Kane Brown does what when he walks into a bar and sees the jukebox? What’s the ONE thing his fiance is letting him plan for their wedding? This and so much more in our backstage conversation from #US99WindyCitySmokeout Sunday afternoon >>>>
Tyler from Florida Georgia Line called Drew from his back porch in Nashville to catch up on all things Chicago, ACMs. Old Camp Whiskey, LakeShake, fatherhood, the collaboration they’re still aiming for (WOW!) and so much more >>>>
As we count down to the show Sunday night (live from Vegas on CBS-2), the folks at the ACMs keep giving us better news!
Just now, we found out that Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Old Dominion and Charles Kelley (from Lady Antebellum) are now all scheduled to perform on stage … Awe. Some.
They join previously-announced superstars who’ll sing —–> Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, Florida Georgia Line and more (!!!!!).
Who are you most looking forward to seeing?
** Eli Young Band is trending today as they’re in town to do a private, acoustic show for you in North Riverside at Miller’s Ale House (7515 W Cermak Ave, just west of Harlem Ave)!
How to win your final passes in the door? Join me from 4-6p for the last 16 pairs. I’ll draw a name every 7 minutes, then you see the guys tonight!
** Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt are all trending today as they’ll be honored tonight as the top country artists of the year during the “CMT Artists of the Year” special, live from Nashville on CMT at 7p.
Chris Stapleton will also receive the “2015 CMT Artists of the Year Breakout” award and perform live, with country music legend Kenny Rogers receiving the ultimate honor – the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award.
** The Band Perry is trending today as you’ll see them perform on NBC tonight at 7p, as part of the 83rd Annual Tree Lighting at Christmas in Rockefeller Center special.
** Luke Bryan is also trending today as he’s been added to the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve party with Ryan Seacrest on ABC this year. Hosted by Carrie Underwood, Luke is set to perform a few of his hits!
** So many stars trending today after their CMA wins last night:
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
New Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Album of the Year: Traveller, Chris Stapleton
Song of the Year: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose – “Girl Crush”
Single of the Year: Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
Best Music Video: Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
Musical Event of the Year: Keith Urban feat. Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
** Kellie Pickler is trending today as her new reality show “I Love Kellie Pickler” [with her husband Kyle] premieres tonight at 9p on CMT!
** Eric Church is trending today after releasing a full album (!) yesterday … and no one knew about it, not even folks at his label!
“Mr. MisUnderstood” features 10 songs and you can hear the title track on US99.5 all day!
** David Nail is trending today after he and his wife Catherine had a surprise on the CMA Red Carpet last night ::: her baby bump! David told us they’re expecting twins “in less than four weeks,” sooooo excited for them!
** Cam is trending today after giving us the title and release date of her debut album. Called “Untamed” and featuring 11 songs that she wrote or co-wrote, you’ll be able to buy it December 11th!
** Josh Turner and Kacey Musgraves are both trending today as they’ve been added as performers at the 9th Annual ACM Honors, coming up September 1st at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The program will be hosted by Jake Owen, get full details HERE (click).
** Cole Swindell is trending today after announcing his 2nd annual Down Home Tour! Kicking off November 11th in New York City, the tour is part of Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour and Cole is the inaugural artist to launch the country edition of the series. He’ll hit 16 cities including Joe’s on Dec 2nd. Tickets are on sale Friday at 10a HERE (click).
** Jennifer Nettles is trending today as she has just signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group for her solo work. BMLG is also the home of Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride and Florida Georgia Line, among many more!
** Luke Bryan is trending today as he announced his 7th annual Farm Tour earlier this week, bringing along Chris Janson and Sam Hunt this time around! The tour will hit 8 cities, kicking off 9/30 in Fort Wayne, IN (that’s the closest that tour will come to us). Good thing we’ll see Luke and Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch for two nights in October at the United Center!
** The Judds are trending today as they will reunite for a nine-show residency in October at The Venetian in Las Vegas! The Girls Night Out show starts October 7th and runs through the 24th.
Would you freak out if Kellie Pickler rang your doorbell, and then Florida Georgia Line walked down your sidewalk? That’s exactly what happened to these 5 fans on Episode 1 of Fox’s new hit show “Knock Knock Live!” (hosted by Ryan Seacrest).
Tyler & Brian surprised these five fans with tickets to join them in November, for an FGL cruise from Miami to the Bahamas!
The reactions are priceless, enjoy HERE (click)!
** Brad Paisley is trending today as we just learned he’ll open for The Rolling Stones at their LP Field show in Nashville June 17th! Lisa & Ray will ask him about that, when he checks in with them tomorrow morning after 7 …
**Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan are all trending today as they’re the first performers announced for the 2015 CMT Music Awards, airing live from Nashville on June 10th.
** Trisha Yearwood is trending today as her exhibit TY: The Song Remembers When will open July 3rd and run through December at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The exhibit chronicles her life, her career and achievements, including her time as a Museum tour guide (!).
More details HERE.
** Reba is trending today as she’s the face of Big Machine’s 4th annual Outnumber Hunger campaign this year.
It’ll kick off ACMs weekend with her Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger concert, featuring Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie & Tae.
The show will be televised on CMT on the 18th, with her & other artists’ faces on more than 60 million General Mills packages including Cheerios, Yoplait and Nature Valley.
** Brett Eldredge is trending today as he’s the first star covered in My Country Nation’s 46 Hours video series. The episodes are 5 minues a piece, and they’ll follow stars for just under 2 days during their important career moments. Brett’s first installment is online HERE (click).
** Zac Brown Band is trending today as the guys are now record setters!
In adding a third Fenway Park show in Boston for August, they are the first artists ever to play a three-night stand at that historic ballpark.
** Speaking of ballparks, Luke Bryan is trending today after taking batting practice with the Chicago White Sox earlier today in Phoenix. No surprise, it looks gorgeous there.
Check out the quick video HERE (click).