More star wattage has been added to the upcoming sold-out tribute concert for the late, great George Jones.
The country singer’s widow, Nancy Jones, announced on Monday morning that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama will all perform at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 22.
“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”
Previously announced performers include Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, among others.
Originally envisioned to be Jones’ farewell concert of his “Grand Tour,” the Nov. 22 event took on the theme of a tribute following his death on April 26.
The No. 1 celebration for Miranda Lambert’s standout hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” at Cabana restaurant in Nashville featured all the ritual presentation of accolades, but there was something a little different this time around.
In addition to Miranda, a significant number of the people behind the song—songwriters and publishers alike—were female, quite a change from the usual boys-only lineup at these events. It also seemed like an incredibly close group of friends who encourage one another’s talents.
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” penned by leading CMA Awards nominee Kacey Musgraves, along with CW favorite Brandy Clark and red-hot songwriter Shane McAnally (who produces Kacey), was initially slated for Kacey’s album. Miranda actually paused her own wedding celebration to have the discussion with Kacey about recording it.
“I loved the song so much I was willing to fight for it if she didn’t want it,” said Miranda, regarding her exchange with Kacey. Ultimately, Kacey graciously gave it to Miranda on the condition that she could sing backup on the recording, and the rest is history.
Miranda called the song “epic and classic,” praising the writers’ hard work. The songwriters of Nashville spend their time “writing a million songs in hopes that someone cuts them,” she said. “I have one cut by another writer and it’s [Blake] and I had to sleep with him to get it,” she quipped.
Blake was indeed spotted in the crowd along with American Idol runner-up (and close friend to Kacey) Kree Harrison.
Kacey, celebrating her first No. 1, noted it was a “crazy moment” for her. She, along with seemingly everyone else on the stage, also praised the bold, exciting music coming from co-writer Brandy.
Brandy returned the love for her fellow females, gesturing to Miranda and Kacey. “[There are] not a lot of them on the radio right now, but the two best are standing up here right now.”
Yesterday (September 11) Miranda celebrated her fifth number one single Mama’s Broken Heart with husband Blake Shelton and co-writers Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. Photos are in the gallery!
– Appearances & Events > 09/11/13 – ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ #1 Party
On (September 10) Miranda and husband Blake Shelton made a appearance backstage at the 7th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Blake was honored with the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, for his work on the TV series, The Voice. Photos have been added to the gallery.
– Appearances & Events > 2013 > 09/10/13 – 7th Annual ACM Honors – Backstage
The nominees for the CMA Awards were annouced this morning on Good Morning America and Miranda once again racked up on nominations this year, Miranda is nominated in the following categories:
Single Of The Year – Mama’s Broken Heart
Song Of The Year – Mama’s Broken Heart
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Musical Event Of The Year – Boys Round Here (Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies)
Music Video Of The Year – Mama’s Broken Heart
Keith Urban shows no signs of slowing down. He just celebrated his 15th No. 1 hit with current single “Little Bit of Everything,” his new album Fuse is due for release Tuesday (September 10), and he just announced his next single “We Were Us” featuring Miranda Lambert. The new song will hit radio on release day.
Radio.com recently spoke with Urban about his new album, and why he decided should Lambert share the mic with him. “We Were Us” was written by Jimmy Robbins, Nicolle Galyon and Jon Nite, and Urban said choosing Lambert to sing on the track was a no-brainer.
“I just love Miranda’s voice. I love her artistry. We did some shows together many years ago. She got up and did a song with me each night and I loved our voices together,” he said.
Urban explained that in the back of his mind, he has always hoped that he would find a song that they could duet on together. “‘We Were Us’ came along and it’s not the kind of song Miranda would normally do, but her voice is the first one I heard in my head,” he said. “I called her up and sent her the song and she loved it and came to the studio. Blake came along as well and hung out for the day. Miranda and I went in and sang the song and I’m just so happy at the way it turned out.”
“We Were Us” tells the story of two former flames looking back on their lost love. Lambert and Urban share the chorus and the nostalgia.
“Back when that song was a song/ I could sing along without thinking’ ’bout you every time it came on/ Every beat, every line, every word, every time/ When a road was a road/ I could roll on through without wishin’ that empty seat was you/ Money was gas, dreams were dust/ Love was fast and we were us,” they sing. Listen to a preview.
270 screencaptures of Miranda’s latest video All Kinds Of Kinds have been added to the gallery.
– Music Videos > All Kinds Of Kinds > Screencaptures