March 21, 2014 |
Merle Haggard is on the receiving end of a couple of new tributes, as the 2014 recipient of the Academy of Country Music's Crystal Milestone Award and as the subject of a new multi-artist tribute album highlighting his songs. Haggard will be presented with the ACM's Crystal Milestone Award, given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement, on April 6 at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jennifer Nettles.
March 17, 2014 |
Country singer Jason Aldean is reportedly dating Brittany Kerr, the woman he cheated on his wife with in 2012. Well, at least they're trying to make a real go of it, right? Aldean, 37, last April filed for divorce from Jessica Ussery, his wife of almost 12 years, and has been dating Kerr since, Us Weekly reported Monday. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2014 Kerr, a former "American Idol" contestant and NBA cheerleader, was photographed backstage in the wings at one of Aldean's concerts on Friday, TMZ reported . She was also spotted at his Jan. 10 Austin concert, the site said.
March 12, 2014 |
Female country singers are complaining that their music is being pushed off the airwaves by a new crew of young, male, “bro-country” musicians singing interchangeable songs about dirt roads, pickup trucks, girls in tiny cutoff jeans and beer, lots of beer. Carrie Underwood is leading the charge, telling Billboard magazine that the country music business seems to have very limited room for new female musicians, but that it's different for the guys. “There seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of them,” Underwood said.
October 28, 2013 |
A tour bus carrying country singer Jason Aldean and company hit and killed a pedestrian in the wee hours Monday in Indiana. The 36-year-old "Night Train" singer has since gone online to confirm the accident and express his condolences. Albert Kennedy of Vincennes, Ind., "walked out into the middle of the roadway" around 1:30 a.m. and was struck by the bus, ABC News reported . He was confirmed dead at the scene. A sheriff who talked to TMZ said Kennedy was often seen walking around town but had no explanation for why he went into traffic.
October 10, 2013 |
Eric Church , Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will headline the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, festival organizers announced Thursday. They top the three-day bill scheduled for April 25-27 that's heavy on freshmen and sophomore country acts including Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Dustin Lynch. But deeper into the lineup, which will be spread across three stages, are veterans such as Loretta Lynn, John Prine, Brenda Lee, Michael Nesmith, Asleep at the Wheel, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Duane Eddy, Shelby Lynne and Crystal Gayle, who is Loretta Lynn's sister.
April 29, 2013 |
Jason Aldean has filed for divorce, kicking last week's news of separation from his wife up a notch. "This is a really tough time for my entire family," the country singer told Us Weekly in a statement about the divorce, noting that he and Jessica Ussery had been together since they were teenagers - he's 36 now - and had had ups and downs along the way. They would have been married 12 years in August. "I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgement when they hear news like this," he told the mag . "That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them.