Martina McBride Headlining Nashville’s Massive 4th of July Fireworks Display Concert

Randee St. NicholasMartina McBride has signed on to headline Nashville’s 4th of July celebration, Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing, which will boast the largest fireworks display in the country this year.

In an interview with ABC affiliate WKRN-TV, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation President Butch Spyridon says the city’s fireworks display will be the largest in the country, outperforming the fireworks in New York City. Nashville apparently knows how many fireworks shells New York is using this year, so the city gave the production company enough money to display one more shell than the Big Apple.

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Blake Shelton Wants to Buy You a Beer at the CMA Music Festival

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton can’t make it to this year’s CMA Music Festival, but he’s willing to buy you a beer to make up for his absence. Blake has teamed up with Bud Light to offer free beer, koozies and T-shirts at 12 honky tonks and bars in downtown Nashville Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. local time.

Blake says, “I’m sorry I’m not able to make it to the festival this year but I will be with you in spirits.”

If you get one of Blake’s beers, be sure and upload a picture of it to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #YourVoiceofChoice and tag @blakeshelton, too.

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Eric Church Opening Pop-Up Shop in East Nashville Wednesday Through Friday

CMAEric Church is opening a pop-up shop called The Outsider’s Joint in East Nashville this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The store will offer several rare items, including Eric’s own selected batch of Jack Daniels Single Barrel whiskey, as well as Eric’s These Boots collection from Lucchese. Those custom boots feature Eric’s lyrics written on the sole and are usually only available to VIP ticketholders on Eric’s tour.

The Outsider’s Joint will be located at 218 South 11th Street in East Nashville. Go to EricChurch.com/TheOutsidersJoint for further details and store hours.

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Brantley Gilbert Gives CMT Music Awards Tickets to His Soldier Friend, Justin Patterson

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert can’t make it to this Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards, so he’s given his pair of tickets to his friend, Staff Sergeant Justin Patterson. They first met during Brantley’s recent motorcycle ride with the Wounded Warrior Project. During that meeting, Justin presented Brantley with his first Purple Heart medal as a thank you for all the singer does on behalf of veterans. Since then Brantley and Justin have talked just about every day, and Brantley wanted to give Justin the tickets as a small token of his appreciation for the Purple Heart.

Brantley is up for Collaborative Video of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards for “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.

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Reba and Darius Rucker Added to CMT Music Awards Performers Lineup

CMTReba and Darius Rucker have been added to the performers lineup for Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards. Darius will sing for thousands of fans during an outdoor performance in downtown Nashville. Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Thomas Rhett, Sara Evans, Cassadee Pope, Kellie Pickler, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nashville‘s Charles Esten are among the stars presenting trophies during the 2015 CMT Music Awards, too.

Previously announced performers include Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band. The 2015 CMT Music Awards broadcast live on CMT and CMT.com Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrooks & Dunn performed which one of their #1 hits on the 50th Annual ACM Awards earlier this year? ANSWER: “My Maria.”

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Darius Rucker Applauds the “Generosity of the American People”

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker spends almost as much time raising money for charitable causes as he does making music these days. He and his wife, Beth, are currently chairing the committee to raise $50 million for a new children’s hospital at the Medical University of South Carolina in their hometown of Charleston. At one time, Darius would have never believed his celebrity could help raise that much money, but years of performing benefit shows and playing in charity golf tournaments have changed his tune.

“I’m never surprised at the generosity of the American people,” Darius says. “You know, now, with all the stuff that’s happened, and all the things I’ve been involved with charitably, I really see how things like that can really happen, and all the sudden you have a miracle and there’s that goal that seemed unattainable is actually being attained.”

Darius’s charity work for kids continues Monday night with his Sixth Annual Darius and Friends concert to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The show takes place at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon with special guests Little Big Town, A Thousand Horses and Brett Eldredge on the bill. Darius looks forward to adding to the nearly $500,000 raised from the previous five Darius and Friends concerts.

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Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert Team Up for Two Songs at Chicago’s Soldier Field

EB Media PRKenny Chesney teamed up with his special guest Miranda Lambert for two collaborations during his Saturday night show at Soldier Field in Chicago. After her opening set, Miranda joined Kenny during his show to sing Grace Potter‘s part on “You and Tequila.” They also delivered a cover of George Strait‘s 1996 hit, “Carried Away.”

Look for Kenny to perform on Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, airing live at 8 ET.

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Keith Urban to Debut Brand-New Single on Wednesday Night’s CMT Music Awards

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s new single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” will be released to radio Tuesday, and he’ll debut the song on the 2015 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.

Keith first performed the song for industry insiders at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville earlier this year. He says, “There’s no doubt their response that day helped make it the first single from what will be my next album.”

As for the song itself, Keith adds, “It’s the poetic use of the three Johns and what each represents to me.”

You can stream or download “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ tonight at midnight ET.

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Kacey Musgraves Promoting “Pageant Material” with Two Big TV Appearances This Week

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves has lined up two big TV appearances to promote her upcoming sophomore album, Pageant Material. Look for Kacey to perform her current single, “Biscuits,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday, June 9. She’ll follow it up with a performance of the album cut, “Family Is Family,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday, June 10.

Pageant Material is due out June 23.

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