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Darius Rucker Reflects on Last June’s Deadly Church Shooting in Charleston

Capitol NashvilleLast June’s church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina hit very close to home for Darius Rucker

He tells Rolling Stone, “My son goes to school directly across the street from Mother Emanuel. I mean directly across the street. I park in the parking lot to pick him up sometimes. That was . . . home. That was right in the heart of where we live, of our community.”

In the time since those shootings, Darius says he’s seen a big outpouring love in the Charleston community.

He adds, “It’s just love, …read more

ShorefireZac Brown Band recently scored a #1 at rock radio with the Chris Cornell collaboration “Heavy Is the Head.” Now Zac is headed to the pop/EDM world. He’s teaming up with Avicii for a song on their new album, Stories. The project is due out October 2.

Gavin DeGraw and Wyclef Jean are also featured on the Avicii album.

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Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is taking over your TV on Friday, September 4. The duo will close out Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series that morning on ABC. Later that night, FGL will perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Florida Georgia Line continues their Anything Goes tour into the fall. Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for details.

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Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is releasing a new video every Friday until his album, Tangled Up, comes out September 25. The clips will be posted on Vevo, and you can get a copy of the corresponding song every Friday if you pre-order the album.

The first release in the series, “Vacation,” is out now. Thomas says of the song, “Clearly, with lyrics like ‘Billabong bikini’ and ‘solo cup amplifier,’ the song is about having a good time, whether you actually are on vacation — like we are in the video — or just kicking back …read more

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Womanista/Greenroom PRAs part of chart-topping Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley has helped take country music by storm. Now he has another reason to sing: He and his wife, Cassie McConnell Kelley, are expecting a baby after six years of marriage.

“We’re almost four months and I’m due in February and we just found out that we’re having a boy, which I just get choked up thinking about and we’re thankful, we’re so — blessed isn’t a strong enough word,” Cassie said on Friday’s Good Morning America.

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CMADustin Lynch spent a lot of time writing songs and practicing guitar in preparation for his career as a country star. He was so set on making it in the music business, Dustin even admits to practicing signing his autograph.

He tells ABC Radio, “Man, signing autographs was nerve-racking. Man, how do I sign my name? You don’t think about that. I want it to look cool.”

Now that he’s been signing autographs for a few years, Dustin has noticed his signature has changed as fans have him sign the same T-shirt each time …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Kelsea Ballerini‘s new puppy? ANSWER: Dibs.

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Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae were so set on keeping their debut album, Start Here, squarely in the country format, they taught veteran producer Dann Huff a thing or two about making a country album. Dann started out playing guitar on classic albums from the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Madonna before coming to Nashville to produce hits for Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many others.

Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow tells ABC Radio, “With Dann Huff, you know, he’s, like a rocker at heart, but he loved it, because it was such a challenge. …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer‘s new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana’s latest single, “I Got the Boy.”

George Strait‘s final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.

Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, “Move On.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer‘s new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana’s latest single, “I Got the Boy.”

George Strait‘s final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.

Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, “Move On.”

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