by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
Vince to release a new ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain’
Vince Gill is releasing new music later this year, and his first single in four years is expected to be a powerful ballad that may rival “Go Rest High on That Mountain” for intensity.
Vince tells reporters the song is “Threaten Me With Heaven.”
“Since the song was recorded, my friend (and song co-writer) Will Owsley took his own life, so the song has a profound impact on me now,” said Vince.
“In my lifetime, ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain’ has been the song that helped a lot of people through their grief. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing.
“It’s a powerful, powerful song. I feel like it’s the crown jewel of the new record.”
Vince is back on the Opry August 13, celebrating 20 years of Opry membership.
Shania needed doctor’s note to sing for Vegas gig
Shania Twain had some nervous moments before saying yes to the regular Las Vegas casino gig she booked starting next year.
Seems Shania suffers from a voice box disorder called Dysphonia, which makes it tough to produce sounds – and which knocked her out of the spotlight for a few years.
Shania said she needed the doctor’s approval before booking a 120-show run at Caesars Palace.
“It was totally dependent on the doctor because that was the key to me ever singing again,” Shania told the Las Vegas Sun.
“It’s a voice box issue in the muscle of the voice, very different from having a nodule on the vocal cords, which I’ve never had,” she said.
“It needs a long renewal time, and even today, I am still addressing it. You have to go through the entire recovery process. So once I visited the doctors after I left Vegas, I was more confident.”
Carrie, her hubby buy $3.2 mil of property outside Nashville
It’s not exactly in Beverly Hills.
But Carrie Underwood and hockey hubby Mike Fisher bought a huge tract of land in an affluent county just south of Nashville.
The Fishers will join good buddy Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Kix Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Ashley Judd and a slew of country and non-country stars in Williamson County.
The couple spent $3.2 million on 400 acres, according to The Tennessean. That’s plenty of room to build a studio and an ice rink for Mike, who plays with the NHL’s Nashville Predators.
And that’s the price with no house on the land. The realtor said Carrie and Mike plan to build their primary home on the property.
Jerrod pedals a rolling bar for his new music video
Do ya love cycling? Do you love drinking beer?
Folks, country singer Jerrod Niemann has found the perfect way to combine these two passions, a bar-on-wheels called the Nashville Pedal Tavern.
Patrons belly up to the bar and start pedaling, setting the bar in motion (with a sober person steering, presumably).
Jerrod called his buddies Jake Owen, Lee Brice and others to try out the Nashville Pedal Tavern for the video for his latest single, “One More Drinkin’ Song,” The Tennessean reports.
“The horsepower of this machine is your drunk friends pedaling around on this thing,” Jerrod tells the newspaper.
“I like it because it’s cardio and consuming alcohol at the same time.”
The video will be out in a few weeks.