Toby Keith says he's praying for his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma where a powerful tornado struck Monday. The country star explains that members of his family were in the tornado's path.
Keith adds that while the storm has been devastating, he's confident the community will recover from the tragedy. He says Oklahomans are resilient and will rebuild.
Keith isn't alone in feeling the devastation for his home state. Carrie Underwood, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, has expressed her concern about the natural disaster as well.
Reba McEntire, who was born and raised in Southeastern Oklahoma, tweets:
Many country stars have been sending their prayers and words of encouragement via social media. Blake Shelton says prior to Monday's edition of "The Voice" he was getting inundated with messages about the deadly tornado that was ripping through his home state of Oklahoma. At the start of the NBC show, the country singer admitted it was tough for him to be there while friends and family members were "going through hell."
Shelton's Texas-born wife Miranda Lambert, who is now an Oklahoma resident, tweets:
Team Blake's Swon Brothers, who are from Muskogee, said it was "hard to enjoy a night like this," and a storm like that "lets you know what's really important." They added that they were praying for everybody back home.
Chris Young and Darius Rucker, have also let victims know they are in their thoughts and prayers.
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(Yahoo!) - Jennifer Nettles apparently has been enjoying an unusually productive maternity leave. The Sugarland singer, who has been (seemingly) laying low since the birth of her son in December, has announced she'll be releasing a solo album with a target date of Fall 2013.
But wait, there's more--Nettles will be working with famed producer Rick Rubin for the new project. Rubin has helmed releases by a score of storied artists, including Johnny Cash, the Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, and many others.
"I am absolutely thrilled and wholly proud to be working with Rick Rubin on my new solo album," Nettles stated on Friday. "“If you ask any musician who is on their producer 'bucket list’, Rick would be on each and every one."
As for Rubin, he seems just as excited by the collaboration. "It’s thrilling to hear her sing!" he told Rolling Stone, adding that the new record will combine a variety of musical styles but still retain Nettles's signature sound.
According to the publication, Rubin and Nettles have been spending the past few weeks working in Rubin's Malibu studio, and have come up with around 20 songs so far.
Nettles's musical partner in Sugarland, Kristian Bush, is also working on solo material. He released his first solo single, "Love Or Money," in March.
Nettles will be stepping out in Las Vegas Sunday as a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards. The show airs live on ABC from the MGM Grand Resort at 8 p.m. ET.
(TMZ) - An obsessed Taylor Swift fan was arrested near the singer's Rhode Island beach home early this morning after allegedly SWIMMING up to her pad, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement tells TMZ that a 22-year-old male from the Chicago area was taken into custody for trespassing after he admitted to swimming up to the beach in front of Swift's home around 2 AM.
According to TMZ, here's the back story:
Around 2:20 AM, cops spotted the man getting out of the ocean, around 1 mile from Swift's home.
Cops approached the guy and asked him what he was doing in the water - and the man allegedly told police he had just completed a swim, in which he intended to meet Taylor.
Sources tell TMZ the man told cops he swam all the way to Swift's beach, but saw her security team, and decided to swim back to where he came from (roughly 2 miles round trip in cold water).
The man was hauled to a nearby police station where he was booked for trespassing. He's still in custody.
TMZ spoke to the Westerly Police Dept. who say, "There is a zero tolerance policy for trespassers." The cops say they have already met with Taylor's security to discuss the matter.
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Miranda Lambert admits she used to be bothered by tabloid rumors about her, but now she can laugh at them. However, the country star tells NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" they can spark some strange encounters. She recalls how one person treated her following reports that she was expecting.
Rumors of babies and infidelity have been circulating around Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton, who are celebrating their second wedding anniversary Tuesday. Miranda says they won't be doing anything special to mark the occasion, because they're both too busy.
But the singer admits married life has included a few surprises. She explains that since she and Blake had been a couple several years before tying the knot she didn't think formally exchanging vows would make a difference, but that's "so not true." Lambert admits Shelton has a few annoying habits, like using her toothbrush, but she can "overlook that."
She also opens up about one of her own guilty pleasures -- TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Miranda says she's been a fan since seeing the family on "Toddlers & Tiaras," and back then predicted they would get their own series.
Lambert is promoting the new Pistol Annies album, which is in stores now. In addition to chatting with Jay, Miranda joined bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to perform "I Feel A Sin Comin' On," from the trio's new album, "Annie Up."
Eric Church says his mom deserves at least some of the credit for his success. The country star explains that his vocal abilities come from her side of the family.
But Eric adds that his mom's influence goes well beyond singing. He explains that when it comes to his career he owes her "everything." Church adds that he got from his mom "a lot of the qualities" he's needed to get where he is today, "not only as a musician, but as a man."
Happy Mother's Day to your mom, Eric!
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Darius Rucker is hitting the road. He's heading out in support of his upcoming album, "True Believers," kicking off his "True Believers Tour" with a show in Estero, Florida tonight. Jana Kramer is on board as the opener, while select stops will also feature either Justin Moore or Rodney Atkins.
The 24-date run includes the singer's fourth annual Darius and Friends benefit in Nashville on June 3rd, supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
He also has two festival dates set. Darius will perform at the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 25th, along with Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Thompson Square, and Aaron Lewis.
And Rucker, Atkins, and Kramer will join Sheryl Crow and Gloriana in performing at the Taste Of Country festival in Buffalo, New York on June 14th. Rucker's album "True Believers" will be in stores on May 21st.
Darius Rucker's "True Believers Tour" Dates
May 9 - Estero, Florida, at the Germain Arena - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
May 10 - Pensacola, Florida, at the Pensacola Civic Center - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
May 17 - Savannah, Georgia, at the Savannah Civic Center - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
May 18 - Alpharetta, Georgia, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
May 19 - Knoxville, Tennessee, at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
May 24 - Little Rock, Arkansas, at the Riverfront Park - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
May 25 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Tiger Stadium
May 26 - Bossier City, Louisiana, at the Horseshoe Bossier City-Riverdome
May 30 - Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
May 31 - Simpsonville, South Carolina, at the Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
June 1 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the Patriotic Festival - with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer
June 3 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Wildhorse Saloon - Darius & Friends Benefit
June 6 - Morrison, Colorado, at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 9 - Grand Prairie, Texas, at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 13 - N. Lawrence, Ohio, at the Clay's Park Amphitheater - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 14 - Buffalo, New York, at Coca Cola Field - with Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Gloriana and Jana Kramer
June 15 - Baltimore, Maryland, at Pier Six Pavilion - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 20 - West Long Branch, New Jersey, at The MAC at Monmouth University - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 21 - Bangor, Maine, at Waterfront Park - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 22 - Gilford, New Hampshire, at the Meadowbrook-US Cellular Pavilion - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 27 - Toledo, Ohio, at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 28 - Highland Park, Illinois, at the Ravinia Festival - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 29 - Normal, Illinois, at The Corn Crib - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
June 30 - Clarkston, Michigan, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre - with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer
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