• Jordan Davis Singles You Up
  • Easton Corbin A Girl Like You
  • Brandon Lay Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers
  • Little Big Town When Someone Stops Loving You
  • Chris Stapleton Broken Halos
  • Kip Moore Last Shot
  • Lady Antebellum Heart Break
  • Darius Rucker For the First Time
  • Jon Pardi She Ain't In It</br

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LUKE BRYAN KICKS OFF HIS WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY TOUR.

Luke Bryan kicked off his What Makes You Country Tour Friday (February 16th) in Springfield, Missouri. He’s taking Kip Moore and Cadillac Three along for the ride.

The next stops on the tour include Thursday (February 22nd) in State College, Pennsylvania, Saturday (February 23rd) in Atlantic City and Sunday (February 24th) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Luke’s latest song, “Most People Are Good,” has now entered the Top 10 on the country charts. The song is from his latest album, What Makes You Country, which was released late last year.

JORDAN DAVIS HITS THE TOP 10 WITH ‘SINGLES YOU UP.’

Jordan Davis has entered the Top 10 on the country charts with his debut song “Singles You Up.” He co-wrote the infectious song with Justin Ebach and Steven Dale Jones, and the Louisiana native has a pretty easy definition for the title of the song.

“‘Singles You Up’ to me means if you see a girl may be taken, but she’s a great girl, and ‘A’ if she ever gets singled up or if you think you can be a better boyfriend than the one she already has, just hang around and I don’t know, [you] maybe might get your shot,” says Jordan.

“Singles You Up” is the first release from Jordan’s forthcoming album, Home State, available March 23rd.

Jordan is currently on the road on his White Wine and Whiskey Tour. The next stops on the trek are Friday (February 23rd) in Dallas and Sunday (February 25th) in Austin, Texas.

Audio / Jordan Davis explains what “Singles You Up” means to him.

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Jordan Davis (Singles You Up meaning) OC: …your shot. :22
“‘Singles You Up’ to me means if you see a girl may be taken, but she’s a great girl, and ‘A’ if she ever gets singled up or if you think you can be a better boyfriend than the one she already has, just hang around and I don’t know, [you] maybe might get your shot.”

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BROTHERS OSBORNE ARE FEATURED IN THE NEW FRYE COMPANY CAMPAIGN.

John and TJ Osborne, aka Brothers Osborne, have been tapped by Frye for the American footwear company’s new Hometown Pride Campaign.
“Frye is a company deeply rooted in our country’s history. Not to mention the undeniable style and quality.” – Brothers Osborne

The partnership includes in-store activations such as exclusive “first listen” events for Brothers Osborne’s new music, giving fans a chance to preview the band’s sophomore album, Port Saint

Joe. Vinyl copies of the album will be sold in select FRYE stores starting April 20th. Together Brothers Osborne and FRYE will host a sweepstakes to win a trip to New York, meet and greet

with the band and VIP tickets to their Mountain High Tour with Dierks Bentley. Brothers Osborne fans can learn more about their upcoming album at Portsaintjoe.brothersosborne.com

 

The new campaign highlights local talent and underscores FRYE’s deep music roots through a celebration of Nashville’s flourishing scene. Hometown Pride, photographed by Gregory Harris, reveals candid images of Brothers Osborne, reflecting the authentic style and personality of the Nashville-based duo.

 

Two sons from a working-class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small-town writing and playing songs for friends and family. Similar to John A. Frye’s longstanding tradition of building community and finely crafting unique product, Brothers Osborne precisely craft their music to create an identifiable sound all their own, resonating with Nashville fans and beyond. The Brothers have won back-to-back CMA Awards for “Vocal Duo of the Year”, in addition to “Music Video of the Year” for their top-10 Grammy-nominated single, “It Ain’t My Fault”. They also stand as the reigning ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year.”

 

Music, an integral part of the brand’s DNA, is brought to life through FRYE’s monthly in-store music series in Nashville, FRYEDAYS. This homegrown original series has featured intimate live performances by Brent Cobb, Langhorne Slim and Rayland Baxter and has quickly earned a cult following.

As original craftsmen, The Frye Company continues its tradition of honoring makers and valuing community – connecting quality and craft to the music that is so deeply rooted in the brand’s

history.

DIERKS BENTLEY’S WIFE HAS A GREAT EAR WHEN IT COMES TO HIS MUSIC.

Dierks Bentley has paid tribute to his wife, Cassidy, in several songs, including the title track of his last album, Black, but also in his current song, “Woman, Amen.” He wrote the song with his frequent collaborators, Ross Copperman and Josh Kear, and has said it’s one of the more personal songs about his wife and how he’d be lost without her. However, just because it’s about her, it’s really not her favorite song from his upcoming album.

“It’s funny this song is not her favorite on the record, which I love,” he says. “She’s like, ‘I love the song,’ but there are so many other songs she gravitates towards. I love the fact that just because it’s a love song doesn’t make her go, ‘I love it. It’s about me. Thanks.’ No.”

She is an important voice in the songs he does record, and he gives her props for being a big part of his career. “She has a really critical ear and she has her favorites, and she’s such an important voice for me to hear when I’m looking for information on like honest assessments. She plays an important role in the process. She’s a big part of the record, and certainly this song, ‘Woman, Amen.’ I mean with that first verse lays out how ‘you’d be lost without her,’ and for me that’s really true. I may be doing this at some level, but the meaningful would not be there.”

“Woman, Amen” is the first release from his upcoming album, The Mountain.

Dierks will launch his 2018 Mountain High Tour May 17th in Columbia, Maryland with special guests Brothers Osborne and LANCO.

Audio / Dierks Bentley says his wife plays a very important role in his song selection process.

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Dierks Bentley (wife approval) OC: …not be there. :53
“My wife has heard so many songs, I mean so many songs. Usually the day I write them, I’ll come back and I’ll play her on a guitar or a tape or something. It’s funny this song is not her favorite on the record, which I love. She’s like, ‘I love the song,’ but there are so many other songs she gravitates towards. I love the fact that just because it’s a love song doesn’t make her go, ‘I love it. It’s about me. Thanks.’ No. She has a really critical ear and she has her favorites, and she’s such an important voice for me to hear when I’m looking for information on like honest assessments. She plays an important role in the process. She’s a big part of the record, and certainly this song, ‘Woman, Amen.’ I mean with that first verse lays out how ‘you’d be lost without her,’ and for me that’s really true. I may be doing this at some level, but the meaningful would not be there.”

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD DEFINES OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS AS ROLE MODELS.

Carrie Underwood is cheering on all of the Olympic Champions and feels each one of the athletes is a good role model for children watching at home.

“I think it’s absolutely impossible to pick one Olympic champion that’s a great role model, because I think in so many ways they all are,” says Carrie. “They work so hard for so long and they’re representing us. I think that is the definition of a role model is the determination and the drive and laying it all on the line and giving it everything they got. I couldn’t imagine the pressure that they’re under, and there are so many incredible athletes that just handle everything with grace and humility. I think no matter where you’re from or what you’re into, you can watch the Olympics and just find someone to cheer for and be proud that they are the ones out there that are representing us.”

Some of the most notable Olympic athlete role models include boxer and champion Muhammad Ali, gymnasts Mary Lou Retton and Nadia Comaneci, swimmers Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz, diver Greg Louganis, skaters Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi, track stars Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis and Wilma Rudolph and some of this year’s Winter Olympians — gold medal snow boarders Shaun White, Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim and slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

“The Champion” is being used for NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Competition runs through Sunday, February 25th, the day of the Closing Ceremony.

Carrie is currently in the studio working on her next album which will be released on Capitol Records Nashville.

Audio / Carrie Underwood gives her definition of a champion and role model.

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Carrie Underwood (Olympics) 3 OC: …representing us. :51
“I think it’s absolutely impossible to pick one Olympic champion that’s a great role model, because I think in so many ways they all are. I mean, they’re representing our country. They work so hard for so long and they’re representing us. I think that is the definition of a role model is the determination and the drive and laying it all on the line and giving it everything they got. I couldn’t imagine the pressure that they’re under, and there are so many incredible athletes that just handle everything with grace and humility. I think no matter where you’re from or what you’re into, you can watch the Olympics and just find someone to cheer for and be proud that they are the ones out there that are representing us.”

IT’S THE END OF THE ROAD FOR DIERKS BENTLEY’S…MUSTACHE.

Dierks Bentley has said goodbye to his thick ’90s-era mustache, after “growing it” for his recent Hot Country Knights performance at Whiskey Row last week. It took a lot of strength for the superstar to part ways with his remarkable ‘stache, however, he did shave it, which is probably for the best, especially to his career, for his marriage and so his kids would stop crying about a stranger being in the house.

Dierks is currently making his way up the charts with his latest song, “Woman, Amen,” from his new album, The Mountain, due out later this year.

KIP MOORE CELEBRATES CHART-TOPPING SINGLE, ‘MORE GIRLS LIKE YOU.’

Kip Moore celebrated his 4th career No. One on Tuesday (February 13th) for his recent single “More Girls Like You,” joined by friends at Analog at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville, hosted by ASCAP and BMI. Co-written by Moore (ASCAP), he was also accompanied by fellow co-writers on the track Steven Lee Olsen (his second No. One – ASCAP), Josh Miller (his first No. One – BMI) and David Garcia (his first country radio No. One – ASCAP) for the festivities. The anthemic song is the lead track taken from Moore’s now critically-acclaimed third studio album SLOWHEART and is followed up by his “smoldering” (Rolling Stone) new single “Last Shot,” which is currently captivating fans and country radio.  

Kip Moore recently released the “equal parts powerful, heartwarming and tear-jerking” (Entertainment Tonight) new music video for “Last Shot.” The track is the second taken from SLOWHEART which is continuing to garner praise by critics across the country as Moore “blends the passion and connection for which he’s known with a new self-awareness that will speak to both commercial and underground audiences” (USA Today) as well as wrapping 2017 on multiple “Best Of” lists including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, UpRoxx, Bobby Bones Show, Taste Of Country, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, PopMatters and Whiskey Riff. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian and his PLATINUM debut album UP ALL NIGHT that spawned three No. One hit singles. Ahead of Moore’s headlining stint, he will hit the road this weekend with Luke Bryan kicking off in Springfield, MO on 2/16 and will then head back across the pond for a highly-anticipated return to Europe’s Country To Country Festival taking place March 9-11 in London, UK, Glasgow, UK, and Dublin, I.E. For more information, visit kipmoore.net.

Audio / Prior to the party celebrating his recent No. 1 smash "More Girls Like You," Kip Moore, along with co-writers Steven Lee Olsen, Josh Miller and David Garcia, talked to the media about their hit song and why it's special.

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Kip Moore (hits are special) OC: …be special. :44
“Heck-any time you can get a hit, they’re all special. I think that all my music is authentic to me. I don’t write stuff that I don’t feel, or so I feel like ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ was super authentic to the way I felt in that moment. I didn’t have a family, but I was thinkin’ about it in terms of when I do go that route, that’s how I want to feel. I think with this one, it was just the maturation of where I was at in my life, so I wrote in that capacity of how I was growing. We were all talking about it in the room about how my life has changed. Any time you get a hit record, it’s something you should cherish. You don’t know when you’re gonna get ‘em again. I think for all of us it’s gotta be special.”

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LADY ANTEBELLUM’S DAVE HAYWOOD BUILT A FOUNDATION OF FRIENDSHIP WITH WIFE KELLI.

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood built a foundation of friendship with wife, Kelli, for several years before they even considered starting a romantic relationship.

“Our story was we were friends for a number of years. I really thought she was cute and we had a lot in common, but we didn’t date for probably four or five years. We were friends. We’d go on trips together with different groups of friends. And so, we really had a great foundation,” says Dave. “The very first date we went on was again to a restaurant in Nashville called Kayne Prime, and we went there. Once we got together, we got engaged within a really short time, got married really quick because we knew each other so well. Having that foundation of knowing each other for 5, 6, 7 years was really just a beautiful thing.”

The two were married in April 2012 and just welcomed their second child, Lillie Renee, who joined big brother Cash.

Lady Antebellum, who are making their way up the country charts with their latest hit “Heart Break,” will head out on the road on their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with pal Darius Rucker July 19th.

Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says he and his wife, Kelli, built a foundation of friendship before they started dating.

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Lady A (Dave-friends first) OC: …at home. :42
“Our story was we were friends for a number of years. I really thought she was cute and we had a lot in common, but we didn’t date for probably four or five years. We were friends. We’d go on trips together with different groups of friends. And so we really had a great foundation. The very first date we went on was again to a restaurant in Nashville called Kayne Prime, and we went there. Once we got together, we got engaged within a really short time, got married really quick because we knew each other so well. Having that foundation of knowing each other for 5, 6, 7 years was really just a beautiful thing. We fell hard and quick and had a beautiful engagement and got married in April 2012 and just had our second little baby and beautiful, beautiful little family here at home.”

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LADY ANTEBELLUM’S CHARLES KELLEY BELIEVES IN ‘LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT’ AFTER MEETING HIS WIFE.

Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley said it was “love at first sight” when he met his now-wife, Cassie. Bandmate Hillary Scott, who recently gave birth to twin daughters Betsy Mack and Emory JoAnn, helped orchestrate their meeting.

“We actually had just started the band, and Dave and I, we decided we were going to get the band together and go out to this dinner. Little did we know that Hillary kind of secretly was trying to set me up with Cassie, and the reason was because our keyboard player Jonathan, who still plays with us today, was dating Cassie’s sister,” recalls Charles. “I get there and we just lock eyes the whole night. We’re kinda looking at each other, and we’re like holy moly…It was just love at first sight. And the very next day, I called her up and said, ‘Can I take you on an official date? I’d love to take you out to dinner.’ I didn’t have any money at the time. I probably spent the last little bit of money I had on this really nice meal, and we’ve been together ever since.”

Charles and Cassie were married in 2009 and just celebrated the second birthday of their son, Ward.

Lady Antebellum, who are making their way up the country charts with their latest hit “Heart Break,” will head out on the road on their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with pal Darius Rucker July 19th.

Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says it was “love at first sight” when he met his wife now-wife Cassie.

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Lady A (Charles-love at first sight) OC: …ever since. 1:23
“You know, I’m not gonna say it was like a movie, but it was like a movie. The first time I met my wife was like, it really was true love at first sight. We actually had just started the band, and Dave and I, we decided we were going to get the band together and go out to this dinner. Little did we know that Hillary kind of secretly was trying to set me up with Cassie, and the reason was because our keyboard player Jonathan, who still plays with us today, was dating Cassie’s sister. So all this to say they were getting ready and I didn’t know this was kinda going on, but we go out to this place. What is it called? South Street?” DAVE: “South Street.” CHARLES: “South Street. There was like 15, 20 of us, and we’re upstairs, and I get there a little late, but I get there and we just lock eyes the whole night. We’re kinda looking at each other, and we’re like holy moly. She’s the prettiest girl that had ever paid me any attention. It was one of those things where we just started all as a big group going barhopping, and we never left each other’s side. We just started talking. Every bar we went to, it was like us going into the corner talking. It was just love at first sight. And the very next day, I called her up and said, ‘Can I take you on an official date? I’d love to take you out to dinner.’ I didn’t have any money at the time. I probably spent the last little bit of money I had on this really nice meal, and we’ve been together ever since.”

VALENTINE’S DAY 2018 AUDIO

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day (February 14th), and we’ve got some thoughts and feelings more about love, romance and marriage from several of your favorite country artists. Some are new and some have become our favorites over the years. Which country stars are romantic? Which ones aren’t? Which ones have a good reason to celebrate the holiday that’s all about love?

Audio / Alan Jackson talks about his love for wife, Denise, over the years.

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AJ (Valentine’s Day) OC: …continue to. :24

“We got a lot of history together now, and we’re happier than we’ve ever been. So, she’s still beautiful, and she’s always inspired songs. I mean, one of my early hits was a song called ‘I’d Love You All Over Again,’ I wrote for her for our 10th anniversary. I mean, there’s been a zillion songs that have pieces of our good days and bad days inspired, and they continue to.”

Audio / Billy Currington recalls his first real Valentine’s Day.

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Billy Currington (Valentine’s Day memory) OC: …took off running. :21
“Yeah, I remember my first girlfriend. I was in first or second grade, but anyway, I remember it was Valentine’s Day and your mom going, ‘You’ve got to give your girlfriend something, and you’ve got to go give it to her.’ I’ll never forget — we got her a box of chocolates or whatever it was. I remember going down to her classroom and knocking on the door, getting her to come to the door. I remember handing it to her, and then I took off running.”

Audio / Darius Rucker knew he would marry his wife, Beth, on their first date.

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Darius Rucker (wife) OC: …her and country music saved my life. :43

“I don’t know what it was about her. I mean, it was EVERYTHING about her. I knew, I told her I was going to marry her on our first date, [laughs] yeah. Beth’s a strong woman. It takes a strong woman to be married to a musician, especially a musician who was drinking and partying as hard as I was, and I think life for us is where we are now. It took a long time for us to get to where we are now, and we say to each other all the time, ‘I love us. I love our family. I love us.’ And I thank her every day for staying with me and being the strong woman she is, because with Hootie & the Blowfish, I could be gone for three months and then I’d come home for two days and then I’d be gone again for a month, and she put up with all that crap. You know, her and country music saved my life.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley gives guys tips for a first date.

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Dierks Bentley (first date tips for guys) OC: …first date. :19
“You know, just opening the door, it’s such a big deal. It’s just a nice thing to do. It’s a car door, unlocking the door for somebody to get in the car first and hold the door to get in, and I just think that’s just, if you’re doing that, then you’re obviously thinking about ways to be respectful, be considerate, be kind and be thoughtful and make for a good first date.”

Audio / Dierks Bentley says the most interesting gift he and his wife Cassidy have given each other were mixtapes of songs.

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Dierks Bentley (Valentine’s Day-most interesting gift he’s given his wife) OC: …formulate yourself. 1:19
“When ‘What Was I Thinkin’’ was released in 2003, I didn’t know what my life would look like, and all of a sudden, I found myself out on the road full-time, just gone. So, the place where I was staying, I had some friends pack it up and move it into a storage facility. This year, I got that whole thing dumped back out into my house. I’m going through just years of old stuff, and in there I found some letters that she and I had written back and forth when we were dating. I was working at The Nashville Network and she was working out in San Francisco and found some letters I had written her and I’d gotten back and some stuff she’d sent me, including a CD of songs she’d been listening to, back when you made CD mixes and there’s like these three hearts on that CD. I just found that it was so meaningful for me those gifts you give each other before any money, before anything else was going on, just music, giving of mixtapes was so cool. She reminded me of a mixtape I sent her. I’d sent it to her via FedEx, because it was so important she get this as quickly as possible. This was sadly before, I guess we had internet back then, but you really couldn’t send songs over the internet. I think the most interesting thing I’ve given her and she’s given me was just mixtapes, because there’s nothing like music to put into words and the thoughts you have in your head that you can’t formulate yourself.”

Audio / Eric Church says his wife, Katherine, loves him in spite of everything.

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Eric Church (Valentine’s) OC: …love song is. :18

“True love to me is when you love a person in spite of all their fallibilities, and for me, I have a lot of ‘em. I’m definitely at times hard to love, and that’s what’s great about Katherine and the way she loves me. She loves me in spite of those things and really for those things.”

Audio / Josh Turner says his wife would call him a romantic, but now that they have four children, it takes a bit of work to make time for each other.

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Josh Turner (Romantic) OC: …long time to come. :26
“If you ask my wife Jennifer if I was a romantic, she would definitely say, ‘Yes,’ but she knows that sometimes my hectic schedule and our busy lifestyles can kind of interfere with the romantic side of things. But we do try to make efforts towards being together and having adult conversations and taking time away from the children and doing things that husbands and wives do, so we’ll definitely try to continue that for a long time to come.”

Audio / Lauren Alaina recalls her first, and potentially disastrous, Valentine’s Day with her longtime boyfriend, Alex.

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Lauren Alaina (Valentine’s Day) OC: …pretty embarrassing. 1:37
“I think my first Valentine’s Day with Alex, I was trying to be super cute and cook him a Valentine’s Day dinner. I was 18 at the time, and I’d just moved into this brand new apartment in Chattanooga. I was trying to get used to not living with my parents before I moved to Nashville, so I did like six months in Chattanooga in an apartment. And [giggles] my mom makes these really great mashed potatoes, which I’ve modified the recipe, but they’re delicious and I wanted to make him these potatoes, because I knew I could make these potatoes. Well, I did not grow up with a very updated kitchen, so I didn’t have a [garbage] disposal, it was very new to me. So, I peeled the bag of potatoes and put the potato peels in to the sink and tried to use the disposal and it broke it before he got there. Annnd, I turned the water on, and I was baking chicken and I was cooking broccoli and mashed potatoes, and just turned the water on and then I forgot I had the water on, so I overflowed the kitchen sink with the potato peels, and it looked like something died in my sink and my sink was like spitting it up. It was horrible. I was panicking and trying to get it all cleaned up before he got there, and he knocked in the middle of it, like knocked on the door. He was early, of course. He’s always early, and he freaking knocked. I had like potato peels flying through the air, my potatoes were boiling over. I was still boiling the potatoes. I was running behind and he was running early, so it was just crazy. But, we’ve had some great Valentine’s.”

Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet was ready for love when he met Rebecca, his wife since 2007.

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Little Big Town (Phillip – reasons fell in love) OC: …real love. :17

“I think everything that I had gone through before had prepared me to be ready to see that there was genuine love there for me, and my Rebecca.  So, it was just a great time, I wouldn’t have been ready before I met her…Now it’s just been a really great journey to heal through the past and to know real love.”

Audio / Luke Bryan says Valentine’s Day is for him and his wife, Caroline.

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Luke Bryan (Valentine’s Day) OC: …full day. :11
“Well, I mean Valentine’s Day is, it’s kinda me and Caroline’s day just to go and just being with one another for a full day.”

 

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