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.
Kenny Chesney won’t tour next summer!
And that’s really hard to believe because when you think summer in the country music world, you think Kenny Chesney monster stadium tours. I mean, c’mon, the guy just sold his millionth ticket last month – for 2013 alone!
Still, Kenny says he wants to slow things down and spend more time making albums. “I love touring more than anyone in the world,” Kenny tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”
“We have so much fun out there … with the fans, the other bands… It’s summer camp with guitars and a great sound system. And when we hit that stage every night, and hear the crowd, that’s the best drug in the world,” he said. “How you take a year off from that is hard; but music is the reason I do all of it, so right now, when I’m coming off an album that took me places I didn’t know I was gonna go, I think that’s what I should be exploring.”
Let’s face it, the guy deserves a break – he has only taken off one other summer since 2001.
Willie Nelson scores some of country’s biggest lady stars for his “To All the Girls” duets album!
At 80, Willie Nelson’s still got it.
He has landed Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert and a bunch of other stars for his To All the Girls duets album, coming out Sept. 24. Carrie’s singing “Always on My Mind”, Dolly, “From Here to the Moon and Back” and Miranda Lambert will do “She Was No Good for Me”.
Here’s the rest of the track listing:
“It Won’t Be Very Long,” Secret Sisters
“Please Don’t Tell Me,” Rosanne Cash
“Far Away Places,” Sheryl Crow
“Bloody Mary Morning,” Wynonna
“Somewhere Between,” Loretta Lynn
“No Mas Amor,” Alison Krauss
“Back on Earth,” Melanie Cannon
“Grandma’s Hands,” Mavis Staples
“Walkin’,” Norah Jones
“‘Til the End of the World,” Shelby Lynne
“Will You Remember Mine,” Lily Meola
“Dry Lightning,” Emmylou Harris
“Making Believe,” Brandi Carlile
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” Paula Nelson
“After the Fire Is Gone,” Tina Rose
Florida Georgia Line cruises to a new Billboard Hot Country Songs record
That “Cruise” song is a catchy diddy, ya gotta admit.
How catchy? Well, it is now the longest running No. 1 song ever on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It just cruised by three other (older) songs that had been stuck at 21 weeks.
And Cruise now has 22 weeks – and counting?
Congrats to Florida Georgia Line!