Wednesday, March 22, 2017

(BROUGHT BACK) Mid-week Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..March 22, 2017

COUNTRY CHART Weekend of March 18-19:

1 CHRIS YOUNG Sober Saturday Night
2 JON PARDI Dirt On My Boots *
3 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less
7 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
9 JASON ALDEAN Any Ol’ Barstool
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
18 LUKE COMBS Hurricane
19 DAN & SHAY How Not To
20 TRENT HARMON There’s A Girl


After Five-Year Lull, Josh Turner Scores Top Album with Deep South

Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” Stays at No. 1 for Second Week

Let’s have a rousing “Welcome back, honey!” for Josh Turner, whose Deep South debuts this week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart and at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings.
The deep-singing Turner last favored his fans with an album — Punching Bag — in June 2012. His last No. 1 single — “All Over Me” — came in 2010.
Jon Pardi’s “Dirt on My Boots” is the most played country song for the second week in a row.
Three other new albums make their bow this week: the soundtrack collection called Nashville: The Music of Nashville: Season 5, Volume 1 (arriving at No. 12), Roy Orbison’s Black & White Night: 30 (No. 43) and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives’ Way Out West (No. 44).
Making their first appearance on the country airplay chart are Maren Morris’ “I Could Use a Love Song” (No. 56) and Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” (No. 58). RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle” pops back into play at No. 29.
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Little Big Town’s The Breaker (which was No. 1 for the past two weeks), Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Keith Urban’s Ripcord, and Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots.
Falling just in behind “Dirt on My Boots” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Michael Ray’s “Think a Little Less,” Luke Bryan’s “Fast,” Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled” and Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Barstool.”
A note to you country music traditionalists: The newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame will be announced April 5. Please join me in feeling all aquiver.


Sun Records’ Jerry Lee Lewis and Peggy Sutter are #RelationshipGoals IRL

On-Screen Turned Off-Screen Romance 
If you thought the chemistry between Sun Records Jerry Lee Lewis and Peggy Sutter, Lewis’ girlfriend on the show, was way too realistic, you’re definitely on to something.
It’s the actors who play these lovebirds that have chemistry in real life.
Christian Lees and Cait Pool actually met on set, and their romance continues to blossom. Lees describes their relationship as an instant connection.
“Our first scene was a kissing scene. We didn’t want things to be awkward, so we went to dinner before filming. [My brother] Jonah came on the date with us, actually. We went to Spindini, an Italian restaurant in Memphis, and we just had a very good connection. It kind of just happened. And, I’m glad it happened — she’s lovely,” says Lees.
Tune in Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT to watch their on-screen love unfold. In the meantime, take a look at their off-screen romance — we’ve done a little Insta-stalking so you don’t have to. 


Meet the Inspiring Women Behind RaeLynn’s WildHorse

Reveals Co-Producer Encouraged Her to Audition for The Voice

The music on RaeLynn’s spirited debut WildHorse wouldn’t be what it is without the love and support of some strong women in her life. Before competing on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice season two, she was raised in a musical family in East Texas and surrounded by relatives who all could write, sing and perform.
Co-written with Blair Daly and Hillary Lindsey, the title track is an anthem about independence based on a poem RaeLynn’s grandmother (her “memaw”) wrote for her mother. In the song, the lead character shoots it straight with a love interest saying that she’s the kind of woman who won’t put her dreams on hold for anyone or anything — even love.
She sings, “I don’t want no fences around, nobody blocking me in/Can’t saddle me up because I’m the kind of girl that needs the wind/Riding with that fire in my eyes/Flying straight through the open wide ’cause baby I’m a wild horse.”
“My memaw used to call my mom her wild horse and she wrote a poem about my mom being a wild horse but in a good way,” RaeLynn tells, “like her crazy little girl is going to do so much for the world. And I’m just like my mom in so many ways I want to write a song called “Wild Horse” for them about carrying on a lineage.”
The world probably wouldn’t have gotten to know RaeLynn on The Voice without WildHorse co-producer Nicolle Galyon, the hit-maker behind Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic” and Keith Urban’s “We Were Us.” When RaeLynn first came to Nashville to write music at age 17, one of her first co-writing appointments in town was with Galyon and she offered RaeLynn her audition The Voice season two.
“I was singing, and she said, ‘You have such a unique voice. You should audition for The Voice,'” RaeLynn recalled. “And I was like, ‘I don’t think that I have a really crazy range. Those competing shows aren’t meant for a singer-songwriter type of artist.’ And she was like, ‘No, that’s the whole point of The Voice. They like any kind of voices.'”
Galyon ended up getting another audition and went on to compete on Adam Levine’s team that season.
“Funny story — after The Voice was over with and I turned 18, I didn’t have my license yet,” RaeLynn added. “So Nicolle took me to all my writing appointments in Nashville, and we just started writing together. We had this special bond and this chemistry like any other. Her lyrics and melodies are so incredible. She just helped me piece my story together. It’s important to find that person that you click with in Nashville and she was that first person that I clicked with.”
Available Friday (March 24), WildHorse is also co-produced by CMA Triple Play award winner and hit-maker Jimmy Robbins (Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” and Maren Morris’ “I Could Use a Love Song”).


Brad Paisley: “I Bled For This”

Talks New Album and “Heaven South”

Standing in his in-studio Irishish pub on Friday evening (March 17), Brad Paisley talked with two of his co-writers — and thousands of fans watching on Facebook — about his upcoming album Love and War.
And the track that kicks all the new music off: “Heaven South.”
Paisley, Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois go back and forth about the song and what it means to them, and together they come to the conclusion that it is the album’s missing piece.
“It’s something that would make you feel a little bit like it’s a great time to be alive right here in the south,” Paisley said.
But it’s not only for people literally living in the south. It also works for anyone in that same frame of mind.
“It’s more a metaphor that has to do with, ‘This is Heaven South.’ When your life’s going good, and you’re able to tune out all the stuff that’s going on in the news and all the things that causes angst in these days.
“You look around and realize what’s important,” he said. “That’s what this song’s about.”
The album goes much deeper, he added, but this song feels like morning.
“Like it’s starting the day on the right note,” he said. “I like the way it kicks the record off: by looking at the bright side.”
And when Paisley touched on the rest of the album — due out April 21 — he just said, “I will say this, I bled for this album.”


Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Announces 2017 Headliners

Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan Set for Labor Day Weekend Event 

Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan will headline an electric Labor Day weekend 2017 at the fifth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida. The headliners were revealed Tuesday (March 21).
Frank Brown Park will host the three-day event starting Sept. 1. Live music at the festival will start at 2 p.m., and lineup additions will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for general admission and VIP packages go on sale April 2. Special Military tickets and early entry will also be available.


Carrie Underwood Finds World’s Smallest Cowboy Boots

Sends Perfect Pair to Hoda Kotb 
 For as long as I’ve been collecting* cowboy boots, I never knew they made them small enough for a baby.
Leave it to Carrie Underwood to find a pair just right for Hoda Kotb’s new baby girl.
Kotb tweeted her gratitude on Monday (March 20) to Underwood with a picture of the adorable pale pink boots for her one-month-old.
“Hey @carrieunderwood !!! Haley Joy loves her very first pair of cowboy boots!!! Can’t wait until you meet her ! Thank you,” the Today show anchor wrote.
Kotb and her boyfriend Joel Schiffman recently adopted Haley Joy, who was born on Feb. 14.
* I say “collecting,” because that way, it sounds more like a conscious investment in cowboy boots. Instead of just a mindless amassing of things I don’t need. I like to think that I collect cowboy boots the way wealthy people collect art.

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