Feb 16

Listen now: Willie Nelson will be the “Last Man Standing,” with new album coming in April

Sony LegacyWillie Nelson may have been forced to take January and February off to recover from the flu, but that’s not affecting his studio output. His new album, Last Man Standing, is set to be released April 27, just two days before his 85th birthday.

The all-new collection is made up of eleven tracks Willie co-wrote with his longtime collaborator and producer, Buddy Cannon, who’s also well-known for his work with Kenny Chesney.

The first single is the record’s title track, “Last Man Standing.” Much as he did on his 2017 album, Willie continues to deal with his own mortality, singing “I don’t want to be the last man standing — but wait a minute, maybe I do.”

The tune also references the passing of his friends Waylon JenningsRay PriceMerle Haggard and writer/producer Norro Wilson. You can check out “Last Man Standing” via a new music video shot in the recording studio.

Last Man Standing is the follow-up to last year’s God’s Problem Child, which debuted at #1 on the country albums chart. Here’s the complete track listing for the new project:

“Last Man Standing”
“Don’t Tell Noah”
“Bad Breath”
“Me and You”
“Something You Get Through”
“Ready to Roar”
“Heaven Is Closed”
“I Ain’t Got Nothin’”
“She Made My Day”
“I’ll Try to Do Better Next Time”
“Very Far to Crawl”

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Feb 16

Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn & more to honor Johnny Cash at Nashville Ballet

ABC/Paula LoboThe Nashville Ballet has joined forces with John Carter Cash and several local musicians to honor the late Johnny Cash during the 2018 Ballet Ball.

Musicians set to take part in the production include Sheryl CrowRonnie DunnJamey JohnsonBill Miller, and Devin Dawson. Dancers will perform portions of Under the Lights, a production that debuted in 2014 and features the country legend’s songs, as each musician puts his or her unique rendition on Cash’s material.

The ball will be held at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 3. While the ball is invitation only, fans can purchase a ticket to the Ballet Ball Late Party for $175 for a seat to the show. For more information, visit nashvilleballet.com.

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Feb 15

Brothers Osborne are the new faces of Frye’s latest campaign

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaBrothers Osborne are the faces of Frye’s new Hometown Pride campaign. The American footwear company celebrates its 155th anniversary this year and aims to highlight local talent through the new campaign, which will include candid images of the country duo.

“Frye is a company deeply rooted in our country’s history. Not to mention the undeniable style and quality,” Brothers Osborne say in a statement.

The new partnership will include special sweepstakes where fans can win a trip to New York City to meet the band and attend their Mountain High tour with Dierks Bentley.  There will also be in-store events, including a first listen of the band’s forthcoming new album, Port Saint Joe. Vinyl copies of the album will be sold at a selection of Frye stores beginning on April 20, the day the project arrives.

John and TJ Osborne co-wrote every track on Port Saint Joe, and the title is a nod to the small town on the Florida coast where the siblings recorded the project.

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Feb 15

Shania Twain docudrama to air on REELZ this weekend

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCShania Twain is the subject of a new docudrama set to air on the REELZ Channel this Sunday, February 18. Part of The Price of Fame series, the hour-long show will give viewers an intimate perspective on the country singer’s rags-to-riches story. Ashla Taylor portrays Shania in the show, and tells Billboard that the singer has been a constant inspiration throughout her life. 

“When I was eight years old, my grandmother took me to see Shania,” she tells the publication. “It was my first concert. I saw her in her glory, and I remember thinking – even then – that was exactly the kind of woman I wanted to be. The light just turned on for me, and I began to study everything about her – her music, her writing, her voice.”

The Price of Fame: Shania Twain, focuses on the singer’s journey, including her highs and lows. Ashla adds that it was natural for her to fall into Shania’s character.

“I have been studying Shania for a long time. She has been my personal and my musical influence in life. Needless to say, I didn’t have to do a lot of character study,” she explains. “There were a lot of things that I could relate to, and she really inspired me as a woman.”

“It started as a musical thing, and when I got to really know her story, it became personal,” she adds. “I kept telling myself over the years that if Shania can overcome, then I can too. I really hope to meet her one of these days, and tell her that it was because of her that I could do this.”

The Price of Fame: Shania Twain, airs Sunday, February 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on REELZ.

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Feb 15

Cole Swindell says new music is “coming very soon”

ABC/Randy HolmesCole Swindell launches his Reason To Drink Tour tonight in Pennsylvania. In addition to the tour, which runs through April, the country singer says new music is on the way.

“I have spent four years touring with and having a front row seat learning from the very best entertainers in country music, including three multi-year Entertainers of the Year!” Cole says in a statement. “I am so excited to have new music coming VERY soon and launching my first headlining tour tonight.”

He adds, “It’s definitely an amazing time in my career. I can honestly say I have the best fans in the world. They have supported me, bought my records, called radio request lines for my songs and their support has helped create this moment for me – on the verge of releasing new music AND headlining my own tour. I am looking forward to giving them 110% every single night. We are going to have a blast!”

Cole has amassed seven number-one singles throughout his career as an artist and 10 chart toppers as a songwriter. His latest #1 hit, “Flatliner,” features Dierks Bentley.

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Feb 15

Kelsea Ballerini celebrates Valentine’s Day with Morgan Evans at Ryman Auditorium

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini enjoyed her first Valentine’s Day as a married woman: She spent it with her husbandMorgan Evans, by her side as they performed together at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

It was her first time headlining the famed stage, and the Tennessean reports that Kelsea was battling the flu. That didn’t stop her show, though, and she brought her Australian hubby out to join her as she accompanied him on a song called “Dance with Me,” which he wrote about her shortly after they met.

Earlier in the day, Kelsea hinted at their collaboration by posting an image of the two together during soundcheck on Instagram.

“First time singing on stage together. At the Ryman. On Valentine’s Day. Hey @morganevansmusic, will you dance with me?” she captioned the picture.

The following day, Morgan shared a photo of their embrace during their performance. “She danced with me,” he wrote. Kelsea’s concert at the Ryman was part of her current 2018 Unapologetically Tour, which kicked off last week.

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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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