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“Women Want to Hear Women With Elaina” Season 1 Review

4 hours 23 min ago

I can’t believe Season 1 of Women Want to Hear Women is winding down.

Since launching in June, we have completed 23 amazing episodes featuring some of the genre’s biggest names, rising stars and up-and-comers. Before we close Season 1 next week with a sit-down interview with Cam—I’m so excited—I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of this season’s episodes, so I brought in my partner in crime, Jim Casey, editor in chief of Nash Country Daily, who helped me launch the podcast six months ago.

I can’t even begin to thank all of my guests and the people behind the scenes who have made this podcast become a reality. But I will try. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you’ve missed an episode or you’re a new listener, check out the links below to every episode from Season 1, from Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood to Maren Morris and Danielle Bradbery . . . and everyone in between.

Be sure to tune in next week for Cam before we launch Season 2 in January, with a new lineup of guests you won’t believe.

Podcast Participants:

  • Elaina Smith, host of Women Want to Hear Women
  • Jim Casey, editor in chief of Nash Country Daily

Need a refresher what #WomenWantToHearWomen is all about?

Past episodes: 

  1. Kacey Musgraves
  2. Dolly Parton
  3. Carly Pearce
  4. Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square
  5. Tegan Marie
  6. Clare Dunn
  7. Stephanie Quayle 
  8. Sarah Darling
  9. Rachel Reinert
  10. Carrie Underwood
  11. Abby Anderson
  12. Runaway June
  13. Kalie Shorr
  14. Rachel Wammack
  15. Jessie Chris
  16. Tenille Townes
  17. Delta Rae
  18. Logan Brill
  19. Maren Morris
  20. RaeLynn
  21. Heather Morgan
  22. Leah Turner
  23. Danielle Bradbery
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Florida Georgia Line Reveals Release of New Album, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country”

5 hours 32 min ago

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line revealed they will release their fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, on Feb. 15.

“We’re excited. In February, we’re releasing our fourth album,” said Tyler to Entertainment Tonight. “I think Feb. 15 is the official date, so we’re really excited. We’ve been working on that album for over a year now, so BK and I are definitely ready.”

“You can say a lot of things,” added Brian, “you can call somebody a lot of different names and have a lot of different opinions, but at the end of the day, when it comes to me and Tyler, you can’t say we ain’t country.”

The duo also revealed they are planning a headlining tour that will kick off in May.

In October, FGL scored their 16th No. 1 single as “Simple” reached the top of the charts. The duo has released three No. 1 albums: 2012’s Here’s to the Good Times, 2014’s Anything Goes and 2016’s Dig Your Own Roots.

Brian and Tyler recently earned their first Grammy nomination for “Meant to Be” in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category.

photo by Jason Simanek

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Jewel to Receive 2019 Horatio Alger Award

6 hours 24 min ago

Jewel Kilcher, better known to the music-loving world as singer/songwriter “Jewel,” has been named one of 13 recipients of the 2019 Horatio Alger Award.

Bestowed annually to accomplished corporate, civic and cultural leaders from across North America, the award recognizes an individual’s ongoing commitment to higher education and generosity toward philanthropic endeavors. Past winners of the award include Reba McEntire (2018), Johnny Cash (1977), Waylon Jennings (1988) and more.

Jewel overcame homelessness, abuse and severe poverty to become an award-winning performer. Her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, is one of the best-selling debut albums of all time and kicked off a versatile music career that has spanned seven studio albums, including Perfectly Clear, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in 2008.

“This award holds a special place in my heart,” said Jewel. “To be recognized for overcoming adversity—experiences I have given voice to through song and written story—is truly humbling. Early in life and my career, I learned to be my own champion because no one else was going to be. I understand that is the same story for many Horatio Alger Scholars, but I want them to know that they are no longer alone. I promise to be the support these students need as they navigate life’s challenges and come to know the power of their own resilience.”

The Horatio Alger Association will honor the following 13 individuals during the 72nd Horatio Alger Award induction ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on April 4–6.

  • David P. Abney, chairman and CEO, United Parcel Service
  • James W. Ayers, executive chairman of the board, FirstBank
  • Colonel Vance L. Cryer, director of operations and experimentation, IOMAXIS
  • Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist, “Ask Amy”
  • John J. Haley, chief executive officer, Willis Towers Watson
  • Jay S. Hennick, global chairman and CEO, Colliers International; founder and chairman, FirstService Corporation
  • Michael Ingram, founder, chairman and chief executive officer, El Dorado Holdings, Inc.
  • Jewel Kilcher, award winning singer-songwriter, actress and New York Times best-selling author
  • Ronald J. Kruszewski, chairman and CEO, Stifel Financial Corp.
  • Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO, KIND Healthy Snacks
  • John C. Maxwell, author, speaker and founder, The John Maxwell Co. and The John Maxwell Team
  • Chandrika K. Tandon, business leader, Grammy-nominated musician and humanitarian
  • William C. Weldon, retired chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Jimmie Allen Becomes First Country Artist Since 2008 to Return to Top Spot on Airplay Chart

7 hours 20 min ago

After spending two week’s at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (Nov. 24 and Dec. 1), Jimmie Allen’s “Best Shot” was bested by Kane Brown’s “Lose It” last week (Dec. 8).

This week, “Best Shot” is back on top, making Jimmie the first artist in 10 years to have a single return to No. 1 after relinquishing its crown. The last artist to accomplish the feat was Jimmy Wayne in 2008 with “Do You Believe in Me Now.”

Written by Jimmie, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Jimmie’s debut album, Mercury Lane.

“In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with,” says Jimmie.

Jimmie joined Darius Rucker as the only African-American country artists to hit No. 1 with their debut singles. Darius, who became a household name in the early 1990s as the frontman of Hootie & the Blowfish, accomplished the feat in 2008 with “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” which remained No. 1 for two weeks.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Mitchell Tenpenny Scores First No. 1 Single With “Drunk Me”

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:50

Pop the champagne . . . Mitchell Tenpenny has a reason to celebrate.

Mitchell’s lead single, “Drunk Me,” from his upcoming debut album, Telling All My Secrets, hit No. 1 on the Mediabase chart this week. Co-penned by Mitchell, Jordan Schmidt and Justin Wilson, the tune has accumulated more than 120 million streams.

“I recorded ‘Drunk Me’ after pitching it to other artists in town for over six months,” says Mitchell. “I believed in my heart it was such a special song and that it would be a hit for someone. I never dreamt it would be the song labels first heard from me, resulting in a record deal . . . or that it would go on to bring us our first single, yet alone a number one. It’s been a two-year journey with this song, yet so many believed, and so, this is one of those moments we all share together—my co-writers, our band and record label, country radio and all the fans that have streamed it over 120 million times. I can’t get over you. You’ve changed my life.”

Mitchell will drop Telling All My Secrets on Dec. 14. The debut album features 11 songs, all of which Mitchell co-penned. In February, Mitchell will join Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour.

Telling All My Secrets Track Listing & Songwriters

  1. “Truck I Drove in High School” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Jordan Schmidt/Andrew Albert/Devin Dawson
  2. “Alcohol You Later” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Sam Sumser/Michael Lotten
  3. “All On You” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Andrew Albert/Nick Fradiani/Jordan Schmidt
  4. “Goner” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Andrew Albert/Jordan Schmidt
  5. “Chance Worth Taking” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Josh Hoge/Matthew McVaney
  6. “I Get The Picture” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Alex Kline/Michael Whitworth
  7. “Drunk Me” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Jordan Schmidt/Justin Wilson
  8. “Somebody’s Got Me” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Hillary Lindsey/Jordan Schmidt
  9. “Somebody Ain’t You” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Thomas Archer/Dallas Wilson
  10. “Telling All My Secrets” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Jordan Minton/Dallas Wilson
  11. “Walk Like Him” | Mitchell Tenpenny/Justin Ebach/Steven Dale Jones

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Nashville New Year

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:45

You can ring in the New Year in Nashville with a free show featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and Fisk Jubilee Singers. The free event—dubbed the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville—will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31.

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Brett Young Says New Album “Ticket to L.A.” Has the “Honesty” of Debut Project But Is “Much Peppier”

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:32

Brett Young’s 2017 self-titled debut album was a smash hit, spawning four No. 1 singles, including “Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Like I Loved You” and “Mercy.” Brett’s ballad-friendly breakthrough album gave fans a heavy dose of “love,” sans the “party” songs that have become so prevalent on country radio.

“Falling in love or falling out of love—those are the easiest songs to write because it’s just straight from personal experience,” said Brett to Nash Country Daily in 2017. “I think everybody’s felt both of those. Everybody’s been in love, everybody’s had heartbreak. We noticed that when we put together the 12 songs that would make the [self-titled debut] record, there was not a party song on this record. I’ve written a ton of party songs and not that there’s anything wrong with that. I think, in trying to tell my story and let people get to know me, it seemed like we should talk about things that I’ve lived.”

In addition to his four No. 1 singles, Brett has had numerous reasons to celebrate since releasing his debut project, including headlining his own tour, playing Nissan Stadium at 2018’s CMA Fest, winning the 2018 ASCAP Songwriter/Artist of the Year award, winning the 2018 ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year award and marrying girlfriend Taylor Mills in November.

With the release of his sophomore album, Ticket to L.A., on Dec. 7, Brett told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown that he’s in a different place in his life since releasing his debut album—and there are some noticeable changes on the new record.

“One thing that we didn’t want to change was just the songwriting,” says Brett. “You know, I wanted to keep coming from the same place of honesty and life experience, and I want to always feel that connection, but one thing that I think is just noticeably different immediately is that I’m in a different place in my life, and so whether the song is happy or sad, the feel is much peppier and up-tempo, and there’s just a vibe in the music itself that just feels different. It kind of shows my heart and where I’m at right now, and so I think that will come across to people.”

Brett co-penned 10 of the 13 tracks on Ticket to L.A., including new single, “Here Tonight.” Check out the new video for “Here Tonight.”

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Top Nashville Songwriters Announce 25-City “Hit Makers & Rum Chasers” Tour

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 10:44

A troupe of Nashville’s top songwriters will embark on a 25-city Hit Makers & Rum Chasers Tour to benefit the Charley Foundation, a non-profit that supports poor, sick and neglected children—and in this case will provide funding for music and arts programs to the hurricane-devastated U.S. Virgin Islands.

The tour will feature songwriters JT Harding (“Somewhere in My Car”), Jim Beavers (“Red Solo Cup”), Justin Ebach (“Sleep Without You”), Jon Nite (“We Were Us”), Jimmy Robbins (“I Could Use a Love Song”), Bridgette Tatum “She’s Country”) and Chase McGill (“When Someone Stops Loving You”) performing their hits and sharing behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the music and the writing process. Guests will enjoy Blue Chair Rum Bay cocktails, a silent auction and an island-inspired dinner menu created by renowned chefs from the Virgin Islands. Songwriter JT Harding will also serve as emcee.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting this Hit Makers and Rum Chasers tour,” says JT. “There’s no app or streaming service of any kind that can give you this kind of experience. Non-stop hit songs performed by the people who wrote them in an island-vibe setting. We’ll make you laugh and pull on your heartstrings. Music City is coming to your city, so don’t miss it!”

All proceeds from the 2019 tour will benefit the Charley Foundation. Tickets are on sale now. More dates will be announced soon.

Hit Makers & Rum Chasers Tour

  • Jan. 29 | Nashville | City Winery: JT Harding, Jon Nite, Bridgette Tatum and Justin Ebach
  • Feb. 7 | Chicago | City Winery: JT Harding, Jim Beavers and Justin Ebach
  • Feb 8. | Kansas City | Cherry Hall: JT Harding, Jim Beavers and Justin Ebach
  • Feb. 16 | Atlanta | GA Freight Depot: JT Harding, Jimmy Robbins, Bridgette Tatum and Corri English Bentley
  • March 7 | New York City | City Winery: JT Harding, Jimmy Robins and Jim Beavers
  • March 8 | Boston | City Winery: JT Harding, Jimmy Robins and Jim Beavers
  • March 9 | Cambridge, MD | venue TBA: JT Harding, Bridgette Tatum and Jim Beavers
  • March 20 | Charleston | Galliard Center: JT Harding, Jon Nite and Chase McGill
  • March 21 | Washington, DC | City Winery: JT Harding, Jon Nite and Chase McGill
  • April 13 | St John, USVI | venue TBA: JT Harding, Jimmy Robbins and Bridgette Tatum
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photo by Nash Country Daily

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Watch Reba McEntire Perform “Hard Candy Christmas” in Sneak Peek of Tonight’s “CMA Country Christmas” TV Special [+ Photo Gallery]

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:37

Reba McEntire returns for a second year as host of the ninth annual CMA Country Christmas, a two-hour music celebration that airs on ABC on Dec. 10.

CMA Country Christmas was taped on Sept. 27 at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. In addition to Reba, this year’s lineup includes performances by Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling and The Isaacs.

“I’ve always cherished celebrating Christmas alongside family and friends, taking time to reflect on the season,” says Reba. “I’m so excited CMA invited me back to host their show and am looking forward to fun singing carols with my friends.”

CMA Country Christmas airs on ABC on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. CT.

Watch Reba’s performance of “Hard Candy Christmas,” a song Dolly Parton made famous in 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Check out our photo gallery from CMA Country Christmas, courtesy of photographer Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com.

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photos by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Kip Moore Extends “Room to Spare Acoustic Tour” Into 2019 With More Than 25 Dates

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 13:05

Kip Moore will extend his Room to Spare Acoustic Tour into 2019 with more than 25 dates, including stops in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and more. The tour will also make four stops in the U.K. Charlie Worsham and Muscadine Bloodline will serve as support.

Tickets go on sale on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. local time.

Kip released a new EP, Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions, on Nov. 16. The seven-song EP features six never-before-released songs, including five that were co-penned by Kip.

Room to Spare Acoustic Tour

  • March 7 | Chicago, IL | Copernicus Center**
  • March 8 | Carmel, IN | The Palladium**
  • March 9 | Bowling Green, KY | SKYPAC**
  • March 14 | Minneapolis, MN | The State Theatre*
  • March 15 | Ottumwa, IA | Bridge View Events Center*
  • March 16 | Springfield, MO | Gillioz Theatre*
  • March 21 | Morgantown, WV | The Metropolitan Theatre**
  • March 22 | Athens, OH | Memorial Auditorium**
  • March 23 | Richmond, VA | The National**
  • March 28 | Sacramento, CA | Crest Theatre**
  • March 29 | Santa Rosa, CA | Luther Burbank Center for the Arts**
  • March 30 | Hanford, CA – Fox Theatre**
  • April 18 | Moncton, NB | Capitol Theater
  • April 19 | Halifax, NS | Casino Nova Scotia
  • April 20 | Charlottetown, PEI | Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • April 25 | Atlanta, GA | The Buckhead Theatre**
  • April 26 | Macon, GA | The Grand Opera House**
  • April 27 | McMinnville, TN | Cumberland Caverns**
  • May 2 | Boston, MA | Wilbur Theatre**
  • May 3 | New Brunswick, NJ | State Theatre**
  • May 4 | Burlington, VT | Flynn Center**
  • May 9 | Ridgefield, CT | Ridgefield Playhouse**
  • May 10 | Portland, ME | The State Theatre**
  • May 11 | Glenside, PA | Keswick Theatre**
  • May 26 | Manchester, UK | Academy 2
  • May 27 | Glasgow, UK | Fruitmarket
  • May 29 | Birmingham, UK | Town Hall
  • May 30 | London, UK | Cadogan Hall

*Dates with Charlie Worsham
**Dates with Muscadine Bloodline

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photo by Jason Simanek

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Ring in the New Year in Nashville With Free Show Featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton & More

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:23

You can ring in the New Year in Nashville with a free show featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and Fisk Jubilee Singers

The free event—dubbed the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville—will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (approximately one mile from the heart of downtown). This will be the fourth year that Keith headlines the event.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31, followed by the raising of the Music Note (Nashville’s equivalent to NYC’s ball drop) to kick off the live music. The event will include the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display to ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline.

The Nashville show will be featured on NBC’s New Year’s Eve national broadcast from Times Square in New York, with hosts Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen and Leslie Jones.

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photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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George Strait Drops Intoxicating New Song, “Código,” [Listen]

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:28

George Strait dropped an intoxicating new track, “Código,” on Dec. 7.

Penned by George, his son Bubba Strait and longtime collaborator Dean Dillion, “Código” references the tequila brand that George co-owns.

The tune is George’s first new music since 2015’s Cold Beer Conversation, his 29th studio album. George is currently working on new music that’s slated to be released in 2019.

2019 is lining up to be a busy year for the Cowboy—George has announced four Strait to Vegas shows (Feb. 1, Feb. 2, Aug. 23, Aug. 24) as well as dates at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on March 30, Buckeye Country Superfest in Columbus, Ohio, on June 8, and Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Nov. 22. George will wrap 2018 with two Vegas shows on Dec. 7 and 8.

Listen to “Código” below.

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photo by Curtis Hilbun / JpegFoto.com

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South Carolina Woman Loses $160,000 to Social Media Scammer Posing as Dierks Bentley

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 09:30

The Herald is reporting that a Rock Hill, S.C., woman has lost $160,000 to a social media scammer posing as Dierks Bentley.

According to the report, the woman has been sending cashier’s checks and gift cards to a person claiming to be Dierks for two years. The woman told police she met the suspect via Twitter and exchanged text messages.

Rock Hill authorities have determined the case will have to be investigated by federal authorities.

In June, more than 20 country stars united for a PSA to combat imposters on social media. Spearheaded by Blake Shelton—and posted on his YouTube page—the PSA includes appearances by Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Jake Owen, Travis Denning, Brett Young, Maggie Rose, Trace Adkins, Old Dominion, Cale Dodds, Cole Swindell and Michael Ray.

The gist of the PSA: make sure to look for the blue verified check mark next to the name of the country star on their social media accounts and never give out any of your private information. These guys and gals don’t want—or need—you to send them any money.

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photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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2019 Grammy Nominees Include Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris & More

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:54

Nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced this morning (Dec. 7).

In the all-genre categories, Kacey Musgraves picked up an Album of the Year nomination, while Margo Price and Luke Combs nabbed New Artist of the Year nominations. Maren Morris was nominated for Record of the Year for her collaboration with Zedd and Grey.

Kacey also earned nominations for Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

Maren also earned nominations for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song.

Chris Stapleton copped three nominations for Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, while Brothers Osborne picked up two nominations for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Willie Nelson earned nominations for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and Best American Roots Performance. John Prine scored three nominations for Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song (twice).

Check out the list of nominees in the world of country, bluegrass, Americana and roots, as well as the all-genre categories that feature country artists.

Album Of The Year
Award to Artist(s) and to Featured Artist(s), Songwriter(s) of new material, Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s), Mixer(s) and Mastering Engineer(s) credited with at least 33% playing time of the album, if other than Artist.

  • INVASION OF PRIVACY
    Cardi B
    Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Belcalis Almanzar & Jorden Thorpe, songwriters; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Dave Cobb & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Brandi Carlile, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
  • SCORPION
    Drake
    Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
  • H.E.R.
    H.E.R.
    Darhyl “Hey DJ” Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Jeff Robinson, producers; Miki Tsutsumi, engineer/mixer; Darhyl Camper Jr & H.E.R., songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
  • BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS
    Post Malone
    Louis Bell & Post Malone, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Louis Bell & Austin Post, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • DIRTY COMPUTER
    Janelle Monáe
    Chuck Lightning & Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, producers; Mick Guzauski, Janelle Monáe Robinson & Nate “Rocket” Wonder, engineers/mixers; Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Taylor Parks & Janelle Monáe Robinson, songwriters; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
  • GOLDEN HOUR
    Kacey Musgraves
    Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, producers; Craig Alvin & Shawn Everett, engineers/mixers; Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves & Daniel Tashian, songwriters; Greg Calbi & Steve Fallone, mastering engineers
  • BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM, MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY
    (Various Artists)
    Kendrick Lamar, featured artist; Kendrick Duckworth & Sounwave, producers; Matt Schaeffer, engineer/mixer; Kendrick Duckworth & Mark Spears, songwriters; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer

Record Of The Year
Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist.

  • I LIKE IT
    Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
    Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie Brathwaite & Evan LaRay, engineers/mixers; Colin Leonard, mastering engineer
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile
    Dave Cobb & Shooter Jennings, producers; Tom Elmhirst & Eddie Spear, engineers/mixers; Pete Lyman, mastering engineer
  • THIS IS AMERICA
    Childish Gambino
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, producers; Derek “MixedByAli” Ali & Riley Mackin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • GOD’S PLAN
    Drake
    Boi-1Da, Cardo & Young Exclusive, producers; Noel Cadastre, Noel “Gadget” Campbell & Noah Shebib, engineers/mixers; Chris Athens, mastering engineer
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
    Lady Gaga & Benjamin Rice, producers; Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer
  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Lamar & SZA
    Al Shux & Sounwave, producers; Sam Ricci & Matt Schaeffer, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
    Louis Bell & Tank God, producers; Louis Bell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers; Mike Bozzi, mastering engineer
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
    Grey, Monsters & Strangerz & Zedd, producers; Grey, Tom Morris, Ryan Shanahan & Zedd, engineers/mixers; Mike Marsh, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE STARS
    Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA)
  • BOO’D UP
    Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
  • GOD’S PLAN
    Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
  • IN MY BLOOD
    Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes & Geoffrey Warburton, songwriters (Shawn Mendes)
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
  • THE MIDDLE
    Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha & Anton Zaslavski, songwriters (Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey)
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)
  • THIS IS AMERICA
    Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)

Best New Artist
An artist will be considered for Best New Artist if their eligibility year release/s achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.

  • CHLOE X HALLE
  • LUKE COMBS
  • GRETA VAN FLEET
  • H.E.R.
  • DUA LIPA
  • MARGO PRICE
  • BEBE REXHA
  • JORJA SMITH

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative pop recordings. Singles or Tracks only.

  • FALL IN LINE
    Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
  • DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART
    Backstreet Boys
  • ‘S WONDERFUL
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
  • SHALLOW
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
  • GIRLS LIKE YOU
    Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
  • SAY SOMETHING
    Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
  • THE MIDDLE
    Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new traditional pop recordings.

  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
    Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
  • MY WAY
    Willie Nelson
  • NAT “KING” COLE & ME
    Gregory Porter
  • STANDARDS (DELUXE)
    Seal
  • THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC!
    Barbra Streisand

Best Country Solo Performance
For new vocal or instrumental solo country recordings.

  • WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT?
    Loretta Lynn
  • MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS
    Maren Morris
  • BUTTERFLIES
    Kacey Musgraves
  • MILLIONAIRE
    Chris Stapleton
  • PARALLEL LINE
    Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
For new vocal or instrumental duo/group or collaborative country recordings.

  • SHOOT ME STRAIGHT
    Brothers Osborne
  • TEQUILA
    Dan + Shay
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Little Big Town
  • DEAR HATE
    Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
  • MEANT TO BE
    Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • BREAK UP IN THE END
    Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
  • DEAR HATE
    Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
  • I LIVED IT
    Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
  • SPACE COWBOY
    Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
  • TEQUILA
    Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
  • WHEN SOMEONE STOPS LOVING YOU
    Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new country recordings.

  • UNAPOLOGETICALLY
    Kelsea Ballerini
  • PORT SAINT JOE
    Brothers Osborne
  • GIRL GOING NOWHERE
    Ashley McBryde
  • GOLDEN HOUR
    Kacey Musgraves
  • FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2
    Chris Stapleton

Best American Roots Performance
For new vocal or instrumental American Roots recordings. This is for performances in the style of any of the subgenres encompassed in the American Roots Music field including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk or regional roots. Award to the artist(s).

  • KICK ROCKS
    Sean Ardoin
  • SAINT JAMES INFIRMARY BLUES
    Jon Batiste
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile
  • ALL ON MY MIND
    Anderson East
  • LAST MAN STANDING
    Willie Nelson

Best American Roots Song
A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Americana, bluegrass, traditional blues, contemporary blues, folk or regional roots songs. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.

  • ALL THE TROUBLE
    Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack & Adam Wright, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)
  • BUILD A BRIDGE
    Jeff Tweedy, songwriter (Mavis Staples)
  • THE JOKE
    Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)
  • KNOCKIN’ ON YOUR SCREEN DOOR
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)
  • SUMMER’S END
    Pat McLaughlin & John Prine, songwriters (John Prine)

Best Americana Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental Americana recordings.

  • BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU
    Brandi Carlile
  • THINGS HAVE CHANGED
    Bettye LaVette
  • THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS
    John Prine
  • THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE
    Lee Ann Womack
  • ONE DROP OF TRUTH
    The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new vocal or instrumental bluegrass recordings.

  • PORTRAITS IN FIDDLES
    Mike Barnett
  • SISTER SADIE II
    Sister Sadie
  • RIVERS AND ROADS
    Special Consensus
  • THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS
    The Travelin’ McCourys
  • NORTH OF DESPAIR
    Wood & Wire
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Watch the Oak Ridge Boys Perform “Amazing Grace” at President George H. W. Bush’s Funeral

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:41

Approximately 1,200 guests attended President George H. W. Bush’s funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Dec. 6 to bid farewell to the 41st president, including the Oak Ridge Boys, who performed an a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace” after making a lighthearted joke that President Bush considered himself to be a good bass singer.

“We first sang for him in October of 1983 on the lawn of the White House when he was vice president, and he said, ‘Fellas,’ he always called us fellas, ‘Would you sing me a few songs, I’m a big fan,” said the Oaks’ Joe Bonsall before the performance. “For decades we have sang for him. And this is, again, a real honor to be here. What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer—he was not. We’ll sing for our president.”

Watch the Oaks’ performance below.

“We’ll sing for our president.”

The Oak Ridge Boys sing “Amazing Grace” at funeral service for former Pres. George H.W. Bush in Houston, TX. https://t.co/GVUtvaVWZW #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/0ipkITrNvL

— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2018

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Watch Reba McEntire Sing the “Lord’s Prayer” at President George H. W. Bush’s Funeral

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 13:20

Approximately 1,200 guests attended President George H. W. Bush’s funeral at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Dec. 6 to bid farewell to the 41st president, including Reba McEntire, who sang the “Lord’s Prayer.”

“It was an honor and privilege to sing at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral this morning,” said Reba via Twitter. “He was a great friend and leader and I will never forget the time we shared together.”

Watch Reba’s performance below.

Reba McEntire sings “The Lord’s Prayer” at a funeral service honoring former Pres. George H.W. Bush. https://t.co/GVUtvaVWZW #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/pe5VkN5FFT

— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2018

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Dolly Parton’s “Girl in the Movies” Earns Golden Globe Nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:03

Dolly Parton’s new song, “Girl in the Movies,” from the Netflix movie, Dumplin’, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. In addition to re-recording six songs from her iconic catalog for the movie’s soundtrack, Dolly co-penned and recorded six new songs, including “Girl in the Movies.”

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture

  • “All the Stars” (Black Panther)
  • “Girl in the Movies” (Dumplin’)
  • “Requiem for a Private War” (A Private War)
  • “Revelation” (Boy Erased)
  • “Shallow” (A Star Is Born)

Dumplin’, which is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 best-selling novel of the same name, stars Danielle Macdonald as the plus-size daughter of Jennifer Aniston, a former Texas beauty queen. The daughter is a Dolly fanatic who competes in her mom’s former beauty pageant as a protest.

The 12-song soundtrack features collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray and Dorothy.

The album was released on Nov. 30, while Netflix will release the movie on Dec. 7.

photo courtesy of Sony Music

Dumplin’ Track Listing

  1. “Here I Am” (Dolly Parton & Sia)
  2. “Holdin’ On to You” (Dolly Parton & Elle King)
  3. “Girl in the Movies”
  4. “Red Shoes”
  5. “Why” (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)
  6. “Dumb Blonde” (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)
  7. “Here You Come Again” (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)
  8. “Who”
  9. “Push & Pull”
  10. “If We Don’t” (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)
  11. “Two Doors Down” (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with Dorothy)
  12. “Jolene” (New String Version)

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Toby Keith Celebrates 25 Years of No. 1 Debut Single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 10:01

Toby Keith’s 1993 debut single, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” helped ignite a career that has seen the Oklahoma native win multiple CMA Awards and ACM Awards, earn 20 No. 1 singles and sell more than 40 million albums worldwide.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Toby’s breakthrough song and self-titled debut album—which also included Top 5 hits “He Ain’t Worth Missing,” “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action” and “Wish I Didn’t Know Now”—Toby’s family, friends and industry insiders gathered at Nashville’s BMI headquarters on Dec. 5 to present Toby with a special citation of achievement.

NFL Hall of Fame member Terry Bradshaw, producer/executive Harold Shedd, and Toby’s daughters Shelley and Krystal and wife Trisha were on hand for the celebration that recognized Toby for more than 7 million broadcast performances of “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”

Check out some of the photos below, courtesy of Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com.

Toby will perform two shows at the Grand Ole Opry in the Ryman Auditorium on Dec. 7. The following night, he will also perform at the Nashville Symphony’s 34th Annual Symphony Ball where he will be honored with their 2018 Harmony Award, which recognizes an individual who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community.

photos by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Scotty McCreery & Gabi Dugal Featured on the Cover of “Southern Bride” Magazine

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:39

Scotty McCreery and his new bride Gabi Dugal McCreery will grace the cover of the Winter/Spring 2019 issue of Southern Bride. The magazine will be on stands in early January. Fans can pre-order a copy now and have it shipped to them in mid-December.

photo by Six Foot Photography

Scotty, 25, and Gabi, 24, tied the knot in North Carolina on June 16.

The couple met in kindergarten in Garner, N.C., and grew up together in the close-knit community. They began dating six years ago during their senior year at Garner High School. Gabi has appeared in several of Scotty’s music videos, including “The Trouble with Girls,” “Feelin’ It” and “Five More Minutes.”

Scotty and Gabi got engaged in September 2017 during a hike in the mountains of North Carolina near Grandfather Mountain. When the couple summited the mountain, Scotty got down on one knee, presented a ring he had helped design specifically for her, and asked Gabi to be his wife.

“I’ve been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened,” said Scotty. “Gabi is the perfect girl and my true love, and I cannot wait to begin building our life together as husband and wife.”

The wedding ceremony, which was officiated by Scotty’s childhood pastor, was attended by more than 200 family and friends.

photo by Six Foot Photography/Southern Bride Magazine

 

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“Women Want to Hear Women With Elaina” Featuring Danielle Bradbery

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:44

Danielle Bradbery has been in the public eye since winning The Voice as a 16-year-old in 2013. But winning a reality talent competition doesn’t immediately translate to superstardom. Like most reality show winners, Danielle has had to work tirelessly to prove herself—and find herself as an artist.

In our sit-down interview this week, Danielle talks about her time on The Voice, growing up in the public eye, finding her confidence, releasing her recent album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, and so much more—including her thoughts on how to get more women on country radio. Plus, Danielle covers Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” and performs her recent single, “Worth It.” Hope you enjoy!

Podcast Participants:

  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Elaina Smith, host of WWTHW

Videos:

  • Danielle “Plays It Forward” by covering Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.”
  • Danielle performs her recent single, “Worth It.”

Danielle’s Women Want to Hear Women Playlist

Need a refresher what #WomenWantToHearWomen is all about?
Past episodes: 
Kacey Musgraves
Dolly Parton
Carly Pearce
Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square
Tegan Marie
Clare Dunn
Stephanie Quayle 
Sarah Darling
Rachel Reinert
Carrie Underwood
Abby Anderson
Runaway June
Kalie Shorr
Rachel Wammack
Jessie Chris
Tenille Townes
Delta Rae
Logan Brill
Maren Morris
RaeLynn
Heather Morgan
Leah Turner

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