COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 23

Posted 4 weeks ago

By Corey Sorenson

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PITTSBURGH MAYOR ANGRY AFTER LUKE BRYAN CONCERT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has had enough of rowdy fans causing trouble and leaving a mess after concerts. Public safety officials broke up 15 fights, took 24 people to hospitals and responded to 150 emergency calls related to Luke Bryan’s concert in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Peduto says 50,000 fans left behind mounds of trash in parking lots, surrounding neighborhoods and in the Allegheny River. He says there’s no reason for taxpayers to bear the burden for garbage removal and public safety response. He says the city will start billing promoters for those services.

A Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh last year resulted in more than 70 arrests and more than 45,000 pounds of garbage.

KELLIE PICKLER KEEPS IT POSITIVE

NASHVILLE (AP) — Kellie Pickler believes the only time you should look down on someone is when you’re helping them up. Pickler says people sitting anonymously behind a computer don’t realize how powerful their words can be. She says it’s easy to make someone’s day or ruin someone’s week just with words.

Pickler is no fan of tabloids and Internet critics who pick apart people, only to change when tragedy hits. Pickler says, “Maybe if you had been there when they were down and helped them, maybe they wouldn’t be in the ground.”

DIERKS BENTLEY SONG USED AS THEME FOR “BIKER BATTLEGROUND PHOENIX”

NEW YORK (AP) — Dierks Bentley will provide the theme song for a reality show about building motorcycles. Bentley has recorded the song “Ride On” for the History Channel show “Biker Battleground Phoenix.” It premieres July 1.

COUNTRY MUSICIAN JIMMY C. NEWMAN PASSES AWAY

NASHVILLE (AP) — Cajun and country musician Jimmy C. Newman has died. A publicist for the Grand Ole Opry says Newman died in Nashville on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 86. Newman last performed at the Opry two and a half weeks ago. His hits include “Blue Lonely Winter,” ”A Lovely Work of Art” and “A Fallen Star” in the 1950s and ’60s. His theme song was “Alligator Man.” A public memorial service will be held Wednesday at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

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