Two of the biggest names in country music are joining forces, as Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean have announced that their respective "Burn It Down" and "Big Revival" tours will join together for 10 stadium shows next summer. "We've played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock," Chesney says in a press release.
Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus is set to produce Christmas With Nashville, a new Christmas-themed album from the cast of ABC's hit show Nashville. "I was blown away by the consistent talent level of each actor as they came into the studio," DeMarcus tells Rolling Stone Country.
If country music has taught Taylor Swift anything, it has taught her to work. "Country music teaches you to work," she tells Esquire. "You hear stories about these artists who show up four hours late to a photo shoot, and in Nashville that doesn't happen."
Jerrod Niemann has released the music video for "Buzz Back Girl," the third single from his album High Noon. In the vid, Jerrod drinks some beers while singing about drinking some beers. "Feels like I've been drinkin' since early in the morning," he sings on the track. According to Rolling Stone, the tune finds Niemann exploring new musical ground.
George Strait has been added to the ever-growing list of performers at this year's CMA Awards. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and others have also been added as presenters. Connie Britton (Nashville), Lucy Hale, Tim Tebow and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will also help present awards throughout the night.
Charlie Daniels has announced the lineup for his annual Charlie Daniels & Friends Annual Christmas 4 Kids Concert, which benefits children in need in Middle Tennessee. Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Jamie O'Neal, the Roys and Ryan Weaver will all perform, along with the Charlie Daniels Band.
Taylor Swift has been named New York City's Ambassador for Tourism.
The singer, who expressed her love for the city in the song "New York" on her new album 1989, revealed her new role on Monday morning, when she explained to host Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, "You learn a lot when you get here . . ."
Justin Moore has released "This Kind of Town," the third single from his latest record, Off the Beaten Path. The cut features Moore musing on the characteristics of country fans. "We work hard, play hard / Take our paychecks straight to the Walmart / Girls will out drank you / Boys will out Hank you / Tie a yellow ribbon on a tree to say thank you."
Trisha Yearwood will perform at the upcoming second annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at New York City's Plaza Hotel on November 19. She'll be joined at the event by a host of celebs and public figures including artist ambassador and trustee Jennifer Garner, honoring Ben Affleck, Tony Blair, Austin Hearst and others.
Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris teamed up to pay tribute to the Everly Brothers at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Music Masters Series. Gill teamed with R&B star Ledisi to take on "Sleepless Nights" and then with Shelby Lynne on "Til I Kissed You."
Alan Jackson performed in front of a sold out audience at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which coincided with the museum's new exhibition, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country. Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country runs through March 2015, marking the first time that a major exhibit has lined up with an artist residency.
Jamey Johnson has some good news for his fans: he's nearly ready to drop some new tunes. He announced on his website that he's got "new music coming soon." Over the summer he spoke with The Tennessean, saying that he's been off the radar for awhile due to certain unsavory "aspects" of the music business. "There's aspects of it that I couldn't deal with, as far as radio promo."
Taylor Swift has shared the official track list for her new album 1989. The LP - Swift's fifth studio release - is set to be released on October 28. The album features the singles "Welcome To New York" and "Shake It Off," the latter of which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry has revealed that his wife has breast cancer. Gentry noted Angie Gentry has cancer by posting on his band's Facebook page that "My beautiful Angie got a diagnosis from her doctor that has rocked our world a bit over the last few weeks. She has breast cancer - and we wanted you to hear it from us first."
Reba McEntire's father, Clark McEntire, has passed away at the age of 86. Reba's younger sister, Susie, announced on Facebook that Mr. McEntire died in Coalgate, Oklahoma. "I am going to miss you Daddy. May you rest quietly. Clark McEntire 1927 - 2014 Passed late Thursday in Coalgate, OK.," she posted along with a photo of her parents.