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Aug 20

Thomas Rhett Appreciates Dad’s Advice on the Road

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Thomas Rhett photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Thomas Rhett has learned the art of songwriting from one of the best in the business – his father, Rhett Akins. Rhett loves having his father join him on the road, but when Akins is on the tour bus, it is not all about father-son bonding.

“Every time Dad comes to the show you can guarantee that he’ll be at the front of the house at the beginning, and then backstage when we get off stage,” Rhett said. “And the first thing I’ll be is like, ‘What’d you think?’ And he’ll either say it was awesome or got a list of things that I shoulda done better or set list should’ve been different.” Continue Reading

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Aug 20

Great American Vacation: Grand Finale!

I’ve been sharing details of our family vacation to Colorado, and this week, it’s the grand finale.  Drum roll please….

Our final day in Colorado Springs took us bright and early to the top of Pike’s Peak. I planned this activity for the last day because I was concerned about the altitude and felt like a couple days into our stay it wouldn’t be an issue. I chose not to drive the windy road to the top, but instead took the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway. The railway began in 1891 and climbs to the very top, a full 14,115 feet up.

The Leitman family takes a trip to Pikes Peak on their Colorado vacation.

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Aug 20

Blake Shelton Releases “Neon Light”

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Blake Shelton is one of country music’s most lovable acts, well-known for his sense of humor, especially on Twitter. But in his new single, “Neon Light,” he is revealing his mean side. The tune is a revenge song about forgetting an ex over a few drinks and a potential rebound.

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Aug 19

Scotty McCreery Extends See You Tonight Tour

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Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery has extended his See You Tonight Tour to last through the fall. The tour originally kicked off in January and has stopped in over 50 U.S. markets, selling out more than 20 dates, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Danielle Bradbery will join McCreery as a special guest.

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Aug 19

George Strait Announces The Cowboy Rides Away Live Album

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George Strait has hung up his cowboy hat on his touring career, but he is giving fans a chance to relive his The Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour with a live album, recorded during his record-breaking final show in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will hit stores September 16.

The album will feature a number of Strait’s 60 No. 1 hits, as well as performances with special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Strait’s final show played for 104,793 fans in Arlington. Continue Reading

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Aug 19

Country Brides: How to Wear Cowboy Boots on Your Wedding Day

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How about adding a little Western style to your wedding?

We love weddings. It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of brides in boots. Whether you’re planning a wedding or just browsing, take a look at snapshots from our GreatAmericanCountry.com readers for inspiration. Recently we’ve seen a surge in boot-wearing brides who aren’t afraid to show their country side.

Great American Country Weddings Photo Album >>

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Aug 19

Taylor Swift Releases ‘Shake It Off,’ Reveals New Album

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Taylor Swift debuted “Shake It Off” from her upcoming album and shared the new music video during her worldwide Yahoo live stream event on Monday. In front of a group of fans hand-picked to be in the studio, Swift revealed that she had three surprises to share. Up first was the announcement of her new single, “Shake It Off.” The song is pure pop and unlike anything Swift has recorded before.

“I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple years that people can say whatever they want about at any time, and we cannot control that,” she said. “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that … You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off.”

Watch Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” video NOW! >>

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Aug 19

Wade Bowen Announces Plans to Release a New Album

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Wade Bowen photo courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity.

Wade Bowen has plans to release his seventh studio album this fall. While there is no release date for the project, Bowen tells Rolling Stone he is looking at dates in October. The album is the follow-up to 2012’s The Given.

“All the records I’ve done in the past have been very lyrically driven,” Bowen said. “I took more of a raw approach for this one,” he says. “It’s an album I can take to my live shows and really enhance it and have fun with it. This record has more energy in it than anything I’ve ever done, and that’s just from me trying to get in the studio and do something very different.” Continue Reading

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Aug 18

Florida Georgia Line to Release Anything Goes October 14

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Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, Anything Goes, on October 14. The duo announced the release of their new album live from New York City’s Central Park Friday morning, when they headlined ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.

“Tyler and I’ve been really blessed to have an amazing team – an extended family – who push us continually to be better and think differently,” Brian Kelley said. “Whether we’re home or out on the road, we’re doing things the FGL way and it feels like with our recording, our writing, our lives … anything goes … and we can’t wait to see where it leads next. Continue Reading

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Aug 18

Blake Shelton and Elvis Featured on New Barbra Streisand Album

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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Barbra Streisand’s upcoming album, Partners, will feature collaborations with several top artists, including Blake Shelton, and a virtual duet with the late Elvis Presley.

Set for release on September 16, the album will feature collaborations with artists across multiple genres. Streisand announced the project via Facebook on August 11.

“You heard it here first… My new album ‘Partners’ is coming September 16th,” she wrote. “What an extraordinary collection of talent!”

Partners will also feature collaborations with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. The album is available for pre-order now. Continue Reading

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