February 5, 2013

» Tim's Lanes Of Freedom: This week's a big one for Tim McGraw, not to mention his fans. His busy launch plan for the new album Two Lanes Of Freedom includes the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen and, Tuesday night, a live streaming concert from the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego. Check it out here (Feb. 5 at 7:30pm PT). Hardcore fans will be sure to pick up the deluxe version, which features three extra songs including a live take on "Truck Yeah." "It’s just trying to find a place to have room for more songs, and this was the way to do it," he says. As for the title, it's almost self-explanatory. "It just felt like I sort of came off a dirt road and hit a new gear," Tim says. Read more about the album below.

» Country Clearwater Revival: Miranda Lambert will help Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty on the title track for his new album Wrote A Song For Everyone. Not only has Fogerty wrote a song for almost everyone in the entire world throughout his career, but he also recruited almost everyone in country music to help him out on the upcoming release:
  • "Almost Saturday Night" with Keith Urban
  • "Wrote a Song for Everyone" with Miranda Lambert featuring guitarist Tom Morello
  • "Bad Moon Rising" with Zac Brown Band
  • "Born on the Bayou" with Kid Rock
  • "Hot Rod Heart" with Brad Paisley
  • "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" with Alan Jackson

The album includes classic CCR songs with Foo Fighters, Bob Seger and more, as well as two new ones from Fogerty. Look for it May 28.

» Tee Service: Jake Owen, Clay Walker, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley of Lady A will play the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Celebrity Challenge in Monterey, CA beginning this week. Other celebrities involved include Josh Duhamel, Chris Berman, Bill Murray, Kenny G, Huey Lewis, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia and Aaron Rodgers. The tournament runs through Feb. 10. More here.

» Great Scott: Up until this point, the secrets of country music have been reserved exclusively for Team Blake. But now, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott will pull the curtain aside for Team Adam to reveal three cords and the truth. Scott will act as a mentor alongside coach Adam Levine on the upcoming season of The Voice. Scott tells Access Hollywood, "I’m sure [we’ll have] way more fun than Blake’s team!” Season four begins March 25 on NBC-TV.

» Jones Town: George Jones' reputation for missing performances earned him the nickname "No-Show Jones." It'd be a shame if he wasn't there for the last Nashville show of his career, because he already invited Tanya Tucker to help him play, plus Charlie Daniels, Lorrie Morgan, Randy Travis, Jamey Johnson and Gene Watson. The show happens Nov. 22 at the Bridgestone Arena, so mark it on your calendars. You, too, George.

» Tate's Big Date: Rememeber Tate Stevens, who won the second season of The X Factor? Not only did the win land him a big record deal, but as part of a sponsorship with Pepsi, he gets to debut the video for his new song “Holler If You’re With Me” during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Feb. 10 on CBS-TV. Ha! Take that winner of America's Got Talent, whoever you are!

» Hammer Time: Toby Keith kicks off his Hammer Down Tour June 8 in Ozark, AR. Again sponsored by Ford F-Series, the tour includes at least 20 dates through September. Supporting is special guest Kip Moore. Itinerary here.

» In Case You Missed It:  Former footballer Brett Favre introduced Rascal Flatts as they joined Journey for CMT Crossroads Live From Super Bowl XLVII Saturday (2/2). Watch here.  

Tim McGraw stopped by Good Morning America's Super Tailgate Party in New Orleans Friday for a live performance from the House Of Blues. Watch here.

Hit List

  • Justin Moore will kick off his Outlaws Like Me tour in Pikeville, KY March 14. This is the first headlining tour for Moore, who will bring along Dustin Lynch and Jon Pardi. More here.
  • Craig Morgan, Shane Minor and Phil O’Donnell will perform as a part of the CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Pub in New York City March 19. The evening will be hosted by Bob DiPiero. Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan will join DiPiero for another stop at the Library Of Congress in Washington, D.C. March 20. Shows are in the works for Boston, Chicago, Austin and Nashville, as well. More here.
  • Colt Ford has teamed with John Anderson to perform Anderson’s “Swingin’” on the soundtrack for the upcoming indie comedy Super Zeroes. Montgomery Gentry, Blackberry Smoke and more appear on the album, to be released Feb. 19.


Anita Cochran (2/6)

Garth Brooks (2/7)


Tuesday (2/5): Craig Campbell, Morning Express With Robin Meade (HLN); Tim McGraw, The Ellen Degeneres Show; Jewel, The View (ABC); Randy Houser, Conan (TBS).

Wednesday (2/6): Reba, Live With Kelly & Michael; Lady Antebellum, The Talk (CBS); Hunter Hayes, The View (ABC); Julianne Hough, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC); Tim McGraw, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Thursday (2/7): Tim McGraw, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC); Hunter Hayes, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

This Week's Album Releases

Tim McGraw Two Lanes Of Freedom (2/5)

“It reflects a lot of what I’ve done in my career on this record,” says McGraw. “I think you can recognize what it is that I do, but it also I think it sort of subtly shifts you in a direction where I may be going with my music and the things that I’m liking now and the sounds that I like. It’s like I’ve sort of shifted gears and hit the accelerator a little bit.” Highlights on the 13-track album, the first release from McGraw on Big Machine, include the current single “One Of Those Nights” and “Highway Don’t Care” featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

» Body Of Proof: Luke Bryan puts rumors to rest that he doesn't know how to party with a series of photos posted to Twitter. Proof you don't need a shirt to help your bro do a keg stand.





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