Two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean gives a gift to the city of Macon, Georgia this evening, as he plays a benefit for the children’s hospital in his hometown.
“We did a show last year,” he recalls. “It was kind of on a smaller scale, and raised about a half-a-million dollars for that hospital there. So, it’s my hometown and I want to try to… give back to where I came from. And what better way to do that than with kids…?” he asks.
For the “They Don’t Know” hitmaker, the cause is personal.
“I got two kids, and one on the way, so I get it,” he shares. “I mean, I would be devastated if something happened to one of my kids. I can’t imagine what parents go through when stuff like that happens…”
Tonight’s show is a full-circle moment for Jason in more ways than one.
“We’re doing it at the Macon Coliseum there, which is really cool. That’s where I saw my first concert, which was Kenny Rogers, back in the day,” he remembers. “So to go back and get to play that is gonna be pretty neat…”
“Hurricane” hitmaker Luke Combs also is on the bill for tonight’s show.
This weekend, Brett Eldredge not only competes to see if his new album can debut at the top of the Billboard charts, he’s also up for Choice Snapchatter at the Teen Choice Awards — and the competition is pretty impressive.
“It’s like Kylie Jenner, Ariana Grande, DJ Khaled, Bella Thorne,” Brett says, forgetting Selena Gomez. “It’s like all these huge Hollywood, big stars and then Brett Eldredge, this guy that hangs out and goofs off on his Snapchat, just being me…”
Brett believes both simplicity and authenticity play a role in his social media success.
“I try not to make it any more than just a day, a walk through my life,” he asserts. “I don’t try to set up anything fake… It is just me being the dork that I am, or… hanging out on my couch with my dog, or going on a hike, or doing something crazy…”
“And it just became this thing…” he says. “I want to share… that fun and zest for life and try to encourage everybody to enjoy life.”
In return, Brett says his social media fans help him as well.
“They… inspire me to stay in that positive mindset,” he reflects. “’Cause you know there’s days where you’re… just kind of down… The fans bring me up in that aspect and it helps me to kind of share all that and bring ’em along for the ride. So to be recognized for that is really cool.”
You can see if Brett’s able to bring home the trophy Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. ET, when the Teen Choice Awards air live on Fox.
We’ll also find out if Brett’s self-titled third studio album is able to top the all-genre Billboard 200 tally, when the new chart comes out on Sunday.
Dustin Lynch’s third record will give fans the inside track on his Current Mood.
“This album is a glimpse into the last three years of my life…” he says, explaining the title. “… the travel, the adventures, the relationships and the personal growth. I think this is the most personal release I have done and I’m really excited to share with everyone my Current Mood.”
The Tullahoma, Tennessee native announced the details Wednesday evening at a party at the George Dickel Distillery in his hometown. He also found out that both of the project’s singles — the #1 “Seein’ Red” and his current “Small Town Boy” — have both been certified gold.
The 13-track Current Mood will be out September 8. If you pre-order the project now, you’ll be able to download both of its hits, as well as “Love Me or Leave Me Alone,” which features Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild.
OLD DOMINION pulled out their acoustic guitars and did an unplugged version of “Written In The Sand”. It’s from their album “Happy Endings”, which will be out August 25th.