L-R: Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster, Willie Nelson; Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesCountry Music Hall of Famer Fred Foster passed away Wednesday night at the age of 87, after a short illness.
The 2016 inductee into the Hall led the legendary record label Monument, and was instrumental in the careers of Kris Kristofferson and Roy Orbison, among others. Perhaps most notably, he gave Dolly Parton her first record deal.
“I am heartbroken that my friend Fred Foster has passed on,” Dolly reacted on her socials. “Fred was one of the very first people to believe in me and gave me chances no one else would or could.”
“We’ve stayed friends through the years,” she added, “and I will miss him. I will always love him.”
Dolly performed her breakthrough hit, “Dumb Blonde,” in honor of Foster when he officially joined the Hall of Fame a little more than two years ago.
Details are pending for a planned memorial service in March.
Carter SmithCould Kelly Clarkson be planning on making a special appearance -- or even performing -- at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards?
The original American Idol is nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 54th ACMs for "Keeping Score," her collaboration with Dan Shay from their current self-titled album.
Responding to the news, Kelly tweeted, "YES!!!!! #Keeping Score," adding "See ya in Vegas Dan Shay."
While we'll have to keep watching to see exactly what that means, Kelly's musical hero and former stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is also hosting the Sunday, April 7 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Kelly's not exactly an ACM virgin, by the way. She's been nominated a total of five times, and won both Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year in 2011 for "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean.
ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard won’t soon forget his appearance this week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He and his wife Hayley were supposed to find out the sex of their second child on Friday, but Ellen sped up the process for the couple with a surprise gender reveal.
Prior to the big news, both Tyler and Hayley agreed they felt like they’re having a son, though they admitted they’ve been wrong before. You may remember that due to a problem with a test, they believed their one-year-old daughter Olivia was going to be a boy for two-and-a-half months, until new results showed otherwise.
In the end, Ellen and Brian Kelley proved the Hubbards right, as they hit a big red button that sent rockets of blue confetti through the air, while an “It’s a Boy” backdrop appeared.
In the interview, Tyler also revealed that Olivia had just taken her first steps in Ellen’s green room.
Arista NashvilleThe track listing is out for Brooks & Dunn’s twelve-cut REBOOT of their biggest hits, which teams them with a who’s-who of the hottest names in country music.
Highlights of the set promise to be Thomas Rhett’s rendition of “My Maria,” Brothers Osborne doing “Hard Workin’ Man,” and Midland tackling “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”
The full album won’t be out until April 5, but you can hear one new cut now: Jon Pardi’s spin on “My Next Broken Heart.”
“What’s really intriguing to me is that we didn’t do any production meetings about how we might cut these things,” Kix Brooks explains. “We kind of just went in, and it morphed in the process.”
“Each artist came at it from a different angle,” Ronnie Dunn adds. “When Jon Pardi walked in, he said ‘I’m in, but we’re not changing anything,’ and we didn’t musically, but his vocal speaks for itself.”
You can stream or download Pardi and B&D’s duet on “My Next Broken Heart” now. It joins Luke Combs’ “Brand New Man” and Kane Brown’s “Believe,” which were released when the top-secret project was first revealed.
Here’s the complete track listing for Brooks & Dunn’s REBOOT, which arrives April 5:
“Brand New Man” (with Luke Combs) “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” (with Brett Young) “My Next Broken Heart” (with Jon Pardi) “Neon Moon” (with Kacey Musgraves) “Lost and Found” (with Tyler Booth) “Hard Workin’ Man” (with Brothers Osborne) “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” (with Ashley McBryde) “My Maria” (with Thomas Rhett) “Red Dirt Road” (with Cody Johnson) “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” (with Midland) “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up for Nothing” (with LANCO) “Believe” (with Kane Brown)
Columbia NashvilleYou’ll be able to hear the third new song from Maren Morris’ sophomore album, GIRL, tonight at 11 p.m. CT.
Maren’s been teasing “The Bones” by sharing some of the lyrics on her socials: “The house don’t fall when the bones are good.” She also included the artwork for the track, which is a simple pencil drawing of a two-story house adorned with flowers.
Maren wrote “The Bones” with Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, the same team behind her #1 hit, “I Could Use a Love Song.”
“The Bones” follows the release of “Common” -- which features Grammy-winning Americana artist Brandi Carlile -- and the album’s top-thirty title track.
Maren will travel to New York City for a Today show performance on Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, March 8, the day GIRL comes out. Appropriately, that also happens to be International Women’s Day.
Capitol NashvilleFor Dierks Bentley, waking up to four Academy of Country Music nods Wednesday was a great way to start the day, since he hadn't slept particularly well the night before.
"I have a dog that's 15 years old, George," Dierks explains, pointing out he adopted George at the same time as his beloved Jake, who passed away in 2016. "He's got cancer -- he's not doing well -- so he gets to be in the bed with us. And I can't sleep with an animal in my bed..."
"So at five o'clock," Dierks continues, "I'm like, 'I'm out!' And I went and slept in my five-year-old's bed. And I woke up and saw those nominations, and I'm like, 'Oh man!' It was the perfect morning to get that news. So I was very appreciative of it."
Dierks considers The Mountain's Album of the Year nod to be his top honor.
"The album obviously to me is the biggest nomination..." he says. "It's one of the tangible results you get to physically see from putting... the year-and-a-half that goes into making that."
The caliber of talent in the Male Artist category -- which also includes Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton-- isn't lost on Dierks, either.
"Luke Combs is probably gonna be a staple in there now. And Thomas Rhett's gonna be in there every year. So it's harder," he admits. "There's less space. There's only five guys in there. So to be one of those, I think I just appreciate it now more than ever."
Though he still recalls how important nominations were early in his career, Dierks he says it's even "sweeter" now: "It's so much more gratitude... It's like, wow!"
Dierks is also up for both Music Event and Video for "Burning Man" with Brothers Osborne.
Comstock/ThinkstockSixty years ago this week, this legendary entertainer became the first country artist ever to have an album certified gold, for his Hymns project. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famer? ANSWER: Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWednesday's a busy day for country stars on TV. Morgan Wallen starts things off on NBC's Today, which begins at 7 a.m., while Florida Georgia Line guests on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Then Reba McEntire visits Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo starting at 11 p.m. ET.
Thompson Square is canceling their weekend performances, including a Saturday appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, after Keifer Thompson's mother, Carrol, passed away Wednesday morning in Miami, Oklahoma.
Zac Brown Band is set to open the Rolling Stones' April 24 show at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
If you missed Lauren Alaina performing her latest single, "Ladies in the '90s," on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can catch her appearance on YouTube.
Capitol NashvilleEven though Luke Bryan's closing in on ten career ACM Awards, the Georgia native is still plenty excited about the possibility of adding two more trophies to his collection.
"The opportunity to go to the ACMs with two nominations, Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year -- is just a huge honor for me," he reflects.
Luke's particularly stoked to be recognized for his second number-one from his What Makes You Country album.
"When I was able to record ‘Most People Are Good,’" he explains, "I just felt like it was a really, really important song for the world to hear, an important song for me to have in my live show and to put out on radio. And to have it nominated is so rewarding for me, and I’m so happy for the songwriters."
Luke's already been named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music twice, in 2012 and 2014. But he says he's always working on upping his game.
"To have an Entertainer of the Year nomination is a huge honor for me," the American Idol judge points out. "It’s something that I really, really work hard every year to try to be a better Entertainer, and a better singer and a better performer."
Of course, Luke also admits he's ready to have a little fun in Sin City.
"Nothing is better than going to the ACMs in Vegas, having a couple of nominations and just being out there enjoying the show, enjoying the party and being in the room and seeing what happens."
"I’m humbled by it, and it’s gonna be exciting the night of the ACMs," says Luke.
Reba McEntire hosts the 54th ACM Awards, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 7 on CBS.
Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris’ sophomore album boasts 14 tracks, including two collaborations. She revealed the details on her socials on Wednesday by sharing a photo of the back cover of the record.
The project kicks off with its title cut, “GIRL,” which has already broken into the top thirty on the country chart.
It also includes “All My Favorite People,” with her pals Brothers Osborne, as well as “Common” with Brandi Carlile. Maren performed a tribute to Aretha Franklin with the Grammy-winning Americana favorite at last year’s CMT Artists of the Year gathering.
Here’s a look at the complete track listing for Maren Morris’ GIRL, which comes out March 8:
“GIRL” “The Feels” “All My Favorite People” (featuring Brothers Osborne) “A Song for Everything” “Common” (featuring Brandi Carlile) “Flavor” “Make Out with Me” “Gold Love” “Great Ones” “RSVP” “To Hell & Back” “The Bones” “Good Woman” “Shade”
Academy of Country MusicNot only are Michael Ray and Carly Pearce headed down the aisle in the coming months, they’re also headed to Las Vegas to possibly pick up matching trophies at this year’s ACM Awards. Michael’s up for New Male Artist of the Year, while Carly competes for the New Female honor.
“PRETTY SURE ALL OF LA JUST HEARD ME SCREAM!!!!!” Carly tweeted after finding out about her nomination, along with a photo of her overlooking downtown Los Angeles.
“This year has blown my mind in every way,” she added on Instagram, “and it's because of YALL that this is happening. I've watched this awards show my whole life and dreamt of moments just like this.”
Michael grew up watching the ACM show as well.
“I took notes in a notebook and kept track of the nominations and winners…” he revealed on his socials.
“From growing up playing in my family’s band in south Florida to being nominated for my first ACM, I know my grandparents are looking down on me right now…” he added, before giving a shout-out to his beloved.
“Congrats to my smoking hot fiancée and queen CP on new female vocalist!!!," he wrote. "Thank you Lord for this blessing and showing me it’s all about your time. This is already the best year ever.”
While the pair hasn’t revealed exactly when they plan to make things official, we do know Carly’s already picked out her wedding dress and that she and her mother are busy planning the wedding.
The 54th ACMs will be handed out Sunday April 7 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
BBR It’s been a life-changing year for newcomer Jimmie Allen. Twelve months ago, his debut single, “Best Shot,” was released, and it went on to finish 2018 as his very first number one.
Then, Wednesday morning, the Delaware native found out he’s up for an Academy of Country Music Award.
“Last year I watched the ACM Awards from the nose bleeds section wearing a suit I couldn't afford,” Jimmie revealed on Twitter. “This year I'm nominated alongside some of my favorite artists for New Male Artist of The Year.”
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me,” he added. “I appreciate you so much.”
Jimmie is vying for the New Male trophy against Luke Combs, Jordan Davis, Michael Ray, and Mitchell Tenpenny.
The second single from his Mercury Lane album, the track “Make Me Want To,” is currently climbing the country chart.
ABC RadioOf all the songs nominated for ACM Single of the Year at the April awards in Vegas, only one has the distinction of being a current top ten hit: Jake Owen’s “Down to the Honky Tonk.”
It’s a nod that apparently caught the Florida native off-guard.
“Holy guacamole...” Jake reacted on Twitter, adding the avocado emoji. “I just woke up with my little girl laying on my shoulder to find out about this!”
“Life can’t get much better,” he added. “Thanks so much to my team and fans out there! Wow. I’m seriously so excited.”
The “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” hitmaker went on to thank his friends in radio.
“Also... I must say... COUNTRY RADIO!!!!!! Thank YOU!!!! For so many years you all have supported me and the only way to be nominated for 'Single of the Year' is to have one being played like crazy on the radio!” he concluded. “I am forever grateful for your support.”
We’ll find out who wins Sunday, April 7, when Reba McEntire hosts the 54th ACMs live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Jake and his girlfriend Erica are expecting a baby later this year. He shares six-year-old daughter Pearl with his ex-wife.
Black River EntertainmentWhen ACM Awards host Reba McEntire revealed the nominees for this year’s 54th annual awards Wednesday morning, there was one name surprisingly missing from the Female Artist of the Year category: Kelsea Ballerini.
Kelsea’s been up for the trophy every year since 2015, the same year she took home the New Female Vocalist of the Year award. In 2016, the Academy also gave her its Gene Weed Milestone Award, and she’s been nominated for the videos for “Legends” and “Peter Pan” as well.
Around the time the nods were announced, Kelsea simply tweeted, “Wow…”, which resulted in an outpouring of support from her fans. The tweet has since been deleted.
Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert are in the running for this year’s Female Artist trophy, along with first-time nominee Ashley McBryde.
Meanwhile, Kelsea happens to have the fastest-rising single of her career so far right now with “Miss Me More,” which is currently at #17 on the country airplay chart. Carrie's the only other nominee who presently has a song in the top twenty, with "Love Wins."
Comstock/ThinkstockThirty-four years ago this week, Mel McDaniel scored his sole #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the lead single from his Let It Roll album? ANSWER: "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On."
Academy of Country Music/Cliff Lipson/CBSACM Awards host Reba McEntire revealed the nominees for the 54th ACM Awards Wednesday on CBS This Morning.
Dan Shay and Chris Stapleton are this year's top contenders, with six nominations each, with Kacey Musgraves close behind with five. Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha each received four.
The awards will be handed out live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Here's a look a look at the contenders for the 2019 ACMs:
Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban
Album of the Year Dan Shay -- Dan Shay Desperate Man -- Eric Church From A Room: Volume 2 -- Chris Stapleton Golden Hour -- Kacey Musgraves The Mountain -- Dierks Bentley
Single of the Year "Down to the Honky Tonk" -- Jake Owen "Heaven" -- Kane Brown "Meant to Be" -- Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line "Most People Are Good" -- Luke Bryan "Tequila" -- Dan Shay
Female Artist of the Year Miranda Lambert Ashley McBryde Maren Morris Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood
Male Artist of the Year Dierks Bentley Luke Combs Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton Keith Urban
Group of the Year Lady Antebellum LANCO Little Big Town Midland Old Dominion
Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne Dan Shay Florida Georgia Line LOCASH Maddie & Tae
Song of the Year "Break Up in the End" (Cole Swindell) -- Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite "Broken Halos" (Chris Stapleton) -- Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton "Meant to Be" (Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line) -- David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha "Space Cowboy" (Kacey Musgraves) -- Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves "Tequila" (Dan Shay) -- Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers "Yours" (Russell Dickson) -- Casey Brown, Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling
Video of the Year "Babe" -- Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift "Burn Out" -- Midland "Burning Man" -- Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne "Drunk Girl" -- Chris Janson "Shoot Me Straight" -- Brothers Osborne "Tequila" -- Dan Shay
Music Event of the Year "Burning Man" -- Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne "Drowns the Whiskey" -- Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" -- David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney "Keeping Score" -- Dan Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson "Meant to Be" -- Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
New Female Artist of the Year Danielle Bradbery Lindsay Ell Ashley McBryde Carly Pearce
New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen Luke Combs Jordan Davis Michael Ray Mitchell Tenpenny
New Duo or Group of the Year High Valley LANCO Runaway June
Songwriter of the Year Ross Copperman Ashley Gorley Shane McAnally Chase McGill Josh Osborne
Tuesday at the Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Luke Combs celebrated his fourth #1 hit in a row, "She Got the Best of Me."
Talking with a group of journalists before the party, the North Carolina native agreed that one of the reasons for his success is that he has a lot in common with his fans. In fact, Luke says he's changed very little since "Hurricane" became his first #1 in 2017.
"Somebody showed up at my house yesterday for an interview or something like that," he explained, "and I was out cleaning the cat litter thing out. And they were just floored, like 'Oh, my husband doesn't even do any chores!'"
"I don't know, like I really just am the same, I've just got nicer boots now," Luke continues. "No, it really is, like I'm just the same as I was in college, people just recognize me at the grocery store now. That's really the only difference."
Luke's currently in the middle of his sold-out Beer Never Broke My Heart headlining tour. Given the intense demand for tickets, it seems likely might extend the trek.
"Yeah, I would obviously love to," he says candidly. "I think it just depends on, you know, how fat and tired I am by the end of the summer," he adds with a laugh. "That's probably kinda it, you know?"
Luke's latest single, "Beautiful Crazy," currently sits at #2, and will likely become his fifth chart-topper.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker will be honored with the Humanitarian Award Tuesday, May 7 at the 2019 Music Biz Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner at Nashville's JW Marriott.
Mitchell Tenpenny made his Grand Ole Opry debut this past Saturday, performing his debut #1, "Drunk Me," as well as "Walk Like Him," which was inspired by his late father.
Lonestar will kick off their Hits & More Hits Tour March 2 in Panama City Beach, Florida. The trek marks the twentieth anniversary of their triple-platinum Lonely Grill album.
Kassi Ashton, Travis Denning, Clare Dunn, Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Levi Hummon, Seaforth, Matt Stell, Rachel Wammack, Rita Wilson and more are set to play the Next from Nashville Stage June 21-23 at Country LakeShake in Chicago.
MCA NashvilleThe rebellious fan favorite “The Bull” is Kip Moore’s third single from his Slowheart album.
“Most of all/most of all/thanks to the bulls that bucked me off,” the Georgia native sings on the track, which happens to be the first release of his career that he didn’t have a hand in writing.
But even though he didn’t help craft “The Bull,” Kip says it still captures his outlook perfectly.
“This song embodies who I am and what we’ve been doing on the road as a band for years,” he explains. "I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to, having to get back up and keep going after what you believe in.”
“I’ve been waiting on this song to be heard," he adds.
Kip was recently nominated for the CMA International Achievement Award for his work outside the U.S. Next month, he heads to the United Kingdom for four sold-out shows, in addition to his dates in the States and Canada.