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Thursday
Jul162015

Canaan Smith's "Love You Like That" Is a Tough Guy's Love Song

UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith's #1 hit, "Love You Like That" is proof that even tough country guys can be tender with the ones they love. With its references to loving a girl smooth as a fifth of whiskey and sweet as muscadine wine, Canaan says of the track, "The song is about loving your woman long and strong. It’s kind of a tough guy’s perspective on how he’s gonna love a woman and treat her, you know, take you out in the country. ‘I’m a man, you’re my woman, let’s do this.’”

"Love You Like That" is included on Canaan's debut album, Bronco, on sale now.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLarry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers are the headlining act for Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas in Nashville. They'll perform 30 live dinner shows starting November 20.

Kelsea Ballerini, Cam and Michael Ray are among the new artists playing the Next from Nashville stage at the fourth annual Watershed Festival coming up July 31 through August 2.

Jason Aldean is back in the studio. He posted a selfie on Instagram from behind-the-mic working on his new album. The caption says, "Can't wait for u guys to hear what me and the boys are up to!!!"

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Thursday
Jul162015

Hozier's Post-Tour Plans? "Sleep for a Week"

Credit: Alex Lake“Take Me to Church” became a worldwide hit last year and Hozier hasn’t slowed down since. The Irish singer-songwriter is still on tour and likely won’t get a break until November at the earliest. So what will he do when he finally get home to Ireland?  Sleeping and spending quality time with his dog are high on his list...and unpacking is definitely not.

Asked to reveal the first thing he'll do when he finally gets off tour, Hozier tells ABC Radio, "Oh God, I don't even know...use a wardrobe again, I think. Like, just put clothes in a wardrobe."  Then, reconsidering, Hozier laughs, "In fact, no, that'll probably take me weeks to do. So I will avoid doing that task at all costs."

OK, so then what does he really want to do when he gets back home?  "I don't know, see my dog. I haven't seen my dog in a long time. Catch up with my family and friends, I think," he says. "Maybe sleep for a week. Who knows?"

For now, though, the Grammy nominee, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, is just enjoying being on tour.  Despite is success, Hozier says he's not a diva when hit comes to his list of backstage demands: a few voice-soothing remedies, healthy snacks and he's good to go.

“Throat Coat tea keeps me going, I have to say, and then a lot of Manuka honey,” he tells ABC Radio.  “You find every artist's dressing room has hummus and avocados in it nowadays, so there you go, I guess.”

Hozier is playing a bunch of festivals this summer in both Europe and the U.S. On September 4, he’ll embark on his fall North American tour, beginning in Aspen, Colorado. That tour runs through October 23, then he’s off to play a string of dates in Australia and New Zealand.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Dave Edmunds Says New Instrumental Album Offers a "Completely New Way of Listening" to Some Popular Songs

MVD Entertainment GroupLast month, Dave Edmunds released his first-ever all-instrumental album, On Guitar…Rags & Classics.  The 10-track collection features the veteran guitar whiz's interpretations of an eclectic list of songs, from Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Elton John's "Your Song" to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" to a classical piece by Mozart.

Edmunds tells ABC Radio that his concept behind the record was to include a number of very recognizable pop tunes with the twist being that the guitar would take over the vocal melody.

"It's very hard to get people to relate to an [instrumental] album full of songs they're not aware of, so my idea was to get something that everyone knows," he explains.  "And I wanted to keep the backing tracks similar to the originals, and then there's a novelty element, a surprise when the guitar comes in…. So, you're already familiar with the song, it's just a completely new way of listening to it, even though it's faithful to the original arrangement."

The 71-year-old rocker says he came up with the idea to do an instrumental album because he'd wanted to make a follow-up to last year's …Again, but he hadn't amassed that much original material.

"So I started with one track and that seemed to work out OK," he tells ABC Radio.  "And I thought, 'If I get anywhere with this and it starts sounding like an album, I can go to Cherry Red Records,' the [U.K.] company who put out the previous album, 'and see if they're interested.'  And they were, they were mad for it."

Edmunds recorded On Guitar…Rags & Classics completely by himself, pointing out that he really enjoyed working that way.

"There was no one else in the room," he recalls.  "I was in isolation, doing the whole thing."

Dave says "Whiter Shade of Pale" and "God Only Knows" are among his favorite tracks on the album.  Regarding the former tune, he explains that he simply loves it and considers it "the record of the '60s, even more than any Beatles record."  As for "God Only Knows," Edmunds notes that he thinks "Brian Wilson is the best record producer ever," adding, "I feel very close to him somehow."

Edmunds tells ABC Radio that, overall, doesn't think there are "any weaknesses on" the album, while admitting that he only included 10 tracks on it because he felt that would make the record more appealing to listeners.

"I don't think anyone wants to listen to, say, 15 or 16 tracks of guitar instrumentals in a row, not even me," he maintains.  "That's too much."

Edmunds, who moved back to his native Wales several years ago after many years living in the U.S., says he's planning to line up some tour dates in the U.K. soon with his current backing band, and reports that he's also gotten an offer to play a series of shows in Australia in early 2016.

Dave adds that after the Down Under gigs, "I'd love to come to America."  He also reveals that he and his wife "are thinking of actually moving back to America."

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Thursday
Jul162015

David Gilmour Premieres Video Clip Featuring New Music; to Announce "Very Important Message" Today

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczA 15-second video clip that appears to feature a segment of the title track of David Gilmour's upcoming solo album, Rattle That Lock, has been posted on his official website and Facebook page, as well as on Pink Floyd's official website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.  The posts on Gilmour's and Pink Floyd's Facebook pages are accompanied by a note telling fans to "make sure you check here at [5 p.m. U.K. time/12 p.m. ET on Thursday,] 16 July, for a very important message."

The song segment features the lyrics, "Rattle that lock, and lose those chains/ Rattle that lock."  The clip also shows an animated feather floating in the air and coming to rest on the surface of a large body of water.

Meanwhile, a separate Facebook message reports that Gilmour will be a guest on the BBC Radio 2 program The Breakfast Show this Friday, July 17.  The show, which airs from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. U.K. time -- 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. ET, also will feature the premiere of "Rattle that Lock" at 8:50 a.m. U.K. time/3:50 a.m. ET.

Gilmour recently revealed that the album would be released around the time that the longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist plays a series of European tour dates, which are scheduled to take place in September and early October.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Royal Blood Says Touring with Foo Fighters "Has Definitely Had an Impact" on Their Live Show

Credit: Eliot Lee HazelRoyal Blood is currently on the road opening for Foo Fighters on their massive summer North American tour. Not only is the British duo touring with a band that they've long admired, but they are also getting the experience of playing stadiums and arenas early in their career.

"It's definitely had an impact on our live performance," frontman Mike Kerr tells Village Voice of opening for the Foos at such large venues. "Playing the bigger shows -- it's something about being further away from the crowd. In a weird way, it gives you more perspective on what you're doing as a band."

As they've been touring with Foo Fighters, Royal Blood has developed a greater appreciation for Dave Grohl's frontman skills, especially since he's been sitting on a guitar-adorned throned during the shows due to his broken leg.

"There's more to [Grohl's] performance than him just running around," says Kerr. "How he communicates with the crowd, that's in essence what makes him a great frontman. Just the concept of him in that chair and everyone being aware of the context -- he's got a broken leg, and he's still going mad and putting on that quality of a show -- it's incredible to watch."

As the opening band on the tour, Royal Blood is often playing for a crowd that isn't necessarily there to see them. According to Kerr, that challenge to win over Foo fans just makes the band work harder.

"It's very difficult to understand whether anyone is familiar with anything," he says. "That's half the fun, really. We go out there and play for a lot of people, but they're not necessarily all at the front. We're playing to huge crowds, and it's very difficult to understand the familiarity out there."

Kerr does add that things start to pick up when Royal Blood fires up "Little Monster." The band's hit single currently sits at number-one at Active Rock and in the top-20 at Alternative rock radio.

"I will say there's always a midpoint in the set where we play 'Little Monster,' and we definitely feel a turning point," Kerr explains. "Whether that's because it's that song or the midpoint of the set, I don't know. There's definitely a point where people acknowledge us and go, 'OK, I like you guys!' We form a connection around that point in the set."

Royal Blood will be on tour with Foo Fighters through an August 25 show in Pittsburgh.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Kanye West to Headline Pan Am Games Closing Ceremony

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Kanye West has landed a new gig. The rapper is scheduled to headline the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games in Toronto, taking place later this month.

Pan Am organizers announced that West will perform during the final day of the games on on July 26. He will be joined by Pitbull, along with Canadian sensation Serena Ryder. Tickets start at $90 and are available now at Toronto2015.org/tickets.

The closing ceremony for the games, which opened July 10 and feature 6,000 athletes from 41 nations, is expected to draw an estimated 45,000 to Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto.

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Thursday
Jul162015

Kenny Lattimore Announces Summer Tour with Dave Koz 

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Kenny Lattimore is continuing his twenty-year career with a newly announced tour dates this summer. 

Lattimore will travel alongside jazz favorite Dave Koz for the trek, beginning July 18 in Apple Valley, Minnesota and making stops in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and even Cancun, Mexico, before wrapping up on September 9 in San Diego, California. He will be joined by a special guest, trumpet player Rick Braun

The trek will support Kenny's latest album, Anatomy of a Love Song.

Tickets are available now via KennyLattimore.com.

Here are the dates:
 
7/18 --  Apple Valley, MN, Zoo Amp
7/19 -- Winter Park, CO, Winter Park Jazz Festival
7/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy PAC
7/25 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
8/5 -- New York, NY, Infinity Cruise
8/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Music Hall
8/8 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavillion
8/15 -- Sparks, NV, John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel & Casino
8/21 -- Sacramento, CA, Red Lion Hotel
8/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Alliante Casino
8/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
8/28 -- Austin, TX, One World Theater
8/29 -- Hoston, TX, Bayou Music Theater
8/30 -- Dallas, TX, Music Hall
9/5 -- Cancun, MX, Cancun Jazz Festival
9/11 -- Saratoga, CA, Villa Montalvo
9/12 -- Guerneville, CA, Johnson's Beach
9/18 -- Seattle, WA, Redhook Concert For Cancer
9/25 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Rod Stewart Joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.Being stuck in traffic isn’t so bad when you’ve got Rod Stewart in the passenger seat. The singer was the latest guest to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment last night.

He cruised around Los Angeles with host James Corden and the two belted out four of Rod’s classic hits: "The First Cut Is the Deepest, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," “Maggie May” and "Ooh La La."

Rapper A$AP Rocky even jumped in the car at one point to rap along with his song, “Everyday,” which features a sampling of Rod’s 1972 hit "In a Broken Dream."

In between songs, James asked Rod to share his “most rock and roll moment.” Rod replied, "There's been so many…We were outrageous with The Faces. Just drinkin' and a shaggin' and a drinkin' and a shaggin'! That's what we did -- and smashing up hotel rooms."

He admitted the group was eventually banned from all Holiday Inns, so they used to check in as Fleetwood Mac. Rod also revealed that it takes him about 10 minutes to complete his famous coif, and that he lost his virginity at age 15 to a “big girl” who later inspired the song “Maggie May.”

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Watch Rod Stewart Join James Corden for "Carpool Karaoke"

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.Being stuck in traffic isn't so bad when you've got Rod Stewart in the passenger seat.  The singer was the latest guest to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment last night.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer cruised around Los Angeles with host James Corden and the two belted out several of Stewart's classic hits: "The First Cut Is the Deepest, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?," "Maggie May" and The Faces' "Ooh La La."

Rapper A$AP Rocky even jumped in the car at one point to rap along with his recent single, "Everyday," which features a sample of Rod's 1972 tune "In a Broken Dream."

In between songs, Corden asked Stewart to share his "most rock and roll moment."  Rod replied, "There's been so many…We were outrageous with The Faces.  Just drinkin' and a-shaggin' and a-drinkin' and a-shaggin'!  That's what we did -- and smashing up hotel rooms."

He admitted that the group was eventually banned from all Holiday Inns, so they used to check in as Fleetwood Mac.  Stewart also revealed that it takes him about 10 minutes to complete his famous coif, and that he lost his virginity at age 15 to a "big girl" who later inspired the song "Maggie May."

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger Buy $5.4 Million French-style Home

Epic RecordsOoh la la! Avril Lavigne and her hubby, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, just splashed out $5.4 million on a massive French-style California estate, according to Variety.

 

The Sherman Oaks chateau has six bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, and a huge kitchen with two refrigerators and three dishwashers. There’s also a private gym and a home theater with an adjoining snack room.  

The 7,888-square-foot property boasts four “Juliet” balconies and a dramatic double staircase in the foyer. Outside is an ivy-covered patio that extends to a built-in pool. There’s also a backyard fire pit.

The Canadian couple has been married since 2013.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Unreleased Pictures of Notorious B.I.G. Headed into Crowdsourced Exhibit

Image Courtesy PR Newswire/David McIntyreLong-lost photographs of The Notorious B.I.G., which were taken 21 years ago during the late rapper's photo shoot with fashion photographer David McIntyre, have been discovered inside a jacket destined for Goodwill

The images, which were taken for Interview magazine, inspired McIntyre to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund an exhibit for the photographs. "I was ecstatic. It was like unearthing a time capsule filled with rare and valuable artifacts," McIntyre said in a statement.

"I could easily post these pictures online, getting tens of thousands of likes on Facebook or Instagram but that would be an injustice to Biggie's considerable legacy. These pictures need to be viewed big. Very big -- bigger than life! So you can see every detail, and feel Biggie's presence," McIntyre said.

The proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used to mount an exhibition and finance a red carpet opening party in Brooklyn. The goal is $28,000 and if sufficient funds are raised, the show will go on the road to other major cities across the country: Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Tyga Lands Role in Bruce Willis' New Comedy

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Tyga has added another movie to his resume. The rapper has landed a role in Bruce Willis' next movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While the rapper's role is not identified, Willis will play a private eye whose dog is stolen by a gang. The upcoming action comedy takes place in Los Angeles and the cast includes David Arquette, John Goodman, Jason Momoa and boxer Victor Ortiz.

The movie, which has yet to be given a name, will be directed by Mark and Robb Cullen -- the duo wrote 2010's Cop Out.

In the meantime, you can check out Tyga's acting chops in his latest film, Dope, in theaters now.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Rihanna Launches Stance Sock Collection

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Rihanna has partnered with Stance to launch a collection of socks.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the singer has been named the contributing creative director for the brand, a title that will see her designing signature women’s collections throughout a multi-year deal.

"I’ve had a great relationship with Stance for a long time and ‎I am happy to be working with them on such a fun and creative project," said Rihanna. "This is an exciting new venture."

To celebrate the partnership, Stance has released two limited-edition styles in a print called Murder Rih Wrote, which retail for $26-30 and are available now at Stance.com.

You can expect Rihanna’s first complete Stance sock collection to be unveiled in September, followed by a holiday collection due in November.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Jidenna Releases Video for "Classic Man" with Kendrick Lamar

Image Courtest Epic RecordsJidenna keeps the heat going by releasing the video for his remix to “Classic Man.”

The dapper singer heads to the West Coast to team up with his collaborator Kendrick Lamar in the visual, posted on YouTube. In the clip, the singer cruises the streets of L.A. in a classic Mercedes convertible before joining K-Dot at a private party. Look out for cameos from Janelle Monáe, Ty Dolla $ign and Hit-Boy.

"Even if she go away, we'll send her off with the remix!

The song appears on Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, a five-song compilation EP that also features his "Yoga" duet with Janelle Monae. The project arrives on August 14.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Silversun Pickups Announce New Album, "Better Nature" 

New Machine RecordingsSilversun Pickups have revealed the details of their fourth album. Entitled Better Nature, the 10-track record will be released on September 25. You can pre-order Better Nature now at PledgeMusic.com.

"So, we've been gone awhile. But we've been hard at work," SSPU writes on their website. "We went back up to Topanga Canyon and got in the garage with our old friend [producer] Jacknife Lee and we made an album we’re very proud of."

The first single from Better Nature, called "Nightlight," will premiere on August 6. The "Nightlight" video, directed by filmmaker Mark Pellington, will debut on the same day.

Better Nature is SSPU's first album in three years. Their last record, 2012's Neck of the Woods, debuted at a career high number six on the Billboard 200 and produced two top-10 singles on the Alternative Songs chart in "The Pit" and "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)."

Silversun Pickups will be going on tour in support of Better Nature, the details of which will be revealed soon.

Here is the track list for Better Nature:

"Cradle (Better Nature)"
"Connection"
"Pins & Needles"
"Friendly Fires"
"Nightlight"
"Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)"
"Tapedeck"
"Latchkey Kids"
"Ragamuffin"
"The Wild Kind"

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Pop Evil Releases New Track, "In Disarray"

Credit: Jamyme ThorntonPop Evil has revealed "In Disarray," the second single from their forthcoming album, Up. You can listen to the grungy track, and watch the accompanying visualizer, on YouTube now.

"It definitely has a different musical texture than anything we have previously released," frontman Leigh Kakaty tells Billboard of "In Disarray." "We are humbled by the success so far, and can’t wait to spread the word with these songs with our live show."

"In Disarray" follows Up's lead single, "Footsteps," which currently sits in the top 10 at Active Rock radio. Pop Evil's last album, Onyx, produced three number-one Active Rock singles in "Trenches," "Deal with the Devil," and "Torn to Pieces."

Up will be released August 21.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Paul McCartney Posts Behind-the-Scenes Video from Ringo Starr's Rock Hall Induction

Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameIn April, Paul McCartney was on hand to induct his old Beatles band mate Ringo Starr into the Rock and Hall of Fame as a solo artist.  Now, Sir Paul has posted a video online that captures a variety of candid, behind-the-scenes moments from the historic event, which took place at Cleveland's Public Hall.

The four-minute clip includes a scene where Paul and Ringo are chatting with Stevie Wonder.  After Stevie embraces Ringo and congratulates him on the honor, Ringo quips, "We're reforming the group, man.  You wanna join?"  To which Stevie responds, "Yes, I would."

Another scene shows Paul with his Hofner bass in hand practicing the old Fab Four tune "I Wanna Be Your Man," as Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong comes up from behind him and puts his arm around Paul's shoulder as they pose for a photo.

Other segments feature Ringo onstage with Paul, Joe Walsh and other stars playing "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."  There also is a humorous interlude filmed in the dressing room area where Joe demonstrates to Paul a hambone routine -- that is, rhythmically slapping his hands against his thighs and stamping his feet -- he says his grandfather used to do.

After a segment capturing Sir Paul giving part of his induction speech honoring Ringo, the video comes to an end with a clip of Paul talking to the camera as he's coming out of his dressing room with a cocktail in his hand.

"Here's to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Here's to Ringo Starr.  Richard Starkey, born in Liverpool," he declares.  "Best drummer in the world.  The man.  My friend.  My little brother.  Here's to you, baby."

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Nate Ruess Goes Dancing in the Street in "Great Big Storm" Video

Fueled by RamenNate Ruess is known for writing big, cathartic choruses, and the chorus on "Great Big Storm" is no exception.

In the newly released video for the single, the fun. frontman embraces the catharsis by dancing in the rain and leading a marching band down the streets of Montreal. You can watch the "Great Big Storm" video now on YouTube.

"I've made a bunch of music videos, but this was one of my favorites," Nate says of the "Great Big Storm" clip. "We went to Montreal for the weekend and blocked off a really cool street. It was a beautiful day, so we had to bring the rain ourselves."

"Great Big Storm" appears on Nate's first solo album, Grand Romantic, which earned a top-10 debut on the Billboard 200.

Nate will be touring this fall in support of Grand Romantic with a run of headlining dates starting September 23 in Indianapolis. Along the way, he'll also be appearing at a number of festivals, including the Landmark Music Festival and Austin City Limits.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

Ronnie Dunn Releasing New Solo Single, "Ain't No Trucks in Texas," This Friday

Big Machine Label GroupFresh off his Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace, Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn fame is stepping back out as a solo act with his new single, "Ain't No Trucks in Texas." The track was produced by Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and will be available digitally this Friday.

Ronnie says, "It has been great to be back in the studio and writing new songs. I am really excited for everyone to hear the music. I loved ‘Ain’t No Trucks in Texas’ the minute I heard it and think fans will, too.”

Ronnie heads back to Las Vegas for another round of shows with Kix Brooks and Reba starting December 1 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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