BRAD PAISLEY AGREES TO 'JAM' WITH FAN WHO MADE REQUEST VIA YOUTUBE
One of Brad Paisley's biggest fans will realize a dream come true. A young musician named Blaze recently wrote a song for the singer simply called "Brad Paisley" and he created a video to go along with it. The clip, which is posted to YouTube, features all kinds of Las Vegas characters in the young musician's hometown playing air guitar and holding signs that say, "I wanna jam with Brad Paisley."
Blaze posted the video on January 20th and the very next day Brad posted the clip on his own Twitter page writing, "Speechless. Obviously, a lot of work went into this. & yessir, I will jam with you. My local @guitarcenter or yours?"
LUKE BRYAN: I'LL BE 'BITING MY NAILS' WHEN ACM NOMINEES ARE ANNOUNCED
The nominations for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards will be revealed tomorrow (Tuesday, January 27th), and Luke Bryan hopes to hear his name among the nominees for Entertainer of the Year.
He tell us: "When the nominations come out, they’re always something you’re very excited about. I mean, it’s a huge awards show and a lot of implications . . . the ACMs have been amazing to me in getting me here and showcasing who I am as an artist. So, I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens, and it’s an amazing night and an amazing day to hear what you’re nominated for, and you never know. You never know what’s gonna get in and what’s not. I’m truly just honored to be in the game, and to be a former ACM Entertainer of the Year is still something I can’t even get used to saying."
Luke took home the ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy in 2013.
The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live for the first time from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Luke and Blake Shelton return as co-hosts.
Luke’s latest single, "I See You," is sitting inside the Top Three on the country charts.
DUSTIN LYNCH LOOKS FORWARD TO SUPER BOWL 'THANKSGIVING'
Dustin Lynch is already looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday. The singer will be camped out in front of the TV when the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday (February 1st).
Dustin tells us that in addition to the game itself, that day is all about eating. "Super Bowl is all about the food, snacks. Gotta be with good friends, cold beverages, but my go-to Super Bowl foods -- I get to splurge, it’s like my cheat day -- so I love Rotel and Velveeta with spicy sausage. It’s gotta have a little kick to it. I love piggies in a blanket on Super Bowl, so it’s . . . it’s a long day, a day where I have to be on my back and unbutton my jeans a couple notches so I can fit everything in. But it’s kind of like Thanksgiving — feast until you can feast no more!"
The Super Bowl will air live from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on NBC begining at 6:30 ET.
Chris Stapleton will release his solo debut album, called Traveller, on May 5th. Already a renowned songwriter, Chris has enjoyed five Number One hits including the five-week chart-topper "Never Wanted Nothing More," recorded by Kenny Chesney, George Strait’s "Love’s Gonna Make it Alright," and Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer," which Chris recently performed with Lady Antebellum at the recent CMT Artists of the Year show.
In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove’s "Tennessee Whiskey" and Don Sampson’s "Was It 26," the album features 12 original songs, including fan-favorite "Sometimes I Cry." During a special album reveal party last week in Nashville, Chris returned to historic RCA Studio A, where most of his album was recorded, to record a new version of "Sometimes I Cry" live-to-tape in front of an audience. The track is currently being mastered and will be added to the final track-listing very shortly.
Chris said, "This record was made standing on the shoulders of friends, family, and heroes. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I've enjoyed making it."
CHRIS YOUNG LOVES 'BRILLIANT SIMPLICITY' OF GREAT SONGS
Chris Young has written a number of his own big hits, including songs like "Tomorrow" and "Gettin’ You Home," but he’s always open to recording a great song, even if he didn't have a hand in creating it. Chris says that what he's usually drawn to in outside songs is a simplicity that makes him a bit jealous.
He tells us: "Yeah, I think that’s why I end up cutting stuff I don’t write is when I hear it, and I’m like, ‘Pfffff! I could have written this! Man, why didn’t I think of that before?’ It’s just that brilliant simplicity 90% of the time is what makes a great song. Usually, it’s not anything that’s so overly complicated and complex, and to me, some of the best country songs especially, ever, are the ones that are just obvious. They’ve been sittin’ there in front of everybody for years and years and years, and someone writes it down. You can take pretty much any super-classic big hit — it’d be like ‘I Swear.’ So, the hook of that song is ‘I swear on everything that I’ll be with you’ — and that’s the wedding song of all time. There you go!" (laughs)
Chris did not write his latest single, "Lonely Eyes," which is a Top 20 hit on the charts.
KID ROCK ATTACKS SETH ROGEN AND MICHAEL MOORE OVER 'AMERICAN SNIPER'
Kid Rock blasted actor Seth Rogen and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore online over comments from both that were seen as attacks against the movie American Sniper and its subject, late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, although both Rogen and Moore later said their comments were not direct criticisms of either.
Moore wrote that his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War II and that he was raised to believe snipers were cowards, while Rogen suggested that American Sniper reminded him of the fictional Nazi propaganda film, Nation's Pride, screened within Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
Rock wrote, "F**k you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of s**t and your uncle would be ashamed of you . . . Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon." He added, " "God bless you Chris Kyle. Thank you for your service."
Moore later wrote a clarification of his comments, saying they were not directed at American Sniper and that he actually enjoyed the film, praising Bradley Cooper's performance as Kyle along with the film's "anti-war sentiment" and its "touching" ending.
Rogen also issued some additional thoughts later on, saying that he was not comparing the two films, only that one reminded him of the other because they were both about snipers. He added that he "would never" compare American Sniper to Nazi propaganda, that he had nothing against Kyle or veterans, and that any political meaning read into his tweet was by others and not him.
American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood, is nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.
The film has been praised as a pro-military movie, while also drawing accusations that it has whitewashed certain aspects of Kyle's life while also disregarding that the U.S. invaded Iraq on false pretenses.
Kid Rock will release his new album, First Kiss, on February 24th. He recently issued a video for the title track, which is also the set's first single.