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Blake Shelton To Release New Album In November

Blake Shelton will release a new album called Texoma Shore on November 3rd. Fans can pre-order the album beginning today (Friday, September 22nd). The project features his brand new single, "I’ll Name The Dogs," which is approaching the Top 20 in just two weeks since its impact at country radio.

Blake said, "Lake Texoma has always been a place of great memories, new and old. I literally recorded this album on its shore so it’s full circle for me to take the love of this place and my love of country music."

Texoma Shore follows in the footsteps of Blake’s last album, If I’m Honest, which was the best-selling country album released in 2016. He added, "When you listen to the record it will go from something traditional to something that will make your head spin back to something even more traditional. That’s just what you can expect from one of my albums. At this point in my career it’s always good for me to try something different, with different sounds, and I think you'll hear hints of that on this record. I've explored about every part of country music you can explore and it seems like I always keep coming back to my roots, which is traditional country music. I love great songs and there are so many talented writers in Nashville, but I do have a song on the album that I wrote and I'm very proud of it."

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Chris Janson Releases 'Everybody' Today

Chris Janson's sophomore album, called Everybody, arrives in stores today (Friday, September 22nd). Everybody includes the five songs on this summer’s Fix A Drink EP along with seven new tracks.

Chris tells us that the title for this album came about in an unexpected way. "Someone asked me months ago, they said, 'Who did you write for and what's it about,' and I at the time was just not in the mood to answer any questions and I just simply said, 'I wrote it for everybody,' and that's how the title came about. It was pretty wild but that's how the best things happen in life, I think, when you just don't know you're doing them, you don't really realize it (and) here comes the title. I love the song. I love this whole album. I'm the kind of guy who never pushes my music upon people. I just don't believe in doing that. I don't ever want to come off as overbearing but I will say that even though this is only my second ever full-length album, it's my sophomore record, I believe it's absolutely my best body of work. This music -- no pun intended -- is for everybody and there's something for all different types of country music listening ears." .

Courtesy of Broken Bow Records
Dustin Lynch Launches Clothing Line Next Week

Evine Live Inc., a multiplatform interactive digital commerce company (evine.com), has teamed up with Dustin Lynch to help launch his new clothing collection, called Stay Country. The exclusive-to-Evine Stay Country clothing line debuts on Monday (September 25th) at 7 p.m. ET and Tuesday (September 26th) at 10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET. It represents the Tullahoma, TN native’s approach to living a "stay true to your roots" lifestyle with unique designs including t-shirts, jean jackets, high-quality denim and faux leather.

Dustin said, "As I have grown as an artist, I discovered my own personal sense of style and sought out items that not only looked good, but also represented who I am and where I came from. Stay Country isn’t just a clothing brand, it’s a lifestyle that reflects down-home tradition and nothing but good times. I can’t wait to bring some fresh country style to Evine!"

In addition to women’s fashion, the collection will offer a select number of unisex options including two uniquely-designed t-shirts and a jean jacket with the official Stay Country logo engraved on the back.

Viewers are invited to watch the premiere of Stay Country via cable and satellite, mobile apps and live streaming online at www.evine.com. Evine airs on DIRECTV channels 73 and 316, DISH Network channels 134 and 228, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, select Samsung Smart TVs, YouTube and on the nation's top cable providers. You can find Evine in your area here: http://bit.ly/1CNa450.

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Midland Drops 'On The Rocks' Debut Album Today

Midland releases their debut album, On The Rocks, today (Friday, September 22nd). In addition to their their debut single and chart-topping hit, "Drinkin' Problem," the album features 12 other songs which lead singer Mark Wystrach tells us represents a blend of their musical influences. "I think that we just got together and this music, everything about it man – whether it be the artwork, the styling of it, the song writing, the way that it’s recorded, the way that it’s performed live – it’s a collective culmination of all of our influences and our passions. And these songs are coming from our shared experiences from our heartbreak, from our blues, from our joys, our triumphs, from our greatest wanton desires etc. That’s what it is, man. These songs mean something very special to us. It’s just us expressing ourselves. If people dig it, that’s awesome man. Nothing is guaranteed. That wouldn’t have stopped us from going and making this music regardless. It’s us doing what we feel like we kind of need to do and luckily people are responded to it." night.

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Dierks Bentley's 'Most Meaninful Experience' Of Contributing To Movie Soundtrack

Dierks Bentley has contributed a song called "Hold The Light," to an upcoming feature film called Only The Brave. This is his first-ever song written and recorded for a motion picture. "Hold The Light" also features Bon Iver’s S. Carey.

Bentley first took action in 2013 when he organized and hosted the Country Cares Concert in Arizona, which raised more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Bentley and Carey worked closely with Only the Brave composer Joe Trapanese on the new song, which is available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners. In the collaboration, the songwriters worked Trapanese’s film theme into the music of the song,

Dierks said, "This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of. It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of. Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes. But, our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it."

Only the Brave is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, with Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

Only The Brave arrives in theaters nationwide on October 20th.

Josh Turner Strikes Gold At 10th Opry Anniversary

This summer, Josh Turner hit a landmark with his 150th performance at the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday (September 19th) night, he celebrated his 10th anniversary of being a member of the legendary institution. Longtime Opry member Bill Anderson was on hand, and he happened to host the night of Josh’s very first appearance at the Opry over 16 years ago.

Josh said, "When I was headed back to my dressing room, Bill Anderson asked the crowd if they wanted to hear some more. Bill hollered out at me and said, ‘Josh, let’s make that train a little bit longer.’ I was blown away that he called me back out to do an encore. I didn’t know how to do an encore and I didn’t have a second song prepared so I sang ‘Long Black Train’ again."

Prior to his anniversary celebration, Josh was surprised by his management and his label with the news that his most-recent Number One hit, "Hometown Girl," is now officially RIAA-certified Gold.

Yesterday (Thursday, September 21st), Josh released the video for his new single "All About You." The video is a compilation of live show footage giving fans a glimpse of the singer's life on the road.

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