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Blake Shelton Hopes to Bring Back Country Music with ‘Sunshine’

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Blake Shelton is going back to his roots with his upcoming album Bringing Back the Sunshine. He tells RollingStone Country, that for him, that means drinkin’, heartbreak, and good ole’ country music.

The whole album is searching for parts of me that I think have… not gotten lost along the way, but stuff that I haven’t addressed in my music as much as I used to, whether it’s drinking songs, heartbreak songs or songs about how people treat you. Things like that,” the country superstar tells Rolling Stone Country.

My last couple of albums have been so positive, because when I made them I was just getting married. It’s been in this awesome place,” he says. “But after a while, as a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there — and I’ve been one of them — that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”

At the end of the day, Blake Shelton has a sound, that he admits, he’s gotten away from. Country music has a whole has gotten away from the sound that gave it it’s name, and Blake hopes his new album brings everyone back.

It’s the only way to be a little more political about where we are in country music,” he says, “and I’m as guilty of it as anybody,” Blake says. “We’re pushing boundaries… and pushing ‘em and pushing ‘em. And to me, with that title, it’s like I’m bringing back some country into this thing.”

Bringing Back the Sunshine hits stores September 30th.

You can read more here.


Keith Urban Takes Arena Break at The House of Blues

Photo by Erika Goldring

Photo by Erika Goldring

Earlier this week, Keith Urban and his fellow “American Idol” judges were in New Orleans scouting talent, when Keith Keith got a hankerin’ to play. Instead of the usual arenas and stadiums, a small intimate venue provided the backdrop for a night many fans won’t forget. With the help of a local radio station, the super star gave away 350 free tickets to The Parish at House of Blues. According to The Times-Picayune newspaper, Keith ran his 75 minute set with the energy of an arena show, but the intimacy of a dive-bar gig…inviting an audience member on stage to perform “We Were Us” with him.

“This could work very well, very averagely or be a complete disaster,” Urban said by way of disclaimer. “I’m happy either way.”

Luckily for all involved, Juliet Kalifeh from Brisbane is an aspiring singer, and didn’t disappoint. The 14-song set included all his hits along with an arena-worthy encore.

I just hope the fans truly appreciate seeing a performer such as Keith Urban in such a small intimate venue. There’s nothing like it.

See photos and the setlist here.

Trace Adkins & LeAnn Rimes Help Bid Farewell to Chelsea Lately

This week, E!’s Chelsea Handler bid farewell to her long-time talk show Chelsea Lately. The final song was sung by a gaggle of celebs including Trace Adkins and LeAnn Rimes.

Brad Paisley to Perform on GMA & The View- DVR Alert!

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Set those DVRs for Brad Paisley on Good Morning America and The View on Friday. Brad will perform during the 8:00 hour on GMA before heading over to chat with the ladies on The View and perform “Shattered Glass.”

Brad is busy promoting and leaking songs from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk. Have you bought the album yet? What do you think?

Marty Raybon Reunites with Shenandoah

Photo Credit: Anthony Ladd

Photo Credit: Anthony Ladd

Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone Country, one of country music’s most successful bands, Shenandoah, announced the return of lead singer Marty Raybon.  Following a 17-year absence, Raybon rejoins the group this October.

via Rolling Stone Country

The voice of such classic country hits as “The Church on Cumberland Road,” “Next to You Next to Me” and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” is back.  Marty Raybon is reuniting with Shenandoah, the band he co-founded in 1984 but left after their 1997 tour to travel other musical roads.  Raybon tells Rolling Stone Country that getting back together with bandmates Mike McGuire, Stan Munsey and Chris Lucas was a long time coming.

“We were not a band that broke up because of dissension,” he insists.  “We had our disagreements, as partners do in a business relationship, [but] we were then and remain to be friends.  Returning to the band had actually been talked about on several different occasions throughout the years.  I’ve always been truly proud of what we accomplished… the songs we recorded, the way they moved people.  For years, all of us have heard what those tunes, those stories, meant to folks.  We feel there is more to be said.  So it’s time to reload and fulfill the request, not only of our hearts but for all the fans who want to see us back together.”

Additional information on the Shenandoah reunion will be announced soon.

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