Photo credit: Danny Clinch/Courtesy Shock InkIf you live in Washington or Colorado, you’ll soon be able legally to partake of Willie Nelson’s premium brand of cannabis. Willie’s Reserve is expected to be available in select stores in July in Washington, before debuting in Colorado in August.
In a press release that calls the Country Music Hall of Famer “the face of responsible marijuana use in the United States,” Willie says he always knew marijuana would be legalized. He’s just surprised it happened in his lifetime.
“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” he admits candidly. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people. I hope it gives social justice to those who are incarcerated for doing what we’re now doing legally,” he adds.
To celebrate, Willie will do a show this Saturday at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. He’ll follow with another concert July 30 at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, Colorado.
Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer William Michael Morgan is getting high praise from ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean.
“Just a really, really cool voice, and it’s very country,” Jason says, evaluating WMM’s abilities. “I think it’s really important to have those guys that are the traditionalists, that carry the flag in country music, and after hearing this guy sing I was like, ‘He could be the dude.' I love the song, I love his voice and I hope he does well because I think we need this kind of thing in the format.”
William Michael’s debut single, “I Met a Girl,” which was co-written by Sam Hunt, is currently knocking on the door to the top twenty. He recently shot the cover photo for his full-length debut on Warner Brothers, which should be out later this year.
MCA NashvilleNext month, Kip Moore headlines Nashville’s annual Guitar-B-Que fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but last week in Memphis, he got the chance to visit with some of the patients the concert will help.
You can see Kip in action with the kids in a new YouTube clip, laughing, hugging and performing an impromptu rendition of Josh Turner’s “Your Man” as he gets to know the youngsters undergoing treatment at the non-profit hospital. Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Brandy Clark and Chris Lane will join Kip for the show August 10 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.
Right now, Kip’s latest single, “Running for You,” is poised to break into the top 15.
Cover Art Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is back with a new single, just in time for “The Weekend.” It’s a song that was inspired by the crowds on his Blackout Tour last winter.
“We were rolling through the Midwest, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and you see how hard people work-- and how much they need to let it go when they get to Friday!” Brantley recalls. “All those people coming out to the shows and rocking hard, they meant business. I wanted to write a song that matched that intensity to kick back even harder than you work.”
This summer, Brantley’s meeting those same kinds of fans on his Take It Outside Tour with Justin Moore and Colt Ford. When he’s not on the road, he’s busy working to follow up “The Weekend” with his new album.
Courtesy BMLG/Photo Credit: Sheryl NieldsIt’s been ten years since Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” topped the charts, and for the entire decade since its release, ESPN has used the song as the soundtrack for its series that follows the Make-a-Wish Foundation as they turn dreams into reality for children with life-threatening illnesses.
To celebrate the anniversary, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have recorded a new version of their hit from 2006. They also reflect on the impact of “My Wish” on the Friday night edition of SportsCenter. You can catch it at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can check out the trio’s interview online now.
Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has country’s most successful tour of 2016 so far, according to Billboard. The American Idol winner made $29.9 million from the 40 dates on her Storyteller tour, enough to land at number 10 on the magazine’s Highest-Grossing Tours list.
The “Church Bells” hitmaker also has the distinction of being the only country artist on the ranking, though it’s worth pointing out that Garth Brooks doesn’t release his numbers. Carrie’s former country colleague Taylor Swift comes in at number 9 with $33.3 million for just a dozen shows. Bruce Springsteen lands at the top, making $135 million over his 45 dates.
Carrie sets out on the second leg of the Storyteller tour at the end of August.
Capitol Records NashvilleJon Pardi may’ve grown up in California, but his latest hit, “Head over Boots,” actually has its roots in the Lone Star State. He was visiting his dad, who lives near San Antonio, when the inspiration struck.
“Texas has a bunch of dance halls,” Jon recalls, “so we were out there kinda hanging out, having some beers, watching the band, listening to country music. And they were playing like western swing and old Merle Haggard songs and stuff. There was old couples and young couples dancing, and I was like, 'Man, it'd be really cool just to get like a cool song that once you hear it, everybody wants to dance to it.'"
Even after sleeping on it, Jon couldn’t shake the idea.
“I woke up the next morning after the dance hall and had a cup of coffee and I just started singing, and like strumming and kinda just writing melodies and stuff. And I recorded the melody to 'Head over Boots' and the first three lines… And that's kinda what we started with.”
“Head over Boots” is currently edging its way into country’s top five. It’s the lead single from Jon’s sophomore album, California Sunrise, which recently debuted at number one on Billboard’s country albums chart.
ABCLittle Big Town and Bonnie Raitt were among the artists who explored the years 1990-1995 on Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s musical tribute show Greatest Hits.
Thursday’s show saw the "Girl Crush" quartet put their spin on the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,”with the band giving the 1995 song a southern twist.
Andra Day teamed up with Raitt for a duet of Bonnie’s 1994 hit, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You.” Next, the pair, who first met at this year’s Grammy Awards back in February, joined forces for a powerful version of Day’s “Rise Up.”
The evening also included “Here” singer Alessia Cara putting her stamp on U2’s “One,” En Vogue performing “Free Your Mind,” Seal reprising his classic “Kiss from A Rose,” Montell Jordan delivering his R&B smash “This Is How We Do It” and Boyz II Men singing their 1991 hit, “Motownphilly”
Greatest Hits returns next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
EMI NashvilleHillary Scott’s no stranger to visiting the top of the charts with Lady Antebellum, but this week, she’s accomplished a first all on her own. “Thy Will,” the debut single from her faith-based album with her family, is number-one on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs tally.
Written as she went through the heartbreak of a miscarriage last summer while on tour with Lady A, “Thy Will” was one of the songs Hillary sang Wednesday in Nashville with mom Linda Davis, father Lang Scottand her little sister Rylee. Producer Ricky Skaggs even sat in for part of the performance at Music City’s The Bell Tower.
The 13-track collection from Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Love Remains, comes out July 29.
BMLGYou can get a psychedelic peek at what’s it like on the road with Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots tour, in a trippy new video clip that recaps the duo’s recent dates in Raleigh, North Carolina; Bristow, Virginia; and Wantagh, New York.
Set to the new tune “Blame” by electronic duo Zeds Dead, producer Diplo and Swedish singer Elliphant, the clip shows off Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard’s bowling abilities, as well as a self-proclaimed “Hillbilly Long Hair Hippie Tap Dance” from Tyler.
Florida Georgia Line kicks off their dates this week Thursday night with two shows in Wisconsin, before making their way to Monticello, Iowa, on Saturday. Their new album, Dig Your Roots, comes out August 26.
BBR Music GroupFor the next three Tuesdays, the Grand Ole Opry and Southwest Airlines are teaming up to bring country music to New York City. This summer, they’re sponsoring a handful of free acoustic shows in Manhattan’s Bryant Park.
Parmalee plays the first concert on July 26, with Lindsay Ell and Thompson Square following on August 2 and 9, respectively. They’re calling the shows “Circle in the City,” because each performance will feature the Opry’s signature mic stand, as well as a replica of the iconic circle of wood carved from the Opry’s longtime home at the Ryman Auditorium.
Comstock/Thinkstock Besides his signature smash "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Charlie Daniels has scored two top-ten hits on the country chart. Can you name them? ANSWER: 1986's "Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" and 1988's "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues."
Image credit: Becky FlukeWith a new single titled “Vice,” an ongoing gig on Kenny Chesney’s Spread the Love trek, as well as her own headlining tour, and finishing her sixth studio album that's on the way -- if Miranda Lambert does have a bad habit, it sounds like it might be work.
But the six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year says all her multitasking is actually just a way to up her game.
“It's a little different, just going from writing and then going in the studio and then getting ready for the tour and then starting the tour, but it wasn't really our tour that we started, it was the Kenny tour,” Miranda laughs. “It really keeps it interesting. We love Kenny and their whole organization. It's not all on us, you know. I get to watch him and learn, and every single night I'm done by 9:15 and I'm learning, you know. He's a pro!”
Every time she does a show with Kenny, Miranda says she tries to find something she can take back to her Keeper of the Flame dates to up the ante. This Saturday night, she plays Seattle with Kenny, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, before reuniting with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne for her own show next Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.
Black River EntertainmentCraig Morgan has released a new statement regarding the death of his son, JerryGreer, earlier this month.
"The loss of our son Jerry is the hardest thing we have ever had to endure as a family," a post on Morgan's Facebook page, featuring a photo of his late son, began. "Karen and I are so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have shown us unwavering support during this difficult time."
The musician thanked sheriff and fire departments, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and other agencies, volunteers, friends and family who helped in the search and showed support.
"We are blessed by the outpouring of prayers and condolences from across the world," the statement continues. "Jerry may be gone from this earth, and we will miss him every day, but his spirit will live on in our hearts. We will find peace knowing that God has a bigger plan, and that one day, we'll be reunited with him again in Heaven."
Morgan's son, who was 19, disappeared after a tubing accident on Tennessee’s Kentucky Lake. His body was recovered more than 24 hours later.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock GarthBrooks is set to play Anaheim, California, for the first time in two decades on September 17. Tickets for the show at the Honda Center go on sale July 29 at 10 a.m. PT.
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will return to headline Gaylord Opryland's 33rd annual Country Christmas dinner show for the second year in a row. The siblings play the first of 38 shows in the Nashville hotel's Tennessee Ballroom on November 11.
If you missed Dierks Bentley and Elle King's appearance on the Today show to spotlight the making of their "Different for Girls" video, you can watch it online now.
BMLG Music GroupFlorida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard says he’s getting back to the basics and taking a break from social media indefinitely.
“I spend way to [sic] much of my valuable time worrying about my next post or how many comments or likes I got,” Tyler shared on his personal Instagram page on Wednesday.
“I love my fans and promise I'm not gone forever,” he went on to say, “but I'm taking some time to refocus on my relationships, the Lord, my marriage, my family, and my music. Maybe I'll even learn a new instrument instead of learning how to snap chat.”
He accompanied his post with a black-and-white graphic that simple said, “Done with the reel life and getting back to the real life.”
While fans may not be hearing from Tyler directly every day, they can rest assured that all the other Florida Georgia Line socials are continuing to be updated. The duo’s new album, Dig Your Roots, comes out August 26.
ABC/Mark LevineCharlie Daniels is adding one of the hottest concert draws around to his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam this fall in Nashville. Chris Stapleton will join the all-star lineup, which already includes Kid Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, with more artists to be revealed in the future.
“This is going to be one of them magic evenings,” Charlie says. “I’m really looking forward to jamming with Chris… I’m looking forward to just getting on stage with him and some other pickers and just let the music take us wherever it wants to go.”
Tickets are on sale now for the show November 30 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Part of the proceeds will go to Charlie’s non-profit, The Journey Home Project, which helps veterans re-adjust to life after their service.
Later this year, Charlie will officially become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, after his induction during the Medallion Ceremony in the Hall’s CMA Theater.
EMI NashvilleEven though Hillary Scott is busy promoting her new side project with her family, the Lady Antebellum hitmaker is already writing new music and recording with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.
“We are in exploratory mode! Exploratative? What's the word? Just made it up!” she jokes. “We are having a blast. We're writing. The fall is really what's marked off for the bulk of the work and the fun. But we don't know how to not work.”
While she and Charles both currently have solo singles, they’re also back on the road with Lady A, with an eye on new music from the band.
“We're dabbling in the studio here and there, but nothing is really like cemented in stone yet,” Hillary reveals. “We're just kind of exploring, and that's what this whole experience was for, was to give ourselves time to really go after our own individual things and then come back and have no real rush of a deadline for new music. But we've got some good stuff!
In the meantime, Hillary’s faith-based album with her family, Love Remains, will be out July 29. She recently revealed the first single, “Thy Will,” was inspired by a miscarriage she suffered last year while on tour with Lady A.