Lee Brice Opens Up About the Close Friend Who Inspired His Latest Single, “That Don’t Sound Like You”

Curb RecordsLee Brice wrote his latest single, “That Don’t Sound Like You,” after watching a close friend lose herself due to some bad romantic relationships.  Lee describes the woman as “a best friend that was the most alive and positive and secure person that I’d ever known.” While in those relationships, Lee and the woman didn’t keep in close contact, and he was shocked at how she was doing when they reconnected.

He explains, “By the time I ended up seeing her again, she was a completely different person, and I saw what these relationships had done to her. You know, it took a while for me to pull her back to her old self. I guess that’s just what this song is really about.”

“That Don’t Sound Like You” is the latest single from Lee’s studio album, I Don’t Dance, available now.

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Michael Ray Says It’s “Crazy” to Hear “Kiss You in the Morning” on the Radio Everywhere He Goes

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray literally has heard his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning,” become a nationwide hit in the past few weeks. While on the road, Michael and his band always tune in to the local country station in whatever town they’re playing that night. That means they’re hearing the song on the radio just about every hour now that it’s a top-five hit.

“A few times we’ve turn it on, like, right in the middle of, like, ‘Kiss You in the Morning.’ I’m going, ‘This is nuts,'” Michael says. “You know, this never gets real.”

The Florida native adds, “That’s not normal for me to be listening to myself [on the radio] in Oregon.”

While Michael and his team always believed in “Kiss You in the Morning” as the song to kick off his career, he thinks it’s “crazy” how fast the song has risen on the charts.

Says Michael, “For it to be going like this was just something I don’t think anybody was really expecting.”

“Kiss You in the Morning” is the lead single from Michael Ray’s self-titled debut album, due out Friday, August 7.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge is headed out to play shows in Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and California for the next few weeks. He tweeted Tuesday, “Bout to go out west! Gonna sing songs, go fishing, climb mountains and eat trail mix sandwiches.”

Zac Brown Band‘s Matt Mangano is profiled in a new article in Bass Player magazine. 

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Timeline of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce Confirmed Through Online Court Records

CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s actual divorce petition is sealed in Pottawamie County, Oklahoma, but some details of the divorce case have been made public online through the Oklahoma court system. Records confirm Blake filed for divorce on July 6, and the divorce was finalized on Monday, July 20.

It looks like Blake’s signature sense of humor is still intact, though. He posted his first post-divorce tweet on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Just got off the treadmill. This calls for a drink. B****…” When a fan tweeted they couldn’t imagine Blake on a treadmill, he wrote back, “It looked like one of those messin’ with Sasquatch commercials…”

Blake returns to the concert stage Friday night at Country Jam USA in Wisconsin. Miranda performs a sold-out club show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on Tuesday, July 28.

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Jerrod Niemann Looking to Record “Perfect Country Songs” for His Fourth Studio Album

Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann is on a quest to keep his music fresh on his upcoming fourth studio album. That’s why he’s digging deep in his fellow songwriters’ catalogs to find unique songs.

“We asked writers for songs that they think people have missed,” Jerrod tells Rolling Stone. “Not just the flavors of the month, but the perfect country songs.”

That search for different-sounding material comes from Jerrod’s desire to mix things up and try new things with every album.  He adds, “I always want to do what everyone else isn’t. If you have a bottle of ketchup, why do you want another bottle of ketchup? Get some mustard or relish or something.”

You can expect a lot of rock sounds on Jerrod’s upcoming album, which doesn’t yet have an exact release date. The lead single, “Blue Bandana,” is now available at all digital outlets.

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Chris Young Shoots Down Rumors He Had a Role in Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce

Monarch PublicityChris Young has shot down rumors he played a role in Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s divorce. In the aftermath of the former couple’s announcement on Monday, reports of infidelity in the marriage have been rampant with Chris’s name coming up as the other man in an affair with Miranda Lambert. He denied that claim in a Twitter post Tuesday afternoon.

It says, “I don’t normally address gossip but in this case I will. My name has been mentioned as a contributing factor in Blake and Miranda’s divorce. That is totally FALSE. They are both my friends and I would not betray that friendship. Just want to clear that up. Love you guys.”

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce through a joint statement on Monday. They were married in 2011 in Texas and have no children.

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Joe Nichols Incorporating Traditional Country Sounds into Upcoming Studio Album

Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols has recorded ten songs for his upcoming studio album, and he says three or four of those songs are in the running to be radio singles. He also  admits it’s a challenge to incorporate his traditional country style into the music while also sounding current enough to be played next to Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.

Joe tells LA Weekly, “I hope that country kind of finds its traditional path again. I understand where we’re at … we’re trying to make the best record that we can do to satisfy the country in us, but at the same time try to be relevant today to radio.”

Joe’s musical instincts paid off with his 2013 album, Crickets, which produced the #1 hits “Sunny and 75” and “Yeah.”

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Darius Rucker Announces Tour Dates and Cities for Southern Style Tour’s Fall Leg

EB Media PRDarius Rucker has announced the dates and cities for the fall leg of his Southern Style Tour, launching October 8 in Chicago. David Nail will join Darius on the road for the new dates, and A Thousand Horses is also on the bill for most shows. Go to DariusRucker.com for ticket information.

Of note, Darius’s current run of shows is on track to sell 700,000 tickets by the end of the summer.

Here are Darius’s new Southern Style tour dates and cities:

10/8 — Chicago, IL
10/9 — Dayton, OH
10/10 — Youngstown, OH
10/15 — Topeka, KS
10/16 — Lincoln, NE
10/17 — Sioux City, IA
10/22 — Syracuse, NY
10/23 — Albany, NY
10/24 — Uncasville, CT
11/1 — Indianapolis, IN
11/10 — Greensboro, NC
11/12 — Bemidji, MN
11/13 — Green Bay, WI
11/14 — Moline, IL
11/19 — Grand Rapids, MI
11/20 — Toledo, OH

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert won CMA and ACM Song of the Year for co-writing which song? ANSWER: “Over You.”

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Thomas Rhett Earns Gold Certification for “Crash and Burn”

Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett‘s latest single, “Crash and Burn,” has been certified gold for selling 500,000 copies by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Thomas says, “It seriously blows my mind to think half a million people have already bought ‘Crash.’ Being out on the road with our fans all summer and getting to see them react to this song live has been incredible, and it’s making me even more excited to get new music in their hands.”

The good news comes as Thomas gears up to release his sophomore album, Tangled Up, on September 25.

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