Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGCountry newcomer Sam Hunt is dropping a four-song album preview, titled X2C, to all digital outlets August 12. The set includes Sam's brand-new single, "Leave the Night On," and gives fans a taste of his full-length debut album, due out October 27.
Says Sam, "I can’t wait to share a few early tracks from the album. We’ve been having so much fun with the music out on the road and I’m excited to get this music out to our fans.”
So far, Sam has sold more than 197,000 copies of "Leave the Night On." He's also a co-writer on Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car," and Billy Currington's latest hit, "We Are Tonight."
Heres' the X2C track listing:
"Leave the Night On" "Ex to See" "House Party" "Breakup in a Small Town"
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's sophomore album is expected to come out by the end of 2014, but they're still not finished recording the project. While they've got a lot of strong material -- including the lead single, "Dirt" -- the guys just keep finding more great songs.
FGL tweeted Thursday, "Uh oh, another song came in last minute we have to cut. Ahhhhh Yeaya, we bringing some extra special heat on this one."
You can download "Dirt" now at all digital outlets.
Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Big MachineTim McGraw is getting domestic backstage on his on his Sundown Heaven Town tour. He just posted a Twitter photo of fresh veggies and fruit with the caption, "Makin my wife's famous watermelon salsa outside the bus in Washington!"
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a hand in writing both his #1 hits, "Don't Ya" and "Beat of the Music," so he obviously has a way with words. That's why Brett's advice on misusing words carries some weight.
Brett tweets, "If you think about it, all words are made up, so if you say a word wrong, who cares, make up your own!"
This casual approach to the English language could make for a very interesting sophomore album for Brett. You can catch him performing songs form his debut project, Bring You Back, on the road with Keith Urban through the fall.
Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Broken BowJason Aldean's daughters, 11-year-old Keeley and six-year-old Kendyl, have grown up on the road with him, so they're used to sleeping on tour buses and hanging out backstage in arenas.
"They like coming out," Jason says. "They like hanging out in the bus. It's like, sleeping on the bus to them is like having a sleepover party or something, you know? So, they dig that part of it. They've got their bunks that are all decorated for them."
Jason and his crew also set up a blow-up swimming pool for the girls out by the buses on show days.
Says Jason, "[It's] just finding little things to keep 'em occupied more than anything."
Once show time rolls around, Jason's youngest daughter, Kendyl, isn't very impressed by all the big lights and pyrotechnics.
Jason says with a laugh, "She makes it through about four or five songs, and then she's ready for bed. She's over it."
Kendyl's bed time may have something to do with Jason performing his steamy, new single, "Burnin' It Down" a little later in his set list. Fans have downloaded more than 183,000 copies of the song since it came out last week.
Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley's Riser tour is one of country music's hottest tickets this summer playing sold-out shows across the country. Dierks has Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice opening the show for him. That lineup reminds Dierks of being on the road with Kenny Chesney about a decade ago.
"I think back to when I was opening for Kenny and Keith Urban was the middle act, and I was the beginning act, and what that felt like just to have that camaraderie of guys to be able to talk about things," Dierks explains. "Now, I've got one step further. I got three other guys out there with me -- just great guys at all different levels in their career."
Dierks is quick to praise his supporting acts starting with Jon Pardi, who Dierks says reminds him of himself when he was first starting out. Dierks admires Chase for building his own following via social media before scoring his debut hit, "Ready Set Roll." As for Chris, Dierks adds, "[He's] , just one of the best singers in this town and a great guy."
He continues, "They're all great hangs, and I'm having the best time of my life out there. It's been a total blast."
Go to Dierks.com to see where the Riser Tour is stopping next.
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is having some fun with his record label leaking the title track of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, via Twitter and YouTube. The label removed the clip shortly after he posted it Wednesday afternoon.
This leak comes after Brad tweeted emails from his record label president asking him not to share the song just yet. Brad has also "gone rogue" and posted a remix of his latest hit, "River Bank," featuring Colt Ford.
Over the weekend, Brad also shared snippets of all the songs on his new album. The new project is due out August 26.
Here's the Moonshine in the Trunk track list:
"Crushin' It" "River Bank" "Perfect Storm" "High Life "Moonshine in the Trunk" "Shattered Glass" "Limes" "You Shouldn't Have To" "4WP" (feat. Brad Paisley) "Cover Girl" "Gone Green" "JFK 1962" "American Flag on the Moon" "Country Nation"
Image Courtesy Ash Newell/13 ManagementTaylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show.
E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist.
Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month.
The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight.
Image Courtesy David McClister/Sony Music NashvilleIt looks like Miranda Lambert is headed to the silver screen. According to Deadline, Miranda is collaborating with video director Trey Fanjoy and screenwriter Cindy McCreery to make a movie called Something in the Water, about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition. Miranda would play one of the five women in the movie, said to be somewhere between Bridesmaids and Steel Magnolias in tone.
Miranda and Trey Fanjoy have collaborated on a lot of the country stars' videos, including her latest clip, 'Somethin' Bad." They've also teamed up on the videos for "The House That Built Me," "Kerosene," "Mama's Broken Heart," and "Fastest Girl in Town."
Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsAfter a decade with his multi-platinum selling duo, Sugarland, Kristian Bush is stepping out with his debut solo single, "Trailer Hitch." The lyrics speak to the joys of living simply and not getting bogged down with possessions, a philosophy that's more than just some lofty idea for Kristian. As he flies across the country from show to show, traveling light has become a necessity.
Kristian tells ABC News Radio, "I don't know how recently you've been on an airplane, but they can get pretty aggressive about this, 'Two bags! You get two bags! Put your largest bag in the overhead,' or whatever it is. You seem to be rewarded if, for some reason, you have less."
Avoiding attachment to inanimate objects isn't hard for Kristian, since he's prone to leave things behind on planes all the time. "I have left my hat underneath the chair in front of me on an airplane three times in the last month," Kristian says with a laugh. "I have to buy more hats. But I do believe that it feels good when things are just a little simpler. Things are just complicated!"
"Trailer Hitch" is the lead single from Kristian's upcoming solo project, Southern Gravity. In the last two years, Kristian has written more than 300 songs, including the ones that will end up on his album. In an effort not to forget the songs, Kristian began recording himself singing the songs as he wrote them. He says, "I noticed after about six or seven months that I was singing four or five hours a day, five days a week, right? And I didn't realize I was doing it!"
All of that vocal exercise paid off when Kristian hit the road on his current Put Your Soul In It tour and found his voice is now stronger than ever. In fact, he's hitting notes he's never been able to hit before.
"There are songs that I can sing where I'm getting closer to the Aretha Franklin voice that's in my brain when I write some of these songs," Kristian says. "There's just a lot more control involved."
He adds, "It's exciting! It's exciting to feel that change."
"Trailer Hitch" is now available at iTunes. Check out the lyric video on YouTube as well.
Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Atlanta Friday, September 19. This is the first time he's played the Georgia capitol in 18 years. Trisha Yearwood will once again open the show.
Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8 through Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000. Since the Friday night show time is 6:30 p.m. ET, we're thinking Garth may add more Atlanta shows, as he did last week for his 10 upcoming Chicago shows.
Image Courtesy EB MediaEric Church released his latest album, The Outsiders, back in February, but he's not launching the world tour behind the album until September. That's given him plenty of time to rehearse and really get excited about playing these new songs live.
Says Eric, "I can look forward to it, you know? I’ve never had the anticipation that I have for this one. So, I wish it was September right now."
To round out the bill, Eric has invited one of his heroes, as well as a brand-new duo, to open his shows. "I’m bringing Dwight Yoakam, you know, back with me," he says. "I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I grew up listening to Dwight’s music. And Brothers Osborne, who's a new band that’s out right now that I like a lot."
Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark will also open a few shows on Eric's tour, which kicks off September 11 in Bossier City, LA.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line's cover of Motley Crue's "If I Die Tomorrow" is available now at iTunes. The song will be included on the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 19.
Scotty McCreery visited patients and performed at Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.
Lucy Hale's new video for "Lie a Little Better" premiered on CMT this week.
Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery gained experience singing a wide range of songs on The Voice, and now she's taking fan requests for a new video series on Vevo.
Danielle's Request Line will feature the singer performing a new song each Tuesday for the next few weeks. Fans can request the song they want Danielle to sing by calling (615) 450-0410(615) 450-0410 or posting their requests to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #DBREQUESTLINE. Fans can also vote on the PAUWOW [pr: Pow Wow] app.
For her first fan requested performance, Danielle sings a country version of A Great Big World's pop hit "Say Something."
Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States' first-ever "playable poster" to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.
The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda's Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.
Miranda says, "I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”
Miranda's Platinum tour continues through October.
Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins has a busy weekend lined up, starting with a Friday morning performance on FOX News' Fox & Friends. The mini-concert is open to the public; head over to FoxandFriends.com/Concert for further details. On Saturday, Trace performs the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Yankees. Look for that game on FOX as well.
Trace is also keeping the road hot with his band, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club. They've just added a female vocal duo to the lineup: Jill & Kate, who previously toured as backup singers with Kelly Clarkson for six years. Trace says with a smile, "With the addition of these soulful voices, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club may just have a shot at salvation after all."
Trace is on the road playing 30 shows between now and an October 25 date in Raleigh, NC.
Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy," with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.
The song is called "A Guy Walks into a Bar," but it's not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye.
"A Guy Walks into a Bar" is now available for digital download at iTunes.
Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn't mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.
"It's a pretty nice mix," says Tyler. "You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through."
FGL's Brian Kelley adds, "And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids."
Tyler goes on to call their shows a "big family night," but he stresses, "At the same time, it's a party."
Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn't listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.
Says Brian, "We love representing country music. We feel it's an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format -- it's amazing. It's changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like."
Florida Georgia Line's string of hits continues with their latest single, "Dirt." Their new album is due out later this year.
ABC/Matt BrownLuke Bryan will launch his sixth annual Farm Tour with an October 1 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.
This year’s Farm Tour will once again include shows in eight towns, wrapping up October 11 with a concert in Macon, Georgia.
Last year, Luke performed for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns.
A portion of the proceeds from the shows fund local college scholarships for students from a farming family in the communities the tour visits. Get ticket details at Luke's official website. Special VIP experiences are also available for purchase. Details at cidentertainment.com.
Here are the dates for Farm Tour 2014:
10/1 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms 10/2 -- Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms 10/3 -- Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place 10/4 -- Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm 10/8 -- Statesboro, GA, Perry Field 10/9 -- Athens, GA, Meldon Farm 10/10 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms 10/11 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park
Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols' new video, "Yeah," uses animation to place a young couple on the pages of a comic book as their love story plays out over the course of a night. It's easily one of country's most compelling videos so far this year, but that comic book effect was actually an afterthought. Joe and his team originally wanted the video to look cheap and cheesy with the couple acting out the song around a fake campfire and fake trees set up in a studio. That idea didn't quite pan out, though.
Joe tells ABC News Radio, "It came off looking incredibly cheap and cheesy. That was the only problem. It was supposed to be funny, and it kind of missed."
He adds with a laugh, "It just looked like we ran out of money or something."
Luckily, Joe's video director had the idea to take that cheesy-looking footage and add animation to create the comic book look.
"He showed me 30 seconds of it, and I was like, 'Yeah. Love that!' It changed everything, "Joe explains. "It was probably a mediocre video at best to I think it's a pretty dang good one right now."
"Yeah" is included on Joe Nichols' latest album, Crickets, now in stores.
Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and Luke Bryan will join their Buck Commander buddies -- Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and baseball players Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans -- for about two or three hunting trips this winter. The guys always have a blast on these trips, and all the action ends up on the Outdoor Channel series, Buck Commander.
Jason tells USA Today Hunt & Fish magazine, "There are so many hunting shows out there that are all about the technical hunt. But we wanted to capture the fun and friendships that are developed in the outdoors."
The hunting trips also give Jason a chance to unwind from the stress of being on the road all summer long. "It’s like a vacation," Jason says, "and I think all of us, especially with our careers, wait all year for those times.”
Jason continues his 2014 Burn It Down tour Friday night in Philadelphia.
Image Courtesy CMAIt looks like Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are pulling up stakes in Malibu. According to Variety, the couple's California home is now on the market for $7.5 million. The house was built in the late '50s and was remodeled in 2007. It boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.
Garth and Trisha will be spending more time in Nashville as they spend the next few years on a world tour. They plan to keep a residence back in Oklahoma, too.
Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new hit, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special next week on ABC. Zac Brown Band is teaming up with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on the special, and Justin Moore will sing "Home Sweet Home" with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.
Look for show hosts Little Big Town to sing in addition to performances from Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. They join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
The CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock airs Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail launches his I'm a Fire tour this fall with special guests Native Run. The first show is set for September 11 in Oxford, MS, with 22 dates announced so far. More shows will be added soon.
Headlining his own tour gives David the chance to play much longer sets than he would opening for another artist. He tells Rolling Stone Country, "I've always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75- to 90-minute show. We can show the range of the past three records."
Here are the I'm a Fire tour dates:
9/11 -- Oxford, MS, The Lyric Oxford 9/12 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 9/24 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre 9/26 -- Tallahassee, FL, The Moon 9/27 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 10/9 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion 10/10 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 10/16 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Jupiter Bar 10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Maverick's 10/24 -- Columbia, MO, 9th Street Summerfest 10/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's 10/29 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre 10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom 10/31 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre 11/6 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center 11/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 11/8 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 11/9 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 11/11 -- London, ON (CAN), London Concert Theater 11/13 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 11/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection 11/15 -- Green Bay, WI, Meyer Theatre