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Jackson Dean's 'Greenbroke' comes from a personal place: "It's my story"

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There's a specific reason Jackson Dean titled his debut album Greenbroke. 

The singer explains the distinction between a broke horse, which is easily tamable, and a green broke horse, which is much harder to domesticate, consumed by a free spirit that's unpredictable. 

"A green broke horse, there ain't no telling when it'll stop being friendly. You can ride it for a little while, but [it always has] one eye on the door. It's untamable," Jackson explains. "It's never truly going to be broken. It will never lose its wild." 

For this reason, the rising country star was inclined to name his debut project after the wild beast. Greenbroke comes from the heart, particularly the title track, which expresses his desire to be a free thinker and live life on his own terms. 

"The reason I called the record Greenbroke is because there's no two songs the same, and it's pretty out there," Jackson continues, describing the album as "wild." "It's so many things wrapped into one. The song itself, 'Greenbroke,' is the telling of my story all the way up to this point, not in [an] external sense, but just in here. And it's my story." 

The Maryland native's current single, "Don't Come Lookin,'" is in the top 20 on country radio. 

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Nashville notes: Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton & more

Mickey Guyton performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and her original songs "All American" and "I Still Pray" on CBS' A Capitol Fourth MondayJake Owen also performed his hits "Down to the Honkytonk" and "American Country Love Song." 

Members of Luke Bryan's fan club now have priority access to his Raised Up Right Tour, which includes exclusive access to pit tickets, the merch booth and more. 

Kylie Morgan has released her debut single, "If He Wanted to He Would." It'll hit radio airwaves on July 25. 

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"Happy trails y’all!": Miranda Lambert & friends embark on journey out west


Miranda Lambert is embarking on a glamping trip across the country. 

After completing her co-headlining tour with Little Big Town on the Bandwagon Tour, the singer is using some of her downtime this summer to venture across the U.S. with her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, and best friend Gwen Sebastian and her husband, drummer Louis Newman, on a nearly three-week excursion. 

Miranda and Brendan are in their Airstream, known as "The Sheriff," while Gwen and Louis are traveling in their camper, called "Toodle Lou." Their trek began in Colorado, with the singer sharing a photo of her and Gwen sitting in front of a mountainside lake with beers in hand. The trip also includes hiking and mountain biking. 

"Time off touring means it’s time to hit the dusty trail! There is no better way to spend summer than glamping with your best pals," Miranda says in an Instagram post. "We’re out on a 20 day run of adventures out west. We kicked it off in beautiful Colorado. Stay tuned for more tales from the road. Happy trails y’all!" 

Miranda and Brendan previously ventured out in a cross-country road trip in their Airstream in 2020, covering four states in six days. 

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'Growin' Up': Luke Combs debuts at #2 on Billboard 200

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Luke Combs is making an impression on the charts with his new album, Growin' Up. 

The singer's third studio album has debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 following its June 24 release, marking the highest debut for a country album so far this year. It also serves as the highest debut of the week. The 12-track project sold 74,000 equivalent album units in its first week. 

Growin' Up is the North Carolina native's fourth consecutive album to reach the top five on the all-genre chart. His wildly successful sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2019, while both his debut album, This One's For You, and EP The Prequel both hit #4 in 2018 and 2019, respectively. 

On the country charts, the current single off Growin' Up, "The Kind of Love We Make," is climbing up the top 20. Luke recently acquired his 14th #1 hit with the previously released "Doin' This," which served as the lead single off his new album.   

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"So magical": Kenny Chesney breaks own record in Kansas City

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Kenny Chesney has surpassed his own personal best. 

Over the 4th of July weekend, the country superstar, who is on his Here and Now Tour, made his grand return to Kansas' Arrowhead Stadium and performed for a crowd of 57,852 people -- surpassing his previous record at the stadium by about 300 people during his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour.

"Thank you, Kansas City. So much of what has happened to us on the road started here. And it still feels the same," Kenny expressed in an Instagram post that included a gallery of photos of him entertaining the massive crowd and holding up a Kansas City Chiefs helmet. "So connected because you care about this music and the experience of it all. Arrowhead, last night was so magical and I thank you." 

Kenny also set a record in May when 57,111 people showed up at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, marking the highest attendance record for a single-day concert at the venue. 

The "Everyone She Knows" hitmaker continues on the Here and Now Tour through the end of the summer when it wraps with a two-night stay at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on August 26 and 27. 

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"How did I get so lucky?": Carrie Underwood performs with Guns N' Roses in London


Dreams do come true, and Carrie Underwood is living proof, as she performed with Guns N' Roses for the second time. 

While over in London, the country superstar made a surprise appearance during the legendary rock band's performance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. She rocked out to "Sweet Child 'O Mine" and "Paradise City," trading vocals with frontman Axl Rose, while Slash slayed on guitar.   

In April, Axl Rose joined Carrie on stage during her headlining set at Stagecoach Festival to perform the classic hits; Carrie later referred to it as "the greatest night of my life." She reiterated that sentiment in a series of Instagram posts from her night in London with one of her favorite bands.

"Together again…but this time in London and with a few more friends! Thanks, @gunsnroses and your crew for welcoming me into your world like family," she praised alongside a photo of her and Axl Rose on stage. "I am but a fan who somehow managed to find her way on stage to have a moment of magic with her heroes! How did I get so lucky?" 

She shared another snap of her and the entire Guns N' Roses band standing with their arms wrapped around each other while taking a final bow. 

"Never in a million years did I think I would get to spend not one but TWO nights of my life on stage with @gunsnroses ! Thanks, again, to the band and crew and, of course, to the fantastic crowd!" Carrie captions the picture of her beaming alongside her idols, noting that the crowd's energy was electric. "Until next time…" 

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“It’s a song about triumph”: Lainey Wilson shares message behind new single, “Heart Like a Truck”


Lainey Wilson tells a story of resilience in her new single, “Heart Like a Truck,” with lyrics that reflect on the tough times that help shape a person into who they’re supposed to be.

“‘Heart Like a Truck’ is a song about finding freedom and strength, and not being scared of the scars and the dents and the bumps along the way,” she says. “At the end of the day, that’s what builds character.”

Lainey knows firsthand how hard times help build strength. When she first moved to Nashville, she spent three years living in a camper and struggling to make ends meet as she chased her dream. Of course, those lean times paid off: Lainey is now a bona fide country star, with two #1 country singles to her name.

But she tells a different side of that story in the music video for her song. Instead of being centered around a country music hopeful in Nashville, the clip takes Lainey to a ranch, where she plays the role of a young woman struggling to find her way as a horse handler.

“It’s telling a story about a ranch girl who’s got a lot to prove to herself and everybody else,” the singer details. “And in the end, she does it. It’s a song about triumph. It’s a video about triumph.”

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Nashville notes: Chris Stapleton’s Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit + more

Chris Stapleton’s Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, called Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, opens Friday. The exhibit chronicles Chris’ career from a songwriter into country superstardom.

Dustin Lynch has a new song out Friday called “Fish in the Sea.”

Morgan Evans has been teasing that he’s at work on a new album. Called The Country & the Coast Side B, it’ll follow Side A of that project, which Morgan put out in late 2021.

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Luke Bryan explains what it means to "Country On"


Luke Bryan’s new summer anthem, “Country On,” is officially here, and the singer -- who’s no stranger to warm-weather party hits -- is elaborating on exactly what he means when he tells fans to “country on.”

“For me to keep country on, I think it’s ‘Hey Luke, keep smiling, keep smiling, keep shining,’” Luke tells Apple Music’s Today’s Country Radio With Kelleigh Bannen. “For me to keep doing what I do and staying true to what I do, and keep waking up every day, hopefully spreading a lot of happiness and love and positivity and fun and being me.”

At this point in his career, Luke has run the gamut from love songs to uptempo bangers, but he says that “Country On” represents a step in a new direction.

“I’ve never heard me sing on something in that baritone deal,” he points out. “...This is a little different sound for me, and that’s what you have to start trying to look for and attempt.”

“Country On” is the first taste of new music to come: Luke says that he’s about halfway done with a new album.

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Reba McEntire reunites with Melissa Peterman for Lifetime's 'The Hammer', also starring her boyfriend Rex

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Reba McEntire is starring in a new Lifetime movie called The HammerDeadline reports, and it’s sure to be a party onset: Her co-stars are two actors the country superstar already knows very well.

One of them is Melissa Peterman, who co-starred in the hit 2000s sitcom Reba. Since then, Reba and Melissa have stayed in touch, and they’ve even co-hosted the Living & Learning With Reba McEntire podcast.

Another co-star in The Hammer is none other than Rex Linn, Reba’s real-life boyfriend. Rex is best known for his work in CSI: Miami as well as his ongoing role in Better Call Saul. He and Reba have worked on the same set before, as they both played recurring roles in Young Sheldon, the hit Big Bang Theory prequel.

Based on the life of traveling circuit judge Kim Wanker -- played by Reba -- The Hammer will unravel a number of mysterious deaths and murky investigations.

It’s Reba’s second Lifetime movie; she starred in Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune last year.

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“Trouble with a Heartbreak”: Jason Aldean goes acoustic for CMT 'Campfire Sessions'


Jason Aldean is the latest country star to showcase his songs in a different light for CMT Campfire Sessions, a series that recasts big hits in a stripped-down, acoustic fireside setting.

In the clip, premiered by People, Jason strums a black acoustic guitar while surrounded by his bandmates, offering a less hard-rocking -- but still just as emotional -- version of his single “Trouble With a Heartbreak,” which spent three weeks at the top of the country radio charts last month.

“Trouble with a Heartbreak” is the second single -- and the second number-one hit -- to come from Jason’s double album Macon, Georgia. It follows “If I Didn’t Love You,” his duet with Carrie Underwood, which came off the first batch of the two-side collection, Macon.

Meanwhile, “Trouble with a Heartbreak” can be found on the track list of Georgia, the second half of the project, which dropped in April, five months after Macon came out.

Jason is one of a number of country stars starring in CMT Campfire Sessions this summer. Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and Little Big Town are just a few of the artists who will get the spotlight in upcoming episodes.

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Little Big Town finds romance on the water in the sun-kissed “All Summer”

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Little Big Town shared another new song off their upcoming 10th studio album Friday, a warm-weather anthem called “All Summer.

Set to a tropical beat, the song describes a summer fling that kicks off with two people “makin’ eyes across the pool,” and soon leads to a love affair that may not be for a long time, but it’s definitely for a good time.

“Here I am getting tan / Drinkin’ wine on the water / And it’s easy and it’s fun / If you want it if I want / I’ll be your dream, in between / In your meantime lover / All summer,” the band sings in the song’s chorus.

The new song follows “Hell Yeah,” LBT’s current single. Both songs will be featured on the group’s next album. Though they haven’t shared many details about what that album will be called or when it’s due out, the band is starting to build a bigger picture on their next chapter with the release of each new song.

Fans will have plenty of opportunities to hear “All Summer” live in the months ahead. Little Big Town has several festival, casino and amphitheater dates on the books in June, July and August, and they’re joining Wynonna Judd and an all-star cast of musical women on the final The Judds Tour this fall.

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Smoked meat, fireworks and family: Country stars share their favorite July Fourth pastimes

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Everybody’s got their own Fourth of July traditions, but there are some staples that make the holiday what it is. If you ask these country stars, it’s all about the right food, getting a great view of the fireworks show and family.

“Fourth of July was always based on how poor we were,” jokes Luke Bryan, explaining that if the family’s bank account allowed, they'd go waterskiing. “And then some years we had it in our swimming pool in the backyard, and we would pop fireworks off.”

No matter where the festivities took place, the most important component was some well-cooked meat. “As long as there’s some form of smoking of pork, that’s a big thing,” he adds.

Chris Young agrees that great food is key to a great Fourth of July party. “If you’re asking me what I bring to a barbecue, it’s ribs,” he states. “They take a long time, but I do my own rub from scratch that I’ve adjusted over the years. Literally, I have to go get all the ingredients and blend them together. And I’ve got a whole process with how I make ribs.”

But for others, like Jordan Davis, locale is #1. Jordan grew up in Louisiana, spending the Fourth of July on a boat watching a fireworks show.

Now that the singer and his wife, Kristen, have a boat, he’s hoping to recreate the experience for their two kids, 2-year-old Eloise and 10-month-old Locklan.

“I think they’re still a little too young for that. But the second Kristen gives me the OK to take Locklan and Eloise out, I would love to go watch that show from the river,” he continues. “I think that’d be cool.”


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Nashville notes: Jon Pardi, Ryan Hurd + Maren Morris and more

Jon Pardi just dropped the music video for his song “Fill ‘Er Up.” That track comes off Mr. Saturday Night, the singer’s fourth album, which will be out in September.

Ryan Hurd’s new video for “Pass it On” is out now. The song, off his Pelago album, features backing vocals from his country star wife, Maren Morris, who also co-stars in the music video.

In case you missed it, hot country newcomer Jelly Roll made his national television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week. He performed “Son of a Sinner,” his new single, which is currently inside country radio’s Top 30 and climbing.

Willie Nelson has a new book coming out about his relationship with his longtime drummer and good friend Paul English, who died in 2020 at age 87. Called Me & Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship, the book will be out on September 20.

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Kelsea Ballerini’s next album is done, and fans will be able to hear it “so soon”


After posting several teases for her next album, Kelsea Ballerini has an exciting update to share: She’s finished with her next musical chapter. The singer shared a handful of beachy, West coast snapshots of herself on social media this week along with some reflections.

“Drove the PCH and listened to the final mixes of my album today,” she wrote. “And now I am going to eat copious amounts of sushi and drown in gratitude for this new little chapter we get to share together so soon.”

Kelsea offered the first taste of her album with “Heartfirst,” her latest single, which is currently climbing up the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

So far, the beach and the water seem to be themes for Kelsea’s new music. Previous teases have often featured beachscapes as well as shots of Kelsea dipping her feet in a pool and soaking in a hot tub.

For now, fans can catch Kelsea’s appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- she’s performing “Heartfirst” on the show on Thursday, June 30.

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