Brad Paisley’s Eighties Inspired Video

Brad Paisley’s done it again! First came the touching music video for “Today”, the first single off new album Love and War, followed by a hilarious equivalent for the brilliant, “selfie#theinternetisforever”. Now, he has shared a similar video for new single, “Last Time For Everything”, this time in eighties throwback home-video style, with a title screen straight out of Stranger Things and David Hasselhoff reprising his role as Michael Knight from eighties classic Knight Rider.

While the video is lighthearted and the melody seemingly uplifting, the lyrics of the song echo a sad yet nostalgic sentiment that there is indeed a “last time for everything”. Particularly poignant as Paisley makes it personal, sharing a clip of himself and Little Jimmy Dickens from one of the many times they performed together at the Grand Ole Opry accompanied by the lyrics “Little Jimmy on the Opry stage, last time for everything”.

“Last Time For Everything” is off upcoming album Love and War, out 21st April.

BBMA Nominations Are Out But Where Are the Women?

The Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced and there’s a noticeable lack of female artists – particularly in the country genre. In a time where the likes of Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert and Lauren Alaina regularly feature high in all of Billboard’s top country charts, I only wish they were better represented in the nominations.

With the release of Lambert’s ACM award winning The Weight of These Wings and Morris’ Grammy nominated Hero, it’s surprising that neither made it into the ‘Top Country Album’ category at the least.

The snub hasn’t gone unnoticed either as Maren Morris tweeted saying that it was ‘interesting’ that female artists have been overlooked.

This issue however should not overshadow the achievements of other country artists, notably Luke Bryan, who is nominated in the all-genre category ‘Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity’ alongside Nicki Minaj, The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd and Twenty One Pilots.

Following their wins at the ACM awards, Florida Georgia Line lead the nominations for country artists at the Billboard Music Awards. The duo are nominated for 6 awards: ‘Top Duo/Group’, ‘Top Country Artist’, ‘Top Country Album’ for Dig Your Roots, two in the category ‘Top Country Song’ for “H.O.L.Y.” and “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw and ‘Top Country Collaboration’ for “May We All”.

The nominations for country are below.

Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented By Xfinity
Luke Bryan
Nicki Minaj
The Chainsmokers
The Weeknd
Twenty One Pilots

Top Duo / Group
The Chainsmokers
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots

Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean – They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line – Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton – If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Keith Urban – Ripcord

Top Country Song
Kenny Chesney featuring Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw – “May We All”
Little Big Town – “Better Man”
Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration
Dierks Bentley featuring – Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Kenny Chesney featuring Pink – “Setting the World on Fire”
Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens – “Kill a Word”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw – “May We All”
Chris Young featuring Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”

Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

The Billboard Music Awards are held on May 22nd in Las Vegas.

Nashville Renewed!!!!

Exciting news for Nashies as it has been revealed that CMT has renewed Nashville for a sixth season!

It would appear that the move from ABC to CMT has been nothing but positive for the show as it became the most watched show for the network, meaning a sixth season is a no-brainer. Season 6 will be shorter with only 16 episodes rather than 22 and will air in early 2018.
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The cast of Nashville make no secret of their support for the show and Charles Esten took to Facebook to share the good news.


The show returns June 1st in the US following a mid-season break, while we eagerly await season 5 here in the UK. Sky Living has stated that it will return but no confirmed date as of yet. #NashvilleCMT

Family Table Review

 

Zac Brown Band have released another single from their upcoming album Welcome Home, along with a lyric video. I love “My Old Man” and “Real Thing” but I think “Family Table” might be my favourite of the new album so far. The song is an ode to a piece of furniture, as well as a heartfelt metaphor for the comfort of family. The lyrics echo this sentiment as ZBB sing, “it’s the cornerstone that held us all up”.

Not only do the lyrics in the song offer a warm and familiar feeling of community, the melody is very conventional of Zac Brown Band, without disappointing in the slightest. The band show off their ever impressive harmonies all over the shop – vocally and by way of guitars and violins. The song fits their ‘Welcome Home’ theme perfectly, and with the rest of the album which has a very nostalgic feel and reminds that truly, “no other place can ease your mind like the family table”.

Zac Brown Band’s fifth studio album Welcome Home is due to be released 12th May.

Willie Nelson’s Ode to Merle

Willie Nelson has revealed his tribute to friend Merle Haggard on the anniversary of his death. The new song will feature on his upcoming album God’s Problem Child.

Haggard passed away on April 6th 2016 – his 79th birthday. A year on, country stars came together in Nashville for a tribute concert, ‘Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard’. There were performances from artists such as Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Kacey Musgraves to name a few, to show appreciation of Haggards contribution to the world of country music, as Nelson sings ‘it wouldn’t be all it was without Merle‘.

Nelson honours his friend in ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’ as he reminisces on his relationship with Haggard. Accompanying the new song is a heart wrenching video displaying footage of the two as Nelson sings, ‘music made us brothers til the end, not a day goes by that I don’t miss him‘. A touching tribute from one much loved artist to another.

God’s Problem Child is due April 28th.

Florida Georgia Line Win 2 ACM Awards Before Show

FGL are nominated for 5 ACMs and have received 2 awards before tonight’s broadcast. The vocal duo take home the awards for Single of the Year for “H.O.L.Y” and Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All” ft. Tim McGraw.

Tonight we’ll see whether they can hold onto their title of Vocal Duo of the Year as they have the past 3 years. I believe this year there is tough competition.
The duo are also up for Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Dig Your Roots.

Chris Stapleton to Play New Song on ACMs

EXCITING NEWS!!!

This is the moment we have been waiting for since Traveller was released. Chris Stapleton has tweeted that he is playing a new song tonight on the ACMs!

Although we still don’t have a date for the new album, it is if nothing else, a confirmation that the wait is almost over. I am beyond excited to hear the new music and can’t wait for it’s release to get it on repeat.