Luke Bryan Listened to a Lot of Rap Music Down on His Family’s Georgia Farm

ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan 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 to see where he’s playing next.

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Grand Ole Opry Announces Special Matinee, Autograph Signings for CMA Music Festival

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.

For a list of autograph times and other information, go to

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Band Perry makes their home in which East Tennessee town? ANSWER: Greeneville.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride will sing “America the Beautiful” prior to the Indianapolis 500 Sunday.

Rascal Flatts performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday night.

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Brantley Gilbert Honoring Fallen Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert‘s week-long motorcycle ride wraps up at Arlington National Cemetery Monday with a special Memorial Day ceremony to honor our fallen soldiers. The “Bottoms Up” singer partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to support the families of those who’ve lost loved ones in battle.

Brantley says, “Those guys not only left a legacy behind, they’ve got families and things that they cared about just as much as freedom, and any way we can help them out we want to make sure we do that.”

Several members of Brantley’s family and friend group have served in the military, including one of his closest friends who recently served as an Army Ranger. Seeing what his friend went through after serving overseas really got Brantley’s attention.

“I saw him come home and go through some of the PTSD,” Brantley says, “and hearing his stories and stuff and once I started getting information about the numbers of soldiers that were coming home that were having trouble finding jobs and education, [I] figured out it wasn’t just physical or mental issues.”

That experience led Brantley to get involved with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to support those soldiers returning from the Middle East.

Before his event at Arlington National Ceremony, Brantley will be pulling double duty, appearing at both the Indianapolis 500 race in Indiana and the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina on Sunday.

Brantley’s ride from Athens to Arlington coincides with the release of his brand-new album, Just As I Am, now in stores and online.

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Danielle Bradbery and Jennifer Nettles Performing at National Memorial Day Concert Sunday

Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery and Jennifer Nettles will perform on the 2014 National Memorial Day concert airing from Washington, D.C. Sunday night on PBS. The annual event takes place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Members of the U.S. military bands and choirs will also perform at the concert.

Check local listings for air time.

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Brad Paisley and Wife Kimberly’s Marriage Thrives on Humor and Mutual Respect

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, recently celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. What’s the secret to making their love last?

Brad tells Parade, “I think there’s no secret other than mutual respect and a sense of humor.  A sense of humor can get you through so much.”

Brad and Kimberly also share that bond with their two young sons, Huck and Jasper. Brad’s trying to instill that sense of humor into his kids, but it doesn’t always go smoothly.

“I remember one of my kids the other day did something that made everybody laugh and he was like, ‘I wish everybody wasn’t laughing at me,” Brad says. “And I told him, ‘you know how hard some people work to try to get people to laugh at them?’”

Brad made people laugh with guest spots on CBS’s The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men this year. He’s back on the small screen as a “celebrity expert” on ABC’s new singing competition, Rising Star, premiering June 22.

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Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, David Nail and More Added to 2014 CMT Music Awards Lineup

CMTThe 2014 CMT Music Awards just added a lot of star power with Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr among the stars playing the Nationwide Insurance Stage. Dan + Shay and Danielle Bradbery will also be featured on that stage during the show, airing live from Nashville Wednesday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert are among the previously-announced performers. Fan voting to determine the night’s winners is now open at

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley met while attending which Nashville college? ANSWER: Belmont University.

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Scotty McCreery Hosting Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction at the CMA Music Festival

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will host and perform at the Grand Ole Opry’s 6th Annual  Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction at the CMA Music Festival Buckle Stage Thursday, June 5 in Nashville.

Luke Bryan, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry and Carrie Underwood are among the stars who’ve autographed guitars going up for auction at the event. Benefits go to the Opry Trust Fund to help members of the country music community in need.

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