Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Cadillac Three welcomed a few industry insiders to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville Tuesday night to premiere their brand-new video, “White Lightning.” The clip premieres Wednesday on CMT.

Tim McGraw got some serious grilling done Tuesday thanks to Nashville meat market, Porter Road Butcher. He posted a picture of the ribs he grilled on Twitter.

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook may be struggling with a vocal issue. The band wrote on Instagram, “Sending @jimiwestbrook prayers and love as he heads out of town to the voice doc. K, K & P.”

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Reba Reveals a Few Secrets from Her Vegas Residency with Brooks & Dunn Opening Tonight

Greenroom PR/Russ HarringtonReba reunites with longtime pals and frequent collaborators Brooks & Dunn Wednesday night for the launch of their Together in Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Before signing on for the gig, Reba and her husband/manager, Narvel Blackstock, caught Shania Twain‘s show at Caesars Palace. That experience got them excited to dream up a show of their own with Brooks & Dunn.

Reba tells ABC Radio, “It was amazing to watch [Shania’s] show. All the different things you can do. It was colorful. It was theatrical. There were things moving all the time.”

If you caught Reba’s live show in the ’90s, you know she wowed the crowd with multiple costume changes and lots of flashy stage tricks and dance troupes backing her up. As time went on, Reba stopped changing clothes during her shows in order to spend more time on stage with the audience. Sharing the bill with Brooks & Dunn allows her to bring back some of those bells and whistles for the Vegas crowd.

“While I’m backstage changing clothes, I know they’re gonna be entertained with Ronnie and Kix,” Reba says, noting that she won’t have a separate set from the duo. “We’re gonna do a mingle show. We’re not gonna be — their 30 minutes, my 30 minutes. We’re gonna be together.”

Of course, choosing which of her more than 60 top-10 hits to include in the relatively short set list is a big challenge.

Reba says, “Tell me about it! It’s hard. So, there might be a few medleys to be able to put some more songs in, but we’re so excited.”

One song Reba can’t leave out of any set list is her signature song, “Fancy,” and she promises a “spectacular” production for that number.

Reba says, “I will tell you I have spent more time on ‘Fancy’s’ outfit than any other outfit for the show.  I’ve spent more time on it than I did the set list, than anything else for the show.”

As for her pals Kix and Ronnie, Reba expects to share a lot of laughs with the guys both on stage and off as they play shows through July 4 in Vegas. They’ll be back for another round of shows in December.

She says of Brooks & Dunn, “They’re intelligent. They’re witty. Great storytellers, and I just like to hang out with ’em.”

Though the two acts have worked together for more than two decades now, Reba says she and Brooks & Dunn have very different approaches when it comes to putting a show together.

“They’re deep. I’m very surface,” Reba says. “I just stay right here on the surface. I’m what-you-see-is-what-you-get, and they can go deep in a conversation. ‘Why do you do this?’ and ‘Did you think that?’ I said, ‘Woah, no, no. I just said it was a good idea, and let’s just go do it.’ They’re the ones who will dissect it to death, yeah.”

You can bet Reba and Brooks & Dunn are ready to go for Wednesday night’s opening show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For a complete list of show dates, go to

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Cole Swindell Gives a Quick Listen to One of His Songs for Upcoming Sophomore Album

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell shared a video on Instagram from the recording studio Tuesday, and you can hear a little snippet of one of his brand-new songs as he speaks to the camera.

Cole says, “We are in the studio recording some vocals for album two.”

The new project won’t be out for a while, though. Cole is currently climbing the country chart with “Let Me See Ya Girl,” the latest release from his self-titled debut album.

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Studio. Vocals. Hope y’all are having a good one! #letmeseeyagirl #bringthebeatback

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A Few Country Titles Make “Rolling Stone” 45 Best Albums of 2015 So Far List

Southern Ground/BMLG/Varvatos2015 is halfway over, so Rolling Stone has rounded up its list of the 45 Best Albums of 2015 So Far. Zac Brown Band‘s Jekyll + Hyde made the cut along with Chris Stapleton‘s debut project, Traveller.

It won’t be out until June 23, but Kacey Musgraves‘ sophomore album, Pageant Material, is also mentioned on Rolling Stone‘s unranked list. Projects from Madonna, Bob Dylan and Drake also made the list.

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Jason Aldean Plans to Eventually Have Kids with Wife, Brittany

CMAJason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, plan to extend their family with a new baby, but they’re not in any hurry to start diaper duty.

“It’s definitely something we’ve talked about,” Jason says, “but I also think that we’ve only been married a couple months and I think enjoying that and sort of not being in too big of a hurry to do that. Just sort of enjoy being married and our time first and sort of ease into that.”

Jason goes on to say that Brittany is still pretty young at age 27. The 38-year-old star adds, “I don’t think I’m old, by any means.”

Since Jason has two daughters from a previous marriage, he’s hoping to add a boy to the family.  “I need some testosterone in the house,” he says.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves shared the stage with which pop star for an installment of CMT Crossroads? ANSWER: Katy Perry.

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Brad Paisley Returns to Opening Act Status for The Rolling Stones’ Wednesday Night Show in Nashville

CMABrad Paisley takes a break from his own Crushin’ It World Tour Wednesday night to open for The Rolling Stones‘ at Nashville’s LP Field. It’s been years since Brad’s opened for another artist, but he didn’t think twice when the Stones asked him to be their special guest. Rascal Flatts, Kid Rock and Ed Sheeran are among the other headliners opening for the Stones on their current Zip Code tour.

Says Brad, “It just says it all about them that headliners open for them. It’s mind blowing. And everybody says, ‘Yep. When do you want me to do it?’ Nobody says no. I think [Bruce] Springsteen would do it. Anybody they want to ask would go, ‘Yeah, I’ll come play.'”

Brad is a huge fan of The Rolling Stones, and he got to sit in with them a few years ago for a performance of “Dead Flowers” during a show in Philadelphia. Brad says of that experience, “I likened being on the stage to finally getting to sort of bathe in your favorite soup.”

As for the band’s connection to country music, Brad considers The Rolling Stones to be among the top country groups in history, based solely on the influence their songs “Honky Tonk Women” and “Wild Horses” have had on country artists.

Brad explains, “I like to say they’re the number-one rock band in the world, and they’re about in the top five in country bands, just counting the four or five songs that they’ve done over the years that are absolutely, indisputably country. It’s as influential as anything in our format.”

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Kacey Musgraves Enlists Nashville Drag Queens to Debut Her New Album, “Pageant Material”

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves wanted to have a fabulous album release party for her sophomore project, Pageant Material, so she enlisted the drag queens of Nashville gay bar, Play, to perform the album for her friends and industry insiders. The party took place Monday night in front of a capacity crowd, but Kacey and her publicist friend, Elice Cuff, dreamed up the party during Elice’s recent birthday bash at Play.

Before the album release show got started, Kacey recalled, “We were here for [Elice’s] birthday, slightly inebriated, and she leaned over and was like, ‘You have to do something here for your album.’ And I was like, ‘That is a brilliant idea.’ So, it’s all Elice’s idea, and it was a really good one.”

The drag queens performed most of the tracks from Kacey’s album, including the lead single, “Biscuits.” In between the performances, Kacey took the stage to introduce each song while decked out in a black, sequined jacket and satiny, black hot pants.

As for the venue of her party, Kacey has been a regular at Play ever since she moved to Nashville several years ago. She went to a few gay bars while living in Austin, Texas, but none of them compared with the drag shows she saw in Music City.

“Whenever I came here, I just fell in love with it,” Kacey says. “So, it’s kind of cool to come back and have an event here like this. A country music event at a drag bar. I mean, it’s kind of brilliant. I can’t wait to see what the girls are wearing. I’m pretty sure they’re tucking and taping right now getting ready.”

Of course, Kacey’s CMA-winning Song of the Year, “Follow Your Arrow,” has become an anthem for gay country fans in the past few years. She’s proud to help make the LGBT community feel at home within the country format.

Kacey says, “I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say that they can walk a little bit taller because they’re a big country music fan and now they have something that really resonates with what they’re going through. I see gay couples at my shows and they feel like they can be themselves, like, holding each other and singing, and that just makes me feel really good. I really am proud of that.”

Look for Kacey’s new album, Pageant Material, to hit stores June 23. She’s hosting another party at Nashville’s Acme Feed & Seed tonight to launch Texas-based vodka brand, Zodiac.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Music Festival set an attendance record with 87,680 fans attending each day of the four-day festival. That’s a 9.6 percent increase over 2014 attendance numbers.

Dierks Bentley is releasing “Riser” as the follow-up to his latest #1 hit, “Say You Do.”

Alabama and Hunter Hayes will perform on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth coming up Saturday, July 4. Check local listings for air time.

Congratulations to Brothers Osborne member John Osborne on tying the knot with his fiancée Lucie Silvas.

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Hunter Hayes Among the Stars Taking Part in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in Nashville

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and The Swon Brothers are among the stars taking part in the 6th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp June 19 through 23 in Nashville. The ACM partners with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to host the camp every summer. The program offers musical enrichment for individuals with Williams Syndrome.

The campers will take part in songwriting and recording sessions with the country stars. The week closes out with a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry with Hunter Hayes Tuesday, June 23.

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