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The Scoop

Leesa Mitchell scoops out the biggest and best nuggets on Big Cat 105.5


Reba McEntire says her brother is unconscious, but continues to recover from a stroke.  In an update posted to social media yesterday, McEntire said Pake is "resting."  She also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers.  Pake McEntire had back surgery on May 16th and suffered a stroke later that evening.   

Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan will help "Good Morning America" rock New York City.  They've all signed on to be a part of the Summer Concert Series.  Bentley will perform on June 26th, Bryan will perform on August 7th and Florida Georgia Line will wrap up the summer on September 4th.

Four contestants remain, but only one will be crowned "The Voice."  The winner of the season eight title will be revealed tonight.  Meghan Linsey, Sawyer Fredericks, Joshua Davis and Koryn Hawthorne competed for the final time last night during part one of the two-part finale.  Tonight's results show will also feature performances by Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, John Fogerty, Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor.

Tim McGraw says he's picky when it comes to choosing movie roles.  McGraw's latest acting adventure "Tomorrowland" opens on Friday.  He told "Taste of Country Nights," "I don't have much window in my year to make a movie, and so I don't always make 'em. I gotta find one that I like, first of all, and then I've got to find one that I like. It's gotta be people that I wanna work with and all of those things. So all of those variables have to come together."  "Tomorrowland" also stars George Clooney.  McGraw called him a good guy and joked, "It's too bad he's so ugly.  I think that ruins it for him."

Keith Urban and Blake Shelton will be a part of Red Nose Day.  They're joining some of Hollywood's biggest stars to have fun, raise money, and change the lives of children living in poverty in the United States and across the globe.  The three-hour television special will air on Thursday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.  Urban will partner with John Mellencamp for a performance of "Pink Houses."  Shelton will appear in a pre-recorded segment detailing his visit to a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles that provides free care to underprivileged children.

Kenny Chesney's bus may be his best friend.  Nicknamed Moby, the two set out on the road literally a million-miles ago.  The odometer just rolled past the one-million-mile mark.  Chesney says Moby has seen it all and reminds him of where he came from.  He adds, "It was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it and the bank had no business lending me the money 'cause all I owned was a little pickup and my guitar. But I knew if I owned my bus, we could keep doing this, keep bringing the music to the people."

Taylor Swift is adding another accomplishment to what she says is her "favorite year" so far. "Maxim" is honoring Swift with the top spot on its Hot 100 list, calling her the "world's most relevant and intriguing woman."  Swift calls the recognition an "incredible compliment."  The Hot List will be included in the magazine's upcoming June/July issue.

The only thing Brantley Gilbert loves more than riding his Harley is riding it to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.  The singer will be doing both over Memorial Day weekend, kicking off his second annual motorcycle ride at Stubbs Harley Davidson in Houston, Texas on May 22nd.  The ride ends at Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 23rd.  In between, Brantley and his entourage of cycle enthusiasts will make stops at Harley stores in Beaumont, Texas; Scott, Louisiana and Baton Rouge, before making their way to LSU Tiger Stadium for Superfest.

Many of today's singers grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and dreaming of singing on that hallowed stage.  Cam is no exception, and being invited to play the Opry on May 29th is both exciting and scary for her.  The singer is excited because she believes the invitation is a form of acceptance for her, but a little scared to stand on a stage where so many of country music's greats have performed.

When Sam Hunt was tapped to be on the "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets" television special that aired last Friday over CBS, he couldn't believe that he was going to be onstage with so many of the greats in country music.  The singer says it was super exciting to not only perform with his hero, Dwight Yoakam, but to actually get to hang out with the West Coast troubadour during the time the show was being taped.

Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are celebrating their big win at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.  Florida Georgia Line took home Top Country Artist.  Jason Aldean won for Top Country Album for "Old Boots, New Dirt" and Top Country Song for "Burnin' It Down."  Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood's "Something In The Water" took home the award for Top Christian Song.

The final four contestants on "The Voice" are battling it out for the top prize.  Sawyer Fredericks, Koryn Hawthorne, Joshua Davis and Meghan Linsey will each perform three songs tonight during the first of the two-part season finale.  The winner will be revealed tomorrow.

Keith Urban is planning to head back into the recording studio now that "American Idol" has wrapped for the season.  He told "The Tennessean," he had some "spare parts of songs" that didn't make it onto "Fuse" that he thought he could use as inspiration for a new album.  However, when he returned to the recording studio in January, he realized that he didn't know what he wanted for his new music.  Urban says, "I pulled back from everything and I think I'm back into the forest again where there's no path." 

Darius Rucker couldn't be prouder of the opening acts he has for his "Southern Style" tour this summer.  He loves the harmonies of the Brothers Osborne, and is friends with A Thousand Horses.  As for Brett Eldridge, Rucker thinks he is an awesome entertainer and singer.  The "Southern Style" tour, named after his current single, will be in Alpharetta, Georgia this Thursday.

The life and career of George Jones is being immortalized in a biopic.  Filmmaker Alan Wenkus is finalizing the script for "No Show Jones."  It'll follow Jones' rise to fame, his marriage to Tammy Wynette, his struggles with substance abuse and his marriage to his fourth wife Nancy.  The Possum credited her with saving him from his demons.  Jones started writing the script for the biopic several years before his death in 2013.  Jones' widow showed it to Wenkus, who then signed on for the project.  Nancy Jones told "Rolling Stone," "He understands what I'm wanting. I don't want any lies.  I want it exactly the way George started the script when he started it six years ago."  No casting decisions have been made.

Laura Bell Bundy is prepping her long awaited new album.  "Another Piece of Me" will be released on June 9th.  It'll feature 15 tracks that Bundy says will run a gamut of emotions.  She told "Rolling Stone," "Much of my career has involved playing characters that have been created for me, but this album is something completely different and the most personal body of work I've ever done."  Bundy's first record, "Achin' and Shakin'" was released in 2010. 

Joe Bonsall is sharing behind-the-scene stories of The Oak Ridge Boys.  The book "On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys: Forty Years of Untold Stories and Adventures" is available now.  In it, Bonsall talks about what goes on backstage at their shows, what they do on their tour bus, big name celebrities who are fans and the story of how "Elvira" came to be.  He adds, "there's a lot in there about our faith." 

Thompson Square is headlining a concert to celebrate the College World Series.  They'll perform June 12th next to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Railers will open the show for them.  The College World Series begins June 13th.

Tyler Farr looked for something very special in the songs for his "Suffer in Peace" CD. Farr says different things get his attention when he is listening to songs for a new project.

Casey James says the lyrics to his single "Fall Apart" are magic and powerful. James says the emotions conveyed in "Fall Apart" caught his attention immediately.  The singer likes the fact that the song says something to the listener, and they can relate to it in many different facets of their life.

Reba McEntire's older brother is recovering from a stroke.  She posted to social media that Pake had surgery on his back on May 13th and while everything went well during surgery, later that night, he had a stroke that caused "blood on the brain and swelling."  On May 16th, doctors performed surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain.  McEntire says Pake is "in ICU, stable and recovering." 

John Anderson is getting ready to release his first album in nine-years.  "Goldmine" will be out on May 26th.  Anderson wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 13 tracks.  A song at the end of the record titled "You All Are Beautiful" was inspired by his loyal fans.  Anderson told "The Boot," "That was especially for those folks that have stood by us all this time we haven't had new records out." 

John Anderson, Goldmine Track Listing:
1. "Freedom Isn't Free / Magic Mama"
2. "Back Home / Gold Mine"
3. "Happily Ever After"
4. "I Work a Lot Better"
5. "I Will Cross Over the River"
6. "Louisiana Son of a Beast"
7. "Holdin' On"
8. "Song the Mountain Sings"
9. "On and On and On ..."
10. "Don't Forget to Thank the Lord"
11. "You All Are Beautiful"