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It's wine, women, and books for Runaway June on the Carrie Underwood tour

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Runaway June will reunite with Carrie Underwood in September for the fall leg of the Cry Pretty Tour.

The trek kicked off in May, just a few months after Carrie gave birth to her youngest son, Jacob.

“We’re like, ‘Carrie, what can we do to help?'” Jennifer Wayne recalls. “Obviously we can’t buy her anything. She has whatever she needs.”

“And she’s like, ‘I just want you girls to drink wine with me.’ She’s like, ‘Just spend time with me and drink wine with me.’ We’re like, ‘We can do that,'” Jennifer laughs.

Since it’s an all-girl tour, with Maddie & Tae completing the lineup, it could be a chance for country’s women to prove they can party as much as the men. 

“We shouldn’t necessarily be the ones that are like, ‘Oh, girls party, too!'” Hannah Mulholland admits. “Because like we don’t really party. But I’m sure girls party just as well as the guys.”

“We’ve been known to party,” Naomi Cooke interjects. “The Jon Pardi/Midland tour [in 2017] really opened our eyes to the potential for for a fast track into the dirt for Runaway June,” she quips. “We’ve since changed our ways. We avoid those boys at all costs.”

“We can go big for one or two nights,” Jennifer clarifies, “but just not every night. We like to be in our pajamas and cozy.”

“But we do like to have fun,” Naomi says. 

“I like to read in my bunk, you know,” Hannah jokes.

Runaway June’s currently enjoying the biggest hit of their career so far with “Buy My Own Drinks,” from their debut album, Blue Roses.

They’re set to reunite with Carrie and Maddie & Tae September 10 in San Diego, California.

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Luke Combs gets "Angry" with new song "Let's Just Be Friends"

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ABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs is adding a country music presence to the new movie, Angry Birds 2, thanks to a song on the soundtrack titled “Let’s Just Be Friends.” 

The catchy tune features a laid-back melody that blends country, rock and pop; the lyrics reflect people with differing viewpoints coming together.

The first verse tells of two people who live in opposite worlds — one is rock while the other is roll, one has heart while the other has soul — but the chorus encourages putting differences aside and unifying in friendship. 

If we don’t even know what we were fussin’ about/Don’t you think it’s time we work it out/Let’s just be friends,” Luke sings.

The “Beer Never Broke My Heart” singer isn’t the only country connection to the film, which is based on the mobile game series. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman‘s daughters, Sunday and Faith, provide the voices fortwo young hatchlings in the movie, which hits theaters on August 14.  

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Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton unveil new collaboration, "Tell Me When It's Over"

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Big Machine Label GroupSheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton have teamed up for a new song, “Tell Me When It’s Over.” 

The classic rock-style melody is supported by lyrics that speak from the perspective of someone who knows their relationship is coming to an end, and wants to break down the other person’s walls and reach their heart.

Sheryl takes lead vocals while Chris provides background harmonies; then, they unite to proclaim “Caught up in a dream/But I know it’s coming/See it in your face/You got a good thing going to waste/You keep on running away from love.” 

The song was released alongside a lyric video designed as a a moving photo album, capturing shots of the two artists in the studio along with sepia-tone photos of the desert and wide open highways. 

“Tell Me When It’s Over” is one of many collaborations on Sheryl’s upcoming Threads album, which features her singing with the likes of Stevie NicksMaren MorrisBonnie Raitt, Willie NelsonVince GillEmmylou Harris and more.  There’s also a posthumous duet with the late Johnny Cash, “Redemption Day.”

Threads will be released on August 30. 

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Get That Man a Beer: Riley Green announces debut album

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BMLG RecordsRiley Green has set a title and release date for his debut album. 

The Alabama native will make his debut in the form of the 14-track Different ‘Round Here, based on a track of the same name that will see the light of day on September 20.

Fans will also get to hear “There Was This Girl,” the breakthrough hit that became Riley’s first #1, along with current single “In Love By Now” and reflective songs like “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and “Numbers on the Cars.” 

“I started putting out music independently to have material to do shows around Alabama and Georgia. Here we are just a year or so later and I’m still that same guy from Alabama, just singing those songs on a bigger stage,” Riley says. “Those and each of these songs are a part of my life and I’m ready to play them out on the road!”

Riley is currently on the road with Brad Paisley for the 2019 World Tour and is set to open for Jon Pardi on his Heartache Medication Tour this fall. He’ll round out the year with his own headlining Get That Man a Beer Tour, which launches September 5 and concludes on December 14. 

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Brantley Gilbert is going "country wide" with new album "Fire & Brimstone"

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The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has called on a team of all-star collaborators for his new album. 

Brantley announced today that his new project, Fire and Brimstone, will be released this fall and finds the singer calling on a variety of country music heavy hitters including Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson.

The album will feature 15 songs, all written by the singer.  One song seems him teaming up with Willie and his son Lukas Nelson, plus Colt Ford, on a track titled “Welcome to Hazeville,” while Alison and Jamey appear on the title track. 

The collection also includes his duet with Lindsay Ell, “What Happens in a Small Town,” which is currently in the top 15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, and other previously released tracks “Man That Hung the Moon” and “Not Like Us.”

The latter song serves as the namesake of Brantley’s current tour, which wraps up October 11 in Charlotte, NC. His second annual Kick it in the Ship fan cruise travels from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico November 4-8.  

Fire & Brimstone will be released on October 4. 

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