Monday, May 21, 2018

COUNTRY NEWS

Jackie Lee Reveals He Fought Testicular Cancer — Twice — in Poignant New ‘Long Year’ Video

Jackie Lee Reveals He Fought Testicular ...

To say that country singer Jackie Lee has had a "Long Year" is an understatement: While still mourning the death of his mother, who died of ovarian cancer in June of 2016, Lee fought two battles of his own with testicular cancer. Lee's cancer fight began with inconclusive tests, and a doctor's recommendation that he have surgery…
Margo Price Surprises Ryman Auditorium Crowd With Sturgill Simpson, ‘After the Fire Is Gone’ Cover [WATCH]

Margo Price Surprises Ryman Auditorium C...

Margo Price headlined her first show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Saturday night (May 19), and she pulled out all the stops. Special guests, covers and epic moments were sprinkled throughout the show -- including an appearance from Sturgill Simpson. On Saturday night, Simpson also joined Price's opening act, Tyler Childers, onstage for two songs, "Honky…
Country Artists Who Have Appeared on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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There are been some amazing DWTS performances from country stars throughout the years -- Kellie Pickler took home the Season 16 mirror ball trophy with partner Derek Hough -- but there have also been a few major duds on the dance floor courtesy of some big country names. Wynonna Judd, Chuck Wicks, Sara Evans and Billy Ray Cyrus have all competed on Dancing…
5 Years Ago: Kellie Pickler Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’

5 Years Ago: Kellie Pickler Wins ‘...

On May 21, 2013, Kellie Pickler and dancing partner Derek Hough won Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. The pair won the season thanks to perfect 30-point scores on all three of their final dances: a quickstep set to Ludovic Bource's "Peppy and George;" a freestyle dance soundtracked by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé's "Beneath Your…
Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey Bring ‘The Middle’ to 2018 Billboard Music Awards [PICTURES]

Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey Bring ‘...

Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey took the stage during the back half of Sunday night's (May 20) 2018 Billboard Music Awards ceremony to perform their hit "The Middle." The three artists kept their stage setup relatively simple, allowing Morris' vocals and the song's melody -- which have made the track a huge hit -- shine. Throughout…
Watch Maren Morris Freak Out as Kelly Clarkson Covers ‘My Church’ at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Watch Maren Morris Freak Out as Kelly Cl...

Kelly Clarkson gave Maren Morris one epic shoutout during Sunday night's (May 20) 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Near the start of the awards ceremony, Clarkson -- the evening's host -- performed a medley of some recent hits, beginning with Morris' "My Church." "This for my Texas girl, Maren," Clarkson said before singing a chorus of…
Maren Morris, Brett Young + More Hang Out on 2018 Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet [PICTURES]

Maren Morris, Brett Young + More Hang Ou...

Maren Morris, Brett Young and more country stars headed to Las Vegas, Nev., on Sunday night (May 20) for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Even Mason Ramsey (aka, "Walmart Boy") strutted his stuff in his signature cowboy hat and red bowtie on the awards ceremony's red carpet. Readers can flip through the photo gallery above to…
Kelly Clarkson Goes Off-Script, Calls for ‘Moment of Action’ to Open 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Kelly Clarkson Goes Off-Script, Calls fo...

Kelly Clarkson, 2018 Billboard Music Awards show host, was asked to lead a moment of silence in honor of the victims of Friday's (May 18) school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, to open the show -- but she went off script. Instead, Clarkson, a Lone Star State native herself, used the platform to call for…
Maren Morris, Brett Young + More Hang Out at 2018 Billboard Music Awards [PICTURES]

Maren Morris, Brett Young + More Hang Ou...

Maren Morris, Brett Young and more country stars headed to Las Vegas, Nev., on Sunday night (May 20) for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Even Mason Ramsey (aka, "Walmart Boy") strutted his stuff in his signature cowboy hat and red bowtie on the awards ceremony's red carpet. Readers can flip through the photo gallery above to…
2018 Billboard Music Awards Country Winners List

2018 Billboard Music Awards Country Winn...

A complete list of the country nominees at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards is below; The Boot will update this story as winners are revealed. Nominees for the Billboard Music Awards are determined through, per Billboard, album and digital song sales, radio airplay and streaming, touring, social engagement and key interactions with music fans. Billboard and its…
5 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Wins ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 6

5 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Wins ‘Th...

On May 19, 2013, Trace Adkins won the sixth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, which is also known as All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. The country star qualified to be on the show after finishing second to Piers Morgan in the first season of The Celebrity Apprentice; this time around, however, Adkins beat magician Penn Jillette to earn…
Darius Rucker and More Artists to Perform ‘American Idol’ Finale

Darius Rucker and More Artists to Perfor...

With Luke Bryan as one of this season's judges, country fans had good reason to hope that the star performances during the finale of American Idol might include some special guests from within the genre, and the lineup does not disappoint. Not only will Bryan himself be performing the finale, but Darius Rucker is also slotted to join the party, performing live…
Interview: How Trent Harmon Let His Fans Have a Say in His New Album

Interview: How Trent Harmon Let His Fans...

During his days on American Idol, Trent Harmon was known for giving performances in a wide array of styles and genres, but he always felt most comfortable in the country format. That's why, for the past two years, the singer has been writing and recording his debut album in Nashville. On Friday (May 18), Harmon released the project, You Got…
26 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Records ‘Some Gave All’

26 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Records &#...

Twenty-six years ago today, on May 19, 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus recorded "Some Gave All." The song, which became the title track of Cyrus' freshman album, was written by the singer and his first wife, Cindy Smith Cyrus. Before penning "Some Gave All," the Cyruses spoke with a Vietnam War vet; the powerful tune includes lines such as "All…
Dolly Parton Visits Children’s Hospital For Dedication to ‘Chemo Hero’ Niece Who Survived Cancer

Dolly Parton Visits Children’s Hos...

Dolly Parton paid a visit to Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, along with her niece, Hannah Dennison, who was there to be honored at the dedication for the new Hannah Dennison Butterfly Garden. Dennison, who survived Lukemia as a child, will turn 30 on Sunday (May 20). Parton was there along with Dennison's parents, Rachel George and…
Brothers Osborne Perform ‘Shoot Me Straight,’ ‘Pushing Up Daisies’ at Colorado Dispensary

Brothers Osborne Perform ‘Shoot Me...

The Brothers Osborne made a special appearance at a Colorado dispensary to record two of the songs off their recent album, Port Saint Joe. Readers can press play above to watch the brothers, John and TJ Osborne, play "Shoot Me Straight," part of the acoustic show that took place at Terrapin Care Station marijuana dispensaries. The Brothers Osborne have long…
Top 10 Country Songs About Kissing

Top 10 Country Songs About Kissing

A kiss can mean just about anything, from "I'm sorry" to "I love you." From first kisses to last kisses, just about every type of kiss is covered in one country song or another; the genre includes upbeat, euphoric songs about kissing, heartbreaking ballads about goodbye kisses and everything in between. The Boot's Top 10…
Watch New Music Videos from Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson + More Country Artists

Watch New Music Videos from Kacey Musgra...

It was a busy week for country artists releasing new music videos. Read on to get caught up! Kacey Musgraves, "Mother" Kacey Musgraves' new music video for the sentimental song "Mother" is only 76 seconds long. However, its short length and simplistic arrangement make the lyrics that much more prominent in the song -- lyrics Musgraves wrote, apparently,…
Top 5 Jon Pardi Songs

Top 5 Jon Pardi Songs

Jon Pardi may be the reigning CMA New Artist of the Year, but the California country crooner has more than a few hit singles and hot tracks under his belt. His trademark blending of traditional country vocals and rock 'n' roll instrumentals has put Pardi at the forefront the genre's pack of rising stars. The songs on The…
Sam Hunt Says Stepping Away From the Spotlight Gave Him ‘A Little More Balance’

Sam Hunt Says Stepping Away From the Spo...

On Wednesday (May 16), enigmatic country megastar Sam Hunt released "Downtown's Dead." It was the first single he had released in more than a year, and the first hint at a new album since he said last summer that music was taking a back seat for awhile. The song is about the disillusionment of a breakup - in this…
Dan + Shay Share Romantic Ballad, ‘Speechless,’ Track List for Upcoming Album [LISTEN]

Dan + Shay Share Romantic Ballad, ‘...

Ahead of the release date for their third studio album, Dan + Shay have shared a romantic new ballad, "Speechless," and the song has all the right ingredients to be the wedding song of the summer. Readers can press play above to watch the video for the sentimental song. Featuring video footage from the real-life…
Jason Aldean and More Country Artists Join All-Star CMA Fest Lineup

Jason Aldean and More Country Artists Jo...

A little less than a month before CMA Music Fest is set to begin in Nashville, Tenn., the Country Music Association has announced that Jason Aldean will headline Nissan Stadium during the festival's first evening, on June 7. The four-day music festival will span from June 7-June 10, 2018. In addition to his own headlining performance, Bryan…
Interview: Gretchen Peters Emerges From ‘Season of Grief’ With New Album

Interview: Gretchen Peters Emerges From ...

"I don't know why I have this attraction to characters who've seen a lot of s--t," Gretchen Peters tells The Boot. She's speaking to media in advance of her new album, Dancing With the Beast, a project that grapples with themes of darkness, death and female characters who -- particularly as they age -- go unheard and unseen.…
66 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas

66 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in P...

Happy 66th birthday to George Strait! The singer was born on this day (May 18) in 1952. Strait was born in the small town of Poteet, Texas, just south of San Antonio, to parents John and Doris. His father was a math teacher and also owned a 2,000-acre ranch, where Strait and his siblings --…
Watch Ashley Monroe Deliver a Gorgeous Cover of George Jones’ ‘Bartender’s Blues’

Watch Ashley Monroe Deliver a Gorgeous C...

Ashley Monroe offers up a tear-jerking version of the George Jones classic "Bartender's Blues" in a video for the Grand Ole Opry's Radio Replay series. Readers can press play above to hear the emotionally delivered waltz. "I heard this song, 'Bartender's Blues,' driving into the Grand Ole Opry today, and it's one of my favorite…