Midland's sophomore album has debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. After releasing their debut album, On The Rocks, they have had the opportunity to tour with George Strait, Tim McGraw, Dwight Yoakam and more. "Everything we've learned out on the road touring On The Rocks is all right here on this album," says Mark Wystrach. "These songs are deeply personal and from the heart."
The whole thing started with a fake Randy Houser Twitter account. "I had the FBI contact me one time about a lady that, apparently one of these accounts had been talking with her for a while, and they had this relationship goin through Twitter or something like that and her husband died," Randy shared. "She got his life insurance and had given like 90 grand to this guy." He went on to say that many of the victims are sad and lonely women. Remember if there is no blue checkmark beside the name, chances are it's a fake.
Jake Owen will be hosting his 9th annual benefit concert in his hometown of Vero Beach to raise money for the Jake Owen Foundation. The event runs two days and is called the Jake Owen Homemade Weekend. This year it will take place November 1 & 2 and will include an acoustic concert featuring Jake Owen and Jimmy Buffet, along with Jake's annual golf tournament and a silent auction. The foundation has raised more than $1.6 milliion since 2010 and it helps local youth programs, education, crisis care and more.
Jason Aldean was scheduled to perform Saturday at the Gulf Coast Jam, but had to cancel his appearance because of the flu. He took to Instagram to let his fans know that he'd been looking forward to playing the festival, but "unfortunately I'm down for the count with a stomach virus.. It's just not in the cards for us this year. Hope to be back as soon as I can. Thank you to everyone who came out." Most fans were understanding except for one fan who thought that they could have let them know earlier. Jason did respond saying," I was trying up until 9:30 to get it together to play for you guys. Bags of fluids, shots of finnegran and B-12, popping Zofran. We waited that long because we didn't want to cancel. We finally didn't have a choice. Sorry for the inconvenience but we were trying everything."
At a show over the weekend, Miranda Lambert told the crowd that even though she's a sucker for a good sad song, she no longer feels that way anymore...thanks to a special person in her life. "Lucky for me, I'm not in a sad time anymore in my life," she said from the stage. "Thank you to my sweet husband. Even though I'm not sad anymore thanks to Brendan my husband, I still love a sad country song with all my heart," Miranda told the crowd. "So I'm going to sing a sad one, if you want to get sad with me." She then started to sing "Tin Man" from her album The Weight of These Wings, which was inspired by her divorce from Blake Shelton. Miranda's new album Wildcard is scheduled to be released on November 1.
About 140 students in Mississippi, ages 11 to 18, are going to have the chance to ask questions about songwriting from a man who really knows his stuff...Garth Brooks. It's going to take place at the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi on September 24th. The topic for the day is "The Power of Songwriting".
Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines' divorce continues and now there is an issue over her unreleased music. Her husband, Adrian Pasdar, is trying to block her from releasing music on the grounds that there may be something in the songs that violates the confidentiality clause listed in the couple's prenuptial agreement. He is asking for copies of the music in question in order "to protect his rights under the confidentiality" of the prenup. His concerns come at a time when the Dixie Chicks have just collaborated with Taylor Swift on a song on her new album and they have announced plans for their own project. Natalie filed for divorce in 2017 and they have two sons, Jackson and Beckett.