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The Mavericks Part Ways With Record Label To Launch Their...

Saturday, 5:00 AM

Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImageGenre-bending band The Mavericks has amicably parted ways with Nashville’s Big Machine Label Group, ABC News has confirmed.

The group recorded two critically-acclaimed albums for the label group, 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, and reportedly had just a two-album deal there.

The band has now partnered with Nashville-based marketing and distribution company Thirty Tigers, according to MusicRow.com, and its four members are in the process of creating their own label, Mono Mundo Recordings. They have three albums planned through the end of 2017 including a concert album due this fall, and new studio and Christmas albums coming next year. Mono Mundo is also the name of their current tour.

The Mavericks enjoyed the top 20 hits “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “O What A Thrill” and “There Goes My Heart” while signed to MCA Nashville in the 1990s, and won the CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award in both 1995 and 1996.

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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Wears Diaper On ...

Friday, 6:00 PM

Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line just shared the cover artwork for their new album Dig Your Roots, and it’s adorable. In keeping with the title, the cover depicts the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley as children, Kelley clad in a cowboy hat, boots and diaper, and Hubbard smiling astride a toy scooter.

They also announced that the new set, their third studio album, will be available Aug. 26, which also happens to be Kelley’s 31st birthday. The duo wrote more than half the songs on the project, though not the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” which has already topped the charts.

“Our album cover says it all,” says Kelley. “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.”

Their headlining Dig Your Roots Tour continues through the end of the year.

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Country, Bluegrass Stars Mourn Legend Ralph Stanley

Friday, 2:27 PM

Credit: Karl Walter/Getty Images for StagecoachStars from the worlds of country and bluegrass music — and even Hollywood — are reacting to the sad news that music legend Ralph Stanley died June 23 following a battle with skin cancer.

Country star Dierks Bentley tweeted that the news was “like a punch to the heart. Thank you God for Ralph Stanley.”

Steve Wariner tweeted, “A true legend is gone … RIP.” Singer Mindy Smith wrote simply, “God bless your precious soul #RalphStanley.”

Actor-comedian Steve Martin, who is also an accomplished bluegrass musician, posted a series of tweets, the first reading, “Ralph Stanley, one of the last remaining original bluegrass artistes, has died. Listen to him sing Oh Death.” He later directed his fans to check out Stanley’s performance of “Pretty Polly,” and wrote, “bluegrass can be an acquired taste, but honesty is universal.” He also called Stanley’s autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, “soulful and an insight to the thrill of singing.” Like Stanley, Martin plays the banjo.

Ricky Skaggs released a poignant statement saying, “The end of an era, the passing of a king, a kind and humble king from the mountains. He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where. Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches. He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager. The Scriptures tell us ‘God uses the simple things to confound the wise.’ He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses.”

Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent tweeted a photo of herself sharing a microphone with Stanley and wrote, “Rest in peace my friend.” And the duo Daily & Vincent posted, “Our most heartfelt condolences are with the Stanley family this morning. The great Ralph Stanley passed away.”

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Garth Brooks On Orlando Attack: Don’t Let It Win

Friday, 10:00 AM

Garth Brooks (John Russell/CMA)Like so many others, Garth Brooks was devastated by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. And while he calls the comparison “stupid,” the incident actually made the country superstar think about a scene in Star Wars where the Obi-Wan Kenobi character says, “I feel a great loss in the force right now” as the balance between good and evil shifted.

Reflecting on the tragedy, Brooks says, “I don’t know how you can not be touched by that,” in much the same way the world was touched by the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. “As mankind, you just felt the air go out [of the room], and you think, ‘Don’t let it win. Keep open. Let that heartbeat start to beat again.’”

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