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Keith Urban previews his RIPCORD tour preview  2016-05-28
Keith Urban gave media, contest winners and industry friends a preview of his upcoming tour RIPCORD, kicking off in Kansas. Urban restyled a few of his previous hits to match the rhythmic style of his current album's tunes. Being inspired by his late father, a drummer, Urban gave a new musical diversity on RIPCORD.

The tour will also include artists Maren Morris and Brett Eldredge then Carrie Underwood for his dates in Australia.

The production set will include LED lights and vivid photos, as well as video clips of artist collaboration partners Carrie Underwood and Pitbull on the tunes each performs from the album RIPCORD. Find the entire tour dates at www.keithurban.net


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Blake Shelton Opens up to People Magazine about his Divorce  2016-05-29
Blake Shelton is opening up to People Magazine about his divorce from country singer Miranda Lambert in a new interview and Shelton admits getting to a good place didn’t come easy for him.

After divorcing Lambert after 10 years of dating and 4 of marriage, Shelton tells the magazine, “This time last year, there was no light at the end of the tunnel for me personally; there was a point there where I thought I didn’t even want to exist anymore.” Shelton continued, “I told people I wished I could go into a coma and wake up a year from now”. Now, nearly a year later, Shelton is in a relationship with rocker Gwen Stefani; the two met on the set of The Voice and bonded over their divorces. “You never know who’s in your life that can save your life, and I found that out”, he says of meeting Stefani.
Jake Owen has to go to ER after accident  2016-05-29
Jake Owen had to take a trip to the Emergency Room to get stitches after a bike accident he was involved in earlier in the morning.

Despite the rocky start to the day, Owen managed to get stitched up and still make it in time for his Herrin, IL show that was later in the day. Owen recently announced that his new album, American Love, will be out this summer – July 29th and will feature a collaboration with Chris Stapleton.


Dierks Bentley Launches Nashville Pop-up shop for BLACK  2016-05-27
Dierks Bentley opens up shop on Broadway in Nashville with a pop-up shop, located on the corner of 4th and Broadway and will through CMA Music Festival weekend on June 12th. Fans can listen to the album at the Black listening station and purchase it along with exclusive merch only available at the shop. Fans will also be able to enter chances to win autographed items and tickets to see Bentley live on tour.
 
“It’s pretty cool to have a pop-up shop dedicated to this album just a few doors down from the most legendary honky-tonks of all-time,” Bentley admits in a press release. “It’s also the future home of my bar Whiskey Row, so it’s great to be able to use the space and give the fans a place to chill during Music Fest before we start construction in there. I may have to swing by myself at some point to check it out!”

His bar Whiskey Row will open on Broadway in 2017 and according to the Tennessean the building will include three stages for live music an food will be homemade in-house. There will also be 50 types of beer and craft cocktails.

“Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks are the stomping grounds of countless artists past to present chasing this crazy dream of playing music,” Bentley explains. “It’s home of the bars where I cut my teeth night after night, usually running up a beer tab bigger than the tips I made covered. It’s pretty full-circle to think that we’re getting the chance to open one of my bars, backing right up to the Ryman Auditorium, where other artists will look back on as the place they got their start, too.”


Dierks Bentley is headed to Broadway — well, Nashville’s Lower Broadway, anyway. In celebration of the release of his eighth studio album, Black, the “Drunk on a Plane” singer will bring his Black pop-up shop to Nashville. Opening Friday (May 27), the pop-up shop will be located at the corner of 4th and Broadway and will run through CMA Music Festival weekend on June 12. As part of the shop, fans can listen to the album at the Black listening station. Additionally, visitors can purchase the album, as well as exclusive merchandise only available at the shop. Fans can also enter for a chance to win autographed items, as well as tickets to see Bentley live on tour. “It’s pretty cool to have a pop-up shop dedicated to this album just a few doors down from the most legendary honky-tonks of all-time,” Bentley admits in a press release. “It’s also the future home of my bar Whiskey Row, so it’s great to be able to use the space and give the fans a place to chill during Music Fest before we start construction in there. I may have to swing by myself at some point to check it out!” Bentley’s Whiskey Row bar is scheduled to open on Broadway in 2017. According to the Tennessean, the four-story building will include three stages for live music, and the food on the menu will be made from scratch in-house. The bar is expected to offer more than 50 types of beer and craft cocktails. “Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks are the stomping grounds of countless artists past to present chasing this crazy dream of playing music,” Bentley explains. “It’s home of the bars where I cut my teeth night after night, usually running up a beer tab bigger than the tips I made covered. It’s pretty full-circle to think that we’re getting the chance to open one of my bars, backing right up to the Ryman Auditorium, where other artists will look back on as the place they got their start, too.” Read More: Dierks Bentley Opens 'Black' Pop-Up Shop in Nashville | http://tasteofcountry.com/dierks-bentley-black-popup-shop-nashville/?trackback=tsmclip



 
CMA and NCVC Announce Free Indoor Stage at Bridgestone for CMA Fest  2016-05-26
Bridgestone Arena is the cool place to be during 2016 CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12.

CMA is partnering with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. to present the Music City Stage in the Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena. The stage is the only FREE, air-conditioned indoor Festival stage in the downtown footprint and a great place to escape the heat while enjoying performances from up-and-coming talent.

“We are so pleased to present a new, official Festival stage in partnership with the NCVC,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Each of our 11 stages provides a unique experience for our fans whether it is the mainstage at Nissan Stadium, rockin’ with fan favorites at Riverfront, or smaller, more intimate performances.”

“We have had a long-standing tradition of providing live music at our visitor center during CMA Fest,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “It is a huge benefit to be adopted and embraced by CMA. In addition to upgrading our lineup, it is further validation of our ever-expanding partnership.”

Performances on the Music City Stage will take place from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM/CT daily during the Festival. The lineup includes American Young, Lauren Ashley, Barrett Baber, Risa Binder, Chad Brownlee, David Adam Byrnes, Brent Cobb, Julia Cole, Raquel Cole, Dianna Corcoran, Josh Dorr, George Ducas, Kenny Foster, Mitch Goudy, Calynn Green, Haley & Michaels, Lyndsey Highlander, Joey Hyde, Jillian Jacqueline, Jukebox Mafia, Kristen Kelly, Trea Landon, Rachele Lynae, Jordyn Mallory, Paul Malysa, Doug McCormick, Tristan McIntosh, Alyssa Micaela, Michaelis, Mockingbird Sun, Norlina, Hayley Orrantia, Brandon Ray, Mary Sarah, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Kalie Shorr, Southern Halo, Cody Webb, and Hailey Whitters. Artists subject to change.

Adding to the “cool” vibe at Bridgestone Arena are the popular Ultimate Air Dogs soaring and splashing for fans on the Bridgestone Plaza. The dock-jumping, paddling pooches return to the Festival after a three-year hiatus with canine water performances each day at noon, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. For information visit, http://www.ultimateairdogs.com.

“I'm a Country Music fan have been all the way back to the ‘70s. Nashville is so high on my list I actually named my dog Nash after Nashville,” said Milt Wilcox, former Detroit Tigers pitcher and founder of Ultimate Air Dogs. “Where else can you go to see all the great Country Music stars and watch some of the best dogs in the world compete?”

For upcoming talent announcements and all other info stay connected with CMA on CMAfest.com, Facebook.com/CMA, Twitter.com/CountryMusic, Instagram.com/CMA, “CMAsnaps” on Snapchat, and sign up for CMA Country Connection, CMA’s e-newsletter. This year’s app is now available in the App store for iPhone and Android and includes features that allow fans to create individual concert schedules and be the first to know which of their favorite stars will be appearing on the free stages throughout the Festival.
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