Luke Bryan photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Father’s Day is Sunday and some of your favorite country stars including Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker are sharing their best Father’s Day memories. For Luke, his favorite gift is featured on the cover of one of his albums!
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“One of my best Father’s Day memories is my wife surprised me with my yellow bronco,” he said. “It’s on the cover of the new spring break album. I remember getting home and she had it hidden out back behind the house. That was a fun memory for us. We love the bronco. It’s still in our lives.” Continue Reading
Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch and Darius Rucker pose backstage during the 4th annual Darius and Friends concert at Wildhorse Saloon on June 3, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Darius Rucker’s fourth annual “Darius And Friends” concert and golf tournament raised $95,260 June 4 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Radney Foster, Mallary Hope and Joel Crouse all took the stage during the concert.
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“I look forward to this event all year long,” Darius said. “I get to share the stage with some of my favorite artists, friends and musical influences. As much fun as it is, it’s all in the spirit of raising support for St. Jude’s, an organization very dear to my heart. Getting to sing with Sam Bush and John Cowan from New Grass Revival, one of the bands that made me want to be a country singer, made the night even more amazing for me.” Continue Reading
Jake Owen photo by Jeff Lipsky, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, Lauren Alaina and songwriter Dallas Davison will volunteer their time as part of the 4th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp June 23-29 in Nashville. The camp, a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, is a week-long program for individuals with Williams syndrome.
The camp has a dual purpose of allowing researchers to study Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the camp and provides scholarships to several campers, which allows the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Continue Reading
Florida Georgia Line photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.
Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are both single guys and while they’ve been spending a lot of time on the road with artists like Luke Bryan and Jake Owen who balance successful marriages and fatherhood with demanding careers, they aren’t in any hurry to settle down. The only “babies” they are worried about right now are their songs.
“I think we both look forward to getting married one day and having kids,” Brian said. “But right now, we’re so focused on FGL and where we wanna get and where we wanna be, that we don’t have any time for that right now.”
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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Blake Shelton tops GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown for the third week in a row with “Boys ‘Round Here.” Tim McGraw‘s “Highway Don’t Care” (with Taylor Swift and featuring Keith Urban) and Thompson Square’s “If I Didn’t Have You” round out the Top 3 while Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” creeps up to No. 11 and Hunter Hayes returns to the countdown with “I Want Crazy” at No. 17.
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GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown is hanging out with a few friends this week! Host Nan Kelley heads to the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville for Darius Rucker’s annual Darius and Friends fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nan chats with Darius about his annual event and his new album, True Believers. Check times for re-airs »
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This Week’s Chart:
- Blake Shelton – “Boys ‘Round Here”
- Tim McGraw w/Taylor Swift ft. Keith Urban – “Highway Don’t Care”
- Thompson Square – “If I Didn’t Have You”
- Blake Shelton – “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
- Tate Stevens – “Power Of A Love Song”
- The Band Perry – “DONE”
- Katie Armiger – “Playing With Fire”
- Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
- Pistol Annies – “Hush Hush”
- Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel” Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town face off, Taylor Swift sings with the Rolling Stones, Dierks Bentley remembers his father and Kellie Pickler can’t stay off the dance floor. Plus, find out what you get when you cross Luke Bryan and a whale! Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/ladyantebellum.
Lady Antebellum – LadyAntebellum: It was an epic battle. #CMAfest #pingpongsongs @lbtmusic
Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Good luck to my love @mikefisher1212 at the @klovefanawards tonight! Sad I’m not there to hold his purse if he wins!
Dierks Bentley – DierksBentley: dad died a year ago today. he always liked funerals that were “short on the service, long on the cocktails!” having one now for him. miss him
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/taylorswift13.
Taylor Swift – TaylorSwift13: Filing this under ‘never in my wildest dreams’.Thank you @RollingStones for inviting me to Chicago to sing with you. Continue Reading
Darius Rucker photo by Jim Wright courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media.
Darius Rucker will be joined by Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore, Sam Bush, John Cowan and Radney Foster for his sold-out, fourth annual Darius And Friends benefit concert on Monday, June 3 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Proceeds from the event go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“I always look forward to this event each year, and I’m so happy to have Luke, Sam, John, Randy, Dustin, Justin, and of course my hero, Radney, join me to help raise funds for St. Jude,” Darius said. “A few years ago I visited the St. Jude campus in Memphis and instantly became a ‘true believer’ in everyone there and the work they do to help treat kids and cure disease. I am happy to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause and thrilled that some of my friends can join me.”
If you go to the concert, you may see another familiar face. GAC host Nan Kelley will be on site at the concert to tape an episode of Top 20 Country Countdown, which will premiere this Friday, June 7 at 8/7c.
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Kix Brooks is in Moore, Oklahoma for Healing In the Heatland while Carrie Underwood reflects on her journey and Miranda Lambert takes a shortcut. Plus, Martina McBride’s oldest daughter graduates from high school, Luke Bryan enjoys Cajun country and Kacey Musgraves has an interesting ice cream truck experience. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KixBrooks.
Kix Brooks – KixBrooks: In Moore trying to digest it – the flags really help
Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: 8 years ago today, I won @AmericanIdol and tonight, I sang with the @RollingStones! Wow, so much has happened! #Thankful
Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: I just rolled the push mower through the house from the front porch to mow the back yard. Shortcuts are good sometimes. (Don’t tell Blake)
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/DierksBentley.
Dierks Bentley – DierksBentley: can’t think of a better way to spend Memorial Day #patriotscups. unbelievable vibe here. #usa Continue Reading
Thompson Square photo by Joseph Anthony Baker, courtesy of Dashboard Media.
Thompson Square has been forced to cancel their scheduled shows this weekend due to illness. The duo issued a heartfelt message to fans, revealing that Keifer Thompson has been battling issues with his voice for several weeks.
“It breaks my heart to tell our fans today that we must cancel our upcoming concert appearances this weekend,” he said. “What many of you may not know is that I have recently been battling a very serious vocal condition. I was urged by doctors to cancel Thompson Square’s appearances and go on complete vocal rest several weeks ago; however, neither Shawna nor I wanted to disappoint our fans, which we love and respect dearly. So we chose to continue performing our scheduled shows while I remained completely silent offstage in an effort to heal. Unfortunately, at this time, I have been ordered by doctors to take the next step and to cancel this weekend’s shows in an effort to heal internally. Continue Reading
Frankie Ballard photo courtesy of Warner Music Nashville.
The first Faster Horse Festival has added Frankie Ballard, Kelleigh Bannen, The Cadillac Three, Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Will Hoge, Chris Stapleton and many more to a second stage. The artists join previously announced headliners Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan along with Kix Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann, Thomas Rhett, Thompson Square, Chris Young, and Brett Eldredge among others.
The Faster Horses Festival will feature 2 stages, 9 campgrounds, late night jam sessions, food trucks, bonfires and more to highlight the unique summer lifestyle experience in the area.For the full line-up, ticket info and set times, visit www.fasterhorsesfestival.com. Continue Reading