Dierks Bentley and Vince Gill Featured on Final Album from Cowboy Jack Clement, Due Out July 15

IRS Records NashvilleDierks Bentley and Vince Gill are among the artists contributing to the final album from the late Cowboy Jack Clement. The project, titled For Once and for All, was finished just before the Country Music Hall of Fame member died last August at age 82. The album is Clement’s third solo project, but his work with the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and many more country icons is considered an essential part of the genre’s history.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Leon Russell and John Prine also are featured on For Once and for All, due out July 15.


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Kip Moore to Headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 17

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has added an October 17 headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to his upcoming CMT on Tour outing. Charlie Worsham and newcomer Sam Hunt are joining Kip for the trek. Tickets for the Music City show go on sale this Saturday morning at Ryman.com.

Kip Moore launches his new tour September 25 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKip Moore is a native of which southeastern state? ANSWER: Georgia.


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Thomas Rhett Grew Up on the Road Thanks to His Dad Rhett Akins

Photo Courtesy of Thomas RhettMost new artists don’t know what it’s like to live on a tour bus and travel from city to city until they actually launch their careers, but Thomas Rhett has been living that lifestyle since childhood thanks to his dad, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.

“I remember going on the road with dad a whole lot,” Thomas says. “I remember being that kid that wanted to ask dad to write me a doctor’s note on Thursday so I could get out on a Friday and hop on the bus.”

Rhett even let Thomas join him onstage playing drums or helping him out on hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started.” Thomas wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

He adds, “Now that I’m actually doing what he did, there hasn’t been a whole of things I haven’t seen before, which was kind of nice.”

These days, Rhett often goes on the road with Thomas to write songs and offer advice.

“It’s just really cool to have not only a dad, but a mentor and a friend to have kind of helped me along in the process, and him always being side stage right when I come off either saying, ‘That was awesome,’ or critiquing me for thirty minutes,” Thomas says. “It’s just been a cool ride.”

Thomas and Rhett recently used their star power for a good cause. The father and son headed down to their hometown of Valdosta, Georgia to perform a benefit concert raising $40,000 for Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The show was staged in honor of Thomas and Rhett’s little cousin, Sophie, who has been diagnosed with the disease.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockScotty McCreery took his dad, Mike, to the U.S. Open golf championship in Pinehurst, NC, over the weekend to celebrate Father’s Day.

Miranda Lambert played a surprise club show in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Saturday night at The Block, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman made a visit to the Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Friday. According to the Daily Mail, they sang “Amazing Grace” with patients and their families during the visit.


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The Band Perry’s Neil and Reid Perry Stood by Sister Kimberly as She Tied the Knot

Photo Credit: Tec PetajaThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry had her brothers Neil and Reid Perry serve as her best men as she tied the knot with her fiancé, pro baseball player J.P. Arencibia, last Thursday. The ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Kimberly’s hometown of Greeneville, TN. J.P.’s young nieces served as his groomswomen.

Kimberly’s white dress was designed by Reem Acra, and the Stella Sisters, Lennon & Maisy, of ABC’s Nashville, provided special music during the service. Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, were in attendance, and a reception was held after the ceremony at Kimberly’s parents’ house.


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Miranda Lambert Just Says No to Wardrobe Changes on Upcoming Platinum Tour

Photo Credit: David McClisterMiranda Lambert is often seen rocking high-fashion looks on magazine covers and red carpets, but you won’t find her putting on a fashion show for her upcoming Platinum tour. Miranda works hard to keep the focus on her music.

She explains, “I try to really focus on the music and the covers we pick and the video content and really it being about the band and the crowd more than the outfits I could possibly change into.”

Just picking out one outfit for a show is enough of a challenge for Miranda.

She admits. “I think I would just absolutely lose my mind if I had wardrobe changes during the show. Yeah, maybe a tank top change just from sweating or something, but that’s probably the extent of it.”

Miranda’s Platinum tour hits the road next month with special guests Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.


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Country Music’s Famous Dads Share Parenting Stories This Father’s Day

Big Machine RecordsFather’s Day is this weekend, and many of country’s top stars will be celebrating the holiday with their kids, including Tim McGraw. He and wife, Faith Hill, have three daughters together, and Tim admits they’ve played a big role in helping him calm down over the years.

“I think either I’m getting mellower with age or they’re teaching me patience,” Tim says. “One or the other. I’m not sure which one it is. Probably a combination of both.”

Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox feels he’s learned a lot from his daughters, too.

He says, “They are truly the greatest gifts that I ever could’ve imagined being a part of. I’m so blessed to be their father, and they’re just a wonderful part of my life, and the biggest part of my life.”

For Dierks Bentley, being a father to his three young kids has made him realize just how much he needs his wife, Cassidy, to rein in the madness. Last week, Cassidy asked Dierks if he was OK to watch their two daughters and baby boy, Knox, while she ran some errands.

He replied, “With three? No, I’m not. Like, there’s no —  physically impossible. It’s not safe. No! You can’t go anywhere!”

Dierks adds,”It definitely requires all hands on deck.”

Though parenting three kids has pushed Dierks to new levels of exhaustion, he loves being around the little ones as much as possible.

“They’re so fun to be around,” Dierks explains. “They kinda provide energy in a weird way. Whatever they don’t, alcohol makes up for the rest.”

Randy Houser‘s son, West, is showing signs of budding musical talent just like his dad.

“He can sing his ABC’s on pitch,” Randy says. “I’m like, ‘Woah!’ It looks like he’s gonna be a singer.”

West is talking up a storm, too, though Randy admits they can only understand about half of what the little one says.

Randy adds, “He’s just growing. Turned into a boy. He’s still my baby, though.”

Speaking of babies, Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, are expecting their first child this fall. He’s been getting lots of parenting advice from band mate Hillary Scott, who welcomed her first child last year. In the end, Dave knows he’s just going to have to dive in and go to work when the baby comes.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I’m reading a couple books, so I’m doing the best I can. I know there’s no way to really prepare, so we’re going to go into it with good attitudes and a happy, excited spirit.”


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Kelly Clarkson Announces Birth of Daughter, River Rose

ABC/Jon LeMayKelly Clarkson announced the birth of her daughter on her Facebook and Twitter feeds on Saturday.

“Our baby girl River Rose Blackstock arrived on June 12th!” Clarkson posted. She added that both she and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, “are on cloud 9!!”

 

 

Clarkson, the winner of the first season of American Idol, was married to Brandon Blackstock in October 2013. The pair announced in November 2013 that they were expecting their first child together. Blackstock has two children from a previous marriage.

On June 4, Clarkson, calling herself “tired, swollen and miserable,” tweeted that her “baby girl needs to come on out ASAP.”

 

 


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Josh Turner Performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Honor of the Song’s 200th Anniversary

MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is one of the artists singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Saturday as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s celebration of the song’s 200th anniversary. Josh has recorded a special video version of the national anthem that will be posted to AnthemforAmerica.SI.edu Saturday as part of a live Flag Day event in Washington, D.C.

Speaking of the anthem, Josh says, “It was inspired by an actual event where our country was attacked, prevailed and our flag was still waving in the aftermath. It outlines what our flag stands for and why that’s so important. It is always an honor to sing it.”

Train, Phish and Patty Griffin are among the other acts performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” this Saturday.


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