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by Christal & Jeremy posted Sep 1 2015 7:41PM

Shania Twain's "Rock This Country Tour" might not wrap up in late October as was originally planned. In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Shania talked about extending the tour and revealed that she wants to take this trek global. While not official yet, Twain says the tour extension wouldn't come until after she finishes recording her new album this fall. As for her first studio project since 2002's Up, Twain says she already has six tracks completed, and is in the process of narrowing down six or eight additional songs to finish recording. But, a European tour leg isn't all Twain has her sights set on in the near future; she'd also like to do shows in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as perform an encore run of her residency in Las Vegas that lasted for two years at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


ARKANSAS TRAVELER AWARD – JUSTIN MOORE

The state of Arkansas has showed native son Justin Moore a little love by presenting him with the prestigious Arkansas Traveler Award. During a recent hometown celebration, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson was on hand to present the award, which recognizes the love and support Moore has displayed for his home state. Justin was raised in Poyen, Arkansas, and the pride he has in his rural upbringing has made an impact on his life and his music, especially his first #1 hit "Small Town USA."


CMT ON TOUR DATES REVEALED – BRETT ELDREDGE AND THOMAS RHETT

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett have revealed the list of cities and dates for their upcoming "CMT On Tour: Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett – Suits & Boots" kicking off his fall. The co-headlining trek will kick off in New York City on October 29 and will make several stops across the country before wrapping up in Chicago on December 11. Aside from headlining performances by Brett and Thomas, the upcoming tour will also feature special guest Danielle Bradbery as the opening act. Before each show on tour, Brett and Thomas will flip a coin to determine who goes on first.


CRAIG WAYNE BOYD GETS ENGAGED!

Craig Wayne Boyd is engaged to model Taylor Borland! The Season 7 winner of NBC's The Voice confirmed the news on Instagram yesterday, saying, "#rumors are true!!! #shesaidyes #truelove #engaged." The post was accompanied by a photo of Boyd and his fiancée together in a swimming pool. The couple has been dating since December of 2014 and got engaged on the tour bus after Craig's performance in Branson, Missouri on June 13. No wedding date has been set as of yet but the couple is hoping to be married within the next year. The couple first met a day after Craig won The Voice at a holiday party in Los Angeles, and Boyd says it was love at first sight.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Aug 31 2015 5:25PM

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting a boy! Cassie recently sat down with ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the baby's sex and also talked about her struggle to get pregnant. Cassie announced her pregnancy in early August when she posted a candid entry on her Womanista blog. In the post, Cassie talked about how they saw a fertility doctor in Nashville last November, who answered a lot of their questions and did a lot of tests. The doctor soon informed the couple that they only had a 1% chance of conceiving a child naturally without in vitro fertilization (IVF), and Cassie couldn't believe it. The couple had planned to start IVF, but then in June she had a positive pregnancy test.


NEW LABEL, NEW MUSIC, NEW TOUR – JENNIFER NETTLES

After parting ways with her longtime record label Universal Music Group recently, Jennifer Nettles has inked a new deal with Big Machine Label Group and is set to release her next solo album with the label early next year. And, aside from a new solo album due in 2016, Jennifer's new adventures will also include hitting the road this fall on her headlining "Playing With Fire Tour" with special guests Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. The new tour will kick off on October 23 in Atlanta, Georgia and will make stops in more than 20 cities including San Antonio and Dallas.


NASH NEXT ADDS A JUDGE

Big news for country star dreamers, Cumulus media has announced that Scooter Braun, one of the entertainment industry’s most influential music executives, will serve as a guest judge during the NASH Next Challenge, which will discover and release music from the most promising country musicians. The NASH Next Challenge grand prizewinner will be signed to the new NASH Next record label, and all of the top 10 finalists will participate in a national NASH Next concert tour next year. Winners will be decided based on a combination of the music industry judges, an original "Spin Index" of social media activity and online fan voting. The three full-time NASH judges are legendary music producer James Stroud, Kix Brooks and Cumulus Executive Vice President of Content and Programming John Dickey.


CLOSING DOWN THE CONCERT SERIES - FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

Florida Georgia Line will be in New York City this Friday (9/4) to perform on the finale of Good Morning America's Summer Concert series on ABC. During their live performance in Central Park, the duo will perform a set of three to four of their biggest hit songs. The show begins at 7:00 AM ET on ABC. FGL will help close GMA's Summer Concert series, which has also featured acts such as Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and many others this summer. Adding to the excitement, Florida Georgia Line will also make a stop to perform on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon while they're in The Big Apple. The show will air later Friday night (9/4) at 11:35 PM ET on NBC. In other FGL news, the duo recently announced that they are hard at work in studio on their third album, the follow up to 2014's Anything Goes.


 

by Christal & Jeremy posted Aug 30 2015 2:56PM

Luke Bryan was in his home state of Georgia over the weekend to play two shows at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. While he was in Atlanta, Bryan also paid a visit to the city's Seacrest Studios location to meet patients at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta pediatric hospital. While there, Bryan signed autographs for his young fans and even led a sing-along with them on his #1 song "Play It Again." Seacrest Studios are broadcast media centers that have been built all across the country within pediatric hospitals to help patients explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Seacrest Studios are an initiative of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring today's youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.


MAKING HER GMA DEBUT - CAM

Cam has had a lot of firsts this year, and she's about to have another one when she makes her debut appearance on ABC's Good Morning America on September 1. During the show, Cam will perform her powerful new single "Burning House," which remains the highest-charting solo female song at country radio for a fifth consecutive week. The song also has more than 8 million streams on Spotify, where her Welcome to Cam Country – EP debuted exclusively earlier this year. In addition, Cam will appear in a feature story in this weekend's edition of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, premiering Saturday (8/29) at 9 AM ET and re-airing at the same time on Sunday (8/30) on CMT.


LUKE MEETS HIS CUTEST FAN – LUKE BRYAN

Luke Bryan has finally met Ava, one of his youngest and arguably cutest fans. Back in April, Ava's mother, Adrian Finley, posted a video on Twitter of the then three-year-old girl sitting in the bathtub trying to tell her dad that she loves Luke Bryan. But, as the video shows, Ava's dad messes with his daughter by giving her fake guesses as to what she was saying. Ava repeats Luke's name over and over, but her dad has a little fun with her by guessing things like "lil' bunny" and "look funny." Finally, Ava's dad gives in and makes the correct guess, leading to the most adorable reaction from the little girl. She says with a cute smile, "Yeah, I love him." Well, Bryan has now finally caught up with Ava at one of his concerts and has posted a picture of the two together on his Facebook page. Luke says in the caption, "Finally got to meet the famous Ava. She was even cuter in person. Y'all remember her?"


IS BRETT DATING A VS MODEL? - BRETT ELDREDGE

Brett Eldrege has been spending a lot of time with Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert recently, leading some to believe that the two are in a relationship. Hilbert is the blonde-haired beauty who portrayed Brett’s love interest in the music video for his current single "Lose My Mind," but the pictures posted on the model’s Instagram page might suggest that the two are more than just video co-stars. The most recent picture of the two of them was posted a few days ago and shows Eldredge performing onstage while holding Hilbert’s hand as she stands in the front row. One of Rachel’s other Instagram pictures shows the two holding baby goats at what looks like some kind of fair. Hilbert was first spotted backstage at Brett’s shows a couple of months ago.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Aug 12 2015 12:27PM

Well, here's some good news: Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook is off vocal rest and is talking again! Westbrook posted a video of him sharing the happy news on the band's Facebook, but he didn't exactly sound like the Jimi we remember. In the video, Westbrook spoke in a fake high-pitched voice. Then in his real voice, Jimi admitted that he was only kidding and went on to say, "Everything's good. I'm talking, which is a blessing — well, except to Karen.” He then concluded the video by saying, "Love everybody. All is well." In June, LBT cancelled or rescheduled several shows following Westbrook's vocal surgery and subsequent vocal rest. The band is scheduled to return to the road on August 22 at the Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival in Avondale, Canada.


KEITH MEETS MUSIC STUDENTS IN NYC – KEITH URBAN

While Keith Urban was in New York City on Friday (8/7) to perform on the NBC Today Show Summer Concert Series, he made a couple of other important stops around the city. Keith took some time both before and after the show to meet Education Through Music students from the Bronx. The middle-school students are the recipients of a donation of guitars by Urban, made possible through the CMA Foundation's Music Education Matters initiative, which provides musical instruments and teaching support to programs serving inner-city youth. Keith also serves as the first CMA Foundation Music Education Matters initiative Ambassador. Urban invited the middle and elementary school students to the taping where they had 'front row seats' for his five-song set.


NETTLES HEADED TO TV – JENNIFER NETTLES

Jennifer Nettles has joined the cast of Dolly Parton's upcoming made-for-television movie A Coat of Many Colors, NBC has announced. Longmire's Gerald McRaney and NYPD Blue's Ricky Schroder have also joined the cast of the film, which will be based on the inspiring true story of Parton's upbringing in East Tennessee. Nettles will portray Dolly's mother in the film, while Schroder will play the singer's father and McRaney will play her grandfather. The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955 and is based on the incidents in Parton and her family's life around the time she was nine years old. Plans for a television movie series of Parton's songs began earlier this year, with Coat of Many Colors set to air in December of 2015.


CHRIS RETURNS TO THE STUDIO – CHRIS JANSON

During a busy summer making stops on Toby Keith's "Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour," Chris Janson recently found some time to make a pit stop in Nashville to record his debut album on Warner Bros. Records. Even though it was just for a few days, the time Janson spent in the studio was beyond productive and the album is expected later this fall. Chris says of the new project, "I can't tell you how happy I am to have this music coming out. I've been writing nonstop for 10 years so material was not a problem. My A&R rep said we have two albums of material. I have songs about boats, love, kids, back in my drinkin' days and Jesus. It will definitely be a piece of Chris Janson." While in Music City, Janson will also make a stop at the Grand Ole Opry to perform tonight (8/12). Chris' next stop on Keith's tour will be on August 14 in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Aug 11 2015 12:03PM

Michael Ray's single "Kiss You In The Morning" sits atop the country chart this week, giving Michael his first #1 song. With this #1, Ray becomes the first debut male artist to have a chart-topping single since Sam Hunt did so last year, and he's also the only debut male artist to reach the chart's summit so far this year. Adding to its success, "Kiss You In The Morning" has also garnered the highest one-week total number of spins in Country Aircheck history. The song hits the top of the chart just as Ray is celebrating another milestone: the release of his self-titled debut album on Friday (8/7). Michael will continue celebrating this week when he makes his first-ever national morning television appearance with a performance of "Kiss" on ABC's Good Morning America today (8/11).


YOUNG ANNOUNCES ALBUM TITLE AND TOUR – CHRIS YOUNG

Chris Young has some exciting news: he's coming over this fall! Or at least his headlining "I'm Comin' Over Tour" is. Young announced yesterday (8/10) that his headlining trek will launch on October 22 in Savannah, Georgia, with fourteen dates set through December. Chris has also announced that special guests Eric Paslay and newcomer, Clare Dunn, will appear on select tour dates as openers. But the new tour wasn't the only news Chris shared yesterday; he also unveiled the album art and title for his forthcoming fifth studio album, I'm Comin' Over. The album cover is a picture of Chris looking off to one side with one hand in his pocket and the other holding a jacket over his shoulder.


MILE HIGH TAKEOVER – KENNY CHESNEY

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean teamed up to co-headline a show at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night (8/8). The stadium sits at more than 5,000 feet above sea level, but the crowd's energy was even higher when the two tours combined for one show. There were 54,674 fans in attendance that night -- the most ever for an end zone set-up show at the iconic football stadium – and the crowd was like nothing Kenny had ever seen in that city before. To gear up for the Mile High show, Chesney spent the morning at practice with the Denver Broncos, where he took in the drills and got focused up for his sold-out show. Kenny wore a University of Tennessee t-shirt to show solidarity with his good friend and Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning, who was at practice that day.


BIG & RICH STAR ROCKS HIS WAY TO TLC WITH 'BIG KENNY AND FAMILY'

With a style that’s part pirate, part Renaissance man, and a good bit rock and roll country boy, Kenny Alphin, aka “Big Kenny” of Big & Rich, ditched farm life in Virginia to pursue his dream of making music in Nashville. Fueled by faith, authenticity, and plenty of heart, BIG KENNY AND FAMILY follows Kenny, his wife Christiev, and their sons, Dakota, Lincoln, Christopher and Cameron, as they navigate their unordinary home life while Kenny is on a break from his whirlwind tour. The all-new one-hour special premieres Wednesday, September 2 at 10/9c on TLC. Viewers will get the chance to take a peek inside Kenny’s celebrity lifestyle and may be surprised to find that when he’s not filling stadiums and concert venues, he lives a typical life - albeit influenced by his over-the-top personality - filled with family dinners, yard work, date nights, playtime and bedtime stories.


 

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October 30, 2014..........Looking for a political figure........

1.  Aside from his political career, he also has his own radio show.

2.  But before politics and radio, he was famous for something else.

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