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Michael Ray Making Third Grand Ole Opry Appearance in Four Weeks Tuesday Night


Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray is becoming a regular at the Grand Ole Opry. He's set to make his third appearance in four weeks on the show this Tuesday night.Michael says, "To be invited back for a third time in such a short time frame is mind-blowing. I was just as nervous the second time I performed and I'm sure I'll be just as overwhelmed.  It's an honor to step inside the circle of the Grand Ole Opry and I'm ready to play anytime they want me.”Michael is currently climbing the country chart with his debut single, "Kiss You in the Morning."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett Working to Set Himself Apart from the Crowded Male Country Field


Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is working hard to make himself stand out from the crowded field of solo male acts in the country format. That's why he tapped into his soul and R&B influence for the brand-new single, "Crash and Burn."Thomas tells the Indianapolis Star, "If you don't do something that makes you stand out a little bit, I think you're always considered just in a category, rather than people knowing your name."For inspiration, Thomas looks to legendary acts like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to see how they kept their sound fresh and stayed true to themselves over the course of their respective careers."They never really played it safe," Thomas says. "They were always pushing themselves. Every record had similarities to the previous one, but you could tell they were trying to push what they did to a different level.""Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Thomas's as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due out later this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.