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Nashville notes: Carly Pearce, Nashville Meets London & more

Presale tickets for Carly Pearce‘s headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium are available to members of her fan club Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET. 

Priscilla Block will be one of the performers at the Nashville Meets London Festival, taking place August 24 and 25 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London. 

Shy Carter will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on June 25. 

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Nicole Kidman introduces herself as “Nicole Urban” at Keith Urban's Las Vegas show

Keith Urban had a special guest join him in Las Vegas this weekend.

The crowd at the final night of his 2022 residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace got the ultimate treat when Keith’s Academy Award-winning wife, Nicole Kidman, came out on stage. 

Keith greeted his wife with a hug and a kiss as he jokingly asked, “What’s your name?” The actress sheepishly replied, “Nicole Urban,” which sent the crowd into a frenzy. “Oh cool!” the country star said excitedly. 

But Nicole was also there on a specific mission. “I want to get your jacket, you put it on the floor,” she informed him as they walked across the stage hand-in-hand to retrieve the black jacket. “She literally said, ‘Don’t lose that jacket.’ I’m like, ‘How am I going to lose the jacket?’ And it’s gone,” Keith confirmed.

After retrieving it from his guitar player, Keith helped his wife put on the jacket. Nicole blew a kiss and flashed a heart symbol to the fans before walking off stage. 

“Just a Saturday night in Las Vegas,” Keith said with a smile. 

The hit singer added five more shows to his Vegas residency after Adele had to postpone her residency at Caesars Palace last minute. Keith will launch his Speed of Now World Tour on June 17 in Tampa, Florida.  

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Jimmie Allen, Michael Ray sign on for ACM Lifting Lives' mental health series

Jimmie Allen and Michael Ray are among the artists speaking out about their mental health in partnership with ACM Lifting Lives. 

In the new digital series The Check-Inmultiple country stars are opening up about their mental health journeys, candidly “sharing stories from their own mental health experiences over the recent few years and revealing how music has played a crucial role in their healing process,” according to ACM Lifting Lives.  

“You feel like your world is maybe coming to an end five years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago. It probably doesn’t even matter anymore,” Michael shares in a video advertising the series. “Learn to see the most beautiful things in life and really take it in. And I would also tell myself that everything’s going to be alright,” Jimmie says. 

John Osborne and Lindsay Ell‘s episodes have already been released. New episodes will air throughout the summer, with Brett Eldredge; Chase Bryant, who previously opened up about his experience surviving a suicide attempt; and Caitlyn Smith also participating.  

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Dan + Shay tribute Kenny Chesney in original new song

Dan + Shay are Kenny Chesney superfans and are pledging their allegiance through song. 

The duo is currently one of the opening acts on Kenny’s stadium-sized Here and Now Tour. Ahead of their show at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, they debuted a new song they wrote in honor of the impact Kenny has had on them. 

Dan + Shay hopped on Instagram to share the brand new track, with Dan Smyers revealing that it’s inspired by how much Kenny’s music means to them and how they used to go to his shows every summer. “It’s an absolute dream come true for us to be on this tour,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re still just fans.”

With the lyrics pulled up on bandmate Shay Mooney‘s phone, the two turned the empty Nissan Stadium into their personal stage as they performed the acoustic number that references Kenny’s hit “I Go Back” while recalling the first time they met him. 

“The first time I shook his hand/All I said was was thank you, man/You introduced me to country music/You’re the reason that I do it,” Shay croons, leading into the chorus. “Every time I hear that song/I’m right back there in that parking lot/Drinking discount beer with my best friends/We were drunk before we ever got in/And just like him it stops me in my tracks/Singing I go back.” 

Many fans took to the comments to demand that the duo officially record the song, with one referring to it as “the song of the summer.” 

Carly Pearce and Old Dominion are also part of the lineup of Kenny’s tour, which continues through the summer, concluding with a two-night stay at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on August 26 and 27. 

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Carly Pearce to make headlining debut at Ryman Auditorium

Carly Pearce is marking a major milestone in her career with her first headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium. 

On October 26, the “I Hope You’re Happy Now” singer will make her headlining debut at the historic venue in Nashville with Carly Pearce: One Night at the Ryman. Carly recently topped the charts with Ashley McBryde on their duet “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” which is featured on Carly’s CMA Award-nominated album, 29: Written in Stone. The album came in the wake of her divorce from Michael Ray in 2020. 

In a statement, Carly says she’ll perform “cold, hard truth songs” at the show that she calls a dream come true.

“I've dreamt of headlining my own show at the legendary @theryman for years & it's finally happening!!! I truly can't wait for this magical night,” Carly raves in the caption announcing the special show. “See y'all there!” 

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday at 11 a.m. ET.

The hitmaker is on the road opening for Kenny Chesney on his Here and Now Tour through the end of the summer.    

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Thomas Rhett welcomes summer with #1 hit “Slow Down Summer”

Summer is speeding up for Thomas Rhett, as he has the #1 song in country music this week.

The singer welcomed in summer this weekend with his single “Slow Down Summer” rising to #1 on the country charts. Thomas shared the news via video, saying that after taking nighttime pictures on the beach with daughter Lennon, “Slow Down Summer” came on the radio. In the video the 2-year-old is sitting on her dad’s lap as the song blasts through the speakers of their Jeep with the windows and top down.  

“Sitting ‘in park’ in the car with Lennon and this is the first song we hear. Can't wait to see all of you on the road this summer. Love all of y'all so much,” Thomas shares in the caption, adding that he feels “very grateful for everyone involved in the process,” including his co-writers, family, country radio and the fans.

“Slow Down Summer” is the superstar’s 19th #1 hit. It’s the lead single off his latest album, Where We Started.

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2 dead, 20 injured after car runs into crowd at Memorial Day event in Lincoln, Nebraska

Authorities confirmed that two people were killed and at least 20 others were injured after a serious car crash in Lincoln, Nebraska during the Americruise event on Sunday. Lincoln police said that two vehicles collided at an intersection and the force from the crash sent both vehicles into a crowd of bystanders who’d gathered to watch the annual Memorial Day event. The Americruise event attracts motorists to Lincoln each Memorial Day weekend to show off their cars and cruise the streets.

Those killed in the accident included two young women in their early 20s, who were both riding in one of the vehicles during the crash. Lincoln Police Capt. Max Hubka said their vehicle was struck by another, and added that one of the injured is in critical condition.

The Lincoln Police Department said in a statement that they “offer their condolences to the family and friends of those that were killed as a result of this incident. The department will work tirelessly to determine what occurred and hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable. This is an ongoing investigation. We do not believe, nor is there any evidence, this was an intentional act.”  Police are asking for help from eyewitnesses or video or photo evidence of the crash.

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Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, arrested for DUI in California

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested in California over the weekend and charged with drunken driving. The Napa County Detention Center indicate that the 82-year-old Pelosi was arrested late Saturday on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, and was booked on $5,000 bond.

The arrest report also cited a collision report indicating Paul Pelosi was arrested after his 2021 Porsche was involved a two-car crash with a Jeep. No one was injured in the crash, according to the report. The California Highway Patrol told The San Francisco Chronicle that Pelosi’s vehicle was hit by the driver of the Jeep as Pelosi was attempting to cross a state highway in Napa.

Nancy Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill told CNN:  “The speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.”  On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi received an honorary degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and delivered the commencement address to its graduating class. Monday, she gave remarks during a Memorial Day service at the San Francisco National Cemetery.

Paul and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963; he is the founder of San Francisco-based Financial Leasing Services.

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Luke Combs never planned to duet with Miranda Lambert, but the song was “too good not to do it”

When Luke Combs shared the track list for his next album, Growin' Up, earlier this month, there were one especially eye-catching piece of news: A duet with Miranda Lambert called “Outrunnin' Your Memory.”

But Luke says that the two stars didn't necessarily set out to sing together. It all started with a co-writing session, Luke explains.

“We wrote that song together, and it wasn't like we sat down to write a duet. I didn't plan to have her on my album and she didn't plan for us to write a song for hers,” he recalls. “There were no intentions in the songwriting other than, Let's go write a song that we both think is really good.'”

Mission accomplished: When he started cutting songs for Growin' Up, “Outrunnin' Your Memory” is at the forefront of Luke's mind.

“When we were going in the studio, I was like, I gotta cut this song,'” he goes on to say. “It was never like, Man, it's gonna be this duet, and we're gonna do this.' It was like, We gotta have her on this song, right? It's too good, and she's too good, not to do it.'”

Still, it's not too much of a surprise that Miranda would help pen a song that was a must-have for Luke's next album cycle. He's long been influenced by her writing style.

“She's somebody I've looked up to for so long as a songwriter. And what she does as an artist is, I think, super authentic and amazing as well,” he comments.

Luke's had good luck with megawatt collabs in the past. His last album contained “Does to Me,” a duet with another of his musical heroes — Eric Church — and the song was a chart-topping hit.

Growin' Up drops on June 24.

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Cole Swindell releases the video for ‘Down to the Bar’ featuring Hardy

Cole Swindell has released the video for his song “Down To The Bar,” filmed in downtown Nashville.  The song is the namesake of Swindell’s headlining Down To The Bar Tour, which he wrapped-up last month. The high-energy video stars Hardy, as well as his Down To The Bar Tour tourmates Travis Denning and Ashley Cooke.

Said Swindell: “I had so much fun on my Down To The Bar Tour with Travis and Ashley out on the road with me this spring. We just carried that good time over to this video and I hope fans can see how much fun that tour was for all of us. This video would not have been the same without them and it’s awesome to have HARDY be such a big part of the song/video as well. They added a lot to the tour and it just felt right to have them in the video that the tour was named after.”

“Down To The Bar” was written by Swindell, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Josh Thompson. Take a look at the video for “Down To The Bar” (featuring Hardy)here.

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