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HARDY Records “Gin and Juice” with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre

Kicking off our country music news is a collaboration we didn’t see coming—but we’re absolutely here for it. “Gin and Juice” is coming back with new life from HARDY, after being personally enlisted by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. The trio cut the song to help launch the new beverage line of the same name. [Editor’s question: Why is Rap cozying up so much with Country?]

“A while back, I got a phone call saying that Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would like for me to record my own version of ‘Gin and Juice’ for the launch of their new drink, Gin&Juice,” says HARDY. “I’m still in disbelief, but I am so stoked that I’m dropping my version of ‘Gin and Juice’ with the blessing of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg themselves. Thankful for the opportunity.”

The song, out now, will be followed by a video out next month. Give the song a listen here: hardy.lnk.to/GinAndJuice

Tim Montana’s New Album “Savage” Set To Drop July 12, 2024

Next up in country music news, singer and guitarist Tim Montana announced the debut of his rock album “Savage” which will hit the music waves on July 12 with the release of the title track of his album.

“‘Savage’ is a window into my world and what I was inspired by over the course of writing and recording this album,” Montana shares. “If there is a keystone or a decoder ring to the themes of these songs, ‘Savage’ is it. It’s best enjoyed extremely loud.”

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Montana, recently named “On the Verge” by iHeartRadio, is known for his 90s-influenced stylings and gritty, “whiskey-soaked” vocals.

Give the new track a listen, read more on “Savage” and check out Montana’s tour dates here: timmontana.com

LOCASH’s Latest Single is Out Now on Streaming Platforms

LOCASH released “Hometown Home” to streaming platforms, their first on their newly created Galaxy Label Group. The song will hit country radio airwaves on May 13.


The song, co-written by the duo’s Preston Brust and Christ Lucas, joined by Zach Abend and Andy Albert, celebrates what makes a hometown home—think first dates and family dinners.

The new Galaxy Label Group also is the new home for LOCASH, the first act signed by the label created by the duo (Brust and Lucas), and revealed during the 2024 Country Radio Seminar.

For more on LOCASH and their spring tour: locash.com

“The King at Kyle Field” On Track to Surpass Attendance Record

George Strait’s only Texas show in 2024, “The King at Kyle Field,” is in high demand, with more than 100,000 fans currently holding tickets, putting it on track to beat his own all-time indoor attendance record of 104,793 set in 2024.

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“George has always said he has the best fans, and there’s nothing like a Texas crowd,” shares longtime promoter and founder of Messina Touring Group, Louis Messina.

Announced on March 19, the June 15 show also is the shortest time in Strait’s long career that a single show has sold more than 100k tickets. The King will share the stage with show openers Parker McCollum and Catie Offerman.

For more information and tickets, visit 12thman.com

Koe Wetzel Embarks on “Damn Near Normal” World Tour, Released “9 Lives (Black Cat)”

As he is hitting the road on his “Damn Near Normal,” tour, Koe Wetzel released his latest single, “9 Lives (Black Cat).” From the first lyric, “There’s a storm brewing in a pool hall down in Houston/where some poor old boy’s bout to get his teeth knocked out,” fans will recognize Wetzel’s high-octane sound.

“I always like hitting the listener right in the nose,” Wetzel says. “‘9 Lives’ is a straight-up rock song, man. I’m influenced by so many genres of music, but with this record, I found myself going back to the Texas country and classic rock that I grew up listening to.”

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Tickets are on sale now for Koe Wetzel’s 2024 world tour, “Damn Near Normal.” The tour, kicking off in late July, has planned stops in open-air venues across the globe.

“It’s been a fun winter in the studio working on new music, but we can’t wait to be back on the road getting rowdy with the fans,” shares Wetzel. “And who knows, we might even have some more new music to sing for y’all at these shows soon…”

Announced after the preview of new music with “Damn Near Normal,” Wetzel will be joined by special guests Treaty Oak Revival, Kolby Cooper, Pecos & The Rooftops, Tanner Usrey, Dylan Wheeler, Kat Hasty and Kolton Moore, depending on the show dates.

For more information and tickets, visit koewetzelmusic.com.

Dustin Lynch’s “Killed the Cowboy” Tour Tickets Selling Fast

Hot off the road from a stint with Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch launched his “Killed the Cowboy” tour and kicked it off to a sold-out crowd at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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“We’ve been saying this for weeks. A bunch of times every day we’ve looked at each other on the bus and we’re like, ‘We’re headlining the Ryman!’ Not only that, you guys SOLD OUT the Ryman for us! That’s awesome,” shared Lynch onstage.

Supporting his sixth studio album, “Killed the Cowboy” is hitting stops all over the U.S. through mid-September. Lynch will be joined by the likes of David Lee Murphy, Avery Anna, Thomas Rhett, Jo Dee Messina, and more, depending on the show date.

For information and tickets, visit dustinlynchmusic.com.

Levi Hummon Releases “Another Shot”

Last on our list of the latest country music news is Levi Hummon. Following the success of his “Another Shot” tour, Levi Hummon released his latest single with the same name. The new release comes after his recent release of “Paying for It,” featuring Walking Hayes, which is still making waves on country radio.

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“‘Another Shot’ has been a personal favorite for a long time, and when I added it to the live set on the headlining tour, seeing the fans sing the words back to me by the second chorus, it solidified that I had to record it,” said Hummon.

Give it a listen and learn more: levihummon.com.

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Craig Morgan on Life and Music

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