Craig Morgan Hosting Second Annual Billy’s Place 5K April 12 in Dickson, Tennessee

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan will hold his second annual Billy’s Place 5K Sunday, April 12 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee.  Proceeds benefit Craig’s foundation to help foster children throughout Middle Tennessee. Participants who register by March 29 will get an official race t-shirt, and the top five runners will get a commemorative trophy.

Go to CraigMorgan.com for details on how to sign up.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGary Allan has a brand-new single, “Hangover Tonight,” hitting the airwaves March 2.

Florida Georgia Line has released “Sippin’ on Fire” as the follow up to their latest #1 hit, “Sun Daze.”

Country newcomer Canaan Smith will release his self-titled debut EP on March 24. The four-song project features his current single, “Love You Like That.”


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Lady Antebellum Ready to Introduce Opening Act Jason Aldean to Their European Fans

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum heads overseas later this month to headline the C2C Country to Country Festival shows starting February 28 in Oslo, Norway. Since they have a big presence in Europe thanks to their monster hit, “Need You Now,” Lady A is actually closing the show with stars like Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert going on before them.

Lady A’s Dave Haywood says with a laugh, “It’ll be the only time ever that Jason Aldean opens up for us. Because he’s coming over — I think it’s his first trip to Europe. But we were laughing. We were like, ‘This’ll never happen again.'”

Lady A has been playing shows throughout Europe for six years, and they’re very impressed with the fans’ dedication to their music over there.

“The fans are just nuts,” Dave says. “They know stuff from the first record that were just album cuts, and they sing it out loud in a big accent or whatever, and it’s a really cool thing.”

Following their European dates in England, Ireland and Sweden, Lady Antebellum will fly Down Under for a run of Australian shows starting March 13.


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Shania Twain Says Las Vegas Residency Doubled as “Personal and Professional Therapy”

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCShania Twain spent the last two years headlining her own show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, but she spent months preparing for the residency before she ever performed for an audience. On top of being nervous about tackling such a big production, Shania faced considerable vocal troubles as she started getting ready for the Vegas gig. Having the show’s start date as a deadline helped her focus on overcoming those issues.

She says, “The deadline and everything like that and having the team involved, really put me on the spot, and I was up for putting myself on the spot. So, I put that pressure on myself, and took on the show, and it really worked. I guess it was sort of personal and professional therapy really.”

Shania goes on to say she really tested her limits and got out of her comfort zone with her Shania…Still the One residency in Vegas. Fans who didn’t make it to see the show in person can get in on the fun when her new DVD and CD, Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas, is released on March 3. A special one-hour version of the show will air on ABC February 28 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Trisha Yearwood to Debut New Home Collection This April

Image Courtesy Russ Harrington/Sunshine SachsTrisha Yearwood will reveal her first-ever home collection this April at the High Point International Market in North Carolina. She’s teamed up with Klaussner Home Furnishings to create the line.

Now that Trisha’s on the road with her husband, Garth Brooks, she’s even more aware of the need to have a relaxing environment at home.  She says, “My collection with Klaussner is all about comfort and accessibility, giving everyone a place to relax and recharge with family and friends.”

The new home collection will debut after Trisha releases her third cookbook, TRISHA’S TABLE: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life, on March 31. Look for more lifestyle brands from Trisha to hit the marketplace in the coming months.


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Jason Aldean Reveals Big Plans for 10th Annual Concert for the Cure This Fall

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is going all out to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Concert for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. The show will take place October 24 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a portion of Jason’s ticket proceeds from every show on his 2015 Burn It Down Tour will help support Susan G. Komen South Florida’s efforts in the Palm Beach area.

Jason is also honoring two breast cancer survivors at each show on his tour this year. Fans can nominate the survivors in their lives for a chance to get the VIP treatment at one of Jason’s concerts at ww5.komen.org/JasonAldean.aspx.

Jason says of the campaign, “This year, we’re going to be sure we take the time every night to single out and celebrate a couple of fans who have won the fight and hopefully beat our record with a huge check for Komen this fall.”

Also, Jason’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt, is available this week as the Free Album of the Week at Google Play. Jason is donating $1 for every full album downloaded to the Concert for the Cure.


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Ashley Monroe Releases Hopeful New Single, “On to Something Good”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAshley Monroe is nearing the top of the country chart with her Blake Shelton collaboration “Lonely Tonight,” and now she’s releasing a brand-new single of her own, “On to Something Good.” The uptempo track captures the positive attitude Ashley is feeling lately now that she’s a 28-year-old married woman.

Ashley says of “On to Something Good,” “As cheesy as this might sound, that’s exactly how it felt. I like that the song is hopeful and it’s saying, ‘Hey, we’ve all been there. We all know what it’s like to be down and out, but there’s hope if you keep on going. And if you do you will be on to something good.’”

“On to Something Good” is the lead single from Ashley’s upcoming studio album — the follow-up to her 2013 release, Like a Rose.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Latest #1 Hit, “Sun Daze,” Came Very Late in the Game

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s latest #1, “Sun Daze,” was actually the last song they wrote and recorded for their latest album, Anything Goes. The track was written toward the end of their baseball stadium tour with Nelly last summer.

FGL’s Brian Kelley says, “We thought we pretty much had every song we wanted  [for the album], but this one definitely kicked one of the songs off. It shows that right down to the wire you need to keep writing and stay in your creative zone. We knew we had something special.”

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard sends a shout-out to their fans and country radio for their continued support. He says, “We have been beyond blessed the past few years and know that we wouldn’t be here without you.”

Florida Georgia Line is currently on the road with their Anything Goes Tour 2015. They’re headed overseas for the Country 2 Country festival tour in Europe, starting February 28 in Stockholm, Sweden.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country legend is featured on Toby Keith‘s hit “Beer for My Horses”? ANSWER: Willie Nelson.


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Brad Paisley Offers Parenting Advice to Pal Carrie Underwood

Image Courtesy ABCBrad Paisley has been very forthcoming with parenting advice for his CMA Awards co-host and mom-to-be, Carrie Underwood. She’s reached out to ask him questions about finding a good pediatrician in Nashville and raising a kid while on the road. Brad admits Carrie will face more challenges than he does balancing parenthood and a demanding concert schedule.

Brad tells CMT.com, “My kids get to be home with my wife, their mother, and it’s a much different thing when it’s the mom going on the road. I cannot imagine what it would be like if she’s got a weekend with three shows, and she’d have to just leave breast milk in the fridge. That would be rough.”

Brad’s sons Huck and Jasper love being on the road with their dad, but they mostly stay home in Nashville because of school. Check out BradPaisley.com to see where he’s playing next.


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