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April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

» Hall's Haul: If Keith Urban's guitar skills blew your mind during his collab with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift at the ACM Awards, image him doing the same thing alongside Jason AldeanTrace AdkinsEric ChurchSheryl CrowBrantley GilbertKid RockKris Kristofferson, McGraw, Willie Nelson and more. Keith teamed with Vince Gill to host We’re All For The Hall at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night (4/16) and they stayed true to the benefit’s title, Rebels And Renegades: The Outlaws Are In. Individual performances from Urban doing the Rolling Stones' "Tumblin' Dice" and Gill doing his version of "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker Band preceded The Band's "Ophelia" with Church, David Allen Coe's "Long Haired Redneck" with Gilbert and a solo acoustic performance from Hank Williams, Jr. The night ended with Urban's promise of a fifth year, and a performer/crowd sing-along to Williams' "Family Tradition." The event, now in it's fouth year, has raised approximately $2 million to date for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

» Kid's Incorporated: Tickets for $20 and $4 beers all summer long. That's what's happening on Kid Rock's Rebel Soul Tour. Kid recently discussed the plan on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. "It's gotten out of hand: the price of concerts, the price of entertainment period," he explained. The problem led him to sit down with promoter Live Nation. They told him if he wanted to lower prices, he'd make less money. "All my friends are taking pay cuts that are in the unions, that are farming in Alabama ... I can surely take a pay cut, too." Rock also admitted previously scalping 1,000 of his own tickets at each show to meet the higher price market demands. Watch here.

» Kenny's Powers: Big Kenny removed his top hat this week, reached inside and pulled out a brand new genre of music that he calls "Electro Shine." BK blends elements of EDM, Americana, Country, Reggae, Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop to create a sound he didn't want anybody to confuse with anything that has ever been done before. The first single "Dance Upon Solid Ground" featuring CheBacca and ChessBoxer has been released through Glotown Records. More singles are in the pipeline; collaborators will include Cowboy Troy, Megan Mullins and Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics. Listen here.

» Annies Are You Okay? Wanna help catch a bad guy on Twitter? Pistol Annies, starring as cartoon versions of themselves, have released Pistol Annies and the Case of the Stolen Gear. Fans are invited to participate in the interactive online graphic novel via social media outlets. Clues will help users solve the crime and make sure nothing pretend like this ever happens again. New chapters will be made available every week leading up to the May 7 release date of the girls' new album Annie Up. More here.

» Jet Set: Lady Antebellum will perform at JetBlue's Live From T5 Concert Series May 2. The show, which is normally held inside JFK's Terminal 5 and open to air travelers, will become a private event on the rooftop of the airline's New York support center. Lady A's album Golden will be released May 7.

» In Case You Missed It: Kellie Pickler "wigged out" and remained safe for another week on Dancing With The Stars, and The Band Perry stopped by to perform "Better Dig Two." Watch here.

Hit List

  • Toby Keith will host the 10th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 10-11. The event will feature performances, auctions and golf at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, OK to benefit OK Kids Korral for pediatric cancer patients. More here.
  • Scotty McCreery has donated $18,000 to Nashville's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. McCreery threw the first pitch during RBI's Opening Day festivities at Seven Oaks Park, where more than 250 kids were in attendance.
  • Kellie PicklerBrantley GilbertBilly CurringtonZac Brown Band and Easton Corbin helped Ram Truck end its Road To The Ram Jam series with a total of $181,731 raised. Each artist received a one-year lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck to then be auctioned off for the charity of their choice.
  • Amanda Watkins and Kasey Buckley have ended their duo Miss Willie Brown ("You're All That Matters To Me"). "We have decided to part ways as a band to pursue our separate dreams," Watkins posted on the band's website. "With Kasey's and your support, I will be continuing my career in music as Amanda Watkins and carrying on the heart and soul on which Miss Willie Brown was built." 


Glen Campbell (4/22)


Friday (4/19): Kid Rock, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC);  Hayden Panettiere, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

Saturday (4/20): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Sunday (4/21): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Jennifer Wayne and Caroline Cutbirth, The Amazing Race (CBS); Trace Adkins, All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC).

Monday (4/22): Kenny Chesney, The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Kellie Pickler, Hunter Hayes, Dancing With The Stars (ABC); Steve Earle, The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).

Upcoming Album Releases

Tate Stevens Tate Stevens (4/23)

Kenny Chesney Life On A Rock (4/30)

Pistol Annies Annie Up (5/7)

Craig Campbell Never Regret (5/7)

George Strait Love Is Everything (5/14)

Darius Rucker True Believers (5/21)

Hunter Hayes Encore (6/18)

» Long Necks: Chilling with giraffes is quickly replacing time spent with the cast of A&E's Duck Dynasty as country music's hottest trend. Brad Paisley (l) gives mouth to mouth while Taylor Swift grabs a spotty photo.

» Jock Owen: The L-sit pullup shirt-chew ... just one of the many signature exercises Jake Owen does three or four hundred times a day to get in shape.


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