Sep 12

Hank Williams Jr. gets rowdy in new “Monday Night Football” song with Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media)Hank Williams Jr. has returned to Monday Night Football in a revamped version of his 1984 hit, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.”

The theme song, fittingly titled “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” debuted on Sepember 11 on ESPN during the season opener between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

The new version enlists the help of Florida Georgia Line and pop star Jason Derulo and marks Hank Jr.’s return to ESPN after a six-year hiatus. Hank Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” served as MNF‘s intro song for more than 20 years before the singer parted ways with the channel after comparing Barack Obama to Hitler.

“All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” has now hit YouTube and the video shows FGL rocking out with Jason and Hank Jr. at a football party with plenty of swagger.

As Hank Jr. asks, “Are you ready for some football?” FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard’s energy prove that they’re more than up for the task while singing along beside Jason.

“The spotlight’s on/ Time to stake your claim/ For Monday Night Football’s Hall of Fame,” Hank Jr. sings.

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Sep 12

Dakota Wesleyan University one of the best

Dakota Wesleyan University is once again ranked among America’s best regional colleges for the Midwest, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Colleges rankings; and this year, the university was also named one of the Best Value Schools for Midwestern regional colleges.

This is the fifth year that Dakota Wesleyan is ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges-Midwest, which includes 12 states.

“This recognition confirms the university’s commitment to academic excellence and the development of authentic leadership skills, while ensuring students are exposed to our core values of faith and service,” said Dr. Amy Novak, DWU president. “The designation as a Best Value university further validates our commitment to affordability while ensuring our graduates are truly prepared with relevant, work-place-ready skills and dispositions to become leaders.”

According to its press release, “the U.S. News rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – such as graduation and freshman retention rates.”

 Best Value Colleges were selected based on academic quality and cost and only those schools ranked in the top half of their 2018 Best Colleges ranking categories were considered.

Dakota Wesleyan University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the past five years as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest and was ranked in 2016 as one of the best online bachelor’s programs. DWU also has received recognition from Forbes Magazine, Choice Colleges, CEOWORLD Magazine, and was named a Military Friendly® school for 2017.

 

Sep 12

Watch George Strait, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw & more on star-studded “Hand in Hand” telethon lineup tonight

Hand in Hand 2017There are so many stars appearing on tonight’s Hand in Hand telethon for hurricane relief, it’s amazing they can cram them all in.

Blake Shelton is one of the stars who recently came on board, revealing he’ll be hosting the event live from Nashville. The lineup also includes appearances, performances and/or messages of support from Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Cole Swindell, Old Dominion, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Worsham, Brothers Osborne, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Jon Pardi.

The non-musical stars who’ll be appearing are equally impressive. They include Julia RobertsLeonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Fallon, Kerry Washington, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey,Reese Witherspoon, Jeremy Renner, Robin Roberts, Taraji P. Henson, Adam SandlerKate Hudson, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and more.

The telethon airs live from L.A., New York, Nashville and San Antonio, Texas on the East Coast at 8 p.m., and will replay on the West Coast at 8 p.m. PT.  It’s also on pretty much every major TV and cable network you can think of, and will stream live on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Yahoo! and platforms as well.

Donate online at HandInHand2017.com.

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Sep 12

Lee Brice and friends raise $100K for Folds of Honor

ABC/Rick RowellLee Brice recently hosted two events in Nashville to benefit Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to families of military men or women who have fallen or been disabled. In just two days, Lee and several of his friends helped to raise $100,000 for the nonprofit. 

The “Boy” singer’s inaugural Lee Brice & Friends Guitar Pull was held on September 10, while his Record Rock Celebrity Clays Shoot occurred on September 11 — both to benefit Folds of Honor.

“I’m grateful and humbled by the support of my friends, sponsors and the incredible audience at City Winery who not only paid for tickets but participated in the silent auction,” Lee says in a statement. “Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of families who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”  

On Sunday, Brice, alongside friends Charles EstenJerrod NiemannTyler FarrTim MontanaLucas Hoge, and Nick Norman performed in the round at Nashville’s City Winery. Meanwhile, Monday’s event was held at the Nashville Gun Club and included Esten, Hoge, 3 Doors Downmembers Brad ArnoldJustin Biltonen and Chris Henderson, as well as Ben GallaherLewis BriceKeith Bulluck of the Tennessee Titans, Craig CampbellNaomi CookeJim “Hacksaw” DugganRob HatchErin OpreaMorgan MillsLance MillerTim MontanaRich RossJD Shelburne, and Storme Warren.

When he’s not helping others, Lee’s busy putting the final touches on his forthcoming self-titled album, due out on November 3.

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Sep 12

Thomas Rhett met George Strait at 2017 ACM Honors

ABC/Image Group LAEven celebrities can be nervous when coming face to face with a music legend. This is exactly what happened to Thomas Rhett while at an ACM Honors photo shoot for People magazine.

People was on hand in Nashville during the filming of the 2017 ACM Honors broadcast and put together a yearbook-worthy photo op that included 21 of country music’s biggest stars. Reba McEntireJason AldeanAlan Jackson and Dolly Parton were just a few of the honorees in the building.

People reveals that, similar to any class photo, many of the artists were chatting with each other during the shoot. TR received many congratulations on the birth of his daughter, Ada James, while Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott shared some helpful advice as did Little Big Town‘s Phillip Sweet. However, there was one person in attendance that Thomas himself had never met: George Strait.

While many of the artists filtered out of the shoot, TR and King George were two of the few who remained. Mustering all the courage he could, Thomas walked up to George to introduce himself, reports People.

“Thomas Rhett,” he said as he stuck his hand out to George. “Good to meet you. I don’t think we’ve ever met.”

“I don’t think so,” Strait replied with a smile and a handshake.

“It’s a pleasure,” Thomas Rhett added. “I just wanted to say hello.”

The 2017 ACM Honors air on CBS on Friday at 9 p.m. ET. For more behind-the-scenes stories and photos, visit the magazine’s website.

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Sep 12

Carrie Underwood set to debut new tune ahead of Super Bowl

ABC/Image Group LA Sunday Night Football returned to NBC last weekend, and of course Carrie Underwood, came along with it. But later this season, Carrie has a new football-themed effort in store: Carrie’s written a new song, “The Champion,” which will debut ahead of the Super Bowl in February, reports Variety.

Carrie tells the magazine she tested the song on on her personal sports focus group — her husband, retiring Nashville Predators player Mike Fisher

“My husband loved it,” Carrie tells Variety. “He would listen to it before playoff games. He was like ‘I want everyone to hear it!’ and I had to tell him, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t play it in the locker room. I’m sorry.’ But that was a good indicator that we were on the right track.”

Sunday Night Football Executive Producer Fred Gaudelli thinks “The Champion” is a song we’ll be hearing for a long time.

“I think it’s going to become a sports anthem,” he says. “It’s going to be one of those songs that you see cut to highlights for the next 25 years.”

Carrie’s has been opening NBC’s Sunday Night Football opening since 2013.

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Sep 12

Shania, Kelsea, and Taylor: The superstar collaboration that could be on the way

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhen Shania Twain set out to make her first studio album in 15 years, the Canadian superstar was determined to write the entire project by herself. Now that the record is finished, though, Shania is entertaining the possibility of teaming up with some other artists in the future.

Both Kelsea Ballerini and Taylor Swift have made no secret of how much they adore the pop/country icon, and Shania herself feels much the same way.

“I’d love to collaborate with both those girls,” Shania says. “I admire them both. Kelsea Ballerini couldn’t be a sweeter person. She’s very genuine and sincere. She’s passionate about what she’s doing, so it’s a compliment when she says those things about me and to me. She’s a real sweetheart.”

As for Taylor, you could make a strong argument that Shania paved the way for her massive crossover success from country to pop, though she’s hesitant to claim any credit.

“She’s been so gracious over the years, and always referring to me,” Shania says of Taylor. “And she’s just a really cool person, you know. I can just sit with her and chat and get real, so [she’s] definitely somebody I could sit around and write a song with, for sure.”

Shania’s new album, NOW, comes out September 29.

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Sep 11

Dustin Lynch previews upcoming Ride or Die Tour

ABC/Randy HolmesDustin Lynch has spent the past two years opening for country superstars including Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley, but come fall he’ll be headlining a tour of his own. The “Small Town Boy” singer recently sat down with Music Choice to discuss what fans can expect from his upcoming 2017 Ride or Die Tour.

“We’ve been blessed to have enough hits now where I can play a 45-minute set and not get to any new music,” he says. “But, having a new album, I want to play some new songs and start getting a feel for those live. The Ride or Die Tour is going to be a great way to get the new music out there.”

Dustin will be bringing along friends LancoRyan Hurd and Michael Ray for the 11-city trek. Since each of the artists has had a successful 2017, Dustin likens the tour to being a victory lap.

The Ride or Die Tour begins on November 3 in Fayetteville, N.C. and wraps December 17 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Expect the singer to play his most recent number one hits — “Seein’ Red” and “Small Town Boy” — as well as new songs from his latest album, Current Mood.

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Sep 11

Jennifer Nettles releases 9/11 tribute song “King of the City”

Natasha Moustache/CMAJennifer Nettles has released a poignant ballad to mark the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11. The song, titled “King of the City,” was inspired by the story of an immigrant window washer who perished in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
 
“It has been so long since I started writing this song, but I was only able to finish it in the last year,” Nettles says in a statement. “I was inspired by the political tensions in our country right now. I want to humanize the immigrant story as an American story, and allow people a different narrative from what they might be seeing on the news or in their communities.”

“It’s true I wasn’t born here / But my heart is sworn here,” she sings from the perspective of a man named Jose. The powerful story song tells the tale of a man who sees the first plane crash into the building before he perishes himself. “That day on my perch, I made it a church / And I prayed for each soul to fly home.”

“September 11 was such a tragedy that everyone rallied around,” she says. “We all hurt on that day, we were all Americans and all patriots, and the immigrant story is the real American dream — to come and build your life in this place.” 

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Sep 11

Kip Moore, Tony Hawk raise money for hurricane relief at “Music City Skate Jam”

The GreenRoomKip Moore combined his love for music and skateboarding for a good cause on Sunday when he teamed up with international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk in downtown Nashville for a charity event called Music City Skate Jam.

The free concert and skating exposition, held at Music City Walk of Fame Park, served as a fundraiser to aid hurricane relief.  It also brought awareness to both Kip and Tony’s foundations, which aim to build skateparks for kids in inner cities.

Moore headlined the evening while Hawk and other professional skateboarders took part in an hour-long skate demo. Jordan Davis and Dee Jay Silver were also on hand to perform at the event.

While the event is over, donations are still being accepted through September 15 at 5 p.m. CT by texting HAWK to 52182. You can also visit hawk.gesture.com to bid on special event auction items. 

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