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Christal's Country News - Monday, May 19th

by Christal Blue posted May 19 2014 11:05AM

Taylor Swift surprised a group of Tennessee fourth graders during a field trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last week. The kids were visiting the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum when Taylor came in and took photos with the kids and even answered questions then sat down with her guitar to play an acoustic version of "We Are Never Getting Back Together." The Taylor Swift Education Center opened at the Museum in October after Swift made the largest single donation made by an artist in the museum's history of four million dollars.

After much speculation, it's official as Brad Paisley has been announced as a member of the panel of experts on ABC’s new singing competition series Rising Star. As we reported last week, Josh Groban will host and Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will be the panel of experts. Rising Star, which premieres Sunday, June 22, completely reinvents the traditional singing competition by being the first ever interactive music competition and the audience has the final say in real time. Brad, Groban, Kesha and Ludacris made their debut appearance on The 2014 Billboard Music Awards as Rising Star’s host and experts last night. (Photo Credit: )

Tomorrow night, Tim McGraw will reveal a brand new song from his upcoming album Sundown Heaven Town in a live performance on the season finale of NBC's The Voice. Fans will be able to purchase the track at digital retailers following the performance. A growing number of fans are engaging in the digital program that gives them unprecedented access to exclusive content as the clock winds down to street date. Tim will also appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday and the Today summer concert series on Friday. The album will be out in September.

Following film screenings across the country and overseas, Dierks Bentley’s intimate documentary film Dierks Bentley: Riser is now available in its entirety on the video streaming giant Hulu. This is the first time that Hulu has ever featured a modern country artist. Directed by Wes Edwards and produced by Ruckus Films, the full-length piece gives fans a glimpse into the country superstar's life on the road, in the studio and at home with his family. The film documents the ups and downs following the death of his father through the birth of his first son - the story that inspired his seventh studio album, Riser.

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December 10, 2014...........Looking for a singer/songwriter/musician.....

1.  This Virginia boy is not country and has won numerous Grammy Awards.

2.  A few years ago, he wrote the soundtrack to a popular animated film.

3.  He recently came under some fire after making controversial remarks about the Ferguson, Missouri incident.

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