» Let's Go (Back) To Vegas: Looks like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill blew their entire fortunes in Vegas and are now so indebted to the odds-makers they have to return for an encore run of their Soul2Soul show at The Venetian. Either that, or they just kind of liked it. Believe what you must: "Tim and I love performing together, but it's been such a scheduling challenge the last few years," Hill says. "The Venetian really rolled out the red carpet and made the whole experience so easy for us." McGraw adds, "It seemed like it was over just as we were getting good and warmed up ... so it was a total no-brainer to add more shows when the Venetian asked us." The new run opens Oct. 25 and spans 10 selected weekends through April of next year; details here.
» Haul The Women I Am: "My house is 1,000 pounds lighter," Reba joked at an early preview of Reba: All The Women I Am, which opens to the public this weekend at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Colleagues, family and friends gathered to view the biographical collection of personal and professional items ranging from early rodeo photos to iconic dresses and mementos from her various acting roles. And Reba told the crowd how much she enjoyed the trip down memory lane it took to put the collection together. The Band Perry, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson cheered the opening via video, with Reba's soon-to-be daughter-in-law Clarkson joking, "It's not like I don't see you enough." Reba was inducted into the Hall in 2011, and she'll be at the museum in person for an interview Aug. 10 at 2:30pm. Stream the event here and get exhibit details here.
» Duo Dynasty: LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian will star in a VH1 reality show premiering in the fall. Produced by Gurney Productions (Duck Dynasty), LeAnn & Eddie promises to "bring the truth and make fun of all the gossip." Six half-hour episodes are planned. “We are really excited to be working together on a unique show that will give you a glimpse into who we really are or, better yet, who we’re really not," the couple say in a statement. "We’re thrilled to partner with VH1 and the Gurneys to put our spin on a project full of love, humor and music." More here.
» Road's Scholar: Rising college sophomore Scotty McCreery has added a fall leg to his Weekend RoadTrip Tour beginning Aug. 9 in Hyannis, MA. So far, 19 dates are confirmed through year's end. Full itinerary here.
» Anger All The Time: Country music singer and former Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy has joined the cast of FX's Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen. Bundy has already been in wardrobe fittings and line readings, and her single "Two Step" impacts Aug. 19.
» Cowboy Jack Clement Passes: Country Music Hall of Fame inductee-elect "Cowboy" Jack Clement passed away at his home in Nashville after a battle with cancer. He was 82. The Memphis native began his career in 1956 as a producer and engineer for Sam Phillips at Sun Records, where he worked with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. He produced Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and as a songwriter had his work recorded by Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride and Tom Jones, to name a few. In 1987 he recorded U2's "When Love Comes To Town" with BB King, "Love Rescue Me" with background vocals by Bob Dylan and more for the band's Rattle And Hum album. He is survived by daughter Allison and son Niles. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is set for later this year. Services are pending.
Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio (8/10)
The late Jimmy Dean (8/10)
Danny Shirley of Confederate Railroad (8/12)
The late Buck Owens (8/12)
The late Porter Wagoner (8/12)
Friday (8/9): Kenny Chesney, Good Morning America (ABC); Eli Young Band, Fox & Friends (FOX News).
Monday (8/12): Various, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock (ABC); Carrie Underwood, Good Morning America (ABC).
Upcoming Album Releases
Luke Bryan Crash My Party (8/13)
Charlie Worsham Rubberband (8/20)
The Lacs Keep It Redneck (8/20)
Alabama Alabama & Friends (8/27)
Keith Urban Fuse (9/10)
Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home (9/10)
Chris Young A.M. (9/17)
Billy Currington We Are Tonight (9/17)
Justin Moore Off The Beaten Path (9/17)
» Barefoot Service, Too: Slipping into something more comfortable, Kenny Chesney donned swim trunks and t-shirt, trading in his signature cowboy hat for a Red Sox cap at the behest of rowdy fans. "Will you give me three minutes then to get to the bus and change?" Kenny asked the boisterous group in Bangor, ME, who had been telling him his jeans and boots look was much too over-dressed for Darling's Waterfront Pavilion. He later noted, "I may be the only person in history to come back dressed down!"