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Dolly Parton Offers an Alternate Version of "Coat of Many Colors" on DVD

Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton’s most recent triumph makes its way to DVD. When Coat of Many Colors premiered on NBC last December, close to 16 million people watched it, making it the most successful movie made for broadcast TV in more than six years.  “It's always been a favorite song of mine, and a true story, and people had always said to me, 'Why don't you do that as a movie?' So one day I thought, 'Well, I ain't gettin' no younger. I better do it if I'm gonna live to see it!'” the legend from East Tennessee jokes. “So, we did it last year and it got great ratings, got really a lot of wonderful response because of the family and faith-based stuff on TV. You ain't seeing much of that anymore, which I kinda miss myself.”The home video version of Coat of Many Colors includes an alternate cut of the film, with deleted scenes and other extras.“They did a lot of scenes that were left out,” Dolly says. “We used a lot of scenes that didn't make it, some interviews, the kind of making of the movie. So it's really got a lot of interesting things in it. [It would] be a nice Mother's Day present, since it is about Mama.”Both Dolly and Jennifer Nettles, who starred as Parton matriarch Avie Lee in the movie, have confirmed that plans are moving ahead for another film that would continue the story of the close-knit family from the Smoky Mountains, this one set at Christmas.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scotty McCreery Reveals How the Three F's Have Made Him One of America's Favorit

ZondervanIt’s a busy day for Scotty McCreery, as the American Idol winner both performs on NBC’s Today show and kicks off his 14-city tour to support his memoir, Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream.“The publisher actually came to me about two or three years ago and mentioned writing a book, and I said, 'You know, I'm still kinda green and still learning and figuring this stuff out. I don't know if I'm ready for a book yet,'” the North Carolina native recalls. “And I'm still young. I'm still young and learning. But at 22, and after being here five years and the crazy ride it's already been, I felt, you know, 'I think I have enough stories that I could probably jot something down and hopefully help some people out there that might read and be going through some stuff.'"Go Big or Go Home takes fans inside Scotty’s transformation from everyday high school student to winner of the biggest talent competition on TV, and shares some of his secrets for dealing with overwhelming success at such a young age.“I kind of call it the three big F's:  my faith, my family, my friends. That's kinda been my foundation throughout all of this,” Scotty reveals. “You know, I got my family who was there with me way before Idol, who just loves me for being family. Friends, who really could care less about any of this. I mean, they obviously like it, they like going on the road and stuff. But if I walk in the door with the big head, they will slap it out of me so quick. And my faith is just something that I lean on for every decision I make and you know, I'm by no means a saint. I screw up all the time. You know, I just try and stay who I am and not let this crazy world get to me.”  Scotty’s book tour wraps up May 14 in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream is available now.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Keith Urban Jet Sets Around the U.S. to Roll Out "Ripcord"

Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban gears up for the release of his long-anticipated Ripcord album this Friday, he becomes the latest artist to partner with rapper Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.The Australian superstar will do three different shows in the coming days to showcase music from the new project, with the first taking place Wednesday night at New York City’s Stage 48. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you’ll be able to stream Keith’s 8 p.m. set via Tidal.The following Monday, Keith returns to his hometown, to play a noon-time gig outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A day later, he jets to Los Angeles, where he’ll share intimate stories and performances on stage at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.You can find more info about how to attend all three events on Keith’s website. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Young's #1 Duet Fuels Second Go-Round with Cassadee Pope

RCA NashvilleJust as “Think of You” claims the top spot on the country chart this week, Chris Young is extending his tour with duet partner Cassadee Pope into the fall. Dan+Shay will join the I’m Comin’ Over trek in September and October, with Dustin Lynch taking over in November and December.“I’ve been friends with Dan+Shay and Dustin Lynch for a while now, so to have them join me on tour and to have Cassadee back out with us again -- it’s going to be a blast,” Chris says.“Think of You” is Chris’s eighth number one, while it’s Cassadee’s very first. Tickets for the latest leg of their tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.Here’s the itinerary for the fall leg of the I’m Comin’ Over Tour:9/29 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena 9/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon University Arena 10/6 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena 10/7 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 10/13 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena 10/14 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center 10/15 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center 10/20 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 10/21 -- Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center 10/22 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center 10/27 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria County War Memorial 10/28 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Memorial Coliseum Expo Center 10/29 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center 11/10 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena 11/11 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 11/12 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 11/17 -- Newark, DE, Bob Carpenter Center 11/18 -- Salisbury, MD, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center 11/19 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Coliseum 12/1 -- Kingston, RI, Ryan Center 12/2 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena 12/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza 12/8 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center 12/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center 12/10 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp ArenaCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dierks Bentley's New "Pick Up" Video Will Leave You Hanging On

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley delivers the most dramatic episode yet, in the latest in his series of short films set to songs from his forthcoming album Black. In the first, “I’ll Be the Moon,” we met a girlfriend caught between her live-in boyfriend and a lover on the side. “What the Hell Did I Say” found her lover sending a series of drunken messages overnight that were ultimately intercepted by the boyfriend. Now, “Pick Up” shows what happens the morning after.“When you’re in the throes of a relationship, it can be crazy and lustful, even obsessive and jealous,” Dierks observes. “‘Pick Up’ drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl. For the story line and plot of these videos, [director] Wes [Edwards] definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it.”If you stay until the very end, you’ll be left with a cliffhanger that foreshadows the fourth and final episode, which is set to the title track of the record. It’s due May 13, one day after Dierks launches his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser and Cam. Look for the full album on the way May 27.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge Shaves His Beard for Top-Secret Role in New Video

Warner Music Nashville/Katherine TylerIf you’ve spotted a photo lately of a fresh-faced Brett Eldredge, it turns out there’s a very specific reason he’s no longer sporting his familiar facial hair-- and it all has to do with the follow-up to his chart-topping single, “Drunk on Your Love.”“I’ve been waiting to tell people and I actually haven’t really told many people, so now I’m telling people I’m releasing my new single called ‘Wanna Be That Song’ here very very soon,” he reveals. “I just shot an amazing music video for it. I’m so excited!”While he’s not revealing many details about the shoot, one thing is clear-- the beard had to go!“I had to shave my beard to-- I can’t really tell what role I played to shave this beard, but this is the first time I’ve seen my face without a beard for quite awhile, so it’s pretty wild. But you know what? You’ve got to get into the role whatever it takes. I like to act too. So when you see the video, it’ll all make sense.” “Wanna Be That Song” is the third single from Brett’s latest album, Illinois. “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love” both went to number one.  Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Spins New Video for "Record Year"

ABC/Image Group LAEric Church and his bandmates drag out the classic vinyl for the new music video for his latest single, “Record Year.” Shot at an abandoned schoolhouse outside of Nashville, the clip stars teen McKinley James, who’s also in Eric’s ACM-winning Video of the Year “Mr. Misunderstood” and on his album cover as well.Throughout the video, Eric plays his new signature edition Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar. The axe Eric has nicknamed Hummingbird Dark goes on sale at authorized Gibson dealers all across the country in May. You can watch the “Record Year” video on YouTube now. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line Strikes Out in a New Direction on "H.O.L.Y."

ABC/Image Group LAAs their final single from Anything Goes, “Confession,” sits at the top of the country chart, Florida Georgia Line is unveiling the first taste of their third album, Dig Your Roots-- and Brian Kelley promises “H.O.L.Y.” is worth the wait.“We really put in the time making sure this song was the strongest it could be,” he says, “and we’re pushing ourselves on all levels:  vocally, lyrically, melodically. I promise the fans, the wait was worth it.”Musical partner Tyler Hubbard says the new direction in their music flows out of new inspiration in their personal lives.“As we continue to grow and mature… we really wanted our music to start reflecting those changes,” he says thoughtfully. “‘H.O.L.Y.’ definitely lets the fans see a deeper side to us and we’re excited about this next chapter.”Tyler and Brian also shot a breathtaking new video for the song on the seaside near Melbourne, Australia, that co-stars both of their wives. You can check it out now on YouTube. Florida Georgia Line’s full Dig Your Roots album is due out later this summer. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This 1997 Martina McBride album opens with a clip of the singer at age 7, singing the Little Jimmy Dickens hit "I'm Little But I'm Loud." Can you recall the project's title? ANSWER:  Evolution.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Live Nation Picks Dierks Bentley to Headline NYC Show, Teases $20 Summer Ticket

ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will be one of the headliners for Live Nation’s 2nd Annual National Concert Day Show May 3 in New York City. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, and rapper Wiz Khalifa will also take the stage at Irving Plaza.The Today show’s Hoda Kotb will host, bringing on special appearances by Nick Jonas, Goo Goo Dolls, Simon Kirke of Bad Company and more. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple next week, you’ll also be able to stream the full concert live on Yahoo.Live Nation will also offer a special $20 summer concert ticket May 13-20 to kick off the upcoming season of live music. Nearly a thousand concerts will be included in the deal. Though the specifics are yet to be announced, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Dierks, the Dixie Chicks, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr. & Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band are just some of the stars leading Live Nation tours this summer.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Stapleton Puts Miranda Lambert on the Spot

ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert showed the world she’s definitely Anderson East’s “girl” this week in Los Angeles. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year had been waiting in the wings while Anderson played his sold-out show opening for Chris Stapleton at L.A.’s Greek Theatre on Wednesday -- until the Traveller hitmaker spilled the beans, that is.  “She’s gonna kill me,” he apologized, after calling Miranda onstage to join Anderson for their duet on The Temptations' “My Girl.” All was apparently forgiven, though, as Miranda jumped in, adding background vocals and impromptu choreography wiith Chris’s wife Morgane. You can check out the superstar couple’s collaboration in a video now posted to YouTube.This isn’t Miranda’s first time to join her boyfriend onstage, having dueted on Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” during his Valentine’s Day show, according to Billboard.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darryl Worley hosts a tournament at Nashville's Hermitage Golf Course May 6 to benefit the nonprofit Christmas 4 Kids.The 4th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will donate $2 from every ticket sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Eric Church, Brad Paisley and Jake Owen headline the festival that takes place September 2-4 in Panama City Beach, Florida.Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride will celebrate 50 years of recording by launching his 2016 tour April 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.You can check out Keith Urban's new video for "Wasted Time" on YouTube now.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

From Cutting Her Hair on TV to Moving to Nashville, Martina McBride Confesses "R

BMLGWhen you think of daredevils who throw caution to the wind, Martina McBride probably isn't the first name that pops into your head. But the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has to confess -- Reckless is more than just the title of her new album and its lead single."I think back to that girl that left Kansas knowing nobody in Nashville, and I came from a town of like 200 people. I grew up on a farm. I mean nobody around me did what I wanted to do, and I didn't have any kind of role model or somebody to pattern myself after. My husband and I were newlyweds and we just picked up everything and moved to Nashville and just got started," she recalls. "I look back on that, and at the time I didn't feel like it was a reckless thing to do, but it really was, you know?" One of Martina's more recent "Reckless" moments came in the video for her latest release, when she decided to cut off a chunk of her signature raven mane while the cameras were rolling."You know the video is about peeling away layers and really getting to the heart of the matter and showing some hope and inspiration and just feeling reckless. So we thought it was just a good metaphor and I wanted to cut my hair anyway, so I was like, 'Well let's just do it in the video!'"  Martina's thirteenth studio album, Reckless, is new in stores and online today.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Band Perry's "Live Forever" Finds New Life at the Summer Olympics

ABC/Eric GebhartThe Band Perry’s song, “Live Forever” is getting a new life. Originally released as a single last summer, it will now be Team USA’s official song for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The sibling trio performed the tune Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show, and there’s also a new Olympic-themed version of the “Live Forever” music video.The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and run through the 21st. The Band Perry is set to sing their song as part of NBC’s coverage of the festivities.“Live Forever” was originally launched as the lead single from The Band Perry’s third album, which was to be titled Heart + Beat. Since parting ways with their longtime label last month, the trio hasn’t revealed exactly what the status of the album is.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why the Members of LOCASH Don't Know Each Other as Well as They Thought

Webster PRHow well do the two members of LOCASH know each other? Pretty well, it seems, but Chris Lucas and Preston Brust put it to the test in the latest installment of Vevo’s online series Bandmates.“Chris is like the brother I never had,” Preston told Pollstar. “I have an older brother and a younger brother but never had a brother the same age. Chris became that guy. His mom is like my mom, and my mom is like his mom. There has always been a special closeness among the families of LOCASH-- even among the band members. We spend holidays together if we can.”You can find out more about the guys as they try to predict each other’s answers to a series of personal questions, ranging from their favorite restaurant to the number one item on their bucket list. If you’re wondering, a number one for LOCASH tops Chris’s list, while Preston dreams of flying in a fighter jet.   Chris just might get his wish, as the duo’s latest single, “I Know Somebody,” continues to climb the charts.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Dierks Bentley May Soon Be Crowd-Surfing His Way Across the USA

ABC/Image Group LAIf his recent European trek is any indication, it looks like Dierks Bentley may soon be crowd-surfing his way across the U.S.A. Prior to the start of his Somewhere on a Beach tour May 12 in Holmdel, New Jersey, the Arizona native checked off three dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland.Dierks kicked things off last Thursday night in Dublin, and by the time he reached London the next night, he was confident enough in his bond with the British fans to dive in and float across the crowd’s outstretched arms. Some members of Sunday night’s Scottish audience got a bonus set, as Dierks took to the loading dock of Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium for an impromptu late-night performance.His highly anticipated Black album hits stores May 27, a couple weeks after he sets out on his summer tour with Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Go Ahead: Roll Your Windows Down and Blast "My Church"-- Maren Morris Wants You

Columbia NashvilleIn addition to being a powerhouse vocalist, newcomer Maren Morris also happens to be a stellar songwriter who's already had cuts by major stars like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson. But when she crafted her breakthrough hit, "My Church," she had a premonition it wasn't one to share -- it was a song she had to sing herself."I had the concept and the title kind of chiseled out," she recalls. "We wrote it really, really quickly -- in under an hour, and that is so rare. When we were done, I don't know. I just had this feeling about it, that it was really special and I wanted to keep it for myself. So I was very protective of it when I came back to Nashville from L.A., which is where I was writing. So when I got back to town, I didn't send it to anybody. I would only play it for them if I were in person with them. I just knew it was my song."Now that Maren's country music anthem is edging toward the top of the charts, the Texas native says you're completely on target if you have the urge to roll down your window, turn up your radio, and sing "My Church" at the top of your lungs."That was the point when we wrote it, whether it's in the car or you're at a show. I find a lot of my inspiration and peace when I drive, so having people tell me, like they love turning it up in the car, it's awesome!"  Look for more infectious tunes from Maren when her debut full-length album Hero comes out June 3, a day after she heads out on tour with Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two Jens Are Better Than One! Nettles and Lopez Are a Sweet Combo

Big MachineJennifer Nettles has a surprise duet partner on her new album Playing with Fire.  And it's none other than that other Jennifer-- Jennifer Lopez. The female half of Sugarland first revealed the collaboration on social media, saying “AND me & my lady love @Jlo put a little song on it too. #ilovesurprises! #andthissong #andher.”If you wonder how the two got together, it turns out the head of Nettles’ record label, Scott Borchetta, was the facilitator, since he just wrapped the final season of American Idol with J-Lo. You can check out Lopez and Nettles on the track “My House,” when the country Jenny’s second solo album comes out May 13.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Shelton to Share His Stories at the Hall of Fame

NBC/David LaChapelleJust days before the official start of CMA Music Festival 2016, Blake Shelton will help the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum kickstart a special week of events. The star of The Voice will do a question-and-answer session onstage at the Hall’s CMA Theater Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. CT. The “Just Came Here to Forget” hitmaker will also play a short acoustic set during his appearance.Presale tickets for the show will be available to museum members and Blake's fan club via starting May 11, before they open up to the general public on May 13. His exhibit, Blake Shelton:  Based on a True Story, opens May 27 and runs through November.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dierks Bentley Invites You to His Massive Memorial Day Beach Party

ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley is hoping you’ll spend Memorial Day with him in Panama City Beach, Florida. He’ll host the Somewhere on a Beach Bash May 30 at perpetual spring-break-destination Spinnaker Beach Bar on the Gulf of Mexico.“Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer, and this will be a great way to celebrate the current single and the new album. We’ll pack as many people on the beach as we can… probably need to start icing the beer down now!” he jokes.Fan club and Citi card members get first crack at tickets Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. CT at, with sales opening up to the general public on Friday.Dierks’ new album Black will be available in stores and online the Friday before the concert. Its lead single, “Somewhere on a Beach,” is number 2 on the country chart this week.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett's Tuesday-Night Date with Blake Shelton

ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett has a date with Blake Shelton on Tuesday night. The “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker is set to perform his latest single “T-Shirt” on Blake's show, The Voice.You can catch the TV debut of the song from Thomas’s album Tangled Up at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. He heads back out on tour with Jason Aldean on May 5, on the ACM Entertainer of the Year’s Six String Circus trek.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Prince Fan Trisha Yearwood Bathes in the "Purple Rain"

Randee St. NicholasTrisha Yearwood covered everyone from Whitney Houston to Jewel to Lifehouse on her most recent recordings for The Passion soundtrack, and last weekend in Ohio, she was at it again. This time, however, it was to remember the icon Prince, who passed away last week at the age of 57.The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year called her three background vocalists to the stage, as it was tinted the late singer’s signature color, before delivering a reverent version of his hit “Purple Rain.” The tribute turned into a huge singalong, as Trisha waved her arms and swayed with the crowd as Prince’s symbol was projected over the stage.“Nothing compares 2 Prince, but this is my humble tribute!” she posted on Facebook on Monday, along with a fan’s video of the moment. “Thanks Jason Bryan for capturing this very special moment for me #ILovePrince #PurpleRain xo.”Trisha continues on the Garth Brooks World Tour this weekend, as she and her husband swing through Des Moines, Iowa. Her single, “Broken,” is currently a top 20 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.