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Charlie Daniels memorialized by Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and more in public funeral service

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Erick AndersonFriends, family and fans gathered to lay Charlie Daniels to rest in a public memorial service Friday, which took place at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The service began with a reading of the Pledge of Allegiance, and was hosted by radio DJ Storme Warren. “I’m staring at this casket wondering how a man bigger than life can fit in there. I don’t see how,” Storme commented at the outset of the service.

Daniels’ flag-adorned casket rested in front of the stage, along with a pair of cowboy boots.

Charlie was honored for his patriotism, his convictions, his unwavering faith and his rich musical legacy. Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt and Gretchen Wilson all performed, delivering personal tributes like Trace’s original, “Arlington,” as well as Travis’ rendition of the traditional spiritual “Amazing Grace.”

Vince Gill performed a short medley, beginning with his classic “Go Rest High on That Mountain” before transitioning into a rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Before his musical segment, he shared a story about meeting Charlie during his early days as a musician, and how his relationship with the older artist helped give him the confidence to strike out as a solo performer.

“When you’re a kid and somebody’s kind to you, somebody reaches out, you never forget it. That was Charlie,” Vince said from the stage. “Over the years we would always run into each other. He was one of those guys you were always grateful to see.”

Charlie died July 6 at the age of 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that fans make a donation to The Journey Home Project, a non-profit co-founded by Charlie in 2014 that benefits war veterans.

By Carena Liptak
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Rascal Flatts are “Quick, Fast, in a Hurry” in their bubbly duet with newcomer Rachel Wammack

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Big Machine RecordsClose vocal harmony and an infectious hook shine on the newest offering from Rascal Flatts, a duet with up-and-comer Rachel Wammack called “Quick, Fast, in a Hurry.” It’s the latest track to be released off the trio’s forthcoming EP, How They Remember You.

Lead vocalist Gary LeVox trades flirty, breathless lines with Rachel in the song’s chorus, which tells the story of the kind of relationship worth dropping everything for.

“I can be there in thirty, thirty, thirty / Don’t worry if the lines get blurry / Just say, ‘Can you come over?’” the hook urges. “I been up all night checking my phone every other minute / Impatiently waiting for you to send the ‘Can you come over?’ / I don’t care if it’s only because you’re lonely / As long as you want me, girl / You got me any way you want me…”

The band explains that when they first heard “Quick, Fast in a Hurry,” they were immediately drawn to the song’s irresistible beat and sense of urgency.

“The chorus is so hooky, and we instantly fell in love with it,” Jay DeMarcus says. “And I just love how Gary and Rachel’s voices sound together on it. We’re excited for people to hear this one.”

“Quick, Fast, in a Hurry” is one of seven tunes included on the How They Remember You EP, which Rascal Flatts plans to drop in full on July 31. Other songs on the project include the title track and new single, as well the trio’s take on Kenny Rogers’ “Through the Years.”

By Carena Liptak
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“Be Like That”: Kane Brown shakes off the drama with help from Khalid and Swae Lee

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Sony Music/RCA RecordsKane Brown’s newest single is a fun, bouncy collaboration with two musical friends. Pop and R&B star Khalid and rapper Swae Lee offer their voices to the tune “Be Like That,” which is all about shrugging off the ups and downs of a tumultuous, but ultimately addictive, love story.

“I might be better on my own / I hate you blowing up my phone / I wish I never met your a** / Sometimes it be like that,” Kane sings in the chorus, before admitting that despite all the drama, he still can’t let go.

“I’m not myself the nights you’re gone / There ain’t no way I’m moving on / I’m not afraid to need you bad / Sometimes it be like that,” he continues.

All three artists had a hand in penning the tune, the melody of which is just as intoxicating as the relationship in the song.

“It’s about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship,” Kane explains of his new tune. “And trying not to overthink it. When it gets tough, you want to be on your own, but then you miss the person a second later. I think it’s something everyone goes through.”

“Be Like That” follows Kane’s latest release, the poignant and powerful “Worldwide Beautiful.”

By Carena Liptak
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Tim McGraw’s long-awaited next album will be 'Here on Earth' this August; hear title track now

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Big Machine Label GroupIt’s been five years since Tim McGraw fans got a new album from the country superstar, but that’s all about to change. This week, he officially announced that his next 16th studio project, Here on Earth, will arrive on August 21.

To celebrate the news, he shared the dazzling title track with fans, along with a music video that underscores his album’s focus on the things that bring people from all walks of life together, instead of on the differences that drive them apart. 

The song takes a birds-eye view on different kinds of people, from young couples welcoming their first child to alcoholics getting sober. No matter the situation, over the course of their journeys, they all find a new reason to be “here on earth.”

Previously, Tim described the album’s track list as being full of “vignettes of life.” Another of those vignettes is “I Called Mama,” which is Here on Earth’s lead single and the 13th of 16 tracks on the album.

The singer shared the complete list of song titles, too, and it looks like many of Here on Earth’s tunes are entirely brand-new and unheard by fans. When it’s released in August, Tim hints that he’s planning a one-of-a-kind livestream experience to celebrate his album.

Here’s the full track list of Here on Earth:

“Chevy Spaceship”
“Here on Earth”

“Damn Sure Do”
“Good Taste in Women”
“Hard to Stay Mad At”
“Sheryl Crow”
“Not from California”

“Hold You Tonight”
“7500 OBO”
“If I Was a Cowboy”
“I Called Mama”
“War of Art”

By Carena Liptak
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The stars come out for Jimmie Allen's innovative 'Bettie James'

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BBR Music Group When Jimmie Allen released “This Is Us” with Noah Cyrus — daughter of Billy Ray, sister of Miley — back in February, little did we know that it was only the tip of one very star-studded iceberg. 

“It was written by Noah, a few other writers, and my buddy Tyler Hubbard from FGL,” Jimmie tells ABC Audio. “I love the song, and just sound-wise, it just fits right in with what I do anyway, like a mix between, like country and pop and rock and with some R-and-B inflections.” 

Jimmie’s connection with Noah came through the music business, but it was just one of many more to come.

“That one happened because my manager actually does business with her record label head,” Jimmie explains. “They sent the song down and asked if I wanted to be a part of it.”

It turns out “This Is Us” is the lead single from Jimmie’s seven-track EP of celebrity collaborations, titled Bettie James, in honor of his beloved grandmother, Bettie Snead, and his dad, James Allen

It includes non-country stars like rapper Nelly, actress Rita Wilson, and worship leader Tauren Wells, alongside country icons Tim McGrawBrad Paisley, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Even so, there are a couple tracks that are extra special.

“Has there ever been two Black country artists doing a duet?” Jimmie asks. “Has that ever been done?”  

It’s a feat Jimmie accomplishes by teaming up with Mickey Guyton on “Drunk and I Miss You,” and snagging both Darius Rucker and Charley Pride for “Why Things Happen.”

Bettie James is available to stream or download now, on the heels of Jimmie’s first two singles, “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To,” which both topped the country chart.  

By Stephen Hubbard
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