BRAD PAISLEY GOES 'ROGUE', TWEETS CLIPS OF NEW MUSIC
Brad Paisley is in some hot water with his record label. Over the past couple of days, Brad has been releasing clips of songs from his upcoming Moonshine In The Trunk CD without the label's knowledge or permission. On Saturday (August 26th), Brad tweeted, "I'm going rogue. The label doesn't know I'm doing this. Seriously. But I made a Moonshine Preview teaser. Don't tell."
The label swung into action, taking down Brad's links to the new music as fast as he'd put them up. Then Brad began tweeting actual emails and text messages he was receiving from both label and management asking him to stop, as well as his responses, including one telling someone at Sony, "I love you guys. But go ---- yourselves." But Brad hasn't gone totally crazy -- he did block out the four-letter word as well as the names and email addresses of those with whom he was corresponding.
Then Brad recruited his Rising Star co-star, rapper Ludacris, to tweet links to Brad's new music from Ludacris' Twitter account after promising the label that HE would not share any more songs. Sneaky!
Moonshine in the Trunk is due in stores on August 26th.
LUKE BRYAN'S ANNUAL FARM TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER
For the sixth consecutive year, Luke Bryan will launch a series of fall concerts this October known as the Farm Tour. This year’s Farm Tour adds stops in Knoxville, Tennessee and Gainesville, Florida and is scheduled to begin on October 1st in Knoxville. The tour will continue through October 11th in Macon, Georgia.
Last year, Luke performed for over 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns, breaking the previous year’s record. A portion of the proceeds are granted for local college scholarships ("Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship") to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.
Here is the 2014 Farm Tour rundown: October 1 Knoxville, Tennessee Maple Lane Farms October 2 Auburn, Alabama Ingram Farms October 3 Tallahassee, Florida Cross Creek Place October 4 Gainesville, Florida Whitehurst Cattle Farm October 8 Statesboro, Georgia Perry Field October 9 Athens, Georgia Meldon Farm October 10 Columbia, South Carolina Culler Farms October 11 Macon, Georgia Midway at Central City Park (dates & cities subject to change)
The Farm Tour ticket presale will begin for Luke Bryan’s Fan Club, the Nut House, today (Tuesday, July 29th) at 10 a.m. local time for Knoxville, Gainesville, Auburn and Statesboro. The public on sale for those shows begin at 10 a.m. on Friday (August 1st). For ticket information, visit lukebryan.com/farmtour.
TIM McGRAW SHARES DETAILS OF 'SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN' ALBUM
Tim McGraw has shared some details about his upcoming Sundown Heaven Town album, which will be in stores on September 16th. For starters, the project will feature both a 13 track standard and 18 track deluxe version, which includes a duet with Kid Rock.
Tim shared the album cover with fans yesterday (Monday, July 28th) on Facebook. As of today (Tuesday, July 29th), the CD is available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and timmcgraw.com.
Tim said, "This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career. I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do."
He added, "I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could. I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."
TIm is in the midst of his Sundown Heaven Town tour.
His current single, "Meanwhile Back At Mama's," featuring Faith Hill, is a Top 10 hit and climbing.
Here is the Sundown Heaven Town track list: 1. Overrated 2. City Lights 3. Shotgun Rider 4. Dust 5. Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn) 6. Words Are Medicine 7. Sick Of Me 8. Meanwhile Back At Mama’s (featuring Faith Hill) 9. Keep On Truckin’ 10. Last Turn Home 11. Portland, Maine 12. Lookin’ For That Girl 13. Still On The Line
DELUXE TRACKS 14. Kids Today 15. Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs (duet with Kid Rock) 16. The View 17. I'm Feelin' You 18. Black Jacket
BITS AND PIECES: GARTH BROOKS, TOBY KEITH & MORE!
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are selling their home in Malibu, California. The 4,000-plus-square-foot property is listed for $7.5 million. It feature four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and sits on just over half an acre. The beach is just a short walk down a private road. Garth and Trisha bought the property in June 2008 for $4.95 million. (Yahoo)
Toby Keith is this year's highest-paid country artist, earning $65 million, according to Forbes' list. Taylor Swift follows closely with $64 million, with Kenny Chesney at Number Three with $44 million, Jason Aldean at Number Four with $37 million and Luke Bryan comes in fifth with $34 million. Check out the complete list: http://onforb.es/1tlgent
The Academy of Country Music will hold its 8th annual "ACM Honors" show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on September 9th. Honorees include songwriter Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Milsap, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. Tickets for "ACM Honors" are $40 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday (August 1st) at the Ryman box office, www.ryman.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE LOVES BURNING IT DOWN AT BASEBALL STADIUMS
Florida Georgia Line is out on the Burn It Down tour with Jason Aldean, which is in the midst of playing five stadium shows.
The guys have had a blast getting to play their hits as well as their latest single, "Dirt," for the sold out crowds in the stadiums. They played Cleveland’s Progressive Field and Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati two weekends ago, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. and PNC Park in Pittsburgh this past weekend, and they’ll play Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday (August 1st).
Playing these venues is particularly exciting for Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley because they're both huge baseball fans. Brian tells us: "Yeah, we’re both big fans. Tyler played for a while and I played all the way through college and that’s a dream come true for both of us. We’ve loved baseball ever since we were little and any time we got to go near any kinda baseball stadium this past year we’d take BP and we’d check it out. So, getting to play music there is epic for us."
Florida Georgia Line is racing up the charts with their new single, "Dirt," the first single from their upcoming sophomore album.
As the father of three, Joe Nichols is enjoying the wholesome atmosphere of the Lady Antebellum tour. Of course, Hillary Scott has a one-year-old out on the road with her, and Dave Haywood and his wife are expecting their first child, so things are pretty calm.
Joe tells us: "It's more of a family vibe-y kind of a tour than I've ever been a part of and I love that -- love that it's kind of calm and it's kind of normal backstage. Everybody kind of has their routine and all the routines are normal (laughs). There's no crazy routine. You know, I've definitely been on those tours where there's been the pre-show rituals that are a little out there and then the after show riturals that were way out there so I'm very happy to be on the kind of tour that I'm on and look forward to doing this on and on and on (laughs) for the next few years, too." in Wisconsin.
JUSTIN MOORE HAD TO BE TALKED INTO MOTLEY CRUE COVER
As one of the more traditional artists in country music today, Justin Moore was skeptical about the idea of recording a Motley Crue cover. He was definitely a fan of the rock group, but he tells us it took some convincing on the part of his label head to get him to agree to be part of the tribute album that is set for release next month.
Justin tells us: "My record label president called me probably six months about and said, ‘Man, I know you’re gonna think I’m crazy but, would you sing on a Motley Crue tribute album?’ And I said, ‘Wow, you are nuts’, I mean, I’m as traditional as it gets now days and that’s crazy for me. But let me go back and get reacquainted with some of their music. I was obviously familiar with what they had accomplished in this industry, and obviously knew a lot of their material, but I wanted to get a little more well versed in it. ‘Home Sweet Home’ was one of those songs I remembered loving back in the day, but when I saw it on a cassette tape, that’s when I go, ‘Oh man, I forgot about "Home Sweet Home," I love this song,’ It was the only song I thought I could do justice to. We went in a recorded it and we just kinda all fell in love with it."
"Home Sweet Home" will be on Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, which will be released on August 19th.
David Nail will launch a headlining run this fall called the I'm A Fire tour, named after his current studio album. The trek will play in more than 20 cities around the country, including New York, Boston, Denver, New Orleans and Cleveland. Tickets to shows on the tour go on sale on Friday (August 1st).
David told Rolling Stone Country, "It's so much fun to open up for big acts and know that there's going to be 5, 10, or even 15,000 people out there when you play, but it's always difficult to only play for 35 minutes. I've always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75 to 90 minute show. We can show the range of the past three records."
In addition to his own headlining shows over the last year, David has toured with Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum.
His I'm A Fire CD produced a Number One hit with "Whatever She's Got," and his latest single, "Kiss You Tonight," is making its climb up the charts.
TIM McGRAW, JUSTIN MOORE & MOTLEY CRUE ADDED TO CMA FEST SPECIAL
Tim McGraw with special guest Faith Hill, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band with special guest Richie Sambora, and show hosts Little Big Town will all perform during the upcoming ABC special, CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock. The three-hour show will also feature a late night jam in a downtown Nashville club featuring Justin Moore with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will air on August 5th at 8 p.m. ET.
Filmed during the sold-out four-day CMA Music Festival in June, the special also spotlights stadium performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church (with special guest Lzzy Hale), Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert (including special guest Carrie Underwood), Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton (with special guest Gwen Sebastian), Cole Swindell, The Band Perry, and Keith Urban.