Carrie Underwood has been added to the 2015 CMA Music Festival lineup. She will take to the stage June 13 at LP Field, as part of the festival's nightly concert series. Underwood joins the likes of Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band.
Luke Bryan has opened about the first song he ever wrote. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bryan said he was inspired to begin writing songs when he was a teenager after seeing another teen playing guitar and getting attention from girls. After contacting a friend with instruments, he secured a guitar and wrote his first song for a performance at church.
Toby Keith's annual Golf Classic raised $1.2 million for the Toby Keith Foundation, breaking the 2013 record of $1,037,000. The money goes to the OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. "The event has grown to where it's a monster," Keith told News OK.
Jake Owen has released "Real Life," the first song from his upcoming record, which is due out by the end of 2015. The song sees Jake reflecting on his past. "Well, I grew up in a real town / Where the prom queen had a plastic crown / And we really did just drive around / 'Cause there wasn't s-t to do," Owen sings.
Jana Kramer has wed football player Michael Caussin at a vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kramer, who wore a custom Galia Lahav gown, told Us Weekly that she felt "blessed" to have found Caussin. "We feel extremely blessed to have found each other and are so fortunate to have shared our day with close friends and family. We look forward to sharing our lives."
Sara Evans has donated the outfit she wore on the cover of her seventh studio LP Slow Me Down to the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California. "We couldn't be more thrilled to add this piece to the Hard Rock Memorabilia Collection and want to thank Sara Evans for her generous donation," says Stan Kantowski, the Palm Springs Hard Rock Hotel's general manager.
The costumes that Taylor Swift wears in the music video for "Bad Blood" came from a sex shop in L.A. According to the New York Post, Swift was loaned $13,000 worth of clothes from The Stockroom to fill out the wardrobe for the video. The items include the flesh colored latex dress worn by Swift, as well as the black latex blouse worn by Selena Gomez.
Keith Urban has released a new music video for "Come Back to Me," taken off of his 2013 album Fuse. The new video finds Urban belting out the song while playing guitar in a large warehouse while images of a beautiful woman flash across a huge screen. Urban says that the video was made as a big thank you to all of his fans.
Dierks Bentley is offering a word of advice to any and all aspiring songwriters out there. "You want to be a songwriter? Write every day," Bentley says. "Five hundred songs is a lot, but I got what he was saying. Don't type them up on a nice sheet of paper and put 'em in a three-ring binder. Just write 'em up, then go on to the next one. Keep writing."
Reba McEntire has shared some good news about her brother Pake, who recently suffered a stroke after back surgery. "This week we have seen small steps of improvement each day," McEntire writes on Instagram, under a photo of her brother. "This morning he opened his eyes and even watched a little bit of the news before going back to sleep."
John Rich has announced that he will headline St. Jude Presents John Rich and Friends, a special event set for June 9 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis. Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, T.G. Sheppard, John Conlee, Frankie Ballard and comedians Williams & Ree will join Rich for the evening.
Randy Houser has given the gift of free groceries for a year to one lucky Army veteran. In partnership with Eckrich foods and Operation Homefront, Houser presented Army Corporal Aaron Woods with a certificate entitling his family to a whole year's worth of free groceries at their local Albertson's store — $260 per week for 52 weeks.
Taylor Swift may have got her start on the country circuit, but these days she's got no plans of putting on a country show. Speaking with Rolling Stone, she says her 1989 tour will be a departure from the past. "I was very adamant that every decision I've made creatively in the past had to be almost flipped," she began. "You're not going to see me playing the banjo."
Luke Bryan is opening up about life with his nephew Til, whom he and wife Caroline took in after Bryan's brother-in-law passed away. "I have my 7-year-old boy, Bo, and Tate, who's 4, and now we have my 13-year-old nephew, Til," Bryan says.
Colt Ford is opening up about his dramatic weight loss, crediting the change in his lifestyle and appearance to his discipline. "I just got to a point where I'd like to lose some weight, so I've been working on it," he tells Taste of Country. "I'm not at the point where I'd ideally like to be yet, but I'm down to about 260 now from 315. I'm still big and sexy, but I'm working on it."