|» McGraw Keeps 'Em Guessing: Tim McGraw launches his Two Lanes of Freedom Tour in Birmingham, AL next week (5/2), and while he doesn't want to give too much away, if you're hoping to see Taylor Swift join him on "Highway Don't Care," you won't be disappointed. "You'll hear Taylor," he reveals. "But how you see her is a whole different way. It's gonna be really cool, how we do it." What about Keith Urban? "You'll see some of Keith, too. Unless he charges me to be up on the screen." So there's a screen, huh? Not a Tupac hologram situation? "You have to come see it," says Tim. "I can't tell you all the secrets." Alright, but is there any chance one or both of them might show up live on a date or two? Tim says, "You never know." You're a sly dog, McGraw.|
|» Virgin, On The Rocks: If it wasn't for the islands, Kenny Chesney wouldn't have a place to stick his Pirate Flag. And that's why he's donating a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming album to Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. The organization helps create and maintain trails, restore beaches, research coral reefs and more. Without that stuff, Kenny would just be standing in some dank alley of a concrete jungle, wearing jean shorts and flip-flops, drinking piña coladas out of a coffee mug all by himself. And that would screw up the whole vibe. The album, Life On a Rock, will be released April 30. More about the charity here.|
|» Posting Mr. Paisley: Brad Paisley and the making of Wheelhouse will be the focus of a six-part video series called On The Record: Brad Paisley. The show runs on the Country Now YouTube channel and each episode reveals behind the scenes footage and insight from Brad about the making of the album. Videos post every Thursday. Watch here.|
|» Family Tries: Travis Tritt has recorded "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" with his 15-year-old daughter Tyler Reese. Travis first covered the song, by Patty Smyth and Don Henley, for his 2007 album The Storm, but had to shelve it because he couldn't find the right duet partner. Cut to 2013. "We were driving home from a wedding in Florida when the song came up on my iPod," explains Travis. "[Tyler] had never heard the song, and she started singing along in the backseat. When it ended she made me play it again five or six more times." That's when the gears started to turn for Travis, who hasn't released a single in six years. "I took her in the studio to sing her parts. I know I sound like a biased parent, but she's got a lot of talent and charisma. The recording speaks for itself. She really nailed it." The song will be released June 16, Father's Day.|
|» Beer For My Forces: If anyone in country music is more consistent in his support of the armed forces than Toby Keith, we can't think of them. Case in point, Toby will visit the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii to perform for troops as part of his 11th USO/Armed Forces Entertainment Tour. The private shows, open to military ID holders, happen April 27 through May 7.|
|» Friendly Fire: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man will lead the next installment of CMT Crossroads. The episode celebrates Nelson's upcoming 80th birthday and was filmed at Jack White's Nashville-based Third Man Records. The show is scheduled to air in late June and will include performances from Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Norah Jones, Ashley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young.|
|» In Case You Missed It: Kenny Chesney played several rounds of True or False: Rum Drinking Edition on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Watch here.|
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts (4/26)
Dean Dillon (4/26)
Duane Eddy (4/26)
Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys (4/29)
Friday (4/26): Tate Stevens, Good Morning America (ABC).
Saturday (4/27): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).
Sunday (4/28): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth, Amazing Race (CBS); Trace Adkins, All-Star Celebrity Aprentice (NBC).
Monday (4/29): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); The Band Perry, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC).
Upcoming Album Releases
Kenny Chesney Life On A Rock (4/30)
Pistol Annies Annie Up (5/7)
Lady Antebellum Golden (5/7)
Craig Campbell Never Regret (5/7)
George Strait Love Is Everything (5/14)
Various Artists Everybody Has A Story (5/14)
Darius Rucker True Believers (5/21)
Hunter Hayes Encore (6/18)
» Is There An NFL Draft In Here? Blake Shelton (r) drafts Super Bowl champ Kurt Warner for a photo opp and forces him to wear the team jersey, a J. Crew Gingham print button down.