The Band Perry is putting wraps on new music and will have it out by the summer. They’re eyeing June.
“Apparently everybody is saying that date,” Kimberly tells Taste of Country. “Which I think is basically our team of people saying, ‘Hey, we just told everybody, y’all got to be done by June.’ So now it’s on record”, which shouldn’t be hard to do. They say they are most of the way through the recording it. “Depending on which one you ask I think we’re 75 percent finished,” says Kimberly. Neil disagrees saying, “Anywhere from 75 to 90. So we agree on 82.”
They also say the album is a step in a different direction for them and they took advice from country radio. “When we sat down to make this record, we got to hang out with a lot of our country radio friends, and we asked them, ‘Okay, you know everything we’ve put out, you know your fans and your listeners. What advice would you give us right now?’” Kimberly recalls. “And all they said was, ‘We always expect the Band Perry to do something we don’t expect.’ So I would say that we’re following suit with that advice. This collection of songs I would say is our favorite ones that we’ve ever gotten to write and be a part of.”
Brett Eldredge’s new song, “Lose My Mind,” is all about the way a love interest can totally take over your thoughts, which is exactly what the song’s groove did when it came to Brett.
He says, “I’d been laying in bed, one of those laying in bed [up] all night kinda things, and this groove was in my head. I was going nuts. It was like, ‘What is this?’” The next day at his songwriting meeting, Brett shared that groove with his co-writers and told them “Let’s just get wacky with this.” He tells ABC News, “You feel like you’re losing your mind when you’re listening to it, and that’s what I wanted. I grew up listening to soul and bluesy kind of music, and I love Ray Charles, and there’s a little part in there that has a little Ray Charles-esque kinda thing to it.”
Brett premiered the video for the song the same day it was released (April 21). It takes place in a mental hospital with Brett wearing a straitjacket and seeing visions of his sexy co-star, Victoria’s Secret model Rachel Hilbert, who plays a nurse, a therapist, a janitor and a fellow patient.
The song will be on his next album, which is due out this fall.
Miranda Lambert has been chosen as one of People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful Women.’
For her featured picture, Miranda chose to go without makeup as she says that’s how she would be around her home (see the picture here). “I don’t wear a lot of makeup at home,” she told the magazine. “When I’m just off and hanging out I just put on some tinted moisturizer and sunscreen and mascara — and lip gloss! It’s kind of an addiction.”
Even on tour she keeps it simple, saying she does it herself. She only calls in experts for big events, like award shows. “On tour I do my own hair and makeup. That’s my time to focus and calm down, listen to music and warm up a little bit. I have a product bag the size of Texas – just makeup and hair stuff and curling irons.”
The issue is out today (April 23) and has Sandra Bullock on the cover.
The great Satchmo would be proud of Justin Moore and his new rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”
Justin sings the iconic Louis Armstrong song for a new commercial for outdoor store Cabela’s in an effort to get everyone to disconnect from their electronic devices for a day and enjoy the world outside.
Cabela’s says the average American boy or girl spends more than seven hours in front of an electronic screen every day.
One of the surprising moments from last night’s ACM Awards was an appearance of Randy Travis.
He was welcomed by a standing ovation and his presence was acknowledged by Lee Brice before he presented the ACM Award for Song of The Year to Miranda Lambert.
Randy was silenced by a devastating stroke in 2013, has written an emotional and heartfelt letter to his fans, which was posted to his website after the show:
“Hello, my friends. It was an amazing gift to feel all the love from you in Dallas at the Academy of Country Music Awards. It has been a hard-fought and miraculous journey since my stroke two years ago, and I have gained a greater understanding of God’s grace, and how quickly events can change us.
Words can never express my gratitude to those who continue to believe in me, pray for me and keep me lifted up in thought and deed. The kind cards and heartfelt letters of testimony and encouragement brought me through the darkest of days. Mary read each and every one of them to me, and I felt the love and concern being sent my way; and, I gathered strength from this. None of us are worthy of the immense outpouring of support shown to me, and I consider each of my fans, a friend. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The power of music remains a source of inspiration and healing for me. Writing songs was always a passion of mine, and I still have a lot to share with you. It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon, I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans … my friends, who with God’s amazing grace, have brought me this far. As I work through music/speech/occupational/physical therapy, it is my hope that my songs of yesterday continue to touch your life in some way.
I wish you each — good health, a kind word, a song in your heart, and a friend that has your back trough thick and thin.
My gratitude & love, ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’”
Randy was accompanied to the show by his fiancée, Mary Davis. She later told People Magazine that “Randy’s history with the ACM awards goes back over two decades. With the awards in Dallas and celebrating 50 years, it’s something Randy and I would not miss.”
Annual event celebrates the life of Pfc. Rosamond Johnson, who was killed in the Korean Conflict at the age of 17 while attempting to save the lives of three fellow soldiers
PERDIDO KEY, FLA. (April 17, 2015) — Pfc. Rosamond Johnson Jr. was only 15 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. At 17, he saved two lives before losing his own life in the Korean War. Johnson, a light weapons infantryman from Escambia County in Florida, had already pulled two wounded fellow soldiers out of the line of enemy fire, and was returning to save a third, when he was fatally wounded at the 38th Parallel, which separated North Korea and South Korea. He was the first African-American soldier from the Pensacola Bay Area to be killed in the war, and is renowned for his heroic sacrifice.
Rosamond Johnson Day will be celebrated Saturday, May 2, at his namesake, Rosamond Johnson Beach, on the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Perdido Key. Tributes to Johnson will begin at 10 a.m. at the Star Pavilion as community leaders, pastors and Johnson’s family members will speak about his life and his valiant heroism. The public event, held annually on the first Saturday in May, will conclude at about 1 p.m. Park fees will be waived for those attending.
“It is so critical for young people to know the history surrounding where they grew up and to feel like they have a foundation, especially for a place that is known more for beach balls and fun and sand,” said Alison Davenport, who was instrumental in setting up the official celebration and making it an annual event.
Davenport is the former chair of the Perdido Key Chamber and Visitor Center board of directors, and her daughter grew up playing on Rosamond Johnson Beach. She said young people and others need to know the history of the beach and the significance of the young man it was named for.
“Those who come will be moved,” Davenport said. “They’ll leave with the recognition of commitment at a very early age…. To me, it’s about learning your roots and holding on to the meaningful parts, the beautiful parts, of our history.”
Johnson was killed on July 26, 1950, two years to the day after President Truman issued an executive order banning racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces. Johnson had enlisted in the Army around the time of the executive order. He was awarded the Purple Heart on Aug. 21, 1950.
The Korean War took place during the era of segregation in the United States, at a time when beaches along Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key were segregated. What is now known as Rosamond Johnson Beach was one of the few beaches in the area that were open to African-Americans during segregation.
After the Korean War, the county-owned beach recreation area was named after Johnson, at the suggestion of the Sunset Riding Club, which leased the land for the use of bathing, beach and recreational facilities for “colored citizens.” The lease ended in 1956, but the name Rosamond Johnson Beach stayed, to honor Johnson’s life, heroism and valiant sacrifice for his country. The beach became part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore in 1973.
A monument honoring Johnson was erected at Rosamond Johnson Beach in 1996. The memorial stone reads: “He stands in the unspoken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings.”
Rosamond Johnson’s mother still resides on Belmont Street in Pensacola. She and Rosamond’s brother and sister and other family members attend Rosamond Johnson Day every year to honor his memory and legacy. “It’s a beautiful event … one which few people leave dry-eyed,” Davenport said.
This has been a bad week for tour buses. One day after a bus carrying Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum caught fire on a highway in Texas, a bus carrying crew members for Thompson Square was involved in a crash outside of Denver.
It happened at approximately 8:20 a.m. in heavy fog along I-70, near the E-470 interchange. The Colorado State Patrol says a bus carrying crew members for the band Twin Shadow rear-ended a tractor-trailer stopped on the interstate, seriously injuring the bus driver and eleven passengers suffered minor injuries.
Their bus then hit another truck and a tour bus carrying the crew members for Thompson Square. Both bands were headed to Denver for separate shows tonight (Friday) but were not traveling together. No one from Thompson Square’s bus or either semi were taken to the hospital.
Keifer and Shawna posted to their Facebook page:
As many have already heard there was a major tour bus accident this morning in Colorado. Contrary to reports in the…
Miranda Lambert is up for 8 awards at Sunday night’s ACM Awards including Album, Single Record and Song of the Year but the one that makes her the most nervous is the one for Entertainer of the Year.
“That’s the one you sort of think about whenever you’re 20 years old and starting this whole process. You think, ‘I want to nominated for Entertainer of the Year one day,’” she told Carson Daly in an interview. “And it’s scary, you know? It’s just such a huge category. Everybody in it deserves it. I mean, you don’t get there unless you work your butt off for all these years and so, I’m really proud to be the only female. I mean, I feel like I’m sort of waving the flag for all the other female artists who are up and coming. It’s a struggle right now with female artists and country.”
The 50th ACM Awards will be co-hosted by her husband, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and will be on CBS.