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Blake Shelton Wants You to Get Your Ticket Refunds

Are you still waiting on a ticket refund from a cancelled concert this year?  You're not alone and BLAKE SHELTON is on your side.  It started after a fan on Twitter asked him to cancel a show instead of postponing it so they could get a refund.



When a show is cancelled the venue offers refunds.  But if it's postponed, they usually ask fans to hang onto the ticket and use it for a makeup date.  Well, it seems the lines between the two have been getting blurred.



Blake cancelled his whole tour, which meant everyone should've been given the option of getting their money back.  But a lot of them weren't, so they sent him screenshots that showed the concert labeled as postponed.  He decided to get to the bottom of it. 



He wrote, "Hey guys we are working on this ticket refund thing.  There are a lot of vendors involved and it's a web for sure and I don't think it's any one person's fault.  It's been a nightmare and confusing year for everyone at every level."



He also posted details on how to get a Ticketmaster refund.  

Old Dominion's "Meow Mix" Album Has Meows Instead of Words

2020 just keeps on giving.  OLD DOMINION has released a "Meow Mix" version of their self-titled third album.  (That's the one that came out last fall.)



They called it "Meow Mix" because they replaced all the words with meows.  It's NOT singing cats . . . it's MATTHEW RAMSEY singing "meow" instead of the words. 



The album was a surprise, although they did tease it all week.  They posted random photos of cats on social media, so fans knew something was up. 



And then Friday's post featured the cover of last fall's album, but with "cat heads" superimposed on their bodies. 


They wrote, "Cat's out of the bag.  We are re-releasing our entire album, only this time it's all 'meows.'  Sometimes you gotta be silly.  #ODmeowmix is out meow."  



Tim McGraw Says He's Getting More Emotional With Age

Tim McGraw already revealed that he cried when he recorded his latest single, “I Called Mama,” just as he did the first time he tried to sing it for his wife, Faith Hill.


Tim has even gotten choked up talking about the song during interviews, and of course it has to do with the subject matter, but Tim tells us it's also because he's turned into a really emotional guy. 


“Gosh, I don’t know. At 53 I probably don’t self-examine as much as I should, but I think I’m learning that I’m getting more and more emotional, I think. I’m getting more and more emotional about everything, and maybe I’ve been headin’ that direction for a while but maybe this time has really sped that process up. I mean, I can cry at commercials now. It’s ridiculous.”



Thomas Rhett Surprises Healthcare Workers With Virtual Performance

Billboard reports that Thomas Rhett surprised healthcare workers recently with an acoustic, virtual performance. The artist teamed up with Cisco and Live Nation for the event, which was planned for workers at Banner Health in Arizona and Colorado and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. 


"It was really special to be able to surprise this group of healthcare workers because I’m so appreciative of their incredible work and bravery through this crazy time," Rhett said in a statement. 


"Even though I can’t thank them all in person right now, this was a really cool way to stay connected and offer up my gratitude face-to-face."


He also told his audience, "You guys are my heroes. I have a lot of family who work in healthcare and y'all inspire me to wanna be a better human being."



Kane Brown Sings With Vets on "Homesick" Benefit Remix, Talks Getting Lost on His Own Property

Kane Brown is honoring America's heroes with a remix of his Experiment single, "Homesick." The Boot reports that Brown is backed up on the new "Veterans' Version" of the track with vocals laid down by a handful of real-life retired military members who recorded their contributions from home.


"'Homesick' is personal to me," Brown says in a video documenting the making of the new version. "I fell asleep listening to it and I woke up and I just had this vision [that] the military could relate to this song because they're never home." Adds retired Marine J.W. Cortes, one of Brown's new backup singers, "I know what it feels like to be homesick and to long to get back with family members and with friends," while Naval retiree Generald Wilson says, "Just being a part of this is amazing to me."


For every "Homesick" listen, Crown Royal will pack one of its signature purple bags to donate as a care package to the nonprofit organization Packages From Home. The brand will also donate a dollar, up to $100,000, to Minority Veterans of America.




And speaking of Kane Brown being "Homesick," it seems the singer is on tour so much that he finds it impossible to find his way back home again--literally.


This week, Brown admitted to new Extra correspondent (and fellow country singer) Jana Kramer that he once wound up lost on his own property for a whopping seven hours, finally calling the cops to rescue him.


"We have 30 acres, and it’s all woods... It started raining, and it started getting dark, and we started running out of gas, and we couldn’t find our trail back," he explains. "So we ended up having to call the cops, and walking down.”

Brad Paisley Drops Star-Studded Video for "No I in Beer"

Brad Paisley's quarantine song, "No I in Beer," now has a fan- and celeb-filled video, according to Entertainment Tonight Canada


Paisley, who edited the video himself, sought fan submissions earlier this year; over 225 people are in the final version of the clip. 


Stars like Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Peyton Manning appear in the video. Lindsay Ell, Jimmie Allen and Clayton Kershaw also make appearances. 


Paisley released the song in April.


Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Recorded a Song While Quarantining

BLAKE SHELTON and GWEN STEFANI recorded a song together while quarantining.  It's called "Happy Anywhere" . . . and they'll debut it on the "Today" show this Friday.



Blake said, quote, "We've all been in quarantine and lockdown . . . and hopefully we've been doing that with somebody that we really love and enjoy being around.  That's what happened with me and Gwen this summer, and this entire year."



Before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, Blake and Gwen teamed up for a ballad called "Nobody But You".  It became Blake's 27th #1 hit, and Gwen's first on the country charts.

Carrie Underwood Announces Her 1st Christmas Album "My Gift"

Country superstar Carrie Underwood has announced that she will be releasing her very first Christmas album called My Gift on September 25, USA Today reports.


"Now more than ever, we need to focus on what Christmas is about and rely more on our family," Underwood says in a new promotional video. "Even though it has been a tough year, sometimes I feel like the greatest realizations can come at the worst times... And it makes you more thankful for the things that you do have."


There's no word yet as to what songs will be included, but according to a press release, it will feature  "a combination of beloved traditional favorites... as well as original material."


A vinyl edition of the album will also be available on October 30. 

Luke Combs Broke Another Billboard Record

LUKE COMBS' "What You See Is What You Get" is in its 25th week at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.  He's the only artist to have their first TWO albums top that chart for 25 weeks.  His debut, "This One's For You", spent 50 weeks there.



He broke the record that was held by Taylor Swift.  Her first two albums spent 24 or more weeks at the top.  Her self-titled debut was Number One for 24 weeks, and her follow-up, "Fearless", stayed there for 35 weeks. 


Kip Moore's Ford Bronco Commercial Is Manly, and There's Some Truth to It

Have you seen KIP MOORE's Ford Bronco commercial?  The three-minute-long version shows you how Kip and the Bronco are both rugged and sexy. 



You hear "Red White Blue Jean American Dream" play in the background as he drives through rough terrain until he finds a place to take off his shirt and do some rock climbing.  But Kip's also a thoughtful guy and they put some of that in there too. 



At the beginning he says, quote, "The most difficult part of being a musician . . . you have to be all in.  You have to live it and breathe it.  It's dominated so much of my life that I've neglected so many other pieces of my life.  I'm trying to find that balance."


The Chicks Almost Changed Their Name to "MEN"

Last month, The Dixie Chicks dropped the "Dixie" from their name due to the term's racially charged connotation.


But before they became The Chicks, they considered becoming MEN.


"The one I leaned toward the most if we didn’t go with the Chicks, or couldn’t go with the Chicks legally, was gonna be MEN," Natalie Maines told Vulture, explaining that the acronym would stand for the first initial in each band members' name (Martie, Emily, Natalie).


"I liked that we would go from Chicks to MEN."


As Taste of Country notes, the word "chick" is sometimes used as slang for a woman, which some people find offensive.

Darius Rucker's Annual St. Jude Benefit Concert Goes Virtual for 2020

Darius Rucker's annual Darius and Friends benefit for St. Jude's Children Hospital is going virtual this year. MusicRow reports that Rucker will be joined by the likes of Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for this year's event, which will be available as a pay-per-view livestream on Thursday, July 30, starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.


Fans can check it out at or on the LiveXLive app. “Even though we can’t all get together for a normal concert right now, it’s important that we continue to support St. Jude and the amazing work that they do,” Rucker says in a statement.

“I hope we can bring a fun night of music to everyone watching from home while also raising money for this important cause.”


Tickets go on sale July 10 and start at $15, with VIP options priced at $50-$100. Now in its 11th year, Rucker's annual fundraiser has bought in more than $2 million for St. Jude's to date.

Tim McGraw Announces New Album "Here on Earth," Shares Video for Title Track

Tim McGraw revealed this week that he'll release his 16th studio album, Here On Earth, on August 21.


The 16-track project will be the country star's first solo LP since 2015’s Damn Country Music and includes lead single "I Called Mama," which McGraw dropped back in May to coincide with Mother's Day.


A press release describes Here on Earth as "a collection of songs McGraw brought together to create vignettes of shared human emotions such as love, relationships, introspection and fun," penned by such A-list songwriters as Lori McKenna, Shane McAnally, Luke Laird, Ross Copperman, and Laura Veltz.


To celebrate the news, McGraw also shared the official music video for Here on Earth's title track on Thursday. He's also promised to mark the LP's release date next month with "a first-of-its-kind livestream experience."


Blake Shelton to Stage Drive-In Concert Event on July 25 With Gwen Stefani & Trace Adkins

Blake Shelton is following in Garth Brooks' footsteps--and taking his talents to a drive-in theater near you. The country A-lister announced Wednesday that he'll stage a concert event on July 25 at more than 300 drive-ins across America alongside girlfriend Gwen Stefani and pal Trace Adkins.


The Country Daily reports that the one-night-only event was filmed exclusively for the drive-in experience as part of a new series presented by Encore Live dubbed Encore Drive-In Nights. 


“This is such a great way to enjoy music with your family and friends and stay safe,” Shelton says in a statement.


“We’re going to go back and play old hits like ‘Austin,’ newer songs like ‘God’s Country’ and we might even introduce something brand new!"


He added on Twitter, "Can't wait for July 25." Tickets go on sale on next Tuesday, July 14, at 12 p.m. local time. Tickets cost $114.99 per vehicle, up to six people.


Here are a few local Drive-In Theaters participating:


Dixie Twin Drive-In Theater - Dayton OH and Tibbs Drive-In Theater - Indianapolis IN


Full list here.


Now the Singer Lady A Wants $10 Million from the Band Lady A

Remember when LADY ANTEBELLUM and Seattle blues singer Anita White agreed to share the name LADY A?  Turns out they were still hammering out the details, and Anita did NOT like what she was hearing.



She hired a new legal team and they smelled blood.  They sent an agreement asking for an "exorbitant monetary demand."  How much?  $10 million.  The band might be doing well, but not that well.  They filed suit yesterday in a Nashville court.



And it looks like they have a strong case.  According to "Billboard", they registered the Lady A name back in 2011.  And they've been "using Lady Antebellum and Lady A interchangeably since 2006-2007."  No one challenged them about it until this year.



What the band wants is a "court declaration" saying they can lawfully use the Lady A trademark and continue to use it without infringing on anyone's rights.  They're also willing to keep sharing the name with Anita.



(The $10 million figure is not mentioned in the lawsuit.  The band announced that number in a statement they released.  You can read it, here.)

Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels Dead at 83

Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charlie Daniels passed away at the age of 83 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, on Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, his publicist confirmed.


Also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Daniels is best known for his smash hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," while his eponymous band's other hits included "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The Legend of Wooley Swamp."


Daniels, who had planned to tour with The Marshall Tucker Band in 2020 before virtually all tours were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, is survived by wife Hazel and son Charlie Jr.


Garth Brooks' Drive-In Concert on Saturday Set a Record

Over 350,000 people were at the drive-in watching GARTH BROOKS' live stream simulcast concert on Saturday.  That was enough to make it the largest one-night show ever at outdoor theaters in North America.



All the drive-ins followed the local CDC guidelines that included staff wearing personal protective equipment . . . vehicles parked six feet away from each other . . . and limited capacity in restrooms.


Kane Brown Made History at the BET Awards

KANE BROWN performed "Worldwide Beautiful" on Sunday's "Black Entertainment Television Awards".  Hard to believe, but it was the first time the show featured a performance from a black male solo country artist.



It was a two-part segment that started with gospel singer JONATHAN MCREYNOLDS doing his song "People".  Then he made way for Kane who performed "Worldwide Beautiful" with his full band.



(Here's the video.  Kane's song starts at 2:44.)


Chase Rice "Addressed" Saturday's Non-Social Distancing Concert

CHASE RICE posted a video addressing the controversy about his non-social distancing concert on Saturday.  It's mostly an account of what happened, and how he's planning to move forward.



He started by saying everybody had a blast, and it wasn't until he posted a clip from the show that people had a "big problem."  He said he understands that "there are a lot of different opinions on COVID-19" . . . and his biggest concern are his fans.



Quote, "You guys are everything, and your safety is a huge priority.  So moving forward, I have a drive-in show on Friday.  Take your trucks, take your cars.  You have your own space, you can get out of your cars, you can get out of your trucks and party with me. 



"But stay in your own space, stay with the people you came with.  The biggest thing for all of us is the safer we are now, the quicker we get to actual, normal live shows.  Thank you for understanding, please go by the rules." 


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Kenny Chesney Announces "Happy Does" as Next Single After "Here & Now" Hits #1

Kenny Chesney just can't stop dropping hits.


After the title track from his latest album Here and Now became his 31st #1 single this week, the country superstar is hoping for more of the same with the release of the next single off the project, "Happy Does."



Chesney says about the upbeat tune, “Being happy, and being thankful, and being humble, and having gratitude--those are the things I try to lean on, and when I heard ‘Happy Does,’ it made me smile a lot. And I really believe it’s the kind of song my audience will gravitate to.”


Happy Does" was written by Brad Clawson, Brock Berryhill, Greylan James, and Jamie Paulin.


There Wasn't Much Social Distancing at Chase Rice's or Chris Janson's Concerts on Saturday

CHASE RICE and CHRIS JANSON did shows in different parts of the country on Saturday . . . and people are mad at both of them for, well, acting as if there's no pandemic.



They each posted videos that didn't show much, if any, social distancing.  Chase's show was at Tennessee's Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.  It used to be a maximum-security prison, but now it's a concert venue. 



There were around 1,000 people, and the video on his Instagram Story showed the audience jammed shoulder-to-shoulder and singing along at the top of their lungs.  It's hard to find anyone wearing a mask.  He took the clip down yesterday. 


(You can still check it outhere.)


Chris was part of the Highway 30 Music Fest in Filer, Idaho and his video showed him playing to a "sea of fans."  He also deleted his clip yesterday.  (Here's a different video from the fest that shows fans and other acts.)



KELSEA BALLERINI hit up Twitter to call out Chase.  She said, "Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people's health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a NORMAL country concert right now.


"@ChaseRiceMusic, we all want [and need] to tour.  We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait."


MICKEY GUYTON saw Kelsea's post and wrote this in the comments section, "An absolute selfish act.  Shame on him."  



Carrie Underwood & Reese Witherspoon Exchange Hilarious Tweets About Being Mistaken for Each Other

On Twitter Sunday, Reese Witherspoon wrote, "To the woman in the parking lot who just asked me if I was Carrie Underwood, you officially made my day!"



After the country star caught wind of the Little Fires Everywhere actress' tweet, she replied, "YOUR day?! That lady just made my whole life!"



But wait, there's more: The woman in the parking lot who allegedly mistook Witherspoon for Underwood took to TikTok to explain that Witherspoon was wearing a mask and cowboy hat, so she couldn't recognize her fully.


Kenny Chesney's "Here & Now" Rises to #1 on Country Radio

Kenny Chesney's latest single, "Here and Now," has risen one slot to claim the top spot on Mediabase's country radio singles chart, toppling Scotty McCreery's "In Between," which fell nine spots to #10.


Headline Planet reports that Luke Bryan’s “One Margarita” rose one spot to #2 this week, while Sam Hunt’s “Hard To Forget” ascended one place to #3 and Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird” and LoCash’s “One Big Country Song” rose one place each, landing at #4 and #5, respectively.

Zac Brown Band Announces Charity Livestream "4th With the Family"

Zac Brown Band will kick off Fourth of July weekend with a livestreamed performance for a good cause.

People reports that ZBB's free "4th With the Family" event on July 3 will raise funds for frontman Zac Brown's Camp Southern Ground and its programs supporting U.S. veterans. 


“We are so proud to present this livestream," Brown says in a statement. "Not only do we have the opportunity to perform for our fans for the first time in a while, but more importantly, we can raise crucial funds that support the mental health and well-being of our veterans." 


Donations will be accepted up to and during the event, with donors even have an opportunity for a special livestream shoutout.


The livestream will also mark the first time ZBB performs live together since canceling their spring 2020 The Owl Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The "4th With the Family" will be available to stream on the band's YouTube and Facebook pages on Friday, July 3, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Drive-In Concert Series to Feature Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Nelly, John Pardi

On Monday, Live Nation announced that it would be putting on nine drive-in concerts from July 10-12 in amphitheater parking lots in Nashville, Tennessee; Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Noblesville, Indiana.


With two empty parking spaces between each "individual tailgating zone," attendees will take in tunes from the likes of Darius Rucker, John Pardi, Nelly, and Brad Paisley, the latter of whom will perform at all three locations.

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