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Nashville notes: Annie Bosko's Dwight Yoakam collab + Dustin Lynch's "Chevrolet" video

Rising singer/songwriter Annie Bosko is teaming with country icon Dwight Yoakam for a song, "Heart Burn." "I love that [Dwight] effortlessly crosses genres, blending everything from country, americana, rock and latin influences, and it feels like we were able to capture that in this song," shares Annie. "Heart Burn" drops May 31 and is available for presave now.

Billy Currington was presented a plaque to commemorate Doin’ Somethin’ Right hitting RIAA-certified double Platinum status and "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" and "Good Directions" earning RIAA-certified four-time Platinum status. You can check out a photo of the presentation on Billy's Instagram.

Dustin Lynch has shared that he'll drop the music video for his latest single, "Chevrolet," at 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday. You can set a reminder to watch it on YouTube as soon as it arrives.

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Bailey Zimmerman teases snippet of 'Twisters' track

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Twisters: The Album won't drop until July, but Bailey Zimmerman's giving you a sneak peek with a preview of "Hell or High Water," a song on the forthcoming project.

The Instagram teaser video features Bailey sitting by the sea in a white hoodie and camo sweatpants, lipsyncing to his moody tune as waves crash ashore. 

"I know it ain't gonna be no easy ride/ And what doesn't kill ya makes you stronger/ But I'm running out of places I can hide/ And every day it's like the nights get longer/ When I close my eyes yeah the waves get high/ And the flames get hotter/ So I'm asking myself 'cause I can't tell/ If this is hell or just high water," Bailey sings in the clip over a slow, stripped-back production.

Twisters: The Album arrives alongside the action-packed movie, Twisters, on July 19. Its first preview is Luke Combs' new single, "Ain't No Love in Oklahoma," which is out now. Other artists featured on the project include Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, Thomas Rhett, Jelly Roll and Megan Moroney.

Twisters: The Album is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the track list for Twisters: The Album:

Luke Combs – "Ain't No Love in Oklahoma"
Miranda Lambert – "Ain't in Kansas Anymore"
Conner Smith– "Steal My Thunder" (feat. Tucker Wetmore)
Thomas Rhett – "Feelin' Country"
Warren Zeiders – "The Cards I've Been Dealt"
Megan Moroney – "Never Left Me"
Lainey Wilson – "Out of Oklahoma"
Bailey Zimmerman – "Hell or High Water"
Jelly Roll – "Dead End Road"
Kane Brown – "Country Classic"
Sam Barber – "Tear Us Apart"
Tyler Childers – "Song While You're Away"
Tucker Wetmore – "Already Had It"
Leon Bridges – "Chrome Cowgirl"
Benson Boone – "Death Wish Love"
Shania Twain & BRELAND – "Boots Don't"
Dylan Gossett – "Stronger Than a Storm"
Lanie Gardner – "Chasing the Wind"
Jelly Roll – "Leave the Light On" (feat. Alexandra Kay)
Wyatt Flores & Jake Kohn – "Before I Do"
The Red Clay Strays – "Caddo County"
Tanner Usrey – "Blackberry Wine"
Tanner Adell – "Too Easy"
Mason Ramsey – "Shake Shake (All Night Long)"
Tyler Halverson – "New Loop"
Flatland Cavalry – "Touchdown"
Nolan Taylor – "Driving You Home"
Wilderado, Ken Pomeroy, & James McAlister – "Wall of Death"
Charley Crockett – "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky"

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Carly Pearce learns a new workout from Tim McGraw

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Carly Pearce has learned a new workout: the tire flip.

The "What He Didn't Do" singer shared on Instagram a video of Tim McGraw teaching her the functional training movement, which left her exhausted. 

"Will you please help me? I need help. I clearly am not doing that right, right? This is how I was doing it," Carly tells Tim as she struggles to flip the tire. 

"Bend your knees. Get your hands underneath the bottom. Bend your knees further. Now lift with your legs and butt," Tim instructs Carly as she successfully flips the tire off the ground.

When the "I Like It, I Love It" hitmaker tells Carly how many times he typically flips the tire, she shakes her head and responds, "This is as far as I'll go." So instead, Tim improvises and they start pushing the tire back and forth without covering any distance.

"Oh I can do that. This is more my speed of a workout," says Carly.

"It's like a seesaw," Tim notes, to which Carly jokes, "This is why I don't look like you." 

You can watch the mini workout video on Carly's Instagram.

Carly's currently opening for Tim on his Standing Room Only Tour, with upcoming stops in Toledo, Chicago and Grand Rapids on May 30, May 31 and June 1, respectively.

For tickets and the full schedule, head to Tim's website.

Carly's new album, Hummingbird, arrives June 7, and is available for preorder and presave now.

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Riley Green, ERNEST + Morgan Wallen lock in 4th of July plans

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Riley Green, ERNEST and up-and-comer Ella Langley have locked in their Fourth of July, and it's going to be spent with Morgan Wallen.

Morgan's enlisted Riley, ERNEST and Ella as openers for his headlining concert at London's legendary Hyde Park on July 4.

"Gonna let freedom ring across the pond!" ERNEST shared on Instagram. "Really looking forward to this one!" Riley added on social platform X.

More artists on the lineup will be announced soon.

You can grab tickets now at bst-hydepark.com.

To catch Morgan on his ongoing One Night At A Time Tour, head to morganwallen.com.

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Lainey, Jelly, Thomas + Keith headed to 'The Voice' season 25 finale

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Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban are headed to The Voice's two-part season 25 finale.

Keith, the season 25 Mega Mentor, will perform on Monday's episode while Lainey, Jelly and Thomas will take the stage on Tuesday.

In terms of songs, you can expect Lainey to sing her new single, "Hang Tight Honey," Jelly to deliver an unreleased track from his forthcoming Whitsitt Chapel follow-up and Thomas to perform his autobiographical single, "Beautiful as You."

The Voice season 25 finale airs Monday and Tuesday on NBC.

Its 26th season will return on an as-yet-unannounced date with Reba McEntire, Gwen StefaniSnoop Dogg and Michael Bublé on the coaching panel.

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Cody Johnson, Darius Rucker + Wynonna Judd perform on 'Idol' finale

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Some of music's biggest stars performed on Sunday's American Idol season 22 finale, including country's own Cody Johnson, Darius Rucker and Wynonna Judd.

Cody performed his #1 hit "'Til You Can't" with Triston Harper, while Loretta Lynn's granddaughter Emmy Russell joined Wynonna to cover her grandma's iconic tune, "Coal Miner's Daughter." Both contestants finished in the top five of the competition. 

Darius' Hootie & The Blowfish sang a medley of their hits with runner-up Will Moseley, and Idol judge Luke Bryan also stepped onstage to sing his latest single, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It," with top 10 finalist Mia Matthews

Other stars who graced the Idol stage include Jon Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Cece Winans, New Kids On The Block, and judges Katy Perry and Lionel Ritchie.

The night concluded with Abi Carter crowned Idol's season 22 winner.

If you missed the performances, you can watch the videos now on American Idol's YouTube channel.

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Thomas Rhett shares why he picked "Beautiful as You" as a lead single

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Thomas Rhett may have released "Beautiful as You" recently, but you won't have to wait long for even more new music.

"I got a whole record coming out in August and [I'm] going to start releasing songs throughout the summer," Thomas teases in an interview with ABC Audio.

But why did he choose "Beautiful as You" to introduce his upcoming album?

"'Beautiful as You' just sort of reminded me of how I used to kind of start my records, sort of with a big swing, different sound, sonically different, melodically different, and a song that my kids just really, really enjoyed and danced to," Thomas explains. "So it seemed like the right first choice to us."

"[I've] been working on this record for a year and a half and [I'm] just excited to finally get new music out into the world, because it's been a minute for me," he adds. 

"Beautiful as You" is currently approaching the top 20 of the country charts. 

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Nashville notes: Timothy Wayne's debut + Luke Bryan's new Farm Tour date

Country up-and-comer Timothy Wayne has released his debut track, "God Made a Country Boy," with Universal Music Group Nashville. "I grew up working on our family farm in the summers, working in the fields, bush hogging, mowing, taking care of the horses, and I loved it. It taught me a lot about responsibility," says Timothy. "When I heard this song, I really liked the idea behind it and knew I wanted to record it because it really showcases who I am as a person."

Luke Bryan has announced that he's bringing his 2024 Farm Tour to Chesapeake, Virginia, on September 20. Tickets go on sale May 22 at 10 a.m. ET on Luke's website.

Darius Rucker has dropped a new summer collection of merch items, which includes T-shirts, a hat and a koozie. You can check them out now at Darius' merch store.

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HARDY goes "Psycho" with debut rock album, 'Quit!!'

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HARDY has unveiled the track list and cover for his debut rock album, Quit!!

Arriving July 12, the project features 13 songs, including the previously released title track"Rockstar" and "Psycho," which arrived alongside HARDY's announcement on Friday.

"I know that you guys are dying to hear new music, and I will tell you we're going to drop a lot of songs between now and then and you're going to hear a lot of new songs. We're going to play a lot of new songs live, so don't worry," HARDY shares in an Instagram video. "But I want to let you know the album comes out July 12, and it is awesome and I'm so excited for y'all to hear it."

"Psycho" is accompanied by its music video, which features HARDY as a heartbroken lunatic lamenting his post-breakup woes in a straitjacket.

Quit!! is the follow-up to HARDY's 2023 half-country and half-rock album, the mockingbird & THE CROW.

Quit!! is available for preorder and presave now.

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Hear Kane Brown's soulful cover of "Georgia on My Mind"

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Kane Brown brought the soul to his "Georgia on My Mind" cover during Thursday's ACM Awards, and now he's giving you a studio version of it.

Without straying far from Ray Charles' classic, Kane's rendition is piano-driven and features a gospel-like choir that augments its soulful touch.

"Georgia, Georgia/ The whole day through/ Just an old sweet song/ Keeps Georgia on my mind," Kane sings in the opening verse.

Kane's "Georgia on My Mind" is available wherever you enjoy music.

The "Thank God" hitmaker is currently on his headling In The Air Tour, with upcoming stops in Las Vegas, Tempe and Orlando. For tickets, head to kanebrownmusic.com.

Meanwhile, Kane's latest single, the Marshmello-assisted "Miles on It," is making its way up the country charts.

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Jason Aldean releases "Should've Been a Cowboy" cover from ACM Awards

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Fell in love with Jason Aldean's cover of "Should've Been a Cowboy" during Thursday's ACM Awards? Good news, you can now stream it on digital platforms.

"A song that I’ve played ever since I started playing clubs as a teenager. Thank you Toby for the mark you left on country music, and thank you to his family for letting me be a part of this," Jason shares on Instagram. "'Should’ve Been A Cowboy' Live from the @acmawards is available to stream everywhere now."

Jason's rendition features a more stripped-back production as compared to Toby Keith's 1993 original, allowing for a more poignant delivery. In fact, his performance on Thursday's show left Toby's family members, who were in attendance, in tears.

You can stream Jason's "Should've Been a Cowboy" wherever you enjoy music. The full ACM Awards performance is also available to watch on YouTube.


 

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Warren Zeiders ushers in new era with "Betrayal"

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Warren Zeiders has released a scorching new track, "Betrayal."

The "Pretty Little Poison" singer wrote the song with hit songwriters Blake Pendergrass, Justin Ebach, Jacob "JKash" Hindlin and Ali Tamposi, and it chronicles a person's angst-filled lamentations about being heartlessly played out.

"This is a story about betrayal/ Why's it always happen without fail?/ Why'd you have to go and run us off the rails?/ What the hell?/ This isn't how I pictured you and I/ Smile in my face while you twist the knife Shame on me if you fool me twice/ You fooled me twice, yeah/ Even though I hate you/ How come leaving ain't as easy/ As loving you," Warren declares in the searing chorus.

"Betrayal" follows 2023's Pretty Little Poison, which received the deluxe treatment earlier in February. It's also the first preview of Warren's upcoming project.

For tickets to Warren's upcoming tour stops, including his fall trek on Jelly Roll's The Beautifully Broken Tour, visit warrenzeiders.com.

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Here's what you need to know about George Strait's new album

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It's official: We're getting a new George Strait album soon.

The King of Country Music has announced his 31st studio album, Cowboys and Dreamers.

Arriving September 6, the 13-track record will include a collab with Chris Stapleton ("Honky Tonk Hall of Fame"), his rendition of "The Journey of Your Life," which Jake Owen released in 2011, and the breezy "MIA Down in MIA," out now.

"I’m dedicating this record to my longtime manager and friend Erv Woolsey and my longtime fiddle player and friend Gene Elders (a player on four of these tracks), who we lost on the same day, March 20, 2024, as well as my longtime friend and road manager Tom Foote, who we lost on April 29, 2024," George shares. 

"I will never forget all of the good times we had together," he adds. "May they rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ."

George is currently on his stadium tour with Chris and Little Big Town. For tickets and the full schedule, visit georgestrait.com.

Cowboys and Dreamers is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the Cowboys and Dreamers track list:

"Three Drinks Behind"
"Cowboys and Dreamers"
"To the Moon"
"MIA Down in MIA"
"Wish I Could Say"
"Calling From the Car"
"People Get Hurt Sometimes"
"Honky Tonk Hall of Fame" (featuring Chris Stapleton)
"The Little Things"
"The Book"
"Rent"
"Waymore’s Blues"
"The Journey of Your Life"

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Lainey Wilson takes home three awards, including Entertainer of the Year, at the ACM Awards

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Lainey Wilson was the big winner at Thursday night's 59th ACM Awards, winning three trophies, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. 

Lainey also nabbed her second straight Female Artist of the Year honor and shared Music Event of the Year with Jelly Roll for “Save Me," a song they debuted on the ACMs last year.

Chris Stapleton also landed three wins, including his fourth for Male Artist of the Year, his fourth for Album of the Year and Artist Songwriter of the Year.

Plus, it was another year, another win for Old Dominion, who nabbed their seventh straight Group of the Year trophy, while Dan + Shay won Duo of the Year for the first time since 2020, their fourth win in the category. 

Host Reba McEntire kept the audience chuckling throughout the night, but the funniest moment came from Ashley McBryde and Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid, who sang original songs poking fun at, among other things, Morgan Wallen’s arrest for throwing a chair, with Ashley advising Morgan, "You should smile in the mug shot."

The show also included a poignant tribute to the late Toby Keith, with good friend Jason Aldean performing Toby’s first #1 hit, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” with Toby’s family in the audience.

As for the night's performances, Stapleton offered up the biggest surprise: Dua Lipa, who joined him for “Think I’m In Love With You.”

And Post Malone shared a preview of his country album, performing a previously unreleased tune and “I Had Some Help,” sans singing partner Wallen. Posty and Reba also sang a bit of “Ramblin’ Man” in tribute to the late Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts.

Among the other performances: Lainey kicked things off with “God Bless Texas,” followed by “Hang Tight Honey”; Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan performed a mashup of “Mountain With A View” and “Stick Season”; Miranda Lambert debuted “Wranglers”; and Kane Brown covered the classic "Georgia On My Mind." Reba then wrapped the show with her new tune "I Can't."

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59th ACM Awards: The winners

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The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, streamed live on Prime Video Thursday night from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Here are the winners in the main categories:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Lainey Wilson

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lainey Wilson

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton

DUO OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Old Dominion

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 
Megan Moroney

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Nate Smith

NEW DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Tigirlily Gold

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Higher, Chris Stapleton

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"Fast Car," Luke Combs

SONG OF THE YEAR
"Next Thing You Know," Jordan Davis

VISUAL MEDIA OF THE YEAR
"Burn It Down," Parker McCollum

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
"Save Me," Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jessie Jo Dillon

ARTIST-SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Chris Stapleton

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