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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Twelve of thirteen businesses pass alcohol compliance check

Twelve of thirteen Mitchell businesses passed the latest compliance check conducted by the South Central Alcohol Task Force.  Café Teresa, Coborn’s, Casey’s General Store on North Main, Village Bowl/Spare Change Casino, Lakeview Golf Course, Walmart, Twin Dragon, All-Star Sports Bar, Cattleman’s Steakhouse, Sudz, Chef Louie’s, and Dr. Lucky’s refused to sell alcohol to a confidential, underage informant.

The lone failure occurred at Yessica’s Restaurant where the clerk did not ask to see the Confidential Informants identification, but still served the alcohol to the C-I.  This is Yessica’s Restaurant’s second failure within a 24-month period.

Jennifer Nettles Will Be "Playing with Fire" on Live TV

BMLGJennifer Nettles will soon be Playing with Fire on live TV. The female half of Sugarland will debut songs from her second solo album April 26 as part of her label’s new partnership with home shopping network HSN.

Viewers will be able to pre-order their copy of Jennifer’s CD, due May 23, along with a bonus disc that includes live versions of five songs from the project, including its first single, “Unlove You.”

You can see Jennifer’s episode of Big Machine Rocks Tuesday, April 26 at 11 p.m. ET on HSN. Here’s the complete track listing for Playing with Fire, with an asterisk noting the live versions included on the HSN bonus disc:

“Playing with Fire”
* “Unlove You”
“Hey Heartbreak”
* “Drunk in Heels”
“Stupid Girl”
“Three Days in Bed”
* “Sugar”
* “Chaser”
“Starting Over”
* “Salvation Works”
“Way Back Home”

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Hunter Hayes Duets with Fellow Best New Artist Grammy Nominee Tori Kelly on the Ryman Stage

Warner Music NashvilleIt’s not every day two Best New Artist Grammy nominees take the stage together, but this week in Music City, it happened. 2016 contender Tori Kelly surprised the crowd during her debut show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium by bringing out 2013 nominee Hunter Hayes for a duet.

The two met a dozen years ago when they both were contestants on the NBC show America’s Most Talented Kid, and it turns out they haven’t really seen each other since. That didn’t hamper them at all, however, when it came to trading lines and harmonizing on a stellar rendition of Hunter’s 2012 hit “Wanted.”

“Seriously, @torikelly you’re a rock star,” Hunter tweeted afterwards. “Glad I saw your 1st show @TheRyman & thanks for letting me be part of it!”

You can check out their collaboration for yourself on YouTube now.

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Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch Pull Pranks on New CMT Show

BMLGGet ready to see the mischievous side of Justin Moore. Thursday night, the “You Look Like I Need a Drink” singer guest stars on the premiere of YouTube prankster Ed Bassmaster’s new show on CMT. In the episode, Justin dons a disguise and comes face-to-face with one of his biggest fans, though she has no idea who he is.

Dustin Lynch also gets in on the fun, in a hilarious stunt set in a boot store. The Ed Bassmaster Show premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on CMT, and re-airs throughout the weekend. You can check out the “Mind Reader” hitmaker’s hijinks in a preview posted on CMT.com now.

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Hillary Scott Rubs Elbows with the A-List in NYC

Capitol NashvilleHillary Scott is rubbing elbows with some serious A-listers these days. The Lady Antebellum front woman recently sang at Stand Up to Cancer’s New York City gala, which was hosted by Nashvillian-turned-movie-star Reese WitherspoonSheryl CrowTony Bennett and Jamie Foxx also took the stage, performing for the likes of Katie CouricAlec Baldwin and fashion icon Donna Karan. In all, the event raised more than $42 million for cancer research.

While Lady A has been on a break and her band mate Charles Kelley has been pursuing his solo endeavors, Hillary’s been working on a project of her own. She’s been recording a gospel album with her family, which includes her Grammy-winning mother, Linda Davis.

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"Nashville" Recap: "When There's a Fire in Your Heart"

ABC On Wednesday night’s Nashville, a changed Juliette Barnes worked to win back the trust of her longtime manager and surrogate father Glenn Goodman, who was suspicious as to whether the often temperamental, impetuous star could’ve really changed.

Rayna Jaymes was determined to make Layla Grant’s new album a success, even if it meant striking out on tour with the young singer herself, after Autumn Chase rejected her as an opening act in favor of The Exes. As Gunnar Scott and Scarlett O’Connor started the tour with Autumn, they grew increasingly annoyed over the established star’s erratic behavior and her obsession with their romantic past.

Meanwhile, a desperate Layla — still reeling from Autumn’s rejection — went to Luke Wheeler, crying and begging for a spot on his show. Rayna was shocked when she learned her label’s artist had staged such a coup, but by then she liked the idea of getting back on the road herself so much, she decided to continue even without Layla.

With Rayna on the road, daughter Maddie was determined both to grow up and to continue pursuing her solo musical dreams. The underage teen ended up sneaking into a downtown bar to play a writers’ night, which closed with an ugly scene, after dad Deacon Claybourne found out and pulled her offstage after he spotted a guy making advances toward her.

Will Lexington and his ex Kevin Bicks were thrust together suddenly, as the two needed to work on the songs they’d started for Will’s upcoming album. When Will learned Kevin was already seeing somebody new, emotions boiled over, with the two eventually talking through the end of their relationship — and admitting they’d both loved each other.

In the end, Juliette’s sincerity won Glenn over, and the pair was reunited. Things were not so happy for Luke Wheeler, however, who learned his co-headliner Riff Bell had disappeared — just a day before their tour was to start.

Find out what happens next, when the drama of Nashville continues next Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Jake Owen Has a New Philosophy of Life Thanks to "American Country Love Song"

Cliff Lipson/CBSEven though Jake Owen has had quite a few big hits like “Beachin’,” “Anywhere with You” and “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” he admits it’s still encouraging when people immediately love a song, like his latest top-30 hit, “American Country Love Song.”

“In this business, people don’t realize it’s not easy,” he chuckles, “and you can put out songs that you genuinely love — I’ve had moments over the past couple years where I’ve released songs, for instance, ‘What We Ain’t Got,’ which meant the world to me. But it was a huge departure from what people kinda perceive me as, as the ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ guy. And so the song didn’t do as well as maybe we thought we would. So to put out a new song now that’s kinda back in the vein of what people have come to expect from me, it feels good to see it like back on track again and see it rollin’.”

One of the things that’s helped the song find success is the road trip Jake took in his classic VW van the week the single was released.

“We stopped off along the way, and something about driving 55 miles an hour in the right-hand lane on the interstate,” he recalls, “usually if you did that in any other vehicle, people would be mad, like honking the horn. But people gave me thumbs-up, because you can’t get mad at a ’66 Volkswagen van, seafoam green. So I just watched people smile, and we pulled off on the side of the road, stopped at truck stops. People would say, ‘Man, tell me about that van,’ we’d just get to talkin’. And it was just cool to be able to just for a minute, not be in a hurry and just say, ‘We’re headin’ to Key West,’ and tell the story and along the way just meet great people. It was good.”

Jake says his trek from Nashville to the tip of Florida also helped teach him a new life philosophy.

“Every day we wake up and you live in this world, in this beautiful country. And sometimes if you just take a minute and turn it into your playground, it’s amazing how much fun and happiness you can not only bring to yourself, but to other people. I mean it’s pretty easy just to make someone smile and ask ’em how their day is,” he reflects.

The video for “American Country Love Song” was shot along the way during Jake’s VW journey. You can relive the trek on YouTube now.

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Brothers Osborne, Kacey Musgraves and More Mark Bob Dylan's Birthday in Music City

Courtesy of The Best FestBob Dylan turns 75 in May, and Music City is throwing him a two-day party at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Brothers OsborneKacey MusgravesWynonna & the Big Noise and Emmylou Harris are just some of the country artists who’ll play songs written by the folk legend during Dylan Fest. A diverse array of artists, including KeshaHeart’s Ann Wilson and Boz Skaggs round out the bill for the May 23 and 24 shows.

The concerts are a benefit for Thistle Farms, a Nashville non-profit that works to change the lives of women who are survivors of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster.

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Mitchell educator wins national award

National Life Group announced today that Shane Thill, Director of Second Chance High School and Assistant Principal at Mitchell High School, in Mitchell, South Dakota, has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the national 2015-2016 LifeChanger of the Year award.

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes and rewards outstanding K-12 educators and school district employees who have demonstrated a proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students.

Thill was selected for the top award out of more than 600 teachers, administrators and school district employees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. He was chosen for his dedication to going above and beyond to provide opportunities for at-risk students, helping them develop confidence and leadership skills.

“Shane exemplifies what it means to be a LifeChanger. He is selfless, compassionate and genuinely concerned about making a positive difference in the lives of students,” said Mehran Assadi, President and CEO, National Life Group. “The hundreds of comments we received on his nomination profile page from students, former students, parents, colleagues and community members are proof-positive that he is indeed changing lives.”

Thill established a high school level Rotary Club, called ‘Interact,’ and has coordinated with local businesses and organizations in the community to obtain scholarship applications, volunteer opportunities and work experience options for students.  He has been known to stay up all night if students need him and invests personal time, energy and resources to help them succeed in life.

“Shane and his wife Deb opened their home up to me, helped me get a car, and cared in ways I would have never imagined,” said former student Selena Thomas. “I completed my schooling at the Alternative School in about two and a half months, but the lessons I learned went beyond the doors of that building.”

Colleagues report being inspired by Thill and many go to him for advice. Community leaders acknowledge the confident and engaged students he presents to them and appreciate his impact on Mitchell’s youth and their futures.

“I have worked with Shane for the past 10 years and he has always been an inspiration. Many of Shane’s students have every reason to fail, yet he is able to show them success,” said Mitchell High School Principal, Joe Childs. “He takes those who have little hope of succeeding, and he offers them a second chance. Shane gives all of his students a chance to buy in to the program, a chance to graduate, a chance to find success and, for many, he’s offering a chance at a better future. Many times, I have heard former students explain that they wouldn’t have made it without him.”

As the National Grand Prize Winner, Thill receives a $10,000 cash award, which is split between a $5,000 individual award and a matching $5,000 donation to Second Chance High School.

In addition to Thill, 14 other educators from across the country were recognized as 2015-16 LifeChanger of the Year finalists. Each received a cash award and was honored during a surprise ceremony at their school.