Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney Take Their Friendship to the Concert Stage Starting Saturday Night

Image Courtesy EB Media/Green RoomIf you go check out one of Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean‘s joint stadium shows this summer, you’ll get to witness a unique collaboration between two of country’s hottest superstars.

Jason explains, “It’s gonna be different. I don’t think it’s gonna be the thing of I do my show, he does his show, and it’s over. I think it’s going to be a lot more interactive than that.”

That fact that Jason and Kenny are only performing a handful of dates together makes these shows one of the hottest country tickets of 2015.

“To me, that makes it more of an event,” Jason says. “More so than just, you know, you throw in a bunch of shows in there and doing it all year. It’s like, ‘This is only gonna happen a few times, so you’ve only got a few chances to check this out.’”

It turns out Jason had another tour with Kenny in the works a few years ago, but those plans fell through and helped turn Jason into one of country’s top touring artists.

Says Jason, “I was going to go out and open for him, and he decided to take a year off, which actually ended up being a great thing for us, ’cause we went out and headlined our own stuff, and it was kind of the jump-start for us on that end.”

Jason and Kenny co-headline their first joint stadium show Saturday in San Francisco. They’ll play 10 stadium dates in all before wrapping things up August 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.


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Darius Rucker Reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish for “Late Show” Appearance

Chuck ArlundDarius Rucker took a break from his country career Thursday night to reunite with Hootie & the Blowfish in a rare TV appearance on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman.

They performed “Hold My Hand,” harkening back to their TV debut on the CBS program back in 1994, when they played the same song. It was the band’s way of saluting Letterman, who is stepping down as Late Show host later this month.

Rucker has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after it was invited to perform “Hold My Hand” on the Late Show two decades ago.

Hootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years, while Darius concentrates on his country music career.

Letterman’s final Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.


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Little Big Town, Vince Gill and More Playing in City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLittle Big Town, Vince Gill, Love and Theft and Lauren Alaina will be taking the field for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13 at Nashville’s brand-new First Tennessee Park. The event is a long-standing part of the activities surrounding the CMA Music Festival, and raises money for City of Hope’s ongoing fight against cancer.

The full team rosters will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.


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Toby Keith Says Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Award Will Be the Only Trophy He’ll Display

Image Courtesy Show DogToby Keith has won several music industry awards and honors over the years, but his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tops them all. With all of his success as a touring and recording artist, Toby says he’s most proud to be a songwriter.

He explains, “It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It means the world to me and it is the only award that I will display on my desk.”

Toby also plans to perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for June 18 in New York City.


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Florida Georgia Line and Kip Moore Performing at 2015 Summer Spotlight Concert in New York City

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is co-headlining with Kid Rock at the 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, May 5 at New York City’s Irving Hall. Kip Moore is also performing at the show in celebration of May 5 being designated as the first-ever National Concert Day.

The special day recognizes the fans who buy concert tickets.  It also salutes the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.

For more details, go to LiveNation.com.


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Canaan Smith’s Debut Album, “Bronco,” Due Out June 23

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleCountry newcomer Canaan Smith will release his debut album, Bronco, on June 23. The project features his top-20 hit, “Love You Like That,” as well as all of the other songs on his current self-titled EP. The full track listing will be announced soon.

As for that album title, Canaan named the project after a song he wrote in memory of his brother, who died when Canaan was young.  Says Canaan, “He was my hero and I wanted to put out something in memory of him. I think it symbolizes his wild spirit and I’m really proud of it.”

Canaan will hit the road with Dierks Bentley‘s Sounds of Summer tour, starting June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


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Dustin Lynch Premieres “Hell of a Night” Video; Explains Why He Does His Own Ironing on the Road

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch premiered his new video for “Hell of a Night” on ETOnline.com Thursday. The clip captures several different live shows from Dustin, including his dates on the road with Luke Bryan.

Dustin says, “I think it’s really cool ’cause it’s for the fans, and a lot of people will recognize their faces in this.”

When you watch the clip, be sure and take notice of how crisp Dustin’s shirts are on stage. He actually carries an iron and ironing board on his tour bus and does all the ironing himself. Luke Bryan has a staff member on tour who does all the ironing for him and his band, but Dustin hasn’t taken advantage of those services just yet.

Says Dustin, “I feel weird asking her. I’d rather iron my own stuff. It’s self-centering and gives me one of those moments to get collected before a show.”

Check out DustinLynchMusic.com to see where Dustin’s playing next.


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Dierks Bentley Headlining Stars for Second Harvest Benefit Concert June 9 in Nashville

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has signed on as the headliner for the 11th Annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert Tuesday, June 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Lennon and Maisy Stella are also on the bill.

Stars for Second Harvest raises money for the Second Harvest Food Back of Middle Tennessee.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMartina McBride once sold t-shirts on the road for which country superstar before becoming his opening act? ANSWER: Garth Brooks.


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“Nashville” Recap: “Time Changes Things”

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, country superstar Rayna Jaymes stalked her boyfriend Deacon‘s bitter sister Beverly all over Biloxi, Mississippi, trying to convince her to give her dying brother a piece of her liver. Rayna’s compliments on Beverly’s performance of the song “Touble” at a rundown country bar didn’t help the cause. Beverly blames Rayna for breaking up her musical act with Deacon and shooting down any chance for Beverly to become a country star in her own right. In the end, Rayna offered a million-dollar check to Beverly as a last-ditch effort to get her to save Deacon.

Christina Aguilera‘s three-episode stint as pop star Jade St. John came to an end this week, as did her character’s love affair with country hunk, Luke Wheeler. After spending some time in Jade’s high-profile Los Angeles world, Luke decided he belonged back in Nashville. The fact that his teenage son, Colt, was caught in a compromising situation with Rayna’s daughter, Maddie, made Luke exit Los Angeles that much faster.

Mayor Teddy Conrad learned the feds were coming after him after his prostitute girlfriend, Natasha, turned him in for embezzling government funds and blackmailing a city official. Lucky for Teddy, one of his friends works in the prosecutor’s office and offered him immunity. We’ll find out next week what that friend wants in return for Teddy’s freedom.

Gunnar Scott‘s ex-girlfriend Kylie returned to Nashville, asking to her son, Micah, who is now living with his grandparents. You’ll remember Kylie left Micah with Gunnar, who was under the impression Micah was his son. Gunnar eventually found out Micah’s father was his late brother, Jason. In a tearful confession in Gunnar’s living room, Kylie revealed Micah was conceived when Jason raped her one night at a party. This development throws a wrench in Gunnar’s hopes of getting back together with his other ex-girlfriend, Scarlett.

New parents Juliette Barnes and Avery Barkley finally worked together to revive her country career with a surprise rooftop performance in downtown Nashville. Her performance of the new song, “Mississippi Flood,” was a big hit, and the parents shared a sexy moment in the elevator after the performance. All that excitement faded away as they returned home to their crying baby, Cadence.

Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery, knows first-hand how hard it can be for parents to connect.

I have three kids of my own, so I know that children add a huge amount of intensity in different ways to your life, and responsibility,” Jonathan explains. “At the same time it mellows you out, so it’s kind of a paradox because you’re less concerned about your own ambitions and you’re kind of less wrapped up in your own world. You have something else and someone else to provide for and think about.”

Through all of the challenges, Jonathan looks forward to seeing Avery and Juliette grow as parents and as musicians.

He adds, “I think that it will probably add perspective for both of them, but at the same time, logistically, it makes life complicated sometimes.”

Juliette’s performance of “Mississippi Flood” will be included on the new The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2, due out May 12th.

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern on ABC.


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