Friday, February 28, 2020

the acm nods and snubs & midland has a live record out

The ACM nominees were announced yesterday. Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion had five nods. Dan + Shay and Blake Shelton had four. Justin Bieber even got a few nominations for doing ‘10,000 Hours’ with Dan + Shay. Snubs include Jason Aldean; absent from every category. Carly Pearce was also left out and even tho ‘God's Country’ earned three nods and ‘Dive Bar’ got one, Blake Shelton was not in the Male Artist of the Year.

Midland recorded their concert at Hollywood's legendary Palomino Club and that new album is out today, ‘Midland Live From the Palomino.’

Eight months into her pregnancy, even tho Maren Morris has been good about working out and eating relatively clean, she’s gained 40 pounds and is only 5’1. Maren says she wouldn’t change a thing tho. She daily battles lower back pain and anemia but still has really enjoyed being pregnant. Her baby boy’s due in March.

Finally – Jason Aldean turns 43 today.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

2020 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

2020 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Duo of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
The Highwomen

Album of the Year
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
Girl, Maren Morris
Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert

New Male Artist of the Year
Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

New Female Artist of the Year
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes

Video of the Year (Awarded to Producer(s) / Director(s) / Artist(s))
"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
"God's Country," Blake Shelton
"One Man Band," Old Dominion
"Remember You Young," Thomas Rhett
"Sugar Coat," Little Big Town

Music Event of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Label(s))
“10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
"Dive Bar," Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love," Miranda Lambert with Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King
"Old Town Road," Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus
"What Happens in a Small Town," Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) / Producer(s) / Record Label(s))
"God’s Country," Blake Shelton
"One Man Band," Old Dominion
"Rainbow," Kacey Musgraves
"Rumor," Lee Brice
"What If I Never Get Over You," Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s) / Publisher(s) / Artist(s)
"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
"Girl Goin' Nowhere," Ashley McBryde
"God's Country," Blake Shelton
"One Man Band," Old Dominion
"Some of It," Eric Church




Blake Shelton's selling his ranch & Garth will receive the Icon Award

Blake Shelton's been trying to sell his ranch in Oklahoma since 2017. He’s asking 4.7 million. It’s over 1,300 acres and includes a house, horse barn and a barndominium home plus some stocked lakes. His newest house on Lake Texoma is all white with a tropical theme, sleeps 20 and includes a giant swimming pool and swim-up tiki bar. There’s also three grass roof guest huts. Blake even planted Gwen her own wildflower patch. The home has it’s own private beach and Blake does a lot of boating there.

As for fans that act like paparazzi Kane Brown says, “we spot you before you spot us so don’t be awkward and take pics from a far just be nice and say hi.” Tomorrow Kane performs on the Today Show.

I hear Luke Bryan’s wife Caroline gets a foot massage from Luke every night before bed.

Finally - Garth will receive the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards April 29. Garth’s only the 9th artist to ever get the icon award. The others include Prince, Cher, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

FGL want Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert 's leaned a new instrument

Florida Georgia Line finished a new song last week and yesterday wrote on Instagram, “Carrie Underwood whether you know it or not, we’re huge fans and we’ve always wanted to do a song with you. We’ve just been waiting on the right one. We think this is it.”

Before a show, Jason Aldean often plays pickle ball. He also brings he and his crew’s softball championship trophy on the road. Jason always has it in the room they hang out in before the show.

Miranda Lambert recently learned how to play the washboard and says just like a normal person, she learned how watching YouTube.

Finally - Luke Bryan says being a judge on Idol made him a better parent because he sees the struggles today’s kids have. Luke says the toughest part of being so busy is time away from family. On tour he often takes his wife, two sons and nephew. It’s a tight squeeze on the bus but Luke says it works thanks to iPads, snacks and a well-stocked fridge.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dustin Lynch performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live & Chris Janson helps out fans

Fans tried to buy tickets to a Chris Janson concert this week and tweeted, “I just had back surgery. My husband has terrible back pain and all they have is standing room only left.” Chris’s wife Kelley responded writing, “I’ll take care of you and I will make sure you have a seat.”

Miranda Lambert’s most recent dog’s name are the initials, R.O.E. for ‘running on empty. Miranda found him on the side of the road. He’s about 10 with no teeth but she was immediately in love with him. With 8 dogs, visitors to her house are always surprised they’re so well behaved. Miranda says her secret is the ‘talkin’-in-church’ look she always gives them.

Carrie Underwood’s fitness book is out March 3. She found the time to write it when she had terrible pregnancy insomnia. She actually wrote the majority of her book between 2 and 5 AM.

Finally - Dustin Lynch performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

Monday, February 24, 2020

shay mooney is a dad again & The Voice is back tonight with Blake Shelton

Shay from Dan + Shay‘s wife Hannah had their second son, Ames Alexander Friday in Nashville. He joins 3-year-old big brother Asher.

Carly Pearce had two nicknames growing up in Kentucky. She said she was chunky when she was younger then in elementary and middle school she grew and got taller. Some kids called her ‘Shrek' but the nickname that stuck was 'Heifer.' And Carly says she’s still trying to get over that.

The Voice is back tonight on NBC. Blake Shelton returns as a judge. Blake’s lived in Tishomingo Oklahoma since 1994 on several hundred acres. He says it's also the place where he’ll grow old. 


George Strait will play Notre Dame Stadium August 15. His openers are Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne. Tickets go on sale March 6 at 10AM EST and you can get more info at GeorgeStrait.com/Calendar. Garth’s the only other musician to ever play at Notre Dame.


Finally - Taylor from Maddie & Tae married songwriter Josh Kerr Friday in Nashville. Josh wrote Kelsea Ballerini‘s hit ‘Dibs’ and Dylan Scott‘s ‘My Girl.’ Maddie & Tae’s sophomore album, ‘The Way It Feels,’ is out April 10.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Garth plays his first Stadium Tour show Saturday & miranda lambert has 19 animals

Garth plays his first Stadium Tour show Saturday in Detroit with opener Chase Rice. Last summer at CMA Fest, Chase was doing an interview with Entertainment Tonight telling them his idol is Garth. All of a sudden Garth popped in to surprise Chase and invite him to open one of his stadium shows.

One time Tim McGraw was in L.A. and ran into Barry Manilow in a store. He walked up to him and said, “Barry, I’m a huge fan, so nice to meet you I’m Tim.” He just looked at Tim like he was crazy and walked off. Someone must have told Barry who he was because later Tim saw in the store and Barry walked over and started talking to him.

Miranda Lambert shared a photo of her animals yesterday. She has 8 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 6 horses and one pony for a grand total of 19. She wants more but her husband has made her stop for now.

Finally - Maren Morris says one food she’s stayed away from during pregnancy is seafood. She used to love salmon but now she can’t smell it without getting sick.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Kane Brown's mini documentary is here & luke bryan has a new project out soon

Luke Combs played football in high school and was a defensive tackle. He said he was horrible because he didn’t have the quickness or aggression. Luke says his favorite part about football was making a hit on people.

Kane Brown and his wife Katelyn met thru a mutual friend and their first date was at Topgolf in Orlando, Florida. When he proposed in 2017, they were watching ‘The Amityville Horror.’ A mini-documentary about Kane's rise to stardom called ‘Velocity’ debuts on Amazon Music's YouTube page today.

Luke Bryan’s Two Lane American Golden Lager made with water from the Blue Ridge Mountains is out March 2. Luke says it’s no secret he likes beer and he’s dreamed of creating one for a long time. The name ‘Two Lane’ is for the places you find at the end of a two-lane road — secret fishing holes, secluded campsites and dive bars.

Finally - Jon Pardi’s fiancée Summer said as for next Valentine’s Day, instead of a gift, she wants him to write something to her on a card.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

tim mcgraw likes to grocery shop & chris janson rescues a donkey

It’s been 5-years since Tim McGraw had a solo tour and this year his openers are Midland and Ingrid Andress. When they play an arena, to workout, Tim always runs the stairs. Off the road, one of his favorite things to do is grocery shop with Faith. They usually get two carts of stuff.

Chris Janson says you know you’re living in the country when you have to rescue a stray donkey that’s in the road by your house.

Blake Shelton
and Gwen Stefani are facing their first significant time apart in years and an insider says Blake falls apart without Gwen by his side. He’s on tour now and she has a residency in Vegas but they think that will make them even closer.

Carly Pierce says cooking’s her love language so she and husband Michael Ray often take a cooking class together. They also have a wine subscription so they get a new bottle every month.

Finally - a documentary about Nashville’s legendary venue, the Bluebird Café premieres on CMT tonight with interviews and performances by Garth & Trisha, Maren Morris, Faith Hill and more.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

It looks like Chris Janson may have a stalker & Jason Aldean's done having kids

It looks like Chris Janson may have a stalker. A few days ago, a guy try to get his autograph and followed Chris from the airport to his hotel. Chris’s wife Kelly said it was scary when they found out cameras at a private airport in Salt Lake City showed the guy hiding. Cameras also caught him at Chris’s hotel. Then at 1 AM he followed Chris’s car and Kelly tweeted how creepy it all was. The guys Twitter account is dedicated to his obsession with famous people. He also blew Chris’s cover by tweeting that he was staying at the Salt Lake City Hilton.

Jason Aldean says he and his wife Brittany are done having kids even tho she really wants one more. Every time Jason hugs Brittany, his two-year old son Memphis runs away screaming, “no no like it.”

Maren Morris is due to have her son next month and yesterday she officially retired every pair of her pants. None of them fit anymore.

Finally - Dierks Bentley and Chris Stapleton are on the soundtrack of the animated movie, ‘Trolls World Tour’ in theaters this April.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Luke Combs goes vegan & carrie underwood loses a valentine

Luke Combs lost a football bet to his keyboard player so he now has to go vegan for 3-months. So no meat, dairy or animal products like honey. Luke’s only 10 days in and is eating mostly veggies and protein bars. He says when it's all over, he can’t wait to have a deer steak.

Friday morning Carrie Underwood asked her 4-year-old Isaiah who his Valentine was. She was pretty sure he’d say her but he instead said Maddie from Maddie and Tae.

The last time Jason Aldean’s 2-year-old Memphis had his hair cut he went ballistic. He was screaming so they gave him two lollipops. He was also covered in slobber and his cut hair was sticking to the lollipops he was eating. Jason says he’s OK with Memphis looking like a surfer kid for now.

Finally - the oddest thing to ever happen on Garth’s tour was when his drummer was in a plastic orb onstage and it suddenly started spinning out of control. Garth grabbed it not knowing the ball was coated in fiberglass so he cut his hands pretty bad and he said there was blood everywhere.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Carrie Underwood’s 4-year-old thinks she's 70 & Sunday Luke Bryan returns as a judge on Idol

Carrie Underwood’s 4-year-old son Isaiah filled out some questions about his mom at school yesterday. He said her job is washing laundry, she’s good at folding clothes and he listed Carrie’s age as 70.

Chris Young’s friend’s truck broke down on a hill and they couldn’t push it. Chris tweeted, “out of nowhere 4 construction workers ran up and helped us push. Human decency isn’t dead.”

As for Blake Shelton’s rap debut on Pitt Bull’s song ‘Get Ready’ a girl named Michelle tweeted, “it’s s the most embarrassing thing Blake’s ever done...even worse than ‘Boys Round Here.’ Somewhere Miranda’s laughing, if she even noticed. I feel bad Blake.”

Jake Owen kicks off his Tiki Tonk tour tonight in Des Moines, Iowa. It’s just Jake, a barstool, a guitar and a leg lamp like the one from the movie, ‘A Christmas Story.’

Carly Pearce’s
self-titled album is out today. It includes a duet with her husband, Michael Ray.

Finally - Kane Brown plays in the Celebrity NBA All-Star game tonight on ESPN. Tenille Townes sings the national anthem at Sunday's NBA All-Star game. Also Sunday Luke Bryan returns as a judge on American Idol.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

win a trip to Blake Shelton's ole red & Sam Hunt;s on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight

Blake Shelton’s newest Ole Red bar and restaurant will open in Orlando, Florida in April and you can win an all-expenses-paid trip there. It’ll include airfare, accommodations, tickets to the theme park of your choice and more. Register online by May 15 at OleRed.com.

Brett Young
vividly remembers every detail when he met his wife Taylor. He was on Facebook and saw her. She was from his hometown. Brett says it was love at first sight. He found a way to get ahold of her but it took two weeks of pleading for Taylor to go on a date with him. Their daughter Presley was born in October and Brett and his wife are testing her to see if she likes the road.

Tim McGraw eats canned tuna almost every day but he adds a couple unusual ingredients; his mom’s homemade sweet and spicy pickles, apples, walnuts and chili peppers. Tim says he adds peppers because they speed up the metabolism.

Finally - Sam Hunt will perform ‘Kinfolks’ tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! It’s on Sam’s sophomore album, ‘Southside,’ out April 3.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Thomas Rhett’s wife had their baby & Luke Bryan’s on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight

Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren had their 3rd daughter Monday, a week past her due date. Lennon Love Akins weighed over 9-pounds and she looks just like Thomas and older sister Ada. He tweeted, “pray for us as we switch from man on man defense to zone.”

Kimberly
from Little Big Town did the broom challenge a few days ago and freaked her two golden retrievers out. NASA said Monday was the only day a broomstick could stand on its own on the bristle end because of the earth's gravitational pull.

Ingrid Andress
is one of five siblings with each child only 13-months apart. Her mom home schooled them for 2-months a year because her dad was an MLB coach for the Rockies, Mets and Tigers and he always had to be at spring training.

Tim McGraw has left his label, Sony Nashville. His most recent singles didn’t do very well and there’s no word when or if Tim will have a new album out.

Finally – Luke Bryan’s on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Garth will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize & Martina McBride's husband loses in court

Garth will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a tribute concert March 4 in Washington, DC. Performers include Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton. PBS stations will broadcast it the night of March 29.

Kane Brown’s secret talent is playing guitar with his stocking feet. Kane’s quirk is he always wears socks, even to the beach. He’ll even change them several times a day. His wife says he has the softest feet in the world and Kane says, “I think that’s kinda weird for a dude.”

Martina McBride's husband John and their Blackbird Studios were just found guilty of retaliation in a Nashville Federal court. They were sued by a fired employee who said unpaid interns were made to get groceries for Martina and even check for a possible intruder at the McBride's Nashville home with a gun even though the intern had no experience with one. The jury awarded half a million dollars to the x-employee.

Finally - Brett Eldredge’s favorite snack is something he says he can’t get enough of; peanut butter chocolate ice cream.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Maren Morris will take her baby on the road & Neal McCoy’s tour bus goes up in flames

Maren Morris and her husband have a name picked out for their son due in March but say they want to meet him before officially signing the birth certificate. The baby will go on the road with her as soon as he can and that will involve schooling and kid-friendly food at catering. Maren says her music friends say babies sleep great on the road because the bus naturally rocks and also provides white noise.

Trisha Yearwood paid all fees for animals adopted from Maury County, Tennessee Animal Services Saturday. She did that because all the kennels were full and Trisha asked fans to come out and adopt.

Early Saturday morning Neal McCoy’s tour bus ‘Old Glory’ went up in flames on the highway in Mansfield, Louisiana. Everyone thankfully got off and firefighters arrived before their equipment and gear was burned in the trailer they were towing
.After the fire was out Neal and the first responders stood in front of it and said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Finally – as of Saturday Thomas Rhett’s wife still hadn’t had their 3rd daughter. I’m guessing it has to be this week.

Friday, February 7, 2020

jake owen wins a million dollars & the John Anderson Blake Shelton duet debuts today

When Kane Brown and his wife went to see a movie at Nashville’s Greenhill’s theater, they got there too late to order food so Kane begged them to make anything for them. The girl working knew who he was and said, “you’re so much different than Luke Bryan. He just shuts down the theater and buys every seat.” Kane said he didn’t even know you could do that.

The Pebble Beach Pro Am is today thru Sunday on CBS. Jake Owen’s playing so is Toby Keith, Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts, Clay Walker and Larry the Cable Guy. Yesterday Jake won the Million Dollar Hole-in-One and the money will go to his charity, the Jake Owen Foundation.

Brett Young’s music career started when he got an elbow injury as a college baseball pitcher. Four months later, Brett sang the vocals on his first 6-songs in a bedroom coat closet with a blanket over his head and a rented microphone.

Finally - John Anderson’s song with Blake Shelton, ‘Tuesday I'll Be Gone’ debuts on YouTube today. Garth turns 58 and Tenille Townes 6-tune EP, ‘Road To The Lemonade Stand’ is out.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Luke Combs is very frugal & Jake Owen plays the Pebble Beach Pro AM

Last night a pregnant Maren Morris tweeted “it’s pouring rain. Ryan’s at a show. I’m embarrassingly watching Housewives reruns. It’s time for a q + a.” Her husband Ryan Hurd immediately responded writing, “am I the father?” to which Maren replied, “God I hope so.”

Jake Owen broke his wrist in early January and even tho doctors say he still has 2-weeks to heal, Jake’s playing the Pebble Beach Pro Am this week with Jordan Spieth starting today.

Luke Combs is very frugal with his money and he mostly likes to save it. He pays cash for everything even his home. Luke’s a big believer in not being in debt and says the only things he’s splurged on are watches and furniture for the house.

When Little Big Town started in 2002, they took turns singing lead vocals. Because of that they had some fights with their label as they wanted a designated lead singer. I hear Little Big Town also stacks their harmonies in a certain way so they always sound the same.

Finally - Kelsea Ballerini performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight and Kane Brown is playing in the NBA’s Ruffles Celebrity Game February 14 on ESPN.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Mark from Midland's wife almost died during childbirth & Blake Shelton and Pitbull have a song coming out

Last year Mark from Midland’s wife Ty had their daughter Sunny and they said it was a traumatic birth and he’d update us when they felt comfortable talking about it. Now he reveals during an emergency C-section, Ty started hemorrhaging. It was a fetal to maternal hemorrhage so the baby’s heart stopped beating and Ty’s vitals were crashing. They both almost died. Mark says that taught him life’s a gift and you can’t take it for granted.Hot Country Knights' with Dierks Bentley will have an album out sometime this year. Travis Tritt’s on their debut single and there’s also a romantic ballad with Terri Clark. The band has now become Dierks main focus, not just a side project anymore.

Either Thomas Rhett’s wife’s due date came and went February 3 or she’s had their daughter and they just haven’t told us yet.

Blake Shelton and Pitbull have a song out, ‘Get Ready’ band the video will be here soon!

Finally - a documentary about Nashville’s legendary venue, the Bluebird Café premieres on CMT Feb. 19 with interviews and performances by Garth & Trisha, Maren Morris, Faith Hill and more.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

jon pardi 's favorite energy drink & Keith Urban’s Vegas residency includes new tunes

Keith Urban’s Vegas residency includes new tunes he’s testing. He’s still recording songs for his next project and has been in the studio since January of 2019. Keith says Vegas will let him play new songs before they’re released and that’ll also help him decide what ones he wants on his next album.

On tour Jon Pardi eats very little before a show and instead of Red Bull for energy he drinks kombucha; that fermented mushroom tea.

Miranda Lambert’s toured and recorded with Little Big Town and says “I love this band, not only for their music but also for who they are. Singing with the four of them makes you feel like you can fly.”

As for his haters, Kane Brown gets so many mean comments on social media, his blocked list is huge. He says it’s all good cause that’s even more publicity when they post Kane blocked them.

Finally - Shania says she learns something new every day and plans to do that till the day she dies.

Monday, February 3, 2020

miranda lambert cancels shows & Hot Country Knights are on Jimmy Kimmel Live

A pregnant Maren Morris watched the Super Bowl yesterday and dined on some of her favorite foods; chips & queso and salted caramel truffle gelato. Maren says she buys 12 pints at a time! 

Miranda Lambert had to cancel tour stops this weekend in Salt Lake City and Denver. She was sick and even tho she did not leave her bus. Stopped talking and drank a ton of tea and took meds, her voice was just not there. Miranda has dates to come back to both cities later this month. 

Justin Moore’s the father of four and he’s also a neat freak that spends much of his day cleaning up after his children. Justin says, “I might as well be wearing a butler outfit because I feel like I’m cleaning or cooking all the time.” 

Jason Aldean’s daughter Navy took her first steps this weekend and it happened on his tour bus. She walked to him and he was so glad he didn’t miss it! 

Finally – Hot Country Knights with lead singer Dierks Bentley perform tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.