Jun 01

Why Maren Morris cut her hair to spend the summer with Sam Hunt

ABC/Image Group LA If you’ve been following the career of Maren Morris, you’ve probably noticed Thomas Rhett’s duet partner on “Craving You” has had a pretty serious haircut.

And if you’ve wondered why exactly — it’s because she’s hitting the road this summer with Sam Hunt. Maren admits it’s all about beating the heat.

“My hairdresser, I’d told her about it months ago,” she explains. “I was like, ‘I don’t know when I’m gonna do this, but I really want to cut my hair off, because I’m about to go into this summer tour, and I’ve had this long hair since the Grammys, and I don’t want to have it on my neck for the whole summer.’”

“I was like, ‘I used to have short hair, just cut it off,’” she goes on. “‘I don’t want to spend an hour doing it anymore.’”

As she sets out on the 15 in a 30 Tour today with Sam and Chris Janson, Maren says the new ‘do is paying dividends of both coolness and convenience.

“Now, my hair takes like 10 minutes,” she says. “Even if I want it to look good, it’s super low-maintenance, which is nice.”

Maren’s third single from her Hero album, “I Could Use a Love Song,” just broke into country’s top 30.

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Jun 01

Vince Gill will join The Eagles at Classic East and Classic West festivals

Courtesy of The ClassicIt’s been rumored for a while but now it’s official: Vince Gill will perform with The Eagles at this summer’s  Classic East and Classic West festivals.

The news was announced by The Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning. In addition to Vince, 24-year-old Deacon Frey, son of the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, will perform with the band.

Vince is a friend of the band, having presented them with their Kennedy Center Honor last year.  He and Deacon will share duties on the songs on which Frey sang lead, which include “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “New Kid in Town,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and many more.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Vince says, “In my mind, I always thought I’d have made a good Eagle, but in a million years, I never would have seen this coming. It’s pretty surreal.”

He added, “I turned 60 recently, and to get to be a part of this amazing legacy of songs, that’s the greatest part of all this for me.”

As for 24-year-old Deacon Frey, The Eagles’ Don Henley decided to tap him after seeing him perform at his father’s memorial service last year.  

Henley tells the Los Angeles Times, “The primary thing is I think Glenn would be good with it — with both of these guys. I think he’d go, ‘That’s the perfect way to do this.’”

Classic East and Classic West are set to take place July 15 and 16 at Dodger Stadium and July 29 and 30 at Citi Field in New York.  Other bands on the bill include Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

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May 31

Davison County Jail escapee wanted


The following inmate has not returned to the Davison County Jail after his court ordered furlough outside of the jail. He was released at 09:00 AM on Friday, 05/26/2017 and has failed to return to jail on 05/30/2017 as ordered.

Name: Miiller, Nicholas Randall

DOB: 06/20/1985 AGE: 31 Sex: Male Race: Caucasian

Hgt: 5’08 Wgt: 125 Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel

Tattoo/s: 1) “Wizard on left forearm. 2) “Scorpion” on left hand.
Scars: Shape of an X on right hand.

Charges: 1) Possession of a controlled substance schedule 1or 2 –Methamphetamine. 2) Probation Violation.

Nicholas was being held on a new charge and a probation revocation detainer. He was granted a furlough before sentencing.

If you know the whereabouts of Miiller contact the Davison County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement.

May 31

Why Little Big Town's “Happy People” may be “The Best (Country) Song of 2017 (So Far)”

ABC RadioEntertainment Weekly ranks Little Big Town’s “Happy People” #2 on its list of “The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far).”  The magazine praises the tune for its “heartwarming message of inclusivity that transcends party lines.” It happens to be the only country entry on the publication’s 10-song tally.

When it comes to albums, Chris Stapleton’s From A Room:  Volume 1 is the top country entry on EW’s rundown, coming in at #3 alongside the latest efforts from rapper Kendrick Lamar and Canadian singer/songwriter FeistWillie Nelson‘s God’s Problem Child makes the expanded online edition of the survey.

You can check out the lists in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which is on newsstands now.

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May 31

Lauren Alaina takes the “Road Less Traveled” into the movies

MarVistaNext Tuesday, you’ll be able to check out Lauren Alaina’s starring role in a movie that shares its title with her first #1 song, “Road Less Traveled.”

In the loosely-autobiographical tale, Lauren plays a country singer who returns to her Tennessee hometown a week before her wedding, and jeopardizes the whole affair after she’s thrust together with her high school sweetheart. Dallas’s Charlene Tilton is one of her co-stars.

In addition to her chart-topping hit, the movie Road Less Traveled also includes Lauren’s latest single, “Doin’ Fine,” as well as other songs from her current album.

You can watch the trailer on YouTube now, before Road Less Traveled is available digitally on Tuesday.

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May 31

Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley to remember Gregg Allman at CMT Awards

CMTJason AldeanDarius Rucker and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley will mark the passing of Gregg Allman with a special performance at next week’s CMT Music Awards. The Southern rock pioneer died last Saturday of complications from liver cancer.

Kelsea Ballerini, who’s tied for the most nominations with Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban, will take the stage too, as will Little Big Town.

They join previously-announced performers TR, Blake SheltonBrett EldredgeLuke Bryan and Miranda LambertFlorida Georgia Line will team up with pop duo The Chainsmokers, while Lady A will sing with R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire, and Keith will duet with Carrie Underwood.

You can catch the show, hosted by Nashville’s Charles Esten, at 8 p.m. ET next Wednesday.

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May 31

Chris Stapleton postpones tour for three weeks, cancels CMA Music Festival appearance

Mercury NashvilleChris Stapleton is postponing the next three weeks of concerts on his All-American Road Show tour, and cancelling his June 11 appearance at CMA Music Festival, according to a statement on his website.

While the announcement doesn’t explain the reason for the decision, it goes on to advise fans to “hold on to your tickets for now,” as Chris’s team is “working to reschedule” the dates.

Here are the shows affected:

6/1 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
6/2 — Mt. View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/3 — Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
6/9 — Southhaven, MS, Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
6/10 — Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/15 — Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
6/16 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/17 — Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center

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May 31

Brett Young makes it two in a row with “In Case You Didn't Know”

BMLGBrett Young lands his second #1 in a row this week, as “In Case You Didn’t Know” rises to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay ranking.

“As a songwriter, the ultimate reward when you write a song is that it impacts someone’s life,” Brett says of the popular wedding song he co-wrote.

“Maybe one of our biggest inspirations and challenges,” he muses, “but when it happens, it is simply the most fantastic feeling.”

The California native’s million-selling “In Case You Didn’t Know” follows his debut single, “Sleep Without You,” which also went to #1 and was certified Gold.

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May 31

How Keith Urban's relationship with Nicole Kidman fueled “The Fighter”

ABC/Image Group LAWhen Keith Urban started writing “The Fighter,” his top-15 hit came together very quickly. The Australian superstar gives at least half of the credit to his Academy-Award-winning wife, Nicole Kidman.

“I literally just thought about Nic and I, and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we had said,” he remembers, “and it all went into that song.”

At the time, Keith was in London working on the album that would become Ripcord with producer busbee.

“It just came out incredibly quick, probably the fastest song that I’ve written in a long, long time…” Keith recalls. “I was actually driving to the studio to work on this other song that we’d started and I had most of the chorus in my head, and felt like I had most of the song in my head. I just had to flesh out the gist of the verses and everything.”

Once Keith made it to the studio, busbee quickly built a track. All the two lacked was the appropriate female vocalist.

“I think we put down the chorus pretty much straightaway with busbee filling in where the girl would sing,” Keith laughs. “I still have a copy of him going ‘What if I fall?’” Keith says as he breaks into song, imitating his producer’s falsetto.

“It’s fantastic,” he goes on. “That’s what I had as a place-holder for a long, long time, until I beautifully heard Carrie [Underwood]’s voice on it finally one day.”

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May 30

Dan + Shay head back to the UK for winter tour

Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay will head back to the United Kingdom for five shows this winter, starting with a concert in London on November 28.

The duo, whose hit “How Not To” is currently in the top five, did their first shows in the UK in September of last year.

Here are the dates for Dan + Shay’s upcoming European trek, with tickets going on sale this Friday at 9 a.m.:

11/28 — London, England, KOKO
11/29 — Bristol, England, Trinity
12/1 — Birmingham, England, O2 Academy 2
12/3 — Manchester, England, Academy 2
12/4 — Glasgow, Scotland, St. Lukes

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