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Bentley has spent his share of time on the road – whether “on a plane” or a tour bus. And after all these years of being a road warrior, he’s managed to boil down his absolute “must have” items to a pretty concise list. “You’ve got to have cold beer,” he says, and that means “You’ve got to have ice [and] you’ve got to have a red solo cup.”

The rest of Dierks’ list is pretty basic – sunglasses and a trucker’s cap. Equipped with all that, he’s “good-to-go” and ready to bring his Riser Tour to a city near you!

“I’ve got some pretty normal ‘must haves.’ I mean, you’ve got to have cold beer…which means you’ve got to have ice. You’ve got to have a red solo cup. Sunglasses are good. Trucker hat. That’s all I need.”

Dierks’ latest hit from his Riser album – “Drunk On a Plane” – is rising toward the top of the charts, continuing its climb through the top 10 this week.
RaeLynn was part of Blake Shelton’s team on season two of The Voice, and she says ever since leaving the show, Blake and Miranda Lambert have become like family to her.

“I guess you could say that I’ve been adopted into the Blake Shelton and Miranda camp,” says RaeLynn. “I’m so blessed to have them in my life. They literally have taught me so much about the music industry and about staying true to myself, and about how it doesn’t come easy.”

Country's "new girl" says Blake and Miranda have been especially good at helping her remain patient over the last two years while she’s been working on her album and getting anxious for people to hear her music. They’ve also been very supportive of her career. “They are my biggest fans, besides my family. I just don’t know what I would do without Camp Lambert and Shelton. I love them so much.”

Besides Blake and Miranda’s support, RaeLynn also has the support of their families. “Miranda’s Mom and Dad are very involved in my career too. Miranda’s Mom does my merch, she does me and Miranda’s merch. I’m just super thankful to have them in my life. I honestly can say I would not be where I am in my career if it wasn’t for Blake and Miranda, with all their support.”

RaeLynn’s debut album, featuring her brand new single, “God Made Girls,” is set to be released later this year.
She has received tons of buzz lately.  Taste Of Country says "Leah Turner has managed to reveal a new side of her personality with each of the first two singles on her debut EP. The other three also step out of line with what fans have already learned."


She made Digital Journal's "Top 10 Female Country Singers to Watch in 2014" list.


Broken Records Magazine calls her "A New Kind of Country Singer."

Leah Turner has managed to reveal a new side of her personality with each of the first two singles on her debut EP. The other three also step out of line with what fans have already learned.

Read More: Album Spotlight: Leah Turner, ‘Leah Turner’ EP | http://tasteofcountry.com/leah-turner-ep/?trackback=tsmclip
 
Turner talks about the female singers who influenced her.

She's on tour with Brad Paisley right now (click for more info).
With “American Kids” taking the country charts by storm, Kenny Chesney’s itch to bring the No Shoes Nation together didn’t take long. But in keeping with his always “embrace life, make it happen” attitude, Chesney wasn’t looking to just show up and play, he wanted to make it the kind of day that his fans really know how to celebrate, to turn into a memory that’s going to last for months to come.
            

After a quick site scout and a bunch of phone calls, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4 consecutive Academy of Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year settled on a spot along the Gulf Coast where Alabama meets Florida, and entire worlds come together: the Flora-Bama.
            

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year... and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” Chesney says. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.
            

“To me, a place like the Flora-Bama is all about kicking back, being with your friends and not worrying about a thing... Just hang out and be easy. I love that it’s on a border, that it’s on a beach, that it’s like the best bar anywhere people get together and just be! It’s everything the notion of The Big Revival is built on: taking that time to regroup, replenish then re-engage with the passion of being truly, absolutely alive.”
            

Located where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key, literally on the Alabama/Florida border, the bar with a beach was established in 1964 and has been a gathering place for surfers, sports fans, beach people, blue collars, rednecks, good ole boys’n’girls, locals, tourists ever since. Celebrated by The New Yorker, Maxim, John Grisham, Men’s Journal, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Playboy, Outside, The Boston Globe and Delta Sky, the Lounge/Package Store/Yacht Club is a one of a kind for laidback revelry and people coming together.
            

“This all started with ‘American Kids’ for me,” Chesney explains. “The idea how passionate my fans are, the way they come together and how much they love life, they love music and they celebrate every moment. I miss getting out there and playing, and I figured this is a way to combine everything they love in one place... Capture the essence of that freewheeling, seize the moment notion of the song, the album and the Nation.”
Hayes is known for challenging status quo, and in his new music video for “Tattoo” he continues to push the envelope, taking his multidimensional vision to new heights. 

Although Hayes is keeping the final effects and video premise confidential, he released the first teaser—a behind-the-scenes look at the setting after CMT personality Cody Alan prompted Hayes on Twitter

“‘Tattoo’is about inspiration,” said Hayes. “It’s about that moment when you meet somebody and you’re inspired by them and all you want is to encourage them as much as they’ve motivated you. And that’s the fun of it -- meeting that person you’re crazy about.”
International superstar, Shania Twain, returned to Canada this past Wednesday and Thursday night (July 9-10) and thrilled fans with two incredible sold-out shows during the Calgary Stampede.  It has been ten years since the star has performed live in Canada.  Each night 14,000 people packed the Scotiabank Saddledome to see Twain’s high-energy performance, which showcased many of the icon’s greatest hits.

“In our ten years of Saddledome concerts during the Calgary Stampede, Shania is the first artist to sell-out two back-to-back shows,” says Adam Oppenheim, Managing director, Stampede Concerts Inc.  “The Calgary Stampede and Stampede Concerts Inc. are ecstatic about Shania’s two performances, and the fan’s enthusiasm speaks for itself.”

“We are honored to have such a tremendous icon mark ten years of the Calgary Stampede Saddledome Concert Series,” Adds Amy Bryan, Director of Talent Buying, REACH LLC.

Following her Calgary performances, Twain will return to the Las Vegas stage for her critically-acclaimed residency show, SHANIA:  STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  For a full list of her July Vegas dates click HERE.
When you first hear The Band Perry’s latest single, “Chainsaw,” it sounds like a sweet love song about a couple going out to carve their initials as a symbol of love into a tree. Kimberly Perry says that’s why she loves the song and was drawn to record it because it’s a bit deceptive. Neil says it sounds “romantic.” Kimberly laughs and says, “Yeah, until you get to the chorus when they chop that sucker down, and I just think it’s so funny and ironic.”

Although “Chainsaw” is sung from a woman’s perspective, Kimberly is sure there are plenty of men who can relate to the song as well.
Currington is poised to hit the top of the country charts with his latest hit, “We Are Tonight,” which has become an anthem for the Summer of 2014.

When asked what three of his favorite summertime tunes were, he said, “Three favorite summer songs? One – ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ Def Leppard; 'Hells Bells,' ACDC [laughs]; and oh, baby, ‘[Make It] Hurt So Good,’ John Mellencamp.”

The Georgia native will take his summer trek to West Fargo, North Dakota on Friday and Madison, Nebraska on Saturday.
Tim’s latest single, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s features him singing with his wife Faith Hill

While Tim and Faith have talked about one day doing a duets album together, they try not to overdue their collaborations in order to keep it special, although Tim loves singing with his wife. Tim says, “I think that she’s probably one of the most talented people in the world. Her singing is just, it’s in a league of its own. She’s just really a, truly a singer’s singer.”

“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” will be on Tim’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, which will be released on September 16th.