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Everything YOU Need To Know About the 2020 CMT Awards!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 20 October 2020 23:37:52
In such an unprecedented year there is a certain amount of relief when at least one thing can feel a bit "Normal" and for us, it's covering the 2020 CMT Music Awards! While there may not be crazy crowds at the show itself, the artists are still primed and ready to give the performance of a lifetime for us, the fans that love them so much. Without further ado, here is what you can expect tomorrow night during the live broadcast of the 2020 CMT Music Awards airing Wednesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land. Continue reading Everything YOU Need To Know About the 2020 CMT Awards!→
2020 Country Cradles! Country Star Babies Born During the Pandemic
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 October 2020 21:16:21
They say out of trial and tribulation only hope can shine a light. If you’re like me, the whole pandemic has sapped a lot of your high spirits right out of you, but as we get ready to start our year in review around here I can’t help but notice that the greatest ray of hope for our future has just been happening panic-be-damned… Country stars as well as the rest of the world are just keepin on keepin the family ties strong as they have brought bundle upon bundle of joy into their lives and ours through the year. Maren Morris and Morgan Wallen are among the first-time parents in 2020, and country couples kept hospitals busy. Thomas Rhett, Jimmie Allen and Shay Mooney also welcomed new babies in 2020, with other stars like Gabby Barrett, Russell Dickerson and David Nail looking forward to new arrivals before the year ends or shortly after. With all this paternal and maternal action happening, and covid restrictions keeping us from popping in on the grandparents, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Luckily there’s sites like Mommyhood101 out there that give great parenting advice from the pros that have been there and done that. From the best gifts for baby girls to how to handle chore charts when the little tikes start growing bigger, Mommyhood101 offers that extra bit of comfort that help get young parents through the learning curve. Other country artists adding to the parent pool in 2020: Dwight Yoakam + Emily JoyceCraig Wayne + Taylor BoydFrankie + Christina BallardTyler + Hayley HubbardHannah Blaylock + Justin WakefieldClay + Brooke CookRhett Akins + Sonya MansfieldDavid + Catherine NailCameron Duddy + Harper SmithJosh + Taylor AbbottChuck + Kasi WicksNeil + Chelsea MasonMo + Emily PitneyClay + Jessica Walker A big heartfelt congratulations goes out to our country music family adding to the ranks in 2020! If you can think of anyone we left off the roster just hit us up in the comments below.
Lockeland and Award Winning Tim Rushlow Release Hit Mashup
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:48:54
Aspiring Country trio, Lockeland and award winning Country artist, Tim Rushlow, best known for his high energy performances and his ability to captivate every audience have collaborated on a three song mash-up of “Amy’s Back In Austin,” “What Might Have Been” and “God Bless Texas,” previous hit songs by the country music supergroup, Little Texas, of which Rushlow was lead singer of in the 90’s. The energetic and fun nature of both Lockeland and Rushlow is captured in the footage which was filmed and edited by Kevin Deems, tracked at Blue Grotto Sound, and filmed at 2Twenty2 Studio. Watch the video on YouTube here. “We are very excited to share this video, with not only our wonderful fans, but everyone who loves the great era of 90s country music. Working with Tim Rushlow was such an honor for us,” exclaimed Lockeland. “We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with someone who influenced us so greatly growing up. Not to mention, we all shared many laughs during the whole process!” “Having an up and coming band like Lockeland want to perform the music I made with the guys in Little Texas is a real honor,” exclaimed Tim Rushlow. “They are great guys and sound stellar. I really think they’re headed places and I’m honored I got to be a part of their story. Go get em’ boys!” The idea for the mash-up was cultivated by the love of the 90’s era music and admiration of the easy recognized songs still very popular today. A great song ignites emotion and these songs for various reasons resonated with many listeners. Stay current with everything Lockeland on their website lockelandband.com as well as follow and connect on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with videos available on their official YouTube channel. Lockeland music is available for streaming and download on all digital platforms Apple Music/Itunes, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora Music and Amazon Music. Stay current with Tim Rushlow on social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on YouTube.
Dolly Parton’s “Holly Dolly Christmas” Album Debuts at Number 1
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:44:19
DOLLY PARTON DEBUTS AT #1 ON TWO BILLBOARD CHARTS WITH A HOLLY DOLLY CHRISTMAS ALBUM Her First Holiday Album in 30 Years Takes Top Spot on Country Albums Chart and Holiday Albums Chart Dolly Parton has been an inspiring and comforting voice for generations of fans around the world her entire career. This year, when we all could use a little extra cheer, Dolly has once again provided solace and joy with the release of her latest holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, which has reached the #1 spot on both the Billboard Country and Holiday charts in its first week. The album released on Butterfly Records in partnership with 12Tone Music is available for purchase and streaming worldwide. “Who needs Santa Claus when we’ve got Dolly Parton? She’s giving us just the right gift at just the right time: ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas,’ which is an escapist bow to wrap up what has been a terrible 2020. If Dolly Parton can’t make you feel better after a year like this, no one can” – USA Today Network The festive album’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts makes Dolly the second artist in history with top 10 albums across seven decades, following only Willie Nelson, and Dolly’s 46th top 10 album. Nelson also makes a special appearance with Dolly on the track “Pretty Paper” off this latest all-genre holiday collection. The incredible achievement is a testament to Dolly’s timeless songwriting and music that has always and continues to draw fans. Dolly states, “I have many things to celebrate this Christmas, one being the success of my Holly Dolly Christmas album becoming number 1. Thanks to all of my fans out there and Merry Christmas to all of you.” “The kindhearted icon throws a Christmas party with a little something for everyone.” – Consequence of Sound A Holly Dolly Christmas Track Listing: Holly Jolly Christmas – Dolly Parton Christmas Is (feat. Miley Cyrus) – Dolly Parton Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas – Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé Christmas On The Square – Dolly Parton Circle Of Love – Dolly Parton All I Want For Christmas Is You – Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon Comin’ Home For Christmas – Dolly Parton Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – Dolly Parton Pretty Paper – Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Dolly Parton You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton) – Dolly Parton Mary, Did You Know? – Dolly Parton 2020 has been a year that has truly shown Dolly’s cultural impact and a staying power that few artists ever achieve. The icon continues to influence mainstream movements, such as this year’s massively successful social media #DollyPartonChallenge, proving her appeal resonates among fans of all ages and crosses every musical genre. For additional information on all things Dolly Parton, please visit: WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitterYouTube
Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part two)
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 8 October 2020 23:28:09
Last week we covered how we looked at our available resources, and identified our needs when it comes to building this tiny cabin country music community in the foothills of the Ozarks. This week we’ll be taking those resources and needs and showing you how they all play into fulfilling our dreams for the property, and how we’re using Slickdeals.net to pack as much luxury we can into our tight budget! While the property itself will be the forever home of CountryMusicNewsBlog.com‘s founders, that is only one of the many rolls it will serve going forward. This property will also serve as a place for our grown children to come visit, a revenue generator as individual AirBnB cabins, and most importantly, a setting, stage and studio for country music content generation. With all of this in mind we broke down the project into several zones, with the Anchor Buildings being of the highest priority to finish since we are living onsite during the construction. These will be followed by the revenue-generating bunkhouse cabins, then finished out with picturesque performance and content production spaces tucked throughout the property along with the more functional features of a light homestead. THE ANCHOR BUILDINGS: The Master Cabin – This would be the caretaker’s space… a single story building that would house a master bedroom, full sized bath, and living room with space for a kitchenette or office area. With a little forethought, we designed this space to be ADA compliant, realizing that someday we may need those wider doors, a walk-in shower, and overall a generally more accessible floorplan. We already owned this 16’x32′ TDS building, which for years served as a soundproofed recording studio, so it would be the quickest to complete by just moving a wall here and adding some flair there. This is also the space where we upcycled many of the features and furniture from our “Big House” so that we will always have those pieces of our life before the transition. More on that in a future post though. We did add a few new upgrades though, with my favorite being the point-of-use electric hot water heater and full-sized 60inch shower stall that we saved a bundle on using Lowe’s coupons we found on Slickdeals! Going tiny doesn’t have to mean short showers in cramped spaces! The Kitchen/Laundry – Since this property is meant to be a place of gathering, not individual isolation, it made sense (and introduced a world of both financial savings and square footage freed up) to only allow for a small kitchenette with a mini fridge and coffee station in the individual cabins, and instead dedicate one central building to a very large full-service kitchen and laundry available to everyone on the property. Again, we already owned this 12’x24′ TDS building that was formerly finished out to serve as a detached office. We moved it into position and added some high-end custom cabinets we got for a song and dance at the nearby Habitat ReStore Continue reading Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part two)→
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 29 September 2020 01:48:01
Tenille Arts started the week with news her current single, “Somebody Like That,” hit #27 Mediabase and #28 Billboard and ended the week winning the Rising Star award at last night’s 38th Annual Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Continue reading Tenille Arts Wins First CCMA Award→
Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part one)
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00:56
Today we’re going to explore some of the planning and budgeting aspects as we continue our journey into building a tiny cabin country music community in the foothills of the Ozarks. While the tiny home concept seems to be everywhere these days, it seems very few people talk about how to make the finance side of things work, both during construction, and long after it’s done. While every project is subject to a million variables, they all start at the same place: A dream, and the drive to achieve it. In our case, we spent years spinning the idea of this tiny cabin community around, first in our heads, then in Pinterest boards, followed by property maps, floorplans, and rough sketches of landscape elevations. We definitely leaned a LOT on the free financial calculators at Pigly.com to help keep us on track, and to take the crucial steps to make sure that our dreams were carefully molded into actionable, reasonable plans. Step 1: Identify our Resources: Our first step was to identify what resources we had available to work with. In most cases we knew this would mean money, but we also knew this would mean available building materials. Since we already owned the land and two of the base building shells, that made it easy to start collecting building materials well in advance. We scoured yard sales and the Habitat ReStore, collected leftover lumber, tile, and cabinetry from friends jobsites, and already owned most of the tools and equipment we would need to do the work ourselves in most cases. This allowed us to trim the bulk of the construction costs down and limit how much we would spend on hiring contractors for specific skilled labor. We also looked at our financial resources to make sure we could afford to make this huge jump without landing in the bottom of an endless pit of debt. We started by using Pigly’s basic cash flow assessment calculator to see where our money was going and where we could benefit the most by making a few adjustments. This was especially helpful since we ran it one way to assess where we were before we started building, and what that cash flow would look like when we would no longer have a giant mortgage over our heads. Step 2: Identify our Needs: Plainly put, we would need this property to pay for itself eventually. That means we would have to build with other people’s needs in mind and have a plan in place that allowed us to rent out one or more cabins in order to cover our base monthly operating expenses. Whether we plan on making the cabins available on a property sharing app like AirBNB or taking on direct long-term tenants is still a discussion we are actively having. It has been really helpful to use Pigly’s Residential Income Calculator to play with the numbers and see that we could not only make enough to keep the property self-maintaining, but actually Continue reading Going Tiny: Resources, Needs, and Dreams (part one)→
Dolly: The Ultimate Collection Available From Time Life Today
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 25 September 2020 21:47:02
FROM THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS OF TENNESSEE TO INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARDOM, ONE ICONIC ENTERTAINER HAS SPENT THE LAST 50 YEARS SINGING AND LAUGHING HER WAY INTO OUR HEARTS… TIME LIFE PROUDLY UNVEILS A DELUXE, FIRST-EVER, DVD COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTING THE SPECTACULAR CAREER OF THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY DOLLY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION The Greatest Moments from Dolly’s Rags-to-Rhinestones Career are on Full Display across 19-DVDs and 35 Hours – Nearly 30 Hours of Which Hasn’t Been Seen Since Broadcast. Hand-Picked by Dolly Herself, the Set Includes Dolly’s Variety Shows from the ‘70s & ‘80s, The Porter Wagoner Show, Her Unforgettable Live From London Concert, the Authorized Documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am, as well as an Exclusive New Interview with the Legend Herself, Produced Just for This Collection And So Much More! Not Available at Retail, This Set is Only Available Via Direct Response or Online at TimeLife.com/DollyParton You can call her The Queen of Country, an Award-Winning Songwriter, Actress, Television Star, Philanthropist, Business Mogul, Icon and American Treasure – but to her millions of fans, she’s known simply as Dolly. From her start out of Nashville in the ’60s to her Hollywood debut and beyond, Dolly has done it all…and in 6 inch heels! Now, for the first time ever, the incredible highlights of Dolly’s remarkable career are together in a one-of-a-kind 19-DVD set – DOLLY: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. From her early appearances in the ‘60s through her own star-studded variety shows in the ‘70s and ‘80s, to concerts, interviews, TV appearances and blockbuster collaborations with her closest friends, she’s still going strong and lookin’ spectacular! “It’s been an amazing journey and you’ll find some of my most precious highlights included here in this collection,” said Dolly. “Thank you to the wonderful folks at Time Life for putting this together. What a delightful trip down memory lane….just the hair styles and outfits alone are worth a look and I’m surprised there are still any rhinestones left in this world! I hope you enjoy these moments as much as I did.” Time Life cordially invites Dolly Parton fans everywhere to come along on the journey of a lifetime. Available now exclusively at TimeLife.com/DollyParton, this dazzling, carefully curated 19-DVD deluxe collection includes: · 22 star-studded episodes of Dolly’s variety shows from the ’70s & ’80s with guest appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Burt Reynolds, Miss Piggy, Merle Haggard, Smokey Robinson & The Temptations, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and more! · 7 episodes of The Porter Wagoner Show, from 1967 – 1974 featuring historic Dolly Parton performances including Jolene, I Will Always Love You, Coat of Many Colors, Mule Skinner Blues, and her very first appearance where she sang Dumb Blonde. · A special Christmas disc featuring A Down Home Country Christmas with Mac Davis and Burl Ives, and Bob Hope’s Jolly Christmas Show · Dolly’s spectacular Live and Well concert from 2002 · Dolly’s unforgettable Live from London concert from 2009 plus bonus features · Rare TV appearances of Dolly throughout her career from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Crook & Chase · The entire Song by Song: Dolly Parton series, highlighting Dolly’s most iconic songs and how they came to be · Bonus features include Dolly’s University of Continue reading Dolly: The Ultimate Collection Available From Time Life Today→
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 18 September 2020 00:33:22
In an unprecedented broadcast, the 2020 ACM Awards managed to convey the loneliness and hopeful spirit we’ve all shared as a nation as we wait out this pandemic. Empty seats in venues all across Nashville represented the vast array of spaces that seem to be holding their breath just waiting for fans to be allowed back in. But in those empty spaces, artists seemed even more raw and real than ever. Miranda Lambert made us promises from the Bluebird, while Old Dominion threw speeches out the window and spoke their painful truths. Luke Bryan gave one of his best award show performances to date, as if he knew how badly we all needed a win, and even Carrie Underwood managed to take her energy level up ten-fold to do justice to the women of country she came to honor. All in all, it may be our favorite award show of all time, and although the seats were empty, the fans were still well-represented. Without further ado, the winners of the 202 American Country Music Awards are: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEARLuke BryanEric ChurchLuke CombsThomas Rhett — WINNER/TIECarrie Underwood — WINNER/TIE FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEARKelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren Morris — WINNERKacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood MALE ARTIST OF THE YEARDierks BentleyLuke Combs — WINNERThomas RhettChris StapletonKeith Urban DUO OF THE YEARBrooks & DunnBrothers OsborneDan + Shay — WINNERFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & Tae GROUP OF THE YEARLady ALittle Big TownMidlandOld Dominion — WINNERThe Highwomen NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEARIngrid AndressGabby BarrettLindsay EllCaylee HammackTenille Townes — WINNER NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEARJordan DavisRussell DickersonRiley Green — WINNERCody JohnsonMorgan Wallen ALBUM OF THE YEARCenter Point Road – Thomas RhettGIRL – Maren MorrisHeartache Medication – Jon PardiWhat You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs — WINNERWildcard – Miranda Lambert SINGLE OF THE YEAR“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton — WINNER“One Man Band” – Old Dominion“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves“Rumor” – Lee Brice“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady Antebellum SONG OF THE YEAR“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton“One Man Band” – Old Dominion — WINNER“Some of It” – Eric Church VIDEO OF THE YEAR“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton“One Man Band” – Old Dominion“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett — WINNER“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town SONGWRITER OF THE YEARAshley GorleyMichael HardyHillary Lindsey — WINNERShane McAnallyJosh Osborne MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King — WINNER“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 16 September 2020 22:56:43
Australian philosopher Rudolf Steiner had a popular theory that every person life can be broken down into 7-year cycles, based on their astrology. That we tend to change jobs, locations, and even relationships based around that 7-year itch to start anew. Whether there is any truth in that is up to the big heads of the room to debate, but it sure seems that way when you look at country music’s big news today. Taylor Swift is set to make her return to tonight’s ACM Awards broadcast for the first time in SEVEN Years which leads us to question… are country fans having it? Her big breakup with the country music machine made headlines all over the world. Blogs and business journals railed against her. Pop fans welcomed her with open arms. Radio stations had no idea what to do with her until the fans called in to select “their share” of her catalog. But Taylor just went on writing, recording, producing, and releasing. She had a few choice words to say about coming up in the ranks as a country music princess, then she left us all behind like we never mattered at all. And now she’s back. Her new track “Betty” is getting a prime time premiere on an award show she didn’t want to be a part of, and we’re all supposed to herald her return like a saint’s homecoming when there are other artists who have worked all year and paid their dues through community participation and fan dedication who would likely be far more entitled to this niche airtime. It makes a hardcore country music fan wonder what was going on behind the scenes when they planned tonight’s show? Who got the bump to make room for the wayward wanderer? I’m sure Princess Tay’s presence on the show will be great for ratings, but to me it’s just another reminder that the country music machine is made to crush people in its’ cogs, not support them as they rise.