On Saturday (Oct. 3), Lady Antebellum will wrap up their Wheels Up 2015 Tour and "step away for a little while," taking a break to spend time with their families, write some new music and gear up to take on the next phase of their career. In addition to preparing for the arrival of his baby boy, trio member Charles Kelley will also be working on a solo project.
Billboard reports that Kelley revealed his plans and debuted several of his solo tunes at an industry event in Nashville on Wednesday night (Sept. 30). One of the songs, "Lonely Girl," was co-written by Chris Stapleton, while another, "The Driver," features Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley.
"I wouldn't have done this without [bandmates] Hillary [Scott] and Dave [Haywood] giving me their blessing," Kelley told the assembled audience. "Lady Antebellum will always be my focus."
He also covered Tom Petty's "Southern Accents," noting that Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks will be providing harmonies on the recorded version of the song, and the Band's "Ophelia."
"Lady Antebellum will never break up, mark my words," Kelley said during his set. "But I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone."
A release date for Kelley's solo project has not yet been announced, but Billboard reports that it will be issued via Capitol Records. Paul Worley helped produce the project.
Although Lady Antebellum have not revealed how long their break will last, Scott says that "it will probably be a lot shorter than what we probably set out for it to be, because we can't ever really stop." However, the band isn't worried about losing their fanbase during their time away.
"We can take some time off and not feel like we're going to lose it all," Kelley says. "… It's all about the music, so we need to step away and make the best music we can. That's the only way it's going to sustain itself."
Officials with Bulloch County Schools say students at several area schools have been sent home after receiving bomb threats by telephone on Tuesday morning.
Langston Chapel Middle, Mill Creek Elementary, and William James Middle School each received the threats.
These schools, as well as Langston Chapel Elementary, were evacuated, and public safety personnel were notified.
Superintendent Charles Wilson has closed all four schools for the rest of the day as a precaution, while public safety completes their investigation.
School buses have been mobilized and students are being taken home.
If your child is a car rider at the Langston schools, pick up will be at the Agricultural Building across the street from the schools.
If your child is a car rider at Mill Creek, please pick them up at the main entrance of Mill Creek Park. If child is a bus rider, buses are being organized to bring your child home as usual, but at an earlier time. Please do not try to pick your child up from the school.
If your child is a car rider at William James Middle School, pick up will be at the front of the school.
It’s a sad and heartbreaking day for Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, who lost his son on Sunday morning (Sept. 27).
Hunter, Montgomery’s 19-year-old son — the youngest of Montgomery’s four children with his ex-wife, Tracy — was involved in a serious, though unspecified, accident. Before his passing, he was placed on life support at a Kentucky hospital.
“My son Hunter went to heaven today,” Montgomery says in a statement. “I appreciate all your prayers and love and thank you for giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye.”
Funeral arrangements for the young man are pending as the family navigates this difficult time.
Montgomery Gentry’s Facebook page also posted a message to fans on Sunday morning, letting them know the tragic news of Hunter’s passing.
“Unfortunately, we have to fill you in on more heartbreaking news this morning from the Montgomery Gentry family,” the post reads. “Our sincerest love, thoughts and prayers are with Eddie and his family today.”
John Krahn, a senior at King High in Southern California, stands above the crowd.
Believed to be the largest high school football player in the country at 7-foot, 440 pounds, Krahn’s been told that he could receive several Division I offers if he loses weight. “They think he could be a force at a lighter weight,” said Jimmy Thomas, a spokesperson for USA Football, according to MaxPreps.
It seems like we hear each summer about the growing dangers of shark attacks. But according to Mashable, selfies are claiming lives at a higher rate. It says that there have been eight known shark-related deaths around the world this year, compared to atleast 12 fatal accidents stemming from an attempted selfie.