TIM McGRAW SAYS NEW 'SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN' CD IS 'COUNTRY'
Tim McGraw’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, is officially in stores today (Tuesday, September 16th). The project reflects the musical influences and sounds he’s peppered his hit-making career with since the beginning, and despite recent trends in the genre, Tim tells us the CD is definitely a country record. "It probably is more resonant of what my career has been overall as much as anything. I don’t know if I’d say it’s a country album, I mean . . . It’s a country album because I’m singing it, but if you want to say, ‘Is it a traditional country . . .’ It’s not a traditional country album, but I think it’s very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career. I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 years in music has been in a lot of ways, so I think that you can certainly hear parts of my career through all these songs, but if I was forced to I would probably say that it’s probably a little more country than the last couple records." , Tim will make appearances on The View and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, on October 27th. The 12-track album will include holiday classics as well as two originals co-written by Darius, "Candy Cane Christmas" and "What God Wants For Christmas." Sheryl Crow is a special guest on the album, joining Darius on the holiday standard "Baby It’s Cold Outside."
Darius said, "I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album. This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it."
Darius has also been busy working on his fourth solo county album to be released in early 2015. The album’s debut single "Homegrown Honey" has just been released to Country radio and is climbing the charts.
GEORGE STRAIT'S LIVE ALBUM IN STORES TODAY
George Strait's new album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, arrives at retail today (Tuesday, September 16th). The songs were recorded during George's last concert at AT&T Stadium near Dallas back in June. The star-studded send-off featured special guests Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, whose collaborations that night with "King George" are included on the 20-track collection.
The last show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour was performed in front of nearly 105,000 fans. Even though George is a veteran performer and has played for some of the biggest crowds, he tells us that show made him "nervous as a cat." He explains: "When you walk out in front of 104,000 people, that’s scary. (laughs) But I mean once I got on stage all that went away, and I could just feel the energy and the support and the love from the fans. It was just unbelievable. And there’s just no way to totally describe the feeling that you have when you walk out there in front of a crowd that big. Not many people get to experience it. (laughs) I’m very lucky that I did, and it was so much fun, and then at the end it was sad. I almost lost it a couple of times but I didn’t want to do that and I managed not too, but it still was very sad to know that – and I did this a lot, during the two years I would walk out there and as I left the stage I’m going I may never be back here doing this again ever at this place." 20. The Cowboy Rides Away
Luke Bryan took his That’s My Kind of Night tour to New York last weekend, making his second appearance this year in Manhattan’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Friday night (September 12th) and Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena Sunday night (September 14th), selling out both concert stops. Luke also played shows in Connecticut and New Hampshire, selling out both of those dates as well.
A second concert in Los Angeles was just added to the calendar at The Forum on October 26th, which now closes out for the tour for 2014. Luke plays the Hollywood Bowl for the first time on October 25th.
During the Madison Square Garden show, Luke paid homage to September 11, 2001 performing an impromptu "Star-Spangled Banner" with opener Lee Brice which had the crowd chanting "U.S.A.," "U.S.A..
Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour continues this week with shows in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, Texas.
MIRANDA LAMBERT, BLAKE SHELTON, KEITH URBAN TO PERFORM ON CMA AWARDS
CMA Awards nominees Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan are the first announced performers at the upcoming show, being held on November 5th in Nashville. Miranda is up for nine awards, Blake and Luke are up for three, while Keith could take home four awards.
The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and will air live from the Bridgestone Arena on ABC.
NEW LEE ANN WOMACK ALBUM STREAMED BY WALL STREET JOURNAL
Lee Ann Womack will release her first new album in several years called The Way I'm Livin' on September 23rd, but fans can have a early listen to the project tommorrow (Wednesday, September 17th) when the Wall Street Journal (http://WallStreetJournal.com) streams the album in its entirety.
Lee Ann said, "The response is a little amazing. (Producer and husband) Frank (Liddell) and I made a record of the songs we love with players who really went deep to match my singing, the emotions I wanted, and we didn’t think about radio or marketing or anything . . . just did this move us. You can’t second guess other people, but it sure feels good knowing other people share our hunger for this music too, because it’s definitely grown up country."
She tapes CMT Crossroads with John Legend on September 17th in Nashville. The show will premiere on CMT on September 26th. Lee Ann said, "John Legend comes from a deep place. He’s a great musician and vocalist. Kanye West enlists him for that musicality – and whether it’s straight soul or hip-hop, John brings great melody and emotion. As someone who knows how soulful country can be, this is gonna get interesting."