The country music industry just learned the same lesson the National Football League and others have…
No matter how much some people may wish for it, there’s no escape from politics. The organizers of the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards, one of the industry’s biggest events, hoped to keep the focus on the music during its show on Nov. 8th. The organizers of the awards show threatened to revoke the credentials of journalists on the red carpet and backstage who direct coverage to “the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like.” The effort to decouple music from politics angered journalists, who, as a general rule, do not appreciate being told what to focus on by the people they’re covering. But Brad Paisley, the country music star who is hosting the awards next week with Carrie Underwood, agreed with the criticism, calling the rules “ridiculous and unfair.” I’m sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines. In 3…2….1…..tweeted — Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 3, 2017. . The organization backtracked and apologized on Friday afternoon, saying in a statement that it would lift the restrictions.
Blake Shelton is sure having an up-and-down week. The same day that he released his new album, Texoma Shore, Shelton revealed that someone had driven a truck into his home in Oklahoma. The “I’ll Name the Dogs” singer and coach on The Voice appeared on Live With Kelly and Ryan on Friday morning (Oct. 3) to promote the new project, and he told the hosts, “This is a weird moment for me. So, I’m talking about Texoma Shore, and I made the album at my lake house,” he elaborates in the video above. “There is a studio at my lake house in Oklahoma, and I just got a phone call. Somebody drove their truck through the front of my lake house, so if this album doesn’t hit, then that’s bad luck.” Shelton himself wasn’t sure of the details just yet, but it wasn’t an attack aimed at the singer.
Country music hit-maker Travis Tritt has had many impressive achievements throughout his long-lasting career, but his most favorite of all may be his daughter’s dive into the industry. 19-year-old Tyler Reese Tritt is the eldest of Tritt’s three children and has just released her debut single, “Perfect.” Tyler will spend the rest of the year opening for her father. For more information on Tyler and upcoming tour dates, visit TylerReeseTritt.com.
Taylor Swift’s Album Isn’t Out Yet, and It’s Already Sold 400,000 Copies, KENNY CHESNEY landed his EIGHTH #1 on the Billboard 200 with his new live album “Live in No Shoes Nation”. It sold 219,000 copies . . . but MOST of those were because he included it in a bundle with concert tickets.
The 51st Annual CMA Awards won’t get underway until Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, but you don’t have to wait until then for the music to start. Kelsea Ballerini will kick off the day on November 8 with a special performance live from Nashville on Good Morning America. You can watch for the “Legends” hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. On Monday, Entertainer of the Year contender Luke Bryan spends an hour with Robin Roberts during the former Nashvillian’s annual pre-CMA special. Living Every Day: Luke Bryan premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC AND How many dresses will we see CARRIE UNDERWOOD wearing at the CMAs? Depends. Quote, “If I find two dresses that I love, then I’ll be wearing two. If I find 12, I’m gonna try to wear all 12. I know a lot of people tune in just to see what I’m gonna wear. So, yeah, these dresses are for you guys.”