The “’80’s Lady” K.T. Oslin Returns with New Album, “Simply”

K.T. OslinK.T. Oslin is back with her first album in nearly 15 years, titled Simply. The project features sparely produced versions of K.T.’s Grammy and CMA Award-winning signature song, “80’s Ladies,” as well as other hidden gems from her back catalog.

For those not familiar with K.T.’s story, 1987’s “80’s Ladies” became an anthem for women juggling the decade’s demands of motherhood, career, marriage and divorce.  The song went on to win CMA Song of the Year and earned K.T. the Female Vocalist of the Year titles from both the CMA and ACM, too. A string of #1 hits followed, including 1988’s “Do Ya” and 1990’s “Come Next Monday,” but K.T. walked away from it all in her late fifties after releasing her 2001 album, Live Close By, Visit Often.

After more than a decade out of the spotlight, K.T. returned to the stage late last year with a cabaret-style show including new versions of her hits as well as lesser-known songs from her platinum-selling discography. The concerts in Nashville and Austin played to sold-out crowds, and the idea for Simply was born out of those shows.

She tells ABC Radio, “I realize that the business has changed so much. You’ve got to have something to sell, if it’s foot cream or what. You’ve got to sell something! So, I said, ‘Well, why don’t we just make a little album and sell it at the dates?'”

Using the three musicians who back her up on stage, K.T. went in to record Simply to capture the new, stripped-down song arrangements.

“What you see on stage is what is on the record,” K.T. explains. “I don’t have horns and violins and people swinging from the roofs on the record and then I can’t reproduce that live. I want you to get the same effect.”

To be clear, Simply is not a re-recording of K.T.’s greatest hits. Instead, K.T. wanted to feature some of her lesser-known songs,  like the sassy “Younger Men” and the breakup anthem, “New Way Home.”

She says of her obscure song selections, “I didn’t want it to die away. I didn’t want it to shrivel up and die on the vine. I wanted to expose it somehow through the dates to a new audience. Possibly a younger audience that would go, ‘Hey, I like this.'” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

K.T.’s album, Simply, also features a brand-new song, “Do You Think About Me.” It’s now available at iTunes and Amazon.

Here’s the Simply track list:

“Do You Think About Me”
“Younger Men”
“Hold Me”
“I Can’t Remember Not Loving You”
“Live Close By, Visit Often”
“New Way Home”
“She Don’t Talk Like Us No More”
“Maybe We Should Learn to Tango”
“80’s Ladies”

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Lady Antebellum Teaming Up with Pop/EDM Star Zedd for CMT Music Awards Performance

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is teaming up with pop/EDM star Zedd on next Wednesday’s CMT Music awards. According to Billboard, they’ll perform a mashup of Lady A’s current single, “Long Stretch of Love,” and Zedd’s  “Beautiful Now.” Lady A recently dabbled in EDM during their European tour performing a cover of Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up.”

Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan are among the other stars performing on the CMT Music Awards Wednesday, June 10 on CMT and CMT.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDierks Bentley‘s white dog has appeared in several of the singer’s videos as well as on the cover of Dierks’ debut album. What is the pup’s name? ANSWER:  Jake.

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Billy Currington Plans to Sing Along to Tim McGraw’s Set Every Night This Summer

Mercury NashvilleIf you catch Tim McGraw‘s Shotgun Rider Tour this summer, keep an eye out for special guest Billy Currington watching Tim’s headlining set from the side stage. Billy caught one of Tim’s shows last year before he secured the spot on this year’s tour, and he couldn’t believe how many hits Tim packed into the two-hour set.

Billy tells ABC Radio, “Wow. That’s all I can say. Like, every song is just a smash. And then at the end of the show, I was like, ‘Wait! Wait! What about this song, and that song and that hit and that #1?’ He’s got so many, he can’t put ’em all in his show.”

Over the past decade, Billy has toured with just about everyone in country music, but he’s never sung along quite as much as he did watching Tim’s show.

Billy adds, “It’s quite amazing.”

Tim’s Shotgun Rider tour kicks off Friday night in Little Rock, Arkansas with Chase Bryant joining Billy and Tim on the bill.

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Shania Twain Launches Farewell Tour Tonight: “It’ll Be a Kickin’ Show”

Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain spent several years headlining in Las Vegas with her show Shania: Still the One, but starting tonight in Seattle, she’s bringing her music directly to the fans with her Rock This Country tour.  It’s her first major trek in 11 years, but she says it’ll also be her last. “It’s my sort of personal way to say goodbye,” Shania tells ABC Radio.

Shania says that the Rock This Country tour — named after a track on her 1997 album, Come On Over — will be very different from her show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.  “It’s really gonna be a kickin’, more of a rockier edge show,” she tells ABC Radio. “A rock energy, just a lot of bells and whistles and more of a party atmosphere, really.”

“You know, the show in Las Vegas was more glamorous, more theatrical,” she adds. “I had horses on stage, for example, [a] flying motorcycle, a lot of things. I just took advantage of the environment, whereas on a touring, traveling stage, it just has to be a different type of production. But I still want it to be as ‘wow.'”

Shania says one of the things that made her want to hit the road one more time was her desire to reach more fans than she could just staying in one place, which is what she was doing in Vegas.

“I love the fans. I love being with the fans in the audience. I love connecting with them,” she explains. “And, you know, taking a show to them is the only real way to get to a lot of the people that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.”

“It’s my sort of personal way to say goodbye from the stage, by taking the show on the road to them,” she adds.  

But Shania isn’t retiring — she’s working on her first new album since 2002’s Up!. She tells USA Today that she’s written plenty of new songs — enough for two albums — and plans to record her vocals on the road, since she’ll be singing every day anyway and her voice will be all warmed up.  Her goal, she says, is to at least have a new single out by the time she turns 50, on August 28.

Here are Shania’s tour dates; her opening acts include Wes Mack and Gavin DeGraw:

6/5 — Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center
6/7 — Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
6/9 — Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
6/11 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/12 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/14 — Saskatoon, SK,  SaskTel Centre
6/15 — Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
6/19 — London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
6/20 — London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
6/22 — Hamilton, ON, FirstOntario Centre
6/24 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/25 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/27 — Ottawa, ON, Wesley Clover Parks
6/28 — Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/30 — New York, NY,  Madison Square Garden
7/1 — Long Island, NY,  Nassau Coliseum
7/3 — Uncasville, CT,  Mohegan Sun Arena
7/7 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/8 — Boston, MA, TD, Garden
7/10 — Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
7/11 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/13 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7/15 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
7/16 — Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
7/18 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
7/19 — Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
7/21 — Washington, DC, Verizon Center
7/22 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/25 — Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
7/26 — Moline, IL, iWireless Center
7/28 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
7/29 — Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
7/31 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/1 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/3 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
8/4 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
8/6 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/7 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/9 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
8/10 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/12 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/14 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/15 — Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena
8/17 — San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
8/19 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
8/20 — Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
8/22 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
8/23 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center

Fall Leg:

9/12 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
9/13 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/15 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/17 – 19/28 — Calgary, AB, (CAN), Scotiabank Saddledome
9/20 — Winnipeg, MB (CAN), MTS Centre
9/21 — Fargo, ND, Fargodome
9/23 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
9/24 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
9/26 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
9/27 — Madison, WI, Kohl Center
9/29 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
9/30 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
10/2 — Allentown, PA, PPL Center
10/3 — Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
10/6 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/7 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/9 — Quebec City, QC (CAN), Videotron Centre
10/11 — Toronto, ON (CAN), Air Canada Centre

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCanaan Smith teamed up with TheKnot.com for a surprise performance of “Love You Like That” at the “Dream Wedding” of Samantha and Taylor Sinclair Thursday at a winery in Sonoma County, California.  The couple chose Canaan’s hit song for their first dance, and they were very surprised when he actually showed up to sing it live.

Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes have been performing a cover of Aerosmith‘s “Walk This Way” during Lady A’s headlining set on the Wheels Up tour.

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Dierks Bentley’s Sound of Summer Tour Features Lots of Fireworks and a Bo Duke Cameo

Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has put together his biggest stage show yet for the Sounds of Summer tour, launching Friday night in Raleigh, North Carolina. While he’s tried to use video production and pyrotechnics sparingly in the past, Dierks admits, “We kind of just went there on this tour.”

It turns out Dierks took a few cues from his childhood to make sure the Sounds of Summer tour lived up to its name.

“Fireworks were a big part of my summers growing up and explosives and putting half-sticks of dynamite in mailboxes and lighting stuff on fire with gasoline,” Dierks explains. “It’s the Sounds of Summer, so we thought fireworks, you know, pyro would be kind of a cool thing for this tour.”

Dierks isn’t sure he’ll keep all these bells and whistles in the future, but he’s enjoyed himself rehearsing the new show during the past few weeks.

Says Dierks, “It’s the first time for me having this many toys to play with and it’s been a lot of fun.”

The Sounds of Summer tour also includes a special appearance from The Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, whose character, Bo Duke, is referenced in Dierks’ debut hit, “What Was I Thinkin’.” Dierks and his crew traveled to John’s spread in Louisiana to film an introduction for that song, and the TV star definitely lived up to Dierks’ expectations.

Dierks says of John, “[He] could not have been nicer. To meet one of your childhood heroes and have him be just the funniest, coolest guy — So, down-to-earth, funny. So, it was kind of a dream. It’s just one of those days that just happened, and I can’t believe it happened.”

Look for Dierks to slide on the hood of the General Lee during the “What Was I Thinkin'” opening, too. The Sounds of Summer tour will be on the road through September with special guests Kip Moore, Canaan Smith and Maddie and Tae.

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Thompson Square Premieres “Trans Am” Video; Sings on “Salvage Dawgs” This Weekend

Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square‘s high-energy video for “Trans Am” premieres Friday on CMT and CMT.com, but you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the clip now at Glamour.com.

The duo shot the video during a 15-hour day in Nashville using their actual concert stage and, of course, a vintage Trans Am. Look for Thompson Square’s backing band to appear in the video, too.

Following the Friday premiere of the “Trans Am” video, Thompson Square will appear on the DIY Network’s Salvage Dawgs Sunday night at 10 ET. The show’s hosts, Mike and Tay, are building a custom table for Keifer and Shawna Thompson‘s home.  Thompson Square delivers a special performance during the broadcast.

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Tim McGraw Presenting More Than 30 Mortgage-Free Homes to Veterans This Summer

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw continues his work with Chase and Operation Homefront to award more than 30 veterans with mortgage-free homes this summer. The presentations will take place onstage at stops on Tim’s Shotgun Rider Tour 2015, and he’s proud to help veterans make the transition back to civilian life with this gift.

He says, “It’s an amazing feeling to see them receive something they so deeply deserve — and to be able to share that experience with thousands of fans each night makes me proud to be a part of this program.”

In the past three years, Tim and Operation Homefront have awarded 108 homes to veterans in 30 states.

Tim’s Shotgun Rider Tour 2015 kicks off Friday, June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Justin Moore Uses Social Media to Find His Missing Family Dog

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore and his family are ecstatic to be reunited with their beloved dog, Hank, after he went missing while the family was on vacation in Destin, Florida. The 20-pound terrier mix disappeared on the morning of May 30, and the family was unable to find him after searching for eight hours. Justin had to go on to a show in Valdosta, Georgia, but he posted a plea on Facebook and Twitter asking people in the area to look out for Hank.

Help Justin find his dog! Last seen in Destin, FL – Read the note from Justin below:

Posted by Justin Moore on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Less than 24 hours later, Hank was found by two guys in the Destin area. Justin posted a photograph of the rescuers holding Hank with the caption, “His saviors.”

His saviors …

Posted by Justin Moore on Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hank is now safe and sound at home with his family.

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