Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNew duo Maddie & Tae will perform their debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Friday, September 12.

Jason Aldean streamed his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, in its entirety for just one hour on BuzzFeed Tuesday night. Fans who like what they heard can buy the album when it comes out October 7.

Clint Black will join a few executives from the Academy of Country Music on a panel to discuss the 50th Annual ACM Awards this Saturday. The discussion is open to the public and will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville

Montgomery Gentry‘s brand-new single, “Headlights,” is now available at iTunes. Fans can chat with the duo about the new song Thursday morning at 11 a.m. ET. Check out Montgomery Gentry’s Facebook page for details.


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Dustin Lynch Is Crossing His Fingers and Saying a Prayer for a CMA Awards Nomination

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is riding high on the country chart with his latest hit, “Where It’s At,” and he’s hoping that radio success translates into a CMA nomination someday. Dustin is eligible for a New Artist of the Year nod this year, and you can bet he’ll be watching closely as the nominees are announced Wednesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio is would be “so cool” to get a CMA nod. He says, “There’s not a bigger tip of the hat or high-five from Nashville’s music community, and from your peers and colleagues. That’s an awesome thing.”

Dustin feels he’s got plenty more hit songs to follow up “Where It’s At,” on his sophomore album of the same name. It comes out next week, and Dustin is positive this new music will catch CMA voters’ attention.

“I think accolades will follow if I continue to give it everything I got,” Dustin adds. “I know I’m giving it everything I got right now, so hopes are high!”

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker will announce the top nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday morning during the 8:30 half-hour. They’ll announce the rest of the categories in a press conference streaming live at CMAAwards.com starting at 10 a.m. ET.

In other Dustin news, he’ll perform on FOX News’s Fox & Friends this Tuesday morning to celebrate the release of Where It’s At. Fans in New York City can attend the taping at FOX News headquarters in Manhattan, and the first 100 people in the audience will get a free, autographed copy of Dustin’s new album.  One lucky fan at the show will win a trip to Los Angeles to see Dustin perform an exclusive acoustic concert on board the Hornblower cruise ship later in the week.


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Kenny Chesney More Focused on Making Music for the Fans Than Winning Awards These Days

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has won CMA Entertainer of the Year four times in the past decade, but he won’t be upset if his name isn’t called when the CMA nominations are announced Wednesday morning.  He spent this year mostly out of the spotlight working on his upcoming album, The Big Revival, featuring his latest hit, “American Kids.”

Kenny says with a laugh, “If I was really worried about awards show season, I wouldn’t have taken a year off, you know what I mean? It was more important for me to cut a great record and concentrate on that. What comes with that comes with it.”

While Kenny admits winning CMA Awards has meant a lot to him in the past, he’s just focused on making music for his fans from here on out.

Says Kenny, “I think I’m at the point now in my life and career if I win an award, great. If I don’t, I just want to connect with my audience and grow it, and whatever comes, comes. But it doesn’t mean I’m not competitive, ’cause I am.”

Kenny is currently using his competitive nature to put together his 2015 live show. The Big Revival comes out September 23.

Little Big Town and Darius Rucker will announce the top nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday morning during the 8:30 half-hour. They’ll announce the rest of the categories in a press conference streaming live at CMAAwards.com starting at 10 a.m. ET.


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Garth Brooks Releasing New Single, “People Loving People,” to Country Radio Wednesday

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks‘ new single, “People Loving People,” will be released to country radio on Wednesday. The song is written by busbee, Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Wallin. It’s the lead single from Garth’s upcoming studio album, coming out later this year.

There’s a good chance Garth will perform the new single when he kicks off his run of shows in Chicago Thursday night.


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Luke Bryan Closes Out 2014 Stadium Shows with Attendance Record at Soldier Field

Image Courtesy Lyle Waisman/ Soldier FieldLuke Bryan played the last of his four 2014 stadium shows Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and in the process set a record as the best-selling country concert ever held at the venue.

More than 225,000 fans in all caught one of the stadium dates on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour.

Luke also played back-to-back sold-out shows in Indianapolis over the weekend. He moves on to New York City for a show at Madison Square Garden on September 12 and another show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn September 14.


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Lady Antebellum Scores Ninth Number-One Hit with “Bartender”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCongratulations to Lady Antebellum for scoring their ninth #1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart with “Bartender.” It’s the lead single from the group’s upcoming album, 747.  Lady A’s Hillary Scott explains “Bartender” is just the kind of fun, breakup song they were looking for.

“We went into this wanting to put a spin on it and take the approach that the only way to get over it is to get out on the town with your girls!” Hillary says. “It’s also insanely fun to perform, and the three of us have had a blast pumping up the tempo and going all out on it.”

Look for 747 to land in stores September 30.


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Florida Georgia Line Playing Pop-Up Show Tonight in Nashville for CMT’s “Instant Jam”

Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is playing a surprise show at Nashville’s Exit/In tonight as part of the CMT Instant Jam concert series. The first fans in line at noon Nashville time at Exit/In get in free to the show. We’ll keep you posted on the airdate.

Kenny Chesney filmed a pop-up concert last Friday night in Athens, GA for the first installment of Instant Jam, premiering September 27. Each episode of Instant Jam will showcase live performances, and gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to the concerts.



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Dustin Lynch Says Even the Fans Have Noticed His Major Crush on Reba

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsWhen Dustin Lynch recently Instagrammed a picture of Reba on #WCW– Woman Crush Wednesday– he wasn’t kidding. In fact, his adoration for the country icon has gone so far that even the fans have noticed it.

“Well, she is my crush,” he confesses, “and she knows that. That’s what’s awesome. I have a Reba cup onstage every single night. .. It’s interesting, in, where was I — Warsaw, Indiana. I look in the crowd and they’ve got Reba shirts on. So, it’s getting out there. If they’re not wearing my shirts, they’re wearing Reba McEntire shirts to my concerts. So, it’s pretty cool. But she is my crush. She’s always been a dream girl of mine since I was a little bitty guy.”

As you can imagine, Dustin would love to sing with the red-headed superstar, but he says he’s not going to rush it.

“I think that’s one of those things I want to earn my way into asking,” he says. “I don’t think I’ve gotten there yet, but hopefully, one day our paths will cross, and I can have enough courage to say, ‘Hey, you know, I’ve got this song I’d love to record.’  How awesome would that be?”

Dustin goes on to say he gets chills just thinking about it. His new album, Where It’s At, comes out September 9.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of Nicole Kidman‘s famous husbands is taller? ANSWER:  Keith Urban reportedly stands 5’10″, while Tom Cruise is allegedly only 5′ 7″.


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Jason Aldean Making Big Announcement Tonight; New Album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” Due Out October 7

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean will release his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, on October 7 featuring his latest hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” He revealed details on the album on BuzzFeed, where he’ll host another surprise event Tuesday night at 8 ET.

Jason says, “It’s going to be a pretty big thing I think and something we’ve never done before.  Just hope everyone will tune in and check it out and see what we got going on.”

As for the album title, Jason says it ties in with the “madness” he’s experienced through in the last two years splitting with his wife in 2013 and forging a new relationship with girlfriend, Brittany Kerr.

Jason tells BuzzFeed, “In the last couple of years, it feels like everything I’ve done has been on blast, personally and professionally. That title and that song, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt,’ is about starting with a clean slate. I’m the same dude, but we’re gonna start over and hit some uncharted territory here.”

As evidenced by the lead single, Jason felt free to explore new sounds on Old Boots, New Dirts. The 15 songs on the album include everything from Southern rock and R&B to pop and classic country.

Jason says, “When we’re cutting a record, we don’t have any rules. It’s just about finding the best songs we can find.”

Here’s the Old Boots, New Dirt track listing:
“Just Getting’ Started”
“Show You Off”
“Burnin’ It Down”
“Tryin’ to Love Me”
“Sweet Little Somethin’”
“Laid Back”
“Tonight Looks Good on You”
“Too Fast”
“If My Truck Could Talk”
“Old Boots, New Dirt”
“I Took It with Me”
“Don’t Change Gone”
“Miss That Girl”
“Gonna Know We Were Here”
“Two Night Town”


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