Florida Georgia Line, Nelly ‘Cruise’ Together; Steel Magnolia Breakup May Not Be Permanent + More: Country News Roundup
The Boot rounds up today's country music news from around the web.
Nelly is getting his country toes wet again. Following his 2004 "Over and Over" duet with Tim McGraw, the rapper is headed back to the country airwaves with a remix of Florida Georgia Line's hit song, "Cruise." "When we caught wind that Nelly was a fan of 'Cruise,' we were floored. We've been fans of his music for years and thought it would be cool to team up on a remix," explains the duo's Brian Kelley. The remix is expected to be released sometime this spring. [Country Weekly]
Nelly is also a fan of Taylor Swift, so much so that he decided to surprise her fans at the Red tour stop in St. Louis this week. He joined buddy Taylor on his hit, "Hey Porche," at the sold-out show, much to the delight of the screaming audience. [YouTube]
Brad Paisley's Wheelhouse -- Special Edition album will be available April 9 at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and includes three additional exclusive tracks. The disc will also be available online and at select digital retailers. The special edition arrives the same day as the Wheelhouse standard-edition release. Special guests on Wheelhouse -- Special Edition include Charlie Daniels, LL Cool J, Eric Idle, Mat Kearney, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and the late Roger Miller. Brad's Beat This Summer tour kicks off on May 9 in St. Louis and is being presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. [Cracker Barrel]
Neither alcohol nor speeding played any part in the serious car accident involving David Allan Coe earlier this week, according to a police report. The country legend was hospitalized after the crash Tuesday in Ocala, Fla., with non-life threatening injuries. Police fault Coe for the accident, as he ran red light, colliding with a tractor-trailer semi. The truck driver and his passenger were treated for minor injuries. [Taste of Country]
Fans of Steel Magnolia have been wondering if the duo, Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, might ever get back together to record. The answer, according to Meghan, is "never say never." "I'm not saying we'll never make another record because you never know. We were together personally for almost six years, and we did break up. We took some time to ourselves, reconvened, decided we could tour together ... and then in the meantime, we started working on our solo projects." Describing the split as healthy and having little to do with their decision to continue as solo artists, Meghan sees the break-up as a positive thing, saying, "I think we both had that in the back of our minds that we would do solo projects." In addition to working on her solo material, Meghan can currently be heard on "The Voice" season-three finalist Cody Belew's "Baby Get Out." [Country Weekly]
Amos Lee has put his own unique stamp on a tune popularized by the late John Denver. "Some Days Are Diamonds" was the title track of John Denver's 15th album, released in 1981. The single reached the Top 10 on the country chart and the album was also a Top 10, selling more than 500,000 copies. The tune is among those included on The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which also features the pop-country crossover legend's songs covered by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris, My Morning Jacket, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, Train and more. Listen to Amos Lee's "Some Days Are Diamonds" here.
Collin Raye, Mark Wills, Jim Ed Brown, Jan Howard, Eddy Raven and David Ball are supporting the HonorOne campaign by recording public service announcements and detailing their personal experiences with the military. The PSAs challenge all Americans to make a pledge of $10 to the organization, which assists service members and their families. For each $10 spent, the supporter will receive a God Bless the USA reminder coin and will also be part of a patriotic shadow box gift to a wounded veteran. Each gift is handmade in the U.S. by a disabled worker. One-hundred percent of the profits are donated to military charities. For more information, or to support the HonorOneCampaign, click here.