Country Music 411 Archives for 2021-09

Jimmie Allen Is Stealing Hearts on DWTS

Jimmie Allen is winning over hearts this week, emotionally reflecting on his childhood and praising his mother's strength, and how it impacted his life.

Before getting into his performance, Jimmie shared how the didn't have an easy childhood, but his mother always made sure he was cared for. There were a lot of tears as he hit the dance floor with Emma Slater for a Rumba set to Jimmie's tune "Make Me Want To."

"How you used your arms and your line, well done!" Bruno shares."

That was amazing," Carrie Ann says. "I could not take my eyes off of you. You have so much respect for the art form with the way you did every movement."

"Your upper body was really great, and the secret to this show is to do better than you did the week before, and you did," Len praises.
Derek adds that it was "beautiful."

The pair earn three 7s and then a 6 from Len for a total of 27 out of 40.
What do you think of Jimmie's Rumba? Does Jimmie Allen have what it takes to make it all the way to the top? 

Alan Jackson Reveals Degenerative Nerve Condition

Alan Jackson has revealed he is living with a degenerative nerve condition that is impacting his ability to tour and perform. During an interview with Jenna Bush Hager on NBC's Today show yesterday (Tuesday, September 28th), Alan said that he has a rare condition known as “CMT” (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder), which is related to muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.


He said, “I’ve been reluctant to talk about this publicly and to my fans, but I have this neuropathy – a neurological disease that’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy. There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious.” 


Alan was first diagnosed a decade ago, and that his father and grandmother had it, as well as his oldest sister.


He added, “It’s not going to kill me – it’s not deadly. I know I’m stumbling around onstage, and now I’m having a little trouble balancing even in front of a microphone. I’m just very uncomfortable. I was starting to get so self-conscious up there…so if anybody’s curious why I don’t walk right, that’s why. I just wanted the fans and the public to know. I don’t want ’em to think I’m drunk onstage because I’m having problems with mobility and balance.”


Alan says that CMT often manifests in muscle weakness, discomfort and pain, especially when standing for long periodshe hopes to continue performing.

He said, “I don’t know how much I’ll continue to tour. I’m not saying I won’t be able to tour. I’ll try to do as much as I can . . ."


Alan added, “I don’t want people to be sad for me; it’s just part of life. I’ve had a wonderful, beautiful life. I’ve been so blessed. It’s just good to put it out there in the open. In some ways, it’s a relief.”


Alan's next concert is scheduled for October 8th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The show was postponed from last year.

Scotty McCreery Charts Fourth Number One In A Row

Scotty McCreery charts his fourth consecutive Number One hit this week with “You Time,” the lead single from his new album, Same Truck. He co-wrote the song about his wife, Gabi, prior to the pandemic.  

Scotty said, “This song, like so many of my songs, was inspired by my wife Gabi as well as my desire to spend more time with her in the midst of our busy careers. Thanks to country radio . . . and as always, to my fans. I have missed you during this past year while the world did stop spinning, and I’m glad to be back out on the road to see you.”  


He wrote "You Time" in 2019 when he was busying touring on the heels of the success of his first Number One hit, while Gabi was working as a pediatric nurse at Duke Hospital. Scotty tells us: "(I) wrote the song just wanting everything to slow down and wanting me and her to have more time together, and I got what I asked for. It's definitely one of those be careful what you wish for kind of things but again talking about a silver lining through the craziness of the last year or so was that time we got to spend together, that 'you time' that we got, especially so young in our marriage. We didn't think we'd ever get this until we're old and retired with my work schedule and everything."


“You Time” follows Scotty’s three back-to-back chart-topping hits from his Seasons Changealbum, “Five More Minutes,” “This is It,” and “In Between.”  

Scotty's next single from the album is called “Damn Strait.”

Jason Aldean To Release 30-Song 10th Album

Jason Aldean's 10th studio album will feature 30 songs that will be slowly rolled out over the next few months until its official release date of April 22nd. The project will be called Macon, Georgia, and in addition to its current Top Five debut single “If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood, fans will have access to nine more new tracks and five live tracks on November 12th.


Macon, Georgia is divided into two discs -- Macon and Georgia -- and each disc contains 15 songs. The entire project will be offered as a commemorative three-disc vinyl set. Macon, Georgia features 20 new songs and at least one live hit off each of Jason's previous albums. 


He said, "Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me it’s no different, especially from a music standpoint. My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background. Growing up in an environment that was a crossroads between Country music, Southern rock, blues and R&B, it was just natural to blend different sounds in my on way.”


Jason continues on his Back In The Saddle Tour with special guests HARDY, Lainey Wilson, John Morgan and Dee Jay Silver. The run makes stops this week in Phoenix, AZ (9/30), Albuquerque, NM (10/01) and Denver, CO (10/2). 



MACON Track List:
1. "After You"
2. "Over You Again"
3. "That’s What Tequila Does"
4. "Small Town Small"
5. "If I Didn’t Love You"
6. "Story For Another Glass" 
7. "Heaven" 
8. "This Bar Don’t Work Anymore"
9. "The Sad Songs"
10. "Watching You Love Me"
11. "Amarillo Sky" (Live from Nashville, TN)
12. "Johnny Cash" (Live from Los Angeles, CA)
13. "She’s Country" (Live from Las Vegas, NV)
14. "Big Green Tractor" (Live from Dallas, TX)
15. "My Kinda Party" (Live from St. Louis, MO)

GEORGIA Track List:
16. "Whiskey Me Away"
17. "Trouble With A Heartbreak"
18. "The State I’m In"
19. "Midnight And Missin’ You"
20. "Ain’t Enough Cowboy"
21. "God Made Airplanes"
22. "My Weakness"
23. "Holy Water"
24. "Rock And Roll Cowboy"
25. "Your Mama"
26. "Take a Little Ride" (Live from Las Vegas, NV)
27. "Burnin’ It Down" (Live from St. Louis, MO)
28. "Any Ol’ Barstool" (Live from Knoxville, TN) 
29. "Rearview Town" (Live from St. Louis, MO)
30. "Blame It On You" (Live from Manchester, TN)

Ashley McBryde Shares More Details of Horse Back Riding Accident

Last week Ashely was “enjoying her time in the beautiful state of Montana and had an accident while riding a horse.”

Now McBryde herself has taken to social media to share the scary details on the horseback riding accident and it was more than she led on. 

In a lengthy note posted to Instagram, Ashley wrote, “A few of us went to ride horses on a ranch in Montana before the scheduled show on Wednesday.” And while McBryde mentions she grew up riding a “fair amount” she also does not consider herself an “experienced horsemen.” 

So, after a day of riding across suspended bridges, crossing chest deep rivers and climbing embankments with no problem, during the last leg, Jenny, the young mare became spooked. Eventually, McBryde, whose foot had slipped from the stirrup, had lost her center of balance, and with the horse “moving faster than [she] could stay on” McBryde ended up “going over” and landing on her head!  A trip to the ER revealed the need for “staples to close [her] scalp” and a CAT scan showing a “pretty harsh concussion.”

Ashley ended by saying, "You know me, I wouldn't postpone a show for bumps and bruises," she wrote. "But at the moment I am not able to walk without assistance. We are in contact with my doctors and following everything they say seriously. And as soon as I am able to walk across a stage again, that is exactly where you'll find me. Y'all take care of yourselves. I'll be back soon."

Ashley McBryde Injured In Horseback Riding Accident

Ashley McBryde is on the mend after sustaining injuries while horseback riding in Montana. 

According to her IG stories, Ashley was riding a horse while visiting Missoula, Montana on Wednesday (Sept. 22) and was rushed to the hospital after an accident occurred.
"Earlier today, Ashley was enjoying her time in the beautiful state of Montana and had an accident while riding a horse. After a trip to the hospital and a few stitches (and some very sore bones) she is recovering and doing her best to ensure she can play again as soon as possible. Thank you to the wonderful EMTs and hospital workers in Missoula. Our sincerest apologies to the fans for the postponement tonight. As soon as we have updates on other shows this week, we will make sure to let everyone know."

Sending Ashley healing vibes for a speedy recovery.


Tim McGraw Wishes Faith Hill A Heartfelt Happy Birthday Via Social Media

Tim McGraw offered up a sweet message via social media to his wife, Faith Hill, yesterday (Tuesday, September 21st) on the occasion of her 54th birthday. He shared some footage from her 1999 music video for "Breathe" spliced with a 2001 interview he did with Diane Sawyer where he talked about being married to the superstar.


In the clip, Tim was asked, "When you see that video, every time it goes by, what do you think?" He smiled saying, "It's my wife. It's like I wanna call my college buddies and say, 'Hey, I'm married to her!'"


The video then cut to present day Tim who offered a heartfelt message saying, "Hey, baby. I still feel the same way even more so . . . I wouldn't change anything for the world, and I love you."


The post drew comments from the couple's youngest daughter, Audrey, who wrote, "Awwwww" followed by a bunch of heart emojis, as well as actress Rita Wilson and actor and Midland frontman Mark Wystrach.



Kelly Clarkson Announces New Single "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)"

Who's ready for Christmas?!

Kelly Clarkson has unveiled her new holiday single “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You).” arriving on September 23.

Is this a shot fired at her ex husband?!


Kelly has already hinted that the new album will be all about the emotional ups and downs she’s experienced over the past few years, from her ongoing divorce, to raising children as a single working mom in the midst of a global pandemic.


Kelly announced her new song on Instagram:

“Y’all know I’m obsessed with Christmas and that’s why I’m so excited to announced my new single ‘Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)’ is coming out September 23,” Clarkson said in the clip, before promising fans, “you’re going to love it!”

The single will appear on the singer's upcoming ninth studio album. 

Thomas Rhett Charts 18th Number One Hit

Thomas Rhett returns to the top of the country charts for the 18th time this week with "Country Again." The song claims the Number One spot on both the Billboard Country and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts.


Thomas shared the news on social media yesterday (Monday, September 13th) in a video message to fans writing, "Country Again is number 1 this week!!!! Thank you to everyone that made this possible!! Love y’all!"


"Country Again" marks his 12th consecutive Number One hit, the longest current active streak in the format (Mediabase/Country Aircheck Chart), according to a release. 


Of the song, Thomas said, "This song is so special to me, because every line really is autobiographical, but it’s also a song about centering yourself and reconnecting with the things that are truly important to you; which is different for all of us. Being able to share this song with fans each night on the road finally and seeing how it’s resonating with them is something I will never take for granted.”


Thomas's headlining The Center Point Road Tour rolls on to Syracuse, NY, Holmdel, NJ, Mansfield, MA and Cuyahoga Falls, OH this weekend. 



Jimmie Allen Joins 'Dancing With the Stars' for Season 30

The star-studded cast list for season 30 of Dancing With the Stars is finally here and JIMMIE ALLEN will be competing for the mirrorball Trophy! We didn't see this one coming.

Jimmie joins an all-star lineup that includes Olympian Suni Lee, YouTube star JoJo Siwa, reality star Christine Chiu, actor Melora Hardin, YouTuber Olivia Jade, actor Martin Kove, professional wrestler Mike “the Miz” Mizanin, Peloton's Cody Rigsby, actor Brian Austin Green and NBA star Iman Shumpert.

Mel C from the Spice Girls, former Bachelor star Matt James, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore and talk show host Amanda Kloots are also part of season 30.

We're putting our money on Jimmie, a man who's not afraid to wear glitter. Jimmie is going to rock these costumes!

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will return as the judging panel, while Tyra Banks will executive produce and host the show. 
DWTS season 30 kicks off on Sept. 20th on ABC.



Listen: Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay's New Collab "Only Us"

The wait is over!!  Carrie Underwood shared the new duet with the country superstar duo, Dan + Shay.

"My version of “Only Us” with @DanAndShay from the #DearEvanHansenMovie soundtrack will be released tonight! Here’s a sneak peek!"

This incredible song is featured on the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen. The movie is an adaptation of a Tony-award winning Broadway musical of the same name, and the film comes out September 24th.

The full Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack also includes songs by Tori Kelly, Finneas, Sam Smith, SZA and more.



Luke Combs Promises 'High Energy Set' At Tonight's 'CMA Summer Jam'

Luke Combs will be among the artists taking the stage tonight (Thursday, September 2nd) at CMA Summer Jam, a three-hour concert event airing on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. He will be treating viewers to performances of three of his hits, along with a visit from one of his favorite singers.


Luke tells us: ["It's obviously gonna be a high energy set. It's a couple songs, man. We're gonna come out . . . I'm bringing my buddy Jimmie Allen out, which is gonna be really exciting. He'll get to sing for everybody. I'm a huge fan of his, and I'm just looking forward to it, man. I'm looking forward to the energy, drink some beers, drink some drinks, you know throw some drinks on some people probably. It'll be fun."] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . It'll be fun.)


CMA Summer Jam was filmed in late July at an outdoor venue in Nashville.


The show will also feature performances by Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Breland, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Hardy, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Lainey Wilson and Dwight Yoakam.



Carly Pearce Honors Sister For Her Service In The Military

Carly Pearce put her sister, Cristy, in the spotlight during her recent tour stop with headliner Lady A in Evansville, Indiana. A member of the military, Cristy is headed to Kuwait to serve as a Captain in the National Guard so Carly brought her up on stage and asked the crowd to pray for her.


Carly shared a post on Instagram along with a few pictures of them together on stage writing in part, "I surprised my sister (she wanted to kill me) & brought her up on stage . . . What a beautiful moment it was for someone I admire & love so much. We also together gave a moment of silence for the devastating loss our country experienced this past week & cheered for all of the men & women who have served that were in the crowd. Cristy, thank you for your service. I love you & I’ll miss you, but am so damn proud of you."


Carly will perform as part of CMA Summer Jam, a three-hour concert event airing tonight (Thursday, September 2nd) on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. She will appear on Good Morning America today.