ABC/Image Group LAAlan Jackson and Bill Anderson are two of the newest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The country artists and songwriters will join a versatile 2018 class that includes rocker John Mellencamp, R&B sta...Read More »
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ABC RadioChris Janson was in the midst of performing a sold-out headlining show at Ryman Auditorium Monday night when Keith Urban joined him for a cover of John Michael Montgomery's hit, "Sold." What happened next was life-changing ...Read More »
Comstock/ThinkstockThis became Garth Brooks first number-one hit in December of 1989, four months after it was released. Co-written with Kent Blazy, it was the second single off his self-titled debut album. Can you name the chart topper?...Read More »
ABC/Lou RoccoLauren Alaina was runner-up on American Idol season 10, so she can speak to the new version of the show that will debut on ABC next month. She told ABC Radio at Monday's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville why she thinks Luke Bryan, in pa...Read More »
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Shenandoah will release Reloaded, their first album in 20 years, on March 16. The album includes nine of the band's previous hits performed live as well as three new tracks, produced by Rascal Flatts' ...Read More »
WATCH NOW: Morgan Evans on why he and Kelsea Ballerini had an "aspiring, inspiring" time at the Super Bowl
Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTVNewlyweds Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini had a memorable weekend getaway in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, and it allowed Morgan to check something off his bucket list. Being Australian, Evans admits the Super Bowl was the very first NFL game he'd ever attended and he calls it an "incredible, incredible experience."
"We got invited up by the family that owns Kelsea's record label and it was a last-minute invite," Morgan told ABC Radio at Monday's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. "And of course, we were like, 'We're free those days? Yes! Let's go!' It was the ultimate spectacle."
The biggest highlight for the singers was seeing Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show live in person. As Morgan explains, there were several different stage setups that you could would only see if you were there in person.
"We could see like, 'Woah, they're going from over there to over there,' and you see all the people run over and then when he ran into the crowd, everyone went ballistic!" Morgan recalls. "As someone that makes music to connect with people, the idea of playing to that many people is insane, and I don't even know how many people were watching it...some ridiculous number of millions."
He adds, "It's aspiring and inspiring and, I guess, more like respect, too. That guy's been doing it for a long time and he's still at the highest level. And the hits that he played span such a long time, as well."
The spring, Morgan will be hitting the road with Chris Young and Kane Brown; this week, Kelsea kicks off a headline tour with Walker Hayes as a supporting act.
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James MinchinWillie Nelson fans hoping for a chance to catch the country legend live this month will have to wait a little longer. A month after cancelling his January tour dates, Willie has also cleared his calendar for February. A statement...Read More »
ABC/Image Group LADustin Lynch has done quite a bit of globetrotting lately, but as he told ABC Radio at Monday's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, some of it involved hanging out in Mexico at Luke Bryan's annual Crash My Playa destination festival.
"I got to travel over the Christmas break and I went to, my first time ever, to Vietnam. And then we went from Vietnam to Thailand, and then literally back to Nashville for 12 hours and then to Crash My Playa!" Dustin told ABC Radio. "So it was a whirlwind of a few weeks there."
During the event, which features thousands of country fans enjoying live performances, sun, sand and fun, Dustin said Luke gave him an honorary title: "The Mayor of Crash My Playa."
"We got to play three shows. The first was opening for Luke on the big stage on the beach, and then we played something I guess...[that] may be what got me the title Mayor of Crash My Playa: pool parties at these resorts."
More specifically, Dustin and his band played to literally thousands of people at the pools at a couple of the Mexican resorts, and they decided to wing it.
"This year, we just took requests the whole time," he laughed. "So I was playing, gosh, anything and everything. "We played 'La Bamba,' we were playing Dierks Bentley songs, Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, whatever they throw at us, we would try to play, even if we didn't know it! We'd screw the words up, say 'Who cares?,' keep going!"
Later this month, Dustin will be hitting the road with Brad Paisley, Lindsay Ell and Chase Bryant. No word on whether or not he'll take requests at those shows.
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ABC/Image Group LAHigh Valley are set to drop a seven-track project digitally this Friday, February 9, followed by a physical release on March 23. The acoustic effort, Farmhouse Sessions, was recorded in their farmhouse outside of Nashville a...Read More »
WATCH NOW: Michael Ray’s puppy made his Disney dreams come true — and helped thousands of other dogs, too
ABC/Image Group LAMichael Ray's puppy Wrigley, whom he adopted backstage at a country music festival in Chicago, has helped him achieve several goals: raising awareness of animal adoption, helping shelter pets...and making his Disney dreams come true.
"My little sister and I are close in age and so growing up, watching Disney movies, we always wanted a white husky," he told ABC Radio at Monday's County Radio Seminar in Nashville. "So we were backstage and I saw saw Wrigley, who's a husky-shepherd mix. She was eight weeks old, and I went to take a photo to send it to my sister and say, 'Hey, look, they got Bolt!"
Bolt, a white husky, is the title character of the 2008 Disney movie of the same name. But Michael's admiration of the pup didn't stop there.
"The next thing I know, I'm signing the papers, donating the money and she's hopping on the bus," he laughed. "She came into my life at such a crucial time. I was going through a lot and it's true, I think: When you adopt, they know."
Wrigley inspired Michael to start his Wrigley Cares charity, which works with fans to help animals in need by donating food and supplies to shelters at each of his tour stops.
"We're gonna pick it up on this new Get to You tour, which we just announced," he told ABC Radio. "We'll be doing later this spring and uh it's just a chance for us to give back but also raise awareness of 'adopt not shop.'"
"In two months, we've been able to feed over 200,000 meals," he noted. "It's just been incredible and it all started with me randomly adopting this beautiful puppy that's helped me help change the lives of other animals around the world."
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