Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Country Bites News snippets July 15 - July 21, 2013

Country Bites News snippets July 15 – July 21, 2013

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UK & IRISH News

Kenny Rogers was a big hit on his Irish tour recently and he made some dreams come true for fans. X Factor star Mary Byrne has been a lifelong fan of Kenny, whose big hits include Lucille, Coward Of The County and The Gambler. Kenny later told Pio McCann of Highland Radio that he’s currently on his last ever international tour and his concerts in Killarney and Dublin are memories that he’ll hold with him and cherish for the rest of his life.

Callaghan’s Noisetrade EP 40 States and Counting blends tracks from her debut album “Life in Full Colour” and her new record “Callaghan Live in America” to offer a unique introduction to her music.
Since moving across the pond Callaghan has been constantly on the road, recording and writing between shows in over 40 states. 40 States and Counting offers a taste of Callaghan’s music as she continues to tour, to grow her audience, and build towards her second studio album. For an email share you can download 6 tracks (192kbps MP's) - noisetrade.com

Ashton Lane have a gig at Maggie Mays (part of merchant city festival) on Friday 26th July, tickets are £6 and available on the door. Address: 60 Trongate Glasgow G1 5EP. The Glasgow 3-piece country/pop band comprise Esther O'Connor, Timothy O'Connor and James Duffin and their album MAGIC IN THE AIR is available on UK iTunes

Interview Danni Nicholls: The UK’s Newest Star of Americana.
Danni hails from Bedford and her 10 track debut album A LITTLE REDEMPTION was recorded in Nashville with a crowd-funded project [Pledge Music]

Kacey Musgraves with "Silver Lining" along with Glen Campbell’sPostcard From Paris” has been added to the BBC Radio 2 "C" playlist for week commencing 20 July. The Mavericks with "Come Unto Me" remain on the “C” list for a 2nd week .
Zac Brown Band with "Jump Right In" and Taylor Swift's "Everything Has Changed" remain on Radio 2’s "A" playlist for a fifth week.

UK CHART NEWS

On the Official UK Singles Top 100 Chart (Week Ending July 27, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s Everything Has Changed” (Mercury) feat. Ed Sheeran, was down one place 12-13 in its 9th retail week. Taylor’s “22” was down 5 places 91-96 in its 22nd chart week.

On the Official UK Albums Top 100 (Week Ending July 27, 2013)
Taylor Swift’s RED was down one slot 18-19 in its 39th chart week.
Zac Brown Band’s UNCAGED entered the Top 100 at No.92 moving up 32 places from last weeks No.124
Rascal Flatts with CHANGED dropped off the Top 100 after last weeks debut at No.87.
Lady Antebellum with GOLDEN again fell off the Top 100 from last weeks #97

Official UK Country Album Chart (Week Ending July 27, 2013)
Lady Antebellum return to No.1 moving 2-1 with GOLDEN (Decca) in its 11th week.
The Court Yard Hounds with AMELITA (Columbia) debut at No.2. Rascal Flatts with CHANGED drop 1-3
Strangely the Zac Brown Band’s UNCAGED does not show yet their album THE FOUNDATION does moving 12-14

On the Hotdisc Chart (July 21, 2013 Chart)
David Shelby has retained his No.1 position for a seventh straight week with his debut European single, "Kick A Little Dirt Around." He has held off the competition with Branch & Dean, who stay at No.2 with their new single, "The Dash."
                                                               
The Hayley Oliver Band fell 6 places from 5-11 with "Could I Be More Blue" on the Top 40 and lost their 13-week reign at the top of the British & Irish Top 10 as Lana Gibson grabbed the top spot with “I’m Movin’ On” a cover of the Hank Snow song and moves 13-10 on the Top 40 chart.
Bart Connell moved up 8-5 with “Enough Ain’t Enough” and Chris Higbee with “Fiddles Rock” also moved up 3 slots on the Top 10 (9-6).

UK COUNTRY ALBUM RELEASES

(24 Jun 2013) Various Artists: A Road Leading Home: Songs By Dan Penn (Ace) CD
(16 July 2013) Jason Cassidy - Keep It Country [Import] (A-Blake Records) 
11 Tracks/ Time: 40:14 CD - MP3 - iTunes
(16 July 2013) Nu-Blu - Ten [Import] (Rural Rhythm)  10 Tracks / Time: 36:02 CD - MP3 
(16 July 2013) Doc Watson - Definitive [Import] Discs: 2  CD
(16 July 2013) Sarah Siskind - Covered [Import] (Jagjaguwar) CD 

(7 Dec 2012) Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst - Trouble (Silent City Records)
6 tracks / Time: 24:18 MP3 - UK iTunes  
(22 July 2013) Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture Of You (Dualtone) CD - UK iTunes
first studio album in four years from legendary songwriter Guy Clark
(23 July 2013) Grits & Glamour - Dos Divas (Dig) [Import] CD a collaboration between Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan.

BLUEGRASS NEWS
A brand new album OPRY LULLABY! by Becky Schelegel due to drop Sept 1, 2013. See CD Tray Card inlay 

AUSSIE NEWS
The finalists for the 2013 New Zealand National Country Music Awards have been announced. The awards will be held at Founders Theatre, Hamilton on Saturday 17th August. The cream of New Zealand’s country music stars will assemble for this, the most prestigious national award on the country music calendar. 
Juice Newton will be performing her first New Zealand show ever. Also appearing are Australian singer and winner of the Tamworth Road to Discovery Gina-Rose Bruce, the Heartleys and David Shanhun. Representing the Kiwi music contingent is Kaylee Bell, Aly Cook, Trevor V Stevens, Kylie Price, Jody Direen, Joshua Gray and Cameron Scott.
The finalists are:
Male Artist of the Year: Dennis Marsh, Phil Doublet, Craig Adams, Aaron Jury
Female Artist of the Year: Kaylee Bell, Aly Cook, Marion Burns
Duo of the Year: Cooper’s Run, The Sou’westers, Annette Hawkins & Kim Copedo

Multiple Golden Guitar winners Jetty Road will be packing their bags and heading to the USA next week for a month long stint in Nashville. After extensive touring within Australia, Europe and Canada, this trip will be used to showcase Jetty Road to the United States music industry, as well as allowing the band to undertake an intensive song writing program for upcoming releases.
The band will travel to Nashville without fourth member Simon Ross, who has decided to part ways with the group. In a very difficult decision which has saddened all involved, Simon has expressed the need to devote more time to his 4 yr old son Nico, who lives in Germany and will therefore pursue other projects.

Top 30 chart Saturday, 20 July 13 compiled by Radio airplay of tracks released in Australia

CANADIAN NEWS

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) announced the full list of nominees for the 2013 Canadian Country Music
Association Awards. Leading the pack with seven nominations is celebrated Canadian artist Gord Bamford.
Bamford is nominated for CCMA Fans’ Choice, Album of the Year (presented by Walmart), CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Record Producer(s) of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year.
Following closely behind, Dean Brody has earned five CCMA Award nominations this year. Like Bamford, Brody will compete for top honours within the CCMA Fans’ Choice, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year (two nominations), and Male Artist of the Year categories.
The CCMA Fans’ Choice Award nomination leaders Gord Bamford and Dean Brody again going head to head with powerhouse performers George Canyon, Terri Clark, and Johnny Reid to compete for the prestigious award voted on by Canadian country music fans.
The Band Perry, were confirmed to perform on the live broadcast in Edmonton on September 8, 2013."We're thrilled to be a part of the Canadian Country Music Association Awards," said the members of The Band Perry. "We haven't performed
for our fans in Canada since 2011 and it's an honour to be a part of this year's show. It's going to be a BIG night!"
2013 CCMA AWARD NOMINEES Complete listing PDF File or view online
Related Press Releases:

Q&A with Michelle Wright

On July 26th, 27th and 28th, at the Foley Fairgrounds, a country music festival like no other will be cementing it’s place in local history. The first annual Country in the Woods Festival will take place over those three days featuring a 100% Canadian lineup.

Crystal Shawanda released another new single, "I'm Gonna Love You Anyway," to Canadian country stations - Sample at crystalshawanda.co


Canadian Top Country Charts – July 17, 2013 

NEWS
Kenny Rogers will headline the 16th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights on Wednesday, September 25, at 8 p.m. at the historic Ryman Auditorium.....Rogers will officially be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Medallion Ceremony in Nashville this October. In addition to his recent selection for inclusion in the Hall of Fame, Rogers will celebrate the upcoming release of his novel, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES, co-written with Mike Blakely on September 3.

Keith Urban has teamed with Hallmark Gold Crown stores to offer a collection of (overpriced!) Hallmark Keith Urban sound cards that includes 12 cards, ranging from celebrating birthdays and friendship, to sending love and encouragement. Priced at $4.99, each card in the line features a 15-second sound clip from some of Urban’s songs such as “Long, Hot Summer” and “Sweet Thing.” “For me, a card, like music, has the ability to make an emotional connection,” says Urban. “I love knowing that these cards, and my music, will mark such meaningful moments in so many people’s lives!”

Sheryl Crow, nine-time GRAMMY award-winner, saw her current singleEasy” make its way into the Top 20 on the country charts, marking Crow’s first Top 20 solo country single. Her country album FELLS LIKE HOME will drop Sept 10.

Taylor Swift has been nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards with "I Knew You Were Trouble" in the Video Of The Year and Best Female Video categories. The show airs Aug. 25 from Brooklyn's Barclays Center. View all the nominees 

Outstanding In Our Field:  Connie Britton's role of Rayna James in ABC-TV's Nashville has earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series 2013. The song "Nothing In This World Will Ever Break My Heart Again" written by Sarah Buxton and Kate York brought another nom for the show in the category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics 2013.

Brad Paisley Slams 'Rolling Stone' Magazine. Garth, Willie and Taylor Swift have all been on the cover of Rolling Stone and now it’s under fire for putting the Boston Bomber on its cover. Brad Paisley tweets, “this is in poor taste. We shouldn't make rock stars out of murderers.” John Rich wrote, “it's a heart breaker to see an iconic music mag glorify a terrorist. I dreamed of being on that cover, like any other singer. No more.”
Rolling Stone added that many of its readers are in the same age group as the bombing suspect, and it was important for the magazine to explore the issue.
Related post BBC News: Rolling Stone's Boston bomb suspect cover sparks outrage

Tour News
Jason Aldean headlined the first-ever country show at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park. The first show sold out in a record-setting seven minutes. Both nights featured special guests Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.

Florida Georgia Line revealed cities for their first headline HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES TOUR. It kicks off October 3 in Brookings and will go through December.The 32-city tour features openers Colt Ford, Tyler Farr (select dates) and Dallas Smith (select dates) - Graphic

COUNTRY AWARDS
Semi-finalists for the 19th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards have been revealed. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Nashville on Oct. 20-24

BABY NEWS
Baby Antebellum:  Royal watchers the world over were stunned as their cheers of, "It's a boy!" were drowned by throngs of country fans countering, "No, it's a girl!" That's right, 27-year-old Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell welcomed their first child a baby girl, born Monday (7/22). "She's here," Scott tweeted to her more than 115,000 followers.
"We are in heaven! Eisele Kaye, our beautiful angel, Happy Birthday!" Long live the queen.
Their daughter shares a birthday with the royal baby boy born on Monday to Kate Middleton and Prince William at St. Mary's Hospital in London. The bookies favourite name is George at odds of 9/4 (Named after King George Strait??!)

No. 1 Baby: Jake Owen and wife Lacey received a plaque for their recent No. 1 hit ... daughter Olive Pearl.

SINGLE / ALBUM NEWS
Unreleased performances from the recent CMT Crossroads: Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records special are included on a three-sided double vinyl LP with a gatefold sleeve. The album will be available as a subscription-only limited edition through Third Man Records. The CMT Crossroads taping took place at Third Man Records as part of Nelson's 80th birthday celebration.

Writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott will answer prayers of roots-music fans at long on Sept. 17 with the release of MEMORIES & MOMENTS, the second studio album from highly regarded, released on their newly formed Full Skies imprint, a compound of O’Brien’s Howdy Skies and Scott’s Full Light labels through Thirty Tigers.
Comprising five songs apiece from O’Brien and Scott plus one memorable collaboration in their timely “Turn Your Dirty Lights On,” along with a pair of chestnuts from Hank Williams and George Jones and a spirited rendition of the John Prine classic “Paradise,” with its author guesting on guitar and vocals, Memories & Moments is a face-to-face record by design.
Recorded in a proper studio this time, the new album took only three days to complete. So far the Kickstarter Project has received 676 Backers raising $31,341 of the $30,000 goal.

Sunny Sweeney is the latest country artist to launch a fundraising campaign [Pledgemusic.com] for her next album. She is teaming up with Thirty Tigers but will own the master recordings. After having left the Big Machine Label Group last year, Sweeney is gearing up to release a third album.

Alan Jackson reveals cover and tracklisting for new bluegrass album released on ACR (Alan’s Country Records)/EMI Records Nashville and is produced by Keith Stegall and Jackson’s nephew, Adam Wright. - See more

Sara Evans puts the finishing touches on her highly anticipated seventh studio album for RCA Records, fans can expect a single announcement very soon.

Ricky Skaggs plans duets album with wife Sharon White, releases autobiography “Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music” on Aug. 13.

Next month, Augusts 26, MPI Records releases The Big E: A Salute To Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons.
Buddy Emmons, who retired in 2007 following the death of his wife Peggy, gave his blessing to this set, produced by steel guitarist and Grammy-winning producer Steve Fishell, a onetime member of Emmylou Harris's famous Hot Band. On it, a slew of current steel guitar masters reprise various songs from Emmons's long career

Kyle Park honors his greatest musical influence, George Strait, with the release of his brand new singleFit For The King” to the Texas Music Chart (7/22). Solely written and produced by Kyle, the clever tribute weaves lyrics from 31 George Strait songs into a story about heartbreak.

Various Artists God's Country: George Jones And Friends (Red River) -
Originally released in 2006, the 10-track album has been upgraded with a behind-the-scenes DVD and features Jones' hits covered by Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker and others. Red River Entertainment recently opened its Nashville division, and its first releases were Live From the Archives of 650 AM WSM – Volume One on June 25, 2013 and Michael Martin Murphey’s Red River Drifter on July 9. Dos Divas from Grits & Glamour an album featuring Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, will also hit stores along with God’s Country: George Jones and Friends on July 23.

Sara Hickman, one of Performing Songwriter‘s 100 Most Influential Independent Artists, releases her Kirtland Records debut album SHINE on July 23rd. The 10-song collection, which blossomed out of simple poems and visions on pieces of paper, is an adventurous effort for the official “State Musician of Texas,” whose songs were brought to life with guidance from Los Angeles-based musician, producer and fellow songwriter Jim Jacobsen

PRESS RELEASES

  • The Americana Music Association has announced a stellar lineup of artists for their 14th Annual Festival and Conference, which will be held September 18-22 in Nashville, TN. - Click HERE for the Americanafest 2013 Spotify Playlist.
  • The Bellamy Brothers’ new international album, Bellamy Brothers & Friends: Across The Sea (Universal Music Switzerland) continues to rise, landing at the #5 spot on the Swiss Music Chart.
  • Sarah Darling has teamed up with DJ and Remix Producer, DJ DU to add an electronic dance flavor to her catchy, summertime single " Little Umbrellas," pegged the "Soundtrack to Summer 2013" by music industry execs. The hypnotic dance club version marks DJ DU's first commercial remix release and is available on US iTunes and other digital retail stores. Preview here
  • Rural Rhythm Records announced the CD release of “Ten” by Nu-Blu.
  • Jason Cassidy released KEEP IT COUNTRY to advance praise with a debuts at #11 on iTunes Country as "Blame It On Waylon" (written by Josh Thompson and Rhett Akins), goes to National Radio.
  • Royal Wade Kimes was given top honors with a “Blue Flame Award” for “Overall Creative Performance” for the film Dixie Burns.
  • Codie Prevost has been nominated for the 2013 CCMA Award for “Interactive Artist of the Year”.
  • Craig Morgan announced he is set to host his 7th Annual Charity Event on Saturday, September 14.
  • Craig Morgan announced details for his upcoming album, THE JOURNEY (LIVIN’ HITS), set for release on September. Co-produced with his longtime creative partner, Phil O’Donnell, it contains four emotional new tracks including his new single, “Wake Up Lovin’ You.” The project also contains eight of his biggest hits, including the six-week #1 single, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.”
  • Chuck Wicks debuted his brand new music video for “Salt Life” on CMT Pure, CMT Mobile and CMT.com. and was directed by Marcel Chagnon and shot in Destin, Fla.
  • The Roys are featured in the PBS JUBILEE series airing on Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
  • Country Thunder (Twin Lakes, Wisc.) ended with the rumble of 30,000+ people as Jake Owen and Hunter Hayes brought the four-day long festival to a close. Additionally, the main stage, was energized with performances by Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, and more. 2014 Country Thunder festival is set for July 24 – 27.
ARTICLES
  • CMA Close Up (By Bob Doerschuk) New Artist Spotlight: Rachele Lynae
  • NPR.org (by Ann Powers) 2013, Country Music's Year Of The Woman
  • The Guardian - My love affair with the American bluegrass festival...All across the US, festivalgoers are falling under the spell of frenetic fiddle and banjo. But nothing matches the magic of Telluride festival in Colorado, where the audience helps make the music.....
  • Dale Watson: Ameripolitan Style ….Grant Britt of American Songwriter wrote a lengthy feature on Dale Watson....Excerpt: Although he’s rubbing shoulders on the Billboard charts with the same people who are disparaging his music, he’s not looking for a confrontation. “If I was in the same room with Blake Shelton, I wouldn’t need to say anything to him because my music speaks for itself,” Watson says.
  • oxfordamerican.org by Holly Gleason - In Memoriam: Chet Flippo (Oct 21, 1943 - June 19, 2013)
  • Chicago Tribune: Go away with Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis of Grits and Glamour
  • Telegraph UK - Tom Russell and a case of restless curiosity…Tom Russell has a new album out with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Here he talks about songwriting, literature, art and why he chose music instead of academia.
  • Rollingstone - Kellie Pickler Stands Her Country Ground on Fourth Studio Album: 'Dancing' champ shows sentimental and sexy side on project's first single...So the singer who counts Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette among her heroes is sticking to her country guns. Pickler promises her fourth studio album to be what she calls "Kellie country," stories about real life accompanied by plenty of fiddle and steel. The first taste of the project is the tender ballad, "Someone Somewhere Tonight," a song previously covered – but never released as a single – by both Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis….
  • Telegraph.co.uk Patty Griffin: I'm glad my voice is too sad for adverts....Patty Griffin, who has a new album out called American Kid, talks about singing sad songs, the death of her father and being taken to see football matches by partner Robert Plant.
  • 6 Must See Texas Dance Halls (3 Page feature )

REVIEWS
  • Album Review: Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark: “Blind, Crippled, and Crazy”
  • Album Review (Chuck Dauphin/ Billboard) - Vince Gill & Paul Franklin “Bakersfield”

INTERVIEWS
  • CMT: The Court Yard Hounds Grow Confident
  • CMC - Interview: Ashley Monroe
  • OK! Next Big Deal: Meet Country Singer Katie Armiger
LISTEN
  • Wall Street Journal Stream Guy Clark's new album  “My Favorite Picture of You” (due out July 23 on Dualtone)....Guy Clark Croons About Smugglers, Aging and Afghanistan.
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin cover Merle Haggard's 'Branded Man'  on their forthcoming 'Bakersfield' album. It was originally Haggard's second No. 1 hit, in 1967. Bakersfield includes remakes of other Haggard hits, among them The Fightin' Side of Me and The Bottle Let Me Down. - USA Today
  • Neal McCoy has teamed up with Darius Rucker to record a new version of Charley Pride's 1971 crossover smash "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'". The track, will appear on McCoy's PRIDE: A Tribute to Country Charley Pride, due Sept. 24."Darius and I had met a couple of times," McCoy says. "I don't know him very well, but we have a mutual admiration club, I guess. I appreciate the success he's had in the pop industry and over in country."....PRIDE also will feature guest appearances by Trace Adkins and Mavericks frontman Raul Malo. McCoy and Pride shot a video for another track, "Kaw-Liga", this month in Nashville.
  • NPR.org: Robert Randolph Ushers In Steel-Guitar Soul With 'Lickety Split' 
  • Americana artist Kim Lenz with her fiery hair, retro attitude and commanding voice, first charged through the rockabilly world in the late 1990s. Now she’s back with a potent new recording, “Follow Me.”
  • NPR.orgJason Isbell locates his musical compass …When singer-songwriter Jason Isbell used to get drunk, he'd sometimes tell his then-girlfriend, the musician Amanda Shires
  • Lisa Matassa -  "I Won't Ask" the lead single from Lisa Matassa's upcoming album, a powerful song full of sass and attitude.
  • Amy Rose - "Sunshine"

FREE DOWNLOADS
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WATCH
  • David Nail "Whatever She's Got"..The first single from his upcoming third album, the singer says the song  “was definitely one that I gravitated towards, and I felt the obvious assumption is that it sounds like a summer song, red solo cups, hot babes, short demins, negligees..
  • Kristian Bush debuts new lyric video “You Can't Stop the Sun From Going Down" . In April, Sugarland’s Bush launched his ‘Music Mondays’ web series that week, and has since released 12 tracks, both old and new, via KristianBush.com and his social media feeds. [Hear the "mixtape" of his first eleven songs here.]
  • LeAnn Rimes performs her brand-new song "Spitfire" live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
  • Elizabeth Cook performs "I Will Always Love You" live at the Grand Ole Opry as part of GAC's Noteworthy at the Opry series.
  • Ryan Weaver the country music newcomer has released his debut music video for his single, “Crank It.”  The track is a rowdy country tune, co-written by Weaver with songwriters Kevin Ray and Brian Eckert. The song is an up-tempo salute to a woman who turns heads with her carefree, independent attitude and her ability to shock the establishment.
  • Danielle Bradbery stopped by Today (7/17). The season four winner of The Voice performed her debut single "The Heart Of Dixie." Watch after the advert
  • Brandy Clark "Stripes" (Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium)
  • Will Hoge "Strong"
  • MacKenzie Porter performing her new single 'Never Gonna Let You' - UK iTunes
  • Cassadee Pope‘s video for ‘Wasting All These Tears’ - tasteofcountry.com
  • Lisa Matassa talked to the lovely Kelly Lynn from Inside Music Row about Lisa's new album in the works plus her new single "I Won't Ask". 
  • Jana Kramer , “Country’s hottest solo female singer” (?), released the new music video for her latest single “I Hope It Rains” from her highly-praised self-titled debut album. 
COUNTRY FASHION
At a “London Show Room” LA event Julianne Hough wore a Peter Pilotto ‘Caio’ stretch-satin jersey dress available at Net-A-Porter.com £920 / €1,150 / $1,835 - Image

Taylor Swift posed like the Charlie’s Angels at Club Red in New Jersey wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs  Dotty Fit-&-Flare Dress ($151.20). You can find polka-dot dresses for less at Forever 21 - Image

Taylor Swift was seen leaving the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream store in Mystic, Conn., after treating an entourage of 30 of her dancers from her "Red Tour" to ice cream for dessert to celebrate the long independence Day weekend.Isn't that sweet?

She wore mustard kitten heels by Shellys of London available at modcloth.com and carried a Mark Cross Scottie Large Satchel.


COUNTRY GOSSIP
Blake Shelton loved all animals so much and one time his mom killed a fly and he cried. He also used to catch so many frogs, his mom called him Toad – a name she still uses today.

Darius Rucker’s one of the handful of people that can afford the world’s largest TV – it’s 150-inches and standing within a few feet of it quickly makes you motion sick if you're watching an action movie. Its screen equals nine 50-inch sets, the viewing area’s 11 feet and the cost - between $70,000 and $90,000.

TWEETS
Kelly Clarkson tweeted a picture that indicated a colab with her future mother-in-law Reba McEntire, and Trisha Yearwood
Kelly Clarkson  @kelly_clarkson So....This happened today. Suck it world! I win! :) @reba @tycom #bestdayever

Craig Morgan: My bees got me right in the eye #Bees #beesting #country - Image

Streamsound artist Jaida Dreyer (@jaidadreyer) may have inadvertently discovered why many women have trouble finding a stand-up guy: “Posture is exhausting.”

Embarrassing AND disgusting! Carrie Underwood got pooped on by a bird while on vacation with her husband, Mike Fisher!
"I got pooped on by a bird on my vacation. And of course my hubby just HAD to take a pic! Ha ha! #whyme," she posted -

Blake Shelton - BlakeShelton: I just made a decision… @thebandperry are absolutely badass!!! #truth

The Band Perry – TheBandPerry: We learned everything we know from @BlakeShelton Love u bud!

Carlene Carter @CarlooneyCarter Alert the media!!! I just finished mixing my CD with Don Was And Bob Clearmountain! Woohoo:-)!! Here comes Carter Girl!!

PHOTO
Sugar Land: 
"The 'fruits' of my labor. 
Balsamic berries and cream," tweets Jennifer Nettles after spending some time in the field hunting for dessert.

BIRTHDAYS

July 22: Don Henley (Eagles) (1947), 
Richard Bennett  (1951), 
Ray Peters (1936), Sonya Isaacs (1975)


July 23: Alison Krauss (1971), Tony Joe White (1943)
July 24: Pam Tillis (1957)
July 25: Roy Acuff Jnr (1943)
July 26: Al Anderson (1947)
July 27: John Gorka (1958), Bobbie Gentry (1944) 
July 28: George Cummins (Dr Hook), Frank Yankovic (1915) 

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