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.
Her live show, where she is backed by an 11-piece band that includes a trumpet, tenor sax, bari sax, trombone, and a trio of back-up singers, is bringing the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s to the stage, as heard on her most recent album, “Everlasting.”
On Sept. 16, King George will release ‘The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium’ album which will include 20-tracks performed during his last performance on June 7 live in Texas.
“John and I, we sit at our kitchen table,” McBride remembers of hearing her first single on the radio back in 1992. “We had a little boombox, and we listened.”
Martina McBride fans will get an inside look at what life is like in the singer’s kitchen in her debut book, Around the Table, due out Oct. 7.
“For me, it had a sad meaning. The original version is a little more angry and intense. When I was singing it I just felt that it was really sad. These people had been together a long time. That song surprised me with the emotion when I sang it.”
The good, the bad and the shocking from the ACMs red carpet.
“I love to sing all kinds of music,” McBride told Billboard about “Everlasting,” her album of pop and R&B standards that hits stores next week. Hear the album in full right now.
Today (Feb. 13), McBride released one of the tracks on her forthcoming covers album, Everlasting. She puts her soulful spin on Elvis Presley’s monster 1968 hit “Suspicious Minds,” complete with bright horns and back-up singers.
“Do you get a lot of backlash from the conservatives in the country community?” King asks. “I think I have a very diverse group of fans,” McBride replies.
Steven Tyler, P!nk, Lady Gaga, Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Miranda Lambert and Alicia Keys were among the many artists who paid tribute last night to one of the greatest songwriters of popular music.
“The music is very fresh, and we’re in a new creative groove which we hope our fans and new audiences will like” Big and Rich said.
In recent weeks, artists such as Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Joan Jett and Heart have cancelled upcoming concerts at SeaWorld. Now the animal park has responded.
Newly announced performers include: Sara Bareilles, P!nk, will.i.am, Miguel, Alicia Keys, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Train, Martina McBride, Jakob Dylan, Darlene Love, Amy Grant, Gloria Estefan, and many more.
“I’ve decided that given all the issues that have been aired recently, the time isn’t right for me to play at Seaworld. I have cancelled my scheduled performance at the Bands, Blues & BBQ event in March 2014,” McBride said.
“While this is a bit of a departure for me song-wise, stylistically I approached these songs the way I always have which is singing with as much soul and emotion as I possibly can,” she said.