Saturday, June 10, 2017

Week-end Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..June 10, 2017 (Now with links)

 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of June 10-11:

2 BRETT YOUNG In Case You Didn’t Know *
3 LUKE COMBS Hurricane
5 DAN & SHAY How Not To
7 BLAKE SHELTON Every Time I Hear That Song
9 THOMAS RHETT Craving You w/Maren Morris
10 RASCAL FLATTS Yours If You Want It
11 KEITH URBAN The Fighter w/Carrie Underwood
13 COLE SWINDELL Flatliner w/Dierks Bentley
14 MIDLAND Drinkin’ Problem
15 JUSTIN MOORE Somebody Else Will
17 OLD DOMINION No Such Thing As a Broken Heart
18 TIM McGraw & FAITH HILL Speak To a Girl



Ty Herndon’s “Concert for Love and Acceptance” Draws Big Crowd at the Wildhorse

Thompson Square, Billy Gilman, Mickey Guyton, Michael Ray Among Headliners 

Ty Herndon’s “Concert for Love and Acceptance,” staged Thursday night (June 8) at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon, appeared to have achieved both goals.
The event filled the main floor and first balcony of the cavernous venue and, apart from Herndon, who opened and closed the show, featured performances by Thompson Square, Billy Gilman, Michael Ray, Runaway June, Ryan Kinder, Trent Harmon, Kree Harrison, Kingston, Street Corner Symphony, comedian Dana Goldberg and a few last-minute drop-ins who simply wanted to show their support for LGBTQ community.
CMT’s Cody Alan hosted the three-and-a-half hour songfest, of which CMT was a corporate sponsor.
Between acts, Herndon, Alan, Goldberg, Gilman and others all spoke of the liberation they felt when they finally came out as gay after years of concealment.
The crowd greeted Herndon with loud and sustained applause when he emerged to open with “Living in a Moment.”
“I love my mama. She’s here tonight. I love my sister. She’s here too tonight,” Herndon announced.
He then sang his breakthrough hit from 1995, “What Mattered Most.” It earned him a standing ovation.
“I promised [my partner] Matthew I wouldn’t cry,” said Herndon, drinking in the applause. “I lost that bet.”
There were so many acts to showcase that few of them gained enough momentum to fully engage the crowd, although Kingston, Runaway June and Ryan Kinder all earned respectable applause.
Between acts, Alan spoke of the support he received from the music community when he came out.
“It showed me country music was a lot more open and accepting that I thought it was,” he said.
He specifically cited the “thumbs up” he’d received from Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Dan + Shay.
“I’m probably the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been,” he said.
Street Corner Symphony, the five-man a cappella group that came to prominence on The Sing-Off talent series, had the crowd rocking with their flashy takes of “Johnny B. Goode” and “Voodoo.”
After opening his set with “Kiss You in the Morning,” Michael Ray took time out to praise the concert and its purposes, calling it “the most important event going on at CMA Fest.”
“You’re making it easier for kids growing up,” he continued. “Damn it — it’s 2017! I want to help you make this stance.” He signed off with his most recent single, “Think a Little Less.”
American Idol star Kree Harrison gave a riveting set with her two songs, “This Old Thing” and “Drinking for Two,” the latter of which she performed with Sonia Leigh.
Trey Pearson, who formerly sang with a Christian rock band, explained that he came out after having married and had two children, both of whom were with him at the concert. He sang “The Good Grief,” from his album Love Is Love.
Among the other unannounced drop-ins who performed were Noah Guthrie, a cast member of Glee; Swiss singer Bastian Baker, making his first appearance in Nashville; and Ken Block, lead singer for the rock band Sister Hazel.
Herndon introduced comedian Dana Goldberg, who had to calibrate her jokes — some unquotable here–to an increasingly noisy crowd. She observed that, unlike most women, she was not impressed by Herndon’s good looks.
“I’m a lesbian. I just see a sperm donor,” she cracked.
Mickey Guyton was luminous in her two offerings, “Pretty Little Mustang” and “Better Than You Left Me.” She projected an emotional engagement and sense of excitement that lit up the room.
Well past the cuteness that helped make him a child star, Billy Gilman strode the stage like the master showman he’s become. As impossible as it sounds, he made “Anyway” into a more ringing pronouncement of determination that even Martina McBride had done in her original operatic rendering of the song.
He continued to ratchet up the crowd with “Clueless” and “I Surrender” and left the stage to a sustained standing ovation.
Thompson Square kept the crowd — or what was left of it — swaying as they breezed through “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You”
Herndon used the last 15 minutes of the show to express his appreciate to the crowd and debut selections from his new album, specifically the title tune, “House on Fire” and “Fighter,” both of which were accompanied by dancers performing in front of the stage.
Thompson Square returned to sing with Herndon on the high-voltage finale “Living in a Moment.”
A part of the proceeds from the concert, Herndon said, will be donated to the Oasis Center, the Nashville charity that helps at-risk youths.


#CMTAwards: Thomas Rhett

Catch His Live Performance of “Craving You” 
Thomas Rhett didn’t have Maren Morris — his usual duet partner for his hit single “Craving You” — to sing the song with him at Wednesday night’s (June 7) 2017 CMT Music Awards. But he wasn’t completely alone.
Joining him on stage were six exotic chair dancers, who added some visual appeal to the sexy tune, while Thomas Rhett handled the vocals and lead guitar.

 And at the same time he was on stage performing, Luke Bryan and the guys from the new country band Midland danced along from the privacy of their backstage viewing party.
 “Craving You,” written by Dave Barnes and Julian Bunetta, and is the lead single from Thomas Rhett’s upcoming third studio album.


Blake Shelton Displays His Own Voice at 2017 CMT Music Awards

Live Performance: "Every Time I Hear That Song”

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Blake Shelton is a country singer. And a damn good one.
With all of his adventures on The Voice and his well-crafted Twitter remarks, it’s possible that his own voice gets a little lost. At least until he takes the stage like he did on Wednesday night (June 7) at the 2017 CMT Music Awards and belts out a simple ballad that charms the entire audience.
“Every Time I Hear That Song,” written by Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren and Brett Warren, is a song about a song. This one tells the story of being reminded of a heartbreak when that one certain tune comes on. 


#CMTAwards: Brothers Osborne and Peter Frampton Take “It Ain’t My Fault” Outside

Witness TJ and John Obsorne's Live Performance With a Rock Legend 

With TJ Osborne’s rich baritone vocal and John Osborne’s melodic guitar, witnessing the Brothers Osborne live is always a spectacle.
At the 2017 CMT Music Awards, they shared the stage with rock legend Peter Frampton for an electric performance of “It Ain’t My Fault” on the outdoor stage presented by Hershey’s.
 Catch more Brothers Osborne live in the great outdoors when they stop at various music festivals throughout the summer.


#CMTAwards: Little Big Town

Live Performance: “When Someone Stops Loving You”

When Little Big Town took the 2017 CMT Music Awards stage on Wednesday night (June 7), it was the band’s Jimi Westbrook who led the way.
He kicked off the heavy heartbreak ballad by singing alone before his wife Karen Fairchild and their bandmates Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet joined in for the four-part harmony on the chorus.
And by the time the song was over — with Westbrook singing alone again on the outro — it was one of the show’s highlights.
Written by Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Chase McGill, the song appears on the band’s latest album, The Breaker


Brett Eldredge Jams With Drum Line at 2017 CMT Music Awards

Headlines All-New CMT Instant Jam Airing June 16

Brett Eldredge should pack a drum line for every show after Wednesday’s (June 7) 2017 CMT Music Awards performance.
The country crooner launched into “Something I’m Good At” with members of the Nashville percussion ensemble Music City Mystique backing him live onstage. Established in 1994, the non-profit group has won eight gold medals from the competitive performing arts organization Winter Guard International.
 Eldredge will deliver another performance of “Something I’m Good At” when his CMT Instant Jam from Las Vegas airs June 16. The song is the first single from Eldredge’s self-titled album, which arrives Aug. 4.

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