Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is taking time out from their just-launched Rewind tour to honor soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country. Band member Jay DeMarcus is a self-professed history buff, so he spends quite a bit of time thinking about those sacrifices.
“I think that all too often we go about our lives here in America, taking things for granted that have been paid for in blood by so many people that have come before us,” Jay says. “And I hope that we never get to the point to where we’re so complacent that we forget those people that are over there putting their lives on the line for us, day-in and day-out.”
Rascal Flatts is currently working to raise funds for the Civil War-era film, To Appomattox. For more information, check out the film’s Kickstarter campaign.
Image credit: Scott HorsleyIt wasn’t just President Obama who paid a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan Sunday. Brad Paisley was right there with him.
“About to play a surprise concert for the troops in Afghanistan,” Brad tweeted late Sunday morning. “God bless our military. Here we go.” A few hours later, he tweeted a pic of him sitting in the open door of an enormous armored vehicle, with the comment, “Bagram Afghanistan, now this is a 4 wheel drive.”
Paisley was one of only a handful of people who accompanied President Obama to Afghanistan. There were no details as of Sunday afternoon about what songs Brad performed for the troops.
Republic NashvilleTheBand Perry recently played their first USO show while overseas in the U.K., and hearing the soldiers’ stories was a moving experience for the sibling trio.
Neil Perry says, “We got to talk to some of our service members and listen to what they go through. And the fact that they leave home, leave the place they’re actually protecting to protect us, that just meant a lot to us.”
The Band Perry plans to continue their efforts in giving back to servicemen and women whenever possible in the coming years. In the meantime, they’re gearing up to join Blake Shelton on the Ten Times Crazier tour this summer.
Green Room PRJasonAldean headlines the inaugural Legends Day concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday. The event celebrates current and legendary drivers of the Indianapolis 500, which will be held Sunday. Jason’s performance is part of his partnership with Firestone tires for their Destiny Country campaign.
Jason’s concert will take place at the new Turn 4 infield stage, and more than 41,000 fans will be on hand. Tyler Farr is set to open the show. Ticket information is available at IMS.com/Aldean.
Lauren Dukoff/BillboardKaty Perry and Kacey Musgraves are so close Katy’s even seen Kacey in the buff.
The two singers, who recently taped an episode of CMT Crossroads together, grace the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine, and in the interview, Kacey confirms that Katy has seen her naked. “A couple times, and it won’t be the last,” she adds.
How did the two get together in the first place? Katy tells Billboard that after she heard Kacey’s debut hit “Merry Go ‘Round,” she instantly connected with it, so she tracked her down online and reached out to her about collaborating. The songs they wrote together didn’t end up on Katy’s PRISM album, but the two remained friends.
“I think [Kacey] straddles the line like I straddle the line of appropriateness and still maintaining a sexuality that is healthy and exciting,” Katy tells Billboard. “And it’s not all about that. It’s about sending inspiring and empowering messages and being a think-for-yourself type of woman.” The two plan to duet onstage when Kacey joins Katy’s tour in August. Get a preview by watching the CMT Crossroads episode on June 13.
Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has teamed with Toyota to promote road safety during the Southeast Asia dates of her Red tour, starting May 30 in Shanghai, China. The campaign features a video of Taylor encouraging fans to use their seat belts behind the wheel.
According to Marketing Interactive, the clip will be shown prior to Taylor’s upcoming shows and on print, TV and social media throughout Southeast Asia.
Here are Taylor’s upcoming Southeast Asia tour dates: 5/30 — Shanghai, China, Mercedes-Benz Arena 6/1 — Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena 6/4 — Jakarta, Indonesia, Meis Ancol 6/6 — Manila, Philippines, Mall of Asia Arena 6/9 — Bangkok, Thailand, Impact Arena 6/11 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Putra Indoor Stadium 6/12 — Singapore, Singapore Indoor Stadium
ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLukeBryan may have been raised on a peanut farm in South Georgia, but he listened to just as much rap as country music growing up. So, it’s no surprise he’s scored hits with country-rap hybrids like “That’s My Kind of Night.”
Luke tells The New York Times, “Nobody grew up more country than me, and we listened to Eazy-E and 2 Live Crew.”
One Luke went to college at Georgia Southern University, he performed at frat parties and spring break events featuring just as much hip-hop as country. “We watched what the D.J. played afterward,” Luke says. “Right when I got offstage, they started playing Juvenile and Outkast.”
Luke regularly opens his shows with “That’s My Kind of Night.” Go to LukeBryan.com to see where he’s playing next.
Schmidt RelationsThe Grand Ole Opry will have a big presence at next month’s CMA Music festival. An Opry matinee is set for Saturday, June 7 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The Opry Originals store at 34rd Ave. and Broadway will also host autograph signings throughout CMA Music Festival week with Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Love and Theft and more.