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Summer Plays On, on the golf course: Darius Rucker & Charles Kelley are making up for lost time on Lady A's new tour

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ABC/Image Group LA When Darius Rucker heads out on the Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum, he’ll not only be sharing the bill with some of country’s biggest hitmakers, he’ll also be hanging out with some of his best buds.

Charles [Kelley] is probably my best friend in the business,” Darius tells ABC Radio. “He’s one of those people I know I can call at any time and talk to about anything and ask him anything, and he knows the same about me. He’s an amazing human being and I’m proud to call him my friend.”

Even though Darius and Charles are both avid golfers, the two don’t usually get to hit the links as often as you might think.

“We don’t get to play a lot of golf together,” Darius reveals. “You know, we play when we can but it’s more hanging out or talking on the phone or texting each other, or you know, singing together. That’s what we really love to do, is when we get to, you know, get together and sing.”

In fact, Charles is featured on Darius’s latest single, “Straight to Hell,” along with Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

It’s a good bet that Charles and Darius will be making up for lost time on the green in the coming weeks, since Charles has already pointed out he’s happy to have his “golf buddy” along for the tour.

Darius and Lady A do their first Summer Plays On show tonight in Toronto, Canada, before playing Cleveland, Ohio Friday. On Saturday, Darius reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish for a special appearance on Jason Aldean’s show at Suntrust Park in Atlanta.

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Turn Up [Your] Summer: How you can have the time of your life with Darius and Lady A in San Diego

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The GreenRoomLady Antebellum and Darius Rucker want you to turn up your summer and have the experience of a lifetime, courtesy of their tour sponsor, synchrony.

From now through July 26, you can enter to win an impressive prize package in the Turn Up My Summer sweepstakes. The lucky winner will get VIP tickets and airfare for two to attend the August 25 performance of the Summer Plays On show at Mattress Firm Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California.

In addition, the winner will also get a $1000 check, plus their choice of two unforgettable summer experiences in San Diego. They’ll get to choose from a shopping spree, surfing school, golf, biking, kayaking, or a spa day.

You can enter now at synchronySummer.com. The Summer Plays On Tour kicks off Thursday night in Toronto, Canada.

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Are Michael Ray and Carly Pearce dating?

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ABC/Image Group LA Go ahead and “Hide the Wine.” It looks like Carly Pearce may be the one Michael Ray is singing “Kiss You in the Morning” about these days.

If you’re an avid follower of either country hitmaker on social media, you may’ve noticed the two engaging in some friendly flirting on Instagram.

Wednesday afternoon, the “One That Got Away” singer all but confirmed that he and the “Every Little Thing” vocalist have been seeing each other, when asked about it during a group interview in Nashville.

“I mean, I think when it comes time to talk about the dating life, it’ll come out,” Michael said good-naturedly. “But she’s a great girl. I think that she’s an incredible person. And right now, everything on both ends are about, you know, both our singles and both our music and, it’ll come out.”

“She’s great,” he added. “I’m a big fan. I’ll leave it at that.”

Later during the interview, Michael seemed to refer to Carly again, when asked about how he spends his time off the road.

“The little bit of free time that we have is spent mainly at my house, not doing too much,” he laughed. “But, yeah, that’s changed a little bit, you know. Some person got added into it, so it’s been better.”

“My time off’s been better,” Michael added. “She’s a homebody too, so we connect real well. So a lot of old country music is listened to.”

This weekend, Michael plays Wyoming’s Cheyenne Frontier Days, before doing fairs in Hastings, Nebraska and Minot, North Dakota. Carly will be in Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida on Rascal Flatts‘ Back to Us Tour.

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Kenny Chesney gives Old Dominion the "Key" to building a devoted fan base like No Shoes Nation

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ABC/Mark LevineFor the past three years, ACM Group of the Year Old Dominion has spent their summers opening stadiums for Kenny Chesney.

Since Kenny’s No Shoes Nation is made up of some of the most avid fans you could imagine, OD says it’s been a great way to learn how to build a devoted following.

“He really has a special way of really making an emotional connection with his fans during the show,” Brad Tursi observes. “I feel like he really brings people in and makes people feel like he cares about them, and he appreciates how much they care about what he does.”

“And he makes memories,” Trevor Rosen adds. “You feel like all those people are just creating memories, and times they’ll never forget.”

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey admits it’s been a great advantage to be able to bond with No Shoes Nation as OD started their career. Now that they’re bona fide stars themselves, they’re finding more folks who’ve come specifically to see the “Hotel Key” hitmakers.

“I think because we’ve been on tour with him for three years or whatever now… we’ve won a lot of fans through those years…” Matthew tells ABC Radio. “You can see ’em, you know, with the [Old Dominion] t-shirt on or hat on or something.”

“Luckily, I think we cross over pretty good with his fans,” he explains, “and we’re trying to learn from Kenny to build that with our own fans, and really have that kind of connection with them. So, you know, I think it’s slowly starting to get there.”

OD plays the Trip Around the Sun Tour with Kenny Thursday in Southhaven, Mississippi on Thursday, before doing a private show on Friday. Saturday, they’re back with Kenny at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert is set to play Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

The Grand Ole Opry will mark its 93rd year with a Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 13. The festivities will start at 3 p.m. CT with a concert by Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride. Tickets go on sale this Friday. The “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” hitmaker will also play all four Opry shows that weekend.

Kane Brown‘s #1 hit, “Heaven,” is the sole country cut on NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 67, which comes out August 3.

The new single from Chase Rice is “Eyes on You,” from his album, Lambs & Lions.

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