LUKE BRYAN'S 'COUNTRY GIRL' GETS SHATNER-IZED. (AUDIO)    4/22/14

Actor William Shatner visited Larry Morgan & Klaudia this morning on KKGO/Go Country 105 in Los Angeles to promote his one-man show "Shatner's World" in theaters one-night-only this Thursday (April 24th), as well as 24th Annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show this coming weekend. While there, Morgan brought up the Emmy winner's connection to country music, including his friendship with Brad Paisley as well as appearing in a few of Brad's videos. Shatner agreed to regale Go Country listeners with his take on Luke Bryan’s hit "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)."

Check it out at http://gocountry105.com/media/audio/?id=427.

Or listen to the audio below.  

CREDIT: Larry Morgan & Klaudia from KKGO/Go Country 105. 

AUDIO:Shatner Shake It For Me
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GEORGE STRAIT CHOOSES HIS FAVORITES AND ADDS ANOTHER DATE TO HIS 'COWBOY RIDES AWAY TOUR.' (AUDIO)    4/22/14

George Strait’s final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away, is filled with hits. The Country Music Hall of Famer has had 60 number-one singles, and it’s just not feasible for him to do all of those, plus the ones that are fan favorites that may not have hit the top of the charts. He acknowledges that putting together his show’s set list is pretty tough, but he’s got a solution.

“I just do kind of my favorites,” he laughs. “This tour has, we’ve been able to have some great artists come out, and so if they want to do a song that I’m not doing, you know, with me, then we’ll do it. So, that’s how some of those songs came into the set list, not all of ‘em.”

Only a few dates remain on the final leg of recently crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, but Strait announced on Tuesday (April 22nd) the addition of a tour stop Thursday, June 5 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Tickets for the added show will go on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 2nd.

His final show on June 7th will take place in Arlington, Texas, and will feature a ton of special guests, including Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack and Asleep at the Wheel.

George is currently headed up the country charts with his latest single, “I Got a Car.”

AUDIO:George Strait (deciding on favorites)
AUDIO: George Strait talks about how he chooses the songs he’s been performing on his final tour.

George Strait (deciding on favorites) OC: …that I’ve had. :37
“Well, it’s difficult. I just do kind of my favorites. [laughs] This tour has, we’ve been able to have some great artists come out, and so if they want to do a song that I’m not doing, you know,with me, then we’ll do it. So, that’s how some of those songs came into the set list, not all of ‘em. We’re doing a long, long show this year, longer than I’ve ever done, I think about two and a half hours, so I’m able to work in a lot of those. Not all of them have been hit records. Not all of them have even been radio singles, but they’re just favorite songs of mine off of the many years of records that I’ve had.”

 

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WATCH KIP MOORE WRITE HIS CURRENT SINGLE, 'DIRT ROAD.' (VIDEO)    4/22/14

Kip Moore is taking fans and American Songwriter behind-the-scenes of writing his latest single, "Dirt Road," with his bandmates Westin Davis and Dan Couch. 

“The groove of this song is something that really grabbed me,” says Kip. “I actually worked it up with the band on the road, and we played it live that same night. We did that with a lot of the new songs and in a way the live crowds helped shape this album because of that.”

Kip and his co-writers came up with the idea for the song during a conversation about their experiences growing up in small, Baptist towns in the Deep South. 

 

VIDEO:Creation Of Dirt Road
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KEITH URBAN'S 'IDLE CHATTER,' EPISODE 2. (VIDEO)    4/22/14

Keith Urban is taking fans behind-the-scenes of the popular FOX-TV show,American Idol. He's started a new video series showing what's not on the show. This week, the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, joins Keith. Wait until you see Ryan's amazing skills! Check out Episode Two below. 

VIDEO:Keith Urban, Idle Chatter, Episode 2
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LADY ANTEBELLUM'S DAVE HAYWOOD IS EXCITED TO BECOME A FATHER. (AUDIO)    4/21/14

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli announced they were expecting their first child in September on the band’s Facebook page. They also revealed even more news, as well. “So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it’s a boy!!! –Dave & Kelli”

The couple were friends for years before they started dating in 2011. Months later, Dave popped the question during the Christmas holidays. They pair were married April 14th, 2012.

Bandmate Hillary Scott, who became a mother to Eisele last summer, tweeted, “Whoo Hoo!,” in her excitement of the impending news. 

AUDIO:Lady A (Dave-LBT advice)
AUDIO: Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood recently asked for a little advice from Little Big Town on how they deal with three young children on the road.

Lady A (Dave-LBT advice) OC: …a lot of wine. :10
“I asked Little Big Town, I was like, ‘How do you guys do it with all those babies and family?’ And they were like, ‘You just bring a lot of wine.’ That’s all they said – ‘a lot of wine.’” 

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DIERKS BENTLEY LAUNCHES 'DRUNK ON A PLANE' INTERACTIVE PHOTO BOOTH. (PRESS RELEASE)    4/21/14

PHOTO: Dierks Drunk on a Plane app

Nashville, TN – April 21, 2014 – Chart-topping singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is taking the mile-high party viral today with the release of a “Drunk On A Plane” interactive photo booth, where fans can upload their own picture and customize it with aviation and party themed stickers. To join the party visitwww.dierks.com/drunkonaplane, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dierksbentley and through Urturn in the AppStore.

“Nashville’s Freshest, Funniest Party Song” (Star Tribune) is the second single off Bentley’s No. one album RISER and follows its chart-topping lead single “I Hold On.” Fans can catch Bentley out on his headlining 2104 RISER tour beginning May 9 in Charlotte, NC. For a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.

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SCOTTY McCREERY PLAYS PINEHURST FOR THE FIRST TIME. (VIDEO)    4/21/14

Country music star Scotty McCreery played Pinehurst No. 2, host of back-to-back U.S. Opens, for the first time...and lived to sing about it. 

VIDEO:Scotty McCreery Plays Pinehurst No. 2...And Sings
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LITTLE BIG TOWN'S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN IS JOINED BY LADY A'S HILLARY SCOTT IN THE KITCHEN. (VIDEO)    4/21/14

South Florida is famous across the world for its fishing, both amateur and professional anglers alike enjoy the bountiful waters year-round. On this episode of Great American Country's Kimberly's Simply Southern cooking show, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman goes for the experience of a lifetime with Captain Nel Martinez, a seasoned angler and native Floridian who teaches her how to catch and then fillet a few fresh biters. Back in her kitchen Kimberly makes fish two ways with a creative and very southern menu that is sure to reel in Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. Recipes Featured in this episode include Hush Puppies; Blackened Mahi Mahi; Asparagus with Lemon-Mayo Dressing; Herbed Couscous Salad.

The episode premieres Monday (April 21st) at 4pm ET.

Check out the video blooper below, which features Hillary's husband, Chris Tyrell, and their daughter, Eisele. 

 

VIDEO:Kimberly's 'Simply Southern' Bloopers (feat: Hilary Scott)
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KACEY MUSGRAVES' 'KEEP IT TO YOURSELF' WAS A DIFFICULT SONG TO WRITE. (AUDIO)    4/18/14

Kacey Musgraves has hit the airwaves with her latest single, “Keep It To Yourself,” from her album, Same Trailer Different Park. She says the song was a bit difficult to write.

“I was going through a bit of a personal down moment and a break-up, and self- discipline has never been something that I’ve been very good at. So, when this song talks about keeping it to yourself, it’s just about knowing and wanting to know how that person feels about you like in a situation, but just knowing that it’s not good for you anymore and that you literally have to be the strong person and say, “Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in,’” says Kacey. “It’s going to create that cycle again, I feel like that’s something that a lot of people go through and it’s about getting over that hump; that hard part where you’re just going to die because this person’s not there anymore so literally you just have to be like, ‘If you have feelings for me, just put them on a shelf,’ like I don’t want to hear about them.”

Kacey, who is in Los Angeles to tape the latest installment of CMT Crossroads with Katy Perry, is featured in Elle magazine’s Women in Music issue, alongside Angel Haze, Lily Allen, Neneh Cherry, Ariana Grande and Cher, among others.

AUDIO:Kacey Musgraves (Keep It To Yourself)
AUDIO: Kacey Musgraves talks about the song, “Keep It To Yourself,” from her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park.

Kacey Musgraves (Keep It To Yourself) OC: …have to do. :58
“‘Keep It To Yourself’ is a song that was kind of hard to write. I was going through a bit of a personal down moment and a break-up, and self- discipline has never been something that I’ve been very good at. So when this song talks about keeping it to yourself, it’s just about knowing and wanting to know how that person feels about you like in a situation, but just knowing that it’s not good for you anymore and that you literally have to be the strong person and say, “Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in.’ It’s going to create that cycle again, I feel like that’s something that a lot of people go through and it’s about getting over that hump; that hard part where you’re just going to die because this person’s not there anymore so literally you just have to be like, ‘If you have feelings for me, just put them on a shelf,’ like I don’t want to hear about them. It’s hard. It’s about feeling comfortable too. Nobody wants to feel naked or uncomfortable, and removing yourself out of situation that you know is probably not right is really hard, but it’s something that you just have to do.”

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BILLY CURRINGTON GOES BACK TO HIS YOUNGER YEARS WITH 'WE ARE TONIGHT.' (AUDIO)    4/18/14

Billy Currington is making the touring season count with his own headlining We Are Tonight trek, as well as taking up residency with Lady Antebellum on their Take Me Downtown Tour. One of the staples of his setlist is his latest single and title track of his current album, “We Are Tonight,” which he says reminds him of his summers growing up.

“Just a young vibe, the innocence, the Friday nights, and it made me think of football games and the summer rolling down the window, driving down the beach boulevard,” says Billy. “Everything that the song states, took me back to my younger years.”

Billy will be in Dothan, Alabama Thursday (April 24th), Raleigh, North Carolina April 25th and Charlotte, North Carolina April 26th.

AUDIO:Billy Currington (We Are Tonight) 2
AUDIO: Billy Currington says his single, “We Are Tonight,” reminds him of his childhood summers.

Billy Currington (We Are Tonight) 2 OC: …perfect for it. :35
“Just a young vibe, the innocence, the Friday nights, and it made me think of football games and the summer rolling down the window, driving down the beach boulevard, everything that the song states took me back to my younger years. Also, it’s really amped-up energy, amped-up production in that song, and I thought, ‘Man, this would be great, ‘cause I would love for something like this to be a single ‘cause I definitely want to play it in the arenas and football stadiums.’ And that song would [be] perfect for it.”

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GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH LUKE BRYAN AS HE GOES BACK HOME FOR A PHOTO SHOOT. (VIDEO)    4/18/14

Luke Bryan goes home to Leesburg, Georgia for a photo shoot for Parade Magazine. Check out all the behind-the-scenes action in the latest episode of LBTV.

VIDEO:LBTV Thursdays 2014! Episode 11
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DARIUS RUCKER JOINS DAN RATHER TO TALK ABOUT HIS MUSIC AND THE THEME OF FAMILY THAT STREAMS THROUGHOUT IT. (VIDEO CLIP)    4/17/14

2014 GRAMMY® award winner Darius Rucker sits down with legendary newsman Dan Rather on AXS TV's The Big Interview Monday, April 21 at 8pET | 5pPT.

In this clip, Rucker reflects on his critical success and popularity in the country music community and talks about the importance of family themes to his music.

VIDEO:Darius Rucker Joins Dan Rather on AXS TV's 'The Big Interview,'
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