Apr 20

Art Imitates Life for Thomas Rhett on ABC's "Nashville"

ABC/Randy HolmesThis Wednesday night, Thomas Rhett plays himself on the latest episode of ABC’s Nashville. The “T-Shirt” singer steps in to help fictional country superstar Luke Wheeler out in a pinch, filling a crucial spot on the opening night of his tour.

In real life, Thomas is out with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean. The thing the two scenarios have in common is simple — the crowds love the song Thomas performs both on the show and every night during his set.

“Right when I walk onstage, I can look into the crowd and be like, ‘That person, that person, that person came because they wanted to hear “Die a Happy Man.”‘ And it’s amazing, because what me and Jason do could not be more polar opposite from each other. So you can tell the people that are strictly there to see Jason Aldean. But it’s amazing how that song, right after I play that, any hesitation they had towards me or my show is completely, the barrier’s just broken.”

As his multi-week number one gets even more exposure on national primetime TV, the Georgia native believes “Die a Happy Man” will likely continue to do what it’s been doing ever since it was released — opening a window for new fans to delve into the world of Thomas Rhett.

“I think that song just completely disarms people,” he says. “Whether you’re not a fan of anything else I do, there’s just something about that song that you can’t really not like. Yeah that song has completely changed how we play a live show, and it’s like we put it smack-dab in the middle and we bookend it with just nothing but hit-you-in-the-face uptempos.”  

Thomas continues on the road with Jason Aldean and A Thousand Horses for the rest of the year, as the We Were Here trek morphs into the Six String Circus Tour. You can catch Thomas’ episode of Nashville tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Apr 19

Brad Paisley Ventures Into Stand-up Comedy

ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley will once again flex his funny bone during Nashville’s Wild West Comedy Festival this spring. For the second year in a row, he’ll host a night of stand-up at Music City’s Zanies Comedy Club on Monday, May 16.

While the CMA master of ceremonies is used to having Carrie Underwood as his foil, this time he’ll be working with comedians Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. CT at WildWestComedyFestival.com.

Heavy hitters like Jeff Foxworthy, Tom Green and Kathy Griffin also play the country music capitol of the world during the week-long festival’s third year.

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Apr 19

Police seeking help in horn theft

Mitchell Police are looking for help in finding whoever stole two air horns from two railroad engines stopped on Mitchell’s west side. The Nathan brand horns were taken between the hours of 6 pm on April 11th and 8 am on April 12th in the area of the 2300 block of West Ash. The horns are valued around $2,000.

If you have information regarding this incident please call Mitchell Area Crimestoppers at 996-1700. You may also e-mail a tip at www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org or text MITCS plus your message to 274637.

You’ll remain anonymous with either method. A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all crimes of the week solved through tips to Crimestoppers.

Apr 19

Win One for Blake Shelton: Judge Clears the Way for His "Rehab" Lawsuit Against "In Touch" to Proceed

NBC/David LaChapelleA California judge has cleared the way for Blake Shelton’s suit against In Touch Weekly to proceed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The star of The Voice sued the magazine over its September cover, “The Real Story:  REHAB for Blake.”

Lawyers for In Touch argued the libel suit should be thrown out, saying they hadn’t defamed the country singer because “it would be entirely commendable for Shelton to seek rehab considering his undisputed history of bragging about his own drunkenness and his well-publicized behavior while under the influence of alcohol.”

Judge Christina A. Snyder sided with Blake, asserting the magazine ran the headline, knowing all the while Blake was not, in fact, in rehab.

“A reasonable person viewing the In Touch headlines and sub-headlines — which were located 30 pages away from the Article — might well have concluded that Shelton had, in fact, entered ‘REHAB’ after ‘his friends begged him to stop joking about drinking & get help,’” Snyder said in her finding.

The ruling is believed to be a good sign for Blake, since the burden was also on his attorney Larry Stein to establish he has a reasonable probability of being able to prove his case, before the lawsuit could proceed.  

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Apr 19

Gwen Stefani Reveals New Duet with Blake Shelton, Track Listing for "If I'm Honest"

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton’s new album, If I’m Honest, will include a whopping fifteen tracks, including a duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani.

“Look what I found lying round the house!” the No Doubt singer tweeted Tuesday, along with a photo of the back cover of Blake’s CD that clearly lists her contribution. In addition to his collaboration with Gwen on a song called “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” the Oklahoma native also teams up with the Oak Ridge Boys for a tune called “Doing It to Country Songs.”

Blake’s contribution to The Angry Birds Movie, “Friends,” will also be included on the project, alongside the lead single, “Came Here to Forget,” and his Christian release, “Savior’s Shadow.”

Here’s the complete track listing for If I’m Honest, which comes out May 20:

“Straight Outta Cold Beer”
“She’s Got a Way with Words”
“Bet You Still Think of Me”
“Every Time I Hear That Song”
“Came Here to Forget”
“Every Goodbye”
“It Ain’t Easy”
“A Guy with a Girl”
“Go Ahead and Break My Heart” (featuring Gwen Stefani)
“Friends” (from The Angry Birds Movie)
“One Night Girl”
“Doing It to Country Songs” (featuring the Oak Ridge Boys)
“Green”
“You Can’t Make This Up”
“Savior’s Shadow”

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Look what I found lying round the house! 🙄#ispymyname #goaheadandbreakmyheart💔 @blakeshelton #eeeekkkk! #crazy!😝 Gx pic.twitter.com/ZI0Kz4Ve9j

— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) April 19, 2016

Apr 19

"I Like the Sound of That" Is a Welcome "Shot in the Arm" for Rascal Flatts

BMLGRascal Flatts is celebrating sweet sixteen, as “I Like the Sound of That” becomes their 16th song to top the country charts.  Joe Don Rooney thinks it’s even more incredible, when you consider their album Rewind is nearing the two-year anniversary of its release.

“It’s crazy because this album’s been out for a couple years. It’s like the album that won’t stop. We keep on going back to the drawing board and going, ‘What else can we put out that might work?’ you know,” he says.

“‘I Like the Sound of That’ is one of the first songs that we put on hold, one of the first songs that we recorded. And it just has a life to it, you know,” he adds. “And we knew it had to be heard at some point. It was the perfect timing, I think for the perfect song to kind of rejuvenate Rascal Flatts a little bit — a little shot in the arm, and we needed it, honestly.”

Jay DeMarcus agrees that the song, written by Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor and Shay Mooney of Dan+Shay along with tunesmith Jesse Frasure, has injected some much-needed energy into the band’s sets.

“We were kinda due for an uptempo hit, to be honest,” Jay says.

“An anti-wrist-slitter?” Joe Don interrupts.

“Yeah,” Jay agrees. “We’ve lived our lives for so long on ballads that we needed something fun and something energetic and it’s been the perfect shot in the arm for us. It really has been!”

This summer, Jay, Joe Don and Gary LeVox head out on the stripped-down Rhythm & Roots Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and newcomer Chris Lane. They play their first date June 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Apr 18

Easton Corbin Helps with the Grocery Bills of Deserving Military Families on the Carrie Underwood Tour

Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin is using his opening spot on Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller tour to do some good deeds along the way. The “Baby Be My Love Song” hitmaker is partnering with Eckrich and Operation Homefront to surprise military families with $5,000 worth of free groceries, most recently at his show in Phoenix, Arizona.

“It’s great to be able to give something back to them and I hope it helps ease the burdens of these families for everything they’ve already sacrificed,” Easton says. He’s also lightened the grocery bill of deserving families in Oakland, California and Auburn Hills, Michigan, with more giveaways planned as the tour continues.

This week, Easton, Carrie and the Swon Brothers play San Antonio and Houston, Texas, with stops in Bossier City and Lafayette, Lousiana next weekend.

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Apr 18

Rascal Flatts' "I Like the Sound of That" Becomes Shay Mooney's Second #1 as a Writer

ABC/Fred LeeRascal Flatts aren’t the only ones celebrating as their latest single, “I Like the Sound of That,” ascends to the top of the charts. Shay Mooney of Dan+Shay is pretty happy too, since he co-wrote the hit with Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor and tunesmith Jesse Frasure.

“Huge thanks to @rascalflatts for allowing me to celebrate my second number 1 as a writer,” Shay tweeted. “So crazy! Thanks country radio & all who helped!” He marked his first number-one as a writer when his duo’s “Nothin’ Like You” occupied the top spot back in December.

If you wonder how Dan+Shay would sound singing the Rascal Flatts hit, all you need to do is check out the version they shared on social media after they found out the song was number one. Their current single, “From the Ground Up,” is currently in the top 30.

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Congrats to @ShayMooney for writing the #1 song in the country + to @RascalFlatts for taking it there!https://t.co/CPMd0F8VT1

— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) April 17, 2016

Apr 18

Luke Bryan Plans Third Year of Crash My Playa for 2017

ABC/Image Group LAIf you’ve always wanted to go on vacation with Luke Bryan, you’ll have another chance next year. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will host his third Crash My Playa getaway January 19-22, 2017. The all-inclusive Caribbean vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico includes four nightly concerts, two of which Luke will headline, with the other performers to be announced soon.

“This experience for my fans has more than exceeded our expectations,” the “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” singer says. “From start to finish, everyone has the best time and it’s something my band, crew and I look forward to all year long. We love kicking off the New Year this way!”

Citi cardmembers will have the first crack at reservations, with pre-sales starting next Monday at 1 p.m. ET. Access for the general public starts the following Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, with more information available at CrashMyPlaya.com.

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Apr 18

Blake Shelton Kicks Off Fall Tour in His Home State

NBC/David LaChapelleBlake Shelton kicks off his fall tour this September with two shows in his home state of Oklahoma. Tickets for the first few dates go on sale this Friday, with fans also being able to purchase VIP packages that include a pre-show party with an acoustic performance and a Q-and-A session with Blake. The run closes with two concerts at New York City’s Barclays Center.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Blake Shelton’s fall trek:

9/9 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/10 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/15 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Arena
9/16 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
9/17 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
9/22 — Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
9/23 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
9/29 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
9/30 — Hartford, CT, XL Center
10/1 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
10/6 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/7 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
10/8 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center

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