by Christal & Jeremy posted Jul 2 2015 10:50AM

Reba and her husband Narvel Blackstock have sold their Beverly Hills estate for $22.5 million, according to Variety. The property sits on 1.8 acres of land and is located in the star-studded Beverly Park enclave neighborhood. The six bedrooms, seven bathrooms home boasts 9,000 square foot of space and features a den/billiards room, an eat-in kitchen and a family room with wet-bar built inside. Outside the lavish abode sits a lighted tennis court and even a guitar-shaped swimming pool. There is also a secondary structure that adds additional 2,000-square-feet of finished space, including a lounge and dining area, a bar and another kitchen complete with an indoor barbecue. According to the report, Reba bought the home in 2003 for the low, low price of $9 million. Reba and her husband currently live in an 11,671 square foot home just outside of Nashville in Gallatin, Tennessee


What better way to celebrate World Kiss Day on July 6 than with Michael Ray's hit debut single "Kiss You In The Morning," which climbs into the chart's Top 10 this week. World Kiss Day was created to remind people about the simple pleasure of a kiss, and Michael is glad to provide such a fitting song to pucker up to. Ray jokes, "I am so glad that they made a holiday called World Kiss Day named after my song 'Kiss You in the Morning!" Michael also realized a lifelong dream of playing the Grand Ole Opry when he made his debut there this past May. He has been invited back three more times since, totaling four appearances in only five weeks.


KACEY MUSGRAVES shot down the rumor that she has some kind of a beef with TAYLOR SWIFT. It started from a lyric in her song "Good Ol' Boys Club", which is on her "Pageant Material" album. Here's the lyric: "Another gear in a big machine don't sound like fun to me." Taylor is, arguably, the biggest client of Big Machine Label Group. Her dad even bought into it. So if you add that up you can create controversy. tried to get mileage out of it with this Tweet: "What's up with all this stuff about @KaceyMusgraves making a @TaylorSwift13 dis track?" They included a link to an article stating their case. Kacey saw the Tweet and posted this one word response: "Stop." It was followed with a raised hand EMOJI and a link to the same article.


LUKE BRYAN has been selling records, filling stadiums, and collecting awards for quite awhile, but that doesn't mean he's checked off every single item on his career wish list. He tells "Rolling Stone", quote, "I would say that if I had the opportunity to do a Super Bowl halftime show, that would be crazy. Other than that I think what is at the top of my bucket list is just enjoyment of this career." They also talked about him being named "People's" Sexiest Man in Country Music last year. He admitted that was interesting because he's not exactly ripped . . . or trying to be. Quote, "I've never been a gym rat. I just get up there and do what I do, [but] it's flattering to have that happen."

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jul 1 2015 10:35AM
Jake Owen has been going out of his way to prove he's a regular guy. Yes, like the Waffle House-loving dude back in his song "Real Life." But there's one bit of reality that he's been holding back… until now. He told "Country Weekly" that he and his wife Lacey have been going through a rough patch. Quote, "My wife and I, for the last few month, have been having a hard time and struggling with communication, and literally talking about divorce." Jake and Lacey have been married a little over three years.


Kenny Chesney has been donating proceeds from his line of Costa Del Mar Sunglasses to the Coastal Conservation Association. Some of the funds that helped build a couple of man-made reefs in Jacksonville, Florida that are now "thriving with life."


Brantley Gilbert got married over the weekend to his fiancée Amber Cochran. She's the one he was singing about in his hit "More Than Miles" … and he says she's been the subject in, quote, "most of my songs." And unless something went terribly wrong, he gorged on delicious macaroni and cheese at the reception, which was held at his house in Georgia.


Luke Bryan's Seventh Annual Farm Tour kicks off September 30th in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It'll hit a total of eight cities when it wraps October 10th in Valdosta, Georgia. Proceeds go to college scholarships for teens in farming families. You can find out more at

by Christal & Jeremy posted Jun 30 2015 10:31AM
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Blake Shelton has hit top of the chart with his current single “Sangria,” bringing Blake his 20th career # 1 song. "Sangria" is the third single from Blake's Bringing Back the Sunshine album, and his latest hit in a long succession of consecutive chart-toppers. To make the celebration even sweeter, the song was recently certified Gold for sales of 500,000 copies. But the summer smash isn't the only thing Blake will be celebrating this week, he's also getting ready to observe one of his favorite holidays, the Fourth of July. Shelton says the Fourth of July is one of his favorite things about summer because of all the memories it brings back for him. Shelton also has a show scheduled in Fairlea, West Virginia on Friday (7/3).


It might not be football season yet, but Houston Texans' star defensive end J.J. Watt is already making impressive tackles. Watt was at a Zac Brown Band concert in Milwaukee on Sunday night (6/28) when a fan jumped onstage and started disrupting the concert. Watt's defensive instincts then kicked in and he rushed the fan, tackling him to the stage. After the fan was brought down, the crowd erupted in applause while J.J. stood above him and smoothly put on a pair of shades. Watt took to Twitter after the concert and said, "Nobody messes with @zacbrownband." The whole incident was captured on video and can be seen here.


Thomas Rhett has revealed the name and release date for his forthcoming sophomore album. The album will be titled Tangled Up and is set for a release on September 25. Rhett has been working on the album for two years now and he says the album, musically, pulls from all the things he's been inspired by during that time. To help celebrate his fans and bring them into the album process, Thomas is asking fans to help choose the disc's cover art. Four designs have been posted on and the winning cover will be revealed in the coming weeks.


Dustin Lynch was surprised by the RIAA on Friday afternoon (6/26) with a Platinum plaque certifying one million in sales and streams for his #1 single “Where It’s At”. Lynch served as a special guest panelist alongside RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman and Broken Bow VP of Promotion Lee Adams for the first "RIAA Live" event of summer 2015 at its Washington D.C. headquarters. The audience was also treated to an acoustic performance by Lynch, including hits “Where It’s At,” “Cowboys And Angels” and latest “Hell Of A Night.” After Dustin'’s performance, Sherman stepped onstage to present him with an official RIAA-certified plaqu. Dustin said, "Big thanks to everyone at country radio that believed in this song and chapter 2 of my music!"

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.

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