Blake Shelton Rescues Oklahoma Man from Flash Flood

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton was on his way to the airport Wednesday night in Ardmore, Oklahoma when he noticed Roho Hartman stranded on the side of the road in a flash flood. According to All Access, Blake sprang into action, pulled the man out of the high water and brought him home.

A picture of Roho Hartman and Blake is now going viral after a friend of Roho’s posted it on Facebook.

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Dolly Parton Playing Benefit Concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on July 31

Webster PRDolly Parton will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on July 31 for her first Music City concert in more than a decade. The show, called Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple, is a special one-night-only benefit for the city’s W.O. Smith School of Music, through the Dustin Wells Foundation’s Gift of Music program.

“The ‘Gift of Music’ is something that runs deep within my kin folks,” Dolly says in a statement. “I love and cherish The Ryman and I am really excited to perform there to help raise money for the Dustin Wells Foundation. This goes to help many young kids that are part of the W.O. Smith School of Music.”

She adds, “Through all of us working together, we can make a difference in helping a child feel the magic in making music.”

Tickets for Dolly’s show go on sale Saturday, June 20 at Ryman.com.

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Carrie Underwood, Joe Walsh Join Brad Paisley During His Opening Set for Rolling Stones

CMACarrie Underwood joined Brad Paisley onstage to sing “Remind Me” during Brad’s gig opening for The Rolling Stones Wednesday night in Nashville. When Brad’s performance was announced, Carrie tweeted Brad, asking for tickets. He later said he would hook her up if she agreed to join him for the duet.

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh also joined Brad during the set for a performance of Walsh’ solo hit “Life’s Been Good.”

Rascal Flatts will open for The Rolling Stones on July 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Darius Rucker Reacts to the Church Shooting in His Hometown of Charleston

Capitol NashvilleUpon learning of the tragic shooting at the Emmanuel AME Church in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina Wednesday night, Darius Rucker tweeted, “I don’t know what to say. I am in utter shock. Thoughts and prayers to our community & those families affected by this horrible tragedy.”

Nine people were killed in the shooting during a Wednesday night prayer meeting. The alleged shooter was taken into custody Thursday morning.

A few other country stars shared their prayers for the shooting victims via social media:

The Band Perry‘s Neil Perry: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” #PrayForCharleston #myheartishurting”

Mickey Guyton: “Praying for Charleston. My heart hurts.”

 

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” #PrayForCharleston #myheartishurting

A photo posted by Neil Perry (@neilperry) on Jun 18, 2015 at 9:07am PDT

Praying for Charleston. My heart hurts. ??

A photo posted by Mickey Guyton (@mickeyguyton) on Jun 18, 2015 at 9:27am PDT

 

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Lady Antebellum Shares the Details on Their Collaboration with EDM DJ Audien

Capitol NashvilleIt turns out Lady Antebellum had already dipped their toe in the waters of electronic dance music before they teamed up with Zedd on last week’s CMT Music Awards. Earlier this year, the band recorded a song called “Something Better” with EDM DJ Audien that’s due out later this summer.

At first, Lady A was taken aback when Audien approached them about the song, but they ended up loving the track’s lyrics and melody.

Band member Charles Kelley says of his first listen to “Something Better,” “It was like, ‘This is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time,’ ’cause lyrically it was kind of powerful.”

Recording with an EDM DJ took Lady Antebellum out of their comfort zone, but they think that’s a very good thing.

“I think we’re learning as a band to not be too scared about things,” Charles says. “We’ll always stay true to the country genre, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun and go, ‘Hey, we’ll be featured over here.'”

Charles points to tour mate Sam Hunt‘s recent crossover to pop with “Take Your Time” and Tim McGraw‘s 2004 collaboration with Nelly on “Over and Over” as examples of country stars flirting with other genres to great success.

Says Charles, “It’s like, come on! It’s Tim McGraw. George Strait‘s not gonna do that, but…”

Lady Antebellum is now climbing the country chart with “Long Stretch of Love,” the opening song from their album, 747.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLady Antebellum sang backup on which one of Darius Rucker‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Wagon Wheel.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne is showing off their favorite spots in Nashville for Airbnb’s Loval Lens series. You can check out their picks at Blog.Airbnb.com.

Look for A Thousand Horses to perform their new single, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, June 24. The band’s debut hit, “Smoke,” has been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams.

Luke Bryan‘s son, Bo, caught a really big fish all by himself, and Luke tweeted a photo of the catch Wednesday.

Danielle Steel‘s new book, Country, is out this week telling a love story involving a fictional country star who performs at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas several times a year. Of course, real-life married couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood played the Wynn for several years before launching their current World Tour last year.

Sam Hunt has released the new video for his single, “House Party,” featuring footage of his life on the road so far this year.

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Keith Urban Loves Being the Father in a House Full of Girls

CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman‘s oldest daughter, Sunday Rose, will turn seven on July 7, and the couple can’t believe how fast she’s growing up.

Keith says, “She’s transformed all in this incredible, little period of the last handful of months, and she’s a girl.”

As Father’s Day approaches this Sunday, Keith relishes his role as a dad to Sunday and her little sister, Faith Margaret. Since he grew up with his mother being the only woman in the house with his dad and brother, Keith admits he’s learned a lot now living in a house full of girls.

“And I’m very comfortable in it, too,” Keith adds. “I think, ’cause it’s a very expressive, artistic house. Nic and I are very much in sync with the way we want to raise our girls.”

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Trisha Yearwood Celebrating New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit with July 9 Performance

Country Music Hall of FameTrisha Yearwood is headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, July 9 for an interview and performance at the CMA Theater. The appearance celebrates her new Hall of Fame exhibit, “Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When,” opening July 3.

“It’s such a thrill to see my life and career milestones displayed in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” Trisha says, “from the first guitar I ever played to the dress I wore to the Grammys on the night I won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “How Do I Live.” I’m so happy to be able to share these memories with my country music family.”

The new exhibit also features several stage costumes and awards from Trisha’s multi-platinum career, as well as the receipt for her first demo recording in 1983, paid for by her father. You can also check out the wedding gown Trisha wore when she married Garth Brooks in 2005, as well as a letter Johnny Cash wrote to Trisha, telling her that she has “what it takes to make it big — and stay there.”

For more information on Trisha’s exhibit and appearance, go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

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Little Big Town Cancels, Reschedules Shows Through July 30; Jimi Having Vocal Cord Surgery

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook will undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp from his vocal cord. While he’s expected to make a full recovery, Jimi will have to go on voice rest to recover from the surgery. That means all of Little Big Town’s shows through July 30 will be canceled or rescheduled.

The band says in a statement, “It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi’s health is the most important thing and he is expected to make a full recovery with rest and treatment. We will keep everyone updated on Jimi’s progress. Thanks for your understanding and support.”

For details on Little Big Town’s canceled and rescheduled dates, go to LittleBigTown.com.

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