Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mid-Week Country Music Countdown & Country Music News...January 18, 2017

 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of January 14-15:

1 BRETT ELDREDGE Wanna Be That Song *
2 OLD DOMINION Song For Another Time
3 KEITH URBAN Blue Ain’t Your Color
6 TIM McGRAW How I’ll Always Be
7 BLAKE SHELTON A Guy With a Girl
8 GRANGER SMITH If The Boot Fits
9 THOMAS RHETT Star Of The Show
10 DUSTIN LYNCH Seein’ Red
11 MAREN MORRIS 80s Mercedes
12 CHRIS YOUNG Sober Saturday Night
13 ERIC CHURCH Kill A Word
16 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less
18 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
19 JON PARDI Dirt On My Boots


World Premiere: Ryan Hurd’s “Hold You Back”

Hurd Learns to Let Go in Cinematic New Video
In his new “Hold You Back” music video Ryan Hurd is holdin’ up after saying goodbye to an off-and-on-again love who is leaving for a new life New York City.
Set in cinematic black and white, Hurd sits by himself in a chair as he comes to terms with his new reality — she’s leaving and he’s staying.
He knows he needs to learn how to let go, but what he really wants is to hang on to the memories they once shared. It’s a sorrowful scene of blinking Edison lights illuminating boxes of her belongings that are packed up and labeled for a new life in the Big Apple. Remnants of a sendoff party hang all over the walls including a “Bon Voyage” message spelled in capital letters.
Co-written with Nicolle Galyon and Will Weatherly, the song’s lyrics tell a slightly different story of an on-and-off-again couple who get drunk and make the mistake of trying to capture the magic they once had while she’s already moved on with someone else. In the second verse, he sings, “It’s not like we got back together/We’re just coming back to the thing that we know/When you called it off you said that it’s for the better/That don’t make it easy for me to let go.”
In the end he accepts that he can’t give her what she’s ultimately looking for in a relationship. He sings, “Call me up if you ever get lonely/Call me up if you ever want me but until then I’m setting you free/And if you you ever come back to me/Baby I don’t want to hold you.”
“The narrative of the song is a little bit different than the narrative of the video,” Hurd tells, “but I’m really proud of the way they both turned out. I think chorus-wise, the video fits both storylines. I love that it’s a story that you usually don’t hear from a guy in country music.”
“I wanted to write the ending in a different way and it didn’t work,” Hurd added. “I spent all day with Nicolle and Will trying to write a different song. we kept the chorus but Nicolle said the verses didn’t really connect with the chorus. We all left and then came back into the room and she was right. We rewrote all the verses and the bridge and turned it into this story.”
He joins Thomas Rhett‘s 2017 Home Team Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Russell Dickerson starting Feb. 23 in Saginaw, Michigan — Hurd’s home state.


Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley Tapped for iHeartCountry Festival

Star-Studded Event Set for May 6 in Austin, Texas 
Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert are among the acts announced Tuesday (Jan. 17) for the iHeartCountry Festival set for May 6 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and the Raging Idiots have also been confirmed for the fourth annual concert. More performers will be announced later.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday (Jan. 21) at 10 a.m. CT via
iHeartMedia’s 145 country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets. It will also be streamed at 


Thomas Rhett Got Jiggy With It

Will Smith and the Ramones Were Big Influences 
Of course Thomas Rhett was influenced by his singer-songwriter father Rhett Akins and all the music that came from Akins and his ’90s country brethren.
But during a Sunday morning (Jan. 15) interview on NBC’s Today, he admitted that while country was his first love, it was certainly not his only love growing up.
“Will Smith was my jam,” he said, admitting that Smith’s 1997 hit “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” was the first rap song he ever learned.
And when he started his first band as a kid, their music and their style was deeply rooted in 70s punk.
“We wanted to be the Ramones,” he said.
But during the interview, Thomas Rhett shared how he channeled all those influences into the country career that was his inevitable destiny.
“If you watch home videos, at 4 years old I was doing nothing but being the entertainer. Singing ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie’ in the living room. Then I guess just by the grace of God I started writing songs and somebody happened to like them,” Thomas Rhett said about getting his first cut — “I Ain’t Ready to Quit” on Jason Aldean’s 2010 album, My Kinda Party.
“And then doors just kept opening left and right,” he said.
They are still opening left and right, in fact. Thomas Rhett announced Tuesday (Jan. 17) he is extending his 2017 tour with new stops in Europe, Canada and here in the U.S.
“It’s unreal that we’re adding dates before we’ve even had a chance to get started,” he said. “It’d be impossible to pick which part of the tour I’m most excited about, but I can’t wait to get back out there. We’re going to make sure every last person at the show has a good time.”


Lauren Alaina: “So Proud Right Now”

Up Next: New Album, CMT Next Women of Country Tour 
But even more impressive than the weight she’s lost in the past year is the confidence she’s gained.
After struggling with an eating disorder for years as a teenager, Alaina is now committed to loving herself as is. She tweeted over the weekend so her fans and followers could find about more about her journey to a healthier mind and body. 

“This body is new to me, so I’m still trying to get used to it. I’m still learning to love myself. I want to be the girl who has a positive influence on people’s lifestyle,” Alaina told The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper.
“I don’t want to be the girl who has an eating disorder and that’s why she looks the way she looks,” she said in the story.
Alaina’s brand new Road Less Traveled album comes out on Jan. 27, and her CMT Next Women of Country Tour with Martina McBride will kick off Feb. 2 in St. Louis. 


Karen Fairchild on the Teacher Who Pushed Her

Little Big Town Surprises Ohio School Singers 
Even though Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild seems so at home on stage now, there was a time when she needed a little push. Literally.
“My music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career,” Fairchild said.
As part of the Give a Note Foundation’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, Fairchild and her bandmates Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook surprised students from Ohio’s Wadsworth High School during their Disney Performing Arts workshop at a Disney resort on Florida on Friday (Jan. 13).

The band shared their experiences with music education and talked about the impact it can have on so many aspects of your life.
“Music education is a right of every student. It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life,” Fairchild added.
The Little Big Town event kicked off the fourth annual Music In Our Schools — Music Inspires Tour which was founded by the Give a Note Foundation. In the past five years, Give a Note has provided more than $1.2 million in grants to reach more than 45,000 students in under-served communities. Six elementary and high schools from around the country will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. 


The Music From Nashville on CMT

All The Songs From the New Season 
If you were wondering where you could find all of the amazing music from the new season of Nashville on CMT, then you’ve come to the right place.
Check back here every week for an updated list of all of the new songs from the show!

1) - The Wayfaring Stranger – Jesse McReynolds 


 Episode: Season 5, Episode 1: The Wayfaring Stranger


2) - Already Gone – Rayna Jaymes 


Episode: Season 5, Episode 1: The Wayfaring Stranger


3) - Your Best – Maddie and Daphne 


Episode: Season 5, Episode 1: The Wayfaring Stranger


4) - Spinning Revolver – Will Lexington 


Episode: Season 5, Episode 2: Back in Baby’s Arms


5) - All of Me – The Exes (Scarlett and Gunnar) 


Episode: Season 5, Episode 2: Back in Baby’s Arms


6) - Simple As That – Deacon Claybourne 


Episode: Season 5, Episode 2: Back in Baby’s Arms


7) - A Few Steps My Way – Clayton Carter


Episode: Season 5, Episode 3: Let’s Put It Back Together Again


8) - On My Way – Juliette Barnes


Episode: Season 5, Episode 3: Let’s Put It Back Together Again

 Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can also watch Nashville and all your other CMT favorites on the new and improved CMT app, available on the App Store and Google Play and

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