Darius Rucker Reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish for “Late Show” Appearance

Chuck ArlundDarius Rucker took a break from his country career Thursday night to reunite with Hootie & the Blowfish in a rare TV appearance on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman.

They performed "Hold My Hand," harkening back to their TV debut on the CBS program back in 1994, when they played the same song. It was the band's way of saluting Letterman, who is stepping down as Late Show host later this month.

Rucker has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after it was invited to perform "Hold My Hand" on the Late Show two decades ago.

Hootie & the Blowfish have been on hiatus for several years, while Darius concentrates on his country music career.

Letterman's final Late Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.

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Little Big Town, Vince Gill and More Playing in City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLittle Big Town, Vince Gill, Love and Theft and Lauren Alaina will be taking the field for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 13 at Nashville's brand-new First Tennessee Park. The event is a long-standing part of the activities surrounding the CMA Music Festival, and raises money for City of Hope's ongoing fight against cancer.

The full team rosters will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

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Toby Keith Says Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Award Will Be the Only Trophy He’ll Display

Image Courtesy Show DogToby Keith has won several music industry awards and honors over the years, but his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame tops them all. With all of his success as a touring and recording artist, Toby says he's most proud to be a songwriter.

He explains, "It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It means the world to me and it is the only award that I will display on my desk."

Toby also plans to perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for June 18 in New York City.

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Florida Georgia Line and Kip Moore Performing at 2015 Summer Spotlight Concert in New York City

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is co-headlining with Kid Rock at the 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, May 5 at New York City's Irving Hall. Kip Moore is also performing at the show in celebration of May 5 being designated as the first-ever National Concert Day.

The special day recognizes the fans who buy concert tickets.  It also salutes the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.

For more details, go to LiveNation.com.

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Canaan Smith’s Debut Album, “Bronco,” Due Out June 23

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleCountry newcomer Canaan Smith will release his debut album, Bronco, on June 23. The project features his top-20 hit, "Love You Like That," as well as all of the other songs on his current self-titled EP. The full track listing will be announced soon.

As for that album title, Canaan named the project after a song he wrote in memory of his brother, who died when Canaan was young.  Says Canaan, "He was my hero and I wanted to put out something in memory of him. I think it symbolizes his wild spirit and I’m really proud of it.”

Canaan will hit the road with Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour, starting June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Dustin Lynch Premieres “Hell of a Night” Video; Explains Why He Does His Own Ironing on the Road

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch premiered his new video for "Hell of a Night" on ETOnline.com Thursday. The clip captures several different live shows from Dustin, including his dates on the road with Luke Bryan.

Dustin says, "I think it's really cool 'cause it's for the fans, and a lot of people will recognize their faces in this."

When you watch the clip, be sure and take notice of how crisp Dustin's shirts are on stage. He actually carries an iron and ironing board on his tour bus and does all the ironing himself. Luke Bryan has a staff member on tour who does all the ironing for him and his band, but Dustin hasn't taken advantage of those services just yet.

Says Dustin, "I feel weird asking her. I'd rather iron my own stuff. It's self-centering and gives me one of those moments to get collected before a show."

Check out DustinLynchMusic.com to see where Dustin's playing next.

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