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Dustin Lynch Assaulted by Flying Beer Can

Photo via People.com

Photo via People.com

Dustin Lynch may be used to singing for rowdy country crowds, but his gig on Friday night in Niceville, Florida (ironic eh) got a little out of hand, leaving Dustin with stitches. According to People.com, the singer wrapped the show with blood dripping down his face.

I was walking down the catwalk and wham, out of nowhere this beer can just nailed me in the face,” Lynch, 29, tells PEOPLE exclusively, “It was a completely full can and it felt like a baseball had hit me.”

The moral of the story is don’t throw beer cans, period,” Lynch tells PEOPLE. “It’s not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that’s why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn’t want to get off the stage until I had to.”

I believe the moral of the story is, don’t assume a gig will live up to the city it’s played in…

Kristian Bush Releases “Trailer Hitch” Music Video

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Check out Kristian Bush‘s new music video for his latest solo single, “Trailer Hitch.” Check it out and tell us what you think!

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Top Country Tweets of the Week October 13th-19th

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       10.  ·  shotgunnin canadian beers in edmonton .

  1. @blakeshelton ·  Re-writing my fav Miranda/Carrie… My zipper is stuck and all day I been crappin’ got a real good feelin’ something bad about to happen..

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  1. @thebandperry ·  #PaulMcCartney!!! Na Na Na Nananana! Hey Jude!
  1. @CharlieDaniels ·  A selfie of two people is called an usie
  1. @BradPaisley ·  So now:pour kerosene on the cushions, properly position on the frat house curb, strike match, and drink. I find IKEA sofas burn very even.
  1. @davidnail ·  If u would’ve told me in 92 that someone would walk by MY bus someday and ask “is this Garth”?

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  1. @martinamcbride ·  Great lunch at the beach in Destin. Tonight #Niceville #mulletfest #itsafish http://instagram.com/p/uUGjovE5lK/

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  1. @kelliepickler ·  My baby and me at tonight’s #USOgala – Honoring our service men, women, & veterans. #GodBlessTheWorld http://instagram.com/p/uR_Nqnr2t6/
  1. @dariusrucker ·  Who’s ready for some football this weekend? I’ll be cheering for the #miamidolphins. This year, this is our year. I say that every year.

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  1. @littlebigtown · Adding our name to the wall was such a surreal moment. Thank you @Opry. What a night!!! #OpryInduction

 

Jeff Bates to Release Tribute to Conway Twitty

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For years, radio DJs and the country music industry have raved about the vocal similarities of country singer Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty.  On November 11, 2014, Bates will finally satisfy those who have said it for years, when he releases ME AND CONWAY (Sony RED / Red River Entertainment), his tribute to the country legend.

“People always told me I sounded like Conway and though I never agreed, I always took it as a compliment,” explains Bates.  “I think it’s because we were both from Mississippi, enunciated similarly and we both have that gravel sound in our voices.  In 2002, when I met with Joe Galante and Renee Bell at RCA for the first time, I performed ‘Long Slow Kisses’ and ‘I Wanna Make You Cry’ for them and I learned that Renee had been Conway’s A&R rep at MCA and she had called the meeting to find out who the guy was that reminded her so much of her friend, Conway.  I went to great lengths to explain that I really didn’t sound as much like him as she thought I did and if she would just A/B our voices side by side and listen she would hear huge differences.  She just smiled her sweet Renee smile and said, ‘Honey, it’s not a bad thing at all. Yes, you sound like you but when you sing I hear Conway’s soul in your voice!”

It was a battle Bates would continue to fight at radio for years.  He heard, “You sound like Conway Twitty” and even “You sound too much like Conway Twitty!”  Finally he decided to let it go.  “If people wanted to think that I sounded like him then so be it,” he says.  “I could spend my life arguing about it or I could just continue to write songs and sing what I felt.  Then about three years ago I decided I would ‘own it.'”

Bates decided to record a new album with six Conway songs and six others so that fans could hear the differences and similarities for themselves.  On Me and Conway, Bates has included renditions of Conway Twitty classics, “Don’t Take It Away,” “Lost In The Feeling,” “I’d Love To Lay You Down” and “That’s My Job.”

Bates was honored beyond comparison when Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn agreed to sing with him on her classic Conway duet, “After The Fire Is Gone.”  Lynn, who has not recorded the song with anyone since the original version with Conway, agreed after she heard Bates sing the song at her Hurricane Mills Tennessee Ranch annual Conway Twitty Weekend.  It’s been 43 years since the song was released in 1971 when it went to Number 1 on the charts for two consecutive weeks.  Now, more than four decades later, the song will be heard again, introducing a new generation of fans to one of the greatest country music duets ever recorded.

Lynn says of Bates,

“He is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.  I love him and Conway Twitty would have loved him!”

“Conway just always seemed to say the things I needed to say or wanted to say when I couldn’t find the words,” says Bates.  “I would sing his songs in nightclubs and at shows throughout my career because those songs, his songs, meant something to me personally.  I never met the man but he absolutely had a major impact on my career.  I hope he would be proud of this tribute to him.”

Pre-sales for Me And Conway are available now through release day at www.jeffbates.net.  The album will be available in all retail stores and Amazon.com, as well as digitally on iTunes.

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Sara Evans Ex-Husband is Taking TMZ to Court

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Craig Schelske, the former husband of country music star Sara Evans is suing TMZ for defamation.  According to Mr. Schelske,  TMZ maliciously disseminated false and damaging statements in a nationally broadcast segment which claimed that he was unfaithful to his wife of 14 years.

The 12 page lawsuit alleges that during a June 2014 broadcast, TMZ stated as fact that Mr. Schelske “took a hundred photographs of himself having sex with other people. That’s how [Sara Evans] found out.”  According to the lawsuit, while TMZ made this pronouncement, one of the individuals on the show appears to knowingly look at a smart phone, suggesting that they had these photographs in their possession.  Then, it was declared: “Yeah. That’s pretty good proof.”

“The proclamation made by TMZ left its viewers with the unmistakable belief that Mr. Schelske was unfaithful to his wife of 14 years, and that Sara Evans had discovered his infidelity when she found a hundred photographs of him having sex with other people. These statements made by TMZ on the June 17, 2014 broadcast, were and are unequivocally false.  And, if TMZ had done any investigation, they would have seen, in their own previous articles that the photo allegations were false,” said Jason P. Fowler with the R. Rex Parris law firm.

“TMZ clearly understood the difference between reporting facts and allegations, but instead chose to sensationalize the story at Mr. Schelske’s expense.  It is unfortunate when a powerful media outlet places more value in quickly publishing a story than thoroughly investigating that story before destroying someone’s life” added Fowler.

Before filing the lawsuit, Mr. Schelske gave TMZ the opportunity to retract the false statements about him and TMZ refused.  Mr. Schelske is seeking compensatory damages, general damages, special damages (for loss of reputation) in an amount to be proved at trial,” concluded Fowler.

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