Archive for the ‘Country Music News’ Category

Carrie Underwood Covers R.E.M. To Fight Poverty

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by Chris

Carrie Underwood performed Saturday (September 27) at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, and rolled out a cover of R.E.M.’s hit song, “Everybody Hurts.”

Carrie released her new song, “Something In The Water” today (September 29) which will be on her first greatest hits album, ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1′ which will be out December 8.

Tyler Far Falls Ill, Misses Shows

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by Chris

Tyler Farr was recently released from a Denver hospital where he was battling a life-threatening infection.

Tyler says he was flying to Denver to perform as part of Jason Aldean’s ‘Burnin’ It Down’ tour last week when, during the flight, he came down with a 102.9 degree fever, started shaking and and had severe chills. 

He was rushed to the ER as soon as the plane landed, admitted into a hospital and ended up spending five days there. Doctors thought he was battling a staph infection or severe pneumonia. His fever was spiking every couple of hours, had fluid on his lungs, his heart enlarged, and he had to be kept on oxygen the whole time he was there. 

In the end, they determined he had salmonella poisoning of the blood. The two shows he missed were the first two he’s ever missed. He said, “I always said I’d almost have to be dead to miss a show, and in this case I was almost dead.”

Source: Country Vibe

City Tells Tim McGraw “We’re Over Here”

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Chris

Portland, Maine, has a message for Tim McGraw: “we’re right here, come check us out.” Of course, it’s all in good fun.

Tim has a song on his new ‘Sundown Heaven Town’ album called “Portland, Maine” which is anything but a song that will draw tourists. It’s a breakup song about a love leaving him and going to Portland. He sings, “Portland, Maine, I don’t know where that is, I don’t want to know.”

Jessica Grondin, a spokeswoman for the city, jokes the person who broke Tim’s heart “made a good choice in coming to Portland.” She says the mayor will give Tim a tour, if he can find his way there.

Country Music’s Strong Showing On Top Golfers In Music List

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Chris

Golf Digest released their list of the top 100 golfers in music, including singers and musicians, and Vince Gill tops the list with a Handicap of plus-0.3.

Vince laughed when he heard the news saying, “Take any of the top 25 on this list, and any of us can beat the other.” Plus, “Now everyone’s gonna be gunnin’ for me.  I’m toast!”

Other country stars who made the list of the best golfers in music include Kip Moore, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Toby Keith, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser and Eric Church.

The handicaps used to compile the list were from August, based on the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network, state associations, the musicians, publicists, friends and playing partners. You can see Golf Digest’s list of the top 100 golfers in music and their handicaps at GolfDigest.com.

Carrie Underwood Announces New Music

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Chris

Carrie Underwood says she will be releasing new music Monday! She made the announcement on the ‘Today’ show today that she will release a greatest hits album with some new music on it before Christmas and the first song will be on Cat Country 98.7 Monday morning!

She describes the song, “Something In The Water” as being “joyous” and “uplifting” and is “about changing your life for the better.”

As for her pregnancy, it seems to be sinking in with her and her husband, Mike Fisher.

“Sometimes, I’ll be with my husband and I’m like, ‘”m going to be a mom. You’re going to be a dad.’ Like, is this real life?”

‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1′ will be out December 9.

Blake “Mild”, Aldean “Wild” According To Billboard

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Chris

For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps: a wholesome, clean-cut crew of artists who toe the Nashville line, and an edgier group of performers who see themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. That dichotomy holds true today, so Billboard has just unveiled their first-ever “rebel-meter” showing how country’s gritty men are separated from the clean-cut boys. Here is how they rank today’s biggest male country stars, from mildest to wildest:

Blake Shelton: Beloved on The Voice; new album is called Bringing Back the Sunshine.

Florida Georgia Line: A rap-friendly duo, but their MC of choice is the decidedly mild Nelly.

Luke Bryan: Offers good, clean fun on his records, but a rowdier time at his live shows.

Lee Brice: His I Don’t Dance reveals a grump with a heart of gold.

Eric Church: On his aptly titled The Outsiders, he celebrates getting his “foundation quaking” by reuniting with his wife after being on tour.

Jason Aldean: Has zero patience for country’s “wholesomeness vibe.” Also says, “I’m not a big fan of photo shoots.” Ooh, what a rebel!

Tyler Farr ‘Redneck Crazy’ Over ‘Bro-Country’ Term

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Chris

Tyler Farr isn’t familiar with the term “bro-country” but he’s not real happy about it.

“I have no clue what it is, and whoever invented that term, I’d like to smack him upside the head,” he The Arizona Republic.

“I live in Chapel Hill, TN, which has the largest tractor pull in the South, and there’s not a lot more that you do on the weekends than drink and party. And I write what I know about. So I am gonna have songs that have partying and hot girls and pickup trucks. There’s only so much you can write about. If I don’t know anything about vacuums, I’m not gonna be a vacuum salesman. It’s as simple as that.”

“When I’m home, I go down to the river and I drink and get on my boat, go on my four-wheeler, go fast. I get hit in the face by 15 bugs (laughs). I don’t go shop at Gucci. I don’t drive Mercedes Benz. I go muddin’. I get home and I look forward to mowing my grass and drinking beer. It sounds crazy and really cliché but I do. That’s why I moved to the country, to sit on a tractor.”

Keith Urban’s “Somewhere In My Car” Video

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Chris

Keith Urban released the video for “Somewhere In My Car” today. The video centers on a guy going a little crazy as he thinks about the memories of his old love.

Keith tells People, “The story is what I would call melancholy. So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights.’”

Jason Aldean Engaged!

Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Chris

Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr are now engaged!

E! News confirms he popped the question on the West Coast swing of his ‘Burn It Down’ tour. Sources say it happened during a private tour of the San Diego Zoo yesterday (Wednesday).

Jason had recently opened up about some people’s apparent disapproval of the relationship to Billboard magazine, saying, “It has been two years of this s–t—get over it, already!”

Despite the drama surrounding the incident between them at a bar in L.A. in September of 2012, which led to his split from his wife Jessica , he admits it’s been hard handling all the talk about his personal life.

“When I finally go get enough of it and say something, every newspaper grabs it. And I’m not trying to get in the headlines—I’m just trying to get people to stop running their mouths.”

Blake & Miranda Among “Best Dressed Couples”

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by Chris

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are always dressed to the nines when they hit the red carpet together. Now, People magazine has put them in their Style Hall of Fame.

Blake and Miranda are listed among the “Best Dressed Couples” in People’s Best-Dressed issue. They join celebrity couples John Legend and Chrissy Teigan, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita on the list.

Taylor Swift is crowned as People’s “Best Dressed of the Year” for 2014. About her style, Taylor says, “I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before.”

People’s Style Special issue is out now.