Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli Celebrates Wedding Anniversary Eating Roast by Candlelight in Front of the TV

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band front man Mike Eli didn’t spring for a fancy night out to celebrate his recent wedding anniversary. Instead, Mike and his wife celebrated very simply at home.

He tells Country Aircheck, “We celebrated in front of the television with two bar stools, a roast and a candlelight on the bar stools in front of us.”

Since Mike is out on the road so much touring, we’re sure his wife enjoyed the quiet night at home. Eli Young Band continues their opening spot on Darius Rucker‘s True Believers tour this weekend with shows in Florida and Alabama.

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George Strait Adds June 5 Stop in Hidalgo, TX to The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

EB Media PRGeorge Strait has added a June 5 show in Hidalgo, TX to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour schedule. The concert at State Farm Arena is just two days before his massive tour-ending concert at Dallas’s AT&T Stadium on June 7. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Martina McBride are on the bill for the sold-out Dallas date.

Tickets for the June 5 date go on sale to the public Friday, May 2.

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Rascal Flatts Performing at “Rewind” Album Launch Party in Los Angeles

CMARascal Flatts will perform an acoustic album launch concert for their latest release, Rewind, on the release date, May 13. The show takes place at the Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles, and only Citi card holders can purchase tickets at CitiPrivatePass.com.

Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox says, “We’re immensely proud of our new album and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our closest fans. We can’t wait for everyone to hear Rewind and look forward to kicking things off with Citi in Los Angeles next month.”

Fans attending the show will enjoy a wine pairing with each songs based on the track’s tempo and lyrics. Rascal Flatts’ new album features the hit title track.

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Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran & Mac Wiseman Are Newest Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced: Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran, and Mac Wiseman.  The inductees were revealed Tuesday morning in Nashville.

Soulful keyboardist Milsap, who’s blind, was of the biggest crossover country performers of the ’70s and ’80s, thanks to hits like “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” “Stranger in My House,” “Lost in the Fifties Tonight,” and “Any Day Now.”  He’s won six Grammys and scored forty #1 country hit singles.  Milsap’s name was announced by Hunter Hayes.

The late Hank Cochran is the Songwriter inductee this year.  A recording artist in his own right, Cochran also penned hits like Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Ray Price’s “Make the World Go Away,” George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” and “The Chair,” and Ronnie Milsap’s “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me).”

Mac Wiseman is the Veterans Era inductee this year.  The bluegrass singer is a solo artist, but also served as a member of the Foggy Mountain Boys, along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and played with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys.   He’s nicknamed “The Voice with a Heart.”

All three performers will be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year.

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Billy Currington Gets Amped-Up Performing “We Are Tonight” in Concert

Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington‘s latest single choice, “We Are Tonight,” is a direct result of his recent leap to arena headliner status. Billy loved what he calls the “amped-up energy” of the song, and the carefree lyrics appealed to him as well.

Says Billy, “It made me think of football games and the summer rolling down the window, driving down the beach boulevard. Everything that the song states took me back to my younger years.”

Billy will be playing “We Are Tonight” at his shows in Alabama and North Carolina this weekend. Go to BillyCurrington.com to see where he’s playing this summer.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Lady Antebellum is the youngest? ANSWER: Hillary Scott.

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Justin Moore Spending Less Time on the Road as His Family Continues to Grow

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking some well-deserved time off after he wraps up the Off the Beaten Path tour this weekend. The trek started back in November 2013, and Justin is anxious to spend more time with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters. Their third child is due in July.

Looking forward to his summer touring plans, Justin says, “We’re gonna do some of the big fairs and some of the big festivals. We’re not gonna do as many of the county fairs, and things that we’ve done in the past, simply because my girls are gettin’ older and I wanna spend as much time at home as I can with them.”

Justin’s status as an ACM Award-winning hitmaker means he can be a little more selective about how many shows he does every years.

“We’re gonna scale it back a little,” Justin explains. “We’ll probably play somewhere around 100 shows this year, as opposed to 150, 160, 170 shows.”

Justin plans to spend quite a bit of time at the new beach house he just bought in Destin, FL, too.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Jerrod Niemann will host a joint fan club party June 2 at Rocketown in Nashville.

Craig Morgan will host his 8th Annual Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride and Outdoor Concert July 20 in Dickson, TN.

Dierks Bentley has launched an interactive photo booth at Dierks.com to help fans get in the mood for his new single, “Drunk on a Plane.” The booth allows fans to upload their own picture and customize it with airline and party-themed stickers.

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Miranda Lambert Keeps It Simple Designing Her Shoe Line

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert launched her own line of shoes and boots last December with her music and lifestyle serving as the main inspiration. Some of the high heels have a rock and roll edge, while the boots give a nod to Miranda’s country roots.

She tells Women’s Wear Daily that running her boutique, The Pink Pistol, taught her some valuable lessons going into the shoe line launch.

“Keep it simple,” Miranda says of her design philosophy. “You can’t get crazy with design because you need something for everybody. I learned that with buying for my store, especially at the beginning. You have to keep it a little neutral or you’ll paint yourself into a corner.”

Miranda wore flashy, metallic boots from her shoe line while performing “Automatic” on the ACM Awards earlier this month. Look for her shoes at DSW, Rack Room Shoes and Country Outfitters.

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Lee Brice Celebrates First Anniversary with Wife, Sara

Photo Courtesy Lee BriceLee Brice and his wife, Sara, celebrated their first wedding anniversary Monday. Lee marked the occasion by posting a picture of himself with Sara on Twitter. The caption reads, “It’s been a year today since Sara made me the luckiest dude in the world.”

Lee’s latest single, “I Don’t Dance,” was written about Sara for their first dance as a married couple at the wedding reception. The video for the song features actual footage from Lee and Sara’s wedding day.

The couple has two children, sons Ryker and Takoda.

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