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Cole Swindell Releases 'Flatliner' Video


Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell are out on the road together, on Dierks’ What the Hell World Tour, so the two are used to performing “Flatliner” together live, and they wanted to bring that energy to the song's video.

Colel co-wrote the song almost four years ago, with Dierks in mind, but he never imagined that he would be able to actually sing it with him.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day. And here we are,” Swindell tells the Tennessean. “[Performing “Flatliner” with Bentley on tour] is such a fun, highly energized and, honestly, surreal moment each and every night of the tour for me that there was no question in my mind of how I wanted to capture this video.”

Source: The Boot

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Doctors Confirm, It's A Girl For Thomas Rhett And His Wife


Thomas Rhett and the doctor confirmed that they’re indeed having a girl.

 

“I’m videoing because Thomas Rhett is driving,” Lauren Akins explains the Instagram video.

 

 

In February, the couple held a gender reveal party with family and friends where Thomas cut into a cake iced with pink and blue frosting. The color of the cake inside revealed the sex of the baby (it was pink).

 

The expecting parents are also awaiting the arrival of their adopted baby from Africa, a process they admit has been stressful. “The process of adopting someone from a different country is really, really strenuous and you find out a lot about yourself,” the singer shares.

 

It’s not clear when the couple’s adopted child will arrive, but Lauren is due to deliver baby Akins in August.

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FGL Give Life Changeing Gift To Wounded Vet


Florida Georgia Line made one wounded veteran’s life much easier with the gift of an all-terrain wheelchair. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley met with retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage, who was wounded in Afghanistan and lost his leg in 2010, at a recent concert, where they also shared their appreciation for his service.
 

“I got an invitation from Independence Fund to go to the concert,” Shane told Fox News. “I thought I would just be attending a concert and then four days prior they contacted me and said, ‘Hey, Florida Georgia Line wants to do a presentation with you and donate the chair directly to you at the concert.'”

Shane says it was an emotional meet-and-greet for him.

 

“It was an emotional experience to have that type of opportunity to be able to participate in something of that nature,” he notes. “To be able to represent my fellow amputees and fellow veterans and to be able to do that on national TV is such an honor to be able to do.”

 

FGL brings their Smoothe Tour with The Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane to Fenway Park in Boston July 7.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Tim McGraw And Faith Hill Announce Joint Album


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are going to release a joint album this year!
 
The two made the announcement while revealing they will perform a new duet title "Speak To A Girl" on the Academy Of Country Music Awards April 2nd.
 
This isn't the first time the two have teamed up on music, frequently collaborating on songs including the Grammy Award winning "Let'sake Love" (2001) and "Like We Never Loved At All" (2006.
 
The two are also heading out on tour this summer. Their Soul2Soul Tour hits TD Garden in Boston July 8.
 
Source: Entertainment Weekly
 

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Justin Moore's Baby Gender Fight


Justin Moore and his wife have a bit of an ongoing battle in their house right now. They are expecting their fourth child. While Justin is dying to know the gender of the baby, his wife is adamantly against finding out.

 

“That’s a battle that’s ongoing in my house. Kate didn’t want to find out with Klein our youngest and I convinced her to, talked her into it, broke her down and talked her into it. And she is adamant that we will not find out this time, as well, which I despise the idea of not finding out.”

 

Justin hates surprises, so this isn't easy for him.

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Jake Owen Goes On Rant About Fake Social Accounts


Jake Owen apparently has an issue with some fake Jake Owens out there. 

He's not alone as there are several social media accounts from trolls and people faking their identity to steal money from their fans. Jake decided he'd go on a twitter rant about it:

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RaeLynn Gets Inked


RaeLynn never thought she would be the girl with a big tattoo on her arm, but that all changed a few weeks ago when she celebrated her debut album Wildhorse by getting a large tattoo of a horse on her forearm. After spending hours online, searching for inspiration, she decided to let her tattoo artist create a one-of-a-kind piece instead. It's pretty awesome!

 

 

Baby I'm a WILDHORSE. πŸ’œπŸ¦„πŸ’œ #mywildhorselife #meetcharlie #stillhealing

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No, Sam Hunt's Not Married...Yet


Rumors have been flying about Sam Hunt's martial status after fans saw a ring on his left hand in a picture he posted to Instagram over the weekend. Turns out, he's not married. So, what's up with the ring?

 

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Turns out, it’s Jimmy Fallon’s fault.

Back in 2015, Jimmy Fallon spent 10 days in the ICU after falling at home and experiencing Ring Avulsion (don’t Google it!).  Sam wants none of that so his fiancée, Hannah, bought him a black, silicone ring that is easily cut and removed in the case of an emergency or accident and he thought it was so cool, he didn’t take it off.

Sam brings his 15 In A 30 tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion June 23 and to Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor July 21.

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Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi And Maren Morris Win ACM's


The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners in the new artist categories for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

Brothers Osborne earned the title of New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, Maren Morris has been named New Female Vocalist of the Year, and Jon Pardi has been named New Male Vocalist of the Year. Each of the winners will perform on the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2.

The awards mark the first ACM Award wins for Brothers Osborne, Jon and Maren. Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at this year’s awards show, while Maren has an additional five nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Hero (as artist and producer), and Single of the Year for “My Church” (as artist and producer).

 

Source: Music Row

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Jason Aldean And Family Welcome New Member


You ask and you shall receive and in this case in a form of four legs and fur! After may asked in their recent Q&A when Jason and Brittany were going to start extending their family the couple welcome a new puppy. Welcome Boss the French Bulldog!   

 

 

Everybody has been askin so here u go.

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A First For Justin Moore


It's one thing to know a singer is having vocal cord issues, which happens quite a bit, it's quite another to actually see the nasty culprits. Thanks to Justin Moore, we unfortunately are able to see his problem. 

Last week, Moore posted a little cartoon on Instagram announcing that he had to cancel a show in Omaha on Thursday night due to being sick. 

 

Friday, he took to Instagram once more to announce that his vocal cords were the cause of his illness. 

 

 

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Justin Moore's Oldest Chimes In On Baby 4


When a new baby is on the way, the older siblings go one of two ways ... either they're eccstatic and can't wait for the new addition. Or they go the way of Justin Moore's eldest daughter, Ella, and, well, basically aren't having any of it. 

 

Justin and his wife Kate are expecting baby #4 and he says Ella, who is 7, has put her foot down about this baby's sex, telling her parents that under no circumstances is this new baby to be a girl. “Ella said, ‘If it’s a girl, I won’t never talk to it, I won’t claim it, I won’t never hold it, I don’t even want to see it,'” Justin says. “And so Kate was going, ‘Well, it very well may be a girl. You’re a girl. What if we’d have thought that about you?’ And she said, ‘I don’t care, I don’t want another one. We’ve got enough.’ So, needless to say, she wants a little brother (laughs).”

 

With three little girls already in the family, we can understand where Ella is coming from. Here's to hoping little Ella gets the little baby brother she really, really wants. 

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Gwen Joins Blake On Stage In L.A.


Gwen Stefani surprised some Blake Shelton fans in Los Angeles on Friday night (February 17) when she took the stage at the Forum, joining Blake for their duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”

 

 

SURPRISE! Gwen Stefani + Blake Shelton duet! πŸ’– (See more on Snap! πŸ‘»: theforum) #BlakeForum

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Aura will be here soon!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Aura (formerly the Asylum) at 121 Center St. in Portland will be opening soon after almost two years of construction and planning. The new facility will house a concert venue that will seat 1,000, a sports bar that is currently open, functions rooms that can be used for many things from holiday parties to wedding receptions and more.

 

This is a photo of the stage and it is a monster!

 

 

As we walked through Aura we had safety glasses and hard hats on due to construction but you could really see what an unbelievable state-of-the-art venue this will be soon.

 

 

Here is a photo of the stage looking down from the balcony area. The sightlines will be like no other venue in the state. Not a bad seat in the house!

 

 

Another amazing feature of Aura will be the state-of-the-art sound and lighting system designed by Alex Gray.

 

Many shows have already been booked at Aura and here is a list of what is scheduled through June 8th. There will be many more announced soon.

 

April 27th-Get The Lead Out

April 28th-Warrent w/Dokken

April 29th-Robert Randolph

May 3rd-Local H

May 4th-Joe Lynn Turner

May 5th- Classic Rock Tribute 

May 6th-Chase Rice

May 7th-Dwight Yokam

May 10th- Bret Michaels

May 11th-Jimy Eat World w/Beach Slang

May 12th-1964 - Beatles Tribute

May 18th- Todd Rundgren

May 19th-Quinn Sullivan

June 3rd- Frankie Ballard

June 8th-Everclear w/Vertical Horizon & Fastball

 

Get the complete schedule here

 

 

 

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Little Big Town's New Song Came In An Email


It came as a big surprise to many that Taylor Swift had written Little Big Town's current hit "Better Man." Turns out it was a pretty big surprise to Little Big Town also. 

 

The group tells Billboard that Taylor just sent them the song out of the blue in an email. "Taylor sent it in an email -- I don’t even know when she wrote it. She never cut it, but it was always a special song to her, and she felt like she could hear our harmonies on that chorus. She doesn’t really pitch her songs to anybody. I love that it’s definitely a country chorus, the chord structure of it and everything. I guess some good things do come in email still," says Jimi Westbrook.

 

Their new album, The Breaker will be out February 24.

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Carrie Underwood Taking A Break


After another busy year, Carrie Underwood says she's ready to slow down a bit.

 

During her pre-Grammy red carpet interview on Sunday (February 12), she says she's done a lot of thinking since coming off her Storyteller tour, then playing December show in Australia and New Zealand with Keith Urban, she's ready for some time off.

 

“Right now, I’m kind of in the process of remembering what it’s like to be human and getting into the mom routine and going to some hockey games and stuff like that,” she said. “I figure I’ll start working on new stuff at some point. I’ll get the itch and I’ll be like OK, I need to go be creative.”

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Visit Ellen


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday morning to talk about family, the tour and Tim’s upcoming movie, “The Shack. The conversation turned to their three daughters: Gracie, Maggie and Audrey.

 

 

After the interview, Ellen wanted to learn even more about the happy couple—who have been married 20 years—by playing a game of “Never Have I Ever.”

 

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Luke Bryan, 'Constant Chaos' At Home


Luke Bryan and his family recently moved into a new home outside of Nashville, and he says life his household is “constant chaos.”

 

Luke has two sons, Tate and Bo, who are 6 and 8, and he's the guardian to his 15-year-old nephew, Til, who they took in following the death of his brother-in-law in 2014

 

“They always have seven or eight of their friends over,” he tells People. “Our furniture is constantly getting broken and damaged, but we try not to think about it too much. It’s just life at the Bryans’. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

 

Lately, Luke says he himself looking up at his teenage nephew, who is now taller than him.

 

“It kind of just happened and I woke up one day and I’m raising a teen,” he says. “And it’s a challenge because my main thing with Til is just properly giving the right amount of advice and realizing you’re talking to someone who is becoming an adult. I have to be that parent role where if he does something, he needs to get in trouble, but I want to be a friend to him too.”

 

Now that his children are getting older, Luke says his new song “Fast” holds even more meaning. He says with his own children, he finds himself constantly wanting to slow things down and seize the moment.

 

Luke plays SNHU Arena in Manchester March 3rd with Brett Eldredge and Brett Young.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

 

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Miranda Lambert 'Drank A Littke Extra' After Divorce


Miranda Lambert joked at a recent concert that she started “drinking a little extra” following her 2015 divorce from Blake Shelton.

 

She recently an intimate show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago as a warm-up to her Highway Vagabond Tour and told the crowd, “I got divorced so I started drinking a little extra.” During her set, she also opened up about the inspiration behind her track “Ugly Lights” from her album, "The Weight of These Wings".

 

She tole the audience, “Anyways, I found myself in Midtown in Nashville three nights in a row at like last call and with the lights coming on, and I’m still sitting there. So I wrote a song about it.”

 

Miranda brings her Highway Vagabond tour to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion June 2 and June 3.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Maren Morris To Duet With Alicia Keys At Grammys


Maren Morris will team with Alicia Keys to perform a duet at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

 

Maren is nominated for four Awards, including the all-genre category of Best New Artist. She’s also up for Best Country Album for her debut album, Hero, as well as Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for her smash debut single, “My Church.”

 

The two teamed up in 2016 for an episode of CMT Crossroads.

 

“Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m performing at the #Grammys!!” Maren tweeted to fans. “AND I’m gonna collab with my girl @aliciakeys again for this incredibly special night of music.”

 

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will also perform together on the 59th Grammy Awards, Sunday February 12 on CBS. 

 

Source: Taste Of Country

 

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Josh Turner Readies 'Deep South' For March Release


It's been a few years in the making but, as promised, Josh Tuirner will release a new album this year and it will be called Deep South!

 

“I’m really proud of this album. It was really important for me to expand creatively and explore in new ways for this record,” Josh says in a press release. “The way I pick songs is different now. There are so many things in my life and career that have matured me as an artist.”

 

Since his last album in 2012 with Punching Bag, Josh and wife welcomed a new baby, Samuel Hawke, into the family in September of 2014. The new addition to the family serves as a source of maturation that’s reflected on the album, and Josh says the project is a tribute to a simpler lifestyle that “represents hardworking people who find joy in the simple things in life; heritage, church, community, high school sports, being outdoors. It is a culture.”

 

Deep South will be out March 10 and features "Hometown Girl."
 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Carrie Underwood Shares Game With Friends


Carrie Underwood shared a video of her playing the game Speak Out. It’s a game in which the players all distort their mouths by inserting a large and somewhat uncomfortable-looking plastic mouthpiece, then attempt to speak an assigned phrase while the other participants try to guess what they are saying. Carrie and husband Mike Fisher played with a group of friends.   

 

 

 

Pigs have proper manners. #gamenight #speakout #friends #fridaynight

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Luke Bryan, "Gwen Fits In"


Luke Bryan says Blake Shelton's girlfriend Gwen Stefani 'totally fits In' with the country crowd. Luke tells People magazine, “I think Gwen enjoys learning a little bit more about us country people!  But she totally fits in and has a blast.”

 

Blake brought Gwen to the four-day music Crash My Playa music fiestal in Riviera Maya, Mexico.   Luke says, “They’re excited to be on vacation and we’re happy they have the ability to enjoy themselves."  

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Dierks Bentley Looking For Pick-Up Hockey Games On Tour


Dierks Bentley is is currently in Canada on tour and is hoping to have a little fun along the way. The singer says he's bringing his ice skates with him and is hoping to get in on a few random hockey games while he's there. 

 

“I’m putting the call out there right now, if there are any pick-up games in the middle of the day, let me know. We’ll be looking to play some hockey before we play some shows.”

 

Dierks says he's looking forward to getting out of Nashville and hitting the rink.

 

“Nashville is cool,” he says of his homebase. “But there’s nothing to do this time of year. It’s just cold and grey — there’s no snow. So if it’s going to be cold, we might as well go some place where people are used to it and there’s plenty of stuff to do ... you can play hockey and you can play curling. We became big curling fans when we played up in the Niagara Falls area a couple of years ago.”

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Lady Antebellum Stop By Ellen


Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to perform their new song, “You Look Good,” and Ellen also roped them into playing the game "Oops! My Water Broke" which drops water balloons on a willing contestant—in this case, Charles.

 

 

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Dan + Shay Release 'How Not To' Video


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Brantley Gilbert, 'Keith Urban Helped Save My Life'


Brantley Gilbert credits Keith Urban with helping to save his life. In an interview with Nashville’s Tennessean, Brantley opens up about his longstanding fight with drugs and alcohol, which landed him in rehab in 2011. He reveals that his drinking began when he was young, frequenting parties in high school where his drinking habits kicked in full force. A drunken fight and nearly fatal car wreck at the age of 19 led him to judge-ordered group therapy sessions and 12-step meetings that didn’t really stick.

 

But he finally sought help in 2011 at a Nashville-based rehab facility, where he met face-to-face with Keith Urban, a fellow recovering addict, to whom he opened up about his fears following sobriety. Keith had been to rehab several years before, and Brantley’s counselors brought him in to speak to him after he decided to leave treatment against medical advice. Brantley told Keith: “I told him, I don’t think I can do my job. I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being (messed) up. Or writing, I was worried my songs wouldn’t be the same, that I wouldn’t be on everyone else’s level. It’s a drinking environment.”

 

Brantley says Keith once had the same fears and told him that his sobriety makes him a better performer — and person. Brantley says, “If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or be in this business anymore. I’d probably be dead.” 

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Kelsea Ballerini Signs Off Social Media


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Eli Young Band's Bus Catches Fire


Eli Young Band's tour bus caught fire this morning and looks to be a total loss. The band shared the news on social media, saying, “We’ve lost more than a bus here.”

 

The band was not on the bus when the fire started in the back, near the engine. The bus was just outside Topeka, KS, when the fire started.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Brantley Gilbert Surprises Disabled Vets


Brantley Gilbert might come off as a tough guy, but deep down he has a huge heart.

He recently teamed up with Polaris and Disabled American Veterans to take some disabled vets and their families out on ATVs.

Brantley will be at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland on February 4.

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Dan + Shay Release Video For 'How Not To'


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Garth Brooks Explains Why He's Not Playing Trump Inauguration


Garth Brooks fans who expressed they were "very disappointed" that Garth will not be performing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration later this week.

During his weekly interactive Facebook Live series Garth said he never agreed to perform during Friday's festivities because he was waiting to solidify his tour schedule for this weekend. He explains, “We go up to do the Christmas tree lighting in D.C., and TMZ -- they always stick a camera in your face -- they go, ‘Hey man, what about the inauguration?’ And the response was, ‘It’s always an honor to serve.’ I wasn’t asked at that point.".

He says it wasn't until casino mogul Steve Wynn joined the Trump inaugural team, that he was formally approached. "Steve Wynn is my brother. I love him to death." Being in the middle of a two-year worldwide tour, he said, “We left it up to karma. If Cincinnati goes two weekends instead of one, then of course we are out." Strong ticket sales prompted three additional shows in Cincinnati, booking Garth on inauguration weekend.

 

“I’ll tell you with this whole presidential thing: We got one going out. Pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Let’s stay together," he says.

 

 

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Dierks Bentley's 'Black' Video Stars His Wife


Dierks Bentley has released the video for his new song, "Black". Shot outside of Reykjavík, Iceland in November over four days. 

 
“We’re both not happy unless we’re just barely clearing the highest possible bar that we can jump,” the video's director, Wes  Edwards explains. “The night before the shoot we were having dinner at the hotel in Iceland and Dierks was like, ‘It’s gotta be the best one ever. No pressure,'” he recalls. “It was my idea to come here so if this goes south, I’m totally screwed!'”
 
 “The most ambitious part of the whole deal was convincing my wife to be in the video,” says Dierks, as she is extremely camera shy.
 

Source: Time

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William Michael Morgan Talks About How He Asked Jennifer Wayne To Marry Him


William Michael Morgan is now sharing details behind his surprise proposal to Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne. In an interview with People. He says he popped the question a couple of weeks ago while on vacation at her mother’s house in Malibu.

 

He says they managed to sneak away to Santa Barbara, where he set the tone, complete with an oceanside view, nice dinner and plenty of wine. “God couldn’t have put it any better for me and I just asked her,” he says. “Surprisingly, she said ‘Yes.’”

 

While he had it all planned out, she admits she was taken by surprise even though they had discussed the idea of marriage before. Though they’re both thrilled for their future, they both say they are in “no rush at all” as they’re both focused on their busy careers.
 

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New Little One For LBT's Kimberly Schlapman


Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and her husband, Stephen, are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Dolly Grace. Kimberly took to Instagram on Thursday morning (1/12)​ to share a picture of the happy family.

 

A rep for Little Big Town says the family welcomed Dolly Grace through a "domestic adoption." The couple's oldest daughter, Daisy Pearl, is 9 years old.

 

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Little Big Town Now Snoop Approved


Little Big Town got rave reviews from their performance of the National Anthem last night before the National Championship game.

 

One of their fans was Snoop Dogg who shared his feelings on Instagram...
 

 

A video posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

If you missed their performance, watch it below...

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Carrie Underwood Ready For A Break


Carrie Underwood will be taking it easier in 2017. She spoke with Ryan Seacrest for E! News at the Golden Globes rSunday (January 8), and said her schedule for the year remains very open.

 

“I think I’m gonna enjoy a little time with my family and then start writing, maybe, and just seeing what I’m ready to do,” she says. “I don’t know. There’s no real plans.”

 

Carrie spent much of 2016 on the road on her Storyteller Tour and iand on the road promoting her latest album, Storyteller. Plus, she recently wrapped up a co-headlining tour with Keith Urban in Australia and New Zealand, which, she admits, being on the road has left her home a bit of a mess.

 

"I’ve got to get this in order,'” she says. “Being home off the road, every time we go home for a little short 24, 48-hour stints, I just drop stuff off and leave again. And now I’m trying to make sense of life.”

 

In her down time she may do some skydiving with her husband Mike Fisher, an activity she got turned on to while in Australia, as she shared on a video she posted to her social pages.

 

“We actually — after that, people started giving us gifts of skydiving. So I’m going to have to make my husband go.”

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Blake Shelton Enters The Bar Business


Blake Shelton is opening a new bar, food and live music venue in downtown Nashville!

 

It will be called Ole Red, after his 2002 hit "Ol' Red". The different spelling reflects a partnership with the Grand Ole Opry.
 

Blake made the announcement with executives from Ryman Hospitality at a press conference at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this morning (January 5).

 

Blake calls it as a lifestyle and entertainment brand. “It doesn’t even seem like I’m venturing that far out of my realm, because I’m doing it with these guys,” he said in announcing it  on Facebook Live.

 

Ole Red’s will be at the corner of 3rd and Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville. It will include a bar and a number of other lifestyle features, including live music stages, a restaurant, VIP booths and live band karaoke, as well as an outdoor rooftop space with fire pits and other amenities.

 

He'll open a second location in his hometown of Tishomingo, OK, where he hopes to stimulate some local and regional economic activity.

 

“I know this is going to become one of those types of venues where people will just want to say that they’ve been there … I’m excited about it,” he states, adding that he will definitely take a personal stake in being on hand at the locations, both in person and through technology.

 

The Oklahoma location is expected to open this October with the Nashville location coming on in April 2018. The delay at the Nashville location is due to the extensive building renovations that have to be done.

 

 

"It's one-of-a-kind, I mean, the building is special." @blakeshelton #OleRed #Nashville #Opry

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Roof, roof!! πŸ‘… #OleRed #Nashville #Opry#rooftop

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Source: Taste Of Country

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Carrie Underwood's Dog In Physical Therapy


Carrie Underwood did not have a good Christmas break. She loves her dogs and one has wound up in Therapy. She posted this video on Facebook with the caption,"Right before Christmas, my little Ace suffered a herniated disk. He was completely paralyzed in his back end for a couple of days and, with rest, soon got mobility back in his right side...his left side is slowly getting better but we have a long way to go...he's taking his physical therapy like a champ!" 

 

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Kelsea Ballerini Celebrates The End Of 2016 In Australia


The day after her Christmas engagement to Australian boyfriend Morgan Evans, Kelsea Ballerini hopped on a plane and headed Down Under for a post-engagement trip with him.

And from the looks of things on Kelsea’s Instagram account, she’s having a great time visiting Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley wine region.

Check out some of the photos below, plus a video of the happy couple sharing a New Year’s kiss.

 

 

Sydney. πŸ’•

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on

 

Newcastle. No, I didn't surf. Via the lack of coordination and bullshark presence.

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fireworks. πŸ˜‰

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2017. more drive, heart, rest, speed, adventure, nerve, intention, balance, appreciation, hugs, grins, sparkles, and music.

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on

 

Sydney harbor. With my Aussie. Ending a dream year. Starting another. Oh hey, 2017.

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Cole Swindell Fans May Recognize 'Bachelor' Contestant


A new season of 'The Bachelor' kicked off last night and Cole Swindell fans saw a face they may be familiar with...

(Photo: ABC)

 

Danielle M was in Cole's "Middle Of A Memory" video.

Source: Whiskey Riff

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Keith Urban Pays Tribute To Artists Lost In 2016


Keith Urban paid respect to many of the great musicians who passed away in 2016 during his Music City Midnight New Year's Eve performance in Nashville Saturday night (December 31). His eight-minute set, leading up to midnight and airing on CNN, included a medley of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah," Glenn Frey’s “Take It Easy," David Bowie’s “Heroes," Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and Prince’s “Purple Rain."

 

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Eric Church Watching Out For Fans


Over the past few years, scalpers have made it harder for true fans to buy tickets to see their favorite artists at a fair price.

Eric Church is one artist who is doing everything he can to combat it. He posted this on Facebook for fans who may have missed out on tickets to upcoming shows. He and his team managed to identify nearly 1,000 tickets taht were bought by bots or brokers and put them back on sale.

 

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Tim McGraw To Voice 'Blue Collar Millionaires'


Music won’t be the only place you can hear Tim McGraws voice in 2017. He is lending his voice to Season 2 of the CNBC show 'Blue Collar Millionaires', which kicks off in January.

 

The show profiles three “hard-working entrepreneurs who’ve gotten rich by getting their hands dirty,” as described in a press release about the program, highlighting the self-made successes of working class men and women who’ve made a fortune by mastering their trades, ranging from gator trappers to chimney sweeps.

 

That's just one of several places Tim will be seen and heard in 2017 as he'll star in the film 'The Shack' which will be out in March for which he co-wrote a song for with his wife Faith Hill called "Keep Your Eyes On Me."

 

The duo will also be on the road on their Soul2Soul Tour 2017 starting in April.

 

 

Season 2 of 'Blue Collar Millionaires' premieres Wednesday, January 4 with back-to-back episodes starting at 10pm on CNBC.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

 

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FGL's Tyler Hubbard Says Bye-bye To The Man Bun


Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line is rockin' a new look! He chopped off his long hair. Here are before and after pictures....

 

Before:

 

Caption this

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After:

 

Oh I forgot to tell y'all....I cut my hair off. #feelsgood Thanks @thedryhousenashville

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It'll Be A Boy For Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney


Dan + Shay's Shay Mooney and his fiancee turned to social media to reveal the gender of  their baby, as well as the meaning behind the name they’ve picked out:

 

Hanna posted on her page, “Asher – A name meaning fortunate; blessed; happy one.. @shaymooney and I are all of those things and more. God has truly honored us with the privilege of being the parents of this sweet boy. We love you and can’t wait to meet you, Asher James Mooney πŸ’™.”

 

Shay and Hannah got engaged August 9, and announced their engagement on social media a few days later. They announced they were expecting a child in October.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Maren Morris In For 3-Wheel Excitement


It's not an 80s Mercedes. That would have been cliche. Look what Keith gave her as a post-tour, thank you gift:

 

 

Maren and her singer-songwriter boyfriend Ryan Hurd showed off the 2017 Polaris Slingshot which is technically a motorcycle.

 

“This is me casually terrified,” she wrote after explaining that her father will be storing it in Texas for her.

 

She'll start 2017 with several Grammy nominations and will head out on her Hero tour in February, and will play Paradise Rock Club in Boston on February 3.

Source: Taste Of Country

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Randy Houser Says 'I Do' Again


Randy Houser and his wife Tatiana said "I Do" for a second time. The couple originally tied the knot in early May at the Homestead Manor in Franklin, Tennessee. But unfortunately, many of Tatiana's family couldn't be there because she's originally from Australia.

 

Over the weekend, Randy and Tatiana flew to Melbourne and celebrated their union once again. Randy posted a gorgeous black and white photo from the love-filled day to Instagram...

 

 

Tatiana posted the same photo to her own Instagram with a more lengthy, but sweet caption. She wrote: "I'd marry this man 1000 times if I could; but getting to celebrate our marriage for a SECOND time, with our Australian family and friends, was pretty great. Especially when @jatoncouture creates a dress this incredible in just a couple of days! I feel so lucky that we have now been able to celebrate our love on both sides of the world with the people that we love the most #happilyeverhouser"

 

Randy's wife also posted this picture from their Australian wedding, as his birthday was on December 18th.

 

 

Two celebrations in one πŸŽ‚ πŸ‘°πŸΌ πŸ’― @randyhouser πŸ“· @mottaweddings #happilyeverhouser

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FGL's Tyler Hubbard Returns To Social Media


Go big or go home seems to be the social media motto for Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard.

 

Back in July, he said he was quitting social media for a while to focus on his family. Well the time came for hime to get back in the swing of social media with his guns ablazing, posting this picture:

 

 

I'm BAAAACCCCKKKKK

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Lee Brice Honors Airforce Major At Funeral Service


Lee Brice paid tribute to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert at a full military honors funeral service Monday (December 19) held at Arlington National Cemetery, 10 years after his death.

Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed November 27, 2006, when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, while engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations. After the crash, the pilot’s body was taken away by Al Qaeda members and Maj. Gilbert was declared missing in action. Ten years later, Maj. Gilbert’s body was recovered, allowing him to be laid to rest.

Lee first met Maj. Troy Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, in 2015 at the Folds Honor Event and connected over Lee’s song, “I Drive Your Truck.” Lee honored the family friend with a moving version of “Go Rest High On That Mountain” during the private chapel service held in the Old Post Chapel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

 

 

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Brad Paisley Releases New Album Details


Brad Paisley has finally announced the official release date for his much-anticipated new album, Love and War.

 

It will be out March 3, and you will finally get to hear all the interesting choices he’s been making lately with collaborations, as well as experimenting a bit with his style. The album will feature a duet with Mick Jagger, as well as some co-writing with John Fogerty. But the most out-of-the-box pairing has to be hip-hop producer Timbaland.

 

“I wanted the collaborations on this record to be collaborations that took me outside of what you’d typically think and brought that other world into this, but it’s also very country,” Brad says.

 

His newballad “Today,” will be featured on the record and Brad recently announced he is releasing a new live DVD/CD set featuring his Life Amplified Tour stop at West Virginia University, out December 23. The show will air January 27, 2017 on PBS.

 

Source: Taste Of Country

 

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Maren Morris Tells Chelsea Handler What She's Learned This Year


Maren Morris sat down with late night host Chelsea Handler on her Netflix show to share what she’s learned over the past year as her career has skyrocketed her to fame. Maren admits what has been a freeing concept for her. 

 

 

Maren knows what she’s doing when it comes to music having a groundbreaking year in 2016, taking home the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year after “My Church” hit No. 1. Her album Hero garnered acclaim from critics and topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for 2016, and she recently made her Saturday Night Live debut. Her success will continue into 2017, as she’s nominated for four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album (Hero), Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance (“My Church”) and the all-genre Best New Artist. And, she'll head out on her first headlining tour which kicks off Feb. 2 in New York City and will be at Paradise in Boston on February 3.

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Maren Morris Calls Out Memorabilia Profiteer


Maren Morris recently took to Twitter to call out someone trying to sell her autograph on a guitar pick on eBay and wasn’t havin’ it.

 

She tweeted: "My guitar player is kind of a badass. He bid $5 on a pick guard I politely signed which the eBay guy marked up for $100, his profit. "eBay guy: This isn't a charity.  Ben: Neither is Maren Morris." Then she posted:

 

 

Maren has become one of the breakout stars of 2016 since the release of, “My Church,” and her debut album, Hero. She was a highlight of the 2016 CMA Awards, where she took home the award for New Artist Of the Year minutes after delivering a show-stopping performance of “My Church.” She is also nominated in multiple categories in the 2017 Grammy Awards, including the all-genre Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Hero.   

 

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Kelsea Ballerini Releases Video For 'Yeah Boy'


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Dan + Shay's Bus Vandalized


Dan + Shay discovered a nasty scene at their tour bus after a recent show. At a stop in Baltimore on Wednesday the guys found a considerable amount of damage that had been done by someone who threw a brick at the windshield multiple times. Luckily they managed to capture the vandal on camera.

 

 

LAST NIGHT: Part 1

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LAST NIGHT: Part 2

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HE COMES BACK FOR MORE!

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Keith Urban And Nicole Kidman Don't Exchange Christmas Gifts


Nicole Kidman was on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" yesterday (December 14) and explained why she and Keith Urban, her husband of 10 years don't exchange gifts on Christmas. 

 

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Keith Urban And Carrie Underwood Cover Tom Petty Classic


Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood teamed up at one of their recent Ripcord World Tour stops in Australia to perform the Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” It happened Saturday (December 10) at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday (Dec. 10) Keith,  naturally, shreds on guitar, and Carrie tackles Stevie’s monstrous vocals with ease. 

 

 

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Kip Moore Puts Career On Hold


Kip Moore is planning to take a break from his career.

 

He explained to Tricia Despres, Editor of Rare Country: "I don’t know what the word is, because I’m not just worn out… I’m something more than that. We have toured 175 or more shows for six years straight, which is kind of unheard of. We are all tired. I don’t think people see that side very often because they just see us onstage, but the grind of sleeping on a bus every night for 225 days or more takes a mental and physical tear on you. All I have done is music every day of my life, so this is going to be my first real break from it in probably 12 years."

 

Kip'stime off will be a full departure from music, allowing him time to focus on his mental state before his next scheduled tour dates (mid-2017). Part of the break will include him figuring out how to strike a balance between a self-proclaimed selfish lifestyle and doing for others. Kip further revealed to that he would be “going straight to Maui,” and is “going to camp out the first 10 or so days in a little house I’m going to stay in and then do some surfing and backpacking before heading off to Costa Rica. I might not come back. I just need to breathe a bit.”

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Brett Eldredge Sends Edgar To Reindeer Camp


Brett Eldredge needs to have his own TV show.

He has been charming everyone with performances from his Christmas album “Glow”, and it looks like he’s even won over Santa...at least "weird Santa"...who recrutied Brett's dog Edgar to lead his sleigh.

That meant a trip to Reindeer Camp during Brett's #12DaysOfBrettMas series.

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Runaway June Hits Milestone


Runaway June has been named one of AXS.com's "Ones to Watch in 2017"!

 

Runaway June blew the doors off the hinges this year. Their esong "Lipstick" achieves a new milestone this week, as its run into the Top 30 on the country chart makes them the first all-female trio to land a hit since SheDaisy's "In Terms of Love" in 2006.

 

"We couldn't be more excited about 'Lipstick' hitting the Top 30. Every time you move up the charts more and more people get to hear your music and truly nothing beats that," the group, which is comprised of Naomi Cook, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne who is the granddaughter of John Wayne, share in a statement.

 

"Lipstick" is from their upcoming debut studio album, expected in 2017. Earlier this year, they reflected on how they came together. "Our label head had seen Naomi play a showcase. He fell in love with her voice. I had kind of been working with him a little bit. He was like, ‘you girls should get together and write and see what happens.’ I had known Hannah for about five years," Jennifer Wayne shared. "Her and I had been writing together. We all just got in a room together and really didn’t know what would happen. It was magical. I’ve been in Nashville 10 years writing. I’ve never felt the chemistry like I feel with the girls. Our very first song [we wrote] is called ‘Forget Her.’ We still play it in our sets. At that point, we knew right off the bat that we had something special."

 

 

Source:AXS

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Blake Shelton Surpries Fan Hurt In Motorcycle Accident


It’s stories like this that make it hard not to love country music and its biggest stars. Last month, Blake Shelton fan Jonathan Daniels wrote a post on Facebook that went viral. 

 

The Westchester, NY man was critically inured in a motorcycle accident, causing he and his girlfriend, Lindsay Baker, to miss Blake’s concert in New York. The tickets had been a gift from Jon to Lindsay for her 23rd birthday. This week, the couple was in for a huge surprise when they got a personalized video message from Blake. In the video, Blake wished Jona the best and a happy holidays. He also promised the pair tickets to any show in 2017 that they can get to, in addition to meet and greet passes.

 

 

Jonathan wrote on Facebook, “So this happened today, I am beyond grateful to everyone who has helped us share this and get it to Blake!! He is an amazing man with a huge heart! Thank you everyone!!! #teambug”

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Brothers Osborne Take Show To Their Bus Roof


On Saturday, Brothers Osborne took the old showbiz adage “The show must go on” quite literally in Hanford, California. The CMA Vocal Duo of the Year were due to play a show at the Hanford Fox Theatre, but it was cancelled when the venue’s ceiling began to collapse onto the stage. Rather than let the down ceiling get them down, the brothers played a shortened set atop their bus, which they broadcast on Facebook Live. They went on to call the show one of the most memorable of their lives.

 

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Merry Christmas From Tim And Faith


Thanks to Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Tim's mom, Betty Trimble, Christmas came a little early for a number of people in Macclenny, FL.

Management of a Walmart in Macclenny have confirmed that, on Tuesday, Betty went to the store and paid off $5,000 worth of items in layaway for various customers on her son and daughter-in-law’s behalf.  The paid-off receipts were presented to customers along with a Christmas card from the country couple themselves, which reads “Merry Christmas” and is signed from Tim and Faith.

Even customers without items on layaway were beneficiaries of their kindness gift: Jessica Lumpkin tells a local TV station that Betty handed her a card containing $30 and told her to buy something for her daughter.

 

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Country's 2017 Grammy Nominees


2017 Grammy Nominees (Country):

 

Album of the Year (overall)

Adele, 25
Beyonce, Lemonade
Purpose, Justin Bieber, Purpose
Drake, Views
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

 

Best New Artist

Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak

 

Best Country Album

Brandy Clark, Big Day in a Small Town
Loretta Lynn, Full Circle
Maren Morris, Hero
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Keith Urban, Ripcord

 

Best Country Song (Awarded to Songwriters)

Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” (Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen)
Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” (Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur)
Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind” (Lori McKenna)
Maren Morris, “My Church” (busbee, Maren Morris)
Miranda Lambert, “Vice” (Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne)

 

Best Country Solo Performance

Brandy Clark, “Love Can Go to Hell”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Maren Morris, “My Church”
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

 

Best Country Duo / Group Performance

Dierks Bentley With Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”
Kenny Chesney With Pink, “Setting the World on Fire”
Pentatonix With Dolly Parton, “Jolene”
Chris Young With Cassadee Pope, “Think of You”

 

Best Americana Album

The Avett Brothers, True Sadness
William Bell, This Is Where I Live
Kris Kristofferson, The Cedar Creek Sessions
Lori McKenna, The Bird & the Rifle
The Time Jumpers, Kid Sister

 

Best American Roots Song (Awarded to Songwriters)

Robbie Fulks,”Alabama at Night” (Robbie Fulks)
Jack White, “City Lights” (Jack White)
Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars,”Gulfstream” (Eric Adcock and Roddie Romero)
The Time Jumpers,”Kid Sister,” (Vince Gill)
Lori McKenna,”Wreck You” (Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue)

 

Best American Roots Performance

The Avett Brothers, “Ain’t No Man”
Blind Boys of Alabama, “Mother’s Children Have a Hard Tim”
Rhiannon Giddens, “Factory Girl”
Sarah Jarosz, “House of Mercy”
Lori McKenna, “Wreck You”

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Brett Eldredge Show's His Bext/Worst Cooking Show Of All Time


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Kelsea Ballerini's New Look For 2017


Kelsea Ballerini will head into 2017 with a new look. The blonde beauty recently cut off her signature locks and shared with fans on social media.
 

 

change is fun. Thanks to my girl Ali and @thedryhousenashville πŸ’•πŸ’•

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on

Fans following her on Snapchat got an early reveal. She explains that she decided to cut her long locks because she wanted to “get my hair strong and healthy again.”

 

Kelsea had a big day, too, as she's been nominated for 2017 Grammy's in the Best New Artist category.

Source: Taste Of Country

 

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Timelapse Gives A Look At Wolf Country Through The Years


Google recently released Timelapse, a mapping tool that stitches together 32 years of Landsat satellite imagery to create looping videos of the Earth’s changing landscapes. Maine hasn’t changed as much as other places but, some areas have. Here are a few highlights:

 

Lewiston:

 

Portland:

 

Sunday River:

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Look Inside Brad Paisley's Bus Modeled After His Favorite Car


Brad Paisley spends a lot of time touring the country, and while he loves being out on the open road, he doesn't always love being in a tour bus. So, to make his road trips a bit more enjoyable, Brad decided to model his bus after his favorite car of all time.

 

 

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Some Of Our Favorite Performances From 'CMA Country Christmas' Last Night


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William Michael Morgan Releases Video For 'Missing'


William Michael Morgan is enjoying a solitary moment in the video for his new song, “Missing”. William stars alongside an old Ford and the California desert without another soul in sight  as the sun sets and he sings, “Sometimes missing is my favorite place to be.

 

"Missing" is the second song off his Vinyl album and he says the song is a blessing. “Thanking God for all the opportunities I’m given, and all the fans and supporters beside me!! Here it is!”
 

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Tim McGraw's Date At The AMAs Was His Daughter, Maggie


When you’re Tim McGraw, daddy-daughter dates are a little more extravagant than dinner and a movie. Tim took his second daughter, Maggie, to the American Music Awards last night (Nov. 20).

 

Maggie recently went off to college, which Tim admits has been tough for him and Faith Hill. Maggie follows her older sister Gracie, who also went off to college recently.

 

Tim's song "Humble And Kind" won the award for Favorite Country Song last night. 

 

Source: Taste Of Country

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Dan Smyers Gets Engaged!


Congratulations to Dan Smyers and girlfriend Abby Law who got engaged! Dan, one half of the country duo Dan + Shay, shared the good news on social media while on vacation in Hawaii, posting this picture showing off the engagement ring.

 

The news comes about three months after Smyers’ duo partner Shay Mooney popped the question to his girlfriend Hannah Billingsley. Not only do Smyers and Mooney each have weddings to plan, but Mooney is also prepping for a new role: fatherhood. He and Hannah are expecting their first child together next year.

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Runaway June Release 'Lipstick' Video


For Runaway June's debut video ‘Lipstick,’ the new country trio brings the bouncy tune to life on the open road – embracing the breeze in a ragtop, dancing in a motel room, and strumming their way through a dive bar performance. 

 

 

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Maren Morris And Alicia Keys, '80s Mercedes', CMT Crossroads


Maren Morris and Alicia Keys share the stage during a tag-teamed, revamped version of "80s Mercedes," recorded earlier this summer as part of CMT Crossroads' current season.

"It's been really fun to just jump into each other's world," Alicia told Rolling Stone Country backstage, minutes before kicking off the pair's performance at the Factory soundstage outside of Nashville. "Really, it feels seamless, too. It doesn't feel like two worlds; it feels like one."

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Alicia Keys and Maren Morris' full episode premieres December 2nd on CMT.

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Garth Brooks Helps Jimmy Kimmel Write A Country Song


If you got the chance to sit down with Garth Brooks, what would you want to do? Well if you're Jimmy Kimmel you get him to help you write a song.

Earlier this week, Garth was Jimmy's guest and he asked Garth to help fulfill his dreams by helping him write a hit country song. “I need your help, though, because I don’t know how to sing really, or write songs or play guitar or anything,” Jimmy admitted. When asked what he was thinking of in terms of song inspiration, Jimmy said "pizza."

 

 

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