Luke Combs tells the website American Songwriter that he’s keeping his music career simple. “There’s no bells and whistles or anything special about what we’re doing, the way we dress, or anything. It’s just a bunch of regular guys up there playing music and I think people are really drawn to that because they feel like it could be them up there.”
Eric Church tells Men’s Journal magazine that he loves using chainsaws. “When I’m cutting a tree if I’m thinking about anything other than that 40-foot oak tree… I’m a dead man. It’s a therapy thing for me. And there are very few things you do where that’s all you can think about.”
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have named their new poodle Julian.
Chris Young tells Syracuse.com that he always takes his dog on tour with him.“He does not like to be at home without me. He has gotten accustomed to being on the road with me. I have the same kennel that I have at home right next to my bed on the bus. If I have him and my phone and access to electricity, I am pretty good to go.”
Justin Moore tells The Oklahoman that his latest album, “Late Nights and Longnecks,” was written on a beach. “Early on in my career, we would do this kind of thing: Go rent a house down at the beach and drink beer and write songs. And that’s what we did. So, it was pretty cool. A lot of fun. Enjoyed this particular album probably more so than making any other one, and I’m proud of it. I think it’s the best writing I’ve been a part of. Every artist says it every time they put an album out, but I truly do believe it’s the best album I’ve ever put out.”
Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney tells Billboard magazine that he wants to see less bullying directed at musicians. “There’s so much online bullying towards artists, it’s a little bit depressing. We let that stuff roll right off our back, but it is tough whenever you’re an artist and spend hours at record labels and people are spending millions of dollars. You spend so much time — this is your livelihood, it’s your passion — and they’re so mean online. I wish that people would learn to be a little kinder. Having an opinion is important, that’s not something I want to take away. I just wish that if you don’t like something, you just don’t listen to it.”