Luke Combs tells the Washington Post that there’s no secret to his success.“People always ask me, ‘What’s the secret?’ If I knew what it was, I would be bottling it and selling it instead of what I’m doing now. I would be trying to manufacture whatever it is.”
Maren Morris tells Yahoo News that nothing is going to stop her from speaking her mind. “To not be able to share an opinion, or to lose fans and ticket sales over it, is so mind-boggling to me because it’s an American right…a human right to be able to voice your opinion. Of course, any fan has the choice to quit buying your music or listening to it. But as a tax-paying citizen, I should be allowed to speak up when I’m passionate about something.”
Pop Culture Country claims Kelsea Ballerini got food poisoning while on vacation in Greece. She posted, “Welp. I spent the better part of our time in Santorini with a wicked case of food poisoning. Lucky for me I have the sweetest man who kept me stocked up on Powerade and the view from our room was still the prettiest sunset I had ever seen. Here’s a real gram for ya because I’m starting to be able to laugh about it.”
Carrie Underwood tells the BBC that George Michael is one of her biggest musical influences. “I am always forever a fan of (frontman) George Michael. I had older sisters who controlled the radio,” she said, “so I got a lot of musical influences from what they listened to.”
CMT says Rascal Flatts has been covering songs by Journey, Huey Lewis & the News, Maroon 5 and Cher during their current tour.
Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney tells Billboard magazine that success isn’t about winning awards. “Winning for me is not winning an award. Winning is having number ones on country radio. Winning is having fans that want to listen to your music … we are just trying to work as hard as we possibly can. You’re going to hear fans that are really passionate like, “Man, you guys deserved that award!” The fact that we have people that feel so passionately about our music and our careers, that’s a win in itself.”