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George Strait boards the "Honky Tonk Time Machine" for 30th album, duets with grandson and Willie Nelson

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MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait‘s thirtieth studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, is set to arrive March 29. In keeping with the title, King George doesn’t appear on the cover: instead, it’s a picture of the Broken Spoke honky tonk in Austin, Texas.

The Country Music Hall of Famer co-wrote most of the album with longtime collaborator Dean Dillon and his son, Bubba Strait. The family affair continues on the new track “God and Country Music,” which includes a guest vocal from his grandson, Harvey Strait.

“I’m really excited to have some new music coming out,” Strait says. “It’s been about two years since I’ve released a record.”

“It was great writing with Bubba and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde,” he adds, referring specifically to the tune “What Goes Up.”

The album closes with a cut George co-wrote and sings with the Red-Headed Stranger.

“It was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend, Willie Nelson,” Strait continues. “I hope everyone enjoys listening to Honky Tonk Time Machine as much as I enjoyed making it.”

This weekend, George notches his twenty-first and twenty-second sold-out concerts in Las Vegas. He’s also adding a second show in Ft. Worth Texas on Saturday, November 23, due to high demand. Tickets go on sale next Friday.

Here’s the complete track listing for George Strait’s Honky Tonk Time Machine, which comes out March 29:

“Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”
“Two More Wishes”
“Some Nights”
“God and Country Music” (with Harvey Strait)
“Blue Water”
“Sometimes Love”
“Codigo”
“Old Violin”
“Take Me Away”
“The Weight of the Badge”
“Honky Tonk Time Machine”
“What Goes Up”
“Sing One with Willie” (featuring Willie Nelson)

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Record-breaking cold finally eases this weekend, with major warmup ahead

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ABC NewsAs arctic blast eases, some cities will soon feel 50 to 100 degrees warmer

(NEW YORK) — The deadly arctic blast is winding down with one last cold morning on Friday from the Midwest to the Northeast — ahead of temperatures this weekend that will feel 50 to 100 degrees warmer in some cities.

Cities including Moline, Illinois, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, set records for lowest temperatures.

Friday forecast

Advisories for snow and lingering cold Friday stretch from Minnesota to Virginia and up to Maine.

Lake effect snow is ending Friday in western New York, but not before nearly 4 feet of snow fell in parts of the area.

The arctic air mass passing over the Great Lakes created a heavy band with snowfall rates of 4 inches per hour.

As the milder air begins to move east, some snow was falling from the Ohio Valley to Washington, D.C., on Friday morning. The morning commute could be tricky in Washington and Baltimore with the light snow.

Weekend warmth

Temperatures will feel 50 to 100 degrees warmer this weekend and into early next week in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York City.

Minneapolis is jumping from a wind chill of minus 55 degrees to a temperature of nearly 40 degrees by Saturday.

Chicago is leaping from a minus 52 degree wind chill to 50 degrees by Monday.

New York will go from a wind chill of minus 17 on Thursday to 53 degrees on Monday.

West Coast storms

Meanwhile, a series of strong storms will hammer the West Coast, especially California, through the weekend.

Some areas in central and southern California could see 4 to 7 inches of rain and flash flooding from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Rainfall rates could climb to over 1 inch per hour in the Santa Barbara and Ventura County areas.

The rain is expected to hit recent burn areas, which could trigger mudslides.

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Super Bowl superstitions: If the Patriots wanna win, it's crucial that their "good luck charm" Scotty McCreery is there

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you keep up with Scotty McCreery at all, you probably know the North Carolina native is a ride-or-die New England Patriots fan. So it’s no surprise the American Idol winner is pretty desperate to be in the stands on Sunday as the Pats take on the Rams.

In fact, he believes his presence at Super Bowl LIII is crucial to a New England victory. It’s this simple: The Pats seem to win the Super Bowl when he’s there, and lose if he’s not.

“I mean, if the Patriots are listening, I’ve been to two Super Bowls,” Scotty explains. “I went to the one in Phoenix. They almost lost it on the one-yard line, and they didn’t. They ended up winning that one.”

“I went to the one in Houston a couple years ago where they were down 28 to 3 and I thought it was over, but they came back and won,” he continues. “And last year, I wasn’t there.”

“The previous two years, I sang for the Patriots and sang for their fans,” he recalls, “and last year, I couldn’t make it happen. They didn’t have their good luck charm in the stands, and they lost.”

The “This Is It” hitmaker has cleared his schedule this weekend, in hopes of helping his team secure a victory.

“This year, if they’d like their good luck charm to be back there, I took the weekend off. I’m available,” he offers. “I can be there in a heartbeat.”

“So, yeah. I’m happy to help out the Pats any way I can,” he adds.

You can tune in to watch Sunday’s match-up between the Patriots and the Rams Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight years ago this week, this track from Kenny Chesney‘s album Hemingway’s Whiskey started a three-week stay at #1. Can you name this hit? ANSWER: “Somewhere with You.”

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The trailer for 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' is out, and it's as crazy as you'd expect

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By Stephen Iervolino

Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — For a movie series that went from stealing DVD players from 18-wheelers to staging a chase on a glacier with a nuclear submarine, it’s safe to say the Fast & Furious movies managed to up the ante in 19 years since they began.

Now, the trailer for the 5.1 billion dollar-generating series’ first spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, has arrived, and it’s not skimping on the crazy.

The snippet begins with Idris Elba’s Brixton proudly declaring he’s a genetically modified superhuman, enhanced to be bulletproof, super strong, and basically as perfect as you’d expect someone who looks like Idris Elba to be.

The trailer makes clear only two people can stop his terrorist character: Dwayne Johnson’s U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs, and his mortal frenemy, rogue spy-turned mercenary Deckard Shaw, played again by Jason Statham.

The movie was directed by stuntman-turned filmmaker David Leitch of Deadpool 2 fame, and as one would expect, the action is over the top, soundtracked ironically by War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”

The reluctant partners are shown plowing through enemies with vehicles, guns, and fists, capped by Hobbs free-falling from a skyscraper to catch an enemy who’s running vertically down its surface, Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible style.

Hobbs & Shaw arrives in theaters August 2.

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