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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.

Source Says Kelly Clarkson Determined to Raise Kids in "Stable, Loving Environment" Amid Divorce

In the wake of her surprising split with husband Brandon Blackstock, Kelly Clarkson says she's determined to spare her kids the emotional wounds she suffered from her parents difficult divorce, People reports.


A source says the singer and TV show host is now back in Los Angeles with daughter River Rose, 6, and son Remington Alexander, 4. "She had to work through a lot of hurt from her childhood," says a source, adding, "Her priority is making sure her children grow up in a stable, loving environment."


The source says she also wants to stay close to Blackstock's children from a previous marriage, 13-year-old Seth and 18-year-old Savannah. "She's always thought of Seth and Savannah as her own too, and she has a special relationship with both of them," says the source. "Kelly wants to remain close with her step-kids." 

Garth Brooks Announces 1-Night-Only Concert Event at 300 Drive-Ins on June 27

Garth Brooks is determined to entertain fans despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, announcing a one-night-only concert event that will take place at 300 drive-in theaters across North America on June 27.


"This one guy came to me and said, 'Hey, look, we can put 300 drive-in theaters together if you will create a concert solely for the drive-ins. We can have families jump in the car, get them out on Saturday night,'" Brooks said Thursday on Good Morning America.


"They're going to run it just like a regular concert, but this is going to be all over North America, one night only.


We are excited because this is a reason to get out of the house, but at the same time you get to follow all the COVID rules... We're calling it 'social distancing partying.'"  


The event will take place rain or shine and will begin at dusk. Tickets will cost $100 apiece and will admit one passenger car or truck.


They go on sale Friday, June 19, at 12 p.m. ET at, with a list of participating theaters available that day.


Currently the following Drive-In Theaters are participating in our area:

Hummel Drive-In, Winchester IN

Tibbs Drive-In, Indianapolis IN

Starlite Drive-In, Bloomington IN

Moon Lite Drive-In, Terre Haute IN

Holiday Auto, Hamilton OH

Dixie Twin, Dayton OH

Lady A Drops the "Antebellum" From Their Name Due to Racist "Associations"

On Thursday, Lady A announced that they are formally dropping the "Antebellum" from their name due to its "associations" to slavery and the racial injustices of the South.


In an announcement posted to Twitter, the band said they chose the name after the antebellum-style home where they shot their first band photos, but that they decided to change it after having their eyes opened to "blindspots we didn't even know existed" in recent weeks.


Lady A went on to apologize for any hurt they have caused; their name change was applauded on Twitter by leading black country artist Mickey Guyton, among others.

Kelly Clarkson Reportedly Files for Divorce From Husband Brandon Blackstock

On Thursday, The Blast reported that Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock after nearly seven years of marriage on June 4 at a Los Angeles courthouse.


The Blast notes that "it's interesting timing," considering the duo recently put their San Fernando Valley home on the market for nearly $10 million.


Last December, Clarkson said her sex life with Blackstock, whose dad was once married to Reba McEntire, was "on fire," and just two months ago, her Instagram account made it clear that she was quarantining on her Montana ranch with Blackstock, their two kids (5-year-old daughter River Rose and 4-year-old son Remington Alexander) and Blackstock's two teenagers from a prior relationship.

Morgan Wallen Was Arrested on Saturday for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct

This is no way to celebrate the loosening of quarantine.  MORGAN WALLEN was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly contact on Saturday.  It was outside of Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk & Rock 'N' Roll Steakhouse in Nashville.



But it started INSIDE when Morgan and his friends were allegedly "kicking several glass items." Security guards escorted them out of the place, and then the cops outside gave Morgan several opportunities to walk away . . . but he refused. 



He also started getting into "multiple verbal altercations with several individuals passing by."  Next thing you know he's arrested "due to being intoxicated in public and being unable to take care of himself."  He was released on bond sometime later.



Morgan tried to set the record straight Sunday on Twitter, saying he and his friends were "horse-playing with each other" and didn't mean any harm.  He apologized to the club staff and "thanked authorities for being professional and doing their job with class."

Luke Combs Shares Studio Version & Lyric Video of Quarantine-Inspired Single "Six Feet Apart"


Luke Combs has officially released his quarantine anthem "Six Feet Apart" after previously premiering the tune during an at-home concert livestream last month.


"My new song 'Six Feet Apart' just came out this morning," Combs said Friday in a Twitter video. "I hope you guys enjoy it. I hope you guys are doing well. I can't wait to see you on the road hopefully really soon."


He added in a tweet that the track is about "everything going on, what it has me missing, and things I’m looking forward to. Hope y’all can relate and reminds y’all there will be light after the dark."


Combs co-wrote "Six Feet Apart" with Brent Cobb and Rob Snyder, featuring relatable lyrics like "I miss my mom / I miss my dad / I miss the road / I miss my band / Giving hugs and shaking hands / It’s a mystery, I suppose / Just how long this thing goes / There’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows / And there will be light after dark / Someday, when we aren’t six feet apart.”

Tim McGraw to Release New Single "I Called Mama" Ahead of Mother's Day Weekend

Just in case you happen to forget that Mother's Day is this weekend, Tim McGraw will remind you when he drops his sentimental new single, "I Called Mama," on Friday, May 8.


Nash Country Daily reports that the track will debut with a lyric video containing footage of McGraw as a baby with his mom. The official music video will then drop later in May, featuring fan-submitted videos and photos of their moms. 


“On the one hand, this song is literally, ‘Hey, call your mom.' On the other’s a great reminder that hearing someone’s voice who knows you and loves you can help you get through anything," McGraw says about the song, written by Lance Miller, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary.


"It’s at these very difficult times that music can help and the power of a song can give someone a moment of clarity or comfort, or just a smile. Especially now, when we seem to need it more than ever.”

Miranda Lambert & "Amazing" Husband Plan to Tour U.S. in $112,000 Airstream Trailer

Coronavirus can't keep Miranda Lambert down! The country star revealed this past Sunday on Instagram that she's hitting the road in a brand-new Airstream.


"I’ve been everywhere, but I haven’t seen much of anything. I’ve been touring for 19 years and most times we just roll in, play our show and roll to the next town. I’ve only gotten to spend some real time in a few of the places I’ve been," she explained.


"After spending these last few months at home...I realized something. Just because I can’t travel and play shows doesn’t mean I can’t travel and make music." She then revealed that she and her "amazing travel companion," husband Brendan McLoughlin, purchased a 2020 Airstream Globetrotter to "make room for adventure."


She adds, "I’ll be pulling this rig all over the country. I know that seeing the world through the windshield again will bring creative vibes." 


Us Weekly notes that she also shared video of the RV, which retails for about $112,000 and, as Lambert notes in her video, comes complete with a "real shower."


Sunday thoughts. When people ask me questions about all the traveling I’ve done , my answer is pretty much the same every time. “ I’ve been everywhere but I haven’t seen much of anything. “ I’ve been touring for 19 years and most times we just roll in , play our show , and roll to the next town. I’ve only gotten to spend some real time in a few of the places I’ve been. After spending these last few months at home ( a much needed break and time to nest??) I realized something. Just because I can’t travel and play shows doesn’t mean I can’t travel and make music. I have the most amazing travel companion, my husband , and we decided to add a family member. Y’all Meet “The Sheriff . “ A 2020 Airstream Globetrotter. ( thanks @rocketcityrv ) I’ve been a vintage trailer collector for years and this is my very first new one. I’m letting go of a few vintage to make room for adventure in this silver gem! I don’t like change but I’m learning to embrace it. Until I get get back on Elvira and tour, I’ll be pulling this rig all over the country. I know that seeing the world through the windshield again will bring creative vibes. #highwayvagabonds #livinlikehippies #BandMetour

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"I Hope" Singer Gabby Barrett to Drop Debut LP "Goldmine" on June 19

After reaching #1 with her hit single, "I Hope," Gabby Barrett has announced that she'll drop her debut album, Goldmine, on June 19. 


“I am so excited that my first album is finally complete,” Barrett says in a statement. “I’ve been writing for this project for almost two years, pulling together who I am as an artist and working hard with my team to make this album an expression of that. To see it come together like this feels amazing and is such a huge blessing."


MusicRow notes that Barrett co-wrote 12 of the LP's 13 tracks, including "I Hope" and its Charlie Puth-assisted remix. Other songwriters on the project include Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Barrett's husband, Cade Foehner.


Fans who pre-order Goldmine will also receive an advance copy of her next single off the album, "Got Me."

New Brett Eldredge Song "Gabrielle" to Arrive on Friday

Brett Eldredge hopes to brighten your week with the arrival on a brand-new track this coming Friday.


"Okay okay, I’ll spill the goods," Eldredge tweeted Monday. "The world premiere of my new single 'Gabrielle' is this Friday! I hope it brings you some happiness."


It seems that Eldredge has been dropping lyrics from the song on Twitter since at least late March. His cryptic tweets since then have included lines like, "Sometimes you gotta lose yourself, to make your way back home," and, "Empty streets and whistlin' pines, but not a day goes by, you don't crowd my mind."


Meanwhile, Eldredge adds in a statement that "Gabrielle" is about a relationship that "didn't quite work out and you always wonder what it could have been." Eldredge co-wrote "Gabrielle" with producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. It's his first new music since the #1 hit "Love Someone" in 2018 and is scheduled to impact country radio on April 27.

Dustin Lynch Previews Fiery Video for "Momma's House"

Dustin Lynch is bringing the heat in his latest music video--literally.


The country stud's official video trailer for "Momma's House" shows what looks like an entire neighborhood--everything from mailboxes to the local watering hole--going up in flames. 


"It was really the first music video where we built sets because we had to burn them," Lynch tells ET. "It was a crazy fun day of just walking into these different buildings that we had built specifically, like the bar scene...This was strictly a bar built to be burnt down.


It was kind of cool to be a part of." He adds that shooting a fire-filled video came with its fair share of risk. "Everybody was in ventilators except myself and the director. It was crazy just having a camera crew with oxygen masks on filming us in this blaze," he said. "There was a flare-up on my face in one of the bar scenes there and I ran out and then I guess Mason, my director, realized what had happened and he's like, and that's a wrap!"


The full "Momma's House" video will debut this coming Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT on Lynch's YouTube channel. "Momma's House" is the latest single off Lynch's January LP, Tullahoma.


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