The Grand Ole Opry has announced their star-studded lineup hitting the stage as they kick off CMA Music Fest Week with back-to-back shows on June 6. The two evening shows will include acts such as Carrie Underwood, Dustin Lynch, Del McCoury and Bill Anderson, with the kick-off celebration also featuring a free Opry Plaza performance by Parmalee earlier in the afternoon.
· CMA Music Fest Week will also include previously announced performances by Blake Shelton, Steve Wariner, Trace Adkins, Charley Pride, Roy Clark, Oak Ridge Boys, Scotty McCreery, Brandy Clark and Sara Evans.
Brad Paisley has shared the track listing for his upcoming studio album, Love and War, revealing some pretty big and surprising special guests. The 16-track album includes a song with country legend Bill Anderson, as well as the previously announced collaborations with rockers Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and hip hop/R&B artist and producer Timbaland. The album also includes a song titled “Gold All Over the Ground,” which features the legendary Johnny Cash on the songwriting credit.
· No other details were released about the song “Gold All Over the Ground,” but one of the poems in Cash’s 2016 poetry collection, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, shares a title with the Paisley’s song. The poem’s lyrics can be seen here.
· Love and War will be released on April 21.
· Paisley has a songwriting credit on all of the album’s 16 tracks.
Love and Wartrack listing:
1. “Heaven South”
2. “Last Time for Everything”
3. “One Beer Can”
4. “Go to Bed Early”
5. “Drive of Shame” (Featuring Mick Jagger)
6. “Contact High”
7. “Love and War” (Featuring John Fogerty)
10. “Grey Goose Chase” (Featuring Timbaland)
11. “Gold All Over the Ground”
12. “Dying to See Her” (Featuring Bill Anderson)
13. “Solar Power Girl” (Featuring Timbaland)
14. “The Devil Is Alive and Well”
15. “Meaning Again”
16. “Heaven South” (Reprise)
On this day in 1962, “Whispering” Bill Anderson grabbed his first #1 song with “Mama Sang A Song.” The song spent seven non-consecutive weeks atop of the Billboard Hot C&W Sides chart. “Mama Sang A Song” also spent 27 weeks total in the Country Chart’s Top 40.