Keith Urban Giving Fans a Taste of Raise ‘Em Up Tour on “Good Morning America” Friday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban will debut his new single, “Somewhere in My Car,” on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday. The performance gives fans a preview of Keith’s Raise ‘Em Up tour, launching on July 17 in Calgary. Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge join him on the bill.

Says Keith, “The Raise ‘Em Up tour will be a complete build from the sky down. New staging, new production, a lot more songs from Fuse that the fans have been requesting, a different mix of previous hits and some rarities from past albums that we haven’t played in a while if ever.”

Keith’s summer tour will hit 21 cities before wrapping up September 13 at the Washington State Fair.

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Miranda Lambert Wants to Know Your “Kind” for Upcoming Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy Shopkeeper ManagementMiranda Lambert is launching her Platinum tour later this month, and she needs your help for her performance of “All Kinds of Kinds.” Miranda is asking fans to take a photo of themselves with a white sign declaring their “kind.” For example, Miranda has posted a photograph of herself holding a sign declaring herself to be the “Platinum kind.”

You can upload your photos at, then look for your photo at a stop on Miranda’s Platinum tour. The dates are posted at

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Florida Georgia Line Partners with Habitat for Humanity for the Dirt Campaign

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line sings about putting down roots and starting a home in their new single, “Dirt,” and now they’ve launched the Dirt Campaign to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity. FGL hopes to raise $100,000 for the campaign through the fundraising platform Omaze.

“We have been beyond blessed these past few years, putting down our own roots in Nashville,” says Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. “After hearing ‘Dirt’ we knew that we wanted to help build houses with people who would not be able to on their own and we are grateful to join Habitat for Humanity in their efforts.”  

Fans can donate to the cause at while entering to win a trip for two on the duo’s This Is How We Cruise trip this November. The winners will get a four-day cruise including a private performance from Florida Georgia Line.

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Carrie Underwood Bakes Up Blackberry Goodies for Injured Hubby, Mike Fisher

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has been making some goodies for her husband, Mike Fisher, who’s recovering from Achilles tendon surgery. Carrie went wild blackberry picking earlier this week and baked up a blackberry pie, blackberry biscuits and two blackberry cobblers.

Carrie posted a picture of her culinary creations on her Instagram page, with the caption, “One main ingredient…4 amazing dishes!!! Yummy wild blackberry picking.”


This domestic display is a far cry from the girl-on-the-run character Carrie plays in the new “Somethin’ Bad” video with pal Miranda Lambert. That song is included on Miranda’s new album, Platinum, available now.

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Dierks Bentley Announces Lineup for 9th Annual Miles & Music for Kids Event

Image Courtesy The GreenroomDierks Bentley has lined up Chris Young, Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Jon Pardi to perform at his 9th Annual Miles & Music for Kids event September 28. The day starts off with a bike ride from the Harley Davidson dealership in Columbia, TN to downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park for the concert that night. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday morning at

Earlier this week, flocks of orange bird cutouts in the shape of Dierks’ Riser logo began showing up in lawns around Nashville to announce the Miles & Music event. Since the bike ride and concert benefit the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Dierks is happy to see the Riser logo attached to the event.  “It’s a symbol of strength and resilience, and I think it’s perfect to extend into what we do for Miles & Music,” Dierks says, “especially when we are talking about the history of the event, the bikers and fans who come out every year to support it and most importantly, the children and their families being treated at Vandy. ”

People in the Nashville area can send a flock of Riser birds to their friends’ houses by visiting All proceeds benefit Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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All Five of Garth Brooks’ Ireland Shows Have Been Canceled

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsAll five Garth Brooks concerts scheduled for Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland have been canceled.  The shows’ promoter, Aiken Promotions, made the announcement on their website Tuesday.

Dublin city council only approved licenses for three concerts, which meant two of the shows had to be canceled. Garth, however, refused to disappoint any of the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets, and the promoter says they “have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event.”  So all of the shows have been called off. 

The ticket return process will be announced Wednesday. Garth is set to make another major announcement Thursday at noon ET on

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKip Moore hails from which Georgia town? ANSWER: Tifton.

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Justin Moore Couldn’t Pass Up Releasing His Motley Crue Cover, “Home Sweet Home,” to Country Radio

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesJustin Moore has only released two singles from his latest album, Off the Beaten Path, and both tracks have gone to #1. So, why is he setting that project aside for the time being? Justin got the chance to record the Motley Crue classic “Home Sweet Home” with the band’s front man, Vince Neil, for the upcoming Nashville Outlaws tribute album to the hard rock legends. It turned out so well, Justin and his record label decided to put “Home Sweet Home” out as a single.

Justin says, “There’s only so many times in your career you have opportunities to do things of this nature.”

There are still plenty of hits left on Off the Beaten Path, though.

“I wanna come back to my album and do more singles from my album,” Just explains, “but this right here, it just feels right to do this right now. So we’re gonna step off the album, put that song out and hopefully everybody loves it as much as we do, because we’ve had fun doing it.”

All four members of Motley Crue appear in Justin’s new video for “Home Sweet Home.” Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and several other country stars take on the band’s biggest hits on Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, due out  August 9.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKip Moore‘s new video, “Dirt Road,” premieres Tuesday on CMT and

Thomas Rhett wrote a song with Eric Church and hit writer Luke Laird Monday. He tweeted, “So freaking cool. #bucketlist.”

Get well wishes go out to Carrie Underwood‘s husband, Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher. According to ABC affiliate WKRN, Mike ruptured his Achilles tendon during a training session and had surgery to repair it on July 3. He’s expected to be out for four to six months.

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Taylor Swift on Music’s Future: Surprises Are In, Autographs Are Out

ABC/Richard Harbaugh Many pundits have written about how the music industry is in dire straits, as album sales continue to shrink and artists who regularly hit #1 can barely manage a top 10 debut these days.  But one person who’s optimistic about the music industry — and the future of the album as an art form — is Taylor Swift.  In fact, she’s even written an op-ed on the topic for the Wall Street Journal.

“I’d like to point out that people [are] still buying albums, but now they’re buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren’t alone in feeling so alone,” writes Taylor, and she should know, since her own multimillion-selling albums fit this description. 

“There are always going to be those artists who break through on an emotional level and end up in people’s lives forever,” she adds. “We will cherish every album they put out until they retire and we will play their music for our children and grandchildren. As an artist, this is the dream bond we hope to establish with our fans.”

So how can artists establish this bond?  Taylor says keeping the audience guessing is a key.

“I think forming a bond with fans in the future will come in the form of constantly providing them with the element of surprise. No, I did not say ‘shock’; I said ‘surprise,’” she writes.

As an example, she adds, “In the YouTube generation we live in, I walked out onstage every night of my stadium tour last year knowing almost every fan had already seen the show online. To continue to show them something they had never seen before, I brought out dozens of special guest performers to sing their hits with me.”

“I hope the next generation’s artists will continue to think of inventive ways of keeping their audiences on their toes, as challenging as that might be,” writes Taylor.

Taylor also says that in her opinion, the distinction between musical genres is becoming obsolete, and so are autographs. “I haven’t been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera,” she points out. “The only memento ‘kids these days’ want is a selfie.”

She concludes by writing, “This moment in music is so exciting because the creative avenues an artist can explore are limitless…The only real risk is being too afraid to take a risk at all.”

So where does Taylor see herself in this brave new musical future?  “I’ll just be sitting back and growing old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all the while trying to maintain a life rooted in this same optimism,” she writes. “And I’d also like a nice garden.”

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