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'Hard Times': Why Sheryl Crow believes America needs to watch Ken Burns' new 'Country Music' film

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Noted filmmaker Ken Burns traces the history of Country Music — along with the history of America — in his new sixteen-hour documentary that premieres Sunday on PBS.

For Nashville-based rocker Sheryl Crow, it’s a connection that’s easy to see.

“I think the journey of country artists and the journey of American musicians at large paints an incredible picture of who we were at our best and who we were at our worst, and how we overcame a lot,” she says. 

“With regard to country music and blues…I think there is an overlap there — and mountain music — you can really get a clear picture of what it means to overcome,” Crow adds. “And we need more of that.”

Burns’ thoughtful evaluation of events profiles how music brought the U.S. together during some of its most troubled times. Sheryl believes that’s a message that’s more important now than ever.

“Oh my goodness!” she reacts. “Listen, I am a tried and true proponent of introducing young people to our history.”

Sheryl goes on: “I think at this moment, we need to understand who we were before now, and how far we’ve gotten away from it, and what it means to fight for the things you believe in.  And what it means to hear each other, and what it means to disagree and still live together peacefully and respectfully.”

Sheryl’s new collaborative album, Threads, weaves together contributions from country artists like Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill, and Willie Nelson alongside other greats like Stevie Nicks, Sting, James Taylor and Mavis Staples.

The first installment of Country Music, titled “The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933), premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, with “Hard Times” (1933-1945) following on Monday. The series continues on subsequent nights before wrapping up on September 25.

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'We Back': It's SC vs. AL when football Saturday returns with Jason Aldean

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Broken BowIf you haven’t heard Jason Aldean’s new song, “We Back,” chances are if you watch college football, you will.

The SEC on CBS has picked the lead single from Jason’s forthcoming album as their song for the season. You can listen for “We Back” this weekend when the first football Saturday in the Southeastern Conference takes place in Columbia, SC, with the Gamecocks taking on the Crimson Tide.

You can tune in to watch South Carolina play Alabama starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.            

Meanwhile, the ACM Entertainer of the Decade will likely be watching from Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, where his Ride All Night Tour will be Saturday night.

This happens to be the first road trip for his infant daughter, who was born February 4.

Navy’s first time on tour this week,” he tweeted, along with pictures of himself with the smiling, laughing little one. “This is the happiest baby I have ever seen.”

Jason’s newest baby — his ninth album titled 9 — arrives November 22.

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No 'Fooling Around' here: Miranda Lambert sounds great with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars girls

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Vanner Records/RCA NashvilleOnce you check out Miranda Lambert’s new version of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour mates, you probably won’t mind if the entire show is one big sing-along.

Miranda starts the cover of the pop hit by guitarist Elvin Bishop, before Ashley McBryde continues the first verse. Maren Morris joins on the chorus, with rocker Elle King throwing in some soulful ad libs. Newcomers Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack get their chance to shine on the second verse.

In an interesting choice, Miranda and the gang don’t change the pronouns from the original version.  In other words, they sing “I must’ve been through about a million girls, I love ‘em and I leave ‘em alone” — just like Starship’s Mickey Thomas did on the 1976 original.

“The girls on the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour can sing their a**** off,” Miranda brags. “There’s something crazy about seeing these artists with a new fire in their eyes.”

“It reignites your own flame. I’m so excited to watch them every night on tour,” she adds.

The trek kicks off tonight with a two-night stand at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

You can stream or download “Fooled Around in Fell in Love” now, plus there’s a music video of the women recording the song in the studio.

It’s a bonus cut from Miranda — one that won’t be included on her new Wildcard album, which comes out November 1.

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Listen now: Old Dominion's ready for a 'Midnight Mess Around'

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RCA Nashville The last time we heard from Old Dominion, they announced “My heart is a bar and I’m closing it down.” But now, the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year is up for a “Midnight Mess Around.”

The sexy new song is the fifth preview track from OD’s upcoming album, following “My Heart Is a Bar,” “Some People Do,” their current hit “One Man Band,” and their most recent number one, “Make It Sweet.”

It turns out the new track is one the group has had for awhile.

“‘Midnight Mess Around’ is a song we wrote years ago with our old friend, the late, great Andrew Dorff,” Matthew Ramsey reveals. “It’s been a favorite of ours for a long time, but we never got around to recording it.”

“The old-school Ronnie Milsap/Rolling Stones‘ vibe is a sound we’ve never attempted before,” he adds. “But as we got deeper into the recording of this album, it seemed like we were missing that sexy country feel. So we messed around a little.”

You can check out the new lyric video for “Midnight Mess Around” on YouTube, which follows OD as they record the song in the studio.

Look for Old Dominion’s self-titled third effort to arrive in full on October 25.

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Blanco Brown's debut album 'Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs' coming October 11

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BBR Music GroupIt’s a big day for “The Git Up” artist Blanco Brown.

The singer, who calls his brand of music, “TrailerTrap,” has debuted the official video for “The Git Up” and also announced that his debut album Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs, will be out October 11. 

The album was inspired by Blanco’s experiences of growing up partly in Atlanta, and partly in rural Georgia, where his two biggest musical influences were Johnny Cash and Outkast.

“This album represents everything I stand for and all of the different entities of my life,” Blanco says in a statement. “For a long time, I was anxious about releasing my own music. I often wondered what the outcome would be and if people would accept my sound, culture, music and the TrailerTrap lifestyle, but I’m finally ready to be my own narrator.”

As for the video, it’s currently available to watch on YouTube.  It shows Blanco getting up, putting a pair of spurs on his sneakers, and heading out, where he does the dance down the street with a group of people, with some firemen, with some senior citizens, and then with a huge crowd of people in a field.

Some of the folks in the video are the same ones who made their own videos of themselves doing “The Git Up” and posted them online.

Here’s the album’s track listing:

“Temporary Insanity”
“HeadNod”
“Funky Tonk”
“CountryTime”
“Georgia Power”
“Gemini (Damn Right)”
“Ghett Ol Memories”
“Don’t Love Her”
“Tn Whiskey”
“The Git Up”

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