» All Dreams For Aldean: "Seeing everything come together the way it did tonight and feeling the energy of the crowd is something I will never forget," Jason Aldean said after his sold-out show at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium Saturday (4/13). "When my mom got here last night, we took a walk around the stadium, and it was really emotional for both of us. This place has always meant so much to me, but when I was a kid, we were flat broke and my mom couldn't afford to buy tickets for us to go to a game. So I watched on TV and dreamed about one day seeing it in person. Tonight was beyond my wildest dreams ... the whole thing has honestly shaken me a little bit."
Our insider reports, "The stage set-up was huge. It took up the whole north endzone and extended out to about the 25 or 30 yard line. There were big screens on both sides of the stage and a lot of fire and pyro, especially during 'Hicktown,' which closed." Thomas Rhett opened, followed by Jake Owen and then Luke Bryan, who didn't show up empty-handed (see photo below). "Jason and Luke were riding around before the show outside the stadium," we're told. Later, the crowd went "bananas" when Ludacris joined Aldean onstage for "Dirt Road Anthem." The show ... and the epic traffic ... were worth it. "I only live an hour away but it took me three to get home," one fan says. "But boy was it worth it!"
» School Of Rock: Kenny Chesney releases Life On A Rock April 30 and recently discussed why making this album was so different from his others. "The thing that I'm proudest of about this record is that I did it without a timetable, without any expectations, they were just simple songs that came from the heart," he says. "I was able to really be a storyteller and that felt really good ... I didn't have any boundries at all. I wasn't writing these songs to be sure that they were under four minutes. I wasn't writing these songs to fit anybody's formula but mine and the people I wrote them about. I honestly didn't think that anybody was going to hear these songs." Lucky for us, life on this rock means anything Kenny writes ... rocklings will hear.
» Are You Finished With Some Football? "Amazing 2 have been part of SNF – an honor," Faith Hill posted Monday morning (4/15) on Facebook. After six seasons, Faith announced she'll end her run performing the opening theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football. "I've just let everyone there know it's time 2 let someone else rock the open. Difficult decision. Kinda emotional. Love all u guys at SNF - I'll b watching!!!"
» Alter Annies: Pistol Annies have introduced cartoon versions of themselves via Twitter, "We're about to embark on a big adventure! Follow our alter egos @HippieAnniePA@HollerAnniePA & @LoneStarAnniePA for the scoop. #AnnieUp." So far, the scoop has just been the girls tweeting at each other about forgetting song lyrics and some worry about a mysterious character going by the handle @CassiusBanks. The girls are asking fans to sign up here to stay in the loop on how things play out. Their new album Annie Up is available May 7.
» Water Tower Townie: First Tate Stevens wins The X Factor, then he gets a record deal and now he has all the water he could ever dream of! Tate's hometown of Belton, MO has decorated the City of Belton water tower with, "Home of Tate Stevens, Live the Dream!" "It’s moments like this that really make me smile," he says. "The support I’ve felt from the community is incredible, and I hope I can continue to make them proud. I’m so incredibly humbled by this honor." Tate Stevens self-tilted debut album comes out April 23.
» In Case You Missed It: Kenan Thompson played LL Cool J to Jason Sudeikis' Brad Paisley on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update (4/13). The duo explained how they 'ended racism" with "Accidental Racist." Watch here.
Trace Adkins led his team to victory on Sunday's (4/14) episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and all he had to do was dress up like a caveman and hawk suntan oil. Watch here.
Taylor Swift has launched a line of Keds Champion sneakers with prints that include sunglasses, guitars, stars, animal paws, floral and stripe patterns and more. Select designs are available on Keds.com now and will be made available in retail stores in May.
Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Trisha Yearwood will appear on the upcoming tribute album Alabama & Friends. Covers, duets and two new songs from Alabama will be included on the release scheduled for this fall.
Billy Ray Cyrus has teamed with Buffets, Inc. to offer his new album Change My Mind at any of their Ryan’s, Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet and Fire Mountain stores for a discounted price. Proceeds will support the Armed Services YMCA for Operation Outdoors.
Aaron Lewis will headline the Jägermeister 2013 Country Tour beginning May 1. Each show will feature supporting acts and emcee, Rick Monroe.
Sugarland's Kristian Bush has launched Music Mondays on his website. Bush will introduce a different song and the story behind it every Monday starting with Billy Pilgrim's "Call It Even" here.
Lee Greenwood: American Patriot Spotlight Exhibition will be featured at the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, TN beginning May 10 and run through April 25, 2014.
Jim Scholten of Sawyer Brown (4/18)
Tuesday (4/16): The Band Perry, Kellie Pickler, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); Hillary Scott, Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC)
Wednesday (4/17): Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX) and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
Thursday (4/18): Keith Urban, American Idol (FOX).
This Week's Album Releases
Willie Nelson Let's Face The Music And Dance (Sony Legacy)
A collection of 14 country classics, Nelson recorded the album with the Family, the band he started with his sister Bobbie, drummer Paul English and Harmonica man Mickey Raphael more than 40 years ago. Produced by Buddy Cannon at Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin, TX the release comes two weeks before Nelson's 80th birthday.
Upcoming Album Releases
Tate StevensTate Stevens (4/23)
Kenny ChesneyLife On A Rock (4/30)
Pistol AnniesAnnie Up (5/7)
Craig Campbell Never Regret (5/7)
Darius RuckerTrue Believers (5/21)
Hunter HayesEncore (6/18)
» Bronco Boys:Jason Aldean thanks Luke Bryan for his Sanford Stadium pre-show gift via Twitter, "Check out my new toy courtesy of @LukeBryanOnline 76 Bronco!!! Thanx homey. #AldeanUGA."
» I Knew We Were Trouble:Taylor Swift hits that high note on the Rock 'N' Roller Coaster alongside Ed Sheeran at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Red Tour tourmates and friends recently enjoyed some downtime at the happiest place on earth.