Jake Owen Takes “Real Life” from Waffle House to White House

RCA NashvilleIt was a whirlwind week for Jake Owen, as real life took him from the Waffle House to the White House. After releasing his new single, also titled “Real Life,” Jake invited his Twitter followers to meet him at a Nashville location of the restaurant famous for its scattered, smothered and covered hash browns, even offering to buy. Soon after, he Instagrammed a video from inside the restaurant mentioned in the song, showing a standing room-only crowd with a line stretching outside.

The next day found Jake in Washington, D.C., posting a video of himself standing outside the White House declaring, “Yesterday I was at the Waffle House, today I’m at the White House.” Later that evening, Jake performed at the Columbia, Maryland stop on Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival tour.

Jake also found time to squeeze in some work on his new album. “Real Life” is the first single from his fifth CD, due out later this year.

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Shania Twain Says Writing for New Album Is Almost Finished

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain may be wrapping up her career as a touring performer, but she has new music planned for fans this fall.

Shania tells the Las Vegas Sun’s Robin Leach that she’s almost finished writing songs for her new album and she’ll start recording it in the fall after she finishes her upcoming tour.

Having wrapped up two weeks of rehearsals in Sin City, Shania kicks off her final road tour on Friday, June 5 in Seattle and winds things down in Toronto in October. She promises to play all her hits on tour, but warns the production will be tilted toward the rock side, including a new version of “Party for Two,” her hit duet with Billy Currington. She’s still entertaining the idea of debuting some of her new material on the road.

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Kip Moore Says “Traveling Circus” and Fans Inspired New Album

MCA NashvilleKip Moore’s second album will be called Wild Ones, and in a new video preview of the album, Kip says it was inspired by “the traveling circus that our life has become” and the folks who come to his concerts.

“I think the fans had so much to do with this record because I now know who my fanbase is,” he says in the video, posted to YouTube. “I refused to make a record that doesn’t represent who we are and what they want to hear.”

The “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” hitmaker co-wrote all of the album’s 13 tracks, including the lead single “I’m to Blame,” as well as “Lipstick,” a tune that namechecks the cities Kip has visited while playing 200 dates a year.

Here’s the track list for Wild Ones, which comes out Friday, August 21:

“Wild Ones”
“Come and Get It”
“Girl of Summer”
“That Was Us”
“What Ya Got On Tonight”
“Heart’s Desire”
“I’m to Blame”
“That’s Alright With Me”
“Running for You”
“Comeback Kid”

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Brett Eldredge Takes Two Fans on a Leap of Faith

Image Courtesy: Katie Storr/Stuart Cove’s Dive BahamasBrett Eldredge continues to live up to his reputation as an adrenaline junkie — and this time, he took two lucky fans along for the ride. Lindsay Bade says she entered Muck Boot’s Facebook contest every day to win the chance for her and her fiancé to zipline with Brett at AdventureWorks in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

While being on stage remains Brett’s number-one thrill, he admits ziplining at 30 miles an hour, 90 feet off the ground is a pretty close second.

“That one was the most scary and the most fun! The only other time I had that feeling was when I went skydiving,” Brett tells People. “That leap into the air is so scary, but it’s also the time you feel most alive. You don’t want to do it, but then you do it and you feel so alive. Sometimes you just have to let go and take the jump, the leap of faith.”

The country heartthrob built his daredevil reputation on celebrating each of his number ones with a new feat. Brett jumped out of a plane for “Don’t Ya” and swam with the sharks to mark “Beat of the Music.” Next up, he’ll eat dinner on a table suspended 300 feet above ground by a crane to commemorate “Mean to Me.” “I’m thinking baby back ribs,” he quips.

Monday night, Brett performs his latest hit, “Lose My Mind,” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Myers.

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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Says Having So Many Hits Is a Blessing and a Curse

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsWhen Rascal Flatts kicks off their Riot tour this weekend, fans don’t have to worry about whether or not the band will be playing the songs that made them famous.

“That’s what we all hope and dream to do when we stand in front of the mirror with our Goody comb and sing into it, is to have a bunch of songs that have touched people so much that they want to hear ‘em every night,” Jay DeMarcus says.

But he admits performing their hits night after night can be redundant.

“While it does, fifty shows in, get old singing ‘God Bless the frickin’ Broken Road,’” he jokes, “I’m so happy that we have that song to do it, and I’m so thrilled that people care enough to wanna pay money to see us sing that every year,” he reflects.

Jay believes having so many hits can be both a blessing and a curse, but ultimately, he knows how he feels about it.

“It kinda limits what you’re able to do with your live show and you can only switch it up and change it up so many different ways. But, when I stop and think about it when we’re off the road, I actually miss playing those songs ‘cause they’ve been such a big part of people’s lives.”  

Rascal Flatts’ first stop on their summer tour is tonight at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge will be the musical guest Monday, June 1 on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

You can watch the video for Love & Theft’s latest single “Whiskey On My Breath” at People.com.

Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don RooneyJana KramerChuck WicksJ.T. Hodges, and Rae Lynn will take part in Eric & Jessie Decker’s first annual charity casino night. Proceeds from the June 16 event in Nashville will benefit charities that help the military, veterans and animals.

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“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” Reminds Tim McGraw of Haggard and Strait

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsIt’s no surprise that Tim McGraw likes all kinds of music, having recorded songs far afield from traditional country as his collaboration with rapper Nelly on his hit “Over and Over.” But Tim says he wanted to cut his latest single, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” because it reminds him of the songs he listened to when he was just a kid.

“I grew up loving country music, and I’m a country music singer. I’m like everybody else. I love all kinds of music, and I love incorporating all kinds of music into what I do. I’m a fan. I grew up being a fan of the Eagles, and there’s a big Eagles influence in the music that I do. I was a Merle Haggard fan and a George Strait fan. So, when a song comes along that’s just a really great story, country song, it’s fun for me to record,” he reflects. “I’ve had a couple of those throughout my career, and it’s always fun to have those. It just has a grittiness to it that I really love, and I love to sing it.”

Your next chance to hear Tim live comes June 5, as he brings the Shotgun Rider tour in Little Rock, Arkansas. Meanwhile, you can see him co-starring alongside George Clooney in the new film Tomorrowland.

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Chris Young Rolls Out Sexy New Video for “I’m Comin’ Over”

RCA NashvilleChris Young’s sexy video for his latest single “I’m Comin’ Over” debuted Thursday on CMT. The new clip, shot entirely in Nashville, depicts Chris in a fling with a scantily-clad barista who left her number on his coffee cup.

“I’m Comin’ Over” is Chris’s thirteenth career single, and the first from his fifth album, due this fall. More than 70,000 people downloaded the song the first week it was available. You can watch the video now at CMT.com.

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Miranda, Martina & Jennifer Nettles Respond to Consultant Calling Them “Tomatoes”

David Giesbrecht/NBCMiranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride seem more than ready to match wits with the Texas-based radio consultant who recently compared female country artists to tomatoes.

In an article for trade publication Country Aircheck, Keith Hill extolled the virtues of playing fewer women on the radio, going so far as to say “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.”

“Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad,” he went on to say. “The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

Hill’s salad analogy provoked a firestorm of comments on social media.

Jennifer Nettles’ Twitter comments threatened to match Hill in the controversy department.

“Don’t worry babe.  I see an opportunity here. [A] big ole vagina shaped opportunity. #yesisaidvagina #trynottofaint,” she tweeted.

Martina McBride asked her Facebook followers if they agree with an assertion Hills made in the article that female listeners would prefer to listen to male artists.

“Wow…..just wow,” she commented. “Do you not like to hear other women singing about what you are going through as women? I’m really curious. Because to me, country music is about relating. Someone relating to what you are really going through on a day to day basis in your life. Did you girls (core female listeners) know you were being ‘assessed’ in this way? Is this how you really feel? Hmmm….”

Perhaps Miranda Lambert came closest to having the final word on the subject, in a series of tweets. “This is the biggest bunch of B*LLSH*T I have ever heard,” adding “I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.”

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Kenny Chesney Has Summer’s Hottest Country Tour, According to StubHub

Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour is summer’s hottest country concert, according to StubHub. The list is based on the site’s ticket sales from Labor Day through Memorial Day, with Kenny ranking ahead of major acts like Rush, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel and Ed Sheeran.  U2, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and One Direction all finish ahead of Kenny, with country alum Taylor Swift claiming the top spot.

This Saturday night, The Big Revival tour pulls into Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, with Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion joining Kenny for the date.

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