Artist Updates: Stephen Barker Liles, Luke Bryan, Emily West

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Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles

Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles married Jenna Michelle Kennedy on Sunday (Aug. 24) at Ruby Nashville. The ceremony included a dedication for their son Jett Barker Liles.

Among the guests were Liles’ fellow Love and Theft member Eric Gunderson, his wife Emily and their son Camden.

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Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan has been added to the all-star lineup for Fashion Rocks, which airs from Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Sept 9.

Bryan will join Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, MAGIC!, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora, and Usher. Ryan Seacrest will host the event.

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Country music made a great showing on Saturday, Aug. 23, prior to the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, as drivers walked out to the music of hand-picked songs. Kevin Harvick chose Jake Owen‘s “Pass A Beer,” Casey Mears walked out to Kenny Chesney‘s “American Kids,” Jeff Gordon chose pal Brad Paisley‘s “Moonshine In The Trunk,” Martin Truex, Jr. selected Eric Church‘s “The Outsiders.” David Stremme hand-picked the appropriate “Ready Set Roll” from Chase Rice.

Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and David Gilliland all opted for songs featuring Justin Moore, choosing “Let The Night Roll,” “Outlaws Like Me,” and “Small Town Throwdown” (Brantley Gilbert, featuring Moore and Thomas Rhett), respectively.


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Emily West from America’s Got Talent dropped by singer-songwriter Risa Binder‘s album release party for her Nashville EP on Aug. 5 at Nashville restaurant Cabana.

Pictured (L-R): Emily West, Risa Binder

Pictured (L-R): Emily West, Risa Binder


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