» Rascal Flattered: Rascal Flatts opened their Live & Loud Tour Friday at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY, and our insider was their to cover the action. "Flatts raise the bar every year," he says. "The boys are carried out on a moving piece of stage, and it's on! Hit after hit after hit. They opened with 'Life Is A Highway,' and a highlight for me was opener Cassadee Pope coming out to sing 'Easy' and 'I Won't Let Go' with them." The Voice season three winner Pope started the night follwed by The Band Perry. "The songs rock, but the showmanship is what blows you away," our insider says of TBP. "When 'If I Die Young' comes on it's as if Zeppelin just went into 'Stairway To Heaven.'"
» Texas Road Houses: George Strait wrapped his 2013 Cowboy Rides Away Tour at the Alamodome in San Antonio in front of 73,086 fans Saturday (6/1), a new venue record for Strait. The show saw the 22nd and 23rd military family of the tour awarded with homes as part of the Military Warriors Support Foundation's Homes 4 Wounded Heroes, bringing the charity's overall total to 340. Strait also partnered with CID Entertainment for a charity auction at each stop that featured front row tickets and meet-and-greets, among other items. As of Saturday's concert, the auctions have raised $239,000 for The Jenifer Strait Foundation. Dates for the 2014 final leg of the tour are expected to be announced later this summer.
» Rum Runner: Kenny Chesney accepted an invitation from Seattle Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll to join the team for practice Friday (5/31). “Sports is such a big part of my life," says Chesney. "It’s a huge rush to be out on the field with such world class athletes.” Watch him run drills here and huddle up with the entire team below.
» Mick, Taylor: The Rolling Stones continue to collaborate with country artists on their 50 & Counting Tour, announcing Monday (6/3) via Twitter, "Tonight's special guest will be @taylorswift13! #Stones50 #Chicago." Sheryl Crow joined them for "All Down The Line" Friday (5/31) in Chicago, Carrie Underwood in Toronto 5/25 for "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)" and Keith Urban helped them kick it off in Los Angeles 5/3 with "Respectable."
» Smells Like Twain Spirit: Shania Twain took home the Smitty Award for Most Innovative Use of Scent Marketing. Her Las Vegas show Shania: Still The One infuses the air inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during her performance with various scents including her fragrances Still The One: Day and Still The One: Night.
» Please Move: If you're the type of concert-goer that likes to stand still and drink 15 beers, make sure you catch Farmers Insurance Dance Y'all Experience With Special Guest Laura Bell Bundy: United We Dance. The Dance Y'all Crew, choreographed by four-time World Country Dance Champion Robert Royston, has a supporting slot on Rascal Flatts' Live & Loud Tour this summer. Their mission ... to get a million people dancing by teaching the audience new steps at each stop. More here.
» Black & White & Web All Over:
Don Reid of The Statler Brothers (6/5)
Tuesday (6/4): Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, The Voice (ABC); LeAnn Rimes, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Lady Antebellum, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).
Wednesday (6/5): LeAnn Rimes, The Wendy Williams Show; 2013 CMT Music Awards; Gretchen Wilson, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS); LeAnn Rimes, Chelsea Lately (E!).
Thursday (6/6): Gretchen Wilson, The Talk (CBS).
This Week's Album Releases
Lonestar Life As We Know It (4 Star)
The first full-length from the band in more than three years, this album marks the return of original lead singer Richie McDonald and features 12-tracks including the single "Maybe Someday."
LeAnn Rimes Spitfire (Curb)
“This album is a peek into my world; who I am, what I’ve gone through, what my emotions are," says Rimes. "It’s an intimate conversation between me and whoever’s listening." The 14-track album features appearances from Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck.
Dee Jay Silver Country Club - EP (Sony)
Mash-ups from popular artists create the four-song album that features "Two Black Cadillacs/Jolene (Dee Jay Silver Edit)" by Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton.
Upcoming Album Releases
Ash Bowers Ash Bowers (6/11)
Hunter Hayes Encore (6/18)
LoCash Cowboys LoCash Cowboys (6/18)
Various Artists Live From The Archives of 650 AM WSM - Volume 1 (6/25)
Gwen Sebastian Gwen Sebastian (6/25)
Travis Tritt The Calm After ... (7/9)
Joey + Rory Inspired Songs of Faith and Family (7/16)
Brett Eldredge TBD (8/6)
Keith Urban Fuse (9/10)
Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home (9/10)
» Sports Authority: Kenny Chesney calls on the entire Seattle Seahawks team to help him look for his sleeves.