Feb 12

“Criminal” caper? Lindsay Ell set to conquer Canada with Keith Urban

ABC/Image Group LA Right now, Lindsay Ell is enjoying her first top-30 hit in the U.S. with “Criminal,” and she’ll soon be hitting the road with Keith Urban in her native Canada.

Lindsay will first take the stage with the Aussie superstar August 15 in Rogers, Arkansas, before kicking off seven shows in the Great White North, starting September 14 in Ottawa.

“It’s not very often you get to share the stage with an artist you’ve looked up to since the beginning of your career,” Lindsay says. “I am SO excited to be touring with Keith Urban and can’t wait to play for fans in the venues I grew up in!”

Kelsea Ballerini is opening the rest of the concerts on the Graffiti U World Tour, beginning June 15 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Feb 12

Watch now: Jason Aldean unveils music video trilogy for “You Make It Easy”

ABC/Image Group LA Call him an overachiever: Jason Aldean hasn’t just made one video for his latest hit, “You Make It Easy” — he’s made three.

Filmed on the outskirts of Nashville, the new clips follow one couple’s romance as they face what life throws at them.  

“The first time I heard this song, I was riding around in my truck,” Jason recalls. “I immediately needed to cut it and always felt like it could be the first single. I told [director] Shaun [Silva] that I wanted the videos to capture the love story that this song tells, and I think one of the things he’s really good at is taking our ideas and running with them in a cool way.”

“You Make It Easy” is the lead single from the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year’s eighth studio album, Rearview Town, set to be released April 13.  You can check out the new music videos for the song on YouTube now.

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Feb 12

Nineties hitmaker Daryle Singletary, dead at 46

Absolute Publicity1990’s hitmaker Daryle Singletary passed away unexpectedly Monday morning at his Nashville-area home, according to his publicist. Singletary was 46.  So far, the cause of death is unknown.

Singletary scored a string of top-five country hits in the mid-nineties, including “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” and “Amen Kind of Love.”  The Georgia native continued to maintain a full tour schedule, having just played his first show of 2018 Friday night, according to his official Facebook page.

On social media, his peers remembered him as a music traditionalist, and a family man.

“Heartbroken,” LOCASH shared on Instagram, along with a photo of Singletary. “Sad Day… We lost our Brother… One of the Greatest Voices in Country Music, A true Legend but an even better Friend, Huntin’ Buddy, Husband, Father & Man. Prayin’ for him and his family.”

“Sad day…” Craig Campbell agreed, adding, “The greatest country voice of my time is now singing in Heaven’s band. Gonna miss you Daryle Singletary! Now show them how a good ol’ country shuffle is supposed to sound!”

Singletary is survived by his wife Holly, their two sons and their two daughters. At last word, funeral arrangements were pending.

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Feb 12

Country Music Freak Trace Adkins stars in “I Can Only Imagine”

Trae Patton/NBCTrace Adkins heads out on the Country Music Freaks Tour with Blake Shelton on February 15, and next month, you’ll also be able to catch Trace on the big screen.

The “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” hitmaker co-stars in the new movie, I Can Only Imagine, alongside Dennis Quaid and Cloris Leachman. The film reveals the backstory of MercyMe’s Bart Millard, and how he came to write the double-platinum Christian single which gives the movie its title. 

I Can Only Imagine opens March 16. You can check out the trailer now on YouTube.

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Feb 09

Be a Pepper: Jon Pardi invites you on a VIP trip to Vegas

ABC/Image Group LA You should soon start seeing Jon Pardi’s picture on more than three million cans of Dr. Pepper.

It’s all part of a promotion to send two fans on a VIP trip to the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. You can enter online or by text, with all the details at PepsiMidAmerica.com/JonPardi.

The lucky winner will get two tickets to the 53rd Annual ACM Awards, as well as airfare, two nights at a hotel, and a private meet-and-greet with Jon.

The 2018 ACMs will be handed out Sunday, April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Jon is the reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as the CMA New Artist of the Year.

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Feb 09

Kane Brown books “Kimmel,” as he brings home more gold and platinum

ABC/Image Group LA Kane Brown‘s the proud owner of a growing collection of precious metal.

His current single, “Heaven,” which is on the verge of breaking into the top 25, has just been certified gold. His previous release, “Used to Love You Sober,” has reached platinum status.

Meanwhile, Kane’s first #1, “What Ifs,” has already gone double platinum, and his self-titled debut album is gold as well.

Look for Kane to perform some of his “metal” tunes on Monday, as he plays the outdoor stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch the show starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Feb 09

Watch now: Cam becomes the other woman in dramatic “Diane” video

ABC/Image Group LA You can watch a love triangle unravel in Cam’s dramatic new video for “Diane.”

Shot in Los Angeles, the clip follows the narrative of the song, as Cam plays the part of the other woman who realizes she’s been having an affair with a married man.

“It’s the apology so many spouses deserve, but never get,” Cam explains. “The other woman is coming forward to break the news to the wife about an affair, respecting her enough to have that hard conversation, once she realized he was married.”

“And in true country fashion,” she adds, “I’ve set the whole raw story to upbeat music, so you can dance while you process it all.”

“Diane” is the lead single from Cam’s much-anticipated sophomore album, which is due later this year. You can check out the video on YouTube now.

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Feb 09

“Do I Make You Wanna” tour? Billy Currington teams with LOCASH

UMG NashvilleBilly Currington is hitting the road with LOCASH in 2018. The “People Are Crazy” hitmaker will kick off his tour March 30 in Wallingford, Connecticut with the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees.  

Expect to hear Billy’s dozen number-ones on the sixteen-stop trek, including “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” “Do I Make You Wanna,” and “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right.” His new single, “Wake Me Up,” is currently climbing the chart.

Look for LOCASH to do their infectious new song, “Don’t Get Better Than That,” as well.

Here’s a look at the complete itinerary for Billy Currington’s 2018 tour with LOCASH:

3/30 — Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
3/31 — Hampton Beach, NH, The Ballroom
4/19 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
4/20 — Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
4/27 — Atlanta, GA, Coca Cola Roxy
5/12 — Sacramento, CA, Country in the Park
5/17 — Salt Lake City, UT, Union Event Center
5/18 — Henderson, NV, Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater
7/7 — Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours  
7/26 — East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
7/27 — Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
7/28 — Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort
8/16 — Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony Summerstage
8/17 — St. Leonard, MD, Bayside Toyota Pavilion 
8/31 — Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/1 — Farmingville, NY, Brookhaven Amphitheater

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Feb 09

“I Can’t Even”: The new song from Luke Bryan’s “What Makes You Country” album you haven’t heard yet

Capitol NashvilleThere’s a new song from Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country album you haven’t heard yet. But you’ll have to buy the vinyl version of the project to get it.

The 16-track collection will be released March 9 as a double LP, adding the song “I Can’t Even” as a bonus cut. Luke’s latest studio album also includes his chart-topping lead single, “Light It Up,” as well as the top-20 hit, “Most People Are Good.”

The Georgia native kicks off his What Makes You Country Tour next Friday in Springfield, Missouri, prior to his debut as a judge on ABC’s American Idol on March 11.

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Feb 09

“Nashville” recap: “Beneath Still Waters”

CMTOn Thursday night’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Daphne continues to voice her dislike for Jessie Caine, as the romance progresses between Jessie and Daphne’s stepfather, Deacon Claybourne.

When Deacon invites Jessie over for dinner with her son, it seems Daphne and Jessie will remain at an impasse, until Jessie has an emotional one-on-one talk with the teen. Once Jessie reassures her she’s not out to replace Rayna or take her dad from her, Daphne apologizes, and the two seem to have healed their relationship.

Alannah seems to be a hit with fans of the supergroup formed by Gunnar Scott, Will Lexington and Avery Barkley. While Will is far from sold on the idea of giving the female singer a larger role in the all-male band, Gunnar continues to pursue his romantic inclinations toward her. When Will and Avery find out Gunnar slept with her, they both agree it’s a recipe for trouble. Meanwhile, Jessie’s ex, Brad Maitland, shows up to try to poach Alannah from the band, just to cause trouble for Deacon, the head of their label.

Scarlett O’Connor turns out to see Gunnar’s performance with his new love interest, though Scarlett herself seems to have moved on as well, as she grows increasingly interested in a veteran she meets at the equine retreat.

Find out what happens next on the final season of Nashville, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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