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Frankie Ballard, “New Music Is The Best I’ve Ever Recorded”

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Chris

Frankie Ballard has three number ones in a row to his credit, and he’s hoping for the same result from his new song, “It All Started With A Beer.”

“It’s a song about how some of the biggest things in life can have very small, humble beginnings,” he says of the song co-written by Jaren Johnston from The Cadillac Three, who helped Frankie reach the top of the charts with “Sunshine & Whiskey.”

Knowing what music has always meant to him, Frankie says he pushed himself even harder when he started making his next album, which is due out early next year. “I think it’s the best music I’ve ever recorded. I certainly tried hard to get better. I’ve always counted on music so much. Ever since I was little, I counted on it,” he looks back.

“I counted on it to fire me up for a baseball game or a workout or to help me get over some little girl who broke my heart or just to be happy and sing and whatever. And I know other people are like that too and they count on music, so since I was given the blessing to be able to record music, I feel like I should give it everything I’ve got!”

Source: WMN/ABC News

Sam Hunt: Game Changer 2015

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Chris

Calling him “the college quarterback who’s now scoring with country fans,” Men’s Fitness has named Sam Hunt one of its Game Changers of 2015.

Looking back on his time as a philosophy major and quarterback at the University of Alabama Birmingham, Sam describes how learning to play music transformed him personally. “I had never explored the arts at all, and coming from a football background where everything was very intense, I had more of a wound-up, aggressive nature,” he admits. “Picking up a guitar brought a lot of balance into my life.”

Even though he’s no longer on the field, Sam says he stays in shape, doing cardio and weights two to three times a week, even when he’s on the road.

Sam joins celebs like Oliver Hudson, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Bomer, Calvin Harris and Vin Diesel on the list.

Miranda Lambert On The Road To Healing

Posted on: November 27th, 2015 by Chris

Miranda Lambert is finally getting candid about her divorce. After splitting from from Blake Shelton in early July, neither publicly admitted what went wrong. Now, in her cover story for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Miranda is speaking out about life after Blake.

“Marriage is a tough business, and we gave it our best college try,” she says, explaining that she’s still processing everything. Exactly what happened between them is still a mystery. And, their quickie divorce was barely a done deal before rumors started swirling about he and his co-coach on ‘The Voice, Gwen Stefani, but Miranda says she isn’t ready to date yet and re-marrying is not anywhere near her radar.

“I had a great relationship with an amazing man,” she says, “so I know what good is. I have a great launching pad for the future. I will never take that for granted.” As for next steps, Miranda says she just wants to live a full life.

“Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whiskey, and going, ‘Man, this sucks right now.”

And of course she’ll be making music.

Source: ET

Hillary Scott Recording With Her Family

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by Chris

Lady Antebellum may be taking a break as a group, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t working. With Charles Kelley recording a solo album and doing some touring to support it, Hillary Scott has been at work too, working on a different music project.

Scott shared a photo of herself in the studio to Instagram recently:

Today was a special day in the studio…can't wait to share it with y'all!! Soon enough I promise! =) Photo: Ashley Wright

A photo posted by Hillary Scott (@hillaryscottla) on

On Friday (November 20), her mother, singer Linda Davis, told Nashville’s ‘The Tennessean’ newspaper that Hillary is currently working on a gospel project with her mother, father and younger sister. Linda has had her own successful singing career, winning a Grammy and CMA Award for “Does He Love You,” her duet with Reba McEntire.

“As parents, it’s so fun to be able to be involved in a project with both of our children,” she says. “It’s a dream we didn’t even know to dream about that’s fallen into place.”

Ricky Skaggs is producing the album, which was inspired when the family performed together at Jim Ed Brown‘s funeral over the summer.

Source: Taste Of Country

Did Gwen Say She Loves Blake Shelton?

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by Chris

It was a couple of weeks ago Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani confirmed there was something going on between them. While stories vary and signals are mixed Gwen is admitting that she loves him….kind of.

Gwen was being interviewed by ‘Entertainment Tonight’ during a promo for ‘The Voice’ alongside Adam Levine, when the duo was asked what qualities they were thankful for in each of their fellow coaches.

There’s been no response from Blake but, there’s a good chance that if he does have something to say it will be on Twitter and will be addressed in his own, unique way.

Source: Taste Of Country

Sam Hunt Finding Material For Second Album A Challenge

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Chris

Sam Hunt is currently working on his sophomore album, but he admits that he’s having trouble with it.

When he wrote his debut disc, ’Montevallo’, he was living life largely out of the spotlight, and inspiration came a lot more easily; ”I was writing about my life at that moment and the years prior,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. But now that he has a No. 1 album, a slew of hit songs and a legion of devoted fans, life is extremely different, and it’s a bit of a double-edged sword: The recognition and awards nominations are great, but it can be hard to pull inspiration from “regular” life when you’re living out of a suitcase on tour.

“Now I am living a completely different lifestyle,” he continues. ”I am trying to draw inspiration from that, but it’s pretty much been stages and hotel rooms for the past two years. So I’m trying to figure out right now exactly what I want to say and what I want my voice to be for the second record.”

Little Big Town Reduced To Threee Members Last Night At AMAs

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Chris

Three members of Little Big Town took the stage at the American Music Awards last night missing a member. They weren’t there to perform. They were there to introduce the fourth member, Karen Fairchild’s performance with Luke Bryan for their song “Home Alone Tonight.”

William Michael Morgan Releases “I Met A Girl” Video

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Chris

Jason Aldean Promises New Music In The New Year

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by Chris

Jason Aldean is ready to bring new music to fans in the new year. He says he’s headed back into the studio to work on the follow-up to his 2014′s ‘Old Boots, New Dirt.’

“Hopefully a new single [will be out] some time in the spring and album in the summer,” he recently said.

While he didn’t reveal any of the songs he’s been working on, he did say the album will be more rock-heavy than ‘Old Boots, New Dirt.’

“We didn’t really have any big, rock tempo records for this record. Honestly, that’s one thing we were lacking,” he admits. “It was more vibe-y than the big tempo stuff we always had. The new album has a lot of the big tempos, a lot more rock-oriented stuff on this next one.”

A new album brings the promise of a new tour, and one thing he wants to stay away from this time around, fire.

“I got a year and a half in without getting burned real bad,” he says of his ‘Burn It Down Tour’. “I had a couple sparks go down my shirt. I’m over the flames at this point. Maybe we’ll get some snowflakes on stage. Figure that out.”

Source: Taste Of Country

Tyler Farr Had To Make A Trip To The Emergency Room

Posted on: November 20th, 2015 by Chris

Tyler Farr was at Brickstreet Bar in Oxford, OH on Wednesday (November 18) when he took ill. According to Brickstreet Bar management, Tyler felt sick not long after his band had set up for the show and completed sound check. He felt bad enough they took him to the emergency room.

Reports had him spitting up blood and experiencing “head cold” conditions. Sources say he was diagnosed with bronchitis and acute tonsillitis. He’ll reschedule any missed dates.

Finding a date in 2016 is going to be a little more difficult now that he has hooked up with Lee Brice for the ‘Life Off My Years Tour.’