Josh Turner Documents His Intense CrossFit Workouts on Instagram

Image Courtesy CMAJosh Turner is fast becoming one of country music’s buffest stars. He’s so devoted to CrossFit training, Josh has built what is called a “home box” on his property south of Nashville. Right now, Josh is competing in the Reebok Open 15.2 CrossFit Games, and he’s tracking his progress via Instagram videos.


Got to complete the next phase of the @reebok Open 15.2 at my “home box.” It wasn’t easy! #crossfitgames2015

A video posted by Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) on Mar 11, 2015 at 3:20pm PDT


In the latest clip, Josh is seen deadlifting weights and doing pushups. Follow him on Instagram, @joshturnermusic, to keep up with the workouts.

On the music front, Josh’s new single, “Lay Low,” is climbing the country chart. He’s expected to release a new album later this year.

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Reba Premieres New Video for “Going Out Like That”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupReba premiered her new video for “Going Out Like That” on NBC’s Today Friday morning. You can see the full clip now on

Reba will return to the show next month before her new album, Love Somebody, comes out April 14.

In addition to “Going Out Like That,” Reba’s new album also includes a duet with Jennifer Nettles on “Enough.”

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Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” Video Gives the Song a Darker Edge

Image Courtesy Sam Worster/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt‘s latest single, “Take Your Time,” has been certified gold for sales and streams topping the 500,000 mark. Now he’s released a very gritty video to go along with the hit song.

While the song is sung from the perspective of a guy trying to spend some time with a girl at a party or a bar, the video finds Sam stepping in to help out a young mother in an abusive relationship. The stark visuals offer a very different take on the song’s lyrics.

“Take Your Time” is the latest single from Sam’s debut album, Montevallo.

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Blake Shelton Makes Surprise Appearance at Miranda Lambert’s Hometown Concert in Dallas

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert realized a big dream come true Thursday night when she headlined the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, which is 80 miles from her hometown of Lindale, TX. When she still lived in Texas, Miranda passed that arena on her way to the airport in Dallas and often dreamed of bringing her own show to the venue.

To make the milestone even sweeter, Miranda’s husband, Blake Shelton, surprised the audience to sing a duet. Miranda posted a photograph to Instagram of the couple kissing onstage at the show. The caption reads, “Still on cloud 9 from last night! Thanks @blakeshelton for surprising everyone in Dallas! #hubby #home #family #Texasproud.”


Still on cloud 9 from last night! Thanks @blakeshelton for surprising everyone in Dallas! #hubby #home #family #Texasproud

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Mar 13, 2015 at 9:20am PDT


Blake performed his hit song “Austin” for the crowd, with Miranda joining him on harmony vocals.

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Gary Allan Rediscovering the Beauty of Vinyl Records with His New Turntable

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan‘s latest single, “Hangover Tonight,” was inspired by the classic sounds of Motown, so it’s clear Gary has a love for vintage music. He’s been indulging that passion recently with the purchase of a new record player.

Gary tells ABC Radio, “I’m surprised it took me so long to buy another turntable. So, I’ve been, just all over albums.”

Gary had a few albums from his parents’ record collection he was keeping at his Nashville boutique, The Label. He says, “I think I’ve got a Willie Nelson in there, Hello Walls, and there was a Bobby Darrin, I think, that I just took.”

Gary also swung by Nashville record store Grimey’s to pick up some classic rock albums from Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Listening to those records in their entirety makes Gary realize what is lost in today’s singles-driven, digital music experience.

“People today don’t listen to album cuts,” Gary explains. “I mean, everybody has their own little playlist, and it’s usually singles, and the depth — I think that’s why we’re losing so much depth in music in general is because of that.”

“Hangover Tonight” is the lead single from Gary’s upcoming studio album, due out in the coming months. No word yet on plans for a vinyl release, though.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockReba made a big splash on Broadway starring in which classic musical? ANSWER: Annie Get Your Gun.

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Reba Says She’ll “Never” Write a Follow-Up to Her Bestselling Autobiography, “Reba: My Story”

Image Courtesy CMAReba has lived a lot of life since her 1994 autobiography, Reba: My Story, became a bestseller, but don’t hold your breath for her next memoir. She uses the word “never” when we asked if she would consider writing a book about her experiences conquering Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, or starring in two network sitcoms. It all goes back to what Reba experienced after her first memoir was published.

“There was stuff on there that I wish I hadn’t have said, and I got my facts wrong,” Reba says, “and it’s so embarrassing when people come up to you and say, ‘You know, that didn’t happen that way.’ I said, ‘You know what, go write your own book. Then you can tell it the way you want to.'”

Reba goes on to say she could only write what she knew back in 1994, and she admits, “Oh my gosh, it was hard.”

This proclamation doesn’t mean you won’t see Reba’s name in the new releases section at the bookstore again. She adds, “I’d like to write a book, but not a story about me.”

Reba prefers to let her music do the talking these days. Her new album, Love Somebody, is due out April 14 featuring the lead single, “Going Out Like That.” Look for Reba to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards a few days later on Sunday, April 19. The show airs that night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts wraps up their Vegas Riot! residency at the Hard Rock Las Vegas this weekend.

Kenny Chesney will preview The Big Revival Tour with a two-hour special at at noon ET on Wednesday, March 18. The trek kicks off March 26 and 27 in Nashville.

Sam Hunt‘s video for “Take Your Time” is out Friday. Entertainment Tonight had a sneak peek of the clip Thursday.

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Jon Pardi Selected as NRA Country Artist of the Month for March

Image Courtesy Jon-Paul Bruno/NRAJon Pardi has been chosen as NRA Country Featured Artist for the month of March. Starting now, you can head over to NRA Country’s Facebook page to check out an exclusive performance video from Jon.  A new performance video from him will be posted there each Monday for the rest of the month. Jon is also taking part in a Twitter chat Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. You can tweet questions to @NRACountry using the #NRACPardiChat.

It’s a natural fit for Jon to partner with NRA Country, since he has a lifelong love of the outdoors.  He says, “I grew up in rural Dixon, CA and I’ve been hunting with my father ever since I was a young boy,” says Pardi.  “He taught me how to hunt and shoot, firearm safety and have respect for the outdoors.”

Jon is on the bill for Alan Jackson‘s April 11 show in Nashville, presented by the NRA.

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Keith Urban Wins Two Trophies at Australia’s CMC Awards

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was a big winner at the Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards this week in Australia. He took the International Artist of the Year and International Video of the Year for “Cop Car” at the event in Brisbane. 

Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae were among the performers at the CMC Awards, which coincide with this weekend’s CMC Rocks Queensland festival.

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