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"It's an honor": Colbie Caillat & her new country band, Gone West, head east to D.C. for "A Capitol Fourth"

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Patrick TracyIf you’ve listened to the radio at all since 2007, you probably know Colbie Caillat‘s breakthrough, platinum-selling smash, “Bubbly.” Now, the California singer has a new country band named Gone West and a new country single called “What Could’ve Been.”

On Thursday night, you can check out the new band as they make one of their biggest appearances so far: Performing on on PBS’ annual Independence Day concert special A Capitol Fourth.

The group includes Colbie; her fiancé, Justin Young; her longtime collaborator, Jason Reeves, and his wife, Nelly Joy

I’ve done other things, like, Christmas in Washington and performed at the White House when Bushwas there and then a couple times with Obama,” Colbie tells ABC Radio. “But this, we’re excited about, especially Nelly. She grew up in Virginia and so the Capitol Fourth is something that she was just raised, like, right near…watching it. So she’s extra excited.”

Colbie admits she’s somewhat regretful that appearing on the show means that she and Justin will miss out on her family’s annual gathering on the lake, which includes boating and fireworks.  She also notes that Nelly and Jason won’t be able to throw their annual Independence Day bash on their nine-acre property in Nashville.

“All cool things, but it’s pretty cool being at the Capitol building,” she laughs. “Y’know, this is something that we’ve never experienced before. It’s truly an honor.”

A Capitol Fourth is just one of several exciting things Gone West has lined up this month, including headlining shows and a July 15 Live with Kelly & Ryan appearance to debut their new single. 

“It’s a fun month,” says Colbie. “We’re really excited.”  

Lee Brice is also set to sing on A Capitol Fourth. It airs Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

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Maren Morris teases that her HighWomen supergroup is set to "pop off" soon

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ABC/Image Group LA It should only be a matter of days before we get to hear the first taste of music from The HighWomen.

The all-female country supergroup is made up of Maren Morris, hit songwriter Natalie Hemby, and Americana Grammy-winners Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires.

Their name, of course, references The Highwaymen, the legendary, all-male band formed in the mid-eighties by Johnny CashWillie NelsonWaylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. It’s also perhaps a sly nod to their fondness for weed.

“Excited for this to pop off soon,” Maren tweeted on Wednesday, along with a behind-the-scenes snapshot from the band’s photo session.

Last month at CMA Fest, Brandi revealed The HighWomen’s album was finished and their debut single should arrive sometime in July.

The foursome’s set to play their first official gig together on Friday, July 26 at the Newport Folk Festival.

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Kane Brown will ride in with "Rodeo" on July 12

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ABC/Mitch HaasethKane Brown is heading for the “Rodeo” later this month.

The “Good as You” hitmaker announced that he’ll drop the new track “Like a Rodeo,” on July 12, after fans viewed a clip of the song on Instagram more than a million times.

In the video, Kane sits on top of a kitchen counter and lip-syncs the new tune.

“Love is like a rodeo, tryin’ to see how far we go/After one touch, became obsessed with the rush,” he sings. “Yeah, love is like a rodeo, I just want to steal the show/We fight and we fall, but we keep holdin’ on.”

The Experiment singer later shared the cover of the release, which features an adorable shot of Kane as a child, dressed as a cowboy, riding a horse.

Kane’s new official country single, however, is the track “Homesick,” from his sophomore album.

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Kenny Chesney is speechless in new "Tip of My Tongue" tease

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Blue Chair/Warner Music NashvilleKenny Chesney’s new single — co-written with pop superstar Ed Sheeran — won’t arrive for a little more than a week, but he’s giving fans a preview on social media.

Kenny posted a brief, instrumental clip of “Tip of My Tongue” on his socials, along with the tease, “It’s gonna be a long summer.” The tag line also appears in industry ads for the song.

The snippet starts with a laid-back electric guitar groove, and then picks up intensity once the percussion kicks in.

“It’s funny how a figure of speech can lead you to all kinds of places,” Kenny says of the idea for the tune.

“You start talking, and words fall out, and anything can happen,” he continues. “When you go in and write on any given day, the chemistry is what it is. When the idea fell out, we all just laughed and went, ‘Well, what can we do with that?’”

“Tip of My Tongue” officialy arrives at 6 a.m. ET on Friday, July 12.

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Mitchell Tenpenny plans informal Music City residency next week

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ABC/Image Group LA Mitchell Tenpenny will stage an informal Nashville residency next week, playing three consecutive shows at two different Music City venues.

On Monday, he’ll host a writers’ night at the Listening Room Café with his label mates Jameson RodgersSeaforth, and The Sisterhood Band.

Tuesday, he’ll move to City Winery for a special show with the songwriters who helped craft his debut album, Telling All My Secrets. “All on Me” hitmaker Devin Dawson will be one of his guests.

On Wednesday, Mitchell returns to the Listening Room for another night of songs and stories, with surprise guests. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now.

“Alcohol You Later,” Mitchell’s follow-up to his debut number one, “Drunk Me,” is climbing the chart now.

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