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Nashville notes: Jon Pardi, Ryan Hurd + Maren Morris and more

Jon Pardi just dropped the music video for his song “Fill Er Up.” That track comes off Mr. Saturday Night, the singer's fourth album, which will be out in September.

Ryan Hurd's new video for “Pass it On” is out now. The song, off his Pelago album, features backing vocals from his country star wife, Maren Morris, who also co-stars in the music video.

In case you missed it, hot country newcomer Jelly Roll made his national television debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week. He performed “Son of a Sinner,” his new single, which is currently inside country radio's Top 30 and climbing.

Willie Nelson has a new book coming out about his relationship with his longtime drummer and good friend Paul English, who died in 2020 at age 87. Called Me & Paul: Untold Tales of a Fabled Friendship, the book will be out on September 20.

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Kelsea Ballerini's next album is done, and fans will be able to hear it “so soon”

After posting several teases for her next album, Kelsea Ballerini has an exciting update to share: She's finished with her next musical chapter. The singer shared a handful of beachy, West coast snapshots of herself on social media this week along with some reflections.

“Drove the PCH and listened to the final mixes of my album today,” she wrote. “And now I am going to eat copious amounts of sushi and drown in gratitude for this new little chapter we get to share together so soon.”

Kelsea offered the first taste of her album with “Heartfirst,” her latest single, which is currently climbing up the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

So far, the beach and the water seem to be themes for Kelsea's new music. Previous teases have often featured beachscapes as well as shots of Kelsea dipping her feet in a pool and soaking in a hot tub.

For now, fans can catch Kelsea's appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! — she's performing “Heartfirst” on the show on Thursday, June 30.

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Luke Bryan says he's got about “half” of his next album finished

Luke Bryan is working hard on his next musical chapter, and he's making headway. The singer says he's “got probably half of the project done.”

In an interview with SiriusXM, Luke provides an album update but cautions fans not to expect the full project too soon. “We're working hard in the studio, and then go in and cut some more songs,” he elaborates. “We've got several songs right now that we feel like can be singles.”

In the meantime, he's gearing up for the release of a new song called “Country On,” which will be out on Friday. For now, Luke hopes that will tide over eager fans as he continues to add to his album's track list.

“Hopefully as Country On' is rising up the charts, [I] will spend a couple more months writing a lot of music,” he says.

Coming just in time for the 4th of July, “Country On” promises a huge dose of tempo and fun, creating what Luke hopes will be a perfect summer anthem.

“When you're having a bad day, you know you can drink a beer and country on,” he continues. “I love what the song says. I love that it uplifts the hardworking American people out there. It brings a lot of unity, this song brings a lot of unity in. It's got feel-good vibes all around it.”

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Maren Morris spoofs 'Stranger Things' with a clip from her cameo in Ryan Hurd's “Pass It On” video

Like the rest of the world, it seems that Maren Morris is watching the new season of Stranger Things.

The country star recently co-starred in fellow artist Ryan Hurd's “Pass It On” music video, which just so happened to have some aesthetic overlap with season four of the beloved Netflix show. It was filmed at a roller rink with throwback vibes that might remind fans of the Stranger Things episode where main character Eleven and her boyfriend Mike and pal Will go roller skating.

So, Maren took some scenes from the “Pass it On” music video and set it to Kate Bush's “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” a 1985 hit that's currently experiencing a major resurgence thanks to its prominent feature in the new Stranger Things season.

“Had to…” Maren wrote on Twitter alongside her Stranger Things/”Pass it On” mashup.

When Ryan's video premiered on Wednesday, Maren also shared some snapshots from filming day.

“Slushie girl at your service,” she wrote. “Thanks for having me in your video [Ryan Hurd.] Glad we didn't break any bones before we go on tour.”

Maren and Ryan are no strangers to musical collaboration. Not only did they first meet as Nashville songwriters, but they scored a hit in 2021 with their duet, “Chasing After You.”

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Jake Owen joins the lineup for PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth'

Jake Owen is the newest addition to the bill for the upcoming PBS 4th of July special, A Capitol Fourth.

“I can't wait to celebrate the Fourth in D.C. this year,” the singer says. “It's exciting to be a part of a great American tradition, and to sing a couple songs while I'm at it. See you Monday night!”

The country star will perform two of his number-one country hits: “American Country Love Song” and “Down to the Honky Tonk.” The former is a nostalgic and quintessentially American feel-good hit from 2016, while the latter is a more recent release, coming off his 2019 album, Greetings From…Jake.

Airing live from Washington, D.C., the 42nd iteration of A Capitol Fourth will feature an all-genre lineup, including the National Symphony Orchestra, who will accompany Jake during his performance.

Mickey Guyton is hosting the show. Other performers taking the stage include Cynthia Erivo, Gloria Gaynor and Andy Grammer.

A Capitol Fourth will air on PBS on Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Manhunt underway after 2 deputies are shot and wounded in Alabama

Officials reported that two deputies with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama were injured in a shooting Wednesday afternoon. Bibb County District Attorney Michael Jackson said that the deputies were chasing the driver of a stolen car after 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Brierfield community when the suspect opened fire, shooting both deputies.

The two deputies have been taken to the hospital, and as of press time the full extent of the deputies’ injuries were not fully revealed, only to say that one of the deputies was hit “in a critical area.”

A manhunt is currently underway for the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Austin Patrick Hall. Hall is described as being 5’9″ and weighing 169 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He previously escaped custody as an inmate in Wilcox County in 2019, and is considered to be armed and dangerous. According to officials, Hall reportedly abandoned the vehicle and is on foot.  According to the Centerville City Hall Facebook page, “residents in the area of Brierfield, Golfers Trail, County Road 10, Ala 25 should be on alert for an armed and dangerous suspect. Please lock your doors stay inside!”

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“She Had Me at Heads Carolina”: Cole Swindell's new single updates a Jo Dee Messina classic

It's Cole Swindell's birthday today, and he's celebrating with a new 90s-inspired single.

She Had Me at Heads Carolina” is a fun and flirty dance-a-long track following a guy who walks into karaoke night at a bar and is immediately transfixed by the girl singing a 90s country classic into the mic.

The song's lyrics and melody heavily reference “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” Jo Dee Messina's country hit from 1996, and Cole says the throwback makes the song feel familiar, even to fans who haven't heard his new single before.

“We've played it live a few times, and obviously, people think they know it when it gets to that chorus,” he explains. “I mean, they're screaming this song, because it's such a big hit from the 90s, but when it gets to that line about south Georgia, it kind of throws them off.”

That part of the chorus — where Cole sings “Heads Carolina, tails California / Maybe she'd fall for a boy from south Georgia” — is where his version's lyrics depart from the original. Still, the melody continues to hearken back to Jo Dee's song, and Cole says he'd like to incorporate the 90s hitmaker into more aspects of the new song.

“I hope somebody I get to sing it — whether I do something, I want her to be involved, because we wouldn't have the song without the writers and without her making it what it is,” he says.

“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” comes off Cole's newest album, Stereotype.


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Morgan Wallen earns sixth No. 1 single with ‘Wasted On You’

Morgan Wallen has earned his sixth No. 1 hit on Country Radio with “Wasted On You.” The song reached the top of the Mediabase chart, taking the No. 1 spot from Parmalee’s “Take My Name.”

“Wasted On You” was co-written by Wallen alongside Ryan Vojtesak, Ernest K. Smith (ERNEST), and Josh Thompson.  Wallen first debuted “Wasted On You” in January 2021 as part of The Dangerous Sessions, an acoustic series leading up to the much-anticipated release of his album.

Wasted On You is the second track on Wallen’s sophomore project, Dangerous: The Double Album.  The song is the follow-up to Wallen’s fifth chart-topping hit, “Sand In My Boots,” which went No. 1 in late February of 2022.

Morgan is also currently on the road with his The Dangerous Tour, which runs through October.  In addition to HARDY and Larry Fleet, Wallen recently added Lainey Wilson, Kameron Marlowe, Chase Rice, Ian Munsick, and ERNEST to his sold-out tour lineup.

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Garth Brooks to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Nashville Songwriters Association

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) said in a press release that Garth Brooks will receive the ‘Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 5th annual Nashville Songwriter Awards show in September. The Nashville Songwriter Awards celebrate songs and songwriters, with many recipients determined by the community of peer professional writers honoring their most-admired songs from the past year.

The Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award is ‘given to an individual whose works have made a significant contribution to the American songbook and one who has inspired the careers of others.’ Previous recipients are Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson and Willie Nelson. Brooks was chosen personally by Kristofferson to receive the award.

Said Kristofferson: “It’s pretty damn embarrassing to give a man of Garth’s stature an award with my name on it. When Willie got one he said he could take of that. Congratulations Garth, I am truly humbled and honored that you have accepted this! You belong on Mount Rushmore. See you there.”

Brooks added: “When they name awards after artists, that award takes on an even greater meaning. Kristofferson is known as the songwriter’s songwriter… and he should be. The honor is the name on the award and the names who have received it. My hope is that through time, the Garth Brooks name is worthy of such an honor. This is going to be a cool night.”

The 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards show will take place Sept. 20 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

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R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking

A federal judge sentenced R. Kelly to 30 years in prison on Wednesday. Kelly was convicted last September of racketeering and violating the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law, including having sex with underage girls.

Kelly was also convicted in a bribery scheme involving a public official to get a fake ID for the late singer Aaliyah, so the two could marry when she was 15 and he was 27. Kelly believed Aaliyah was pregnant at the time, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo. Kelly produced Aaliyah’s debut album, titled “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.” She died in a plane crash in 2001 at 22 years old.

During Kelly’s trial, nearly four dozen witnesses testified for the prosecution, alleging that he preyed upon children and women for his sexual gratification. The singer declined to testify at the six-week trial but could speak during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing. His defense team is asking for less than 14 years in prison, citing Kelly’s traumatic childhood.

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