Brantley Gilbert has definitely earned his slot on the list of up-and-coming country stars. This year, the rising hitmaker has watched ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’ become his second-consecutive No. 1 single, and he’s gained major songwriting success, too. Gilbert penned ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ and ‘My Kinda Party,’ both of which Jason Aldean has taken to the top of the country charts. After gaining fans for his fist-pumping, hell-raising stage performances as an opener for Toby Keith and Eric Church, Gilbert has decided to trek out on his own headlining tour.
How much would you pay to live on George Jones‘ 78-acre property? Would it be enough to sink the deal? Jones and his wife Nancy have been through the ringer trying to sell their estate in Franklin, Tenn. After lowering the price of the estate once, the Joneses turned to the auction block, attempting to sell off their home and its surrounding acreage on Saturday (July 7). The property was divided into five parcels, but unfortunately the iconic singer and his wife weren’t pleased with total selling price — so they just refused the sale.
Between touring with Jason Aldean and promoting his multi-week No. 1 single ‘Drunk on You’, Luke Bryan is in the midst of a seriously busy summer. But that’s not going to stop the award-winning country star from stepping onstage in Central Park on Friday (July 13) to play a set for the ‘Good Morning America’ Summer Concert Series.
Look out, ladies and gentleman! Like many before her, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Lucy Hale is moseying her way onto the country music scene, and she’s coming armed with a great singing voice and the support of Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush.
When Reese Witherspoon transformed into June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic ‘Walk the Line,’ she turned quite a few heads for her spot-on renditions of ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ and ‘Jackson.’ By now, we all know that Witherspoon has what it takes to play the part of a major country star — and Carrie Underwood knows it, too. In a recent interview with KO Video, Underwood said that if she could choose one actress to play her role in a biopic, it would be Witherspoon.
Carrie Underwood is best known for her off-the-charts singing voice — have you heard her pipes in ‘Good Girl’? — but sometimes country music fans forget that the award-winning songstress is an accomplished songwriter, too. Typically, Underwood is one to record her own work, but her latest tune, ‘Eighteen Inches,’ will be fellow ‘American Idol’ alum Lauren Alaina‘s next radio single. Of course Underwood is excited to have Alaina record the song, but she’s also looking forward to helping the young starlet navigate her country music fame.
It’s hard to imagine tough-as-nails country gal Miranda Lambert getting so sick that she has to cancel shows, but unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened this week. The normally energetic country star was slated to play at Jam in the Valley in Varysburg, N.Y. tonight (July 6), but according to Jam in the Valley officials, the ‘Over You’ hitmaker “has taken ill and has canceled all performances for this weekend as per her doctor’s orders.”
Kip Moore is having quite the year. Between ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ spending two weeks at the top of the country chart and a successful summer of touring with Billy Currington and David Nail, Moore is quickly becoming a household name. His latest bout of attention came on America’s birthday (July 4), when he made his first-ever appearance on the ‘Today’ Show.
Although Keith Urban has fully enjoyed coaching talented singers on ‘The Voice’ in Australia, there’s no chance that the ‘You Gonna Fly’ hitmaker will trade in his guitar for a permanent reality TV contract anytime soon. While Urban would be thrilled to do another season of ‘The Voice,’ he told Australian radio’s Kyle & Jackie O Show that making music is still priority No. 1.
Major League Baseball is getting countrified this year — and not just because Zac Brown Band will be singing ‘Chicken Fried’ at the State Farm Home Run Derby on July 9. At the main event on July 10, Luke Bryan will take the stage at the MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City to sing the National Anthem minutes before the umpire shouts, “Play ball!” During the seventh-inning stretch, fellow country star Kellie Pickler will perform ‘God Bless America’ from the field.
Taylor Swift had a starstruck July 4, and no, we’re not talking about fireworks or the stars on the grand old flag. Country music’s sweetheart celebrated her Independence Day by taking a (romantic?) walk on the beach with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick and going sailing with several members of the Kennedy family in Massachusetts.
David Nail is pretty hardcore. Just last month, the ‘Let It Rain’ hitmaker left it all out on the field at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. In fact, he played so hard (and might we add, threw out so many members of the challenging team) that he suffered a minor fracture and a detached tendon in his hand. The good news is, now Nail is all patched up and he’s ready to brave another celebrity softball match.
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