Country Music 411 Archives for 2021-02

Brett Young Drops New Single "You Got Away With It"

Happy Friday!
Brett Young released his brand new single “You Got Away With It” on Friday (Feb. 26) it's the follow up to his single, "Lady" which just certified Gold!

"I’m speechless. You all made this happen! // I’m so thankful for each and every one of you, my growing family, my incredible team, and the big man above. Cheers to many more! I can’t wait for y’all to hear what’s coming... ????"

Last year Brett talked about his new music and promised that he has more than ballads to offer although singing ballads will always be his thing.

Here's our first taste of that with "You Got Away With It."



Eric Church's Resilient "Never Break Heart" is Here!

New music Friday always brings surprises. 
Eric Church's song, “Never Break Heart,” is a song about hope and encouragement, a song of resilience.

The Chief actually wrote it before the pandemic hit during his legendary month-long songwriting/recording session in the mountains of North Carolina. 

Everyone is going through something, but Eric encourages listeners to keep on fighting.
Heart will be available everywhere on Friday, April 16th and Soul will hit shelves on Friday, April 23rd.

Thomas Rhett recently talked about Eric Church being his favorite guy in country music.

“As far as just me growing up and really falling in love with the craft of songwriting and a guy that can just perform the crap out of a show, it would be Eric, for sure,” said Rhett. He added that Church’s “These Boots,” is one of his favorite songs, alongside Merle Haggard’s “Misery and Gin.”



Miranda Lambert and Elle King Drop Collab 'Drunk'

Miranda Lambert and Elle King are having way too much fun in their new collaboration, "Drunk (and I Don't Wanna Go Home)." 

The country star and the "Ex's and Oh's" singer dropped their brand-new song on Friday (Feb. 26).


Elle King co-wrote the upbeat song "Drunk" with Martin Johnson, who also produced the song. It was recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in both New York City and Nashville. She says, "The true story of this song sums up our wild friendship.



Trisha Yearwood Tests Positive For Covid-19

Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19. The country couple’s team shared a note from the duo on Facebook, revealing the news on Wednesday (Feb. 24). 
Brooks, meanwhile, remains negative for the virus. 

“The Queen and I have now tested twice. Officially, she’s diagnosed as ‘on her way out of the tunnel’ now, though, which I’m extremely thankful for," Brooks says. "Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together. And anyone who knows her knows she's a fighter and she's been doing everything right, so I know we’ll walk out the other side of this thing together."

We learned that Trisha does have symptoms, but Garth did not share what they are. He continued to share his love for his wife.

"Living with her, I sometimes take it for granted she’s one of the greatest voices in all of music, so the possible long-term effects on her concern me as her husband and as a fan,” Brooks admits. “We’re very lucky she is currently under the greatest care in the best city for treating and healing singers.”

Brooks asks for prayers and well wishes for Yearwood. "She's tough. She's stronger than me," he says, but adds that he, too, is praying for her.

Carly Pearce Surprises Injured Fan With Zoom Call

Carly Pearce made the day of a fan when she surprised Danielle Sparkman with a Zoom call on Thursday (Feb. 18th).


Sparkman was injured in a car accident coming home from Carly's club show in Nashville earlier this month. Carly also contributed $1000 toward Sparkman's $10,000 goal on GoFundMe to help pay the college student's medical bills.


Sparkman posted about the call on social media writing, "Today was one of the coolest experiences to come out of one of the worst situations. I’m so thankful Carly Pearce took the time to call me! I can’t wait for her new project, 29, to come out tonight and I can’t wait to go see her again in concert! You’re the best, Carly!" She also shared some of the Zoom clip during which Carly played a song off the new project.


Carly's 7-song compilation, called 29, was released on Friday (Feb. 19th).



Eric Church Releases Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Making Of 'Heart & Soul' Project

Eric Church has just released a video taking fans behind the scenes of the making of his upcoming three-album project, Heart & Soul. The clip shares a glimpse at the writing and recording process in the mountains of North Carolina where Eric was holed up with his producer, band, musicians and various songwriters for a month-long retreat.


He is set to release all three albums in April. The & album will only be released to members of his fan club, the Church Choir, on April 20th. Heart will be released April 16th, while Soul will be available April 23rd.


The North Carolina native is making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Hell Of A View.”



Carly Pearce Will Always Sing About Her Life, Good Or Bad

Carly Pearce's new seven-song project, 29, will be released tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 19th), and it includes some of the most personal songs of her life.


She has said the new music lets listeners know what she experienced with the untimely loss of her producer, Busbee, and her short marriage to and divorce from Michael Ray. But is she nervous about the reaction those insightful songs will draw from Michael or others close to the situation?


Carly tells us: "What have I always done? I sing about my life. I sing and I try to interpret what goes on in my life the best way that I can. That's what I started with when I was 25 years old and I'm doing nothing different in writing this music, and, you know, I'm writing from a place of speaking for what all women and men -- I mean, I have some men tell me they really can relate to 'Next Girl' -- but I'm just doing what I've always done."


"Next Girl" is the lead single from 29. It currently sits inside the Top 30 and climbing on the country charts.

Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris 'Chasing After You' is Here!

Ryan Hurd said that this song, 'Chasing After You' is a song that is known around music row. A few years ago it found it's way back home to the songwriters.

Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris sat down with Apple Music and talked about this incredible duet which is their first official one together.

The couple was on vacation when Maren expressed to her hubby that she wanted to be on the record. This song literally is years in the making and the wait is finally over!

They recorded this new version of 'Chasing After You' in quarantine. 
Maren calls it a, "gorgeous and romantic" song. 

Valentine's Day weekend is the perfect time to release it. 
These two are #goals!



Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd connect with Kelleigh Bannen to discuss their latest song, “Chasing After You.“ They talk about the evolution of the duet, co-writing songs about their relationship, and upcoming projects they're looking forward to this year.



Miranda Lambert Announces Three Texas Club Shows

Road trip!

Miranda Lambert is headed back to her home state of Texas for her first concerts since early 2020! 

The country superstar announced on Instagram three back-to-back-to-back shows in Fort Worth, Texas.  Miranda will play Billy Bob's Texas nightly from April 22-24.

"First concert in over a year," Lambert writes. "Texas, I can’t wait to come home ??"

She notes that all three shows will be performed "safely and right" for the COVID-19 era.
Tickets for Lambert's three Billy Bob's shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday (Feb. 12)

RanFans fan club members will have pre-sale access on Wednesday (Feb. 10)



Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan's Powerful National Anthem

The National Anthem always brings the emotion, the energy and this year's collab joined history becoming the first duet to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl in over a decade.

Country superstar Eric Church and the extraordinary voice of R&B powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan were flawless together in their unique version of our National Anthem.

The Chief dressed in a purple jacket with his signature sunglasses started things off as Sullivan's voice elevated the mood.

Twitter had mixed reviews about the performance.  Nobody is ever going to beat Whitney Houston, we get it.



Luke Bryan Sings Merle Haggard With 'American Idol' Contestant Alex Miller

American Idol is giving fans another sneak peek at the upcoming season in a new video teaser.

Luke Bryan and contestant Alex Miller from Kentucky are set to perform a duet of Merle Haggard’s “Big City” during the season premiere of American Idol on February 14th.

“What I love about American Idol is that you never know what’s going to walk through that door,” Bryan shared. “There was a kid, Alex from Kentucky and I actually got up and played with him.”
The country superstar also dropped his brand new song “Country Does” on Friday (Feb. 5), which pays tribute to his small town roots. 

And Luke launched the preorder for his forthcoming deluxe edition of his chart-topping album, Born Here Live Here Die Here.

Idol fans are you ready for the new season to begin?



Thomas Rhett Shares New Heartfelt Song 'Your Mommas Front Door'

Thomas Rhett took to Instagram with his crazy hair and shared a new song he just wrote called, 'Your Mommas Front Door.'

He told the story of dropping his daughter Lennon off at Lauren's moms house and he said it just hit him different.  It's a house he's been visiting since he was 13.

Rhett says he's loves sharing new music with fans and getting good feedback. 
So whatcha think of this one?



Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton To Perform On Opry's 95th Anniversary Special

The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its 95th anniversary with an NBC special packed with A-list talent. Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Kane Brown, Lady A, Little Big Town, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Marty Stuart, and Trisha Yearwood all perform during Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music, set to air on Sunday, Feb. 14th at 9 p.m. ET.


In addition to original songs, the special features one-of-a-kind Opry member collaborations and covers including Kelsea Ballerini singing “When You Say Nothing At All,” Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart’s duet of “Pancho & Lefty,” and Lady A’s rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen.”  All performances were recorded at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN.


Grand Ole Opry members Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton will serve as co-hosts for the two-hour anniversary special.


Kenny Chesney Wants Fans' Help In Naming New Rum Flavor

Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay Rum has a new flavor on the horizon and Kenny wants his No Shoes Nation fans to help decide if it will be Mocha Rum Cream or Mango Rum Cream.


Participants can vote and enter for a chance to win a guitar signed by Kenny by visiting


The new flavor will join the less-than-99 calories rum creams collection which includes Blue Chair Bay Pineapple Rum Cream, Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream, Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum Cream and Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, to name a few.



Luke Bryan Debuts New Music Video for 'Down to One'

Luke Bryan's latest sexy single, 'Down to One' just got a visual to it with his new music video! 

In the video, Bryan takes a backstage to a young couple who wanders in and out of beautifully executed romantic scenes guaranteed to get anyone in the mood for love, including a gorgeous moonlight night and a wander along the seashore. Bryan himself grooves along, smiling to the camera, in a field with a backdrop of sunset-lit mountains. As he comments himself on the video, "A hot summer night like this never gets old."

The singer returns for another season judging American Idol on ABC alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, premiering on Valentine's Day, February 14th.