Saturday, June 3, 2017

Week-end Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..June 3, 2017 (Now with links)

COUNTRY CHART Weekend of June3-4:

This Week
Artist & Song Title
Dierks Bentley
Brett Young
In Case You Didn’t Know
Luke Combs
Darius Rucker
If I Told You
Dan + Shay
How Not To
Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
God, Your Mama, and Me
Blake Shelton
Every Time I Hear That Song
Dylan Scott
My Girl
Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris
Craving You
Rascal Flatts
Yours If You Want It
Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood
The Fighter
Lady Antebellum
You Look Good
Cole Swindell ft. Dierks Bentley
Drinkin’ Problem
Justin Moore
Somebody Else Will
Zac Brown Band
My Old Man
Old Dominion
No Such Thing As a Broken Heart
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Speak To a Girl
Brantley Gilbert
The Weekend
Billy Currington
Do I Make You Wanna



Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 5 Episode 12

Love, Laughs and Lots of Music 
 Last night (June 1), Nashville returned to the CMT airwaves, and it was everything we dreamed it would be.
Ten weeks have passed in the show since we last saw Deacon, Juliette and the rest of the crew, and while they are all still feeling the loss of Rayna, they are doing their best to move forward and honor her memory.

Let’s count up the big moments from the new episode:

Deacon’s Highway 

Deacon has now stepped in as the head of Highway 65, and it’s no easy feat. At least he knows Rayna is always with him in spirit.

Juliette’s Reviews 

Juliette’s gospel album wasn’t exactly as well received as she hoped… Where does she go from here?

The Exes’ Performance 

We just love seeing these two up on stage. They always kill it!

Zach’s Dancing 

We definitely understand what Will sees in Zach, we find his nerdiness majorly charming.

Juliette’s Guidance 

Juliette has taken Maddie under her wing, and she’s just not feeling Maddie’s current single.

Deacon’s Wisdom

Daphne is definitely going through a hard time, and while Deacon knows there’s nothing he can say, we know he’s trying.

Juliette’s Idea 

Juliette knows how to make a song a hit! We have to admit, her version of “Saved” is pretty catchy.

Daphne’s New Friend 

We don’t know much about Daphne’s new friend Liv, but it’s great to see her smile again.

Will’s Show 

The only thing we loved as much as seeing Will crush his set was seeing everyone who loves him in the crowd supporting him. 




A Thousand Horses Evolve with Bridges

Country Rockers Talk Sophomore Album, the Magic of Nashville and the late Gregg Allman 

Sophomore jitters do not apply to country-rock and blues phenomenon A Thousand Horses.
Members Zach Brown, Graham DeLoach, Michael Hobby and Bill Satcher release their second album Bridges today (June 2), a deluxe EP if you will, with six brand new songs, six live versions recorded in London and a killer version of their No. 1 smash “Smoke” tracked in Nashville’s famed Printer’s Alley.
Their debut Southernality was a stellar introduction — so good that it could have very well created a pressure-cooker situation for the guys as they went in to record their second album.
But front man Hobby told a little bit of pressure never hurt anybody — it can sometimes be a good thing.
“I think it’s a healthy kind of pressure, when you’re writing new music and recording it, and we kind of we put that on ourselves,” Hobby said. “You want to put out great stuff that you’re proud of that’s real. You’re telling your stories when you write it.”

The group began their first record in the fall of 2013, with Dave Cobb at the helm. Their sound was building and working, but for the second record, they understandably wanted to keep growing and evolving that sound.
Lead guitarist Satcher explained, “When you’re writing your first record, you’re creating and inventing the sound and trying to piece it all together. But with the second record, you’re able to look back at what you’ve done, take what you love, learn from it and expand upon the things that were uniquely ‘us.'”
So they carefully chose the parts they didn’t want to leave behind.
“Rhythmically with this one, we experimented a lot with different grooves and fills,” Satcher said. “With Southernality, that first record had a bit of a strange Run DMC, 80s hip-hop thing to it if you listen. We loved that — the gang vocal, the party and the vibe — we wanted to bring that in and focus it a little more. Songs like ‘Burn Like Willie’ or ‘Bridges’ have a real R&B groove.”
But when you read those lyrics from top to bottom, there’s no denying those are country songs.
It’s evidence of the growth and evolution in country music, and Nashville’s blossoming music scene across all genres. The artists and writers making waves in town and pushing boundaries are perhaps the biggest source of inspiration, at least for Satcher.
“I love the songwriters in town,” he revealed. “I love to hear the songs they’re writing, guys like Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman. When I hear a new song on the radio that they’ve written, I always look up the writers. It’s super inspiring, the brilliance and talent coming out of this town.”
So many of those brilliant writers have their fingerprints all over these new songs. Heather Morgan, the Warren Brothers, Morgan Wallen, Corey Crowder, Jon Nite, Aaron Eshuis, Patrick Davis, Ryan Hurd and the Cadillac Three’s Neil Mason and Jaren Johnston join Osborne and Copperman as co-writers with the guys on the tracks.
And then you have the guys’ musical roots — the roots of a generation brought up with all types of music that’s more accessible than ever before. Hobby remembers being exposed to a great mix of genres from his childhood.
“I had older brothers and I listened to everything,” he said. “From Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to the Black Crowes — and my first concert was Alan Jackson. In town, I feel like our generation of writers and artists did the same thing. That’s why I feel like there’s a melting pot and all this unique music. They did love Nirvana, but also Boyz II Men.”
“But we were also listening to the ‘Watermelon Crawl’ by Tracy Byrd at the skating rink,” Satcher added.
And thus you have their unique sound that’s partly inspired by R&B, some hip-hop, the Black Crowes, the Allman Brothers and country music from the last few decades.
It makes for one heck of a party in a live show, too.
And these road dogs can’t wait to get back out there and give the new music to the fans.
“It’s always fun to see which songs people gravitate towards, because we’ve been playing a few of these songs live and it’s cool, but no one’s heard them before so they’re hearing it for the first time,” guitarist Brown said of the band’s upcoming tour dates. “Now that people will actually be able to have the record and hear it, it’s gonna be good.”
And their wives also get to join them on the road whenever they want, which always makes the road feel a little more like home.
“They love it,” Brown said. “We’re all like one big family.”
Satcher says the wives and fiancée (bassist Graham DeLoach is engaged) are completely understanding and supportive.
“We’ve all been in bands since we were kids, pretty much,” he said. “Ever since we’ve known and met our wives, this has been our lives.”
Satcher actually met his wife at one of their shows at Nashville’s 12th and Porter. DeLoach met his fiancée on the Lynyrd Skynyrd cruise.
“That’s Southern rock love story right there, man,” Satcher said.
No kidding. They’ve had so many incredible life moments born from music and the road, including getting to tour with one of their biggest influencers, the late Gregg Allman.
Allman’s passing last week shook the music world and brought back a lot of wonderful memories for those who had the chance to tour with him and get to know him personally, including the guys, who had their own life-changing experience with the icon early on in their career.
“We did a handful of shows with him, maybe ten or twelve,” Hobby recalled. “It was just the four of us, acoustic, back in the day, riding in a van. We would look side stage and he would just be standing there watching us play.”
“Nothing will make you more excited and nervous all at the same time,” DeLoach said.
“He was very nice to us,” Hobby added. “He’d give us his hotel rooms every night because we didn’t have any money for hotels. His bus would leave and he’d be like, ‘Y’all have the hotels.’ They would throw in money for food for us. They did everything they could to help us out. That’s our memory of Gregg Allman: how generous he was, and getting to watch him play every night.”
The quartet is learning from the best, making records they believe in, being true to themselves, their artistry and making it happen. That’s a recipe for continued success.
Bridges features the lead single “Preachin’ To The Choir,” which has officially hit country radio.


Chris Stapleton Injures Hand and Apologizes to Fans

Tells Fans, “I Always Want to Give You My Very Best.” 

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Chris Stapleton. On Thursday night (June 1), he revealed he suffered a hand injury that left him with a broken bone and a detached tendon in his right index finger.
Nine performances on his All-American Road Show have been postponed and his set at the 2017 CMA Music Festival has been canceled.
“The doctor is hopeful that with some physical therapy I will be playing guitar again soon,” Stapleton said on social media. “Right now, I can’t possibly give you guys the show you deserve. I always want to give you my very best.
“There is little in this world that I enjoy more than getting to make music with all of you night after night. Thank you for the privilege. Your support and understanding through all of this lets me know now, more than ever, I have the best fans in the world.”
A message on Stapleton’s website regarding the postponed dates reads, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Hold on to your tickets for now, and stay tuned for updates.” The tour is expected to resume June 22 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Anderson East and Brent Cobb.


Nelly on Dope Country-Pop Collabs

Rapper Is Still on "Cruise" Control
Who collaborates with Florida Georgia Line the best? That just depends on who you ask.
The boy band Backstreet Boys might think it’s them, and rapper Nelly definitely thinks it’s him.
“Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet, I know they have a dope record that they were able to put out and it’s really cool, so I’m definitely expecting those guys to get together out there,” Nelly told People of the song “God, Your Mama, and Me.” And he thinks the two bands will perform together live when the Boys join the tour on July 7 in Boston.
But then again, there will always be “Cruise.”

That’s the song that brought Nelly back into the country world in 2013 — after he’d recruited Tim McGraw to sing on his “Over and Over” in 2004 — and one that he hopes will be part of the live show when he hits the road with Florida Georgia Line on Friday (June 2).
“I know we always manage to hit the stage together for ‘Cruise,’ which was the longest-running No. 1 country single in the history of digital music. I want to say that — boom,” he said.
The tour will maintain a fun vibe, Nelly says, and Florida Georgia Line will maintain an appreciation for all kinds of music.
“They’re country artists but they’re real fans of music, period, across the board. They know their hip-hop. They know their R&B. They know their pop,” he said.
Florida Georgia Line will perform with the Chainsmokers in their first live television collaboration together on the 2017 CMT Music Awards. FGL head to the show with three nominations including a nod for the night’s top honor of Video of the Year.
Online voting to determine the winners in nine categories is underway at and continues until 12:01 a.m. ET June 5. The top seven finalists for Video of the Year will be revealed the morning of June 7, and fans will be able to vote live for the winner.
Nashville‘s Charles Esten hosts the 2017 CMT Music Awards live on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


How Hunter Hayes Does Hawaii

Lava Fields, Espresso Shots and Volcano Dinners

As much as I love seeing Hunter Hayes in concert, now I think I might like to see him on vacation. Because it sounds like he does it like a local.
In a new story on, Hayes talks about his love of cars and all the different ones he’s driven since he got his permit as a teenager.
But at the end, there’s a part about his favorite road trip. In Hawaii.
“When I’m on vacation, my favorite thing to do the first day is to get in a car and literally explore — look at a map, get your bearing, and then just hit the road because when you’re not looking at the map, when you’re not focused on where you think you’re going, you discover all kinds of cool places,” Hayes explained.
He did that on a recent trip to Hawaii with his girlfriend, and while they had a few recommendations on where to go, his plan was just to circle the island.

 “We started out having lunch by the water. It was beautiful — palm trees, the quintessential beach thing, then we drove through this giant lava field, then we drove through what felt like the rain foresty vibe that was super tropical, lots of trees. We stopped off at a coffee plantation — I’m a big coffee fanatic. That was a really cool experience. We had a 3,000-foot, up-in-the-air view of the ocean and the coastline at the coffee plantation while having a shot of espresso,” he said. It was a good thing he had that caffeine, too, because they ended up having dinner by a volcano at sunset.
The road trip was good for his soul, he said, to experience everything without any expectations. “We didn’t know where we were going or what we were going to do, and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had.
“I knew as long as we stayed on that one road, it would peel off at one point, but that as long as we stayed on that one road, we’d be where we wanted to be,” Hayes said.


CMT Artist Discovery Grows With Four Rising Acts

Cross Atlantic, Karla Davis, Kasey Tyndall and Denny Strickland Join Program

Soul-stirring lyrics, Motown grooves, Lone Star state nostalgia and sexy sleepless nights are all a part of CMT’s latest list of artists you need to know.
Cross Atlantic
 It’s a story straight out of movie: boy and girl are in line behind one another in coffee shop, boy is an Englishman ordering tea, boy and girl begin talking and discover they are both musicians and agree to get together and write sometime. The result is the aptly-named duo Cross Atlantic. Missouri-native Karli Chayne and Englishman James Sinclair Scott have combined their talents and influences in a delightful melding of classic country, soul and blues-rock, complete with perfect harmonies. Their brand new video for “Mercy” is equally classic. The black and white scene is set at an idyllic movie theater, perfect for a classic song and story. 
Karla Davis
 North Carolina native Davis has got soul, y’all. Smooth, cool, and smoky with the perfect amount of rasp, her voice stands out from the pack. So it’s no surprise that she landed in the Top 16 on NBC’s The Voice season two, with Adam Levine as her coach. With influences like James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and the late Eva Cassidy, Davis is unique and dedicated to staying that way. The Motown-inpsired groove of “Wearing Me Out” perfectly drives the effervescent ode to high-maintenance men. She doesn’t need over-the-top gestures, attitude, or designer thrills to be impressed. We hear you, girl. Kasey Tyndall
 Ever wanted to know what life on the road is like? Tyndall’s new video for “Everything is Texas” gives you a little sneak peek. After long hours on the road (but worth every minute for the hyped crowds and high-energy sets), Tyndall is in her element in the spotlight. She’s shared the stage with The Cadillac Three, Granger Smith, Kane Brown and Casey Donahew, and with an EP produced by Tommy Cecil (Luke Bryan and Jake Owen), the future is bright for Tyndall.  
Denny Strickland
 Whew, it’s getting a little warm in here watching Strickland’s new video for the downright sexy “We Don’t Sleep.” The moody and brooding lighting, the soft neon glow, the handsome guy and beautiful girl — I’m guessing you can guess what happens next. Strickland’s road to the stage is inspiring — the talented Arkansas native met Johnny Cash’s bass player Marshall Grant while on the equestrian circuit with his parents, and from there began his music business education with Grant as his mentor. Now, Strickland is making waves in Nashville, still learning and exploring as he continues to define his artistry.

Jon Pardi to Headline CMT on Tour

Midland and Runaway June Onboard for New 2017 Fall Tour 

While he continues Dierks Bentley’s What the Hell Tour, Jon Pardi has been tapped to headline the 16th annual CMT On Tour this fall.
Rising bands Midland and Runaway June will join Pardi for the run, which is being billed as CMT On Tour Presents Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour.
Pardi announced the news to his #PardiAnimals via social media on Thursday (June 1). 

“To have Midland and Runaway June on the road with me this fall for the Lucky Tonight Tour, along with CMT, is awesome,” Pardi said in a press release. “When artists that are your friends join you on the road, a tour becomes really special. Everyone is in for a good time!”
Pardi’s set will feature selections from his breakout albums Write You a Song and California Sunrise, including his first No. 1 smash, the platinum-selling “Head Over Boots,” his three-week No. 1 “Dirt on My Boots” and his current single “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”
 Midland’s Mark Wystrach, Jess Carson and Cameron Duddy will entertain with music from their self-titled EP including their Top 15 single, “Drinkin’ Problem.” Runaway June’s Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne will introduce material from the their forthcoming debut along with their lead single “Lipstick.”
This marks the third headlining tour for Pardi, who is quickly becoming a household name for music lovers with his distinct brand of classic country. Pardi is the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, and he is nominated in the Breakthrough and the coveted Video of the Year categories at the upcoming 2017 CMT Music Awards.
Since its 2002 inception, the CMT on Tour has transitioned many rising artists into superstar acts. The program’s previous headliners include Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Kip Moore.
Specific tour markets and dates for the new multi-city run will be announced at a later date. For more information as it becomes available, visit and follow #CMTonTour on social platforms.

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