Dierks Bentley Admits "Crossroads" Show Took Effort
Dierks Bentley says it took a lot of effort to prepare for his "CMT Crossroads" performance with OneRepublic. The country star explains that he knew the group's music but hadn't really examined it before.
Bentley explains that along with the vocal arrangements they faced a number of challenges musically, like finding a way to incorporate a banjo into OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" and a cello into his song "Home." Dierks admits it took a lot of effort but it was also a lot of fun, and he's a bit disappointed to be finished with the project.
Bentley and OneRepublic recently taped their "CMT Crossroads" episode before an invited audience in
Keith Urban Weighs In On "American Idol" Finalists
Keith Urban says he's enjoying this season of "American Idol." The country star explains that he's seeing a lot of growth among the finalists.
Keith adds that the hopefuls are also gaining confidence, which he says is both good and dangerous. He explains that it's important for them to believe in themselves. but overconfidence "can have its own detrimental result." Nine singers are left after M.K. Nobilette's elimination Thursday night. The competition will continue with the next episode of "American Idol," airing on Fox next Wednesday.
Hunter Hayes and Florida Georgia Line are following the competition on "American Idol" -- and extending some encouragement to the finalists. On Thursday's episode of the Fox show, Hunter made a surprise appearance to thank C.J. Harris for performing "Invisible" Wednesday night.
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard extended their best to Dexter Roberts, who sang "Cruise" on Wednesday's show. The judges were less than impressed with his low-tempo version of the country duo's massive hit, and he ended up in the bottom three. But Dexter received enough support from viewers to stay in the running, while M.K. Nobilette was cut from the competition. Dexter and C.J. will join the other seven remaining finalists for another performance round on "American Idol" next Wednesday on Fox.
Merle Haggard To Be Honored At ACM Awards
Merle Haggard has been tapped as this year's
Hag is also being honored with a new tribute album. The star-packed project features Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley teaming up on "Pancho and Lefty," Toby Keith covering "Carolyn," and Jason Aldean singing "Are the Good Times Really Over." Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Thompson Square, and Jake Owen are some of the other stars on the project, while Merle's son Ben is featured on two tracks. Garth Brooks' version of "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down" is included on albums sold at Walmart. "Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" will arrive in stores on April 1st.
"Working Man's Poet" Track Listing
1. "Misery And Gin" (performed by Randy Houser)
2. "Footlights" (performed by Joe Nichols)
3. "Going Where The Lonely Go" (performed by Jason Aldean)
4. "Today I Started Loving You Again" (performed by Kristy Lee Cook)
5. "Carolyn" (performed by Toby Keith)
6. "Pancho And Lefty" (performed by Luke Bryan & Dierks Bentley)
7. "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down" (performed by Garth Brooks - Walmart exclusive track)
8. "You Take Me For Granted" (performed by
9. "Mama Tried" (performed by Ben Haggard)
10. "That's The Way Love Goes" (performed by Dustin Lynch)
11. "Make Up and Faded Blue Jeans" (performed by Jake Owen)
12. "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" (performed by James Wesley)
13. "Workin' Man Blues" (performed by Parmalee)
14. "Are The Good Times Really Over" (performed by Jason Aldean)
15. "Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room" (performed by
16. "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink" (performed by Dustin Lynch)
17. "The Fightin' Side Of Me" (performed by James Wesley)
18. "My Favorite Memory" (performed by Joe Nichols)
19. "Ramblin' Fever" (performed by Randy Houser)
20. "Sing Me Back Home" (performed by Ben Haggard)
Darius Rucker To Host ACM Charity Golf Event
Darius Rucker is once again getting the chance to indulge one of his other passions while helping the
Money raised will go to the ACM Lifting Lives Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance to those in need the music industry. The golf tournament is just one of many activities taking place in conjunction with the 49th annual ACM Awards, which will be presented in
George Jones Biography To Be Published In April
George Jones' story is being put in print. Songwriter Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery and his wife Charlene are sharing their memories of the late country great in the upcoming book "The Legend of George Jones." A release from the publisher says the
"New" Roy Orbison Song To Be Included On "Mystery Girl" Reissue
Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" is getting a makeover to include some never-before released recordings from the late singer. "Mystery Girl - Deluxe" includes the album's original ten tracks, along with eight previously unreleased demos and a "new" Roy Orbison song. "The Way Is Love" was created from a restored Orbison vocal track. The legendary performer's sons Roy Jr., Alex, and Wesley completed the song, adding the instrumentation and background vocals. They add that recording the song was a dream come true. Roy Jr. explains that the primary reason he and his brothers became musicians was to "play in dad's band" when they grew up. At the time of
Another bonus track on "Mystery Girl - Deluxe" is a studio demo of "She's A Mystery To Me" featuring U2's Bono. The set is also packaged with a DVD including a number of music videos and the documentary "Mystery Girl: Unraveled," featuring Bono, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and others who were involved in the making of the album. An audio-only version will be released under the title "Mystery Girl - Expanded." The "Mystery Girl" reissues, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the original album's release, will be in stores on May 20th. A vinyl version will arrive on June 10th.
Love And Theft Singer Hoping Son Becomes Athlete
Love And Theft's Stephen Barker Liles isn't necessarily looking for his son to follow in his musical footsteps. The country singer admits he's going to encourage his boy to be athletic.
But Stephen has time to figure out just where his son's interest lie. The singer became a dad late last year with the birth of his first child, Jett Barker Liles, who's now three-and-a-half-months old.
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1955, Johnny Cash auditioned for Sun Records owner and producer Sam Phillips. Phillips liked Johnny's "Hey Porter," and brought him back the next day to record the song.
Today in 1970, Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain" peaked at number 16 on the pop singles chart.
Today in 1975, Jessi Colter's single "I'm Not Lisa" entered the charts.
Today in 1988, Hank Williams Jr. and Randy Travis were the big winners at the
Today in 1992, pop met country when the single "Justified & Ancient," by The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette peaked at number eleven on the pop singles chart.
Today in 1992, Alan Jackson's "
Today in 1993, Billy Ray Cyrus was among the winners at the Juno Awards,
Today in 1994, the video for John Michael Montgomery's song "Kickin' It Up" was released.
Today in 2000, it was announced that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw would participate in a July fundraiser for the Jackson Zoo in
Today in 2000, new releases included Nickel Creek's self-titled album.
Today in 2002, Lonestar received three awards in the 13th annual American Songwriter Magazine awards, The band took Country Artist of the Year, the hit "I'm Already There" earned Country Song of the Year honors, and lead singer Richie McDonald and co-writers Gary Baker and Frank Myers were named Country Songwriters of the Year.
Today in 2003, Tim McGraw joined rap-rocker Kid Rock to play a surprise benefit concert for the Red Cross in
Today in 2004, Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and his wife, Tara, welcomed their daughter, Brooklyn Leigh.
Today in 2006, Gretchen Wilson made a guest appearance on "Nashville Star."
Today in 2006, new releases included Kenny Rogers' first studio album in three years, "Water & Bridges," and
Today in 2008, Carrie Underwood met hockey player Mike Fisher backstage at her concert in
Today in 2011, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood were among the performers at the "All Together Now - A Celebration Of Service" concert in Washington, DC honoring former President George H.W. Bush.
Today in 2011, Chris Young celebrated the chart-topping success of "Voices" and Luke Bryan had a party for his number one hit "Someone Else Calling You Baby" in separate events in
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