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Nashville notes: Darius Rucker's collaboration, Dustin Lynch's merch for charity and more

Darius Rucker has a new song out called “Ol' Church Hymn,” which features up-and-coming act Chapel Hart.

If you're planning to grab some Dustin Lynch merch this weekend, your money will go to a good cause: The singer's donating all proceeds from his merch sales over the weekend to Volunteer Florida to help Floridians recovering from Hurricane Ian.

Trisha Yearwood will “flip the switch” on the Grand Ole Opry's signature barnyard backdrop to turn things pink for Opry Goes Pink. The annual event is a partnership with Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

Jon Langston has a new song out Friday, called “Give You My All.

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With 'Lindeville,' Ashley McBryde avoided doing “the expected thing” after a number-one radio hit

Ashley McBryde knows that her new album, Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, is a left turn from what anybody expected her to do. But in a new interview with Billboard, she says that's exactly why she wanted to do it.

“The expected thing, especially coming off having a No. 1 with Carly, is to shoot straight down the middle,” the singer says.

Of course, she's talking about her hit duet with Carly Pearce, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” which topped the country charts and notched a whopping five nominations at the upcoming CMA Awards.

But instead of following up that success with another radio-ready hit in the making, Ashley chose to lean into her songwriter side, teaming up with musical pals like Brothers Osborne, Caylee Hammack and Brandy Clark to bring the fictional world of “Lindeville” to life. The album is a collection of story songs about the characters who live in a certain small town, and it's unlike any other project coming out in the country genre in 2022.

“When you do a love project like this, it's supposed to be, like, album five or six, or 10, which is another reason to do it now,” points out Ashley, who's got two full-length studio albums other than Lindeville under her belt.

“Because f*** should,' write?” she adds.

Lindeville arrived on Friday.


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Zac Brown Band drops their star-studded 'The Comeback (Deluxe)' album featuring a Jimmy Buffett duet

Zac Brown Band's long-awaited deluxe edition of their The Comeback album arrived Friday, and it features an all-star cast of duet partners.

Ahead of release day, ZBB previewed several of the songs, including a version of “Out in the Middle” featuring Blake Shelton, “Any Day Now” with Ingrid Andress and several others. To celebrate the full release, the band is highlighting a collaboration with legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett on a version of the band's song “Same Boat.”

When they first released “Same Boat” as part of the original The Comeback track list in late 2021, the song became ZBB's 16th career chart-topper on country radio. The album originally boasted 15 tracks; ZBB bumped that number up to 21 on the deluxe version of the project.

The album — and duet with Buffett — comes the same week that Buffett announced he's canceling the remainder of his 2022 tour dates due to health issues. The 75-year-old singer didn't specify the exact issues that are keeping him off the road but told fans that he was briefly hospitalized and is taking time off to rest, per doctor's orders.

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Russell Dickerson's self-titled third studio album is officially on its way

Russell Dickerson returns this week to announce his third studio album, a self-titled project boasting 15 tracks — all of which he co-wrote.

The singer says the new music will continue to share his story with his fans, fleshing out his introspective side while also delivering the energetic onstage personality that concertgoers already know and love.

“No matter how far we get into this, I want people to know it's still me,” Russell reflects. “I'm still the hyper, outgoing, fun-loving crazy dude onstage. But also these songs are so meaningful to me. It's not all hype and smoke and lights. I am a songwriter, I trust my instincts, and now my instincts are telling me to share 100 percent me, and creatively just let it flow.”

Russell Dickerson is set to arrive on November 4, but ahead of release day, the singer is sharing one of its tracks, the anthemic “I Wonder,” along with a music video to match.

Russell's new album is available to pre-save and pre-order now.

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Hardy introduces fans to “Jack” in another sinister new song

With Halloween fast approaching, it's only fitting that Hardy's new music is embracing some dark and scary undertones, but some of his subject matter is much scarier than haunted houses or things that go bump in the night.

He got the ball rolling on those themes in late August with the release of “Wait in the Truck,” a murder ballad featuring Lainey Wilson that tells the story of a guy who meets an abused woman and kills the man who hurt her.

Now, Hardy is continuing to release dark and sinister music with “Jack,” a love story turned sour about a person's relationship with alcohol.

“I love the story it tells — it's got some deep undertones about alcohol and how it can have a strong grip on people and really bring you down,” the singer reflects. “I hope people can kind of read through that lyric and understand it. It rocks, and I'm excited for the world to hear it.”

The song also embraces Hardy's hard rock and metal influences. He's previously blended those musical styles with his country foundation on tracks like the fan-favorite “Sold Out.”

“Jack” arrived on Friday along with an equally hard-rocking music video.

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Hurricane Ian picks up strength as it makes its way towards South Carolina

As of early Friday, Hurricane Ian has continued to grow in strength, with forecasters expecting it to make landfall along the Carolina coast later in the day. Ian strengthened back to a Category 1 hurricane overnight as it moved west over the Atlantic toward the U.S. eastern coast, after making landfall in Florida as a major Category 4 storm on Wednesday with 150 mph winds. Hurricane Ian has left a wake of death and destruction throughout Florida, and forecasters now warn the storm will bring “life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions” to the Carolina coast.

In its 5 a.m. EDT update, the National Hurricane Center said that the center of the storm was located 145 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., and 225 miles south-southwest of Cape Fear, N.C., traveling north-northeast at 9 mph. Forecasters expect that it will reach the coast of South Carolina on Friday before moving farther inland across the Carolinas into Saturday. The storm grew in strength overnight, and had sustained winds of 85 mph hour as of 5 a.m. Forecasters predict there will be little change before it makes landfall, after which it will undergo rapid weakening.

A turn toward the north is expected Friday morning followed by a turn to the north-northwest with an increase in speed Friday night. The National Hurricane Center said: “On the forecast track, Ian will approach the coast of South Carolina on Friday. Ian is forecast to become an extratropical low over North Carolina tonight or on Saturday. The low is then expected to dissipate by Saturday night.” 

The NHC said in its update:“The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline  Water could reach up to 7 feet in some of the areas under a storm surge watch.” A hurricane warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast; and a storm surge watch is also in effect for north of Cape Fear to Duck, N.C., and for the Pamlico River and the Cape Fear River while a hurricane watch was issued from east of Cape Fear to Surf City, N.C.   A hurricane watch also remains in place for east of Cape Fear to Surf City; and a tropical storm warning remains in place from the Flager/Volusia County Line to Savannah, Ga.; Cape fear to Duck, N.C.; and Pamlico Sound.

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Former President Trump argues that he should not be required to comment on accuracy of Department of Justice inventory

In new court filings. former President Donald Trump argued that he should not have to declare in court whether or not the Justice Department’s updated inventory of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago is accurate.  In response to Trump’s suggestion that the FBI planted evidence during its search on Aug. 8, Special Master Raymond Dearie said that Trump had to submit a declaration of the accuracy of the Justice Department’s inquiry.  However, Trump argued that Dearie had only asked for a declaration from a government official and not from Trump’s side. Trump also said that he had no access to the documents at issue. The court filings said: “Additionally, the Plaintiff currently has no means of accessing the documents bearing classification markings, which would be necessary to complete any such certification by September 30, the currently proposed date of completion.”

The Justice Department submitted a slightly revised inventory of the materials seized from Mar-a-Lago on Monday, along with a declaration supporting the accuracy of the new list.  The new list adds 55 items to the more than 11,000 documents and photographs that were seized.  The new list also removed two empty folders with “CLASSIFIED” banners in the box. There are now 46 empty folders with classified markings.

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Brothers Osborne talk “Play Ball,” story songs and working on 'Lindeville' with Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde and her gang of collaborators will invite fans to Lindeville this week with a new batch of story songs and collaborations.

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville was produced by Brothers Osborne's John Osborne, who says he jumped at the chance to lend his skill set to the project. In fact, he tells ABC Audio, he was so excited about the concept that he would've been happy to be involved with it on any level.

“Honestly, when I was asked to be just the bandleader on it, I was like, Yeah, I'd love to do it,'” John recounts. Once he signed on as producer and got to listen to all the work tapes, he only got more enthusiastic.

“And no one's doing anything like that in Nashville at the moment, too,” he points out. “They nailed it on that record.”

John's brother and bandmate, TJ Osborne, wasn't about to pass up a trip to Lindeville, either: John says he and Ashley immediately agreed that one of its tracks, “Play Ball,” would be perfect for TJ to sing.

“It fits his range perfectly. We know how well he can sing anything, but this part of his range is just butter,” John says, also saying it reminds him of childhood memories he and his brother share. “TJ and I grew up playing Little League Baseball in our hometown. So every time we hear that song, it takes me back to the ball fields where we would play baseball,” he adds.

As for TJ? It's just fun to step into a new musical character, he notes. “Cool story. I like the lyrics and it's really, really country,” the singer adds. “That's where I cut my teeth, singing really country songs.”

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville arrives on Friday.

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Chris Janson signs with Big Machine Label Group Records

Chris Janson has signed with BMLG Records in partnership with his Harpeth 60 Records. Janson joins other artists including Lady A, Brett Young, Riley Green and his young new protégé, Shane Profitt.

Janson was with Warner Music Nashville since 2015. He broke onto the scene with his No. 1 debut single, “Buy Me A Boat” which was certified 3X Platinum, and followed that success with a string of Gold-certified No. 1 hits including “Fix A Drink,” “Good Vibes” and “Done.”  Earlier this year, Janson released his fourth studio record, All In, his last project with Warner Music Nashville and featuring collaborations with Eric Church and Travis Tritt.

Said Janson: “I am so proud to be teaming up with Scott Borchetta, Jimmy Harnen and the team at Big Machine Label Group. This opportunity is an absolute dream come true and I’m honored to be working with such a talented crew and roster of artists. Julian Raymond and I are hitting the studio for this first album, and we are on the fast track for great new music! This whole partnership just feels right, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Big Machine Label Group Chairman & CEO Scott Borchetta added: “Chris has always been a force of nature and he’s coming to BMLG at the perfect time to take his career next-level. His experience, determination, and vision for what he wants to do next completely aligns with our long-term label group ideal and continued artist development. Did I mention he blows a mean harp?

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Morgan Evans performs unreleased song inspired by breakup with Kelsea Ballerini

Morgan Evans performed an unreleased song in Australia, inspired by his recent breakup with ex-wife Kelsea Ballerini.  Evans returned to Australia for the 15th anniversary of the CMC ROCKS QLD festival which took place last weekend, headlining along with Brad Paisley and Kane Brown.

Evans performed songs from his newest project: The Country And The Coast Side A, released almost one year ago. The project includes the track “Love Is Real,” which was written about Kelsea Ballerini while the couple were still together.  Evans then performed his never-before-heard song “How Long,” an emotional ballad that finds Evans searching for the answers to questions he ponders about he and his now ex-wife’s relationship. You can take a look at the performance clip – here.

Ballerini filed for divorce from Evans in late August, and took to social media to spread the news, sharing, “…so I wanted you to hear from me directly that I am going through a divorce. This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end. It’s hard to find the words here…but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons.”

Evans also addressed the split on social media, saying: “I am very sad to confirm that after almost five years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise but sadly it is not.”

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