Find Out Who Made Forbes’ Top Ten Highest-Paid Country Stars of 2018!

Dolly Parton

Who’s seeing the green in the country scene? Garth Brooks gets de-throned and Dolly Parton teaches some young girls a few old tricks about the old 9 to 5 in this year’s list of highest-paid country stars! Our friends at Forbes just unveiled this year’s highest-paid country acts and you won’t believe who DIDN’T make the list! This year it seems like Luke Bryan has topped the list at around $52 million, nudging Garth Brooks off his usual #1 spot. Between his extensive tour dates, his American Idol judge’s chair, and some pretty hefty endorsement deals with companies like Chevrolet, Luke has managed to diversify his income into multiple revenue streams and really rake it in. On the other end of the top ten, Dolly Parton proves that it’s not all about teenagers and tour dates as she hits the #10 spot at $19 Million, making her the ONLY woman in the top ten! The sweet southern sass, and cunning business acumen that only a lifetime in the music business can provide has helped Dolly build an empire of theme parks, dinner attractions, and even acquire and maintain all of the publishing rights to her written and recorded works, giving her the ultimate control over her career and income as time goes by. [bctt tweet=”Find out who knocked #GarthBrooks out of the number one spot in this year’s @Forbes list of highest-paid country stars!” username=”My_CountryMusic”] Also fitting into the top ten club are acts like Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton, who seem to be taking a few clues from the blonde bombshell herself and opening venues in the heart of Music City to help make a buck. Barely missing the mark: Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert fell just outside of the top ten, in addition to usual suspects like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. For those still keeping track of the country princess-turned-pop, Taylor Swift, she easily blew the list out of the water at a whopping $80 million! That puts her far over Beyonce’s mark! Read more at https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2018/08/14/the-highest-paid-country-music-stars-of-2018/#1a4b79d65108

Watch Now: James Carothers – Sinners and Saints

James Carothers

Country traditionalist James Carothershas released the music video to accompany his single “Sinners and Saints” from his upcoming album Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones. The music video was exclusively premiered by The Boot yesterday. “Sinners and Saints” is available for streaming and download, and the album is available for preorder here. “If you have half as much fun watching this video as we did making it you might get thrown in the jailhouse!” Carothers said. “A special thanks to the good folks at “The Jailer’s Inn” up in Bardstown, KY, for allowing us to shoot some scenes in the old Nelson County Jail. Also, a shout out to our friends at Music City Light for donating a few beers to the project and one of their finest for the role of “Johnny”. Good times with good friends. Hope y’all enjoy it!” “A rollicking, rowdy time, Carothers’ “Sinners & Saints” video flashes between party time at a honky-tonk and prayer time in church pews. Those scenes are interspersed with shots of Carothers bringing in a scruffy, modern version of some eternal and classic Jones wisdom,” said Amy McCarthy, The Boot. Carothers will host an album listening party at The George Jones rooftop in Nashville on Aug. 6. You can RSVP here. Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones will officially be released Sept. 7. Keep up with James on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and on his website at www.jamescarothers.com. About James Carothers Mixing together Tennessee twang and southern storytelling, James Carothersmakes throwback country music for modern times. His first full-length album,Relapse, released in May 2017, bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he’s performed hundreds of shows at the venue. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music. James now plays several shows at venues in downtown Nashville each week when he’s not on the road. In 2018, James was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the “Outlaw Male” category. His hit song “Back to Hank” has received over four million views on Facebook and his Spotify and Apple Music artist profiles have been streamed over one million times combined. This September, James will be releasing his newest album, Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones. James will also be making his Grand Ole Opry debut this year. For more information about James Carothers, visit www.jamescarothers.com.

Carrie Underwood Dives Deep on Tour Details

Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty 360

CAPITOL NASHVILLE’s CARRIE UNDERWOOD has unveiled plans for a 2019 tour, “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360.” Joining UNDERWOOD on the road will be WHEELHOUSE RECORDS trio RUNAWAY JUNE and MERCURY NASHVILLE duo MADDIE & TAE. Tickets will go on sale next FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th at CountryMusicOnTour.com. “THE CRY PRETTY TOUR 360” will be in support of UNDERWOOD’s album, “Cry Pretty,” which is set to release FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th. Why the delay in touring? UNDERWOOD made another surprise announcement this morning during a video she shared to FACEBOOK. Find out her bundle of great news in the video here:

Slacker Launches Channel Devoted To Female Country Artists

Slacker Radio

As previously announced last week SLACKER RADIO last night (8/7) officially launched “Woman Crush Everyday” (#WCE), a channel devoted to, and curated by female Country artists. TUESDAY evening’s event was co-hosted by WME and CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, and featuring performances by NATALIE STOVALL, POST MONROE, and LAUREN DUSKI. In addition, the service has unveiled SLACKER Studio, a mobile app allowing hosts and contributors to remotely add music and commentary to SLACKER stations. “We have amazingly talented women making music in NASHVILLE, and they deserve to be heard,” said SLACKER Country Format Captain JESS WRIGHT. “In 2017, more than 97% of the artists who appeared on the year-end Country Top 40 were male. This doesn’t reflect the quality of music created by women; it reflects a lack of support from the gatekeepers of Country music who believe that women have limited commercial appeal. I’m excited that, through SLACKER, we can bring the music of female Country artists directly to our audience, curated by the people who are most passionate about it — the women in NASHVILLE’s music industry.” Added CMT SVP/Strategy LESLIE FRAM, a co-founder of CHANGE THE CONVERSATION, “I’m thrilled that there’s another platform to support female artists. Women have always been the cornerstone of Country music, and their voices need to be heard.” Listen to #WCE Country here.

Watch Now: Honey County – Sale of the Summer

Honey County Sale of the Summer

Southern California-based Country trio Honey County has released a music video for their new single “Sale of the Summer,” which premiered yesterday on Radio Disney Country. The music video can be viewed here, and the single, along with all of Honey County’s music, can be found on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Pandora. “We had a blast filming this music video,” said Dani Rose of Honey County. “It was definitely a challenge to film on separate days since Devon, our third member and lead guitarist, was still touring with Katy Perry during our first full day of shooting, but I think it only speaks to how hard-working of a band we are to overcome the roadblocks we face when we’re not all in the same room. And we couldn’t be more thrilled that Radio Disney Country is premiering our video!” “Combine three-part harmonies, hooks, and intense girl power and you have one of today’s most dynamic and unique Country Music acts, Honey County,” said Phil Guerini, VP, Music Strategy DCWW & GM, Radio Disney Network The trio has opened for Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, LANCO, and Morgan Wallen, and played festivals Stagecoach 2017 and Country Summer 2018 alongside Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and more. You can read about their recent success in this article from KFRG-FM. Follow Honey County on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Keep up with their tour dates on their website at www.honeycounty.com. Honey County Tour Dates Aug. 19 – Temecula, Calif. – Wilson Creek Winery (w/Thompson Square) Aug. 30 – Fort Riley, Kan. – Fort Riley (w/Thompson Square) Sept. 15 – Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. – Remember The Music Oct. 2 – Houston, Texas – Sam Houston State University Oct. 3 – Aberdeen, Md. – Proving Ground (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 4 – Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Chillin’ on the Lucie festival Oct. 5 – Fort Stewart, Ga. – Club Stewart (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 13 – Columbia, S.C. – Solomon Center (w/Thompson Square) Oct. 21 – New Orleans, La. – Country Smooth Festival (w/ Justin Moore) Oct. 22 – Natchitoches, La. – Northwestern State University Oct. 25 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – NACA Mid America Showcase Nov. 1 – Rock Hill, S.C. – Winthrop University Nov. 3 – Fort Rucker, Ala. – Aviators Landing (w/Thompson Square) Nov. 16 – Fort Knox, Ky. – Godman Airfield (w/Thompson Square) About Honey County Rooted in three-part vocal harmonies, southern twang, and pop hooks, Honey County is a female country trio formed by singer/songwriter Dani Rose, featuring the stacked voices, songwriting and layered guitar work of bandmates Devon Jane and Katie Stump.  As one of Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Artists You Need To Know, the band has maintained a busy schedule both onstage and in the studio, sharing shows with artists like Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen and Easton Corbin while also crafting modern, melody-based country songs.  With a prestigious placement of their song ‘Love Someone’ featured in an episode of CMT’s ‘Nashville’ Continue reading

Listen Now: Tulsa Red Dirt Artist Jake Flint – Long Road Back Home

Jake Flint - Tulsa Red Dirt

Tulsa Red Dirt Artist Jake Flint Releases Poignant Up Tempo Single “Long Road Back Home” Oklahoma Red Dirt artist Jake Flint has released his sophomore single “Long Road Back Home,” the highly anticipated follow-up to his successful debut release, “Cowtown,” which was well-received by radio and fans alike. “Long Road Back Home,” co-produced by Flint with Red Dirt hit-maker Mike McClure is a lively up tempo song about the excitement of returning to beloved family and friends, and vividly captures the emotional anticipation of going back to your roots. Tulsa-based singer-songwriter Jake Flint is deeply entrenched in the Red Dirt music scene. Following the release of “Cowtown” in late-2017, Flint’s career took a sharp upward swing as his easy going style, quick wit and exceptional performance talents were embraced by the Texas/Red Dirt community of radio programmers and earned him a coveted slot as a featured performer at the recent TRRMA ‘Future Faces Show.’ The recognition and support of radio in building his awareness has given Flint the opportunity to greatly expand his touring base to reach a growing legion of fans. “I am super excited about and very proud of ‘Long Road Back Home,’ Flint states“It is a veritable testimony of the bittersweet conflict of feelings I personally get when leaving the gratifying hard work we put in on the road meeting people and performing and returning to my family and friends, home cookin’ and soft bed that I miss so dearly while away. I can imagine that many different types of people could relate to this feeling. From coming home from a semester away at college, a soldier from a tour of duty, or just someone who lives far away from their childhood home. It’s that feeling you get when you can see the finish line and you just know a big hug from mom and dad, a hot, home cooked meal and an impatient dog at the end of the driveway is eagerly awaiting your arrival.” Watch the Official music video for “Long Road Back Home” at this link:  https://youtu.be/-j0LA-i0VDE Radio programmers can download “Long Road Back Home” at CD Tex: http://www.cdtex.com/broadcast_downloads.html “Long Road Home” is available for purchase at iTunes at this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/long-road-back-home-single/1410540134 For more information about Jake Flint, connect with him online: Website: www.jakeflintmusic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JakeFlintMusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacobDFlint

Brad Paisley And Carrie Underwood To Co-host CMA Awards Again; Nominees Announced August 28th

2018 CMA Awards

Country Music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s Biggest Night™ live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8/7 PM CT on the ABC Television Network. The beloved hosts return for the 11th time. Two-time CMA Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, four-time CMA Awards nominated duo Dan + Shay and five-time CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland will reveal several of the final nominees on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, Aug. 28 live from Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Bryan’s brand-new restaurant and bar on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Nominees in select categories will be revealed on the top-rated morning news program. The highly anticipated announcement will also be available via livestream on ABCnews.com/live. Immediately following the show, the remaining categories, as well as the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees, will be revealed live on GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as “Good Morning America’s” Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on “Good Morning America’s” YouTube channel. CMA will then release and post the full slate of all CMA Awards nominees to CMAawards.com and service a CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP), which includes footage of the nominee announcements on “Good Morning America,” interviews, and music video clips. “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of CMA, which is the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958 and celebrates its 60th anniversary in September. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021. “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer.

Country Group LOCASH Gets New Deal with BBR Music

Locash Signs with New Label

Acclaimed Duo LOCASH Joins New Label Home at Wheelhouse Records BBR Music Group/BMG announced today the signing of Country duo, LOCASH as the latest addition to its roster of artists. LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, joined BBR executives at their Music Row offices for the signing (see photo). LOCASH has been assigned to the Wheelhouse Records imprint, where they will join labelmates, Trace Adkins, Granger Smith, Runaway June and Walker McGuire. LOCASH, who is known for their high-energy live performances as much as their smash hits, cemented their place in Country music with GOLD-certified tracks like “I Love This Life” and their #1 chart-topper, “I Know Somebody,” which earned them nominations for ACM Awards for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, CMT Music Awards for Duo Video of the Year, and CMA Awards for Vocal Duo of the Year. “LOCASH has accomplished so much on their own, people in the industry have really embraced them,” said Jon Loba EVP, BBR Music Group. “Their entrepreneurial spirit mimics our own and we are so excited to work with them and look forward to watching them soar.” Lauded as “one of Nashville’s hardest-working acts” by Rolling Stone, the pair has two albums and eight charting singles to their credit and has taken their talents on the road, performing for thousands of fans as part of their own headlining tour as well as in support of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s SOUL 2 SOUL Tour. “We’ve known Loba for years and had our sights on BBR since before we signed our first deal but knew we had to get the timing right, now it just feels like all of the stars have finally aligned and this is where we’re supposed to be,” said Preston Brust of LOCASH. “It is a bit of a ‘pinch me’ moment, we’re such big fans of everybody on the roster and are honored to be named alongside such incredible artists.” “They have put together an incredible team at BBR and with the full support of BMG behind them, there’s no better team to help take our career to the next level,” said Chris Lucas of LOCASH. “Talking with Zach Katz, who has made such an incredible impact on the music business and everybody on the BBR team, we could just immediately tell our music was going to be in the right hands and as a songwriter and artist, there is no better feeling.” In addition to their own radio success, Brust and Lucas have penned hits for Country megastars like Keith Urban (#1 song “You Gonna Fly”) and Tim McGraw (PLATINUM-certified “Truck Yeah”). For more information about LOCASH, visit: http://www.locashmusic.com/ ABOUT LOCASH: Creating a sound that fuses modern country and classic heartland rock with an edgy vocal blend, LOCASH is the Country music duo made up of singer-songwriters Chris Lucas and Preston Brust; natives of Baltimore, Maryland, and Indianapolis, Indiana, respectively. With two albums and eight charting singles to their credit, LOCASH broke out in 2015 with Continue reading

Tune In Alert: Brett Eldredge + Meghan Trainor on CMT Crossroads

Brett Eldredge Crossroads

Set your dials and mark your calendars because CMT closes out its summer of electrifying music with the announcement of an all-new “Crossroads” mashup featuring multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Meghan Trainor and platinum selling singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge premiering Monday, September 3 at 10 PM ET/PT. “Brett and I have known each other for a few years now and I am such a fan of not only Brett’s music, but him as a person,” said Trainor. “We first worked together on the song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ for his Christmas album, so I was thrilled to collaborate with him again on ‘CMT Crossroads.’ He’s a superstar and I was star struck during the whole performance!’’ “I just love Meghan’s sound – she’s got a funky, swaggy thing to her music that no one else is doing,” said Eldredge. “She’s one-of-a-kind and I’m excited to perform with her again, this time on ‘Crossroads.’ We’re going to make everybody feel alive. We’re going to make them feel it in their hearts and their souls. We’re going to bring big vocals and magic moments.” Taped earlier this year, the one-hour show features popular hits including Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” “No Excuses” and current single “Let You Be Right,” from her upcoming album, Treat Myself. The two friends also collaborate on Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love,” “Wanna Be That Song,” “Haven’t Met You” and the classic Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet, “Islands in the Stream.” The news comes on the heels of impressive ratings growth for CMT which is on track to have its highest rated year since 2014. In F3Q’18, CMT was one of just 10 channels in the Top 50 to show YOY growth in P18-49. CMT has notched 6 consecutive quarters of YOY growth among P18-49, which is the longest active streak in all of television. Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single “All About That Bass” and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainor cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting seven multi-platinum singles, releasing two platinum albums, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single “All About That Bass” which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history. After wrapping up her first season as a panelist on FOX’s hit series THE FOUR: Battle for Stardom, Trainor released her first single “No Excuses” from her highly-anticipated third-studio album, Treat Myself. She followed that up with the irresistible summer smash “Let You Be Right” and returned to television on the second season of THE FOUR. Platinum selling singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge recently released his brand new single “Love Someone” from his self-titled Continue reading

Out Friday: Shooter Jennings LP “SHOOTER”

New Music from Shooter Jennings

Low Country Sound and Elektra Records are proud to announce the eagerly awaited new LP from Shooter Jennings. SHOOTER arrives at all music retailers and streaming services on Friday, August 10th. Heralded by Rolling Stone as one of 2018’s “30 Most Anticipated Albums,” SHOOTER is available for pre-order now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. All pre-orders are joined by an instant grat download of the project’s first single, “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts,” also available today for individual purchase at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts” – which sees Jennings and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) sharing songwriting credit with iconoclastic character actor Randy Quaid – is debuting today at radio on SiriusXM Outlaw Country, home since 2005 of the hugely popular “Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo” radio show. In addition, the single is joined by a new companion visual – directed by TK – that sees Jennings hosting his own variety show, entitled “Hey Shooter!” “Fast Horses & Good Hideouts” is streaming now at the official Shooter Jennings YouTube channel following today’s exclusive video premiere via Rolling Stone Country.​ TRACK LISTING Bound Ta Git Down Do You Love Texas? Living In A Minor Key D.R.U.N.K. Shades & Hues I’m Wild & My Woman Is Crazy Fast Horses & Good Hideouts Rhinestone Eyes Denim & Diamonds PRE-ORDER SHOOTER DOWNLOAD/STREAM “FAST HORSES & GOOD HIDEOUTS”​