Kenny Chesney has released an exclusive book to his fan club No Shoes Nation, titled "Kenny Chesney: Living In Fast Forward". It's filled with behind-the-scenes photos of his time on the road. The book has been two years in the making, and ended up being 456 pages. Chesney points out that it is a museum-quality coffee table art book, where fans will find a total of 571 pictures. The book spans his career; showing his first days on the road, his emergence as a headliner, and now a stadium act. Sounds cool.
Eric Church is one of the songwriters on Keith Urban's new single 'We Were'. When Eric was writing the song he didn't have Keith in mind. So it's cool that when Keith heard the song it resonated with him. Eric says, "He and Nicole, when they first started dating, and they were touring, they would jump on his Harley and they would put on their leather jackets and they’d go ride up in the countryside before the show. I did not know that until after he cut that song, I truly believe songs find the path that they’re supposed to find, and that one was supposed to be with him." Eric says he doesn't ride a Harley so the song doesn't really connect with him as much as it does Keith.
Jordan Davis will become a father soon. He and wife Kristen shared that they're expecting a baby in 2019. Jordan and Kristen have been married for two years and it will be their first child. Jordan says, "We’re so grateful for this blessing and if I can be anywhere near the type of father that my dad was to me that will be a really good start. I know Kristen is going to be an incredible mom."
Just over a month ago, on June 6th, River Smith, the son of Granger and Amber Smith drowned. Granger and Amber made the decision to donate his organs to help save others. At the time they were told that they wouldn't find out for a while who River's organs helped. They just recently were told River's donation helped two adults, a 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man. Amber says there was sadness and joy when they received the letter. "We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love. I’m so proud to be River’s mama and I’m so grateful to God that he gave him to us for those incredible 3 years. I pray these 2 recipients live healthy, joy filled, full throttle lives just like Riv. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest, decisions we’ve ever made."
The Country Thunder Festival rolled into Craven Saskatchewan on the weekend. So did lightning as it turns out. Last Saturday night (July 13). Aasevere thunderstorm brought in rain, thunder, winds and a spectacular lightning show that Tim McGraw captured and shared with fans. When it comes to lightning and outdoor shows that can be a dangerous thing so Tim had to cancel his set. "Sorry we were unable to come out last night due to the storms. Hope everyone made it home safe!" While the weather resulted in evacuation for Saturday night, Sunday's show went on as planned, with Saturday passes honored, so fans could enjoy headliner Chris Stapleton. The festival will next be heading to Twin Lakes, Wis. on July 18.
Chris Young is a very popular country singer and he has friends. But like most of us, not very many that are truly close and in his inner circle, and this is by design. "I'm just not that kind of person, I have a very short, close friends list that I can tell you on two hands. And I know who they are and they're very, very special to me."
Over the last couple of years Luke Combs' career has really taken off. In that time a lot of praise has come his way. Although he appreciates all the kind words he tries to not let it go to his head. "I try not to dwell on it much. I don't want it to define my personality or anything. I feel like once you start, for lack of a better term, drinking the Kool-Aid, if everyone's like 'you're great' and 'you're doing this' and 'this is great,' your ego can really get out of control. That's something I try to be very cognizant of."
Back in the day when Blake Shelton was first starting out you may recall he wore a black, mostly, cowboy hat. Some started to refer to him as a "hat act". That didn't sit well with Blake and he eventually ditched the hat. Blake says he never really understood why. "What does that mean, a hat act? Like, I still don't really know what that means. It's just stupid, these terms that get attached to people. It's like, I'm not a hat act, I'm just a country singer. My hat doesn't define me. I just put that on because that's what we did at home."