Archive for February, 2016

Joey Feek Has Stopped Fighting, In Deep Sleep

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Joey + Rory’s Joey Feek said she was ready to stop fighting, and she has. She has gone into a deep sleep that her family doesn’t expect her to come out of.

Rory writes in his This Life I Live blog that she’s been sleeping for days, but she drifted off on her own will.

“One of the last things Joey said before she drifted into the deep sleep she’s been in for a few days now is, ‘I have no regrets…I can honestly say, that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live,'” he wrote.

It happened a few days after daughter Indiana’s second birthday on February 17. Rory says she gathered her family together and said goodbye to each of them.

And then she asked me to bring our baby in. And so… I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, “…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you”. And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her.
One last kiss.

For his part, Rory seems to be at peace after Joey’s 2 year battle with cancer. “God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours. There are no do-overs, no second-chances, no next-time-around’s to get it right. Joey knew this and she has made each and every day count.”

Source: Taste Of Country

Chris Stapleton Takes On Suicide Prevention In “Fire Away” Video

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Chris Stapleton makes a powerful statement with the video to his song, “Fire Away.” Released today (February 29), the clip embodies a poignant message about suicide prevention.

The concept was that of Chris and director by Tim Mattia. It stars Ben Foster and Margarita Levieva as a young married couple going through exciting life moments like buying a home and decorating it together. The happy memories soon fade, though, as it is evident that the woman is suffering from mental illness and tries multiple times to commit suicide.

The video aims to bring attention to mental health awareness through the Campaign to Change Direction, which he was made aware of through Ben. The video brings attention to what the site calls the ‘Five Signs’ of suffering emotionally which includes change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness.

“Fire Away” is ton Chris’ Grammy and CMA Awards-winning album, ‘Traveller.’

Source: Taste Of Country

Jake Owen Hits The Road On The ‘Love Bus’

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Jake Owen is planning a road trip, and you can join him along the way. He announced the big news on today (February 29) in a video he posted on Facebook.

Bringin' you some awesome news#americancountrylovesong

Posted by Jake Owen on Monday, February 29, 2016

“I have a new album coming out, a new single coming out called ‘American Country Love Song,’” he explains. “I had this exciting idea to spread love as much as I can, spread positivity. All of y’all out there know over the years that I love to spontaneously interact with my fans and friends out there on the road. I’ve always been obsessed with Volkswagen busses. I love the freedom of them, I love the idea. I wish I could transport back to the ’60s and ’70s and take a cross-country road trip.”

You may remember, Jake recently bought a 1966 Volkswagen bus that he has named the ‘Love Bus’. He’ll be making his way to Key West and plans to meet fans along the way. You can follow his journey and stops through the bus’ Twitter and Instagram.

HERE WE GO…. #jakeslovebus #americancountrylovesong

A photo posted by Jake's Love Bus (@jakeslovebus) on

“We hope to see you guys along the way. We’re going to keep in touch with you,” he adds. “We’re going to post to Twitter and Instagram, keep you updated to where we’re going, what we’re gonna do, how we can interact with you. Let’s spread some positivity and love.”

Source: Taste Of Country

Old Dominion Release “Snapback” Video

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Old Dominion hit the skate park for their new video…

The guys are are currently on their ‘Meat And Candy’ Tour before heading overseas for the C2C festival in the UK.

Source: Taste Of Country

Carrie Underwood’s ‘Little Fish’ Has A Big Day

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

As moms and dads know, a baby’s first year goes by fast and now, Carrie Underwood knows how time flies. Her son, Isaiah, turned one Saturday (February 27), and the family celebrated little “Fish” with fish-themed party.

Thanks so much @iveychilders and @iveycakestore for this amazing smash cake you created for Isaiah's first birthday! You guys are so talented!!! #Thebest #birthday #fish

A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on

The “Little Fish” nickname isn’t new. Back on Halloween, Carrie and husband Mike Fisher even planned to dress Isaiah as a little fish with them dressed as fishermen.

Carrie shared plans for Isaiah’s party with ET a few weeks ago at the Grammys, admitting she wasn’t even sure what she wanted to buy him for a gift.

“[We are throwing] a little party, just family and friends, people that are staples in his life. It won’t be anything fancy,” she said. “I’m like, ‘What do you get a 1-year-old for a present?’ I have no idea so I’ve been on Amazon trying to find presents for him.”

Carrie is currently out on her ‘Storyteller’ Tour.

And here's the deliciousness that the rest of us got to enjoy!!! Soooo goooood!!!!! @iveychilders @iveycakestore

A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on

Source: Taste Of Country

Keith Urban Talks About His Emotional Reaction On Idol

Posted on: February 27th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Keith Urban got emotional when Kelly Clarkson returned to the American Idol stage this week, and in a new interview, he explains his reaction.

Kelly shot to fame after winning the first season of Idol, and returned in its final season to say farewell and give powerful performance of “Piece by Piece,”, and could barely get through it in some spots, she was so emotional. That emotion translated to the fans and even the judges.

“This song is insane,” Keith told Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, I figure you’re either crying at this performance or you need to check your pulse. It’s an amazing song.”

Kelly is pregnant with her second child, and tried to blame her emotions on hormones. Keith joked that his reaction might have been caused by the same thing. “I was wondering if I was, too! Tears were just falling out. But it was such a…I mean, separate to her incredible gift as a singer, and the song and the performance, the humanity in that moment was just…you never see that, let alone on television. I was so grateful to be there to witness it.”

Keith will release his new album ‘Ripcord’ this year and he’ll bring his ‘Ripcord Tour’ to The Wharf with Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris on June 16.

Source: taste Of Country

Dierks Bentley Releases “Somewhere On A Beach” Video

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Dierks Bentley has taken a side-role in the video to his new song, “Somewhere on a Beach.”

It tells the story a guy who steps off a plane into Mexico, stressed, lost and alone, until a beautiful woman approaches him in a bar as Dierks and friends look on. Some people have called it a sequel to his No. 1 hit, “Drunk On A Plane.”

“It took three days to shoot this video…we got so much great stuff all over this tiny little Mexican village outside of Cancun. It kills me to think about all the funny moments that we couldn’t fit into this edit,” he says in a press release. “I hope everyone digs our take on this story, which may be a little unexpected.”

Th3 song is the first song released off his upcoming album, ‘Black’, which he says will be personal for him on several levels.

“The songs on Black range from the lonesomeness of an impossible relationship to ones that describe the feeling of finding that person that makes you forget the one that broke your heart.” The title not only reflects those feelings, but also the maiden name of his wife Cassidy.

Dierks will set out on his ‘Somewhere on a Beach’ Tour in April, and look for him co-hosting the ACM Awards with Luke Bryan April 3.

Source: Taste Of Country

Granger Smi…Rather, Earl Dibbles, Jr. Releases “‘Merica” Video

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Granger Smith has channeled his alter-ego, ‘Earl Dibbles Jr.’ to make the video for “‘Merica,” a song that will be on his upcoming album, ‘Remington’, which is due out March 4.

Luke Bryan Falls On Stage Again

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Luke Bryan was just trying to catch a beer. Instead, his foot the stage and he fell on his back.

Darryl Worley Okay After Tropical Cyclone Winston Hits Fiji

Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 by Mel McCrae

Darryl Worley is on the island of Fiji where locals and tourists rode out am unforeseen Cyclone.

Over the weekend, his Twitter account posted:

CNN reports that Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall on the island of Viti Levu, with the capital city, Suva, taking a direct hit. The storm is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, bringing winds of 180 miles per hour, with gusts up to 220 MPH. It is the strongest storm on record for the area.

Darryl has since shared a couple of videos including one the night the storm hit: