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Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory Headed for the Hall of Fame


ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley will soon have his own place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The new exhibit, Every Mile a Memory, opens March 4 and will showcase the singer’s stage clothes, guitars, song manuscripts and more.The always-reverent country fan says he can hardly believe it.“It’s crazy to be considered for something like this. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential country artists of all time. Just being in the building as a visitor is humbling, but to actually be featured in one of the museum’s exhibits is something I never would have believed if you’d suggested it back when I started chasing this dream down on Broadway," he reflects. "I’m going to have to go down there and see it for myself to really make it sink in.”The “Somewhere on a Beach” singer will, of course, have the chance to do just that. Dierks will make a special appearance in the Hall’s 800-seat CMA Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. You can access ticket information on the Hall of Fame’s website. If you can’t make it in person, you’ll also be able to watch the interview and performance online.Dierks Bentley: Every Mile A Memory will run through September 6.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chase Rice Reveals First Taste of New Music with "Whisper"


Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels RecordsChase Rice is re-teaming with the writers behind his hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” for “Whisper,” the lead single from his forthcoming album."Personally, I believe my writing has evolved since we put out the last album and it's been a hell of a ride so far, so this one will have a more mature sound to it,” the North Carolina native reveals. “‘Whisper’ is an example of that, having some of those different production elements that push the music beyond where we’ve been before.” The nominee for ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year also considered feedback from his fans as his crafted the follow-up to his current album. “Ignite the Night was great for us, and it opened a lot of doors both creatively and professionally. This new album is still going to have some of those songs, songs that make people want to get up and dance and party at a show, but it also takes fans on our journey with us and has a lot more depth musically because of what I see our fans craving online and at our shows," he says. Chase’s new single “Whisper” is available now via all the usual digital outlets.  Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood's Storyteller Tour: By the Numbers


Image Group LA/ABCWith 17 semi-trucks and eight buses, Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller tour is her biggest production to date. Since the trek is titled Stories in the Round, the “Heartbeat” hitmaker made sure she built a stage that lives up to the name.  The platform measures 150 feet across the arena floor, with a 48-foot center stage that rotates 360 degrees. It also boasts seven elevator lifts, including a center one that can raise the ACM Female Vocalist nominee 18 feet in the air.A Carrie Underwood show also wouldn’t be complete without multiple costume changes. The American Idol winner changes no less than five times during her 100-minute-plus set, with new spotlight technology following her, aided by special beacons built into her wardrobe.Having already sold out her first two shows in Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia, Carrie -- along with Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers -- swing through Louisville, Kentucky Friday night.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Keith Urban Expands ripCORD Tour


ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is adding three new dates to his ripCORD World Tour. He’ll play Bozeman, Montana on August 4 and Sioux City, Iowa on October 7, both places he hasn’t visited in more than a decade. On August 5, he’ll make his first stop ever in Pocatello, Idaho.Brett Eldredge and newcomer Maren Morris will be along for all the shows, which kick off June 2 in Kansas City, Missouri. Keith's eighth studio album, also called Ripcord, is due sometime before the tour starts. Its second single, “Break on Me,” recently became the Aussie superstar’s 35th top-10 hit.This week, Keith was nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Event of the Year trophy for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Eric Church.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Charles Kelley Fakes His Own Disappearance in Clever New Album Teaser


Capitol NashvilleThese days, Charles Kelley is a busy man. He’s expecting his first child any day now, and he’s prepping for the release of his debut album The Driver this Friday. But he’s not so busy he couldn’t find time to fake his own disappearance.It all starts with a fictional clip of Ron Burgundy-esque Nashville newsman Bob Mueller reading a story from the news desk about the disappearance of the Lady Antebellum singer. Off camera, the anchorman then utters, “Who the f*** is Charles Kelley?,” the title of a clever teaser clip for the album.The video goes on to show a caricature of a Music City detective interrogating a who’s who of stars on the whereabouts of Mr. Kelley. Darius Rucker, Eric Paslay, Hunter Hayes, and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook all show up as suspects in the case.In the end, the clip answers the question it poses -- Charles Kelley is the tall guy from Lady Antebellum.You can check out the clip now on YouTube.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Sam Hunt Set to Play the Super Bowl


ABC/Image Group LAFormer college football quarterback Sam Hunt will now be playing the Super Bowl -- he'll just do it from a stage instead of from the line of scrimmage. Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Beyonce won't be the only ones getting some national TV time on the biggest sporting event of the year, either. You'll be able to watch Sam's performance from the comfort of your living room, too.The "Break Up in a Small Town" hitmaker will headline the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday, along with pop superstar Seal. It'll be televised as part of CBS's pregame show The Super Bowl Today, right before the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers.If you're wondering who Sam's pulling for -- he's said he's a big Peyton Manning fan, so he's rooting for the Broncos, even though one of his former teammates is a Panther. The pregame festivities start at 2 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Justin Moore Plans to Take It Outside with His Pal Brantley Gilbert


Big Machine Label GroupThis summer, Justin Moore heads out on Brantley Gilbert's Take It Outside Tour, and while the "You Look Like I Need a Drink" singer says there's no doubt he loves what he does, he says it's even better when you get to do it with one of your best friends."It's fun to go out and tour on a tour bus and play music for a living, but it's magnified when you do it with people who you're genuinely friends with outside of music. Brantley and I, I think we get along so well because we grew up a lot alike, he in Georgia and me in Arkansas. And I think we have a lot of the same philosophies on life and people and how to treat 'em and respect them."Justin recalls that one of the reasons he feels so bonded to Brantley is because he was there during one of the toughest times of his life."The first time we ever met, I don't even know if he had a record deal at the time. The first time we met, we played a show together in Georgia and it was the day that my grandpa had passed away, and I played the show anyway, 'cause I was there," he remembers. "So there's always been something there between us. I always remembered that and I told him years later when we reconnected."Through the years, Justin says his connection with Brantley has only deepened. "Then we became label mates and saw each other at different functions and just became better and better and better friends over the years. And then we played a lot of the same shows together and then we had a big hit record together last year with 'Small Town Throwdown.' He's a great guy. Really, really there's not a better person in this business or on this planet than Brantley." Colt Ford, who co-wrote Jason Aldean's hit, "Dirt Road Anthem," with Brantley, will also be along for the trek. The Take It Outside Tour starts June 2 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and wraps up October 14 and 15 with two dates at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scotty McCreery No Longer on Mercury Nashville/Interscope


Eric AdkinsEven though Scotty McCreery has recently been working on finishing his new album, we now know it won’t be on his longtime label. The American Idol winner announced in a statement Wednesday he’s come to the end of the line with Mercury Nashville/Interscope."I enjoyed being on Mercury Nashville/Interscope, and I appreciate all the great people who worked hard on my behalf while I was there. I am excited about what the future holds and the opportunities being presented to me,” he said.Scotty put out three albums for the label -- Clear as Day, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, and See You Tonight -- with the first making him the youngest male artist ever to have his debut record bow at the top of the Billboard 200 all-genre chart.Last year, Scotty released the lead single and video from what was supposed to be his next project for the imprint, titled “Southern Belle.” Forbes also ranked him the fifth-most lucrative Idol winner in 2015, raking in $4 million last year. His memoir, Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream is due May 3.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Shelton Buys Multi-Million-Dollar Rural Retreat Outside Nashville


ABC/Image Group LAThough we most often hear from Blake Shelton when he’s hanging out in L.A. shooting The Voice or on his 1,200-acre ranch outside Tishomingo, Oklahoma, it looks like he and rock star girlfriend Gwen Stefani could soon be spending more time in Music City. According to Variety, Blake recently dropped $3.4 million on a 400-acre spread about an hour south of Nashville.The Primm Springs, Tennessee compound boasts three houses -- two of them rustic but luxuriously appointed cabins -- as well as many more amenities, including a six-bay garage. There’s a wooden bridge leading over a babbling brook, plus a multi-acre lake, complete with a boathouse. If Blake feels like doing a little riding, there’s a two-stall horse barn and 75 acres of fenced pastureland. If Gwen wants to do an impromptu show, the 60-seat creekside stage and pavilion awaits.You can check out Blake’s rural retreat for yourself in a slideshow provided by the realtor on Variety’s website.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Garth Brooks Set to Play Louisville, Kentucky for the First Time in Almost 20 Ye


Mark TuckerFor the first time in almost two decades, Garth Brooks is coming back to Louisville, Kentucky. He and wife Trisha Yearwood will play the KFC Yum! Center Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Garth’s first show in the Derby City in 18 years go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.This week, Garth and Trisha have a rare weekend off from their World Tour, with their next stop set for North Charleston, South Carolina on Valentine’s Day weekend. Trisha is currently preparing for her role as Mary the mother of Jesus in Fox’s live The Passion, airing March 20 at 8 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Charles Kelley Reveals False Alarm, Says He Has "Gut Feeling" His Son Will Be He


Capitol NashvilleThough his first child isn't officially due until later this month, Charles Kelley tells ABC Radio he and his wife Cassie believed they were becoming parents on Tuesday, just hours before his Wednesday morning appearance on Good Morning America."I'll go ahead and reveal that we thought it might be happening yesterday, before we were coming here," he revealed backstage at GMA. "My wife went in for an appointment, and they were like 'Uh-oh! I might be having contractions, I don't know. It might just be...' What are these things called? Braxton Hicks or whatever. It's like fake contractions or whatever. But she was in a lot of pain and so, we go and they said 'No, you know, go home. You're all right.' So Cassie gave me the go-ahead to come fly to New York and we definitely have a plane on standby if we need it, cause I am not missing the birth of this first baby."Since Charles' song "The Driver" is up for a Grammy, Cassie had previously insisted that the father-to-be attend the ceremony in Los Angeles, even though the February 15 ceremony is just days before her due date. But now, that's all changed."That is off the table now. She did tell me that -- this was about a month ago. She was like, 'I really want you to go. This is a big moment.' You know, having my first solo single nominated. She said, 'I don't want you to miss this.' And then last week, she goes 'I just don't think I'm going to be able to handle it.'"Even though Lady Antebellum is currently on hiatus, Charles was set to reunite with band mates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood to pay tribute to Lionel Richie at the MusiCares event the Saturday before the Grammys. Now, that's off the table as well, mainly because Charles is thinking he'll already be changing diapers and rocking his newborn son by then."I have a gut feeling that she's going to be having this baby within the week," he predicts. "And so...I don't want to take any chances. And we didn't want to get so far down the line too where I would have to cancel the day of or before. And so I think they appreciated the heads up. But it broke my heart. I actually need to send a note to Lionel and just tell him what it meant to me to even be asked."  Charles went on to reveal Lady A had planned to do "Endless Love" at the tribute, adding "It would've been epic!"As the soon-to-be first-time dad turns his attention to other epic events in his life, his debut solo album is also on the way. While we don't know exactly when baby Kelley will arrive, we do know The Driver will be here on Friday.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett Invites Fans to Try on His "T-Shirt"


ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett is hoping you’ll try on his “T-Shirt,” as he releases the follow-up to “Die a Happy Man,” the  monster hit that spent six weeks at number one. The new single is a song Thomas has quite a history with, and one he says is already a hit on tour.“I have wanted to put [“T-Shirt”] out since my first record,” he reveals. “Everyone has been in that fun ‘honeymoon’ phase of dating, which is what this song is all about. It’s already a staple in our set each night -- the fans got into it as soon as we added it and it’s just one of those I let loose on and have a good time.”These days, Thomas is having a good time on Jason Aldean’s We Were Her Tour. Thursday, the boys play Southaven, Mississippi, before continuing on to Oklahoma City and Columbia, Missouri on Friday and Saturday.“T-Shirt” is the third single from Thomas’s ACM-nominated album, Tangled Up. He’s up for Single Record of the Year for his fifth number-one in a row, “Die a Happy Man.” He also has a shot at taking home the New Male Vocalist trophy at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards April 3 in Las Vegas.You can check out the "Instant Grat" video Thomas Rhett shot for "T-Shirt" last year before his album's release on YouTube now.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cam Calls "Mayday" as Her Follow-Up to "Burning House"


Arista Nashville/RCA RecordsHow do you follow up one of the most-talked-about songs of the year that's already been nominated for a Grammy and an ACM Award? Thanks to feedback from her fans, Cam says it was much easier deciding on the successor to her breakthrough hit, "Burning House.""["Mayday"] is a lot of people's favorite song, actually. It's got a really cool drum beat to it, which I programmed in the beginning," she says proudly. "But now it's real drums on it."Cam's new single has its roots in a period of time when she moved to the Northwest, and was actually started by her co-writer, Tyler Johnson."I moved to Portland for about six months with my best friends before I started on this whole journey," she recalls. "Because I was like, 'I know I need to work on my chops and write, but I know I can hang out with my friends in the meantime.' Tyler started that song about an old relationship and then handed it to me, and in the verses you'll hear kind of this run-on sentence," she says, breaking into song. "'You are overbearing, I'm not in love, but I don't want to tell you.'  And it's like these different ideas, and it really is like this internal monologue because Tyler thought some of these things, and then I added on."The 31-year-old says like many of the songs on her debut album Untamed, "Mayday" was inspired by things she's learned in the past decade."It's just sort of this back and forth in your mind about, 'Why are you still in this relationship?' And you kind of are playing the victim, calling out 'Mayday,' but really it takes two people to be in this relationship. You have to learn how to not be afraid of being alone, and these are all things that I learned in my twenties."So far, Cam's life lessons are reaping big dividends. Just this week, she was nominated for four trophies at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Three of those are for "Burning House"-- Video of the Year, and nods as both producer and artist in the Single Record of the Year category. She's also in the running for New Female Vocalist.You can watch Cam's live performance of her new single "Mayday" at The Year in Vevo online now.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.