NASHVILLE NEWS AND NOTES – THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016!

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Brad Paisley is pitching in to help his home state of West Virginia, after the June 23 floods that killed more than twenty people and devastated multiple small towns. After performing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” in a video posted on his Facebook page, Brad launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the region, where 44 out of 55 counties have declared a state of emergency.  Brad got the ball rolling by contributing $100,000 himself, with a goal of raising a million dollars. The money will go to help flood victims through Brad’s foundation. He plans to visit the area on Thursday, and isn’t counting out the idea of doing a benefit concert at some point.  You can help out, as well.  Take your donations to any Ideal Market location until Tuesday.  Keep listening or go to our web site for more info!

Kelsea Ballerini and talk show icon Arsenio Hall kick off a 6-week series called Greatest Hits tonight on ABC. The two team up to bring the hits of the past few decades, uniting today’s hitmakers with the artists who made the songs famous.  The first of six hour-long episodes premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, with special guests Pitbull, REO Speedwagon, Ray Parker Jr., Jason Derulo, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, Rick Springfield and Kool & the Gang.  It should be fun!

If you tune in for the race Saturday night on NBC, you’ll also get a little taste of Blake Shelton. Blake performs the new open for NASCAR on NBC, and it premieres right before the Coke Zero 400, which starts at 7 p.m. ET.  Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Casey Mears, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer all got in on the shoot!