denver, CO—Ball Arena§§
“ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW” SPECIAL GUESTS
†with special guests Elle King and Nikki Lane
‡with special guests Elle King and Kendell Marvel
*with special guests Yola and Kendell Marvel
++with special guest Nikki Lane
#with special guests Wille Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Yola
^with special guests Sheryl Crow and Kendell Marvel
+with special guests The Marcus King Band and Yola
°with special guests Margo Price and Kendell Marvel
with special guests TBD
%with special guests The Marcus King Band and Caylee Hammack
**with special guests Jamey Johnson and Yola
^^with special guests Margo Price and Yola
##with special guests Willie Nelson & Family, Sheryl Crow and Yola
††with special guests Margo Price and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell
‡‡with special guests Dwight Yoakam and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell
§with special guests Sheryl Crow and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell
CMT today revealed the final star-studded lineup of final performers and presenters for the 2021 “CMT Music Awards.” Adding to its already-stacked roster of world premiere collaborations, the show will feature H.E.R., making her first country awards show appearance, performing with Chris Stapleton; and a CMT main stage debut from Ingrid Andress, featuring a world premiere collaboration with JP Saxe. Hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.
Show presenters include Hollywood heavyweights and some of today’s biggest stars spanning music, television, sports and entertainment including Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road,Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan, Trace Adkins and CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi.
As previously announced, the two-and-a-half hour event will feature can’t-miss performances including BRELAND + Mickey Guyton, Brothers Osborne + Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood + NEEDTOBREATHE, Chris Young + Kane Brown, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini + Paul Klein from LANY, Lady A + Carly Pearce+ Lindsay Ell, Lauren Alaina + Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton + Gladys Knight, Miranda Lambert,Jack Ingram + Jon Randall and Thomas Rhett. Blanco Brown, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moonand Tenille Artswill perform live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.
Country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show returns to celebrate music’s hottest stars, delivering two-and-a-half hours of nonstop performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations in and around Music City. Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting for the six “Video of the Year” finalists open now at vote.cmt.com. A full list of nominations can be found here.
CMT revealed the first round of performers to take the stage at this year’s CMT Music Awards. In addition to performances by Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs, collaborations between artists are reigning at the top of the list including Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne; Mickey Guyton with the iconic Gladys Knight, as well as Maren Morris with JP Saxe; and Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, who recently released the collaborative The Marfa Tapes.
The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air Wednesday, June 9th at 8pm ET/7pm CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.
Fan voting is now open at vote.cmt.com and continues until Tuesday, June 1st at 3PM ET/2PM CT.
Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton and Vince Gill will perform during the National Memorial Day Concert airing May 30th on PBS at 8pm ET. The 90-minute special, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Truman, CSI: NY), will feature all-star performance and tributes from Washington, D.C. and around the nation honoring our American heroes. Others set to perform or appear include Gladys Knight, Sara Bareilles The Four Tops, Army Veteran Colin L. Powell, actors Steve Buscemi, Kathy Baker and Mary McCormack, among others.
Chris Stapleton and Luke Bryan are among the headliners performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The three-weekend event, taking place September 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, will also include performances by Jordan Davis, Maddie & Tae, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown Band, Dylan Scott Scotty McCreey, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Jimmie Allen, as well as Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Ludacris, Nelly, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Diplo, and many others.
Taylor Swift has made history once again. She will receive the Global Icon Award at the 2021 Brit Awards making her the first female recipient of the honor. The Global Icon award is “the highest accolade given and is reserved for truly exceptional artists” and Swift will be the fourth recipient after Elton John (2014), David Bowie (2016) and Robbie Williams (2017). She is being honored for “her immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date” and is also up for the International Female Solo Artist Award at the ceremony, which is taking place Tuesday (May 11th).
The nominations for this year’s Billboard Music Awards have been announced, and Carrie Underwood has four nominations including Top Country Female Artist, Top Country Album for My Gift, Top Christian Album for My Gift and Top Christian Artist.
Chris Stapleton is up for three BMAs including Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Album for Starting Over.
Sam Hunt is nominated for Top Country Album for Southside, while Maddie &Tae are up for Top Country Duo/Group.
The show will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles May 23rd at 8pm ET on NBC.
Top Country Artist
Top Country Album
Gabby Barrett – Goldmine
Sam Hunt – Southside
Chris Stapleton – Starting Over
Carrie Underwood – My Gift
Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album
Top Country Male
Top Country Female
Top Country Duo/Group
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Top Christian Artist
For King & Country
Top Christian Album
Bethel Music – Peace
Elevation Worship – Grave Into Gardens
Carrie Underwood – My Gift
We The Kingdom – Holy Water
Zach Williams – Rescue Storm
Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD EXPLAINS WHY SHE WANTED TO RECORD A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
Carrie Underwood (why she wanted to record a Christmas album) OC: …we did it. :17 “I love these songs. I love singing about Jesus. I love Christmas as a whole, as a time of year. So, I have always wanted to make an album like this, so I did. (laughs) I always wanted to, so we did it.”
Audio / Sam Hunt reacts to his Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Country Album for Southside.
Sam Hunt (Billboard Music Award nom) OC: …that recognition. :47 “It’s awesome to be acknowledged and recognized especially at a time when there’s so much good music out there and especially without like the new factor. I still feel like I’m just now getting into this, but I’ve been around now for a few years and this is my second record, technically, and it took me a little longer than I planned or hoped to get new music out after that first record, but I’d always heard your sophomore record is really hard to get finished and a lot of times you’re judged by that record more than your first record because it’s like was the first one just a fluke kind of thing. But yeah, I’m just happy to be acknowledged. It’s really cool to get that recognition.”
The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards are setting the stage for a night of incredible music on Sunday (April 18th). The ACMs announced this week special performances, collaborations and more for the awards show, which will be hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton.
The show, which will feature some of the biggest names and emerging talent in Country Music, will take place from three iconic venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe with special performances at legendary locations across the city including the Station Inn, Bridge Building and on Broadway.
This year’s ACM Awards will feature Elle King and Miranda Lambert opening the show with “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Dierks Bentley performing U2‘s classic “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” with husband/wife duo The War and Treaty; Brothers Osborne will turn in their new single, “I’m Not For Everyone,” Eric Church (“Bunch of Nothing”), Carrie Underwood will perform a medley from her new album of gospel hymns (My Savior) which will also feature a duet with CeCe Winans, Mickey Guyton (“Hold On”), Alan Jackson “You’ll Always Be My Baby” and a special mashup for “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Chris Stapleton on the tear-inducing “Maggie’s Song,” as well as Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett,Lady A, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his first hit single, “Austin,” as well as his latest “Minimum Wage,” Chris Young and Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Lee Brice (“I Hope You’re Happy Now”).
Previously announce performers include Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Ashley McBryde.
The 56th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, will air Sunday, April 18th beginning at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.