Taylor Swift gave one of her fans an unforgettable surprise when she crashed her bridal shower in Ohio. The "Speak Now" singer flew from New York to surprise Gena Gabrielle at her shower - a complete surprise to Gabrielle, who met Swift at a fan meet-and-greet years ago.
Tim McGraw has released the second single, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," from his upcoming 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town. McGraw debuted the new track at the 2014 ACM Awards alongside wife Faith Hill.
Brad Paisley has revealed that the working title of his forthcoming album is Thoughts From a Bumpkin. "Looking at the world through the eyes of a country singer is an interesting thing," he tells Nashville's Tennessean. "It should be easy to like."
Craig Morgan has announced his 11th overseas tour for the troops. Touring with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars for Stripes, he'll present a series of acoustic shows in Southwest Asia this spring. "As a former soldier myself, it is so important to me to have another opportunity to support our troops and do whatever I can to help keep morale high," says Morgan.
Justin Moore has been named Humanitarian of the Year by by the Armed Forces Foundation. Moore received the award alongside Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta for their service and commitment to the morale and welfare of military families through the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" contest.
Luke Bryan has been added to the list of performers at this year's Billboard Music Awards. Bryan joins Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, John Legend and Jason Derulo as acts who are set to take the stage.
Eric Church says that he doesn't use Twitter or Facebook and doesn't plan on starting anytime soon. Speaking with Spin magazine, the country star said he's about the music: "I've been very honest with the fans about that. The music is what you're gonna get, and the show. We're gonna focus on it. It's all I think about. It's all we do."
Lady Antebellum were forced to cancel a show in Birmingham, Alabama on April 12 due to flooding in the area. The Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, where they were scheduled to play, was damaged by the accumulation of water. "Hate to not be playing Birmingham today but pray y'all stay safe and hope the flood recovery goes smoothly. See y'all back on May 3rd!" the trio announced via Twitter.
Band Perry's Kimberly Perry says she's getting some help planning her upcoming wedding to MLB star JP Arencibia. Speaking with Taste of Country, the singer said her mom is getting in on the act: "No, no, no. I only know how to do one thing, and that's play a show. So I have, well my mother's really great at this sort of thing, and we've got a little bit of help."
Charlie Daniels released his new Bob Dylan tribute album Off the Grid: Doin' It Dylan on April 1, a record Daniels was excited to tell Dylan himself about. "He seemed to be happy about the idea, he hadn't heard the album yet," Daniels tells The Boot. "We sent it to him. Very amicable, very talkative, very friendly."
Dolly Parton is teaming up with QVC to give fans early access to purchase her new album Blue Smoke 20 days before it's official release date. Fans can purchase Blue Smoke through QVC beginning on April 24. To celebrate the release, Parton will be performing an hour-long broadcast on the TV channel on Sunday, April 27.
In an unlikely musical pairing, Billy Ray Cyrus recently took to the stage with 1980s hair metal throwback band Steel Panther to perform a cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell." The performance took place during Steel Panther's set at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. They have reportedly performed the cover tune before, as far back as 2008.
Josh Thompson has opened up about his early days as a songwriter, saying that he didn't start off writing hits. During a recent interview with Taste of Country, Josh says he got a late start as a writer. "I was 21 when I got my first guitar and took a couple lessons . . . and after about six months of learning three or four chords, I wrote my first song and it was horrible," he began.
Miranda Lambert has apologized to Taylor Swift after forgetting to acknowledge her at the 2014 ACM Awards while accepting her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist award. During her acceptance speech, Lambert lauded the hard work and ability of her fellow nominees, but forgot to name Swift. In any case, she fixed her flub during a post-awards press conference.
Kip Moore, whose latest album was initially scheduled to drop next month, says that fans will have to wait a little longer for its release. Speaking with Country Vibe, Moore said he's still in the process of recording new material: "I'm never done. It could still shift," he began. "We now know exactly when the record's comin' out and there still is time to change it up."