Thursday, July 20, 2017

MID-Week Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..July 19, 2017 (Now with links)



COUNTRY CHART Weekend of July 15-16:

1 BLAKE SHELTON Every Time I Hear That Song
2 THOMAS RHETT Craving You w/Maren Morris
3 DYLAN SCOTT My Girl *
4 RASCAL FLATTS Yours If You Want It
5 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE God, Your Mama, & Me
6 KEITH URBAN The Fighter w/Carrie Underwood
7 COLE SWINDELL Flatliner w/Dierks Bentley
8 LADY ANTEBELLUM You Look Good
9 MIDLAND Drinkin’ Problem
10 BILLY CURRINGTON Do I Make You Wanna
11 JUSTIN MOORE Somebody Else Will
12 OLD DOMINION No Such Thing As a Broken Heart
13 DAN & SHAY How Not To
14 DUSTIN LYNCH Small Town Boy
15 ZAC BROWN BAND My Old Man
16 BROTHERS OSBORNE It Ain’t My Fault
17 CHRIS LANE For Her
18 KIP MOORE More Girls Like You
19 JON PARDI Heartache On The Dance Floor
20 JASON ALDEAN They Don’t Know

  COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS!

Dylan Scott Scores First No. 1 Single With “My Girl”

Chris Stapleton Persists With Top Country Albums
 Ah, those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer … when absolutely nothing is stirring.
Well, it’s not quite that bleak. We do have one new album and a new song this week. Hold your applause.
But the big news is that Dylan Scott has scored his first No. 1. So sound the trumpets for that. His “My Girl” now stands on the peak of Billboard‘s country airplay chart following a teeth-clenching 46-week climb. After that long an ordeal, I guess he can call her “My Woman.
 Chris Stapleton continues to lord it over the albums chart. His From a Room: Volume 1 is at the summit again for the third week in a row, while his seemingly eternal Traveller stands comfortably at No. 2. The only new album is Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary’s American Grandstand, which noses in at No. 45.



Canaan Smith boasts the one new song. His “Like You That Way” pops in at No. 59.
However, there are six re-entering albums to acknowledge. They are Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 25), Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits (No. 32) and Elvis Presley’s Elvis: 30 #1 Hits (No. 38), along with Taylor Swift’s Fearless and Speak Now (No. 43 and No. 44, respectively) and Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits Volume 1 (No, 48).
The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Luke Combs’ This One’s for You, Keith Urban’s Ripcord and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.
Completing the Top 5 sheaf of songs are Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris (last week’s No. 1), Rascal Flatts’ “Yours If You Want It,” Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and Blake Shelton’s “Every Time I Hear That Song.” 



 

Blake Shelton Is Blake Buck in “Doing It to Country Songs”

Shelton and the Oak Ridge Boys Go Wild in New Animated Video

Blake Shelton and the Oak Ridge Boys‘ suggestive “Doing It to Country Songs” gets a family-friendly spin in a new animated video for their hit collaboration.
Set in a honky-tonk on the shores of Lake Shelton, the clip has the Oklahoma singer reimagined as the six-pointed “Blake Buck” as he gets ready for a show with the Oaks’ Duane Allen (wolf), Joe Bonsall (beaver), William Lee Golden (possum) and Richard Sterban (frog).
Running on country radio and strong coffee, Buck and the furry band take the stage and deliver a night live country music for all their woodland friends.
Backstage at the recent Penn State’s Happy Valley Jam, Shelton told CMT Hot 20 Countdown he had been waiting his entire career for an opportunity to record with the Oak Ridge Boys.
“It’s crazy so I’ve been doing this now as far as touring and stuff since 2001,” Shelton said. “And very rarely maybe once in the last 16 years have I crossed paths with the Oak Ridge Boys. I heard this song and I instantly thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if the stars would align and if I could get those guys into the studio and record that song with me?’ And they did it.”
The first time they performed the song together on live TV was at the 2016 CMT Music Awards.
“This year, we’ve probably performed that song nine or 10 times live at places like festivals all over the country when we’re [playing] the same days,” Shelton added. “We’ve been having a blast doin’ it to country songs.”
 
 

RCA Studio B Will Celebrate 60th Anniversary With Special Events and Performances

Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins and Other Legends Recorded at Historic Studio 

Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville will celebrates its 60th anniversary from Aug. 17 through Oct. 29 with special surprise performances during random public tours and unique after-hours programming.
Located on Music Row, the studio was once the recording home of country and pop music legends such as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, Eddy Arnold, Bobby Bare, Floyd Cramer, the Everly Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Jim Reeves, among others.
Studio B played a major role in establishing Nashville as an international recording center. The studio’s heyday was from 1957 to 1977, when it was operated by RCA Records. For many years, Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins managed RCA’s Nashville operation and produced hits in Studio B.
The studio closed its doors on Aug. 17, 1977, coincidentally, the day after its most famous client, Elvis Presley, passed away. Studio B is now operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as a cultural attraction for visitors and a classroom for Nashville middle and high school students.
After-hours programming will include two panel discussions.
“The King at B: Top Musicians Remember Elvis,” is set for Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Musicians David Briggs, James Burton, Charlie McCoy and Norbert Putnam will talk about their extensive work with Presley at the historic studio.
“Hit-Makers Reflect on Historic RCA Studio B” takes place Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. with Bobby Bare, Dave Cobb, Lloyd Green and Connie Smith sharing their perspectives on working at the studio.
A studio tour will be offered 30 minutes before each program. Tickets for both programs are on sale now and can be purchased here for $25.
Surprise performances will occur during public tours during the three-month celebration. The guest performers will be contemporary artists who have been influenced by Studio B recording legends.


  

Cole Swindell on the Pressure for No. 1

Will “Flatliner” Follow the Lead of His Last Six Singles? 

Since his debut song “Chillin’ It,” Cole Swindell has made it to the top of the charts with every one of his singles. All six of them have ended up in the Top 10. So will his latest single, “Flatliner,” follow their lead or break his lucky streak?
“I would think at some point that streak has to end. It’s a pressure, but it’s a good pressure,” Swindell told ABC Radio. “This song, it’s fun, and I just hope it keeps going. So let’s keep pulling for it.”
Swindell plans to do his part by getting behind the song every night on Dierks Bentley’s What the Hell Tour. Bentley sings “Flatliner” with Swindell on tour and on the record. Swindell wrote the song with Jaron Boyer and Matt Bronleewe.
 Swindell’s third studio album isn’t in the works just yet. He thinks there will be one more single off his You Should Be Here album, and then, new music is next.


  

The Truths of Walker Hayes’ Ups and Downs

New Song Is His “How Do You Like Me Now?” 
 “Most of the time in Nashville, you’re so replaceable. Anybody can get another nice-looking guy to sing a country song.”
That’s what Walker Hayes told Billboard Country Update.
The story chronicles Hayes’ first attempts at country music fame, with singles that failed to chart back in 2010-2011, and his more recent attempt on a new record label, which is doing so much better.
“It’s honestly about Nashville,” said Hayes of “You Broke Up With Me,” the current single he wrote with Thomas Archer and Kylie Sackley. With lyrics like, “You made your bed and didn’t want me in it and I know it’s difficult to see me on a roll/But, hey, you broke up with me,” the sentiment feels a lot like Toby Keith’s No. 1 song from 1999, “How Do You Like Me Now?”
Keith was switching labels himself at the time of that song, and on his website he describes the message he was trying to get across.
“A lot of people become successful after they’ve been told they won’t ever be, so people can relate to this,” Keith said. “It can be about an old flame or a boss or a teacher — whatever it means to each individual.”
Now that Hayes has settled nicely into his second chance, he looks back on his initial music industry struggles as motivation for his current success. The father of six says simply, “This has to work.”
During his first record deal, Hayes had to take a job at Costco working the 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. shift to support his family and still get to songwriting appointments during the day. And it sounds like he doesn’t want to put that kind of plan on repeat.
“I don’t have another choice, because if this doesn’t work, I go home,” he said. “That’s it. I’m not going to drag my family any longer through those Costco days.”


  

Truly Blessed With Trulee Brice

Lee Brice Talks Girl and “Boy” 

Lee Brice‘s latest single “Boy” is one he calls a special, special song.
“It’s one of those songs I wish I’d written,” Brice told me before he took the stage at Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout on July 16. “It’ll be around forever, I think. When I sing it onstage, I bring out my phone and pull up a picture of my boys. And then fans will hold up their pictures of their sons, or they’ll throw their sons up on their shoulders.”
But while fans have been reveling in his “Boy,” Brice has been reveling in his girl.
His daughter Trulee Brice was born on June 2, shortly after “Boy” was released. And so far, so good. Trulee was welcomed home by Brice and his wife Sara, and her two big brothers Takoda and Ryker.
Brice told me that Trulee is mild mannered, like his oldest son Takoda. Ryker, who is three years old, is the one Brice called “three handfuls” and his nickname at home is the Bull.
The Brice’s plan is to raise Trulee the same way they are raising the boys.
“I don’t think I’m gonna raise her any different, as far as what we do and what I want to teach her,” he said. “I want to teach her values and hard work and discipline. And I hope I can teach all three kids the things that I didn’t learn until later in life. I want Trulee to trust me and to come to me with anything. I want to raise her tough, too. I want her to grow up on the farm, huntin’ and shootin’ and fightin’
“But I’m gonna be more protective of her, when boys start coming around.”
Trulee’s name came from Sara’s wish for one ending in l-e-e, so that it would connect the baby to her father.
“We were down to three names like that, then she was born and we still couldn’t choose. We were in the hospital sitting on the three names, for three days. And the nurses came in asking us for her name, and we had to tell them we still don’t know,” he said. But once they settled on Trulee, Brice said it fit his baby girl perfectly.
When Brice’s next album comes out in November, there’s one song he said he thinks of as Trulee’s song. “It’s called ‘The Best Part of Me,'” he said, explaining that he is the kind of songwriter who writes what he knows.
“Ever since I’ve had kids, my songwriting has been about that. This is where I’m living right now. I’m living in this world, with young kids and new babies,” he said. “When you’re in that world, that’s what you write about. When you’re trying to write a record, you have to be true to what’s going on in the moment, and be honest and be transparent with your music.”


  

Dylan Scott Scores First No. 1 Single With “My Girl”

Chris Stapleton Persists With Top Country Albums 

Ah, those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer … when absolutely nothing is stirring.
Well, it’s not quite that bleak. We do have one new album and a new song this week. Hold your applause.
But the big news is that Dylan Scott has scored his first No. 1. So sound the trumpets for that. His “My Girl” now stands on the peak of Billboard‘s country airplay chart following a teeth-clenching 46-week climb. After that long an ordeal, I guess he can call her “My Woman.
 Chris Stapleton continues to lord it over the albums chart. His From a Room: Volume 1 is at the summit again for the third week in a row, while his seemingly eternal Traveller stands comfortably at No. 2. The only new album is Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary’s American Grandstand, which noses in at No. 45.
Canaan Smith boasts the one new song. His “Like You That Way” pops in at No. 59.
However, there are six re-entering albums to acknowledge. They are Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 25), Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits (No. 32) and Elvis Presley’s Elvis: 30 #1 Hits (No. 38), along with Taylor Swift’s Fearless and Speak Now (No. 43 and No. 44, respectively) and Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits Volume 1 (No, 48).
The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Luke Combs’ This One’s for You, Keith Urban’s Ripcord and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo.
Completing the Top 5 sheaf of songs are Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris (last week’s No. 1), Rascal Flatts’ “Yours If You Want It,” Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and Blake Shelton’s “Every Time I Hear That Song.”


  

The Song’s the Thing at Celebration for Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Singer’s Co-Writers Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve, Kyle Schlienger Share the Glory 

It turned out to be all about the song Monday afternoon (July 17) when a throng of music bizzers gathered at FGL House in downtown Nashville to toast the writers of Brett Young’s latest hit, “In Case You Didn’t Know.”
The writers — Young, Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve and Kyle Schlienger — were all on hand for the festivities, but it was the song’s reassuring message and chart longevity that elicited most of the praise.
“In Case You Didn’t Know” held the No. 1 niche for two week on Billboard‘s country airplay chart and was the first Billboard No. 1 for all four writers.
In a video chronicling the making of the song, shown before the No. 1 plaques were presented, Young predicted, “If we end up doing this right, it can be people’s wedding song for a long time.”
Music publisher Mike Molinar asserted, “It will be in the all-time pantheon of country love songs.”
“In Case” producer Dann Huff, who’s helmed dozens of other No. 1 singles, said, “This song makes me think of my wife, Sherri. We’ve been together since we were teens.”
Floating on a wistfully engaging melody, the lyrics purr, “Even though I don’t tell you all the time/You had my heart a long, long time ago/In case you didn’t know.”
The song was written in 2015 during a working trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Young’s record label paid for.
“Could we have had more fun doing it?” Young asked rhetorically in recalling the trip’s payoff. “Nope.”
Scoring a No. 1 was the culmination of years of effort Tomlinson and Reeve, who have been members of BMI, the performance rights organization, for 20 and 10 years each, respectively.
And it was an equally big deal for Schlienger, who serves as Young’s music director and band leader. “That trip to Mexico changed my life completely,” he said.
The ever-whimsical Molinar praised the four songwriters for being able to express emotions that lesser mortals have but can’t put into words.
“If it weren’t for guys like you,” he said, “I couldn’t tell [my boss] Scott Borchetta how I feel about him.”
Borchetta heads both Young’s label and publishing company.


  

Miranda Lambert on Anderson East: “He Owns My Heart”

Celebrate East’s 30th Birthday at New York Water Park 

Anderson East surrounded himself with the music people he loved most on his 30th birthday.
On Monday (July 17), the Alabama artist, who is currently on tour with Chris Stapleton, shared photos on social media recapping all the birthday fun he had at New York’s Darien Lake water and theme park.
“I can’t believe that I get the privilege to live the life that I get to live,” East said on Instagram. “I have the love of an amazing & kind woman, I get to play music that I love & trust & I get to do it with the greatest band & crew ever & I have the love & support of my family. I love being alive.”
Girlfriend and multi-Grammy winner Miranda Lambert also posted a birthday message for East.
“My favorite Bama boy turned 30 today,” she said on Instagram. “He owns the stage and he owns my heart. Thanks @andersoneast for inspiring me in so many ways. You are a light that could outshine the sun. I love making memories with you.”
 East and Brent Cobb continue Stapleton’s All-American Road Show tour on Thursday (July 20) in Holmdel, New Jersey. Lambert resumes the Highway Vagabond tour on Friday (July 21) with a performance at Country Jam USA.



 

CMT Artist Discovery Offers Additional Girl Power

Meet Rising Artists Maggie Baugh, Abi, Suzi Oravec and Christina Taylor 
 Check out new music from the CMT Artist Discovery initiative. This time around, the fresh sounds are from four rising females.
 
 Maggie Baugh may be just 17 years old, but she’s already got this love thing figured it: Make them chase you, and if they’re lucky, then you might let them catch you. “Catch Me” is the title track to her third album, which arrived earlier this year. Soon after, the singer inked a deal with Cold River Records. The Florida native’s list of accomplishments is already impressive, to say the least. She’s opened shows for Ashley Monroe, Craig Morgan and Cole Swindell, and she’s even played fiddle onstage with Charlie Daniels. There’s no stopping this girl from Boca Raton.
 Part country, part pop with the perfect amount of edge, Abi is making her way by doing things her own way. The Midland, Texas, native has already opened for Kelly Clarkson and toured with Frankie Ballard and the Eli Young Band. She’s currently in the studio wrapping up her brand new EP, but in the meantime, check out the catchy “Matches,” a song about a spark between two people sure to cause a few flames. The video, directed by Ford Fairchild, is so hot, it’s literally on fire. 
 Suzi Oravec, “Long Drive Home”
 Suzi Oravec’s story is inspiring one of love, loss and perseverance. After losing her mother to cancer 10 years ago, Oravec says she found the courage and felt the push to move Nashville to pursue her dreams. Now, the Cleveland native is living those dreams. In her new video for “Long Drive Home,” Oravec takes it back to a different era with a song for lovers separated by miles. Look out for the heart-melting, very special twist at the end. 
Christina Taylor, “I Don’t Look Good in Your T-Shirt Anymore”
 Christina Taylor is sassy, soulful and telling it like it is: Heartbreak doesn’t look good on her anymore. When love goes right, it’s great, but when it goes wrong, you turn it into a song. The Charlotte, North Carolina, singer-songwriter teamed up with country artist Sherri√© Austin and Will Rambeaux for her album That Girl, music that is real and relatable for her fans and peers. She’s well on her way, having already performed at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe and opened for Keith Urban. 


  

Kenny Rogers Tribute Concert Will Feature His Final Performance With Dolly Parton

Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss Will Also Celebrate Rogers’ 60-Year Career 

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will perform together onstage one last time during an Oct. 25 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” a one-night-only tribute, will honor the Country Music Hall of Fame member and the significant impact of his 60-year career.
Other performers will include Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Little Big Town, the Flaming Lips, Elle King and Idina Menzel. Talent additions will be announced in the coming weeks.
“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” Rogers said in announcing the event. “It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me.
“Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”
“Kenny is like a family member to me,” Parton added. “We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands in the Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go — and me with him wherever he goes. Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night.”
Grammy winner Don Was will serve the music director and will lead an all-star house band for the concert special which will be taped for multi-platform distribution.
Tickets go on sale Friday (July 21) at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will support the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.
Rogers’ farewell tour continues throughout July with appearances in Nevada and California.

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