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Free Country News - August 6, 2013

Free Country News - August 6, 2013

» No Shirt, No Shoes, No Tour: "We didn't burn Atlanta down," Kenny Chesney says, "but they sure set us on fire." Chesney and his musical army marched through the Georgia Dome over the weekend, bringing along the Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves and the Zac Brown Band. The latter joined him onstage for covers of Steve Miller's "The Joker" and Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Three Little Birds." If you missed it, better hurry to East Rutherford, NJ (this weekend), Detroit (next weekend) or Foxborough, MA (8/23-24), because the East Tennessee island boy has decided not tour in 2014. Instead, he'll use the time to concentrate on a follow-up to Life On A Rock. Chesney also took 2010 off from a dedicated tour, instead working on his Hemingway's Whiskey album and producing the Sony documentary film Boys Of Fall, among other projects.


» Australian Rules Football: What's more American (Idol) than football? Ask Keith Urban, who will perform live from a floating stage in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on Thursday, Sept. 5 as part of NFL Kickoff 2013 on NBC-TV and the NFL Network. Featuring music from his upcoming release Fuse, Urban's set will air during pre-game festivities beginning at 7:30pm ET. The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery will sing the National Anthem prior to the game itself in Denver between the Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. Traditionally, the prior year's Super Bowl champs host the first game of the new season, but a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles prompted this year's game to be staged in Denver.




» Brass Fishing: Big Dog Daddy Toby Keith has taken an ownership stake in Oklahoma City-based motorcycle builder Brass Balls Cycles. The partnership was introduced Tuesday (8/6) as Keith headlined the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle Rally. Brass Balls Cycles will participate in a Bike Build-Off at the event that will be filmed for CMT. More on BBC here.


» Black & White & Web All Over:
  • Blake Shelton "lit up the stage and the audience with his music." –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Keith Urban and band were "easygoing" with "showmanship that accented but never superseded the music." –Oakland Press (Detroit)
  • Brad Paisley offers "slam bang special effects and plenty of fun." –Salt Lake Tribune
  • Taylor Swift's show "detonated a mania." –Kansas City Star
  • Miranda Lambert proves to be "the real face (and attitude) of new country music." –The Republican (Springfield, MA)
  • "Record crowd" enjoys Toby Keith's "strong arsenal of hits." –Quad-City Times
  • Fashion designer Sandi Spika Borchetta shares wardrobe design memories as Reba's exhibit comes to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. –The Tennessean


» In Case You Missed It: Newcomer Charlie Worsham ("Could It Be") performed his upcoming album title track "Rubberband" on The Tonight Show Friday. Watch his late night television debut here.


Birthdays

Neal McCoy (7/30) 

Mark Dufresne (Confederate Railroad), Peggy and Patsy Lynn (8/6)

Rodney Crowell, Raul Malo (The Mavericks) (8/7)

Phil Balsley (Statler Bros.); the late Webb Pierce; Mel Tillis; Mark Wills (8/8)

This Week's Album Releases

Clint Black When I Said I Do (Cracker Barrel)

Available in Cracker Barrel locations, the album includes 11 favorites with new songs "Samantha," "Only A Woman" and "She Won't Let Go," which he co-wrote with producer Frank Rogers (Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley).

Brett Eldredge Bring You Back (Atlantic)

Eldredge wrote or co-wrote 11 of 12 songs on his debut and worked with a half-dozen producers. These include WMN's Scott Hendricks, Byron Gallimore and noted songwriter Luke Laird; Eldredge himself has production credit on two tracks. His debut single "Raymond" as well as his current top 5 hit "Don't Ya" are featured.

Upcoming Album Releases

Luke Bryan Crash My Party (8/13)

Zane Williams Overnight Success (8/13)

Ashton Shepherd This Is America (8/16)

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)




» Here's Your Sign: "I signed all the guitars for the pre-order Crash My Party packages," Luke Bryan says via Twitter. Sadly, the album packages that include the autographed guitar are already sold out, and even if you could get him to sign the bottle opener, it would probably get all smudgy from beer.

 

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