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Jun 15

Back Home Again: Keith Urban Books a Show in His Birthplace

Capitol NashvilleFor the first time in his life, Keith Urban will finally get to do a major show where he was born. While you might assume that’d be Australia — you’d be wrong. Though Keith grew up “down under,” he was actually born in New Zealand.

“I’m so psyched about finally getting to play a real show in the country of my birth,” the “Wasted Time” hitmaker says. “The last time I played music there, I was in a duo playing every weekend at a pub…and I was 17. This is gonna be an amazing feeling!”

Keith takes the Ripcord World Tour to Westpac Stadium in Wellington on December 3. Carrie Underwood, who also joins him on his December dates in Australia, will play for the first time in New Zealand as well.

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Jun 14

Newcomer Drake White Ignites the "SPARK" August 19

Dot RecordsDrake White’s debut album, which features his top-30 hit, “Livin’ the Dream,” is due out August 19. The Alabama native had a hand in writing ten of the album’s dozen songs.

“Since we began this journey, working on the album, I knew I wanted the title to be SPARK,” he says. “The idea of starting a fire from a tiny spark has always been so intriguing to me. That’s the way I have always lived my life — starting with a small plan and then it becomes this dream I didn’t even know to dream.”

The cover art is a stylized photo of Drake that includes images of his wife Alex, his dog Writer, and his band The Big Fire, as well as his hometown church where his granddad was the pastor.  

This summer, Drake is busy opening the Black Out the Sun Tour for Zac Brown Band. Here’s the complete track listing for SPARK, which you’ll be able to pre-order starting June 24:

“Heartbeat”
“Story”
“It Feels Good”
“Livin’ the Dream”
“I Need Real”
“Back to Free”
“Equator”
“Live Some”
“Waitin’ on the Whiskey to Work”
“Elvis”
“Take Me as I Am”

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Jun 14

"Small Town Boy Like Me": Dustin Lynch Debuts New Music

Courtesy of L3 Entertainment / FlyHi FilmsWe know Dustin Lynch’s recent number-one, “Mind Reader,” is likely the last single to be released from his sophomore album, Where It’s At, but so far, we haven’t been able to predict what his new single might be. After his free show Sunday in Nashville, we might have a clue.

Dustin debuted the new tune “Small Town Boy Like Me” for the capacity crowd at Music City honky tonk The Stage, after fans lined up along Broadway to see the Tullahoma, Tennessee native. Dustin devotees also got the chance to purchase items from his Stay Country clothing line, which he launched last year with a popular hat.  

When he’s not on the road as part of Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour this summer, he’ll continue working to finish album number three.

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Jun 14

There's Gold in Jon Pardi's "California Sunrise"

Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi’s sophomore album doesn’t even come out until Friday, but one of its tracks has already been certified gold. On Sunday, right before he played the Riverfront Stage at CMA Music Festival, the California native found out his top-ten hit “Head Over Boots” has sold half a million copies.

If you’re counting, that makes two of ‘em for Jon. “Up All Night” also cracked the top ten in 2013 and sold gold as well. His new album, California Sunrise, will be new in stores and online on Friday. 

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Jun 14

Carrie Underwood Crashes Practice to Donate Some Dough

CMA/Image Group LASome Oklahoma athletes got quite a surprise during a recent practice, as Carrie Underwood showed up to give them $100,000. The money comes from a partnership between Carrie’s CALIA fitness brand and Dick’s Sporting Goods. In all, the two plan to donate half a million dollars to girls youth sports teams across the country, and it only seemed fitting to start in Carrie’s hometown of Checotah.

“Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today,” the three-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year says. “Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork.”

The money will be used to help the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf programs in the Checotah School District.

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Jun 14

How to Get Your Moment with Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and More

ABC/Image Group LAThis summer, you can get closer to your favorite stars — and you can do it while helping a good cause. From now through June 22, you can bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences as part of Musicians on Call’s Half a Million Moments campaign.

Up for grabs are concert tickets and meet-and-greets with the likes of Miranda LambertBrad PaisleyChris YoungCole SwindellRandy HouserMaddie & TaeLee BriceTyler Farr and more. You’ll also have the chance to take home guitars signed by Florida Georgia Line and Nashville’s Charles Esten. A VIP Grand Ole Opry experience that includes a backstage tour is also part of the auction.

You can check it out now on eBay, with all the proceeds going to help Musicians on Call bring encouragement to the bedsides of patients all across the country.

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Jun 14

Main Street businesses face flooding

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A water main break flooded at least three Main Street businesses in Mitchell.
The flooding Monday night ruined merchandise and forced businesses to close early.


Harve’s Sport Shop owner Jim Johnston estimates that more than 1,000 gallons of water flooded his store. He says it was “kind of disheartening.”
The water also affected the VFW and Mitchell’s Float Spa.

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Jun 13

"Cryin'" Time: Martina McBride Duets with Steven Tyler

ABC RadioMartina McBride may be a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, but she’s also a die-hard Aerosmith fan. At Saturday night’s CMA Music Festival, she got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing the band’s 1993 hit, “Cryin’,” with the man who made it famous.

“I got a phone call… ‘Hey Martina, this is Steven Tyler!’” she says, recalling how the collaboration came together. “I immediately put it on speakerphone and called my daughter, and we just kind of sat there and listened…He’s incredibly engaging and… has this passion for life that’s contagious… He loves Nashville and…he’s so excited and grateful and amazed that he’s here and a part of this, and that was really sweet. Then we talked about doing the song together, and I was like, ‘Yeah! Don’t even need to think about that!’”

Clad in black sequined short shorts, camisole and full-length sheer robe, Martina confessed Tyler’s perpetual rock icon attitude also influenced her edgy fashion choices. His debut solo album, We’re All Somebody from Somewhere, comes out July 15, with the title track also set to be released to country radio as a single.

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Jun 13

Little Big Town Delivers a "Miracle" After a Weekend Filled with Tragedy

Capitol NashvilleTo the capacity crowd in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium Sunday night, it might have seemed that Little Big Town put together their performance with the Born Again Church Choir and Pharrell Williams in response to the tragedies in Orlando this weekend. But in fact, their uplifting number was planned weeks ago.

“We cut a song with Pharrell called ‘Miracle’ and it was the first thing that we wrote with him,” Karen Fairchild reveals. “It’s about healing and about that we’re knee deep in struggle, there’s so much trouble, and we need a helping hand. And we need Heaven to send us a miracle. Well, what divine timing that we would wake up to this horrible news this morning and know that we’re gonna sing ‘Miracle’ tonight.”

Along with the CMA Vocal Group of the Year’s inspirational performance comes a determination to make sure that good ultimately triumphs over evil.

“All I can say is for me, music is the ultimate healer, and we will not let the haters destroy what we love and enjoy,” Karen asserts. “And we will not live in fear of this, and tonight is gonna to be a celebration of life and love and harmony and we’re going to remember those lives that were lost and we’re gonna celebrate them tonight and we are not gonna let the negative tell us what we’re gonna do.”

“Miracle” is one of the tracks on Little Big Town’s new album Wanderlust, which came out on Friday.

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