Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week-end Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..April 22, 2017 (Now with links)

COUNTRY CHART Weekend of April 22-23:
Watch for a Chart update later today

COUNTRY CHART Weekend of April 15-16:

2 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
3 JASON ALDEAN Any Ol’ Barstool
4 JON PARDI Dirt On My Boots
5 SAM HUNT Body Like a Back Road *
7 JOSH TURNER Hometown Girl
8 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less
11 LUKE COMBS Hurricane
12 KENNY CHESNEY Bar At The End of the World
13 BRETT YOUNG In Case You Didn’t Know
14 DAN & SHAY How Not To
16 TRENT HARMON There’s A Girl
17 RASCAL FLATTS Yours If You Want It
18 KEITH URBAN The Fighter w/Carrie Underwood



Brad Paisley Hints of More Songs With Mick Jagger


Brad Paisley Hints of More Songs With Mick Jagger

Paisley Co-Hosts All-New CMT Hot 20 Countdown This Weekend 

When Mick Jagger flies into Nashville to record, Brad Paisley says the pressure to not blow the opportunity is massive.
“You don’t want to be like, ‘Well, we didn’t get anything,'” Paisley tells Katie Cook on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown airing Saturday (April 22) and Sunday (April 23) at 9 a.m. ET.
Paisley initially asked Jagger if he’d like to write sometime when he opened the show for the Rolling Stones’ stadium show in Nashville during the band’s 2015’s Zip Code Tour.
“I said, ‘You should come back when we don’t have anything to do,” Paisley recalled, “and we can write, record, go to dinner and goof around.’ He was like, ‘How’s September?’ That was really the way we got to kick off the album.”
They wrote and recorded their new collaboration “Drive of Shame” for Paisley’s just-released Love and War album in three days.
“We came up with a couple of songs, actually,” Paisley added. “That’s the one that went on here, and he did his vocal and goofed around. We wrote until we had all the lines we wanted, and it was eye-opening for me.
“It’s amazing to me the energy level of this man, having accomplished everything he’s accomplished,” he added of Jagger. “He still has a hunger about him and wanting to be creative.”
Paisley scheduled similar three-day sessions with John Fogerty for the title track and Timabaland for “Solar Power Girl” and “Grey Goose Chase.” Bill Anderson appears on “Dying to See Her.”
For “Gold All Over the Ground,” Paisley used lyrics Johnny Cash once wrote for his wife June.
“This song that I finished of Johnny Cash‘s essentially is his song to June,” Paisley said. “It was words he had written down and he was longing to be with her. John Carter Cash came in, produced the track and said, ‘These are words my dad wrote down about my mom.’
“This song goes right into the Bill Anderson collaboration, ‘I’m Dying to See Her.’ And it feels like one whole story.”
Cook’s full interview with Paisley from his home bar is featured on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown airing Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.


Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham Share Common History

Talk New Tour on CMT Hot 20 Countdown

Those who catch Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham on their spring tour will get more than just one incredible night of live music.
Together, the two artists have more than three decades of experience working in Nashville’s music scene and they’ve always led musical lives. Washington state native Clark moved to Nashville to pursue music in 1997, while Worsham arrived in 2006 from Mississippi. Both are considered part of a rising class of country originators who have come into popularity over the last decade solely based on their artistic merit.
 “There are a lot of [Nashville artists] like us who have their 10-year or 20-year coins,” Worsham tells CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “And the world doesn’t know who they are necessarily. But they felt their impact, or they will know who they are, or both. There’s no other place that creates what Nashville creates.” “One reason I loved the choice of Charlie and I to do this tour together,” Clark added, “for me, very selfishly, not only do I love his music, but it’s always good to be on the road with people when you think, ‘My show has to be good because I know theirs is going to be great.’ And we haven’t even talked about what a great musician he is.”

Their musical journeys are almost identical, too. Both artists released debut albums in 2013 and went through long wait periods before the release of their respective follow-ups. Worsham’s Rubberband landed that August and Clark’s 12 Stories was released two months later.
Critics hailed Clark’s Big Day in a Small Town among 2016’s best country releases, while Worsham’s new album Beginning of Things has already garnered early acclaim.
“My first record 12 Stories came out end of 2013,” Clark said. “And then my second record Big Day in a Small Town came out in summer 2016, and so that’s a long time. Some of the songs on the second record were written before 12 Stories, and I played the 12 Stories record so much that the first gig where we started playing songs from Big Day in a Small Town, it was really fun.
“But it was also kind of scary because it’s different in the studio. Then to figure out how do we do this with five players live. How do we make it sound as much like the record as we can or a version that competes with what’s on the record? It’s just great to see the fans’ reaction because … it’s always shocking to me what they love. It’s usually something I’ve overlooked.”
“I really am excited about playing these new songs live,” Worsham added. “The arc of having to translate a song live is a really fun journey and if it’s a roller coaster, I’m on that first big drop right now. Before it’s over I’ll ride that roller coaster a million times and love it every time. But there’s nothing like that first experience of seeing it work on a stage and in an audience.”
CMT Hot 20 Countdown‘s full interview with Clark and Worsham on their new tour is on an all-new episode, airing Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) at 9 a.m. ET/PT. Their tour continues Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland. 


William Michael Morgan Goes “Missing”

His New Video Could Be Your Ultimate Guide to Unplugging 
 William Michael Morgan isn’t really missing, but he’s thinking about sneaking away for a while in his cheeky single for “Missing,” a song about taking off under the radar every once in a while to escape the madness of life.
With Mercury currently in retrograde, don’t think I haven’t thought about it myself. I hear Cancun is great all year round …
In the video, the neo-traditionalist cruises through the desert in his old pickup as he half-heartedly laments all the things he’s neglecting back home, like bills and the grass in the front yard that needs the be cut.
But those things can wait. After all, as Morgan sings in the chorus, he’s “on a mission to be missing,” and who knows where his adventures will take him.


Zac Brown Band Covers John Prine With Kacey Musgraves

Zac Brown and Chris Hemsworth Exchange Beard Tips in Australia 
 Zac Brown Band‘s cover of John Prine‘s “All the Best” on their forthcoming album Welcome Home is an acoustic collaboration with Kacey Musgraves. The Grammy-winning group unveiled a behind the scenes look at the song’s recording session on social media on Thursday (April 20).
It’s among the four tracks that are available now with pre-orders of the 10-song collection, which arrives May 12.
 ZBB are in Australia where front man Zac Brown ran into actor Chris Hemsworth backstage at the Byron Bay Blues Festival. The band played the fest on Sunday (April 16) and have another show on Friday (April 21) in Sydney.

They are scheduled to perform at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on April 30 and a sold-out two-night stand starting May 12 at Alpharetta, Georgia’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park will kick off their 2017 Welcome Home Tour.
The summer run includes concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Denver’s Coors Field, George, Washington’s Gorge Amphitheatre and BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.


Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Witness Smashville History

Predators Move On to Second Round After Sweeping Blackhawks
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley witnessed a historic night in Smashville on Thursday night (April 20).
They were at the Bridgestone Arena when the Nashville Predators swept their Stanley Cup playoff series, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Never before have the Preds swept a playoff series, and this is the first time an eight seed has ever beaten a one in a best of seven series in NHL history.
Bryan kicked off the night with a surprise performance of the National Anthem, days after Carrie Underwood surprised her husband’s team with her version on Monday (April 17).
Bryan and Bentley were later spotted in a suite cheering on the Preds in matching blue, gold and cowboy hats.

The Preds will face the winner of the St. Louis-Minnesota series in the second round.


Jillian Jacqueline Lays Down the Law in “Reasons”

Singer-Songwriter’s New Video Is Sweet, Catchy and Sassy 
 Friday (April 21) is the official release day for Jillian Jacqueline‘s long-awaited song “Reasons” and we’ve got the uber-cool video to go along with it.
The song is a sonically delightful and effervescent ode to something actually not so delightful — calling it quits on a relationship way past its expiration date.
Breaking up has really never sounded so sweet — or looked so stylish and retro-chic. Jacqueline’s hip fashion sense is as unique as her voice, with pops of color and throwback prints and looks. She’s doing her own thing, and doing it well.
She co-wrote “Reasons” with Sarah Buxton, whose songwriting credits include Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy.”
Jacqueline is also part of our newest class of CMT Next Women of Country.


A Country Guide to Record Store Day 2017

Brad Paisley, Angaleena Presley and Charlie Worsham Lead New Album Releases 

Record Store Day turns 10 on Saturday (April 22), and there’s no shortage of country music to invest in this weekend.
Brad Paisley, Angaleena Presley and Charlie Worsham each have new albums coming out Friday (April 21), while a limited number of commemorative RSD releases from Eric Church, the Cadillac Three, Dolly Parton, David Bowie, Prince, Leon Russell and more will be available at select independent record stores worldwide beginning Saturday.
Paisley hopes fans view his new album, Love and War, as an honest reflection of today’s world. Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty guests on the title track, an anthem for veterans and their unflagging dedication to serving America. The collection also offers collaborations with Bill Anderson, Mick Jagger, Timbaland and a live recording of the late Johnny Cash.

“I think an album should reflect the times we live in,” Paisley told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “When you go back and listen to ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ by Bruce Springsteen, for some reason, that feels like that time period.
“Nobody represented the Vietnam era like Creedeence and Fogerty,” he added. “One of the things noticed while I was looking around [in the country] is the VA scandal and the way we’re treating our veterans.
“I don’t like to make political statements out of music. I have no business saying, ‘Here’s what I think.’ If I can write a song and make it rhyme and say something important within that context, then I maybe have a right to do it. But I really have a right to do it when I get a guy like John Fogerty and say, ‘Do you want to say this statement with me?'”
Presley’s new album Wrangled is already garnering critical acclaim. The 12-song collection kicks off with a reunion with her Pistol Annies bandmates Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe on “Dreams Don’t Come True,” a song that sheds light on getting warped by the expectations fed to youngsters in the music business.
Presley gets right to the point within the first minute, singing, “I thought there’d be a man in a suit/A 10-gallon hat/He’d give me a deal and a red Cadillac/I’d make hit records and get hooked on drugs/But I wound up pregnant and strung out on love.”
Wanda Jackson co-wrote the collection’s “Good Girl Down” and a recitation by Guy Clark opens “Cheer Up Little Darling,” a song he co-wrote with Presley in one of his final songwriting sessions before his passing in May 2016.
Worsham describes his sophomore album Beginning of Things as a culmination of the musical geography that shaped him as an artist. The 13-song album features his current single “Cut Your Groove.”

“It definitely recalls all the styles that make up the foundation of who I am in music,” Worsham tells “I grew up 100 miles south of Memphis, and ‘Call You Up,’ I call that Stax [Records] on acid because it’s got horns and strings, and it sort of feels like a Stax nostalgia. And then ‘The Beginning of Things’ feels like Muscle Shoals, and it’s not that far down the road. And some of it is not as much about geography as it is about my influences like Roger Miller and John Mayer. It’s more nostalgic than throwback. I think there’s a slight difference but an important one.”
Paisley will co-host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday and Sunday (April 22-23) at 9 a.m. ET/PT with an exclusive world premiere of Worsham’s new video for “Cut Your Groove,” as well as a preview of his 2017 co-headlining tour with Brandy Clark. On Record Store Day, Worsham and Brandy Clark will perform live at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland.
Below is a list of limited edition Record Store Day country and Americana titles arriving on Saturday. A full list of RSD releases and how many copies will be available can be found at the holiday’s official website.
Live at Abbey Road, the Cadillac Three (10” LP) Children’s Album, Johnny Cash (LP) Live From Los Angeles, Brandy Clark (LP) Caught in the Act (Live), Eric Church (double LP) Electric Lady Sessions, Drive-by Truckers (LP) The Devil Don’t Sleep, Brantley Gilbert (LP) Welcome to 1979, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (12-inch EP)
“Riot In the Streets”/”Better Man Than,” Pokey LaFarge (10-inch single)
High Noon — A 50-Year Retrospective, NRBQ (double LP)
“Terlingua”/”Off My Mynd,” Old 97’s (12-inch single)
“Puppy Love,” Dolly Parton (7-inch single)
Guitar Blues, Leon Russell (CD) Like Nashville in Naija: Nigeria’s Romance With Country Music, Yesterday and Today, Various Artists (2 x LP)


Ty Herndon‪ Announces Initial Performers for Concert for Love and Acceptance

Confirmations Include Thompson Square, Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison and Runaway June 

Thompson Square, Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison and Runaway June will join Ty Herndon as performers at his 2017 Concert for Love & Acceptance set for June 8 at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.
Ryan Kinder, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Ray and Street Corner Symphony are also on the list of initial performers announced Thursday (April 20). Additional guests will be confirmed in the coming weeks for the event hosted by CMT’s Cody Alan.
Herndon created and co-hosted the first Concert for Love & Acceptance alongside GLAAD in 2015, when his 20th anniversary fan club party turned into a coalition of artists gathering in support of Nashville’s at-risk youth. The fundraiser evolved from his desire to foster positive cultural change and encourage Nashville’s youth to live to their fullest potential.
This year’s partners include media partner CMT and nonprofit partner GLAAD.
For more information on the Concert for Love & Acceptance or to purchase tickets, visit


Dierks Bentley Nominated to Nashville Airport Authority’s Board of Directors

Mayor’s Appointment to Unpaid Position Expected to Be Approved in May 
 Dierks Bentley is being appointed to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s board of directors, according to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry nominated Bentley to serve on the 10-member board to fill the expired term of Rod Essig, a talent agent who co-heads the Nashville office of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
“As a leader in the Nashville music industry and as a pilot himself, Dierks brings a unique perspective to the board of the MNAA, having flown into hundreds of airports worldwide,” Barry said in a statement. “He will lend an important voice to the Airport Authority which will be managing the $1.2 billion capital investment in the MNAA facilities, while working to make our airport a true international hub for commerce and tourism.”
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Airport Authority board,” Bentley said. “I love Nashville and I love aviation. There are many big changes happening in our city right now as it continues to grow so rapidly. I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in facilitating and managing that growth as it pertains to our airports and aviation services.”
Bentley will not receive any financial compensation for accepting the volunteer position that is expected to be approved by the Metro Council next month.
Bentley, an Arizona native, moved to Nashville in 1994. Ironically, perhaps, one of his biggest hits is 2014’s “Drunk on a Plane.”

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