CMACMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood plan to have a field day with some of the recent scandals in the news, including the Ashley Madison website hack.
"I guess it's the wrong thing to say, but God bless the Ashley Madison website hack for many reasons," Brad says, before Carrie clarifies, "The hack. Not the website itself."
While Brad doesn't condone using the cheating website, he is glad it exists for the purposes of the CMA Awards monologue. He says, "If anybody has a right to deal with a cheating website, it's us. Don't you think? In country music."
The current political election will also provide some great comedy bits. "This election has been just amazing," Brad adds. "They give us sound bites. We can't keep up."
Brad and Carrie co-host the 49th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer's new album, thirty one, is out Friday featuring the lead single, "I Got the Boy." Look for Jana to perform the song on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, October 12.
As for the album title, Jana explains, "thirty one was the perfect title because it’s taken me 31 years to live and write this album, and I believe it shows strength, grace, vulnerability, fun and confidence. thirty one is who and what I am, and I think when my fans listen to the album they will discover so much more about me."
Jana co-wrote six of the 11 songs on the new project.
Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith admits his latest album, 35 MPH Town, doesn't really break any new ground, musically speaking. That's exactly what he hopes listeners say after they give the project a spin.
He says, "I hope they look at this album and go, 'Same ol’, same ol'. He’s sticking to his guns.'"
Though he's not going to work to keep up with current trends at country radio, Toby promised himself he would never say anything bad about the music coming from the new generation of country artists.
"I heard the guys whining, saying that the youth like, twenty years ago when I was coming in, there were people that were saying my generation wasn’t country enough, and I was like, 'Man I never want to be that guy.' So, I don’t care what the kids are doing."
Toby co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on 35 MPH Town, including the new single, "Beautiful Stranger." The album is out now.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard will play his 6th Annual Country Christmas Concert at the State Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 19. Proceeds will go to Detroit's Notes for Notes Studio providing young people with access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments.
Luke Bryan's new video for "Strip It Down" features two couples getting away for some alone time. Check it out now on Vevo.
Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town's Karen Fairchild is easily one of country music's most stylish stars, so it makes since she's now launching her own fashion collection. Fair Child by Karen Fairchild is described as a "unique fusion of sexy, bold, pieces that Nashville inspired with a rock and roll sensibility."
Karen says, "Fair Child is a blend of everything I love. It’s a collection of rich textures, details and embellishments in iconic pieces that are easy to wear, glamorous and affordable. These versatile pieces are made to be worn together through mixing, matching and layering.”
Look for Fair Child by Karen Fairchild to debut October 27 at Evine.com.
Rick Diamond for Getty ImagesMaddie & Tae kicked off their Start Here tour Wednesday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The 75-minute set included a crowd sing-along on the duo's latest hit, "Fly," as well as covers of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Rihanna's "Umbrella," and "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. Of course, "Girl in a Country Song" was a big highlight.
Maddie & Tae's Tae Dye says, "“This is everything Maddie and I have dreamed since we started writing songs at 15."
Maddie & Tae are up for three trophies at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will hit the road this February for a brand-new tour, including a March 4 show in Nashville.
Blake says of his plans for 2016, "We've got a new album coming and I can't wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans. As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I’ve missed it, and it's gonna be like old times. So y'all get ready to party, ‘cause Blake Shelton is comin to see ya!'"
Tickets for Blake's show in Nashville go on sale Saturday, October 17 through Ticketmaster.
Here are Blake's new tour dates:
2/18 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena 2/19 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 2/20 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 2/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 2/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 2/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 3/3 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 3/4 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 3/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 3/18 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena 3/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
CMABrettEldredge manages to hang out in the crowd at his concert without getting mobbed thanks to a clever disguise. The wacky singer puts on a long, curly wig to take on the persona of his alter ego, Xander, going out to mingle with his fans. The disguise works very well.
Brett tells People, "Xander has hippie hair and doesn't look anything like me when I put the wig on. People will ask me about my hair while wearing a T-shirt [with my name on it]."
Xander doesn’t come around all the time, though. Brett adds with a laugh, "He shows up when I'm drinking."
Sony Music NashvilleCam wrote her debut hit, "Burning House," based on a dream she had about seeing an old love for the first time in a while. Since it comes from such a personal place, it's no wonder fans are really passionate about the song.
Cam says, "People run up to me after shows, and it’s like we’re already friends, kind of, because their stories are my stories, and they say, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just broke up with someone, and "Burning House” -- I’ve listened to it 10 times, and this is my story.'”
Luckily, Cam is in a much better romantic place now. She recently announced her engagement to Adam Weaver.
ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville,Scarlett O'Conner made the decision to take her mother, Beverly, off life support, which didn't sit well with Beverly's brother -- Scarlett's uncle Deacon Claybourne. Scarlett was in the room alone as Beverly died at the end of the episode. Deacon chose to grieve alone in the bedroom he had set up for Beverly to come home to after she got better.
Juliette Barnes continued her hard-partying ways on the road as her husband, Avery Barkley, started divorce proceedings back home in Nashville. Juliette's tour mate, Luke Wheeler, gave her a cautionary tale about abandoning his wife and kids for life as a country star. It didn't seem to work, though. Juliette was downing champagne with a friend right after that pep talk.
Will Lexington faced heat from some gay members of the Nashville music community for not doing more with his status as an out country singer. Will's boyfriend, songwriter Kevin Bicks, backed them up but understood when Will said he needed more time to adjust to being an out gay man.
Mayor Teddy Conrad came clean to his daughters, Maddie and Daphne, about embezzling money from the government. He decided to plead guilty to the charges and will most likely spend several years behind bars.
Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson's career is getting the box set treatment November 6. Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story is a three-disc collection featuring Alan's classic hits, as well as eight previously unreleased recordings. Among those rarities is a live version of The Eagles' "Seven Bridges Road" recorded in 1997, and a live performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" in 2001.
The Alan Jackson box sit will only be available at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will be back for season 10 of NBC's The Voice this February. Besides Adam Levine, Blake is the only coach that has appeared on every season of the hit show. Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera will also appear on the 10th season.
The ninth season of The Voice is now underway Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.
Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is teaming up with pop/rock act Fall Out Boy for a collaboration on the 49th Annual CMA Awards next month. They join previously-announced show openers Hank Williams, Jr. and Eric Church, who will be performing the Waylon Jennings classic, "Are You Ready for the Country."
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host the 49th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain has canceled her Tuesday night show in Manchester, New Hampshire and her Wednesday night show in Albany, New York due to illness. Shania has been diagnosed with a respiratory infection, and her doctors have advised her to rest for a few days.
These shows cannot be rescheduled due to Shania's current touring schedule. She apologizes to fans for any inconvenience and will resume her tour Friday night in Quebec City, Canada.
Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was honored with the 70th star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville Tuesday afternoon. The honor comes a decade after Miranda first lived in Music City while competing on the music competition show Nashville Star. That was her first time living away from her home state of Texas, and she didn't last long in Tennessee.
She told the crowd with a laugh, "I lived in Nashville just long enough to make a record and then got scared and ran back to mom."
Though Miranda and her now ex-husband Blake Shelton have had a place in Nashville for several years now, she has been spending a lot more time in the city since they split in July.
"I moved back here, and I've never felt more at home," Miranda said. "I've never felt more inspired. I've listened to live music or written music every single day since I've been here for the whole summer, basically."
Getting her star on the Music City Walk of Fame capped off a very creative few months for Miranda, and she's taking inspiration from her fellow inductees, including legendary guitarist Steve Cropper and Nashville music industry pioneer E.W. "Bud" Wendell. Tommy Cash, the brother of Johnny Cash, was on hand to accept The Man in Black's star on the Walk of Fame, too.
Miranda closed out her remarks saying, "I could not be more thrilled to have my name on the sidewalk down here, because it means the world. I also feel like I'm just getting started. I see these guys up here that are still so inspired about making music and being part of Music City."
After the Music City Walk of Fame ceremony, Miranda played two shows at the Grand Ole Opry. Proceeds from the Opry shows went to benefit her Mutt Nation Foundation to help rescue animals across the country.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to country newcomer Rachele Lynae on her recent engagement to Sam Hunt's lighting director, Tim Creedon.
Maddie & Tae will perform their song, "No Place Like You," on Disney Channel's Girl Meets World during the series' three-part episode airing Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18 each night at 8:30 p.m. ET.