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Allister AnnWhen Kenny Chesney takes the stage Saturday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, it’ll be a career first.

“You know what, we've never played, I don't believe… a stadium venue in St. Louis,” he explains. “We've always played the amphitheater or we've played the arena several times, just kinda flip-flopped back and forth. This is the first time, I believe… So we're looking really forward to it. Man, we really are,” he adds.

For the superstar from East Tennessee, it’ll be a sentimental moment.

“It's so ironic,” he reflects. “I mean, years ago when I was a kid, I went to a St. Louis Cardinals game with my dad and my grandmother. And I think about that and how life moves us forward, and now here I am with a band, playing my music, in that place. You know, it's really special. And, you know, to think about that is really cool.”

It’s already been quite a week for Kenny: His latest single, “Get Along” is number one, and Pollstar ranked his Trip Around the Sun Tour as the fifth highest-grossing North American trek so far this year.

Next Friday, Kenney's Songs for the Saints album arrives in stores and online.

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ABC/Image Group LA It’s not uncommon for Darius Rucker to reunite with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates to play a couple of charitable events every year.

But on Saturday, the “Hold My Hand” hitmakers will do something they haven’t done in quite awhile: play a stadium.

So exactly how long has it been since the band has played a venue the size of Suntrust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves?

“A long time!” Darius tells ABC Radio. “You know that's probably the thing that had me a little hesitant when Jason [Aldean] first asked,” he explains. “It was like, 'Man, we haven't done anything that big in a long, long time!' But, you know, we'll put it together and see what happens.”  

In addition to kicking off his Summer Plays On co-headlining tour with Lady Antebellum this week, Darius has also been rehearsing with the Hootie guys.

American Idol alum Lauren Alaina and Luke Combs will also join three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean for the Saturday show in Georgia.

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Comstock/Thinkstock All of Sam Hunt's singles have been monster hits, with the exception of his very first one. Can you name the 2013 release from Montevallo that's Sam's only release to not be certified platinum? ANSWER: "Raised on It."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dustin LynchJon PardiLauren AlainaCamMorgan EvansAshley McBryde and more are set to perform at the 12th Annual ACM Honors August 22 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Jordan Davis, Linsday Ell and others will present.

After sold-out shows in Glasgow, Scotland and London, England this Summer, Eric Paslay will return to the United Kingdom this fall to do two headlining concerts in London, before opening a six-show run with Old Dominion.

If you missed Miranda Lambert performing "Ugly Lights" and "Pink Sunglasses" on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can check out her performances on YouTube.

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Since Jason Aldean is both a Georgia boy and a lifelong Braves fan, playing Suntrust Park in Atlanta on Saturday is a dream come true.

But as he was planning the bucket-list concert, he got an idea: What if he could convince Darius Rucker to put Hootie & the Blowfish back together for the date?

How did the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year manage to pull it off?

“I have no idea. I'll be honest with you...” Jason tells ABC Radio. “Darius and I have been friends for a long time, and he's one of my favorite guys in town.”

“I knew those guys got back together and would play a show or a couple shows a year, do like benefits and stuff...” Jason continues. “I was just like, ‘Man, maybe it's not that far-fetched. We can throw it [out there].’ I mean, those guys were the biggest band in the world in the nineties.”

Darius initially hesitated, simply because it’s been a long time since the band has played a venue that large. But Jason wasn’t giving up.

“I was just like, ‘Man, if we could pull this off, this would be amazing,’” he explains. “They're from South Carolina, which is not too far from Atlanta, and I just felt like that would be a show that people would love to come see. And when Darius and the rest of those guys agreed to do it, it was just like, ‘All right, this is gonna be pretty amazing!’”

“So I can't wait,” Jason admits. “Getting a chance to play the Atlanta Braves Stadium… is gonna be one of the highlights of my career… I'm glad those guys are getting to come out and be a part of it... It's gonna be a special night.”

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ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt sets out on a Mexican adventure in his new video for “Downtown’s Dead.”

Shot South of the Border, the clip starts as the Georgia native rides his motorcycle through a nearly-abandoned town. Along the way, Sam’s bike breaks down, sending him walking the streets on foot, eventually hitching a ride. By the time the video’s over, he's back on the open road.

You can check out the new video for the top-20 hit on YouTube now.

Saturday night, Sam plays Target Field in Minneapolis on Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country Tour -- XL Stadium Sized trek.

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ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs’ debut album, This One’s for You, has now officially been certified platinum, a feat that’s drawing a comparison with country superstar Chris Stapleton.

Luke’s first record is the fastest debut country album to reach the one-million sales mark since Stapleton’s 2015 breakthrough, TravellerThis One’s for You managed to go platinum in just over a year -- 58 weeks -- and is currently spending its seventh week atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

The North Carolina native also has two platinum and one gold single to his credit. He’ll do his fourth single, “She Got the Best of Me,” Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

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Jill TrunnellKenny Chesney is the only country artist to land in the top ten, as Pollstar ranks the top tours so far this year. The “Get Along” hitmaker comes in fifth on the list, an impressive feat since his ticket prices are typically much lower than his contemporaries.

“What we do isn’t just country, it’s life,” he says of the ranking that finds him among the likes of Pink, the EaglesJustin TimberlakeTaylor SwiftU2Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi.

“For the people who come every summer,” Kenny adds, “whether they love rock or pop or whatever, they’re gonna feel the music, but they also know they’ve lived these songs. For me, it’s the artists who rock me, who make me feel something, whose music is part of my life that I go back to again and again, and that’s what I try to give the fans every single night we hit the stage.”

This weekend, Kenny takes his Trip Around the Sun Tour to St. Louis, Missouri, before the release of his new album, Songs for the Saints, next Friday.   

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ABC/Mark LevineKelsea Ballerini may be burning up the road these days with Keith Urban on the Graffiti U World Tour, but Wednesday night, she found time to take in pop star Halsey’s show at Ascend Amphitheater in Music City.

“100% ready to girl crush on Halsey tonight in Nashville,” the “I Hate Love Songs” hitmaker announced on Twitter.

Later on Instagram, Kelsea shared a photo with her friends at the concert, tagging Halsey and adding “If you hear someone screaming castle uncontrollably, it’s 100% me.”

“Castle” is the pop star’s platinum single that was included in the movie The Huntsman: Winter’s War. You could also spot Kelsea singing along to Halsey’s 2017 smash, “Bad at Love,” in her Instagram Story.

After the show, Kelsea got even closer to her girl crush.

“Well me and Kelsea Ballerini ended up doing a karaoke rendition of ‘Picture’ by Kid Rock in a dive bar where no one knew our names, so how was your night?” Halsey tweeted.

The dive bar turned out to be Santa’s Pub, where country newcomer Kalie Shorr caught a short Instagram clip. Kelsea and Halsey also did their version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”

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ABC/Image Group LA It’s official: Carly Pearce and Michael Ray are country music’s latest all-star couple.

Late Wednesday night, the two both shared the same photo of themselves backstage at the Opry, laughing and hugging, along with a similar message: “And then one random night at the Nashville Palace changed everything.”

Earlier in the day, Michael had all but confirmed their relationship in an interview, without going into too much detail.

He also happened to talk about one of his favorite Music City hot spots, which is located across Briley Parkway from the Grand Ole Opry in the Music Valley section of town.

“Nashville Palace,” Michael told the group of reporters at his record label. “I know that's a different place, but I love it. It's my tradition to go there after I play the Opry every time.”

“So, I just love it, I love going there,” he added. “I love traditional country music, that's what my passion is, and so I love the Opry. And I love being in that whole realm of going up there and seeing all the older people two-stepping, and all the bands that go through it.”

“It's just a cool thing,” he explained. “It's different than Broadway, a whole different vibe. So Nashville Palace is probably my favorite place to go to.”

In keeping with the couple’s love of classic country music, Carly is set to play 90’s Night on Monday at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, along with Brothers OsborneEaston Corbin, and more.

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Saturday, Georgia native Lauren Alaina gets the chance to realize a dream, as she plays the Atlanta Braves’ new Suntrust Park with Jason Aldean, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Luke Combs.

“I grew up a Braves fan,” the American Idol runner-up explains, “so to be able to play in their new stadium, and my dad is gonna get to be there -- that's the best part. My dad is a huge Braves fan, and some of my favorite childhood memories with him are watching the Braves play baseball on TV.”

Lauren goes on: “So, for us to get to be in the stadium where they play, and me singing to that many people, and my dad getting to see that, is gonna be so awesome. Pumped! And I got to meet Chipper Jones,” she adds, mentioning the legendary Braves’ player.

The “Road Less Traveled” hitmaker admits practically everyone she knows has asked her for tickets.

“Everyone!” she laughs. “People I haven't talked to in like six years are like, 'Hey, could you get us tickets...' I'm like, 'Uh, I'll see about that, but probably not, because my entire family is gonna be there!'”

Lauren says priority number-one on Saturday will be making sure her father gets to have his moment with Chipper Jones.

“You better believe that my dad will never speak to me again if he doesn't get to meet Chipper,” she jokes. “So I told Chipper when I met him the other day, that I'm gonna need you to come to this show at this stadium and meet my father, 'cause he will have a stroke!”

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis four-time CMA-nominated Vocal Group scored their first #1 with "The Door Is Always Open," which also got a nod for Single of the Year in 1976. Can you name them? ANSWER: Dave & Sugar.

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Texas music legend Pat Green will play his hit "Wave on Wave" Saturday, September 15 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, during the halftime show of the Northern Iowa vs. Iowa game. The song has become the anthem played during the traditional wave to the patients at the nearby Stead Family Children's Hospital. 

John Berry, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Gordon Mote have been added to the lineup of the Alabama & Friends #JSUStrong Tornado Relief Concert September 26 in Jacksonville, Alabama. Tickets are 90% sold-out for the show that features Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and more. Money raised will help Jacksonville State University rebuild after the devastating storm that hit the campus in March.

If you missed Luke Combs performing his #1 hit, "One Number Away," on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you can watch his performance on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA When Darius Rucker heads out on the Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum, he’ll not only be sharing the bill with some of country’s biggest hitmakers, he’ll also be hanging out with some of his best buds.

Charles [Kelley] is probably my best friend in the business,” Darius tells ABC Radio. “He's one of those people I know I can call at any time and talk to about anything and ask him anything, and he knows the same about me. He's an amazing human being and I'm proud to call him my friend.”

Even though Darius and Charles are both avid golfers, the two don’t usually get to hit the links as often as you might think.

“We don't get to play a lot of golf together,” Darius reveals. “You know, we play when we can but it's more hanging out or talking on the phone or texting each other, or you know, singing together. That's what we really love to do, is when we get to, you know, get together and sing.”  

In fact, Charles is featured on Darius’s latest single, “Straight to Hell,” along with Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

It’s a good bet that Charles and Darius will be making up for lost time on the green in the coming weeks, since Charles has already pointed out he’s happy to have his “golf buddy” along for the tour.

Darius and Lady A do their first Summer Plays On show tonight in Toronto, Canada, before playing Cleveland, Ohio Friday. On Saturday, Darius reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish for a special appearance on Jason Aldean’s show at Suntrust Park in Atlanta.

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ABC/Image Group LA Go ahead and "Hide the Wine." It looks like Carly Pearce may be the one Michael Ray is singing "Kiss You in the Morning" about these days.

If you're an avid follower of either country hitmaker on social media, you may've noticed the two engaging in some friendly flirting on Instagram.

Wednesday afternoon, the "One That Got Away" singer all but confirmed that he and the "Every Little Thing" vocalist have been seeing each other, when asked about it during a group interview in Nashville.

"I mean, I think when it comes time to talk about the dating life, it'll come out," Michael said good-naturedly. "But she's a great girl. I think that she's an incredible person. And right now, everything on both ends are about, you know, both our singles and both our music and, it'll come out."

"She's great," he added. "I'm a big fan. I'll leave it at that."

Later during the interview, Michael seemed to refer to Carly again, when asked about how he spends his time off the road.

"The little bit of free time that we have is spent mainly at my house, not doing too much," he laughed. "But, yeah, that's changed a little bit, you know. Some person got added into it, so it's been better."

"My time off's been better," Michael added. "She's a homebody too, so we connect real well. So a lot of old country music is listened to."

This weekend, Michael plays Wyoming's Cheyenne Frontier Days, before doing fairs in Hastings, Nebraska and Minot, North Dakota. Carly will be in Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida on Rascal Flatts' Back to Us Tour.

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The GreenRoomLady Antebellum and Darius Rucker want you to turn up your summer and have the experience of a lifetime, courtesy of their tour sponsor, synchrony.

From now through July 26, you can enter to win an impressive prize package in the Turn Up My Summer sweepstakes. The lucky winner will get VIP tickets and airfare for two to attend the August 25 performance of the Summer Plays On show at Mattress Firm Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California.

In addition, the winner will also get a $1000 check, plus their choice of two unforgettable summer experiences in San Diego. They’ll get to choose from a shopping spree, surfing school, golf, biking, kayaking, or a spa day.

You can enter now at synchronySummer.com. The Summer Plays On Tour kicks off Thursday night in Toronto, Canada.  

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CurbHow’d you like to be in Dylan Scott’s new music video? If you happen to be in Nashville on Wednesday, the Louisiana native is looking for you.

Dylan put out the call for extras on social media around noon, announcing he’d be shooting at Springwater in Music City starting at 5:30 p.m. CT.

The tiny dive bar near Nashville’s Centennial Park is a popular music video location. In fact, it’s where Jason Aldean shot both the cover of his Rearview Town album and the “Drowns the Whiskey” clip with Miranda Lambert.

So far, we don’t know exactly what Dylan will be shooting. His latest single, “Hooked,” is nearing country’s top ten. It’s the follow-up to his first #1, “My Girl.”

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EMI Nashville If you’re a paying member of Eric Church’s Church Choir, you’ll automatically get a copy of his new album, Desperate Man, delivered to your door by the album’s release date, October 5.

It probably won’t happen exactly like it does in the new video for the record’s first single, “Desperate Man,” however. In the clip, Eric embarks on a high-stakes, high-flying adventure to press the LP, aided by his co-writer, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The Chief even has a little fun at his record company’s expense in the video, as agents try -- but ultimately fail -- to shut his operation down. The iconic jackets they wear don’t say FBI on the back, though, they say EMI, the name of Eric’s label.

You can check out the “Desperate Man” video on YouTube. It’s now widely available, after being exclusive to Amazon Music for the first two days.

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell will play a special six-city tour to promote his new album, All of It, starting the day the record comes out, August 17.

The “Break Up in the End” hitmaker will kick things off that Friday by playing the Today show’s concert series on the Plaza at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza, before the tour’s first date that night at The Ready Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I’m really excited to announce the All of It Tour coming this August,” Cole shared on his socials. “This is a special one because I’ll be playing my new album from top to bottom. Hope y’all can make it out!” he added.

Pre-sales start on Thursday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Each ticket will also include a copy of the new album.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Cole Swindell’s All of It Tour:

8/17 -- St. Louis, Missouri, The Ready Room
8/19 -- Rosemont, Illinois, Joe’s Live
8/20 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Intersection
8/21 -- Fort Wayne, Indiana, Clyde Theatre
8/22 -- Cleveland, Ohio, House of Blues
8/23 -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stage AE

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When Lady Antebellum kicks off their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Darius Rucker Thursday in Toronto, it may be hard to tell who’s enjoying themselves more -- the fans or the folks onstage.  

“One of the biggest reasons that we, together with Darius, kind of approached this concept of touring again together was because we had so much fun last time,” Charles Kelley says. “And still to this day, it was the biggest tour we had ever had. It was just so much fun.”

“The one thing that I love about Darius,” Charles adds, “not only is he a great guy but he’s a seasoned entertainer. And we finally feel like too as a band, we’ve been at this for over ten years now, we feel we know how to hold a crowd and put on a really fun, entertaining show.”

Darius and Lady A previously toured together back in 2012. This time, Charles and his bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, are excited to be able to deliver a show that’s packed with nothing but hits.

“You know, when the crowds come they’re gonna get over three hours worth of music that is just straight sing-alongs, constantly,” Charles explains, “and that’s what we want.”

“Darius is just such a great entertainer, [we’re] great friends, and we’re gonna have a lot of collaborative moments on it too. And obviously I’ll have my golf buddy there with me during the day,” he adds, laughing.

The title track of Lady Antebellum’s latest album, Heart Break, is currently nearing country’s top ten. Meanwhile, Charles also sings on Darius’s latest single, “Straight to Hell,” along with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

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