I love Friday surprises like this … found out Midland was coming in at 11:30a at about 9:45a!
Mark, Jess & Cam are opening for Little Big Town tonight – we talked about that, oysters for Valentine’s Day, how Garth Brooks’ words for them meant so much last year, what they want to try overseas next month at the #C2C Festival & so much more >>>>>
The “Better Man” group called me this morning, they’re so excited about their residency at The Ryman! Listen as we talk about that, along with their tour bus fast food weakness, which Chicago deep dish pizza they prefer & 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 (!!!!!).
** 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 Stapletonwill 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!
** Toby Keith is trending today as he was just honored by international affairs think tank Atlantic Council with its “Distinguished Leadership Award,” which recognized him for his “remarkable musical contributions and support for US troops around the world.”
Toby also performed “American Soldier” at the event!
** Miranda Lambert is trending today as she’s bringing back her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour for another round this fall, this time with RaeLynn, Chicago’s own Ashley Monroe, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole.
Of the dates announced so far, closest they’ll come to us is LaCrosse, WI and downstate in Moline.
** Little Big Town is trending today as they announce they’re headed into the studio very soon to record their first full-length Christmas album! We don’t have any solid track details yet, but Karen told us they’re hoping for a mix of classics and favorites.
** Lee Brice is trending today as he’s set to perform on The Voice tonight on NBC. He’ll sing “Drinking Class,” no word yet on whether Blake will join Lee on stage.
** Zac Brown Band is trending today as their new album Jekyl & Hyde is now on sale, available everywhere.
** Tyler Farr is also trending today on the release of his new project Suffer In Peace. Even better, he called me this morning to chat about that, plus life on the farm on a John Deere and much more … great laughs HERE (click)!
** Finally, Little Big Town is trending today after having the best single week of sales for a country song this year!
Not only was “Girl Crush” the most Shazam’ed moment of the ACMs in Dallas, but in the week before and after the show, it sold more than 97,000 copies! Awesome.
** Jennifer Nettles is trending today as she’s been tapped by Oprah to sing the new anthem for Oprah’s OWN TV network. It’s actually a duet between two Jennifers … J Nettles & Jennifer Hudson. More details HERE (click).
** Speaking of our website, Jason Aldean is trending today after his surprise weekend wedding in Mexico to his fiance Brittany.
And NOW, we’ve got the photos now! Not only of the ceremony but of the beach reception afterwards and a poolside party too. See them HERE (click).
** Eric Church is trending today as he’s been named as a 2015 inductee into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Having grown up in Granite Falls, NC, he’ll be honored Oct. 15 at a special ceremony in Kannapolis.
** Little Big Town is trending today as they’re set to perform their new hit “Girl Crush” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC … don’t forget to set your DVRs!
** Jason Aldean is trending today as we learn he’s set to team up with Bob Seger for the next installment of CMT Crossroads, where the stars perform each other’s songs. The show will tape next week and air before Christmas. It’s the 2nd time Jason’s been on that stage, as he paired with Bryan Adams back in 2010.
** Along with Jason, Tyler Farr & Cole Swindell are also trending today as they’re set to join him on tour next summer! That’s your teaser for the day.
** Little Big Town is trending today as they were officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opy on Friday night, with Vince Gill & Little Jimmy Dickens doing the honors. Beforehand, they were surprised by 4 bottles of champagne & flowers sent over by Carrie Underwood.
Their new album Painkiller goes on sale tomrorow!
** And Eric Church is trending today after doing a sell-out show at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. It’d taken him so many years to get there [as the headliner] that he played 24 minutes overtime and was more than happy to pay the union fines!
You might remember that he was kicked off the Rascal Flatts tour a few years back for doing the same thing, night after night!