Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Country Music Countdown & Country Music News...Wednesday December 14, 2016



 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of December 10-11:

1 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
2 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE May We All *
3 OLD DOMINION Song For Another Time
4 BRETT ELDREDGE Wanna Be That Song
5 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
6 KEITH URBAN Blue Ain’t Your Color
7 TIM McGRAW How I’ll Always Be
8 COLE SWINDELL Middle of a Memory
9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Dirty Laudrey
10 BLAKE SHELTON A Guy With a Girl
11 GRANGER SMITH If The Boot Fits
12 THOMAS RHETT Star Of The Show
13 MAREN MORRIS 80s Mercedes
14 DUSTIN LYNCH Seein’ Red
15 ERIC CHURCH Kill A Word
16 CHRIS STAPLETON Parachute
17 CHRIS YOUNG Sober Saturday Night
18 BRAD PAISLEY Today
19 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
20 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less





  


World Premiere: Loretta Lynn’s “Country Christmas”

Iconic Artist Takes Us Back Through Her Holiday Memories In New Video 

If you’ve ever wondered what Christmas was like at Loretta Lynn’s house, wonder no more.
In her brand new video for the holiday tune “Country Christmas,” the Country Music Hall of Fame member gives us a sneak peek at her big family’s holiday traditions. Snippets of home videos from Christmases past float in and out as she serenades us beside her tree accompanied on guitar by John Carter Cash, son of her dear friend, the late Johnny Cash.
Christmas at Loretta’s looks like an absolute blast.
Sticking true to her good old fashioned country roots, because that’s the only way Loretta rolls, the song “Country Christmas” is the perfect descriptor for what Christmas means to Lynn: the strings of popcorn wrapped around the tree, her daddy playing organ, everyone making pallets on the floor and opening presents at midnight on Christmas Eve.
It’s a reminder of simpler times and that togetherness is what really matters.
“Country Christmas” is featured on Lynn’s new album, White Christmas Blue, produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash.


  

Kane Brown Crowns Country Albums Chart With Self-Titled Debut

“Song for Another Time” Lands Old Dominion on Top at Country Radio 
 Up-by-the-bootstrap Internet star Kane Brown proves he’s ready for the majors this week as his self-titled Zone 4/RCA album debuts at the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart on Nielsen Soundscan-authenticated sales of 45,457 copies.
Brown, who first created a mammoth presence by posting his own video covers of country hits online, also opened shows for Florida Georgia Line this year on the duo’s Dig Your Roots Tour.
On the country airplay rankings, Old Dominion moves into the winner’s circle as “Song for Another Time” concludes its 27-week uphill journey.
As might be expected at such a festively cluttered time, there’s precious little new chart activity to note — just one other first-appearing album and two freshman songs.
Ned LeDoux’s EP, Forever a Cowboy, bows in at No. 44. LeDoux is the son of the late cowboy singer Chris LeDoux.
Although Chris had been performing for years on the rodeo circuit, he wasn’t widely known until Garth Brooks made him famous in 1989 with his first chart single, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” which refers to a rodeo cowboy listening to “a worn out tape of Chris LeDoux. “
Returning to the chart at No. 32 is Sturgill Simpson’s Grammy-nominated A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
There are two new songs — Brett Young‘s “In Case You Didn’t Know” (No. 52) and Drake White’s “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” (No. 60).
Tucker Beathard’s “Mama and Jesus” bounces back into the game at No. 57.
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas Together, Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings (last week’s No. 1), Brooks and Yearwood’s Christmas Together/Gunslinger and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller.
Following directly behind “Song for Another Time” in the Top 5 songs array are Brett Eldredge’s “Wanna Be That Song,” Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw (last week’s No. 1), Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” and Carrie Underwood’s “Dirty Laundry.”
There’s still time to make country music great again by buying scads of albums. Be sure to do your part. America’s counting on you.


  

Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Adds More Star Power

Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Lauren Alaina Join Tuesday's Fundraiser
 Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson and Lauren Alaina have been added to the list of performers at the Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon airing live from Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 13).
The event will raise money for Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to those who lost their homes in the wildfires that have devastated Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas in the Smoky Mountains. The fires have claimed the lives of 14 people, injured nearly 150 others and destroyed more than 2,400 properties.
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund airs at 8 p.m. ET on GAC, AXS TV, RFD and the Heartland Network.
As previously announced, other performers joining Parton at the telethon include Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss.
USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks will host a live stream of the event on its affiliate newspaper websites. iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights Live and TuneIn’s Country Roads channel will also simulcast the show.
Fans can donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website. The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE. Fans are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.


  

Mike Fisher’s Byline Makes Carrie Underwood Cry

Highlights of His 2000-Word Epistle 
 Until today, I only knew of Mike Fisher the hockey player, Mike Fisher the husband, and Mike Fisher the father. I never thought of him as Mike Fisher the writer.
But after having read his 2,000-word love letter to hockey and its fans, I agree with Carrie Underwood.
When she tweeted the link to this story her husband wrote for The Players Tribune, she said, “This is amazing. Made me cry.”
If you don’t have time to read the entire epistle, here are some of the highlights of Fisher’s account of his time so far with the Nashville Predators.
“We’re so fortunate to play a game for a living, and you always know you can be moved, but it’s pretty jarring to have your entire life and your entire family change in a split second. I was pretty crushed,” Fisher says about finding out he’d been traded to the Predators.
“I knew I was incredibly blessed to be going to Nashville. When I was packing up my stuff to go to the airport, I got a call from Eugene Melnyk, the owner of the Senators. He thanked me for my time in Ottawa, and then he said something I will never, never forget. He said, ‘You know, Fish, I just wanted you to be with your wife.’”
“The hockey culture in Nashville has grown so much in the last few years. We haven’t raised a Cup, but we’ve had some really fun runs in the playoffs. …
“There’s this spot at the Bridgestone Arena where the fans can stand behind a rope and give us fist-bumps as we walk down the tunnel. They’re right there, and it’s always cool. I can’t even describe the passion. You had to see their faces. It was like they were collectively willing us to get that goal. It was the adrenaline shot for us. …
“This is my 17th year in the league. I never thought I would have the opportunity to be a captain. When you get traded to a new team, especially when you’re struggling like I was at the time, you never know how you’ll fit in,” he says of his reaction when coach Peter Laviolette asked him to be the team’s captain.
“Now, after more than 1,000 games and 18 years in this league, I still feel grateful that I get to do what I love to do — play this great game of hockey.”


  

Why Miranda Lambert Is Not Afraid

Sings “Dear Old Sun” and Explains Inspiration
 
Every time Miranda Lambert picks up a guitar these days, I know she’s on the verge of sharing something good.
Ever since she released her double album The Weight of These Wings, she’s been posting videos on Instagram that reveal, little by little, how she feels about the music she’s just made.
“I have so much more learning to do, and so much more time to spend on honing my craft,” Lambert explains, “but this inspires me. This whole
process.”
“Because I know you’re able to use things in your life for art’s sake, and for your heart’s sake, and you’re able to share in that with people you love and care about,” she adds. “And they’re willing to share in it with you.”
“It makes me not afraid of whatever else is coming my way,” she says. “Because if it’s great I’ll be ready for it.”
And if it’s not so great? Then what?
“If it’s bad, I’ll be ready for it,” she says.
The song she’s singing throughout the video is “Dear Old Sun,” a ballad she wrote for the new album with Terri Jo Box and Gwen Sebastian.


  

Casting Call: Are You and Your Friends Nashville Superfans?

We Want YOU to Be Part of Our Live Streaming Fan Chat 
 
We’re calling all Nashville superfans!
 Do you love the show Nashville

Are you beyond excited that new episodes are coming to CMT?
Do you and your friends host weekly viewing parties OR love talking about it on social media?
If you are opinionated, hilarious and say what’s on everyone’s mind, you must contact us.
We are casting superfans and groups of friends who are devoted #Nashies and want to share their passion for the show with others in the social media universe for a live streaming fan chat

If you live near the Nashville area and are available between January-March 2017, we want to hear from you!
We want to discuss the show, the music, the relationships, the lifestyle, fashion and, of course, the city itself.
If you think you and your friends would be perfect to discuss all things Nashville on camera, click HERE to apply!


  

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Adds All-Star Talent

Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss Set to Perform 
 
Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are among the artists who will perform on Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday (Dec. 13) in Nashville. The three-hour telethon airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Great American Country.
Proceeds will support Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to families who lost their homes in the Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County where she was raised.
Anyone who lost their primary residents in the devastation — renters and homeowners — are eligible beneficiaries. A pre-application process for those affected is available through the Dollywood Foundation’s website.
The Smoky Mountains Rise event will be simulcast across multiple radio platforms — including iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel and several other platforms, which will be announced shortly.
Additional performers and celebrity participants will be revealed in the coming days.
The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE.
Fans can also donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.

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