CMT says country music radio stations will observe a minute of silence today at 1:05 p.m. Eastern time in honor of those, who lost their lives during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
Hollywoodlife.com claims Blake Shelton is fine with Gwen Stefani not returning to ”The Voice” this season. A source tells the website; “With the success of the show with Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, and the upcoming coach John Legend coming into the fold, Blake feels that if the show is super successful with the newer coaches, then he is totally fine with not seeing Gwen come back. Plus a lot of her focus is on her Vegas show that goes deep into next year that she would like to continue.”
Cole Swindell tells Songwriter Universe that he started out in the country music world is a vendor. “Early on, I was out on the road selling T-shirts for Luke Bryan; that was my first job. I was also writing songs with any free time I had out there.”
Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey tells the Courier-Post that having a personal life is a struggle when the band is on the road. “It’s not easy. It’s not easy at all. We don’t have much of a personal life right now, as much as we’re touring. We try to fly home as much as we can. We’re constantly trying to figure that out. There’s no real right answer.”
Russell Dickerson tells Billboard magazine that seeing his face on a Times Square billboard has been the most surreal moment of his career. “I think the Times Square billboard, that’s the coolest. It’s such a big exposure, and so many people are there. I grew up going to New York because we have family there. We get out of the car and look, and my face is on it. I’m like “THERE IT IS!” I mean, we’re screaming. So we run over and we get a bunch of videos — it’s just like, Times Square, what the heck? It was one of those moments where my adrenaline kicked in. A surreal moment of, like, I’ve worked so hard to get my career going and off the ground, and nowhere is an entire New York City block-sized billboard with my face on it. It was definitely one of those moments of achievement.”
Luke Bryan tells USA Today that hunting and fishing with his sons is a priority. “I have to watch it because I put hunting and fishing in front of their school. I think it develops so much character … there’s no better way to spend quality time with your young’uns than deer hunting or turkey hunting or fishing. Those are the things I remember most about being a kid, so I don’t want there to be any shortage of those with my children.”
Luke Combs tells USA Today that he hated being a business major in college. “It was like, ‘Yuck, I hate math a ton.’ I think that’s the cruel twist of college. You’re supposed to know what you want to do, but you’re so young. Looking back, I was focused on music, but I didn’t know it.”