Country music all-girls trio Pistol Annies have cancelled all upcoming shows due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The group, which features Angaleena Presley “Holler Annie,” Ashley Monroe “Hippie Annie,” and Miranda Lambert “Lone Star Annie,” had their promoter send a one-sentence e-mail to the venues.
The e-mail said:
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pistol Annies are unable to appear on any dates in June but Miranda Lambert will perform instead.”
Miranda will perform solo instead at all Annies scheduled dates in June. The trio have been busy promoting the debut single “Hush Hush” from their sophomore album “Annie Up.” No other information is available at this time as to why all the dates have been cancelled. There are NO dates listed on the Pistol Annies website at this time, but fans still wanting to catch Miranda Lambert in their spot can check out Miranda’s tour page to see when she’ll be playing all month long. The dates include sold-out Annies dates.
Ashley Monroe has released her own solo work this year on Warner Music Nashville. “Like A Rose” is her return to a major recording label, and she’ll be hitting the road as a solo artist opening up for Hunter Hayes.
What do you think is going on, country fans? Are you disappointed to see just Miranda at one of the Pistol Annies dates you had tickets to?
Miranda Lambert has had enough of the tabloid rumors about her marriage to Blake Shelton. In an exclusive interview with US Weekly, which was sent to us, she explains why she’ll always stand by her man, and shares her golden rules to a happy marriage.
Miranda tells the magazine that even with the normal ups and downs of a marriage, divorce is NOT an option for the pair.
Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton cover the new issue of US Weekly.
Here’s her golden rules for a happy marriage:
1) The twosome have promised to not spend more than two weeks apart.
2) They don’t keep secrets. The couple has each other’s phone passwords, so no more snooping!
3) They stay in touch. “We talk at least once a day, and we text a lot,” she says.
4) They plan downtime. “We hang out as best friends,” she tells Us. “Me and Blake have full-on parties by ourselves, listening to music.”
5) He has to please the missus. Lambert made demands for the pair’s L.A. rental home: “I told him he would have to get me a place with a pool and a yard for the dogs, and he did!’
Make sure to pick up a copy of US Weekly when it hits stands nationwide on Friday.
Looks like there’s still a few ruffled feathers out there in country music. The National Traditional Country Music Association started a petition this week to try to remove Oklahoman superstar Blake Shelton from the Grand Ole Opry membership as a reaction to his comments about classic country stars today. According to Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association since 1976:
“We organized a large non-profit corporation 39 years ago to prevent the very thing Blake Shelton is espousing. Today we have joined forces with the Traditional Music Association of America; Classic Country; The Real Old Farts & Jackasses; American Music Group; and several other organizations who are very concerned about the insults Blake Shelton tosses around so nonchalantly.”
His efforts are backed by Maggie Penn, the leader of a country music association in Michigan. She adds:
“We are going to march on Nashville. We are demanding that Blake Shelton be removed from the Grand Ole Opry. We are also demanding that huge radio conglomerates respond to our requests to feature more traditional and classic country music on these so-called country music radio stations. Clear Channel is one of the worst offenders. Mr. May, CEO, of Clear Channel needs to remember that the frequencies they broadcast on do not belong to them, they belong to us.”
The group is setting a march for April 17th down Music Row in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
What do you think? Is this a dramatic overreaction, or are they justified in their protest? Sound off below:
UPDATE: Bob Everhart has sent us further details about their protest march in April.
A “March” on Nashville is now scheduled for April 17 beginning at 11am at Tony Rose Park (08 Music Circle East) with the march going down Music Row, ending at the offices of the Country Music Association, which has virtually eliminated ‘traditional’ country music from their objectives. There will be a free concert of “traditional American music” by participating musicians following the march.
The group is also circulating two petitions: one to demand more traditional country music and bluegrass music to be played on country stations nationwide, and another to remove Blake’s Opry membership.
Indie country music duo The Civil Wars surprised fans last night with a big announcement: that all future tour dates are officially off. They cancelled their tour in an official message on their website, with some pretty strong language that doesn’t sound good for the future of the duo. While there’s no confirmation on if this means a potential breakup of the group, they are apologising to fans who have booked travel plans and were looking forward to seeing the rising group live.
The Civil Wars are a GRAMMY-winning duo made up of John Paul White and Joy Williams.
Here is the message they left for fans:
The Civil Wars – Tour Cancelations
We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.
- Joy Williams & John Paul White.
PS – We understand that there are many of you stuck with service charges and travel reservations due to our abrupt cancelations. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are costs incurred that you would like to be reimbursed for, include a scan or attachment to your receipt(s) of the costs, and we will do our best to reimburse you for non-refundable charges.
Read the official announcement here on their website and let us know what you think – is this the end of The Civil Wars?
After all sorts of wacky rumors have been circulating for pretty much all of 2012, country music’s superstar duo Sugarland finally decided to make things official. They won’t be breaking up anytime soon. The group, who is made up of expecting mother Jennifer Nettles and songwriter Kristian Bush, wrapped up their innovative and very interactive “In Your Hands” tour this fall. In an exclusive interview with AOL’s The Boot, both members agreed that there is plenty more to come from Sugarland – even if they need to take things a little slower before releasing some new music.
“Jennifer and I are not finished making records. We know that,” Kristian confirms to The Boot. “We’re excited that this a great time to take a little bit of a breather because she’s got to figure out being a mom. We’ve been on the road for a very long time, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t take a little time off. You’ve got to give people space to be a parent. I’m a parent and I know what kind of adjustment that has been for me. I love her more than anything in the world, and I will do whatever it takes to make sure her life adjusts so she can become the best possible mom she can be.”
“Right now we’re both in the writing phase and I’m going to take some time with baby and figure that out, hopefully [laughs], and see what’s next musically,” Jennifer said at a recent CMA press event, echoing her bandmate’s sentiments. “We’re both writing separately and doing our separate things and seeing where that’s going to go. Then, I’m going to taking a pause for a little while to be a mom and enjoy this new little one.”
Don’t worry – fans will still be able to see the pair this week when they appear the CMA Awards this Thursday to present. The 46th Annual CMA Awards air live on ABC, beginning at 8:00 PM ET.
Rumors have been flying for days now on who will be the replacement for Steven Tyler on American Idol next season, and many country stars have found their names in the mix. A report out now from Deadline is saying that Brad Paisley is being strongly considered for the new judge on the hit reality singing competition.
Could country music super-duo Sugarland be heading different ways? In an interview with Zap2it after the ABC “Duets” finale, Jennifer admitted that her and Kristian have been busy doing their own thing as solo artists. Kristian has been busy writing songs with other artists while Jennifer coached her team to a win on the first season of Duets.
“Kristian [Bush] and I are very supportive of each other in that way,” says Nettles. “He’s been off and writing with everybody on the planet, and obviously I don’t have anything on the books right now as far as scheduled to go in, but I hope to be able to do that one day. And we both do actually, so we’ll see.”
What do you think about Kristian and Jennifer potentially going solo? Do you like them better together? Sound off in the comments below.
Miranda Lambert already her eyes set on another single. Sitting at number 54 on the Billboard Country Singles chart is Miranda’s “Fastest Girl in Town,” which serves as the opening song on her current “ON FIRE” tour. It’s one of our favorite tracks from Miranda’s latest “Four The Record” album. While we haven’t heard officially or not yet if the rocking single is her new single, it’s a throwback to the fiesty, rock-star side of Miranda. “Fastest Girl in Town” is a co-write with her fellow Pistol Annie, Kentucky native Angaleena Presley.
Her latest single “Over You” was the forth number one single for the Texan singer-songwriter. It was also her latest gold single certified by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies digitally since its release.
After a weird internet rumor was spread this week, Big Machine has finally decided to end the hoax about Reba McEntire. The label has released a statement to finally kill those rumors and make sure that everyone knows that Reba is very much alive:
“Contrary to ludicrous reports, Reba has not passed away, nor was she even in Austria at the time of her alleged death. Global Associated News, who devised this latest celebrity hoax, is an entertainment site that generates ‘totally fake articles based on zero truth.’ Reba is alive and well, but would like to thank her loyal fans for their concern.”
Reba herself couldn’t resist putting her own two cents in on Twitter and Facebook:
“There is a rumor going around that I died after falling off a mountain in Austria yesterday while shooting a movie. While I would love to be shooting a movie in Austria, I definitely did not fall off a mountain! Nor am I dead! I am alive and kicking!!! Most of you know this already because I’ve been giving you daily accounts of Shelby’s race. Oh well. Have a great day.”
Fans can catch Reba on NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” documentary on March 2nd.
Have country music duo Steel Magnolia broken up? Their March 24th show at the Greenville, Tennessee’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center has been canceled. The venue’s director started the rumors by saying that the pair are no longer performing together as Steel Magnolia:
“It is our understanding that the duo is no longer performing together,” reports NPAC Executive Director Darrell Bryan. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our patrons.”
The duo is made up of the engaged pair Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey. They first appeared on the country music scene as the winners of CMT’s “Can You Duet?” in 2009. While there has been no official confirmation of the pair breaking up either professionally or personally, Big Machine Records did tell The Boot that Steel Magnolia is no longer on their roster.