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Nashville notes: Cole Swindell tour dates, CMT’s “Next Women of Country” showcase + more

Cole Swindell added three more dates to his Back Down to the Bar tour this week. In October, he’ll make two extra stops in Georgia, and he also just added a show in Charlotte, North Carolina. For a full list of Back Down to the Bar tour dates, visit his website.

Ashland Craft, Chapel Hart and Brittney Spencer are all on the bill for CMT’s upcoming “Next Women of Country” showcase, set to take place September 28 at City Winery in Nashville.

The Cadillac Three are beefing up their U.S. Hillbilly Hypnotized Tour with several new dates. Check their website to see the full calendar.

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Garth Brooks to give the first concert at newly opened Thunder Ridge Nature Arena

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Thunder Ridge Nature Arena, a newly constructed venue at Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks of Missouri, is opening with a bang: Garth Brooks will perform the arena’s first concert.

The event will take place October 1 at 7 p.m., embracing all the natural beauty that the venue boasts. Fans can look out at the nearby Table Rock Lake and Boston Mountains of Arkansas as they enjoy Garth’s performance.

Garth will head to the Ozarks after he wraps his Stadium Tour, which concludes with five sold-out dates at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.

Tickets to Garth’s Thunder Ridge Nature Arena show go on sale August 26. The surrounding land has been set aside in a not-for-profit foundation, so sales will go toward conservation efforts on the land.

As he’s done for his Stadium Tour shows, Garth is keeping the ticket price for his upcoming concert under $100. Tickets go for $98.95, all inclusive.

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Little Big Town, Shania Twain + more stars to have guest spots on new Fox drama 'Monarch'

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The already star-studded cast of Fox’s forthcoming TV series Monarch just got a major boost from four massive country stars. Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Martina McBride and Tanya Tucker will all make guest appearances throughout the season.

A new trailer shows a first glimpse into their cameos on the show, where they appear to play roles that mirror their actual music careers. A shot of Shania shows her in a dressing room, while Little Big Town and Martina appear to be onstage at awards shows, and Tanya is in the midst of a performance.

That makes sense for Monarch, which tells the story of a fictional “first family” of country music. Helmed by superstar Dottie Cantrell Roman -- played by Susan Sarandon -- the family must hold on to their legacy, by any means necessary, as a dark secret threatens to jeopardize their spot in the music business.

Trace Adkins is one of the lead actors in the series: He plays the role of Albie Roman, Dottie’s husband and fellow country star. His cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive” is also featured in the show.

The series will debut with a special two-night event on September 11.

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Blake Shelton recruits Jimmie Allen to be his team’s mentor on season 22 of 'The Voice'

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As he gears up for a new season of The Voice, coach Blake Shelton has some serious country star power by his side: He’s enlisting Jimmie Allen as the guest mentor to his team.

“I couldn’t keep it a secret any longer..” Blake wrote on his social channels, posting a selfie of himself with Jimmie from the set of The Voice.

Blake and Jimmie may be longtime mutual fans, but according to Access, they’re new friends who got to know each other on the set of the TV show.

“We’ve met on occasion, at awards shows and music industry events, but literally nothing more than, ‘Hey, how you doing, good to meet you’ type moments,” Blake says. “But I’ve watched him. I’ve watched his career develop ... he’s just an incredible performer, and he’s so focused on what he does. He’s clearly just a huge fan of music.”

For his part, when asked what the best part of meeting Blake was, Jimmie starts with a joke: “I got to say I hung out with Gwen Stefani’s husband."

In all seriousness, though, Jimmie’s excited to have had “a chance to meet an artist I’ve admired for a while." “Just how cool he was, how open he was to trusting me and what I have to say to share with his team.”

Season 22 of The Voice kicks off on September 19 on NBC.

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LoCash band member Preston Brust opens up about his lengthy struggle with Bell’s palsy

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Preston Brust, one half of country duo LoCash, is opening up about his decadeslong fight with Bell’s palsy, a facial weakness condition.

First diagnosed in 2009, Preston suffered a rare recurrence of the condition last December. About 40,000 Americans live with Bell’s palsy, which causes one-sided facial paralysis and has no known cure.

When he first got diagnosed, Preston had never heard of the condition. He thought he was having a stroke. After learning more about Bell's palsey, he worried about how it would affect his career, as he and his duet partner, Chris Lucas, were rising stars in country music at the time.

“My initial reaction was, like, ‘I can’t let anybody see me like this,’” Preston tells People. “But Chris had my back, and I didn’t want to stop working. I was like, ‘I’m letting LoCash down if I don’t go out and work and tour.”

Back in 2009, the healing process took about seven months, and he regained about 70 percent of his strength on the affected side of his face. When the condition returned in 2021, he says, he felt like all that progress had gone “down the drain.”

“I remember waking up my wife [Kristen] and telling her Bell’s had hit me again,” he says. “We just hugged for a few minutes and I didn’t want to let go because I knew when I did, my next journey was going to begin.”

This time around, though, he’s not hiding his condition. Inspired by pop star Justin Bieber’s public bout with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, Preston decided he wanted to be open with his fans. “It feels good to share it with everybody,” he explains.

LoCash’s latest hit is “Beach Boys,” which tributes to and features legendary pop act The Beach Boys.

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Jimmie Allen’s Bettie James Fest is close to home: “I grew up literally a mile across that soybean field”

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Jimmie Allen returned home to Delaware over the weekend for his second annual Bettie James Fest, a musical event that he created specifically to have a hometown connection.

“This is the place that made me,” he explains to ET Online. “I grew up literally about a mile across that soybean field over there.”

Jimmie’s hometown of Milton, Delaware, isn’t a major destination for country festivals, which makes it all the more special for him to host Bettie James Fest there. Having just wrapped its second year, the singer says he hopes it’s a fixture throughout his career -- and beyond.

“I’m looking forward to this being something I can pass down to my kids so they can keep it going, ‘cause there’s always gonna be talented artists,” he says. “There’s always gonna be artists to perform, so I’m hoping this festival goes on forever.”

The 2022 installment, which featured a headlining set from Jimmie and performances from acts like Lainey Wilson and Chayce Beckham, is named after his late grandmother Bettie and his late father, James “Big Jim” Allen. Ahead of the festival, Jimmie said he was planning another special, family-focused surprise.

“Me and my sister haven’t sung together since we were 13 in church and me and my sister are going to sing together,” he detailed.

The Bettie James Fest also served as the grand finale of Jimmie’s Down Home Tour. Later on this fall, he’ll join Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones Tour.

 

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Old Dominion taps into the "relatable feeling" of moving on after a breakup in "No Hard Feelings"

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Old Dominion offers a new take on breakups in their current single "No Hard Feelings." 

The five-member band wrote the song with Shane McAnally. While guitarist Geoff Sprung notes that singing lyrics like "no hard feelings, no bad vibes" in the wake of a breakup may be an "idealistic" way of looking at the situation, he thinks it's a mentality that many people can identify with. 

"Maybe sometimes idealistic, but I feel like that's what we all shoot for. We all have relationships that don't work, but you don't always get to that point, but that's in your head," he remarks. "That's I feel like the goal usually." 

Frontman Matthew Ramsey adds that the band managed to find a sweet spot when writing about a breakup, flipping the concept of heartache on its head. 

"That's an interesting idea. That feeling is really hard. You can talk about heartbreak all you want. You can talk about love all you want and in a very easy way. But I think the idea of that weird middle ground where you're like, 'Well, this sucks, but I'm going to be OK,' how do you how do you put that into a song and make it singable?" he asks. "Because it's a very relatable feeling, I think a lot of people hopefully wind up there."

"No Hard Feelings" is the second single off their 2021 album, Time, Tequila & Therapy. It's currently in the top 15 on country radio. 

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Nashville notes: Chapel Hart returns to 'AGT,' Pilgrimage Festival schedule & more

Chapel Hart, the country trio who went viral with their performance of "You Can Have Him Jolene" on America's Got Talent, returns to the show for the next round Tuesday. It airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. 

Pilgrimage Festival has released the performance schedule for the two-day event featuring Chris Stapleton, Elle King and more. The festival takes place in Franklin, Tennessee, September 24 and 25. 

HottieFest: The Big Splash is returning to Moon Palace, Cancun, next year. Hootie & the Blowfish, Gin Blossoms and Everclear are performing at the festival January 25-28. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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Walker Hayes releasing new song inspired by his dog next week

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Walker Hayes has a new song coming next week that's inspired by his dog. The hit singer took to Twitter to share that he's releasing a new song, "That Dog'll Hunt," next Friday. It's about his childhood dog, named Skeeter, who holds a special place in his heart.

"Y’all this is Skeeter. The best dog I ever had," Walker shares alongside a photo of himself as a teenager, holding the floppy-eared pup in his hands. "We will be singing about him together 8/26." 

The new track arrives in the midst of Walker's current single, "Y'all Life," climbing up the country charts. His previous single, "AA," became a top five hit earlier this year. 

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Brian Kelley reflects on Florida Georgia Line's journey: "We've had a blast"

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Brian Kelley is reflecting on Florida Georgia Line's journey before their hiatus. 

Over the weekend, the duo performed in Woodstock, Illinois, as part of a contest T-Mobile held to provide a $3 million "tech makeover" to a small town in America. It marks one of the final shows on this year's calendar before going their separate ways. 

Bandmate Tyler Hubbard is working on a solo album and prepping to go on tour with Keith Urban, while Brian is preparing for his residency at Tribe Kelley Surf Post, the Florida clothing store he owns with wife Brittney. He says he's looking to the future with gratitude for what they've accomplished. 

"Every step of the way, we've had a blast. Even in the hard times where we were driving in a van and not sure if anything's going to happen," Brian shares with E! News"We love creating and we're super grateful that our music resonates to so many different people in so many different locations. It really is a dream come true every time we get to play our songs live. When we live them out with everybody, you get to see the power of music and it's so much bigger than just us onstage in that moment. It's bringing everybody together and that's a feeling that you can't really replicate."

FGL's last show this year is on August 31 at the Minnesota State Fair. 

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"Go Around": Kane Brown releases new song

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Kane Brown is on a new music frenzy. 

On Tuesday, the hit singer dropped new song "Go Around" off his upcoming album, Different Man. The fiddle-filled number finds him singing about a woman who's caught his eye and he's "hell bent" on changing her mind. 

"We could be a story about love in a bar/Or a 'what if' song on an old guitar/You ain't gotta worry 'bout showing them cards/'Cause I ain't in the business of breaking hearts/So give me a go around," he sings. 

"Go Around" arrives in the wake of Kane's current single, "Like I Love Country Music," reaching the top of the country charts this week, becoming his eighth #1 hit. The Georgia native has also shared crossover single "Grand" off the album, which comes out on September 9. 

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Gabby Barrett says it's "getting difficult" to perform while pregnant

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Gabby Barrett is opening up about the reality of performing live while pregnant. 

Gabby is currently on the road opening for Jason Aldean's Rock N' Roll Cowboy Tour. She's also pregnant with her and husband Cade Foehner's second child, who is due in early November. She recently sat down with fans for a Q&A on her Instagram Stories and was asked how she was feeling touring while being pregnant with the baby boy. She admitted that it poses a series of challenges. 

"I love performing. It is getting difficult, though. What people don't really see is a lot of sitting around all day before the show, which makes everyone groggy," she explained. "I struggle with very low blood pressure almost every day in this pregnancy, which makes it hard to have energy to perform." 

The "I Hope" hitmaker also revealed that when she was pregnant with their first child, Baylah, she came down with a "bad case" of PUPPP rash that covered her whole body until after the baby was born. She also experienced postpartum preeclampsia, which includes having high blood pressure and excess protein in urine after childbirth.

"I had to get on blood pressure medication when I was 20," she said. "Thankful God provides doctors for help!"

Gabby's last day on tour with Jason is August 27. 

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Blake Shelton brings back the mullet for his new single, "No Body"

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Blake Shelton is going back in time with his new single.

On Friday, the country superstar will drop "No Body" alongside a '90s-themed video that features line dancing and sees the singer donning a mullet wig, a nod to the famous hairstyle Blake had back in the day. On Instagram, Blake teased a clip of the video, which was filmed at a country bar in Los Angeles.

"Had to bring back the mullet just for y'all," Blake writes in the caption, adding in a statement. “I get excited and feel like a kid every time we release new music. But this song in particular takes me back to the ‘90s when I was in high school and first moved to Nashville, because it feels like what the music sounded like at that time." 

"No Body" follows Blake's 2021 single, "Come Back as a Country Boy," which reached the top 20 on country radio.  

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Gone fishing: Sam Hunt features his favorite fishing hole in "Water Under the Bridge" video

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The location for Sam Hunt's "Water Under the Bridge" video is a personal one. 

One of the main features of the video is the river where Sam and his friends are fishing and partying. Turns out, it's a secret spot that the singer frequents. Sam found the fishing hole in Middle Tennessee a few years ago and it's become his favorite spot for catching smallmouth bass. 

"Middle Tennessee has some really good smallmouth water, and that’s a cool little place I found several years ago,” he describes. "I have a canoe that I’ll strap onto the top of the Jeep or truck and take over there and float that little stretch and sometimes catch fish, sometimes not. But it’s so pretty over there, it’s worth taking the trip in the summer or early fall.”

"Water Under the Bridge" is the second single off the Georgia native's upcoming album. It follows the #1 hit "23," marking his ninth single to achieve the feat. 

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Nashville notes: Russell Dickerson presale, Brothers Osborne visit hometown & more

Presale tickets for Russell Dickerson's She Likes It Tour are available Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time using promo code RDFAM2022. A second presale opens on Wednesday exclusively for Russell's Spotify followers. 

Brothers Osborne gave fans a video tour of their hometown of Deale, Maryland, before a show in the area recently.  

The nominees for the CMA Awards will be announced on September 7 at 8 a.m. ET on the CMA's official website.

Lauren Alaina will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame's annual Nightfall at the Hall concert exclusively for the museum's Troubadour members.  

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