Country Music

Jason Aldean "blown away" by "Trouble With a Heartbreak" co-writer John Morgan


Jason Aldean knows talent when he sees it, as proven by John Morgan, the co-writer behind his current hit "Trouble With a Heartbreak." 

Jason discovered the North Carolina native nearly two years ago, and it wasn't long before he signed him to his record label imprint, Night Train Records. John is also representing his home state as a contestant on the NBC show American Song Contest, co-hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, where he's competing for the coveted title of Best Original Song.

"[I] knew he was a great writer, but I heard him sing and I was just blown away, so we started working with him. I signed him to Night Train Records, which is my record company, and started producing his record. He's off to a great start, I'm excited about him," Jason says. "He's very unique. I think he's going to be one of those guys that's going to be around for a long time. Great singer, great writer, great guitar player." 

Though he's still early on in his career, John has proven to be a rising force, co-writing Jason's back-to-back hits "If I Didn't Love You" featuring Carrie Underwood and the #1 song on country radio this week, "Trouble With a Heartbreak." The hitmaker has so much faith in the newcomer that he's bringing him along as an opening act on his Rock N' Roll Cowboy Tour this year. 

"I'm in the producer seat for the first time and being a head of a record company, which is new to me a little bit. But if there was ever anybody that I wanted to throw all that behind, it would be him," Jason says of John. "So I'm excited to have him out."  

The tour launches on July 15 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

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Nashville notes: Maren Morris, Dierks Bentley & more

Maren Morris' hit collaboration with Zedd, "The Middle," is now certified six-times Platinum by the RIAA.  

Dierks Bentley will perform at the first BeachLife Ranch Country & Americana festival, taking place September 16-18 in Redondo Beach, California. Dierks will headline the Saturday night show on September 17. Tickets are on sale now. 

Parmalee has unveiled the music video for their top five radio hit "Take My Name." 

Carrie Underwood has shared a behind-the-scenes video from the final show of her Las Vegas residency, Reflection.

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Kane Brown two-steps his way through the "Like I Love Country Music" video

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Kane Brown is keeping it country in the video for his latest single, "Like I Love Country Music." 

Dressed in a black leather outfit, complete with chaps, a sparkling jacket and cowboy hat, Kane pulls up to a neon-clad honky tonk in his pick up truck. Once inside, he grabs a drink at the bar and hops onstage to serenade the lively crowd of two-stepping patrons. Kane joins them as he busts out his best moves on the dance floor in between shots of him singing in front of a Western-themed backdrop.  

"Like I Love Country Music" is currently climbing through the top 20 on country radio. It follows Kane's chart-topping hit "One Mississippi." The hitmaker is currently putting the finishing touches on his new album and will embark on the international Drunk or Dreaming Tour later this year. 

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"Y'all know exactly where I'm going with this": Jordan Davis teases release of "What My World Spins Around"


Jordan Davis may be getting ready to drop a summer anthem. 

On Monday, the singer posted a video to Instagram responding to a fan's comment that the unreleased "What My World Spins Around" is "my summer song, calling it right now." 

"I agree with this comment. I think it would be a great summer song. So, in order for it to be a summer song, I should probably release it. And y'all know exactly where I'm going with this," he teases, alongside several eye emojis as the chorus of the song is heard playing in the background.  

This sent off a fury of excitement in the comment section, with many fans demanding to know when the song will be released. One fan called it a "banger" and another referred to it as a prime "summer boat song."

Jordan previously shared a sample of "What My World Spins Around" on socials back in March and has performed it live during recent concerts. Though he hasn't shared an official release date for the song, it is currently available for presave.   

The Louisiana native recently saw massive success with his multiweek #1 hit with Luke Bryan, "Buy Dirt."  

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Gabby Barrett to leave Jason Aldean's tour to welcome baby in August


Jason Aldean's upcoming arena tour will see a change in lineup. 

Gabby Barrett, who is one of the opening acts on Jason's Rock N' Roll Cowboy Tour this summer, will be departing the tour halfway through to welcome her new baby. She is currently pregnant with her and husband Cade Foehner's second child. The couple announced the news on Mother's Day, revealing that they're expecting a baby boy. He'll join his 1-year-old sister, Baylah

Taking over Gabby's spot will be a rotating cast of Chase Rice, Travis Tritt and Tracy Lawrence. The tour launches on July 15 and concludes on October 29. Gabby's last day will be August 27, when they perform at the Darien Lake Amphitheater in New York.

"Congratulations to Gabby, and a big thank you to Travis, Tracy, and Chase for jumping in," Jason shares. "Let's go!" 

Additionally, Jason is currently celebrating his 27th #1 hit, "Trouble With a Heartbreak," the second single off his latest album, Macon, Georgia. 

"Thanks you Country Radio for all the support on 'Trouble with a heartbreak'! We are officially #1 and there is nothing sweeter than celebrating with some of your best friends who wrote it," he says on Instagram, toasting co-writers Tully Kennedy, Kurt Allison and John Morgan. "Ready to get back on tour here in a few weeks and play it LIVE for u guys." 

"Trouble" was preceded by the album's other chart-topping single, "If I Didn't Love You," featuring Carrie Underwood

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Luke Combs details the people he "Used to Wish I Was" in new song

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Luke Combs is one month away from releasing his highly anticipated new album Growin' Up, and he's getting fans excited with the teaser of a new song.

On Monday, the superstar singer shared a snippet of "Used to Wish I Was," the sixth track on the album, which finds him referencing Bill Dance, the famous fisherman and host of the show Bill Dance Outdoors, and former Atlanta Braves baseball player Chipper Jones Jr. among the people he tried to emulate while growing up. 

But Luke is now in a season of life where he fully accepts himself as he is, as he confirms in the chorus. "I'm just an old Carolina good old boy/Boys I ain't got no choice/I couldn't be anybody but me even if I tried/I used to wish I was/But I'm glad I'm not," he sings.   

In addition to "Used," Luke has also teased "Tomorrow Me" and "The Kind of Love We Make," which will be released on June 17. Its lead single, "Doin' This," is in the top five on country radio. The album drops in full on June 24. 

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Tyler Hubbard says "5 Foot 9" is a "good launchpad" for solo artist career


Tyler Hubbard's new single, "5 Foot 9," is a sweet tribute to his wife, Hayley, but he admits the title has one slight error. 

In the heartfelt song, Tyler sings of a woman who is "5 foot 9" with "brown eyes in a sundress," but it turns out, he accidentally missed his wife's height by an inch. 

"She's actually 5'10". I went home that night and said, 'Babe, remind me again how tall you are exactly. You're about 5'9", right?' She said, 'Yeah, I'm 5'10".' And I thought, 'Well, here's a new song I wrote today. I'm sorry I cut you short by an inch, but I hope you like it,'" he reveals. 

"5 Foot 9" is Tyler's debut single as a solo artist after spending nine years as one half of the duo Florida Georgia Line. The Georgia native has been on a songwriting kick since embarking on his solo career, writing a collection of new material that tells his story in a unique way. He says that "5 Foot 9" is a "prime example" of a successful day in the writing room and is one of 18 songs that he plans to release. 

"I love all of the songs about equally, which made it very difficult. They all have a different purpose and a different feel, and it's all a little piece of who I am and tells my story," he says of the unreleased music. "But I think '5 Foot 9' was a good launchpad and a good foundation for the rest of this music and what's to come in my story and where I'm at." 

Tyler recently signed a record deal as a solo artist under EMI Records Nashville. 

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Nashville notes: Parker McCollum, Jimmie Allen & more

Parker McCollum's "Pretty Heart" has been certified two times Platinum by the RIAA and "To Be Loved By You" is certified Gold. Parker was surprised with plaques commemorating the achievements at his sold-out show at Ascend Amiptheatre in Nashville on Saturday. 

Jimmie Allen and Walker Hayes are appearing at the K-LOVE Fan Awards this week. Jimmie will present at the ceremony, while Walker performs with Christian singer Riley Clemmons. The show will film in Nashville on Friday and air on TBN on June 3. 

The War and Treaty have signed a record deal with UMG Nashville. The husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter performed with Dierks Bentley at the 2021 ACM Awards. 

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Miranda Lambert one of 'Time's "100 Most Influential People of 2022"


Miranda Lambert's influence is expanding beyond country music's borders.

Miranda has been named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2022" and is the only country star to appear on the elite list of world figures, politicians, artists and more. 

"I’m so honored to join this year’s class of #TIME100. I only ever wanted to sing and write songs and thanks to y’all I’ve gotten to do that and so much more," the "Tin Man" singer says of the distinguished honor. "Thank y’all for being on this journey with me." 

A tribute written by Miranda's "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)" duet partner, Elle King, refers to the superstar as an "acclaimed performer and songwriter" who's intentional about "making everybody feel welcome." Elle also praised Miranda for including her as part of the all-female lineup for her 2019 Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour. 

"That’s her vibe: she’s all about making everybody feel welcome. And there is not one inauthentic hair on her head," the singer says, citing Miranda as a "true country queen." "Her shows are incredible; from start to finish, she gives it her absolute all ... But the reason that I like Miranda so much is because she is one of the absolute funniest people I’ve ever met. When she and I get together, we don’t lose our voices because we’re singing or because we’re drinking. It’s because we laugh the whole time." 

Miranda and Elle recently topped the country charts with "Drunk," which became the first #1 female country duet in nearly 30 years.   

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Jimmie Allen collaborates with Jennifer Lopez, T-Pain & more on 'Tulip Drive'

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Jimmie Allen's new album is chock-full of superstar collaborators. 

Next month, Jimmie will drop his highly anticipated third album, Tulip Drive, and on Monday, he unveiled the  track list's 17 songs, most of which were co-written by the hitmaker. Among the titles are album opener "be alright," current single "down home" and "habits & hearts."

There are several eye-catching guest stars on the track list, including Jennifer Lopez, who appears on the instant gratification track "on my way" that drops on Friday. Former The Voice coach CeeLo Green and T-Pain share "pesos" with the country star, while former nurse-turned-singer Katie Ohh is featured on "broken hearted." Jimmie's 7-year-old son, Aadyn, also lends his voice to the closing track, "you won't be alone." 

“This is the first [album] where I chose to write songs about my own personal experiences, thoughts and hopes,” Jimmie said in a statement. 

Tulip Drive is named after the street his grandmother grew up on in his native Delaware. It arrives on June 24. 

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The devil's in the details in Carly Pearce's new single "What He Didn't Do"

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Carly Pearce continues her hot streak with the announcement of her new single. 

"What He Didn't Do" is the third single off Carly's critically acclaimed, CMA-nominated album 29: Written in Stone. The album finds a woman on the other side of a breakup who, rather than explicitly detailing all the ways her ex hurt her, lets his actions do the talking as she describes how he didn't put her or their love first. 

"All I know is in the end/It wasn't what he did/It was what he didn't do," she affirms in the chorus. 

Carly says the song was born from a place of pain and finding the courage to move through it, coming out on the other side with more clarity and strength. 

"Life goes on. You KNOW that when you’re reeling…feeling like the fool and so hurt... but then there’s a moment when those emotions start to clear. That’s when you look in the mirror and you ask yourself what happened and try to learn from your mistakes. That’s where 'What He Didn’t Do' came from," she explains. "To me, it’s really a song of hope and trying to get smarter before moving forward." 

"What He Didn't Do" follows her #1 hit "Never Wanted to Be That Girl," featuring Ashley McBryde.  

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Carrie Underwood teases return of Las Vegas residency in 2023


Carrie Underwood may have just wrapped her Las Vegas residency, but she's already looking forward to returning.   

Just days after completing Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World, the powerhouse singer confirms that she will return to Vegas next year. She got her sons in on the action, posting a photo on Instagram that shows 7-year-old Isaiah and his 3-year-old brother, Jacob, with their backs turned to the camera, displaying black jackets advertising their mom's show in gold lettering. 

"We’ll be back!" Carrie reveals in the caption alongside #2023 and #REFLECTION. The "Ghost Story" hitmaker's residency launched in December and came to a close with back-to-back shows on May 20 and 21.

While she's saying goodbye to Sin City for now, the Grammy winner has a packed schedule ahead of her as she gears up to release her new album, Denim & Rhinestones, on June 10. She'll support the album with a massive arena tour beginning in October and ending in March, with Jimmie Allen joining as the opening act.  

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Ashley McBryde answers the call, sings backup for Eric Church at Madison Square Garden


Eric Church's headlining show at Madison Square Garden was made even more impressionable with the presence of Ashley McBryde

When Eric's backup singer, Joanna Cotten, tested positive for COVID and announced she was unable to perform during the final night of The Gather Again Tour, the Chief knew just who to call to fill in. Ashley held her own inside the massive arena, where she sang backup for Eric in front of a crowd of more than 17,000 people. Videos captured by fans show her harmonizing on his chart-topping hits "Springsteen" and "Hell of a View," along with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road." 

"When the Chief @ericchurchmusic calls from @thegarden, you answer," Ashley wrote in the Instagram caption accompanying photos from the special night. "Thanks for answering," the headliner replied, adding in a statement, “when Joanna had to sit this one out, we immediately knew who to ask. Ashley is meant for arena stages, and she’ll be headlining her own show at MSG soon." 

This is one of many times the two have collaborated. Eric invited Ashley onstage to sing "Bible and a .44" with him in Chicago in 2017 during his Holdin' My Own Tour. They also performed "The Snake" at the 2019 ACM Awards, and Ashley joined Eric during his medley of hits at the 2022 ACM Awards. 

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Why Scotty McCreery’s favorite George Strait song isn’t among tracks he name-checks in “Damn Strait”


Scotty McCreery pays homage to the King of Country himself in his current single, “Damn Strait,” a track that strings together references to some of George Strait’s biggest hits to tell a new breakup story.

Scotty didn’t write the song -- Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins are the writers on the track -- but the singer says he was immediately impressed by how “Damn Strait” didn’t just name-check classic country songs, but used them to create a new narrative.

“Even if you don’t know this George Strait song -- which, shame on you if you don’t -- but if you don’t, you still get the song, you know?” Scotty tells ABC Audio.

But Scotty’s very favorite George Strait ballad -- “The Chair” -- actually doesn’t make an appearance in the lyrics of “Damn Strait.”

He tried to find a way to reference that song, since it’s such an important and influential track for him. “My favorite George Strait song that I always go back to, if I’m in the shower or washing dishes, is ‘The Chair.’ I always go back to that,” he says. When it didn’t fit into the lyrics of his song, Scotty was hoping to include a musical reference to the track.

“In the demo, we put the steel guitar lick [of ‘The Chair’],” he says. “And then, in the actual recording, I think it was a little too close for comfort for the lawyers.” 

“Damn Strait” is one of the tracks on Same Truck, Scotty’s album from September 2021.

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Nashville notes: Ronnie Dunn, Chris Janson + more

Ronnie Dunn, one half of Brooks & Dunn, has announced his next solo album. Called 100 Proof Neon, it’ll be out July 29.

Chris Janson released a performance video for his new song “Keys to the Country” this week. The track comes off his latest studio album, All In.

Breland, Shy Carter and others will take part in a June 10 panel at the National Museum of African American Music during CMA Fest 2022. The panel will shed light on the new film For Love & Country, which features the panel participants. The movie will be screened on June 10 and 11 at the museum’s Roots Theater.

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