» Real Good Feel Good Stuff: Luke Bryan played two sold-out shows this weekend (10/18-19) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with support acts Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square on Friday and Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley Saturday. Special guests on Friday's show included Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who sang "Do I" with Luke, a song the three of them co-wrote together.
Luke plans to kick off his next run, the That's My Kind of Night Tour in Columbus, OH Jan. 16. Eighteen shows through Mar. 8 will feature openers Lee Brice and Swindell. It's a reunion of sorts for Swindell, who spent three years selling merch on Bryan's tours. More here.
In other Luke news, Bryan played a private show in Augusta, GA (10/16) with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a camp program for patients at Children's Hospital Of Georgia. That's the same hospital that treated Luke's son Bo for a stomach condition when Bo was just five weeks old. "I think when you partner a camp and a staff that knows how to deal with each disease, and cater to helping the child with that disease get through, that's what's special about camps like that," Luke says.
» Hook Ups: Collaborations during the 47th Annual CMA Awards will include Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss, Zac Brown Band with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, and Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz. The show airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Nov. 6 on ABC-TV and festivities will kick off that morning with Luke Bryan's performance on Good Morning America. Along with Bryan's show on the plaza at Bridgestone, Robin Roberts reports live and will announce winners in two categories.
» Rock Around The Block: Scott Borchetta, the President/CEO of Taylor Swift's record label, Big Machine, is featured in the new book Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-Taking and the Big Business of Entertainment by Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse. The book focuses on Elberse's belief that the future of pop culture will revolve around big bets on entertainment products, and highlights strategies that give leaders in film, television, music, publishing and sports an edge over their rivals. As it relates to Borchetta, Elberse explores the launch of Taylor's Red album. Blockbusters is available online here and at major bookstores.
» Long Live Cowboys: George Strait and 10-time All-Around World Champion Cowboy Trevor Brazile star in the latest ad campaign from Wrangler. Watch them rope and ride together here.
» BBQ Check Mix: Craig Campbell recently raised almost $5,000 for the TJ Martell Foundation during a private "Backyard BBQ" performance. The singer traveled to the home of Bill and Anita Marie Robitsek in Long Island, NY to make good on the auction item they won during Campbell's Celebrity Cornhole Challenge during June's CMA Music Festival. After the show, the winners presented Campbell with a check for the charity, which had already received $15,000 from the June event.
» Wedding Belle: "I'm officially Mrs. Blackstock," Kelly Clarkson tweeted, adding a picture of herself and Reba's stepson/Blake Shelton's manager Brandon Blackstock. "We got married yesterday (10/20) at Blackberry Farms in TN, the most beautiful place ever!"
» Life Note: Lee Brice and wife Sara are expecting a baby boy in December. "Of course I've got shows right up until the end of November and she's freaking out," Brice tells WestwoodOne's Country Countdown USA With Lon Helton. "I got a feeling he's going to come early."
» In Case You Missed It: Episode three of Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame (10/18) detailed Pope's return to Los Angeles to debut "Wasting All These Tears" on The Voice. Watch her share radio tour stories with Blake Shelton and her reaction to her single being No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart here. Then, on her last night on tour with Rascal Flatts Saturday in Dayton, OH, Pope pranked the guys during their performance of "Easy". Watch Gary LeVox try to keep a straight face here.
Sara Evans talked about the challenges of singing the national anthem at sporting events, her new single and whether she thought the Colts or Broncos would win before performing at the game Sunday night (10/20). Watch here.
CMT aired Jason Aldean: Night Train To Georgia Saturday (10/19), showing parts of the DVD of the same name. Watch here.
"I don't hip and I don't hop, I'd black both eyes with this big top." That's part of Dolly Parton's rap on her visit with The Queen Latifah Show Monday morning (10/21), where she also rapped, "Hey Miley, I've got your wreckin' balls right here." Watch here.
Tim Gates of Due West (10/22)
Jimmy Wayne (10/23)
Dwight Yoakam (10/23)
Tuesday (10/22): Joe Nichols, Fox & Friends (FOX); Lady Antebellum, The Ellen Degeneres Show; Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).
Wednesday (10/23): Shania Twain, The Ellen Degeneres Show; Dierks Bentley, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).
This Week's Album Releases
Toby Keith Drinks After Work (Show Dog-Universal)
Dedicated to his bandleader and bass player, the late Chuck Goff, Keith wrote nine of the 10 tracks on the album, with three extras on the deluxe edition. An exclusive limited-edition ZinePak version of the album, which includes a fan magazine and coasters, is available at Walmart.
Willie Nelson To All The Girls... (Legacy/Sony)
Nelson is reunited with his two greatest loves: beautiful music and talented women. The album pairs him with some of the most talented women in country, pop and soul on 18 familiar songs. Duets with Miranda Lambert, Allison Krauss, Norah Jones and Brandi Carlisle are included.
Ty Herndon Lies I Told Myself (Funl/Flying Island)
Herndon's first country album in seven years was funded by fan donations to a Kickstarter campaign. Herndon says the album sticks with his sound from the '90s, but with some updates. "I'm staying true to who I am and what I’m about as a singer," says Herndon, "but also reinventing a little bit with sounds in the studio being current with what’s relevant on the radio today."
Natalie Stovall And The Drive EP (Hitshop)
"Natalie Stovall and The Drive are a game changer in the same way that Lady Antebellum were when I first saw them,” says producer Paul orley. "They have it all. The talent, the songs, the look, the entertainment chops - and a live show that will blow you away. Natalie is one of the best singers I have ever worked with." The EP includes six songs and is available on iTunes.
Upoming Album Releases
Robertson Family Duck The Halls (10/29)
Trace Adklns The King's Gift (10/29)
Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This (10/29)
Julie Roberts Good Wine And Bad Decisions (10/29)
George Ducas 4340 (10/29)
Restless Heart A Restless Heart Christmas (10/29)
Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (11/11)
Lady Antebellum Golden Deluxe (11/12)
Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)
» Poker Face: "This is how we corrupt innocent opening acts," tweeted Brad Paisley with a pic of a woozy Chris Young. "Cigars and poker. His first cigar, by the way. Puke countdown in 5,4,3,2 ... "