Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockReba returns to The Voice on Tuesday to deliver a live performance of her latest single “Going Out Like That.” The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Kristian Bush performs his hit, “Trailer Hitch,” Tuesday on The Talk. Reba stops by to chat with the ladies on Thursday. You can catch the show weekdays on CBS at 2 p.m. ET.

The dedication of the George Jones Museum is set for Thursday night in Nashville, prior to its opening on 2nd Avenue this weekend.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have released the video for “It’s All Going To Pot,” the first single from their CD Django and Jimmie, due out June 2.



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Garth Brooks Wears Whatever He Wants

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsAt last weekend’s ACM Lifting Lives Gala in Dallas, Texas, Garth Brooks sported the signature of his hero, George Strait, on his collar.

“Am I not George Strait? I thought I was,” he joked. “I’ve wanted to be George forever.”

“Can I call you George tonight? Is that all right?” wife Trisha Yearwood chimed in, and the Entertainer of the Year nominee answered affirmatively.

He was actually wearing a western shirt from Strait’s line, something Garth knows a little about, having partnered with an Oklahoma company to offer the Sevens Collection, which replicates some of the iconic fashions he’s worn throughout his career. But so far, he hasn’t lent his name to a line of clothing.

“You know what, I just never have really, I guess, done it. We’ve done things with Maury with the Mo Bettas. He’s got a new line out now for the new tour, so we’re wearing his stuff, too.”

Garth confesses what he really enjoys is putting on whatever fits his mood.

“What I like is being free to wear whatever you want. So, if you want to put on a George Strait, or you want to put on a Wrangler, old-school kinda thing, then you can wear it. And that’s what I like,” he says.

For the next two weekends, Garth’s world tour stops at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. 


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Cole Swindell Plays Armchair Coach for the Atlanta Falcons

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGeorgia native Cole Swindell tells AtlantaFalcons.com he has some ideas about what his favorite team should do when it comes time for this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month. The ACM New Artist of the Year also throws his support behind new head coach Dan Quinn.

“I like him. Coming from Seattle, I hope he gives our defense the fire we need to start lighting people up. Physically,” he says. Cole remembers watching his favorite Falcon Deion Sanders play when he was just a kid. “My first game getting sideline passes and getting to watch from there was one of the best moments ever,” he remembers.

As for Cole’s draft pick, his money is on Shane Ray from the University of Missouri. He believes Ray would “help get pressure on the quarterback and add to what [the new coach] is trying to build.” The Atlanta Falcons will pick eighth when the NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 30.


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Brett Eldredge Confesses to Making Out to “Toy Story”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFirst, People named Brett Eldredge one of its sexiest men. Now the country heartthrob is opening up to the magazine about his first heavy-duty encounter with the opposite sex.

“I got my first kiss during some sort of animated movie — it might have been Toy Story. Probably when Buzz Lightyear came to the rescue, because, you know, I like to rescue people,” he jokes. “I was rescuing her heart, I was stealing it away.”

When asked what advice he’d give his 13-year-old self, Brett says “lay a smack on those lips and sing her a song,” admitting that his technique may not have been quite up to par at that age. “You’re so nervous on that first kiss, you know, I don’t think it went too well, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Brett admits serenading the ladies is still one of his “favorite sports,” name-checking John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” as a go-to tune. Currently working on his second album, the “Mean to Me” hitmaker made the comments during one of People’s Golf Cart Confessionals taped before Sunday’s ACM Awards. You can watch the entire episode online.


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ACMs Set 17-Year Record, Win the Night for CBS

Academy of Country MusicThe 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast not only delivered a big win for CBS Sunday night, according to Variety, but Nielsen numbers also say the golden anniversary gala from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas garnered the ACM’s largest audience in the last 17 years.

More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see the show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. That’s a ten percent increase from last year, and about three times the 18 to 49-year-old audience CBS typically draws on a Sunday night. This was the first year the show has gone until 11:30, with the audience dipping just below 16 million its final half hour.

 
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Little Big Town’s ACM Performance is Number One, According to Shazam

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town’s performance of “Girl Crush” was the most Shazamed moment of Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, according to the music recognition app. Rascal Flatts’ collaboration with Christina Aguilera (“Riot”) comes in second, with performances by Garth Brooks (“All American Kid”), Blake Shelton (“Sangria”) and Dierks Bentley (“Riser”) rounding out the top five.

Collaborations dominated the list of “Most Shazamed Artists,” with Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera coming out on top, followed by Dan + Shay and Nick Jonas, with Eric Church and Keith Urban at number four. Reba came in third, with Kenny Chesney in fifth place.

Overall, Little Big Town was Shazam’s “Most Explored Artist,” while Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” discussion was the “Most Watched Video” at Shazam.com.


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Country Music Hall of Fame Begins Updating ACM Gallery This Week

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleNashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gives its ACM Gallery a significant update later this week. Focusing on the year 2014, the exhibit adds both Miranda Lambert’s metallic pink microphone as well as her Colton Fire Arms shotgun mic stand, plus husband Blake Shelton’s latest CMA trophy for Male Vocalist.

Tourists will also be able to glimpse props and clothing from Taylor Swift’s Red trek, alongside the outfits Maddie & Tae wore in their breakout video for “Girl in a Country Song.” Rocker Jack White also contributes the fringed western wear he sported the first time he performed with Loretta Lynn.

Artifacts from Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, David Nail, Hunter Hayes and Brett Eldredge round out the collection, which begins unveiling its additions on Friday.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich song has spent the most time atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart? ANSWER:  Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” logged 24 weeks on top, beginning in December of 2012.


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Willie Nelson to Launch Cannabis Brand, Willie’s Reserve

Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson has never been bashful about how much he enjoys smoking marijuana.  Now that states are legalizing it, he’s branching out into the pot business.

Willie’s new cannabis brand, dubbed Willie’s Reserve, seeks to provide customers with a regulated, natural and high-quality marijuana product in U.S. legal markets.  Willie says, “I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.”

The Country Music Hall of Fame member has long been a supporter of cannabis for personal use and industrial hemp production. He details his long-time use of marijuana, as well as his run-ins with the law for possession, in his new book, It’s a Long Story: My Life, due out May 5.


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Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley Will Headline ACM Party for a Cause Concert

Academy of Country MusicThe Academy of Country Music has announced the headliners for next year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival will be two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood, ACM winner Dierks Bentley and four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney

The charity-based event, which will be held on April 1-3, 2016, also promises to attract “a whole bunch” of the headliners’ friends. This year’s event attracted the likes of Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker, and Luke Bryan.

The event benefits ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, as well as military charities like the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tickets for the event at Las Vegas’ MGM Resorts Festival Grounds go on sale on April 27 on Ticketmaster.com


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