Feb 15

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood transform into “Dick Fantastic” at hilarious Valentine’s Day show in Nashville

Dan MacMedan/WireImageWhile Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott is at home with her newborn twins, bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood were itching to get back on the stage. The guys joined forces without her for a memorable one-off evening of music at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley on Valentine’s Day.

During the evening, Kelley and Haywood assumed their roles in their cover band, Dick Fantastic and the Fabulous Four Skins, where they performed a nearly two-hour set of songs. The energy never wavered throughout the show, which featured a bubble machine, smoke effects and heart-shaped candies, which they threw out into the crowd.

Kelley took the lead in his guise as Richard Wonderful, aka Dick FantasticDonning a hot pink suit with the initials “DF” emblazoned in silver lettering, a blonde mullet wig, and plenty of “guy liner,” Kelley impressed as the beloved and hilarious frontman.

Blazing through a series of pop classics including Toto‘s “Africa,” Michael Bolton‘s “Soul Provider” and Daryl Hall & John Oates‘ “Maneater,” the show was off to a mesmerizing start.

At one point, saxophonist and songwriter Abe Stoklasa joined Kelley in the sold-out crowd, and serenaded concertgoers with the instrumental break of “Maneaster” while standing on a chair in the middle of the venue.

Additional highlights included Haywood’s jaw-dropping rap skills on Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Kelley’s emotional, albeit laughter-inducing, performance of Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On,” and versions of New Kids On the Block‘s “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” — complete with the boy band’s choreographed dance moves — and Ginuwine’s “Pony.”

No word on when Dick Fantastic will host their next show. Kelley and Haywood last performed together as Dick Fantastic in 2013 when Hillary welcomed her first daughter, Eisele.

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Feb 15

Blake Shelton got Gwen “the most incredible flowers” for Valentine’s Day

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton kicks off his Country Music Freaks tour tonight in Oklahoma, so he wasn’t able to be with his girl, Gwen Stefani, for Valentine’s Day yesterday.  That doesn’t mean he forgot about romance, though.

Gwen took to social media to show off a beautiful bouquet that Blake sent her, along with a sweet card.  On Snapchat, she said, “I just got the most incredible flowers…I’ve never got flowers like that, I’m freaking out!”  She also gave us a peek at her card, which read, “Have a great Valentine’s Day, I love you, Blake.”

Gwen also posted the massive red and pink bouquet on her Instagram story, which she captioned “Luckiest Girl in the World,” and added “Love u for real.”

“Somebody loves me!” she shouts. “Oh my God! I’ve never seen anything like that!”

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Feb 14

Sioux Falls woman wanted for kidnapping in Mitchell

A Sioux Falls woman is wanted in Davison County for second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Court documents say on February 6th 38 year old Aphelia Rose Whiting picked up two female juveniles from the Mitchell Public Library and took them to Iowa without permission. The two were in placement at the Abbott House at the time.

Davison County States Attorney Jim Miskimins says it’s likely that Whiting is currently out of state.

Second degree kidnapping is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and or a $30,000 fine. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a punishable by up to a year in jail and or a $2,000 fine.

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Feb 14

LOCASH is passing on the positive vibes with “Don’t Get Better Than That”

Reviver RecordsFrom their hit, “I Love This Life,” to their latest single, “Don’t Get Better Than That,” the guys in LOCASH have made it clear they’re just fine with being country’s foremost purveyors of positivity. Now, Chris Lucas and Preston Brust are working to turn “Don’t Get Better Than That” into a movement.

“It’s a lifestyle, a choice to find the best things in life,” Chris shared on Instagram, along with a photo of him modeling one of the duo’s new “Don’t Get Better Than That” t-shirts. The one he’s wearing features a retro van under a sunny sky.

There’s also a patriotic design with stars and stripes and an eagle, as well as another with a large glass of wine, all with the “Don’t Get Better Than That” motto. They’ll run you $25 bucks for a short-sleeved one or $30 for long sleeves. Preston and Chris are paying it forward by giving part of their profits to children’s charities.

You can find the tees at BetterThanThat.com. “Don’t Get Better Than That” is the lead single from the CMA-nominated duo’s new album, due sometime this year.

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Feb 14

Don’t “Hide the Wine”: Carly Pearce may need it to keep up with her crazy schedule

Big Machine Records Carly Pearce’s new single may be titled “Hide the Wine,” but the Kentucky native might need to get that bottle back out after the day she has planned on Thursday.

She’ll start by performing the latest release from her Every Little Thing album on Live with Kelly and Ryan, before flying to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a concert the same night. You can catch the syndicated talk show following Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

Carly’s already spent several days in the Big Apple this week, hanging out with students at PS 169 in the Bronx on Monday. She helped the school’s fifth graders with their original tune, “We Are the Song,” as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Words & Music program. Then on Tuesday, the kids got to perform it with Carly at the All for the Hall NYC concert.

Provided the skies are friendly, the “Every Little Thing” hitmaker should make it to the BOK Center in plenty of time to kick off Blake Shelton’s Country Music Freaks Tour Thursday night.

Carly’s schedule doesn’t show any sign of letting up for the rest of the year, either. After her run with Blake, she’ll head out with Thomas Rhett on the Life Changes trek, join Rascal Flatts for the Back to Us Tour, and play stadiums with Luke Bryan on the What Makes You Country dates.

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Feb 14

“It Goes Like This”: Thomas Rhett readies songwriter night in Vegas

ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett and Lee Brice lead the lineup for ACM Stories, Songs & Stars:  A Songwriter’s Evening Benefitting ACM Lifting Lives.

The Friday, April 13 show at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will showcase the still-to-be-announced ACM Songwriter of the Year nominees, ahead of the 53rd ACM Awards that Sunday.

In addition to TR and Lee, hit songwriters Shane McAnallyLori McKenna and Ashley Gorley will take the stage, with more talent still to be revealed.

Tickets are on sale now, with proceeds going to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music.

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Feb 14

Maren Morris bonds with Kesha at “All for the Hall” NYC

Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame“I’m really nervous. This is I think the craziest guitar pull I’ve ever done,” Maren Morris said, as she prepared to play the All for the Hall show Tuesday night at New York City’s PlayStation Theater.

Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill led the otherwise all-female line-up, featuring fellow Hall-of-Famer Emmylou Harris, Maren, and pop star and former Nashville resident, Kesha. The show featured the classic Music City guitar pull format, with all the artists onstage at once, taking turns and contributing to each other’s songs at will.

The evening began with an example of what the Country Music Hall of Fame does with the money raised at events like this. “Every Little Thing” hitmaker Carly Pearce joined fifth-graders from PS 169 in the Bronx, as they performed “We are the Song,” a tune they wrote through the Hall’s Words & Music program.

“We’ll start with one of Rodney [Crowell]’s songs tonight,” Vince said, as he launched into “’Til I Can Gain Control Again,” a song Emmylou introduced in 1975. He also did his 1994 hit “Whenever You Come Around,” while Emmylou offered “Love and Happiness,” a track originally recorded with Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler.  

In addition to her 2010 smash, “Your Love Is My Drug,” Kesha also contributed “Godzilla,” from her latest album, Rainbow.

Maren spanned her career, from her breakthrough hit, “My Church,” to her first solo #1, “I Could Use a Love Song.” She and Vince also had the rare opportunity to do “Dear Hate,” their duet Maren released shortly after the Las Vegas shooting last year.

“Was having a little bit of an off day,” Maren later shared on her socials, along with a photo of Kesha. “And then I played a round with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and this woman who has inspired me a whole lot this year. Kesha, thank you for being so kind.”

All for the Hall New York was the tenth show of its kind, rotating between Nashville, Los Angeles, and the Big Apple. In all, it’s a tradition that’s raised more than $4 million for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Feb 14

Florida Georgia Line “Cruise(s)” to their second top-ten pop hit with “Meant to Be”

ABC/Kelsey McNealFlorida Georgia Line lands the second top-ten pop hit of their career this week with “Meant to Be,” their collaboration with Bebe Rexha. FGL’s first, of course, was their smash debut single, “Cruise.”

Even though Bebe comes from the world of pop and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley hail from the country music capitol of the world, Rexha says they were on the same page, musically.

“When we wrote this song, Tyler was just doing what he does best with his country roots and I was doing what I knew best with my roots,” she tells Billboard. “We were just being true to ourselves. The meaning is simple and honest, and that’s why I think it’s resonating with the world. The beautiful thing about music is that it allows you to break boundaries, and that’s what I want to be remembered for.”

Growing up in the Big Apple, Bebe says her education in country music came mainly from crossover acts like Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift.

“I never thought a New York girl like me would have a country hit, but I guess it goes to show you that some things are just… meant to be.”

“Meant to Be” is now spending its eleventh week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs ranking, making Rexha a country record-holder. She bumps Taylor as the female with the most weeks at #1 on the chart, besting her 10-week run with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012-2013.

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Feb 13

Cole Swindell will be running with the NASCAR All-Stars

ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell will be hangin’ with his NASCAR buddies this spring in North Carolina. The “Stay Downtown” singer will headline a 70-minute show May 19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He’ll also co-host the driver introductions before the NASCAR All-Star Race.

“I’m pumped…” the Georgia native says. “I’ve been a fan of NASCAR for so long, I can’t believe I’ll actually be part of the day’s activities. It will be great to see all my driver friends and cheer them on in person.”

Cole is a particular favorite of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who asked him to play his retirement party in December.

Admission to Cole’s May 19 show is included with a ticket to the race.  For $20 more, you can upgrade to stage-front access.

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Feb 13

Maren Morris lets the fans pick, and the result is “Rich”

ABC/Image Group LA For her final release from her first album, Maren Morris let fans make the call.

“‘Rich’ feels like the perfect, confidant, laugh-the-BS-off-with-your-friends kind of song to go into spring with,” she says. “More importantly, ‘Rich’ is the first time we’ve really let fans pick the single, so it was a no-brainer to make it my final single from Hero.”

The Texas native points out that “Rich” has also been road-tested.

“From the Bowery in New York City to Shepherds Bush Empire in London,” she adds, “my fans grabbed a hold of ‘Rich’ and never let go, so I wanted my debut album to go out with a bang! This is for them.”

“Rich” is the follow-up to Maren’s gold-certified, first solo number-one, “I Could Use a Love Song.” It’ll be her country single as her collaboration with Zedd, “The Middle,” climbs the pop chart.

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