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When was "The Last Time" you saw Darius with Hootie? Your chance is coming Tuesday

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ABC/Image Group LADarius Rucker may be taking a little break from his country career these days to reunite with Hootie & the Blowfish, but next week, he’ll be back together with a couple of his comrades from Music City.

Darius is bound to bump into both Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift when he and The Blowfish perform next Tuesday on the season finale of The Voice.  The group will perform “Let Her Cry,” from their best-selling debut album Cracked Rear View, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

Taylor, meanwhile, will sing her new smash, “ME!,” with Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie.

You can tune in to watch Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Meanwhile, Darius hits the road with Hootie on the Group Therapy Tour May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Look for the band’s first album of new music in a decade later this year as well.

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Walker Hayes' "Don't Let Her" is an emotional love letter to his wife

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MonumentWalker Hayes has tackled a wide variety of topics in his songs. His breakthrough “You Broke Up with Me” dealt with his struggles in the music business. “Craig” was about a friend who helped him out when he needed it, and “90’s Country” name checked his heroes and favorite tunes.

Now, with his new song “Don’t Let Her,” he considers what life would be like for his wife Laney if something happened to him.

“I’m honored to be sharing this powerful and massive song about Laney,” Walker says.

“I was touring in the U.K. missing her and my family terribly so I started texting myself specifics about Laney,” he recalls. “Things that if somebody were to hang out with her, what would they need to know about her.”

“And then it kind of turned into a letter to whoever would take my place if something were to happen to me,” he explains. “That’s what this song is about and I hope you guys can relate in some way.”

Walker’s new single, “Don’t Let Her,” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out its new lyric video on YouTube, which traces Walker and Laney’s relationship through pictures.

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Trust Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi: There ain't nothin' that a "Beer Can't Fix"

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett and Jon Pardi team up to sing about the power of — well, beer — in the latest preview of TR’s forthcoming Center Point Road record. And yes, the uptempo pick-me-up “Beer Can’t Fix” seems tailor-made to one day be a commercial.

“Ain’t nothin’ that a beer can’t fix/Ain’t no pain it can’t wash away,” Thomas sings. “From the moment that it hits your lips/Makes those clouds look a little less gray.”

“Oh, you could be lonely or heartbroken/Or hungover from the night before,” he continues. “Turn that frown into a smile real quick/There ain’t nothin’ that a beer can’t fix.”

Pardi isn’t TR’s only all-star contributor to this song: Ryan Tedder from the band OneRepublic co-wrote the tune.   

Next Friday, Thomas Rhett will release his collaboration with Kelsea Ballerini, which is the album’s title track. The full Center Point Road album arrives a week later on May 31.

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Maddie & Tae "Meet in the Middle" with their Diamond Rio cover

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Amazon MusicCountry’s fascination with the music of the nineties continues, as Maddie & Tae cover Diamond Rio’s classic, “Meet in the Middle.”

The original came out in February of 1991 as Diamond Rio’s very first single, and made it all the way to the top of the chart. It also made the band the first in country music history to have their debut single hit #1.

“We have always loved this song and had such a blast putting our own spin on it,” Maddie Marlow says.

Maddie & Tae’s “Meet in the Middle” cover is available exclusively on Amazon Music. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sample a snippet on the duo’s socials.

This weekend, the two play Oakland and Bakersfield, California on Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour with Runaway June.

Maddie & Tae’s latest single is “Die from a Broken Heart” from their new One Heart to Another EP.

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Listen now: Lady A goes back to the beginning with "What If I Never Get Over You"

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Big Machine Lady Antebellum is back with their first new music since they changed record labels, and if their new song, “What If I Never Get Over You,” reminds you of their 2009 smash, “Need You Now,” they say that’s just fine with them.

“We hit this place of wanting to go back to where we came from,” Hillary Scott explains. “This single is a great example of that.”

“We’ve got 13 years of life together, of work together, of ups and downs in our personal lives,” she adds. “All of that kind of encompasses one same feeling: ‘We’re here, we’re loving it, and we’re turning over a new leaf — one that feels really familiar and authentic to ourselves as a band.'”

Dave Haywood echoes Hillary’s thoughts: “I feel like ‘What If I Never Get Over You’ is a turn back to our beginning, both in the sound and the core of who we are,” he says.

“We love being able to put out those big questions about lost love,” Dave continues, “like ‘What if time doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do?’ or ‘What if I never move on from this relationship?’”

“It’s been a bit of our magic from day one,” Charles Kelley says of the new song.

After recording for Capitol since the start of their career in 2007, the trio left to sign with Big Machine last year.

Today at 1 p.m. ET, Lady A is set to premiere the new video for “What If I Never Get over You” on YouTube. Then at  7:30 p.m. ET, they’ll do a Facebook Live event where they’ll perform the song and take questions from fans.

Tonight, they continue their Our Kind of Vegas residency at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.

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