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Hurricane Irma Claims Kenny Chesney’s House

In an interview on HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade September 8th, Kenny Chesney talked about how parts of the U.S. Virgin Islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, including the island of St. John, where he owns a residence.

Though Kenny was not there at the time, he told Robin Meade that friends in the area described the damage as “biblical in nature.”

When asked about his house on St. John, Kenny said, “It’s just simply gone.” But the country star didn’t seem very concerned with his own property.

“That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house. I’ve always felt that music was medicine and I’m gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life. This place, these islands, have meant so much to me. They’ve shaped me as a human being. It’s given me creativity. It’s given me a different way to look at the world, a different window to see the world through. And when you look through that window right now, as you can tell, it’s just devastation. It’s really odd to see such a beautiful place look like a war zone.”

Although Hurricane Irma is still on the move, Kenny and his team have already begun creating a new relief foundation called “Love for Love City,” in reference to St. John’s nickname, “Love City.” The details are still being finalized, but in addition to accepting donations, Kenny said that there will be a “musical connection” to help raise money.

Listen to the entire interview with HLN’s Robin Meade below.

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New Blake Shelton Song

Blake Shelton has released a brand new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs.”

On his website, Blake describes the song as a throw-back. “It’s traditional country with fiddle and steel and I’ve got Jimmy Olander from Diamond Rio playing the guitar solo,” Blake said. “It brings the sound back a little more traditional for a minute, which I felt like needed to happen musically for me.”

Watch the video below.

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Troy Gentry Dies in Helicopter Crash

Troy Gentry of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, has died in a helicopter crash at age 50.

The Kentucky-based group had a concert scheduled for Friday night in New Jersey. The crash took place around noon, hours before the show. The other member of the duo, Eddie Montgomery, was not onboard the helicopter.

Gentry and Montgomery began performing together in the 1990s, and formed the band in 1999. The duo’s hits include “The Truth About Men,” “Hell Yeah,” “One in Every Crowd,” “Gone,” “Long Line of Losers,” and “Where I Come From.”

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New Kellie Pickler Show

“Pickler & Ben,” daytime television’s newest “go-to” destination for the best in lifestyle and entertainment, launches nationally on Monday, Sept. 18. Hosted by country music star Kellie Pickler and Emmy-winning television personality Ben Aaron, this highly anticipated talk show will premiere in 38 local television markets across the country.

The show features Kellie and Ben hosting segments with top celebrities, tastemakers and experts on everything from entertaining and home design to cooking, DIY and more. The show will be recorded in front of a live audience at a studio in one of America’s hottest cities — Nashville — on an expansive, modern farmhouse-style set.

“This show truly feels like home — it’s like spending time with a bunch of good friends who just stopped by to trade stories on the back porch,” said Pickler. “We have a little something for everyone. We’ll laugh, get inspired and meet some very talented and extraordinary people.”

“When Kellie and I get together, it’s anything but predictable,” said Ben. “We have an incredible team of creative minds behind this show, and I can’t wait to deliver our country-city combo to viewers across America.”

Through a partnership with leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, HSN, “Pickler & Ben” will feature a unique interactive format inviting viewers to “shop the show” by purchasing items featured on air from the comfort of their homes. Fans can shop items directly on PicklerandBen.com and HSN.com.

“Pickler & Ben’s” live studio audience will include a mix of Nashville locals and out-of-towners seeking the best in entertainment. Nashville is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, with nearly 100 people each day moving to the city made famous by country music, all-American food, Southern charm and world-class hospitality. Fans are invited to join a taping by requesting tickets through the show’s website.

Pickler & Ben” is produced by Grammy Award-winning superstar Faith Hill; co-founder of Happy Street Entertainment, Lisa Erspamer; and president and CEO of Sandbox Entertainment Jason Owen; in partnership with The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP). Award-winning director, Joe Terry (“The Oprah Winfrey Show”) will direct “Pickler & Ben.” Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution is distributing the show in national syndication.

To get a sneak peek of the show, stay up to date on episodes and get a behind-the-scenes look at the hosts in action, follow “Pickler & Ben” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Luke Bryan New Song & Album

Luke Bryan is back with a new single called “Light It Up” — the lead song from a new album that’s coming, possibly, during the holidays.  Luke recently hinted in an interview the album may be coming “after Thanksgiving, before Christmas.”

“Light It Up” is the follow up single to “Fast,” which became his 18th career No. 1 single. The success of “Fast” off Bryan’s Kill the Lights album had Luke making Billboard chart history, as he became the only artist in the 27-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart to have six No. 1 singles from one album.

Listen to his new song here:

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Thomas Rhett Welcomes New Baby

Thomas Rhett shared a sweet selfie with newborn daughter Ada James via Instagram Tuesday. “Getting the hang of it I think,” the Die a Happy Man hitmaker, 27, captioned the image cuddling his 4-day-old baby girl. (see below)

 

The couple welcomed their second child on Saturday (August 12), according to Thomas’ social media.

“Last night at 10:28 PM Ada James Akins was born and it was truly the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. I can’t believe that we have two daughters!! My wife @laur_akins labored almost 36 hours. She is by far the strongest human being I have ever met and I have a new found respect for moms around the world. We are so excited that Willa Gray has a baby sister! Thank you Lord and everyone for the prayers #outnumbered,” he wrote.

The newborn weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz. after a 36-hour labor.

Ada James joins 21-month-old big sister Willa Gray, adopted from Uganda in May of this year.