Jun 26

Dierks Bentley keeps the “What the Hell” spirit going with his new single

ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley is bringing a piece of his summer tour to the airwaves, as he releases “What the Hell Did I Say” as the fourth single from his Black album.

“We named the tour after this song hoping that it would be a single this summer because it perfectly captures the anything-goes spirit out there this year,” Dierks says of his What the Hell trek with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.

“It’s crazy right now with Cole and Pardi,” Dierks continues. “Every night is better than the one before… just when you think it can’t get any more fun, it does. I’ve worked my whole career to have a tour like this one.”

Dierks, Cole and Jon meet up again on July 7, as they play Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Jun 26

Sam Hunt's “Back Roads” are paved with platinum

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCSeems Sam Hunt’s “Back Roads” are likely paved with platinum.

The Georgia native’s chart-topping single, “Body Like a Back Road,” has just passed the double platinum mark. Released on February 1, the song took only three months to make it to number one, where it spent three weeks. The tune is now making its way up the pop chart, where it’s currently in the top 15.

The lead single from Sam’s sophomore album is also the most-downloaded country song of 2017 so far. Even more impressive, it’s the third most-downloaded tune in any genre this year.

As we wait for new music from Sam’s forthcoming record, fans are still snapping up his 2014 debut. Montevallo has just been certified triple platinum.

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Jun 26

The Wedding Singers: Rascal Flatts surprises Wisconsin couple

BMLGRascal Flatts not only played the Country USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Saturday, they also did a little moonlighting as wedding singers.

Gary LeVoxJoe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus surprised one lucky couple this weekend by showing up to sing “Bless the Broken Road” at their wedding at Sugar Island Barn in Watertown, Wisconsin.

A family member reached out to the “Yours If You Want It” hitmakers last fall, according to local ABC affiliate WISN, and the guys agreed to stop by if they could fit it into their schedule.

You can check out their performance on the venue’s Facebook page.  

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Jun 26

Plankinton man accused of rape

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today that Robert Lincoln Will III, 35, Plankinton, was arrested on one count of rape in the first degree, class C felony, punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or $50,000 fine.  
Charges stem from an incident that occurred in a Plankinton residence involving a minor child. 
Will is presumed innocent until such time as proven guilty. 
This case is being investigated by the Aurora County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation. 


Jun 26

Toby Keith to headline first Nashville show in 13 years

Greg WatermannToby Keith is cranking up his highly successful Interstates & Tailgates tour once again and will visit more than 30 cities over the next few months.

Following a thirteen-year absence from any major Nashville concert stage, fans will finally get a chance to see Toby on July 20th when he headlines Music City’s Ascend Amphitheater. Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale this Wednesday, July 28th at livenation.com

Toby’s concert set list will include his new single, “Wacky Tobaccy.”

Here’s a full list of the remaining 2017 Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates tour stops:

6/29 — Normal, IL, The Corn Crib
6/30 — Naperville, IL, Ribfest
7/1 — Greely, CO, Greely Stampede
7/6 — Ottawa, ONT, Ottawa Bluesfest
7/7 — Lansing, MI, Common Ground Music Festival
7/8 — Varysburg, NY, Jam in the Valley
7/13 — Fort McMurray, AB, Shell Place
7/14 — Cold Lake, AB, Imperial Oil Place Arena
7/15 — Craven, SK, Country Thunder Music Festival
7/20 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
7/21 — Valparaiso, IN, Porter County Fair
7/28 — Kearney, NE, Buffalo County Fairgrounds
7/29 — Guthrie Center, IA, Guthrie’s River Ruckus
8/3 — Spokane, WA, Northern Quest Casino
8/4 — Merritt, BC, Rockin’ River Music Festival
8/5 — Duncan, BC, Sunfest Country Music Festival
8/6 — Canton, OH, 2017 Concert for Legends
8/9 — Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/10 — Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest
8/12 — Fort McCoy, WI, Constitution Park
8/25 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
8/27 — St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
8/31 — Put-In-Bay, OH, Bash on the Bay
10/7 — Atlanta, GA, Crock Fest
10/28 — Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center
10/29 — Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre

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Jun 23

You can Netflix and chill with Brad Paisley and The Hoff on August 15th

Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesBrad Paisley will be playing for big laughs on August 15th when Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo debuts on Netflix.

The show was filmed earlier this year when Brad hosted two comedy shows at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival.  He’s wrangled a bunch of great talent for the special, too, including comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield.

Baywatch and Knight Rider icon David Hasselhoff and Reba McEntire make special appearances.

You can watch Brad, along with David Hasselhoff on the hood of K.I.T.T., the car from Knight Rider, as they make the official announcement on Brad’s Facebook page.

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Jun 23

Watch Willie Nelson's smokin' cameo in Toby Keith's new “Wacky Tobaccy” video

Show Dog MusicToby Keith has rolled out a video for his new single “Wacky Tobaccy” and, as promised, there is a brilliant cameo from one of music’s most famous wacky tobaccy aficionados, Willie Nelson.

The three-minute video features Toby on the bus with his band jamming to the song, which has plenty of references to its subject.  Those not as familiar with wacky tobaccy might just learn a thing or two.

Caution: watching this video might give you the munchies.

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Jun 23

Sara Evans' upcoming Words album features all female songwriters

Born To Fly RecordsPlatinum-selling country artist Sara Evans is the epitome of female empowerment. That fact will be on full display when she releases her album Words on July 21.

The project will not only be released on Sara’s own record label, Born to Fly Records, but the 14-song collection boasts songs from fourteen separate female songwriters, including Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Liz Hengber, and more.

In addition, Sara’s current single, “Marquee Sign,” features backup vocals from her 14-year old daughter, Olivia Evans.

Starting today, if you pre-order Words at iTunes, you’ll be rewarded with instant downloads of lead single “Marquee Sign” and the title track, “Words.”  Pre-order the album now at SaraEvans.com/Words and receive the songs “Long Way Down,” “I Don’t Trust Myself” and “Diving In Deep,” one every Friday beginning June 30.

Here’s the Words track list, with songwriter credits:

“Long Way Down” (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)
“Marquee Sign” (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)
“Diving in Deep” (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)
“All the Love You Left Me” (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)
“Like the Way You Love Me” (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)
“Rain and Fire” (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)
“Night Light” (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)
“I Need a River” (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)
“I Don’t Trust Myself” (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)
“Make Room at the Bottom” (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)
“Words” (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)
“I Want You” (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)
“Letting You Go” (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)
“A Little Bit Stronger” (Acoustic version) (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird)

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Jun 23

Kenny Chesney calling on college students to create his next video; awarding scholarships to the winner

Blue Chair Records/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney is calling on Nashville-area college students to create the music video for his latest single, “All The Pretty Girls.”

Chesney asked students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN to submit a video they’ve created for the song, including lyric videos, live action, notion, animation and more.

“Get creative. Get real. Get inside the song, and show us how ‘All The Pretty Girls’ looks, feels, and resolves,” Chesney said in the announcement. “I wanna help a student filmmaker with school. And I want to give people a chance to get creative this summer.”

The winning entry — chosen by a panel from Kenny’s record label Sony Nashville, CMT: Country Music Television and Chesney’s own management team — will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as having their video’s world premiere on CMT.

Kenny also noted that while the song’s video could have easily been a nostalgic look at his own college experience, but he instead wanted to spotlight today’s youth.

“The best moments of being young and having fun should be captured,” said the four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. “But nobody ever talks to the people who are right in the moment of living it about this kind of thing. Rather than look back, we oughta just go to the people living it.”

For more information on how to become involved, Belmont and MTSU students can go to KennyChesneyAllThePrettyGirls.com. Contest deadline is July 23. Winner will be announced July 31.

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Jun 23

So many country acts wanted to perform with Earth, Wind & Fire for Fridays CMT Crossroads episode, they had to take the concert outdoors

John Shearer/Getty Images for CMTSome of country’s biggest stars have teamed up with legendary funk/R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire for a first of it’s kind outdoor CMT Crossroads, premiering tonight.

Filmed during the CMA Music Festival earlier this month, the group took to a stage in Downtown Nashville outside the Bridgestone Arena to welcome the likes of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Martina McBride and more.

The electric collaborations showcases Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless hits including “Shining Star,” “After the Love Has Gone” and “September,” performed with Lady A. Get a sneak peak now at CMT.com

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends will premiere tonight, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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