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by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 26 2015 9:40PM

Country music fans of all ages came to Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Colorado, last weekend for the 24th Annual Country Jam music festival. This year's four-day festival was attended by approximately 80,000 fans thanks in part to headliners Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and The Band Perry, as well as performances by Billy Currington, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Thompson Square, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee, and many others. Announcing one of the next year's headliners during the current festival has become one of Country Jam's annual traditions, and this year was no different. The festival announced that Brad Paisley was the first headliner secured for Country Jam 2016. The festival also featured some unforgettable moments. During his set, McGraw invited the audience to help him wish his wife, Faith Hill, a "happy anniversary," since it was at Country Jam, in 1996, that he proposed to her.


JENNIFER NETTLES has her own line of jewelry called American West. Some of it's available right now "In three easy payments!" But if you want to see her hawk the full line live, then tune into QVC on July 5th at 6:00 P.M. Eastern.


The Oak Ridge Boy's one-hour Christmas special, A Salute To Christmas, has received a 2015 Telly Award for outstanding television production. The TV special brought attention to the work of The American Legion and its efforts to aid veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The special went hand and hand with Oak Ridge Boys' 25th annual "Christmas Night Out" tour. The Telly Awards honor local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, video and film productions, and web commercials, videos, and films.


Warner Music Nashville hosted the second Pickin' On The Patio party on Wednesday (6/24), with Michael Ray making a special appearance to perform. With his new single "Kiss You In The Morning" nearing Top 10, Ray performed on the patio and also pulled double duty making his fourth appearance on the Grand Ole Opry stage later that night.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 25 2015 1:08PM

Carrie Underwood will return to sing the opening song for NBC's Sunday Night Football (SNF) during the NFL's 2015 season. Sunday Night Football announced the news on Twitter. This will be Carrie's third season singing the theme song "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," which kicks off NBC's weekly broadcast of Sunday Night Football throughout the NFL season. Fans can get their first glimpse of Carrie's return when the NFL season kicks off September 10 with a matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.


Dierks Bentley will be in New York City on Friday (6/26) to headline the first night of the inaugural FarmBorough Festival. But before Bentley hits the stage at The Big Apple's first-ever country music festival, he'll help kick off the weekend with a Central Park performance on Friday morning as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. Bentley will take the stage in Central Park at 7:00 AM ET for a four song set that will air on ABC. Additionally, Bentley will return to The City That Never Sleeps to be part of the star-studded lineup for NBC's annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The two-hour special will air on July 4 at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.


Craig Morgan's lifelong love of the outdoors will be on display when he returns for the sixth season of his hit television show, Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors. The show's sixth season will premiere on Sunday, July 5 at 11 PM ET on the Outdoor Channel. The series has taken viewers along for the ride as Morgan embarked on his epic outdoor adventures, and this season is no different. The sixth season features Craig hitting the river to go king salmon fishing and rafting while on tour in Alaska, taking part in the annual Opry hunt with fellow country music stars and even an African safari. Aside from working on the TV series, Morgan has spent the last six months recording a new album. The first single is expected to release this summer with an album due in 2016.


The episode of CMT Crossroads: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brantley Gilbert will air this Saturday, June 27 at 10 PM ET on CMT. Filmed in Franklin, Tennessee, the episode will feature the two acts teaming up to perform hits such a Brantley's #1 single "Bottoms Up" and Skynyrd's iconic hit "Simple Man."

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 24 2015 1:36PM

Kacey Musgraves has announced dates for her new international tour, "The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue." The tour kicks off in Atlanta on August 27 and will make several stops in the U.S. through the end of October. The tour will then jump across the pond for a series of shows in Europe, including several stops in the U.K. as well as concerts in Dublin, Ireland, Hamburg, Germany, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The tour wraps in Amsterdam on November 22 and is scheduled to hit a series of iconic venues along the way, including Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, The Apollo Theatre in New York City, and London's Royal Albert Hall. The tour announcement comes as Kacey's sophomore album, Pageant Material, hits store shelves this week.


When Brooks and Dunn's Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn split up and subsequently pursued their own solo careers, there was a lot of speculation that there was bad blood between them. But the duo – who reunited to kick of their Las Vegas residency with Reba last week – says those rumors are false, explaining the real reason why they went their separate ways. Ronnie told People, "There was never a rift. We (broke up) because we'd been doing it for over 20 years and felt like we'd accomplished everything that we could." Kix added, "We ran out of gas. We needed a break, you know."


Dolly Parton recently presented a Kansas teacher with the Chasing Rainbows Award. Dyane Smokorowski of Andover, Kansas was named the 14th recipient of the prestigious award, which honors someone who "has overcome great obstacles in his or her life, has captured the rainbow and is helping children." The winner, an Instructional Technology Coach for Andover Public Schools, enjoyed a weekend trip to Dollywood where Dolly herself presented her with the award. Each year, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) honors one outstanding educator with this prestigious award. In 2002, Dolly became the first to receive this award from the NNSTOY for her commitment to nurturing children's love of reading through her Imagination Library. Since then, Dolly has presented the award each year. Dyane's name will be added to the award displayed in the Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood.


The George, an open air restaurant and bar atop the George Jones Museum, will host a special, reserve-seat event, which will provide patrons the perfect view of both the Nashville's July 4th fireworks display and the pre-show concert on the Riverfront Stage below. In addition to providing a great view, individuals who purchase a ticket will be treated to premium seating for the fireworks and a buffet dinner. Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first served basis, and quantities are limited. Purchase price is $200 per ticket.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 23 2015 10:27AM

More than 53,000 fans packed historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday night (6/20) to see Kenny Chesney's stadium show. Kenny played more than 24 songs for the record crowd and even had a few surprises up his sleeves. At one point during the show Grace Potter made a surprise appearance and Kenny told the crowd why her visit was so special that night. He said, "a couple days ago, I got to call Grace Potter and tell her not only are we playing Lambeau Field, we have a #1 record." The two then launched into the week's chart-topper "Wild Child" followed by their 2011 hit single "You And Tequila." As the song was fading, a 5 -tiered cake was rolled out accompanied by a giant margarita. Kenny then led the audience in singing "Happy Birthday" to his duet partner.


Luke Bryan played three sold-out shows over the weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bonner Springs, Kansas, and the stop at Minneapolis' TCF Stadium. Luke's sold-out show in Minneapolis marks his sixth consecutive stadium sell out on "Kick The Dust Up Tour," which continues this weekend with double night performances at Jiffy Lube Live. Then on Sunday (6/28), Bryan will finish off the weekend with a headlining performance at the FarmBorough Festival. FarmBorough will be The Big Apple's first country music festival and will also feature headlining performances by Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.


John Rich has plans to expand on his Redneck Riviera lifestyle brand and open a similarly themed restaurant and bar in downtown Nashville. According to The Tennessean, Rich hopes to open the Redneck Riviera restaurant/bar in the Lower Broadway area of town in spring of 2016. The new restaurant and bar is part of Rich's larger plan to open similar establishments in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Pensacola, Florida. Rich tells the publication that Redneck Riviera is really America's brand, saying, "It's for people that work hard and play harder and in that little phrase, you encapsulate Redneck Riviera." As for the restaurant and bar, John describes it as a "more rural, rowdy version of Margaritaville."


Chris Janson celebrated Father's Day with a capacity crowd on Sunday (6/21) at Country Jam in Grand Junction, Colorado. But it wasn't just the crowd that was at capacity on the special day; his bus was also getting pretty full. Janson's kids were all there to spend the day with dad, lavishing him hand drawn pictures, as well as bacon and all the Mountain Dew he could drink. Chris said he couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Father's Day. He shared, "Babies and bacon, plus getting to play music and tour the country make for the best Father's Day ever." Referencing his Top 25 single "Buy Me A Boat," Janson also joked that he might need to change the song's lyrics. He said, "It gets a little crowded with the band and kids all on one bus, but we're blessed. Honestly nobody ever complains! But maybe instead of a boat we need to buy a bigger bus."

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 22 2015 10:29AM

When Toby Keith became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame last week (6/18), he had a very special celebrity on hand to induct and honor him during the ceremony in New York City. TV personality and comedian Stephen Colbert donned a cowboy hat and denim jack and paid tribute to the singer-songwriter with a performance of his #1 song "As Good As I Once Was." Colbert then explained that Keith was one of his earliest guests on his former Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, and said he didn't know what to make of country star at first. But that uncertainty quickly faded. Colbert said, "I don't know why I was asked to be here tonight, but I will tell you why I showed up: because Toby has always showed up for me."


Grand Ole Opry members Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance at the Opry on Friday night (6/19). Yearwood told the sold-out crowd, "I didn't have a chance to bring my band or call them or anything, but luckily I live with a Grand Ole Opry member, so if you all would make welcome my guitar player tonight, my husband, Mr. Garth Brooks!" With Brooks on acoustic guitar, Yearwood then sang her debut #1 hit "She's In Love With The Boy," before launching into a medley of some of their favorite classic country duets. Garth and Trisha will return to the stage together this upcoming weekend as part of the "The Garth Brooks World Tour." Their next tour stop brings them to Houston, Texas on June 26 and 27 and July 3 and 4 and then on to New Orleans on July 10, 11 and 12.


Tickets for Dolly Parton's upcoming benefit concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on July 31 sold out in record time when they went on sale Saturday morning (6/20). The sellout ranks among the fastest in Ryman Auditorium history for the concert which marks Dolly's first full show in Music City in 12 years. "Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple" will be this year's Dustin Wells Foundation Gift of Music concert, which supports the W. O. Smith School of Music and its mission to provide affordable, quality music instruction to children from low-income families . Parton was honored by the invitation to support the charity, which is based in Nashville. She says, "Music is important to me and my family, and I'm grateful that so many people wanted to come see the show that it sold out so quickly."


Dierks Bentley got stranded over the weekend when his Jeep ran out of gas on the highway. Dierks took to Twitter to post a picture of his classic Jeep pulled to the side of the road and explained why he hadn't stopped at a gas station before it stalled. Bentley tweeted, "Have I ever told you guys how cool it is to have an old jeep with no working fuel gauge..? until you run out of gas." Dierks then posted a picture of what looks to be some roadkill on the side of the highway and said, "Walking for gas along a busy freeway does allow you to take in the local sights and smells though..." Bentley then posted a picture of himself with an expression on his face that looked like he'd seen a few better days.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 19 2015 11:38AM

Blake Sheltonwas celebrating his 39th birthday yesterday (6/18), but it's what he was up to the night before his birthday (6/17) that's been getting everyone's attention. Blake came to a man's rescue in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Wednesday night when he noticed the man's car had become stranded in high flood waters. According to a post on Facebook, Blake came across Roho Hartman's stranded car on Myall Road and pulled Hartman out of his vehicle. The singer then brought Roho home safely. Shelton even had time to take a quick picture with his fellow Oklahoman. The post on Facebook has since gone viral with more than 2,600 shares as of yesterday.


The Rolling Stones' "Zip Code Tour" rolled into Nashville Wednesday night (6/17) to rock more than 50,000 fans the city's LP Field. Brad Paisley was on hand to kick off the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' show and got a little help from some very dear friends. Carrie Underwood made a surprise appearance during Brad's opening set to sing their duet "Remind Me," and then another Rock & Roll legend graced the stage with his presence. Joe Walsh of The Eagles took the stage with Paisley to play his 1978 classic "Life's Been Good," before joining Brad on his 2005 hit "Alcohol." But Paisley wasn't through performing yet. The "Crushin' It" singer returned to the stage during The Stones' set and teamed up with the rock legends on the song "Dead Flowers" from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. It was the same song Brad had joined The Stones on during a concert in Philadelphia in June of 2013.


Dolly Parton is coming to historic Ryman Auditorium next month to headline her first full show in Nashville in 12 years. Dolly will headline this year's Dustin Wells Foundation's Gift of Music concert on July 31 to benefit the W.O. Smith School of Music. W.O. Smith Music School was established to make affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families, and that's a mission Dolly can't wait to get behind. Dolly is just the latest star to support the efforts and causes of Dustin's foundation through this benefit concert. Some of the acts who've played the show in the past include Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lee Greenwood, Peter Frampton and more.


Craig Campbell will definitely have his two daughters on his mind when he celebrates Father's Day on Sunday (6/21), but the singer also recently had a chance to hang out with his girls when they joined him at CMA Music Festival in Nashville last week. Campbell's oldest daughter Preslee accompanied the singer last Wednesday (6/10) on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards as his date, and she almost brought Lee Brice to tears when she sang "Happy Birthday" to him. The next day (6/11), Craig then had the privilege of being joined onstage by his youngest daughter Kinni Rose at the end of his CMA Festival Riverfront set in downtown Music City.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 18 2015 11:06AM

Little Big Town announced yesterday (6/17) that all of their shows through July 30 will be cancelled or rescheduled due to Jimi Westbrook undergoing vocal surgery next week. Westbrook will have a polyp on his vocal cord removed during next week's surgery, and his doctors have ordered him to rest his voice and completely recuperate before going back on tour. The band released a statement on their website that said, "It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi's health is the most important thing.." The band's next show was scheduled in Paso Robles, California on June 23. The group recently posted a picture on Instagram that showed Jimi on an airplane on his way to the vocal doctor.


Only one week after their debut album Southernality was released, A Thousand Horses' first single "Smoke" has officially been certified Gold. But striking Gold for the first time isn't the only reason the group is celebrating this week; their album has also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The band also learned this week they will be making their late-night television debut on June 24 on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they'll perform their next single, "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial." These achievements just add to the buzz that's been surrounding ATH since they released their first single "Smoke," and took it straight to number 1, making them first Country band of more than three members to top the chart with a debut single since December 2008.


Kelly Clarkson hopes her daughter River Rose – who just celebrated her first birthday last week (6/12) -- has a little or brother sister on the way before the end of the year. Kelly, who will be on the road through November, says that after her upcoming tour is finished she and husband will try for another baby. As for her tour, Clarkson will be on the road in the U.S. and Canada through October before heading to the U.K. for shows in November, and she can't wait to get back out in front of the fans. The "Piece By Piece Tour" will kick off in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on July 11.


Kacey Musgraves graces the cover of the July issue of Redbook magazine, and in the featured article Kacey opens up about the people who've criticized some of the lyrics in her songs. She says, "I've come to conclusion that people are always going to find a way to be offended about something, and it's almost like they want to be. I won't be everybody's cup of tea. I've found peace in that." She's content with the music she makes and that's all that matters to her. Look for the new issue of Redbook, on newsstands on June 23.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 16 2015 11:55AM

While backstage during CMA Music Festival's closing night on Sunday (6/14), Keith Urban and CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern were on hand to present Brad Paisley with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award. Formerly the International Touring Artist Award, the CMA International Artist Achievement Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a U.S.-based artist who contributes to the awareness and development of Country Music outside the United States. Paisley says that of all the music that makes its way around the world, the country format reflects real life more than any other. Brad was also a recipient of this award in 2011.


Brad Paisleyand Dierks Bentley are both set to perform during NBC's annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City. The show will take place in from two locations this year, providing even more pyrotechnics to the annual fireworks display that ignites The Big Apple's skyline each year. The dazzling display will be fired from four barges set up between 23rd and 37th streets in midtown and from one double-barge located below the Brooklyn Bridge. Brad and Dierks join an all-star lineup of performers that also includes Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor. The 39th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks will air on Saturday, July 4 at 8 PM ET on NBC.


Chase Rice has been selected as the next artist for Vevo's all-genre emerging artist program, LIFT. The program will feature a series of exclusive content rolled out over the next few weeks, including the video debut of the song, "Ride," on Thursday (6/18). Fans can also visit Vevo's apps and to check out exclusive interviews with Chase, as well as performance videos and behind-the-scenes footage. Rice is one of only four country artists who've been chosen for Vevo LIFT, a program that helps bring more attention to some of music's most promising artists. He is also currently on the road with Kenny Chesney on his "The Big Revival Tour," which makes its next stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Thursday (6/18).


Carrie Underwood made several appearances during CMA Music Festival last week, showing the world that she really hadn't gained any extra pounds after having her baby -- and there's a good reason for that. Carrie was the queen of her exercise routine before she was expecting and that strict mentality continued well into her pregnancy. Underwood tells E! News, "While I was pregnant, I did everything I could to try and make smart choices. And if I couldn't really like work out, work out, I'd go walk, and I just tried to stay active." But her workout routine came to a halt after Carrie welcomed her son Isaiah in February because, as she reveals, she had to have a C-section delivery. "I couldn't work out for a few weeks because I ended up having to have a cesarean—blah, blah, blah, too much information," Then after her body healed and she was given the all-clear, Carrie got right back on the horse.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 15 2015 10:26AM

It's a big week for Toby Keith, who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday (6/18). Keith has received just about every award and accolade under the sun during his distinguished career, but this honor is one that he holds higher than the rest. Toby tells News OK, "This is my ultimate trophy. There'll never be anything you can give me that's bigger than this." Toby is also set to perform at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Keith has had an impressive songwriting career that includes having written a number one song every year for 20 consecutive years.


Carrie Underwood may have picked up three trophies at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville last week, but it was her spot-on performance of the theme song from '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air after the show that had everyone talking. Carrie was one of the many stars Mashable approached backstage after the award show about rapping the theme song. From Frankie Ballard staying on beat to a nearly flawless rendition to Florida Georgia Line tag-teaming the tune, country's biggest stars all lined up to take a crack at Will Smith's endearing classic. Hunter Hayes took control of the situation by showing off his impressive beatboxing skills, while Luke Bryan blamed alcohol for stumbling on the lyrics. Watch the video here.


CMA and the CMA Foundation unveiled its new "Music Education Matters" campaign last week during CMA Music Festival and announced that Keith Urban will be the first national ambassador for the program, which provides teaching support and musical instruments to programs serving inner-city youth. Keith says he's honored and proud to be a part of something that can have such a positive effect on so many young lives. The cause is also one that is near and dear to Urban's heart. Keith is also making a personal donation to the initiative which aims to get instruments into the hands of children. The singer is contributing 60 Keith Urban guitars complete with amplifiers, strings, and picks to five Music Education Matters partner programs across the country including programs in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, and San Francisco. The guitars will be distributed to five separate in-school and after-school programs including Notes for Notes, which constructs and operates recording studios in Boys and Girls Clubs nationwide.


There's only so much Carrie Underwood could do to prepare for being a mom while she was pregnant; the rest of that bridge she had to cross when her little guy arrived in February. But, Carrie says being Isaiah's mom isn't as challenging as she thought it would be. Underwood tells People, "I think I honestly expected — it's gonna sound weird — but I expected the worst. I've never been around babies before, to be honest, but he's so laid-back!" And, Isaiah's easygoing demeanor fits perfectly with that of her mom and dad. Underwood also revealed something else about her baby boy; he's the sweetest when he first wakes up.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 11 2015 10:51AM
47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Arrivals

Brantley Gilbert has something special for Staff Sgt. Justin Patterson after the Army veteran gave Gilbert the first of three Purple Heart medals he earned for being injured in the line of duty overseas. Patterson gave Brantley his Purple Heart medal while the two were on a Wounded Warrior Project motorcycle ride over Memorial Day weekend. Patterson recently sat down for an interview on FOX News channel's Fox & Friends. At one point during the interview, Brantley had a message for the veteran which he had recorded in a surprise video. Brantley said in the video, "I'll never be able to thank you enough for your gift while we were on the ride. It means more to me than you'll ever know. There's no way I'll ever pay you back you for that, but I'm not gonna make it to the CMT Awards this year so me and my fiancée have two seats that are available. Hopefully you and your wife aren't too busy and ya'll can check it out. We'd love you to be there representing us that night."


Time is running out to see the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition showcasing the career of Alan Jackson. The Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country exhibit is scheduled to end its run on Sunday, June 21. Originally scheduled to end in March this year, the exhibit was held over by popular demand to give fans coming to Nashville for CMA Music Festival one last opportunity to see it before it wraps up. The exhibit dives deep into Jackson's life, featuring several artifacts from the singer's career and his childhood. Some of the artifacts include Jackson's first tricycle, the water ski Jackson used in the "Chattahoochee" music video and the front of an old, red Ford pickup truck that served as his first Fan Fair booth, before his sister and brother-in-law had it made into a desk. The exhibit closes as Jackson is set to release his 15th studio album, Angels and Alcohol, on July 17.


Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley will open a new store location for his fashion line Tribe Kelley, according to Billboard. The pop-up store will open its doors tomorrow (6/11) in Nashville's Gulch area, and will feature items from Brian and his wife, Brittney's, fashion line which has already been available online. Brittney says she and Brian got the inspiration to start a clothing line together when they "caught ourselves altering and cutting basically every piece of clothing we own." The message says they try to produce as many of their goods in the United States as they can and that manufacturing is based in Los Angeles. Brittney also notes that they develop and design every product on their website in either Nashville or Los Angeles.


Brett Eldredge used his Snapchat account to reveal the cover art for his forthcoming sophomore album, Illinois. Illinois will be released Friday, September 11 on Atlantic Records and is available for pre-order on iTunes. The reveal of the album cover kicks off a busy week for Eldredge who has a full schedule of CMA Music Festival activities in Nashville. Brett will be presenting at the CMT Music Awards tonight (6/10), Friday night (6/12) will see an encore re-air performance of his appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers along with a 20 minute show on Saturday night (6/13) for the crowd at LP Field in Nashville for CMA Music Fest.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 9 2015 10:24AM

Blake Shelton won't be able to make it to Nashville this week for CMA Music Festival, but he hasn't forgotten about the loyal fans that have made the pilgrimage to the heart of country music. Blake will be teaming up with Bud Light this week to offer "Beers on Blake!" at more than a dozen downtown Nashville honky-tonks, speakeasies and bars at 4 PM Thursday, the first day of the annual festival. Blake and Bud Light will not only stock each bar with a limited supply of beers, but will also provide an ample supply of koozies and T-shirts. Shelton regrets that he won't be on Nashville for this year's festival, but he's glad he can help get the party started off right. Blake says, "I'm sorry I'm not able to make it to the festival this year but I will be with you in spirits."


Additional details have been revealed about the upcoming 2015 CMT Music Awards, premiering live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena tomorrow (6/10) at 8 PM ET on CMT. Reba is set to make her return performance at the CMT Music Awards for the first time in ten years. Darius Rucker is also slated to take over downtown Nashville for a special outdoor performance surrounded by thousands of fans. CMT has also announced the list of presenters at the annual award show, featuring an all-star lineup of Hollywood and country music celebrities. The presenter will include Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Spade, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Kellie Pickler, Little Big Town, comedian Ron White, Rumer Willis, Sara Evans, Thomas Rhett, and many more.


A new Wildwood Flower Garden is being added to The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville to celebrate the love Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash shared. The Wildwood Flower Garden will be unveiled to mark June's 86th birthday on June 23rd. The museum's new garden gets its name from the classic tune "Wildwood Flower" recorded by the Carter Family as well as the album, Wildwood Flower, which was June's last solo album released posthumously in 2003. But the exciting news doesn't stop there. Miller is also offering a $75,000 cash reward for footage of Johnny's proposal on February 22, 1968. It was on that date during a performance at the London Ice House in Ontario, Canada, that June finally accepted Johnny's relentless propositions of marriage on stage after performing the song Jackson. Bill hopes the footage still exists and hopes whoever has it will let them put it on display at the Johnny Cash Museum in celebration of this new Wildwood Flower Garden.


Eric Church has a big week planned during CMA Music Festival in Nashville this week. Eric will kick off his week performing live on the 2015 CMT Music Awards tomorrow (6/10), before heading the Ryman Auditorium immediately after the annual award show to take part in "Marty Stuart's 14th Annual Late Night Jam." Church will leave Music City for tour stops in Orange Beach, Alabama on Friday (6/12) and to join Kenny Chesney's "The Big Revival Tour" at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday (6/13). But Eric will return to Nashville on Sunday, June 14, where he will perform at LP Field as part of the final Nightly Concert at CMA Music Festival. That same day, Church will hold his Church Choir Party at a private location that will only be revealed to select raffle-winning members of his fan club.

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 8 2015 12:46PM

Brantley Gilbert has given so much support to the men and women who serve our country, but what one of these veterans gave the singer in return took him completely by surprise. Justin Patterson, an Army veteran who's served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently gave Brantley the first of three Purple Heart medals he earned for being injured in the line of duty. The exchange happened while the two were on a Wounded Warrior Project motorcycle ride through Southeast Texas and Louisiana over Memorial Day weekend. A video shot in front of a tour bus shows the veteran present Gilbert with the medal. Patterson thanked the singer for the raising awareness for soldiers suffering from PTSD and presented him with one of his Purple Heart medals. The two then shook hands and hugged. Gilbert was clearly moved by the soldier's gesture. Watch the video here.


Josh Turner brought the Flame of Hope to Nashville over the weekend during the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America. Turner, who serves as co-captain during the relay, ran the Flame of Hope into Music City yesterday (6/7) alongside Special Olympics athlete Sharmane Pearson (power lifting). Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi and Special Olympics Ambassador Lauren Alaina will be on hand this morning (6/8) to take the Flame of Hope out of Nashville. Originating in Athens, Greece, the Unified Relay consists of over 20,000 participants in a hand-to-hand passing of the Flame of Hope across all 50 states. The relay will culminate at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles on July 25.


Kix Brooks is heading across the country in search of America's best steakhouses on his new Cooking Channel series Steak Out with Kix Brooks, premiering July 14 at 9:00 PM ET. During the series, Kix will visit Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, New York City, Omaha and Washington D.C. to explore an assortment of steakhouses ranging from the traditional to the modern pushing culinary boundaries. The first episode brings Brooks to the heart of steak country in Omaha, Nebraska, where he visits three local steakhouses that have become famous for their carnivorous dishes. During his time on the road with Brooks & Dunn, Kix discovered steakhouses all over the country that have put a unique spin on this American staple, and he's just looking forward to sharing some of these hidden gems with everyone.


Blake Shelton will be heading to the big screen – or at least his golden voice will. Shelton's heartfelt cover of Bob Dylan's song "Forever Young," which appeared on the icon's 1974 album Planet Waves, will appear in the upcoming film Max. The film follows a military dog named Max who returns to the U.S. after helping Marines in Afghanistan. Max is traumatized by his handler's death in Afghanistan, and is soon adopted by the fallen Marine's family back home. Max and the family then help each other heal from their shared loss. The new film will be released in theaters on June 26. This isn't the first time Shelton has done a song for a film. In 2011, Blake covered the song "Footloose" for the soundtrack to that year's version of the film Footloose.

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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.

3.  He has had ongoing feuds with several conservative talk show hosts.

Answer:  Al Franken (United States Senator from Minnesota)

Before politics, he was a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live for about 20 years.

He hosts a radio show on "Air America".
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