"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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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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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

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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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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Alabama Teams Up with Alison Krauss for New Single, "Come Find Me"

BMGIf you listen closely, you’ll hear Alison Krauss singing on Alabama’s new single, “Come Find Me.” The Country Music Hall of Famers are releasing a second song from their Southern Drawl album that came out last fall, just as they launch their 2016 tour of the same name. They play their first date May 12 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to having an impressive collection of 27 Grammys, Alison also has a pretty good track record as a duet partner. Her guest vocals on Brad Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullaby,” as well as Shenandoah’s “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” from 1994 both resulted in big hits. Her cover of Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All” was a chart topper in 1995 as well.

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Frankie Ballard's Texas-Recorded "El Rio" Due June 10

Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard traveled to the Sonic Ranch south of El Paso, Texas, to record his new album, El Rio, due out June 10.  

“I’m very proud of the work [producer] Marshall [Altman] and I did on El Rio. We busted our a** to be better,” he says candidly. “It’s been a spiritual journey. This album has already changed my life, and nobody’s heard it yet.”

The record’s lead single, “It All Started with a Beer,” has already cracked the top 25.

“On the surface, it’s a love story about two folks meeting in a bar and having a beer,” Frankie esays.  “From there, the relationship blossomed into something long lasting and now they’re looking back, going, ‘Man look at this great relationship we got, and it started so simply, with just a beer.’ So many people can relate to the idea. But also, one of the deeper meanings of that song is sometimes the biggest s*** that happens to you in life doesn’t start in a big way. That makes me hopeful for the future.”

You can check out the video for the “Sunshine & Whiskey” singer’s latest hit on YouTube now.

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Zac Brown Addresses Being in a Florida Hotel Room as Several People Were Arrested

ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown took to social media Friday afternoon to address TMZ’s reports that he was in a Florida hotel room when several people were arrested for drug possession.

“My dad always said nothing good ever happens when you stay out late,” the Zac Brown Band leader posted on Facebook. “It’s a lesson I learned the hard way last week, being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I attended a private gathering at a Miami-area hotel and had only been there for a short time when police officers arrived and arrested two people in the room who had just showed up a few minutes before. I did not know these people and had no idea that there were drugs in their possession,” he wrote.

“I cooperated fully with the authorities and am not part of any ongoing police investigation. Everyone is responsible for their actions, and I regret using poor judgment and putting myself in that position,” he added.

“I am focused on continuing to make great music for my fans, and on representing my family and community well with our philanthropic work,” the “Beautiful Drug” hitmaker asserted. “And next time I’ll make sure to remember what my dad taught me,” he concluded.

ZBB has just released the new single “Castaway” from their Jekyll + Hyde album. This weekend, they put on their Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Kip Moore Gets Romantic on the Beach

MCA NashvilleAvid surfer Kip Moore admits there’s another thing or two he might enjoy doing on the beach, confessing he’s had some memorable romantic moments in the sand.

“I’m not going to say with who — I’d never do that — but it was St. Simons Island, and this was many, many years ago,” the “Running for You” hitmaker tells People. “I brought a blanket out to the beach and I can remember we laid there probably until 4 or 5 in the morning and made out several times and drank lots of wine.”

This weekend, Kip plays the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it turns out he has some musical oceanside fantasies as well.

“I’d like to kick back around a fire on a beach night with a couple of guitars and Bonnie Raitt. There ain’t nothing that’s not cool about Bonnie Raitt. I feel like she has a lot of stories and I feel like we’d do a lot of picking and I’ve got a feeling that she could kick back some drinks and some other stuff, too,” he jokes.

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Jason Aldean Announces Six String Circus US Tour

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesJason Aldean just finished a run of shows Down Under earlier this year.  Now he’s hitting the road back home in the USA.

The newly-minted ACM Entertainer of the Year will launch his Six String Circus Tour May 19 in Rogers, AR, playing 27 dates in all in 27 cities before wrapping things up October 1 in Bristow, VA.  Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses both will support Jason on the road.

A highlight of the outing will be September 9, when Jason will become the first country artist to play Boston’s famed Fenway Park.  He’ll also have a special guest for that show: co-headliner Kid Rock.

“It was really cool to go over and play Australia for the first time last month, but there’s nothing like shows at home,” Aldean says in a statement. “I’m looking forward to Kid Rock meeting up with us in Boston, we’ve played each other’s shows and been friends for a while, so actually getting to do a full night together somewhere as iconic as Fenway Park is going to be a huge.”

Tickets for the first few shows are on sale now, and you’ll only have to wait until Friday, April 22 to buy tickets to the Fenway Park show.  Check out JasonAldean.com for all the info.

Here are the Six String Circus Tour dates:

5/19 — Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
5/20 — Kansas City, MO, Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
5/21 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy  Pavilion
6/17 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/24 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/26 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/14 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/15 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/21 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/22 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/12 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/13 — San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/14 — San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
8/18 — Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/19 — Mtn. View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/20 — Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
9/9 — Boston, MA, Fenway Park (with Kid Rock)
9/11 — Hartford, CT, The XFINITY Theatre
9/15 — Hershey, PA, HersheyPark Stadium
9/16 — Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/17 — Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
9/22 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
9/23 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
9/24 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
9/29 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/30 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
10/1 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live

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