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Nashville notes: HARDY's tank top + Mason Ramsey's new track

HARDY has dropped a new Somewhere in the Dessert tank top to celebrate his upcoming appearance at Stagecoach Festival, happening April 26-28. You can check it out now at HARDY's merch store.

Tickets to the upcoming Kickoff Jam Festival are now available for purchase. Slated for August 30 to September 1, the Panama City Beach, Florida, event features a star-studded lineup that includes Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, Randy Houser and ALABAMA. You can grab yours now at kickoffjampcb.com.

Up-and-comer Mason Ramsey has announced that he's dropping a new song, "Something You Can Hold," on Friday. While you wait, you can check out its cover art now on Mason's Instagram.

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Brothers Osborne almost didn't record "Break Mine"

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"Break Mine" may be the title track of Brothers Osborne's latest EP, but did you know the duo almost didn't record and release it?

In a recent press interview, TJ Osborne recalled how the then-half-baked song was put on the back burner and almost didn't see the light of day.

"'Break Mine' was a song we wrote with Shane McAnally and Pete Good, and we initially didn’t finish the song. It was about half done, and then months went by and Shane McAnally — or shoot, maybe might've been even a year — Shane McAnally texted us and said, 'Man, I just listened to this work tape, and I think this song is really good. We should finish it,'" TJ recounts. 

"So a couple months went by and we got in the room and finished the song up, and we just felt immediately there that it was something really special," he shares. "It’s always cool when you have those moments and the song can see the light of day, especially after going through several revisions and almost getting lost at one point."

"It almost got forgotten about, and then to dive back into it and do the work and get it back out there is just, for me anyways, it’s really an encouraging thing," says TJ.

Brother Osborne's Break Mine EP is available wherever you listen to music.

To catch TJ and John on their ongoing Might As Well Be Me Tour, head to brothersosborne.com.

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Line dance + heartbreak take center stage in Dasha's "Austin" video

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Dasha has released a music video for her viral hit "Austin."

The visualizer follows Dasha as she relives a breakup with her onscreen ex, played by pop-punk singer/songwriter and social media personality jxdn, before bringing her broken heart to a line dance party.

"The music video shoot was such a fun day. From the start, the vibe of everyone on set was so genuinely excited and happy to be there. They all really helped me bring the visions of the song to life," Dasha shares in a press release.

"Everyone did everything they could to make it the smoothest music video shoot I’d ever been a part of," the up-and-comer adds. "It was honestly just a really magical day."

"Austin" is Dasha's debut single on country radio, and it's currently approaching the top 40 of the country charts. You can find it on her latest album, What Happens Now?, out now.

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Ashley McBryde's go-to spot to unwind? The mountains

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If there's one place Ashley McBryde likes to go for some peace and quiet, it's the mountains.

“A lot of my friends, like many of us, love the beach and they always [go], 'We should hit the beach. We should find a tiki bar,' and I will go with them if that’s the plan," Ashley tells the press, before sharing where she loves unwinding when she's not touring.

"For me, it’s somewhere in the mountains where there’s probably a good chance of seeing wild horses in their natural habitat, in a cabin with no cell service, where you can get quiet and just appreciate nature and your own thoughts for a little while," details Ashley.

Mountain vacations, however, will have to wait as Ashley's currently on her The Devil I Know Tour, with upcoming stops in Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi and more.

For tickets and the full tour schedule, head to ashleymcbryde.com.

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ERNEST takes 'Jimmy Kimmel' to "Dallas"

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ERNEST appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a musical guest on Tuesday.
 
With a trucker hat and a black jacket with a small embossed Tennessee flag, ERNEST performed "Why Dallas" from his latest album, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.

"Why, Dallas, did you take her from me?/ Everything was fine out here in Nashville, Tennessee/ We went from chasing Amarillo/ Now I'm chasing memories/ I'm wondering, why did you take her from me?" ERNEST sings in the jubilant heartbreak number's chorus.

"@jimmykimmellive [check mark emoji]. Idk how many times there’s been a Texas swing song on this show… but by God, there is tonight," ERNEST captioned his Instagram post, which featured a close-up shot of him and Jimmy Kimmel.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE arrived earlier in April and features 26 songs, including collabs with Morgan Wallen, Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson.

To see ERNEST at a show near you, visit his website.

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Scotty McCreery's returning to his old stomping ground

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Scotty McCreery will return to American Idol on Sunday, April 28.

The season 10 winner shared the news on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Tuesday, writing "I’m returning to @AmericanIdol this Sunday as a performer! Catch me on ABC or stream on Hulu!"

It's not yet known what song Scotty will be performing onstage.

Scotty recently got inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as its newest member by fellow Opry member Josh Turner; he was accompanied by Randy Travis and his wife, Mary.

On the music front, Scotty's "Cab in a Solo" is currently #2 and approaching the top on the country charts. You can find it on his forthcoming album, Rise & Fall, dropping May 10.  

American Idol airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Chase Matthew on the success of his debut single, "Love You Again"

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With "Love You Again" ascending to the top 20 of the country charts, Chase Matthew is grateful for its success and the new fans his debut single has garnered him.

"It's really cool to see the [existing] fans and [create] new fans too, because I know the fans that already knew it before it went to radio, they're really excited to hear it on their radio, you know?" Chase tells ABC Audio. "It's an accomplishment for everybody, the whole fan base as a whole. So, definitely cool."

Chase has also observed a shift in the way "Love You Again" is received at live shows as more people become familiar with it through the radio and the viral #BlackDressTrend on TikTok.

"I definitely like singing it live different. It evolves over time," says Chase. "People are starting to learn all the lines. So some of the lines are becoming more fan-favorite than the normal ones or the obvious ones. So yeah, it's definitely evolving and we've got new versions of it coming too, so it's awesome." 

You can find "Love You Again" on Chase's Warner Music Nashville debut album, Come Get Your Memory, out now.

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Nashville notes: Kellie Pickler performs onstage + Josh Turner's career update

Kellie Pickler made her first public performance since her husband Kyle Jacobs' February 2023 passing at Monday's Walkin' After Midnight: The Music of Patsy Cline tribute show. Held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the event featured a star-studded lineup that included Wynonna Judd, Ashley McBryde, Hailey Whitters and Mickey Guyton. Kellie performed her autobiographical, Patsy Cline-influenced "The Woman I Am," which she co-wrote with Kyle. You can read more about the American Idol alum's performance and watch a video of it at etonline.com.

Josh Turner has renewed his recording contract with his longtime label home, MCA Nashville. "Josh Turner has one of the most identifiable voices in country music. His music has touched generations of fans with his rich, deep voice paired with his deep connection to country music, family, faith and his fans," shares UMG Nashville chair and CEO Cindy Mabe. Josh's new song, "Heatin' Things Up," arrives Friday, April 26.

A new Johnny Cash album, Songwriter, is dropping June 28. The project will showcase Johnny's songwriting prowess as the sole songwriter of all 11 tracks. Songwriter is available for preorder and presave now. While you wait, check out its first preview track, "Well Alright."

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Elle King is dropping new track, "Baby Daddy’s Weekend"

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Elle King will release a new track, "Baby Daddy’s Weekend," on Friday.

Of the forthcoming song, Elle tells the press, "I’ve been lucky enough to have lived, loved, and partied with the best of them. I’ve written songs for every era of my good times. My new song is for the people who deserve a good summer."

"It’s for people who need a break from their kids but miss them when they aren’t around. It’s for the people working two jobs, the people who never get to put themselves first!" she says of the track, which she co-wrote with Pillbox Patti. "It’s a song for all the people who make this world go round. Life isn’t always fun and games, but when it is, it’s my Baby Daddy’s Weekend."

"Baby Daddy's Weekend" will follow Elle's latest album, Come Get Your Wife, which dropped in January 2023. The 13-track record spawned the chart-topping, Miranda Lambert-assisted single, "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)."

"Baby Daddy's Weekend" is available for presave now.

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Jordan Davis, Old Dominion + more joining Parker McCollum for 2024 ACM Lifting Lives LIVE

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The Academy of Country Music (ACM) has tapped more of your favorite country stars for this year's ACM Lifting Lives LIVE.

Jordan Davis, Old Dominion, Ashley Cooke and Kameron Marlowe will join previously announced headliner Parker McCollum at the May 15 fundraising event.

"I am truly honored that ACM Lifting Lives has given me the opportunity to host the Parker McCollum & Friends: ACM Lifting Lives event this year at Topgolf in The Colony, TX," says Parker. "The work they do to improve lives through the power of music and the funds they raise are vital to helping folks in and out of our Country music community."

Tickets are available now at axs.com.

The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards will stream live on Prime Video May 16.

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Darius Rucker's heading out on a book tour

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Darius Rucker has announced a four-date book tour to promote his forthcoming memoir, Life's Too Short.

Arrivinig May 28, the memoir will chronicle Darius' life journey, chart-topping music career with Hootie & the Blowfish and later as a country singer, and the highs and lows he faced on his road to stardom.

The book tour will kick off May 22 with a TalksShopLive virtual event, followed by stops in Ridgewood, New Jersey; New York; and St. Louis, Missouri, on May 27, May 28 and June 1, respectively.

"Can’t believe my memoir, Life’s Too Short, will be out in almost a month!! To celebrate, I’m stopping by a few bookstores and doing a @talkshoplive," Darius announced on Instagram.

To preorder the book and to purchase tickets to Darius' book tour, head to dariusrucker.com/lifes-too-short.

 

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Carly Pearce is celebrating her birthday with you

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Carly Pearce is gearing up to spend her birthday with you.

The soon-to-be 34-year-old shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she's hopping on an Instagram Live and announcing something.

"Join me for a bday happy hour + special announcement on IG Live this Wednesday at 5pm CT," Carly wrote.

Carly's forthcoming new album, hummingbird, drops June 14 and is available for preorder now.

The "What He Didn't Do" singer is currently opening for Tim McGraw on his Standing Room Only Tour, with the next show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on April 25.

For tickets and Carly's full tour schedule, head to her website.

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Miranda inks new record deal + announces new song

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Miranda Lambert is set to drop a new song, "Wranglers," on May 3.

The track will be Miranda's first release under her newly announced joint label contract with Republic Records and Big Loud. 

"'Wranglers' is a tale of a woman taking her power back," Miranda says of her forthcoming track. "I think we can all identify with the character in this song, because we have all had a time in our life that we needed to find a way to find our strength and also get a little revenge on someone that did us wrong or hurt us."

Of her new record deal, the country superstar shares, "Music is and always will be the thing that drives me, but having a new home has given me a hunger I didn’t realize I still had inside me. This song feels like it could be on the same record as 'Gunpowder & Lead'; it has that same fury. I can’t wait to get out there with this new label and this new music… [REPUBLIC Founder and Chairman] Monte Lipman and his team fire me up!"

"Miranda Lambert’s legacy as both a consummate storyteller and legendary performer speaks for itself," adds Monte. "Her new music is spectacular and we are thrilled and honored to welcome her to Republic Records in partnership with Big Loud."

Miranda's latest full-length studio album is 2022's Palomino

The Texas native is currently on tour. Her next stop is Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California, on Saturday, April 27. For Miranda's full tour schedule, head to her website.

You can presave "Wranglers" now to hear it as soon as it arrives.

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Sam Hunt takes "Outskirts" to #1 + shares gratitude for fans

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As Sam Hunt celebrates his 10th #1 with "Outskirts," he's reflecting on his career in country music and the people who have been there with him from the get-go: his fans.

"They mean the world to me. They're the reason I have a career," Sam tells the press. "Our fans specifically have been a unique section of country music fans. A lot of our fans aren't traditional country music fans, but now [have got] on board through some of our music, which is always awesome to hear."

Sam has not only shaped his fans' music taste but has watched them grow up from teens to parents. His music has, quite literally, transcended generations.

"From the early days, I've really appreciated the enthusiasm our fans have had and [their] loyalty. They've stuck with us all these years and now, 10 years in, it feels like a lot of us have grown up," says Sam. "A lot of them have kids now. They're bringing their kids out to the shows the last two or three years, which is really cool to see."

He adds, "We have a real relationship that goes back now, which makes it more meaningful when we get out and see some familiar faces on the road."

You can find "Outskirts" on Sam's latest EP, Locked Up, out now.

To catch Sam on his Locked Up Tour this summer, head to samhunt.com.

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Nashville notes: Travis Tritt's DVD + Josh Turner's new song tease

Travis Tritt is releasing his television special and DVD, Country Chapel, on April 26. "This album is one that I have wanted to make for over 30 years. I’m extremely excited and grateful to have released this collection of songs that take me back to my early roots of singing inspirational songs as a child in church," Travis says of the songs on the forthcoming project. You can preorder your copy online.

Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, William Michael Morgan and more have joined the Opry Country Classics' Johnny Paycheck tribute show. Tickets for the May 9 event are available now at opry.com.

Josh Turner is set to release a new song on April 26. You can check out a clip of the as-yet-untitled track on Josh's Instagram.

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