Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Big & Rich‘s #1 hit love song from 2007? ANSWER: “Lost in This Moment.”


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

Image Courtesy UMGThe Academy of Country Music is teaming up with the Now! Music series for a new 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. Look for it to come out on March 31. 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.


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Does Sam Smith See a Country Duet in His Future?

Kelly Christine Musgraves/Sandbox Entertainment; ABC/Randy HolmesGrammy-winning British pop star Sam Smith‘s next big hit could be a country duet, and his partner would be none other than Kacey Musgraves.

“I love this. @samsmithworld told me he’d love to work with @KaceyMusgraves. Let’s make that happen right now,” E! Online’s Marc Malkin tweeted from the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The 26-year-old country star wasted no time tweeting back her response. “Let’s do it!” she wrote less than an hour later.

Sam won four Grammys Sunday night, including for Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.  Kacey of course won the 2013 Grammy for Best Country Album, for Same Trailer Different Park, and Best Country Song, for “Merry Go ‘Round.”


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Big & Rich Help Set a Romantic Mood on Monday Night’s Episode of “The Bachelor”

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich made a guest appearance on ABC’s The Bachelor Monday night. The duo helped this season’s farmer bachelor, Chris Soules, and the bachelorettes write and perform songs during a group date in Deadwood, South Dakota. While his wife is a big fan of The Bachelor, Big & Rich’s John Rich admits he was a little skeptical about watching a bunch of pretty women compete for one guy’s hand in marriage. Meeting Chris and taking part in the taping changed John’s tune, though.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It was an interesting process. I definitely gained more of an appreciation for the show by being on it and seeing how it goes down.”

Taping the episode of The Bachelor in Deadwood was also Big & Rich’s idea. They’ve written a lot of music there and consider the Wild West town to be a home away from home.

“I mean, that’s where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane played cards,” John explains. “That’s where they’re both buried. When you get out in that town, man, I mean it’s drinking and gambling. It’s the Wild West. To throw all the girls on The Bachelor into that scene — that’s gasoline on a fire.”

Later on the show, Big & Rich played two songs for the bachelor and one of his bachelorettes, Britt. The set included Big & Rich’s signature song, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” which they sang as “Save a Horse (Ride a Farm Boy)” in honor of Chris.

John says, “That song has become kind of Big & Rich’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ When we hit [that opening guitar riff] everybody just — they know what it is. We could probably be a hundred years old and play that and they would still get up.”

The other song on Big & Rich’s The Bachelor set list is “Lovin’ Lately,” a song featuring Tim McGraw from the duo’s latest album, Gravity.

“They asked us to play that one because of the subject matter of the show,” John says. “‘Who You Been Lovin’ Lately?’ No kidding! I mean, you’re ‘The Bachelor’ with 20 hot girls around. So, it was fun.”

In other Big & Rich news, look for their four-part Gravity Quadrilogy to premiere on CMT this Saturday morning at 6 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET. The 15-minute video shows a love story unfolding in Las Vegas using their songs “Look at You,” “Lovin’ Lately, “Brand New Buzz” and “Gravity” as the soundtrack. Tim McGraw even makes a cameo in the video series, playing a bartender giving some advice to a heartbroken guy.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has sold more than 107,000 tickets for his six upcoming concerts at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The run starts February 20 and wraps up February 28 with tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Get-well wishes go out to Frankie Ballard, who sustained some injuries while stage diving during his show over the weekend in Humble, Texas. Even though he separated his shoulder, injured some ligaments and broke a rib, Frankie is going forward with his tour schedule. He is unable to play guitar for the time being.

Sam Hunt is in Nashville this week shooting the video for his latest single, “Take Your Time.” Look for it to premiere in a few weeks.

Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for eight Christmas shows starting December 2 and running through December 23. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.


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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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