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Tim McGraw is getting more emotional with age: “I can cry at commercials”

ABC/Mark LevineTim McGraw is becoming more in touch with his emotions as time marches on. 

“At 53, I probably don’t self-examine as much as I should, but I think I’m learning that I’m getting more and more emotional...about everything,” he confesses in an interview with his label, Big Machine record Group. “And maybe I’ve been heading that direction for a while but maybe this time has really sped that process up.” 

Though Tim has admittedly been sentimental over his latest single “I Called Mama,” he also finds himself getting emotional over ordinary life moments. 

“I mean, I can cry at commercials now,” he adds. “It’s ridiculous.” 

Tim is set to release his first solo album in five years, Here on Earth, on August 21. He was scheduled to be on a tour of the same name this year, but the plans were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I Called Mama” is currently in the top 15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

By Cillea Houghton
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Kane Brown says that becoming a father has taught him patience

Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesKane Brown has learned a valuable life lesson since becoming a father to daughter Kingsley

In an interview with Extra correspondent and fellow country singer Jana Kramer, the “Homesick” singer reveals that patience is a quality that he didn’t know he had until becoming a father. 

“I’m kind of a carefree guy, I just live life — whatever happens, happens. But with [Kingsley], I’m constantly watching her, constantly telling her ‘no don’t grab that,'” Kane describes of how he’s evolved since he and wife Katelyn Jae welcomed Kingsley into the world in October 2019.  

Kane adds that quarantine has given him the opportunity to watch his 10-month-old daughter grow, from seeing her two bottom teeth come in to watching her personality change.

“When she smiles, it just melts my heart,” he reflects. “So it’s been awesome.”

Though Kane hasn’t been able to tour due to the pandemic, he has been actively working on new music. He recently released his single “Worldwide Beautiful,” along with “Cool Again” and “Be Like That” featuring Khalid and Swae Lee.

He also replied to a fan on Twitter revealing that his new EP will be released on August 14. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Kacey Musgraves releases 'Golden Hour'-inspired self-care kits

ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves has a new creative venture for all the “lonely” people.

The Grammy winning singer-songwriter has unveiled the Lonely Weekend Self-Care Kits that provide a series of relaxing activities fans can do as people remain apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All of the items are connected to Kacey’s Grammy-winning album Golden Hour, with nods to such songs as “Lonely Weekend,” “Rainbow” and “Oh, What a World.” 

Items featured in the kits are a 500-piece rainbow puzzle made from recyclable materials and biodegradable ink, along with vibrant yellow “shooting star” bath balms with a bergamot and sea salt scent, which dissolve into rainbow hues when placed in water. 

There is also a tie dye kit that comes with a white T-shirt with the “Rainbow” lyric “it’ll all be alright” printed on the front, and a pair of white socks with the phrase “Lonely Weekend” written in multi-colored lettering. 

Kacey announced the new product with a series of Instagram posts accompanied by lyrics from the songs. The kits are priced at $99.99. 

Kacey ventured into the retail world earlier this year with the release of a candle called “Slow Burn” — also named after a song on Golden Hour — in partnership with Boy Smells, a non-binary-friendly candle-making company based in Los Angeles.

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Luke Combs approves of Keith Urban's cover of “Even Though I'm Leaving”

ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban and Luke Combs showed some love to one another on social media alongside Keith’s cover of one of Luke’s hits. 

The 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year took to Instagram to share a sweet acoustic rendition of Luke’s heart-tugging “Even Though I’m Leaving.” Perched in a sunny room with his guitar in hand, Keith delivers a thoughtful performance, singing, “Just ’cause I’m leavin’/It don’t mean that/ I won’t be right by your side.” 

“Hey Luke…. how much do ya MISS TOURING ?!!!” Keith beckoned in the caption, to which Luke himself replied with his approval of the cover. 

“Holy sh** that sounds great buddy and I miss it A. LOT,” Luke wrote. Morgan Wallen also chimed in, saying, “sounds damn good brother.” 

“Even Though I’m Leaving” is the second single off Luke’s wildly successful sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get. It became his seventh consecutive number-one hit when it topped the country charts in 2019.

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Grand Ole Opry's Circle Network to air special honoring Luke Bryan

ABCCircle TV is planning a special celebration for Luke Bryan‘s new album. 

The Grand Ole Opry network will present a series of programs in honor of the superstar titled Luke Bryan Lives Here on August 19. 

The three-show series begins at 8:30 p.m. ET with Circle Sessions: Luke Bryan that sees the singer reflecting on his career and performing a handful of his 25 number-one hits.

Circle Sessions will be followed by a re-broadcast of Luke’s upcoming August 15 show on the Opry with Darius Rucker

The programming concludes with a re-airing of the “One Margarita” singer’s appearance at the annual Opry Goes Pink event in 2019, where he ceremonially flipped the switch to turn the Opry backdrop pink in support of breast cancer awareness. 

“I thought it could be a really fun night for me to come and perform some songs from some of my heroes who have influenced me along the way. I couldn’t think of a better place to do that than at the Opry,” Luke shares in a statement. 

The hitmaker’s seventh studio album Born Here Live Here Die Here is set for release on August 7.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockNine years ago today, “Remind Me,” a hit duet between these two country superstars, was certified gold by the RIAA. The song also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was named Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. Can you name the singers? ANSWER: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.  

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Rascal Flatts marks twenty years at the top with 'How They Remember You'

Big MachineAs Rascal Flatts celebrates two decades as a band this year, the trio’s latest hit, “How They Remember You,” couldn’t be more appropriate, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic happening at the same time.

“We felt the timing was perfect, the message was perfect at this time in this crazy madness,” Gary LeVox says. “You know, it really leaves the question with, you know, over a hundred-thousand people dying of the coronavirus and all of that, you know, it’s what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?”

“And that’s kind of what the song is about,” he continues. “And so I think timing-wise, it just, everything kind of lined up.”

Even though their farewell tour is on hold for now, the guys have inevitably done some thinking about their own legacy.

“I would hope that when we do lay it down,” Joe Don Rooney reflects, “that the fans remember us for for being true to ourselves and making music that is hopefully impactful music that will live out way longer than what we can ever tour for or be a part of anymore when we’re older.”

“Most importantly, though,” he adds, “is the charitable aspect of what Rascal Flatts has been able to do. We’ve been so blessed beyond belief. And to be able to give back to our main charity, the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, is the real legacy piece for us.”

The trio’s new seven-song EP, also titled How They Remember You, is out now.

Jay DeMarcus‘ new reality show, DeMarcus Family Rules, also premieres August 19 on Netflix. 

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Priductions/ThinkstockStephanie Quayle is appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show today where she’ll perform her song “Whatcha Drinkin’ ‘Bout” from her North Carolina property, Summerfield Farms. It marks Stephanie’s first national daytime talk show appearance. 

Songwriter Ashley Gorley has made history as the first songwriter of any genre to have 50 number one hits to his name as LoCash’s “One Big Country Song” tops the country charts. Ashley has co-written other hits such as Luke Bryan‘s “Crash My Party,” “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood‘s “Good Girl.” 

BBR Music Group, label home to Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell, has signed new act Tim Montana. Tim broke through the music scene earlier this year with his and Mat Best‘s star-studded viral video, “Quarantine,” featuring Michael RayLee Brice, actor Charlie Sheen and others. 

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“Done”: Chris Janson's “special” song hits number one

ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson has topped the country charts with his current single, “Done.” 

Co-written with Mitch OglesbyJamie Paulin and Matt Roy, the song is inspired by Chris’ love-at-first-sight reaction to his wife Kelly, sharing in a statement that the moment he first saw her, he knew he was “done.” 

“This song is about knowing right then and there that I’d work for the rest of my life to make her happy. It’s just the truth. That’s why it’s so special,” the singer says. 

The couple wed in 2010 and share two children, in addition to Kelly’s two other children from a previous marriage that Chris calls his “bonus kids.” 

The song’s success comes weeks after Chris’ performance at Hwy 30 Fest at the end of June in Idaho came under fire, as it appeared that the crowd of fans gathered at the show were not wearing masks or social distancing.  

“Done” follows Chris’ previous chart-toppers “Fix a Drink,” “Good Vibes” and his 2015 breakthrough, “Buy Me a Boat.” 

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Carly Pearce shares vulnerability while recording new song: “I'm learning to love myself and my story”

Disney Channel/Image Group LACarly Pearce has learned a valuable lesson during this quarantine-stricken year — to embrace imperfection. 

In an honest Instagram post, Carly opens up about how she’s often tried to live through the lens of perfection, but has learned to accept life’s imperfections, leading to self-love. 

“This season of life has shown me that we will never be perfect. NEVER. We have to find beauty in the imperfections and in the things that life throws at us,” she explains. “I am owning my version of ‘imperfection’ & in return, feel like I’m learning to love myself and my story on such a deeper level.”

Part of this revelation comes with her new song, “Show Me Around.” After debuting the song during an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in June, Carly recently recorded an official version of the track, which she shared alongside the thoughtful caption.

The video shows her singing a raw vocal cut of the song in the recording booth, marking the first time she’s taken fans inside the studio with her in such an intimate way.

Carly wrote “Show Me Around” in honor of late songwriter and producer busbee, who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer in 2019. Busbee produced Carly’s 2017 debut album, Every Little Thing, and self-titled sophomore album, released in February.

“I am so very proud of this song that I wrote for my late producer @busbee & he was always such a big believer in me being ‘okay with not being perfect.’ I felt that message ringing so true in the studio & felt him there as I sang this vocal,” she remarks. 

Carly experienced another major life change this year when she announced that she and Michael Ray were divorcing after eight months of marriage. 

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