Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mid-week Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..May 3, 2017



 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of April 29-30:


1 JASON ALDEAN Any Ol’ Barstool
2 SAM HUNT Body Like a Back Road
3 JOSH TURNER Hometown Girl
4 KELSEA BALLERINI Yeah Boy
5 LUKE COMBS Hurricane *
6 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
7 LUKE BRYAN Fast
8 DIERKS BENTLEY Black
9 BRANTLEY GILBERT The Weekend
10 BRETT YOUNG In Case You Didn’t Know
11 KENNY CHESNEY Bar At The End of the World
12 DAN & SHAY How Not To
13 DARIUS RUCKER If I Told You
14 RASCAL FLATTS Yours If You Want It
15 KEITH URBAN The Fighter w/Carrie Underwood
16 LADY ANTEBELLUM You Look Good
17 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE God, Your Mama, & Me
18 DYLAN SCOTT My Girl
19 TRENT HARMON There’s A Girl
20 ZAC BROWN BAND My Old Man



              COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS!


 

Faith Hill’s Three Words for Tim McGraw

Shares Birthday Wish with the World
 While the country music world was busy sending out all kinds of 50th birthday wishes to Tim McGraw on Monday (May 1), McGraw’s wife Faith Hill said it best. Especially with those three little words.
“Never better baby.”
The picture Hill shared on social media showed the loving couple embracing in some water somewhere, possibly at their place in the Exumas Islands in the Bahamas.
Hill’s post continued with, “Happy 50th Birthday my love. This world is a better place because of you. I know you are having one of the best days of your life!!!!!”
And it’s far from the first time Hill has given her fans, friends and followers an intimate glimpse into her love life.
On Valentine’s Day, Hill posted another picture of herself and McGraw — this one taken from behind, with their arms on one another’s back sides–and captioned it with, “Happy Valentine’s Day to my partner in crime. I love my man and he knows it!!!!!!!”


  

Eric Church to Share the Stage Again

New Dates Include Opening Acts Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde 

Now that Eric Church is close to the end of his one-man-show — his Holdin’ My Own Tour — he is ready to start bringing some openers out on the road with him later this year.
“This tour has been so special musically; I can honestly say I’m really gonna miss it,” Church said in a press release of his straightforward two-set tour stops with no show opener.
“That being said, I’m looking forward to sharing the bill with some artists I enjoy. It’s gonna be a fun challenge to turn a three-hour show into a shorter one that can vary drastically night-to-night,” he said.
So instead of a concert of all Church — and nothing but Church — the new dates will include Brothers Osbourne, the winner of the vocal duo and new vocal duo at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, and Ashley McBryde, who Church has called his favorite new artist.
Church will continue to add other special guests to his show in the months to come.
Here’s a list of the added tour dates announced Monday (May 1):
Sept. 2-3: Stateline, Nevada (Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys)
Sept 7: Austin (Austin 360 Amphitheater)
Sept. 8: Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Sept 15:Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Tuscaloosa Amphitheater)
Sept 16: Orange Beach, Alabama (The Wharf Amphitheater)
Sept 21-22: Gilford, New Hampshire (Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion)


  

Maren Morris: A Good Slap in the Face

Reaction to Awards Can Be a Surprise Even When You See Them Coming

You’d think Maren Morris would be used to all the accolades and attention by now.
Then again, her break out hit “My Church” was only released about a year and a half ago, so maybe she still needs time to let it all sink in.
“You build up so many thoughts and emotions in to doing your first tour, but you don’t know until you step on that stage what it’s really going to be like,” Morris said in a recent radio interview.
“It’s always a slap in the face, in a good way, a healthy way,” she added.
She felt the same kind of shock and awe when she won the new female vocalist honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
“I don’t care if you do see it coming, it was so emotional because even though they had announced that I had won a couple of weeks before, it’s still me holding an ACM in my hands,” she said. “There’s just nothing that emotionally prepares you for that until it happens.”
Morris announced Monday (May 1) that she is adding 10 more stops to her tour:
Oct. 5: Kalamazoo, Michigan (State Theatre)
Oct. 6: Milwaukee (The Rave)
Oct. 7: Clive, Iowa (7 Flags Event Center)
Oct. 12: Huntington, West Virginia (Keith-Albee Theatre)
Oct. 13: Memphis, Tennessee (Minglewood Hall)
Oct. 19: Brandon, Mississippi (City Hall Live)
Oct. 21: Mobile, Alabama (Soul Kitchen)
Oct. 26: Kansas City, Missouri (Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland)
Oct. 27: Tulsa, Oklahoma (Brady Theater)
Oct. 28: Wichita, Kansas (The Cotillion)


  

2017 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Adds 15 Acts

Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and More Join Florida Fest




Labor Day weekend at the 2017 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam just got bigger with the addition of 15 acts.

They are Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Granger Smith, Colt Ford, Kane Brown, the Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Diamond Rio, William Michael Morgan, The Railers, Gal Friday Band, Them Dirty Roses and Muscadine Bloodline.

As previously announced, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan will headline the three-day event, kicking off Sept. 1 at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. Three-day general admission passes start at $129. Discounted tickets for military members are available for $109 and that price will never increase.
  

Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett Cap 2017 Stagecoach Festival

Country Favorites Wynonna and Travis Tritt Add Spice to Final Day of Fest 

Stagecoach, the three-day country music festival in Indio, California, wrapped up Sunday (April 30) with performances by Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Cam and an array of new and established acts.
LANco, Luke Combs, Tyler Farr, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Travis Tritt, Courtney Cole and roots music favorites such as the Cowboy Junkies, Los Lobos and the Long Ryders also performed during the final day of the festival.
 Check out photos from Friday and Saturday, along with these shots from Sunday at Stagecoach.
Kenny Chesney

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Singer Kenny Chesney performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) *** Local Caption *** Kenny Chesney  
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
Thomas Rhett

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted to black and white.)  Singer Thomas Rhett performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
  Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Singer Thomas Rhett performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
  Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Cam

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Singer Cam performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
LANco

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Musicians Chandler Baldwin (L) and Brandon Lancaster of LANco perform on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Luke Combs

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Musician Luke Combs performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) *** Local Caption *** Luke Combs  
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Wynonna & the Big Noise

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Singer Wynonna Judd of Wynonna & the Big Noise performs on the Palomino stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt performs at the 2017 Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)  
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Tyler Farr

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Singer Tyler Farr performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Courtney Cole

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Singer Courtney Cole performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Cowboy Junkies

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  Recording artists Michael Timmins, Peter Timmins, Margo Timmins, and Alan Anton of Cowboy Junkies perform on the Mustang stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Los Lobos

INDIO, CA - APRIL 30:  (L-R) Musicians Enrique Gonzalez, Cesar Rosas,  Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, Steve Berlin, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos perform on the Palomino Stage during day 3 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 30, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach
  

Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits

The Best Tweets You Might Have Missed 

So you might not have had time over the weekend to check in with all the country singers you love, which is why we collected all of their posts from all over social media. Shania Twain collaborated with Kelsea Ballerini and Nick Jonas live at Stagecoach, Brad Paisley defied gravity, Dierks Bentley was part of a Fresno family reunion, Ryan Hurd was Maren Morris‘ hero, Brett Eldredge did something weird on a Friday night (April 28), Thomas Rhett and his dad might have started a new band, and Darius Rucker chose the Wolverine and his healing powers as his favorite superhero.

 Shania Twain: “‘Party For Two’ with the amazing @nickjonas. So much fun.”
 Kelsea Ballerini: “One of the most unreal days of my life. Presented @britneyspears with her Icon Award at @radiodisney and sang with my HERO @ShaniaTwain”
 Brad Paisley: “Yeah that’s me at the ifly at Universal. The things I’m willing to do for art. I’ve never looked dorkier or cooler.”
 Dierks Bentley: “Seen many military family reunions on tv… first time to get to participate in one. Life changing. Thanks Staff Srg Steven Mendez and your family. #Fresno”
 Maren Morris: “Piggyback ride because good boyfriends care about your shoes.”
 Brett Eldredge: “Backstage jammin to Somethin I’m good at!”
 Thomas Rhett: “Me and dad are starting a band.”
 Darius Rucker: “Happy National Super Hero Day! Who is your favorite Super Hero? Mine is Wolverine!! The man!”


  

Smashville Welcomes Little Big Town

Grammy-Winning Band Crushes National Anthem for Nashville Predators 
 The Nashville Predators continue to dominate the NHL Playoffs with their 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday (April 30) at the Bridgestone Arena.
And they’re doing it all to the sound of country stars singing the National Anthem.
Before Sunday’s game, Little Big Town became the latest country act to surprise the Preds with a moving performance of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” All were decked out in No. 4 blue and gold jerseys as Karen Fairchild led their four-part harmony. 
 Ironically enough, Ryan Ellis, who wears No. 4 for the Predators, scored a first-period goal at 10:34 for a 1-0 lead.
 Game four for the Predators is Tuesday night (May 2) in Nashville. Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan are the previous country artists who have surprised Smashville with performances of the National Anthem during the 2017 NHL playoffs.


  

Shania Twain and Maren Morris Lead the Way at Stagecoach

Willie Nelson, Brett Eldredge, Jamey Johnson Also Perform During Second Day of California Festival
 Shania Twain, Maren Morris, Margo Price and Nikki Lane’s performances Saturday (April 29) at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, represented the diverse contributions being made by today’s female country artists.
Twain was joined by surprise guests on two songs — Kelsea Ballerini on “Any Man of Mine” and Nick Jonas on “Party for Two.”
The second day of the three-day festival also featured Willie Nelson (with a guest appearance by longtime friend and fellow Farm Aid founder Neil Young), Jamey Johnson, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore Robert Ellis, Brooke Eden and many others. The day also featured John Doe of the legendary L.A. punk band X and some “Hanky Panky” by ’60s rockers Tommy James & the Shondells.
The festival closes Sunday night with headliner Kenny Chesney.
Chcek out photos from Saturday’s performances:
Shania Twain
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Singer Shania Twain performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Shania Twain and Kelsea Ballerini
Stagecoach 2017  
Brantley Gutierrez
Shania Twain and Nick Jonas
twain jonas  
Brantley Gutierrez
Maren Morris
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Singer Maren Morris performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Margo Price
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Musician Margo Price performs on the Palomino Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Nikki Lane
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Singer Nikki Lane performs on the Mustang Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Jamey Johnson
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Musician Jamey Johnson performs on the Palomino Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Kip Moore
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Musician Kip Moore performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Robert Ellis
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Musician Robert Ellis performs on the Mustang Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach) 
 Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Brooke Eden
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Singer Brooke Eden performs on the Toyota Mane Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Stagecoach
John Doe
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Musician John Doe performs on the Palomino Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach
Tommy James
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29:  Musician Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells performs on the Palomino Stage during day 2 of 2017 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)  
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach

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