Apr 13

Jon Pardi Plays Dress-Up for "Head over Boots" Video

Capitol Records NashvilleJust as “Head over Boots” claims its spot in the top 20, Jon Pardi is putting out a playful new video for the first single from his sophomore album. Set in a roadhouse, the clip finds present-day Jon Pardi playing the song while propped up against a vintage jukebox, interspersed with some other incarnations of what the California native might’ve looked like through the years. 

Along the way, Jon plays both a fringe-and-scarf-wearing singing cowboy and a seventies-era vocalist with an impressive mustache. You can check out his looks for yourself on YouTube.  Jon’s second album, California Sunrise, comes out June 17.

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Apr 13

Nashville Gives Merle Haggard a Send-Off Worthy of a Legend at Tuesday Night's All for the Hall Benefit

John Shearer/Getty Images for The Country Music Hall Of Fame & MuseumMerle Haggard may have been laid to rest Saturday near his home in California, but Tuesday night in Nashville, his Music City family gave him a fitting send-off at the All for the Hall benefit at Bridgestone Arena.

“We are sending our love and prayers and really dedicating this show tonight to the great Merle Haggard,” host Keith Urban proclaimed. “If you ever wondered what Merle looks like with headphones on, there it is!” he added, referring to the picture on his t-shirt.

Early in the evening, Keith’s co-organizer and fellow house band member Vince Gill dedicated his set solely to Haggard tunes, doing both “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “Fightin’ Side of Me.” Emmylou Harris followed with “Kern River.”

Sam Hunt delivered perhaps the most surprising cover of the evening, “The Way I Am,” matching it with a haunting story.

“The other night I was missing being able to go home and go fishing or go home and go turkey hunt or go home and go see my folks back down in Georgia,” he recalled. “I started playing this old Merle song. The next day, I had a co-write in town, so I got up and I called my manager Brad and I said, ‘Hey call up and see if maybe we can do “The Way I Am” next week at the All for the Hall show.’ I walked into my co-write and I’m in there for about an hour and a half and my buddy looks at his computer screen and he just out of the blue says, ‘Oh my gosh.’ He said, ‘Merle Haggard just passed away.’ And it sent chills up my spine and it gave me this real eerie feeling,” Sam said before launching into the hit from 1980.

CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan extended his set to deliver an impromptu rendition of “Big City.”

Urban ended the evening by revealing that the sixth All for the Hall benefit was officially the most successful one ever, raising nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for the Hall’s music education programs. Keith’s last musical offering was a reading of “Sing Me Back Home” that morphed into “Mama Tried,” with the night’s entire lineup returning to the stage for the final song.

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Apr 12

Chris Lane Offers Fans the Chance to Get Up Close and Personal by Buying His New CD

Courtesy of Big Loud RecordsIf you’d like to meet newcomer Chris Lane, all you need to do is pick up a physical copy of his new EP. Just as his first single “Fix” is breaking into the top-20, his label is releasing his debut recording on CD exclusively at Target. The new edition of the FIX EP also includes two bonus tracks– a new song called “Drinkin’ Games,” plus an acoustic version of his breakthrough hit. The package also includes a pair of passes to meet Chris at a future show.

This weekend, Chris plays shows in his home state of North Carolina, just as the new version of his project rolls out at Target. This summer, he heads out on the Rhythm & Roots tour with Rascal Flatts.

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Apr 12

Keith Urban Goes Shirtless as Artist Writes ripCord Tour Dates All Over His Torso

Capitol NashvilleIf you wonder when Keith Urban’s ripCORD World Tour is coming to your area– well, all you need to do is check the superstar’s torso. In one of the most unusual tour promo videos ever, the tattooed Australian sits patiently while an artist inscribes the dates for his upcoming trek with Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris all over his upper body, as his new single, “Wasted Time,” plays in the background.

The tour kicks off June 2 in Kansas City, Missouri. You can search for the name of the city closest to you in the video that’s now posted on YouTube.

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Apr 12

Parmalee Shows Off Their "Roots" with First Single from Sophomore Album

BBR Music GroupIn the past few days, radio programmers all across the country got an unusual package, thanks to the guys in Parmalee. The North Carolina natives mailed out the follow-up single to their top ten hit, “Already Callin’ You Mine” in a cardboard CD cover cut-out in the shape of the Tar Heel State. The elaborate packaging is a reference to the song’s title, “Roots.”

The foursome debuted the song during a private brunch in Las Vegas the weekend of the ACM Awards, recalling how they went to the head of their label for help, when they were worried Luke Bryan might compete to record the song. On Monday, they shared the first taste of “Roots” and its video on social media. You’ll be able to download or stream the first single from Parmalee’s sophomore album April 29.

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Our NEW SINGLE Roots is at radio now and available everywhere 4/29!!! #roots pic.twitter.com/BASC3dVZcq

— Parmalee (@parmalee) April 11, 2016

Apr 12

Garth Brooks Challenges Wayne Gretzky to Take to the Ice with Carrie Underwood

Mark TuckerIt looks like the puck is in Wayne Gretzky’s arena, in the latest development in the fun-filled caper involving Garth BrooksCarrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher.

In case you’re not keeping up — it all started when Carrie Instagrammed a video of her hockey-playing husband quite ably singing along to Garth’s hit, “The River,” around the first of the year. When Garth saw it, he issued the invitation for Mike to join him onstage for a duet. Last week, the two finally managed to get together to do a little harmonizing for fans on the internet. When the American Idol winner saw it, she feigned jealousy, vowing to take to the ice with hockey icon Wayne Gretzky in retribution.

“That was fun,” Garth commented backstage before his first show last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. “That was a good little jab at Carrie and I loved her response about Gretzky. So, I think the plan is we gotta get Gretzky now to get Carrie in full gear and get her out skating. I think that’s it. So Wayne, I’m calling you out!”

Then, the Country Music Hall of Famer hinted that we haven’t heard the last of his musical collaboration with the Nashville Predators captain. “I have a date with Carrie’s husband first, actually in Nashville to complete the duet. This is gonna be good!” he teased.

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Apr 12

Keith Urban Says an Eclectic Array of Performers and the Passing of Merle Haggard Will Make the Sixth All for the Hall Benefit Unique

ABC/Image Group LAHaving already done half a dozen benefits to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Keith Urban confesses it’s more than his belief in the cause that keeps him and his cohort Vince Gill coming back year after year.

“Vinnie and I love doing it for the same reasons,” the “Wasted Time” singer says. “I mean, we raise a lot of money for the Hall, we raise a lot of awareness for the Hall and what they do. But, yeah, Vinnie and I get to play guitar for everybody, so you know, it’s two guitar players — it’s a lot of fun!”

This year’s All for the Hall concert is titled Mashville:  The Music City in 2016, and with a talent roster that features everyone from rock gods to ultra-traditionalists to the ultra-progressive, Vince and Keith can be sure they’ll always be on their toes.

“We get to sit in with everybody. It’s such a diverse lineup this year,” Keith observes. “It’s celebrating the diversity of Nashville, which is why it’s called Mashville, and everybody is here. I mean, everyone lives in town, from Emmylou Harris to Peter [Frampton] to Sam Hunt to Jason Isbell to Luke BryanFlorida Georgia Line, everybody. It’s so eclectic!”

Keith believes it’s the laid-back atmosphere of these shows that helps make them so special.

“I mean as much as we rehearse and everything else, there’s still an incredible amount of spontaneity and looseness to this show, which for me is an important part of All for the Hall. It’s meant to be much more organic. It’s not slick. It’s not hyper-produced. It’s a very loose, organic affair, and I think the people get to see something that they never see anywhere else because of that.”

Our most substantial peek at Tuesday night’s set list comes as Keith reveals the impact Merle Haggard’s passing last week has had on the gathering.

“We’re celebrating the diversity by everyone doing one of their own songs and in a lot of cases they’ve chosen somebody else’s songs. Certainly this year, there’s a few people doing Merle Haggard songs. We’re gonna do a big tribute at the end of the night, so it’ll be a fun night for us.”  

Keith revealed he was particularly pleased to find out Sam Hunt is one of the people who’ll be performing a Haggard song. The 2016 benefit starts at 7:30 p.m. CT at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Apr 11

Blake Shelton Releases New Single, "Savior's Shadow" to Christian Radio

NBC/David LaChapelleBy now, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected from Blake Shelton, but even so, his latest career move is one not a lot of folks saw coming. He’s releasing “Savior’s Shadow,” the second single from his new album, to Christian radio this week. His comments about how he wrote the song are even more compelling, considering his sudden divorce from Miranda Lambert in the summer.

“At a very dark time in my life last year I dreamed the first verse of this song,” he says. “I woke up and immediately wrote it down. Now, looking back, I know it was God’s way of telling me that he’s here and things are gonna be OK.”

Blake’s album, If I’m Honest, comes out May 20. You can download or stream “Savior’s Shadow” now.  

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Apr 11

Carrie Underwood Heads Down Under with Keith Urban in December

Arista NashvilleJust a few days ago, Keith Urban announced his new album, Ripcord, will feature a duet with Carrie Underwood, and he remarked he’s hoping the two will get the chance to perform “The Fighter” together onstage. Now, we know that’s pretty much a sure thing: Carrie will join Keith for the Australian leg of Keith’s tour this December.

This will be the third trip “down under” for the “Church Bells” singer, who did album promotion there in 2011, and returned in 2012 on her Blown Away tour.

Here’s the complete itinerary for the Australian leg of Keith Urban’s Ripcord trek:

12/6 — Adelaide, Australia, Entertainment Centre
12/8 — Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena
12/10 — Canberra, Australia, GIO Stadium
12/12 — Sydney, Australia, Allphones Arena
12/16 — Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre
12/17 — Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre

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Apr 11

Local Sports

The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team’s bats were quieted by conference leading Morningside College in a doubleheader yesterday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.  The Tigers scored two early, but were shut down the rest of the way in a 9-2 loss in game one, while the #14 Mustangs broke out late to pull away for a 5-1 win in the finale.  The losses drop DWU softball to 23-15 overall and 6-4 in the GPAC.  DWU freshman Savannah Ahumada drove in her team leading 36th run with a first-inning triple in game one and later scored on an RBI single from freshman Sierra Haage.  The Tigers were limited to just three hits the rest of the way as Morningside, 27-5 overall and 8-0 in the GPAC, built to its lead throughout.  Freshman pitcher Hallie Misiaszek took the loss in game one, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits, while walking four and striking out two. Misiaszek is 8-4 this season.  The teams battled in a low-scoring game in the finale, as the score was tied at one through four innings.  DWU got its lone run in the third inning on a RBI single from freshman Karly Severance.  After taking a one-run lead in the fifth, Morningside got three insurance runs in the seventh to put the game away as DWU left nine runners on base in the loss.  Haage was charged with the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits, while walking two and striking out four.  She is 10-5 this season.  Morningside has won 14 games in a row.  The Tigers continue conference play against Hastings College at 1:00pm and 3:00pm Saturday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.  Hastings is 23-13 overall but 0-6 in the GPAC.  Sunday the Tiger softball team will host Midland University at 1:00pm and 3:00pm and then the Tigers travel to Mount Marty to battle the Lancers in Yankton on Wednesday at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.   

 

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team, 16-13 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC, will hit the road for a conference doubleheader against Northwestern College today at 5:00pm and 7:00pm in Orange City Iowa.  Northwestern is 14-16 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC.  The Tigers swept Northwestern 5 to 4 and 16 to 8 in Mitchell back on March 25th.  The Tiger baseball team will also host Midland University on Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, host Mayville State on Wednesday also at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  The Tiger baseball team will be at home at Cadwell Park 10 out of their next 11 games. 

 

Mitchell’s Athletic Director Geoff Gross has been named one of the Region AD’s of the Year from the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association.  The announcement was made at their spring conference in Sioux Falls last month.  Gross was named Region 6 Athletic Director of the Year along with Tim Hawkins of Ethan, named Region 5 AD of the Year.  Congrats to Geoff Gross and Tim Hawkins on your honor.     

 

The Mitchell boy’s tennis team will host their season home opener today when they welcome St. Thomas More to Hitchcock Park.  The dual match starts at 12:30pm.  After today the tennis team will be at O’Gorman on Tuesday for a dual that starts at 4:00pm.   

 

The Kernel track and field team will be in Huron today and in Yankton next Tuesday for their next action.  Today starts at 3:30pm and Tuesday starts at 4:00pm.  The Corn Palace Relays here in Mitchell will be held on Saturday April 16th

 

The Mitchell spring baseball team, 4-0 overall, will host Brandon Valley tonight at Cadwell Park in a doubleheader at 5:00pm and 7:00pm followed by a Saturday doubleheader at home against Watertown at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.  KORN will start spring baseball coverage on Saturday at 4:00pm on AM 1490 KORN and on-line at 1490korn.com. 

 

The Mitchell Kernel girl’s golf team will tee-off their season on April 14th at Harrisburg at Spring Creek Country Club starting at 10:00am.

 

It’s the 13th Annual KORN/Q107 Elite Eight Athletes of the Year Award.  KORN/Q107-3 and The Depot of Mitchell are coming together to recognize our area’s Elite 8 Athletes of the Year.  Male or Female athletes of any sport are eligible.  There will be eight males and eight females from our area that will represent our Elite group.  A banquet will be held in their honor on Thursday night, May 19th in the Freight House Room of the Depot in Mitchell at 6:30 pm.  As with any award, there are some criteria.  The athletes must be a junior or a senior, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be involved in community activities.  If you are a coach and have an eligible candidate for the KORN/Q107 Elite 8 Athlete of the Year, please submit a nomination form with the information that is required.  Entries are to be received no later than May 7th. For more details or to obtain a nomination form, contact Steve Morgan at 1-605-996-1490. 

 

The Minnesota Twins were swept in a three-game series at Baltimore after their 4 to 2 loss last night.  Phil Hughes took the loss despite tossing six strong innings.  Trevor May came on to pitch the final two innings.  Joe Mauer had a homerun for the Twins, 0-3 overall.  The Twins head to Kansas City for a three game series with the Royals starting tonight at 7:15pm.  Ervin Santana will start tonight after pitching on Monday in a rain delayed game in Baltimore.  Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco will get the nod on Saturday and Sunday.  The Twins host the Chicago White Sox on Monday for the home opener at Target Field in Minneapolis.      

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