Maddie & Tae will release their new EP, Everywhere I'm Goin', on October 18. The duo co-wrote all 5 songs on the project, with co-writers including Josh Thompson, Dave Barnes and Taylor's fiance, Josh Kerr.
Brantley Gilbert is hitting the road this winter for his Fire't Up Tour. The tour kicks off January 23 and will continue for 30 dates. The name comes from a track on Brantley's next album, Fire & Brimstone, which is being released on October 4. The tour will make a stop at the Tribute Communities Centre on January 24.
Caylee Hammack has scored a spot opening for Miranda Lambert on the fall leg of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour. She was so nervous the first time she met Miranda, she wasn't sure she was even going to be able to say hello. "I sat there for a moment panicking," Caylee says. "Finally, I introduced myself. She was so very sweet. It was like a little girl's dream." Caylee remembers gowing up and listening to "Kerosene" when she first started singing. "She was strong. She was independent. She was a woman breaking through the market," she said about Miranda. "Being able to go on tour with someone I looked up to, it's unreal." The fall tour will start September 13.
Darius Rucker will be joining Team Blake for the upcoming season of The Voice. He will be advising Blake's team of competitors. Darius, who promises that Blake's Team will win, says he and his family watch the show all of the time and he is a fan of Blake's honesty with his contestants. The 17th season of The Voice gets started on September 23.
Runaway June are sitting at number 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with "Buy My Own Drinks". That makes them the first all-female trio or group to break into the top 10 on that chart since 2005, when SheDaisy hit number 7 with "Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing".
Randy Travis and his wife Mary will join the Music of Randy Travis Tour this fall, with James Dupre filling in for him. James was a former contestant on The Voice. He became friends with the couple when he starred with Randy in a movie called The Price, which was filmed before Randy suffered a stroke. The original Randy Travis Band will join the tour, which runs through October and November. Randy will not be singing, but he will be making an appearance during the show.
Carrie Underwood is working on a fitness book, Find Your Path: Honour Your Body, Fuel Your Soul and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life. The book will be published in 2020. Carrie will share her Fit52 program with readers and discuss her longstanding relationship with health and wellness and how she deals with the unrealistic standards of beauty that come along with celebrity.
Alan Ditch, who had worked with Brantley Gilbert for more than 8 years, died just before a show on Saturday. He was 49 years old. Alan went into cardiac arrest while they were setting up Brantley's show at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa. The show was postponed and no makeup date has been announced yet. Alan was his monitor engineer.