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Kenny Chesney’s red-hot “Goin’ Coastal” Tour is in town....the semis and buses have arrived at Intrust Bank Arena with the load in happening now. And as thrilled as Kenny is to be back on the road, he’s every bit as humbled by the dedication of the fans who come out to see him especially when he hears people actually plan their vacations around seeing him perform.
“It’s an odd thing to hear…have somebody tell you that this is their family vacation. I couldn’t have imagined that when I was a kid dreamin’ in East Tennessee about what I wanted to do with this, that it would have grown into this and have people come to a meet-and-greet goin’, ‘Well, we planned our whole summer vacation around what you’re doin’.’ That just blows me away.”
As Ronnie Dunn gets ready for the June 7th release of his first-ever solo album, appropriately titled Ronnie Dunn, Ronnie finds himself in the interesting position of being an established star and a debut artist — all at once. So how does Ronnie feel about being a “new kid”? “Oh, that’s right — I’m a freshman now. (laughs) So I’m a freshman now. I’m supposed to have first-album jitters. That first album is always supposed to be your best, right? (laughs) I’m gonna wait ’til the next record to do that. I’m feelin’ pretty good about this one.” Ronnie’s upcoming album will feature a dozen new songs, including the smash first single, “Bleed Red.”
Reba McEntire's father, 84-year-old Clark McEntire, continues to make progress following a stroke, which left him in a coma earlier this year. All smiles, Reba described her father's road to recovery. "He's doing very well. They've moved him from the hospital to the rehab center," Reba tells The Boot. "I'm not kidding you. We have planned the funeral three times. We've selected songs. We've picked out where he's going to be buried, and now he's just done a complete turnaround. I talked to him on the phone. Saturday, we went down to watch [son] Shelby race cars in Barber, Alabama, at a Grand Am race. I called Mama and I told her we were on our way. She said, 'Well, tell your daddy that. I'm gonna put the phone up to him.'"
Carrie Underwood's new film, 'Soul Surfer,' earned an impressive $10.6 million over the weekend, giving the big screen newbie a strong showing at the box office. The blond beauty stars as Sarah Hill, a church youth leader who provides spiritual guidance to Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year old surfer who loses an arm in a shark attack. "Being a part of this was like wow, this is a perfect platform for me to do a lot," Carrie says. "If a few of my fans come to see the movie because I'm in it and see how great it's gonna be -- and learn about Bethany and how they can apply these things to their lives, it's totally worth it.
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