ABC/Image Group LA Cole Swindell is now officially in the business of selling 'shine.
The Georgia native’s signature brand of 100 proof Peppermint Moonshine is now available from Sugarlands Distilling in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Swindell’s spirit comes in a Mason jar, complete with Cole’s likeness and autograph on the label.
“You ready for some MOONSHINE?” he asked on his socials. “Cole’s Sugarlands Shine is now available… and trust us, you need some! Please remember to sip wisely…” he added.
If you’re 21 or over, you can go to Sugarlands.com to order the 'shine online, find out where it’s available near you, and check out recipes that feature Cole’s new product.
ABC Radio"Up Down" hitmaker Morgan Wallen will kick off his 2019 headlining tour January 5 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Morgan made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at the #1 party for his breakthrough hit at Nashville's Thompson Hotel.
Taking its name from his debut album, the If I Know Me Tour will hit 26 cities, including a hometown stop for Morgan in Knoxville, Tennessee. The trek wraps March 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"Up Down" co-writer Hardy will open the dates.
Pre-sales start next Tuesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday, October 26.
ABC/Image Group LA Luke Bryan ranks #3 on Billboard’s latest rundown of Hot Tours, lagging behind only pop superstars Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.
The latest Billboard Boxscore reports add $31.1 million to Luke’s tally, courtesy of 23 new shows on the What Makes You Country Tour. In all, Luke’s made $65.5 million since the trek started in February in Springfield, Missouri.
Comparatively, that bests Luke’s $41.6 million from last year’s Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day dates.
Two concerts still remain on the What Makes You Country run: Thursday, October 25 in Rochester, New York and the next day at Ford Field in Detroit.
ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like Garth Brooks' recently completed world tour just wasn't enough for the six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year: He's hitting the road again.
At a Nashville press conference Wednesday, Garth announced that he'll be putting five shows on sale before Christmas, and the tour will kick off in the spring of next year in St. Louis, MO. He'll also perform at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, and seemed to hint at possible shows in Texas and Boston, but those details will come later.
Garth plans do to around 10 stadium shows a year for three years, and says he's "excited, scared and nervous." He is also challenging "one person on the planet to come to all 30 shows."
Garth's October 20 show at Notre Dame Stadium will be the "blueprint" for these upcoming shows. He describes that Notre Dame Stadium show as "a big step up for me."
In addition, as part of the tour, Garth announced that he'll be playing at colleges as part of a series of shows called "Music 101," where he'll play other people's songs.
Allister AnnKenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett are joining Jason Aldean as the headliners of next year’s Tortuga Music Festival. This will be Kenny’s fourth time playing the Florida gathering in its seven-year history.
Kane Brown, Dustin Lynch, Maren Morris, Chris Janson, Morgan Evans, Midland, Carly Pearce, Michael Ray, Maddie & Tae, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lindsay Ell and more will take the stage in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park during the April 12, 13, and 14 musical extravaganza.
Non-country performers like Sheryl Crow, Flo Rida, Joan Jettand the Blackhearts, and Elle King are set to play as well.
Comstock/ThinkstockThis legendary singing cowboy is the only person who's been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum twice: first as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers, and then as an individual. Can you name him? ANSWER: Roy Rogers.
Mark TuckerGarth Brooks will star in a new CBS primetime TV special on Sunday, December 2.
Called Garth: Live at Notre Dame!, the special will document the superstar's October 20 concert at Notre Dame Stadium at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. It's the first live concert ever held at the stadium.
“After the [stadium's] sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this,” said Garth in a statement. "Then, CBS calls and in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything.”
A CBS executive added in a statement, "Garth Brooks. Notre Dame. Two icons. One night. It will be a television event to remember.”
The special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Stay tuned for more announcements coming from Garth later today.
Monty Brinton/CBS CBS is hoping you’ll make a date with Faith Hill after next year’s Super Bowl.
Faith’s new talent competition show, The World’s Best, is set to premiere on Sunday, February 3 at approximately 10 p.m. ET after Super Bowl 53.
Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, and The Late Late Show’s James Corden join Faith on the judging panel. Corden is one of the program’s producers, along with Survivor’s Mark Burnett.
The World’s Best will attempt to put a new spin on the increasingly-crowded talent show genre by bringing acts from all over the globe to compete in front a 50-person “wall of the world,” in addition to its American judges.
Mercury NashvilleCarrie Underwood won't hit the road on the Cry Pretty 360 Tour with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June until May, but we'll get a preview Wednesday night, as all three perform together on the 2018 CMTArtists of the Year special.
Tae Dye says we can expect "lots of harmonies" in a "fun medley." "I definitely am very intimidated," she admits.
Maddie Marlow feels much the same, even getting a little starstruck around the "Love Wins" hitmaker.
"It still hasn't really like sunk in..." Maddie explains. "I still get kind of germy trying to control it around her. 'Cause we've watched her since she was on American Idol... And I'm still just like, 'Okay, play it cool!' Like, 'You're a professional!'"
Tae has even been second-guessing her wardrobe choice.
"I picked a dress. And I'm like, 'Why did I pick a short dress? Because I'm going to be standing next to Carrie Underwood and her legs!' Why did I do that to myself?" Tae asks.
"I went jumpsuit," Maddie adds. "I'm like, 'I am not exposing my legs...'"
"Yeah, I'm just going to stand on the very opposite end," Tae concludes.
Maddie's thinking a gift may be in order for the duo's upcoming tour mate.
"I want to bring her like a little goodie basket," Maddie says, "because she's maybe... six or seven months pregnant. She needs like some really comfy slippers, maybe some bath bombs."
Tae suggests a heating pad and doughnuts, before the two remember Carrie is vegan.
"Maybe we can get like a vegan cupcake or something," Maddie decides. "I bet she would really appreciate that," she adds as the two laughs.
You can tune in to see Maddie & Tae's performance with Carrie and Runaway June starting at 8 p.m. ET tonight on CMT.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line will tour Australia in March with Thomas Rhett and Morgan Wallen. Tickets go on sale next Monday.
Dolly Parton is nominated for Original Song -- Feature Film for the track "Girl in the Movies" from Dumplin' at the upcoming Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The November 14 ceremony is seen as a predictor of which works will be up for other honors in the subsequent months.
Canadian singer/songwriter Aaron Goodvin is the newest artist signed to Reviver Records. He's previously had cuts by Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi. Look for his sophomore album in early 2019.
If you missed Old Dominion's TV debut of their new single, "Make It Sweet," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can watch their performance online.
EMI NashvilleEric Church debuts at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart this week, after Desperate Man sold 116,000 units in its first seven days of release. That’s enough for Eric’s sixth studio album to also bow at #5 on the all-genre Billboard200.
Eric’s previous record, 2015’s Mr. Misunderstood, debuted at #3 on the country album chart, selling 76,000 copies after its surprise release during that year’s CMA Awards.
Previously, 2014’s The Outsiders and 2011’s Chief both debuted at #1 on the country tally.
This week, Desperate Man’s title track continues its climb in country’s top fifteen.
Food NetworkMartina McBride not only has a new Christmas album and a new cookbook coming this month -- she also has a new cooking show premiering on Food Network.
The first episode of Martina’s Table is set to air Sunday, November 18 at 12 p.m. ET.
"I've always had a passion for cooking and love to cook for my friends and family," Martina says. "Having a show on Food Network is a dream come true. We've filmed the first season and it's been so fun and exciting to be able to share some of my favorite recipes and stories."
During the first few episodes, you’ll see Martina make a full Thanksgiving menu, prepare a Mexican-themed birthday celebration, and plan a holiday brunch for famous friends like Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman.
Martina’s second cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life, arrives October 30, just a couple weeks after her new Christmas album, It’s the Holiday Season, which comes out this Friday.
ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell will be ringing in 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida this New Year’s Eve, as he plays a post-game concert after the Gator Bowl.
The 74th annual game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on December 31 at TIAA Bank Field, with a team from the Southeastern Conference taking on a rival from the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big Ten, or Notre Dame. You’ll be able to watch the game on ESPN.
Immediately afterwards, a stage on which Cole will play will be built on the field. Fireworks will follow his performance at midnight. Tickets to the game include both the show and the New Year’s Eve festivities.
CMTDierks Bentley, Martina McBride and Sheryl Crow will pay tribute to Loretta Lynn Wednesday night, as CMT honors the country legend as their Artist of a Lifetime.
Keith Urban, Smokey Robinson, Elle King, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood are also set to present at CMT’s annual Artists of the Year gala, along with Sissy Spacek, who’ll help honor Loretta. Trisha Yearwood will also supply a special introduction.
This is the first year CMT’s ever chosen an all-female roster of Artist of the Year honorees, and all the ladies are set to perform. Carrie Underwood will take the stage with her upcoming tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, while Miranda Lambert will sing with Pistol Annies.
Kelsea Ballerini will team up with Alison Krauss, as Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman perform with R&B legend Gladys Knight. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott plans a special performance with singer/songwriter Tori Kelly and gospel music’s Kirk Franklin, while Maren Morris will remember Aretha Franklin with Americana favorite Brandi Carlisle.
You can tune in to hear all the music live from Nashville starting at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.
Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty-eight years ago this week, this Country Music Hall of Famer made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Can you name the legend who'll be honored as CMT's Artist of a Lifetime on Wednesday? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn.
ZondervanRascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus is writing his memoirs, with his first book due in the spring of 2019.
Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakable Hope will be distributed by Christian publisher Zondervan.
“I’m really looking forward to sharing a pretty personal look at my path so far, as that isn’t something I’ve done yet,” Jay says. “In Shotgun Angels, readers will hear never-before-told stories and get a glimpse into what it was like for me coming from Columbus, Ohio and my journey to Nashville.”
“My ultimate goal,” he adds, “is that the book will encourage people that no matter where they are in their lives, they can find hope, comfort and strength in their faith.”
Shotgun Angels is set to come out on April 30, 2019. Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts' new single, “Back to Life,” is currently making its way up the country chart.
ABC/Randy HolmesFor most of their careers, Dan Shay have had fairly similar, short haircuts. But that all started to change several months ago, when Dan Smyers decided to grow his out.
"Honesty, I'd never had curly hair as a kid," Dan explains. "I don't know what happened. My mom has curly hair, so maybe that's where it came from. And I've always had it short, so I never really found that out."
"But it's been crazy," he says of the newfound attention he's been getting for his 'do. "And I've come this far... it's like, 'Do I cut it now? It took awhile to get here.' So it's funny, and it's a good conversation piece. You know, something a little bit different."
As for the Mrs.? Well, it turns out she's a fan.
"Abby honestly likes it. She loves it," Dan says. "I mean, people always ask, cause they're like 'You probably don't like the hair, do you?' She's like, 'I actually do.'"
"I couldn't afford a haircut whenever we first met," Dan recalls. "Seriously, I would wear this Boston Red Sox hat... But I had sort of long hair and I think it reminds her of when we met, when I was much younger and much more handsome I guess," he smiles.
Just as Dan's been growing his hair out, the duo's been experiencing the biggest hit of their career so far with "Tequila." Shay Mooney jokes that just like Sampson in the Old Testament, Dan's strength might come from his hair.
"It's good luck... because this has been a good year." Shay says. "So it might be like Sampson. His power is in the hair. So if you cut it and things start going bad, like it's coming back," he jokes. "It's coming back for sure."