What’s Going On In Country Music!

This week in country music news, Walker Hayes speaks about the joys of having his kids tour with him, Tim McGraw speaks on the recent Texas shooting tragedy, Keith Urban compares himself to a prize fighter, and Lainey Wilson talks about her days of impersonating Hannah Montana.

  • Tim McGraw ‘post of the day’ regarding the Uvalde, Texas school shooting. “To me, this isn’t about political sides, personal freedoms, or beliefs. We, as human beings, need to realize that we have a disease that needs recognition, treatment, and a cure. Divisive rhetoric has done zero to help this problem–it’s only made it worse. For one minute, let’s set aside our idealistic views and concentrate on the kind of world we want our children to grow up in. This sort of tragedy has become far too common, far too acceptable. This shouldn’t have been acceptable 20 years ago, 4 years ago, or one week ago This SHOULD NOT be acceptable. This is not normal.”
  • Luke Combs tells CMT that he’s getting nervous about the birth of his child. “I’m a little nervous. You got a lot of stuff to do. I got a lot on my plate that I don’t even realize is on there yet. I’m uncovering things every day; I’m buying all kind of clothes I didn’t know existed. I mean, I just just learned what a bassinet was. Do you know if Columbia carries a newborn line?”
  • Walker Hayes tells CMT that he loves having his children on tour with him. “I love to watch kids have a little freedom. And they love it – discovering where the bathroom is, where the green room is, And ’Here’s the food, Dad, and I’m gonna get some food.’ The little ones are so cute, like little ones are.”
  • Keith Urban tells Smooth Radio that he feels like a prize fighter when he takes the stage because he used to play some rough bars in Australia. “Rough, rough places, where you walk on stage, and you’re greeted by this: ‘Alright? What do you do? You bloody w**ker. What do you do, mate?’ That’s what I’m used to. That’s what I grew up with. I can’t shake it. No matter how long I’ve been doing this, I still come out on stage, and that’s what I picture in my head – it’s a bunch of people doing this, going, ‘Alright. Show us what you do. Impress us.’ It’s never changed. I sort of come out with that fighter spirit of doing whatever it takes to get this crowd going. It’s never changed.”
  • Lainey Wilson tells Yahoo News that she used to impersonate Hannah Montana. She says “I learned all 15 Hannah Montana karaoke tracks. I would do birthday parties, fairs, festivals, St. Jude, you name it. I finally hung the wig up but it made me some money, though. I did it for five years.”