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.
Luke Bryan’s Central Park dreams are coming true
You might remember the Okie hat act named Garth Brooks who once packed a half a million or so folks into New York City’s Central Park.
Now, Luke Bryan is pretty pumped to play the same venue July 13 as part of the ABC Good Morning America summer concert series.
“You know, to be a kid from Leesburg, Georgia, and at some point in my career, life has brought me to where I’m performing on Good Morning America in the heart of New York City in one of the most recognizable places in the world, and I’m just excited. It’s gonna be fun,” Luke told reporters.
“A big smile is on my face every time I talk about it. . . . So, I love bringing that to New York City, and obviously, I love having it on TV.”
We do too.
Alan Jackson: Those Colorado wildfires are “just the saddest thing”
And that’s a pretty big statement coming from the guy who wrote and performed “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”
And he just couldn’t ignore the wildfires that are destroying thousands of homes and businesses nearby. So Alan worked with the concert promoter and a Denver radio station to sell off some front-row seats beforehand.
The several thousand dollars raised went to the Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund.
“It’s just the saddest thing,” Alan told the crowd. “I’m just heart broke about all the fires out here. We really appreciate all the great people that have been helping them out.”
“They sold some of the seats down here on a special deal to try and raise some money to help fight that battle,” Alan told the crowd. “Whoever bought those, that was mighty nice of y’all and I really appreciate it.”
David Nail wonders: What does Adele think of me???
David Nail loves his sports talk radio, so much so that he rarely hears any pop music. So when he and his wife heard Adele’s “Someone Like You” in the car earlier this year, David was blown away.
“I just fell love with it,” David told reporters, adding that he went home and found it online and listened to the song on repeat.
“Just listened to it so many times,” he said.
David eventually cut a video of his own version of the song, a version that will be included in an EP he’s releasing July 17.
And David admits he can’t help but wonder what Adele might think.
“I think anytime you do something like that you’re scared to death because the last thing you want is to get on your Twitter and see Adele going, ‘Who in the hell is this redneck singing my song?’ But it hasn’t happened yet. So, either she likes it or she’s like, ‘Don’t bother me with this stuff.’”
Maybe Adele will have time to listen to David or other music when rocking a baby next year. The Grammy winner announced on June 29 she is expecting her first child.