Eli Young Band Begins Next Phase of Their Evolution with New EP, “Turn It On”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleEli Young Band‘s new EP, Turn It On, is now available at all digital outlets, and the title track is already making a big impression at country radio. The guys wrote the song on their tour bus and recorded it in January, and say they knew they were on to something good when they hit the studio.

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones tells ABC Radio, “It was just sounding fresh and new. The label was really, really enthusiastic and excited about it and wanted us to release the music really quickly to radio.”

The new EP features three other songs besides “Turn It On,” and the band’s lead singer, Mike Eli, thinks the project gives fans a good idea of where they’re headed musically.

“We’ve always been constantly evolving,” Mike explains. “The music on the EP, it’s going to set the tone for the kind of music we’re going to continue to make.”

The Turn It On EP also includes the new tracks “Plastic,” “Your Place or Mine” and “Drink You Up.”

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Miranda Lambert Debuts Flirty New Video for “Little Red Wagon”

Image Courtesy Sony/Reid LongMiranda Lambert‘s new video for “Little Red Wagon” is out. The clip features the singer looking quite stunning as she checks into a desert motel and charms the staff, including a pretty and shirtless pool boy. In the end, Miranda walks away from the guy with a wink while wearing a blinged-out belt that says “Mrs. Shelton.”

Miranda found “Little Red Wagon” when a friend told her to check out an album by Oklahoma-based artist, Audra Mae, who wrote the song. Once she heard Audra Mae’s version of “Little Red Wagon” on that album, Miranda immediately set out to get in touch with Audra through some mutual songwriter friends.

Miranda says, “I really did my P.I. homework. I finally got in touch with her, and we became friends and wrote a couple times together.”

After a few writing sessions, Miranda finally got the courage to ask Audra Mae if she could record “Little Red Wagon.” Audra said yes and ended up singing background vocals on the song, too. “Little Red Wagon” has since become a cornerstone of Miranda’s concert set list.

She adds, “It just felt like me — just felt like a song that I wish I’d have written.”

“Little Red Wagon” is the latest single from Miranda’s current album, Platinum.

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Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diary Exhibit Opening May 22 at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diary exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens May 22 and will run through November 8. The exhibit will feature stage clothes, instruments and awards from the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Luke is most excited for his mom and dad to come check out the exhibit.  He recalls, “I remember bringing my parents to visit the museum and dreaming of something like this one day. Now to have an exhibit about my life that my family, friends, and fans can come and see is just so cool.”

Luke joins Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert among the current crop of stars to be featured in a summer exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

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Star-Studded Performers Lineup Announced for Next Month’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACMJason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Blake Shelton are all set to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards next month. Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Reba, Dierks Bentley and New Artist of the Year nominees Sam  Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell round out the performers lineup, and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year George Strait will debut a new song, too.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the ACM Awards broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ACM Awards’ 50th Anniversary Celebrated with New Two-Disc Compilation

Image Courtesy ACM AwardsThe Academy of Country Music has announced the track listing for the Now! Music series compilation, celebrating the ACM Awards’ 50th Anniversary. Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years is due out March 31, featuring hits from the show’s history as well as current nominees on two discs. That means Miranda Lambert‘s “The House That Built Me” and Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” are featured alongside classics like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones and “Why Not Me” by The Judds.

Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and Faith Hill are among the other stars featured on the new compilation. The Academy’s proceeds from the project will benefit their charitable organization, ACM Lifting Lives.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will air live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Here is the Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years Track Listing:

 Disc One (1990 – 2015)
1) Jason Aldean (with Luke Bryan and Eric Church) — “The Only Way I Know”
2) Lee Brice — “I Drive Your Truck”
3) Luke Bryan — “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)”
4) Blake Shelton — “Honey Bee”
5) Taylor Swift — “Mean”
6) Lady Antebellum — “Need You Now”
7) Miranda Lambert — “The House That Built Me”
8) Brad Paisley & Keith Urban — “Start a Band”
9) Reba & Kelly Clarkson — “Because of You”
10) George Strait — “Give It Away”
11) Carrie Underwood — “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
12) Tim McGraw — “Live Like You Were Dying”
13) Kenny Chesney — “The Good Stuff”
14) Lee Ann Womack — “I Hope You Dance”
15) Faith Hill — “This Kiss”
16) Alan Jackson — “Chattahoochee”
17) Brooks & Dunn — “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”

Disc Two (1965 – 1989)
1) Clint Black — “A Better Man”
2) Hank Williams, Jr. — “There’s a Tear in My Beer”
3) Randy Travis — “Forever and Ever Amen”
4) The Highwaymen — “Highwayman”
5) The Judds — “Why Not Me”
6) Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers — “Islands in the Stream”
7) Willie Nelson — “Always on My Mind”
8) Alabama — “Love in the First Degree”
9) The Oak Ridge Boys — “Elvira”
10) David Frizzell & Shelly West — “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”
11) George Jones — “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
12) Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers — “All the Gold in California”
13) Don Williams — “Tulsa Time”
14) Glen Campbell — “Rhinestone Cowboy”
15) Charlie Rich — “Behind Closed Doors”
16) Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty — “Lead Me On”
17) Merle Haggard — “Okie  from Muskogee”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley‘s hit duet? ANSWER: “Remind Me.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley will play the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, March 24.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert performed a surprise duet of his hit, “God Gave Me You,” during her show in Oklahoma City over the weekend.

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Dustin Lynch Ramping Up the Energy for Opening Slot on Luke Bryan’s Tour

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch loves playing for the college-age crowds filling the seats on Luke Bryan‘s 2015 tour, but the drop in age group means Dustin has to rethink a few of his cover song choices from the early-to-mid 2000s.

He tells ABC Radio, “We did a really cool mash-up of Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Summer Love’ and we went into Ja Rule, ‘Mesmerize,’ and we went straight into ‘Where It’s At.’ And after the first three shows, we were like, nobody here knows these songs.”

Dustin estimates a lot of the fans at the Luke Bryan show weren’t even teenagers when those songs came out, so he’s mixing it up with more current cover songs like one from Drake. It’s all an effort to get those Luke Bryan fans to also become Dustin Lynch fans.

He says of the Luke Bryan crowd, “They might have heard ‘Where It’s At” or “Cowboys & Angels” at some point, but they don’t have a clue who we are. So, hopefully [we’re] out there making some new fans. When we come back to town, they’ll want to come see our whole show.”

Even though he just has a 25-minute set, Dustin is taking full advantage of his time on stage.

“We’re slamming. It’s non-stop.”

Dustin is keeping busy with a lot of headlining shows before Luke’s Kick the Dust Up tour launches May 5 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Emmylou Harris to Be Honored as a Laureate at Sweden’s Polar Music Prize Gala in June

Image Courtesy Vector ManagementEmmylou Harris is being honored with what some call the “Nobel Prize of Music.” She’s one of two artists recognized as this year’s Laureates for The Polar Music Prize and will be recognized June 9 at a gala ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Polar Music Prize recognizes one artist from the contemporary music world and one classical music artist each year for their achievements in music, and for breaking down musical boundaries. Emmylou says, “I was both surprised and honored at the news of this most prestigious award, and am now looking forward to once again returning to your beautiful country where I was first so warmly welcomed those many years ago.”

Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Ray Charles are among the former laureates honored with the Polar Music Prize.

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Chase Rice to Perform New Single, “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” March 23 on “Good Morning America”

Image Courtesy Jon-Paul Bruno/EB MediaChase Rice will perform his new single, “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, March 23. The appearances takes place just days before Chase joins Kenny Chesney for The Big Revival Tour. The trek kicks off March 26 and 27 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Chase is excited to hit the road with one of his heroes. “There are only a few entertainers that continuously set the bar both musically and on stage, and Kenny has always been that guy for me,” Chase says. “The fact that we’re going out on tour with him this year is still surreal.”

Chase adds that he’s going to give it everything he’s got for the tour and the GMA performance.

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