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Nashville notes: Chase Rice, Dylan Scott + more

Chase Rice has a new song out, called “Key West & Colorado.” The song is a preview of an upcoming new album.

Dylan Scott just put out a new song called “Lay Down With You.” It'll be on the track list of his upcoming new album, Livin' My Best Life, which comes out August 5.

Ronnie Dunn's new album, 100 Proof Neon, is out today. Among the songs on the track list is a collaboration with Parker McCollum called “Road to Abilene.”

Vince Gill has canceled three upcoming shows set for this week and this weekend after his wife, singer Amy Grant, was hospitalized following a biking accident. According to ?Billboard?, two shows in Charlotte, North Carolina and one in Tysons, Virginia are affected.

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Eric Church explains why he signed on to open for one of Robert Earl Keen's final shows

Robert Earl Keen is currently on a farewell tour before retiring at the end of the summer, but he's going out in style: The legendary singer-songwriter has enlisted Eric Church as an opening act at his penultimate show in Texas this September.

Seeing Eric as an opening act is a pretty rare occurrence these days. For years, the country superstar has been a bona fide headliner, and he even helmed a couple of stand-alone stadium dates earlier this summer, with acts like Morgan Wallen as his direct support.

But the chance to open for REK himself doesn't come around that often, and the legendary act has been a huge influence on Eric as an artist.

“We used to cover Corpus Christi Bay' in my bar band in North Carolina in college,” the Chief explained on social media. That song comes off of Keen's 1993 album, A Bigger Piece of Sky. “When he asked me to join him on the last shows of his career, I told him I'd do whatever he wanted.”

Eric also name-checked one of Keen's most popular songs, 1989's “The Road Goes on Forever,” as he continued to sum up the singer-songwriter's massive impact.

“I'm happy to join him at Floore's to help send him off into the sunset,” Eric continued. “But don't forget friends…The road goes on forever and the party never ends.”

Eric's opening set will take place on September 3 at Floore's Country Store in Helotes, Texas. REK is closing out his farewell tour with three sold-out stops at the venue on September 1, 3 and 4.

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expand Ingrid Andress opens her eyes to a colorful new world in her love song, “Blue”

Ingrid Andress may be best known for songs about heartbreak, loneliness and carving out her own path, but the “More Hearts Than Mine” star spotlights a more romantic, starry-eyed side of herself in her newest release, “Blue.”

The lyrics of the love ballad describe a relationship that's opened Ingrid's eyes to a whole new world. As she looks into the blue eyes of her love interest, the color takes on a whole new meaning, one she's never seen before.

“It's like I'd never seen the ocean or a Bud Light neon sign / Like I'd never seen a California swimming pool, a faded pair of Levi 505s,” Ingrid sings in the chorus. “Thought I knew just what to call the color of the Colorado sky / But looking in your eyes, it's like seeing blue for the first time.”

The song's subject matter has one foot in her real experience, Ingrid explains. As she wrote the song, she realized that she was falling in love with the person who inspired it.

“Blue encompasses everything that I was feeling in finding love that is actually healthy,” the singer says. “My mind figured it out before my body did — I must be feeling this way if I'm writing it. I listened to it and thought, Oh, I must be in love, maybe.'”

“Blue” comes off of Ingrid's upcoming new album, Good Person, which is due out on August 26.

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Tyler Hubbard's album drops in January, but he's got music coming out before then

Florida Georgia Line bandmate-turned-solo artist Tyler Hubbard officially put a release date on his much-anticipated forthcoming debut solo album this week. The project, which has yet to be officially named, will be out on January 27.

Though January is far away, Tyler will be on tour with Keith Urban's The Speed of Now World Tour this fall; He’s also advancing a portion of the new project as an EP to tide fans over until the full release.

Titled Dancin' in the Country, that six-song project will arrive August 19, a few weeks before the big tour kicks off. Tyler's EP features the album's single, “5 Foot 9,” plus five more new tracks.

“We've been releasing new music throughout this summer, and I'm so pumped to be sharing even more of my new project — these songs have been waiting to be heard!” the singer exclaims.

“Though the album is coming early next year, I put together this collection of music especially for the fans, as I get ready to go on tour,” he continues. “I can't wait to hear the crowd sing these songs with me as I hit the road for the first time as a solo artist.”

The new songs include the title track — “Dancin' in the Country” — plus unheard songs like “Baby Gets Her Lovin',” “I'm the Only One” and others.

Dancin' in the Country is available for pre-order now.

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Dierks Bentley finds the “Gold” in the day-to-day grind in his free-wheeling new single

Dierks Bentley is back with another new single, “Gold,” all about finding the joy in the journey of life despite the ups and downs it brings.

“I got some rust on my Chevy but it's ready to roll / I got a rhinestone sky and a song in my soul,” the singer belts out in the chorus on his song. “It ain't a smooth ride, life, it's a winding road / Yeah, it might be gravel but it feels like gold.”

“Gold” follows Dierks' latest number-one hit, “Beers on Me,” as well as his recent collaboration with Elle King, called “Worth a Shot.”

Amid the new music he's got planned for this year, Dierks is also keeping busy on the road: He's in the middle of his Beers on Me Tour, which launched in 2021 and is scheduled to keep going well into September. Currently, he's out with opening acts Travis Denning and Ashley McBryde. The singer's Seven Peaks Festival is also set to make its return this Labor Day weekend, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But first up, Dierks and Elle will co-headline ABC's CMA Fest special, which airs on August 3.

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7-year-old girl dies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park after tree falls on her tent

According to a news release from the National Park Service, a 7-year-old girl was killed after a tree fell on her tent while she and her family slept in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Park rangers responded to an emergency in the Elkmont Campground at around 12:30 a.m. on July 27 after the tree fell on the girl, who is from Georgia. Other family members, including her father and two siblings, were not injured. The large, red maple tree was about two feet in diameter.

The Elkmont Campground is located between Gatlinburg and Townsend. Emergency responders from Gatlingburg Fire Department, Gatlingburg Police Department and the National Park Service responded to the site, the release said. The campsite affected and adjacent campsites were closed, while Elkmont Campground remains open.

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House passes $280B bill to provide incentives for manufacturing semiconductor chips

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $280 billion bill to provide incentives for production of semiconductors and other investments in science and technology. The House passed ‘The Chips and Science Act’  by a vote of 243-187.  The bill passed the Senate on Wednesday with a 64-33 vote; it will now go back to President Biden to be signed into law.

The $280 billion Chips and Science Act will subsidize domestic semiconductor manufacturing while also investing billions of dollars in science and tech innovation. It provides $52 billion in federal grants for semiconductors manufacturing and research. Roughly $100 billion is provided over five years for regional tech hubs to support start-up companies. The bill is expected to make the chip supply chain more resilient after having experienced shortages that adversely impacted the economy.

That bill invests $369 billion in energy and climate change spending over 10 years while raising an estimated $313 billion from the corporate minimum tax and $124 billion through IRS enforcement of reformed tax code. It raises another $14 billion in revenue by closing the carried interest loophole for high income individuals, resulting in a deficit reduction of more than $300 billion.

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From backstage buddies to a “Need You Now” duet: Lady A discusses relationship with Breland

Lady A and Breland will take the spotlight when ABC's CMA Fest TV special airs next week, performing a special duet version of the classic Lady A hit “Need You Now” from the mainstage.

Breland and the Lady A bandmates may come from different generations, but Lady A's Charles Kelley says that makes collaborating with the younger star even more exciting.

“He told me he grew up on that song,” Charles says, talking about “Need You Now.” “And I really, truly think he's one of the most talented artists, up and coming, that we have. And so anytime you can be part of that energy — you know, us doing this for 15 years now, we like to feed off that youthful energy and that excitement.”

They were excited to collaborate on a personal level, too. “We became buddies backstage, and I told him I was a fan,” Charles says.

One thing led to another, and they decided to write a song together. “We wrote a song and he asked if Lady A would feature on it,” Charles adds. “And while we were there, I was like, Well, we've gotta do a song, you know, for the fans!' And so we did Need You Now.'”

Someone at CMA Fest got wind that they'd done a duet version of the Lady A classic and asked them to do it as part of the show, which took place in Nashville in June.

CMA Fest airs on ABC on August 3. Dierks Bentley and Elle King are co-hosting the show.

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Willie Nelson reveals details and lineup for Farm Aid 2022

Willie Nelson has shared that the 2022 Farm Aid festival is set for Sept. 24, and has also revealed the location and the lineup for the one-day food and music festival.

Farm Aid 2022 will take place at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C.  In addition to Nelson, performers for the 2022 festival include Nelson’s fellow Farm Aid Board of Director members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds) and Margo Price. Other performers include Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real, Allison Russell, Charley Crockett, Brittney Spencer and Particle Kid.

Farm Aid’s mission is to celebrate and support local farmers, and festival-goers will have a chance to sample products from local farms via the festival’s Homegrown Concessions. The event also has a Homegrown Village, where fans can learn about farming through exhibits, demonstrations and more. The first Farm Aid festival was organized by Nelson, Mellencamp and Neil Young in 1985. Matthews was added to the Board of Directors in 2001 and Price joined in 2021. The non-profit organization has raised more than $64 million since its inception.

Tickets for the 2022 Farm Aid festival go on sale Saturday (July 30) at 10AM ET.  For more details about this year’s music and food festival, head here:

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Amy Grant hospitalized after bicycle accident in Nashville

Amy Grant is recovering after being hospitalized for injuries she sustained in a bike accident in Nashville.  The 61-year-old Grant was injured while biking at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.   A spokesperson for the singer said she was wearing a helmet, and that Grant fell while cycling with a friend.

Grant is being treated for cuts and abrasions as a result of the accident; as of press time, she was reported to be in stable condition and is expected to stay Thursday night for observation and extended care.

The incident comes more than two years after Grant had open-heart surgery to correct pulmonary venous return (PAPVR), a rare heart condition she’s had since birth.  Also earlier this month, Grant was revealed as one of five recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

Amy Grant Hospitalized After Bicycle Accident In Nashville

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