Miranda Lambert Keeping It Country as She Explores Her Rock Side on “Little Red Wagon”

Image Courtesy CMANext to AC/DC‘s show-opening performance, Miranda Lambert‘s delivery of “Little Red Wagon” on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards was the most rocking moment of the show. So, is Miranda thinking about a move into the rock format soon? Not so fast.

“I’m country through and through,” Miranda says. “I could sing any kind of music, but it would still be country because I’m from East Texas, as you can clearly hear.”

Miranda plans to continue making music with the guitars cranked up to 11, but she balances that with more traditional-leaning material like her # 1 hit, “Automatic.”

Says Miranda, “I love to have a rock element in my music. It’s just fun and it gives me energy, but I’m a huge classic country fan. So, I think I’m somewhere in the middle. “

Miranda’s latest album, Platinum, won the Best Country Album Grammy Sunday night.

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Gets Romantic with Valentine’s Day Playlist

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIf you’re looking to set the mood for Valentine’s Day this Saturday, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley has just posted a playlist of his favorite romantic songs on his wife Cassie‘s blog, Womanista.com. The list starts off with Sade‘s R&B slow jam “By Your Side,” but a few country stars made the cut. Charles included Lady A’s song “One Great Mystery” from their latest album, 747. Blly Currington‘s “Let Me Down Easy” is on there along with “Riot” by Rascal Flatts and “Love the Lonely Out of You” by Brothers Osborne.

Here is Charles’ complete Valentine’s Day playlist:

Sade — “By Your Side”
SafetySuit — “Never Stop (Wedding Version)”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
The Beatles — “In My Life”
Band of Horses — “No One’s Gonna Love You”
Mat Kearney — “Young Dumb and In Love”
John Mayer — “Love Is a Verb”
Brothers Osborne — “Love the Lonely Out of You”
Death Cab for Cutie — “Passenger Seat”
Billy Currington — “Let Me Down Easy”
Lady Antebellum — “One Great Mystery”
Emerson Heart — “You Know Who I Am”
Fleetwood Mac — “Songbird”
The Killers — “Here with Me”
Rascal Flatts — “Riot”
Marc Cohn — “True Companion”
Boz Scaggs — “Corrina, Corrina”
The Perishers — “Nothing Like You and I”
Shelby Lynne –“Just a Little Lovin'”
Vince Gill — “That Friend of Mine”

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Reba to Guest Star on Melissa Peterman’s ABC Family Sitcom, “Baby Daddy”

Image Courtesy CMAReba is reuniting with her friend and Reba sitcom co-star Melissa Peterman on the ABC Family comedy series Baby Daddy. Reba will play Charlotte, the best friend of Melissa’s character Bonnie. Charlotte may not be as supportive of Bonnie as she would have everyone believe.

Look for Reba’s episode of Baby Daddy to air later this year.

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Florida Georgia Line Playing Legends Day Concert the Day Before the Indianapolis 500

Image Courtesy Sweet Talk PRFlorida Georgia Line will headline the second annual Legends Day concert Saturday, May 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The show takes place the day before the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24. Jason Aldean headlined the first Legends Day concert last year, and Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard join FGL on the bill for this year’s show.

Tickets for Florida Georgia Line’s Legends Day concert go on sale February 16 at IMS.com.

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Carrie Underwood “Honored,” “Blessed” with Seventh Grammy Win

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/SonyCarrie Underwood won her seventh Grammy Award Sunday with a Best Country Solo Performance honor, for “Something in the Water.” The trophy was presented in the pre-telecast ceremony.  Though Carrie wasn’t there to accept in person, she did tweet, “I’m seriously so happy ‘Something in the Water’ won a GRAMMY!  This song means so much to me …I feel so honored and blessed!”

“Something in the Water” is included on Carrie’s best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. “Little Toy Guns” is the latest single from that project.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town performed with which pop star on last November’s CMA Awards? ANSWER: Ariana Grande.

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Luke Bryan Says He’s “All Good” with Zac Brown Following Zac’s 2013 Diss of “That’s My Kind of Night”

Image Courtesy CMAIt’s very rare for a country act to publicly criticize another artist’s music, so it came as a shock to many when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan‘s hit, “That’s My Kind of Night,” “one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard” in a September 2013 radio interview. Zac went on to say, “When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs.”

Luke and Zac eventually hugged it out on the CMA Awards that November as hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley sang a rewritten version of the song “Why Can’t We Be Friends.” It turns out there were several phone calls between Luke and Zac before that hug took place, though.

Luke tells DigitalJournal.com, “Zac and I, when that came down, we called each other a couple of times on the phone and talked it out, as you should do, and we all get really, really busy, so I haven’t had a chance to see Zac that much.”

Luke insists he has no ill will towards Zac, though.

“We’re all good,” Luke says. “I want Zac to do good, Zac wants me to do good… Zac had an opinion of something and he said it and that’s kind of the deal. That’s what he chose to do and me and him talked it out – we’re all good.”

Luke’s new album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, comes out March 10.

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At Grammy Awards, Sam Smith Takes Four Trophies, Beck Stuns with Album of the Year Win

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic“I’m having a really, really good night.”  That’s what Sam Smith said partway through Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, as he took the stage to accept his third trophy of the evening: Song of the Year, for “Stay with Me.”  It wouldn’t be his last trip to the podium, though; all in all, the soulful British singer took home four out of the six Grammys he’d been nominated for: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Stay with Me,” and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour.

After winning the final award of the night — Record of the Year — Sam said, “I want to thank the man this record is about — the one I fell in love with.  Thank you for breaking my heart, because you won me four Grammys.”  In the past, Sam, who’s gay, had revealed that his album In the Lonely Hour was inspired by his unrequited love for a straight man who didn’t return his affection.

Earlier in the evening, after winning Best Pop Vocal Album, Sam, who’ll be the first to tell you he doesn’t look like the average pop star, told the audience, “I want to say, before I made this record, I was doing everything to get my music heard. I tried to lose weight…and made awful music. It was only when I started to be myself that my music started to flow and people started to listen.”

With Smith taking home three out of the “Big Four” categories, alternative rocker Beck stunned everyone by winning Album of the Year for his critically-acclaimed disc Morning Phase.  Many had predicted a Smith sweep, or that Beyonce’s self-titled disc would win, but hardly anyone saw Beck’s win coming, including Beck himself.  In fact, in a nod to his infamous MTV VMA performance in which he stormed the stage when Beyonce lost to Taylor Swift, Kanye West walked onstage and acted like he was about to do the same thing to Beck.  However, he simply grinned and walked off, leaving Beck to call out, “Come on!  Come back!”  It turns out, Kanye WAS upset. He told E! Online after the show that “Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it.”

At the podium, Beck said that the album was “a family affair,” saying that he recorded the album at his house. “I’d like to thank my kids for letting me keep them awake,” he added.  Of note, he was presented the award by Prince, who made headlines by saying, “Like books, and black lives, albums still matter.”

Beyonce, who went into the Grammys with six nods, only took home three trophies: Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song for “Drunk In Love” and Best Surround Sound Album. Before coming onstage to accept Best R&B Performance, Bey kissed her husband, Jay Z, and then said in her speech, “This has been such an incredible year. I’d like to thank my beloved husband, I love you deep. My daughter, Blue Ivy, who’s watching. And [my fans], my BeyHive, thank you so much for riding so hard.”

Pharrell Williams, who also had six nominations going into the ceremony, won two: Best Urban Contemporary Album for G I R L, and Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance, for a live version of his smash “Happy.”  He seemed absolutely stunned to win that particular award, saying he fully expected any of the other nominees to take it home. “This is super-awkward,” he added. “I’m gonna moonwalk my way off the stage right now.”  Pharrell’s video for “Happy” was also named Best Music Video, but since he didn’t direct or produce it, he didn’t get the trophy.

Other winners of note: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their duet album Cheek to Cheek; the late Joan Rivers won her first Grammy, for Best Spoken Word performance, and Paramore won Best Rock Song for “Ain’t It Fun,” making lead singer Hayley Williams the first woman to win in that category since Alanis Morrisette in 1999.

The Grammy telecast crammed 23 performances into a bit more than three-and-a-half hours, and the show opened with AC/DC, who’d never before appeared on the Grammys. Joining the veteran rock band for its performance was their former drummer, Chris Slade, back for the first time since 1994. He’d been drafted to replace the band’s current drummer, Phil Rudd, who is now estranged from the band due to some serious legal troubles last year. 

Other music legends who performed included Madonna, Paul McCartney, ELO, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones and, briefly, Stevie Wonder.  But plenty of music’s current stars were also on hand, including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Kanye West, Hozier, Adam Levine, Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Sia.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert shared a few photos on Instagram from the video shoot for her new single, “Little Red Wagon.” The clip should premiere in the next few weeks.


“You only love me for my big sunglasses”…. #videoshoot #littleredwagon #bts #comingsoon

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Feb 5, 2015 at 3:24pm PST


Country newcomer Kelleigh Bannen covers Sam Smith‘s pop hit “Stay with Me” in a new YouTube video.

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Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Puts a New Twist on Jealousy

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleOn first listen, Little Big Town‘s new single, “Girl Crush,” may seem like a same-sex love song, but the lyric about is a little more complex than that. The other woman that vocalist Karen Fairchild is singing about is actually the new love of the guy she wants to be with. The song puts a new spin on good, old-fashioned jealousy.

“The lyric of ‘Girl Crush’ is written in a kind of sexy way, so some people might turn it off when they get to ‘I wanna taste your lips’ and all that,” Karen explains, “but once they get to the hook, they go, ‘Oh! It turns.’ It’s about a girl saying, ‘Why do you love her and not me?’”

She adds, “You’ve got to lean in a little bit, but the fans are really loving this one.”

The fans of “Girl Crush” include Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson, who have both covered the song in recent concerts. “Girl Crush” is included on Little Big Town’s latest album, Pain Killer, available now.

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