Country Music

Nashville notes: New tracks from Kameron Marlowe, Payton Smith + Eli Winders

Kameron Marlowe has rolled out a romantic tune, "Quit You." Of the new heartfelt ode, Kameron says, "This is my follow up to [2019's] 'Giving You Up.' The first line, 'at 20 years old I kicked those cigarettes, the same year me and whiskey took a break' is the hook of 'Giving You Up,' but rewritten to modern day of how I got where I am today."

Up-and-comer Payton Smith's new song, "Wouldn't Put It Past Me," is out. Serving as the first of several upcoming releases, Payton teases, "Oh and there’s more where that came from coming soon." While you wait, check out "Wouldn't Put It Past Me" wherever you listen to music.

Newcomer Eli Winders's "Two Wheel Drive Cowboy" has arrived. Of his new feel-good tune, Eli shares, "'Two Wheel Drive Cowboy' is a change of pace from the songs we've been putting out. It’s really upbeat, fun, and a step in the direction I want to take my music sonically. It’s one of my favorite songs I co-wrote in 2023 and I’m so excited to play it on the road this year.

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Blake Shelton's celebrating local honky-tonks

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Looking for a little preshow fun before heading to Blake Shelton's Back To The Honky Tonk Tour? Blake's got you covered.

The "God's Country" singer and his team are teaming up with select bars in various cities to celebrate local honky-tonks and country music.

"In honor of the #BackToTheHonkyTonk Tour presented by Kubota, we’re celebrating neighborhood Honky Tonks in select cities along the road.. There’s something special about the spot where you can dance to your favorite country music, and drink a beer with your people before heading to the show," Blake's team shares on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"From ticket giveaways to drink specials, be sure to stay tuned to their socials and join in on the pre-tour fun!" they add.

Among the bars listed in the promo video are Ranchman's in Calgary, Alberta; Sagebrush in Austin, Texas; and Steel Creek in Tacoma, Washington. 

For the full Back To The Honky Tonk Tour schedule, head to blakeshelton.com.

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Dierks Bentley covers "American Girl" from upcoming Tom Petty country tribute album

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An upcoming Tom Petty tribute album, Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty, has been announced and its first preview is out. 

While the track list and artists featured haven't been revealed, fans are getting a peek at the project with Dierks Bentley's banjo-driven spin on "American Girl."

Of his decision to cover it, Dierks shares, "Petty’s southern roots shined through across his songwriting and storytelling. He might not have ever been considered as Country but you can’t go into a bar in Nashville without hearing this song. It is one of the greatest songs in a life’s work of great American songs."

"The spirit of this woman, the idea of such relentless hope – and disappointment – ignites such a spark. Jon Randall and I were driven to make that feeling of American roots stand tall," he says of the rendition.

"American Girl" originally arrived in 1977 on the band's self-titled debut album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Petty Country: A Country Music Celebration of Tom Petty will be released by Big Machine Records and the Tom Petty Estate. While you wait for the album, check out Dierks' "American Girl" on country radio and wherever you listen to music.

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Get your dose of "Good News" from Jordan Davis

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Jordan Davis has rolled out a hopeful new track, "Good News Sold."

Penned by Cole Taylor, Jordan Rowe and Jordan's brother Jacob Davis, the song finds Jordan reflecting on the state of today's news and his hope for more positivity.

"If good news sold, the world wouldn't seem so bad/ If good news sold, we'd be buyin' everything they had/ And we'd all sleep a little bit better at night/ All be a little less left and right/ And turning the TV on and checking your phone wouldn't ever get old/ If good news sold," Jordan sings in the chorus. 

Of his decision to record "Good News Sold," Jordan shares, "I think at times there is no shortage of very heavy headlines locally and globally, and it’s hard sometimes to not get lost in that and spiral into being overwhelmed by them. But when you go home and hear your kid laugh or see someone go out of their way to help a stranger, these acts aren’t being highlighted in the same way but they very much exist."

"This was sort of that reminder to me when I heard it, and I hope will be for other people, of what’s good in the world and that there is good in the world," he adds. "It’s a reminder that there are good people, acts of kindness, moments of pay it forward, moments of light and joy."

"Good News Sold" follows 2023's Bluebird Days, which includes the chart-toppers "Buy Dirt," "What My World Spins Around" and "Next Thing You Know," as well as current single "Tucson Too Late."

Jordan's stateside leg of his headlining Damn Good Time World Tour kicks off April 11 in Moline, Illinois. You can grab tickets now at Jordan's website.

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Kenny Chesney drops "Thinkin' Bout" + 'BORN' track list

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Kenny Chesney has released a new track, "Thinkin' Bout."

The breakup tune follows a persona's pained journey as he tries his best but fails to move on from a past relationship.

"Thinkin' 'bout not thinkin' 'bout you/ Tryin' to make last night the last time/ Instead of doin' what we always do/ Oh, it ain't good we can't say, 'goodbye'/ Easy come, easy go ain't how it goes down/ Keeps me doin' what I'm doin' right now/ Thinkin' 'bout not thinkin' 'bout you/ Thinkin' 'bout not thinkin' 'bout you," goes the chorus.

"The hardest part of letting go is actually letting go. All that chemistry, all that intimacy, all that doesn’t need to be said is such a big thing... Whatever’s wrong, obviously it’s not gonna change," says Kenny. "But it gets late, you get thinking – and next thing you know, you’re tumbling back into something that just can’t be."

"I love this song, because it gets into that space where you’re thinking about knowing you shouldn’t do this, shouldn’t think about that person, and that’s when maybe the letting go can really start to happen no matter how good it feels or how much you make each other laugh," he adds.

"Thinkin' Bout" will be included on Kenny's new album, BORN, arriving March 22. Its track list, which includes the previously released "Just to Say We Did" and "Take Her Home," was unveiled Friday. 

Kenny will kick off his Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour in Tampa, Florida, on April 20. For tickets and the full tour schedule, head to Kenny's website.

BORN is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the full track list for BORN:

"Born"
"Just to Say We Did"
"Take Her Home"
"Few Good Stories"
"Thinkin’ Bout"
"Guilty Pleasure"
"One More Sunset"
"Top Down"
"The Way I Love You Now"
"This Too Shall Pass"
"Blame It on the Salt"
"Come Here, Go Away"
"One Lonely Island"
"Long Gone"
"Wherever You Are Tonight"

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Dolly Parton is excited about Beyoncé's country album

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Beyoncé's country music is being welcomed by a legend in the genre. After her song "Texas Hold 'Em" topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Dolly Parton shared an Instagram post congratulating her on the feat.

"I’m a big fan of Beyoncé and very excited that she’s done a country album," Dolly wrote. "So congratulations on your Billboard Hot Country number one single. Can’t wait to hear the full album!"

With her new#1 Hot Country single, Beyoncé is now cemented in Billboard history as the first Black woman, or woman known to be biracial, to have topped the chart. She's also the first woman to have a #1 song on both the Hot Country Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs lists since they became all-genre charts in October 1958, Billboard reports.

"Texas Hold 'Em," released Super Bowl Sunday alongside "16 Carriages," will appear on Beyoncé's upcoming country album, Act II, which drops March 29.

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Enrique Iglesias, Miranda Lambert release new song, "Space In My Heart"

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Enrique Iglesias and Miranda Lambert have teamed up on a new song.

On Thursday, Iglesias released "Space In My Heart" with Lambert.

Iglesias wrote the song, which is his latest release with Sony Music Latin. In January, he released "Fría" with singer Yotuel.

The record label described "Space In My Heart" as a "captivating collaboration."

In the chorus, Iglesias and Lambert sing, "You don't love me yet, but I know you will / If you only felt half of what I feel / If you ever go, I will never change / There's a space in my heart / and it's just your shape."

Last week, Iglesias teased the song on Instagram.

Lambert commented on the post and wrote, "Texas meets Spain!" followed by a cowboy hat emoji. "Can't wait for y'all to hear this one," she added.

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Bailey Zimmerman's grateful to be supporting his family: "I'm so blessed"

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Bailey Zimmerman's career has been skyrocketing since he launched with 2022's "Fall in Love." Now that he has three #1 singles, a sold-out headlining tour and the means to support his family, he's feeling nothing but grateful.

"I'm so blessed to get to take care of my mom and take care of my dad. I'm doing a lot of things that nobody else in my family has ever gotten to do," Bailey tells ABC Audio.

"You could focus on anything in life that has negatives and you're going to be negative. But if you focus on the positives, nothing can really get you down," he says. "But how the heck could I be negative?"

Bailey doesn't take his success for granted. He counts his blessings and knows that they outweigh all the negatives his roller-coaster journey may come with.

"We've got three number-ones. My life is insane now. I own a Corvette. Like, what is even that? My mom is taken care of. She doesn't have to worry about bills or anything anymore," Bailey reflects. "I'm so blessed beyond belief that there's no way to look at a negative 'cause there's no need to, you know? You have so many positives."

Bailey's currently on the road for his sold-out Religiously. The Tour. His latest single, "Where It Ends," is continuing its ascent on the country charts. 

Bailey also dropped a new song, "Holy Smokes," on Friday. It's available now wherever you enjoy music.

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Nashville notes: Ryan Larkins' "King of Country Music" + Dierks Bentley's tease

Ryan Larkins has dropped the music video for his debut single, "King of Country Music." "The official music video for#KingofCountryMusic is OUT NOW! Loved having my son, Whitman, be part of this video with me… Check out his acting debut," Ryan shares on Instagram. You can watch it now on YouTube.

Could Dierks Bentley be teasing a new song? The "Gold" hitmaker recently shared a photo of himself in a studio booth behind a microphone. Check it out on Dierks' Instagram.

Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton teamed up onstage at Dolly Parton's Pet Gala for a duet rendition of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You." You can watch a snippet of it now on Lainey's X, formerly known as Twitter.
 

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Let Lainey Wilson curate your wardrobe

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Need some bell-bottom, country-inspired denim apparel in your wardrobe? Lainey Wilson's got you covered.

Lainey and Wrangler have rolled out The Lainey Wilson Edit. The collection features several denim shirts, flare jeans, shorts, a Wester-printed jacket and more.

"I have picked out my favorite Wrangler styles for the perfect spring wardrobe. From top to Bell Bottom, you better hustle before they’re all gone!" Lainey captioned her Instagram post.

You can check out the full collection now at wrangler.com.

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Dan + Shay wrote "Bigger Houses" at the 11th hour

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It's hard to imagine Bigger Houses without the title track. But, that's what almost happened for Dan + Shay.

In a recent interview, Dan + Shay shared that they had turned in the album before "Bigger Houses" was even written.

“We poured [our] hearts into what became the Bigger Houses album. But we had the whole thing done, had it turned in to the label without a title, and I feel like there was some magical thing that needed to happen," Dan Smyers shares. "There was a song that needed to be written."

"You always hear these stories - at the 11th hour, you write that song that changes your world. It happened with us on 'Speechless' on the self-titled record. We had turned in the album when we wrote that [and] there was no pressure on us, you know?" he recounts.

Thankfully, history repeated itself and they wrote "Bigger Houses" in the nick of time.

"We got in the room with some friends and we wrote the song 'Bigger Houses' and we were like, 'Man, this is a really beautiful representation of exactly where we are in our life. This kind of gratitude moment, gratitude era that we’re going through,'" says Dan.

"Bigger Houses" is Dan + Shay's new single, and it's approaching the top 40 of the country charts. Their Heartbreak On The Map Tour launches February 29. Tickets are available now at danandshay.com.

Coming up, Dan + Shay will join Reba McEntire, Chance The Rapper and John Legend as coaches on season 25 of The Voice, premiering February 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Lauren Alaina's dad inspires new song, "My Old Man"

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Lauren Alaina's dad, J.J. Suddeth, is the muse for her new song, "My Old Man."

Lauren took to Instagram to share a snippet of the unreleased track, alongside a Reel showcasing moments from her wedding.

"I wrote this song for my daddy for our daddy/daughter dance. It was such a special moment during our wedding. I will truly never forget it," Lauren captioned her post.

"'I knew I found the one when they became best friends. My good ole boy and My Old Man,'" the "Road Less Traveled" singer added, quoting a lyric from her sentimental ode.

Lauren married her husband, Cam Arnold, on February 4 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 

You can check out pictures from their wedding day on Lauren's Instagram.

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Head to Sydney with Morgan Evans' new live album + film

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Morgan Evans has announced a new live album, Live At The Sydney Opera House.

Arriving April 12, the project was recorded during Morgan's shows at the iconic venue in 2023. 

"Every night of this tour was special, thanks to all of you and this record is a thank you for all the love you showed us last year," Morgan wrote on Instagram.

"I’m so stoked to share this little time capsule for everyone who was there to relive, and everyone that couldn’t be there to experience for the first time," he added.

Morgan's forthcoming live album will also be accompanied by a concert film.

Live At The Sydney Opera House is available for preorder and presave now. 

Morgan's latest project, Life Upside Down EP, dropped in April 2023 and features "Over for You."

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Bailey Zimmerman's dropping a new song Friday

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Bailey Zimmerman's giving you more reasons to "fall in love" with him.

The rising country star has announced that he'll drop a new song, "Holy Smokes," on Friday. It'll follow Bailey's debut album, Religiously. The Album., and the Jonas Brothers-assisted "Strong Enough," both of which arrived in 2023.

Bailey's been teasing "Holy Smokes" on social media since January. "I can’t wait for you to hear the full thing… LETS GOOO," Bailey captioned an Instagram Reel, which offered a snippet of the midtempo tune. 

"Holy Smokes" is available for presave now.

Bailey's currently on tour on his sold-out Religiously. The Tour. His latest single, "Where It Ends," is approaching the top 20 of the country charts.

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Jelly Roll's bringing his Beautifully Broken Tour to 37 cities

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Jelly Roll has announced his Beautifully Broken Tour.

The 37-city trek kicks off August 27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will hit Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles; New York; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; and more before concluding in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 27.

"Pretty Little Poison" singer Warren Zeiders and up-and-comer Alexandra Kay will open for Jelly.

Earlier on Tuesday, before making his announcement, Jelly shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, "This tour is so big it scares me a little to release the dates ….. I’ve never been nervous before a tour announcement before. But this one is THE ONE!"

Presale begins Monday, February 26, before the general sale on Friday, March 1.

To sign up for the presale code and for Jelly's full tour schedule, visit jellyroll615.com.

Jelly's latest album is 2023's Whitsitt Chapel, which spawned the #1 hits "Need a Favor" and "Save Me" with Lainey Wilson. His current single, "Halfway to Hell," is approaching the top 20 of the country charts.

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