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Free Country News - August 13, 2013

Free Country News - August 13, 2013

» Carrie'd Away: Carrie Underwood released The Blown Away Tour: Live DVD Tuesday (8/13) complete with performance footage, all four music videos from the Blown Away album and extras that include "The Rehearsals," "The First Show," "Show Build Time-Lapse," "The Fans" and "The Wardrobe." "I think me changing my wardrobe has kinda become a thing," says Carrie of her 15 costume changes per night. "We spend a little extra time doing some things to help tell the story better." In other news, a partnership with Nicole by OPI brings 14 new Carrie inspired nail lacquers in January 2014. The line will feature a signature gold textured shade called "Carrie'd Away." 

» Urban Contemporary: Keith Urban’s new 13-track album Fuse has a "Little Bit Of Everything" and he worked with a little bit of everyone to get it done. Keith enlisted the help of Mike Elizondo, who frequently collaborates with Dr. Dre and co-wrote Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," Pink producer Butch Walker and longtime producer Dann Huff. "It's not like I've gone off and done a polka album or a screamo album," Keith tells Rolling Stone, "I just wanted to see how far I could go before it's not me." A deluxe edition of Fuse will contain 16 songs, both versions are available Sept. 10. More here.

» Teen Spirit: Country winners at Sunday night's (8/11) FOX-TV Teen Choice Awards included Choice Female Country Artist Taylor Swift, Choice Country Song for Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Choice Male Country Artist Hunter Hayes and Choice Country Group Lady Antebellum. Florida Georgia Line performed with Nelly; watch here and view all the winners here.

» Heavy Medal: Loretta Lynn will receive the Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Obama, the nation's highest civilian award. The medal is bestowed for "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." She joins fellow recipients Oprah Winfrey, Patricia Ward, Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian, Gloria Steinem, Dean Smith, Arturo Sandoval, Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride, Mario Molina, Richard Lugar, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Inouye, Bill Clinton, Ben Bradlee and Ernie Banks. The awards will be presented at a ceremony later this year.

» Black & White & Web All Over:
  • Taylor Swift balanced "stadium-size production and maturing talent." –Chicago Tribune
  • Keith Urban's performance was "among the best of the summer." –Boston Globe
  • Tim McGraw delivered "great songs, a distinctive voice and charisma in spades." –Arizona Republic
  • Luke Bryan is "arguably the hottest act in country music." –USA Today
  • Miranda Lambert "is all about attitude." –Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Darius Rucker was festival's "best so far this year." –Allentown Morning Call

» In Case You Missed It: Carrie Underwood co-hosted ABC-TV's Good Morning America Monday (8/12). Watch her introduce a segment on herself here.


Brad Paisley stopped by FOX News' Hannity to discuss his success, the similarities between NASCAR and country music, and being the genre's comedian. Watch here.

Kenny Chesney performed "When I See This Bar" during Good Morning America's "Summer Concert Series" Friday (8/9). Watch here.

Thursday (8/8), Jake Owen stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform "Days Of Gold." Watch here.

Hit List

  • Luke Bryan has added a second Nashville date to his Dirt Road Diaries Tour. His Oct. 18 Bridgestone Arena show  featuring Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square will be followed by Oct. 19 with guests Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell. Details here.
  • George Strait will be honored with the ASCAP Founder's Award. The presentation will be held at the 51st Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Music City Center in Nashville Nov. 4. More here.
  • Congrats to Jim Ed Brown, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday (8/10). Inducted August 12, 1963, Brown had memorable moments from his Opry career highlighted, including performances with Bobby Bare and frequent duet partner Helen Cornelius.


Andy Griggs (8/13) 


Tuesday (8/13): Clint Black, Red-Eye with Greg Gutfeld (FOX News); Carrie Underwood, Live With Kelly & Michael; Kacey Musgraves, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Luke Bryan, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).

Wednesday (8/14): The cast of Duck Dynasty, Live With Kelly & Michael.

This Week's Album Releases

Luke Bryan Crash My Party (Capitol)

Produced by Jeff Stevens, Bryan says his fourth studio album's title track goes beyond the literal and sets the tone. "The song isn't what you think it is, it is unexpected," he says. "And I think in the same way fans will definitely hear some surprises on my new album. It still reflects my sound but you will get to hear a little bit deeper, different side to me musically as well.” 

Zane Williams Overnight Success (BE)

Claiming his own 15-year “overnight success,” the Texas native “makes traditional sound relevant while paying homage to the past” on this 11-track album. Williams is the album’s sole songwriter.

Upcoming Album Releases

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)

» New York, NY: Kenny Chesney demonstrates the helmet to helmet rule during a recent stop in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

» Cake Walk: Brett Eldredge brings Hoda Kotb flowers, cake and almost enough champagne for Kathie Lee Gifford to enjoy during Hoda's birthday celebration on Today.


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