COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
NEW MUSIC IN STORES: Jerrod Niemann
Jerrod Niemann's first major-label release, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury, is in stores today. The album's 20 tracks include the hit "Lover, Lover," but not all of them are music. Jerrod strings together the songs with dialogue and skits, making it a unique project. And check out the songwriter credits -- they run the gamut from Jamey Johnson to Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell.
Jason Aldean has extended his Wide Open Tour into the Fall with Luke Bryan joining him on most dates. He says, "We've had such a great year with some really big songs and our first big arena tour, and I'm just not ready to move on from it quite yet." Fall dates start September 10th in Corbin, Kentucky.
If Darius Rucker had stopped writing songs at number 76, we wouldn't be listening to his next hit "Come Back Song." In a new You Tube video, he explains that it was the last song written for his next record. Also on the new album is a duet with pal Brad Paisley. No release date has been announced.
Steel Magnolia admits that their favorite part of H2O Tour is when Brad Paisley launches into the encore, "Alcohol." The duo's Joshua Scott Jones says, "We wait a few minutes and then we walk out...And this bigger-than-life, big-headed Brad walks out on stage and pushes this bar out and serves everybody drinks and then we just kind of run around the stage like idiots." According to Brad though, it took a while for his co-stars to understand they weren't being brought on stage for a prank.
Ty Brown, who was kicked to the curb on The Bachelorette recently, is back in Nashville working on his country music career. He tells CMT.com, "On the second episode, I played the first verse and the chorus to this song ["Living in the Moment"] on the beach, and got such a great response. So when I got back to Nashville, I re-worked it with [songwriter] Dave Turnbull, and we're so excited about the hype it's been getting now."