Mar 16

How Florida Georgia Line will change a life before their show this Saturday night

ABC/Image Group LA There’s no doubt Florida Georgia Line brings lots of joy to their fans with performances like the one they’ll do this weekend in Newark, New Jersey. But this Saturday night will be the start of something even more meaningful.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are teaming up with veterans’ organization The Independence Fund. Before the New Jersey show, they’ll present Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage with a Track Chair.

Savage lost his leg after driving over an IED in Afghanistan in 2010, and the important apparatus will help him regain his mobility. The FGL fan is particularly excited, because this gift will mean he’s once again able to play with his three kids.

FGL plans to make similar presentations throughout the year, as they continue both their Dig Your Roots and their Smooth tours.

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Mar 16

“Good Morning America” to reveal CMA Music Festival's Nissan Stadium lineup on Friday

CMAThe clock is ticking toward this year’s CMA Music Festival, and believe it or not, the 2017 edition is only about three months away. Friday on Good Morning America, we’ll find out the full lineup of talent who’ll be taking the stage at Nissan Stadium. You can catch the big reveal starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.

The Country Music Association’s celebration of the fans takes over downtown Nashville starting Thursday, June 8 — and the party doesn’t stop until late the following Sunday.

Friday’s announcement follows Thursday’s social media reveal that Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Cole Swindell will all be playing the nightly concerts at this year’s festival.

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Mar 16

Move over Tennessee Titans, here come Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan and more

CMACMA Music Festival 2017 is a little less than three months away, and on Thursday, we finally got our first look at who’ll be playing the big nightly shows at the home of the Tennessee Titans.

“See ya’ll at Nissan Stadium this summer,” Thomas Rhett shared on social media, just as his contemporaries Sam HuntCole SwindellLuke Bryan and Rascal Flatts confirmed they’ll be taking the main stage as well.

“Countdown to CMA Fest starts now!!” Blake Shelton chimed in. “See ya’ll in Music City.”

Darius Rucker will be back this year as well.  “I’m BEYOND pumped to head back to CMA Fest this year to support Music Education,” Darius declared.

Artists play the CMA Music Festival shows for free, and the money raised goes to fund music programs all across the country through the CMA. This year, country music’s biggest party takes over downtown Nashville June 8-11.

For more information on the full Nissan Stadium lineup, keep your eye on CMAMusicFest.com and the event’s mobile app.

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Mar 16

“Every Mile a Memory”: Dierks Bentley cheers on wife Cassidy as she trains for the Boston Marathon

ABC/Todd WawrychukIf you’ve checked out Dierks Bentley’s music video for his top-15 hit “Black,” you know his stunning wife Cassidy is in great shape. One of the reasons is she’s a serious runner.

“My wife is running [the Boston Marathon] again,” Dierks tweeted on Thursday, adding that Cassidy is “raising [money] for Safe Haven Tennessee.” The Arizona native went on to encourage his fans to follow her journey on social media, and to “donate a couple bucks” if they can.

Safe Haven is a Nashville shelter that helps entire homeless families, working to also find them long-term housing. You can link to all of Cassidy’s socials and make a contribution via her website, CassRunsBoston17.com.

The Boston Marathon takes place April 17, and Cassidy says her two oldest daughters are excited to go back. You can check out the photo she shared of Evie and Jordan cheering her on the first time she ran the race. No word on whether younger brother Knox might join them this year.

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Mar 16

Florida Georgia Line Says Chainsmokers collabo will make “people jam their frickin' faces off”

ABC/Image Group LA When you put things out to the universe, they happen.  Look no further for proof than what has to be one of the most unusual musical team-ups of the year: Florida Georgia Line and Grammy-winning EDM duo The Chainsmokers.

When The Chainsmokers released the track list for their debut album Memories: Do Not Open, fans were probably surprised that one track, “Last Day Alive,” is a collabo with the two guys who brought us the smash crossover hit “Cruise.”  But according to Tyler Hubbard, the duet happened because his band mate Brian Kelley talked about it during an interview.

“It was funny. A few weeks earlier, we literally were in an interview, and they said ‘Who would you like to collaborate with?’ and…[Brian] said ‘Well, the Chainsmokers would be cool.’ And in my head, I…was thinking, ‘Wow, that’s something we’ve never even talked about, but that would be really cool!’ And then the next thing you know, a week and a half later, we’re getting a phone call.”

“They pretty much had this song and they wanted us to sing on it,” Tyler adds. “And we went in the studio…and were in the studio all day and all night until three in the morning. And we turned it around in about two days.”

Tyler calls Drew and Alex of The Chainsmokers “amazing dudes,” adding, “the friendship that we’ve already built has been really cool.”

But what about the song?  “It’s an emotional song, maybe a little bit dark,” says Brian. ” But I think it’s a hopeful song.”

Most importantly, says Brian, “I think people are going to jam their frickin’ faces off to this song!”

We’ll find out how the track turned out when Memories: Do Not Open arrives April 7.

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Mar 16

Rascal Flatts tells a sweet love story in new “Yours If You Want It” Video

BMLG

Rascal Flatts has just premiered new video for their song “Yours If You Want It” on People.com, telling the sweet love story of a waitress and a diner patron, with the band as supporting characters.

Flatts frontman Gary LeVox plays a cook at Nashville’s Hermitage Cafe, the location of the band’s first-ever photo shoot.  The manager, played by Jay DeMarcus, takes him to task for singing too much while he’s flipping burgers, while Joe Don Rooney, who’s cleaning the floor, is playing air guitar on his mop. 

Actress Kristy Swanson, playing a waitress named Stacie, asks a patron named Earl, played by actor Kevin Farley, if she can get him anything else. “What do you say me and you get out of here and make a life together?”  “O.K.,” says Stacie, and she leaves with him.  As Flatts perform the song in the parking lot, we’re treated to a montage of Earl and Stacie’s loving life together.

But at the end of the clip, we see that the whole thing has been Earl’s fantasy — his actual girlfriend comes in and yells at him to hurry it up.  But Stacie takes pity on him and writes her number on his check. “You know where to find me,” she says.  Aww.

The clip is dedicated to the memory of Nashville songwriter Andrew Dorff, who died last year at age 40.

“Yours If You Want It” is from Flatts’ new album, Back to Us, due May 19.

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Mar 16

Mitchell business fails alcohol compliance check

The South Central Alcohol Task Force recently conducted 16 alcohol compliance checks in the city of Mitchell.  Freedom Valu Center, County Fair Food & Fuel, Dakota Sunset, Cubby’s West, M&H, Kwik Phil, Walgreens, All-Star Convenience Store, Graham’s Mobile, I90 Travel Plaza, Thunderbird Lodge, Easy Come Easy Go, Arnie’s First & Foster, Village Bowl / Spare Change Casino, and Thirsty’s refused to sell alcohol to an underage confidential informant.

The lone failure occurred at the Highland Travel Plaza where clerk checked the Confidential Informant’s identification, but still sold alcohol to the C-I.   This is Highland Travel Plaza’s second failure within a 24-month period.

 

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Mar 15

Order Up! Rascal Flatts' cooking is “Yours If You Want It”

BMLGIf you could use a good laugh, you need to keep your eyes peeled for the latest music video from Rascal Flatts.

So far, we know the video for “Yours If You Want It” involves Jay DeMarcusJoe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox lip-syncing in the parking lot of downtown Nashville’s Hermitage Café. The longstanding Music City tradition is known as the spot where the soon-to-be hungover score a late-night meal after partying it up on nearby Lower Broadway.

On Wednesday, the trio shared their second behind-the-scenes sneak from the project, and this time, the Flatts guys are hard at work inside the café.  Lead singer Gary is showing off his skills as a fry cook, but his a capella singing has landed him in hot water with Jay, who’s also attired in an apron and a paper hat. Word is, even more hilarity ensues.

You can watch the “Yours If You Want It” video Thursday at People.com and EW.com. The guys themselves will be back at work at Hermitage Café for the breakfast shift, working a special invitation-only premiere Thursday morning.  

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#YoursIfYouWantIt new video coming Thursday! pic.twitter.com/OobJRES8Wb

— Rascal Flatts (@rascalflatts) March 15, 2017

 

Mar 15

Rollin' on the River: Country's top hitmakers dominate CMA Music Festival's Riverfront Stage

CMAThere’s no bigger daytime stage at CMA Music Festival than the one situated on Nashville’s Riverfront, and on Wednesday, the Country Music Association rolled out the array of hitmakers who’ll be entertaining this year’s crowd.  

Old Dominion will officially get the party started at 10 a.m. CT on Thursday, June 8. Jon PardiBrothers OsborneLOCASHMichael Ray, and Chase Rice are just some of the artists who’ll keep it going on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage.

On Friday, Tyler FarrEli Young BandGranger SmithJana KramerChris LaneJosh TurnerLauren Alaina and others are on the bill.

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery starts things off on Saturday, followed by A Thousand HorsesBrett YoungHigh ValleyBrandy ClarkDrake WhiteCamWilliam Michael Morgan and more.

For the final day, Parmalee will keep things rolling on the river. RaeLynnKellie PicklerLuke CombsEric PaslayMaddie & TaeChase BryantCanaan Smith, and Easton Corbin are set to play on Sunday as well.  

You can check out the complete talent lineup, as well as performance times, via the CMA Music Festival mobile app or at CMAMusicFest.com.

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Mar 15

On the Road Again: Why the winter storm won't mess with LOCASH

Reviver RecordsWhen you’ve got a major network TV appearance and a big winter storm causes your flight to be cancelled, what do you do? Well, if you’re an on-the-rise country duo like LOCASH, you simply jump on the bus.

After a major snowstorm disrupted air travel on the east coast on Tuesday, Preston Brust, Chris Lucas and crew hit the road Tuesday night to make the drive from Music City to New York City.  Luckily, they’re not scheduled to be on NBC’s Today show until Thursday morning.

The duo, who recently scored their first #1 with “I Know Somebody,” will perform their latest single, “Ring on Every Finger” during the fourth hour of NBC’s morning talkfest. You can watch for them starting at 10 a.m.

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