One fan even ended up on stage.
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The cross-genre viral hit of 2019 has found yet another audience.
Thomas Rhett will release his fourth studio album, Center Point Road, on May 31. The 16-song album takes its name from the street in TR’s Hendersonville, Tenn., hometown that shaped much of his life experiences.
TR co-penned every track on the album, heightening the nostalgic quality of many of the songs, including the title track, “Almost” and “That Old Truck,” which Thomas Rhett says was inspired by his first truck, “Fergie.” Penned by TR, Julian Bunetta, Kamron Kimbro and Ryan Tedder, “That Old Truck” is likely to have listeners conjuring up recollections of their first automobile.
TR sat down with Nash Country Daily to share the story behind his first truck.
“My granddaddy gave it to me when I turned 15—it was a silver Ford, F-150, FX4,” says Thomas Rhett to NCD. “I named it ‘Fergie.’ When I describe what this song means when I play it live, I always talk about how it’s kinda strange that I wrote a love song about my first vehicle. But I think anybody who got their first car when they were 15 or 16, you’ve got more memories in that vehicle than you do probably in most places in your life. If that truck or car had ears, it would know more about you than probably your best friends do. It was really interesting to write about that truck because it really meant so much to me, and I did so much in it and experienced so many cool things—driving to football practice, driving to school, picking up a girl on a first date, first kiss, first break-up. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs that I’ve gotten to be a part of.”
Listen to “That Old Truck” below.
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com
Dang -- what a lineup!
Earlier this year, Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Milsap released a new album that features duets with an A-list cast, including Billy Gibbons, Luke Bryan, Dolly Parton, Jason Aldean, Willie Nelson, Lucy Angel, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, George Strait, Jessie Key, Leon Russell, Steven Curtis Chapman and Montgomery Gentry.
The 13-track collection, Ronnie Milsap: The Duets, includes one of Troy Gentry’s final recordings on the Montgomery Gentry/Ronnie duet, “Shakey Ground.” In addition, Leon Russell, who passed away in 2016, is featured on “Misery Loves Company.” The album was recorded at Ronnie’s Place, the Nashville studio Ronnie owned from the late 1970s until 1995.
On June 17, Ronnie will ship his duet with Dolly Parton on “Smoky Mountain Rain” to country radio as the album’s lead single. Penned by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, “Smoky Mountain Rain” became a No. 1 hit for Ronnie after its release in 1980.
For the new single, Dolly joins Ronnie to deliver a modern take on the classic hit, which you can listen to below.
Ronnie Milsap: The Duets
photos by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com
CMT announced an additional round of artists scheduled to perform at the CMT Awards on June 5: Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen, Runaway June and Tenille Townes. The aforementioned names are all nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year and will perform on the Ram Truck Side Stage.
Previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Boyz II Men, Brandi Carlile, Brett Young, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, Trombone Shorty and Zac Brown Band.
A number of artists will collaborate onstage, including Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker; Brett Young and Boyz II Men; Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town and Trombone Shorty; and Sheryl Crow and Maren Morris.
CMT boasts the event will feature a “record-breaking number of performances.” Hosted by Little Big Town, the fan-voted award show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 5 at 7 p.m. CT. Voting is now open at cmt.com until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 4.
Check out the nominations below.
Video of the Year: Best video of the year; awarded to the artist and the video director. Final nominees announced the morning of the show, with final voting held on social media during the live telecast.
Male Video of the Year: Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist
Female Video of the Year: Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist
Duo of the Year: Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists
Group Video of the Year: Best video by a group; awarded to the artists
Breakthrough Video of the Year: Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)
Collaborative Video of the Year: Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists
CMT Performance of the Year: Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com
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Get ready, Luke fans!
Florida Georgia Line headlined its first show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on May 29 for an invitation-only event that aired live on SiriusXM.
Over the course of the almost-90-minute set, the duo rattled off a number of their crowd-pleasing hits, including “H.O.LY.,” “Cruise,” “Anything Goes,” “Simple” and more.
One of the highlights of the night involved FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard inviting a zealous fan onstage to sing “Meant to Be,” the duo’s record-setting No. 1 hit with Bebe Rexha. Without Bebe in tow, the female fan filled in admirably with her vocals and sweet dance moves to the delight of BK and T-Hubb.
Check out the performance below.
photo and video by Lauren Smith, Nash Country Daily
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