Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday's Country Music Country Countdown & Country Music News...December 7, 2016

 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of December 3-4:

1 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
3 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
4 OLD DOMINION Song For Another Time
5 COLE SWINDELL Middle of a Memory
6 BRETT ELDREDGE Wanna Be That Song
7 KEITH URBAN Blue Ain’t Your Color
8 TIM McGRAW How I’ll Always Be
11 GRANGER SMITH If The Boot Fits
12 BLAKE SHELTON A Guy With a Girl
13 MAREN MORRIS 80s Mercedes
14 THOMAS RHETT Star Of The Show
15 ERIC CHURCH Kill A Word
16 DUSTIN LYNCH Seein’ Red
18 CHRIS YOUNG Sober Saturday Night
19 DRAKE WHITE Livin’ The Dream
20 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled

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Brett Eldredge Puts Lipstick on a Pig

"Aunt Janice" Joins Him in Sharing a Special Recipe for the Holidays
In reality, Christmastime with the Eldredge family is filled with laughter. Every year, they exchange gag gifts that they’ll probably never use. But regardless of whether the gifts are kept, it’s the memories they make as a family that matter most.
“We’re all opening gifts around the tree on Christmas Eve with my huge family,” Eldredge said during our interview, “and there’s always really funny gifts that come out. Like, you give the new guy that just married one of my cousins, you’ll give him granny panties or something really funny. The most important thing is that you spend time together and remind each other that we’re just having fun.”
Eldredge’s first Christmas album Glow was released on Oct. 28. The website Tipsy Little Elves is offering a selection of his favorite Christmas sweaters throughout the holiday season.


Granger Smith Recovering at Home After Stage Fall

Cancels the Remainder of his 2016 Shows 
Granger Smith’s final eight shows of the year have been canceled following Friday’s (Dec. 2) stage fall at Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom.
He is currently back home in Texas recovering from the accident that left him with two completely separated, broken ribs and a punctured and partially collapsed lung.
Smith completed Friday’s concert and was transferred to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey after visiting an emergency room immediately after the show.
“I truly appreciate all the doctors and nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,” Smith said in a release. “Their resolve and professionalism were reassuring during a pretty rough few days for me.”
Smith added he fully intends to make it up to his fans. “I’ve had so many e-mails and tweets,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing that so many people have reached out from across the country. I feel so blessed to have more than just support for my music from fans and radio. It’s deeply humbling to have fans that personally care so much.”


Grammy Nominations: Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini Score in Top Categories

Lori McKenna and Morris Lead Country Nominees 
Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini are each nominated in top all-genre categories at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were revealed Tuesday morning (Dec. 6).
Ballerini and Morris represent country in the best new artist category, which includes the Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak.
Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is up for album of the year along with Adele’s 25, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Justin Bieber’s Purpose and Drake’s Views.
Morris and Grammy-winning hit-maker Lori McKenna lead the country and American roots nominees with four nominations each.
Morris’ debut album Hero and Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth are nominated for best country album with Brandy Clark’s Big Day in a Small Town, Loretta Lynn’s Full Circle and Keith Urban’s Ripcord. Her debut hit single “My Church” is nominated for best country solo performance and best country song.
McKenna’s nominations include best country song for Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” best Americana album for The Bird & the Rifle and best American roots performance for “Wreck You,” the latter of which is nominated for best American roots song.
Vocal group Pentatonix make their debut in best country duo/group performance category with Dolly Parton for their 2016 version of “Jolene.” Other collaborations in the category include Dierks Bentley and Elle King’s “Different for Girls,” Kenny Chesney and P!nk’s “Setting the World on Fire” and Chris Young and Cassadee Pope’s “Think of You.” “21 Summer” marks Brothers Osborne’s second consecutive nomination in the category.
Outside of the country categories, Willie Nelson‘s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is nominated for best traditional pop vocal album along with Andrea Bocelli’s Cinema, Bob Dylan’s Fallen Angels, Josh Groban’s Stages Live and Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.
Love Remains by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family is nominated for best contemporary christian music album, while the collection’s lead single “Thy Will” is up for best contemporary christian music performance/song. Joey + Rory‘s Hymns is also nominated for best roots gospel album.
Clark, Urban, Vince Gill (with the Time Jumpers), Miranda Lambert and the Avett Brothers each earned two Grammy nominations.
The 59th annual Grammy Awards air live Feb. 12 on CBS.
Here’s a list of nominations in the country-related categories:
Best Country Album Big Day in a Small Town, Brandy Clark Full Circle, Loretta Lynn Hero, Maren Morris A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson Ripcord, Keith Urban
Best Country Solo Performance
“Love Can Go to Hell,” Brandy Clark
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert
“My Church,” Maren Morris
“Church Bells,” Carrie Underwood
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
“21 Summer,” Brothers Osborne
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney & P!nk
“Jolene,” Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton
“Think of You,” Chris Young With Cassadee Pope
Best Country Song
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey and Steven Lee Olsen
“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
Songwriters: Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett and Joe Spargur
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
Songwriter: Lori McKenna
“My Church,” Maren Morris
Songwriters: busbee and Maren Morris
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
Best Bluegrass Album Original Traditional, Blue Highway Burden Bearer, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver The Hazel and Alice Sessions, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands North by South, Claire Lynch Coming Home, O’Connor Band With Mark O’Connor
Best Americana Album True Sadness, The Avett Brothers This Is Where I Live, William Bell The Cedar Creek Sessions, Kris Kristofferson The Bird & the Rifle, Lori McKenna Kid Sister, the Time Jumpers
Best American Roots Song
“Alabama at Night,” Robbie Fulks
Songwriter: Robbie Fulks
“City Lights,” Jack White
Songwriter: Jack White
“Kid Sister,” the Time Jumpers
Songwriter: Vince Gill
“Gulfstream,” Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars
Songwriters: Eric Adcock and Roddie Romero
“Wreck You,” Lori McKenna
Songwriters: Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue
Best American Roots Performance
“Ain’t No Man,” The Avett Brothers
“Mother’s Children Have a Hard Time,” Blind Boys of Alabama
“Factory Girl,” Rhiannon Giddens
“House of Mercy,” Sarah Jarosz
“Wreck You,” Lori McKenna


Lauren Alaina’s Road Less Traveled Lands Jan. 27

"This Album Has Pushed Me to Accept Who I Am"
Lauren Alaina, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and American Idol alum, will release her sophomore album Road Less Traveled on Jan. 27.
She co-wrote all the material throughout the 12-song collection including the title track single, which just broke Top 20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song was co-written with pop’s Meghan Trainor and hit-maker Jesse Frassure.
All of the material was culled from music she created over the course of a three-and-a-half-year period.
“I’ve grown so much as a person, a songwriter and an artist in that time,” Alaina said in a release. “These songs are a true representation of who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. This album has pushed me to accept who I am and be 100% honest about it. Road Less Traveled is truly me. I can’t wait to share my stories, my music and myself with the world.”
California-based songwriter/producer busbee produced the album and co-wrote the collection’s openers “Doin’ Fine” and “My Kinda People.”
She starts the CMT Next Women of Country Love Unleashed Tour 2017 with headliner Martina McBride on Feb. 2 in St. Louis. Tickets are available now.
Alaina’s debut album Wildflower was released in October 2011.
Here is a complete track listing for Road Less Traveled:
1. “Doin’ Fine” (Alaina, Emily Shackleton, busbee)
2. “My Kinda People” (Alaina, Emily Weisband, busbee)
3. “Three” (Alaina, Seth Ennis, Jordan Reynolds)
4. “Road Less Traveled” (Alaina, Frasure, Trainor)
5. “Queen of Hearts” (Alaina, Lindsey Lee, Victoria Banks)
6. “Think Outside the Boy” (Alaina, Shackleton)
7. “Painting Pillows” (Alaina, Lindsay Jack Rimes, Alex Masters)
8. “Next Boyfriend” (Alaina, Weisband, Matt McVaney)
9. “Crashin’ the Boys Club” (Alaina, Weisband, Johan Fransson)
10. “Same Day Different Bottle” (Alaina, Caitlyn Smith, Dan Couch)
11. “Holding the Other” (Alaina, Weisband, Eric Olson)
12. “Pretty” (Alaina, Felicia Barton, Weisband)


Jason Aldean’s Best Christmas Ever

The Force Was With Him
Jason Aldean was only 5 when he had his best Christmas ever.
And like most little boys in the early ’80s, he said he was really, really into Star Wars.
“I remember waking up one Christmas morning — and I don’t know what my mom did to be able to buy all this stuff — but I had all these Star Wars action figures,” Aldean told me. “And the Millennium Falcon ship and everything. It was like every single toy.
“I don’t know if my mom had hit the lottery. That was one of the best things, because that was all I was into at the time. To have everything ever made — in my living room — was the coolest ever.”
Having such a windfall of gifts was rare for him as a kid, he said, because his family was not wealthy at all.
“To say we were middle class would be a stretch. So my mom would save up all year to make sure I had a good Christmas. You may not get a lot the rest of the year, but when Christmas rolled around, she went all out. Especially that year,” he recalled.
Aldean wants to do the same for his daughters Keeley and Kendyl, even though he told me he is careful not to indulge them.
“On one hand, I want to give them the things I didn’t have, and it’s cool that I am in a situation where I get to do that. On the other hand, I’ve always wanted to make sure my daughters knew that every time they want something, they don’t get it.
“I never want them to take things for granted,” he said. 


Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line Still Hold Top Album, Song Slots

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan Have Week’s Highest Debuts
Last week’s chart-toppers — Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw — are once again Billboard’s reigning country album and airplay song.
Garth Brooks’ Gunslinger pops in at No. 4 as the week’s highest debuting album, on Nielsen Soundscan-confirmed sales of 18,948 copies.
Luke Bryan claims the highest-debuting song with “Fast,” which makes its bow at No. 40.
The most noticeable feature on the Top 50 albums chart is that it’s currently adorned with 13 Christmas-themed titles. So if you don’t have a new country holiday CD or download by now, you just ain’t trying.
Apart from Brooks’ Gunslinger, there are three other first-timers making the albums chart — Gillian Welch’s Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (No. 30), Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories: Collection (No. 37) and the multi-artist package Silent Night: A Country Christmas (No. 46).
Returning to battle are Dan + Shay’s Obsessed (No. 47), John Prine’s For Better or Worse (No. 49) and Cody Jinks I’m Not the Devil (No. 50).
On the songs rankings, Hunter Hayes’ “Yesterday’s Song” re-enters at No. 52.
The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas Together, Brooks & Yearwood’s Christmas Together/Gunslinger and Brett Eldredge’s Glow.
Oh, you’re worried about a chart story that doesn’t mention Chris Stapleton’s Traveller? Let me ease your stress. By some cosmic disturbance, that album has slipped to No. 6, the first time it’s been out of the Top 5 list in ages.
Stapleton can console himself for this loss of place, however, by reflecting that Traveller has so far sold 1,690,410 copies — or about two each for every person in Nashville. Adieu, honk-tonks … hello, Williamson County.

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