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May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013

» Shelton From The Storm: "Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Blake Shelton says of his upcoming Healing in the Heartland benefit concert. "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero." So far, Miranda LambertRebaVince GillRascal FlattsLuke Bryan, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, Usher and Darius Rucker are set to join him at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday (5/29) for the show that will air live on NBC-TVStyleG4BravoE! and CMT.

» Fuse Ball: “I really wanted to challenge myself musically, expand the boundaries of my sound, rhythm and melody, while still remaining true to who I am," says Keith Urban, revealing a Sept. 10 release date for his next album. "Working with various co-producers while making Fuse has been so inspiring and liberating ... and we ain’t even done yet!” Keith's single “Little Bit of Everything” is out now, his Light The Fuse Tour kicks off July 18, and as far as American Idol is concerned, "I have no official information of anything," he tells the Associated Press. "I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around." 

» Honky Tonk Woman: Carrie Underwood joined the Rolling Stones on stage during the band's 50 & Counting tour stop in Toronto Saturday night (5/25) to sing "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)." "8 years ago today, I won @AmericanIdol," Carrie tweeted after her performance. "Tonight, I sang with the @RollingStones! Wow, so much has happened! #Thankful." Watch here.

» Holding Out For A Hero: Montgomery Gentry want fans to nominate personal heroes for the opportunity to win concert tickets to each of their tour stops this summer. It could be your cousin who just came home from Iraq. Or the fireman that pulled the cat from the tree. It could be the five-year-old who runs around the neighborhood in his Spiderman undies. It could even be the 65-year-old who runs around the neighborhood in his Spiderman undies ... or the man that took him down. Scheduled MG tour dates are here; enter your heroes here.

» Catch & Release: Imagine Two Foot Fred's strike zone. You're not going to want to be a pitcher on the opposing team when Team Opry faces Team After MidNite at the 23rd Annual Celebrity Softball Challenge. The game happens at Greer Stadium in Nashville June 8 to benefit City of Hope. Team Opry's lineup includes Fred, Ayla BrownFlorida Georgia LineChris Lucas of LoCash CowboysChuck WicksCraig CampbellJonathan JacksonKree HarrisonMaggie RosePhil VassarScott HamiltonStu Grimson, and StageIt concert winner Donica Knight. Team After MidNite consists of Aaron LewisAngie JohnsonBrett EldredgeChase RiceDavid NailGreg BatesJ.P. DumontKrystal KeithLauren AlainaPreston Brust of LoCash CowboysScotty McCreeryShane Tallant and StageIt concert winner SaraBeth. More here.

» Black & White & Web All Over:

Hit List

  • Hank Williams, Jr. has scheduled a string of summer concert dates in support of his album Old School, New Rules. First stop, Jackpot Junction Casino in Morton MN June 8. More here.
  • Tim McGraw, The Dixie Chicks and Kenny Chesney are among the headliners scheduled for the Craven Country Jamboree July 11-14 in Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada. View the full lineup here.
  • Four generations of music from The Family Nelson, Paula Nelson BandRaelyn Nelson Band, Lukas Nelson and POTR will join Willie Nelson for an 80th birthday celebration and Hard Rock International Artist Spotlight merchandise program to benefit the Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute. The event takes place at NYC's Hard Rock Café June 6.


Wynonna Judd (5/30)


Wednesday (5/29): Blake Shelton, Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert (NBC).

Thursday (5/30): The Band Perry, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

This Week's Album Releases

Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw All in the Same Boat (5/28)

"The idea for this album came about after the success of our Roots & Boots tour," says Kershaw.  "Joe and Aaron and I go out together on the road and play and do our hits and the fans go nuts, so we thought, 'why not just make this tour an album?'" Highlights from the 12-track album of newly recorded material include Diffe's cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." 

The Henningsens The Henningsens EP (5/28)

Produced by Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum), the label debut from the family band offers four songs including the single "American Beautiful." 

Upcoming Album Releases

Lonestar Life As We Know It (6/4)

LeAnn Rimes Spitfire (6/4)

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)

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)

» Reds Kin: Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore stop by the Great America Ball Park in Cincinnati for some batting practice with the Reds.

» River Waltz: "Had fun in Hollywood but glad to be back in the country," tweets Dancing With The Stars winner Kellie Pickler. "It's a gorgeous day in TN ... went kayaking w/friends!"


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