Dierks Bentley Gearing Up for Biggest Miles & Music for Kids Event Yet This Sunday

Image Courtesy Nino MunozDierks Bentley’s annual Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert is set for Sunday in Nashville, and Dierks says it could be their biggest event yet.

“It’s completely sold out, I think, as far as the ride goes,” Dierks explains. “There’s no tickets left at all. No VIP tickets left.”

While he’s grateful to Kip Moore, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Randy Houser for agreeing to perform at Sunday’s concert at Riverfront Park, Dierks wants to shine a light on the policemen and policewomen who give up their Sunday to volunteer every year to make the event possible. The bike ride starts at the Harley-Davidson of Columbia, 40 miles south of downtown Nashville. The owner of that dealership, Ricky Kelley, has been getting a ton of texts and emails from police officers looking forward to working the event.

Dierks says, “It’s a Sunday. These guys have been looking forward to being out there, and girls being out there, and giving up their time and blocking off roads and riding their motorcycles with us.”

Proceeds from Miles & Music for Kids go to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The event has raised more than $2.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since Dierks started it nearly a decade ago.

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Jason Aldean Says Fianceé Brittany Kerr Made Him Comfortable Sharing His Life on Instagram

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is letting his fans into his personal life like never before via Instagram, and it’s all thanks to his new fianceé, Brittany Kerr. Before they started dating, Jason would never have dreamed of posting photos of himself having a beer with Kenny Chesney or fishing with one of his daughters on the Internet.

Jason tells ABC News Radio, ” Used to, I would have been like, ‘Man, I’m not putting that on Instagram. Are you crazy?” Now, I’m like. “I don’t care, man. Just whatever.” Make fun of myself. Like, whatever.”

In some ways, Jason and Brittany were forced into the public eye when photographs of them together surfaced on TMZ while Jason was still married to his former wife. At that point, Jason wasn’t comfortable sharing his personal life with the public at all.

“I’ve always been very private,” Jason admits. “You know, I want people to see what I want them to see, and all of the sudden, going through what we’ve gone through, it’s like, we didn’t have a choice. People got let into things that were crazy.”

Since Jason and Brittany went public as a couple on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards in June, he’s really been able to relax and just have fun in life.

Jason says, “I think [Brittany's] great for me in that sense is that she makes sure I don’t take myself too serious a lot of times, which I think is good.”

Look for Jason’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, to hit stores October 7 featuring his sexy single, “Burnin’ It Down.”

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Case Against Man Accused of Rape at Keith Urban Concert Dropped

Capitol NashvilleAn 18-year-old man who had been accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert in the Boston area in July is no longer facing charges.

Massachusetts’ The Sun Chronicle reports Assistant District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack told a judge the case against Sean Murphy was dropped following “extensive” conversations with the accuser, noting that the girl agreed with the decision.

A lawyer for Murphy described the encounter as a “consensual act.”

The concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, made news when 46 people had to be treated for alcohol-related illnesses, and several alcohol-related arrests were made.

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Maddie & Tae Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloMaddie & Tae made their Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night performing their hit single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The night doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids.

Maddie says, “This moment is a dream … to be on the Opry stage where so many of our musical idols like Lee Ann Womack and Vince Gill have stood is just unreal.”

Tae adds, “And don’t forget the great duos like The Judds or Brooks & Dunn. As songwriters, this truly is an awesome and gratifying experience for the Grand Ole Opry to invite us to perform.”

Maddie & Tae met Brad Paisley backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, too. Their debut EP comes out November 4.

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Faith Hill Signs New Management Deal; Is New Music on the Way?

Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFaith Hill has signed with a new management company, Sandbox Entertainment. The company also represents Shania Twain, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Dan + Shay. Faith was previously aligned with Red Light Management, which also is the management company that represents her husband, Tim McGraw.

The move seems to signal Faith could be releasing a new album soon. Her last proper studio album, Fireflies, came out in 2005.

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Luke Bryan Gets a Big, Corny Tribute Just Outside Nashville

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan has received some big honors in the past few years, including an ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy, but some farmers near Nashville are paying tribute to Luke in a very big way.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN has created a corn maze designed in the shape of Luke’s face. That means fans can get lost in Luke’s nose, hair or those dreamy, dark eyes.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm has created corn mazes designed to look like George Jones and Johnny Cash in the past.  They unveil a new design each September. Go to HoneysuckleHillFarm.com to see the Luke Bryan maze.

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Jason Aldean Engaged to Girlfriend Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr on their engagement. A rep for Jason confirms to ABC News Radio he popped the question, and she said yes.

The couple went public with their relationship last June walking the CMT Music Awards red carpet together. We’ll keep you posted when more details are available.

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Rascal Flatts Setting Sail with Carnival Cruise Lines for New Concert Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is teaming up with Carnival Cruise Lines to entertain fans prior to the Dallas Cowboys game on October 19 at AT&T Stadium. They’ll headline the Carnival LIVE concert that day before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Look for the Flatts to take part in the cruise line’s on-board Carnival LIVE Concert Series next year, too. Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride were among the stars performing in the inaugural concert series this year.

For more information, go to Carnival.com/CarnivalLive.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDierks Bentley hails from which southwestern state? ANSWER: Arizona.

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Lady Antebellum Making Fans’ Dreams Come True with 7FOR7 Project Launching Monday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is launching the 7FOR7 project Monday to fulfill seven wishes for seven fans for seven days in celebration of their new album, 747, due out this Tuesday. The group posted a note on their social media accounts a few weeks back asking people to nominate Lady A fans who would love a surprise from the group.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott says, “A ton of great stories rolled in.   There are so many inspiring fans out there who we want to celebrate! We have some HUGE plans up our sleeves, and you never know where we might pop up!” 

Look for videos of Lady A making their fans’ dreams come true to start posting Monday. 747 includes Lady A’s latest #1 hit, “Bartender.”

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