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Chuck ArlundDarius Rucker took a break from his country career Thursday night to reunite with Hootie & the Blowfish in a rare TV appearance on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman.

They performed “Hold My Hand,” harkening back to their TV debut on the CBS program back in 1994, when they played the same song. It was the band’s way of saluting Letterman, who is stepping down as Late Show host later this month.

Rucker has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after it was invited to perform “Hold My Hand” on the Late Show two …read more

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Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLittle Big Town, Vince Gill, Love and Theft and Lauren Alaina will be taking the field for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13 at Nashville’s brand-new First Tennessee Park. The event is a long-standing part of the activities surrounding the CMA Music Festival, and raises money for City of Hope’s ongoing fight against cancer.

The full team rosters will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

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Image Courtesy Show DogToby Keith has won several music industry awards and honors over the years, but his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tops them all. With all of his success as a touring and recording artist, Toby says he’s most proud to be a songwriter.

He explains, “It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It means the world to me and it is the only award that I will display on my desk.”

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is co-headlining with Kid Rock at the 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, May 5 at New York City’s Irving Hall. Kip Moore is also performing at the show in celebration of May 5 being designated as the first-ever National Concert Day.

The special day recognizes the fans who buy concert tickets. It also salutes the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.

For more details, go to LiveNation.com.

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleCountry newcomer Canaan Smith will release his debut album, Bronco, on June 23. The project features his top-20 hit, “Love You Like That,” as well as all of the other songs on his current self-titled EP. The full track listing will be announced soon.

As for that album title, Canaan named the project after a song he wrote in memory of his brother, who died when Canaan was young. Says Canaan, “He was my hero and I wanted to put out something in memory of him. I think it symbolizes …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch premiered his new video for “Hell of a Night” on ETOnline.com Thursday. The clip captures several different live shows from Dustin, including his dates on the road with Luke Bryan.

Dustin says, “I think it’s really cool ’cause it’s for the fans, and a lot of people will recognize their faces in this.”

When you watch the clip, be sure and take notice of how crisp Dustin’s shirts are on stage. He actually carries an iron and ironing board on his tour bus and does all the ironing himself. Luke Bryan …read more

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has signed on as the headliner for the 11th Annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert Tuesday, June 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Lennon and Maisy Stella are also on the bill.

Stars for Second Harvest raises money for the Second Harvest Food Back of Middle Tennessee.

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Comstock/ThinkstockMartina McBride once sold t-shirts on the road for which country superstar before becoming his opening act? ANSWER: Garth Brooks.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, country superstar Rayna Jaymes stalked her boyfriend Deacon‘s bitter sister Beverly all over Biloxi, Mississippi, trying to convince her to give her dying brother a piece of her liver. Rayna’s compliments on Beverly’s performance of the song “Touble” at a rundown country bar didn’t help the cause. Beverly blames Rayna for breaking up her musical act with Deacon and shooting down any chance for Beverly to become a country star in her own right. In the end, Rayna offered a million-dollar check to Beverly as a last-ditch effort …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleHootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years as lead singer Darius Rucker continues his successful country career, but the band does occasionally get together to perform — though not on TV. That changes Thursday night, though, when Hootie — with Darius — will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Why? Turns out they want to say goodbye to Letterman, the man who they credit for their incredible success in the ’90s.

According to Darius, Letterman was directly responsible for turning the first Hootie & Blowfish …read more

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