Posts from March 2014
by Christal Blue posted Mar 31 2014 9:17AM
There are rumors swirling that Taylor Swift is the new proud owner of a duplex penthouse in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. According to the Real Estalker blog, Swift bought the home for around $20 million from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The penthouse's two units boast 10 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, with more than 8,000 square feet of space combined. The duplex penthouse also features 12-foot beam ceilings, a fireplace, a wet bar and a grand double-height stair hall. This news comes as Taylor has been spending a lot of time in The Big Apple lately.  If she did indeed purchase this Tribeca penthouse, she adds to her already impressive collection of real estate, which includes homes in Nashville, Beverly Hills, and Rhode Island.

Brantley Gilbert hopes the title of his new album, Just As I Am, reflects the music that he's put on it. Brantley co-wrote all of the tracks that appear on the new record, which is an approach he says keeps his music honest. Gilbert shares, "Don't get me wrong, this is no disrespect to those who don't write their own songs…but having a hand in it makes it mine and my story." Just As I Am will hit store shelves on May 20, and features the hit lead single "Bottoms Up." 

Sara Evans is one of the country artists who are teaming up with The Doobie Brothers on their new duets album. The album will feature all-new recordings of some of country's top stars performing with The Doobie Brothers on their biggest hits. Sara sings the song "What a Fool Believes" on the new record, and she says making the decision to be a part of this project was a no brainer. The band's Michael McDonald sings lead vocals on the song Sara picked, and the two of them have actually worked together before. Sara recently took the stage with The Doobie Brothers during CRS week at Sony Music Nashville's Annual Boat Show. (Photo Credit:

I doubt most people are speaking LITERALLY when they tell an artist their music saved their life.  But a guy approached CRAIG MORGAN at an autograph signing and told him an incredible story of how his music really DID.  The guy said he was driving in Iraq, listening to Craig's music, when a song started to skip.  So he bent down to restart the CD . . . and at that EXACT moment a sniper round passed through the seat where his head had been. The second time was in Afghanistan when he was hit by an IED.  He was seriously injured and went into a coma.  But when he woke up, Craig's song "This Ain't Nothin" was playing. 

by Christal Blue posted Mar 28 2014 9:03AM
A representative for Trace Adkins has released a joint statement from him and his wife, Rhonda Adkins, regarding their divorce. The statement reads, "Trace and Rhonda are united in ensuring that their children's interests come first. They thank everyone for respecting their privacy as they work through this personal matter together." On Tuesday, Rhonda filed the paperwork for the divorce in Williamson County, Tennessee, citing their "irreconcilable differences." Rhonda is also asking for primary custody of the couple's three daughters and for Trace to pay child support, alimony and all her legal fees. The couple has been married for 16 years.

The list of performers at the ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To The Troops concert in Las Vegas has grown with the addition of Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, and Keith Urban to the all-star lineup. These artists will join previously announced performers Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry. The event will be co-hosted by NCIS: Los Angeles stars LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, and will be taped on April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The special will then be broadcast on May 20 at 9 PM ET on CBS. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.

Florida Georgia Line is taking the meaning of their hit song "Cruise" to a new level. The duo will hit the high seas aboard the Norwegian Pearl for a four day cruise in the fall. The cruise will take place on November 8-12 and will feature performances by FGL, Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, The Cadillac Three, and more. The cruise will set sail from Miami and will make stops in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. Besides giving two outdoor performances on the cruise, FGL will also host a Q&A with fans on deck. The cruise will also feature activities such as Trivia, Flip Cup, Bingo and more. The Norwegian Pearl also boasts additional amenities to enjoy such as a 4-lane bowling alley, a rock climbing wall and a casino.

Charlie Daniels is paying tribute to the music of the legendary Bob Dylan on his upcoming record titled Off The Grid—Doin' It Dylan. The album will be released on April 1 and features Daniels performing 10 of Dylan's finest songs. When Bob came to Nashville in 1969 to record his Nashville Skyline album, Charlie actually played guitar on the tracks. Daniels says that he'll never forget that experience or what it did for him as an artist. (Photo credit:

by Christal Blue posted Mar 27 2014 9:30AM

Trace Adkins' wife, Rhonda, has filed for a divorce. Rhonda filed the paperwork on Tuesday in Williamson County, Tennessee, citing their "irreconcilable differences." She is also asking for primary custody of the couple's three children and for Trace to pay child support, alimony and all her legal fees. The two have been married for 16 years. This has been a rough year for Trace. In January, Trace entered a rehabilitation center after having a setback in his long battle with alcoholism. Weeks later, Adkins father, Aaron, became ill and the singer left the facility to by his side. His father passed away just days later. (Photo Credit:

On Tuesday night, Charlie Daniels hosted a free concert at the Lipscomb University campus as part of the Copperweld Charlie Daniels' Scholarship for Heroes event. During the event, there were performances by artists such as the Charlie Daniels Band, Clint Black, Kellie Pickler and The Grascals with surprise appearances from Lee Greenwood and Luke Bryan. The event was started in 2010, with up to ten veteran students receiving the Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes each year. The scholarship provides eligible Post-9/11 GI Bill veterans and their family members an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree either tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate.

Brantley Gilbert never backs down from a good challenge. H was recently dared by two of his close friends to take the Polar Bear Challenge, and he posted a video on You Tube of him taking the plunge. The video starts with Gilbert sitting his tour bus talking about the challenge, saying that he only has 24 hours to complete it. Brantley said in the video, "We're right outside of downtown Nashville. I'm about to jump in the Cumberland River which is still freezing cold." Brantley then walks towards the river and makes his way to a dock that's on the water. But before he jumps in the frigid waters, he posed his own challenge to all of his fans, then does a backflip off the side of the dock into the river. He then briskly swims back to the dock, pulls himself out of the water and blurts out an expletive. Check out the video: 

The Academy of Country Music has announced that ACM New Artist of the Year nominees Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Kip Moore will perform via live remote from the Fourth Annual ACM Fan Jam, taking place in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center during and after the broadcast of the ACM Awards. These artists join previously announced ACM Fan Jam performers Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. The ACM Awards will be broadcast live on April 6 at 8 PM ET on CBS.

by Christal Blue posted Mar 26 2014 9:38AM
Reports say a Massachusetts man was ordered to stay away from Taylor Swift's coastal Rhode Island home after he made repeated attempts to trespass on the property. The man, 38-year-old Daniel Cole, was summoned in front of a state judge on Friday, after he ignored their warnings to not trespass at Taylor's home in Westerly. The judge has issued a no contact order.  Meanwhile, a restraining order filed against a different man accused of stalking Swift has been extended. Earlier this month, Swift was granted a restraining order against a man named Timothy Sweet, who claims he's married to the singer. On Tuesday, that temporary order was extended to three years.

ACM Award nominees Luke Bryan and Justin Moore will compete head-to-head in Las Vegas this year, but it won't be for the same award. The two are actually co-hosting and competing in Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event on April 5 at The LINQ in Las Vegas. The competition will pit two opposing teams of country stars against each other, with Bryan and Moore each leading one of the all-star squads. Luke will head a team that includes Florida Georgia LineLee BriceTyler Farr, and Dustin Lynch, while Justin's crew will consist of Brantley GilbertThomas RhettAshton ShepherdChase Rise and Chuck Wicks. You can watch these artists take aim for the win as the event will air live that day on Archery beginning at 12:45 PM ET.

Shakira's duet "Medicine" with Blake Shelton has brought two of The Voice coaches together musically, and now that cross-genre collaborating seems to be spreading to another singing reality show. Keith Urban has talked about the synergy between his fellow judges on American Idol, and now one of those fellow judges is possibly eyeing a duet with the country star. When asked, Jennifer Lopez said she’d collaborate with either of her Idol co-judges.  Jennifer says she loves the storytelling in country music and would love to work with Keith. She also hinted at getting together with Harry Connick Jr. on an original Christmas song. (Photo Credit:

Last week, Toby Keith wrapped his "Hammer Down Under Tour" with a show in Melbourne, Australia. Keith's tour of the continent was supported by special guests Eli Young Band and Kellie Pickler, with sold-out shows every night. When Toby gets back to the states he’ll appear on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live from Las Vegas April 6 on CBS. Then in May, Keith will kick off his "Shut Up And Hold On Tour" at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa. Special guests on this tour will be Colt Ford (on select dates), as well as Toby's daughter, Krystal Keith.
by Christal Blue posted Mar 25 2014 10:53AM
Dierks Bentley's single "I Hold On" has topped both the Billboard Country charts this week. The song is the first number one hit off Bentley's seventh studio album, Riser, which was released last month. “I Hold On" was inspired by a road trip Bentley took with his father nearly two decades ago, which makes this moment even more special for him. Dierks says, "He would love that a song inspired from that road trip made it to the top of the country charts."

The "We're All 4 the Hall" benefit concert will return for a fifth year and will take place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on May 6. Keith Urban and Vince Gill will again preside over the benefit show, which raises money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The show will feature performances from Keith, Vince, Brantley Gilbert, Carrie Underwood, David Nail, Deana Carter, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Reba McEntire, and More. The theme of this year's show is "Songtellers (A LARGE Intimate Evening)" and it will give each artist the chance perform a song they have recorded and/or written, or a classic song that has influenced them, and tell the story behind that song.

The date for Chris Young's Annual Fan Club Party has been set for June 5 in Nashville, and this year's party will take the celebration away from dry land. This year's partygoers will hit the waters of the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat, with every fan on board experiencing Young's high-energy full band show as well as a personal meet and greet with the singer. As an added bonus, students from Nashville School of the Arts will be providing entertainment during the cruise and will be featured as the opening act. The Chris Young Fan Club will continue its philanthropic mission this year by pledging to raise $30,000 for Nashville School of the Arts.

Over the weekend, Jake Owen brought the ultimate beach party up North with the kickoff of his "Days Of Gold Tour 2014." The trek brought the warm weather fun to tour stops in Brookings, South Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. The 55-city plus tour will run through October and features special guests Eli Young Band, Parmalee and Thomas Rhett for select dates and The Cadillac Three for all dates. Owen is also giving a few lucky fans at his shows the chance to come sit in special onstage "Tiki Seats." (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
by Christal Blue posted Mar 24 2014 9:08AM
George Strait's farewell "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" rode into Nashville on Friday night with a show at the Bridgestone Arena downtown. Sheryl Crow opened the show. George then took the stage and kicked off his set with his 1985 hit "The Fireman." At one point in the show, Strait took a break from playing music and brought a wounded veteran and his wife onstage with him. The couple was then told that they were the recipients of a 100% mortgage-free free home as part of the Military Warriors Support Foundation's Homes4WoundedHeroes Program. The night also included surprise appearance from Eric Church and Kenny Chesney, and wrapped up with an appropriate performance of "The Cowboy Rides Away."  (Photo credit:

The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners of awards that will not be televised during the broadcast of the 49th Annual ACM Awards, due to time constraints. Some of those who will be honored at the event include Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap who will receive the Career Achievement Award. Carrie Underwood will receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which recognizes a unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.  Rascal Flatts have been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award. As previously announced, Merle Haggard has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award. All off-camera ACM Award winners will be honored at the 8th Annual ACM Honors event on September 9 at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium.

On Friday, Dolly Parton appeared on NBC's Today to make an announcement about a special addition to her Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dolly joined the show's hosts via satellite from Dollywood, telling them that the park was now in its 29th season. Parton then revealed the big announcement was Dollywood’s news roller coaster, the Firechaser Express.  But it wasn't just Dollywood talk on the show. When Parton was asked about a possible reunion with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda from her 1980 film 9 to 5, she said, "whatever they're doing, I'm in!”
Blake Shelton has his devoted BSers and Taylor Swift's has her steadfast Swifties, but another loyal fan following is on the rise who call themselves the Cassettes. The Cassettes are the loyal fan base of rising country star Cassadee Pope. So, how did the name Cassettes come about? Cassadee says through the magic of Twitter, her fans named themselves, and have begun sending her necklaces with little cassette tape charms.

by Christal Blue posted Mar 24 2014 9:04AM
Got to chat with Corey Hunter in the Comic Spotlight - very funny guy who plays the Burg from time to time, if you get a chance check him out!  Friend him on Facebook here!

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by Christal Blue posted Mar 24 2014 4:20AM
Johnny Cash's great-niece, Courtney Cash, was found dead on Wednesday morning in Baxter, Tennessee. According to a TV station in Nashville, Cash's body was found hidden in a chest-like box. Courtney is the granddaughter of Tommy Cash, the brother of the late Johnny Cash. Putnam County authorities say that Courtney's boyfriend, William Austin Johnson, was also injured in the attack and is said to have multiple stab wounds. He was listed in stable condition yesterday at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police have identified a suspect in the attacks and he’s been arrested and charged with first degree murder. He is being held without bond and his court date is set for April 21. Cash and Johnson are the parents of a 20-month-old daughter. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Jennifer Nettles may be all over the road on her "That Girl Tour," but the time she spends away from home isn't time away from family. When Nettles travels on her tour bus, her son, 15-month-old Magnus, is always close by. Jennifer says being out on the road doesn't interfere with Magnus' sleep schedule either. She shares, "Luckily, the road agrees with (Magnus), he has been rolling along just fine." Nettles next date on the "That Girl Tour" is scheduled on March 22 in Denver, Colorado.

Broken Bow Records is set to release an all-star tribute album honoring country music icon Merle Haggard. The album is titled Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard and will be released on April 1. The tribute record features brand new covers of some of The Hag's biggest hits, recorded by some of Country music's hottest stars. The forthcoming album features performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan , Ben Haggard, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Parmalee, Thompson Square and more.  In addition to the release of the tribute album, Merle will also be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards to commemorate his 50 years in country music.

Newcomer Chris Janson and his wife Kelly Lynn are the proud parents of a new baby boy named Jesse Bo! The couple welcomed their second child together on Wednesday, and Chris took to Twitter shortly after to share the news. Janson tweeted, "It's a boy. Jesse Bo has arrived. Safe and healthy. Momma is great too. God works unbelievably amazing blessings." Janson recently released a 5-song EP titled Take It To The Bank. The EP includes a cover of Rodney Crowell's song "I Ain't Livin' Long Like This," which appeared on the singer's 1978 album, and became a number one hit for Waylon Jennings in 1980.
by Christal Blue posted Mar 20 2014 9:06AM

Luke Bryan’s digital EP, Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever, has debuted at number one onBillboard's Country Albums chart with more than 74,000 copies sold in its first week out. The new EP is the sixth installment of Bryan’s Spring Break series, which has sold more than 825,000 copies combined. Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever contains six original songs, all co-written by Bryan. Last week, Luke performed two spring break concerts in Panama City at Spinnaker Beach Club to a crowd of over 230,000 fans.

The Country Music Association has announced the performers for the sold out Nightly Concerts at LP Field for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, which will be held June 5-8, in downtown Nashville. This year’s festival will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. All but one of the artists announced for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field have performed on the LP Field stage in past years. Collectively the artists in this star-studded lineup have won 80 CMA Awards and have earned an astounding 289 nominations.

Some of today's popular music may seem far removed from the country music Brad Paisley grew up listening to, but he says they're really not so different. He said, "We sang about stuff that's really hip now, Johnny Cash sang about drug abuse, and he sang about adultery and all these things that are really popular now." And Brad says country music is actually ahead of the game. He said, "Have you watched Justin Bieber lately? He is living a George Jones song! If he needed a soundtrack for what's going on with him, or Miley (Cyrus) let me know!" (Photo Credit:

The theatrical trailer for the film The Giver has been released, with Taylor Swift making a…well, swift appearance. Taylor appears in the trailer for only a split second, but it’s long enough to reveal that she went brunette for her role as the character Rosemary in the movie. Swift will star in the movie alongside Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.  The Giver is based on the 1993 children's novel by Lois Lowry. Here’s the trailer:


by Christal Blue posted Mar 19 2014 9:06AM

A representative for Jason Aldean confirmed to Westwood One that he is dating former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr. In 2012, Kerr and Aldean were photographed kissing and embracing each other at a bar in Hollywood, California. After the photos surfaced, Jason released a statement to apologize for his actions, citing a "lapse in judgment." In April of 2013, Jason announced that he and his wife Jessica were separating, and he filed for divorce in May of that year. There has been speculation recently that the two were dating after pictures surfaced of Brittany at Jason's shows. A photo posted on TMZ's website shows a woman believed to be her backstage at one of his concerts. (Photo credit:

Brantley Gilbert has revealed details about his upcoming third studio album. The album will be titled Just As I Am and will be released on May 19. Over the weekend, Brantley called on fans to help him unveil the album's cover art through an interactive campaign. The campaign used the hashtag #JustAsIAm to "shoot out" pieces of a diamond plate, before the final image was revealed at Gilbert co-wrote all 11 tracks that appear on the new record. A deluxe version of the album will be made available exclusively at Walmart and will include three additional tracks. The new album's lead single "Bottoms Up" recently topped Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and has sold over 650,000 digital tracks to date.

Performers have been announced for the ACM Week Kick Off Party at The LINQ in Las Vegas on April 3. The event officially kicks off "The Week Vegas Goes Country" and will feature performances by Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Cole Swindell and more. The event will also serve as a preview to the previously announced 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, a two-day outdoor music festival headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on April 4 and 5. "The Week Vegas Goes Country" leads into the live broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.

Jerrod Niemann will celebrate the release of his new album, High Noon, with performances of the album's Top 10 lead single, "Drink to That All Night," on NBC's Today on March 24 and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on album release day, March 25. Just yesterday, Niemann debuted the third installment of a five-part, mini-movie adventure on featuring him as the hero of the High Noon Saloon. Fans can also visit the website today for a Livestream chat and acoustic performance from Jerrod beginning at 9 PM ET. 

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