Music City News: Strait To The East


March 4, 2014


» Strait To The East: The final leg of George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour made stops in Philadelphia Friday (2/28) and Newark Saturday (3/1) with Martina McBride returning as opener. She joined Strait on stage for "Golden Ring" and "Jackson." Watch their Friday night performances here and here. "George was electric, comfortable and totally in control," says an attendee at the Philadelphia show. "He appeared to be having more fun than I've ever seen him have onstage before. Slam dunk!"

» Take Me In Your Arms: Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Love And Theft are among the artists joining the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald on an album featuring new recordings of the Doobies' biggest hits. "I loved their sound, and the enduring appeal and influence ... runs deep," says Sony/Nashville Chairman Gary Overton, whose label is overseeing the project. "Artists have been telling me how excited they are to be a part of this project, and that alone speaks volumes about [the band's] amazing heritage."

» Just Like Heaven: Rascal Flatts will have one of their new songs featured in the upcoming film Heaven Is For Real, which opens April 16. "Compass" will also be included in the band's new album Rewind, due out May 13. More here.

» Black & White & Web All Over:
  • Doug Paisley, Brad's father, has "retired" to the road. –WSAZ-TV (Charleston, WV)
  • Luke Bryan "had the crowd singing along to arena-friendly tunes." –Fargo Forum
  • Darius Rucker is "laid back and eager to please." –Tribune Chronicle (Warren, OH)
  • Alan Jackson "still reigns over country music." –Tulsa World

» In Case You Missed It: American Idol's Keith Urban tried to reveal five facts about himself in 20 seconds. See how well he did here.

Danielle Peck's performance of "Kiss Me Like You Miss Me" at Tootsie's in Nashville was featured on Friday's (2/28) Shark Tank as part of her partnership with Kisstixx lip balm. Watch here.

Lindsay Ell appeared on The Better Show Monday (3/3) to talk about her start, girls with guitars and guitar shopping. Watch here. She also performed "Trippin' On Us." Watch here.

» Engage Meant: Congratulations to Dee Jay Silver on his engagement to Jenna Michelle Straub. Silver, who is on tour with Brad Paisley, popped the question at the Ft. Wayne, IN tour stop Thursday (2/27). "I've always been told that when you meet the right person you're gonna know it, and that's exactly what happened," he says. "She's my best friend and I couldn't imagine life without her."

Hit List

Sheryl Crow, Jake Owen and Blue Sky Riders have been added to the performance lineup for the March 10 T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala in Nashville. Nashville's Charles Esten, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker were previously announced. More here.

Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at this year's Johnny Cash Music Festival Aug. 15 at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Tickets here.

Little Texas and newcomer Morgan Frazier will perform at the first annual Quack Dynasty concert and 5K March 22 in Gallatin, TN to benefit HomeSafe, a domestic violence agency. More here.


Thursday (3/6): Skip Ewing, Trent Willmon.


Tuesday (3/4): Eli Young Band, The Today Show (NBC).

Thursday (3/6): Thomas Rhett, The View (ABC).

This Week's Album Releases:

David Nail I'm A Fire: Nail shares writing credit on the album with the likes of Jonathan Singleton, Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge and The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston. Singleton and Johnston perform on the album, too, as do Sarah Buxton, Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack. Nail says the album represents his newfound energy and enthusiasm about life. It's more upbeat than his previous efforts and even features a cover of "Galveston" in tribute to one of his musical heroes, Glen Campbell.

Eli Young Band 10,000 Towns: After the success of "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" it's no surprise to see a couple of Will Hoge-penned tracks on the album. Contributing songwriters also include Josh Osborne, David Lee Murphy and Billy Montana. Includes "Drunk Last Night" and "Dust," which band members say reminds them all of their wives.

Sundy Best Bring Up The Sun: The duo is made up of Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley, lifelong friends who grew up together in eastern Kentucky and played music in church and a high school band before forming Sundy Best as a bar band in Lexington. The two wrote every song on the album, and "everything we’ve written is a true story," Jamerson says. "Our music is real, it’s honest, and we’re trying to make something that’s relevant and influence others."

Upcoming Album Releases:

Mar. 11 Sara Evans Slow Me Down

Mar. 11 Luke Bryan Spring Break 6 ... Like We Ain't Ever EP

Mar. 11 Matt Stillwell Right On Time

Mar. 11 Cowboy Troy King Of Clubs

Mar. 11 Don Wiliams Reflections

Mar. 18 Jo Dee Messina Me

Mar. 18 Samantha Landrum Hometown

Mar. 18 Ronnie Milsap Summer #17

» Mickey Mouse Operation: Newcomer Danielle Bradbery ("Heart Of Dixie") kicks off her Music In Our Schools Tour in Disneyland, joined by students and one very well-dressed rodent. Bradbery will perform at five stops across the country, concluding the trek at Walt Disney World in Florida.

» West Stop: West Virginia native Brad Paisley (c) receives the Distinguished West Virginian Award from WV Senate President Jeff Kessler (l) and West Virginia Hall of Fame Director Michael Lipton. Paisley wrapped his Beat This Winter Tour over the weekend in Charleston, WV.




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