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Free Country News - August 16, 2013

Free Country News - August 16, 2013

» Toby Way, Toby Day: "I was headed down Toby Keith Way on Toby Keith Day when I heard the news." Sounds crazy, but it could totally happen. The mayor of Rosemont, IL, Brad Stephens, named a street after Mr. Keith Wednesday (8/14), and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declared it Toby Keith Day. Both happened during the opening of Toby's latest I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant outside of Chicago, and the man himself made a surprise appearance to play a midday concert for a crowd of approximately 200. "I've got to christen this place," he said before tearing into a three-song set that included "I Love This Bar," "Beer for My Horses" and "Red Solo Cup." 

» Young Trouble: "I'm so sorry to disappoint the fans, but I didn’t even know I was sick," Chris Young said from a hospital in Denver where he spent 24 hours being treated for an infection in his leg. Young was forced to cancel Wednesday night's (8/14) show in Kalispell, MT as well as this weekend's performances on Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer Tour. The cause of the infection is unknown. He plans to resume his tour schedule in Redding, CA Aug 21.

» Empire Strikes Back: Married couples often think alike, and that certainly holds true for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton ... to a point. When it comes to business, Lambert admits wanting to "build an empire." She recently told CMT, "I've always wanted to just be an entrepreneur ... I just want to use my music and my career and what I’ve built for greater things and ... bigger ideas." Likewise, Shelton has some big ideas of his own, if they can be believed. "Decided to open a business in Tishomingo to go along with The Pink Pistol," he recently tweeted, citing his wife's business in their hometown. "It's a lumber yard. I'm gonna call it 'I Got Wood!' So excited!"

» Comedy Central: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are back to host the 47th Annual CMA Awards, making it the pair's sixth year in a row. Little Big Town made the announcement during Monday night's (8/12) CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock as Brad jokingly confused them with Lady Antebellum. Watch here. The awards will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Nov. 6 on ABC-TV.

» Dancing With The Star Wars: Beat This Summer Tour openers Lee Brice and The Henningsens pranked Brad Paisley at a recent show in Colorado. Dressed as Star Wars characters, Lee and The Henningsens snuck onto the stage during Brad's set and danced around with their lightsabers. The costume rental shop added a little twist when they didn't have enough Star Wars costumes to go around. Watch here.

» In Case You Missed It: Luke Bryan celebrated the release of his new album with Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday (8/13), performing "That's My Kind Of Night" and the title-track "Crash My Party." Watch here.

Hit List

  • Carrie Underwood will voice the Grand Ole Opry's new radio campaign, which begins next week. The spot features Underwood reflecting on her fifth anniversary as an Opry member, encouraging listeners to visit Nashville and touting the Opry app.
  • Sweetwater Rain will join Rascal FlattsLive & Loud Tour beginning Oct. 10 in Tuscaloosa, AL. The Band Perry are also on the bill. Details here.


Ashton Shepherd (8/16)

Emily Robison of Dixie Chicks (8/16)

Billy Joe Shaver (8/16) 

Clay Walker (8/19)

Lee Ann Womack (8/19)


Friday (8/16): Luke Bryan, Today (NBC); Hayden Panettiere, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

Monday (8/19): Court Yard Hounds, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Gretchen Wilson, Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (CBS).

Upcoming Album Releases

Charlie Worsham Rubberband (8/20)

The Lacs Keep It Redneck (8/20)

Sundy Best Door Without A Screen (8/27)

Alabama Alabama & Friends (8/27)

Sandra Boyton Frog Trouble (9/3) 

Craig Morgan The Journey (Livin' Hits) (9/3)

Keith Urban Fuse (9/10)

Sheryl Crow Feels Like Home (9/10)

George Jones Amazing Grace (9/10)

Chris Young A.M. (9/17)

Billy Currington We Are Tonight (9/17)

Justin Moore Off The Beaten Path (9/17)

» Green Egg & Cam: Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley relaxes poolside with a glass of wine while he fires up his new Big Green Egg grill, a birthday present from bandmate Hillary Scott.

» Smoothie King: Amateur juicer and "Don't Ya" singer Brett Eldredge asks, "Don't ya like my moustache?" Brett combines kale, apple, spinach, banana and vanilla to create what he likes to call "BoogerJuice." We'll pass.


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