Brantley Gilbert has definitely earned his slot on the list of up-and-coming country stars. This year, the rising hitmaker has watched ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’ become his second-consecutive No. 1 single, and he’s gained major songwriting success, too. Gilbert penned ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ and ‘My Kinda Party,’ both of which Jason Aldean has taken to the top of the country charts. After gaining fans for his fist-pumping, hell-raising stage performances as an opener for Toby Keith and Eric Church, Gilbert has decided to trek out on his own headlining tour.
Between touring with Jason Aldean and promoting his multi-week No. 1 single ‘Drunk on You’, Luke Bryan is in the midst of a seriously busy summer. But that’s not going to stop the award-winning country star from stepping onstage in Central Park on Friday (July 13) to play a set for the ‘Good Morning America’ Summer Concert Series.
Look out, ladies and gentleman! Like many before her, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Lucy Hale is moseying her way onto the country music scene, and she’s coming armed with a great singing voice and the support of Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush.
Carrie Underwood is best known for her off-the-charts singing voice — have you heard her pipes in ‘Good Girl’? — but sometimes country music fans forget that the award-winning songstress is an accomplished songwriter, too. Typically, Underwood is one to record her own work, but her latest tune, ‘Eighteen Inches,’ will be fellow ‘American Idol’ alum Lauren Alaina‘s next radio single. Of course Underwood is excited to have Alaina record the song, but she’s also looking forward to helping the young starlet navigate her country music fame.
It’s hard to imagine tough-as-nails country gal Miranda Lambert getting so sick that she has to cancel shows, but unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened this week. The normally energetic country star was slated to play at Jam in the Valley in Varysburg, N.Y. tonight (July 6), but according to Jam in the Valley officials, the ‘Over You’ hitmaker “has taken ill and has canceled all performances for this weekend as per her doctor’s orders.”
Although Keith Urban has fully enjoyed coaching talented singers on ‘The Voice’ in Australia, there’s no chance that the ‘You Gonna Fly’ hitmaker will trade in his guitar for a permanent reality TV contract anytime soon. While Urban would be thrilled to do another season of ‘The Voice,’ he told Australian radio’s Kyle & Jackie O Show that making music is still priority No. 1.
Taylor Swift had a starstruck July 4, and no, we’re not talking about fireworks or the stars on the grand old flag. Country music’s sweetheart celebrated her Independence Day by taking a (romantic?) walk on the beach with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick and going sailing with several members of the Kennedy family in Massachusetts.
David Nail is pretty hardcore. Just last month, the ‘Let It Rain’ hitmaker left it all out on the field at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. In fact, he played so hard (and might we add, threw out so many members of the challenging team) that he suffered a minor fracture and a detached tendon in his hand. The good news is, now Nail is all patched up and he’s ready to brave another celebrity softball match.
You wouldn’t be able to tell from watching his rocking stage performances, but as it turns out, having a wife and two daughters has made Keith Urban a bit of a softie. In a recent interview with the Belfast Telegraph, the ‘For You’ singer admitted that sometimes even the most random things make him cry.
There’s no day quite like the Fourth of July to make Americans reflect on the freedoms and gifts we too often take for granted as citizens of the U.S.A. And nobody salutes the red, white and blue quite as often or as seriously as country music stars. In light of this year’s Independence Day, longtime country music king Tim McGraw paused to reflect on what makes America a great place to live.
Last November, when Lady Antebellum kicked off their 85-city We Own the Night tour in Knoxville, Tenn., they had no idea that by the end of the U.S. leg of the tour, they would have played to more than one million fans. Last Saturday night (June 30), the award-winning trio closed the North American portion of the tour by playing with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, marking an attendance milestone of more than 1 million fans.
After a few months of playing to jam-packed audiences on their We Own the Night Tour, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley was ready to cut loose and enjoy the band’s last U.S. tour stop in Milwaukee on Saturday night (June 30). To close out his portion of the show, opener Darius Rucker launched into a performance of Prince’s ‘Puple Rain,’ but he was almost derailed when vocalist Charles Kelley walked on stage dressed as Prince.
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