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Little Big Town, Minus One Member, Hits the Nashville Streets For ‘Wine, Beer, Whiskey’ at the 2021 ACM Awards

Assisted by a backing marching band — and down one usual member — Little Big Town performed their 2020 hit “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” outdoors in downtown Nashville at the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 18). One of the quartet’s founding members, Phillip Sweet, introduced the performance by explaining that he would not be joining, as he had recently tested positive for COVID-19. In good spirits and “on [his] way to a full recovery,” Sweet wished for a full return to live music — and Little Big Town gave viewers a taste of that with their roaring performance of the Nightfall single, strutting down the streets of Nashville with drums and horns providing able support behind them. You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Da...

Brothers Osborne Close Out the 2021 ACM Awards With Electric Performance of ‘Dead’s Man Curve’

“I remember calling our manager at the time,” John said. “And I told him, I’m like, I mean, ‘We can’t go into the studio. I don’t know what’s wrong with me — I don’t know why I’m not happy. I’m depressed. My anxiety is through the roof. I can’t sleep. My ears are ringing.'” He added, “I was very reluctant to say anything. We grew up in a culture where if you fell over and skinned your knee, you just get up, don’t cry, and walk it off. There comes a point in your life where you can’t do that anymore, and you need to stop and sort your s— out.” Eventually, John received the help he needed but admitted to almost leaving his musical career behind.  “With a lot of therapy...

Luke Bryan, Maren Morris & More Record-Setters at 2021 ACM Awards

Stapleton’s Starting Over won album of the year. Stapleton previously won in the category with Traveller and From A Room: Volume 1. Stapleton and Dave Cobb co-produced all three albums. Stapleton is one of the top five winners in ACM history in this category. Miranda Lambert has won it five times. Alabama, George Strait and Alan Jackson have also won it three times. “I Hope You’re Happy Now” by Pearce and Brice became the fourth male/female duet to win single of the year. The first three were “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton” (1983), “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw with Faith Hill” (1997), and “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (2011). This is Brice’s second ACM win for single of the year. He took the award six years ago for “I Don’t Dance.” ...

Mare of Easttown Shows the Emotional Labor of Caregiving: Review

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-04-18T22:20:33+00:00“>April 18, 2021 | 6:20pm ET The Pitch: Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) is a local hero in the titular small Pennsylvania town. Twenty-five years after making the game-winning shot in a high school basketball tournament, she’s now a police detective and local savior of sorts. But community faith in Mare is beginning to wane as she has not been able to find Katie Bailey (Caitlin Houlahan) a young mother who disappeared and is presumed dead. The murder of another young mother on the one-year anniversary of Katie’s disappearance reignites the cold case and plunges Mare into a word of dark cruelty and impossible choices. Craig Zobel’s new HBO miniseries is a dour, but re...

Matthew McConaughey Crushing Greg Abbott in Texas Gubernatorial Poll

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-04-18T22:25:16+00:00“>April 18, 2021 | 6:25pm ET If Matthew McConaughey decides to actually run for Governor of Texas, he may have more than an alright, alright, alright chance of securing the political seat. A new poll conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler has the actor ahead of incumbent Gregg Abbott a whopping 45% to 33%. The poll surveyed 1,126 registered voters between April 6th and 13th. 22% of respondents said they’d vote for someone other than Abbott or McConaughey, and the margin of error was plus or minus 2.92%. While the numbers are certainly encouraging for the Academy Award-winning actor, the trick may be what party’s banner he d...

Dave Grohl and His Mom’s From Cradle to Stage TV Series Gets Release Date, Trailer

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-04-18T23:00:27+00:00“>April 18, 2021 | 7:00pm ET Just in time for Mother’s Day, the new docuseries From Cradle to Stage from Dave Grohl and his mom, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, will premiere on Paramount+ on May 6th. Directed by the Foo Fighters frontman himself, the show is based on his mother’s book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Each episode will center on one famous musician and their mother as they “explore each artists’ upbringing and the tools they received as a young talent to survive the turbulence of success.” From Cradle to the Stage will kick off on May 6th with Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and his mother, Christene R...

Dee Snider on Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer: “This Piece of S**t Is an Embarrassment to the Metal Community”

<span class="localtime" data-ltformat="F j, Y | g:ia" data-lttime="2021-04-18T23:12:49+00:00“>April 18, 2021 | 7:12pm ET Dee Snider is not pulling any punches in his assessment of Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer, who became the first person to plead guilty for his role in the US Capitol riot. The Twisted Sister singer ripped the veteran guitarist as a “piece of shit” and “embarrassment to the metal community” not only for his actions on January 6th, but also for ratting out his “own people for a lighter sentence.” As reported Friday, Schaffer pleaded guilty to two of the six charges he was facing for his actions during the insurrection: obstruction of an official proceeding and entering a building with a dangerous weapon. The second charge stemmed from him ca...

DINO CAZARES Is Days Away From Deciding On New Singer For FEAR FACTORY: ‘I’ve Found Some Really Good Talent’

This past Friday (April 16), FEAR FACTORY released its first new song in over five years, “Disruptor”. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming album, “Aggression Continuum”, due on June 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. “Aggression Continuum” features guitarist, songwriter and co-founder Dino Cazares; drummer Mike Heller; and former vocalist, lyricist, and co-founder Burton C. Bell, who laid down his vocal tracks for the LP in 2017. It was produced and engineered by Damien Rainaud (DRAGONFORCE, ONCE HUMAN), with keyboards by Igor Khoroshev (ex-YES), and programming on two songs from longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber (FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY). “Aggression Continuum” was mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM), who also wo...

QUEENSRŸCHE Is Working On Demos For Next Album At HULK HOGAN’s Former Estate In Florida

Seattle-based progressive metallers QUEENSRŸCHE have regrouped for the first time in a over a year at wrestling icon Hulk Hogan‘s former estate in Belleair, Florida to work on demos for their upcoming follow-up to 2019’s “The Verdict” album. In a new interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, guitarist Michael Wilton said that he and his bandmates are presently “doing a ‘think tank’ session” with their producer, Chris “Zeuss” Harris. “We’re kind of doing it more as a group, brainstorming everybody together, as well as getting out of the dreary Seattle weather to come down to Tampa, Florida,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “It’s a throwback to the way we used to build songs together ...

DEE SNIDER Rips ‘Piece Of S**t’ JON SCHAFFER: He Is ‘An Embarrassment To The Metal Community’

Dee Snider has blasted Jon Schaffer as a “piece of shit” who is “an embarrassment to the metal community.” The TWISTED SISTER singer made his comment two days after the ICED EARTH guitarist pleaded guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, Jon entered into a cooperation agreement with the government. Earlier today, Snider took to his Twitter to share a CNN article about Schaffer‘s guilty plea, and he included the following message: “THIS PIECE OF SHIT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE METAL COMMUNITY! First he shames us with his terrorist actions on in DC, and THEN he becomes a rat to his own people for a lighter sentence! MAN THE FUCK UP! Own your shit! If you do the crime, do the time!” When one of Dee̵...

Former METALIUM Bassist LARS RATZ Dies Of Injuries From Ultralight Aircraft Crash

Former METALIUM bassist Lars “Ratz” Ranzenberger died Sunday morning (April 18) after his ultralight “trike” airplane crashed in Mallorca, Spain. According to We Publish News, the accident occurred around 10 a.m. next to the road from Palma to Manacor near Vilafranca, not far from the famous Es Cruce restaurant. Also nearby is the hangar of the airfield, which is also called Es Cruce, and where Ranzenberger used to park his aircraft. The 53-year-old German-born musician-turned-entrepreneur, who has resided in Cala Santanyí, on the southeastern coast of Mallorca, for a number of years, reportedly died instantly. He was said to be the sole occupant of the plane. Medical personnel, the fire brigade and police were quickly dispatched to the scene after but could not sav...

Dave Grohl and His Mom Virginia Unveil First From Cradle to Stage Trailer

Back in February, Paramount+ announced a slate of new shows that includes Dave Grohl and his mom Virginia Hanlon Grohl turning her book From Cradle to Stage into a six-part television series. Today, the mother/son duo unveiled the show’s first trailer and announced its star-studded list of contributors, which features Brandi Carlile and her mom Teresa, Tom Morello and his mom Mary, and Geddy Lee and his mom Mary Weinrib, among others. “I believe that the relationship between a musician and their mother is so important because it’s the foundation of their understanding of love, which is surely every artist’s greatest muse,” Grohl explained in a statement. “Having the opportunity to travel the country and tell the stories of these amazing women behind the curtain not only...