COUNTRY CHART Weekend of March 18-19:
2 JON PARDI Dirt On My Boots *
3 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less
4 BRAD PAISLEY Today
5 LITTLE BIG TOWN Better Man
6 LUKE BRYAN Fast
7 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
8 ERIC CHURCH Kill A Word
9 JASON ALDEAN Any Ol’ Barstool
10 KELSEA BALLERINI Yeah Boy
11 BRANTLEY GILBERT The Weekend
12 JOSH TURNER Hometown Girl
13 GARTH BROOKS Baby Let’s Lay Down & Dance
14 KENNY CHESNEY Bar At The End of the World
15 SAM HUNT Body Like a Back Road
16 HIGH VALLEY Make You Mine
17 DIERKS BENTLEY Black
18 LUKE COMBS Hurricane
19 DAN & SHAY How Not To
20 TRENT HARMON There’s A Girl
See John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker Rock “Pink Houses”
CMT Crossroads Concert Airs March 24
In case you haven’t heard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker recently taped a CMT Crossroads special together and, yes, the pairing was pretty much perfect.
We have a sneak peek of them performing one of Mellencamp’s classic hits, “Pink Houses.” Rucker nails his part on the politically-charged, patriotic slice of Americana, and Mellencamp is at the top of his game.
Mellencamp first appeared on CMT Crossroads back in 2003 with Kenny Chesney, and he has now teamed up with Martina McBride for “Grandview,” a duet from his new album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, set for release on April 28.
CMT will host the world premiere of “Grandview” this weekend on CMT Hot 20 Countdown airing Saturday and Sunday (March 18-19) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
There are plenty more incredible moments from CMT Crossroads: John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker premiering March 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. I can’t spill all the beans about the performances, but you can enjoy the preview while you wait.
Garth Brooks Books Houston Rodeo 2018 and Free SXSW 2017 Concert
Launches New Single “Ask Me How I Know”
All the complimentary tickets to see Garth Brooks perform on Saturday (March 18) at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake are sold out.
Live music at day-long event starts at 1:35 p.m. with performances by Colter Wall, Cale Tyson, Shannon McNally, Holly Macve, Nicole Atkins and Sunny Sweeney.
The pop-up show was announced at the multimedia conference on Friday (March 17) during Brooks’ keynote discussion with Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom. Attendees must have a confirmed ticket, SXSW badge, SXSW music wristband, or a SXSW artist wristband to see the show.
The concert event coincides with the announcement that he will bookend 2018’s Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show on Feb. 27 and March 18 and the launch of Brooks’ newest single from Gunslinger, “Ask Me How I Know.”
Chad Michael Murray on Sun Records: “It Couldn’t Have Been Done Anywhere but Memphis”
Cast Guests on All-New CMT Hot 20 Countdown March 18 - 19
Editor’s note: Cody Alan and Katie Cook will host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown from Los Angeles with the cast of Sun Records on Saturday and Sunday (March 18-19) at 9 a.m. ET.
Chad Michael Murray and comedian Chris Hardwick quickly bonded over their love of Memphis when Murray visited Live With Kelly on Friday (March 17) to talk about CMT’s Sun Records.
When Murray found out Memphis was Hardwick’s hometown, he said he was in love the city.
“It couldn’t have been done anywhere but Memphis,” Murray said of the CMT series. “I’m in love with it. It’s still 1950 in Memphis. It hasn’t changed. If you go outside the Orpheum Theatre or you go down Beale Street, you see these beautiful restaurants, and it’s such an incredible landscape to shoot a show like this. It’s been an honor and a pleasure.”
When Hardwick asked how Murray mastered Phillips’ thick Southern drawl, Murray revealed he studied old tapes of Phillips directing recording sessions at the Sun studio.
“I listened to his young recordings when he was with Jerry Lee Lewis back in the day and they had this great conversation: ‘I’ve got the devil in me, boy!’ And they’re arguing back and forth, and I really felt that this man had such a booming voice,” he said.
Murray also said he feels blessed following this week’s birth of his second child with wife Sarah Roemer. The couple announced her arrival Tuesday (March 14) on social media with a photo of her little hand wrapped around his finger. Their baby girl joins a 22-month-old brother.
“He’s getting used to it,” Murray said of his son getting acclimated to having a new baby sister. “He jumps in bed now every morning and says, ‘Baby, baby.’ And he smiles, and that means, ‘It’s OK. She can stick around for a little while.'”
Sun Records airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
Five Years of 75,000 Luke Bryan Fans at the Houston Rodeo
March 16 Concert Attracts 75,500 Fans
Luke Bryan‘s headlining concert at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Thursday (March 16) attracted an impressive 75,500 fans.
The night marked Bryan’s fifth consecutive year to draw 75,000 fans to see him perform live at the Houston Rodeo. The nightly concerts continue through March 26 with headlining sets by Willie Nelson, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band.
The Kill the Lights tour concludes this weekend with two sold out shows in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Huntin’, Fishin’, Lovin’ Every Day Tour kicks off May 5 starting with two nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Bryan and Bentley will co-host the 52nd annual ACM Awards live from Las Vegas on April 2.
Keith Urban Gives Guitar Lessons to Hockey Player
But What Did Andrew Shaw Teach Him?
If Stanley Cup winner Andrew Shaw offers you hockey lessons, you lace up your skates and give him a big ol’ merci beaucoup.
Then, you sit him down in the locker room and teach him some guitar basics.
That’s what happened when Keith Urban spent some time in Montreal to promote his upcoming tour stops in Canada.
“Just spent the whole day in Montreal — I felt SO much love, and can’t wait to come back in August. Merci Beaucoup!!!!!!!!,” Urban wrote on Thursday (March 16).
While Urban was there, he gave Shaw — former Chicago Blackhawk and now a forward for the Montreal Canadiens — private guitar lessons after some ice time in Brossard, Quebec.
Maybe the hockey/country love will continue when Urban gets back to Nashville and Carrie Underwood can finally bring him and Nicole Kidman to one of her husband Mike Fisher’s Predators games.
On the Grammy Awards red carpet, Underwood said she’s been trying for the hockey night out.
“Dates are few and far between at this point in our lives just because the season is so crazy, but I know they’ve come to games before, so hopefully I can get them out,” she said.
Rascal Flatts Star As Fry Cooks in “Yours If You Want It”
Release Tenth Album Back to Us on May 19
Generally when a stranger asks, “What do you say me and you get out of here, make a new life together,” it’s not a great idea to say, “OK. Let’s do it.”
But it happens in Rascal Flatts‘ new video for “Yours If You Want It.” Directed by Billy Zabka, the clip is set at Nashville’s greasy spoon The Hermitage Café where a male customer named Earl, played by Still the King‘s Kevin Farley, asks that very question to actress Kristy Swanson, who plays his beautiful server Stacie.
For the next two minutes, their magical romance unfolds. As they make their getaway in a red vintage pickup, the guy claims he’s a good man, a hard worker, and he also writes songs on the side.
Then they head to his songwriting cabin where they share wine by a campfire under the stars and dance around in the bedroom. Next he gives her a ring, renames his truck Stacie and gives her the keys. And together, they drive off into the sunset and live happily ever after.
Sounds too good to be true right? See what happens when Earl wakes up from his daydream.
2017 CMA Music Festival Stadium Headliners Revealed
Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban Lead Nightly Concerts
Nashville’s 2017 CMA Music Festival revealed the headliners for the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium on Friday (March 17).
They are Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, John Anderson, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Rogers, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Trace Adkins and Tracy Lawrence.
The four-day event kicks off June 8 with hours of free live music downtown at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, the Chevrolet Park Stage and the Gildan Broadway Stage at Hard Rock Café.
Tickets for the stadium concerts are on sale now starting at $203, and the artists who perform at the CMA Music Festival do so for free. In appreciation of their time, the CMA donates half the net proceeds from the event to music education programs. Since its inception, the CMA Foundation has donated more than $17.5 million to support music education.