BRAD PAISLEY TO MENTOR ON 'THE VOICE'
Brad Paisley is next up to serve as mentor to Blake Shelton's team on the new season of The Voice. Us Weekly reports the other mentors will be Selena Gomez for Gwen Stefani‘s team, John Fogerty for Adam Levine‘s team, and Missy Elliott for Pharrell Williams‘ team.
A source told the magazine, "Brad was a good friend to Blake, and it was great for Blake to have him there -- especially considering everything Blake is going through."
Previous mentors on Blake's team include Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba and Kelly Clarkson.
The new season of The Voice returns to NBC on September 21st at 8 p.m. ET. Back to top
KENNY CHESNEY WORKS OUT WITH CHIEFS, BREAKS ANOTHER ATTENDANCE RECORD
In advance of his concert on Saturday (August 1st) at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Kenny Chesney visited the Chiefs at training camp on Friday (July 31st). The superstar shared some images at training with the fans on the big screens, prompting an immediate eruption.
Kenny co-headlined Saturday's show with Jason Aldean, where they drew an unprecedented crowd of 57,368, according to officials with the Kansas City Chiefs, breaking the stadium record of 56,132, set by Pink Floyd in June 1994.
Kenny and his band entertained for more than two hours, closing his set with a duet with Jason on "She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy" and a cover of John Mellencamp’s "Hurt So Good." By that time, both were wearing Chiefs jerseys.
Other acts on the bill included Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, and Brantley Gilbert. Back to top
MIRANDA LAMBERT, SHANIA TWAIN SHARE SPECIAL 'GIRLS NIGHT' IN NASHVILLE
Miranda Lambert was among the thousands attending Shania Twain's tour stop in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday (July 31st). Miranda was in the crowd, and was very impressed with what she saw, Instagramming a pic of Shania flying high above the heads of concert-goers writing, "Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #badass… "
After the show, Shania posted a picture of the two singers writing, "Girls night, love seeing you."
Miranda seems to be making the rounds on the social scene in Nashville since splitting with Blake Shelton a few weeks ago. She's been spotted out with friends on various "girls nights out." Back to top
JAKE OWEN PUTS RESTORED JEEP ON CRAIGSLIST
Jake Owen is parting with his beloved 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and he's giving fans the heads up that it could be theirs. The singer's vehicle was posted on Craigslist by a friend of his who wrote, "This Jeep is fully restored and fully functional. It’s been featured on Du Point Registry due to the quality of it’s restoration by Unique Automotive. It has also been in multiple music videos by the owner, Jake Owen." Jake is asking $23,000 for the car.
It's possible that Jake already sold the car. The link now leads to a page that says the posting has been flagged for removal.
Jake will host the 9th annual ACM Honors on September 1st at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This is Jake's second time to host the event, which recognized the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Back to top
LITTLE BIG TOWN MEMBERS GOT TONGUE-TIED WITH DIERKS BENTLEY
This is Little Big Town's third year in a row to host the CMA Music Festival TV special, Country's Night To Rock, airing on ABC on Tuesday (August 4th) night at 8 p.m. ET. Despite their superstar status in country music and having played host before, you'd think this would be old hat, but Kimberly Schlapman tells us that wasn't the case when it came to interviewing one of the format's hottest acts. "Well, Karen and I, we interviewed Dierks and we were sitting back in the dressing room, you know, very casually -- 'This is gonna be easy and fun, and we'll figure it out on the fly,' and then when we got up there my arm pits started sweating and my hands started shaking and I was like, 'Oh, Lord, it's Dierks Bentley! What am I gonna say?' And then I kind of turned into a school girl again, just like we did with Tim McGraw last year (laughs), but we made it . . . I hope. (Phillip) I think you did fine. (Kimberly) Luckily this show has great editors so hopefully we'll be okay."
Catch Dierks and Little Big Town, along with a slew of their friends performing on CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock.
The show was taped in June when the four-day Festival was held in downtown Nashville. Back to top
LUKE BRYAN SHARES NEW MUSIC ON TINDER
Luke Bryan premiered the title track of his new album, Kill the Lights, on Tinder, the world’s most popular social app for meeting new people. Fans can listen to the track through today (Monday, August 3rd).Tinder users nationwide will discover a video message from Luke inviting them to be the first to experience his new track. Simply tap the banners on either the top or bottom of the card to receive an exclusive link. Fans will also have the opportunity to pre-order Kill The Lights, out Friday (August 7th). Tinder users needs to have the latest version of the app installed to catch the video.
Luke said, "Tinder is the hottest social platform for meeting new people. That’s why I thought my title track for Kill The Lights would be perfect to premiere exclusively on the app before it comes out . . . I’m happily married and not on Tinder but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song – and if they’re not on Tinder, now’s the chance."
Luke’s "Kill The Lights" track will also become available on iTunes on Tuesday (August 4th) when pre-ordering the album. Back to top
LYNN ANDERSON'S FUNERAL TO BE HELD IN NASHVILLE ON WEDNESDAY
The funeral for Lynn Anderson will take place on Wednesday (August 5th) in Nashville at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home (660 Thompson Lane). Services will begin at 11 a.m.
Anderson died on Thursday (July 30th) night of a heart attack in Nashville at the age of 67. She is best known for her 1970 hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden."
After news of Anderson's death was released, several country stars reacted to the news on social media. Martina McBride tweeted, "Just heard the sad news about Lynn Anderson. I was lucky enough to sing with her once on the @Opry. RIP Lynn....."
Dolly Parton told The Tennessean that Anderson was "blooming on God's 'Rose Garden' now. We will miss her and remember her fondly."
Tim McGraw posted a video of himself warming up before a concert to her signature hit.
Throughout her 40-year career, Anderson earned two Academy of Country Music Awards, one Grammy Award, one American Music Award, one Billboard Award and one People's Choice Award, to name a few.
Anderson is survived by her father Casey Anderson; her longtime partner Mentor Williams; three children; and four grandchildren. Back to top
STEVEN TYLER TO PERFORM PRE-RACE CONCERT AT BRISTOL SPEEDWAY
Steven Tyler and Nashville-based band Loving Mary are headed to Bristol Motor Speedway for the August 22nd IRWIN Tools Night Race in Bristol, Tennessee. Steven will treat race fans to a live performance of his debut country single, "Love Is Your Name," as well as some Aerosmith favorites. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit BristolTix.com or call (855) 580-5525.
Steven is still working on his debut solo Country album, which he hopes to release sometime this fall. Originally, Steven had a completely different Country project in mind when he met the head of his current record label, Scott Borchetta. Steven tells us: "I met Scott Borchetta for the first time at a Carole King benefit for MusiCares, and we had just come off stage and I was sitting at the table and he came up to me so graciously and introduced himself and told me that he had a label and was down in Nashville, which spurred me telling him I was thinking of doing a solo project in the future, and if I ever did one, I would love to do Everly Brothers cover album. He said, ‘If you ever come down my way, look me up.’ And so, time went on and I went and met him again doing the CMAs, and the rest is history."
Steven's single, "Love Is Your Name," has even received an endorsement from a Country legend. Loretta Lynn wrote on her Facebook page, "Tyler can sing the fire out of anything he wants." Back to top
TOBY KEITH HONORS MILITARY DURING ATLANTA SHOW
Toby Keith once again showed his support for the U.S. military with a special tribute at his concert in Atlanta on Thursday (July 30th).
The patrotic singer brought members of the various branches of the military on stage at Aaron's Amphitheatre to sing "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue," which he dedicated to those killed in the Chattanooga shooting last month. He was also joined by the mother of Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, a Marine from the area who died in the shooting.
Toby may not always agree with the reasons troops are sent to war, but told us he will fervently defend America's military whenever possible, something he told us will never change. "I'm there in complete support of the troops, and I don't care where they send 'em in the world -- those are my guys. I'm not a political guy. I've never been one. I get roped into that because of my stance, but my stance is pro-troops wherever they are in the world. I'm gonna be there playing for my guys and girls, and I've got a real special relationship with their families. I talk the talk, but I walk the walk."
Toby will release a new album called 35mph Town on October 9th. Back to Top