Artist Updates: Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Taste of Country Festival

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton Tapped for Adam Sandler Movie Role?

Blake Shelton could be set to parlay his success in television (including roles as a coach on NBC’s The Voice and his hosting role on Saturday Night Live) to a movie role. According to, Adam Sandler has tapped the entertainer for the cast of Ridiculous 6, a Happy Madison production.

The all-star lineup is also set to include Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Whitney Cummings, as well as Happy Madison regulars Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, Will Forte, Nick Swardson, Terry Crews, Jon Lovitz and Vanilla Ice.

Shelton is being considered to portray Wyatt Earp.

Netflix confirmed that Ridiculous 6 will be Sandler’s first Netflix feature, and production will begin in February.


Zac Brown Band To Launch New Season of ‘Live From The Artists Den’


Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band will launch the ninth season of Live From The Artists Den nationwide on public television with a performance at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, N.Y. The band’s performance is filled with fan favorites including “Jump Right In,” “Colder Weather,” and “Free.”

The ninth season launches Jan. 30.

The new season also features performances from Alabama Shakes, Cage the Elephant, and Damien Rice.


Carrie Underwood To Star In Opening Theme For NBC’s Super Bowl XLIX Broadcast

Carrie Underwood. Photo: NBC Sports

Carrie Underwood. Photo: NBC Sports

Carrie Underwood will return to star in the “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” opening theme for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. Each week of the last two NFL seasons, Underwood’s performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” has kicked off Sunday Night Football.

The opening theme for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX will feature new elements, including lyrics featuring the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, and a special set design. NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz., beginning at Noon ET.

“I’m so honored to again be a part of the Super Bowl, this time joining NBC Sports in helping kick everything off! I can’t wait to watch the game!,” says Underwood.


Lineup Announced For Third Annual Taste of Country Festival

BIlly Currington

Billy Currington

Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Chase Bryant, Colt Ford, Josh Abbott Band, Tracy Lawrence, LOCASH, as well as Logan Mize, Western Underground, Rachel Lipsky, Sasha McVeigh, Jackson Michelson and Annie Bosko have been added to the lineup for the third annual Taste of Country Music Festival.

The festival will be held June 12-14, 2015 at Hunter Mountain Resort (Hunter, N.Y.) in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County.

Previously announced superstars Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Toby Keith will headline this year’s festival.


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