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Jul312017

"Drunk Girls Don't Cry" -- at least not on Maren Morris's Hero Tour

ABC/Image Group LA If you haven’t experienced Maren Morris live, you can check out part of the CMA New Artist of the Year’s show, thanks to a just-released music video.

The new clip captures Maren doing the track “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry” from her debut album on her Hero Tour.

“Thank ya’ll for making this journey so incredible,” Maren tweeted along with the video, adding that she plans to revive the trek, named after her first record, this fall.

Maren’s currently on the 15 in a 30 Tour with Sam Hunt and Chris Janson, as her latest single, “I Could Use a Love Song,” nears the top 20. Earlier this month, she scored her first #1 with her recording of “Craving You” with Thomas Rhett.

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Drunk Girls Don't Cry (Live) by Maren Morris on VEVO.

Sunday
Jul302017

A Midsummer Night's Jam: The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Eagles play The Classic East  

L-R: Timothy B. Schmit, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Deacon Frey and Joe Walsh perform at The Classic East (Kevin Kane/Getty Images for Scoop Marketing)You can't say there's been a lack of rock and roll nostalgia this year, with tours from the likes of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Foreigner and U2’s Joshua Tree outing.  But The Classic East festival proved the old guard still has a plenty of game.

On Saturday, Citi Field in Queens, New York, played host to a solid blend of classic rock, jazz rock, and some blue-eyed soul with The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and The Eagles.  The Doobies played first, with a lineup fronted by longtime members Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee.

Leading with "Jesus Is Just Alright" from 1972's Toulouse Street,  the band also delivered classics including "Rockin' Down the Highway" and "Maxine," with radio favorites "Takin' It to the Streets," "Black Water," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove" bringing the crowd to its feet.

Things took the expected, mellower direction under Steely Dan, minus Walter Becker, who's still absent from the tour due to undisclosed illness. Donald Fagen fronted a set of trademark blues- and jazz-infused rock featuring "Hey Nineteen," "Aja" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." At one point, Fagen remarked on the constant jet flyovers from nearby LaGuardia airport: "I think it's North Korea." The 13-song set ended, appropriately, with the 1973 hit "Reelin' in the Years."

Then, the main event: The Eagles.  Their future is still murky after the passing of founding member Glenn Frey last year, and The Classic festival has been a test run of sorts, with country legend Vince Gill and Frey's 24-year-old son, Deacon, filling a monumental void. The result was a stellar performance, highlighted by Deacon's strong physical and spiritual resemblance to his father.  He moved audience members to tears with his work on songs like "Take It Easy," "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone."

As for Gill, Don Henley called him "one of the best singer-songwriters and guitarists this country has ever produced."  Gill proved it during performances of hits like  "New Kid in Town,"  "Take It to the Limit" and the emotional soul-punch of "Lyin' Eyes."

Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh more than delivered on their anthems "I Can't Tell You Why" and "In the City," with Walsh leaving no doubt he's still a star, mesmerizing the audience with his signature vocals and riffs, highlighted by blistering guitar work on his James Gang hit "Funk 49."  

"Hotel California" was there, too, in all its sing-along grandeur, after which Henley put a bow on the night with "Desperado."

If The Eagles do decide to continue with Gill and Deacon Frey, Saturday's show proved their ongoing legacy will be in very good hands.

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Friday
Jul282017

Paul McCartney reveals he's written a song about President Trump for his next album

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsHow's this for something to tweet about: Paul McCartney recently revealed that he's written a new song about President Donald Trump that will appear on his next studio album. The former Beatles star shared the news during a Q&A event held last month at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), the school he co-founded in his U.K.

McCartney said his new tune was something he felt he had to write, noting, "Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy, that you've got to address it." He also admitted that he found writing songs featuring political critiques challenging.

"I find it difficult because naturally songs of optimism come to me more readily," he explained. "What I have to do is veil it in some way, not make it too specific."

Sir Paul has been working on the new album with Greg Kurstin, who produced and co-wrote three songs on Adele's Grammy-winning album 25, including her smash hit "Hello."

Meanwhile, Liverpool newspaper The Mail reports that McCartney was back in the city on Friday to present actor Woody Harrelson with a special award during a LIPA graduation event held at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Harrelson received a companionship for his contributions in aiding the LIPA students' learning. He and Squeeze's Chris Difford were among eight people from the arts and entertainment world to receive a special honor from LIPA at the ceremony.

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Friday
Jul282017

Santana, The Isley Brothers to chat about new album, "Power of Peace," on "CBS Sunday Morning"

Credit: Maryanne BilhamSantana's new collaborative album with The Isley Brothers, Power of Peace, arrives in stores today. The 13-track collection features 12 covers, including renditions of such well-known tunes as Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" and the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love."

A CBS Sunday Morning segment focusing on Power of Peace will be featured on this weekend's episode of the program, which airs at 9 a.m. ET/8 a.m. CT. The profile will feature interviews with Carlos Santana, his wife Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, and Isley Brothers members Ronald and Ernie Isley and their spouses, all of whom are featured on the album.

Many of the songs Santana and the Isleys recorded for Power of Peace were chosen because they offered a positive message during this divisive time in the world.

"The theme is spiritual divine medicine to counter the fever-pitch fear that's permeating this planet right now," Santana said in a recent Billboard interview. "Every era has its song...to help alleviate the condition of brutality and war."

The album's one original tune, "I Remember," was written by Cindy Santana, who also contributed lead vocals to the track.

Several songs from Power of Peace are streaming in their entirety at Santana's official VEVO YouTube channel.

Power of Peace is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. Here's the album's full track list:

"Are You Ready"
"Total Destruction to Your Mind"
"Higher Ground"
"God Bless the Child"
"I Remember"
"Body Talk"
"Gypsy Woman"
"I Just Want to Make Love to You"
"Love, Peace, Happiness"
"What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love"
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
"Let the Rain Fall on Me"
"Let There Be Peace on Earth"

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Friday
Jul282017

Selena Gomez explains vision behind “Fetish” video

Interscope RecordsIf you were confused by the strange imagery in Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” video, allow her to explain.

The singer teamed up with her friend, director and photographer Petra Collins, to create the video. They tell Dazed magazine that their vision was to stray from the obvious sexual imagery associated with the word “fetish” and tap into something deeper.

They drew inspiration from horror films and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” video to create slightly spooky suburban tableaux of a woman losing control.

“I love the video because it shows the very dirty, gross and weird love you can have towards someone,” Petra says. “This is how obsessive some people get and how they release.”

Both Selena and Petra say they love the video’s kitchen scene in particular, where Selena throws a bag of groceries and has a bit of a meltdown.

“The kitchen scene was so liberating, to lose control of my body and lose sight of myself,” Selena says.

She continues, “Um, I’m not saying I’ve ever done something similar to the kitchen scene in real life, but I can say right now, I do weird s*** all the time when I’m alone in my house. It’s how I express myself!”

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Friday
Jul282017

Watch now: Future and Nicki Minaj are "da baddest" in hot new music video

Future; ABC/Randy HolmesIt appears that Nicki Minaj is paying homage to her Trinidadian roots in Future's new music video for his song "You Da Baddest."  

The "Bang Bang" rapper is seen in the visual prancing from her hotel room to the beach wearing a diamond-encrusted thong and bra, an extravagant version of an outfit often worn to Trinidadian festivals. 

She eventually catches up with Future and dons another barely-there, all-red, bondage-inspired outfit, complete with red thigh-high boots and a visor.  

You can buy "You Da Baddest" now via the usual digital platforms. 

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Friday
Jul282017

98 Degrees’ self-titled debut album turns 20

Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImageTomorrow marks 20 years since the release of 98 Degrees’ self-titled debut album and the release of their first single, “Invisible Man.”

Entertainment Tonight wrangled the former boy band -- made up of Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffree -- to reminisce about what life was like back then and what advice they would give their younger selves.

"It seems like yesterday, really," Jeff says. "In that particular time, I think we were driving ourselves around in a Winnebago that was wrapped with our pictures on it and we were out there hustling and doing grass roots promotion.”

Nick adds, "We would literally pull into a town, like, driving ourselves in a motorhome, and call a radio station and request our own song as many times as we possibly could. In those days, you're just doing anything and everything you can to get yourselves recognized."

They say they wouldn’t change any of it, except maybe the '90s fashions.

Justin jokes if they could go back, they would, “Fire all these stylists and get someone else.”

"I would have told myself 20 years ago, 'Change your hairstyle,'" Nick says. "Don't go with the 'butt cut.'"

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Friday
Jul282017

R. Kelly calls cult report "a bunch of crap," still going on tour amid allegations

Randee St. Nicholas/ RCA RecordsA new scandal isn't going to stop R. Kelly from hitting the road.  

The singer tweeted a brief video announcement to tell fans that his forthcoming After Party Tour will go on, regardless of the report that he's an alleged cult leader harboring several young women in several of his residences. 

In the clip, Kelly explains, "I just wanna let all of my fans out there know that despite all of the crap y'all hearing, I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show."  

He continues, "And believe me ya'll, it's a bunch of crap. I hope to see y'all there. I love y'all."  

R. Kelly's East Coast tour stops include Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Maryland, White Plains, New York and Mount Pleasant and Detroit in Michigan.

As previously reported, the allegations regarding Kelly stem from a BuzzFeed report that claims the R&B singer, who has homes near Chicago and Atlanta, is keeping up to six women at his various properties and controlling every aspect of their everyday lives, from what they eat and wear to their sexual encounters with him.   

Kelly has since denied these claims. One of Kelly's alleged captives has denied that she's being held against her will, and has insisted that she's fine.

The author of the Buzzfeed report is the same journalist who reported on Kelly's 2008 court case, in which the entertainer was acquitted of 14 charges of making child pornography.  

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Friday
Jul282017

The Strokes are recording new album with Rick Rubin, according to Albert Hammond Sr.

ABC/Randy HolmesAre The Strokes working Rick Rubin on their new album? According to Albert Hammond, father of The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., the band is collaborating with the famed producer for their sixth full-length effort.

"They're making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin," the elder Hammond tells The West Australian.

"I speak to my son every day and he says that they're so happy," adds the "It Never Rains in Southern California" singer. "I'm sure this will be a very successful record."

The Strokes released a new EP called Future Present Past in 2016. The band's most recent full-length album is 2013's Comedown Machine.

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Friday
Jul282017

Highly Suspect schedules fall headlining tour dates

Credit: Shervin LainezHighly Suspect will embark on a U.S. tour this fall in support of their new album The Boy Who Died Wolf. The headlining outing begins September 21 in Flint, Michigan, and will wrap up with a two night stand in San Francisco October 18-19. Visit HighlySuspect.net for ticket info.

The Boy Who Died Wolf is Highly Suspect's sophomore follow-up to 2015 debut Mister Asylum, which gave the band their breakout single with "Lydia." The new album features the singles "My Name Is Human" and "Little One."

Here are Highly Suspect's fall U.S. headlining tour dates:

9/21 -- Flint, MI, Machine Shop
9/22 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
9/23 -- Bloomington, IL, Castle Theatre
9/25 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Madison
9/28 -- Maquoketa, IA, Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
9/29 -- Sioux City, IA, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
9/30 -- Bellevue, CO, Mishawaka Amphitheatre
10/3 -- Colorado Springs, CO, The Black Sheep
10/4 -- Colorado Springs, CO, The Black Sheep
10/7 -- Billings, MT, Pub Station Ballroom
10/8 -- Missoula, MT, Top Hat Lounge
10/12 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
10/13 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory
10/14 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
10/18 -- San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill
10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Bottom of the Hill

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Friday
Jul282017

Rod Stewart helps pay for D.C. trip for disabled children and their families

Steven A Henry/Getty ImagesRod Stewart recently stepped in to help a group of children with disabilities and their families.

CNN reports that Stewart was inspired after seeing one of the news channel's stories and wrote to his manager, "I've just seen something on CNN that's heartbreaking. It was a group of families with severely disabled children who are driving to Washington to confront about health care cuts. See if you can find out who they are."

Rod's manager, Arnold Stiefel, told CNN, "He was so touched and heartbroken and actually teary. He said to me, 'As a father of eight I have to do something now.'"

The families had chartered a bus from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Washington, D.C., to protest cuts to Medicaid. The trip cost $30,000 but they had only raised $7,000. Even more disheartening, the families did not get to meet with elected officials as they had intended.

But Stewart was determined to do something, so he cut them a check to cover the cost of the rest of their trip.

On Tuesday night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ended his concert in New Jersey with a video tribute to the families.

"Some of you may know that I live in America and pay my taxes here," the British singer told the crowd. "I'm neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I am a father."

Stewart's summer tour, which features special guest Cyndi Lauper, continues tonight in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and wraps up August 12 in Houston. Rod then will play a new series of Las Vegas shows as part of his ongoing Caesars Palace residency running from August 18 through September 3.

Here are all of Stewart's upcoming concerts:

7/28 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/29 -- Rochester, NY, CMAC PAC
8/1 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/5 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – CHI
8/11 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theater
8/12 -- Houston, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
8/18, 19, 22, 26, 27, 29 -- Las Vegas, Nevada, Caesars Palace
9/2, 3 -- Las Vegas, Nevada, Caesars Palace

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Friday
Jul282017

Jason Aldean wants you to come to his triple #1 party

ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean is having a triple #1 party next Wednesday -- and there’s a chance you could score an invite.

The ACM Entertainer of the Year will celebrate the chart-topping success of his last three singles -- “Lights Come On,” “A Little More Summertime” and “Any Ol’ Barstool” -- August 2 in Music City. You can enter for a chance to win two passes to the festivities at JasonAldean.com.

The only catch: you need to be sure you can be in Nashville by 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The winner will be notified by phone on Monday.

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Friday
Jul282017

Kendrick Lamar surprises fans with release of "LOYALTY." video starring Rihanna 

Image Group LA/ABCKendrick Lamar's released his latest music video for his song "LOYALTY." and bad gal Rihanna herself stars in the clip as the rapper's love interest. 

Kendrick, who's portrayed as a gangster in the clip, and RiRi go on to test their loyalty to one another in various scenes, and you'll just have to watch the entire video to find out how their love story ends. 

"LOYALTY." comes from Kendrick's smash hit album DAMN., which has gone double platinum.  

The artist, who leads the pack of MTV Video Music Awards nominees with eight nods, is currently on tour in support of the disc.  

For tickets and other info, visit KendrickLamar.com

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Friday
Jul282017

No, Adele and Taylor Swift will not be featured on the new Foo Fighters album

Alasdair McLellanNeither Adele nor Taylor Swift will be rocking out on the Foo Fighters’ upcoming album, Concrete and Gold.

The band’s frontman Dave Grohl lit up a fire of speculation last month when he revealed that "probably the biggest pop star in the world" sings backing vocals on a track from the album. Many speculated it could be Adele or Taylor. Adele in particular has been heavily speculated as the mystery star, since she's worked closely with Greg Kurstin, who produced Concrete and Gold.

But Grohl has put those rumors to bed.

"Neither Adele nor Taylor Swift sang on the record," he tells Rolling Stone.

One person who will be on the album, though, is Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men, who sings on the Concrete and Gold title track.

"When he left the room, I turned to everybody and said, 'The Boyz II Men dude just raised the...bar. Every song has to be that big,'" says Grohl.

You'll be able to hear all of the album's guest stars when it's released September 15.

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Friday
Jul282017

Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha among Teen Choice Awards performers

FoxThe first round of performers for the Teen Choice Awards has been announced.

Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha will be hitting the stage to perform their new single, “Back to You.”

Clean Bandit will also be on deck to perform their Teen Choice-nominated song “Rockabye,” as well as their new single “Symphony” featuring Zara Larsson. The latter performance will be backed by the Santa Monica High School’s Samohi Orchestra students.

Additional musical performances will be announced soon.

The Teen Choice Awards air live Sunday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Friday
Jul282017

Foo Fighters' "Concrete and Gold" won't feature Adele or Taylor Swift, says Dave Grohl 

Roswell Records/RCA RecordsDave Grohl lit up a fire of speculation when he revealed that "probably the biggest pop star in the world" sings backing vocals on a track from the upcoming Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold. While the Foo frontman still remains cagey about said pop star's identity, he has now ruled out a couple of names.

"Neither Adele nor Taylor Swift sang on the record," Grohl tells Rolling Stone. Adele in particular has been heavily speculated as the mystery star, since she's worked closely with Greg Kurstin, who produced Concrete and Gold.

One person who will be on the album, though, is Shawn Stockman of the R&B group Boyz II Men, who sings on the Concrete and Gold title track.

"When he left the room, I turned to everybody and said, 'The Boyz II Men dude just raised the...bar. Every song has to be that big,'" says Grohl.

Concrete and Gold also features vocals from Alison Mosshart of The Kills and The Dead Weather. You'll be able to hear all of the album's guest stars when it's released September 15.

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Friday
Jul282017

Krist Novoselic's new band Giants in the Trees releases first single, "Sasquatch"

ABC RadioNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has a new band called Giants in the Trees, and they've released their first single. The track is called "Sasquatch," and it's available now for digital download. You also can watch the "Sasquatch" video now on YouTube.

Giants in the Trees doesn't sound much like Nirvana, instead opting for a more psychedelic rock approach.

If you like what you hear, Giants in the Trees have a number of live dates lined up in the Pacific Northwest next month.

Here are the Giants in the Trees tour dates:

8/4 -- Seattle, WA, Slims Last Chance Saloon
8/12 -- Astoria, OR, Fort George Brewery
8/18 -- Portland, OR, The Fixin' To
9/1 -- Olympia, WA, Rhythm & Rye

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Friday
Jul282017

The Killers share new song "Run for Cover"; announce North American tour dates 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Killers have delivered a new song from their forthcoming album Wonderful Wonderful. The track is called "Run for Cover," and it's available now for digital download.

"Run for Cover" is the second track The Killers have shared from Wonderful Wonderful, following the disc's first single, "The Man." Wonderful Wonderful will be released September 22.

Along with the new song, The Killers have also announced a North American headlining tour in support of Wonderful Wonderful, set to kick off next year. The trek begins January 5 in Toronto and concludes February 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit TheKillersMusic.com for ticket info.

But before that tour begins, The Killers will be hitting a number of U.S. festivals this year, including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Voodoo.

Here are The Killers' North American headlining tour dates:

1/5 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
1/6 -- Laval, QC, Place Bell
1/7 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
1/9 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
1/10 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
1/12 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
1/15 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre
1/16 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
1/17 -- Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
1/21 -- Duluth, GA, Infinite Energy Center
1/23 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
1/24 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
1/30 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
2/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
2/3 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
2/5 -- Broomfield, CO, 1st Bank Center
2/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena

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Friday
Jul282017

Eric Pasley gets back to basics with "The Work Tapes"

EMI Records NashvilleAs he works on his sophomore album, Eric Paslay is putting out an unusual new EP to tide his fans over.

The Work Tapes is a five-song collection of some of Eric’s songs in their earliest forms: often acoustic and sometimes recorded simply on an iPhone.

“While working to finalize my second album, I spent weeks revisiting all the songs I’ve written,” Eric explains. “I couldn’t believe how many were left behind never to be heard, but also how refreshing it was to hear them again in their raw, imperfect state just moments after they were written.”

The EP’s first track, “Less Than Whole,” also appeared on Eric’s self-titled debut album, along with his #1 hit, “Friday Night.”

Here’s the track list for Eric Paslay’s The Work Tapes, which is available digitally now:

“Less Than Whole”
“Amarillo Rain”
“Back Home to You”
“Come Back to This Town”
“Let Go”

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Friday
Jul282017

Why you should be sure to send Garth Brooks a wedding invitation

ABC/Image Group LA When Garth Brooks says he’ll send you a wedding present, he really delivers.

Back in June, the CMA Entertainer of the Year spotted Jude and Jamie Blanchard in the audience in Lafayette, Louisiana thanks to Jamie’s sign. It read “Best week ever. Garth this Friday. Our wedding next Friday.”

After singing “To Make You Feel My Love” for the couple, Garth inquired as to what the two needed from their wedding registry, adding “me and Mrs. Yearwood, we’ll get it for you.”

Jamie followed up with a wedding invitation, and this week the presents started arriving. At last check, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood had given the Blanchards a KitchenAid mixer, a Rowenta iron, a Cuisinart meat grinder, two lounge chairs and some patio lights.

The newlyweds were understandably blown away.

“It’s a crazy amount of stuff,” Jamie told Lafayette’s The Daily Advertiser. “I don’t know what I thought he was going to send us, but this is just beyond what we were expecting…I’m really humbled.”

While Jamie is working on her thank you note, Garth and Trisha are spending the weekend playing The Forum in Los Angeles.

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