The Show Goes on for Joe Nichols Despite Undergoing Back Surgery

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols

Joe Nichols has been touring and hasn’t missed any of his scheduled dates, which is why we were shocked to learn that he underwent pretty serious back surgery just three weeks ago.  Joe explained to The Country Vibe that he sustained an injury in the lower part of his back from doing a lot of long distance running that caused doctors to have to cut away some bone from one of the bottom vertebras and remove some ligaments.


He had the surgery done on Monday, June 30th, and his doctor told him, “I want you pretty much on your back for at least two weeks and your healing time should take about three months.”  But Joe told the doctor, “I gotta work.  I gotta go back to work on Friday.  I have babies to feed.  I can’t just not do anything for two weeks.”


Joe says the doctor told him, “I highly advise you not to do that,” but said with a bit of a laugh, “I told him, ‘The show’s gotta go on.  I highly advise myself to do it.  I’ll be in pain, but it’ll be worth it, because like I said, I’ve got babies to feed.’”


Despite doctor’s orders, Joe was back on stage just four days after undergoing surgery.  He told us it doesn’t affect his ability to perform too badly and he doesn’t think fans can really tell when he’s in pain because he tries to mask his grimaces and keep a smile on his face.  He said the hardest part of the surgery has been not being able to pick up his two year old daughter, Dylan.  He was told not to lift anything over 10 pounds, but she comes running up to him with her arms outstretched wanting him to pick her up and he can’t do it.  He worries that he is actually hurting her feelings, so he says that has been the hardest part of his recovery.

Jason Aldean Releases “Burnin’ It Down,” the Steamiest Song He’s Ever Put Out

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean released his brand new single, “Burnin’ It Down,” last night at midnight.  The song is the first release off his new album, which will be out this fall, and it’s a pretty sexy song.  Jason normally releases a big uptempo song as the first single off of his new albums but he wanted to switch things up and not become too predictable.  He says, “For me it was just about trying to go in a little bit of a different direction to launch an album.”


Jason admits, “It probably is the steamiest song we’ve ever put out … but it’s cool and I love the song.  I think it’s one of those things that maybe people don’t really expect to hear from us, which I like to throw those songs in every now and then.”

One over-analytical reporter thought the song sounded less like a guy in love and more like a guy who doesn’t want to be alone, to which Jason laughed and said, “I don’t know man, I think you have put way more thought into this than I did.  You’re getting too deep for me over there.”


Jason explained, “I just honestly thought it was about a dude having fun naked in the bed, making out with this chick, listening to ‘Dixieland Delight’ and drinking whiskey.”  He joked, “I’ll be sure and put more thought into it next time I listen.”


So far there is no firm release date for Jason’s forthcoming album.  As specific as he would get is that it will be out before Christmas.

Blake Shelton Starting Smack Talk, but Speaks Highly of New Coaches on The Voice

Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine

Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine

The Season 7 premiere of The Voice is still two months away, but Blake Shelton has already started trash talking the other coaches. He told Access Hollywood, “I mean, let’s not beat around the bush. I am looking forward to mopping the floor with the other three coaches’ asses.”


Blake says after winning three seasons in a row he was feeling pretty confident about being able to continue his winning streak. But that streak was broken by Adam Levine in season 5, and then Usher, who will be replaced by Pharrell for season 7, was last year’s winning coach. But Blake is confident that he can win again.


Gwen Stefani will fill the seat that Shakira sat in last year and Blake says, “She is not like any other girl I have ever been around. She is just one of the guys.” If you follow Blake on Twitter then you know he can be a little crude or off color sometimes, but he says, “There [are] times I say something that may be something you may not want to say around a girl, and [it] doesn’t faze her. And I like that about her because with Christina [Aguilera] and Shakira, there were times when I offended them.”


Blake is also impressed with new coach Pharrell’s compassion and his way of speaking to the contestants who don’t make it through the auditions on the show. He says, “Pharrell has talked some people of the ledge several times during these blind auditions. I mean, people who are upset, they didn’t make it – he knows the exact right thing to say … People will walk off that stage, not even having made the show, and feeling like they won.”


Season 7 of The Voice will premiere on September 22nd on NBC.

Tim McGraw Speaks Out About Video of Him Smacking Woman in the Head During Concert

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

Late last week a video of Tim McGraw in concert, where he ultimately smacked a woman in the head, began circulating around the internet.  Based on reports and the video, Tim was trying to walk around the stage and slap fans hands, and a woman grabbed onto and ultimately ripped his jeans when she wouldn’t let go.  Tim spun around and smacked the person in the head, which turned out to be a woman. He remained quiet about the incident as the conversation and debate heated up on the internet and in the media about the appropriateness of his actions, until yesterday when he spoke to ET Canada.


Tim said, “Sometimes things can lose context and perspective. I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on.”  He continued, “I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on.”


Tim says of course he doesn’t feel good about the incident, but it was a knee-jerk reaction that happened in an instant.  Tim is currently out on his Sundown Heaven Town Tour, which will stop in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada tonight.


Chris Young Lands at #1 with a Straight Up, Simple Love Song

Chris Young

Chris Young

Chris Young has scored his sixth number one song with his latest single, “Who I Am with You.”  Chris says when he was looking for songs to put on his A.M. album he wanted a straight up, simple love song.  He sent an e-mail out to people who help him get songs and said, “That’s all I want is like perfect relationship, what you want to say when you’re in that relationship with somebody that just makes you absolutely the best, you know, person you think you can be ‘cause they’re around. It’s just perfect.’”


“Who I Am with You” was the first song someone sent him to fit this criteria and the rest is history.  Chris knew he had something special and he says, “I wish I ‘d written this one. It’s another one of those, you know, beautifully simplistic songs, and I just really, really, really love this one.”


Chris is currently out on The Riser Tour with Dierks Bentley, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi.  Their next stop will be the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, tomorrow night.