ABC/Image Group LA After teasing his “What Makes You Country” video on his socials for several days, Luke Bryan revealed the finished product Thursday during a YouTube premiere party complete with a group chat with his fans.
The music video was filmed last month at Luke’s farm south of Nashville and features his sons Bo and Tate, his nephew Til, and a few of their close friends. The video starts with Luke sharing some paternal moments around the campfire with the boys, before they demonstrate exactly what makes them country.
Luke’s currently filming the middle rounds of the next season of American Idol with Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. It’s set to premiere Sunday, March 3 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is the most-played female artist on country radio for the second year in a row, according to Mediabase.
This year, most of the airplay came from her first solo #1, “I Could Use a Love Song,” which reached the top in January, and “Rich,” which peaked at #2 in November.
2018 also brought Maren considerable airplay on pop radio with “The Middle,” her collaboration with Zedd and Grey.
The Texas native will close out the year performing at Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans, ahead of the Sugar Bowl. It’ll air live December 31 as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC.
The lead single from Maren’s sophomore album is also expected to arrive any day.
ABC/Image Group LAYou can check out Brad Paisley’s new Rodeo Version of the video for his new single, “Bucked Off,” on YouTube now.
Appropriately, the new clip premiered in Las Vegas during Wrangler National Finals Rodeo week, during the annual Bucking Ball at The Tropicana. The treatment collects many years’ worth of footage of members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association getting -- you guessed it -- bucked off.
Brad recently recorded a more metaphorical interpretation of the song at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville. Stay tuned for the premiere of that music video.
ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton and Keith Urban will both be ringing in 2019 on TV this December 31.
As previously announced, Keithwill join the NBC's New Year's Eve telecast live from Nashville, where he'll be performing at the annual Music City Midnight New Year's Eve event.
Blake's pal and fellow Voice coach Kelly Clarkson is set to sing as well, along with Diana Ross and John Legend. Carson Daly will host the show live, along with John's wife Chrissy Teigen and comedian Leslie Jones.
NBC's New Year's Eve airs December 31 from 10 p.m. ET/PT to 11pm ET/PT. After a break for local news, the show returns from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Comstock/ThinkstockSixty-one years ago this month, this yuletide staple peaked at #13 on what was then called Billboard's "Most Played Country & Western by Jockeys" chart. Can you name the Christmas classic by Bobby Helms? ANSWER: "Jingle Bell Rock."
ABC/Image Group LAThe night before the Sugar Bowl, Florida Georgia Line plans to play an unforgettable set as part of the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans.
"The energy's gonna be epic," Tyler Hubbard tells ABC Radio. "New Orleans is already an amazing place. But bring the Sugar Bowl to the city and team up with Allstate, and throw a little country music in the mix, and it's just gonna be a huge party, man."
Maren Morris is set to perform as well, and even if you can't make it to the Crescent City, you can watch both Maren and FGL on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on ABC.
"It's something that we always get excited for," Tyler reflects, having played the December 31 event multiple times. "It's always an honor to be asked to be a part of such a special night... just a cool moment for us and a cool moment for the fans, and the fact that everybody can tune in and watch it live just adds a new element of excitement and energy."
Since Tyler and Brian Kelley didn't put on a major tour this year, Tyler admits they're more pumped than ever to hit the stage.
"You know, it's something we've been looking forward to for awhile," he explains. "You know, a lot of times by the end of the year, you know a lot of artists have been touring all year and are slightly burned out, you know, and exhausted. And that's not us this year."
"You know, we're energized. We're ready to rock, and yeah, we oughta be bringing the party to New Orleans for sure," he adds.
You can tune in to watch for FGL Tuesday, December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge and Mason Ramsey are set to appear on NBC’s Today on Thursday, which starts at 7 a.m.
Tune in to see a new profile of Reba McEntire as she accepts the Kennedy Center Honor, Thursday on CBS This Morning starting at 7 a.m.
Ashley Monroe has recorded her cover of the Amy Grant classic, “Tennessee Christmas,” with Amy’s husband, Vince Gill, singing backup. It’s available to stream or download now, or you can check out the audio-only version on YouTube.
ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley pitches in to help his pal William Shatner on his new holiday record, Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album.
Even though the Star Trek icon and the "Bucked Off" hitmaker weren't in the studio at the same time, they made it a point to hang out.
"We got together, but not to record it," Brad says of the track. "He gave it to me and told me what it was. It's 'Blue Christmas.' And he does his thing. And I sing and play on it."
"And he does the..." Brad pauses as he imitates his friend, "'I'll... have... a... blue... Christmas,' which is -- Actually, Elvis must've been doing Shatner when he sang that, because he sings it the same way, doesn't he? A lot of pauses. A lot of dramatic pauses," he laughs.
In fact, Brad was so inspired by the experience he's itching to work on another tune.
"I told him, I said, 'What we need to write is' -- you know, him being Jewish -- 'is "Oy to the World",' Brad jokes.
You can stream or download the Paisley/Shatner duet of "Blue Christmas" from Shatner Claus: The Christmas Album now.
For Brad's yuletide offering, you'll have to go all the way back to 2006 for Brad Paisley Christmas. The West Virginia native performed both "Away in a Manger" and "Born on Christmas Day" on this year's CMA Country Christmas special.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson will be able to cross one more item off his bucket list before 2018 ends. This year, the Missouri native became, at 31, the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry when he was inducted by Garth Brooks in March.
That night, Chris also talked about how he looks forward to the day he can host a segment of the world’s longest-running radio show. That’ll happen for the first time Friday night at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
"I’m looking forward to it," he shared on Instagram. "Honored is a understatement."
Chris Young, Jeannie Seely, Sawyer Brown, John Conlee and many more will be part of the Friday night Opry as well.
Chris Janson is also set to return to play the iconic show again on Saturday, December 22.
ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry will once again be gracing your TV screens in 2019, as American Idol returns for its second season on ABC.
The show, once again hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will return Sunday, March 3, with a two-hour season premiere airing from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET -- but we already know one contestant who made it to Hollywood.
During the CMA Awards last month, three contestants who auditioned but didn't get a golden ticket were given another chance to sing. Viewers voted for one of those three, Meghan Woods, to advance to the Hollywood Round.
Last year, just under 12 million viewers tuned into the March 11 premiere of the show's debut on ABC. The finale, which saw Maddie Poppe crowned the winner of the competition, drew just under 10 million viewers.
ABC/Image Group LAJust how good is Justin Moore on the links? You can find out Thursday morning when he makes a special appearance on the Golf Channel.
Tune in Thursday at 10:30 A.M. ET to The Morning Drive to see Justin demonstrate his best swing and then work on it using analytic sports technology at GolfTec in Franklin, Tennessee.
Meanwhile, the Arkansas native’s latest single, “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home,” is currently climbing the country chart. It’s the first taste of new music from Justin since 2016’s Kinda Don’t Care. Look for his new album sometime in 2019.
ABC/Image Group LAEntertainment Weekly and the Country Music Association are in agreement: Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour is the best album of 2018.
First, the Texan took home the coveted Album of the Year trophy at last month’s CMA Awards, and now, EW ranks it #1 on its list of “The Year’s Best Albums” in its current issue.
“Musgraves remains tethered to her country roots while roping in a world of new sounds for one of 2018’s most eminently repeatable releases,” EW writes, adding, “This is an Hour you don’t want to end.”
Golden Hour is nominated for both the all-genre Album of the Year at next month’s Grammys, as well as Best Country Album. Its tracks “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy” are also vying for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, respectively.
Kacey’s album isn’t the only country record on EW’s list: Pistol Annies’ Interstate Gospel comes in at #6 on the all-genre ranking, while Eric Church’s Desperate Man is #8.
ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton’s been busy making a slew of media appearances to promote her new soundtrack for the film Dumplin’, but at the same time, she’s been mourning the passing of her younger brother, Floyd Parton.
The 61-year-old died last Thursday, and late Tuesday, Dolly commented for the first time on Twitter, posting a statement from her family.
“[Monday], we laid our sweet baby brother to rest,” it reads. “We all sang his lovely song, ‘Rockin’ Years,' together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life full of love and beautiful songs.”
Floyd wrote “Rockin’ Years,” Dolly’s 1991 duet with Ricky Shelton, which also happens to be her most recent #1 single.
Donations in Floyd’s honor can be made to the My People Senior Activity Center in the Partons’ hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Dolly dedicated the re-named facility earlier this year.
Dick Clark ProductionsThe list of country stars who’ll be rockin’ in the New Year on ABC is growing. Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line join this year’s edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, performing live from New Orleans.
They’ll be playing at the Allstate Fan Fest, which happens in advance of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans the next day. Actress Lucy Hale is set to host the New Year's Rockin' Eve festivities in the Central Time Zone.
Meanwhile, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, and Lauren Alaina are already on board as part of the West Coast celebration. Actress and singer Ciara will host the Hollywood party.
As usual, Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will host live from New York City’s Times Square, and count down to midnight as the ball drops. You can tune in to watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019 starting at 8 p.m ET December 31 on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LAOn Tuesday night, Florida Georgia Line wrapped their Live from Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, on the same day they announced their new album, Can't Say I Ain't Country, is coming February 15.
"It's been an awesome week," Tyler Hubbard says of their Sin City stint. "The weather's been amazing. The fans have been awesome. A lot of great shows and a lot of good times."
"Yeah, it went great!" he adds.
In fact, the Vegas audiences got a special preview of the new record.
"We've started playing one new song on the album that's just a good party song called 'Swerve' that we wanted to go ahead and incorporate in the set," Tyler tells ABC Radio. "So we've given the fans a little taste of album four. And it's gone over great. They seem to be loving it, and yeah, we're excited."
For the rest of us, it'll be a couple more months before we get to hear the follow-up to 2016's Dig Your Roots.
"We're definitely anxious and really, really excited," Tyler admits. "You know, the fans have been asking for new music for a long time, and you know, we've been working on this stuff for over a year now."
"So we've kinda experienced the joys and the highs of new music and what it feels like and all that," he continues. "And I think we're just ready for the world to have the same feeling. So we're really pumped about February."
In January, we'll find out if FGL can take home their first Grammy. Tyler and Brian Kelley are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Meant to Be" with Best New Artist contender Bebe Rexha.
Martina McBride's husband John had never eaten a tomato or had iced tea when they met. That was one of the revelations from her Tuesday appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, where she also demonstrated a recipe from her cookbook, Martina's Kitchen Mix.
ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan’s sons, 10-year-old Bo and 8-year-old Tate, are his co-stars in his new video for “What Makes You Country,” which premieres later this week.
The American Idol judge teased the music video on his socials, sharing a short clip set around a campfire where the boys ask if they can go play a game of Spotlight.
Luke also shared some exclusive stills from the shoot with Entertainment Tonight -- they show him sitting on the porch of a rustic cabin, throwing a stick with his dog Choc. In the photos, the boys also ride ATVs and slide in the mud.
The video for “What Makes You Country” -- which is already a top twenty hit -- is set to arrive on Thursday.