Jake Owen Slams Tom Petty's Country Comments
Country crooner Jake Owen is taking aim at roots rocker Tom Petty for Petty's recent digs against contemporary country music. In an interview with SiriusXM, Owen called Petty's comments "ridiculous" and "uneducated," adding that he couldn't understand why Petty was making comments about a format he's not even a part of. Petty recently told "Rolling Stone" magazine that today's country music reminded him of mid-'80s rock, "where it became incredibly generic and relied on videos." He added, "I'm sure there are people playing country that are doing it well, but they're just not getting the attention that the gets."
Petty also called out country music at a concert in New York in March, calling it "bad rock with a fiddle." Owen's fellow country singer Chris Stapleton has also thrown down the gauntlet in response to Petty's remarks. In an open letter Stapleton called on the rocker to record an album with him if he wants better country music.
Chris Young On The Mend
Chris Young is battling back from a leg infection that landed him in a Denver-area hospital last week. "Country Weekly" says the singer was finally moved out of intensive care and into a regular room late last week. Young was traveling to Montana for a concert last Wednesday when be began experiencing symptoms that sent him to the hospital for emergency treatment. Doctors are apparently still not sure what caused the infection but the singer is said to be doing well.
Chris' mother, Becky Harris, said he up and walking around on Friday. Young is expected to resume his tour Thursday in Redding, California. His new album, "A.M." is due out on September 17th.
The Band Perry Announces World Tour
The Band Perry are packing their bags for world wide tour. The group has announced the dates for their upcoming "We Are Pioneers World Tour." Kicking off on November 8th in Gothenburg, Sweden, the trio is set to hit 20 European countries through December 5th. Then in 2014 the group will begin a three month trek across North America. Once stateside, the group will make stops in Montana, Michigan, Missouri and Georgia. They will wrap up the trek in Estero, Florida on March 22nd.
In a statement on the group's website, Kimberly Perry says "we live to play." She adds that the group "can't wait to bring WE ARE PIONEERS to the world."
Nov. 8: Gothenburg, Sweden
Nov. 10: Stockholm, Sweden
Nov. 11: Skien, Norway
Nov. 12: Oslo, Norway
Nov. 13: Trondheim, Norway
Nov. 15: Helsingborg, Sweden
Nov. 16: Randers, Denmark
Nov. 18: Cologne, Germany
Nov. 19: Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 20: Berlin, Germany
Nov. 22: Munich, Germany
Nov. 23: Zurich, Switzerland
Nov. 25: Paris, France
Nov. 26: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nov. 29: Birmingham, England
Nov. 30: Glasgow, Scotland
Dec. 1: Manchester, England
Dec. 2: London, England
Dec. 4: Dublin, Ireland
Dec. 5: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jan. 9: Penticton, British Columbia
Jan 10: Kamloops, British Columbia
Jan. 11: Prince George, British Columbia
Jan. 12: Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Jan. 15: Red Deer, Alberta
Jan. 16: Lethbridge, Alberta
Jan. 18: Regina, Saskatchewan
Jan. 21: Sudbury, Ontario
Jan 22: Kitchener, Ontario
Jan. 23: Oshawa, Ontario
Jan. 24: Kingston, Ontario
Feb. 6: Independence, Mo.
Feb. 8: Bemidji, Minn.
Feb. 9: Grand Forks, N.D.
Feb. 13: Dubuque, Iowa
Feb. 14: Kearney, Neb.
Feb. 15, Rapid City, S.D.
Feb. 16: Billings, Mont.
Feb. 20: Rockford, Ill.
Feb. 21: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Feb. 22: Corbin, Ky.
Feb. 23: Saginaw, Mich.
Feb. 27: Green Bay, Wis.
Feb. 28: Mankato, Minn.
March 1: Duluth, Minn.
March 2: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
March 7: Savannah, Ga.
March 20: Macon, Ga.
March 21: St. Augustine, Fla.
March 22: Estero, Fla.
Tim McGraw Filming Another Movie Next Month
Tim McGraw is making his way back to the big screen. The country superstar recently told ABC News Radio that he's set to start shooting a new movie next month. But McGraw isn't offering many details on the film. He says "there's something really cool going on," adding that even though it may not be a "surprising role" for him, he thinks it's going to be a "great film." Tim says he's looking forward to getting involved in the project, which he expects will keep him pretty busy this winter. McGraw most recently graced the silver screen in 2010's "Country Strong." His acting résumé also includes 2009's "The Blind Side" and 2004's "Friday Night Lights."
Luke Bryan "Flips And Flops" With Excitement Over New Album
Luke Bryan says he's reaching new levels of excitement over the release of his latest album, "Crash My Party." His fourth studio effort came out last Tuesday, and reportedly sold around 500-thousand copies in its first week.
But there is one downside -- Bryan can't seem to get a good night's sleep with all the adrenaline running through his body. He jokes that whenever he gets in bed, he can't help but "flip and flop" around with excitement. But he calls it an "amazing emotion," adding that this is how you want to feel when your new album comes out.
Bryan's second show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on October 19th sold out Friday morning in less than five minutes. The first show, scheduled for October 18th, also sold out in less than five minutes.
Vince Gill Calls Johnny Cash's Voice "Demanding And Commanding"
Vince Gill says Johnny Cash had a one-of-a-kind voice.
Gill -- who took the stage at the Johnny Cash Music Festival this past weekend in Jonesboro, Arkansas -- says he also loves the simplicity in Cash's music. He points to the country legend's early recordings in particular, noting that they usually featured just three guys playing music rather than trying to "wow" the listener with elaborate arrangements.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival also featured performances from Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune, and Cash's siblings, Tommy and Joanne. The event raised money to renovate Cash's childhood home, and also provided money for scholarships at Arkansas State University.
Tyler Farr Celebrates First Gold Record
Tyler Farr has earned his first gold record with his latest single, "Redneck Crazy." And even though he knows there's a lot more work to do, that doesn't mean he won't take the time to do a little celebrating.
Farr admits it's still hard to believe he already has a gold record under his belt. He says it's unreal to think that one of his songs is decorating the walls of the Sony Music Nashville building along with other hit singles. Farr's debut album -- also called "Redneck Crazy" -- is due out September 30th.
Old Crow Medicine Show Invited To Join Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is inviting the string band Old Crow Medicine Show to join its ranks. Opry member Marty Stuart formally extended the invitation during the group's concert at the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square in Cleveland on Friday. According to the Opry's website, Stuart surprised the group onstage, asking them if they'd consider "becoming part of this great American story and becoming Grand Ole Opry members?" After saying yes, the audience gave the group a standing ovation. The group will formally be inducted into the Opry on Tuesday, September 17th.
Carrie Underwood Shares Her Favorite Healthy Living Apps
Carrie Underwood is offering a little insight into her smartphone. The country superstar and recently-announced host of this year's CMA Awards tells "USA Today" she doesn't use the device to play games. Instead, Underwood says she fills it with apps that have to do with what she calls "healthy-living stuff." Some of her most frequently clicked-on include the Livestrong calorie tracker and the Whole Foods app. Underwood says the latter gives her recipes and shopping lists, and also helps her find the nearest grocery store, which is a must when she's on the road.
It was just announced last week that Underwood will be teaming up with Brad Paisley to host the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards. This year's ceremony -- scheduled to take place on November 6th -- will be the duo's sixth consecutive stint as the event's emcees.
Country TV Tonight
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) The Court Yard Hounds take the stage.
THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (CBS) Gretchen Wilson performs.
Country Birthdays Include
Eddy Raven is 69.
Lee Ann Womack is 47.
Mark McGuinn is 45.
Clay Walker is 44.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1972, Elvis Presley's "Burnin' Love" debuted on the charts. It was The King's final top ten pop hit, and the last Gold single he earned in his lifetime.
Today in 1978, Crystal Gayle topped the charts with the single "Talking in Your Sleep."
Today in 1986, John Schneider's single "You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight" topped the country charts.
Today in 1994, the Tractors debuted on the country charts with "Baby Likes to Rock It."
Today in 1995, Brooks and Dunn topped the "Billboard" country singles chart with "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone."
Today in 1997, Lonestar's Dean Sams and his wife, Kim, welcomed their first child, daughter Britney Deann.
Today in 1998, Vince Gill's album "The Key" debuted at the top of the country album chart.
Today in 2000, Reba McEntire was in Sao Paulo, Brazil performing as the headliner at the Barretos Rodeo -- before a crowd of 50-thousand.
Today in 2003, Sara Evans' album "Restless" was released. The CD includes the hits "Perfect" and "Suds in the Bucket."
Today in 2006, The Gatlin Brothers and Billy Joe Shaver were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage.
Today in 2006, Keith Urban's "Once In A Lifetime," the first single from his CD "Love, Pain and the whole crazy Thing," was released. The track entered the "Billboard" Hot Country Song Chart at number 17, becoming the highest debuting single in the chart's 62-year history.
Today in 2007, Josh Turner shot the video for his single "Firecracker."
Today in 2008, new releases included Crystal Shawanda's debut CD "Dawn of a New Day," George Jones' album "Burn Your Playhouse Down," Glen Campbell's "Meet Glen Campbell," the DVDs "Tammy Wynette: Legendary Performances" and "Marty Robbins: Legendary Performances," Lady Antebellum's video "Lookin' For a Good Time," and an updated edition of Keith Urban's "Greatest Hits: 19 Kids," which added the song "You Look Good In My Shirt."
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