Stealing Angel's Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth finished The Amazing Race in fourth place on last night's (5/5) season finale. Watch here.
- Taylor Swift "lit up Ford Field" in tour's first stadium show. –Detroit Free Press
- Lady Antebellum "experiment and grow" on Golden. –Associated Press
- Kenny Chesney's Life On A Rock is "as appealing as it is surprising." –Associated Press
- Little Big Town "made a big impression" at New Orleans Jazz Fest. –Times-Picayune
- Musgraves, Lambert, "even Taylor Swift" should send Gretchen Wilson a thank-you. –New York Times
- Jason Aldean will join Aerosmith, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, Godsmack, J Geils Band, Carole King, New Kids On The Block, James Taylor, Steven Wright and guests for Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration. The event happens at TD Garden May 30. More here.
- The Charleston, SC lineup of Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival includes Willie Nelson & The Family Band, Kacey Musgraves, Band Of Horses and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The fest takes place Oct. 19-20 at Blackbaud Stadium. Details for the Charleston and Nashville festivals here.
- Congratulations to Clara Henningsen of The Henningsens ("American Beautiful"). She married Jacob Calaway at her family's farm in Atwood, IL May 4.
- Ashley Monroe will kick off the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Hot Nights at the Hall summer concert series June 4. Other shows include Sarah Darling July 19 and Craig Campbell Aug. 9.
- In addition to their Hershey, PA show Aug. 1, Rascal Flatts and Journey will perform again Aug. 4 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The Voice season three winner Cassadee Pope will open.
Joanna Smith (5/7)
Del Gray of Little Texas (5/8)
The late Hank Snow (5/9)
Tuesday (5/7): Pistol Annies, The Today Show (NBC); Lady Antebellum, Good Morning America (ABC) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice: The Live Playoffs, Part 2 (NBC); Gloriana, Hart Of Dixie (CW); Pistol Annies, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).
Wednesday (5/8): Pistol Annies, The View (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice: The Live Playoffs, Part 3 (NBC); Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX); Nashville (ABC); Lady Antebellum, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).
Thursday (5/9): Keith Urban, Lauren Alaina, American Idol (FOX); Lady Antebellum, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).
This Week's Album Releases
Lady Antebellum Golden (Capitol)
“We embraced risk,” said Hillary Scott of the band's latest, introduced to us with "Downtown" as the first single. “When you are pushing yourself to not go back to the same well, you’re gonna come up with something different, or you’ll find songs that are different. And that’s what happened on this album.” Lady A co-produced with Paul Worley.
Pistol Annies Annie Up (Columbia)
Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf produced the follow up to Annies' 2011 debut. “We laid it on the line with Hell On Heels and we wanted to bring it again on this album,” said Miranda Lambert. “The goal of our music is to have people feel like they’re having a conversation with us." Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley wrote all 12 tracks on the album.
Craig Campbell Never Regret (Bigger Picture)
Campbell worked with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey on this sophomore effort, co-writing six of the 12 songs including "Topless" with his wife Mindy and "When She Grows Up" with daughter Preslee.
Mickie James Somebody's Gonna Pay (eOne)
"Making people feel something," is James' approach to music. And it goes the same for her day job as a professional wrestler. "With wrestling, you're running on raw passion and adrenaline," she says. "With music, your emotions are more present and your heart goes more into it."
Various Artists The Music Of Nashville Season 1, Volume 2 (Big Machine)
Producers T Bone Burnett, Buddy Miller, Gabriel Witcher, Garth Fundis, Frank Liddell, Dan Auerbach, and Ross Copperman worked together to create music for both the show and soundtrack. This second installment includes the Lennon & Maisy cover of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey."
» Hammer Time: When Tim McGraw asked the highway if he could sledgehammer a tire, the highway said, "Highway don't care," because highways always speak in the third person.