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Randy Travis Discharged from Hospital

Randy Travis has been discharged from the hospital and relocated to a physical therapy facility.

Randy Travis photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Randy Travis has been discharged from Baylor Heart in Plano, Texas.  A press release from his publicist says Randy has been relocated to a physical therapy facility.

“Thanks to all the fans and friends for your continued prayers and support as Randy continues on the road to recovery,” says Randy’s fiancée Mary Davis.

Official updates on Randy’s condition will be made available at www.randytravis.com as his condition changes.

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Randy Travis Released From Hospital

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Justin Moore Announces Off The Beaten Path Tour

Justin Moore announces Off The Beaten Path Tour

Justin Moore photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Justin Moore will hit the road on his headlining Off The Beaten Path Tour later this year. The tour kicks off November 1 in Springfield, Missouri and will continue into spring 2014. Randy Houser and Josh Thompson will be along as special guests.

“I can’t express, in words, how excited I am about this tour,” Justin said. “The success of the Outlaws Like Me Tour gave us the opportunity to step it up a notch this time around. From the production to venue size to Randy and Josh, we’re taking it to another level.”

Randy Houser is also looking forward to hitting the road with his pals. “Over the last few years some of my favorite shows have been with Justin and Josh, so making a tour out of it is going to be special,” he said. “I can’t wait for fans to join the party!”

Justin will release his new album, Off The Beaten Path, on September 17, featuring his latest hit, “Point At You.”

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Justin Moore Announces Off The Beaten Path Tour

Justin Moore announces Off The Beaten Path Tour

Justin Moore photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Justin Moore will hit the road on his headlining Off The Beaten Path Tour later this year. The tour kicks off November 1 in Springfield, Missouri and will continue into spring 2014. Randy Houser and Josh Thompson will be along as special guests.

“I can’t express, in words, how excited I am about this tour,” Justin said. “The success of the Outlaws Like Me Tour gave us the opportunity to step it up a notch this time around. From the production to venue size to Randy and Josh, we’re taking it to another level.”

Randy Houser is also looking forward to hitting the road with his pals. “Over the last few years some of my favorite shows have been with Justin and Josh, so making a tour out of it is going to be special,” he said. “I can’t wait for fans to join the party!”

Justin will release his new album, Off The Beaten Path, on September 17, featuring his latest hit, “Point At You.”

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You Must Be “This Tall” To Be in The Band Perry

The Band Perry

The Band Perry photo courtesy of BB Gun Press.

Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry of The Band Perry have always played music, but they didn’t always play together. Growing up, the trio were in two separate bands – due to height.

“I’m five years older than Reid and he’s two years older than Neil,” Kimberly explained. “So both of the boys were this tall and I’m this tall. And we always knew that the family band was in the cards in the eventual plan but we had to wait for all the height logistics to even out.”

Once everyone reached an acceptable height, the family band formed and they knew it was meant to be. “I think doing it 13 years [we] kinda got pretty good at knowing how everyone works,” Reid said. “I feel like as a family, we’re able to have the hard conversations but still get along at the end of things.”

“I think being a family band makes it a lot more enjoyable,” Neil agreed. “Like Reid said, we don’t have to sugar coat what we say.”

Having just celebrated their fourth No. 1 with “DONE,” it looks like being in a family band is working out just fine for The Band Perry. But Kimberly is quick to point out the best perk of all. “Well,” she said, “they can’t get rid of you in a family band.”

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Jo Dee Messina Wants Fans to Pick Her Next Single

Jo Dee Messina wants fans to pick her next single

Jo Dee Messina photo courtesy of MSO PR.

Last month, Jo Dee Messina gave fans the opportunity to back her new album through Kickstarter, even letting them choose the songs she’d record. Now, she’s letting them pick her new single as she puts the finishing touches on the album.

“For years I’ve had people asking for certain songs to be released, but had no control over the singles,” she said. “Now that I have the opportunity, I want to let the fans to choose the single. After all, they made this record possible—it’s their album!”

Jo Dee has been performing her new material in recent live shoes and is now looking to social media to decide which songs fans are enjoying most. Fans can visit Jo Dee’s official website or her Facebook page to listen to a portion of “Woman’s Rant” and “Peace Sign” and then cast their votes on which one they want released first.

With help from her fans, Jo Dee reached and succeeded her Kickstarter “My Time, Our Music” campaign goal of $100,000 last month, securing the recording for her new album, featuring both “Woman’s Rant” and “Peace Sign.” All money raised past the $100,000 goal will go towards promotion of the new album.

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New Artist Spotlight: Breelan Angel

CMA New Artist Spotlight: Breelan Angel

Breelan Angel photo by Melinda Norris, courtesy of the CMA.

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Breelan Angel

By Bob Doerschuk

© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

You’re a strong young woman who loves going out with friends. Yet you know that even this simple plan can be like weaving between roadblocks, many of them strangers asking for your phone number.

Breelan Angel’s It’s My Turn offers a map through this obstacle course. Produced by Dwight Baker for MisBhavin’ Records, it suggests that empowerment is a major draw to the “girls’ night out” experience, whether as a declaration of well-earned independence on the title cut (written by Angel, Greg Barnhill and Joanna Cotten), anticipation of an upcoming San Marcos, Texas, idyll in “Feeling No Pain” (Angel and Clay Mills), a confrontation with a rival for her man’s attention on “Walk of Shame” (Angel and Shane Stevens) or going face-to-face with a barfly who’s being just a little too friendly on “Real Good Night” (Angel and Rachel Thibodeau).

But that last song is deceptive: When the beat slows and stops and Angel speaks directly to the guy, her message is optimistic about what may — or may not — follow. It’s more about hope than hostility. Her treatment of this encounter is surprising — and assuring. The Baytown, Texas, native appears to be co-writing from experience on each of these 10 tracks. (Of course, Angel could have written as well about the time she spent at Southern Methodist University or mulling over the idea of studying law, but that somehow sounds less inspirational.) And if it’s imagination more than real-world events that underlies her songs, that says even more about her insight and empathy.

IN HER OWN WORDS

SONG YOU WOULD LOVE TO COVER

“‘Crazy,’ by Patsy Cline. I’m a sucker for the oldies!”

PET PEEVE

“I hate when people leave wet towels on the floor.”

DREAM DUET PARTNER

“Definitely George Strait. It would be the biggest honor to get to sing with him.”

PHRASE YOU FIND YOURSELF SAYING OVER AND OVER

“’Good goat’ – it’s something I always say instead of ‘good grief’ or ‘oh, my gosh.’”

TITLE FOR YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Glass Half Full.”

On the Web: www.BreelanAngel.com

On Twitter: @BreelanAngel

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Randy Travis Discharged From Texas Hospital

Randy Travis has been discharged from the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas, according to a statement posted on his website Wednesday (July 31).

Taylor Swift Focuses On Being One Age at a Time

Taylor Swift Focuses On Being One Age at a Time

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Facebook.com/TaylorSwift.

Taylor Swift has grown up in the public eye. Now 23, she’s grown from the fresh-faced 16-year-old the world was introduced to with her single “Tim McGraw” to a refined, mature adult. Even in the early days of her career, Taylor had a good head on her shoulders that helped keep her grounded.

“I got a lot of questions early on of, ‘Are you gonna grow up too fast? Are you gonna be a train wreck? What’s gonna happen?’” she said. “What I gathered from all that is, it’s really important to grow up as the age that you are. Just for me personally that’s a priority. So I feel like when I was eighteen, I was eighteen. And when I was twenty, I was twenty.”

At 23, she has a simple goal – to live the best version of being 23. “To me that is expanding your horizons, challenging yourself musically, thinking outside the box for performances in ways you haven’t before,” she said. “Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Plays lots of shows. Try your best to be better than you’ve been before.”

While Taylor seems to have everything under control, she has a request of her fans: “Wish me luck.”

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Around the Web: Hear Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Football Theme

Carrie Underwood previews "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night."