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Mitchell Tenpenny makes a date with the Opry

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ABC/Image Group LA“Alcohol You Later” hitmaker Mitchell Tenpenny is set to return to the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday, June 26.

The Nashville native made his first appearance on the legendary stage back in February. You can check out that night in the newest installment of the YouTube series My Opry Debut.

Next month, Mitchell’s up for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards for his platinum-selling, number one single, “Drunk Me.”

You can also stream or download the new “R3HAB Remix” of “Drunk Me” now.

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Country meets metal, as Devin Dawson and HARDY map out "God's Country" for Blake Shelton

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ABC/Image Group LA; Warner NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s top-ten hit, “God’s Country,” was co-written by “All on Me” hitmaker Devin Dawson and “Rednecker” singer HARDY

“God’s Country” fuses HARDY’s hardcore country leanings with Devin’s love for heavy metal. Before his country career, Devin was in the metal band Shadow of the Colossus

Devin says “God’s Country” is reminiscent of Johnny Cash‘s Nine Inch Nails cover, “Hurt.”

“The last verse, he’s like ‘I don’t care what my headstone reads or what kind of pinewood box I end up in. When it’s my time, lay me six feet deep in God’s country,'” Devin sings.

“It reminds me… of ‘Hurt’ — Johnny Cash. And it’s got an ‘Ol’ Red’ feel to it,” he adds, mentioning Blake’s 2002 hit. 

“But I think HARDY and I are like polar opposites when it comes to artistry,” Devin continues. “So I think that’s why it works so well, you know. And I got to bring my metal vibes into it a little bit.”

If you listen closely, you’ll also hear Devin’s vocals on “God’s Country.”

“I sing the harmony on the chorus and… that really high, kinda like ‘yeah’ part right before the second and third chorus,” he explains, “which again, that’s me reaching back into my metal days, because that’s about the highest I possibly can sing.”

The California native hopes this isn’t the last time he gets to work with his label mate.

“I think people like this side of Blake,” Devin tells ABC Radio, “and maybe we can get a chance to write one together or HARDY and I can just keep penning what he wants to cut.”

“But I hope that in the future maybe you’ll see us sing something together, you know. But we’ll see.” 

HARDY’s also been doing his version of “God’s Country” in his recent shows.

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How Dan + Shay brought Rascal Flatts "Back to Life" on tour

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ABC/Image Group LARascal Flatts kicked off their Summer Playlist Tour this weekend in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Chicago. In the coming weeks, Billy CurringtonLee BriceLOCASHJordan DavisMorgan Evans, and Jimmie Allen will join them at different times on the trek.

Last summer, the trio took Dan + Shay on tour. It’s quite a successful partnership, since Shay Mooneywrote the Rascal Flatts #1, “I Like the Sound of That,” as well as their latest hit, “Back to Life.”

Gary LeVox recalls they told Shay they were releasing the new song while on tour.

“They were doing a soundcheck,” Gary remembers. “They had just put ‘Speechless’ in their show… And then, we kinda went up and… we’re like, ‘Man, let’s just go tell him.'”

“So we got to tell him and his wife and his little boy that he got the next single,” he continues. “We just said, ‘You know, the only thing is that the very first thing… with the first check is you have to buy each of us something.'”

“So we still haven’t seen that yet, by the way,” Gary jokes.

Jay DeMarcus says the band loved watching “Tequila” take Dan + Shay to another level during the tour.

“They’re really great guys, extraordinarily talented,” Jay observes. “Shay is a world-class singer. And you know, when you see people like that that are really good and they’re successful, like you chalk one up for the good guys…”

“It was fun to watch that happen throughout that summer for sure, and fun to watch he and Gary singing together. I mean, you get the two of them together in a room, man, and it’s like a human jukebox.”

Rascal Flatts continues their Summer Playlist trek Thursday night in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Party with Hardy! Laine beats Alejandro Aranda to win 'American Idol'

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ABC/Eric McCandlessThe votes are in, and our new American Idol is — Laine Hardy.

This season came to a close with an epic three-hour finale Sunday night, complete with a real-time vote that whittled the finalists from three down to two, until finally the winner was crowned.

After the first round of solo performances, Madison VanDenberg was the first to go, leaving Laine and Alejandro Aranda facing off for the title. Despite Alejandro impressively performing all-original music the entire night — and the judges hinting that he was their favorite — America clearly wanted to party with Hardy, voting Laine as their American Idol. It was a second chance for the 18-year-old Louisiana native, after first having appeared on the show last season.

Laine delivered flawless and confident performances throughout the night, including songs that reflected his roots, like “Home” by Marc Broussard and “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” by Hank Williams. Alejandro’s original tunes included tunes titled “Millennial Love,” “Tonight,” and his heartfelt audition song, “Out Loud.”

While Laine duetted with country singer Jon Pardi on two songs, Alejandro opted to perform an original composition called “10 Years,” backed by an orchestra wearing signature Alejandro beanies.

After Laine was announced the winner, he performed the winner’s song, “Flame,” to close the show.

The finalists weren’t the only ones who got stage time last night. Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also performed, along with a couple of American Idol alumni and various country, rock and pop acts.

Here are some of the highlights:

Lionel opened the show with his classic song “Dancing on the Ceiling” with the top 10. Katy performed her latest single, “Con Calma,” with Latin star Daddy Yankee, and sang her hit “Unconditionally” with top-10 finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Luke sang “Every Breath You Take” with Laci Kaye Booth, as well as his current single, “Knockin’ Boots.”

Madison returned to the stage after her elimination to sing “Speechless” with country duo Dan + Shay.

American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, one of this season’s mentors, sang his new single, “New Eyes,” and also rocked out to Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with top-10 finalist Dimitrius GrahamAmerican Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood performed her latest hit, “Southbound.”

In an unexpected emotional moment, this season’s blind contestant, Shayy, returned to sing a powerful rendition of “Rise Up” with Andra Day.

Other performances included a Kool & the Gang medley with the band and the top eight finalists, rock band Weezer and, in the most bizarre performance of the night, Montell Jordan performed “This Is How We Do It” backed by Katy Perry lookalikes doing the worm. During audition rounds, Katy infamously did the worm to that song.

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Trisha's tailgating and kicking off season 14 of her "Southern Kitchen" on Saturday

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Food NetworkOn Saturday, Trisha Yearwood will relive her recent twentieth anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on the season 14 premiere of her cooking show on Food Network.

On the menu for the episode: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Pot Pie Burgers, Pepper Jack Cheese Straws, and Caramel Peanut Butter Sweet and Saltines. To find out how it’s all done, just tune in to Trisha’s Southern Kitchen at noon Eastern.

While that’s airing on Saturday, Trisha will be in Pittsburgh, hosting her traditional Trisha’s Tailgate before husband Garth Brooks’ stadium show at Heinz Field.

Look for Trisha’s new country single, “Every Girl in This Town,” to arrive June 6.

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