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Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” – What you need to know

In a press release on April 30, Kenny Chesney officially announced that fans could expect new music this summer! The country star plans to release his 17th studio album, Songs for the Saints, in July.

Fans have already heard “Get Along,” the project’s optimistic lead-off single, but Chesney suggests in a press release that much of the music on the new album will confront darker themes as well, with a deep exploration into “the places that save you.”

“So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016,” Chesney says. “And all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record. It’s special to me because of what it says — to me, and for me — about life, the world around us, how fragile it all can be and about somehow still finding the best parts of you, and moving towards them.”

The singer owned a home on the island of St. John, which Hurricane Irma left devastated in the late summer and early fall of 2017. Chesney’s experience with confronting and trying to recover from the wreckage plays into the new music, as the country singer co-wrote five of the album’s songs. Read on to learn more about Songs for the Saints.

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Aaron Watson launches Video for ‘Run Wild Horses’

Premiered exclusively last week on CMT, Aaron Watson fans can now check out the video for his current single ‘Run Wild Horses’ here, ahead of his forthcoming run of UK shows this September and a much-anticipated festival debut at The Long Road alongside Carrie Underwood, The Shires and more. The real life love story, featuring his wife of 15 years, Kimberly (@MrsAaronWatson) as she makes her music video debut, and directed by Benjamin Ranzinger, was filmed in the Watsons’ hometown of Buffalo Gap, Texas (population 468) at one of their favourite spots, the Perini Ranch and inspired by the song’s lyrics:

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Steve Earle – The Background

With around three weeks until Steve Earle rolls his tour bus into Belfast, we take a look at whats inspired him, where he has come from and take a look at his most recent work. If you ever had any doubt about where Steve Earle’s musical roots are planted, his new collection, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, makes it perfectly plain.  “There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” he states, “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.”  So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, Texas.  Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade but he acknowledges, “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do. And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.”

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Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson reflects on his experiences on the show

Jonathan Jackson, who plays singer-songwriter Avery Barkley on CMT’s Nashville, has been part of the cast for the entirety of the show’s six-season run. As the final season comes to a close, he’s been looking back at the changes — both on- and off-screen — that have shaped the TV drama’s actors.

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Roger Miller Tribute Album ‘King of the Road’ to Feature Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves

Equal parts genius and screwball, Roger Miller was one of the finest songwriters and most colorful characters to ever walk Nashville streets. (Or ride a motor scooter down them: In 1961, Miller, who reportedly had 30 unpaid parking tickets at the time, told The Tennessean that he purchased said scooter to “escape the meter maids.”)

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Lisa Wright drops brand new video for ‘Tennessee’

Following the release of her latest EP ‘Mind of Mine’ and her shows opening for US stars Cam & Phil Vassar last month, one of the most exciting voices in the UK’s homegrown country/Americana scene Lisa Wright has revealed the video for lead single ‘Tennessee’. Check out the video below:

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Margo Price – Three Night Sell Out Spectacular at The Ryman

Dressed in a tailored black suit by Manuel (Legendary Nashville Country Costume designer), Margo Price held her own at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last Wednesday night (May 23) for the grand finale of her sold-out, three-night stand at the historic music venue.

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Billboard Music Award Winners 2018

Billboard music awards as always has a mega range of artists and performances and those who were country influenced did not disappoint! Winners included Maren Morris for Top Country Female Artist, Florida Georgia Line for Top Country Duo/Group Artist, and Luke Bryan for Top Country Tour. Stay tuned to Taste of Country throughout the NBC telecast of the awards, as we will update the list of official winners throughout the night! Not only will we be watching the country-specific categories, but some all-genre categories in which country artists just might come home as a winner within!

2018 Billboard Music Awards Winners:
Billboard Chart Achievement Award:
Camila Cabello — WINNER!
Cardi B
Sam Hunt
Ed Sheeran

Top Billboard 200 Artist:
Drake — WINNER!
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Chris Stapleton
Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist:
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER!

Top Country Male Artist:
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER!

Top Country Female Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris — WINNER!

Top Country Duo/Group Artist:
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER!
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan — WINNER!
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Top Selling Album:
Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Pink, Beautiful Trauma
Ed Sheeran, ÷(Divide)
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
Taylor Swift, Reputation — WINNER!

Top Country Album:
Kane Brown, Kane Brown
Luke Combs, This One’s for You
Thomas Rhett, Life Changes
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1 — WINNER!
Brett Young, Brett Young

Top Selling Song:
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber, “Despacito” — WINNER!
Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road”
Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”

Top Country Song:
Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” — WINNER!
Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy”
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be”
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”

The Shires to Support Shania Twain on Tour

Top selling British Country act of all time; The Shires have announced that they are to support Shania Twain on her UK and Ireland tour later this year. The news comes hot off the heels of their third album release last month and Ben having just became a father for a second time.

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After a break of 15 months, Sam Hunt releases new material

It’s a great day to be a Sam Hunt fan: The country singer announced via Instagram on Tuesday (May 15)  that he would release a brand-new single, “Downtown’s Dead,” on May 16. It’s his first single since the February 2017 release of “Body Like a Back Road,” a song that achieved massive popularity with Hunt’s fanbase and sat at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for 25 consecutive weeks, smashing the previousl record

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