Was Willie Nelson right when he sang that “Sad Songs and Waltzes Aren’t Selling This Year”? Is country music now all happy and upbeat?
With the Grand Ole Opry about to turn 89, we asked Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Lee Brice and many others if they felt it still resonated with today’s young artists and fans.
Before a sold-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Brice was awarded a plaque for his single “I Don’t Dance.”
“I love all kinds of music, and most people do,” Brice told Radio.com. So on his new album, “all of that stuff I wanted to show.”
Brice co-produced the release, due out Sept. 9, and wrote 10 of the 13 songs.
Lee Brice is gearing up to release his third studio album ‘I Don’t Dance’ next month. And from the looks of his most recent No. 1 hit “I Don’t Dance” and new song “That Don’t Sound Like You,” he doesn’t shy away from the emotional ballads.
Lee Brice broke through in a big way with his first two albums, the last one, Hard 2 Love, released in 2012. For album three, he’s making a bold declaration: he doesn’t dance.
Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry are just some of the artists who perform on their own or alongside members of the military during tonight’s “All-Star Salute to the Troops.”
“It’s such a personal song,” Brice told Radio.com about “I Don’t Dance,” and the fact it’s now a single is “like my dream.” It’s “very honest and very real.” Watch the new video inside.
The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow Describe Their Upcoming ACM Awards Performances
Some of the artists performing at this year’s ACM Awards talked with Radio.com backstage during rehearsals about the songs they’d be singing and what that experience meant to them.
Bentley and Crow will perform “I Hold On,” Brice will perform his ACM-nominated “I Drive Your Truck” and Paisley will make the national television debut of his new single “River Bank.”
Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, and Keith Urban have also been added to the already impressive bill of the television special, which airs in May. LL Cool J and actor Chris O’Donnell will host.
“She couldn’t even say it — she couldn’t say ‘I drive his truck.’ She was like, ‘no, I don’t want to do it today.’ And I was like, ‘oh yeah we are!’”
Headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, the two-day event takes place in Las Vegas the weekend of the 49th ACM Awards.
Additional artists receiving multiple nominations include Lee Brice, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. See the nomination list, including all the 2014 Entertainer of the Year nominees.
The Academy of Country Music announced the eight semi-finalists for the fan-voted New Artist of the Year category at the upcoming 49th Academy of Country Music Awards. See which artists made the list.