Jason Aldean Looking Forward to Being a Tourist and Busting Country Music Stereotypes in Europe

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is among the artists who will be part of this weekend and next weekend’s C2C Country to Country Festival in Europe, and this will be his first time ever going overseas to play.  Jason says, “I’ve heard stories of other artists going over there and playing and just kind of getting feedback on what it was like over there.”

 

He’s heard a lot of great things about how the European fans are embracing country music, but Jason is excited to be able to help further eliminate any stereotypes or misconceptions people might have about modern country music. He says, “For us to be able to go over there and go, ‘Okay, this ain’t your granddaddy’s country music anymore.  This is what it is.’  And it’s completely different than what I think a lot of people think.  So for me that was a big part of wanting to go over and sort of go, ‘This is what’s going on now,’ and just try to create some excitement over there so that hopefully this is something we can keep going back and doing all over the world.

 

Jason is also looking forward to being a tourist, since this will be his first trip ever to Europe.  Other artists on the C2C bill include Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line and Brandy Clark.  The festival will play Sweden and Norway on February 28th and March 1st, and London and Dublin on March 7th and 8th.  You can get more information about C2C here.

 

Maddie & Tae Announce New Album, Share How they Originally Celebrated First #1 Song

Maddie & Tae (Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes)

Maddie & Tae (Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes)

Maddie & Tae celebrated their very first #1 song, “Girl in a Country Song,” with a party yesterday in Nashville.  The girls revealed that when they first learned the song had made it to #1 several weeks ago, they were actually watching a Shania Twain concert in Las Vegas.  Tae Dye says, “We love Shania, so that was not a bad way to celebrate.”  After the show was over they did what any two 19 year olds in Las Vegas might do.  Tae says, “We went to a restaurant and got a big slice of cheesecake and ate the whole thing and probably cried for about 10 minutes.”

 

The girls just announced that they will release their debut album, Start Here, on June 2nd.  It will feature “Girl in a Country Song,” plus their brand new single, “Fly,” and Maddie says the title made sense because, “We had so many names … pieces of lyrics, song titles, our names. But when it really came down to it, what this record is to us is the beginning of everything! You only get one first album…”  Tae agrees and adds, “Like ‘Fly,’ it is one of those sentiments that holds all the promise, all the chances and maybe a little bit of being scared. But you have to start somewhere, and this is pretty great place to begin.”

Christina Aguilera Would be Miranda Lambert if She was a Country Singer

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera talked to Seth Meyers this week about her upcoming storyline on the TV show Nashville, which will air this spring.  One reason she’s excited about it is because she thinks it might help her get one over on Blake Shelton on The Voice.  Blake has been known to use his country music connections and ties to Nashville to win over country contestants during The Voice auditions, and now Christina says, “I’ll be able to have something under my belt to get certain steals for these country artists. I’ll be like, ‘Well, I’m actually on the show Nashville, recording in Nashville, and maybe that’ll give me some pull with some of these [contestants].”

 

As we previously reported on, Christina will be playing a big pop star who has dreams of going country, in a story arc that will last over several episodes of Nashville, and she says, when she thinks about country singers, one woman she really loves is Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert.  She told Seth Meyers, “Miranda is no joke. She’s awesome.  I’ve become such a huge fan of Miranda Lambert’s. Honestly, if I was a country singer I’d probably be her. She’s just awesome.”

 

An exact airdate for Christina’s story arc on Nashville has not yet been announced, but you can see new episodes of Nashville every Wednesday night at 10pm ET/9pm CT on ABC, and you can see Christina and Blake on season eight of The Voice, which is airing every Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.

 

Rascal Flatts Hints at Future Collaboration with Steven Tyler

Rascal Flatts (Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung)

Rascal Flatts (Photo Credit: Todd Owyoung)

Rascal Flatts just kicked off their nine-show Las Vegas residency at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this week, making them the first country artists to have a residency at The Joint.  But the guys have been known to collaborate with a wide variety of artists, and they say if they could pick anyone to collaborate with now, it would probably be Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.  Jay DeMarcus revealed to FOX 5 in Las Vegas, “We’ve been talking to Steven Tyler a little bit. We are hoping to do something with him in the near future.”

 

While some people might see a combination of Rascal Flatts and Steven Tyler as a stretch between twpo genres, Jay says when you really listen, “You can’t tell the difference anymore [between and rock song and a country song].  You throw a steel guitar on top of a rock track and you’ve got a country song.”
The Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! Residency will run through March 14th.  Tickets can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, online at axs.com or by calling 888-9-AXS-TIX.

Keith Urban Delivers Intimate, Acoustic Performance at The Ryman During Country Radio Seminar

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Keith Urban kept the late-night activities rolling at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville last night with a very intimate and acoustic show at the Ryman Auditorium.  The midnight performance offered attendees an open bar, free White Castle sliders and about an hour of Keith performing some of his biggest hits acoustically, mostly by himself on guitar, banjo and piano, and occasionally joined by his bass player and drummer.

 

Somewhat making up the set list as he went, and even taking requests from the few hundred audience members a couple of times, Keith’s performance included “You Look Good in My Shirt,” a slowed-down piano version of “Somewhere in My Car,” “Making Memories of Us,” “Walk in the Country” from his days with The Ranch, “Tonight I Wanna Cry” and even a performance of “Kiss A Girl,” for which he invited five audience members up on stage to sing with him.  He closed out the night with his current single, “Raise ‘Em Up.”

 

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Keith has been off the road while he works on the latest season of American Idol, so when it was all over he kind of hated to leave the stage because he said, “Man, it feels so good to play.”  His next live gig will be at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 24th, and then he’ll resume his summertime touring schedule on June 12th.