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Blake Shelton releases ‘God’s Country’ single

April 5, 2019

DATES ADDED TO TOUR: Maren Morris has added three U.S. dates to her headlining “Girl: The World Tour.” New cities include Los Angeles (Sept. 14), San Luis Obispo, California (Sept. 20), and Milwaukee (Nov. 15), in addition to the recently announced show in Nashville on Oct. 18. Hailey Whitters will serve as the opener for the three new dates, with Tenille Townes joining the festivities in Milwaukee. Tickets for the new dates go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time, while pre-sale for members of Citi’s Private Pass Program began on Tuesday.

NEW SINGLE: Blake Shelton dropped a new single, “God’s Country,” Friday, March 29. The new tune is the first sample of music from Blake’s upcoming 12th studio album. Penned by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson, “God’s Country” follows Blake’s previous Top 10 single, “Turnin’ Me On,” which was featured on his 2017 album, “Texoma Shore.” ”‘God’s Country’ is a song that has a strong and deep meaningful lyric, but at the same time it leaves it up to the listener’s interpretation,” Blake said. “But no matter where you are from or where you’re standing, it is my belief that you’re standing in God’s country. It’s really about a state of mind, wherever you’re from and how you feel about that place. For me it’s about being from Oklahoma — where I was born, raised and still live today.”

NEW ADDITION: Midland guitarist Jess Carson and wife Camille welcomed a baby girl, Rosalia Jean Carson, on Wednesday, March 27, according to People magazine. Rosalia, who weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, joins sister Ida Mae, 3, and brother Parker Emmanuel, 1, in the Carson household. “Camille is the strongest woman I know,” said Jess to People. “She wanted to do a home birth and she did it 100 percent natural — Fm still just awestruck by her.” Midland released the lead single, “Mr. Lonely,” from its upcoming sophomore album on March 29.

MEMORIAL CONCERT: More than a dozen artists will take part in the Keith Whitley 30th Anniversary Memorial Concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater on Thursday, May 9. The concert will pay tribute to the life and career of Whitley an Elliott County Kentucky, native who died of alcohol poisoning on May 9, 1989, at the age of 33. During the course of his career, Whitley scored an array of hits, including “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing at All,” “Fm No Stranger to the Rain” and more. Each artist will sing one of Whitley’s songs backed by the Lorrie Morgan Band. Lorrie Morgan, who was married to Whitley for almost three years, will host the event with her son, Jesse Keith Whitley.

Julie Reeves Is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.