Gary Allan Kicking off Riverfront Stage Concerts at CMA Music Festival on June 11

Image Courtesy CMAGary Allan is kicking off the CMA Music Festival's free Riverfront Stage performances in Nashville Thursday, June 11. The shows will continue every day through June 14 with Rodney Atkins, Kristian Bush, Nashville's Charles Esten, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Ashley Monroe, Parmalee, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope, and Chase Rice on the bill, as well as Canaan Smith, The Cadillac Three, Thompson Square, and The Swon Brothers.

Go to CMAFest.com for the full lineup and more details.

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Sam Hunt Rises Above the Clichés with Latest Hit, “Take Your Time”

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleSam Hunt's latest hit, "Take Your Time," tells the story of a guy trying to pick up a girl in a bar, but he took pains to write the song in a way that would show a classy exchange between two people.

Says Sam, "I think those interactions between strangers, in terms of a guy going up and pursuing a lady or introducing himself or expressing his interest, that can get cliché at times. It can get kind of sleazy and shallow."

Instead of listing all the great things about himself, the guy in "Take Your Time" is careful to point out what an honor it would be for the girl to spend a few moments talking to him.

"Hopefully, the singer in this song and what he’s saying overcomes some of those stereotypes," Sam explains, "and you can see past just a surface attraction and you can see that he’s genuinely interested in this girl, who has just completely gotten his attention."

"Take Your Time" is the second-consecutive #1 hit from Sam's debut album, Montevallo, available now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker has released the title track from his latest album, Southern Style, as the follow-up to his latest hit, "Homegrown Honey."

Kelsea Ballerini's debut album, The First Time, is now available for pre-sale at digital outlets before its May 19 release. Fans who place their order now will automatically get a free download of Kelsea's self-titled EP, featuring her top-15 hit "Love Me Like You Mean It."

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Brett Eldredge Finds the Groove with His “Wacky” New Single, “Lose My Mind”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's brand-new single, "Lose My Mind," is all about the way a love interest can totally take over your thoughts, which is exactly what the song's groove did with it first came to Brett the night before a writing session.

He says, "I'd been laying in bed, one of those laying in bed [up] all night kinda things, and this groove was in my head. I was going nuts. It was like, 'What is this?'"

The next day at his songwriting meeting, Brett shared that groove with his co-writers and told them "Let's just get wacky with this." That's how "Lose My Mind" came into being.

"You feel like you're losing your mind when you're listening to it, and that's what I wanted," Brett says. "I grew up listening to soul and bluesy kind of music, and I love Ray Charles, and there's a little part in there that has a little Ray Charles-esque kinda thing to it."

Brett just premiered the video for "Lose My Mind," too. It takes place in a mental hospital with Brett wearing a straitjacket and seeing visions of his sexy co-star, Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert, appearing as a nurse, a therapist, a janitor and a fellow patient.

"Lose My Mind" is the lead single from Brett's sophomore album, due out this fall.

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Keith Urban Celebrates 32nd Top-Five Hit with “Raise ‘Em Up”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban latest single, "Raise 'Em Up" featuring Eric Church, has become his 32nd top-five hit and 33rd consecutive top-10 song at country radio.

Speaking about that accomplishment, Keith says, "The support I get from my friends at country radio and the fans, is absolutely astounding. It's what makes ALL of this possible, and I can’t wait to hit the road again and thank you all in the best way I know how!”

Keith and Eric opened last Sunday's ACM Awards with a performance of "Raise 'Em Up." It's featured on Keith's latest album, Fuse.

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