Ones That Got Away: Michael Ray’s limited edition Pumas sell out

If you didn’t get a pair of Michael Ray’s Limited-Edition Puma Classic Suede sneakers, the bad news is they’re all sold out. The good news is, Michael managed to raise a lot of money for his animal charity, Wrigley Cares, in the process. Michael named his mission after his rescue dog, Wrigley, that he adopted last summer in Chicago. Since then, fans have been bringing dog toys, food and donations to the Florida native’s shows, which […]

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Chris Lane takes victory Laps Around the Sun with new album

Chris Lane’s latest Laps Around the Sun are going pretty well. Since the release of his sophomore album on Friday, it has consistently occupied the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart, and so far, the record’s already been streamed more than 200 million times. At the same time, the lead single from the 14-song collection, “Take Back Home Girl,” is nearing country’s top five. Tuesday morning, Chris and pop star Tori Kelly got together to sing […]

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If You’re City, If You’re Country: Granger Smith’s alter ego has his say in new paperback

Granger Smith’s patriotic alter-ego will soon become a published author, as the first book by Earl Dibbles Jr., If You’re City, If You’re Country, arrives August 21. The illustrated paperback compares and contrasts the two ways of life, and also comes with a five-song CD featuring some of Earl’s greatest hits. For Granger, it’s been a labor of love. “Writing these jokes as a creative outlet has been the product of so many late night, after show […]

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Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day and it pays: Forbes says Luke Bryan is country’s top earner

Who’s made the most money in country music over the past year? According to Forbes’ 2018 list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities,” the answer is Luke Bryan. The “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” hitmaker comes in at #45 on the ranking, earning $52 million from June of 2017 through June of this year. In addition to his new paycheck as a judge on American Idol, the Georgia-born singer also released his What Makes You Country album, and mounted a stadium-sized tour with […]

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Survey says: Scotty McCreery set to play Celebrity Family Feud

Scotty McCreery will face off against Chris Kattan in a new episode of Celebrity Family Feud. Scotty’s wife Gabi, his father-in-law Tre, his dad Michael and his grandmother Paquita join the American Idol winner as he takes on the actor and comedian best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Liveand The Middle. The “Five More Minutes” hitmaker and his family are playing the classic game show to win money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. You can catch the episode Sunday, August 5, starting at 8 […]

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After the Sunburn, Kip Moore’s hitting the road this fall

Kip Moore will hit the road on his cleverly-titled After the Sunburn Tour this fall, with newcomers Jordan Davis, Jillian Jacqueline, The Wild Feathers and Caroline Jones joining him along the way. “Anyone who knows me, knows that the live show means everything to us,” Kip says. “It’s where we get to thank our die-hard fans that show up to every show year after year, and it’s also where we get to lay all of our cards out on the table and […]

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“Coming Home”: How Keith Urban’s conspiring to give the late Merle Haggard his first #1 since the 80s

If Keith Urban‘s top-five hit “Coming Home” makes it to the top of the chart, it’ll be the first #1 for the late Merle Haggard since 1987’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star.” The latest single from Graffiti U was inspired by Merle’s 1968 classic, “Mama Tried,” and includes the song’s signature guitar lick in its intro. Merle passed away two years ago and for Keith, it was important to have the seal of approval of his widow, Theresa. “I called her up […]

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Island Strong: Kenny Chesney & the No Shoes Nation shotski that survived Hurricane Irma

If you’re not familiar with a shotski — basically a ski with several shot glasses attached to it — all you need do to get a look at one is check out the cover of Kenny Chesney‘s Live in No Shoes Nation album. The cover photo was taken at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, the same venue Kenny played  Saturday night. A group of fans handed Kenny the No Shoes Nation shotski — emblazoned with the years […]

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Chris Lane credits Kenny Chesney with helping inspire Laps Around the Sun

If Chris Lane‘s sophomore effort, Laps Around the Sun, sounds a little bit like a Kenny Chesney record, it’s not entirely by accident. The North Carolina native admits part of his vision for his second album came from seeing the East Tennessee superstar in concert. “Last year, I was out in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina watching Kenny…onstage,” Chris recalls. “I had just finished my show, and I got to watch as a fan AND as an artist this time […]

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Eric Church returns as a Desperate Man on new album, coming October 5

Eric Church’s new album, Desperate Man, is set to arrive October 5, nearly three years since the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood. The North Carolina native announced the project to his fan club, the Church Choir, in a video clip posted to his socials on Thursday morning. “It’s been a while,” Eric says. “I just want to say I have missed you. I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It’s called Desperate Man and the first single […]

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