Saturday, July 29, 2017

Week-end Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..July 29, 2017 (Now with links)


COUNTRY CHART Weekend of July 29-30:

2 THOMAS RHETT Craving You w/Maren Morris
3 RASCAL FLATTS Yours If You Want It
4 KEITH URBAN The Fighter w/Carrie Underwood
5 BLAKE SHELTON Every Time I Hear That Song
7 COLE SWINDELL Flatliner w/Dierks Bentley
8 MIDLAND Drinkin’ Problem
10 JUSTIN MOORE Somebody Else Will
11 OLD DOMINION No Such Thing As a Broken Heart
12 DUSTIN LYNCH Small Town Boy
14 JON PARDI Heartache On The Dance Floor
15 KIP MOORE More Girls Like You
18 JASON ALDEAN They Don’t Know
19 CARLY PEARCE Every Little Thing
20 BRETT ELDREDGE Something I’m Good At




Jon Pardi, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and More Share Top Festival Must-Haves

CMT Hot 20 Countdown Goes Backstage at Faster Horses July 28 and 29 
North America hosts more than 60 country music festivals throughout the year.
And their performers are schooled on what to pack for all of them with fanny packs, sunscreen, big hats and cold beer being among the essentials.
This weekend, an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown will air backstage interviews with Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay and many more from the Faster Horses music festival in Brooklyn, Michigan. And has compiled a list of country stars’ favorite festival must-haves to help prepare fans for their next festival experience.
Here’s the list: 
 Kelsea Ballerini: “Sunscreen, a fanny pack. … No joke, they’re back in style, I think. And a hat. Is that boring?”
 Cole Swindell: “Water, fanny pack and beer.”
 Luke Combs: “Beer, food and air conditioning.”
 Thomas Rhett: “Well, cold beer, for sure, and then one of those koozies that hangs around your neck so you don’t have to use your hands. You just kinda walk around with it. And a nice straw hat to make sure you don’t get sunburned.”
 Dan + Shay‘s Dan Smyers: “I’m still coughing, like, six months after Stagecoach, so next time we do that, I need a bandana.” 
 Dan + Shay‘s Shay Mooney: “I would say a lawn chair is pretty important. An efficient lawn chair is nice and also an umbrella because it’s been kind of rainy.”
 Brett Young: “Whiskey, a guitar and cold water.”
 Jon Pardi: “Water, Advil and deodorant.”
 RaeLynn: “Dry shampoo, lip gloss, and perfume because I get sweaty and stuff.”
 Brett Eldredge: “With they crowds up to 80,000 people, I think you need whiskey because that’s just a lot of people. You need your dancing moves — whether they’re bad or good — because, I mean, I like to dance. And I’m not a great dancer as long as you just own it break out your dancing shoes. I love dancing!”
Jake Owen: “You gotta have a fanny pack, one of those squeeze air bottles or water bottle with the fan on it so you can fan yourself. And you need a Jake Owen T-shirt for sure.”
The new Hot 20 episode will also feature the world premiere of Sara Evans‘ new music video, “Marquee Sign,” and Katie Cook’s Q&A with Lauren Alaina. CMT Hot 20 Countdown airs Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. ET.

Lillie Mae Debuts Confessional “Wash Me Clean” Video

Bluegrass-Infused Song Featured on New Album Produced by Jack White 
 Lillie Mae has always been a little ahead of her time, but it seems her time has finally come.
The folk-rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is stepping out of her role as a side woman and stepping center stage, thanks to the support of rock icon and Third Man Records founder and head Jack White.
Her journey began in her family band Jypsi, where she honed her chops on the bluegrass circuit before eventually she and her siblings’ avant-garde, hippie and often punk style began to alienate them from the musical community that shaped them, she revealed in a recent interview with NPR.
But that’s OK, because she landed right where she was supposed to be: in the presence of White, who saw a solo artist with raw talent and wanted to see that artistry grow. The first step was her role as a musician in White’s band.
Lilllie Mae’s debut album, Forever and Then Some, is a perfectly executed blend of country, bluegrass, folk-rock with sonic and vocal nods to everyone from Dolly Parton and Lucinda Williams to old-timey mountain music to moments even reminiscent of Natalie Maines and early Dixie Chicks — done in an original way, of course.
And those sibling harmonies truly give it wings. You can’t fake that kind of chemistry.
See Lillie Mae on the road this summer and early fall as she embarks on a steady streams of dates from Kentucky to Montana to California and everywhere in between before heading back to Nashville to play AmericanaFest kicking off Sept. 12.
Forever and Then Some is available now.


How Miranda Lambert Is All of Us

Hot Beer, No Ubers and Miles of Walking 

The brand new Billboard cover story on Miranda Lambert is very long, very thorough and very up to date. But it’s her honesty about a stadium show she recently attended that says so much about who she is.
It’s when she was lamenting a recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky, to see U2 and endured all the same struggles fans face when they go to massive concerts like that.
“Stadium shows are hard,” Lambert told Billboard. “I’m like, ‘Shit, man. I just walked a million miles, I couldn’t get an Uber, and my beer’s hot,’ but I left there feeling uplifted, exhausted and stimulated all at the same time.
“I grew up singing country music and haven’t gone to many rock shows. I didn’t realize just how powerful four dudes up there on this giant stage could be. I couldn’t even see Bono, but I felt every single word of every song.”
I’m guessing her fans feel the exact same way about some of her biggest shows. On Saturday (July 22), Lambert played for more than 40,000 fans at the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan, and they probably had hot beers and had to walk for miles, but once she started playing, they likely felt every word of every song.
Even fans in the way, way back.


Keith Urban Made Morgan Evans Do It

"All the Sounds I Love at Once" 

Now that Australia-raised, Nashville-based Morgan Evans has a song on country radio — “Kiss Somebody” — he is beginning to talk about the journey that brought him all the way over here to make music.
He started at Keith Urban.
Evans saw Urban in concert back in 2004, and that kind of did it for him.
“He was the first artist I’d seen that really started to combine rock, pop and country music,” Evans told Billboard about that show in Australia. “That was the light bulb moment — like, ‘Wow, these are all the sounds that I love all at once.'”
After that, Evans was sold on country, and he says the career chose him instead of the other way around. So he started commuting back and forth between Australia and Nashville until he realized he was spending most of his time in Tennessee. That’s when he decided to make the move official.
“The inspiration is huge and something I definitely couldn’t have gotten just by living in Australia. By default, I had to pack up the guitar and my three black T-shirts and get over here,” he said.
Shortly after arriving, he met Kelsea Ballerini. And shortly (OK, nine months) after meeting her, he proposed. They are getting married at the end of 2017. And after that, will there be any competitive spirit between the two?
“It’s funny,” he said. “I was saying to someone the other day that I used to go into songwriting sessions trying to write the best song in the world.
“And now I go in going, ‘Jeez, I hope I get the best song in our house.'”


Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Arrives Sept. 8

Third Album Billed As Rhett’s “Boldest” Release to Date 

Currently performing on his first major headlining tour, Thomas Rhett has announced that his third album, Life Changes, arrives Sept. 8.
The new music is described as Rhett’s “boldest-sounding” release to date and features a mix of country ballads, rock anthems, EDM-influenced pop songs and R&B slow jams.
Having accumulated eight No. 1s on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, Rhett co-wrote 10 of the album’s 14 songs, and the collection kicks off with the No. 1 Maren Morris collaboration “Craving You” and his next single “Unforgettable.” 

“I am and will always be a country artist,” Rhett said in a release. “It’s who I am, it’s in my blood. I will always try to push boundaries because that rebellious side has been in me since I was a kid. My voice and my journey that inspired these songs is the glue that makes this album cohesive. This is where I’m at musically and these are my stories.”
Rhett co-produced Life Changes with Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Julian Bunetta and Joe London. His tour continues Thursday (July 27) with a performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Here is the full track listing and songwriter information for Life Changes:
1. “Craving You” feat. Maren Morris (Dave Barnes, Julian Bunetta)
2. “Unforgettable” (Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally)
3. “Sixteen” (Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur)
4. “Drink A Little Beer” feat. Rhett Akins (Akins, Frasure, Ben Hayslip)
5. “Marry Me” (Rhett, Frasure, Ashley Gorley, McAnally)
6. “Leave Right Now” (Rhett, Bunetta, Edward Drewett, John Henry Ryan)
7. “Smooth Like The Summer” (Rhett, Frasure, McAnally, Josh Osborne)
8. “Life Changes” (Rhett, Akins, Frasure, Gorley)
9. “When You Look Like That” (Jessi Alexander, Matt Dragstrem, David Lee Murphy)
10. “Sweetheart” (Rhett, Akins, Douglas, Spargur)
11. “Kiss Me Like A Stranger” (Rhett, Barnes, Jordan Reynolds)
12. “Renegades” (Rhett, Bunetta, Ryan)
13. “Gateway Love” (Rhett, Douglas, Sam Ellis, Emily Weisband)
14. “Grave” (Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller) 


Shania Twain Gets Her Groove Back in “Life’s About to Get Good” Video

Gets Over a Broken Heart at the Magical Getaway Corazón Curado
 “Changing your life starts from within.”
That’s the underlying message in Shania Twain‘s colorful new video for “Life’s About to Get Good.”
The clip starts off with the CMT Artist of a Lifetime waking up with a broken heart and leftover pizza in bed. Then she sits down for breakfast with a vacation brochure advertising a magical island resort called “Corazón Curado,” which is Spanish for, “healed heart.”
She finds the message and then out of nowhere, the resort’s staff suddenly appear to give Twain a makeover that takes her from heartbroken in pajama pants to drop dead gorgeous in no time.
The best part is when Twain flips an old framed photograph with her ex-husband Mutt Lange upside down and his face falls out of the picture. She even gets back into her sexy costume from her iconic “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” video.
Mathew Cullen, who is behind videos for Katy Perry, Kygo, Weezer and Beck, directed the new piece. “Life’s About to Get Good” is the lead single from Twain’s Now, her first album in 15 years. Both the 16-track deluxe and the 12-song standard releases arrive on Sept. 29.


Kelsea Ballerini: Game for Anything

The Things Balletmania Does for Laughs 
 A lot of singers might go on The Tonight Show just to sing.
But Kelsea Ballerini was there for so much more this week. She performed her latest single “Legends,” obviously, but also stuck around to play a couple games while she was in Jimmy Fallon’s studio.
Like charades. Fallon was paired with actor Jessica Biel, and Ballerini had actor Matt Bomer in her corner. She failed on “Genie in a Bottle” — “Am I the worst, or was that hard,” she asked — but then Team Ballerini-Bomer won the next round on “Magic Mike,” even though Ballerini’s attempts to act out the moves of a male stripper were anything but erotic. 

Even better, she and Bomer won the bonus round when she guessed “Cry Me a River,” a classic Justin Timberlake song (Watching Timberlake’s wife Biel lose that round was priceless).
Ballerini was also willing to take the show’s internet pop quiz, and answered all the questions with her cheerful candor. So her most used emoji? “The salsa dancer, the upside-down smiley face because it can kind of mean anything, and the poop emoji.” Her most embarrassing screen names: “Balletmania, when I was a dancer, just a mania for the ballet.” The last thing she ordered online? “Does Postmates count? Because Postmates happens pretty much every day.” Her favorite Instagram to follow? “Girlwithnojob because she is funny AF.”
She goes on to talk about the last song she listened to, the most shows she has binge watched, the unexpected celeb in her phone, and her favorite viral video.
Ballerini was even willing to play a round of Camera Roll Roulette for Fallon, where she had to scroll through the pictures on her phone for three seconds and show off the first one she saw. It was one of the Gavin Memes. “This is so me,” she said of the popular meme of a little boy vacuuming up tweets.
Ballerini’s highly anticipated sophomore album Unapologetically arrives Nov. 3.

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