King George Strait And Willie Nelson On Stage Together Is Close To Heaven

Willie Nelson recently celebrated his 89th birthday by sharing the venue (Moody Center) and stage with King George Strait.

The sang ”Pancho and Lefty” and a few more together. Two Texas legends on Willies birthday is probably as close to heaven as most people will ever get and that’s okay.

Naomi Judd, of the Country Hall of Fame duo The Judds, dies at 76

This news is heartbreaking. Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the country mega stars The Judds, has died. She was 76 years young.

Her two daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

“Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

The sad part is. Naomi was only one day away from her and Wynonna being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

At least we got to see their final performance at CMT Music Awards.

Rest in peace mama Judd. We love you.

Cody Johnson Chased His Dream To The Top Of The Country Music Charts

I love seeing his song, “Til You Can’t” , go #1 at country radio this week!

Cody Johnson lives and breathes country music and the lifestyle with cowboy class.

The past few weeks country radio has gotten it right with real country music rising to the top of the charts. “Whiskey and Rain” and “To Be Loved By You” have also graced the top of the charts over the past few weeks. It feels good seeing country radio getting it right. Some of us still live this format everyday as well. ~ @briantaylorlive

Eric Church Took A Shot With A Man Who Beat Cancer In Denver

Eric Church’s “Gather Again Tour” stopped in Denver. Church has always been one those artists who gives everything he has when he’s on that stage and it shows every time. He’s always been known to play well passed his time allotted. When he was just an opener for Rascal Flatts he kept playing well past his time on stage causing Rascal Flatts to shorten their time slot in hopes to not get fined for playing past venue curfews. Eventually he was asked to leave their tour due to him not wanting to leave the stage.

Eric Church has earned his title of “The Chief” of country music. His show in Denver at Ball Arena was well over three hours long. He hit the stage a little before 9pm and played solo for about an hour before his band joined him to play for another couple of hours.

Church pours his heart and soul on stage for his fans every time he plays a show. The love felt between his fans is felt when he’s playing for fans. There was a man holding a sign that read, ”just beat caner…do a shot with me”.

Church didn’t think twice when he saw that sign. He took that fucking shot, because that’s what you do for people who beat cancer.

Covid almost stopped Eric Church’s ”Gather Again Tour” in Pennsylvania due some crew members getting covid, but Eric decided to play those shows solo. Church’s Denver show…his band played with him and you can definitively see where the name of the tour gets its name. The fans, the band and Church gathered again for an amazing night of live country music in the mile high city.

Every penny spent on a ticket to see any Eric Church show is worth the money spent. God bless live COUNTRY music.

Jason Aldean Brought His ‘Back In The Saddle Tour’ To Denver

Jason Aldean’s Back In The Saddle Tour is on the road and it made a stop in Denver! Hardy, Lainey Wilson and John Morgan were with him. The show is worth the money. As for the alcohol prices…well…that’s a different argument.

John Morgan who is signed to Jason Aldean’s side label is completely country and proud of it. John opened the show with a 15 minute acoustic set and this man is a great addition to country music.

Lainey Wilson is a serious country music bad ass! She only played for about 20 minutes and to be honest…I could’ve seen her play for hours. She has an old country soul and she is as real as they come. If you’ve never heard of her…please listen to her music wherever you stream country music, because this woman is as country as they come.

Hardy is a country music superstar already and he definitely proved it on that stage. When he says he’s ”unapologetically country as hell” he means every word. Needless to say…he’s the real fucking deal y’all!

Live country music is good for the soul. After more than a year of not seeing live country music…it still pairs perfectly with cold beer or the whiskey of your choice.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards NomineeS Are Here

The nominees for the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION’s “55th Annual CMA Awards” brought good news for ERIC CHURCH and CHRIS STAPLETON, who are leading the pack with five nods each. Other artists scoring multiple nominations are GABBY BARRETT with four, and BROTHERS OSBORNE, KANE BROWN, LUKE COMBS, MIRANDA LAMBERT, ASHLEY McBRYDE, MAREN MORRIS and CHRIS YOUNG with three each. Producer JAY JOYCE and mix engineer JASON HALL also each scored four noms.

MIRANDA LAMBERT remains the most nominated woman in CMA history with this year’s three, taking her total to 58 career nominations. LAMBERT, COMBS, CHURCH, STAPLETON and CARRIE UNDERWOOD all scored nominations in the show’s top category, Entertainer of the Year.

Among those earning their first-ever CMA Award nomination this year are BROWN, JORDAN DAVIS, MICKEY GUYTON, RYAN HURD and DREW PARKER.

Winners, who are chosen by CMA members, will be revealed during the show’s live broadcast from NASHVILLE, set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th from 7-10p (CT) on ABC.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • “Famous Friends” – CHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG, Mix Engineer: SEAN MOFFITT
  • “The Good Ones” – GABBY BARRETT, Producers: ROSS COPPERMAN, ZACH KALE, Mix Engineers: CHRIS GALLAND, MANNY MARROQUIN, 
  • “Hell Of A View” – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE, 
  • “One Night Standards” – ASHLEY McBRYDE, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE  
  • “Starting Over” – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON, Mix Engineer: VANCE POWELL

ALBUM OF THE YEAR  (Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • 29 – CARLY PEARCE, Producers: SHANE McANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE and JIMMY ROBBINS, Mix Engineer: RYAN GORE 
  • Dangerous: The Double Album – MORGAN WALLEN, Producers: DAVE COHEN, MATT DRAGSTREM, JACOB DURRETT, CHARLIE HANDSOME and JOEY MOI, Mix Engineer: JOEY MOI 
  • Heart – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
  • Skeletons – BROTHERS OSBORNE, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
  • Starting Over – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON, Mix Engineer: VANCE POWELL

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))

  • “Forever After All”, Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, DREW PARKER, ROBERT WILLIFORD, 
  • “The Good Ones”, Songwriters: GABBY BARRETT, ZACH KALE, EMILY LANDIS, JIM McCORMICK
  • “Hell Of A View”, Songwriters: CASEY BEATHARD, ERIC CHURCH, MONTY CRISWELL
  • “One Night Standards”, Songwriters: NICOLETTE HAYFORD, SHANE McANALLY, ASHLEY McBRYDE
  • “Starting Over”, Songwriters: MIKE HENDERSON, CHRIS STAPLETON 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • LADY A 
  • LITTLE BIG TOWN  
  • MIDLAND
  • OLD DOMINION  
  • ZAC BROWN BAND

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR  

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

  • “Buy Dirt” – JORDAN DAVIS and LUKE BRYAN, Producer: PAUL DIGIOVANNI 
  • “Chasing After You” – RYAN HURD with MAREN MORRIS, Producers: AARON ESHUIS, TEDDY REIMER
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT, Producer: MARTIN JOHNSON
  • “Famous Friends” – ChHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG
  • “half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (featuring KENNY CHESNEY), Producers: KELSEA BALLERINI, ROSS COPPERMAN, JIMMY ROBBINS

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR  

  • JENEE FLEENOR, Fiddle 
  • PAUL FRANKLIN, Steel Guitar 
  • AARON STERLING, Drums 
  • ILYA TOSHINSKIY, Banjo 
  • DEREK WELLS, Guitar 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s))

  • •“Chasing After You” – RYAN HURD with MAREN MORRIS, Director: TK McKAMY 
  • •“Famous Friends” – CHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Director: PETER ZAVADIL
  • •“Gone” – DIERKS BENTLEY, Directors: WES EDWARDS, TRAVIS NICHOLSON, ED PRYOR, RUNNIGN BEAR, SAM SISKE
  • •“half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (featuring KENNY CHESNEY), Director: PATRICK TRACY
  • •“Younger Me” – BROTHERS OSBORNE, Director: REID LONG 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • JIMMIE ALLEN 
  • INGRID ANDRESS  
  • GABBY BARRETT  
  • MICKEY GUYTON
  • HARDY

Blake Shelton Finally Made His Show Happen In Denver

Blake Shelton’s ‘Heroes and Friends’ show in Denver Colorado was scheduled for Saturday March 14, 2020. Covid helped cancel that show and life as we know it last year. Friday August 20, 2021 Blake Shelton’s make good show in Denver finally happened!

Blake Shelton definitely brought some ‘Heroes and Friends’ with him to make this show one hell of a memory. Lindsay Ell opened the show an didn’t disappoint. Blake hit the stage around 8:30pm and didn’t leave until 11:30pm. Three hours of live country music on a Friday night is everything you’ll ever need to forget about whatever BS is happening in the world. Some 90s country royalty showed up and the crowd never stopped singing along.

Tracy Byrd, Trace Adkins and the beautiful Martina McBride showed Blake how a country show is done. Blake knew it and joked about it the only way he knows how by talking a little (friendly) shit.

One of the of highlights of the show was when Blake Shelton brought Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins on stage together to play some songs with a few guitars and the crowd to sing together.

This show was a year and in half in the making, but definitely worth the wait. Thank God for LIVE country music!

Luke Bryan Had Morgan Wallen Grace The Stage At Bridgestone Arena

Morgan Wallen hasn’t been on a big stage in well over a year, but this past weekend in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena…that finally changed. The crowd was pretty damn happy to see him on that stage or possibly they were all drunk. More than likely they were happy to see him and the alcohol helped their excitement when Morgan showed up. Either way…Morgan belongs on stage.

Even after being canceled by the weak ass cancel culture, Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” , broke records in streams and album sells. His fans love him and they don’t care that he’s made some mistakes. Morgan has shown the world that being human is still okay and no one is perfect. Judging someone won’t make you a better person in anyway and more than likely you’re projecting your problems when you do.

Morgan definitely looked like he was home on stage at Bridgestone Arena with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard. Morgan’s next tour will more than likely be the hottest ticket when it happens. Of course we’re only assuming, but it’s a great bet that sell outs for his shows will happen with his tour.

If you haven’t listened to Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” yet. Do yourself a favor and stream it wherever you stream music. It’s fucking amazing!

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood Teamed Up For A New Song

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood are known country music superstars or country powerhouses. Whatever the hell you want to call them. That’s up to you.

Jason and Carrie have teamed up for this new song called “If I Didn’t Love You” and this song is AMAZING form the first listen. It’s real and it’s worth three minutes and thirty four seconds of your time and preferably on repeat. Hell Jason and Carrie might as well drop an entire duets album after this. Just putting that out there in hopes they read this.

You might want a glass of whiskey on ice while listening to this song. Listen loudly. Country music sounds better that way anyway.

Happy new COUNTRY music Friday!

“Time Marches On” Was Almost A Brooks & Dunn Song

According to Tracy Lawrence “Time Marches On” was almost a Brooks & Dunn song, but Tracy Lawrence put the song on hold before Ronnie Dunn did. The rest as they say is history and it’s damn good history.

Could you imagine “Time Marches On” being a Brooks & Dunn song in the ‘90s? Of course we wouldn’t have known any different if it was, but Tracy Lawrence sang the shit out of that song. He made us all to want smoke dope with the brother while feeling sorry for their mom with dad had a girlfriend in another town. Is clear complexion soap even worth using?

“Time Marches On” was hands down one the of best songs out of the ‘90s and it still makes us think about time never stopping no matter how much you’d like to just pause for a great moment in time. Tracy Lawrence recording that song was meant to be and that song will forever live on no matter how much time passes us by.