If you haven’t seen Brad Paisley on tour, that man has EVERYTHING together. I mean he is all over the stage and he is constantly on the go and that has to take a lot of energy. So while he is on tour he keeps healthy foods around to eat and says that “staying on his game depends on it.” He shares, “I’m very lucky that I rarely get sick knock on wood as I say that…here I’m probably going to get something. You’ve got to stay healthy as a singer. That’s the kiss of death, it’s like when you’re watching a football game and one of your favorite players is carted off the field and you’re like ‘Oh no, when will he be back?’ Well, that’s the equivalent of getting a cold for a singer. A whole weekend worth of touring can go out the window if I have laryngitis, so you gotta take care of yourself.
Nicole Kidman celebrated her 50th birthday with her family. In a Facebook post, she wrote, “So happy to be with my family. Nothing makes me happier…. Thank you all for the birthday love and birthday wishes. Wow, what a cake!! ❤” (Shown Below) And she wasn’t kidding… this cake is HUGE!! It appeared to be a white cake with white icing, decorated with raspberries. She had all her favorite people there to sing to her such as husband, Keith urban and their two daughters (Sunday- 8 years old, Faith- 6 years old) and her co-starts from “Big Little Lies,” Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts! https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FNicoleKidmanOfficial%2Fposts%2F10154532061526128%3A0&width=500 https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FNicoleKidmanOfficial%2Fposts%2F10154531027586128%3A0&width=500
Kip Moore had a huge announcement for fans on Wednesday! We are excited to say that for the first time in two years (since he released Wild Ones in 2015) Kip Moore will be releasing a new album called Slowheart on September 8!! According to Rolling Stone Country, Moore produced 75 percent of the album and decided to switch up his techniques when recording the new songs. “I sang through an SM-7, which is about a $200 mic,” says Moore, who also performed most of his own harmonies for the album. “It’s a very aggressive mic, and if you’re not ‘on,’ it’s going to show. It’s very unforgiving. But if you hit it right, it fit for my voice.” Moore goes on to praise the musicians he worked with. “I’ve also been so blessed to have amazing players around me that played with their heart, and not just going through the motions,” he notes. Kip also says his album will reflect his evolution sonically, while still staying true to who he is an artist. Quote, “There’s still that thing that I do that you’re gonna hear, but, yeah, it’s different. I will say that this record…the melodies on this record are by far the best melodies I’ve ever had, I feel like. So, there’s a little more of a sense of a lightness to this record. Even the heavy topics, like ‘Bitter Sweet Company,’ you know, there’s that old Motown thing about it, where it’s…you’re gonna hear happy melody on top of it. There’s a lot of that kinda thing goin’ on.”
As a new dad, it’s not easy trying to figure out how things work… and when you’re a country star, its even harder with the traveling and appearances and all that! So of course Thomas Rhett turns to one of his closest friends who just happens to be in the same boat as him when it comes to touring schedules and success, Jason Aldean! “I was texting him one day and he was kinda asking me some questions,” Aldean tells Taste of Country. “So I talked to him a little bit about it because I do have two older daughters…I think being a parent–it’s something you figure out along the way. There’s no book; there’s no right or wrong way to do it. You just figure it out as you go along.” Jason is expecting his 3rd child, 1st boy, here soon while Thomas Rhett is expecting his 2nd child in August and just recently got custody of his first child who was adopted from Uganda. So to say these two guys have their hands full would be an understatement!
We have all seen Carrie Underwood and the way she carries herself. I mean, she’s carefree, confident and just all around she seems to love herself, her talents and everyone she meets. But it hasn’t always been like that. She opened up about a time when she used to worry too much about what people thought of her . . . until she realized no good could come of that… Quote, “I wish I could go back and tell my younger self what I know now,” (sounds like a Brad Paisley song right… LOL) “…that trying to fit into someone else’s version of you will never make you happy. Now I focused on the goals I set for muyself and try my best to do what’s right for me.” And it’s obviously good advice because this girl is CRAZY successful, has a beautiful family, and loves every second of the life she has created for herself.
Thomas Rhett has decided to extend his “Home Team Tour” and has added a few stops to his list! The tour’s fall leg will launch in Los Angeles on September 22 and will include a run of shows in the U.K. this November. Plus he has added new opening acts to this leg of his tour with Old Dominion on some shows, Dan + Shay on some shows and newcomer Walker Hayes on some shows! Here are a list of some of the new shows added to his tour… unfortunately the closes one to Orlando is a 6 hour drive to the Pensacola Show but hey… at least it’s in Florida! 9/22/17 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre 9/24/17 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena 9/28/17 Evansville, IN Ford Center 9/29/17 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 9/30/17 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 10/7/17 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live 10/12/17 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena 10/13/17 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Bay Center 10/14/17 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum 10/19/17 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
What an insane story to tell your child… “When we were pregnant with you, THE Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (while they were on stage in front of 50 thousand people) told us what you were going to be…” That child is going to have one heck of a story! And the crazier thing is, they did this once before earlier this year! But this time, over the weekend during a tour stop in Moline, Illinois, Vikki and Rodney Kula convinced Faith that they wanted her to be the first to learn the baby’s sex. Tim McGraw stood in the background on stage as she opened the envelope and exclaimed to the whole crowd, “It’s a boy!” Here is the video…
Well if this isn’t a fitting Blake Shelton cake then we don’t know what is… Gwen Stefani posted this photo to her instagram on Sunday 6/18, which was the day of Blakes 41st Birthday. She captioned the photo of him sitting in front of his armadillo cake and wrote “Birthday armadillo @blakeshelton gx #bdayboy #cake”
A LUCKY CHARMS milkshake just went on sale at Burger King. It’s made out of vanilla ice cream, a sweet syrup, and pieces of the oats and marshmallows from Lucky Charms . . . and it’s available for a limited time
Jamie Lynn’s daughter turned 9 over the weekend and it was a time that she reflected on the incident back in February of this year where her daughter was hospitalized for an ATV accident. Per a report from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Maddie was trying to avoid running over a drainage ditch and overcorrected, running the ATV she was driving into a pond. Spears and her husband Jamie Watson, who is Maddie’s stepfather, were on the scene and tried to rescue her from the water, but she was trapped by the vehicle’s seatbelt and safety netting; an ambulance with first responders arrived within two minutes and freed her. So of course with her birthday coming, Jamie Lynn took to social media to express to her gratitude to the first responders’ who saved her life and were the reason Maddie was able to have her 9th birthday party. She posted “My baby is 9 years old today, and more then ever we realize how precious every day is. So, we have to thank these 2 HEROES John and Victoria are the first responders, who literally saved Maddie’s life, and they were able to celebrate her another year of her life with us this past weekend! Thank God for these amazing people, and thank you God for your amazing grace. We are so blessed today, and everyday with this little angel! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADDIE”
Older artists are the pathway for a lot of the new artists. They are role models and mentors to the new country genre and while Brett Eldredge’s influences came from far and wide, it was a specific Brooks & Dunn record that played a key role in his life and music. He says, “Their Greatest Hits record was how I started getting into all of their music, then I started going back to all their records. But their Greatest Hits — they had so many just incredible singles and songs that kind of felt like where I was living, and I connect with it in such a special way. I would say that’s a huge record in my past and present.” Do you hear traces of that influence in Brett Eldredge’s music?
Another power couple is moving into the neighborhoods of Nashville! We have an NFL Player and a country music rock star taking on the city together. Eric Decker, the husband of country singer Jessie James Decker, has reportedly inked a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. According to 247, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday that a deal had been made between the Titans and the free agent wide receiver. A Nashville resident, Decker visited with the Titans and general manager Jon Robinson last Wednesday during minicamp after being released by the New York Jets earlier this month. Decker played in only three games last season and has undergone surgeries on his hip and shoulder. He has 385 catches for 5,253 yards and 52 touchdowns in his seven seasons in the NFL.
Vince Gill has admitted that joining the surviving members of The Eagles for a series of performances this summer is “bittersweet.” “When Glenn [Frey] passed, that was Don [Henley’s] first response: ‘I can’t see us playing without Glenn,’” Gill tells Rolling Stone Country. “With time, maybe they understood the impact of the legacy of these songs and thought, ‘It would be good for people to continue to hear these songs.’” Gill goes on to explain that, “…the only reason I’m getting this chance is because of the sadness that happened to Glenn.” It was announced earlier this month that Gill will step in for the late musician for the group’s two reunion shows at July festival gigs in New York and Los Angeles. Glenn’s son Deacon has also stepped in for a few shows this summer. (pictured above)
Jana Kramer has given us a little insight into the relationship her and her estranged husband have. She took to Instagram on Father’s Day to pay tribute to Mike Caussin, whom she shares a 1-year-old daughter named Jolie with. Kramer shared a cute photo of Caussin with Jolie on his shoulders and captioned it, “We may not have the perfect fairytale love story but what is perfect between us is our little girl. Happy Father’s day to Jolie’s daddy. There’s one thing we can for sure always agree on… you’re an amazing father and she’s so lucky to have you.” Kramer and Caussin split after the former football player was caught cheating on her.
When money isn’t an issue, sometimes you lose sight of the stuff you pay for but don’t use… It doesn’t seem like that is the case though for Carrie Underwood! She has opened up about how motherhood has impacted her healthy eating habits and the habits of wasting food. “I feel like one of my biggest problems is not making myself eat his food he doesn’t eat,” the mother of 2-year-old Isaiah admits to Buzzfeed. “I hate wasting food and I hate wasting water. If I’m going to put it on my plate, I’m going to eat it all. I make enough just for us and I don’t ever want to waste it. I’ll eat leftovers for a week because I hate wasting food.” The longtime vegetarian also shares that she longs to quit cheese, but can’t seem to be able to. “I want so badly to be vegan, but cheese is definitely an issue,” she concedes. “I’ll have spells where I have no dairy, and I’m good, I’m great, I feel good. But it makes me feel bad, too. I don’t know why I do it, but that’s kind of my kryptonite.”
Gwen Stefani decided Blake Shelton deserved the world and more for his 41st birthday on June 18. According to HollywoodLife, she dropped $30,000 to get Shelton a vintage pocket watch. “He really doesn’t wear jewelry or even watches, so it was hard to come up with something,” says a source. “She decided to get him a pocket watch and she found a beautiful vintage one that’s 200 years old. Blake loves American history, so it’s perfect for him. It cost her something like $30,000, but Gwen thinks it’s worth it.”
Friday night was a HUGE party in Tampa! Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi SOLD OUT the Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheater for his “What The Hell” Tour! During the show Dierks announced that he was going to be shooting his music video for his song “What The Hell Did I Say” that night during the show! And that is exactly what he did. He had men in the crowds with Go Pro’s and he even took to his Instagram to show that someone had brought their maybe 2 week old baby to the show and handed Dierks the baby! LOL He captioned the photo “When you are walking thru the crowd and someone hands you a maybe 2 week old baby. Sooooooo good tonight Tampa. Big deal for me and my guys and girls to sell this place out. Your love of country music was felt all night. See you on the #WhatTheHell video!”
We finally got some of our favorites to represent Country Music in NBC’s Annual “Macy’s 4th of July Firework Spectacular in New York City! Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley are among the acts! The celebration will include the country’s largest firework display in over a decade, with more than 60,000 shells launched from five barges in midtown Manhattan. Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld will also perform at the event, with more acts set to be announced soon. The fireworks will be accompanied by the West Point Band and Glee Club’s musical tribute, “ANTHEM,” featuring, Craig Campbell, Heather Headley, Jamie Barton & the USO Troupe of Metropolitan New York.
Hockey isn’t the most graceful sport out there… so after 17 years and more than 1,000 games played in the NHL your body has to be tired, wouldn’t you thin? Well Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher may be considering retirement. With his two-year contract with the Nashville Predators set to expire on June 30, Fisher is weighing his options and, according to The Tennessean, is considering hanging up his skates. I mean, besides winning the Stanley Cup… Mike has taken his Nashville Predators pretty much as far as you can go in the league! Predators made a historic bid for the Stanley Cup recently, but ultimately fell short to Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Finals. He still hasn’t announced his decision, but he does have a lot of non-hockey factors to consider, including his wife Carrie and their son Isaiah. Fisher tells The Tennessean, “For me, it’s faith, family and then hockey, really. We’ll see where that fits in. I love being part of this group. I had a blast.”
Brad Paisley decided to jump into the movie making biz for just a little bit. Well, sort of. He tells us about his involvement in the movie, which is in theaters today. He says, “This latest installment, I’ve gotten to see the whole thing. And you know, I got to score about five and a half minutes of this movie myself. And so, being able to contribute to something like that and be part of, what I think would be maybe a lot of people’s favorite scene in the movie, is going to be mind-blowing.”