Brad Paisley's new album, Moonshine In The Trunk, may be in stores, but his antics with his record label are still going on. Only this time, the label may be getting the upper hand . . . for now! Label President Gary Overton and his staff leaked Brad's personal email address recently and now his inbox is overflowing. He told a Houston radio station that he has more than 18,000 new emails from fans.
Of course, you know Brad had to retaliate, so during an interview with the same radio station, he gave out Overton's personal phone number. Brad told listeners, "I think you should thank them! I think you should thank in particular Gary Overton at my label. He’s such a good guy. He really is, and he didn’t know what I was going to be doing through these songs, and I think I about gave him a heart attack and he was really supportive in the end. Even when he leaked my email address, he was supportive. You guys know how to contact him, right?"
After sharing Overton's digits, Brad encouraged fans to call him, not only to sing the praises of Brad's new album, but to audition over the phone to land their own record deal saying, "If you know anybody that’s a good singer, or you wanna say, ‘Hey here’s my voice,’ sing to him on the phone.’"
Brad will promote Moonshine In The Trunk with upcoming media appearances on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday (August 29th) as part of their Summer Concert Series, followed by a performance on The View.
Brad will also pre-tape a song from his new album to be featured on the Labor Day edition of Good Morning America on Monday (September 1st).
ERIC CHURCH AND WIFE LAUNCH 'CHIEF CARES' CHARITY
Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, have created a new charity called Chief Cares. They announced the news on Eric's Facebook page writing, "Administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Chief Cares has already made a difference in the lives of children in Nepal, sent aid to Haiti, and helped the Humane Society here at home."
Fans can donate at cfmt.org or by purchasing Chief Cares Platinum Seats at Eric's shows and most of the ticket proceeds will be donated.
Eric kicks off his The Outsiders World tour on September 11th in Bossier City, Louisiana with Dwight Yoakam and Brothers Osborne.
RASCAL FLATTS PREFER TO BE WEEKEND WARRIORS
All three members of Rascal Flatts have families, which can be tough to balance sometimes with a busy career, but the group manages by spreading their time away from home throughout the year and mostly working weekends.
Gary LeVox explains: "We’ve always kind of had a balance of just doing weekend warrior stuff and trying to be home three or four days a week and just be gone on the weekends, and it makes for a nice lifestyle. Every artist is different. Some people do six months on, six months off, but six months on steady is rough. So we just kind of spread it out over the year and take twelve months and knock the weekends out, so that way we established a lifestyle for our families, and that’s the most important thing."
Right now the guys are filling up their weekends with dates on their Rewind tour.
Their latest single from their album of the same name is called "Payback."
TRISHA YEARWOOD SAYS NEW RECORD DEAL MAKES DUETS ALBUM WITH GARTH BROOKS A GO
Now that Trisha Yearwood and her husband, Garth Brooks, are on the same record label in Nashville fans can expect that long-awaited duets project.
Trisha tells us that was one of the obstacles they had to overcome in order to make a duets album a reality. "That was one of the things that was important to us that we really . . . we wanted to be on the same label so that we could do that easily, so, yeah. I mean, this is that we talked (about) every time for the last however many years. A lot of it also was if you're not on tour, and he wasn't going on tour because he was at home and I toured a little bit, but you make a duet record then you can't do any of the duets cause your husband's at home (laughs), you know, so at least this time we will have an opportunity since we're touring together, a real opportunity to get that done, so, yes, it's absolutely on the list."
Trisha new single, "PrizeFighter," makes its way to radio on September 15th. It's the debut release from her upcoming album of the same name, and it features special guest Kelly Clarkson.
RANDY HOUSER'S 'LIKE A COWBOY' OFFERS UNIVERSAL MESSAGE
The idea for Randy Houser's latest single, "Like A Cowboy," was drawn from his experience of actually being a cowboy. The song has a message of never giving up, a sentiment familiar to cowboys, as Randy tells us: "Well ‘Like A Cowboy’ was written with a friend of mine, Brice Long. We were just thinking about how things get done in life and the cowboy spirit. Basically you know we both grew up cowboys and thinking about getting up when you fail at something. You’re working and trying real hard and you gotta get back up when you don’t make the buzzer and that’s what ‘Like A Cowboy’ is about." in Panama City Beach, Florida.
LEE ANN WOMACK, JOHN LEGEND HEAD TO 'CMT CROSSROADS'
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend are teaming up next month for an all-new episode of CMT Crossroads. The show will mark Womack and Legend's first time to meet and collaborate, and it will happen on the CMT Crossroads stage in Franklin, Tennessee. CMT CROSSROADS: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack will premiere on Friday, September 26th at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on CMT.
Recent CMT Crossroads pairings include Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry; Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic; and The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy.
SARA EVANS, RASCAL FLATTS TO PERFORM ON MDA TELETHON FROM OPRY
Sara Evans and Rascal Flatts will be featured in this weekend's MDA Show of Strength Telethon with performances aired from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Sara performs her hit "Stronger" while Rascal Flatts takes on "My Wish." The long-standing Labor Day Weekend telethon will air on Sunday, August 31st at 9 p.m. ET/CT on ABC.
Brad Paisley and LeAnn Rimes will also take part in the telethon.
Past Opry performances on the telethon have included Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride and Darius Rucker, among others.
BITS AND PIECES: CHASE RICE & THE SWON BROTHERS
Chase Rice debuts at Number One on the Billboard Country Albums chart with his new album, Ignite the Night. The CD sold more than 44,000 copies its first week, in large part thanks to Chase's hit single, "Ready Set Roll." Chase said, "We've built things a little bit differently, starting with live shows and building up our fan base through touring. Now people are showing up night after night to sing these songs right along with me, and to do it the way we’ve done it and have the No. 1 country album in the nation this week is unbelievable. It's surreal."
The Swon Brothers – Zach and Colton – will release their self-titled debut album on October 14th. The project will include their current Top 15 hit, "Later On." The brothers were finalists on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice.