Disney Channel/Image Group LAMonday marked 15 years since Carrie Underwood’s American Idol win, and the country superstar marked the anniversary by sharing a video put together by one of her fans.
"WOW, I cannot believe it’s been 15 years since my @americanidol win!!!" Underwood, who beat out runner-up Bo Bice in the season four finale back in 2005, tweeted in a response to the YouTube clip, titled "Happy 15th 'Idol-versary' Carrie."
"It’s been an incredible ride and I couldn’t have made it through without all of you guys!!" added Carrie. "THANK YOU so much for this sweet video!!"
The clip, which starts off with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest announcing her as the season four champ, followed by a montage of Carrie’s fans congratulating her on the anniversary, and sharing touching stories of the impact she’s had on their lives.
Since winning Idol, Underwood, 37, has become one of the show's most successful alumni. Her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven," made her the only country artist to debut at Number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the only solo country artist in the 2000s to top the Hot 100.
She's also won seven Grammy Awards and has become one of the bestselling female artists of all time.
With live shows on hold for now, Brothers Osborne have found themselves with some time on their hands. In fact, TJ and John say it's the first time they can remember when they've had the chance to pursue anything other than the career that they love.
"I think it's the first time we've ever done anything non-musically to pass the time," TJ tells ABC Audio. "I mean, it's always music, music, music."
But ever since the wheels on the tour bus stopped turning, TJ's been able to enjoy one of the perks of his success.
"I just moved into a new home at the end of last year," he reveals, "And I've been getting... all of the little tiny trinkets...set to how I like it. I've had some rooms set up and I tore everything out and would redo it another way -- those little fine things that make a house feel like a home."
"Typically, I don't have the time to really do that kind of stuff," he explains, "or I'm home and I don't want to. So I've done a lot of that, and hung out with our friends and family a lot."
Meanwhile, John's been picking up his paintbrushes.
"I've always loved art, ever since I was a kid, but then...music became everything," he says. "And it's nice to do something just because you want to do it."
"You know, I'm not painting because I have to get this hung in an exhibit or I have to do this because of any other reason than just feeling like I want to do it," he adds. "It's been great. It's been a creative exercise."
Brothers Osborne just put out their new single, "All Night," with their third album set to follow.
Lauren Alaina joined King Calaway for their latest installment of their Nashville's House Band series, which finds the group serving as backing band for a rotating cast of country stars as they offer renditions of beloved hits. Together, Lauren and the band performed "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
Morgan Evans and Caroline Jones recently teamed up with a number of artists of all genres for a virtual, Memorial Day performance for a good cause. Called Save the Children’s Virtual Benefit Festival for COVID-19 Relief, the event called on fans to donate to relief efforts during the pandemic. You can watch the show on Save the Children USA’s YouTube page.
Atlanta-based hip-hop and country singer-songwriter Breland dropped his self-titled debut EP last week. Last month, he turned heads when he teamed up with Sam Hunt for a remix of his song, “My Truck.” Breland's new EP also features guest spots from Lauren Alaina and Chase Rice.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and ten-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally has announced plans to drop a new album, Once in a Lifetime, on July 31. The title track, which features a guest spot from Drake White, is out now.
Starting Tuesday, The Bellamy Brothers’ livestream, “Hangin’ Out with the Bellamy Brothers,” will be available for viewing in the U.S. The hour-long pay-per-view event originated in Europe, via a partnership with Scandinavian Entertainment Service on Entertainment.no TV.
Just in time for Memorial Day, brand-new country singer Jay Allen shared his patriotic debut single, “War for You.” It’s the follow-up to his grassroots hit, “Blank Stares,” which garnered over 200 million views on social media.
Jordan Davis explores his spiritual side in the music video for his new song, “Church in a Chevy,” but the religious experience he describes doesn’t take place in a house of worship.
Instead, the singer finds connection to his faith when he’s driving alone through the middle of nowhere. In the clip, Davis drives his truck down a back road, parks it, and wanders through a field as he reconnects to God and begins to feel a little more grounded.
On social media, Jordan explained that when he and his co-writers wrote the song, that solitary, spiritual connection to nature and faith was something he’d lost touch with a bit.
“I was traveling like crazy and our daughter Eloise was about to be born and to be honest, I was overwhelmed,” he reflects. “Great things were happening, and I knew how fortunate I was, but I felt like life was flying right by me."
"When we sat down and wrote ‘Church In A Chevy,’ I felt like my co-writers Matt and Josh were reading my mind," he adds. "And the song that came out that day punched me in the face.”
“Church in a Chevy” is one of the tracks on Jordan’s self-titled, six-track EP, which he released on Friday.
Amid the stress of everyday life, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to see the positive side of things. But Brett Eldredge is reminding fans to remain optimistic in his music video for “Good Day.”
“I wrote this song when I was searching to find positivity in my life instead of focusing on a day being dark and stormy and your emotions being in a tough spot,” he explained to People, which premiered the clip.
For Brett, finding his way out of that negative spiral meant making a conscious decision to focus on the good things in life.
“I make the decision to have a good day, even in the darkness, and that awareness gives me a better outlook on life,” he says.
“Good Day” follows Brett’s newest single, “Gabrielle,” which he shared last month, along with two other new tracks. The new batch of tunes belong to the singer’s next full album, Sunday Drive, which is due for release in July.
Kane Brown and his wife Katelyn have a surprise for fans coming soon, but it’s not baby number two. The singer hinted at a potential collaboration with Katelyn on Twitter this week, writing simply, “Kane Brown featuring Katelyn Brown in the works.”
The news immediately got fans buzzing, especially since some wondered if the singer was hinting at a forthcoming pregnancy announcement. The couple welcomed their first child, Kingsley, back in October of 2019, and Kane has since posted a number of adorable photos and videos proving just how much he loves being a dad.
“This feels like a sneaky way to announce that Kingsley is gonna be a big sis,” replied one Twitter user to Kane’s collaboration tease. But Kane made it very clear that he and Katelyn aren’t in a rush to add to their family anytime in the near future.
“HAHAHA NO SIR,” he responded.
That leaves a few other possibilities, the most exciting of which might be new music. While Kane’s musical skill is world famous, not as many people are aware that Katelyn is also a talented performer who was trying to establish a career of her own as a pop and R&B singer when the couple met. While she's said she has no plans to return to a solo career at this point in her life, it’s possible that a new duet with Kane could spotlight her vocal talents.
For his part, Kane has proven his versatility with a number of different collaborations. Most recently, he teamed up with Thomas Rhett and Ava Max for a song on the soundtrack of SCOOB!, the newest Scooby-Doo movie.
It’s been a while since Cole Swindell fans got a taste of new music from the “Love You Too Late” star, but now he’s back with the uptempo and summer-ready “Single Saturday Night.”
The irrepressible anthem tells the story of a guy thinking back on his last night out as a single man, which also happens to be the same evening he met his leading lady. Cole says he hopes the song’s bubbly subject matter will help fans take their minds off of a stressful and uncertain time, and give them something to dance along to as they head into warmer months.
“I am excited to have some good news to share with fans with the release of ‘Single Saturday Night,’ the singer says. “The past few months have been hard for everyone and I wanted to give the fans something fun to kick off summer.”
It will likely still be a while before Cole has the chance to introduce fans to his new song in person. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he's rescheduled the remaining dates on his headlining Down to Earth tour for this fall, and his planned opening spot on Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road Tour has been pushed to 2021.
Still, Cole is making the most of quarantine. The singer says he’s been using the unexpected free time to polish some new music, including “Single Saturday Night.”
“Y’all crank this one up and have a great weekend wherever you are in the world. Here’s to you and your last single Saturday night...and mine...whenever that day comes,” he wrote on social media upon the song’s release.
Chris Lane may not be able to tour right now, but that doesn’t mean he can’t think back to pre-pandemic good times: The singer has shared another live video from the sold-out Chicago stop on his headlining Big, Big Plans Tour.
This time around, it’s “I Don’t Know About You,” which became Chris’ second number-one single in 2018. The song changed everything, he explained on social media, especially when it came to the energy of his live show.
“‘I Don’t Know About You’ has changed my career in a way that more people than ever before are showing up to my shows,” he said in a clip announcing the release of the live video.
The live treatment of “I Don’t Know About You” follows a video of “Big, Big Plans” that was recorded at the very same show. The latter song is just as special to Chris, in a very different way: He wrote and performed it as part of his proposal to his now-wife, Lauren.
Ashley McBryde is the featured guest on Saturday’s episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen with Trisha Yearwood, and the pair grill up some perfect-for-summer dishes and sizzling conversation during the show.
On the menu is a charred tomato and scallion salad, grilled potatoes, a Porterhouse steak with horseradish sauce, and raspberry chocolate rice cereal treats for dessert.
As they work, the two stars discuss everything from life in the music business to their favorite movies. They think back to the weirdest jobs they ever held before getting their start in the music industry.
“My weirdest job was, I worked for an agri-sales company,” recalls Trisha. “And I ordered, like, feeding troughs for pigs. You know, it’s really easy to order a feeding trough for a pig because they’re not particular.”
While Ashley has had her share of strange side gigs in the past, including a stint as a security guard for a hospital, she’s doing her dream job these days. Last month, the singer released her stellar sophomore album, Never Will.
Furthermore, she and Trisha are long-standing fans of each other’s musical talents. Trisha recorded one of Ashley’s songs, “Bible and a .44,” for her 2019 Every Girl album.
As we roll into Memorial Day weekend, Florida Georgia Line has the perfect “sampler pack” of love songs, party songs, and songs of unity and togetherness. The superstar duo’s new EP, 6-Pack, arrives today.
The six-song collection features their current single, “I Love My Country,” which is currently rising up the Top 20 at country radio. The band mates also lean into their patriotic side with the timely “U.S. Stronger,” a sentimental power ballad celebrating the American way of life.
The track listing also features “Second Guessing,” a love song that the band chose during their week as featured artists on TV songwriting competition, Songland. “Second Guessing” bows in the top spot on iTunes’ all-genre Top Songs chart this week.
The 6-Pack EP is a prelude to FGL’s next full-length album, which is expected later in the year.
In the meantime, Florida Georgia Line is celebrating Memorial Day Sunday afternoon, uniting with a star-studded roster of country stars for an epic, from-home performance of the national anthem during NBC’s Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again.
Since both of Justin Moore's grandfathers served in the military, it's only fitting the Arkansas native would write a thoughtful song like "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home."
Justin sang it at last year's National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., before it topped the country chart in September. The father of four admits he's still astounded at the effect the song's had on both his life and career.
"When we wrote it, I knew it had a chance to be a special record," he tells ABC Audio. "But the platform that the industry and radio's given this song has kind of blown me away."
"It's arguably our biggest record of my career," he adds, "which is kind of a mouthful this far into it."
Even more, Justin's enjoyed bonding with servicemen and women and their families because of "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home."
"It's been fun to go out and talk to people and hear them share their stories with us of real life situations, how it got them through a difficult time with one of their loved ones lost," he says.
"And I'm certainly thankful that it did as well as it did," he continues. "And it provided us a lot of opportunities to do stuff with the military, and it's been a blessing."
"The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home" was the debut single from Late Nights & Longnecks, the album that also features Justin's top twenty hit, "Why We Drink."
On Monday, the U.S. remembers those lost in service by observing Memorial Day.
Kip Moore has been announced as the headlining artist for this year’s Lynchburg Music Fest, which is moving to a new venue called Music Hollow, near Lynchburg, Tennessee. The three-day event is scheduled for October 2-4, with a full lineup to be announced soon.
Margo Price surprised fans on Thursday by sharing Perfectly Imperfect at the Ryman, a live album recorded during her three-night, sold-out, headlining Ryman Auditorium stand two years ago. The album features special guests Emmylou Harris, Sturgill Simpson and Jack White.
A new tribute to John Prine called Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine will air on June 11 on the singer's YouTube and Facebook channels. The film will feature the legendary singer-songwriter's family and friends sharing memories of his life. John died of complications of COVID-19 in April.
Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Sheryl Crow, Thomas Rhett and a slew of other country artists will unite for an epic, remote rendition of the national anthem during the broadcast of NBC’s Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again this weekend.
Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Brett Young, Carly Pearce and Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band are also among the long list of artists slated to participate in the performance. Each of them recorded their part from home, in adherence with social distancing guidelines.
The Memorial Day broadcast will feature a re-airing of the Indy 500’s 2019 race, with commentary from sportscaster Mike Tirico.
The special coverage comes on Sunday, May 24, the same day that the 2020 Indy 500 was originally scheduled to take place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that event has been postponed until August 23.
For the graduates of 2020, celebrations look a whole lot different now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for friends and family to mark the milestone in person. But Luke Combs is one of a number of artists coming together to make the experience special with a new, personally-curated playlist on Spotify.
For his playlist, “Luke Combs’ Class of Bootleggers,” the country superstar samples musical heroes like Eric Church and Kenny Chesney while also throwing in a little Southern rock, courtesy of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Luke also adds some graduation classics, like Vitamin C’s “Graduation (Friends Forever).” Additionally, Luke samples his own catalogue for the playlist, including his most recent release, the pandemic-inspired “Six Feet Apart.”
The “Class of Bootleggers” playlist is part of the Spotify Yearbook, a group of artist-curated playlists. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion, pop icons The Jonas Brothers and more also offer their own selections.
Each playlist features a photograph of the artist who curated it during their real-life graduation, and Luke’s is predictably goofy: It’s a close-up shot of a younger version of the star, who makes a silly face at the camera while wearing his graduation cap.
Chase Rice opens up one of the most painful chapters of his past in a new “Letter to My Younger Self” essay for The Player’s Tribune.
The letter details the downward spiral that Chase experienced after his dad’s untimely death, chronicling the ups and downs of his journey and sharing how he ultimately made peace with his grief.
The singer addresses his younger self with compassion, but takes an unflinching look at all the mistakes he made. At times, he turned to drinking and partying to avoid his feelings. He fell out of touch with his faith.
“The scariest thing about that time in your life is that you’re going to completely turn your back on your faith,” he writes of that difficult time. “ You’re going to stop talking to God altogether.”
Fast-forward through a stint as a NASCAR pit-crew member and a role on reality show Survivor, after which Chase landed in Nashville, where he lived with rising duo Florida Georgia Line. Everything changed after he co-wrote their breakout hit, “Cruise.”
But Chase was still grappling with grief and depression.
“Heck, at one point you’re even gonna end up having a falling out with your boys Florida Georgia Line. And over some music-industry bulls****,” he admits. “Y’all are best friends. What the hell is wrong with y’all? I mean….”
Ultimately, Chase made peace with his issues through therapy, faith, and realizing that he’s always going to be a work in progress.
“And every time I step on stage, no matter how good or bad I’m feeling, no matter what s*** went down that day, I do it...with the same three words that Dad tried to teach me,” he concludes. “The three words that I feel like I fully understand now. Keep God First.”
Due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Faster Horses Festival has been rescheduled to July 16-18, 2021.
The event, which is the ACM’s reigning Festival of the Year, will return to its Brooklyn, Michigan grounds next year with originally-scheduled headlining acts Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean.
Other acts scheduled for the 2020 festival, including Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Russell Dickerson and many more, will also return next year.
All passes purchased for the three-day event will be honored for the new date, and full refunds are also available for fans unable to make it to the show next year. The refund window opens on Thursday, and will last for 30 days. For more information and ticketing details, visit the festival’s website.
The Faster Horses Festival is the latest event to be affected during a widespread wave of cancellations and postponements due to the coronavirus. Even as states plan gradual re-openings, mass gatherings such as music festivals still pose a danger to concertgoers.
Amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Garth Brooks has announced that his upcoming show in Charlotte, North Carolina will be postponed. Previously scheduled for June 13, the concert is now set to take place on October 10.
When tickets for Garth’s Charlotte show originally went on sale back in December, the Bank of America stadium venue sold out in just 90 minutes, with a whopping 74,000 tickets purchased. It was set to be the venue’s largest-ever paid audience, and is the only stop in the Carolinas planned for Garth's current Stadium Tour.
It’s actually not the first time Garth has had to reschedule his Charlotte date. He first planned to play the stadium on May 2, but pushed that date back a month when stay-at-home orders first took effect in March.
At that time, the country superstar also postponed a stop at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium from May 16 to June 27. Garth set an all-time record for the city when he sold out that venue’s 70,000 tickets in just 75 minutes.
There is no word yet on whether the Cincinnati show will go on as planned, though Garth has said previously that he’s keeping a close eye on local restrictions and mandates. Last month, in an episode of his Facebook series Inside Studio G, the singer reflected that he understands why fans might not feel comfortable gathering in groups right now.
"The second that they let us go, we’ll do it," Garth explained of his mindset regarding live shows. "And again -- it’s your choice from there. Be safe, and do what makes you feel good.”
Good Company Entertainment/Mailboat RecordsBy CARENA LIPTAK, ABC News
Sun-kissed country rocker Jimmy Buffett returns next week with his new album, Life on the Flip Side, and he has already previewed the new batch of songs with a sneak peek into its track list.
Now, you can hear the first song on the 14-track collection, “Down at the Lah De Dah.” It’s an escapist, tropical anthem that transports listeners to “A lover’s bar where the fun is free/Down at the Lah De Dah.”
Though this summer is likely to look different than most for country fans, Jimmy hopes that his new batch of tunes will ease some of the anxiety and uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My main goal in this crazy business was to keep writing songs and entertaining our fans. When we started that process a year ago with songs for a new album and finished it this January in Key West, I thought we could check that box off,” the singer reflected on social media last month.
“Then, the world took a catastrophic, meteor-like hit from a virus you can’t see without a microscope,” Jimmy went on to say. “Suddenly, we were all hurled into survival mode that almost feels like science fiction, except for the fact that we are living it, in real time. Hopefully, the songs we wrote and recorded will also help folks deal with the fallout.”
Life on the Flip Side is due out May 29. Along with the new music, the project features a 64-page booklet filled with lyrics, selections from Jimmy’s personal photo collection and more.
Here’s the full track list:
“Down at the Lah De Dah” “Who Gets to Live Like This” “The Devil I Know” “The Slow Lane” “Cussin’ Island” “Oceans of Time” “Hey, That’s My Wave” “The World Is What You Make It” “Half Drunk” “Mailbox Money” “Slack Tide” “Live, Like It’s Your Last Day” “15 Cuban Minutes” “Book on the Shelf”
ABC/Image Group LABy CARENA LIPTAK and ANDREA TUCCILLO, ABC News
Old Dominion are representing the country contingent on Good Morning America’s upcoming Summer Concert Series roster. The event will be virtual this year.
The group shared their excitement on social media, commenting that they “can’t wait” for their performance on July 3. While the band is the only country act on the bill, they won’t be the only performing artists with a country connection: Pop star Bebe Rexha, who scored a massive crossover hit with Florida Georgia Line on “Meant to Be,” is also planning to play.
Pop superstar Katy Perry will kick things off on Friday with a performance of her new single, “Daisies.”
Joining those acts on the lineup will be John Legend, Mariah Carey, Sia, Kygo featuring OneRepublic and Valerie Broussard, Ellie Goulding, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, reggae star Shaggy featuring Sting and more.
Here is the complete lineup so far:
5/22 -- Katy Perry 5/29 -- Kygo featuring OneRepublic and Valerie Broussard 6/5 -- Billie Joe Armstrong 6/19 -- John Legend 6/26 -- Sia 7/3 -- Old Dominion 7/10 -- Shaggy featuring Sting 8/21 -- Megan Thee Stallion