Jul 10

Maren Morris could use a wedding song

ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris’s week is already off to a pretty great start. Not only does she have her very first #1 with Thomas Rhett and “Craving You,” she’s also planning a trip down the aisle with boyfriend Ryan Hurd.

On Sunday, the “I Could Use a Love Song” hitmaker shared candid photos with Ryan where she’s proudly displaying her engagement ring. She added the simple caption, “Yes,” along with the ring emoji.

By Monday morning, she had even more celebrating to do. “So proud to be a part of my first #1 song!” she tweeted. “Thank you Thomas Rhett for asking me to be on ‘Craving You!’”

Maren’s currently on Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour, while Ryan is joining Florida Georgia Line on their Smooth trek. His debut single, “Love in a Bar,” is out now.  

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— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) July 9, 2017


Jul 10

Big & Rich admit they “Did It for the Party” on new album

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Big & Rich will follow their top-40 hit, “California,” with their new album Did It for the Party on September 15.

“This new record is gonna rock America’s boots off,” John Rich brags.

“Can’t wait for y’all to hear it!” Big Kenny chimes in. “It’s been a blast working on [it] and we can’t wait for everyone to hear our new songs!”

Fans who pre-order the 13-track album will get both the lead single and the title cut as well.

Here’s the complete track listing for Big & Rich’s Did It for the Party:  

“Did It for the Party”
“Congratulations (You’re a Rockstar)”
“Turns Me On”
“Wake Up Wanting You”
“Smoke in Her Eyes”
“No Sleep”
“We Came to Rawk”
“Funk in the Country”
“The Long Way Home”
“Freedom Road”
“My Son”
“Lie Cheat or Steal”

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Jul 07

Shania's one-of-a-kind Las Vegas motorcycle can be yours…but it'll cost you

Mercury NashvilleShania Twain is using her first new album in 15 years to raise some serious money for her foundation that helps underprivileged children.

If you’ve got $100,000 to donate, you can choose one of two pretty amazing “thank you” gifts: either the one-of-a-kind motorcycle Shania rode onstage during her Las Vegas residency, or dinner with the country/pop superstar and her husband Fred.

Don’t have quite that much?  You can still pick up one of Shania’s Sin City stage outfits for $7,500, or buy yourself a $2,500 autographed guitar.

For those more interested in Shania’s new album, NOW, $350 will get you into an exclusive listening event in Nashville. A variety of merch packages featuring the new record, which comes out September 29, start at $40.

You can check out all the items at PledgeMusic.com. The Canadian superstar, who herself grew up in poverty in Timmins, Ontario, started the Shania Kids Can Foundation in 2010.

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Jul 07

Toby Keith's daughter Krystal involved in horrific wreck with drunk driver on July 4

Courtesy Shock Ink/Photo credit: Kristin BarloweToby Keith’s daughter Krystal narrowly missed being killed by a drunk driver on Independence Day, the 31-year-old revealed Friday on social media.   

“Our 4th turned pretty horrific,” Krystal shared. “HensleyDrew and I were on the way to watch fireworks on the 4th. A drunk driver almost took the lives of my entire family. We all survived the wreck but it’s gonna take some time to heal.”

Drew is Krystal’s husband, while Hensley is their daughter, who’ll be two in October. Krystal also included a photo of her white Mercedes SUV, which appears to be totaled.

“Keep us in your prayers,” she added. “Hug your babies and spouses tight. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.”

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Jul 07

Darius Rucker delivers infectious new single, “For the First Time”

Capitol NashvilleWhen was the last time you did something for the first time? That’s the question Darius Rucker asks in his percussive new single, “For the First Time.”

The South Carolina native recalls how he came to write the tune. “As a songwriter, sometimes the smallest idea can elicit a feeling and then you have this daunting task of trying to relay that emotion and energy into a three-minute song,” he explains.

For Darius, that moment of inspiration came with the song’s opening line, “You say you’ve never danced to a dashboard singin’ R.E.M. under summer stars,” which name-checks the Athens, Georgia rock band that was huge in the eighties.

You can check out “For the First Time” now via an audio-only clip on YouTube. It’s the follow-up to Darius’s recent #1, “If I Told You.” Both tunes will be included on this fifth album for Capitol Nashville, which is due later this year.

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Jul 07

Little Big Town lends Old Dominion a hand on “Happy Endings”

RCA Records NashvilleOld Dominion’s new album, Happy Endings, will feature a dozen tracks, including a collaboration with Little Big Town.

Along with the LBT duet “Stars in the City,” the five-man-band’s sophomore effort closes with a live cut, titled “Can’t Get You.”

Fans who pre-order the record now will instantly be able to download the track “Written in the Sand,” as well as the lead single, the top-15 hit, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.” Three more songs will also be unlocked before the project’s August 25 release.

Here’s the complete track listing for Old Dominion’s second album, Happy Endings:

“No Such Things as a Broken Heart”
“Shoe Shopping”
“Not Everything’s About You”
“Hotel Key”
“Be with Me”
“Written in the Sand”
“So You Go”
“Stars in the City” (featuring Little Big Town)
“New York at Night”
“A Girl Is a Gun”
“Still Writing Songs About You”
“Can’t Get You” (Live)

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Jul 07

Coborn's recalls gluten free chocolate chip bars

Coborn’s, Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn. is recalling packages of its Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars, some of which were incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies. The Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label does not indicate the product contains milk, however the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars that are incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies do contain milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products were distributed and sold at Coborn’s and Cash Wise stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin, and Coborn’s Delivers in the Twin Cities Metro area. These products were sold between July 4, 2017 and July 6, 2017 and list an expiration date of July 10, 2017. Products with an expiration date of July 10, 2017 are the only products affected. The UPC is 7-33147-20522-8. Guests who are allergic to milk should destroy this product or return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. An internal review has found that a limited number of products were sold.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated July 6 after it was discovered the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars were incorrectly labeled with a Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label. The problem has since been corrected and all packages going forward will contain the correct label.

Consumers with questions may contain the MORE Rewards Helpline at 1-844-700-MORE (6673). 

Jul 07

“Nashville” Recap: “Ghost in This House”

CMTOn Thursday night’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Deacon Claybourne resisted the idea of a romantic future after the death of his wife, Rayna Jaymes.

While several women made overtures toward the widower, Deacon himself was shocked to find he enjoyed spending time with singer/songwriter Jessie Caine. As Zach Welles steered him toward signing her to Highway 65, Deacon tried to circumvent any chance for romance by pointing out that the relationship should remain strictly platonic.

Meanwhile, Zach Welles’ future with Will Lexington was called into question as Will discovered Zach’s multiple cellphones, and a previous boyfriend he couldn’t let go of. Though Zach eventually broke things off with his ex, Will remained doubtful about continuing their romance.

Though Scarlett O’Connor was outraged at the reporter who’d revealed Gunnar Scott wasn’t the father of her baby, she was equally distraught over the fans she disappointed by having an affair with Damien George. In the end, Scarlett was able to make peace with both sides by staging a heart-to-heart talk about bullying.

After months of supporting Juliette Barnes after her near-fatal plane crash, Avery Barkley was finally ready to step out on his own. He booked a short tour, explaining to a devastated Juliette that he wasn’t breaking things off, but simply putting himself first for a change — and that she had all the tools she needed to make it in his absence.

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

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Jul 07

How rapper Eminem helped inspire Dylan Scott's breakthrough hit, “My Girl”

Curb RecordsDylan Scott’s breakthrough hit, “My Girl,” may very well be the only country song ever inspired by the rapper Eminem.

The idea for the tune was born when Dylan was home visiting his wife Blair, back when they were just dating. 

“I moved to Nashville at 19 and she stayed in Louisiana, so we did long-distance for six years,” Dylan explains. “So I’d go home and visit her every chance I could, and this one particular time… we were riding around and she was flipping through my radio stations and she stopped when Eminem came on…”

Dylan says he’ll never forget what Blair did next.

“All of a sudden she started dancing and then she started rapping it, word-for-word,” he goes on. “You know, talking about palms are sweaty and mom’s spaghetti and all that stuff. The song was ‘Lose Yourself’,” Dylan reveals, mentioning Eminem’s 2002 smash from the 8 Mile soundtrack.

“She rapped the whole song, and I’m sitting there the whole time going ‘What is going on right now?’ You know, this shy little girl just rapping to this song, and it was hot!”

As soon as he got back to Music City, Dylan started the song that would go on to be his breakthrough.

“I just remember… telling a buddy of mine, ‘Look, I want to write a song about that moment right there,’” he recalls. “And so the more we dug into it, the more I realized, ‘Let’s just call it “My Girl”,’ and write about everything that I get to see in my girl that nobody else is particularly gonna see.”  

Fast-forward several years, and the couple is now expecting their first child. The deluxe edition of Dylan’s debut album comes out August 4.

Jul 06

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker ready for a total eclipse of the Opry

Courtesy Grand Ole OpryMark your calendars, because there’s a historic solar eclipse happening on August 21, and the Grand Ole Opry wants to help you celebrate.

Little Big TownDarius Rucker and Wynonna are just three of the stars who’ll help the country institution put on a “Total Eclipse Opry” the evening before, staging a rare Sunday night performance of the world’s longest-running radio show.  

The Opry will keep the festivities going the next day, staging a Plaza Party in front of the Grand Ole Opry House as the actual eclipse happens, from 11:58 a.m. CT until 2:54 that afternoon.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Bonnie Tyler will be along to deliver her 1983 pop smash, “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” though it would certainly be appropriate. Earlier, she scored a top-ten country hit in 1978 with “It’s a Heartache.”  

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