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ABC to Air CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock from Nashville  2015-07-15
The 2015 CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock is set to air on August 4th on ABC. From performances by iconic artists Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts to new artists Brett Eldredge and Sam Hunt, the special will showcase various LP Field (now named Nissan Stadium) nightly concert moments and other interviews, plus hosted by Little Big Town once again. See more at CMA YouTube Channel.

Our favorite highlights from our attendance of the live show included Dierks Bentley's energetic performance of "Drunk on a Plane," and Florida Georgia Line's new tune "Sippin on Fire."

Little Big Town slowed it down with their news making tune "Girl Crush," and new mom, Carrie Underwood returned to the stage, belting out her recent hit "Little Toy Guns." Underwood described backstage what it was like to be performing again and returning to the fans. (see video below)

The Zac Brown Band creatively sang "Bohemian Rhapsody" along with their own tunes. Luke Bryan got the fans crazed with his new song "Kick The Dust Up." Backstage Bryan opened up on what CMA Music Fest means to him down below in our video, along with Little Big Town cutting the ribbon to the ATT&T U-verse Fan Fair X:


See some Blooper moments from your hosts Little Big Town down below as well as some behind the scenes from Lady Antebellum and tune into ABC on August 4th 8/7 CST. See all of our CMA Music Festival 2015 footage HERE.

Sneak Peek with Lady Antebellum below:
Country Singer Found Dead in His Texas Apartment  2015-07-26
According to a police statement, country singer Daron Norwood was found dead in his Texas apartment on Wednesday, July 22. He was 49 years old.

Police responded to a 911 call from Norwood's landlord. Officials are investigating his death but they say that foul play does not seem to be a factor. Cause of death is still pending.

Norwood began his country music career when he moved to Nashville in 1988. He had six songs on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart. His two most popular songs were "Cowboys Don't Cry" and "If It Wasn't For Her, I Wouldn't Have You."

Norwood quit the music industry in 1995 due to, what he called, a drinking problem. Two years later he started an organization called "Keep It Straight" which was an anti-drug, alcohol, and violence program for young people.

Norwoood returned to Nashville in 2002 on Indie Label Lofton Creek with "In God We Trust." The song was played on secondary radio and many Southern Gospel stations.

Mike Borchetta, who owned the label, said: “He was such a talented person and artist. It’s so sad for him to be leaving us this young. He was a lot of fun to be around."

Norwood released his third an final album, I Still Believe, in 2012.

Written By: Conner Board
Content Via: Fox 8 and Billboard
Have Illegal Findings Been Found In The Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Divorce?  2015-07-27
According to the author of one of Oklahoma's State Laws, state law was broken when Blake Shelton filed for divorce from Miranda Lambert in secret. 

The two country singers had been married for four years and had a home together in Johnston County, Oklahoma. 

"There's some shenanigans going on," former state representative Aaron Stiles said in an interview with The Oklahoman. 

Shelton's petition to dissolve the marriage was filed July 6, in Pottawatomie County. A judge sealed all the legal papers in the case from the public. The only record that is not secret is an online docket that shows the case as B.T.S. vs. M.L.S., which are the initials of the singers.

The rest of the docket sheet is mostly a listing of the legal filings in the case. The decree that made the divorce offical was filed on July 20. 

But here is the problem - last year a new law was passed in Oklahoma requiring a judge to only seal civil, divorce and other normally public court records if a compelling privacy interest outweighs the public's interest in the records.

This means, that due to this law, the judge is required to make public any sealing order; but Blake and Miranda's is not public. This law has been active since Novermber 2014.

"Oh, yeah, they're definitely not following the law on it," said Stiles, who wrote the law. "I can't imagine a scenario where you would ever seal an entire civil or divorce case."

Stiles is an attorney in Norman, Oklahoma. He wrote this law during his time as a state representative because he knew of cases where a judge sealed divorce records to protect their friends. 

"The average citizen, they don't get their cases sealed. Their records are made public," Stiles said. "All it is is about protecting their buddies and cronyism. ... Somebody needs to put rogue judges in their place. They're not a dictatorship."

Another Oklahoma Attorney, Irven Box, told "Access Hollywood": I think it was a favor done ... because of their celebrity status. I'm sure that every Oklahoman getting a divorce would like to have their records sealed ... but they don't."

The judge who handled the case, John Gardner, is retiring as a judge in a few days, officials said. He has not responded to The Oklahoman who has been requesting a comment from the judge. 

Shelton's attorney has also declined to comment and Miranda's attorney is not listed on the docket sheet. 

"The law allowing a record to be sealed is clear, concise and quite simple," Oklahoma Justice Steven Taylor wrote back in January. "The trial court cannot avoid the Oklahoma Open Records Act by simply relying on the parties' agreement to seal the record." 

Written by: Conner Board 
Content Via: The Oklahoman 
Lady Antebellum give two young sisters their wish  2015-07-19
Lady Antebellum gave back to two young girls onstage at their show in Atlanta. Mallory Kate Hall is a heart patient who was in need of a transplant. Mallory and her sister have been singing "Compass" to get them through hard times.

The young singers then were contacted by the local news and had their video posted of them singing the Lady A song and their wish to meet the band. 

Their wish came true as the two were able to join the trio onstage at their concert stop and tourmate Hunter Hayes joined in the performance with guitar. 

Little Big Town Cancels Three More Weeks of Shows   2015-07-27
Little Big Town made the sad announcement yesterday that they have canceled three additional weeks of shows to let vocalist Jimi Westbrook heal. The group says they will try to reschedule some of the shows.

Westbrook underwent surgery in late June to remove a polyp that had formed on his vocal cord, which is a medical issue that is not uncommon in the music industry. . 

The group was supposed to be back on tour performing on July 31st, but Westbrook needs more time to heal. Little Big Town has had to cancel all of their shows since they first announced Westbrook's medical problem on June 17.  

Little Big Town released this official statement: "It is with deep regret that we must cancel an additional three weeks of shows in August due to doctors orders for Jimi to rest and recuperate his voice. We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110% and this additional time will make sure that happens! Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you." 

They also posted a video statement to their social media that you can view here

The next scheduled Little Big Town show is now August 22 in Avondale, Newfoundland. Also, the August 1 show in St. Leonard, Md. has been moved to September 25.

Openers David Nail and Ashley Monroe have also canceled the August 2 show, as the tour travels as a group. It’s not clear if either will make appearances at other scheduled stops. 

Visit the band's official website to see a full, updated list of tour dates. 

Written By: Conner Board 
Content Via: Taste of Country
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