Jason Aldean revealed in a recent interview that he dediced to pull back on his touring so he could spend time with his younger children. "In the early days, playing 200 shows a year and being on the road 250 days a year, there's only one way to go. You can't do any more than we were doing. After Memphis was born, I did make it a concious effort to back off a little bit...we probably went from playing 75 shows to 55 shows," he explained. "Just to make it where I'm at home a little bit more, a few more weekends more a year kind of thing." He also said that he wants his younger children to experience tour life a bit.
Carly Pearce found herself busking inside a New York subway station on Tuesday as part of a YouTube series, Subway Creatures, where artists perform by surprise in underground subways. She performed a few tunes for a group of fans. Her sophomore album is being released on February 14th.
Thomas Rhett is going to be performing at the American Music Awards on November 24th. He is nominated for Favourite Male Artist - Country. Other artists with nominations include Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Carrie Underwood and Kane Brown. The American Music Awards are the world's largest fan-voted awards show and will air live November 24 at 8pm on ABC.
Frankie Ballard and his wife, Christina, are expecting their first child. The baby is due in February and they will not be finding out the gender. "When else can you be truly surprised in this life anymore?", they said. "The mystery is still intact. February is right around the corner, and we are so eager to meet this precious little gift."
Alan Jackson is celebrating his 30th year in country music with a new tour. It will kick off January 10th. He has sold 60 million albums worldwide and is ranked as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all time.
The CMA Awards will kick off with a medley by Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton which will also feature Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson. Kelsea Ballerini will be joined by Lindsay Ell, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Runaway June to perform an iconic Song of the Year and Single of the Year featuring Little Big Town. The show airs this Wednesday on ABC.
Trisha Yearwood is currently out on her Every Girl Tour and she's getting to play some historic venues. During a recent interview she shared her thoughts on playing some of these theatres, saying, "These halls are built for sound. Heck, you probably don't even need a microphone in some of these places. It's pure joy." Trisha also said she feels that vocally she's at her peak. "When we were making this new album, I was really impressed with my voice," she says. "I mean, it sounds really good. There is a certain maturity that you can hear in it and at this point, I can really trust it, you know? I'm going with it."
Thomas Rhett is considering taking his whole family to the CMA Awards on November 13. He says that his daughters usually go to bed around 8, so if they can stay awake, he might just bring them to the show. Thomas and his wife, Lauren, are expecting their third daughter next year.