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Jake Owen joins the lineup for PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth'

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Jake Owen is the newest addition to the bill for the upcoming PBS 4th of July special, A Capitol Fourth.

“I can’t wait to celebrate the Fourth in D.C. this year,” the singer says. “It’s exciting to be a part of a great American tradition, and to sing a couple songs while I’m at it. See you Monday night!”

The country star will perform two of his number-one country hits: “American Country Love Song” and “Down to the Honky Tonk.” The former is a nostalgic and quintessentially American feel-good hit from 2016, while the latter is a more recent release, coming off his 2019 album, Greetings From...Jake.

Airing live from Washington, D.C., the 42nd iteration of A Capitol Fourth will feature an all-genre lineup, including the National Symphony Orchestra, who will accompany Jake during his performance.

Mickey Guyton is hosting the show. Other performers taking the stage include Cynthia Erivo, Gloria Gaynor and Andy Grammer.

A Capitol Fourth will air on PBS on Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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“She Had Me at Heads Carolina”: Cole Swindell’s new single updates a Jo Dee Messina classic

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It’s Cole Swindell’s birthday today, and he’s celebrating with a new ‘90s-inspired single.

She Had Me at Heads Carolina” is a fun and flirty dance-a-long track following a guy who walks into karaoke night at a bar and is immediately transfixed by the girl singing a ‘90s country classic into the mic.

The song’s lyrics and melody heavily reference “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Jo Dee Messina’s country hit from 1996, and Cole says the throwback makes the song feel familiar, even to fans who haven’t heard his new single before.

“We’ve played it live a few times, and obviously, people think they know it when it gets to that chorus,” he explains. “I mean, they’re screaming this song, because it’s such a big hit from the ‘90s, but when it gets to that line about south Georgia, it kind of throws them off.”

That part of the chorus -- where Cole sings “Heads Carolina, tails California / Maybe she’d fall for a boy from south Georgia” -- is where his version’s lyrics depart from the original. Still, the melody continues to hearken back to Jo Dee’s song, and Cole says he’d like to incorporate the ‘90s hitmaker into more aspects of the new song.

“I hope somebody I get to sing it -- whether I do something, I want her to be involved, because we wouldn’t have the song without the writers and without her making it what it is,” he says.

“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” comes off Cole’s newest album, Stereotype.


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Nashville notes: Carly Pearce, Brett Eldredge + more

Carly Pearce and Brett Eldredge are on deck to perform during NBC’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks for Independence Day. They’re joining an all-genre bill featuring acts like 5 Seconds of Summer, Jaoquina Kalukango, Pitbull and rising country act Filmore.

Speaking of Pitbull and Filmore, the two artists are about to release a new duet called “USA.” The track is due out Friday, just in time for the Fourth of July next week.

Just weeks after revealing his stomach cancer diagnosis, Toby Keith and his team are telling fans to be aware of imposter social media accounts issuing "falsified updates" about the singer's health. They issued a statement reminding fans to be watchful of fake accounts, especially any account requesting money.

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Mickey Guyton says son has been “huge motivation” to speak out about inequality


Mickey Guyton is known for releasing music that addresses racial inequality and gender gaps in country music and beyond.

With songs like “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me,” she delivers powerful messages calling for change in the genre, and she’s continued to use her platform at every step of her career.

The singer says that she was inspired to speak up in response to the “disparities in my particular industry against women and women of color,” but adds that the birth of her son, Grayson, gave her a push toward using her voice.

“And then once I became pregnant, it was like, ‘How could I not say something?’” Mickey tells ET Online. “Like, I don’t want my son when he grows up to look back and know that I said nothing. He’s been a huge motivation for that.”

Another big motivator, the singer says, is knowing that there’s a new crop of Black and minority artists waiting to break into country music and wanting to do her part to make sure it’s possible for them to do so.

“It will never be OK for me, and that’s something where I can sleep at night knowing that I’m seeing so many incredible artists of color coming up in this industry,” she continues. “That is the most important.”

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Brantley Gilbert, Carly Pearce sign on for Grand Ole Opry’s Music City Grand Prix showcase


Brantley Gilbert and Carly Pearce have been announced as the headliners for the Grand Ole Opry showcase that will take place in downtown Nashville during the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

Billed as the Grand Ole Prix, the event will be held August 7, following the NTT Indycar Series race on the Nissan Stadium Campus. It'll be the second year the event has taken place in Nashville.

Joining Brantley and Carly on the bill are Midland and up-and-comer Callista Clark.

Tickets to Sunday’s racing festivities include admission to the show, which will kick off at 5:45 p.m. on the ZYN Main Stage. Three-day tickets and premium passes to the Grand Prix are still available, with three-day tickets beginning at $129 for general admission. Reserved grandstand upgrades are also available for purchase.

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Miranda Lambert is thankful for the “hard stuff” that led her to meeting husband Brendan McLoughlin


These days, Miranda Lambert is happily married to former NYPD officer Brendan McLoughlin -- but she had to go through quite a few ups and downs to find happiness.

“When I turned 30, I started to take life in a new direction and really start to understand myself better,” the singer, now 38, tells People. “And going through hard things obviously makes you get to know yourself better.”

As a country superstar, Miranda has had to go through many of those “hard things” in the public eye. In 2015, she went through a divorce from fellow country superstar Blake Shelton after nearly five years of marriage.

“When you get broken down pretty good, you look at the mirror and you go, ‘I have to spend some time with me, learn who I am and what I want,’” Miranda continues. “I got to a really good place with myself. Then I met my husband.”

Despite all the heartache she endured, Miranda says she’s got no regrets. “Without the hard stuff -- the chaos, the crazy schedule, the heartbreak, the falling in love, the falling out of love -- I wouldn’t be who I am,” she points out. “I’m thankful for the lessons, even though they hurt at the time.”

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“Brown Eyes Baby”: Keith Urban to debut his next single from New York City’s Rockefeller Center


Keith Urban has a special performance coming up. On Thursday, he’ll take the stage from New York City’s Rockefeller Center to perform a selection of his biggest hits.

But that’s not all: The country superstar will also debut his brand-new single, “Brown Eyes Baby,” which is officially headed to radio on July 8. Keith’s been performing the new song on some recent stops of his The Speed of Now Tour, but it doesn’t appear on the track list of his latest album, The Speed of Now Part 1, meaning a new batch of music just might be on its way.

Fans have been capturing footage of Keith’s performance of the song, including a clip filmed on the second night of his tour in West Palm Beach. According to that video, “Brown Eyes Baby” is a mid-tempo ballad about turning heartache into something sweeter.

“So we’ve been working on some new music that’s gonna be coming out very soon, and we thought we might lay one on you,” Keith told the audience at that show before performing the song.

Keith’s Rockefeller performance will be broadcast as a TODAY takeover during the 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. hours. Tune in to watch on NBC.


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Miranda Lambert reveals her mom is cancer-free after a diagnosis last September


Miranda Lambert has great news about the breast cancer diagnosis her mother, Beverly, received last September.

“She’s been through a whole lot, but she’s doing really well, and she’s ready to roll,” the star says, revealing in a new People cover story that her mother is now cancer free.

“I was able to be there with her through the hardest parts. She’s unstoppable,” Miranda explains.  “She’s just been so strong and positive through the whole thing. It’s a good lesson for people to take away from a journey like that: Even though it’s a really scary place to be, the more positive, the better.”

The singer adds that she, her dad Rick and brother Luke, all gathered around Beverly in the family’s home state of Texas to help her through the ordeal.

Miranda and her mom have always been close -- they even co-founded the MuttNation Foundation, an organization that supports shelter pets -- and Beverly tells People that her country superstar daughter was there every step of the way.

“When she wasn’t here in Texas, we talked by phone or FaceTime so she could see how I was,” Beverly recounts. “On my head-shaving day, she FaceTimed with me and my hairdresser so she could be with me.”

She adds, “We had some unexpected bonding moments over her rubbing my bald head with essential oils. Those were the rawest and most tearful moments.”

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Scotty McCreery, wife Gabi's dog Moose has helped prepare them for kids: "He's the man"


Scotty McCreery and his wife, Gabi, are about to become parents for the first time, but they've already gotten some practice in with their dog, Moose. 

The couple welcomed the yellow Lab into their family in 2019 when he was 3 months old. In the years since, the couple has given him a dream life that includes hikes through the mountains in their home state of North Carolina and indulging in Moose's favorite activity -- swimming. 

"Sometimes he gets a little sassy with us, if he only wants to eat at certain times or whatever. But it's like, 'You get to run around, we'll take you to the beach, you get to go hiking in the mountains and swimming in waterfalls,'" Scotty describes of their relationship with Moose, noting that the pup has a "good life."

The singer adds that they spend a lot of time at Gabi's parents' lake house so Moose can swim in the lake (oftentimes chasing kayakers for a half mile). And if the way they dote on Moose is any indication of how they'll be as parents, it's safe to say their child will be loved and cared for. Scotty shared with People that having Moose was "great training for kids one day." 

"He loves going to his boarding. They call it Pet Resort and Spa. They have a pool for him and they send us pictures, he's loving life," Scotty adds. "I can't even remember life without Moose. It's so funny because now, nobody ever asks, 'How are you doing?' or 'How are you and Gabi?' It's, 'How's Moose doing?' That's all we ever get nowadays is, 'How's Moose?' But we love it. He's the man." 

Scotty and Gabi are expecting a baby boy in November.  

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Nashville notes: Garth Brooks, Kacey Musgraves gets Fancy and more

Jimmie Allen will make his debut performance appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Tuesday night, airing at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. He'll also perform on Good Morning America and GMA3 Wednesday morning on ABC. 

Kelsea Ballerini will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday. Comedian Chelsea Handler is filling in as a guest host. The show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Fancy Hagood has teamed up with Kacey Musgraves for "Blue Dream Baby," released in honor of International Pride Day.  

Garth Brooks will be honored with the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award at the NSAI Nashville Songwriter Awards on September 20 at the Ryman Auditorium.

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Luke Bryan encourages fans to "Country On" in new track teaser


Luke Bryan is ready to get his "Country On" with a new song.

The country superstar has shared a snippet of a new track he's releasing Friday called "Country On." Luke first teased the news by sharing the cover art, which shows him posing against the side of a cabin in the country with his ball cap in his hand. 

On Tuesday, he shared a 15-second teaser, holding his phone up to his ear as he sings along to the song that features a classic country melody and patriotic lyrics. “I say hey hey USA/We ain’t seen our better days/Hell no/Hey y'all/Country on," Luke mouths along with a smile on his face. 

The anthemic track arrives just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend and is available for presave now. 

The American Idol judge will continue on his Raised Up Right Tour through the summer. 

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Ashley McBryde is pausing tour schedule for a few weeks due to "personal reasons"


Ashley McBryde is taking a break from the road for a few weeks. 

According to a statement posted by her team on Facebook, Ashley will not be performing for the next few weeks due to "personal reasons." The singer had dates scheduled across the U.S. and Canada in the month of July as part of Dierks Bentley's Beers on Me Tour, as well as an appearance at Blame My Roots Country Music Festival in Ohio on July 16, among other shows. 

Her team says they will provide an update on her touring schedule soon, while also thanking fans for the "well wishes." 

"We will share more details regarding when she will be back on the road as soon as they become available, but she wants you to know that she loves you all and misses you and will be back soon stronger than ever!" the statement concludes.  

Last year, the "Girl Goin' Nowhere" singer had to postpone a pair of shows after she fell off a horse, landed on her head and suffered a concussion. 

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Kelsea Ballerini shares "the sound" of her new album via photos


Kelsea Ballerini is offering a visual take of her upcoming album. 

The "Peter Pan" singer turned to Instagram Stories to share some photos from the album-making process that she says captures the spirit of the record. The photo prints show several beachscapes, including one of Kelsea posing on the beach at sunset, while another shows her dipping her feet in the pool and soaking in a lavish hot tub. 

Other snaps include a sunset over the water and co-writer Julian Bunetta peacefully playing guitar by the poolside. 

"The sound of the record in photos," Kelsea describes in the caption. "Feel so lucky that I got to make this come to life with these two," she adds in reference to Julian and fellow co-writer Shane McAnally

Kelsea gave fans their first taste of what's to come with the album via her current single, "Heartfirst," which is climbing up the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. 

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Luke Combs is an advocate for amateur fishers in 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' skit


Luke Combs appears as an amateur fishing salesman in a new skit for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Dressed from head to toe in fishing gear, the singer admits that while he loves to fish, he's "no pro." That's why he starts every trip with a visit to "Bass Amateur Shop," "the place for people who love to fish, but don't have the faintest idea how to do it," Luke explains.  

The parody of Bass Pro Shop features fumbling employees who attempt to help clueless customers, answering their "stupidest questions" like "how wet is the fish going to be?" and "are fish animals or dolphins?"

The store also provides all your fishing needs, including a reel (aka "cranky turny guys"), waders ("big tall shoes") and a fishing line ("dental floss"). And let's not forget the "Christmas ornaments," which are really a string of red and white bobbers.

One of the "customers" shares that she'd never caught a fish until she began shopping at Bass Amateur Shop. But the fish in question is actually a dead bird, which Luke helps her stuff into a tackle box that he refers to as a "big lunch box."

"So come on down to Bass Amateur Shop because you don't have to be a professional to get drunk on a lake," the hitmaker concludes as he cracks open a bottle of beer.    

Luke's appearance on the ABC show comes in the wake of the release of his new album, Growin' Up. 

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Garth Brooks to release 'Anthology 2' featuring Trisha Yearwood duet in the fall

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Garth Brook's Anthology 2: The Next Five Years is coming later this year.

Following the release of the inaugural Anthology set, which covered the first five years of his career, and Anthology 3, which featured never-before-seen live concert moments, Garth is going back in time again with Anthology 2. The project chronicles the next five years of his early career, dating back to the late 90s. 

The set contains half a dozen CDs with many of his hits and some unreleased tracks. It also includes a 300-page book with almost as many photographs and interviews with Keith Urban and Bob Dylan, the latter of who originally wrote and recorded Garth's eventual #1 hit "To Make You Feel My Love."

“It’s like a music box [set] with killer liner notes," Garth describes on Inside Studio G. “I just love it. There are a lot of cool stories." 

Garth's cover of "To Make You Feel My Love" was released as part of the Hope Floats soundtrack; the new Anthology set will feature a long-lost version of the song featuring Garth's wife, Trisha Yearwood.

“She claims there was a duet with just strings and a guitar. And we dug in the vault, and sure enough – there it was!" the hitmaker reflects. "This thing is gorgeous! It’s beautiful." 

Anthology 2 is slated for release in November. 

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