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Aug032015

Brett Eldredge to Judge Miss America Competition This September

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has a really rough gig coming up. He's signed on as a celebrity judge for the 95th annual Miss America Competition airing this Sunday, September 13 on ABC.

Brett says, "I get to judge Miss America. Are you kidding me?! Talk about a dream come true! I can't wait to be a part of this."

The Miss America Competition will broadcast live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fifty-two women representing their home states and territories will compete to be named Miss America and win scholarship money.

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Monday
Aug032015

Andy Grammer Says His Friend Rachel Platten's Success Is "Incredible" & "Really Cool" 

Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesAndy Grammer is enjoying the biggest hit of his career with "Honey, I'm Good," but he's also enjoying watching his good friend Rachel Platten make her way to the top of the charts with her debut single, "Fight Song."  "She's like my little sister," says Andy.

"It’s been really cool," Andy tells ABC Radio about Rachel's success. "I was with her when she was writing that album. I saw her fight for that album and so the fact that everybody’s really, really feeling it is really incredible. Especially with 'Fight Song'-- what an incredible song."

Andy says he also likes the fact that everyone is feeling "Honey, I'm Good" as well.  The song is about a guy who turns down the advances of a woman at a bar because he wants to stay faithful to his wife, and he says people really seem to be responding to this somewhat unusual concept for a pop song.

"Overall, the support and the kind of the overall vibe that I’m getting from fans and listeners is like, 'Man, it’s so sweet to turn on the radio and hear a song about staying together,'" he tells ABC Radio. "That doesn’t happen a lot. It’s almost like a rare thing these days, is to have people feeling like they got something to stand behind, to cheer behind. A song like this, that says, like, 'Stay together, it’s ok!'"

Last night, Andy kicked off a brief tour with his pals American Authors, and he says if you've never come out to see him live, you're in for a treat.

"I’m a singer-songwriter but we get loud and we jump around, we have dance moves, we freak out," he laughs.  "It’s really fun, man!"  

Andy's tour with American Authors wraps up August 14, and then he'll perform a variety of concerts and festivals through September.  Rachel Platten's tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri wraps up at the end of August, and then she'll appear at some of the same festivals as Andy in September. In February, both Andy and Rachel will perform on Train's annual "Sail Across the Sun" fan cruise.

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Monday
Aug032015

Dolly Parton Wows the Star-Studded Crowds at Her Two Nashville Shows Over the Weekend

Webster PRDolly Parton played two sold-out benefit concerts at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Friday and Saturday night. The shows marked the first time Dolly had headlined a concert in Nashville since her 2002 concert at the Ryman, which was the home of the Grand Ole Opry when Dolly became a member in 1969.

Dolly admits she usually likes to just stay home when she's in Nashville, but the Ryman is always her first choice when she plays Music City.

She says of the historic venue, "I just wanted this to be the place I played because I felt safe there. It's so intimate and wonderful."

Proceeds from Dolly's concerts, titled Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple, went to benefit the Dustin Wells Foundation's work with Nashville's W.O. Smith Music School and the Opry Trust Fund. Tickets for the concerts sold out in a matter of minutes, which was a shock for Dolly.

"I guess I just felt like that many people didn't really want to see me in Nashville," Dolly explains. "I felt like they knew me, but the tickets sold out real fast, but I think a lot of that was also for the worthy causes that we're doing."

As for the concerts, Dolly performed more than 20 songs each night, including a show-stopping a capella delivery of her song "Little Sparrow." Hits such as "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5" dotted the set list along with more obscure selections like "Tennessee Mountain Home, "PMS Blues" and "Smoky Mountain Memories." As always, Dolly closed out the show with "I Will Always Love You."

Some major stars were spotted in the audience for both of Dolly's shows. Naomi and Ashley Judd and John Rich from Big & Rich were there Friday. Nashville's Connie Britton, Reba and Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild were spotted in the crowd Saturday night.

Of note, Dolly remembered the late Lynn Anderson during a press conference prior to the Friday-night show. She remembers seeing Lynn backstage at awards shows and concerts over the years.

Dolly says, "I just loved her to death. I was really sorry to hear that 'cause she was a good gal. So, we'll miss her. She's blooming in God's rose garden now."

Best known for her hit, "Rose Garden," Lynn Anderson died Thursday night at age 67. She will be remembered at a funeral this Wednesday in Nashville.

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Monday
Aug032015

Miranda Lambert Has a Girls Night Out at Shania Twain Concert in Nashville

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was in the audience for Shania Twain's concert in Nashville Friday night. The two connected backstage after the show and hugged for a photograph posted on Shania's Instagram account. During the show, Miranda posted an Instagram picture of Shania riding a fringe saddle on the end of a crane that took her out over the audience. The caption reads, "Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #bada** #musicismedicine."

 

Girls night, love seeing you! #RockThisCountry

A photo posted by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain) on Aug 1, 2015 at 4:54pm PDT

Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #badass #musicismedicine

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:06am PDT

 

Kip Moore was also spotted in the audience at the Shania show.

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Monday
Aug032015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini will join Chase Rice for the Atlanta stop on his JD and Jesus Tour 2015 coming up November 12.  

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean's show at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri set a new venue attendance record with more than 57,000 fans in the audience. Pink Floyd had the previous record with more than 56,000 fans back in 1994.

Steven Tyler will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Irwin Tools Night NASCAR race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on August 22.

Tim McGraw has a brand-new single, "Top of the World," coming out very soon as the lead release form his next studio album. We'll keep you posted on the details.

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Monday
Aug032015

Lady Gaga Sings "Happy Birthday" to Tony Bennett for Tour Finale

ABC/Lou RoccoLady Gaga helped Tony Bennett celebrate his 89th birthday during the final concert of their Cheek to Cheek tour, held in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.

Gaga sang "Happy Birthday" to Bennett on stage at the Kennedy Center. She retweeted fan-shot footage of the moment.

She also posted to Instagram a photo of an elaborate cake made for Bennett, which included edible versions of the two entertainers.

"When the Birthday cake you got Tony is too big for Instagram!" she wrote.

The cake resembled the one presented to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 at a New York celebration, where Marilyn Monroe famously sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

Bennett turns 89 on Monday.

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Monday
Aug032015

Sir Patrick Stewart Praises Taylor Swift, Claims He'll Join Her on Stage

ABC/Ida Mae Astute; Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesLast month, veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, became an unofficial member of Taylor Swift's squad when he tweeted a link of himself reciting the lyrics of her hit "Blank Space" in dramatic fashion during the taping of a radio interview.  She was thrilled, and now, the 75-year-old actor says he'll join her on stage one of these days.

Speaking to the press at the Television Critics' Association tour on Friday to promote his new series Blunt Talk, Stewart spoke glowingly of Taylor, saying, "She is a phenomenon, and a wonderful singer and a wonderful entertainer, and songwriter: that's the important thing." 

Explaining how he ended up reciting "Blank Space," he said it all started when his good pal, X Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellan, recited the lyrics of "Bad Blood" during another interview.  The organizers of Stewart's interview then decided to ask him to do the same thing, and released that part early.

Stewart told reporters, "I was just given these lyrics as a joke exercise. [The interview] hasn't actually aired yet, [it's] still to come out."

When Taylor heard about Stewart and McKellan's antics, she tweeted, "Thanks for reciting my lyrics, and ! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."

"She saw it and responded so enthusiastically to it," Stewart told reporters.  Asked if he would now appear on stage with Taylor as one of her special in-concert guests, Stewart said, "Oh, I think there's no doubt about it." 

He wasn't joking, either: the actor is also a talented singer who'll be performing with the San Francisco Symphony in September.  He's also sung at the Hollywood Bowl several times.  Stay tuned.

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Monday
Aug032015

Report: John Fogerty Will Be a Mentor on "The Voice" Season Nine

Credit: Lacee BendaJohn Fogerty is bringing some classic rock to The Voice.  The ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman reportedly will appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Adam Levine's team.

A source tells Us Weekly that Levine "always wanted to work with Fogerty," and that the Maroon 5 singer considers the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer a "legend."

Fogerty appeared on the finale of the most recent season of The Voice, joining eventual winner Sawyer Fredericks for a duet performance of the CCR classics "Born on the Bayou," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain."  The source tells Us Weekly that that's when Adam asked John to be a mentor on the upcoming season of the show.

Meanwhile, the source says country star Brad Paisley will be the mentor for Blake Shelton's team, pop singer Selena Gomez will help out will help out Gwen Stefani's team and rapper Missy Elliott will serve as Pharrell Williams' mentor.

The mentors appear on the show during the battle rounds, right after blind auditions.  The new season of The Voice begins on September 21, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

Fogerty has been touring North America this summer, and the trek is scheduled to wind down with an August 9 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Monday
Aug032015

Metric's "The Road Record" Is the "Counterpart to the Glitzy Pagans in Vegas Sound"

Credit: Norman WongMetric's sixth album, Pagans in Vegas, won't be released until September, but the band has already begun working on their seventh record. While they were on tour with Imagine Dragons, which just wrapped up over the weekend, Metric started recording what they're tentatively calling "The Road Record."

"We're going into our favorite, dream studios around the country on our days off and recording the next segment of the music," frontwoman Emily Haines tells ABC Radio. Those dream studios included Nashville's Blackbird Studio and Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago.

While they went on their own version of Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways -- which also featured a stop in Electrical Audio -- Metric wanted to create the "counterpart to the glitzy Pagans sound," which was in part influenced by the German electronic band Kraftwerk. "Cascades," a single from Pagans in Vegas, is one of the most purely electronic songs Metric has ever recorded, but as Haines explains, "The Road Record" is not that.

"It's all four off us playing live in the room, same time, one take approach to music," Haines says. "So it's the complete opposite of the highly treated, cerebral Kraftwerk world."

While recording a follow-up to an album that hasn't been released yet may seem non-traditional, as an independent band, Metric found that being able to work on "The Road Record" was one of the benefits of being their own record label.

"There are a lot of pains of being independent, and one of the joys is that we can do exactly what we want," Haines tells ABC Radio. "So we're trying to just embrace that and follow the creative process as much as possible, as opposed to any other logic that would probably help us if we used it."

Pagans in Vegas will be released on September 18.

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Monday
Aug032015

Jill Scott Says She Can't Stop Listening to Her Latest Album, "Woman"

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Jill Scott is absolutely in love with her latest release, Woman, which includes the singles "You Don’t Know" and "Fool's Gold." The singer tells ABC Radio why she believes its her best work to date.

"I haven't been able to stop listening to it. I listen to it as soon as I wake up, I listen to it when I go to sleep. Its kind of like an out-of-body experience, because I love it so much," she says. She adds,  "You know how mom be like, 'My baby is just the best.' It's not that I feel like that, I just love it. I really, really do. I like that woman and there's just so many different women in this woman that I enjoy."

The singer, who teamed with longtime collaborator Andre Harris and songwriter/producer Aaron Pearce, adds that she put together a project that both men and women can enjoy, although the title suggests otherwise. Jill breaks down what she hopes people take away from the album.

"I wanted women to see a reflection of themselves in some way, shape or form and I wanted men to understand us better, I think that's the hope. And I also wanted people to really appreciate music, appreciate instrumentation, having somebody play their whole guts out," she says. "I really wanted people to feel music." 

The set is the follow-up to 2011’s The Light of the Sun.

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Monday
Aug032015

Shinedown Teases New Album Info Coming this Week 

Credit: John Stephens and Jonathan LipkingIs new Shinedown album information on the horizon? On their Facebook page, the band posted a photo of the number "5," along with the date August 7 and the words "Get ready." The post is also accompanied by the hashtag #Shinedown5, referring to the band's promised fifth album.

In June, Shinedown released "Cut the Cord," their first new song in three years. The track has already reached the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, giving the band an impressive total of nine number-one singles on the chart.

Although the Facebook post is most likely teasing new album information, such as a title, track list or release date, August 7 is a Friday, which is the newly implemented global album release day. Perhaps Shinedown will pull a Beyonce and unveil the entire album on August 7.

Whenever it will be released, it will be the band's first album since 2012's Amaryllis.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Aunt Removed from Memorial Service

LifetimeBobbi Kristina Brown was remembered at a memorial service in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Saturday. 

There was family tension at the gathering -- Bobbi Kristina's aunt, Leolah Brown, was removed from the service after she interrupted Pat Houston, the sister-in-law of Bobbi Kristina's late mother, Whitney Houston.

Tyler Perry helped escort Brown outside St. James United Methodist Church, Entertainment Tonight reports. 

She told the media, including Entertainment Tonight, afterward, "Whitney will haunt Pat Houston from the grave. She will haunt her. Pat, it's not over. It has just begun. It has just begun."

It's unclear what Pat Houston said that upset Brown. 

Bobbi Kristina died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Gregg Allman Says He'd Like to Jam with Dickey Betts Again

Credit: Danny ClinchFounding Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Dickey Betts had an acrimonious split with the group in 2000, but with the band calling it quits last year, frontman Gregg Allman now says he'd like to mend fences with his old collaborator.

"Time heals," Allman tells The Wall Street Journal.  "I haven't seen him in a very long time and would be very open to it.  In fact, I would love to play with him again."

Gregg, who has been focusing on his solo band since The Allman Brothers played their farewell shows in October 2014, clarifies that he isn't interested in a full-fledged reunion with Betts, but he would like to jam with him again.

"I love my band and I'm pretty set for guitar players, but I'd love to see Betts," he explains.  "We had our ups and down and all our demons.  We had our problems, our ins and outs and our public embarrassments on both sides.  But that's all way behind us now.  There's nothing at all wrong with forgive and forget."

Allman has a bunch of upcoming U.S. tour dates lined up with his Gregg Allman Band, including a series of joint shows with The Doobie Brothers.  He tells The Wall Street Journal that his backing group actually is more focused on playing music than The Allman Brothers Band was.

"The Allman Brothers never had a leader or focal point after my brother died.  One who says, 'Guys, get on your instruments, we're rehearsing now," he maintains.  "I won't do anything for more than five hours anymore because I get tired and don't trust my brain, but in that time my [solo] band can learn eight songs.  With the Brothers, we'd sit around, shoot the s***, eat a little food, smoke a doobie, talk about our families...I want to play when we get together!"

Next Friday, August 7, Gregg will release a new two-CD/DVD set called Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA documenting a concert he and his band played in January 2014 of last year at the historic Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia.  Among the tunes Allman performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his solo hit "I'm No Angel."

Allman also is looking ahead to his next solo album, which he says he's planning to record with his band and producer Don Was this winter in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  He tells The Wall Street Journal that he and the group currently are "sussing out tunes" for the project.

Here are all of Allman's upcoming 2015 U.S. tour dates, according to Pollstar:

7/31 -- Bridgeport, CT, Gathering of the Vibes - Seaside Park
8/13 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/18 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
8/19 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
8/21 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC*
8/22 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion - Meadowbrook*
8/25 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/26 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
8/28 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center *
8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Laidback Festival - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater*
8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa*
9/1 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheater*
9/2 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion*
9/4 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
9/5 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
9/20 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride Town Park
9/24 -- Los Angeles, CA , Skirball Cultural Center
10/3 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
10/4 -- Sonoma, CA, Sonoma Music Festival - Field of Dreams Park
10/6 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/7 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
10/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
10/13 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/14 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Venue - River City Casino
10/30 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino - Silver Creek Event Center

* = with The Doobie Brothers.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Jennifer Hudson Talks Upcoming Color Purple Production & Staying Fit

Heather Wines/CBSJennifer Hudson has a lot going on these days, including being named the new face of New York & Company’s Soho Jeans Collection.

In the newest issue of People magazine, the singer speaks about preparing for her stage debut in a new Broadway production of The Color Purple. "It's something that I've always dreamed about. It's an American classic," she tells the mag. "You want to do it justice. My character [Shug Avery] has got this sexy fire about her that I have to find."

Somehow she's also managed to stay fit, even while balancing parenting duties. "I don't work out much. I just watch what I eat. In the summertime, I like to do outdoor activities with my son, like bike riding, playing basketball or skating," she says. "Big David [fiance David Otunga] and I are very active parents."

The Color Purple will begin previews on Tuesday, November 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City.

 

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Sunday
Aug022015

Carly Rae Jepsen Headlining Special Olympics Closing Ceremony 

ABC/John Fleenor Carly Rae Jepsen is set to headline the closing ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles today. Her performance will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“It is inspiring to see the thousands of athletes, families, coaches, volunteers and supporters who have gathered from around the world,” Carly said in a statement. “ It is a true honor to perform in front of such an amazing audience.”

She’ll help close out the festivities for the more than 6,500 athletes from 165 countries, more than 5,000 family members of competing athletes, and 10,000 volunteers and spectators. Also performing at the event are rock band O.A.R. and soul singer Andra Day.

The opening ceremony, which took place on July 25, featured a performance by Avril Lavigne, who recorded a song called “Fly” especially for the Games.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Jack White's Third Man Records Releasing Jay Z's "Magna Carta…Holy Grail" with Secret Bonus Track 

Credit: Jo McCaugheyEarlier this year, Jack White's Third Man Records reissued Jay Z's Magna Carta…Holy Grail as a limited edition vinyl collection spread across eight seven-inch records. Now, the label is releasing the rapper's 2013 album as a more traditional two-LP set, but, as with seemingly every Jack White vinyl release, there's a catch.

Inside the back cover of the Magna Carta vinyl is a concealed postcard flexi disc featuring a hidden track from the album. In order to access it, you'll have to literally cut it out from the cover -- a teaser video recommends using a knife. Then you'll be able to play the rectangular disc using a record player.

The two LP edition of Magna Carta…Holy Grail is available now on the Third Man Records website and will be released in independent record stores in the coming weeks.

White and Jay Z have a history of collaboration, but the Third Man reissues of Magna Carta are the first tangible releases from the duo. Way back in 2010, White told British GQ that he'd recorded an album with the rapper, but so far, that album has yet to see the light of day. White has also been known to cover Jay Z's hit "99 Problems" during live shows.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Sara Bareilles' "Waitress" Musical Opens Today

Sonja Flemming/CBSThe wait for Waitress is finally over. The Sara Bareilles musical, based on the 2007 Keri Russell film of the same name, opens at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts today.

Sara wrote the music and lyrics for the production, and, in an Instagram post Thursday, she could barely contain her excitement for opening night. She posted a photo of herself smiling in front of the Waitress official poster and wrote, “I'm a creep. But come see this show.”

Previews for the American Repertory Theater show run through August 19. If the Cambridge run proves successful, it’ll head to Broadway.  

The musical has been a long time in the making. Sara announced she’d be working on the project back in 2013. "Broadway scoring is something that has really been interesting to me my whole life,” she told ABC Radio at the time. “Musical theater is sort of how I got introduced to music at all, and so it feels like a nice home to come back to.”

Waitress is the story of a small-town woman stuck in an unhappy marriage, who bakes pies as a form of escape. The musical stars Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony award last year for her starring role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Sara’s got a big year ahead. On October 6, she’s releasing her memoir, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, and participating in a talk with singer-songwriter Ben Folds at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The evening will include a performance and a book signing by Sara. Tickets are on sale now.

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I'm a creep. But come see this show. #waitressart #creepface #posterresemblance

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Sunday
Aug022015

Craig Campbell Gets Flirty in New "Tomorrow Tonight" Video

Broken Bow Label GroupCraig Campbell's flirty new single, "Tomorrow Tonight" is out. The clip tells the story's song using playful text messages between Craig and his co-star, actress Sulivan Mellencamp, as a split screen shows them getting ready to meet up for a romantic date.

Says Craig, "I had to break out my acting skills for this one. It definitely shows a side of me that has not been on camera yet. I’m excited for everyone to finally see it!”

Check out Craig's video now at CMT.com.

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Saturday
Aug012015

Paul McCartney Rocks Lollapalooza 

C Flanigan/FilmMagicAlternative rockers, hip hop, and emo performers bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney on night one of Lollapalooza.

A sea of tens of thousands of fans spread across Grant Park in front of the stage as McCartney played a more than two-hour-long set, pounding out more than 30 songs on both guitar and piano.  The songs spanned the 73-year-old's entire career from the Beatles, to Wings, to a performance of his latest hit, the Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration "Four Five Seconds".

He briefly paused between songs to tell stories of Jimi Hendrix and playing in Soviet Russia, and dedicatated his performance of "Here Today" to former band mate John Lennon. He brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to help him perform "Get Back".  Alabama Shakes had performed earlier in the day. Fireworks and flames lit the stage during McCartney's performance of "Live and Let Die," and fireworks also burst from the stage and into the full-mooned sky as he closed out the show promptly at 10 p.m. CT.

The Friday headliner brought out not just the young music fans this year, but old as well.   Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said it was all McCartney's idea to perform. "You don't get Paul McCartney to do anything he doesn't want to do.  This was his wish."

Farrell said McCartney's performance during the three day concert series along the lakefront just diversifies the crowd even more.  It's a trend he's been noticing over the last few years even before McCartney was announced. 

"We were able to accomplish something that is extremely rare, and that is we were able to span the generations, and bring everyone else together collectively.  Where else do you do that?" he noted.  "You can be standing by an 18-year-old.  You can be standing by a nine-year-old. You can be standing near a 40-year-old.  It's really special."  

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected for the sold out weekend showcase in Chicago's Grant Park along the lakefront.   Other headliners this weekend include Metallica and Florence and the Machine.  

Here is McCartney's setlist:

"Magical Mystery Tour"
"Save Us"
"Got to Get You Into My Life"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Foxy Lady"
"My Valentine"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"I've Just Seen a Face"
"Four Five Seconds"/"We Can Work It Out"
"And I Love Her"
"Blackbird"
"Here Today"
"Queenie Eye"
"Lady Madonna"
"Eleanor Rigby"
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
"Something"
"Ob La Di Ob La Da"
"Band on the Run"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Let it Be"
"Live and Let Die"
"Hey Jude"
"Hi Hi Hi"
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"Get Back"
"Helter Skelter"
"Carry That Weight"


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Saturday
Aug012015

Watch David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Others Performing Grateful Dead's "Ripple" in Support of Music Education

Django Crosby; Julie SkarrattDavid Crosby, Jimmy Buffett and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann are among the musicians who have contributed to a new version of the Dead song "Ripple" as part of a campaign supporting music-education programs for children around the world.  The initiative, called the #RippleEffect, is a social media art project launched jointly by The Jerry Garcia Foundation and The Playing for Change Foundation, and timed to coincide with what would have been the late Grateful Dead frontman's 73rd birthday on August 1.

The project urges people across the globe to create a visual "ripple effect" by sharing positive messages and stories of kindness and gratitude using videos, photos and artwork and circulating them on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To help promote the campaign, as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, a video featuring clips of a variety of musicians performing "Ripple" in different locations around the world was created and can be viewed now at the Playing for Change YouTube channel.  In addition to featuring Crosby, Buffett and Kreutzmann, the video includes Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Garcia's daughter Keelin, who is a co-founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

Select submissions to the #RippleEffect campaign will be included in a video compilation that will be released on September 19, this year's Playing for Change Day.  The special day, which was launched by the Playing for Change Foundation, features musicians performing at various events held around the world to support the organization's goal of bringing music education to underserved children.

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