Sep 25

Have I got a deal for you: Reba saddles up with Justin to create her own brand of boots

Justin Boot Company/PR NewswireReba McEntire is getting into the boot business. The Country Music Hall-of-Famer — and former cowgirl — is partnering with Justin Boot Company to create her own line of footwear.

“Justin Boots have been a staple in my closet since my barrel racing years in Oklahoma,” Reba says. “This collection is for all those strong, spirited women and cowgirls at heart who have followed my journey throughout the years. This opportunity couldn’t have been a more natural fit and creating the line has been too much fun!”

REBA by Justin will feature classic western boots, booties, and casual shoes, and will be available at retailers nationwide in time for the holidays this year.

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Sep 25

Darius Rucker at the Apollo: Country hitmaker to play legendary venue “For the First Time”

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will play New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater on the eve of the release of his new album, When Was the Last Time.

While the Harlem venue has a rich history of entertaining audiences with legendary soul and R&B acts, Darius becomes one of the few country artists ever to have his name on the marquee.  

“I have so much respect and awe for the history and traditions this stage represents,” he says. “To perform at the Apollo as I prepare to release this album which means so much to me, feels like the perfect way to commemorate this album.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday for the Thursday, October 19 show.

The South Carolina native has also unveiled the track listing for his fifth country album, which arrives on October 20. Darius co-wrote three of the set’s twelve tracks:  his latest single, “For the First Time,” as well as two cuts with legendary songwriter Dean Dillon, “Count the Beers” and “Another Night with You.”

Darius also remakes the 1989 bar favorite from Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, “Straight to Hell,” with a little help from Jason AldeanLuke Bryan and Lady A’s Charles Kelley.

 Here’s the complete track listing for When Was the Last Time:

“For the First Time”
“Bring It On”
“Life’s Too Short”
“If I Told You”
“Don’t”
“Twenty Something”
“Straight to Hell” (with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley)
“Count the Beers”
“Another Night with You”
“Hand on Me”
“She”
“Story to Tell”

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Sep 25

For the first time since the death of Troy Gentry, Eddie Montgomery speaks in letter accompanying “Better Me”

Average Joes EntertainmentWe’re hearing from Eddie Montgomery for the first time since his musical partner, Troy Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey earlier this month.

“Our world was turned upside down in an instant and nothing could have prepared us for this,” Eddie writes in a letter accompanying Montgomery Gentry’s new single, “Better Me.”

“Over the past few months, me and T-Roy have been working on what I think is the best record of our career,” he continues. “In the last few weeks we had been talking about what our first single would be. Then on September 8th, none of that mattered.”

“Better Me” emerged as the obvious choice for Montgomery Gentry’s next single after it made its debut at the close of Troy’s funeral September 14 at the Grand Ole Opry House.

“‘Better Me’ is a song we all loved and Troy sings his a** off on it,” Eddie goes on. “It speaks volumes about his life and who he had become and everyone he touched and how much he loved his family. I am so proud of this song and also to call him my friend, my family, my brother for 30 years.”

“Better Me” is available to stream or download now.

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Sep 25

Cole Swindell locks in a long-awaited date with Ellen DeGeneres

ABC/Image Group LA With seven number-ones in a row under his belt, Cole Swindell finally has a date with Ellen DeGeneres. The “Flatliner” hitmaker will perform on the comedian’s hit syndicated show this Thursday.

“I’ve been looking forward to hopefully having this opportunity to get to do The Ellen DeGeneres Show since I started my career,” Cole admits. “I have been such a big fan of her for as long as I can remember because she’s hilarious, and more so for all the great things she does for people all the time. Me and my band can’t wait to get there!”

“Stay Downtown” is Cole’s latest single from his You Should Be Here album.  Check your local listings to see when The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs in your area.

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Sep 25

“You Look Good” on TV: Lady A stops by the “Artists Den” as they head for Europe

ABC/Randy HolmesIf you missed Lady Antebellum on the U.S. leg of the You Look Good World Tour, you still have one more chance to get a taste of the trio in concert.

This week, Lady Antebellum: Live from the Artists Den starts airing on PBS stations all across the country. Recorded in front of 1,400 fans at New York City’s United Palace Theater, the show features Lady A’s signature hits, as well as music from their CMA-nominated Heart Break album.

You can find out when Lady A’s episode airs in your area and watch a short preview at ArtistsDen.com.

Next up, Hillary ScottCharles Kelley and Dave Haywood kick off the European leg of their tour October 1 in Amsterdam.

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Sep 25

“That’s a powerful set of coaches”: “Voice” champion Danielle Bradbery doesn’t know who could “Sway” her

BMLGDanielle Bradbery is busy promoting her new single, “Sway,” and readying her sophomore album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, which comes out December 1. But you can bet the season four winner of The Voice will be watching tonight, as the show that thrust her into the national spotlight kicks off its 13th season.  

With Blake SheltonAdam LevineMiley Cyrus and new coach Jennifer Hudson seated in the famous red chairs, Danielle is expecting the best year of competition yet.

“That’s a powerful set of coaches,” Danielle observes. “ I feel like these contestants are gonna really just be shocked and excited. I would be, I mean, speechless, just to see who’s there and let alone pick who I want as my coach. Either one, I know Blake and Adam’s been there through day one, but oh my gosh, that’s a powerhouse! I would not know who to pick, but they’re gonna learn a lot, I know that.”

Danielle, for the record, was team Blake during her winning season.

This year, Rascal Flatts will be guest advisors for the Shelton camp, while Billy Ray Cyrus will help out his daughter Miley.

You can catch the season 13 premiere of The Voice tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  

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Sep 25

South Dakota seeking living World War Two veterans for special honor

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) with the assistance of the South Dakota County Veterans Service Officers Association (SDCVSOA) wants to honor and recognize all living World War II (WWII) veterans. 

Larry Zimmerman, Secretary of South Dakota’s Department of Veterans Affairs, states “One of the most valuable lessons we can learn from the World War II Veterans and other members of the “greatest generation” is sacrifice.   World War II was an event that unified the people of our nation like no other time in our history. While our veterans fought on the front lines, millions of other Americans served on the home front, providing the necessary equipment and support, like metal recycling drives and war bonds, for those in uniform. They volunteered for military service because they believed in the destiny and promise of the American dream and the essential goodness of America.”

The SDDVA has secured funding to purchase medals for living South Dakota World War II Veterans.   With such a small living population remaining the focus our attention will be on those heroes that are still with us. The medals will not be issued posthumously.  

If you are a WWII veteran and/or If you know of a living WWII veteran that is in South Dakota, please contact your local County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer for they are actively seeking these veterans to be honored.  

To verify active duty service, please bring a copy of the veterans WWII discharge if the veteran has not already been seen by their your local County or Tribal Veterans Service Officer.

Sep 25

“American Idol” reportedly taps Luke Bryan as its second judge

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLuke Bryan has been locked down as second judge on ABC’s revival of American Idol, sources tell Variety.

Luke would join Katy Perry, who was signed back in May for a reported $25 million.

Neither ABC, nor Bryan’s rep have confirmed the deal.

The show reportedly is looking to go with a panel of three judges, rather than four, according to the insider; and with just a week remaining until auditions are set to begin, the third spot has yet to be filled.

Lionel RichieCharlie Puth and former Idol judge Keith Urban — all rumored to be in contention for the spot — appear to be out of the running.

Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted every season of the show since its debut in 2002, is back on board and told reporters this weekend that “an announcement about judges is expected imminently,” according to Variety.

American Idol is set to return in early 2018.

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Sep 25

Blake Shelton is keeping it country and pushing it forward with “Texoma Shore”

Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve heard Blake Shelton’s new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” it’ll come as no surprise that the Oklahoma native is devoted to keeping it country.

“You know, I think the thing that inspires me musically…is trying to find a way to remain as traditional as I can in country music, but still push it forward a little bit more,” he reveals.

But the Oklahoma native is the first to admit it’s not always easy.

“It’s always a fine line to walk,” Blake says. “You’re always gonna want to have a new sound and do something fresh and different, but without abandoning what it is you do and your fan base. It’s almost an impossible task, but it’s the thing that inspires me. It’s the thing that I’m constantly looking for.”

For his new album, Blake literally got back to his roots, recording Texoma Shore along the Sooner State’s Lake Texoma. It arrives in stores and online November 3.

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Sep 23

Dolly, Carrie, Vince and more: The stars turn out to celebrate 40 years of Reba at the Opry

ABC RadioIt was everything you would want a night at the Opry to be, as Reba McEntire celebrated the fortieth anniversary of her first performance “in the circle” on Friday night.

Reba’s fellow Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Vince Gill , Connie Smith and Bobbie Bare had already graced country music’s most famous stage, as a video intro rolled, looking back on Reba’s decades of Opry appearances and memorable looks.

“That was hysterical and I heard ya’ll laughing at my big hairdo jacked up to Jesus,” she joked, after opening with the Ray Price classic, “Invitation to the Blues.”

The Oklahoma native’s mom Jackie, her sister Susie and her brother Pake were all in the audience, just as they’d been back in 1977, when Reba first appeared on the Opry stage.

“I couldn’t have done it without you, and I wouldn’t have wanted to,” Reba said emotionally, before delivering the #1 she sang as she became an Opry member in 1986, “Somebody Should Leave.”

By the time Reba finished the first few lines of “Does He Love You,” most of the audience had begun to suspect who would play the duet’s other female role. Carrie Underwood re-emerged to major applause, after appearing for a surprise Opry set just moments earlier.

“Here we are just two little ole girls from Oklahoma getting to be on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry!” Reba exclaimed, before launching into “Oklahoma Swing” with another Okie, Vince Gill.

The biggest surprise of the night was to come, as Vince tossed to a video clip that seemed to be malfunctioning. In truth, it was all a distraction, as Dolly Parton emerged to congratulate Reba, bringing on a cake and leading the crowd in singing “Happy Anniversary” to the night’s honoree, changing the last line to her signature “I Will Always Love You.”

Reba closed her unforgettable 40th anniversary show at the Opry with a fiery rendition of “Fancy.”

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