by Christal Blue posted Apr 18 2014 9:04AM
Glen Campbell recently entered a heath care facility after three years of battling Alzhemier's disease. The "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer revealed that he had Alzhemier's disease in 2011 and announced that he would hit the road on his "Goodbye Tour." The tour was filmed and is the subject of a documentary called Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me, which will premiere today at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. (Photo Credit: blogs.indiewire.com )

Jason Aldean was in Nashville on Wednesday to celebrate the success of his single "When She Says Baby" at a number one party held at The Pour House near The Gulch. The song hit the top of the country chart in March and is Jason's 13th career number one single. Aldean was joined at the event by the song's writers Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, which made the celebration even more significant for him. Jason stood at the podium and said, "Having a number one is a huge deal, and getting to be able to share it with guys you consider your friends, that makes it even more special." "When She Says Baby" is the fifth single from Aldean's platinum-certified album Night Train.

Martina McBride's new album, Everlasting, has debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart this week, marking the singer's fifth number one on the chart. The big debut also makes McBride the first solo female artist to debut at number one the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart's 50-year history. Everlasting also debuted at number 7 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking Martina's sixth Top 10 debut and her highest since 2007. The album is McBride's first independent project on her new label Vinyl Recordings and features covers of iconic R&B and soul songs.

In recognition of National Record Store Day, Eric Church is set to release a double gatefold vinyl version of his album The Outsiders on Saturday, April 19. The vinyl package features two bonus tracks and will also include an exclusive album poster. This is Eric's second vinyl project in honor of National Record Store Day, which is observed around the world to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store. Last year, Church released a vinyl version of his live album, Caught in the Act: Live, on Record Store Day. The Outsiders album was originally released in February and debuted at number one.

by Christal Blue posted Apr 17 2014 9:11AM

Willie Nelson will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of a modern Korean martial arts system. Grand Master Sam Um will be promoting Nelson in a ceremony at his studio in Austin, Texas on April 28. The ceremony will take place just two days before the singer's 81st birthday. Willie has practiced martial arts most of his life, starting with studying kung fu when he was a songwriter in Nashville. Over the past two decades Nelson has been training, often practicing techniques while traveling on the road in his tour bus. (Photo Credit: www.nashville.com )

The man is often the one to go in for the first kiss, but that wasn't the case in Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline's relationship. The two met while attending Georgia Southern University, and Caroline reveals that she was actually the one to make the first move. Caroline tells People Country, "He was always a gentleman. We hung out as friends first and he never made a move on me. I kissed him first! He was always so scared of making a girl feel uncomfortable, he wouldn't cross a line." Now, Luke has found enormous success and risen to super-star fame, but Caroline says he's still just the same person he's always been.

The Grand Ole Opry house was packed on Saturday night as The Swon Brothers made their debut appearance on the hallowed stage. The sibling brothers took the stage and talked about how honored they were to be there and how it was a dream come true to be standing on that stage. The brothers also talked about the history of the Opry and introduced their first song as a tribute to the legendary show. They then sang a verse and chorus of the George Jones classic "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." Halfway through the song, the duo stopped singing and called their parents on stage with them. They then explained that they wanted to thank their parents for all of the sacrifices they made over the years to help them get to where they are now.

Keith Urban will host a weekly online video series titled "Idol Chatter" that will feature American Idol's on-air talent as well off-air team, as they chat with Urban about life on the set. The unedited series of shorts premiered yesterday online. In the first episode, Keith gives viewers a tour of the trailers where the show's host and judges go to get ready. The video shows Urban standing in the parking lot pointing to the trailers for Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. The camera then pans to a small U-haul where Keith says he spends some of his off-air time. He then opens the door to the U-haul trailer, revealing not much more than folding chair, a guitar and a rack full of t-shirts. Check it out:

by Christal Blue posted Apr 16 2014 9:00AM

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards went on sale yesterday, with all 70,000 tickets selling out in only 18 minutes. The 50th anniversary ACM Awards will be held on April 19, 2015 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Tickets also sold out for the accompanying ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The events were the biggest—and fastest—selling in the Academy's history. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host the ACM ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8:00 PM ET.

Jake Owen is currently on the road bringing the beach life to people all across the country on his "Days of Gold Tour," and now he's teaming up with Discover Boating as the tour's sponsor to make the trek even more water-friendly. During the trek, Jake will share personal stories of his connection with boating and how it creates fun in his life and music. These vignettes will be featured throughout the tour, and as part of Discover Boating's new 2014 "Stories of Discovery" series, which will share real boaters' inspiring stories of their life on the water through documentary-style videos.

Zac Brown Band will launch its upcoming "The Great American Road Trip Tour" next month, and the tour will feature the band's new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. Mangano's official addition may be news to everyone, but fans of the group might recognize the bass player from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged. "The Great American Road Trip Tour" will kick off in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 24 and will run through August. Kacey Musgraves is also set to join the tour for four shows in Florida in late May and early June. The tour announcement comes on the heels of selling out a two-night stand at Boston's Fenway Park without any supporting acts – a feat that only four other bands have accomplished.

Last year, Kenny Chesney announced that he would be taking a break from the road in 2014 to focus on making his next record. Now, Chesney has given his fans an update on the progress on that new album. Kenny tweeted yesterday, "In studio working on new album. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music." The message was accompanied by a photo that showed the singer sitting in a chair in front of a studio sound board. (Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/KennyChesney )

by Christal Blue posted Apr 15 2014 9:22AM
Remember when BRETT ELDREDGE came through on a promise to jump out of an airplane after his song "Don't Ya" hit Number One? Well, he's at it again. If "Beat of the Music" tops the chart he'll go swimming with SHARKS. He says, quote, "I can't believe I actually might go shark diving. The song's climbing the charts and the more I sweat every day." Don't worry, Brett WILL be using protection. He says, "I need a cage, so if you all know anybody who has a shark cage I could borrow… and I'll need like 20 drinks." By the way, "Beat of the Music" is #13 on "Billboard's" country chart.

After she made a surprise cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live, Taylor Swift headed to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday to crash a fan's bridal shower. The fan's name is Gena Gabrielle, and she had actually met Swift in 2007 at a meet and greet. The bride-to-be took to her Instagram to share several photos of the two of them hanging out together at the shower. But Swift didn't show up at the party empty-handed; she actually came bearing gifts. Gabrielle then posted a picture on Twitter of the new house warming gifts from Taylor. The photo shows several supplies for the couple's kitchen, including utensils, a cooking pot, a KitchenAid stand mixer and even a Barefoot Contessa cookbook by Ina Garten.

Nancy Jones, the wife of the late George Jones, is planning a memorial for him on the one year anniversary of his death. Friends and fans of the late singer are welcome to celebrate his life and legacy at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville on April 26. During the memorial, Nancy will plant two dogwood trees at the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" monument. Nancy said in a statement, "I know how much people loved George, and the love has continued even a year later. I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive." (Photo Credit: http://themindgutter.com/)

Tickets for the first-ever tour featuring the cast of ABC's hit series Nashville went on sale recently and completely sold out within minutes. Due to the high demand for the show, another date has been added to the tour on May 5 at Tower Theater in Philadelphia. Tickets for the newly added date go on sale April 19. Nashville stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will hit the stage on the show's first-ever tour, which will also make stops in Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City. The show in NYC will also feature an appearance by the show's star Will Chase.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 14 2014 8:59AM
Luke Bryan is one of the performers slated to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards next month. Bryan has earned nominations in six categories at the show, including nods for Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for his 2013 release Crash My Party. Luke is also one of the finalists for the second annual Milestone Award, which is presented to an innovative artist who has achieved a notable chart milestone over the past year. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

Jason Aldean will sit on the Guest Judging Panel for the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl program. The program recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to wiping out the disease. The Guest Panel will assist in the selection process of one Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB teams. The winners will be recognized by their respective Club on Mother's Day (May 11) or during another game later in May.

The Armed Forces Foundation has jointly named Justin Moore and Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta the "Congressman Bill and Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year." The award recognizes their service and commitment to the morale and welfare of military families through the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" contest and other endeavors. The two were honored on Wednesday night during the 10th annual Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C. Moore said, "Although extremely grateful, I feel a little uncomfortable being honored at an event where there are decorated war heroes present. I feel that my contributions are much less significant than theirs … they are the true American heroes."

Josh Turner is no stranger to signing autographs for fans, but now he'll be signing his name in copies of his first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. Turner's first book signing will take place just outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee at the Lifeway Christian Store on April 22. In the book, Josh shares stories that he's learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father. Jase Robertson of A&E's hit reality series Duck Dynasty provides the foreword for the new book, which is set to be released nationwide on April 29. Last year, Turner teamed up with Jase's wife, Missy, for a duet on the family's holiday album, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. (Photo Credit: www.nashville.com)
by Christal Blue posted Apr 11 2014 11:26AM
Dan + Shay's Dan Smyers paid a visit to Nashville's Vanderbilt Medical Center on Tuesday after he broke his wrist in a car accident. Smyer took to Twitter to post a pic of his arm in a cast with a caption that read, "Spent the day at the @VUMChealth Emergency Room after a car accident. Missing my guitar already..." But even with a broken wrist, Dan doesn't plan of missing any shows. He later returned to Twitter to say, "Can't thank you all enough for the texts + tweets about my accident. Broken wrist or not, the show must go on. (Photo Credit: https://twitter.com/dansmyers)

It seems like everyone wants to know when Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will have a baby. Miranda, too, finds herself thinking about a baby from time to time, and when that happens, she has a good way of getting it off her mind. Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell recently caught up with Lambert on the ACM red carpet and asked her when the couple is going to have a baby. Miranda said in response, "We have a lot of four-legged babies. Every time I think I might be thinking about it, I get a puppy and I'm like, 'Nope, not ready.'" Miranda wants to have a child someday, but she says raising a little one right now just doesn't make sense.

You know that silly movie cliché where someone's foot pops through the ceiling from the floor above? It actually happened to JAMES OTTO. He posted a pic on Facebook and wrote, "I'm an idiot! Was working in the attic and stepped for a beam and missed. Put my foot through the ceiling. Ugh! Anyone good at sheetrock work?" By the way, his temporary fix was white duct tape.

Trisha Yearwood's home in Brentwood, Tennessee is up for sale and is listed at $2.2 million. The Brentwood home is located just south of Nashville and sits on four acres of land. The home boasts more than 6,000 square feet of space, with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, and a swimming pool. Yearwood made the decision to sell the home because her husband Garth Brooks owns property just north of Nashville and "it doesn't make sense to have all of it." Last month, Yearwood announced that she and Brooks would be moving to Nashville to spend more time in the city.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 10 2014 9:54AM
In case you missed it, this morning we chatted with Comedian Joseph Anthony in the Comic Spotlight! Check it out:



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by Christal Blue posted Apr 10 2014 9:40AM
Eric Church has announced that he will be hitting the road later this year on a headlining tour in support of his new album, The Outsiders. Eric's "The Outsiders World Tour" kicks off in Bossier City, Louisiana on September 11 and will run through December. Special guest Dwight Yoakam will join him for the duration. The tour will bring Eric to more than 30 arena dates across the country, including a show at New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden on October 17. Tickets for the tour will go on sale April 18 in select markets with members of the Church Choir having access to a pre-sale starting on April 15.

The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, with some of country music's hottest stars among the nominees. Luke Bryan has earned 8 nominations at the show, including nods in the all-genre categories Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for his 2013 release Crash My Party. Luke also earned two nominations in the Top Country Song category for "Crash My Party" and "That's My Kind of Night." Other country stars to get all-genre nods include Florida Georgia Line for Top Duo/Group and Taylor Swift for Top Social Artist. Luke and Carrie Underwood have also been named as finalists for the second annual Milestone Award. The 2014 Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

Lee Brice's song "I Don't Dance" was chosen by wedding site TheKnot.com as one of the top wedding songs of the year and was the only country song on the list. The song was also selected by TheKnot.com for the Dream Wedding it threw for Boston Marathon bomb survivors Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino on April 4 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Brice originally wrote the song as a wedding gift to his wife Sara for their first dance when they got married in April of last year. "I Don't Dance" was released in February as the lead single from Lee's forthcoming third studio album. (Photo credit: www.tasteofcountry.com)

The Tug McGraw Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual "Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am" on June 3 at the Nashville Gun Club in Music City. The event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The event will feature a star-studded lineup of celebrities from both the music and professional sporting clay communities. Some of the country stars who have signed up for this year's event include Brantley Gilbert, Rhett Atkins, Troy Gentry, and many more.
by Christal Blue posted Apr 9 2014 10:58AM

Rascal Flatts has admitted to lip-syncing their hit single "Rewind" during their performance on Sunday night's ACM Awards. Following their performance, social media was buzzing with claims that Rascal Flatts didn't actually sing the tune, and now the band has issued a statement on Facebook and Twitter. It reads, "After having performed several shows earlier in the week, Gary lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync. We've never done it before, and we're obviously not very good at it. We look forward to singing live again in the very near future!" The trio will get that chance to sing live this week when they play a show in Laughlin, Nevada on April 12. (Photo Credit: www.musictimes.com)

George Strait helped one Paralympic athlete cross an item off his bucket list recently. Nikko Landeros was a member of USA's ice sled hockey team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Nikko had accomplished so many things, but one item on his bucket list had eluded him. Nikko desperately wanted to see George in concert before he retired from touring, so he sent the singer a message on Twitter. And King George was happy to grant his request. Strait sent the athlete a reply that read, "There will be two tickets at will call under your name tonight. Thank you for representing our Country!" After the show, Nikko returned to Twitter to thank George for making his dream come true.

On Monday night, Toby Keith was on hand to perform at the television taping for "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" in Las Vegas. And while Keith was at the event to pay tribute to those serving in our armed forces, it was actually the troops who were honoring him. After his set, Toby was onstage shaking hands with the service members in attendance when a military officer and USO executive took the microphone to present the singer with the Spirit of the USO Award. They told the audience that Keith had performed 200 shows and entertained more than a quarter of a million troops and their families. The "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" will air on May 20 at 9 PM ET on CBS.

Craig Morgan is preparing to make his eleventh overseas tour to entertain U.S. troops serving abroad. Morgan will travel with Armed Forces Entertainment and Stars For Stripes to perform a series of acoustic shows in Southwest Asia this spring. Morgan spent more than 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves, so he knows how much these concerts can mean for the troops serving abroad. In addition to performing for service members overseas, Morgan has also shown his support for the troops and their families through the Folds of Honor and Jack Daniel's Toast To The Troops charities. Morgan will also appear on "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops," which airs on May 20 at 9 PM ET on CBS.

by Christal Blue posted Apr 8 2014 9:26AM
During Sunday night's broadcast of the ACM Awards, George Strait took the stage with the president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, to announce that the next year's 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards will be held AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the event, which will be broadcast live on April 19, 2015 on CBS. The ceremony will cap off three days of events, including the 3rd annual ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Dierks Bentley is taking fans to 40,000 feet with his brand new single "Drunk On A Plane." Dierks acts as the song's narrator who gets stood up at the alter but finds the strength to forge ahead on a hilarious solo trip to Cancun. Bentley says with a laugh, "I have never been jilted at the altar, but I have had a marriage proposal rejected….all you can do is pray there's a good return policy for the ring, get drunk and carry on." Bentley also says that he's been playing this song at his live shows, and the response from the fans has been very positive.

Toby Keith has been hosting his annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic for more than ten years, and the event will return again this year. The 11th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic benefits OK Kids Korral, a cost-free home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients, and is the largest event The Toby Keith Foundation hosts. The two day event will take place on May 16-17 and will feature a live auction, nearly 100 silent auction items, food, entertainment, and a celebrity filled round of golf. Some of the items up for auction include an African safari, and autographed items from celebrities such as Derek Jeter, Dan Marino, Nolan Ryan, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Buffett, Jason Aldean, George Strait and many more. The next day, 200 golfers will hit the links with the many celebrities who are attending the event.

Taylor Swift recently wished a happy birthday to her friend Abigail Anderson, whom she mentions in her 2009 single "Fifteen." Swift befriended Abigail during their freshman year at a high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and the two have remained friends ever since. Taylor sent Abigail several presents and a handwritten note to commemorate her 24th birthday, and Abigail posted a photo of the note on her Instagram, it read, "Once upon a time, there lived a girl named Abigail, whose spirit was as fiery as her hair. She never did anything the way they told her to, fell hopelessly in love, and turned 24 without one single regret. Happy Birthday. Love, Taylor." Even her birthday cards read like songs! (Photo Credit: www.teen.com)


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