Miranda Lambert Literally Got an Ulcer Worrying over Her CMA Award-Winning Album, “Platinum”

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert earned her second CMA Album of the Year trophy Wednesday night for her fifth studio album, Platinum. She first won that trophy with her 2009 release, Revolution, so it may come as a surprise that Miranda was especially nervous making her latest release.

“I literally got an ulcer over this record,” Miranda says, “but it was worth it. It represents everything I am right now as an artist and everything I have to say.”

Now that she’s in her 30′s and happily married to Blake Shelton, Miranda wanted to capture this new chapter in her life on Platinum.

She says, “I feel like I’ve reached a new place in life and a new place in music and I wanted to be able to portray all of the emotions that I feel like I’m going through.”

Winning Album of the Year for Platinum is proof Miranda isn’t alone in her experience.

She adds, “I know that it won the award because it just talks about things you’re going through as a female and people can relate to it.”

Miranda’s new single from Platinum is “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” featuring Little Big Town. They performed the song on the CMA Awards Wednesday night.


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Martina McBride and her husband John‘s recording studio in Nashville? ANSWER: Blackbird.


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Garth Brooks on “Good Morning America” Today; Little Rock Tix On Sale

Sony NashvilleGarth Brooks continues his Man Against Machine media push today with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America.  Garth has a history of making major announcements on GMA, such as last September, when he teased the news conference at which he announced his new album, his tour, and the creation of his music retail site, GhostTunes.  There’s no word on whether today’s Good Morning America appearance will include any new information.

In other Garth news, tickets for his December 12 and 13 shows with wife Trisha Yearwood in Little Rock, Arkansas go on sale today.

Man Against Machine is available now for pre-order.  It’s out on Tuesday.


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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rodney Crowell are among the stars performing in honor of Emmylou Harris at a tribute concert January 10, 2015 at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall.

Rascal Flatts has released “Riot” as the new single from their latest album, Rewind.


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Eli Young Band Following Up Japanese Shows with Texas Stadium Dates

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleEli Young Band just got back from a trip to Japan to entertain U.S. troops stationed in Okinawa before flying back to Nashville for Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. Next up, the guys head back home to Texas for the first of two House Party stadium shows this Saturday night at the home of the Texas Rangers — Globe Life Park in Arlington. They’ll follow that show up with a second House Party at Minute Made Park in Houston.

The group’s Jon Jones is quick to give credit to their staff for coordinating all the details on these shows while they were overseas. He also points to the amazing crowds for these shows last year.

Looking back on those shows, Jon says, “Last year, we had zero bad fan response. We didn’t get any emails of people really complaining about fights or lines or parking or any of those concerns we’ve had in past shows, which is a big reason that we’re doing the House Party. So, a huge success.”

Eli Young Band has performed as an opening act on multiple stadium shows with Kenny Chesney, who is known to play about 25 NFL venues every tour and the band has learned from Kenny’s example.

Eli Young Band front man Mike Eli says of Kenny, “He’s really one of the coolest, most down-to-earth folks, as much as someone like that could be as far as being that successful. And having all that on his shoulders and still, like, for stadium shows all across the United States, and then still being so calm and collected,  ’cause it really is a lot of work. And we’re only doing two of ‘em. “

Eli Young Band is now in their 14th year as a touring act, so playing these massive shows with the help of Gary Allan, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae as their supporting acts is really sweet.

“To be able to put on shows like that, it really feels good to have that kind of success,” says Mike.

For more details on Eli Young Band’s House Party shows, go to EliYoungBand.com.


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Loretta Lynn to Release First New Album in 11 Years in 2015

Image Courtesy The Co-OpLoretta Lynn will release her first new album since 2004′s Grammy-winning Van Lear Rose next year. She’s been working on the project for the past seven years with her daughter Patsy L. Russell and John Carter Cash at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The new album finds Loretta exploring the Appalachian and gospel music of her native Kentucky as well as performing new versions of her classics hits and other country standards.

The news comes on the heels of Loretta’s duet with Kacey Musgraves on the CMA Awards Wednesday night.


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The 48th Annual CMA Awards Score Huge Ratings for ABC

Image Courtesy CMAThe 48th Annual CMA Awards proved to be a ratings bonanza for ABC Wednesday night. The show was the #1-rated show in every half-hour of prime time with 16.1 million viewers, beating second-place CBS by 7.4 million viewers.

The CMA Awards also gave ABC its strongest ratings for an entertainment program since the Academy Awards back in March. The 2014 CMA Awards will re-air on CMT coming up Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Garth Brooks Performing on 2014 American Music Awards November 23

Image Courtesy Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks has joined the performers lineup for the 2014 American Music Awards later this month. He’s set to perform a song from his new album, Man Against Machine, live from his tour stop in Greensboro, North Carolina on the ABC broadcast Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

Man Against Machine comes out this Tuesday.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Luke Bryan‘s fan club? ANSWER: The Nut House.


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Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and More Donate Items to Grammy Charity Christmas Auction

Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairThe Grammy Charity Country Christmas Online Auction is live this week at eBay.com/Grammy, featuring items autographed backstage at Wednesday night’s 48th Annual CMA Awards. Additional memorabilia is up for bid from Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more.  You can also bid on trips to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

The Grammy Charity Country Christmas Online Auction is live through November 15.


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