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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Country stars have been participating in the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, sharing different ways of soaking themselves for a good cause!

Arista Nashville recording artist, Ben Rue, has taken the challenge to a whole other level! During his day off in Oregon, the native took a trip to Silver Falls, where inspiration struck!

Standing under a massive, ice cold, waterfall, Ben showed his support for the cause and called to challenge 3 of his friends! See the actual waterfall below!

Watch Ben Rue's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, HERE.


Special First-Time Performance Of New Single “What We Ain’t Got”
 With Songwriter Travis Meadows

#1 Smash “Beachin’” Certified Platinum

Photo Credit: Nick Rau


Nashville, TN (August 19, 2014) – After announcing across his social sites just days before, country star Jake Owen threw Nashville’s largest beach party for fans last night, Monday (8/18) at BMI. Taking it up a notch from the wildly successful block party last year, the capacity crowd gathered for the talented singer’s free concert, where he performed a dynamic set, including his PLATINUM-certified, #1 summer anthem “Beachin’.” Music industry insiders were also on hand to present Jake with a plaque for his Beachin’ milestone pre-show.

Concert highlights included songwriter Travis Meadows joining Jake onstage for a memorable performance of his emotional new single “What We Ain’t Got” and special guest Mike Posner appearing for a crowd-jumping rendition of “Cooler Than Me.” Lee Brice, Sonia Leigh, Dan + Shay and Brothers Osborne also made surprise appearances throughout the night and openers Old Dominion and The Cadillac Three got the crowd revved up.

Jake is currently on his major nationwide headlining run - DAYS OF GOLD TOUR 2014 - which delivers the party atmosphere with a stage set designed to resemble his hometown Riverside Café, including tiki bars, nautical ropes and palm trees. Presented by Discover Boating, the sizzling tour covers 75-plus cities.

Touring in support of his latest album DAYS OF GOLD, the RCA Nashville project is the follow up to the GOLD-certified BAREFOOT BLUE JEAN NIGHT album, which has sold well over 5 million tracks.

Previously taking home ACA and ACM Awards, the Vero Beach, Fla., native has ascended to one of Country music’s leading male vocalists with five #1 smashes – GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away,” “Anywhere with You,” PLATINUM-certified “Alone with You,” “Beachin’” and 2X PLATINUM “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

Jake’s DAYS OF GOLD is available now via this link:

For tour dates and more, visit, on Facebook at, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen.


SINGLE: "Hard to Be Cool"
ARTIST: Joe Nichols
REVIEWER: Alyse Smith
Follow Alyse on Twitter at @ASmith1300

Purchase "Hard to Be Cool" on iTunes and Amazon

Joe Nichol’s newest single “Hard To Be Cool” off his album “Crickets” is a lively song about the girl he’s currently enamored with. It starts out with him singing “She’s such a beautiful handful, might be too much for me to handle” which is the basic story of the song. He continues to strum and sing about her feistiness and how “She’s so hot, it’s hard to be cool.” It’s a cleverly done song where he’s not only is quite attracted to her physically but he’s having such fun with her "joie de vivre" that he doesn’t quite know what to do with it. I typically like the songs Joe Nichols releases, both for his voice and the material within them. This song is no exception. It’s peppy enough to flourish on the radio but written in such a way that it doesn’t sound like every other song currently in rotation. There are several memorable quips in there such as “Heaven’s little devil’s got me all messed up” and “she’s a little heart breaker and I’m her fool.” It’s a little cheesy but what are you going to do? This album’s seemed to be more lighter fare than I’m used to from Nichols, but upon further recollection, I realize he’s spanned the gamut of deep, sad songs that make you think - “The Impossible”, breakup songs that make you drink - “Brokenheartsville,” sweet but wanting to change that single status songs - “What’s a Guy Gotta Do” and “Size Matters,” along with any upbeat summer song you can think of such as “Sunny and 75”, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimme That Girl.” The only formula Joe Nichols sticks to is prosperous, prolific and irredundant.

If there’s a word for Joe Nichols it’s definitely “versatile” along with “successful in any subject matter.”

Connect with Joe online:

Twitter- @JoeNichols
Facebook - JoeNichols