COUNTRY CHART Weekend of September 24-25:
2 DIERKS BENTLEY w/ELLE KING Different For Girls
3 JAKE OWEN American Country Love Song
4 JUSTIN MOORE You Look Like I Need A Drink
5 WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN I Met a Girl
6 TUCKER BEATHARD Rock On
7 BILLY CURRINGTON It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
8 SAM HUNT Make You Miss Me
9 KENNY CHESNEY w/P!nk Setting The World On Fire
10 BLAKE SHELTON She’s Got a Way With Words
11 LoCASH I Know Somebody
12 LUKE BRYAN Move
13 COLE SWINDELL Middle Of a Memory
14 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
15 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
16 ZAC BROWN BAND Castaway
17 MIRANDA LAMBERT Vice
18 BIG & RICH Lovin’ Lately
19 DRAKE WHITE Livin’ The Dream
20 TIM McGRAW How I’ll Always Be
Carrie Underwood Brings Storyteller Tour to Nashville
Takes Fans at Bridgestone Arena on Emotional Ride
Carrie Underwood’s first harmonica solo on the bluesy “Choctaw County Affair” in front of a packed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (Sept. 22) made one fan in Section 108 go wild.
That’s when Underwood — wearing a sheer flowing skirt and a severe-looking black bodice that resembled armor — ripped into a fiery harp battle with one of her bandmates on the Storyteller song. Between blows, she stomped her sparkling black booties to the swampy guitar while she sang of a scandalous affair involving blackmail, murder and the law. Sirens Jeannie C. Riley and Bobbie Gentry would have been proud of the mic-dropping moment.
“Choctaw County Affair” was among the night’s more dramatic performances as Underwood brought the Storyteller tour to the home of the hockey team her husband plays for, the Nashville Predators. No matter where she strutted on the 360-degree stage, she was surrounded by adoring fans who witnessed a master in action on one of the year’s most athletic arena tours. From the moment Underwood set foot onstage, she meant business working through her five-act, 22-song set in heels and five wardrobe changes, with each look more impressive than the next.
Every note was flawless from Act II’s “Jesus Take the Wheel,” through Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and her soaring encore of “Smoke Break” and the Grammy-winning “Something in the Water.”
Before her motherhood anthem, “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted,” the sight of families having fun with their kids in the audience moved her to tears.
“I’d like to dedicate this song to all the moms in this room and their families,” she said. “I want to say a special thanks to the support systems that moms have in their lives. I love seeing families come to our shows and just have a good time and sing along with us. Those support systems [mean so much] specifically to me and my husband Mike, your captain.”
The mention of the Nashville Predator made the Preds fans in the room erupt in applause.
“Thank you so much for just being there,” she added. “There’s no way I’m going to make it through this song.”
Then she sang to the tops rafters as a montage of personal family photos flashed on the mega screens hanging overhead.
Next the set went classic country with a cover of the Alabama smash “Mountain Music” featuring concert openers Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers.
During “All-American Girl,” she caught a few grown country gentlemen singing along to all the words as she made her way around the stage filming footage with a bedazzled camera.
The concert ended with an encore of “Smoke Break” and the Grammy-winning “Something in the Water.”
After the show, Underwood hosted a private after-party for invited guests in an area backstage that’s usually reserved for national tour rehearsals and award show press rooms.
With a golden sparkly CU wristband, her guests had access to a tented space with at least three full bars, custom caricature portraits, a tower of IveyCake cupcakes and a buffet of assorted cheeses, fruits, hummus spreads and roasted vegetables. A food truck offered vegetable Bánh mì, mini black bean burgers, hamburger sliders and mini chicken sandwiches.
The room was crawling with Music Row talent, including Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton and rising artist Electra Mustaine.
Freshly dressed in black street clothes, Underwood joined the party later to raise a toast to one helluva Nashville night.
What Is Justin Timberlake Doing in Nashville?
Creative Space at Nearby Leiper's Fork Houses More Than Pants
Justin Timberlake moved to the Nashville area about a year ago, and he’s living on 126 acres in the Leiper’s Fork community.
But it sounds like he isn’t just living there to bask in the serenity and privacy that come with small-town life. He’s actually kind of doing the opposite, by hanging a virtual shingle over a renovated old home in the downtown area, which has become the creative space for his businesses — his WilliamRast clothing line and his Villa 40 artist development effort.
The space is called Millville, and according to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, that name comes from Millington, the Memphis suburb where Timberlake grew up.
“It’s easy to say, ‘You’re just making a pair of pants,'” Timberlake says in a promotional video he made earlier this month for the William Rast denim culture brand. “But you have to rewind and talk about, ‘But why are you doing it?’ You have to want something that stands the test of time.
“It’s gotta be a little bit country and it’s gotta be a little bit rock ‘n’ roll at the same time,” he added.
Timberlake’s longtime friend and business partner Trace Ayala explained why Leiper’s Fork is the best place to hang their hats.
“It’s so easy to stay here and not have to leave town,” Ayala said. “We go to Puckett’s, have a couple beers, go across the street to the Country Boy and have dinner, come here and hang for a while, and then go to Green’s Grocery.”
On Saturday (Sept. 24), the two-day Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in nearby Franklin will be kicking off, and Timberlake — a partner and producer of the fest — will likely be there checking out the music at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
To Joey, With Love Chronicles Joey + Rory’s Journey
"God Will Give Us a Great Story"
Joey + Rory‘s Rory Feek says he never meant to make a movie about his wife Joey’s death. He was just making one about her life. Their life. And the life they were going to build when their baby arrived in 2014.
But To Joey, With Love turned into something so much bigger.
It’s Rory’s love letter to his late wife, but it’s also the best way to show his young daughter Indiana how much her mother loved her for the first 2 years of her life.
The film — a one-night event shown nationwide Tuesday night (Sept. 20) — chronicles what was intended to be the Feeks’ year off from the music business. They were planning to homestead and live off the land on their farm south of Nashville.
“Joey and I sing for a living,” Rory explains as he narrates the film. “Some people might even say we are famous.
“When we learned Joey was pregnant, we just knew there was no way our life or our marriage could be any better. And so after much prayer, we decided that we would take the next year off and just spend time at home, getting ready for the baby, simplifying our world and getting connected deeper to the land we lived on.”
Rory’s home movies featured in To Joey, With Love takes the viewer through Joey’s pregnancy, Indiana’s Down syndrome diagnosis, Joey’s cervical cancer diagnosis three months after giving birth, her surgeries and aggressive treatments and the everyday moments of the good days and the bad days that followed.
But mostly the good days. Gardening, cooking, praying, recording a hymns album and mothering Indiana with all the love in her heart.
“She continued planting seeds that she knew she would never see harvested,” Rory says. “And pouring love into a child she knew she wouldn’t get to watch grow up,”
When Joey started to understand her fate, she chose to travel back to Alexandria, Indiana, where she was raised and her family still lived.
“While she was there, Joey decided it was time to start making plans for Indiana’s future,” Rory says. “She handed her to me. And watched as I became greater in the baby’s life, and she became less.”
Five months after going back to Indiana, Joey said she was ready to go home. She passed away on March 4, 2016. And she was laid to rest in the cemetery behind their Tennessee farmhouse.
“Though this isn’t the path we would’ve chosen to walk down, it is the path that’s been laid before us. So we put our faith in God, and our hope in a future that we can’t see. We believe that God will give us a great story,” Rory says as this story came to an end.
The movie will be in theaters again on Oct. 6.
All-Star “Forever Country” Tops International Charts
The World Loves When Country Voices Come Together
While the music video for “Forever Country” officially debuted Tuesday night (Sept. 20) on Dancing With the Stars, the song itself was already climbing the charts on international radio and TV stations. Proving how powerful 50 years of country music can be.
The new track is a medley of country classics — John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” — that somehow fit together seamlessly with more than 30 different voices taking turns on the lyrics.
“You want songs that everybody knows, and to me, just picking songs that represent 50 years was a big weight,” Carrie Underwood told The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville about the song created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards.
“I think it elevates the CMA’s,” she said. “This year is like, ‘Oh, this one is special.’ I think that was what it was all about.”
In addition to Nelson, Parton and Underwood, the lengthy video credited to Artists of Then, Now and Forever features Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Alabama, Kacey Musgraves, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Ronnie Milsap, Reba McEntire, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Brett Eldredge and Trisha Yearwood.
The video was directed by Joseph Kahn, and the song was produced by Shane McAnally.
“It is a love song to country music, and that’s how everybody approached it that came in,” McAnally said. “Sometimes you just can’t put your finger on why something works so well. You don’t want to mess with it. God intervened, and those three songs worked perfectly.”
Zac Brown Band, Eric Church Rack Up Additional Platinum Certifications
Sam Hunt Claims Additional Metal From the RIAA
The Zac Brown Band and Eric Church racked up more platinum album awards from the Recording Industry Association of America during the month of August, according to a report released this week by the RIAA.
The ZBB’s The Foundation, released in 2008, has now been declared quintuple platinum for sales, downloads and streams equaling 5 million units. Church’s 2011 Chief went triple platinum for 3 million units.
Additionally, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde and Church’s Carolina were certified platinum for the distribution of 1 million units each. Church also picked up a gold certification for his most recent album, Mr. Misunderstood, for a combined total of more than 500,000 units.
Also in the gold album circle is Blake Shelton‘s If I’m Honest.
Sam Hunt proved to be the king of multiplatinum country singles for the month with “Take Your Time” leading the way at triple platinum and three other tracks achieving double-platinum status — “House Party,” “Leave the Night On” and “Break Up in a Small Town.” Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” hit the platinum mark and “Ex to See” went gold.
Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” was certified triple platinum, and other platinum singles include Cole Swindell‘s “You Should Be Here,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Somewhere on a Beach” and Kelsea Ballerini‘s “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
Others on the list of gold singles: Church’s “Record Year,” Ballerini’s “Peter Pan,” Chris Lane‘s “Fix,” Dan + Shay‘s “From the Ground Up” and Jake Owen‘s “American Country Love Song.”
Gold video awards went to two long-form productions of Joey + Rory‘s Hymns (That Are Important to Us) and the Statler Brothers‘ Farewell Concert.
- What: Sprint Cup circuit
- Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
- When: Sep 25, 2016, 2:15 PM
- Race Length: 317.00