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Country News - July 12, 2013

Country News - July 12, 2013

» Randy Travis Update: A stroke and surgery to relieve pressure on Randy Travis' brain are the latest turns in the singer's recent health scare, cutting short hopes he was improving. "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time," Travis said via a press statement Tuesday (7/9). Contrary to reports, he had not undergone heart surgery after being admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday (7/7) for viral cardiomyopathy. "His condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement," Dr. Michael Mack said in a video statement from Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. Wednesday, however, news of the stroke resulting from congestive heart failure complications renewed the worries of those in the country community. He remains in critical condition. Cards and well wishes can be sent to: Randy Travis, 266 Blanks Road, Tioga, Texas 76271.

» Drink On It: "I get frustrated with Adam (Levine)," Blake Shelton tells Men's Journal in the cover story of their August issue. "To me, rock stars are supposed to be drunk all the time. But he's very healthy. He takes care of himself. And it drives me crazy, because I want him to be more like me. Drunk all the time." The issue hits newsstands Friday (7/12). More here.

» Baby You A Tour: Florida Georgia Line will hit at least 32 stops on their first headlining Here's To The Good Times Tour. Only the Oct. 19 Lexington, KY date has been confirmed so far, but who wouldn't want FLG to bring the party to their town this fall? Colt Ford is on as special guest with Tyler Farr and Dallas Smith opening select shows. More to come here.

» Mountain Duet: Brantley Gilbert's soft drink sponsor Mountain Dew recently revealed some behind the scenes footage of a photo shoot they did in Nashville, TN. Watch Brantley "Kick It In The Sticks" with a tall, cold, green one here.

» Crown Molding: Justin Moore's recording of "Heroes," a song written by Greg Bates, is available as a free download through Crown Royal’s "Your Hero's Name Here" program. The song will be performed by Moore at NASCAR's Brickyard 400 July 28 when contest winner Samuel Deeds receives the honor of having the the race renamed Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard Powered By With every download of the song, Crown Royal will donate one dollar to the Armed Forces Foundation. Download here.

» Drinking Buddies: Toby Keith and Sammy Hagar have joined forces for "Margaritaville" on the upcoming Sammy Hagar And Friends. The album, due Sept. 24 from Frontiers Records, includes "Knockdown Dragout" with Kid Rock and "Bad On Fords And Chevrolets" with Ronnie Dunn.

» In Case You Missed It: Darius Rucker talked about his country voice and performed his new single "Radio" on Today Thursday (7/11). Watch here.


The Tonight Show With Jay Leno welcomed Blackberry Smoke Wednesday night (7/10) to perform "Pretty Little Lie." Watch here.

Republic Nashville's Greg Bates performed "My Vow" at a wedding on Hallmark Channel's Home & Family. Watch here.

Hit List

  • The CMA Songwriters Series featuring Miranda LambertKip MooreBrett James and Bob DiPiero will stream live from the Royale Boston Nightclub July 11. DiPiero hosts. More here.
  • Aaron Lewis and CMT have partnered for a contest that will give away a trip for two on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man Cruise VII. The ship sets sail Oct. 20 and the sweepstakes is going on now at
  • Tim Dugger will perform at select NASCAR events and races this summer including the New Hampshire Speedway Fan Festival July 11, Iowa Speedway July 13 and the Brickyard 400 July 25. More here.


Louise Mandrell (7/13)

Linda Ronstadt (7/15) 


Friday (7/12): LeAnn Rimes, The Wendy Williams Show.

Sunday (7/14): Gary Allan, Backstory (GAC).

Monday (7/15): Travis Tritt, The Wendy Williams Show; Jake Owen, Conan (TBS).

Upcoming Album Releases

JJ Lawhorn Original Good Ol' Boy (7/16)

Joey + Rory Inspired Songs of Faith and Family (7/16)

Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan Grits and Glamour (7/23)

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Bakersfield (7/30)

Brett Eldredge Bring You Back (8/6)

Luke Bryan Crash My Party (8/13)

Charlie Worsham Rubberband (8/20)

Keith Urban Fuse (9/10)

Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home (9/10)

» Hey, Pretty Board: Kip Moore stops by Ocean Surf Shop in Folly Beach, SC for a pick-up. "Had to get a razor for the El Salvador trip," he tweeted on his way to shave some waves.


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