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KHAZ Country Music News: Country Stars Salute Willie Nelson on His 80th … – hays Post

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KHAZ Country Music News: Country Stars Salute Willie Nelson on His 80th ...
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For Kip Moore, Willie is right up there with his other musical hero, Bob Seger, when it comes to conveying sincerity in a vocal performance. “Whether it's all B.S., I don't know,” Kip says, “but there's something about their voices that captivate me ...

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Kenny Chesney Starts “Spread The Love Fund” to Help Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

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Like so many, Kenny Chesney watched the bombings at the Boston Marathon in incredulity and horror. The idea that people who’d trained so hard, who’d improved and become better runners for the iconic race – and those who’d turned out to cheer them on – would be injured was unthinkable. Like so many, he didn’t know what to do; like so many people, he wanted to make a difference.

After careful consideration, Kenny reached out to WKLB-FM and explained his desire to help fund and support prosthetics for the people who were having or would ultimately need amputations.  Saddened by the state of the world, he wanted to sow healing for the nation’s souls, as well as the broken bodies of the people affected.

Beyond making a sizeable donation for seed money, Kenny decided to put his music where his heart was. He’s establishing the Spread the Love Fund to work with Boston Medical Center (BMC) to help pay for not just prosthetics, but the fitting, ongoing care and physical therapy required.

All of Kenny’s proceeds from the downloaded single sales of “Spread The Love,” his track co-written and recorded with the Wailers, go to the fund, which will benefit post-acute care for victims of traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings at BMC or other Boston hospitals. In addition, people are encouraged to donate what they can, knowing the money will help the injured regain as much mobility as possible.

“It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do,” said Kenny. “For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world. Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to ‘Spread the Love.’

“Music can be healing,” he continued. “When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire, the way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me! I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love.”

“I am honored that Mr. Chesney has selected Boston Medical Center as the home of the Spread the Love Fund,” says Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. “BMC cared for many of the patients most seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, patients who have a long journey of recovery ahead. Over time, the spotlight will fade, but their needs will go on.

“We thank Mr. Chesney for stepping forward to make sure these and all the Marathon patients have all the support they need over the long haul,” Walsh added. “Thank you for embracing Boston, these patients and their families, and everyone who has gotten us through this very challenging time. Your generosity, vision and support will keep us Boston Strong.”

“We are extremely grateful to Kenny Chesney for spearheading a Boston-based fund that will meet real immediate and future needs: prosthetics and prosthetic therapy for victims. This will help make their long road to recovery a little shorter,” says Mike Brophey, WKLB/Country 102.5 Program Director. “Boston Medical Center, the patients with prosthetic needs, and the City of Boston will quickly and directly benefit from the Spread The Love Fund.”

Beyond downloading “Spread the Love” (, giving to those in need is as simple as a click. Boston Medical Center has established a dedicated link for the Spread the Love Fund, which can be accessed here:

“I can’t change what happened,” Kenny said. “I can’t imagine how the families, as well the city of Boston, feel – and I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families with this huge process of dealing with a prosthetic. Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference.”


Chris Janson, Wife Kelly Carve Own Path as Country Power Couple

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Chris Janson admits the first time he heard his hit "Better I Don't" on the radio, he had a very emotional reaction. "I cried," he tells The Boot. "I'm serious. It's so humbling that anyone would pay attention to my music, whether it would be anything that Tim McGraw records or anything else records. If it's my music that I wrote, it's a blessing. It's a dream come true."

Chris, who co-wrote Tim's hit, "Truck, Yeah," cut his teeth writing with rock and rollers, including former Guns N' Roses members Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin. Surprisingly, he says there's not that much difference when writing for country versus rock. "As songwriters, we call try to come from the same place," he tells The Boot. "We just want to make cool songs about cool stories."

Greg Bates Hits Kentucky Derby With Three Essentials

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Greg Bates has 100 shows over the next six months as he headlines his own club, fair, and festival dates, but he'll bring along the lessons he learned from opening for Brantley Gilbert.

"He runs such a great, great tour," Greg tells The Boot. "He's so good to all of his guys and all of his openers. It was a lot of fun for me. It was also good for me to see how he treats his fans."

As he hits the road -- including a stop this Friday (May 3) to play the Fest-de-Ville Derby Eve in Louisville, Ky., -- Greg has three essentials that he can't leave home without: "Coffee, water, and my baseball hat," he says. "I wore a Tennessee Titans hat for a long time and then I made the switch to just a standard blue hat. I don't want to offend anybody, [especially] Colts fans. Indianapolis is really good to me, so I don't want to make them mad."

Dealing with loud jerks at concerts – The Republic – The Republic

Dealing with loud jerks at concerts - The Republic
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Other musicians believe talking is just part of the job. "I think people lose their attention span pretty quickly," country singer Kip Moore said. "I try to not get too bent out of shape." "I try to focus on the ones who are listening," said Neal ...

Upcoming big shows in metro Detroit in May – Detroit Free Press

Upcoming big shows in metro Detroit in May
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Toby Keith: with Kip Moore, 7:30 p.m. June 16. DTE Energy Music Theatre, $23-$89 pavilion, $32.50 lawn. Leon Russell: 8 p.m. June 16. The Magic Bag, $35. The Heavy: 7 p.m. June 18. The Shelter, $15. Alabama Shakes: with Houndmouth and Jonny Fritz, ...

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Kenny Chesney Assists Boston Bombing Victims

Kenny Chesney has established a charitable fund to assist victims who will need prosthetics following the Boston Marathon bombing this month.

Editorial: Toad Suck Daze, let the celebration begin – Log Cabin Democrat

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Editorial: Toad Suck Daze, let the celebration begin
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Musical acts such as Kip Moore, Diamond Rio, Hawk Nelson and other music that range from rock-and-roll to country to contemporary Christian will be playing throughout the weekend. For kids, there are rides and rides and animals and rides and crafts and ...
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Luke Bryan’s Debut Album Reaches Gold

Luke Bryan's 2007 album I'll Stay Me has been certified gold for 500,000 units shipped.