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Tuesday
Aug202019

Katy Perry to play acoustic benefit show to help at-risk youth learn how to meditate 

ABC/Craig SjodinKaty Perry will do a rare acoustic performance this fall to raise money for something that means a lot to her: transcendental meditation.

Katy wrote on Instagram, "On October 11th, I’ll be in DC for a special acoustic set for the #SilencetheViolence Benefit Concert."  She added that soul legend Mavis Staples and jazz/pop singer Norah Jones are also on the bill for the show, which will raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation.

She explains that the money raised will help the foundation -- started by Twin Peaks director David Lynch -- "bring one of the most important tools I use to keep me balanced and creative with a positive mindset -- Transcendental Meditation -- to at-risk youth."

Specifically, some 10,000 D.C.-area young people will be helped by the funds raised at the concert.

Last year, Katy attended a conference called "Unite to Cure" at Italy's Vatican. She took part in the portion of the conference called "Impacting Children’s Health Through Meditation Globally, and wrote on Instagram at the time, "I’m inspired and encouraged...and grateful to share how meaningful Transcendental Meditation has been for me."

Transcendental Meditation involves sitting with your eyes closed twice a day, for 20 minutes at a time, while repeating a mantra.  It has been widely used in schools, universities, corporations, and prison programs.

Pre-sale tickets are available now via Ticketmaster. The general on-sale is on Friday, August 23 at 10 a.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Hole dropped as plaintiff from lawsuit over Universal fire 

iStock/DaveAlanHole has been dropped as a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Universal Music Group over the reported loss of master recording tapes lost in the 2008 Universal Studios fire.

According to docs obtained by Variety, Courtney Love and company were removed from the suit "based upon UMG's representations that none of Hole's masters was destroyed (subject to confirmation)."

Hole was listed as a plaintiff on the initial lawsuit, which was filed in June. The other plaintiffs -- Soundgarden and Americana musician Steve Earle, as well as the estates of the late Tom Petty and Tupac Shakur -- still remain.

Variety reports that, in response to the amended complaint, UMG says, "We have already determined that original masters for many of the artists named in the lawsuit were not lost in the 2008 fire."

The alleged extent of the fire's damage was revealed in multiple articles published in The New York Times Magazine in June. Among the artists who reportedly lost their masters: Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, R.E.M., The Eagles, Aerosmith, Chuck Berry, The Police, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Eminem.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Angels & Airwaves soundtrack teen love in "Rebel Girl" video

Credit: Caleb MalleryAngels & Airwaves have premiered the video for their new single, "Rebel Girl."

The clip finds Tom DeLonge and company providing the soundtrack to a teen's unrequited love story, which starts with a boy doing a girl's homework for her, and ends in a bloody mess. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

"Rebel Girl" is the first new track from AVA in three years. Another new song is due out next week.

Angels & Airwaves will launch their first tour in seven years August 28 in San Diego.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Demi Lovato turns 27 today, gets birthday shout-out & hug from Ariana Grande

iStock/ZerborHappy Birthday, Demi Lovato! The singer turns 27 today, August 20, but got a sweet birthday wish last night at London's O2 Arena, where her friend, Ariana Grande, was performing.

Demi posted an Instagram video showing Ariana and her team doing a "before-show prayer," which they ended by shouting, "1, 2, 3...Happy Birthday, Demi!" Then Ari and Demi embraced.

“This was too sweet not to post," Demi captioned the video, adding, "I’m so so proud of you @arianagrande. You f***ing killed that!! I love you tons.”

Demi also posted a video of herself blowing out the candles on her cake, and captioned it, "This video is a perfect glimpse of how f***ing happy and rad my birthday is this year. So so happy."

Indeed, a source tells People, “Demi is in a great place in her life. She is spending her birthday in London and working on new music and other projects. She’s healthy and has been working out."

The singer, who now shares a manager, Scooter Braun, with Ariana, has come a long way since her July 24 overdose last year. 

On August 5, 2018, she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."

She told her fans that she was "forever grateful for all of your love and support," adding, "The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Here for a Good Time: Win a trip "Strait to Vegas" courtesy of King George's Texas resort 

ABC/Image Group LA George Strait is re-opening his resort in the Texas Hill Country this fall, and not only does he want you to come visit Tapatio Springs, he wants to send you to Vegas, too.

George's getaway in Boerne, Texas re-launches on October with a new clubhouse and renovated guestrooms. The resort also boasts one of the top public golf courses in the Lone Star State, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, and spaces for private events.

To celebrate, King George is giving away a trip for two to see his Strait to Vegas show at T-Mobile Arena on Friday, December 6. The winner will get round-trip airfare for two, plus two nights at the MGM Grand, and premium tickets to the show.

You can enter to win at TapatioResort.com.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Céline Dion stars in edgy fashion shoot for "CR Fashion Book": "I don’t want to be the queen. I’m the boss." 

Valentin Herfray for CR Fashion BookThanks to her style transformation over the past few years, Céline Dion has been hailed as the new queen of fashion. But if you ask the Canadian diva, "queen" isn't exactly the title she's looking for.

“I don’t want to be the queen. I’m the boss. That’s different," she tells CR Fashion Book for a new cover story. "I’m the mother, I’m the boss, I’m in charge of my decisions with my team. I try to make the best of myself, to accomplish something, to always put the bar as high as I can."

"But the queen thing, for me personally, I don’t live that way," she adds.

Céline's shoot for CR Fashion Book is themed Private/Public, and is focused on "pivotal figures...who strive to live truly...as well as the fearless few whose private and public personas are one."  For the shoot, Parisian photographer Valentin Herfray created distorted, surreal pictures of Céline, playing with scale, proportion and perception.

“I just like that we didn’t care," Céline says of the pics, some of which make her head seem bigger than her body, and some of which make her feet look huge and her body look tiny. "If you don’t take chances, you will never accomplish anything different, special, edgy, beautiful.”

“I seek clothes that make me feel sexy, approachable, fierce, edgy, glamorous, fun,” she says of the wild looks she sports in the shoot.

"I’m crazy about clothes. They help me to express myself, as if borrowing characters to help me perform…They’re like songs. I don’t do ballads all the time; I have up-tempo songs as well," she adds.

The September issue of CR Fashion Book is out September 5.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Watch Killswitch Engage reunite with Howard Jones in "The Signal Fire" video

Credit: Travis Shinn Killswitch Engage has premiered the video for "The Signal Fire," a track from the band's new album, Atonement.

The clip finds KsE reuniting with ex-frontman Howard Jones, who contributes vocals to the track. Jones joins his former band, now fronted by Jesse Leach, for an intense performance, which you can watch now on YouTube.

"This video is a demonstration of solidarity and unity," says Leach. "This is for the fans and this is our testimony to all who see this video. In these times we live in, I believe this is an important message -- not just for us as a band and our fans but for all of humanity. This is a call for compassion and understanding! There is strength in unity."

Jones joined Killswitch after founding frontman Leach left the group in 2002. He handled lead vocals in the band for 10 years before Leach returned in 2012.

Atonement, the follow-up 2016's Incarnate, was released last Friday.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Brian Johnson chats with Sting in preview of new AXS TV series, "A Life on the Road"

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AXS TV has offered a sneak peek of the first episode of the new series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road, which will premiere September 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features the AC/DC frontman visiting Sting in New York City.

In the beginning of the clip, Sting recalls joining The Police, noting, "It was a punk band. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I thought I'd do it anyway."

Johnson responds by saying, "I never thought of you as a punk band. It was just…too good."

Sting also chats about how The Police toured the U.S. early in their career, playing small clubs around the country.

"I'm glad I did that. I'm just so grateful for it," he says of the experience. "It builds backbone, you know? It builds some kind of psychological armor."

One of those small clubs, Sting notes, was the legendary but now defunct New York City punk venue CBGB.

Johnson asks Sting what it was like played the notoriously seedy club for the first time, to which Sting replies, "It was kind of a spooky place, but, you know, it was full of history…Television played there, Talking Heads, Blondie."

Sharing his recollections of CBGB, Sting says, "[A] bathroom was the dressing room, and it was a toilet, [with] graffiti everywhere."

Also in the preview, Sting and Johnson, visit the former site of CBGB, which is now a Varvatos store.

As previously reports, A Life on the Road originally began airing in 2017 on U.K. television. Among the stars who appear on other episodes are Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Billy Joel, Joe Walsh, Mark Knopfler, Paul Rodgers, and Mick Fleetwood.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This November, Dolly Parton will co-host the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. The superstar from East Tennessee has hosted the show once before, by herself. Can you recall when it was? ANSWER: Dolly hosted the 22nd CMA Awards in 1988.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Best of Youth: Watch five-year-old Foo Fighters fan dance on stage with band

ABC/Fred WatkinsChances are your first concert wasn't as awesome as a five-year-old kid named Taylor, who got to dance on stage with Foo Fighters during their show in Belfast Monday.

Dave Grohl and company invited the tyke -- who was holding up a sign saying "I'm Taylor aged 5 first ever gig"-- up on stage while they played "All My Life." Taylor then proceeded to put the whole audience to shame with his dance moves, all while wearing an adorable pair of oversized headphones.

Footage of Taylor's Foo Fighters dance party is streaming on social media.

Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.K. and Ireland in continued support of their latest album, 2017's Concrete and Gold. They'll be back in the U.S. in September to play the Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage festivals.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Vinyl Is a Good Thing: Luke Bryan celebrates 10th anniversary of pivotal album with re-release 

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan will mark the tenth anniversary of his breakthrough 2009 album Doin’ My Thing by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time.

In addition to his hits “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” the vinyl re-issue will include two rare bonus tracks. “Y’all Can Have This Town” and “Favorite Flowers” were previously available only on the iTunes exclusive version of the album.

Doin’ My Thing also features Luke’s cover of the OneRepublic hit “Apologize.”

The special edition of the record comes in both translucent and traditional black vinyl.

Here’s the complete track listing for the tenth anniversary version of Luke Bryan’s Doin’ My Thing, which comes out October 4:

Side A:
“Rain Is a Good Thing”
“Doin’ My Thing”
“Do I”
“What Country Is”
“Someone Else Calling You Baby”
“Welcome to the Farm”
“Apologize”

Side B:
“Every Time I See You”
“Chuggin’ Along”
“I Did It Again”
“Drinkin' Beer and Wastin’ Bullets”
“Y’all Can Have This Town”
“Favorite Flowers”

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Taylor Swift revealing "Lover" lyrics via Spotify's "Lover Enhanced Album" playlist 

TValheria Rochaaylor Swift gave fans a lot to think about last week when she released the track list for her new album Lover, but now she's giving fans even more stuff to obsess over.  She's releasing excerpts of the songs' lyrics every day this week via a new Spotify playlist.

It's called Love, Taylor: The Lover Enhanced Album, and in a welcome video, Taylor explains, "Every day until the release of my new album Lover, I'll be sharing unreleased lyrics that nobody's seen before, so keep checking back."

In the first excerpt, Taylor recites the following lyrics: "I can't talk to you when you're like this: staring out the window like I'm not you're favorite town.  I'm New York City!"  While those lyrics play, you can see a handwritten note with the lyrics on it. 

Taylor doesn't indicate which Lover song those lyrics are from, but they could be from the song "Cornelia Street," which is a street in Manhattan where she reportedly owns, or used to own, property.

In addition to the previously released songs from Lover, the playlist also includes songs by everyone from the Dixie Chicks -- who are featured on the album -- to Phil Collins, Nicki Minaj, Blondie, Annie Lennox, Kesha and Lana Del Rey.

Billboard reports that Spotify plans to bring Taylor's lyrics to life via "love letters" that will show up in surprise locations all around the world. 

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Halsey is the face of DKNY's Fall 2019 campaign 

PRNewsfoto/DKNYDKNY has tapped Halsey to front its Fall 2019 campaign, in honor of the fashion line's 30th anniversary.

The brand says that it chose Halsey because she's a "native New Yorker" -- even though she's actually from New Jersey.  But in addition to that, DKNY says she's "self-made and self-assured," and radiates "cool confidence, irreverent style, and pure talent."  She's also, according to the brand, "a fearless voice of a generation."

In a series of black-and-white portraits, Halsey sports some of the brand's new looks, including raw denim, checked suiting and leopard-print athleisure.

In a statement, Halsey says, "DKNY is the spirit of New York. It's diversity and drive. It's hard work and a pinch of destiny. They say if a bee strays too far from its hive, it will die. DKNY keeps my home in my heart, and the magic in my mind. It's an honor to be a part of their 30th birthday."

Halsey will perform at DKNY's 30th birthday bash during New York Fashion Week, and the party will also feature a DJ set from The Martinez Brothers, who are part of the campaign as well.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

50 Cent says he never planned for "Power" to end after its sixth season

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The sixth and final season of Power debuts Sunday on Starz, but if you ask series co-creator and star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, the show was never supposed to end so soon.

"I did intend for it to continue," the rapper-turned-executive producer tells ABC Radio. "I didn't think it had to end. I said season seven and season one. I was using the success of The Sopranos, the success of The Wire."

And, Courtney was adamant about season six and a half, season seven, because you want to put a button on it before she exhausts the story," 50 adds, referring to Power creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp.

Although he agrees with Kemp that the "show should go [out] on a high note," 50 notes that fans won't have long to wait long before Power officially returns with its sequel, Power Book II: Ghost, in January, which he says will pick up right where Power leaves off.

"Be aware that when you watch the finale, that Power is going to come back on," he says. "36 to 48 hours after what you're seeing. So, everyone... that's still there is back in place. And, of course we'll introduce new characters and things, but the series continues to go -- it continues to grow."

And for fans eager to know what to expect from Power Book II: Ghost, 50 says it'll deal with "The aftermath of the choices that people make," he says, referring to the characters that will remain after Power's finale. "That could have been another title for it: life is choices."

Power, also starring Omari HardwickLela LorenNaturi NaughtonJoseph SikoraRotimi and La La Anthony, returns Sunday, August 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Fantasia teases new single, "PTSD," featuring T-Pain

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On the heels of announcing her Sketchbook Tour, Fantasia has enlisted T-Pain for her newest single, "PTSD." 

Monday, the soulful siren teased the forthcoming collaboration on Instagram and noted that it would arrive Friday. 

“This was a much edgier song for me but one that I felt was needed on the Sketchbook album," Fantasia shared about the track in a statement.  "Many people have experienced disappointment in the pursuit of love, but refuse to let one bad experience dictate their entire outlook on love & romance overall."

“PTSD” serves as the second single lifted off Fantasia's forthcoming album, following the release of “Enough,” which peaked at number two on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. Both tracks give a gratifying glimpse into the direction the former American Idol star is taking for her long-awaited project.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Ed Sheeran failed songwriting and musicianship classes at college, new exhibit reveals

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Looks like Ed Sheeran don't need no education: He's one of the most successful musicians in the world, despite receiving failing grades in all his courses at music college.  Ed's terrible marks are revealed in a new exhibit that recently opened in his hometown.

Called Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, the exhibit was curated by Ed's dad in celebration of the singer's upcoming hometown shows in Ipswich, England, located in the county of Suffolk. As the Daily Mail reports, one of exhibits is Ed's report card from his time at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, which he attended from 2009 until 2010.

The report card shows that Ed failed all his courses, receiving grades of F in "songcraft," "professional musicianship," "music industry prep" and "style development" -- which may be why Ed quit school after a year.  But just year later, his single "The A Team" reached number three on the U.K. chart, and he was off and running.

The 28-year-old star recently broke the record for the highest-grossing tour of all time, and he'll end the two-year trek with four shows in Ipswich, starting on Friday.  Ed's also worth an estimated $194 million and has won four Grammys, among goodness knows how many other awards.

The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibit also includes Ed's childhood drawings, photos of Ed as a child, the Ed puppet that appears in his video for his 2014 hit "Sing," one of his guitars, and more.

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Tuesday
Aug202019

FGL's Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley welcome their son, the "bringer of light"

ABC/Image Group LA Tyler Hubbard's second child -- a son named Luca Reed -- arrived in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The eight-pound, eleven-ounce baby was born on his due date, with Tyler's wife Hayley going into labor shortly after Tyler returned from the Florida Georgia Line tour this weekend.

The couple picked out the name and revealed it several months ago:

"The middle name, Reed, is my middle name," Tyler explains. "So we just wanted to carry that over, thought it kinda had a little ring to it, Luca Reed."

"We'd liked the name Luca," he continues, "thought it was kind of American, but kind of cultured as well, if you know what I'm saying. And also it means bringer of light. So we kind of thought that was cool."

Tyler admits Hayley was actually the creative force behind the name.

"I can't take a lot of credit," he says. "My wife's the one that came up with all that. But I definitely agree and think it's a cool name. It's got a good ring to it."

Luca joins big sister Olivia Rose, who'll turn two in December. 

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Tuesday
Aug202019

While touring with Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow "had a lot of questions" about some "really strange" things

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While Sheryl Crow hasn't seen the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, she admits that when she was touring with MJ in the late '80s as a backup singer, there were some "things" going on that made her uncomfortable.

Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, Sheryl says she "doesn't want to see" the documentary, in which two men accuse the late King of Pop of abusing them as children.  However, she reveals, "I was around for some things that I thought were really strange and I had a lot of questions about."

Sheryl won't say anything more on that topic, preferring instead to discuss her star-studded new album, Threads, which she says will be her final one, though she claims she won't stop making music. 

Threads, out August 30, features Sheryl collaborating with everyone from Stevie Nicks, The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton, to Sting, Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt, the woman who first inspired Sheryl to pick up a guitar.

Sheryl's also been touring this summer, and her sons, 12-year-old Wyatt and nine-year-old Levi, are part of her entourage -- but she's put them to work, too.

"The boys are really starting to enjoy being on the road now," she tells the Telegraph. "I opened for Phil Collins in [Germany] and I had them helping out, bringing guitars on stage. But my youngest is such a negotiator."

She laughs, "I offered to pay him $5 a gig and he tried to bargain for a flat fee of $100 for the summer. I had to get my calculator to see if that squared up. He's going to be my accountant one day!"

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Ringo Starr discusses "Abbey Road" reissue, next solo album, in new 'People' interview

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Ringo Starr is the subject of a lengthy new People interview in which the former Beatles drummer touches on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Abbey Road, his plans for a new solo record, the current 30th anniversary tour of his All Starr Band and more.

The expanded Abbey Road reissue, which will be released on September 27, includes an unused take of "Octopus' Garden," one of the few songs Starr had a hand in writing for The Beatles.

Ringo tells the magazine that "people are interested in all of that," referring to the alternate versions of songs that have appeared on recent Fab Four reissues.

He also says he's happy about the remastered audio because the drums are more pronounced in the mix.

"People are telling me, 'Oh, you can play!'" Starr notes. "Because they can hear the drums [better] now."

Abbey Road includes the only drum solo Ringo ever played on a Beatles track, during the album's finale, "The End."

"They forced me to do that one," Starr maintains. "I'm just not a drum solo drummer. I want to be in the band…I hold them all together and they can go mad. I'm crazy about very few drum solos I've heard."

Meanwhile, Ringo's been recording a new solo album with various guest musicians, including current members of his All Starr Band; his brother-in-law Joe Walsh; Dave Stewart of Eurythmics; and renowned session bassist Nathan East.

"I like to hang out with writers and musicians, so I've been co-writing all the songs," Starr says.

Ringo's on the road now with his All Starr Band, marking the 30th anniversary of his first trek with the star-studded collective. The tour runs through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles.

Here are the remaining dates:

8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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Tuesday
Aug202019

Nashville notes 

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Old Dominion's Trevor Rosen has signed a new publishing deal with Twelve6 Entertainment. It includes both his previous hits and his new compositions. 

The Grand Ole Opry will host a special screening of part one of Ken Burns' eight-part, sixteen-hour Country Music documentary on Sunday, September 15, the same night it premieres on PBS. The evening will also feature a performance by Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show. Tickets for the event that benefits Nashville Public Television go on sale Friday. 

The new single from Aaron Watson is the track "Country Radio," from his Red Bandana album. 

You can check out Tanya Tucker performing her signature hit, "Delta Dawn," with newcomer Tenille Townes and Brandi Carlile on YouTube. It's part of Cracker Barrel's Five Decades, One Voice series.

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