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ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves has a new creative venture for all the "lonely" people.

The Grammy winning singer-songwriter has unveiled the Lonely Weekend Self-Care Kits that provide a series of relaxing activities fans can do as people remain apart during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All of the items are connected to Kacey's Grammy-winning album Golden Hour, with nods to such songs as "Lonely Weekend," "Rainbow" and "Oh, What a World." 

Items featured in the kits are a 500-piece rainbow puzzle made from recyclable materials and biodegradable ink, along with vibrant yellow "shooting star" bath balms with a bergamot and sea salt scent, which dissolve into rainbow hues when placed in water. 

There is also a tie dye kit that comes with a white T-shirt with the "Rainbow" lyric "it'll all be alright" printed on the front, and a pair of white socks with the phrase "Lonely Weekend" written in multi-colored lettering. 

Kacey announced the new product with a series of Instagram posts accompanied by lyrics from the songs. The kits are priced at $99.99. 

Kacey ventured into the retail world earlier this year with the release of a candle called "Slow Burn" -- also named after a song on Golden Hour -- in partnership with Boy Smells, a non-binary-friendly candle-making company based in Los Angeles.

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ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban and Luke Combs showed some love to one another on social media alongside Keith's cover of one of Luke's hits. 

The 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year took to Instagram to share a sweet acoustic rendition of Luke's heart-tugging "Even Though I'm Leaving." Perched in a sunny room with his guitar in hand, Keith delivers a thoughtful performance, singing, "Just 'cause I'm leavin'/It don't mean that/ I won't be right by your side." 

"Hey Luke.... how much do ya MISS TOURING ?!!!" Keith beckoned in the caption, to which Luke himself replied with his approval of the cover. 

"Holy sh** that sounds great buddy and I miss it A. LOT," Luke wrote. Morgan Wallen also chimed in, saying, "sounds damn good brother." 

"Even Though I'm Leaving" is the second single off Luke's wildly successful sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get. It became his seventh consecutive number-one hit when it topped the country charts in 2019.

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ABCCircle TV is planning a special celebration for Luke Bryan's new album. 

The Grand Ole Opry network will present a series of programs in honor of the superstar titled Luke Bryan Lives Here on August 19. 

The three-show series begins at 8:30 p.m. ET with Circle Sessions: Luke Bryan that sees the singer reflecting on his career and performing a handful of his 25 number-one hits.

Circle Sessions will be followed by a re-broadcast of Luke's upcoming August 15 show on the Opry with Darius Rucker

The programming concludes with a re-airing of the "One Margarita" singer's appearance at the annual Opry Goes Pink event in 2019, where he ceremonially flipped the switch to turn the Opry backdrop pink in support of breast cancer awareness. 

"I thought it could be a really fun night for me to come and perform some songs from some of my heroes who have influenced me along the way. I couldn't think of a better place to do that than at the Opry," Luke shares in a statement. 

The hitmaker's seventh studio album Born Here Live Here Die Here is set for release on August 7.

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Comstock/ThinkstockNine years ago today, "Remind Me," a hit duet between these two country superstars, was certified gold by the RIAA. The song also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was named Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2012 CMT Music Awards. Can you name the singers? ANSWER: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.  

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Big MachineAs Rascal Flatts celebrates two decades as a band this year, the trio's latest hit, "How They Remember You," couldn't be more appropriate, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic happening at the same time.

"We felt the timing was perfect, the message was perfect at this time in this crazy madness," Gary LeVox says. "You know, it really leaves the question with, you know, over a hundred-thousand people dying of the coronavirus and all of that, you know, it's what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?"

"And that's kind of what the song is about," he continues. "And so I think timing-wise, it just, everything kind of lined up."

Even though their farewell tour is on hold for now, the guys have inevitably done some thinking about their own legacy.

"I would hope that when we do lay it down," Joe Don Rooney reflects, "that the fans remember us for for being true to ourselves and making music that is hopefully impactful music that will live out way longer than what we can ever tour for or be a part of anymore when we're older."

"Most importantly, though," he adds, "is the charitable aspect of what Rascal Flatts has been able to do. We've been so blessed beyond belief. And to be able to give back to our main charity, the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, is the real legacy piece for us."

The trio's new seven-song EP, also titled How They Remember You, is out now.

Jay DeMarcus' new reality show, DeMarcus Family Rules, also premieres August 19 on Netflix. 

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Burke/Triolo Priductions/ThinkstockStephanie Quayle is appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show today where she'll perform her song "Whatcha Drinkin' 'Bout" from her North Carolina property, Summerfield Farms. It marks Stephanie's first national daytime talk show appearance. 

Songwriter Ashley Gorley has made history as the first songwriter of any genre to have 50 number one hits to his name as LoCash's "One Big Country Song" tops the country charts. Ashley has co-written other hits such as Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party," "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl." 

BBR Music Group, label home to Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell, has signed new act Tim Montana. Tim broke through the music scene earlier this year with his and Mat Best's star-studded viral video, "Quarantine," featuring Michael RayLee Brice, actor Charlie Sheen and others. 

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson has topped the country charts with his current single, "Done." 

Co-written with Mitch OglesbyJamie Paulin and Matt Roy, the song is inspired by Chris' love-at-first-sight reaction to his wife Kelly, sharing in a statement that the moment he first saw her, he knew he was "done." 

“This song is about knowing right then and there that I’d work for the rest of my life to make her happy. It’s just the truth. That’s why it’s so special," the singer says. 

The couple wed in 2010 and share two children, in addition to Kelly's two other children from a previous marriage that Chris calls his "bonus kids." 

The song's success comes weeks after Chris' performance at Hwy 30 Fest at the end of June in Idaho came under fire, as it appeared that the crowd of fans gathered at the show were not wearing masks or social distancing.  

"Done" follows Chris' previous chart-toppers "Fix a Drink," "Good Vibes" and his 2015 breakthrough, "Buy Me a Boat." 

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Disney Channel/Image Group LACarly Pearce has learned a valuable lesson during this quarantine-stricken year -- to embrace imperfection. 

In an honest Instagram post, Carly opens up about how she's often tried to live through the lens of perfection, but has learned to accept life's imperfections, leading to self-love. 

"This season of life has shown me that we will never be perfect. NEVER. We have to find beauty in the imperfections and in the things that life throws at us," she explains. "I am owning my version of 'imperfection' & in return, feel like I’m learning to love myself and my story on such a deeper level."

Part of this revelation comes with her new song, "Show Me Around." After debuting the song during an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in June, Carly recently recorded an official version of the track, which she shared alongside the thoughtful caption.

The video shows her singing a raw vocal cut of the song in the recording booth, marking the first time she's taken fans inside the studio with her in such an intimate way.

Carly wrote "Show Me Around" in honor of late songwriter and producer busbee, who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer in 2019. Busbee produced Carly's 2017 debut album, Every Little Thing, and self-titled sophomore album, released in February.

"I am so very proud of this song that I wrote for my late producer @busbee & he was always such a big believer in me being 'okay with not being perfect.' I felt that message ringing so true in the studio & felt him there as I sang this vocal," she remarks. 

Carly experienced another major life change this year when she announced that she and Michael Ray were divorcing after eight months of marriage. 

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CeCe DawsonSome of Nashville's top talent is coming together to honor the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. 

In honor of National Women's Suffrage Month, four female acts will be teaming up with the all-female singer-songwriter collective, Song Suffragettes, every week in August for special performances to celebrate the ratification of the 19th amendment in August 1920. 

Ashley McBryde and Runaway June are among the stars performing during the Monday night shows alongside a collection of up-and-coming female artists in Nashville.

Lindsay Ell will serve as the troupe's first special guest tonight, with Maddie & Tae performing on August 10. The "Girl Goin' Nowhere" singer joins Song Suffragettes on August 17, with Runaway June bringing the commemorative shows to a close on August 24.

The shows will take place at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville at 7 p.m. ET and stream live on the Song Suffragettes YouTube page.   

The events will be sponsored by Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, an organization funded by Congress that works to raise awareness and commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment. The name "Song Suffragettes" is a nod to the women who fought for the right to vote.  

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Warner Music NashvilleIngrid Andress is taking her new song to Today. 

The rising hit singer-songwriter will perform her summery tune "Waste of Lime"  live on the Today show on Thursday. 

The cleverly penned track finds the singer telling the lover who ghosted her that he's nothing more than a "waste of lime" from the margaritas they shared. It also includes a reference to the Beach Boys’ famous hit, “Kokomo.” 

"Waste of Lime" follows the release of Ingrid's debut album Lady Like in March. The project featured her debut  single, "More Hearts Than Mine."

She and labelmate Gabby Barrett made history earlier this year when Ingrid's hit and Gabby's chart-topping debut "I Hope" both sat in the top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, marking the first time two solo female artists achieved the feat in the chart's history. 

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan and his wife Caroline bid an emotional farewell to their nephew Til Cheshire as he leaves for college. 

Caroline shared an emotional post on Instagram over the weekend revealing that the couple dropped off their 18-year-old nephew at a college in the couple's native state of Georgia.

She announced the news with a photo that shows her giving her nephew a heartfelt embrace, alongside the caption, "I left a big piece of my heart today in Georgia. Been dreading this day for years, but I guess it’s time for Til to fly. Still can’t handle it right now! Good luck in college my sweet boy." 

The country superstar is also emotional over the major life change, writing in the comment section, "I keep looking to see if his truck is parked next to mine," accompanied by a crying face emoji.  

The couple adopted Til and his sisters Jordan and Kris after the death of the singer's brother-in-law Ben Lee Cheshire in 2014. Ben was married to Luke's sister Kelly, who passed away suddenly in 2007. 

Luke and Caroline also share two sons, Bo and Tate

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1999, one of country music’s icons got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor was conveyed posthumously, as this singer died in a private plane crash in 1963 when she was just 30 years old. Can you name her? ANSWER: Patsy Cline.

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ABC/Image Group LACountry singer Luke Combs didn't let COVID-19 or impending Tropical Storm Isaias dash his wedding plans with longtime love Nicole Hocking.  The two tied the knot in a romantic beachside ceremony in Florida over the weekend.

The 30-year-old shared several images of his big day on Sunday, which not only showed off the lovely sunset ceremony but also Hocking's gorgeous wedding gown and bouquet.

"Yesterday was the best day of my life," wrote Combs. " I got to marry my best friend. I love you  @nicohocking, here’s to forever."

Hocking also announced her nuptials on Sunday, who wrote a little more about their ultra private ceremony and how the two plan to make up for having to rein in the guest list. 

"Yesterday was the most special day!! I’m so happy to spend the rest of my life with you!," She gushed to Combs in the caption. "Although we wish would could have had every single one of our family & friends there, we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone next year!"

Of course, the country industry flooded the newlyweds with an abundance of well wishes, among them Tanya TuckerKane BrownDan SmyersCarly Pearce and Baker Mayfield.  

Also sending their enthusiastic congratulations to the wedded couple were This Is Us star Chrissy MetzGood Charlotte frontman Joel Madden and celebrity chef and Nailed It! judge Jean-Paul Bourgeois

Combs and his wife, who started dating in 2016, expressed to their followers that they intend to share more about their big day sometime "soon."

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Eric Ryan AndersonWhen Brothers Osborne wrote "Hatin' Somebody" for their upcoming third album, TJ and John had no idea how relevant it would turn out to be.

"We wrote [it] with Casey Beathard," TJ explains, "and it's kind of interesting how it has turned out to be timely. But ultimately, the song really just talks about, in the chorus, 'Hatin' somebody's never got nobody nowhere/It's a bad seed to sow, it's a dead end road when you go there.' Honestly, that just kind of always applies."

"It was an idea that Casey brought to us," TJ recalls, "and we instantly were like, 'Man, I just love what that says.'"

"And everyone's been guilty of doing some hatin'. I have," he confesses. "And it's a song that, it's fun to sing for people to kinda just remind them, but also to remind myself..."

The Maryland natives also built some Osborne family history into the tune. 

"If you listen closely to the second verse," John tells ABC Audio, "we mentioned our grandfather who grew up in West Virginia and then moved to Baltimore for work. So it explains a lot about us, our family, our upbringing."

"I mean, hate has been around for a long time," John continues, "longer than all of us have been alive. So it's always going to be a topic. It just so happened that it has coincided with a lot of newer public events that have reached the media."

"One of my favorite lines," TJ interjects, "is 'You need a paddle on the left and a paddle on the right, because we're all on the same damn boat.' That is so true."  

Brothers' third album, Skeletons, arrives October 9, and also features their current hit, "All Night."

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Maren Morris dropped a three-track project called Maren Morris: Reimagined last week, putting a different spin on three of her best-loved songs. “Girl,” “The Middle” and “The Bones” all get fresh treatments in the new release.

RaeLynn released a new acoustic rendition of her recent song, “Me About Me." The track comes off of her forthcoming EP, Baytown.

Gary Allan returned last week with a new single, “Waste of a Whiskey Drink.”

Singer-songwriter and Garth Brooks’ daughter Allie Colleen dropped a pair of personal new singles last week called “Best Friend” and “Road You Take.” In the two songs, Allie documents the heartache that follows after a close friendship ends.

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Warner Music NashvilleTucker Beathard brought Lindsay Ell into the studio for a new duet version of “Faithful,” a song he released as a solo effort early this month.

Lindsay lends harmony vocals and takes the lead on the second verse of the song. She also brings her noted guitar skills to the track. Tucker recently told CMT that shooting the video for the song’s new version provided a fun chance for the two artists to geek out over musical equipment.

“I always love nerding out with anyone over gear and guitars,” he admits. “...I also loved hearing another artist interpret and approach one of my songs their own way. She gave a whole different feel to ‘Faithful.’”

The solo version of “Faithful” is included on Tucker’s upcoming project, King. It’s the second half of his debut double album, which began with 2018’s Nobody’s Everything, and is due for release on August 21.

Tucker’s not the only one with new music on the horizon: Lindsay also recently announced a new album, heart theory. That project will come out on August 14.

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Big Machine RecordsThis week, Rascal Flatts dropped their six-track EP, How They Remember You. The new batch of tunes marks their 20-year anniversary as a trio, but the bandmates agree that one of the most special parts of celebrating that milestone is being able to thank the listeners who love them.

“Our fans are so important to the three of us,” Joe Don Rooney reflects. “And so, with everything happening in the world, we still wanted to find a way that felt right to mark an amazing two decades together on this journey.”

The project’s track list includes a duet with newcomer Rachel Wammack called “Quick, Fast, in a Hurry.” It also includes Rascal Flatts’ take on a Kenny Rogers classic, “Through the Years.” The trio performed that song early this year during a virtual benefit show, which paid tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter following his death in March.

2020 is a special year for Rascal Flatts. Not only is it the group’s 20th anniversary, but it’s also the year they’d planned to embark on a massive farewell tour before disbanding their trio in order to focus on separate pursuits.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans are now in limbo. The Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour has been pushed back from its scheduled June launch date, but the band has promised that they will be back at some point to deliver their big final run.

In the meantime, the trio are focusing on their new EP and its title track single, as well as individual creative endeavors. Gary LeVox is working on a solo Christian album, and Jay DeMarcus will star in a new Netflix series.

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UMG NashvilleLauren Alaina shared the first taste of her next batch of new music this week, releasing her anthemic new “Run.” It’s the first of six tracks included in an upcoming EP from the singer called Getting Over Him.

“We’re all running. Constantly. Non-stop. Even in this quarantine, we are all still the busiest we’ve ever been,” Lauren reflects. “Life just keeps going and going in unbelievable paces as we try to race ourselves to the next thing.”

No matter who you are or what your position in life may be, the singer goes on to say, everybody has to work hard to accomplish their goals, and that drive is what inspired her to write “Run.”

“My idea with the song was to refer to examples of all things that run, because no matter what your walk of life is, we are all racing to the next thing,” she explains. “We are all trying to get where we are going. We all get our hearts broken. We all have these childhood dreams. We ‘run’ to make it all happen.”

The singer previously shared Getting Over Him’s full track list, which includes a duet with Jon Pardi as well as another collaboration with Danish pop performers Lukas Graham.

The project is due out in full on September 4.

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Erick Anderson / eafotoCharlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam will return in 2021, highlighting the life and legacy of the late country and southern rock superstar. Alabama, Ricky Skaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Cece Winans and Junior Brown were added to the bill this week.

The event previously announced performances from Chris Janson, Charley Pride, the Marshall Tucker Band and many more. Additionally, Charlie’s longtime outfit The Charlie Daniels Band will perform as part of the tribute to the late performer, who died on July 6.

“I am forever grateful for all of the love and support Charlie Jr. and I have received since Charlie’s passing,” says the singer’s widow, Hazel. “Charlie would be excited and extremely proud that his Volunteer Jam would continue. I want to express my sincere thanks to the artists paying tribute to Charlie.”

In a nod to the uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is offering 500 free tickets to those who have donated their time in recent emergency relief efforts across middle Tennessee. Those tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels is scheduled to take place next February 22 at 7PM CT. The event will be held in downtown Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Warner Music NashvilleHot on the heels of their new single’s release on Friday, Dan Shay dropped a gravity-defying video to match the dazzling vocal acrobatics of “I Should Probably Go to Bed.”

The clip begins inside an old mansion filled with vintage appliances and a recurring aesthetic theme of red and yellow. Bandmates Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney find themselves lost in different sections of the house, and before long, things start to go sidewise -- literally.

Whiskey glasses topple, furniture levitates, a hallway fills with fluttering sheets of loose paper and the two country stars find themselves sliding from wall to wall, as the song’s emotion ramps up to a climax. Meanwhile, in the town below, people stop at intersections and basketball courts to stare up at the sky in amazement, as the old house floats in the air above them.

“I Should Probably Go to Bed” follows “10,000 Hours,” the duo’s 2019 hit duet with pop superstar Justin Bieber. Dan Shay have been teasing their new single for several days, dropping short trailer teasers of the track and music video on social media.

If the duo plan on following a traditional album release format, then “I Should Probably Go to Bed” is likely the second single from an upcoming, as-yet-unannounced fourth album.

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