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Gwen Stefani Shows Off Romantic Valentine’s Day Gift From Blake Shelton

By Rare Country:

Valentine’s Day is a day for lovers, and when it comes to lovers, there is no couple hotter than Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. So as Feb. 14 approached, country music fans wondered just what Blake would have in store for his love, and whether they would end up sharing the day together. And while we are unsure if they actually were able to spend time together, Blake certainly made sure that his lady felt loved on Valentine’s Day. In a YouTube video put together from some of Gwen’s Snapchats from Feb. 14, fans can see that Blake got Gwen a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, along with a card that read “Have a great Valentine’s Day … I love you.” “I just got the most incredible flowers,” Gwen said to the camera as she gushed over the bouquet. “Wow. I’ve never gotten flowers like that.” On top of the video, Gwen had typed the words “Luckiest girl in the world. Blake Shelton, I love you for real.” You did good, Blake! RELATED:  Blake Shelton has a plan to bring smiles to kids in his hometown And heck, Blake has done much to keep people smiling as of late.  As recently reported by Rare Country, Blake made a hefty donation to his hometown in Oklahoma that will be used to significantly upgrade a  local park. “I’d like to sit here and take credit for the idea of a park, but we already had one in Tishomingo,” Blake joked to local TV station  KTEN. “It’s hard to imagine it right now as I’m freezing to death here in Tishomingo, but we’re going to add water park things to Pennington Park. I just go, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go do these two [benefit] shows and raise all the money, and then you city people figure out how to do this.’” “I think that’s extremely special and it shows to his character,” Tishomingo mayor Tom Lockey told the TV station. Even the fans can’t get enough of Blake these days, especially his fans in his home state of Oklahoma. Blake fan John Moody told KTEN of the park upgrade, “It’s really good for small towns, and it’s fun. It’s going to be a destination … It already is. So folks can come here and have good clean fun and clean music and enjoy this town.” Of course, Blake will be spreading the love around as he heads out on the road for a slew of dates throughout 2018. On Feb. 15, Blake will open the “Country Music Freaks Tour” in Oklahoma alongside  Trace Adkins, Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce. RELATED:  Gwen Stefani gets her flirt on with Blake Shelton in new duet performance Recently, he was announced as a headliner for the Faster Horses Festival, which will take place from July 20-22 in Brooklyn, Michigan. Blake will join fellow headliners Brooks &amp; Dunn, Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert during the three-day camping festival that will also include artists such as Cam, Billy Currington, Tyler Farr, Chris Janson, Walker Hayes, LOCASH, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Ashley McBryde, Parmalee, RaeLynn and Morgan Wallen.

Chase Rice Recalls A Huge Day In NASCAR History- The Day Dale Earnhardt Sr. Died

For NASCAR fans, Sunday (2/18) not only marks the day the annual Daytona 500 race gets underway but also the anniversary of when legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at that very same race.

Chase Rice, being from North Florida near the east coast, he grew up a huge fan of NASCAR and the Daytona 500, and he recalls the day the man known as “The Intimidator” passed away: “I mean, I cried the day Dale Earnhardt died. I remember I went down to the barn where my dad and brothers were working and I said, ‘Ya’ll ain’t gonna believe it, Dale Earnhardt just died earlier,’ and my dad was just like, ‘What?’ So, it was just that moment something of larger than life being taken away from everybody.”

That is a day that, if you’re a NASCAR fan, you remember vividly. But that hasn’t been the only time that Dale Earnhardt Sr. has made an impact on the lives of the Rice family…

Chase says his father actually kind of resembled Dale Earnhardt Sr., and he recalls there being a case of mistaken identity while the two were in Daytona Beach, Florida. Chase says, “I remember one time at Chick-fil-A when I was a kid – I was probably eight years old…And my dad had a Goodwrench hat on, which was Dale Earnhardt’s sponsor. And some guy came up to him and he said, ‘Hey man, can I have your autograph?’ And then he said, ‘You’re my favorite driver.’ And that’s when it hit, it was like, ‘Oh my God, he thinks you’re Dale Earnhardt.'”

The Daytona 500 will air this Sunday on FOX at 2:30 PM ET.

Brett Eldredge & Dan + Shay Have Different Opinions On How To Celebrate Valentines Day

When it comes to Valentines Day in a relationship, you don’t want to do TOO much but you also don’t want to do too little either. There is a happy medium. The guys of Dan + Shay believe that earlier on in a relationship, especially the first year you, you gotta start super small… Shay says, “Every Valentine’s Day is always a lot of pressure for every guy. So, you gotta be strategic. Any guys out there starting a new relationship you gotta start small, get like roses the first year. You can’t go all out not even roses maybe like a hand-written note.”

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Abby Law, Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay, Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay, and Hannah Billingsley attend the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Then you got Brett Eldredge over here telling you the exact opposite, saying “You can go a little over the top sometimes, you know, like fill a room with a bajillion flowers and all that stuff. It’s just like, be romantic but be romantic in a place of like spending time with that person. I’m not saying don’t give them roses or something, [but] just don’t go over the top and fly an airplane that says ‘I love you’ or something, you know?

Maybe there is a middle ground. Maybe it’s Dan + Shay’s way the first year and the 2nd year is more the “over the top” way when the relationship is more solid. What do you think?

 

Kacey Musgraves Lets It All Hang Out In New Revealing Photo

By Rare Country: Kacey Musgraves, if you were trying to get our attention, you’ve done a very good job. The country singer/songwriter caused quite a stir Friday when she posted a stunning photo of herself wearing a vintage country-western suit with rhinestones and flowers embroidered on the jacket. She topped it off with a dramatic turquoise necklace that hangs almost as low as Kacey’s long, black hair. Oh, and Kacey’s not wearing a shirt underneath that open jacket. The comments on the photo were universally positive, with multiple fans calling Kacey their “queen.” Another guy said, “Can you please not be so beautiful,” and another fan called Kacey her “spirit animal.” RELATED:  Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly share photos of their woodland wedding Kacey’s photo apparently has healing powers, too. One Insta user said, “This picture just cleared all my acne. Thanks.” The internet can be a strange place, folks. Kacey’s hot photo could be a sign she’s moving forward with plans for  her upcoming album, “Golden Hour.”This shot definitely looks like it could come from an album cover photo session. In an interview with  “Entertainment Weekly,” Kacey said the new music would have a “trippy” slant with the music influenced by everyone from the Bee Gees and Neil Young to Sade. It’s also Kacey’s first new music since  tying the knot with her hubby, Ruston Kelly, back in October. She says, “There are certain junctures in your life where you can’t really think your way through — you have to feel your way through. Making this album, it’s like leading heart first.” Ruston’s role in her life will be featured prominently Kacey’s new lyrics, too. “I have a lot more love songs this time around, and I’ve never been one to write a love song and really feel it,” she says. “That probably sounds like the most depressing thing ever. [But] I’m coming off getting married and being in this golden hour of my personal life, where all these things are finally coming to fruition. I found myself inspired to write about this person and all these things he brought out in me that weren’t there before.” We’ll keep you posted on when you’ll be hearing new music from Kacey. For now, catch her on the road with Midland and Little Big Town on LBT’s “The Breakers Tour.” Dates can be found at  KaceyMusgraves.com.

Dierks Bentley Gives Tips To Men For Taking Their Sweethearts Out On Valentines Day

Valentine’s day is a HUGE deal to some. And there are just some people who do that romantic stuff better than others. With the face that Dierks Bentley has written an entire album of songs inspired and written for his wife, we’d say that he is one of those hopeless romantic types. So this year, he is helping the men out by giving some good tip for taking their sweethearts out this Valentine’s Day:

He says, “You know, just opening the door, it’s such a big deal. It’s just a nice thing to do. It’s a car door, unlocking the door for somebody to get in the car first and hold the door to get in, and I just think that’s just, if you’re doing that, then you’re obviously thinking about ways to be respectful, be considerate, be kind and be thoughtful.”

Jake Owen Participates In Golf Tournament With Huge Celebrity Partners

Over the weekend, Jake Owen partnered with champion golfer Jordan Spieth at the AT&amp;T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament for the fourth year in a row. Adding to the excitement, the two also had golfer Dustin Johnson and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky in their pairing as they hit the famous links in California. While Jake says it was exciting to walk around the golf course with those three guys, the real highlight was having his dad as his caddie for the tournament.

Some of the other country stars who took part in the annual event were Charles Kelley, Toby Keith, Joe Don Rooney and Darius Rucker.

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Jason Aldean Releases “You Make It Easy” Music Video In These 3 Emotional Episodes

By Rare Country:

Jason Aldean just kicked up his  new single, “You Make It Easy,” to a whole new level with an intense, three-part video he just released for the song. In the first clip, you see a guy trying to get his old Dodge Ram truck to start while sitting at a stop light. He’s so focused on getting the stalled engine to start that he’s overcome with joy when it finally turns over. Unfortunately, he doesn’t look to make sure the road is clear, and his truck is instantly t-boned by a tractor-trailer. The rest of the story unfolds from there as we see footage of the guy hanging on in the aftermath of the accident. The story, which plays out over the course of the three videos, also includes footage of the guy in bed and in the bathtub with his love, who we learn is named Grace. As we listen to their conversation, the guy is constantly telling the woman that she doesn’t have to stay with him and that she could easily find another guy. She repeatedly tells him that she chooses to be with him. As the video series continues, we learn that while he did survive the car accident, he’s now paralyzed and in a wheelchair. All those conversations about him wanting her to find someone else took place after the accident. The storyline puts a whole new spin on the lyrics to “You Make It Easy.” This couple has faced a big life challenge together, and they end up celebrating their love with a wedding in the last installment in the video series. Thanks to a virtual reality headset, the couple is able to have a first dance at their wedding reception, too. It’s a sweet series that’s definitely worth taking 15 minutes out of your day to watch. In a YouTube interview released along with the videos, Jason and his video director, Shaun Silva, talk about making the videos. The concept started with inspiration from another video Shaun directed for  Rascal Flatts — “What Hurts the Most.” That clip featured a love story interrupted by a tragic car accident as well. As for the new song, Jason first heard “You Make It Easy” while hanging out with one of the song’s co-writers, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. So far, Jason has had a lot of luck performing songs co-written by FGL’s Tyler and Brian Kelley, including “Burnin’ It Down” and “Lights Come On.” Jason says, “We’ve had a pretty good run with those guys. So, I called Tyler up one day, and he came over to the house. We basically just got in my truck and rode around for a couple hours listening to songs. I was playing him some of the stuff that we’d already cut, and he started playing some songs that they had written. He played that one almost like it was nothing. Like, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve got this other thing. We just wrote this Friday.’ Then he played it, and I just fell in love with it immediately.” Tyler ended up giving Jason the song since he was going into the studio soon, and the rest is history. Country newcomer Morgan Wallen is also a co-writer on “You Make It Easy.” Look for “You Make It Easy” on Jason’s upcoming album, “Rearview Town,” due out April 13.

Jon Pardi Has Major Goals For His 1978 Ford Bronco

When you have an older car, and you’re a very successful country music singer with some extra money on hand, you fix up that older car and show it off to the world. That’s exactly what Jon Pardi did with his 1978 Ford Bronco. He restored it to its original glory last year. He had never planned for it to sit idle in the garage. He says, “The reason why I asked for diameters and stuff is the goal is to pick it up from my mom’s [place] and tow it behind the bus one day. And it’d be cool to like… We can like tow it back and forth on the… you know, when we’re touring and can put in my garage, so…goals.”

Dustin Lynch Admits An Huge Fear Of Being On Stage Behind A Mic

You’d think that someone like Dustin Lynch, who has gone on multiple huge tours with artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Young, and Florida Georgia Line, would usually be at ease when he steps up to the microphone in front of a crowd, but nope! Oh, he can sing, singing isn’t what freaks him out. It when there is no music and he has to speak that gets him. He says, “I can sing in front of one person or a million people and it not affect me, [but] when I have to give a speech…I don’t know why, I just…You know, if I have to do some sort of thank you, I usually get pretty torn up about it. Probably speaking in front of folks is kind of embarrassing for me.”

Winter Olympics Are Heating Up As These Tinder Accounts Are Revealed Of Athletes

There is a Bachelor version of the Winter Olympics that is airing on tv this month where some of the older contestants compete with each other but also try and find love… well the ACTUAL Winter Olympic was supposed to be different but it seems as though the  athletes are looking for love as well while in PyeongChang… but on Tinder A new Instagram has been found called @tinderpyeongchang  and it contains alleged screenshots of athletes’ Tinder photos. Among the fit beauties on the hookup app are 20-year-old Canadian figure skater Gabby Daleman, who has posted several sexy photos of herself in revealing outfits, and 30-year-old Norwegian skeleton skater Alex Hanssen, who looks like Chris Hemsworth’s long-lost brother. It was announced last week that Convenience Co. was donating 100,000 condoms to athletes for “a successful hosting of the Winter Olympics and the prevention of the spread of the HIV virus.”

Here are just a few of the photos on the Instagram account…

Superbowl Selfie Kid Surprised By Justin Timberlake On The Ellen Show

Everyone who was watching the Superbowl halftime show knows who this kid is. His name is Ryan Mckenna and he has been the face of MANY memes on the internet and was INSTANTLY famous on social media just for being in the right place at the right time. He was at Superbowl 52 rooting for the Patriots when Justin Timerblake took the stage at halftime. The Superbowl selfie kid worked his way down from his seats to where Justin Timberlake was in the crowd for his performance. He explained why he was staring at his phone, which apparently wasn’t to google “Who is Justin Timberlake,” but to get his camera up. He says because he had an iPhone 6 it was very slow and shut off on him. Ellen Degeneres surprised Ryan by getting Justin Timberlake on the phone and the surprises didn’t stop there. Justin Timberlake then surprised Ryan with tickets and backstage passes to his show in Michigan later this year, and Ellen surprised the whole family with home tickets to a Patriots game next season with pre-game field passes.

Crazy how being in the right place at the right time can get you so many amazing experiences. Ryan McKenna, AKA Superbowl Selfie Kid, is one lucky dude!

Brantley Gilbert Takes Big Step With New Son, Barrett

By Rare Country: Brantley Gilbert is trying out something new on the road this year — traveling with a baby. The country star and his wife, Amber,  welcomed their baby boy, Barrett, last November, and now the entire family is loading up in the tour bus for the trek. It’s all part of Brantley adjusting to the changes that come with balancing his role as a country star with his new gig as a devoted dad to his baby boy. He tells the  “Knoxville News-Sentinel,” “I’m still figuring it out. It changed a little bit when I got married, and it’s changed a lot already so far since little man has been in the picture. So we’re really trying to figure that out and just kind of cross bridges as we come to them, and I hope I’m doing a good job so far.” RELATED:  Brantley Gilbert just became a first-time daddy Brantley will still be writing songs this year, and you can bet fatherhood is going to be a big topic in his lyrics. “I think it can’t help but have an affect on it,” Brantley says of fatherhood and songwriting “I write songs about my life, and I think most songwriters do, and you know, him being that important in my life of course, and … everything about life is just changing by the day, so I think it can’t help but have an affect on it. Hopefully an awesome affect. I know he’s had an awesome affect on my life, so I hope that translates well and represents itself as the big part it is in this next chapter.” Since he’s now a father and a husband, Brantley finds it’s much harder to leave his family when he goes to work. He got his first taste of that separation when he had to go rehearse for the new tour a few weeks back. Says Brantley, “It was different having a baby in the picture and heading out to rehearsal — that was my first time being away from him — but … it turned out really well.” Luckily, Brantley plans to have little Barrett with him on the road quite a bit this year. As for his live show, Brantley thinks fans will see a different side of him than they might expect if they’re just judging him from his tough-looking album covers. He shows a bit of that softer side in his  new song and video for “The Ones That Like Me.” Brantley says, “The song, to me, is about the folks out there who have followed us for a long time that know that there’s more to me than tattoos and chains … know there’s another side, and it’s not all about standing in front of a camera with my arms crossed looking at the camera like I’m trying to beat it up.” Fans can also expect some stripped-down moments in Brantley’s 2018 shows. He adds, “The tour was for the people, you know, for the fans, the folks that … have been there for a long time. We asked their input on songs they like to hear that maybe we haven’t played in a couple of years or we hadn’t played live, and we did that. There was a lot of feedback about adding an acoustic performance back in the show. We did that.” Check out  BrantleyGilbert.com to see where he’s playing next.  

The 2018 MegaTicket Is Here!

Every year the Country Megaticket allows you to go to multiple shows for a discounted price and this year is no different! 5 shows, in Tampa, all summer long, starting at $159?! HECK YES!! The lineup is amazing too…

 

May 11th- Alan Jackson July 20th- Rascal Flatts with Dan &amp; Shay &amp; Carly Pearce August 3rd- Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town September 15th- Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne &amp; LANCO September 28th-Lady Antebellum, Special Guest, and Russell Dickerson There may even be more artists added as we get closer. More openers and maybe even more special guests! Learn more here:  www. megaticket.com/venues/midflorida-credit-union-amphitheatre Presale is happening next Wednesday (2/14)- We will have a code for you soon! PS- we are GIVING you a pair this weekend! It’s a text on the 10’s weekend with K92.3. So every hour, all weekend long, we have a pair of Megatickets to give you with your name on it so you can see all 5 shows on us!

Luke Bryan’s Son Shows Off Shooting Skills In New Social Media Post

Luke Bryan’s 7-year-old son, Tate, is taking after his father with some of the extra curricular activities. He has already become quite the sharpshooter. Luke recently shared a video of his boy honing his hunting skills by shooting skeet in an open field. The video shows Luke giving Tate a few instructions and he holds a gun and takes his shooting stance. Once Tate is in position, he yells “pull” and completely destroys the clay pigeon as it flies through the air. He captions the video “Tator tot is on it.”

Dierks Bentley Launches Clothing Line

Seems 2017 and 2018 Dierks Bentley has a goal of MAJORLY expanding his brand! He has opened another Whiskey Row in Nashville and now he has launched his own clothing line! Bentley fans can now wear their love for the country hunk on their sleeves–literally!  People reports that the “Drunk on a Plane” singer has teamed up with fashion label Flag and Anthem on his debut clothing collection. “I can’t say I’m overly fashion-oriented…It is not meant for fashion people,” Bentley declares. “I’ve never really thought about having a personal style, but if I did, it’d be a combination of Kris Kristofferson’s cleanest dirty shirt and a desert vibe.” Bentley’s line of vintage t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, and jackets is now available online.

Check out all of the clothing here: Desert Son with Flag and Anthem

Throwback To Kane Brown On The X-Factor In 2013

Back in the early days of Kane Brown, he was trying to get his music career started. This was around the time his highschool buddy (and now a co-singer on one of the biggest country songs of the year) Lauren Alaina came in 2nd place on American Idol. Kane Brown auditioned for both American Idol in 2013 and the X-Factor. He was chosen for X-Factor after the first audition but left the show when its producers wanted to include him in a boy band.

After he left the popular talent show, he decided to post his cover versions of popular songs online. This is where he started to be a youtube sensation…

Now he has one of the biggest songs of 2017 out on the radio that is breaking records in Nashville as the longest song to be leading 5 different Billboard charts. His high school friend Lauren Alaina &amp; Kane did the song “What If’s” back in the beginning of 2017.

Carrie Underwood’s Son Does Drawing Of His Mom

Carrie Underwood’s son has grown to be quite the Little Einstein. He is reading and drawing and doing all the things an older toddler does, except he’s not even 3 yet! This is his most recent work of art… a drawing of his “moms hair.” Carrie Underwood posted it to Instagram and captioned it “Isaiah painted this… yeah, that’s pretty accurate…”

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