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Marcus King Highlights His Picking Skills Covering Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway’s “Down Home Dispensary”

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The opening guitar riff of this song gets you every time. Bluegrass is having its moment in the limelight, bringing country music and noncountry music fans together to enjoy the hypnotizing picking style of the genre. From the Deadheads to the Johnny Cash lovers, bluegrass is a genre everyone can bond over. Outside of the mainstream artists like Billy Strings, East Nash Grass, Molly Tuttle, and The Infamous Stringdusters, artists like Marcus King are getting in on the action, highlighting the guitar-picking style passed down from generation to generation. Marcus King is known for his soulful, bluesy guitar playing style, but hearing him play bluegrass tickles my ears in the best way possible. Shouting out Molly Tuttle for securing the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, he sat down at a home studio to cover one of the songs off the album that won, City Of Gold. "Molly Tuttle, congrats on bringing home the Grammy for best bluegrass album! Well deserved!" King puts his flare on "Down Home Dispensary," and from the opening chords, you know it will be good. King quickly slides his finger along his acoustic frets before jumping into the quick-paced lyrics. "There’s a big change a-coming to the southland you know We got a modern way of living but there’s room to grow We used to grow tobacco by the bushel or bail But now there’s something better and it sure does sell Hey mister senator I’m asking you please Put up a down home dispensary in Tennessee..." While King only recorded a snippet of the track, I am itching to hear a full version. What King laid down, though, is beyond solid and gained Tuttle's stamp of approval. "Thank you, Marcus!! You crushed this." Check it out:
@marcusking @MollyTuttle ♬ original sound - Marcus King
While you are here, check out the full version of the track from Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway. The School House Rock inspired video was the perfect creative route for this highly entertaining track. See what I did there? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERRJNTNEQ9s

“Will Suck The Doorknob Off Hollyweird” – Kid Rock Once Said Taylor Swift Is Only A Democrat Because She Wants To Be In Movies

Kid Rock Taylor Swift

This was a wild day on Twitter. Taylor Swift is obviously all over the headlines these days with her massive Eras Tour and her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. But with all the attention on Swift, another story about the superstar has started making its rounds again: Her feud with Kid Rock from back in 2019. Ok, it may have been a pretty one-sided feud, because it was really just a rant from Kid Rock. But man, what a wild time on the internet that was... It may have been a few years ago, but not much has changed with Kid Rock. Bob still finds his name trending on Twitter quite often these days - because he says whatever he wants. In his own words, he said he's "uncancelable" because he just "doesn't give a f-k." You never know who he's going to go after next, but this time he went for one of the biggest celebrities in the world - and the internet went wild. In his tweet, Kid Rock said: "Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period." "And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl." The tweet is still up, because as Bob says, he just doesn't give a f*ck - so why delete it? https://twitter.com/KidRock/status/1159850492874375168 I guess we'll have to see if he decides to chime in on Swift's latest headline-making exploits.

Kid Rock Says Country Artists Wish They Could Speak Their Mind

In an interview last year, Tucker Carlson asked ol' Bob Ritchie why other artists don't speak out the same way he does, like in his songs "We The People," and "Don't Tell Me How To Live." He responded: "Because they're in bed with record companies, and corporate deals and structures at every level." He was then asked when he realized he wasn't going to back down to people trying to control what he says and does: "I think day one. I think I was born with two middle fingers in the air." Tucker then asks him if there are other people in the music industry, who wish they could speak out like him. He responded: "Every fucking day... especially the country guys. They have to be understandably careful. You know, the awards and things, radio, corporate interest, they mean a lot in country music, the awards actually help them out. In rock and roll, it's like, 'hey you're getting an award for this,' and you're like 'psh, tell 'em to fucking shove it up their ass.' I could care less about their awards. I never played any of those games anyways." I mean, I suppose he's not wrong. As much as we've seen independent artists like Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks and Whiskey Myers earn Gold and Platinum records lately, if you want to make it in Nashville mainstream country... you gotta play by the rules to a certain extent. Radio is still a huge driver of mainstream country music and hell, most award show show eligibility requires that you have a radio hit to even be nominated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oby9X6LQLbI  

Kid Rock Fires Back At Lady Gaga With Elk Hunting Photo

Lady Gaga set the internet ablaze with her video mocking rednecks as she endorsed Joe Biden for President. If you had to make a bet on the first celebrity to respond, Kid Rock would have been a solid selection, and you would have been right. Just about 24 hours after Gaga’s video went up, Kid Rock shared an elk hunting photo with the caption: “In case you kids were wondering what camo is really worn for…” https://twitter.com/KidRock/status/1323638355352059904 While he didn’t directly call her out, it’s pretty clear what he’s referring to here. The comments on the tweet is a big bag of chaos – people fighting over camo, others fighting over political candidates, some going after Gaga, some angry Kid Rock killed an animal to eat, etc, etc, etc. You know, just standard Twitter stuff.

“He Wore A Faith Hill T-Shirt Underneath His Uniform At A Race” — Dale Earnhardt Sr. Was A BIG Faith Hill Guy

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A man after my own heart. Dale Earnhardt Sr. was used to rubbing elbows with some of country music's biggest stars, and of course famously appeared in Brooks & Dunn's music video for "Honky Tonk Truth," shot a Wrangler ad with Willie Nelson, and even recorded his own country music song, "Hard Charger." But apparently, he was a BIG fan of Faith Hill, which his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., revealed on his Dale Jr. Download podcast a while back. Jr. shared that his father was a huge Delbert McClinton fan, in addition to loving artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, and had a massive record collection in the basement of their house on Lake Norman that they moved to in 1981. He of course also loved his friends Brooks & Dunn's music and whatever used to be on the classic country radio station, but apparently, one of his favorite artists was the only Faith Hill. So much so, that he once wore a Faith Hill t-shirt under his race uniform: "But he liked Brooks and Dunn a bunch. Because he listened to that song black velvet, you know, they played that in the banquet for him one year when he won a championship. Which was only traditional country radio for a while. He listened to quite a bit of country, Faith Hill, he was a big Faith Hill fan. I think he got to meet her, he wore a Faith Hill T-Shirt one time underneath his uniform at a race…” Iconic. If only there were photo evidence of that, because that would be a helluva t-shirt too. And while it's not the shirt-under-tracksuit look I'm dying to see, this reddit post also shows Sr. rocking a Faith Hill hat ahead of a race in 1997. And I think we need to hear Mrs. Hill's side of the story when the two met, for purely entertainment purposes. You hear so many tales about celebrities who were obviously massive Dale Earnhardt fans, but it's rare to hear about the people that Sr. really admired and loved, which is really neat in and of itself. Also, the man has great taste in music, which doesn't surprise me in the least. I can only imagine The Intimidator singing his little heart out to "This Kiss" or "The Way You Love Me" in the shower and living his best life... You can listen to Jr. talk more about his father's musical taste in the clip below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=352&v=1uW9s6MTURI&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fthesportsrush.com%2F&source_ve_path=MjM4NTE&feature=emb_title I'll leave you with this in case you've never seen it before... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6HVu8fTO3o "Hard Charger" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5WqUEiVv28&t=5s

Eric Church Got Luke Combs So Drunk The First Time They Hung Out He Was Puking In The Street

Luke Combs Eric Church

We all know how it is when you're hanging out with somebody you want to impress and you end up having too much to drink, right? Whether it's on a date or with a new boss or just somebody you look up to, the nerves kick in, you try to go drink for drink so you don't look weak or like you can't handle your alcohol, and the next thing you know you're hanging your head out of an Uber trying not to puke on your way home. It happens to the best of us - even to Luke Combs. Awhile back, Luke told the hilarious story of the first time he got to hang out with one of his heroes, Eric Church. They're both North Carolina boys, both Appalachian State alums, and Eric was an inspiration for Luke, so obviously when Church invited Luke and his now-wife Nicole over to grill out, Luke was excited to be able to spend some time with Church. Luke says he and Nicole got to Chief's house around 6:30 that evening, and Church grilled some steaks (which Luke says were fantastic). And apparently, Eric was quite the generous host, and kept Luke's drink full. “I was on the whiskey and the rest of them were on the wine. But whiskey has just a tad more alcohol than wine does so I was on another plane of existence that evening than I think everybody else was. They made sure our glasses full the whole night, there’s no doubt… You’re not gonna say ‘no,’ at that point you know? You’re there to have a good time, so I’m not scared of a refill.” Well the party didn't wrap up until around 4:30 AM (so after nearly 10 hours of drinking), and Luke had a driver waiting on him and his wife. But they didn't make it far: "I had to stop in the middle of this really nice neighborhood. Eric Church got me so drunk that I threw up leaving his house. I didn't throw up in the house or anything, but in the middle of the road." Once again, been there. Luke says the whole scene was "semi-college-ish," with a grown man throwing up in the middle of the street at 4:30 AM. But he also admits that he's not sure Eric Church himself even knew that story - although Luke says Church is the one that paid for the driver, so word might have gotten back to him already. Hate to break it to you Luke, but I think he knows now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWyMCyz1VJo

Jason Isbell Publicly Addresses Divorce From Amanda Shires: “Not Everything That Ends Was A Failure”

Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell fans were shook when it was revealed that the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter had filed for divorce from his wife, fellow singer/songwriter, 400 Unit band member and frequent collaborator, Amanda Shires, after nearly 11 years of marriage. The two singers were married in February of 2013 following Isbell's decision to get sober and stint in rehab the previous year. The two were married shortly after Isbell finished recording his Southeastern album, on which Shires accompanies Isbell with vocals and fiddle. The lead track, and perhaps Isbell's most famous song, "Cover Me Up," is a deeply personal love song written by Isbell to his wife, as Isbell credited Shires with convincing him to go to rehab and sober up, after he confessed to her that he needed help with his addiction. The song was later covered by Morgan Wallen. In addition to being a member of The Highwomen, Shires has been featured on every album Isbell has released over the last decade, including his most recent album Weathervanes in 2023. She has also toured extensively with her husband. The petition for divorce was filed December 15, 2023 in Williamson County Chancery Court, just outside of Nashville. Up until the actual filing, fans speculated that the two may be having marital problems when a birthday post that Shires made for Isbell was taken down shortly after it was posted, and the couple unfollowed each other on Instagram. Neither party has addressed the split publicly... until now. In a recent episode of Broken Record Podcast with with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond, Jason Isbell briefly touched on the divorce when asked how he is going to navigate it, marking his first public comments on their separation. His answer was rather vague, and perhaps understandably so: "What do you think I should do? Help? What do I do... I think I'm just going to try and be honest in all the ways that I legally can. There's certain things we've agreed not to talk about but I think I can still manage to tell people who I am and what the truth is from my perspective. It's one of those things where not everything that ends was a failure, you know? I think we did a lot of really beautiful things together and I have a really fond memories of all of that, and I don't regret any of it, even the hard stuff.  It's like when I got into recovery, I wound up after a few years looking back and thinking 'I don't regret even the worst parts of that' because it all goes into making me who I am. And the time will come when the wounds aren't still fresh, the time will come when I'm able to take all this and put it into my work in a way that is honest and true, but makes sense for me. I'm gonna be patient and in the meantime I got plenty of other **** to write about. That's one thing I think of a lot of songwriters miss is the inspiration... you don't need it, man. You don't need it, it's everywhere. If you can't look out your window and find 20 things to write about then you're not a serious songwriter yet. Because it's all over the place." Isbell won a pair of Grammys a couple weeks back, one for Best American Roots Song, and another for Best Americana Album. Shires did not attend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxsaqrUTnU4&pp=ygUOaXNiZWxsIGdyYW1teXM%3D

Zach Bryan Announces 2024 Tour Featuring Jason Isbell & More

Zach Bryan has announced his extensive 2024 The Quittin' Time tour, which will kick off in March of next year in Chicago, Illinois and run though December ending in his home state of Oklahoma at Tulsa's BOK Center. And not only is it an insane run of dates, Zach is taking out some absolute legends in the country music scene, having the Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit open up some shows, in addition to other heavy hitters in The Middle East, Sheryl Crow, Sierra Ferrell, Matt Maeson, and Levi Turner rotating dates on others. You can check out the full schedule below, which even includes a few stadium dates in Denver, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa and Minneapolis: Zach Bryan’s The Quittin Time Tour 2024 Dates: March 06 Chicago, IL United Center *^ March 07 Chicago, IL United Center *^ March 09 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena *^ March 10 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center *^ March 12 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center *^ March 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center *^ March 15 Newark, NJ Prudential Center *^ March 17 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena *^ March 18 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena *^ March 20 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum * March 22 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC *^ March 25 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena *^ March 27 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center *^ March 28 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center *^ April 26 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena *^ April 29 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center *^ May 02 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center *^ May 05 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena *^ May 06 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena *^ May 09 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center *^ May 13 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena *^ May 14 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena *^ May 17 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center *^ May 18 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center *^ June 07 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena #^ June 08 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena #^ June 15 Denver, CO Empower Field at Mile High #^ June 22 Columbus, OH Buckeye Country Superfest June 26 Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium +^ July 30 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center @^ July 31 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center @^ August 03 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum @^ August 04 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum @^ August 07 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field %^ August 10 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium !^ August 14 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium +^ August 17 Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium +^ August 20 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center @^ August 24 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium %^ August 25 Grand Forks, ND Alerus Center @^ November 17 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place @^ November 18 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place @^ November 20 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena @^ November 22 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome @^ November 23 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome @^ November 26 Portland, OR Moda Center @^ November 27 Portland, OR Moda Center @^ November 29 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center @^ December 03 Glendale, AZ Desert Diamond Arena @^ December 04 Glendale, AZ Desert Diamond Arena @^ December 06 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center @^ December 07 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center @^ December 13 Tulsa, OK BOK Center @^ December 14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center @^ * The Middle East + Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit % Turnpike Troubadours ! Sheryl Crow # Sierra Ferrell @ Matt Maeson ^ Levi Turner "Hey Driver (ft. The War & Treaty)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8LTi_zkGuY