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"Paint the Grass Green" is more than an OD song: Matthew Ramsey's hidden talent

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ABC/Image Group LAMost people know Matthew Ramsey as the lead singer of Old Dominion, and the songwriter behind big hits for others like Kenny Chesney‘s “Save It for a Rainy Day” and Sam Hunt‘s “Make You Miss Me.”

But fans got a glimpse at another talent when Matthew decided to create an extremely limited edition “No Such Thing As a Broken Nashville” print to raise money for victims of the Music City tornado this March.

“My degree is in illustration, so art has always been important to me,” he reveals. “I’ve been doing a lot over quarantine, actually.”

“I got those prints done and we raised $20,000 in about fifteen minutes because people just bought ’em up,” he continues. “So that was an amazing thing to be a part of. That’s the first time I’ve ever sold any artwork. So that was awesome.”

Even though many of OD’s album and singles covers have featured other art instead of pictures of the band, so far, none of it has been Matthew’s. But that might be changing. 

“That’s one thing that the quarantine has given me is time,” he tells ABC Audio. “With music, all of the stuff that comes along with being in a band and being a songwriter and all that, it just left me with very little time to be creative in the visual realm.”

“But this has given me that time,” he explains. “So I never was able to do anything with the album artwork. Maybe in the future.”

In the meantime, you may be able to glimpse more of Matthew’s work on his socials.

“I’ll probably end up posting some stuff that I’ve been working on just to give people something to look at for a minute… I’m an amateur, but it’s fun,” he says. 

By Stephen Hubbard
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Kacey Musgraves and husband file for divorce

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Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyKacey Musgraves and her husband Ruston Kelly have filed for divorce after three years of marriage, their reps confirmed on Friday.

“These kinds of announcements are always met with scrutiny and speculation and we want to stop that before it even starts,” read a joint statement obtained by People magazine.  “We believe that we were put into each other’s lives for a divine reason and have both changed each other infinitely for the better.  The love we have for each other goes far beyond the relationship we’ve shared as husband and wife. It’s a soul connection that can never be erased.”

“We’ve made this painful decision together — a healthy decision that comes after a very long period of trying the best we can. It simply just didn’t work,” the statement continued.  “Though we are parting ways in marriage, we will remain true friends for the rest of our lives.  We hold no blame, anger, or contempt for each other and we ask for privacy and positive wishes for us both as we learn how to navigate through this.”

Musgraves and Kelly, both 31, tied the knot in 2017.  Rumors that they were breaking up have been circulating for months.

By George Costantino
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Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out Friday

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ABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion are gearing up to share more new music, and from the snippet they posted to social media this week, the next song they’ve got coming is a flirty, tropical summertime anthem.

“This is one y’all haven’t ever heard yet,” the group revealed on social media, posting a 30-second clip of their new song along with a portion of the lyrics. Called “Everything to Lose,” the tune focuses on the early stages of a new relationship.

“Everything that you do is driving me crazy / Dancing and singing along and it’s catching my ear, catching my eye,” the song begins. “Think that it’s been long enough, girl, you know I ain’t playing / So let’s blow this popsicle stand, girl, and kiss it goodbye…”

“Everything to Lose” will be the first taste of previously unheard music from Old Dominion since May, when they dropped three older songs that they’d written for previous projects but that didn’t make the cut.

The band released their self-titled third album in October of last year. That project includes hits like “Make it Sweet” and “One Man Band.”

By Carena Liptak
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In quarantine, Randy Travis thinks back to how his life suddenly changed after his 2013 stroke

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ABC/Image Group LARandy Travis and his wife, Mary, consider themselves to be lucky during the COVID-19 lockdown: They live on a farm, with plenty of opportunities for fresh air.  Plus, the country legend has plenty of personal experience with having to adjust to a dramatic life change overnight. In 2013, he suffered a debilitating stroke that robbed him of his ability to speak or sing.

“Randy and I were talking about it, reflecting on how our world kind of shut down and came to screeching halt seven years ago, when the stroke happened in July 2013,” Mary tells Rolling Stone in the couple’s latest interview.

“That’s when we hit a brick wall and everything changed and we were isolated from everything we had known before,” she continues. “So to us, [the COVID-19 shutdown] was not that much of a transition.”

Still, the pair acknowledge that for much of the rest of the world, the pandemic has brought life changes on an entirely new scale.

“But for people that have never been through something like [Randy’s stroke] in life, or a tragedy where your whole world has shattered and it changes in an instant, I’m sure that it’s hard to adjust to, because it was hard for us to adjust seven years ago,” Mary reflects.

Though Randy is still unable to perform the way he could before his stroke, he continues to recover, even doing things that his doctors didn’t think he would ever again be able to do.

For example, Randy will deliver a landmark performance on Josh Turner’s upcoming project, Country State of Mind, contributing to Josh’s rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen.” His participation in the new version of the song marks Randy’s first recording session since his stroke.

By Carena Liptak
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Ingrid Andress’ “Waste of Lime” puts a tropical twist on heartache

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Atlantic RecordsIngrid Andress puts a fun-loving spin on heartbreak in her summery new song, “Waste of Lime.” Full of her signature quirks and humor, the new tune also tips its hat to the Beach Boys’ classic “Kokomo,” with lyrics that tell the story of a sweet romance that quickly sours.

“Just an empty margarita / Let me and this tequila high and dry,” Ingrid sings in the song’s chorus. “No drunk pick-up lines, no ‘Your place or mine’ / You’re just a waste of lime.”

In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Ingrid explained that her new song is an uncharacteristically lighthearted release for her.

“I’m sure everybody’s 2020 is not the most ideal. Mine is definitely the worst year up to this point,” says Ingrid.  “But honestly, I’m just glad I can still release music and create.  And the song that’s coming out is probably the happiest song I’ve ever written. So soak it in, people, while you can. Because that’s the last time I’m ever going to write something like that.”

When she shared the song this week, Ingrid also dropped an equally fun-loving music video, which finds the singer creating her own mini-beach vacation in her backyard. In the clip, Ingrid splashes around a kiddie pool, reclines in a lounge chair and, of course, sips margaritas.

“Waste of Lime” follows Ingrid’s debut album, Lady Like, which arrived in March. Since then, she’s scored her first chart-topping hit with “More Hearts than Mine,” and sent her second single, “The Stranger,” to radio.

By Carena Liptak
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