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Learn the Lyrics: Bluebird by Miranda Lambert

“Bluebird” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. It was released on December 9, 2019, as the second single from Lambert’s seventh studio album Wildcard. The album was released on November 1, 2019.

Lambert wrote the song with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, and described the song as “special,” saying that “It’s got this hope to it. It’s got a darkness too, though, but it’s also hopeful. Life is going to give you lemons, period. If there wasn’t problems then we wouldn’t appreciate the great days, but going through those things and overcoming problems—whatever they are—makes us strong and appreciate the sun. You know, it’s like ten straight days of rain and then the sun comes out and you’re like, ‘I forgot how much I loved it.’ Since we wrote ‘Bluebird,’ I’ve been seeing bluebirds everywhere. And the bluebirds have been there, but I never saw them like I see them now. It kinda reminds me to open my eyes to what’s around me.” It was partially inspired by a Charles Bukowski poem that mentions “keeping a bluebird in your heart.”

“And if the house just keeps on winning
I got a wildcard up my sleeve
And if love keeps giving me lemons
I’ll just mix ’em in my drink
And if the whole wide world stops singing
And all the stars go dark
I’ll keep a light on in my soul
Keep a bluebird in my heart”

“Bluebird” was first released in August 2019 as the third promotional single from the album. An acoustic version of the song was also released on June 12, 2020.

The music video for “Bluebird” was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered on March 20, 2020. In it, Lambert is shown performing the song on a swing while inside of a giant birdcage as spectators watch from their seats. Clips of a caged bluebird in front of an open window are interspersed with these scenes, and at the end of the video, the bluebird is shown flying away while Lambert is seen leaving her own cage and walking away down an urban alleyway. The video was shot at a nightclub in New York City over the course of eight hours, and featured Lambert wearing a bedazzled feather dress and gloves with blue rhinestone eyeshadow, while the spectators recalled the “era of flappers and the confident chanteuse” (an ode to the 1920s).

Check out the music video below:


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Darius Rucker Announces ‘Darius & Friends’ Livestream Benefit Concert

It has been announced that Darius Rucker is heading to the Grand Ole Opry stage with Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence for a virtual edition of his 11th annual “Darius & Friends” concert. The Hootie and the Blowfish frontman will be raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will air as a pay-per-view. The live stream event is available on LiveXLive.com/Darius and on LiveXLive’s app.

Tickets to the event start at $15 with VIP options offering limited-edition and signed posters priced at $50 and $100 respectively. All tiers are on sale now via LiveXLive.com/Darius. Darius & Friends is sponsored by CDW, Intel, PNC Bank, Cigna, Hendrix Enterprises and Delta Dental of Tennessee.

“Even though we can’t all get together for a normal concert right now, it’s important that we continue to support St. Jude and the amazing work that they do,” said Rucker in a statement. “I hope we can bring a fun night of music to everyone watching from home while also raising money for this important cause.”


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Tim McGraw Announces First Album in 5 Years

It has been announced that Tim McGraw’s 16th studio album will be Here on Earth on August 21st. This upcoming project marks his first solo album in five years.

Here on Earth includes 16 tracks telling the stories of love, self-reflection and fun while reminding listeners to “that we are here on this earth to take care of each other,” according to the press release. The Grammy award-winning country artist has a first-of-its-kind livestream listening experience planned for fans on Aug. 21, so stay tuned.

He released the title track “Here on Earth” today along with the powerful black-and-white accompanying visual on Friday, July 10th, which follows his lead single “I Called Mama” from May.

Listen to “Here on Earth,” and check out the tracklist for McGraw’s Here on Earth below:

Here on Earth tracklist:

1. “L.A.”
2. “Chevy Spaceship”
3. “Here On Earth”
4. “Damn Sure Do”
5. “Hallelujahville”
6. “Good Taste In Women”
7. “Hard To Stay Mad At”
8. “Sheryl Crow”
9. “Not From California”
10. “Hold You Tonight”
11. “7500 OBO”
12. “If I Was A Cowboy”
13. “I Called Mama”
14. “Gravy”
15. “War Of Art”
16. “Doggone”


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Native New Yorker To Release New Country Pop Single

Singer/songwriter Rhea Francani will release “I’ll Go,” her latest country pop single on Friday, July 10. The self-penned song will be available at thousands of digital music stores online worldwide.

“Although I grew up in New York, I’m drawn to the southern charm of country music’s heartfelt lyrics – songs about love, life and good times. I bring a bit of the big city to the country.”

An honors graduate of Wagner College, Francani earned a master’s degree in Music & Music Education from Columbia University, then packed her bags for Nashville, the country music capital of the world.

The singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer blends classic country with bluegrass, pop and rock sounds to create a distinctive country brand of music, style and fun. Her songs feature catchy hooks, danceable rhythms and genuine, warm singing that have won her country and pop music listeners all over North America.

Francani’s first album Now Or Never, achieved international attention for its fresh, jubilant sound and All-American energy. That collection includes hit singles “Shotgun Baby” and “Dizzy,” which reached #11 on the global HotDisc chart and was included on All Access Nashville radio services in 2015.

She co-produces her music with Mike Walter in Nashville. “I’ll Go,” as well as several heartfelt ballads to be released later this year, also features some of Nashville’s hottest studio musicians including Evan Hutchings (drums), Michael Rinne (bass), Todd Lombardo (acoustic guitar/banjo), Rob McNelley (electric guitars), and Mike Rojas (piano/keyboards/B3), winner of the 2015 ACM Studio Recording Award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year.

The new country pop single was tracked at Sound Emporium with Assistant Engineer, Joe Trentacosti and was recorded vocally at OmniSound Studios. It was mixed at Overgrown Lawn Studio. The music was mastered by Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer, Brad Blackwood. Background vocals were performed by Perry Coleman who has sung with country superstars: Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and more.

Currently a Performing Arts Teacher at the renowned Florida Atlantic University in South Florida, Francani said she wrote and recorded “I’ll Go” to reflect the deep commitment of someone in love. “When it’s genuine, you’ll follow that person to any place and through anything,” Rhea says.


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Lady A Files Lawsuit vs Blues Singer Anita ‘Lady A’ White

There is a lot to unpack here. And the circumstances are not what they appear when you read that headline.

Formerly known as Lady Antebellum, Lady A’s attorneys have filed a suit against blues singer Anita White who goes by the name Lady A on Wednesday, July 8th. On June 11, the band announced via Instagram that it was dropping the name Antebellum from its name after reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement and in an effort to be more inclusive.

Despite having zoom meetings regarding sharing the name a few weeks ago, Anita White’s team has retracted the opportunity to share the name, and has demanded a $10 Million settlement against the country trio.

On June 15, nearly three weeks ago, the group posted a smiling screen shot on its Instagram of a Zoom meeting with White and two of her colleagues, writing “Today, we connected privately with the artist Lady A. Transparent, honest, and authentic conversations were had. We are excited to share we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The hurt is turning into hope. More to come.”

“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the group said in a statement. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.” The band is not attempting to stop White from using the name, instead suggesting they share it.

Read Lady A’s full statement below:

Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended. She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years. It was a stirring in our hearts and reflection on our own blindspots that led us to announce a few weeks ago that we were dropping the word ‘Antebellum’ from our name and moving forward using only the name so many of our fans already knew us by. When we learned that Ms. White had also been performing under the name Lady A, we had heartfelt discussions with her about how we can all come together and make something special and beautiful out of this moment. We never even entertained the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use the name Lady A, and never will – today’s action doesn’t change that. Instead, we shared our stories, listened to each other, prayed and spent hours on the phone and text writing a song about this experience together. We felt we had been brought together for a reason and saw this as living out the calling that brought us to make this change in the first place. We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to work together with Anita for that greater purpose. We’re still committed to educating ourselves, our children and doing our part to fight for the racial justice so desperately needed in our country and around the world. We’ve only taken the first small steps and will prioritize racial equality as a key pillar of the work of LadyAID, specifically leaning into supporting and empowering our youth. We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their approach. We can do so much more together than in this dispute.”


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