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Country News: June 14, 2013

Country News: June 14, 2013

» We're OK: "I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected," Toby Keith says of devastating storms that hit the area last month. "I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities." Keith will bring in friends Garth BrooksRonnie Dunn, Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood to help him perform at the July 6 Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert. "Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do," Brooks says. "It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process." The show will be held at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium in Norman, with proceeds to benefit the United Way Of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

» Whiskey Baby: Dierks Anne Bentley, Deacon Cash Bentley and Jack Daniels Bentley are just a few of the baby names fans suggested to Dierks Bentley at his Last Call Ball 9 Sunday (6/9). The annual fan club party was held at Nashville's Belcourt Theatre. DB and wife Cassidy are expecting, and thought it'd be fun to invite everyone to submit names and guess the gender. Turns out the couple's third child wil be ... a boy. But no word on if they'll name him Whiskey. Watch here.

» What A Dad Wants: "It seems the same socks, tie, craft beer or favorite author are the usual go-to gifts for the dad in your life," says Kristian Bush about Father's Day. The Sugarland man can't stand that, so he's offered up his list of what cool dads might want this Sunday (6/16). Like vintage baseball caps and a place to keep your keys from Nashville's Imogene + Willie. More here.

» Stones Cool Country: Keith did it. So did Carrie and Taylor. Now it's Brad Paisley's turn to jam with The Rolling Stones on their 50 & Counting Tour. "Dead Flowers," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Wild Horses" are just a few of the song speculations fans are tossing around when Brad joins Mick and Keith June 18 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

» Right On Darius: Darius Rucker will have a street named after him in his hometown of Charleston, SC. Mayor Keith Summey delared the entry road to the North Charleston Coliseum will be called Darius Rucker Boulevard. Formerly Coliseum Drive, the stretch of pavement honors Darius for his ongoing charitable work in the town. Meanwhile, Rucker's 4th Annual Darius And Friends Benefit Concert and Celebrity Golf Tournament in Nashville raised more than $95,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The events were held in Nashville June 3-4.

» No Shoes, No Shirts, No Empty Seats: “I don’t think about stuff like that,” Kenny Chesney says after learning he's already sold more than a million tickets to the 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour. “All I’m trying to do is make sure that for that one night when people come out to party with us, they forget what’s wrong, they have all the good time they can handle and they go home feeling like they had the best night of their summer." The tour accountant reported 1,089,000 tickets sold so far and they ain't done yet.

» Smell Of Fame: Taylor Swift was named 2013 Fragrance Celebrity of the Year at the Fragrance Foundation Awards Wednesday night (6/12) at Lincoln Center in New York. Taylor was honored for her Taylor by Taylor Swift, Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted perfumes.

» The Highwayman: Craig Morgan recently helped attend to an interstate highway accident Sunday (6/9) outside his hometown of Dickson, TN. Morgan was returning from a concert date when two semis and a tanker collided in front of their tour bus. Morgan ran to the scene to help extinguish flames and make sure everyone was alright. “Anytime there’s a situation like this, I think it’s important to do what we can to help others," Craig says. His televsion program Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors on The Outdoor Channel premieres its fourth season July 7.

» In Case You Missed It: Trace Adkins performed "Watch The World End" with Colbie Caillat on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Wednesday (6/12). Watch here.

Hit List

  • Florida Georgia Line have tour sponsorship for 20 dates this summer from Grainger. The maintenance, repair and operating products company will hold a sweepstakes to give fans a chance to win tickets, and FGL will honor Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program recipients at each stop. More here.
  • Crystal Gayle hosted The 30th Annual YWCA Celebrity Auction Sunday (6/9) and raised $38,000 for the Weaver Domestic Violence Center. The event was emceed by Evan Farmer with musical performances by Gayle, Julie RobertsTy HerndonAnita Cochran and Canaan Smith, with auction items that included autographed guitars from Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum, a rhinestone-studded dress worn by Gayle and a signed Pistol Annies poster print.


Michael Britt of Lonestar (6/15) 

The late Waylon Jennings (6/15) 

Terri Gibbs (6/15)

Billy “Crash” Craddock (6/16) 


Sunday (6/16): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Monday (6/17): Darius Rucker, The Bachelorette (ABC); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Upcoming Album Releases

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)

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

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Bakersfield (7/30)

» Bro Snuggle: Kenny Chesney and Eric Church keep their guitars in tune and opt for a side hug on stage during the No Shoes Nation tour stop in Philadelphia.


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