Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers tells Buildingourownnashville.com that the duo considered other names. “We did actually we had some terrible, terrible names. We had a name called Ragtop Red which is a Tim McGraw song Red Ragtop, but plucked around because we thought it was creative!”
Maren Morris tells Glamour magazine that there’s no better high than finishing a new song. “There’s no real high like finishing a new song, playing it a thousand times in your car, and freaking out with your co-writers.”
The Wrap claims Blake Shelton has been chosen to host the ”Elvis All-Star Tribute” on February 17th on NBC.
Dustin Lynch tells People magazine that he loves seeing women dance at his concerts. “When I get the women reacting to me, all the guys in the crowd can take advantage of that, and that’s what’s great. Once you get a girl moving and swaying and you’re a single guy in the crowd, it’s not like [women] can jump on stage and dance with me, so who are they gonna dance with? So I’m the matchmaker.”
Dierks Bentley tells The Guardian that he doesn’t mind being known for his goofier songs. “I see myself as a serious artist, but yeah, when people come to my shows, they want to hear ‘What Was I Thinkin,’ ‘Drunk on a Plane,’ and lots of up-tempo, fun songs. But my records have always had serious stuff on [them], some really lonesome stuff. But people probably think of me more for the fun stuff. It’s bizarre.”
Luke Combs tells People magazine that before he got into the music business he wrote to Chase Rice for advice. “I thought it was really cool that a guy from my high school found success in the music business. Before I started even playing guitar, I was meddling around with the thought of maybe giving it a shot, so I reached out to him and said, ‘Hey man, I’m a big fan…what do you write about? How do you write songs? What do you do?’ At the time, I was pretty upset with his answer because I felt like he was brushing me off. I’ve since then I’ve realized his message, ‘Just write about what you know about.’ I thought it was a really short answer, but as I’ve gotten into this job, and knowing how busy it is, I’ve appreciated his answer more and more over time because that really is the best advice you could give someone.”