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Firecrackers & Bragging Rights: A Josh Turner Fourth of July

MCA NashvilleThis Fourth of July, Josh Turner will be headlining the Independence Day Festival on the Riverfront in Shreveport, Louisiana. But growing up in South Carolina, the celebration of America’s birthday meant fireworks– and bragging rights.

“All the individual families had a lot of competition with each other and tried to outdo each other to try to see who had the biggest and baddest fireworks” he reminisces. “My daddy, I think, was the smartest one. He just went out and bought maybe $25 worth of fireworks and let everybody else put on the …read more

ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town scored a monster hit several summers ago with “Pontoon,” but it’s Eric Church who says that’s exactly where you’d typically find him on any given 4th of July.

“For me, growing up we would always go to the lake,” he recalls. “Had a buddy who had a pontoon and we would always get on the pontoon and you go out and you’d tie all the pontoons together and just have a big time… I was younger then, the adults were having more fun than we were, you know it was just …read more

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Arista NashvilleTonight, Brad Paisley joins a who’s-who of celebrities from West Virginia, including actress Jennifer Garner, in a telethon to help raise money to help the flood-ravaged state. Billy Ray Cyrus, who worked for years in the house band at Ragtime Lounge in Huntington, will co-host the show.

Twenty-three people died as flood waters overwhelmed many parts of the state June 23 and 24, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The Rebuild West Virginia telethon will be broadcast all across the state from 7-9 p.m. ET, with a live stream of the event also available. Donations …read more

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though it’s become a standard, Lee Greenwood‘s “God Bless the U.S.A.” only peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. Can recall the year Lee introduced the self-penned patriotic classic to the world? ANSWER: 1984.

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Big Loud RecordsWith his breakthrough single “Fix” now in the top ten, Chris Lane is readying his debut full-length effort for release August 5.

“While in the studio working on the album, I started to notice a trend… every song seemed to be about some type of girl problem,” the North Carolina native laughs. “So it was only fitting to title the album Girl Problems!”

You’ll be able to pre-order Chris’s first record starting July 12. Meanwhile, he continues on the Rhythm & Roots tour this summer with Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini.

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Capitol NashvilleJustin Timberlake is certainly no stranger to country music, having performed at last year’s CMA Awards in a career-changing performance with Chris Stapleton. More recently, he chronicled some mysterious studio work with Little Big Town with an Instagram post.

Now you can add Lady Antebellum to the list of country performers with a connection to the Memphis native. Recently, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have been covering JT’s pop smash “Can’t Stop the Feeling” in concert. You can check out their version via a YouTube clip from their show this summer in Columbus, Ohio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Look for Chris Young to release a Christmas album this holiday season.

Maddie & Tae and American Idol winner Trent Harmon are part of the star-studded lineup for this year’s Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala July 17 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Newcomers LANco debuted their “Long Live Tonight” video earlier this week on the Sony Digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square. You can check it out now on YouTube.

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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker‘s new single “If I Told You” is our first preview of the new music from his forthcoming, fifth country album for Capitol Nashville. Even though it’s a song he didn’t write, he says it gives him a similar feeling as the process that inspired him to pen the Hootie & the Blowfish breakthrough “Let Her Cry.”

“The first time I heard [the Black Crowes‘] ‘She Talks to Angels,’ those lyrics did something to me,” he recalls. “I probably requested that song eight times at different bars in Columbia, South Carolina before going home, putting on Bonnie Raitt‘s Home …read more

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BBR Music GroupTrace Adkins debuts his colorful new single “Lit” Friday morning on Fox & Friends. He’ll play the tune which is reminiscent of his hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” for the first time on TV as part of the show’s All American Summer Concert Series.

You can get a preview of the uptempo track now on the Fox & Friends blog. “Lit” will also be available via the usual digital outlets on Friday, and will be on his forthcoming album, along with his previous release, “Jesus and Jones.” Catch Trace on the show Friday, starting at 6 a.m. ET …read more

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ABC/Tyler GoldenThursday nights this summer on ABC, country hitmaker Kelsea Ballerini transforms into TV co-host with talk show icon Arsenio Hall. The two team up to bring us Greatest Hits, a show that relives the hits of the past few decades, uniting today’s hitmakers with the artists who made the songs famous.

Since Kelsea’s new to the gig, she says it’s great to have a veteran by her side.

“Arsenio is amazing. He’s such a pro. Every time we walk out into the live audience they do the ‘Hoo, hoo, hoo!’ thing. It’s amazing,” she says. “I’d never really hosted anything like …read more

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