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Free Country News - June 28, 2013

Free Country News - June 28, 2013

» Power Play: Billed as "Country's $500 Million Man," Toby Keith is on the cover of Forbes' Celebrity 100 issue. "The most vertically integrated performer in the music business" details his rise from oil rigs to the stage, getting a record deal, investment in Taylor Swift's label and other successful ventures, often providing dollar figures. Also in the issue, the celebrity power list finds Taylor Swift at No. 6, Keith at No. 43, Carrie Underwood at No. 46, Kenny Chesney at No. 47 and, at No. 1, Oprah Winfrey. Read the cover story here; see the Celebrity 100 here.

» Satellite Dish: Carrie Underwood will join Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry. Underwood's performance is added to the lineup which includes Keith, Garth BrooksTrisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis and John Anderson. Keith has partnered with Verizon Wireless to offer a text-to-donate service before, during and after the show. Texting REBUILD to 52000 will send $10 to the United Way of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund. The concert takes place July 6 at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

» Sam's Club: Not only will Sammy Hagar perform at Toby's Twister Relief Concert, his work with country artists continues to extend beyond tequila tastings with Kenny Chesney. Ronnie Dunn and Kid Rock will contribute to the upcoming Sammy Hagar And Friends album. The collection's 10 tracks of cover songs and original material includes Sammy's "Knockdown Dragout" with Kid and "Bad On Fords And Chevrolets" with Ronnie. It's set for release Sept. 24.

» Roots Canal: Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood will star in their own episodes of the upcoming season of TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? The show, which helps celebrities trace their ancestry, premiers July 23 and will also feature Zooey Deschanel, Chris O'Donnell, Christina Applegate, Jim Parsons, Cindy Crawford and Chelsea Handler. More here.

» Soggy Bottom Boys: "I texted her before the party and asked if she had any song requests," Scotty McCreery says about his recent gig at Duck Dynasty family member Sadie Robertson's 16th birthday. "She said as long as I played 'See You Tonight' that she would be happy because that is one of her favorites right now, which is really cool. We kept it country. Willie and John Luke came onstage and we sang 'Man of Constant Sorrow.' We had a good ol' time!" Before the party, Sadie's brother John Luke took Scotty on a mud hunt and, from the looks of it, they found some.

» Life Note: Little Jimmy Dickens will start three weeks of radiation treatment for a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords next week. "I can't begin to express my sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers that are being sent my way," Dickens says. "My family and I appreciate the support, and I can't wait to return home to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in one of my favorite rhinestone suits someday soon." He is expected to make a full recovery.

» O, Really? Ashley Monroe performed "Weed Instead of Roses," Big Kenny enlisted the help of the Dance Y'all crew for his performance of "Electro Country Shine," Chris Stapleton sang "What Are You Listening To," Blackberry Smoke did "Pretty Little Lie," The Cadillac Three rocked "The South," Striking Matches sang "Trouble Is As Trouble Does" and Parmalee performed "Dance" during the O Music Awards (6/19). The 24-hour awards show celebrates the best in digital music and was broadcast online via Viacom outlets. Watch highlights here.

Hit List

  • The Grand Ole Opry's All-American Week will feature performances from Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Lennon & Maisy from ABC-TV's Nashville. Along with parties, prizes and games at the Opry Plaza, the shows take place July 2-6.
  • Dr. Ralph Stanley has announced the Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. The 86-year-old will play 80 shows beginning Oct. 18 in Rocky Mount, NC, and running throughout 2014. More here.


Kellie Pickler (6/28) 

The late Keith Whitley (7/1)


Saturday (6/30): Kid Rock, CMT's 20 Greatest Redneck Videos.

Upcoming Album Releases

Travis Tritt The Calm After ... (7/9)

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)

» Supergroup Hug: "There's always that chick that breaks up a band," tweeted Brad Paisley with a picture post of himself, wife Kimberly Williams Paisley and the Rolling Stones. Brad hit the stage with the group in Philadelphia last week to perform "Dead Flowers."


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