Dolly Parton Helps YouTube Kids’ Kick Off Reading Month Initiative

Dolly Parton

Country legend and literacy advocate Dolly Parton is helping to kick off YouTube Kids Reading Month, an annual initiative aiming to encourage children’s love of reading. Parton, who has been a passionate advocate for literacy for decades inspired by her own father’s inability to read and write, has created a specially curated playlist for kids and families to enjoy. In 1995 she started the Imagination Library, a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities to ensure that all kids have the opportunity to cultivate their love of reading. You can check out Dolly’s playlist here or if you are viewing from a desktop, then please take a look here. In addition to Dolly Parton’s playlist, there will be a selection of other playlists debuting throughout Reading Month including a fun compilation ofcelebrity #Readalongs including Jimmy Fallon, Viola Davis, and Kristen Bell as they read their favorite children’s books.  To view the playlist in the YouTube Kids app click here and view here if you are viewing from a desktop computer.  Nickelodeon sensation Jojo Siwa is also trying to rally kids by sharing her zeal for reading with the Nickelodeon playlist which you can view here and here if you need to view from a desktop.   More About YouTube Kids Reading Month From early literacy learning to read-alongs of favorite kids books, Reading Month on YouTube Kids aims to unlock literacy for children around the world.  The month-long initiative will kick-off in the U.S., and select global territories this August, enabling kids to explore the magic of the written word and #ReadAlong with YouTube Kids. Beyond the fun playlists, YouTube Kids will also introduce “Word of the Day,” where viewers will see a special tile in their Recommended category.  Once clicked on, they will be directed to a screen which will introduce them to a new “word of the day” with an associated video displayed below. More About YouTube Kids The YouTube Kids app is the first Google product built from the ground up with kids in mind. The app makes it easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store. YouTube Kids continues to put parents in the driver’s seat withadditional parental controls that allow parents to choose what is right for their family.  

Watch Now: James Carothers – Sinners and Saints

James Carothers

Country traditionalist James Carothershas released the music video to accompany his single “Sinners and Saints” from his upcoming album Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones. The music video was exclusively premiered by The Boot yesterday. “Sinners and Saints” is available for streaming and download, and the album is available for preorder here. “If you have half as much fun watching this video as we did making it you might get thrown in the jailhouse!” Carothers said. “A special thanks to the good folks at “The Jailer’s Inn” up in Bardstown, KY, for allowing us to shoot some scenes in the old Nelson County Jail. Also, a shout out to our friends at Music City Light for donating a few beers to the project and one of their finest for the role of “Johnny”. Good times with good friends. Hope y’all enjoy it!” “A rollicking, rowdy time, Carothers’ “Sinners & Saints” video flashes between party time at a honky-tonk and prayer time in church pews. Those scenes are interspersed with shots of Carothers bringing in a scruffy, modern version of some eternal and classic Jones wisdom,” said Amy McCarthy, The Boot. Carothers will host an album listening party at The George Jones rooftop in Nashville on Aug. 6. You can RSVP here. Still Country, Still King: A Tribute To George Jones will officially be released Sept. 7. Keep up with James on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and on his website at www.jamescarothers.com. About James Carothers Mixing together Tennessee twang and southern storytelling, James Carothersmakes throwback country music for modern times. His first full-length album,Relapse, released in May 2017, bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he’s performed hundreds of shows at the venue. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music. James now plays several shows at venues in downtown Nashville each week when he’s not on the road. In 2018, James was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the “Outlaw Male” category. His hit song “Back to Hank” has received over four million views on Facebook and his Spotify and Apple Music artist profiles have been streamed over one million times combined. This September, James will be releasing his newest album, Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones. James will also be making his Grand Ole Opry debut this year. For more information about James Carothers, visit www.jamescarothers.com.

Watch now: Darius Rucker – Straight To Hell ft. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley

Straight To Hell Official Video

You know nothing good can happen when the heartthrobs of country music get together for a good time and this time it’s got them going Straight To Hell in this fun throwback to the wilder days of the western world. Take a look and a listen to the collaborative crooning of Darius Rucker with friends Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley

Watch Now: Cole Swindell – Reason To Drink

Cole Swindell Reason To Drink

Country superstar Cole Swindell just dropped his latest song, “Reason to Drink.” You can check out his live video for the track here. The infectious song is a preview for his latest album, All of It, which drops on August 17. The talented singer/songwriter’s lead single from the album, “Break Up in the End,” is climbing up the radio charts and already has over 17 million Spotify streams. Like and share Cole’s Facebook post here. Like and RT Cole’s tweet here. Check out Cole’s Instagram post here.

Watch Now: Kelsea Ballerini – I Hate Love Songs Official Video

Kelsea Ballerini - I Hate Love Songs

Black River Entertainment’s KELSEA BALLERINI is steering clear of romantic clichés in her playful new music video for chart-climbing single “I Hate Love Songs.” Slated to make its sneak peek debut on the big screens of CMA Fest 2018 during tonight’s concert at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, the full video will be available to watch on Vevo immediately following the world premiere. Filmed on a local soundstage, director Traci Goudie captured Ballerini pulling out all the stops to avoid the trappings of love from an interrupted proposal and failed kiss in the rain, to a Matrix-moment to narrowly escape a tossed bouquet from a bride. Leading up to the premiere, fans can get an inside first look at the behind-the-scenes making of the video exclusively on People.com and iHeartRadio.com. Returning to host the 3-hour CMA Fest special on ABC (airing 8/8 at 8/7c) for her second year alongside former tourmate Thomas Rhett, the showstopper will take the stage tomorrow night (6/9), for a vibrant set of fan-favorites from her acclaimed sophomore album, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, including “I Hate Love Songs” – which Billboard claims “has all the makings of a career hit for Ballerini” – plus the history-making GOLD-certified, #1 “Legends.” On Sunday (6/10), Ballerini will participate in Xfinity Fan Fair X as the Artist of the Day from the CMA Close Up Stage before wrapping a jam-packed festival week of epic appearances. The bona fide trailblazer will then gear up to hit the road as Keith Urban’s special guest on the GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR, following her sold-out headlining THE UNAPOLOGETICALLY TOUR. Beginning on June 15 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO, the anticipated trek runs through November 3 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. After a stirring stripped-down performance of the cheeky ode (penned by Ballerini, Shane McAnally, and Trevor Rosen), which Rolling Stone praised as “marvelous” during the 2018 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (6/6), she is next up for three nods at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards: The Bestest – Radio Disney Country Favorite Artist, Play It Again! – Radio Disney Country Favorite Song(“Legends”), and all-genre XOXO – Best Crush Song (“Legends”). The sixth annual event will take place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, and air on the Disney Channel, as well as additional Disney-branded platforms, on June 23. For more information on KELSEA BALLERINI, visit KelseaBallerini.com and reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.