Brett Eldredge‘s brand new album, Illinois, debuts at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart, giving the singer his first chart-topping album. Sales of the project were spurred by his current hit single, “Lose My Mind.” Illinois also sits in the Top Five on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart.
Brett said, “I started thinking about this album the day my first album came out, more than two years ago. I couldn’t be happier with that album and it started it all for me, but I wanted Illinois to be more. It’s more adventurous, better version of me and I loved the whole process of making the album. I have to thank my fans, my family and friends for all of their belief and support they have given me over the years.”
Brett co-wrote and co-produced every song on Illinois, and wrote the title track out of love and reverence to his home state. He said, “It’s the place where I grew up, where my roots are planted and it will always hold a deep place in my heart. We all have an Illinois and no matter how far you go in life no matter how far you travel no matter where you go, your roots always hold close to your heart and pull you back. That’s what I wanted to write and that’s what I wanted this album to be.”
Next month, Brett and co-headliner Thomas Rhett will kick off the Suits & Boots tour in New York City.
Brantley Gilbert performed an emotion rendition of his hit, “One Hell of An Amen” during Wednesday’s (September 16th) Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River benefit concert. The show honored fallen soldiers who lost their lives during the tragic shooting at a military recruiting center and Navy Marine training center in Chattanooga in July. At the end of the song, Brantley listed all the names of the victims and took a special moment to honor them by telling the crowd, “Put your finger in the air one time. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, that you miss ‘em, and we’ll see ‘em again soon. God bless y’all, Chattanooga.”
Brad Paisley has added five more dates to his Country Nation College tour presented by Zaxby’s. The Country Nation College tour presented by Zaxby’s will continue with free shows at Florida State University, October 8; Auburn University, October 9; Wake Forest University, October 10; the University of Georgia, October 15; and the University of South Carolina, October 16. Eric Paslay will be the special guest at each concert, with additional show details to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Country Nation College tour coincides with the radio launch of Brad’s single, “Country Nation,” which is currently at radio.
Brad recently recorded a customized version of “Country Nation,” along with video elements that will be part of CBS Sports’ broadcasts of “SEC Game of the Week” during regular season.
As a big college football fan, Brad once again served as a spokesperson for “College Colors Day,” a nationwide celebration of the new college football season, which was created by IMG.
He has also appeared as musical guest on ESPN’s College GameDay in Ft. Worth on college football opening weekend, performing his new single “Country Nation.”
Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. New Yorkers always mark the day with special observances, but one of them was a surprise. A rainbow appeared between rain showers yesterday at about 8 a.m., and it seemed to end right at the Freedom Tower. The newly-constructed tower stands at the 9/11 site. A number of pictures posted on Instagram and Twitter capture the sight.
Dierks Bentley has released the video for his current single, “Riser.” The true story follows the struggles of a formerly homeless mother of two named Amy as she rebuilds her life.
Dierks said, “I really wanted this video to reflect the ‘risers’ among us, so when it came to casting, it was important to me that the storyline follow something real – no acting. The first thing I thought when I met Amy was you would have never known that she had been living out of her car with two kids and nowhere to go. Hearing her story is such a solid example that there are people we pass all around us every day who are going through tough times. It’s dedicated to all the ‘Risers.’”
With the help of Nashville non-profit Safe Haven Family Shelter, Amy was able to receive critical education, support and guidance that helped her make a successful return into her own home.
Dierks says the song and title track of his current album, Riser, contains a message that everyone needs to hear.
Dierks continues on his Sounds of Summer tour this weekend with a show in Bonner Springs, KS on Saturday (September 12th) with special guests Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie & Tae.
In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th Anniversary, the Opry and Southwest Airlines are returning to the heart of New York City for the third annual series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. Kelsea Ballerini will hit the stage on September 9th followed by Chase Bryant on September 28th. Kelsea and Chase will each travel to Manhattan with the Opry’s signature microphone stand and will continue the 90th anniversary year tradition of throwing down a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House, a la an “Opry Circle Throwdown.”
The performances are open to the public, and seating will be based on a first-come first-served basis. Other guests will be invited to be a part of each performance in the park outside the perimeter of the Southwest Porch.
The Opry will officially celebrate with its 90th Birthday Bash in Nashville on October 2nd and 3rd.