Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney Working Up Unique Collaborations for Joint Stadium Dates

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean and Kenny Chesney merge their respective tours for 10 stadium dates starting this Saturday in San Francisco. While each artist will give fans a full solo set, the superstars will come together to collaborate on several songs during the concert.

Jason tells Rolling Stone, "You're going to hear songs that you wouldn't typically hear from us. . . some Americana type stuff, [Bob] Seger, [John] Mellencamp."

Jason and Kenny started rehearsing together a few weeks ago, and they've been talking and texting about additional ideas for the show ever since.

"Kenny has the same idea as me," Jason says. "He wants it to be something special."

Kenny and Jason will play their final joint show August 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Check out JasonAldean.com and KennyChesney.com for details.

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Zac Brown Band Expands Upon Their Wide Range of Influences with New Album, “Jekyll + Hyde”

Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGZac Brown Band's latest album, Jekyll + Hyde, is now on sale featuring their latest #1 hit, "Homegrown." As always, the guys cover a lot of musical ground on the new project, and the title, Jekyll + Hyde, is meant to capture the shifting moods of the new music.

Zac Brown says, "[The new album] kind of time travels and goes to different genres and goes to different periods in time, and there’s some [songs] that have a real kind of darkness to them and some of them have a light and some of them are full of emotion and kind of a mourning in some of the songs and then some of them are just a celebration."

While Zac Brown Band has explored rock, country, blues, reggae and gospel on previous albums, Zac says they've pushed the envelope even further on Jekyll + Hyde.

"It’s about expanding," Zac explains. "It’s about growing as artists and as musicians and opening ourselves up to the world, and what else the world has. It’s about bringing people to music and bringing them to the show, and I’m excited."

Zac Brown Band launches their Jekyll + Hyde tour Friday night in Nashville.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Zac Brown Band's recording studios in Nashville? ANSWER: Southern Ground.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is getting back together with his rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, to perform "Hold My Hand" on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night. The group's appearance on Letterman essentially launched Hootie's career in the mid-'90s, and they're making a rare appearance on the show in honor of his last month on the air.

Tim McGraw sits down for an interview and gives a performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday afternoon.

Jana Kramer is set to perform her new single, "I Got the Boy," on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night.

Lee Brice has released "That Don't Sound Like You" as the new single from his latest album, I Don't Dance.

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Tyler Farr Indulges His Love for Sad Country Songs on New Album, “Suffer in Peace”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr's new album, Suffer in Peace, is out this week. As you might have guessed from the title, there are plenty of sad country songs on the new project, including his latest hit, "A Guy Walks into a Bar." Tyler named the album after one of the songs on the project, and he knew it would grab people's attention.

Tyler tells ABC Radio, "Suffer in Peace, for me, the title is kind of like a book, where you read a chapter, and if it's good and interesting, you want to read more and dig more into it --'I wonder what the rest of it's gonna be like,' you know?  That's why I picked the title for the album."

Other album cuts, like "Withdrawals" and "I Don't Even Want This Beer," pull no punches when it comes to addressing heartbreak. While there are a few uptempo songs on Suffer in Peace, Tyler felt it was important to honor his love of classic country music with those sad ballads.

"I'm not a trendsetter," Tyler says. "That's been going on for years all the way back to Hank Williams to now. So, I'm just trying to keep it alive."

He adds, "There's a lot of stuff going on right now [in country music] that's all happy, rays-of-sunshine and flower songs, so I think a lot of other people got all the 'Happy Happy Joy Joy' stuff covered, so I guess I gotta cover the darker end of the spectrum, which I'm fine with 'cause I'm a sucker for sad songs."

Fans looking for some lighter fare will find it on Tyler's album-opening song, "C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.," and his duet with Jason Aldean, "Damn Good Friends."

Tyler says of his song selection for Suffer in Peace, "We tried to create a painting that had something for everyone."

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