Artist Run-Down: Dunn Goes Solo; Urban Seeks Fan Input

Keith Urban’s camp is seeking fan feedback about the cover of his upcoming album, Get Closer, in stores on November 16. Which one do you like better? Vote on his Facebook page.

Ronnie Dunn is self-producing a solo album expected to release in 2011 on the Arista Nashville label.

Steve Azar was a recent guest on Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith. His single “Sunshine (Everybody Needs A Little)” is Top 30 and climbing.

Catch Blake Shelton tonight (9/29) on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He’ll perform “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”

Jewel “got in the ring” to film the music video for her new single “Ten.”

Matt Gary has partnered with the Quarterback Records team (founder Chris Allums and Ettinger Talent Associates’ John Ettinger) for promotion of his second single “I’m Just Sayin.’” Written by Frank Myers, Gary B. Baker and Billy Montana, it goes for adds October 11.

Congrats to Love And Theft’s Brian Bandas and girlfriend Kelly Barons who were married over the weekend.

Joe Nichols was in the house—and onstage— when Nickelback kicked off their latest tour at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The band did a short rendition of Nichols’ “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” and then their own hit “Rockstar.” The audience got a surprise when the band brought Nichols onstage to sing along (video below).

Pictured (l-r): Nickelback's bassist Mike Kroeger, frontman Chad Kroeger, Nichols, and Nickelback's drummer Daniel Adair and guitarist Ryan Peake.

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