Earlier this week, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood staged a live concert from their home recording studio. Called Garth & Trisha Live!, the hour-long acoustic set list was constructed entirely from fan requests.
The special aired on CBS, an idea spawned from Garth and Trisha initially attempting to host a live concert over Garth’s live Facebook series, “Inside Studio G.” Some 5.2 million viewers tuned in to watch, crashing the social media site.
Now, fan demand has inspired a repeat broadcast of the CBS special. Garth & Trisha Live! will re-air on Sunday, April at 10PM ET on CBS, featuring the superstar couple’s listener-selected blend of hits, duets and cover songs.
Garth and Trisha are also taking the opportunity to help provide relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re seeing how big things can be when we all do them as one. In addition to the special, we and CBS will donate $1 million to charities to be determined, combating the COVID-19 virus,” the couple say.
Kane Brown and John Legend on Friday debuted the music video for their new duet, “Last Time I Say Sorry.” The two artists are co-directors on the project, and recorded footage from their homes while in self-quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before dropping the new video, Kane made a virtual appearance on CBS This Morning to chat about the song.
“It came pretty naturally. We just started talking about both of our relationships, and mainly the guys in a relationship, they’ll say sorry for something they did and then they’ll turn around and they’ll do it again,” Kane said. “Me and John were both like, ‘That’s the worst feeling in the world.’”
The singer adds that the subject matter was personal to both artists.
“On my end, I wrote it for my wife, just saying that ‘I never wanna mess up,” he revealed. “I just wanna love you for the rest of my life and never have to tell you ‘sorry’ again.”
Kane and John will perform the song live for the first time during the ACM Presents: Our Country special this Sunday. The show will broadcast during the time slot of the postponed 2020 ACM Awards, airing at 8PM ET on April 5.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is self-quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the singer says he’s making the most of the unexpected downtime.
“It’s early days, still, in a lot of ways, but it’s been a very vibrant house,” Keith tells ET.
The singer’s household includes his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters: 11-year-old Sunday and 9-year-old Faith. In their house, family time means a whole lot of board games, like Apples to Apples, Uno, and What Do You Meme?
Keith adds that the family is staying active, explaining that the time at home includes “a lot of music around the piano, dancing and getting out in our backyard.”
Fans have gotten to get a few peeks into the star’s more musical at-home pursuits, since Keith's been live-streaming performances from home with help from Nicole. Like his musical peers, Keith misses performing live for his fans, but he appreciates having the ability to stay connected with virtual shows.
"Country music is many things to many people, but the one thing I've always felt it is is community… Music is the great connector, so I've been elated to see so many at-home concerts," Keith explains. "Everybody's getting incredibly creative with how they can express and create and connect with everybody."
ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood and her husband, former hockey pro Mike Fisher, are encouraging fans to practice social distancing in a new video shared to social media. The clip shows the couple at home, with Carrie showing her Music City pride with a shirt that reads “Spread love, it’s the Nashville way.”
“To help the health of our community, we’re asking everyone to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing,” Mike says.
“Working together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19,” Carrie adds, before the two say in unison, “Do your part, stay apart.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has halted tours, festivals and events throughout the country music industry and beyond, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Events such as the 2020 ACM Awards and more have been postponed to the fall as part of a larger effort to curtail the pandemic’s reach.
‘90s hitmaker Joe Diffie died in late March after contracting COVID-19. Additionally, famed songwriter John Prine is currently hospitalized as he battles the virus.
CMTThe 2020 CMT Awards, originally scheduled for June 3, will now take place on October 14. The postponement comes in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as the tornadoes that ravaged middle Tennessee and Nashville in early March.
“Our top priority this last month has been rebuilding our hometown of Nashville following the tornado and ensuring the safety of our fans, employees, artists and partners during the COVID-19 crisis,” CMT explained in a statement.
The show is the latest in a long string of events, festivals and tours to be cancelled or postponed amid the pandemic. The ACM Awards, originally scheduled for April, are among the affected events, moving its annual show to September and opting instead to air a TV special called ACM Presents: Our Country in the award show’s original time slot.
In late March, the COVID-19 virus claimed the life of ‘90s hitmaker Joe Diffie. Additionally, Americana giant John Prine is currently hospitalized with the virus.
Lee Brice is headed back to country radio this month with a brand-new song, “One of Them Girls.” The tune will be available beginning April 10.
The song was the product of a “emergency songwriting session” that Lee called at two o’clock in the morning, enlisting an all-star songwriting cast including Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson and Ben Johnson. He got the inspiration to write the track after a reflective moment with his family on Father’s Day of 2019.
“I just love that the title could easily come across as a negative connotation at first,” says Lee, who is a father of three. “But, it’s so very much about that girl that all of us -- deep down, at the end of the day, at the end of our lives -- really hope to have loving us.”
“One of Them Girls” will follow Lee’s chart-topping hit, “Rumor,” as well as his new duet with Carly Pearce. That song, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” is currently a top-fifteen hit at country radio.
Sony MusicLoretta Lynn puts a new spin on Patsy Cline’s 1961 classic “I Fall to Pieces” on a new recording of the song that's tied to her forthcoming book, Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust.
It’s a special song to Loretta: She’s been performing “I Fall to Pieces” for decades, beginning with a 1961 live rendition on the radio show Midnight Jamboree, which she sang after Patsy was nearly killed in a car accident. At the time, the two singers didn’t know each other, but Patsy heard Loretta’s radio performance and arranged for them to meet while she was recovering.
The pair quickly became good friends, with Patsy offering the younger Loretta insight into life as a country superstar. Less than two years later, Patsy died in a plane crash at just 30 years old, and Loretta included “I Fall to Pieces” on her 1977 tribute LP, I Remember Patsy.
Loretta recorded her new version of “I Fall to Pieces” at the Cash Cabin Studio outside of Nashville. The song was produced by her daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash, who is the son of Johnny Cash and June CarterCash.
Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust, written by Loretta along with her daughter, is a portrait of Loretta and Patsy’s brief but immensely meaningful friendship. The book is due out on April 7.
ABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion teamed up with Jason Schneidman, a celebrity groomer who also cuts hair for the homeless, for the music video for their latest single, “Some People Do.”
Jason’s connection to helping those in need is personal: He was previously homeless, and overcame drug addiction after a stint in rehab. Now, he spends his spare time paying his recovery forward, providing free haircuts and funding scholarships to rehab centers.
In early February of 2020, Old Dominion joined forces with Jason to help those in need. Armed with pizza and all the makings of a field hair salon, they hit the streets of Los Angeles to prove that a little effort and kindness can go a long way toward enacting positive change.
Together with Jason and his talented team of hairdressers, the band mates share smiles and a meal with anyone who shows up. At the end, we see “before” and “after” photos, showcasing the difference a good haircut can make.
“Some People Do,” the latest single off of Old Dominion’s self-titled third studio album, just cracked the Top 40 at country radio. It follows the chart-topping hit, “One Man Band.”
Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1971, two of country music’s best-loved duet partners hit #1 on the charts with their song, “After the Fire is Gone.” Can you name them? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
Jason KempinMiranda Lambert began her 2020 Wildcard Tour back in January, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s putting the brakes on the final batch of show dates.
The singer’s tour was scheduled to resume in late April with a series of Canadian stops as well as a couple more in the U.S. Now, Miranda is planning to play those shows in the fall, beginning on October 8 in Spokane, Washington. Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, you can do so at MirandaLambert.com.
Previously-announced opening acts Lanco and Cody Johnson will join Miranda for the new dates on the Wildcard Tour, though Lanco will no longer be on the bill for two shows on October 16 and October 17 in Regina, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba, respectively.
The singer’s charitable foundation, MuttNation, will continue to be a part of the tour. The organization’s Fill the Little Red Wagon Campaign will encourage concert-goers to help local shelter pets by donating dog food, treats, supplies and more at their venue prior to the show.
Miranda most recently released the music video for her hopeful new single, “Bluebird.” It’s the second song to head to country radio off of her new album, Wildcard.
ABC/Image Group LA Ashley McBryde's much-anticipated sophomore album arrives today, featuring eleven cuts, including the defiant title track, "Never Will."
The Arkansas native recalls the song came to life on an especially productive day.
"It started out with two friends and I, like all my stories start out, just kind of writing around," she tells ABC Audio. "We'd already written a song that day. And my lead guitar player, Matt Helmkamp sent over just a voice memo from his phone, [and said] 'Listen to this little thing that I wrote today.' And we wound up writing a song with that."
"It wound up being every person in the band had contributed something," Ashley points out, "where this song wouldn't have existed at all without each person's contribution. And so that makes everybody in the band a co-writer."
Ashley admits that in itself is nothing short of a small miracle.
"You know what it's like to try to get five band members to agree on anything," she explains. "Even just wearing black on black on black, somebody's gonna disagree with that. And so it was really special for us to write 'Never Will.'"
Ultimately, Ashley believes Never Will ends up being a fitting bookend to her 2018 debut.
"I think it's a really good answer, a good sequel to 'Girl Goin' Nowhere,'" she reflects. "And so now if you were to set the two records next to each other, you would have Girl Going Nowhere and Never Will."
Never Will's lead single, "One Night Standards," is currently just a couple spots away from breaking into country's top thirty.
Tonight, Ashley hosts a special album release livestream with her band on her YouTube channel, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Jim Spellman/Getty ImagesAfter a decade together, Colbie Caillat and her fiance, Justin Kawika Young, have decided to end their relationship -- but they'll continue working together.
In an Instagram post, the couple writes, "This is difficult for us to share, but we want to be honest with you all. After 10 wonderful years, Justin and I have ended our relationship. We started out as best friends and we will continue to be best friends. And we will continue to work and make music together, as we always have."
The statement continued. "It will be hard, but often times the hard choice is the right choice and the path that will allow each of us to move forward and to grow. We continue to be overwhelmed with gratitude for our love and time together."
Colbie and Justin will continue to perform together in the country quartet Gone West, whose debut album is due in June. They're also quarantining together, and this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, they'll perform remotely at a virtual event called the UnCancelled Music Festival. Visit Uncancelledmusicfestival.com to find out how to watch.
Colbie and Justin starting dating in 2009; they got engaged in May of 2015, but never set a date -- at least, not one they shared with the public. In 2016, Colbie told ABC Audio that when she did Q&A sessions with her fans while on tour, she hoped that they wouldn't ask her about her wedding.
"We don’t want to have a big wedding or anything like that. We kinda wanna end up getting married whenever we want spontaneously," she said.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAXS TV will round up all the highlights from Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid 2019 in a two-and-a-half-hour TV special premiering on April 12 at 8PM ET. The show will feature performances from Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and, of course, Willie himself.
Brantley Gilbert continues his Fire’t Up Fridays tonight with special guest Colt Ford. He’ll go live on Instagram at 8PM CT.
The Grand Ole Opry has launched its new #UNBROKEN campaign, a charitable effort to benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 relief fund. This Saturday’s performance will kick off the campaign, featuring performances from Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina and Ashley McBryde.
A Canadian school choir recently delivered a live-streamed, virtual performance of Jimmy Webb’s hit, “That’s All I Have to Say.” Jimmy was beyond impressed, responding, “The singing you did is absolute perfection and brought me to tears because of its purity and simplicity.”
Show Dog RecordsTobyKeith promises a tipsy and rollicking good time in his next song, “What’s Up Cuz,” which the singer will drop on Friday.
At just under two minutes long, the new song will be a brief but much-needed respite from the turbulent outside world, urging fans to kick back and lean into a “two-beer buzz.” Toby wrote the song with frequent collaborator Bobby Pinson, who also co-wrote hits like “Made in America” and “I Like Girls That Drink Beer.”
A week after the song drops, Toby will follow it with an infomercial in the style of OxyClean and ShamWow, geared towards listeners who might be wondering whether or not they’re Toby's long-lost cousin. Blood relative or no, anyone can be Toby’s “cuz” in his newest drinking anthem.
"What's Up Cuz" is available for pre-order now. The release comes just as Toby is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his chart-topping hit, “How Do You Like Me Now?”
ABC/Image Group LAMatt Stell notched a major milestone on Wednesday, when he got the news that his debut single, “Prayed for You,” had gone platinum. However, in the midst of a global pandemic and given that it also was April Fool’s Day, the celebration surrounding his hit song was anything but ordinary.
During a virtual meeting, the singer’s label team and members of the RIAA surprised him with a paper plaque in lieu of a framed certificate. They captured the special moment in a YouTube video, where Matt briefly wondered if he was being pranked.
“Today being April 1, which is April Fool’s Day, this is no joke,” said Sony Music Nashville CEO Randy Goodman at the virtual celebration.
“I can believe it because of how much work that we’ve all put in, but I can’t really believe that it worked out the way that it has,” Matt reflected, as he expressed his gratitude to his team.
Before it hit the one-million-unit milestone, “Prayed for You” spent multiple weeks at the top of the country charts. It was the only single from a debuting artist to do so in 2019.
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban takes his song to soaring new heights in the music video for “God Whispered Your Name,” a clip that puts a visual spin on the song’s message of hope and redemption.
The video starts off with footage of Keith alone in a dark basement, playing an acoustic guitar. With the help of a little sunlight, and the power of lasting love, he finds his way out. At the end, he’s standing on top of a boulder in the California desert, against a stunning backdrop of natural beauty and light.
However, Keith tells Billboard that neither setting was quite as glamorous as it looks on camera.
“That dark and lonely place, was underneath a warehouse in Nashville, literally the darkest, dank and smelly place,” he reveals.
As for the dazzling, hope-filled desert scene?
“Playing guitar atop a boulder is definitely not a great idea. You just kinda lose yourself in what you’re doing, and every minute or two you realize what you’re doing, and you think, ‘I better not fall off this big-a** boulder,’” Keith continues.
Still, he says he hopes the visual elements will offer extra insight into the song’s message.
“For me, a good music video takes the song to another level. It maybe gives the song a bit more dimension and hopefully we’ve done that with this one,” the singer reflects.
Keith first released “God Whispered Your Name” in February, sharing at the time that it was the first of “a whole bunch” of new music on the horizon.
ABC/Image Group LAAfter news broke last weekend that nineties hitmaker Joe Diffie had died of complications of the COVID-19 coronavirus, fans showed an outpouring of support. And it didn't go unappreciated.
The singer’s widow, Tara, recently touched base on social media to reflect on all the creative ways Joe’s listeners have been keeping his legacy alive.
“I cannot count how many people have contacted me,” she wrote on Instagram. “Joe was so loved and I hope he can see how he affected everyone’s lives. From the candles, to the parade, to the people leaving gifts at the house -- I thank you from the bottom of my heart! The radio stations are all playing his music and it makes my heart happy.”
CMTA new TV special will spotlight the life and legacy of Kenny Rogers, who died on March 20. The show, premiering next Wednesday night on CMT, is called CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares.
A star-studded roster of Kenny’s friends, contemporaries and famous fans will join the tribute, offering virtual performances and interviews recorded in their homes. Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Jennifer Nettles, Randy Houser, Vince Gill, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires will all participate.
In addition to the long list of country artists who had a special connection to Kenny, the show will reflect his all-genre appeal. Lionel Richie, a pop legend and longtime friend and collaborator of Kenny’s, will participate, as will singer-songwriter and Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald.
“Kenny Rogers transcended genres and generations with his musical versatility, legendary collaborations and timeless appeal, and we’re honored to pay tribute to his legacy,” explains CMT executive producer Margaret Comeaux.
During the show, you'll be able to donate directly to MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, established in support of the Nashville country community and all of the musicians and industry professionals affected by the pandemic.
CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares will premiere on CMT on April 8 at 8PM ET, followed by on encore performance on MTV Live on April 10 and another CMT showing on April 11.
Country superstar couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood staged a special live concert on Wednesday night, delivering a request-packed, hour-long acoustic set. The pair played live from their home recording studio.
The set list was compiled entirely from fan suggestions, and featured a mix of their own biggest hits, deep cuts from their catalogue and cover songs. “Calling Baton Rouge,” “The Dance” and more of Garth’s most enduring hits were on the menu, as was his rendition of Bob Seger’s “Main Street.”
Trisha dipped into her recent album, Every Girl, and delivered searing performances of hits by Fleetwood Mac and Little Big Town. Of course, the performance also featured plenty of duets between the husband-and-wife duo, including parts of “In Another’s Eyes,” “Whiskey to Wine” and more.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown has made for a difficult few weeks for fans, and Garth and Trisha reflected on their own experience in self-quarantine.
“I know it’s rough being apart. I want to hold my babies so bad, but everybody’s staying apart,” Garth said. “Be apart now so that we can be together quicker later.”
“The longer we do this part that is hard, the sooner we’ll get to the part where we’re all back together again,” Trisha added. “A friend of mine said, ‘I didn’t know I was a hugger until I couldn’t hug.’”