By: @KurtBardella on my honeymoon in Phuket, Thailand (pic above from Phi Phi Islands)
EDITOR’S NOTE: So Thailand is 12 hours ahead of Nashville time – so I’m in the future as it’s Wednesday morning. I also keep waking up at 4-5 a.m. so in the early morning down-time, put together a mid-week Morning Hangover edition for fun.
thomasrhettakins shared on Instagram: Everyone meet Willa Gray Akins! I can’t believe our daughter is finally home?? We have been in this adoption process for what seems like forever and are just so filled with joy that we are all finally home together! Thank you to everyone who prayed every single day for this sweet girl. The Lord blessed us with the most amazing little girl we could have ever dreamed of and we can’t wait to watch her grow up! #daddyforreal @laur_akins
Brantley and Amber Gilbert, who’ve known each other since childhood, have announced that they’re expecting their first child.
- Hunter Hayes performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live on tonight
- CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown premieres Chris Janson’s new music vid “Fix A Drink”this weekend
- Sam Hunt & FGL (with John Legend) perform at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 21st on ABC and they team-up with Nelly for GMA’s Summer Concert Series on May 26th!
- Rascal Flatts takes over the Today Show’s plaza for their concert series on May Monday
- Thomas Rhett brings the #HomeTeam to the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series on June 3rd
- Don’t miss Shania Twain perform take over NYC for the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series on June 16th
- Little Big Town invades GMA’s Summer Concert Series on June 23rd
- “CMT Instant Jam: Brett Eldredge” premieres Friday, June 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.
WITH YOUR HAIR-OF-THE-DOG
FRONT OF THE HOUSE
Watch Rascal Flatts perform their new single “Yours If You Want It” at the Grand Ole Opry. You can get their new single on iTunes and Amazon right now.
On the heels of his first No. 1 single at Country radio, “Hurricane” Luke Combs joined his fellow storm-chasing friend Jim Cantore on AMHQ on The Weather Channel (watch here) to announce that he will play three back-to-back album preview shows for fans in advance of his highly-anticipated album This One’s For You, releasing on June 2nd. Luke will perform at Joe’s On Weed in Chicago, Ill. on May 30th, The Basement East inNashville on May 31st and cap off with a hometown performance at The Grey Eagle inAsheville, N.C. on June 1st. Luke is teaming up with The Weather Channel for “Tracking Luke Combs”, an interactive experience that will allow fans to follow Luke’s tour, offer exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at life on the road and opportunities to get an inside view of each show. “Tracking Luke Combs” is LIVE now HERE.
TAILGATE WATCH II
From the group that brought fans Country to Country music festival across-the-pond, comes Country Music Week – a very exciting and brand new week-long series of shows taking place in early October in London venues. October 5th will feature Kip Moore and Drake White at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire.
ON THE JUKEBOX
Lady Antebellum has released a new music video for their infectious single “You Look Good.” This song is on my personal playlist and should be on yours too – add it now on iTunes and Amazon
Check out the music video for Ryan Hurd’s next single “Love In A Bar,” then go get the song on iTunes and Amazon!
ON THE KARAOKE MACHINE
Check out this new lyric video for Tyler Farr’s new single “I Should Go To Church Sometime” and get it now on iTunes and Amazon
Watch Kane Brown feat Lauren Alaina tackle the “What Ifs” in this new music video. You can get Kane’s new single now on iTunes and Amazon
On June 9th, Universal Music Group Nashville will release Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 10, the latest installment in the popular NOW series. Country music fans can hear hits by some of their favorite artists including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Lauren Alaina, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and more. The album will be available for pre-order May 26.
Brad Paisley is heading back to school announcing his “Class of 2017 ‘Last Time for Everything’ Contest” which will culminate with one fan winning a Brad Paisley performance for their graduation class. Now through May 25, 11:59 pm EST, fans may submit posts on either INSTAGRAM or TWITTER using the hashtag #BPGrad17Contest with their answers to the question: What “Last Time” are you going to miss most about school? Those interested in submitting posts may draw inspiration from the lyrics of “Last Time for Everything,” Paisley’s current hit at country radio. Multiple contest posts are allowed, and contest rules are available HERE.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will welcome thousands of country music fans to CMA Music Festival, June 8 to 11, in Nashville. Beginning Thursday, June 8, “Music Fest at the Hall, Presented by Comcast,” will be packed with events. Activities will include meet-and-greets with Country Music Hall of Fame members Bobby Bare, Brenda Lee, Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride and Randy Travis, as well as special programs with Clint Black, Natalie Hemby, William Michael Morgan, Jon Pardi, and five of CMT’s Next Women of Country. There will also be surprise artist appearances in the museum’s galleries throughout the week. Follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for the latest information.
Chris Janson stepped out of the studio for a mid-morning stop at his local Waffle House, with his brand new single and summer anthem “Fix a Drink” playing throughout the restaurant. The celebration supported a special sweepstakes hosted by the iconic restaurant chain and TouchTunes, the largest in-venue interactive music platform with digital jukeboxes available in every Waffle House nationwide. Winners of the sweepstakes will enjoy an all-expense paid trip to Nashville during the annual CMA Music Festival, including tickets to fan events and a special meet-and-greet with Janson. During the week of CMA Fest, Waffle House will also provide a late-night refuge for all music fans seeking a bite and more tunes. One of my personal favs Ryan Kinder will emcee the “Scattered, Smothered, Covered and Country” event series, featuring live music and complimentary Waffle House menu items. The event will be held in downtown Nashville at Aerialon Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10 from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. nightly. Visit WarnerSound.com to learn more and to RSVP.
ON THE BAR WALL
Congrats to Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and Abby Law on getting married!
Brooke Eden puts an acoustic spin on one of her news ongs “Silence Speaks”. You can check out the song for yourself on iTunes and Amazon