Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mid-week Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..May 10, 2017

 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of May 6-7:

1 JOSH TURNER Hometown Girl *
2 SAM HUNT Body Like a Back Road
3 LUKE COMBS Hurricane
4 JASON ALDEAN Any Ol’ Barstool
7 BRETT YOUNG In Case You Didn’t Know
9 DAN & SHAY How Not To
10 KENNY CHESNEY Bar At The End of the World
12 RASCAL FLATTS Yours If You Want It
13 KEITH URBAN The Fighter w/Carrie Underwood
14 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
16 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE God, Your Mama, & Me
18 TRENT HARMON There’s A Girl
19 BLAKE SHELTON Every Time I Hear That Song
20 COLE SWINDELL Flatliner w/Dierks Bentley


Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett Are Top Nominees for 2017 CMT Music Awards

Nashville’s Charles Esten to Host Awards Show Live From Nashville on 

Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban top the nominations announced Tuesday (May 9) for the 2017 CMT Music Awards.
Nashville‘s Charles Esten will host the show premiering live from Nashville on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Superstar show performances revealed last week include Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
Ballerini, Rhett and Urban received four nominations each, with Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina and Luke Bryan close behind with three nominations each. Artists with first-time CMT Music Awards nominations this year include Brett Young, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Midland.
Fan voting is underway at and continues until 12:01 a.m. ET June 5.

The nominations were rolled out Tuesday morning, including an announcement by Brett Eldredge on NBC’s Today and other categories revealed by Entertainment Tonight Online,, CMT Social and Billboard.
Here’s a complete list of nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards.
Video of the Year Best video of the year. Awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at during the show.
Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”
Brad Paisley, “Today”
Brett Eldredge, “Wanna Be That Song”
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Cole Swindell, “Middle of a Memory”
Dierks Bentley and Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”
Male Video of the Year Best video by a male artist. Awarded to the artist.

Blake Shelton, “Came Here to Forget”
Eric Church, “Record Year”
Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”
Female Video of the Year Best video by a female artist. Awarded to the artist.

Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”
Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Reba McEntire, “Back to God”
Duo Video of the Year
Best video by a duo. Awarded to the artists.

Big & Rich featuring Tim McGraw, “Lovin’ Lately”
Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”
Dan + Shay, “How Not To”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
LoCash, “I Know Somebody”
Group Video of the Year Best video by a group. Awarded to the artists.

Eli Young Band, “Saltwater Gospel”
Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”
Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”
Breakthrough Video of the Year Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album. Awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Kane Brown, “Used to Love You Sober”
Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”
Luke Combs, “Hurricane”
RaeLynn, “Love Triangle”
Collaborative Video of the Year Best video from a collaboration. Awarded to the artists.

Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”
Chris Young featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”
Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”
Kenny Chesney with P!nk, “Setting the World on Fire”
CMT Performance of the Year Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT. Awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

Jason Aldean, “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)
Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, “Want to Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)
John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker, “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)
Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)
Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, Close (From CMT Crossroads)
Social Superstar of the Year Most creative and engaging social media posts by an artist. Awarded to the artist.

Brett Eldredge
Jake Owen
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Lauren Alaina
Thomas Rhett


2017 CMT Music Awards: #SocialSuperstar Nominees Revealed

Find Out How to Vote for This Year's Winner

Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lauren Alaina and Thomas Rhett are the nominees for the 2017 CMT Music Awards’ #SocialSuperstar category.
The award honors acts who use social media to stay connected with fans through several platforms and apps.
Fans can vote for their favorites in the category via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CMTawards with the artist’s tag, #VoteBrett, #VoteJake, #VoteKeith, #VoteKelsea, #VoteLauren or #VoteThomas. You can vote 10 times per valid Twitter or Instagram handle per day through June 6, then 50 votes per handle on June 7.
Be sure to watch the 2017 CMT Music Awards live June 7 at 8/7c as Charles Esten hosts the star-studded event in Nashville.


Sturgill Simpson Leads Americana Music Nominees

Artist of the Year Contenders Include Jason Isbell, John Prine, Lori McKenna and Margo Price
Sturgill Simpson earned nominations in three categories when the 16th annual Americana Music Association Awards nominees were revealed on Tuesday (May 9) at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
The Milk Carton Kids’ Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan hosted the live webcast with performances by Jason Isbell, Jerry Douglas, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers.
Nominated for artist of the year alongside Isbell, John Prine, Lori McKenna and Margo Price, Simpson is up for album of the year for his Grammy-winning A Sailor’s Guide to Earth and song of the year for “All Around You.”
The winners of each category will be revealed during the Americana Honors and Awards show on Sept. 13 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during the 2017 Americana Music Festival and Conference, which runs from Sept. 12-17. The recipient for the organization’s lifetime achievement award will be revealed leading up to the event.
Album of the Year
American Band, Drive-By Truckers
Producer: David Barbe

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
Producer: Sturgill Simpson

Close Ties, Rodney Crowell
Producers: Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning

Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens
Producers: David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell

The Navigator, Hurray for the Riff Raff
Producer: Paul Butler

Artist of the Year
Jason Isbell
John Prine
Lori McKenna
Margo Price
Sturgill Simpson

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Drive-By Truckers
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
The Lumineers

Emerging Artist
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Amanda Shires
Brent Cobb
Sam Outlaw

Song of the Year
“All Around You,” Sturgill Simpson
“It Ain’t Over Yet,” Rodney Crowell (featuring Rosanne Cash and John Paul White)
“To Be Without You,” Ryan Adams
“Wreck You,” Lori McKenna

Spencer Cullum Jr.
Jen Gunderman
Courtney Hartman
Charlie Sexton


Big & Rich Head West in “California”

New Single and Video Bring Perfect Blend of Sunshine and Heartbreak

Big & Rich are lamenting love lost in their brand new video, and getting that love back will put them up against some heavy competition from the dreamy state of California.
That’s right. The gal in the duo’s brand new single and video is in “love with California” and runs off to the West Coast to chase her dreams, leaving her man behind.
I can’t argue with this decision too much. I’ve actually thought about running off to California at least twice this year already.
But it is a total bummer for the one left behind, and Big Kenny and John Rich do a jam-up job of putting the feelings to music — with a killer groove and sharp lyrics, to boot.
Check out the California scenery for yourselves. Now you want to go the beach, too, don’t you? 

Jon Pardi Revels in Alan Jackson Praise

Why the “Closer to Country” Meant So Much 

Just when he needed it most, Alan Jackson heaped some praise on Jon Pardi and really turned his thinking around.
What Jackson had said when Pardi was opening for him a couple years ago was, “Of all the new guys I’ve heard, I like that Jon is closer to country than most of the others and I thought his songwriting was better than what I’ve heard in a while.”
Those kind words meant so much to Pardi because he hadn’t been having the best stretch of his career.
“The Alan Jackson quote came at a time when I really needed it. It was 2015. It was in between records. We didn’t have any singles,” Pardi told Tulsa World.
“And when I read that, it was like an honor that one of my heroes would say that about me. It was really cool. That kind of got me pumped up to go back and write ‘California Sunrise’ and work on that record,” he added.
Pardi will continue collecting compliments as he opens a few more shows for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, then hits the road as part of Dierks Bentley‘s string of summer shows.


Chris Stapleton, Kevin Bacon and Jimmy Fallon Rework ZZ Top’s “Legs”

Collaborate for First Drafts of Rock 
“She’s got a butt cheek. She’s actually got a pair of them.”
That was one of Chris Stapleton‘s lines in a parody of ZZ Top’s “Legs” with Kevin Bacon and Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s (May 8) Tonight Show. The collaboration was part of the segment First Drafts of Rock, which had Stapleton and Bacon singing about all of a woman’s body parts including her elbows.
 Later in the show, Stapleton returned with his band to sing “I Was Wrong” from his latest album From a Room: Volume 1


Dan + Shay Build Love for Madeline and Brandon

Wedding Reception Gig Sounds Good to Newlyweds 
 When Madeline Roberts and Brandon Bateman planned their big wedding on Saturday night (May 6) in Orlando, Florida, I’m sure they had some ideas for the song for their first dance.
But they didn’t have any idea who’d be there to perform it.
The bride’s parents were able to orchestrate a grand romantic gesture by having Dan + Shay surprise the newlyweds — both Mr. and Mrs. are big fans of the country duo — and keep the surprise a secret until the moment Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney walked into the reception.
That moment was captured on their Instagram story. “We’re here in Florida, and we are surprising a fan at her wedding by singing ‘From the Ground Up’ for her first dance song. It’s gonna be so much fun,” Smyers said. And after walking in and grabbing the microphone, he added, “We’re glad to be part of you guys’ special day.”
After the shock and the tears and the hugs, the band played “From the Ground Up,” which is about as perfect as a wedding song can get.
In Facebook videos, you can see Dan + Shay also performing Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me,” their new song “How Not To,” and a few more songs before they left.
For the guests who may not have known who Dan + Shay were, Smyers explained the duo this way: “We make country music, but we have hair like we’re in the Backstreet Boys.”


Jason Aldean and Wife Expecting First Child Together

Couple Announce the News Monday Via Social Media 
Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany Kerr Aldean are expecting their first child together.
The couple made the announcement Monday (May 8) via social media.
Aldean and Kerr, a former contestant on American Idol, were married on March 21, 2015. He has two daughters from a previous marriage.

Brad Paisley Reveals Dates for 2017 Weekend Warrior World Tour

Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell Will Be Along for the Ride on All U.S. Dates
Brad Paisley has announced the complete itinerary for his Weekend Warrior World Tour, which includes stops in Canada and Europe.
Kicking off May 18 in Saratoga Springs, New York, special guests on the U.S. leg of the tour will be Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell. Bryant will also be on the Canadian, Norway and Sweden dates, and Ell will also be on the Canadian dates.
Paisley has partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, for Band Against Cancer to help spread the word of community-based treatment, options and support. As a tour sponsor, Sarah Cannon will provide onsite resources at each tour stop that are powered by askSARAH, Sarah Cannon’s cancer helpline. Sarah Cannon has adopted Paisley’s hit “Today” as the campaign’s 2017 theme song.
As part of the partnership, Paisley is providing an opportunity for his fans to engage in the cause, by participating in a “get one, give one” campaign for his new album Love and War. When fans purchase the new album for a special limited time price of $15 via and, they can send an additional free copy to a patient going through the cancer journey.
Here’s a complete list of the Weekend Warrior World Tour dates:
May 18: Saratoga Springs, New York
May 19: Philadelphia
May 20: Raleigh, North Carolina

June 16 Wheatland, California
June 17: Mountain View, California
June 23: San Diego, California
June 24: Anaheim, California
June 25: Phoenix
June 29: Portland, Oregon
June 30: Seattle

July 14: Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 15: Denver
July 24: Gavle, Sweden
July 25: Stockholm, Sweden
July 28: Seljord, Norway

Aug. 3: Wantagh, New York
Aug. 4: Holmdel, New Jersey
Aug. 5: Mansfield, Massachusetts
Aug. 6: Hartford, Connecticut
Aug. 10: Cincinnati
Aug. 11: Indianapolis
Aug. 12: Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Aug. 13: Springfield, Illinois
Aug. 18: Calgary, Alberta
Aug. 19: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Aug. 20: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Aug. 25: Grand Island, Nebraska
Aug. 26: Red Wing, Minnesota

Sept. 1: Rogers, Arkansas
Sept. 2: Dallas
Sept. 8: Charlotte, North Carolina
Sept. 9: Bristow, Virginia
Sept. 10: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sept. 15: West Palm Beach, Florida
Sept. 16: Tampa, Florida
Sept. 22: Cleveland
Sept. 23: Chicago
Sept. 24: St. Louis

The Mavericks Give Hope for the Future in “Brand New Day”

They’re Encouraging Acceptance, Equality and Love in Stunning New Video
The Mavericks are giving hope and light to a broken world in “Brand New Day,” the title track of their latest album.
Drawing parallels between a relationship on the edge and the state of the greater world, the music video brings the latter center stage and sets out to crush the negative and antiquated ideologies of times past, ushering in a brighter, more loving and accepting way of believing and living.
Directed by Trey Fanjoy, the video is visually stunning, incorporating a beautiful troupe of dancers who each represent a social issue dividing and plaguing our world. As the song moves forward, words like homophobia, xenophobia, racism and hunger that are painted on the dancers transform into the words freedom, courage and hope to drive home the thematic elements of the video’s message: universal love.
Love, and hope and courage — it’s a reminder to us all that we must be the change we want to see in the world. Change starts with you and me. We are the only ones who can begin the move into a brand new day. 

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