Maybe we’re feeling a bit reverent in light of losing George Jones last week, but allow us to celebrate Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday today with some of our favorite video clips. READ FULL STORY »
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If, like me, you were hoping there was a new episode of Nashville tonight so you could see what happens next between Scarlett and Gunnar, last seen finally making out on their couch (after he told her that his brother had been beaten to death — romantic?), I’ve got some bad news: The next new episode doesn’t air until March 27. I’m all for foreplay, but that’s just cruel!
While you watch the hookup again below, here’s some good news: I’m assured what happens next will be worth the wait. (And then we have the introduction of Scarlett and Gunnar’s hot new neighbor, played by The O.C.‘s Chris Carmack, to look forward to in future episodes.) But also in that March 27 episode: Rayna will appear on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie to discuss her failed marriage and career resurgence. Just how candid will she be? And will we get cutaway shots to Teddy, Deacon, and Juliette watching? READ FULL STORY »
After weeks of breathless, pearl-clutching promotion for the infamous Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey fight, tonight’s American Idol revealed what prompted Minaj’s freakout in the first place. The Charlotte auditions episode featured a somewhat rational debate (prompted by Minaj) on whether a contestant should feel “forced” to “do the country thing,” and then we saw Minaj determinedly stomping off the set after complaining that “Maybe I should get off the f—ing panel.”
What we didn’t see, of course, was a single second of Minaj’s cringe-inducing motormouth-y rant captured in October’s buzz-magnet handheld video. In fact, it’s likely the “fight” we saw tonight had no real linear connection with the leaked footage, which makes the over-promotion even more obnoxious. Fox chose to save face — including any of that leaked footage on-air would be a huge turnoff, and Minaj has enough detractors as it is. READ FULL STORY »
I’ll bet you didn’t know that in the ’90s, Jimmy Fallon and Carrie Underwood performed together as singing duo Jim Carrie. (Carrie looked very grown-up for her age, considering she was born in 1983.) The two double-handedly invented a new genre: country-rap, or c’rap. Their country-fried takes on classics like “Straight Outta Compton” (which, in this iteration, is about a “crazy mother-effer named Ice Cube, from the gang called Fellas With Attitude”) and “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” will have your toes tapping and your eyes watering. Who knew that “The Humpty Dance” would sound so moving as a ballad?
American Idol Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery couldn’t quite find his footing last Friday while opening for country superstar Brad Paisley in Bethel, N.Y. The 18-year-old fell off the stage while performing. Unfazed by the slip, he then literally rolled back up onto the platform and continued belting Travis Tritt’s “T.R.O.U.B.L.E.”
The baby-faced country crooner jokingly blamed the slip-up on Paisley, tweeting that the singer had pranked him and “narrowed up the stage” for his last song.
Paisley punk’d his tourmate again the following night, lining the stage with traffic cones and caution tape. The vicious pranking cycle began when McCreery dressed up as Paisley during a previous performance. The pair clearly know how to keep each other on their toes.
Watch the video of the performance and tumble (at 8:15) below. READ FULL STORY »
This summer, country singer Dierks Bentley had his 10th No. 1 hit with the footstomper “5-1-5-0,” which has helped keep the crowds rockin’ on his Country & Cold Cans Tour. Inspired by their, let’s call it enthusiasm, and the desire to give college students new music for their end-of-summer parties and fall football tailgates, he paid for studio time himself to record some new tunes. The result is his Country & Cold Cans EP, which includes four new songs — the title track, “Grab a Beer,” “Back Porch,” and “Summer on Fire” – and the radio edit of his similarly suds-soaked current single, “Tip it on Back,” from his album Home. “I think the fans will dig the sound. It’s a little grittier, a little different,” Bentley says. “There’s some hand clips, some beatin’ on things. It’s just fun for me to get a chance to do something different every now and then.”
Listen to our exclusive stream of “Back Porch” below. (Think of it as Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” for people who don’t live near a lake). Then, we asked Bentley to name five of his craziest summer memories. Lucky for us, he documented most of them — including an awesome band vs. crew Braveheart reenactment — in his web series, DBTV. Country & Cold Cans will be released Aug. 21 on iTunes. READ FULL STORY »
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