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Listen now: Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne offer a taste of "Burning Man" on their Mountain High trek

Capitol NashvilleBrothers Osborne aren't just Dierks Bentley's touring partners this summer. They also help kick off his new album, The Mountain, by singing on the record's first track. 

Dierks says his attraction to "Burning Man" was instant.

“I felt an immediate connection to the lyrics," he tells People. "The idea that we all are a little bit of everything…a little bit holy water and a little bit burning man…really resonated with me."

"Burning Man" tips its hat to the annual festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that's focused on art and self-expression.  Now, Dierks' song is poised to become a stand-out on his Mountain High Tour.

“I’ve never heard a song communicated like this in country music before," Dierks explains. "I love Brothers Osborne both as musicians and people and I knew they would connect to the song like I did. Performing it with them is certainly a highlight in the show for me. We all can’t wait to hear the crowd singing along with us.”

You can stream or download "Burning Man" now, and if you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can also check out Dierks' new video for the the tune.

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Here's to the Farmer: Luke Bryan readies his 10th Farm Tour for the fall of 2018

ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan may be one of the busiest men in show business, between his job as a judge on American Idol and a jam-packed concert schedule that includes 13 stadiums this summer. But that won't keep the Georgia native from doing his tenth Farm Tour in 2018. 

This year's six stops will travel from Iowa to Florida over two weekends in September and October. The shows are typically staged in the fields of working farms, with the money raised going to fund scholarships for teens from farming families.

It's a cause close to Luke's heart, since he grew up on a peanut farm himself.

Tickets go on sale June 6, and will run you $51 in advance or $60 at the gate, plus parking. 

Here's a look at the itinerary for Luke Bryan's Farm Tour 2018: 

9/27 -- Irwin, Ohio, Springfork Farms
9/28 -- Pesotum, Illinois, Atkins Farm
9/29 -- Boone, Iowa, Ziel Farm
10/4 -- Archer, Florida, Whitehurst Cattle Company
10/5 -- North Augusta, South Carolina, Misty Morning Farms
10/6 -- Ringgold, Georgia, Doug Yates Farms 

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Listen now: Michael Ray invites you to take a dip in the "Summer Water"

ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray's new album, Amos, is named for his late grandfather, who inspired him to pursue a career in country music. And Michael says "Summer Water" is a track Amos would've loved. 

Perhaps more than any other song on the record, "Summer Water" paints a picture of what it was like for Michael growing up in the Sunshine State. 

“I have so many memories from my childhood, my teenage years, even my young adult years, that all involve time spent on the water," the native Floridian says. "That’s where you learned to fish when you were a kid, it’s the place you met up with your buddies on the weekend and even now it’s where I go with my dad to just talk about life."

"My grandfather did the same thing with my dad," he reflects. "It's generational for us and something I know I'll do with my kids down the road.”

You can stream or download "Summer Water" now ahead of the June 1 release of Amos. Michael's set to perform the record's lead single, "Get to You," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show June 4.

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Could Thomas Rhett have the Song of the Summer with "Life Changes?"

ABC/Mark LevineThomas Rhett's autobiographical "Life Changes" is likely to be a huge hit this summer on country radio -- that's kind of a given. But the music experts at Spotify are predicting the self-referential tune may be bigger than that.

TR's latest single is the only country title included in Spotify's all-genre list of predictions for 2018's Song of the Summer. "Life Changes" comes in at #8 on the rundown of sixteen titles that include rapper Cardi BTaylor Swift's ex Calvin HarrisAriana GrandeDemi Lovato and others. 

The folks at Spotify put together the list of likely candidates, based on buzz, momentum, playlisting, chart performance and simply whether they'd sound really great at a beach or poolside.

For the record, last year's Song of the Summer across all genres was "Despacito," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.      

Here's Spotify's full list. We're pulling for you, TR:

1. "I Like It" -- Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
2. "This Is America" -- Childish Gambino
3. "One Kiss" -- Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
4. "OTW" -- Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign
5. "Sangria Wine" -- Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams
6. "Boo'd Up" -- Ella Mai
7. "Nice for What" -- Drake
8. "Life Changes" -- Thomas Rhett
9. "Zombie" -- Bad Wolves
10. "No Tears Left to Cry" -- Ariana Grande
11. "Playinwitme" -- KYLYE ft. Kehlani
12. "Ball for Me" -- Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj
13. "2002" -- Anne-Marie
14. "Burn the House Down" -- AJR
15. "Solo" -- Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato
16. "Youth" -- Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid

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Have it your way: Bartender Trisha Yearwood loves her fans' variations on Summer in a Cup

Williams-SonomaMemorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and weather permitting, lots of Americans will spend the holiday lounging by the pool or the lake with an adult beverage.  That's where Trisha Yearwood comes in.

The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and culinary guru created her mixer, Summer in a Cup, specifically for occasions like this. In fact, her concoction has been so successful, there's now a second variation available from Williams Sonoma. 

Trisha's original version is flavored with tangerine, cherry and pineapple. "I usually make Summer in a Cup with a little bit of vodka and a splash of 7-Up," she explains. "That’s my signature way to make Summer in a Cup."

The new Summer in a Cup Aloha mixes the flavors of pineapple, orange and banana. Trisha says her fans are always coming up with variations on their own, too.

"I love hearing from people different ways they’ve made it," she goes on. "And I’ve learned from them, you know, a splash of Prosecco is really nice. It’s perfectly good with just a little splash of something like 7-Up…a little fizz…even club soda. Keep those ideas comin’! I love it!"

The "How Do I Live" hitmaker also did a holiday version of the mixer called Christmas in a Cup. You can find Trisha's products both online or in Williams Sonoma stores.

Now that she and husband Garth Brooks are taking a little break from the road, the Georgia native is busy working on her first full studio album since 2007. 

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Nineteen years ago this weekend, this West Virginia native made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Can you name this artist, whose first single was called "Who Needs Pictures?" ANSWER: Brad Paisley

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Darius Rucker and Jimmy Fallon sing "Only Wanna Thank the Troops" on "The Tonight Show"

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Darius Rucker was Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Thursday's The Tonight Show and also joined host Jimmy in a tribute to our armed forces in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.

Thursday's Tonight Show audience was made up entirely of service men and women in town for New York City's annual Fleet Week. So Jimmy and Darius performed a special version of Rucker's 1994 hit with Hootie & the Blowfish, "Only Wanna Be with You," reworked as "Only Wanna Thank the Troops."

"Army, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines/Here's to the Navy/For protecting all our seas," Rucker began.

"You serve with bravery/you serve with style/You serve with six pack abs/I can barely walk a mile," Jimmy continued.

The two then joined each other for the chorus, "Well we owe it all to you/I only want to thank the troops."

The song went on to suggest things like passing "a law that says our troops can drink for free," as well as "letting loose in New York" and hoping "when your captain pukes you get it all on tape."

Finally, they warned the soldiers not to "get a bad tattoo."

Darius returned later to perform "For the First Time," the latest single from his album, When Was the Last Time.

 

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