03:44pm EDT, 08/03/15
The Country Club
by Mike posted Aug 3 2015 3:05PM
Randy Houser and fiancee Tatiana Starzynski's have a new family member, Hawk. The irresistibly adorable puppy was introduced to the world via Houser's Instagram last week, and it looks like the star couldn't be happier to show off his new furry companion.
Houser announced his engagement to Starzynski in May after a fairly under-the-radar courtship. The artist has a 3-year-old son named West from his previous marriage, which ended in 2014, but it seems Houser has recovered from the split and is enjoying life as it is now.
"It's obvious to anyone that knows Randy that he's just radiating happiness in this relationship, and that's all his friends and family ever wanted for him," a friend reveals.
An engagement, new puppy and adorable son are not the only things going for the country singer these days — his most recent album churned out several hits, including a No. 1 with its title track "Runnin' Outta Moonlight." He's currently preparing for the release of his fourth studio album, from which he unveiled the lead off single, "We Went," in May. Houser has been on the road with Luke Bryan on his Kick the Dust Up tour along with Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch and Thomas Rhett.
Source: Laura McClellan/ tasteofcountry.com
by Wild Bill posted Aug 1 2015 6:46AM
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by Mike posted Jul 31 2015 3:08PM
Watch the Making of Keith Urban's latest single "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" 
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by Mike posted Jul 30 2015 4:04PM
Garth Brooks got back in the saddle this year with his new world tour, and it’s definitely paying off. After being named the top-earning country artist of the past year by Forbes, Brooks has taken the cake for country touring revenue so far in 2015, according to Pollstar’s mid-year report.
The artist has earned a whopping $79.9 million just in the first half of the year, playing 74 shows thus far. He ranks at a very close second in the overall list, behind only rock gods the Rolling Stones, who brought in $80.7 million. Brooks, however, charged an average of 2.5 times less per ticket than the Stones.
Other country artists on the top 100 list included Kenny Chesney (No. 4 with $55.8 million), Taylor Swift (No. 8 with $35.6 million), Luke Bryan (No. 12 with $25.9 million), Eric Church (No. 15 with $24.4 million), Shania Twain (No. 25 with $17 million), Miranda Lambert (No. 28 with $26 million), Florida Georgia Line (No. 30 with $14.9 million), Jason Aldean (No. 35 with $14.3 million), and Brad Paisley (No. 48 with $10.2 million). 

Source: Laura McClellan/ tasteofcountry.com
by Mike posted Jul 29 2015 3:06PM
Eric Church Celebrates Release Of New Album "The Outsiders" With The Outsiders L
Eric Church is going to be the next current hit-maker to be featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will open Sept. 18 and explore the “Like a Wrecking Ball” singer’s path to Nashville and country stardom.The cameo exhibition will run for five months, and promises an inside look at Church’s life and career. Stage clothes, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from his personal collection will be on display. Country Music Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young says he’s thrilled to feature Church, a contemporary artist with a rare, uncompromising attitude. The exhibit will run through February.
July was a good month for Church as his latest album, The Outsiders, reached one million in sales. It’s his second Platinum album, following Chief from 2011.
Currently Luke Bryan and Trisha Yearwood are artists with exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are two other contemporary stars who’ve been featured in recent years. 

Source: Billy Dukes/tasteofcountry.com
by Mike posted Jul 27 2015 2:32PM

Little Big Town announced Sunday that because of Jimi Westbrook’s ongoing recovery from vocal cord surgery, they need to cancel a few more concerts.
“We are so sad that we have missed y’all this summer,” Kimberly Schlapman says. “You don’t know how hard it’s been. We wanted to see your faces. We wanted to hear your voices.”
They said that the doctor thinks Westbrook needs more time to heal so he can be 100 percent.
 “It is with deep regret that we must cancel an additional three weeks of shows in August due to doctor’s orders for Jimi to rest and recuperate his voice. We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110 percent, and this additional time will make sure that happens! Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you.”
According to the band’s official website, their next scheduled appearance is scheduled for Oct. 8 in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Source: Alison Bonaguro/CMT.com
 

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by Wild Bill posted Jul 22 2015 3:08PM

The record for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's divorce has become available. 

 

The petition, which names Blake as the plaintiff, identifies them only with their initials. It also includes a sealed order of protection, which appears as though it was requested by Blake. However, the order itself is sealed, and we were unable to obtain comment from Blake's team. 

 

An order of protection is analogous to a restraining order. It bars one of the parties from the home and allows the other to call police under certain circumstances. This one was issued in Oklahoma, and Blake is remaining in their marital home while Miranda moves elsewhere.

 

See the court record here. 

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by Mike posted Jul 22 2015 2:40PM
At the Academy of Country Music Awards back in April, buddies Cole Swindell and Luke Bryan shared something more than just friendship.
I don’t know exactly what it is, but it has been a good luck charm for them both.
According to Bryan, when Swindell won the ACM for new artist of the year that night, he handed the lucky souvenir in his pocket to Bryan — who then went on to win the biggest award of the night, entertainer of the year.
“I’ve watched how hard Cole has worked and earned everything along the way, and it was really great sharing that moment with him,” Bryan told ACM Tempo magazine, adding that once Swindell picked up his own trophy and Bryan gave this mystery piece, “It was a pretty good mojo.”
Was it a rabbit’s foot? A tiny horse shoe? A penny from some sidewalk in Dallas? A four-leaf clover?
“I’m not telling. I still have it,” Bryan said. “We’ll have to break it back out at the next situation.” 
Source: Alison Bonaguro/ cmt.com
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by Mike posted Jul 21 2015 2:20PM
Brantley Gilbert will be holding a benefit concert for the families of the fallen soldiers from the July 16 shootings at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga.
Brantley announced on Monday and said, “When I heard the news I just had tears in my eyes. It pissed me off, but at the same time I want to do everything I can just to see if I can reach out and help these families a little bit. My condolences to the families and all the people of Chattanooga. I really hope we can pull this thing back together. I talked to management this morning and we’re going to see if we can bump that up a notch. We’re want to do a full-blown concert for them.”
No details are available yet, but we aren’t too surprised by Brantley’s act of generosity and patriotism. He recently finished his second Rolling Odyssey ride with soldiers from the Wounded Warrior Project, and his newest single, “One Hell of an Amen,” has been embraced by members of the military and their families. 
Source: countryweekly.com
by Wild Bill posted Jul 16 2015 3:11PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — At least one gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, sending troops scrambling for safety in an Army recruiting office, officials said.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said "lives have been lost from some faithful people who are serving our country," though he did not say how many people were killed or wounded.

Chattanooga police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon that the active shooter situation was over, though there was no word on what had happened to the suspect or suspects.

Mayor Andy Berke said at a news conference that there's "an officer down" at a military reserve center. He did not release any other details. Berke called it a "very terrible situation."

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The U.S. Navy said in a tweet that there was a shooting at a Navy recruiting building on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga.

A facility 7 miles away on Old Lee Highway also was attacked. Brian Lepley, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky, said his recruiters there were told by law enforcement that the shooter was in a car, stopped in front of the facility, shot at the building and drove off.

The Army recruiters at the facility told Lepley they were not hurt and had evacuated; Lepley said he had no information about recruiters for the other branches at the facility.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge, 36, is the center leader for U.S. Army recruiting at that facility. He said four Army personnel were in the office at the time. He said the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all have their own offices right next to each other. Around 10:30 or 10:45 a.m., Dodge and the others heard a gunshot, "which kind of sparked our attention," he said.

"Shortly after that, just a few seconds, the shooter began shooting more rounds. We realized it was an actual shooting," he said. They then got on the ground and barricaded themselves in a safe place. Dodge estimated there were 30 to 50 shots fired.

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He did not see the shooter or a vehicle.

The Army recruiting office was not damaged, but doors and glass were damaged at the neighboring Air Force, Navy and Marine offices.

President Barack Obama has been briefed by his national security team on the shooting involving two military sites in Tennessee. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the president will continue getting updates from his staff as needed.

The Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center Chattanooga sits between the highway and a pathway that runs through Tennessee RiverPark, a popular park at a bend in the Tennessee River northeast of downtown Chattanooga. It's in a light industrial area that includes a Coca-Cola bottling plant and Binswanger Glass.

The two entrances to the fenced facility have unmanned gates and concrete barriers that require approaching cars to slow down to drive around them.

Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at Binswanger Glass just across the street, said she heard a barrage of gunfire around 11 a.m.

"I couldn't even begin to tell you how many," she said. "It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew, there were police cars coming from every direction."

She ran inside, where she remained locked down with other employees and a customer. The gunfire continued with occasional bursts she estimated for 20 minutes.

"We're apprehensive," Hutcheson said. "Not knowing what transpired, if it was a grievance or terroristic related, we just don't know."

They've seen dozens of emergency vehicles rush by: bomb teams, SWAT teams, and state, local and federal authorities.

The Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway sits in a short strip between a Cricket Wireless and an Italian restaurant with no apparent additional security.

Near the other shooting location on Lee Highway, Nicholas Donohue heard a blast of gunshots while working at Desktop Solutions. But he had music playing and wasn't quite sure what the noise had been. He turned off the music and seconds later, a second blast thundered. He took shelter in a back room.

"Even though it knew it was most likely gunfire I heard, you also don't want to believe it's happening in the moment," he said. "Since I didn't see anything, I couldn't be sure."

By the time he emerged, police were cordoning off the area.

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Associated Press writers Travis Loller and Kristin M. Hall in Nashville, and Rebecca Reynolds Yonker and Claire Galofaro in Louisville, Kentucky contributed to this report.

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