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August 3rd

Little Big Town will host the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock tomorrow.  Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and Lee Brice are among the stars featured on the 3-hour event starting at 8 on ABC.
Kenny Chesney’s new song “Save It For A Rainy Day” is already in the top 20, and Kenny says it’s all about setting aside your worries for a little while - even if it's just for a day.

Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” album comes out this Friday, he’ll also be performing on Good Morning America that day, so set your DVR.
Brad Paisley is reportedly joining Blake Shelton on The Voice as a mentor for Team Blake this season.  The Voice returns on September 21st.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Lonestar’s Dean Sams is 49.

July 31st

Hunter Hayes is trying his hand at acting… kind of.  He’ll play himself in an episode of Nickelodeon’s Bella and the Bulldogs.  And this is actually not Hunter’s first time acting.  He’s been in 3 movies – The Apostle, My Dog Skip, and Charlie’s War.
Cole Swindell says he’s a product of 1990s country music – like Joe Diffie and Mark Chesnutt - and any opportunity he gets to meet any of his favorite 90s artists, he certainly takes!
Here’s something somewhat… morbid.  Dolly Parton says that she loves singing so much that when she dies she hopes she falls dead on stage right in the middle of a sing – hopefully one she wrote.
Well, there’s one positive thing that came from Blake’s and Miranda’s divorce… new music.  Miranda says she’s been hard at work on new music since the split. She shared some of it Tuesday night in Nashville and hinted at a new album.

July 30th

Scotty McCreery will show off his hometown of Raleigh on CNN Travel Insider as he takes the camera crew to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and Pullen Park, which is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.  The show airs tonight at 10.
A fire happened in the playground area of Travis Tritt’s home in Powder Springs, GA late yesterday afternoon.  Nobody was hurt, and the damage was minimal.
Randy Houser has a new fur baby.  His new pup Hawk made his Twitter debut Tuesday.
Yesterday, we found out that Dierks Bentley’s Nashville home is for sale. Now… you can own Jake Owen’s fully restored 1990 Jeef Grand Wagoneer.  It has 92thousand original miles on it, and a professionally installed premium sound system.  It’s also appeared in several of Jake’s music videos.  Could be yours for a little over $24thousand dollars.

July 29th

Miranda Lambert has created a scholarship to help empower other women in music.  The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide over $40thousand dollars to a female student at Belmont University who is majoring in songwriting, entertainment industry studies, or music business.
Dierks Bentley has put his Nashville home on the market.  It’s over 44hundred square feet, built in 1930, and is located in the upscale Green Hills neighborhood.  It has 15 rooms, a pool AND a guest house, plus a separate 2-car garage.  So… if you’ve got an extra $1.7million bucks laying around…
Luke Bryan has a full house these days.  He and his wife Caroline are raising their two sons, Bo & Tate, plus his nephew and two nieces who lost both parents.  Even though he’s got a super-busy tour schedule, Luke tries to get home often so he doesn’t miss out on family time and will even fly all night to get home for one of his kids' events.
Alan Jackson still has a lot of good country music in him… and the fans have spoken!  His latest album Angels and Alcohol is now his 14th album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart!
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Martina McBride is 49.  James Otto is 42.

July 28th

Little Big Town has announced more cancelled dates to allow Jimi Westbrook to fully heal after surgery on his vocal cords.  They’ve cancelled 3 more weeks so far.
The country music community really is like one big family – over the weekend, Jerrod Niemann’s trailer lost a tire on the way to his performance at Country Jam USA in Wisconsin.  Eric Church, who was also performing at the festival, sent one of his trucks to haul Jerrod’s gear to the Jam so they could perform.
Michael Ray admits he’s not much of a cook, but he’s recently mastered one particular dish - the omelet.  Mainly, the flipping the egg part.
A former Oklahoma state rep is complaining that the judge who granted Blake’s and Miranda’s divorce acted illegally when he sealed the records claiming, “There’s some shenanigans going on.”  Under the law, the judge must make any sealing order public.  The order in Blake’s and Miranda’s case is not public.

July 27th

Blake and Miranda seemed to be making nice over the weekend.  Blake tweeted to Miranda in support of their friend Ashley Monroe’s new album.  Miranda tweeted back to him just as kindly.  They continued their conversation when Miranda Tweeted a picture of Blake with a baby carriage from Entertainment Tonight joking that she knew he was pregnant, and this calls for a drink!  He tweeted back in agreement.
Jake Owen says his upcoming album will be unlike anything he’s released since his debut 9 years ago.  He’s talked about getting away from his “beach bum” image for awhile.  He says that none of the songs on the new album sound like the other. And none of them sound remotely like his previous hits – as we get a taste of on the first single, “Real Life.”
Brantley Gilbert scored his 4th #1 with “One Hell of an Amen.”  He just wrapped up his first concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena as part of Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival tour.  
Shania Twain was recently upstaged at her DC show – with her blessing.  Little Alexis jumped up on stage in her hot pink sparkly dress, and took over the microphone without missing a beat.

July 24th

Cole Swindell says it was a dream come true singing with his idol, Alan Jackson, on the ACM Superstar Duets show!
Brantley Gilbert got a call from his Uncle Bill the last day of his honeymoon with sad news that his grandfather had passed.  He says that his grandparents were in the nursing home together and they had their beds elevated where every time he woke up he could see her and he was fine.  He even went with her when she had tests run because he would have complications when she left the room… and he says that’s how he wants to love his wife, Amber.
Miranda Lambert joined Ashley Monroe on stage in Nashville for Ashley’s album release party.  The two besties sang “Heart Like Mine,” a song they co-wrote together with Travis Howard.
Meanwhile, Blake Shelton has returned to The Voice and Tweeted if he wondered if he was gonna be the only one rolling in with a full ice chest.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Jerrod Niemann is 36.

July 23rd

Things just keep getting more and more dramatic… and order of protection was filed in Blake’s and Miranda’s divorce, and it looks like Blake requested it.  This is basically a restraining order and means that one of the parties is barred from the home… considering Blake is still living in their marital home, you do the math. Also, People magazine is saying that Miranda wanted to try a separation, but Blake felt it was clear the marriage wasn’t working.  The Voice is apparently part of the problem and People reports that Blake likes being a celebrity, but Miranda isn’t interested in that much exposure.
Tyler Farr still hasn’t set a wedding date, but he has some advice for those who are getting engaged... don't take Jason Aldean with you to buy the ring!  Tyler jokes that he had to sell his truck and his dog to afford it!
Jason Aldean has done a little acting in his videos, and he says he wouldn’t rule out doing the real thing – acting in a TV show or movie!
Lady A’s Hillary Scott has always been exposed to music – her mom is Linda Davis – and says that following in her mom’s footsteps just seemed like the natural path for her. She says that music is like breathing in her family.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Alison Krauss is 44.  Danielle Bradbery is 19.  Neil Perry is 25.

July 22nd

The rumors are flying about why Blake and Miranda divorced.  They aren’t confirmed, but… TMZ says Miranda cheated on Blake… possibly with Chris Young.  Page Six claims Blake wants to have kids, but Miranda doesn’t want to be tied down.  And People magazine reports that Miranda is very sad and is trying to process the divorce.  It also reports that people who went to her concert last weekend said she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring.
Meanwhile… Chris Young is busy defending his honor.  On his Facebook page yesterday he wrote, “I don’t normally address gossip, but in this case I will.  My name has been mentioned as a contributing factor in Blake and Miranda’s divorce.  That is totally FALSE.  They are both my friends and I would not betray that friendship.  Just wanted to clear that up.”
Easton Corbin wasn’t too crazy about his latest single, “Yup,” when he first heard it, but he says it really grew on him.
Luke Bryan celebrated his birthday last week and his wife got him an “interesting” birthday cake.  It’s a toilet.  And there’s Metamucil on one side of it, a plunger on the other, and a whole lotta… poop… in it.  Ew!  And the toilet paper roll in front of it reads: Holy… ahem… you’re getting old!

July 20th

Toby Keith’s new album 35mph Town will be released on October 9th.  His tour stops in Tampa on August 2nd along with Chris Janson and Eli Young Band.
Luke Bryan is speaking out in support of the ladies of country music.  He says he was considering undiscovered female singers to record the Kick the Dust Up duet “Home Alone Tonight” with, but then went to Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.
Here’s something you might not picture Brad Paisley driving… a Corvette!  Brad has an extensive collection of them.
Tim McGraw has been working on new music, but he’s also been sharing his talents with Hollywood with a new TV show that he’s going to star in and produce.  The name of the show is “Robbers” and Tim says he’s looking forward to playing a bad guy.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Radney Foster is 56. TG Sheppard is 71.

Doug Rockwell
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