Tim McGraw is involved in a campaign for "Stand Up to Cancer". It's kind of cool. American Airlines is devoting an entire plane to the cause. People flying AA in July can donate $25.00 or more in the name of a loved one who has battled cancer. Those proceeds go to Stand Up To Cancer research. The actual Stand Up To Cancer plane will fly in the Fall.
The last time The Dixie Chicks released an album of new music was over a decade ago. Just over a year ago Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire started hinting something new might be in the works. About a month ago they released a video on social media saying that it is true a new album is in existence. When do we get to hear it? Excellent question. In that same video they used the hashtag #dcx2019. That hopefully means before the end of the year. We shall see.
The guys in Rascal Flatts will be showing up at The Budweiser Stage on September 12th. Jay DeMarcus says he thinks they'll keep making music together until one of them kicks the bucket. It may be them sitting on a porch somewhere or the occasional performance at The Opry but they'll hang in there. Joe Don Rooney says he can recall saying to Gary LeVox, 'Can you imagine being 70 and still doing this?'" Gary responded, 'No, I can't." Well, apparently they will.
Miranda Lambert took a break after her tour with Little Big Town wrapped up toward the end of last year. That break lasted 8 months, her longest in 17 years. She says that's not going to happen again for quite some time. She does things like get married and weird stuff when she has too much time on her hands. But the break was good for her and Miranda says she has more energy than ever and she feels like the woman from 'The House That Built Me' era. She is working on a new album and we can expect the results in the Fall.
Dan & Shay got to sing at the wedding of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) in Las Vegas at the beginning of May. The thing is they didn't realize it was an official ceremony. Shay says when they received a text asking them to sing 'Speechless' at the ceremony they thought it was a prank. They didn't tell anyone what they were doing. All Dan & Shay told people was they had this gig after the Billboard Music Awards. Joe and Sophie did the quickie ceremony to make sure their marriage was legal in the U.S. and headed to Sophie's home in France and married there this past weekend.
When Jimmie Allen was 13 he was diagnosed as bi-polar. One thing he has found helpful in dealing with it is social media. He says the positive stuff he posts is just as much for him when he has a mood shift as it is for people who follow him. He posted recently that at the beginning of June he was so depressed he contemplated giving up his career which he had clearly worked long and hard to achieve. Jimmie says fortunately he has people around him to help him get through those tough times.