Parmalee Shows Off Their "Roots" with First Single from Sophomore Album

BBR Music GroupIn the past few days, radio programmers all across the country got an unusual package, thanks to the guys in Parmalee. The North Carolina natives mailed out the follow-up single to their top ten hit, “Already Callin’ You Mine” in a cardboard CD cover cut-out in the shape of the Tar Heel State. The elaborate packaging is a reference to the song’s title, “Roots.”

The foursome debuted the song during a private brunch in Las Vegas the weekend of the ACM Awards, recalling how they went to the head of their label for help, when they were worried Luke Bryan might compete to record the song. On Monday, they shared the first taste of “Roots” and its video on social media. You’ll be able to download or stream the first single from Parmalee’s sophomore album April 29.

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Our NEW SINGLE Roots is at radio now and available everywhere 4/29!!! #roots

— Parmalee (@parmalee) April 11, 2016

Garth Brooks Challenges Wayne Gretzky to Take to the Ice with Carrie Underwood

Mark TuckerIt looks like the puck is in Wayne Gretzky’s arena, in the latest development in the fun-filled caper involving Garth BrooksCarrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher.

In case you’re not keeping up — it all started when Carrie Instagrammed a video of her hockey-playing husband quite ably singing along to Garth’s hit, “The River,” around the first of the year. When Garth saw it, he issued the invitation for Mike to join him onstage for a duet. Last week, the two finally managed to get together to do a little harmonizing for fans on the internet. When the American Idol winner saw it, she feigned jealousy, vowing to take to the ice with hockey icon Wayne Gretzky in retribution.

“That was fun,” Garth commented backstage before his first show last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. “That was a good little jab at Carrie and I loved her response about Gretzky. So, I think the plan is we gotta get Gretzky now to get Carrie in full gear and get her out skating. I think that’s it. So Wayne, I’m calling you out!”

Then, the Country Music Hall of Famer hinted that we haven’t heard the last of his musical collaboration with the Nashville Predators captain. “I have a date with Carrie’s husband first, actually in Nashville to complete the duet. This is gonna be good!” he teased.

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Keith Urban Says an Eclectic Array of Performers and the Passing of Merle Haggard Will Make the Sixth All for the Hall Benefit Unique

ABC/Image Group LAHaving already done half a dozen benefits to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Keith Urban confesses it’s more than his belief in the cause that keeps him and his cohort Vince Gill coming back year after year.

“Vinnie and I love doing it for the same reasons,” the “Wasted Time” singer says. “I mean, we raise a lot of money for the Hall, we raise a lot of awareness for the Hall and what they do. But, yeah, Vinnie and I get to play guitar for everybody, so you know, it’s two guitar players — it’s a lot of fun!”

This year’s All for the Hall concert is titled Mashville:  The Music City in 2016, and with a talent roster that features everyone from rock gods to ultra-traditionalists to the ultra-progressive, Vince and Keith can be sure they’ll always be on their toes.

“We get to sit in with everybody. It’s such a diverse lineup this year,” Keith observes. “It’s celebrating the diversity of Nashville, which is why it’s called Mashville, and everybody is here. I mean, everyone lives in town, from Emmylou Harris to Peter [Frampton] to Sam Hunt to Jason Isbell to Luke BryanFlorida Georgia Line, everybody. It’s so eclectic!”

Keith believes it’s the laid-back atmosphere of these shows that helps make them so special.

“I mean as much as we rehearse and everything else, there’s still an incredible amount of spontaneity and looseness to this show, which for me is an important part of All for the Hall. It’s meant to be much more organic. It’s not slick. It’s not hyper-produced. It’s a very loose, organic affair, and I think the people get to see something that they never see anywhere else because of that.”

Our most substantial peek at Tuesday night’s set list comes as Keith reveals the impact Merle Haggard’s passing last week has had on the gathering.

“We’re celebrating the diversity by everyone doing one of their own songs and in a lot of cases they’ve chosen somebody else’s songs. Certainly this year, there’s a few people doing Merle Haggard songs. We’re gonna do a big tribute at the end of the night, so it’ll be a fun night for us.”  

Keith revealed he was particularly pleased to find out Sam Hunt is one of the people who’ll be performing a Haggard song. The 2016 benefit starts at 7:30 p.m. CT at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Blake Shelton Releases New Single, "Savior's Shadow" to Christian Radio

NBC/David LaChapelleBy now, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected from Blake Shelton, but even so, his latest career move is one not a lot of folks saw coming. He’s releasing “Savior’s Shadow,” the second single from his new album, to Christian radio this week. His comments about how he wrote the song are even more compelling, considering his sudden divorce from Miranda Lambert in the summer.

“At a very dark time in my life last year I dreamed the first verse of this song,” he says. “I woke up and immediately wrote it down. Now, looking back, I know it was God’s way of telling me that he’s here and things are gonna be OK.”

Blake’s album, If I’m Honest, comes out May 20. You can download or stream “Savior’s Shadow” now.  

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Carrie Underwood Heads Down Under with Keith Urban in December

Arista NashvilleJust a few days ago, Keith Urban announced his new album, Ripcord, will feature a duet with Carrie Underwood, and he remarked he’s hoping the two will get the chance to perform “The Fighter” together onstage. Now, we know that’s pretty much a sure thing: Carrie will join Keith for the Australian leg of Keith’s tour this December.

This will be the third trip “down under” for the “Church Bells” singer, who did album promotion there in 2011, and returned in 2012 on her Blown Away tour.

Here’s the complete itinerary for the Australian leg of Keith Urban’s Ripcord trek:

12/6 — Adelaide, Australia, Entertainment Centre
12/8 — Melbourne, Australia, Rod Laver Arena
12/10 — Canberra, Australia, GIO Stadium
12/12 — Sydney, Australia, Allphones Arena
12/16 — Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre
12/17 — Brisbane, Australia, Entertainment Centre

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Local Sports

The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team’s bats were quieted by conference leading Morningside College in a doubleheader yesterday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.  The Tigers scored two early, but were shut down the rest of the way in a 9-2 loss in game one, while the #14 Mustangs broke out late to pull away for a 5-1 win in the finale.  The losses drop DWU softball to 23-15 overall and 6-4 in the GPAC.  DWU freshman Savannah Ahumada drove in her team leading 36th run with a first-inning triple in game one and later scored on an RBI single from freshman Sierra Haage.  The Tigers were limited to just three hits the rest of the way as Morningside, 27-5 overall and 8-0 in the GPAC, built to its lead throughout.  Freshman pitcher Hallie Misiaszek took the loss in game one, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits, while walking four and striking out two. Misiaszek is 8-4 this season.  The teams battled in a low-scoring game in the finale, as the score was tied at one through four innings.  DWU got its lone run in the third inning on a RBI single from freshman Karly Severance.  After taking a one-run lead in the fifth, Morningside got three insurance runs in the seventh to put the game away as DWU left nine runners on base in the loss.  Haage was charged with the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on nine hits, while walking two and striking out four.  She is 10-5 this season.  Morningside has won 14 games in a row.  The Tigers continue conference play against Hastings College at 1:00pm and 3:00pm Saturday at McWhirter Field in Mitchell.  Hastings is 23-13 overall but 0-6 in the GPAC.  Sunday the Tiger softball team will host Midland University at 1:00pm and 3:00pm and then the Tigers travel to Mount Marty to battle the Lancers in Yankton on Wednesday at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.   


The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team, 16-13 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC, will hit the road for a conference doubleheader against Northwestern College today at 5:00pm and 7:00pm in Orange City Iowa.  Northwestern is 14-16 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC.  The Tigers swept Northwestern 5 to 4 and 16 to 8 in Mitchell back on March 25th.  The Tiger baseball team will also host Midland University on Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, host Mayville State on Wednesday also at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  The Tiger baseball team will be at home at Cadwell Park 10 out of their next 11 games. 


Mitchell’s Athletic Director Geoff Gross has been named one of the Region AD’s of the Year from the South Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association.  The announcement was made at their spring conference in Sioux Falls last month.  Gross was named Region 6 Athletic Director of the Year along with Tim Hawkins of Ethan, named Region 5 AD of the Year.  Congrats to Geoff Gross and Tim Hawkins on your honor.     


The Mitchell boy’s tennis team will host their season home opener today when they welcome St. Thomas More to Hitchcock Park.  The dual match starts at 12:30pm.  After today the tennis team will be at O’Gorman on Tuesday for a dual that starts at 4:00pm.   


The Kernel track and field team will be in Huron today and in Yankton next Tuesday for their next action.  Today starts at 3:30pm and Tuesday starts at 4:00pm.  The Corn Palace Relays here in Mitchell will be held on Saturday April 16th


The Mitchell spring baseball team, 4-0 overall, will host Brandon Valley tonight at Cadwell Park in a doubleheader at 5:00pm and 7:00pm followed by a Saturday doubleheader at home against Watertown at 4:00pm and 6:00pm.  KORN will start spring baseball coverage on Saturday at 4:00pm on AM 1490 KORN and on-line at 


The Mitchell Kernel girl’s golf team will tee-off their season on April 14th at Harrisburg at Spring Creek Country Club starting at 10:00am.


It’s the 13th Annual KORN/Q107 Elite Eight Athletes of the Year Award.  KORN/Q107-3 and The Depot of Mitchell are coming together to recognize our area’s Elite 8 Athletes of the Year.  Male or Female athletes of any sport are eligible.  There will be eight males and eight females from our area that will represent our Elite group.  A banquet will be held in their honor on Thursday night, May 19th in the Freight House Room of the Depot in Mitchell at 6:30 pm.  As with any award, there are some criteria.  The athletes must be a junior or a senior, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be involved in community activities.  If you are a coach and have an eligible candidate for the KORN/Q107 Elite 8 Athlete of the Year, please submit a nomination form with the information that is required.  Entries are to be received no later than May 7th. For more details or to obtain a nomination form, contact Steve Morgan at 1-605-996-1490. 


The Minnesota Twins were swept in a three-game series at Baltimore after their 4 to 2 loss last night.  Phil Hughes took the loss despite tossing six strong innings.  Trevor May came on to pitch the final two innings.  Joe Mauer had a homerun for the Twins, 0-3 overall.  The Twins head to Kansas City for a three game series with the Royals starting tonight at 7:15pm.  Ervin Santana will start tonight after pitching on Monday in a rain delayed game in Baltimore.  Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco will get the nod on Saturday and Sunday.  The Twins host the Chicago White Sox on Monday for the home opener at Target Field in Minneapolis.      

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Delmont church looking to the future

DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — Members of Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont celebrated Easter in the town’s community center, but they hope to be worshipping in a new church come Christmas.

The congregation’s century-old church was destroyed by a May 2015 tornado that damaged or destroyed dozens of structures and injured nine people.

Head Trustee Jim Kaufman says the final blueprint for a new church is being sent to five contractors for bids. The goal is to start construction sometime next month.

Kaufman says parishioners never considered not rebuilding. He says six generations of his family have attended Zion Lutheran.

Kaufman also says that with insurance money and donations providing the necessary resources, it’s a “no-brainer” to rebuild.

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Museum re-modeling complete

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The Prehistoric Indian Village in Mitchell is opening its remodeled Boehnen Memorial Museum on Friday.

The renovation began in the fall of 2014. It includes a new audio-visual technology wing, exhibits, gift shop, lighting and a newly configured entrance. A large teaching garden also has been added to the museum’s grounds.

Village Executive Director Cindy Gregg says the project will give visitors an expanded educational experience.

The site is a 1,000 year-old Native American village being excavated each summer by students from the University of Exeter in England and Augustana University in Sioux Falls. It’s the only active archaeological site open to the public in South Dakota.

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The Golden Egg has been found

Laura Jorgenson and Trish Carlson will split the $1000 in radio fun money.  The egg came in on Wednesday morning, but they said they found it on Tuesday evening.

Congratulations Laura Jorgenson and Trish Carlson

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"Little Bit of You" Started as a String of Texts with Chase Bryant's Ex-Girlfriend

BBR Music GroupChase Bryant’s second single, “Little Bit of You,” is not only the biggest hit of his career so far, it also has a serious shot at going number one — not too bad for a song that was a bit of an accident.

“Man, it was kinda one of those songs that just happened spontaneously. We weren’t really meaning to write that one, it kinda just happened,” he recalls. “It was a text message back and forth between me and my ex-girlfriend that I was with at the time, and that’s really kinda how it started. It was just kind of a log of text chains that had kinda come back and forth and back and forth.”

From there, Chase says he ended up writing a straightforward song about what it’s like to be away from the one you love.

“I felt like I just was like ready to write a song that wasn’t trying to be clever and wasn’t trying to be anything contrived. It was just one of those songs that just said, ‘I need you here, that’s what it is, and I need you here now.’ And that’s really how it got written, too. You know what I mean? I think it’s just a real sum-up of what the sky looks like at midnight and what you need there beside you.”  

The Texas native also managed to craft a song that has some longevity. “Little Bit of You” has been on the charts for almost a year.

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