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CMT to Surprise Unsuspecting Fans With Secret Concerts from Country Music’s Biggest Stars


Country music fans across America should keep their eyes and ears open as CMT today announced it will produce a pair of “Instant Jam” concert specials from two of the genre’s hottest stars.  The free concerts will take place in the next few weeks, in cities yet to be revealed and in venues with capacities of only a few hundred people, allowing fans the opportunity to get up-close and personal with their favorite superstar acts for a truly once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. For those not fortunate enough to score tickets to the shows, CMT will bring to life the excitement and energy around the big reveals, and offer front-row seats to the high-energy performances when the “CMT Instant Jam” specials premiere late summer and early fall.

Each episode of “Instant Jam” features live performances and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert. Previous “CMT Instant Jams” include Kenny Chesney, who played a pop-up show for college students in Athens, Georgia and Florida Georgia Line, who delivered a surprise performance in a small club in Nashville.


Blake Shelton’s “Gonna” is Country Music Radio’s Most Added Song

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Blake Shelton’s new single “Gonna” easily ranks as country radio’s most-added song. The latest Luke Bryan and Waterloo Revival singles follow.

It may be a fourth single, but Blake’s “Gonna” is thus far having no trouble commanding interest from country radio programmers.  The song, which received pickups from a whopping 74 monitored Mediabase stations, easily ranks as the country format’s most-added song.

“Gonna” is the fourth single from Shelton’s “Bringing Back the Sunshine.” Previous radio releases “Neon Light,” “Lonely Tonight” and “Sangria” all reached #1 on the Mediabase and Billboard airplay charts.

Each added by 26 stations, Luke Bryan’s new “Strip it Down” and Waterloo Revival’s new “Bad For You” tie for second-most added.

Kelsea Ballerini’s surging “Dibs” earns fourth-most-added on the strength of its 18 pickups, while Kacey Musgraves’ “Dime Store Cowgirl” and Lee Brice’s “That Don’t Sound Like You” rank as fifth-most-added courtesy weekly adds from 15 stations.

Other notable country radio options: Randy Houser’s “We Were” (13 adds, 7th-most-added), Cam’s “Burning House” (12 adds, 8th, tie), Jerrod Niemann’s “Blue Bandana” (12 adds, 8th, tie) and Ronnie Dunn’s “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” (12 adds, 8th, tie).

Country Musicians Downplay Use Of Confederate Flag

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Country musicians have been quietly swapping out the Confederate flag for the American flag in the weeks since nine black churchgoers were fatally shot in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Confederate flag was once a symbol of the renegade spirit for many country acts but it has fallen under scrutiny after the alleged Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof, was photographed with it as a symbol of white supremacy. Charlie Daniels wrote on his website the Confederate flag was simply a sign of defiance and pride in where people came from. John Rich told Fox News he agreed with the calls to remove the flag from the South Carolina statehouse.

Personally, I think it is up to each one of us to do our own research to find the real reason this battle flag was once flown.  I think if we take the time to find out the real history and meaning of it we will find that it is wrong to let one person who committed a heinous crime change our United States history forever.

I applaud Kid Rock for standing up for his beliefs and not backing down.

Kid Rock issued a scathing response to Fox News for its story about a Michigan-based group protesting the Detroit Historical Museum’s exhibit that bears his name.  Even though Kid Rock is a Michigan native, he had no love for those protesting the Kid Rock Music Lab because of his association with the Confederate flag, which he often displays on stage.

During the segment that aired Thursday, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly read the the rock star’s response to those who wanted him to denounce the flag.

“Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my a–. Ask me some questions.”

Country Music Fans Act a Fool at Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Concert in Green Bay

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Police say 250 to 300 people were kicked out of the stadium concert with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean in Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday.

By comparison, about 25 ejections are typical for a Green Bay Packers game. Green Bay Police Captain Paul Ebel tells Press-Gazette Media he doesn’t remember ever handling an event so busy for police at the stadium. Most of those concertgoers were ejected because of fighting, harassment or extreme intoxication. Police arrested 25 people. Chesney’s 2011 concert at Lambeau Field resulted in 15 arrests and 60 ejections.

If you want to get a little laughter out of the ridiculously drunk behavior check out Doug Schneider of the Green Bay Press Gazette who live-tweeted the police scanner during the concert, as he does for each Packers home game.   Check out some of the hilarious tweets here.



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