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by admin // Friday, September 30, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Steel Magnolia has unexpectedly become a solo act for several shows, after one-half of the duo, Joshua Scott Jones, entered a rehab center to deal with substance abuse issues.

"God has been on my heart to announce and make public that I have entered a rehabilitation and treatment facility to address issues reated to alcohol and substance abuse," he shares on the band's website. "Hundreds of thousands of people in the world struggle with these battles daily, therefore I am sincerely grateful for all thoughts and prayers at this very poignant juncture in my life and career. I would also like to thank my family, friends, record label and management team for being so supportive and having an active hand in my recovery process. Thank you and God bless."


Joshua's singing partner and financé Meghan Linsey announced last week that they would be canceling a handful of shows because Joshua would be unable to perform, but did not give an explanation. She has continued to perform their scheduled dates by herself.


The former "Can You Duet" winners released their fourth single from their self-titled debut album, Bulletproof, last month, which could prove inspirational for Joshua as he continues in his recovery. "People who are going through all kinds of hard times are finding inspiration in this song," Meghan tells TheBoot.com. "Everyone has their own take on it." 


Steel Magnolia are scheduled to start touring with Reba next week, but there is no world yet on when Joshua will return to the stage.

by admin // Thursday, September 29, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Shania Twain's alleged stalker interrupted her testimony at his trial today to declare he would plead guilty.

Dr. Giovanni Palumbo - who is charged with three counts of failure to comply with a court order and criminal harassment by watching and besetting - was listening to the Canadian singer testifying via a video link and after around 90 minutes he abruptly stood up and announced he'd had enough.

He told Shania, whose real name is Eilleen Regina Edwards: "Eilleen, you can trust me, I'm going to plead guilty."

He then told the judge in the Toronto courtroom: "I've been offended too much, your honor."

A court recess followed.

During Shania's testimony, she said how Palumbo's lovelorn letters and unexpected visits at her family cottage made her feel uncomfortable.

She also said she had to hire security for a family gathering at her Ontario cottage because Palumbo was seen repeatedly parked in his car down the road.

In March, Palumbo was arrested after he was spotted in the crowd at an awards ceremony she was attending despite being forbidden from going within 500 yards of her.

Psychiatric reports on the medic - who was wearing a Shania t-shirt and carrying a book about her when he was arrested - have previously stated he wants to pursue a romantic relationship with the 'Still the One' hitmaker.


by admin // Thursday, September 29, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

 The final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories were made live on "Good Morning America" recently with The Band Perry and Jake Owen delivering the news. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced by Jerrod Niemann, the JaneDear Girls and Thompson Square from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Yallwire was there to help celebrate!

 Host Stephanie Langston caught up with a few of the artists to hear their reaction of this year's nominees.


Thrilled to receive their first CMA nominations, husband-wife duo Thompson Square reveal how surprised they were to be up for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Artist of the Year. "You hope for things, but you don't expect it, and we definitely didn't expect it," Keifer said.


Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban are up for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Award, and their fellow country tourmates agree how difficult it is to choose only one artist to take home the trophy.


Sharing how great it feels to have toured with two of the big nominees, Jerrod Niemann jokes, "Being out with Brad and Blake Shelton, you can kind of learn what to do on stage with Brad Paisley and what not to do backstage with Blake Shelton. That's pretty much how I sum up that tour."


Rooting for all of the nominees, the JaneDear Girls exclaim, "We had such a blast with Jason Aldean at the beginning of the year and now we're out with Brad, and they're all such great guys and I hope they all win - it's really hard to pick one." 


Country music's biggest night will be hosted for the fourth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and will be broadcasted from Nashville on November 9, 2011.


by admin // Wednesday, September 28, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses and Hayes Carll were among the country performers at the 10th anniversary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.  Check out some photos from their sets!

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll

photos by @crunchyMunckin