| The first single from Tim McGraw's upcoming album will be "Live Like You Were Dyin'," which is expected to impact country radio Monday. According to countrystars.com, because the song carries so much emotional weight, there is a possibility that a book based on the tune could be released down the road. Tim's new album is slated to hit stores August 31st.
Billboard has kudos for Sara Evan's new single "Suds in The Bucket," noting "the lyrics are cute and will remind all parents of the fleeting joys of childhood and how quickly the kids begin building their own lives."
Jo Dee Messina will officially kick off this year's CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair with a performance on the Riverfront Park Stages on Thursday, June 10. Other artists recently added to the Greased Lightning show include "Nashville Star" winner Brad Cotter and Eric Heathuts. The 4-day festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13, in Downtown, Nashville.
The Academy of Country Music will present Willie Nelson with its Gene Weed Special Achievement Award during "The 39th annual ACM Awards" May 26 in Las Vegas, set to air on CBS. The award recognizes unprecedented unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music. It has only been presented four other times. Past winners include George Strait (2003), Garth Brooks (1997), Jeff Foxworthy (1995), and George Burns (1980).
Lee Ann Womack will perform "I Hope You Dance" during pre-race ceremonies at the 88th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30.
Gretchen makes history!
With the best opening sales week by any country newcomer, Gretchen Wilson arrives at #2 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with her debut album "Here For the Party". Gretchen was amazed at the response. She is finding herself signing autographs everywhere, even for her friends and family.
Tim McGraw named his upcoming leg of road dates the "Out Loud" tour because it's all about having fun. Tim just wanted the tour's name to reflect the fun he has in store for fans. Since the shows are outdoors, it's summertime, and he has high-energy acts. The Warren Brothers and Big & Rich opening up, Tim just figured, "It's going to be loud and wild!" The "Out Loud" tour kicks off in Virginia Beach, VA on June 11th
Does Faith need an exorcist?
The Stepford Wives hits theaters June 11th and Faith Hill is in it. Faith's robotic character in the film, Sarah Sunderson, short-circuits during a square dance scene and starts to spin out of control. Faith had to act on camera in front of a "green screen" where she spun around for computer effects to be added later. Her acting was "Perfect" said the tech team on the film. Faith says, "The character was great fun to play. I mean, when I malfunction, things go a little crazy and the sparks really fly. It was an "electrifying" experience.