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Country Music News

Nashville notes: Randy Houser's "Country Back" + Maren Morris expands RSVP Redux tour

Randy Houser has dropped a new track, "Country Back." Randy and Matt Rogers wrote the uptempo and rockin' country ode.

Maren Morris has added 15 dates to her 2024 RSVP Redux Tour, with newly added shows in Raleigh, North Carolin; Savannah, Georgia; Hollywood, Florida; and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. local time, after Maren's fan club presale on Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

Country newcomer and American Idol alum Colin Stough's released "Makes Two of Us." Of the song, Colin shares, "'Makes Two of Us' is about that after a breakup thing where you keep thinking about your ex. It’s those lonely moments when your brain kicks in and you start thinking about them, then you start debating on whether or not you should reach out just in case they’re thinking of you too."

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Kelsea Ballerini files for temporary restraining order against alleged hacker who released her songs

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Kelsea Ballerini has filed for a temporary restraining order against an alleged hacker for illegally sharing her music online. 

As reported by People, the alleged hacker, Bo Ewing, is accused of unlawfully obtaining and releasing "still-in-production, unreleased masters and demos" of Ballerini's music, per court documents reviewed by the publication. Ballerini, her label home Black River Entertainment and producer Alysa Vanderheym are listed as plaintiffs.

The Ohio-based alleged hacker is identified as "a former member of Ms. Ballerini’s fan club" and "a supporter of her career in the past" who "has since become disenfranchised with Ms. Ballerini." Court documents state that Ewing got hold of the files "through gaining back-door access to the device of either, or both, of Ms. Ballerini or Ms. Vanderheym."

The plaintiffs also posited Ewing "had already shared the files with multiple third parties and that the music in question was unfinished," per People.

An injunction to protect the recordings has been secured by the country star, Black River Entertainment and Vanderheym to protect the recordings, citing "continued, irreparable harm" on the plaintiff's end.

"Protection of an artist’s music is of the upmost importance," a spokesperson for Ballerini told People exclusively. "Artists spend countless hours perfecting their craft and telling their stories through their music. Stealing and sharing unfinished music is illegal and harms the integrity of the creative process."

Ballerini's latest project is her seven-track Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good) EP, which was preceded by 2022's SUBJECT TO CHANGE. She's currently working on and gearing up to release new music.

You can read the full story now on People's website.

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Michael Ray wants you to "Hold" your loved ones close

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Michael Ray has dropped a new life-inspired song, "Hold."

The midtempo number offers numerous lessons on approaching life, crossroads and relationships with our loved ones. 

"Hold a beer, don't hold a grudge/ Hold on to the ones you love/ You can hold your cards but boy know when to fold 'em/ Hold on to your beliefs, don't hold back on all your dreams/ Make some memories before the good Lord calls you home/ There's a lot of things in life worth letting go/ But the ones that mean the most you got to hold," Michael sings in the chorus.

"This one is so special to me. It’s about keeping what really matters close to you," Michael says on Instagram.

Michael's latest project is 2023's Dive Bars & Broken Hearts EP. His recent single-track releases are "We Should Get a Drink Sometime" and "Nothin' Else."

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Corey Kent shares "perfectly imperfect" new track, "Rust"

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Want a look at what real, authentic love looks like? Corey Kent's got you covered.

The "Wild as Her" singer has dropped a new track, "Rust," that candidly spotlights a relationship's good, bad and less glamorous sides.

"This love won't rust, it holds right up/ Ain't going nowhere when the going gets tough/ The shine might fade, the rain's gon' come/ We'll weather that storm whenever it does/ This love don't rust, rust, rust," Corey sings in the chorus.

"In a world full of love songs that seem hard to relate to & too good to be true, I wanted to write one that felt real; Perfectly imperfect. So I wrote Rust," Corey shares on Instagram.

"Real love doesn’t quit when it gets hard. It endures. It keeps fighting. It weathers the storms," he adds. "When the shine fades & the rust sets in, it should be a badge of honor… because the love endured & that’s a love story worth singing about."

"Rust" is out now on all digital platforms.

To see Corey on Parker McCollum's ongoing Burn It Down Tour, head to coreykentofficial.com.

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Anne Wilson + Lainey Wilson drop faith-inspired "Praying Woman"

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Rising country artist Anne Wilson has teamed with Lainey Wilson for a new duet, "Praying Woman."

Anne and Lainey co-wrote the powerful song with Trannie Anderson, Jeff Pardo and Christian singer Matthew West, and it chronicles a woman's unwavering commitment to prayer.

"That's the power/ The power of two folded hands/ Bowed head, bended knees/ When she whispers dear Jesus/ Heaven can hear it/ And that devil gets back to Hell running/ That's the power/ The power of a praying woman/ Oh, a praying woman," goes the soul-stirring chorus.

"Praying Woman" is off Anne's debut country album, REBEL. Out now, the 16-track project also includes collabs with Jordan Davis ("Country Gold") and Christian superstar Chris Tomlin ("The Cross").

"When I think about this new album and this set of songs, all I see is the faithfulness of God," Anne shares with the press. "He called this little 15 year old girl from Kentucky out of the tragic loss of her brother and has brought me on the most incredible journey. I would be nowhere without Jesus."

"My hope is that you all absolutely love these songs and that you feel Jesus in all of them," she adds. "I pray this record impacts your life for the glory and honor of Jesus. That it brings you JOY and peace. That it inspires you to be a REBEL."

REBEL and "Praying Woman" are out now wherever you listen to music.

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Chris Janson + The Rock bask in the outdoors in "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" video

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Chris Janson has dropped the music video for "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" with surprise guest star and longtime friend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The lighthearted visualizer opens with Chris hanging at Bass Pro Shops before being mentally transported to the outdoors. There, Chris performs his autobiographical song while having a good time with Dwayne on a classic Ford pickup truck.

"We had a great time making this video. Tons of genuine real fun. From TN to TX, we made it happen," shares Chris. "Can’t thank DJ enough for starring in it and for being a great friend to me."

Dwayne says, "We bonded so quickly in a parking lot waiting for our cars to pull around – talking about 'The Blues Man,' talking about the Opry…what really moved me was Chris’ humility, his love for not only Country music, which I love as well, but his desire to work hard and take care of his family."

"He does it with such a grace and style – again, his humility, gratitude and always bringing some fun to the mix made us fast friends and I’m happy to be a part of his video," adds The Rock.

"Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" is Chris' new single, preceded by the #1 hit, "All I Need Is You." His latest album is 2023's The Outlaw Side Of Me.

To see Chris at an upcoming tour stop, visit his website.

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Megan Moroney loves how self-empowering "I'm Not Pretty" is

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Don't be fooled by the self-deprecating title of Megan Moroney's latest single, "I'm Not Pretty." It's actually a self-empowerment song that transpired from an experience Megan had.

"I just love it because it's a confident anthem. I wrote it, obviously, about my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend accidentally liking a photo from 2016," Megan says in a press interview, before talking about the vibrant music video.

"I feel like I got to tell the bigger story of this song. When I sing 'I'm Not Pretty,' I'm not thinking about my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. It's more so just like, 'Keep telling me I can't do things,'" she says. "That's the message of the song."

"I just like how the music video is like, 'If you're nice, you're really good at baking cakes and you're really good at doing things. And if you're mean, you burn your cakes and look unhappy all the time,'" adds Megan.

"I'm Not Pretty" is now approaching the top 15 of the country charts. You can find it on Megan's debut album, Lucky, out now.

Megan's currently opening for Kenny Chesney on his Sun Goes Down Tour. Tickets and the full tour schedule are available now on her website.


 

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Nashville notes: Brittney Spencer on 'CBS Mornings' + Kip Moore's tour merch

Brittney Spencer was on CBS Mornings to talk about being featured on Beyoncé's "BLACKBIIRD" and her long-tenured journey in the music industry. If you missed the interview, you can watch it now on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Kip Moore has dropped new tour merch to celebrate his upcoming Nomad World Tour. You can grab new T-shirts, hats and more at Kip's merch store. For his upcoming tour schedule, visit kipmoore.net.

Danielle Bradbery has announced that she's releasing a new song, "Younger & Wiser," on Friday. While you wait, you can check out its cover art on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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HARDY's dropping a cover of Snoop Dog's "Gin and Juice"

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HARDY is set to drop his cover of hit rapper Snoop Dog's "Gin and Juice" on Friday.

The announcement arrived on HARDY's socials alongside a photo of him with Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre in classic gentlemen's outfits.

"I’m still in disbelief, but I am so stoked to announce that I recorded my version of this classic record for the short film Gin and Juice with the blessing of @drdre and @snoopdogg themselves. Thankful for the opportunity," HARDY captioned his Instagram post.

HARDY recently released his star-studded Joe Diffie tribute album, HIXTAPE: Vol. 3: DIFFTAPE. In February, he dropped a new track, "ROCKSTAR," and announced a forthcoming as-yet-untitled rock album.

HARDY's 15-date Quit!! tour kicks off May 30 in Rogers, Arkansas. For tickets and a full list of dates, head to hardyofficial.com.

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Jelly Roll does enjoy eating jelly rolls

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If you enjoy eating jelly rolls, you just might be buddies with Jelly Roll.

People recently asked Jelly if he likes the sugary cake, and his response was, "Nobody's ever asked, and I kind of do."

"But here's a funny thing. I didn't realize that jelly rolls were cakes," says Jelly, whose real name is Jason DeFord. "I got named Jelly Roll after a jelly donut. My mother didn't know there was a different pastry called a jelly roll."

With a nickname like that, surely he's been gifted with a bunch of jelly rolls, right?

"It is awesome. Venues will always have one," says Jelly, adding that he receives them "all the time" now.

His favorite flavors? "I love anything with strawberry or grape in it," says the "Son of a Sinner" singer.

Jelly's currently in the top 10 of the country charts with his latest single, "Halfway to Hell." You can find it on his debut country album, Whitsitt Chapel, out now.

Jelly's headlining Beautifully Broken Tour kicks off August 27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and wraps October 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina. For tickets and a full list of dates, head to jellyroll615.com.

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Lee Brice "had the best time" at first father-daughter dance

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Lee Brice is all smiles after attending his first father-daughter dance with his daughter, Trulee.

The "I Don't Dance" singer took to social media to share photos taken after their dance.

"My sweet beautiful little girl.. I had the best time at our first daddy-daughter dance. Thank you for making me feel like the luckiest daddy in the world," Lee captioned his Instagram carousel.

The three-picture post featured Lee in a black crewneck and denim jeans as he posed for shots with Trulee, who donned a dress and held a bouquet of tulips.

On the music front, Lee's set to release his new song, "Drinkin' Buddies," with Nate Smith and Hailey Whitters on April 26. You can presave it now to hear it as soon as it drops.

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Chris Young to headline Nashville's Fourth of July concert

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Chris Young is set to headline Nashville's annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th concert.

Presented by Dr Pepper and held in downtown Nashville, the event will feature performances by the "Famous Friends" hitmaker as well as Christian artist Blessing Offor, genre-blending singer Yola and folk trio Girl Named Tom

Attendees will also be treated to one of the nation's largest July 4th fireworks shows, which will feature drone light elements that'll synchronize to the Nashville Symphony's music.

For more information, head to visitmusiccity.com.

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Chris Stapleton talks music, wife + possibility of shaving beard on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Chris Stapleton was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday to perform "It Takes a Woman" and chat about his life, career and dedicating music to his wife, Morgan.

During the interview, Jimmy also asked Chris about the possibility of shaving his beard. His response? "That's my retirement plan."

"Yeah, if I ever wanted to disappear I would just have to shave and just go disappear somewhere," Chris said.

But will retirement ever be in the cards for the country superstar?

"I love to play music. I get paid to do something I would do for free. So I don't think I would ever fully consider not doing," shared Chris.

You can watch Chris' full interview with Jimmy now on YouTube.

You can find "It Takes a Woman" on Chris' latest album, Higher, out now.

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Cody Johnson recalls his first time hearing "Dirt Cheap": "I almost started tearing up and crying"

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If "Dirt Cheap" has tugged at your heartstrings, you're not alone.

Cody Johnson, too, recalled tears welling up the first time he heard the song.

"It was so incredible the first time I heard it [that] I almost started tearing up and crying. And I'm going, 'Where did this song come from?'" Cody tells ABC Audio.

"[Josh Phillips] wrote it about his life. He sat on it and waited until he felt like they found an artist that could really sing it properly. And I'm going, 'Man, I'm so thankful to have this,'" he says.

"Dirt Cheap," as Cody recounts, naturally raised its hands as a single contender. 

"I'm so thankful to have this song as a single. It started charting while 'The Painter' was going for number one," shares Cody. "I'm going, 'Guys, stop pushing it.' And Warner Music Nashville says, 'We haven't even pushed it yet.' So thank you to country music radio for playing it."

You can find "Dirt Cheap" and "The Painter" on Cody's latest album, Leather, out now.


 

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Nashville notes: Chris Stapleton on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' + Carly Pearce's crewneck

Chris Stapleton's headed to Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s outdoor stage Wednesday to perform "It Takes a Woman." Per Variety, Chris will also have an interview segment on the show. Chris' episode will air at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Carly Pearce has rolled out a new Country Music Made Me Do It crewneck in her merch store. It's priced at $60 and available to purchase now at shop.carlypearce.com.

Country duo LOCASH will drop their new song, "Hometown Home," on Friday. "It's all about your hometown home. You follow your loved one wherever you want to go but, sometimes you want to stay in your hometown," LOCASH shares of their upcoming track. "Hometown Home" is available for presave now.

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