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Country Music News August 28th

Toby Keith is the latest country star to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease.
Toby responded to about 60 challengers by dousing himself with ice water during football practice at the University of Oklahoma in his hometown of Norman.
He nominated retired baseball pitchers Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux before getting soaked.
Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer and University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione joined Toby in the challenge.
Meanwhile, four of Toby's number one songs made the official Tonight Show Truck Playlist: "American Ride," "How Do You Like Me Now," "Red Solo Cup," and "Who's Your Daddy." Jimmy Fallon compiled the 57-track collection after deciding to buy a truck earlier this year.
Fans who'd like to have Drinks After Work with Toby also have only a few more days to enter the contest named after his latest CD.
The Facebook sweepstakes wraps up August 31.

 

After a 17-year departure, lead singer Marty Raybon will reunite with the band Shenandoah in October for a reunion tour.
Miranda Lambert references the late 80s and early 90s hitmakers in her Platinum track "Another Sunday in the South."



The self-titled debut EP from new band Old Dominion is due out October 7, featuring their new single "Shut Me Up."
This fall, they open for Chase Rice on select dates.

 

Happy Birthday!
LeAnn Rimes is 32
Jake Owen is 33
Shania Twain turns 49


The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) Florida Georgia Line performs. (Repeat)
   

Country Music News August 27th

Tim McGraw has a new single, 'Shotgun Rider," out today.
The song is the second single from "Sundown Heaven Town," which drops Sept. 16.

 

Brad Paisley has garnered less controversy with his new disc, "Moonshine in the Truck,"
than he did with last year's "Wheelhosue" featuring "Accidental Racist."
The new release is led by the first single, "River Bank."
Luke Wooten produced along with Paisley.

 

When Kenny Chesney's new album comes out next month, it'll be the end of a chapter the superstar devoted solely to recording new music.
He admits not touring this summer did make him feel a little isolated.
With the album now finished, Kenny says it won't be long until he turns his attention to next summer's tour.
The Big Revival comes out September 23.

 

Dustin Lynch fans who pre-order his new CD on iTunes will be able to download three of the songs instantly: his hit "Where It's At," plus "Mind Reader"
and "Your Daddy's Boots."
The album, also titled Where It's At, comes out September 9.



Jeff Cook Guitarist/vocalist of the band Alabama turns 65.
   

Country Music News August 26th

Little Big Town will launch their Pain Killer tour November 8 in Youngstown, OH.
Featuring special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne,
the tour will hit 13 cities nationwide, and wrap in Rockford, IL on December 13.

December 5th Rosemont Theatre.

 

Florida Georgia Line will spend Halloween this year headlining a massive tailgate party at the Jacksonville Shipyards,
just ahead of the Georgia-Florida football game the next day.
Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, John King and more join Bryan Kelley and Tyler Hubbard for the Anything Goes Tailgate 2014,
named for the duo's sophomore CD.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at JaxTailgate.com,
with bundles including a souvenir t-shirt and a copy of the duo's new CD, out October 14.

 

 
Martina McBride's 'Everlasting' Tour will continue through the fall with 40 additional dates - 7 of which have already sold-out.
Backed by an 11-piece band - including trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax and trombone and a trio of back-up singers
McBride's live show brings the sounds of the '50s and '60s from her 'Everlasting' album alive.

Sept. 6 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center
Sept. 13 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theater

 

Kelly Clarkson contributes vocals to Trisha Yearwood's new single, "PrizeFighter,"
which also happens to be the title track of Trisha's twelfth album, her first for RCA Nashville.
Trisha kicks off the Garth Brooks world tour September 4 in Chicago, with her new single set to hit airwaves September 15.
It's her first new music in 7 years.

 

Luke Bryan joins Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry to carry the country banner during CBS's Fashion Rocks special next month.
Ryan Seacrest hosts the two-hour event that celebrates the connection between fashion and music.
Luke, Miranda and The Band Perry will perform live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center,
alongside KISS, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull and more.
You can catch the show Tuesday, September 9 at 9 ET on CBS.

 

The one-hour special Backstory: Dolly Parton promises "an insider's look at the life and times of the most awarded female in county music."
It premieres August 29 at 5 p.m. ET on Great American Country.

 

Dierks Bentley joins Blake Shelton as one of the headliners at next year's Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa.
This will be the second year for the four-day concert series that starts the Thursday before Memorial Day.

 

TODAY'S RELEASES
Brad Paisley - Moonshine in the Trunk


Brian Kelley of duo Florida Georgia Line turns 29.
Jimmy Olander Guitarist of Diamond Rio is 53.
   

Country Music News August 25th

The lineup for Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa country concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico just got a boost
with the addition of Dustin Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen, Eric Paslay, and Chris Stapleton.
They join Luke and previously announced performers Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line on the bill.
The intimate concerts take place January 23 through 27, 2015.
For information on booking the trip, go to CrashMyPlaya.com.

 

Hunter Hayes officially announced his fall headlining tour,
theTattoo (Your Name) Tour, set to kick off Thursday, Oct. 30 in University Park, Penn.
Warner Music Nashville label mates Dan + Shay and The Railers will join Hayes as supporting acts for the tour

Nov. 21 Sears Centre Arena Chicago.

 

One-half of the duo Love and Theft got hitched on Sunday.
Stephen Barker Liles, 30, married longtime girlfriend Jenna Michelle Kennedy during a ceremony at Ruby Nashville,
just blocks from the city's famed Music Row.
Liles' bandmate Eric Gunderson was among the guests.

 

Happy Birthday

Billy Ray Cyrus 53.
Jo Dee Messina 44.
Henry Paul lead singer of BlackHawk is 65.