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Kenny Chesney Performs on “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular”

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Peter Larsen/NBCKenny Chesney brought his own brand of fireworks to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular broadcast Monday night.

He performed a couple of songs from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas: “American Kids” and “Noise.”

The lineup for NBC’s broadcast of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular — featuring a fireworks display in New York — also included Sara Bareilles, Meghan Trainor, DNCE, Pitbull and 5 Seconds of Summer.

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From Cautionary Tales About Fireworks to Freedom Over Texas, Darius Rucker Reflects on the Fourth

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Capitol NashvilleWhen he was a little boy growing up in the Palmetto State, Darius Rucker admits the Fourth of July was all about the pop and spark of firecrackers.

“We had the bottle rocket fights and all that stuff,” he remembers. “I was the typical little crazy kid, you know. In South Carolina, fireworks was always legal. We did all that sort of stuff. I almost blew my hand off once — crazy!”

In addition to his cautionary tales about shooting fireworks, Darius says that now that he’s an adult, Independence Day has taken on a …read more

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Alan Jackson Recalls His Independence Day Date with Lady Liberty

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John Shearer/Getty Images for Acme Feed & SeedAlan Jackson wrote one of the most moving songs ever in response to 9/11 with “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),” so it seems appropriate that his most memorable Independence Day happened to take place in New York City.

“I had an old boat in Florida,” he recalls. “I’ve always wanted to take it up north like to New York and up in that area, up in the Northeast where it’s so pretty. So, we took the boat up there and Denise and the girls… …read more

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Kip Moore’s Personal Connection to His Patriotism

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MCA NashvilleKip Moore offered his fans a special way to show off their American spirit this Fourth of July, making a special red, white and blue Wild Ones tank top available on his website — just another reflection of how he himself feels about his country.

“I’m a very, very patriotic person, proud of the country that I live in,” he says, “and I’m very proud of what those guys do for us each and every day, and I don’t take it for granted one bit.”

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Firecrackers & Bragging Rights: A Josh Turner Fourth of July

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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

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For Eric Church, Fourth of July Means a Party on the Pontoon

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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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Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Cyrus Help “Rebuild West Virginia” in Friday Night Telethon

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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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Country Star Trivia

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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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Find Out More About Newcomer Chris Lane’s “Girl Problems” August 5

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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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Lady Antebellum “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Covering Justin Timberlake on Tour

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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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