Sarah Burke here, and I’m looking at the week that was in country music, including the latest SiriusXM Most Wanted Countdown, news about Rascal Flatts and much more!
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Inside the New Rascal Flatts Album ‘Back to Us’
Rascal Flatts will release their 10th album Back To Us on May 19th and we’ve got the track-listing and a list of cool collaborations.
Lauren Alaina is a guest vocalist on the song”Are You Happy Now,” Chris Stapleton and Luke Laird were involved in the songwriting process for the song “Vandalized” and Dan + Shay wrote “Hopin’ You Were Lookin’ with Jesse Frasure. A sweet cover of Carried Underwood’s “I Know You Won’t” is also on the record.
Sunday night during the American Country Music Awards telecast in Las Vegas, they’ll perform the first single, “Yours If You Want It.” He broadcast starts at 8pm.
Keith Richards in on Birthday Bash for the late Merle Haggard
When Merle Haggard passed last April, Keith Richards was quick to chime in on his legacy. A year later, he’ll play tribute to Haggard joining the lineup for Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard set for his birthday in Nashville on April 6th. Sheryl Crow has been added to the lineup too with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., and Kacey Musgraves. There will also be performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and more. Haggard’s son Ben Haggard (who’s an impressive guitarist on his own) is a musical director for the tribute which will be filmed for a proper release in the future.
Keith Richards on Merle Haggard:
When Merle broke through, he was akin to Johnny Cash in the starkness of the sound. But it was more melodic. You felt like this guy knew shit. There was a wisdom in it,” Richards told Rolling Stone last year. “I still sing and play ‘Sing Me Back Home’ on the piano. That’s my party piece, baby. It’s just so real, so touching. There’s a guy on death row. You know when this song finishes, it’s all over. That’s it, pal.”
See Adam Levine’s ‘Voice’ Team Cover “Shameless”
We’re into Season 12 of The Voice and it seems to always comes down to an ol’ fashioned stand-off between coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. During the battle rounds, a surprising song came up originally written by Billy Joel and covered in 1989 by country all-star, Garth Brooks. In fact, that song went to number one on the Billboard Country Charts by 1991!
Adam Levine’s team went for it. From Rolling Stone:
Coach Adam Levine chose the track for his team members by saying, “They’re both such oddballs, that there was only one place for the both of them. And it was in this pairing.” Though 25-year-old Georgia native and now Nashville resident Alexander grew up on Brooks, 34-year-old Larson went into the song fresh, having never heard it until the night before rehearsal.