1079 Nash Icon Music Highlights

1079 Nash Icon Music Highlights

Globetrotter Kip Moore Has the Cure for the World’s Divisiveness: “Travel”

From the mountains of Iceland to the surf of Costa Rica to the beaches of Australia, Kip Moore has spanned the globe. Take a quick scan through Kip’s Instagram, and you might end up with his viewpoint from Northern Ireland or Hawaii.

The native of south Georgia attributes his globetrotting with opening his mind. As Kip recently told the titular host of The Blair Garner Show, “travel” could be the cure to the world’s divisiveness.

“I think about how divisiveness this world is right now in every sense of the word, from being open to how you live your life, whether it be religions, politics, who you want to date, sexuality, everything,” says Kip. “Once you get out and you start to really travel, you realize how the same we all are, no matter our different preferences in life, and how most people just want to have joy and take care of each other. The people that are negative are the loud ones, so we hear their voices a lot, but for the most part, we’re all so similar. I’ll go and travel places where I can’t even speak the same language, but we can have a conversation without even speaking the same language and we’re having laughter . . . If we all got out and experienced the world for what it was, we’d all be so much more accepting of each other, and I think we’d be a lot less divisive.”

Kip recently gave fans their first taste of new music from his upcoming fourth studio album with the release of lead single “She’s Mine.” Kip produced the new single, which he co-penned with Dan Couch and Scott Stepakoff.

photo by NCD

“The Ty Bentli Show” Collects More Than “100,000 Thank Yous” for U.S. Troops With Help From Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean & More

The Ty Bentli Show successfully complete its 3rd annual “100,000 Thank Yous” campaign this week, with a goal of collecting at least 100,000 thank-you cards for deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Jason Aldean signs his personalize card for U.S. troops.

On Dec. 9, the titular host of the show—along with co-hosts Chuck Wicks and Tricia Jenkins—announced that that they had received 153,422 thank-you cards, exceeding their goal by more than 53,000 cards. The 153,422 well-wishes will be sent to U.S. troops via Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that sends care packages to deployed troops. 

This year, a number of country stars stopped by The Ty Bentli Show to compose personal cards for the troops, including Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Mitchell Tenpenny and more.

Since 2017, The Ty Bentli Show has collected more than 450,000 thank-you cards for deployed troops.

photos by NCD

“Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special” to Re-Air This Month After 6.3 Million Viewers Watch Debut Broadcast

Brad Paisley may have been absent from the CMA Awards this year, but he came back to prime time in a big way on Dec. 3 as host of his own variety TV special, Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special.

The 60-minute special featured Brad—and a bevy of his famous friends—performing music and comedic numbers from Nashville’s iconic War Memorial Auditorium. Special guests included Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jonas Brothers, Chris Harrison, Peyton Manning and more.

Brad’s TV special netted 6.3 million viewers during its initial broadcast on Dec. 3, so ABC is re-airing the show on Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

Brad sat down with Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown to chat about his TV endeavor.

Q: How did the TV special come to fruition?

Brad: “I went to ABC and said this is an idea I have that I think is a niche that’s not being filled on prime-time television, and I would love to do this TV special that’s a really good example of the best scenario of people collaborating in music and trying to have a good time and telling some jokes and doing some funny skits and being a part of something that sort of shows that a lot of us [in entertainment] are friends.”

Q: How did you decide on the show’s name?

Brad: “One of the reasons we named it Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special is because I felt like it would be a lot of fun to tear me down throughout this and that’s kinda the vehicle. I’m roasted the whole time. This doesn’t serve to elevate me in any way, really [laughing]. From the minute the show starts, Peyton Manning is telling me how I really should not even be doing this. And it gets worse after that.”

Q: What’s a quality your special guests have in common?

Brad: “People that are . . . willing to laugh at themselves are perfect for this. That’s where people like Peyton and Carrie and Tim McGraw—they’re just willing to joke about themselves, but at the same time, it gets easy when I tell them, ‘Look, it’s really about roasting me.’ They were all in on that.”

Q: Tell me about one of the night’s special performances.

Brad: “I had met this girl, Addie Pratt, at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, who’s now a proud [cancer] survivor—a great example of what that place can do. One of the things I said when ABC gave me this show was I would like to do something good with this as opposed to just making a show. Let’s do something that serves the higher good. I can’t think of a better example of what’s great about being alive right now than a place like St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I had this idea to have a survivor sing a line [from a new song], but I had no idea this survivor was like Beyoncé. She deserves a record deal. In the show you can image that moment is really—it was all I could do not to cry.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

Reward Offered After Luke Bryan’s Pet Deer Illegally Shot & Killed

A red stag deer owned by Luke Bryan was shot and killed on his property in Maury County, Tennessee, which is approximately 45 miles southwest of Nashville.

According to a Facebook post by the Maury County Sheriff’s Department, the red stag was shot between Dec. 4 and Dec. 6. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

Wildlife Resources Agency spokesman Barry Cross told The Tennessean that the deer was likely shot from the road.

Red stags, which are a species of deer similar to an elk, are not native to Tennessee. They are typically found in Europe and Asia.

photo by NCD

Tanya Tucker Reveals Dates for CMT Next Women of Country Tour With Brandy Clark, Aubrie Sellers & More

Tanya Tucker revealed the dates for her headlining 2020 CMT Next Women of Country Tour.

The 35-plus-date tour will kick off on Feb. 5 in Vienna, Va., making additional stops in Philadelphia, New York, Memphis, Houston, Boston, San Francisco and more. CMT Next Women of Country alum Aubrie Sellers, Brandy Clark, Erin Enderlin, Hailey Whitters, Madison Kozak and Walker County, as well as Shooter Jennings, will serve as support on select dates.

Tickets for the majority of the dates go on sale on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. local time.

CMT Next Women of Country Tour

  • Feb. 5 | The Barns at Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA ~
  • Feb. 6 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA ~
  • Feb. 7 | Town Hall | New York, NY ~*
  • Feb. 20 | Graceland Soundstage | Memphis, TN ~
  • Feb. 21 | Gillioz Theatre | Springfield, MO ~
  • Feb. 22 | TempleLive | Wichita, KS ~
  • Feb. 24 | The Blue Note | Columbia, MO ~
  • Feb. 25 | Bourbon Theatre | Lincoln, NE ~
  • Feb. 27 | The District | Sioux Falls, SD ~
  • Feb. 28 | Fargo Theatre | Fargo, ND ~
  • Feb. 29 | Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center | Hinckley, MN
  • March 3 | River Run Centre | Guelph, ON ^
  • March 5 | FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre | St Catharines, ON ^
  • March 6 | Levon Helm Studios | Woodstock, NY ^
  • March 7 | Metropolitan Theatre | Morgantown, WV ^
  • March 26 | The Kessler Theater | Dallas, TX #
  • March 29 | The Heights Theater | Houston, TX  #
  • Apr 22 | The Fremont Theater | San Luis Obispo, CA +
  • Apr 29 | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO
  • May 9 | Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center | Cherokee, NC
  • May 13 | Jefferson Center | Roanoke, VA >
  • May 15 | Royal Oak Music Theatre | Royal Oak, MI >
  • May 16 | Roxian Theatre | Pittsburgh, PA >
  • May 17 | The Wilbur Theatre | Boston, MA >
  • May 20 | House of Blues | Cleveland, OH >
  • May 21 | Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, ON >
  • May 22 | The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts | Albany, NY >
  • May 30 | Beaver Dam Amphitheater | Beaver Dam, KY &+
  • June 4 | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA
  • June 5 | Crest Theatre | Sacramento, CA*
  • June 6 | Carson Valley Inn Casino | Minden, NV*
  • June 8 | State Theatre For The Arts | Red Bluff, CA*
  • June 10 | Crystal Ballroom | Portland, OR
  • June 12 | Vogue Theatre | Vancouver, BC*
  • June 13 | The Bing Crosby Theater | Spokane, WA*
  • June 14 | The Showbox | Seattle, WA

* Aubrie Sellers
~ Brandy Clark
# Erin Enderlin
+ Hailey Whitters
^ Madison Kozak
> Walker County
& Shooter Jennings

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com


Alabama Announces 2 Nashville Shows as Part of Rescheduled 50th Anniversary Tour

Alabama Announces 2 Nashville Shows as Part of Rescheduled 50th Anniversary Tour

After postponing more than 25 shows on their 50th Anniversary Tour in 2019 as frontman Randy Owen dealt with vertigo and migraines, Alabama is planning to announce rescheduled shows for 2020 in the coming weeks. Alabama’s show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena—originally scheduled for Nov. 20, 2019—has been rescheduled for July 17. In addition, a second…