Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMatthew McConaughey got a big break appearing in which Trisha Yearwood video? ANSWER: “Walkaway Joe.”

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Rascal Flatts Offering New Versions of Their Greatest Hits During Vegas Riot! Residency

Image Courtesy CMARascal Flatts kicks off their Vegas Riot! residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Wednesday night. They’re playing The Joint — a venue that allows them more interaction with the audience than one of their arena or amphitheater shows. Fans can expect to hear the Flatts’ biggest hits at this show, but they may sound a little bit different than the album versions.

Lead singer Gary LeVox says, “We’ve taken songs that have been really big hits for us and musically we’ve done somethin’ different, put a new flavor on ’em. We’re just takin’ out some background singers.  We customized this show just for Vegas.”

Rascal Flatts will play select dates at the Hard Rock Las Vegas through March 14. Tickets are available at

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandy Clark will perform on CBS’s The Talk Wednesday afternoon.

Sam Hunt will perform “Take Your Time” and the Montevallo album cut “House Party” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday.

Brantley Gilbert posted a picture of his new handgun tattoos on Instagram Tuesday. The ink is located on his back, and the handle on one of the guns includes Brantley’s “BG” logo.


Here it is….

A photo posted by Brantley Gilbert (@brantleygilbert) on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:45am PST


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Brantley Gilbert Looks Forward to Winning Even More European Fans Starting This Weekend

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert is playing his second round of shows in Europe starting this weekend as part of the C2C – Country to Country Festival. When he went across the pond for the first time, Brantley was reminded of his early days playing clubs before he ever scored a hit song on the radio.

“It was a familiar feelin’, but it was, it was actually a good feelin’,” Brantley says of those initial European dates. “It felt like I was rollin’ back into a college town in a state that I’d never been to. You know what I mean? It’s that uncharted ground, you never know what to expect. There may be five people there, there may be 500.”

Brantley looks forward to seeing how many fans will know his music on his second go-round through Europe.  He also hopes the foreign fans can understand his thick Georgia accent since he sometimes has trouble being understood in certain parts of the United States.

Says Brantley, “Europe’s a different animal, especially for a guy like me. I got subtitles on a show I did in New York. Those people [in Europe]…I need a translator over there.”

Brantley will launch his European trek at the C2C – Country 2 Country show in Oslo, Norway Saturday. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum are also on the bill.

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Kristian Bush Offering Concert Tickets and Pre-Show Dinner with Pre-Orders for “Southern Gravity”

Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush‘s debut solo album, Southern Gravity, is now available for pre-order at iTunes. With each purchase, fans will get an instant download of Kristian’s top 20 hit “Trailer Hitch.”

Fans who pre-order the album at get an even sweeter deal. The bundles offered come with a CD copy of Southern Gravity as well as an exclusive T-shirt and poster. Kristian will even sign the first 100 albums purchased.

With each bundle purchased, fans will be entered to win concert tickets, a Skype chat with Kristian and other goodies. One lucky fan will get the Ultimate Kristian Bush Concert Experience, including a meet-and-greet and dinner with Kristian, side-stage access during the show and a shout-out and song dedication during the show.

Kristian’s new album, Southern Gravity, will be released on April 7.

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Zac Brown Band to Be the Musical Guest on “Saturday Night Live” March 7

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has lined up a pretty impressive gig as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live March 7. The appearance marks the first time they’ve appeared on SNL, which is celebrating its 40th season this year. Chris Hemsworth will be the host that night.

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RaeLynn Releases New Song, “Always Sing,” Launching National Music in Our Schools Tour in March

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn will visit schools across the country next month to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Music in Our Schools Month. As part of the program, RaeLynn has written and recorded a new song, “Always Sing,” to encourage today’s youth. That track is now available at iTunes, and RaeLynn will perform the song with Nashville middle school students at the Grand Ole Opry on March 14, too.

She says, “‘Always Sing’ seemed like a perfect way to celebrate everything that music can do for students — and adults.”

RaeLynn will kick off the Music in Our Schools Tour with a performance at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as part of the Disney Performing Arts competitive music festival. Top school instrumental and vocal groups from across the country compete in that event.

Here are RaeLynn’s Music in Our Schools Tour stops:

3/9 — Sayville, NY, Sayville High School
3/10 — Bowie, MD, Bowie High School
3/11 — Canton, OH, Mason Elementary
3/12 — Hobart, IN, Ridgeview Elementary
3/13 — Jeffersonville, IN, Thomas Jefferson Elementary

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Carrie Underwood‘s multi-platinum debut album? ANSWER: Some Hearts.

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Maddie & Tae Looking to Build a Superstar Career That Lasts

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae scored a #1 hit with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” but they’re looking forward to even bigger things as their second single, “Fly,” climbs the country chart. In an interview with All Access, the duo’s Maddie Marlow says they’re looking to build a career that stands the test of time.

“I’d love for us to be on our way to having a career like Reba McEntire or Shania Twain,” Maddie says when asked where she sees the duo in five years. “To be Entertainer of the Year, to have headlined big tours, and really be women when we’re doing it. Especially for our music to mean as much as theirs does to their fans!”

Maddie & Tae are on the bill for Lee Brice‘s Tuesday night show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard‘s new video for “Young & Crazy” premieres on CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday, February 28. The clip was shot during one of Frankie’s recent tour stops.

Tim McGraw has added an August 15 date at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to his Shotgun Rider tour. Billy Currington and Chase Bryant are in the supporting slots.

Florida Georgia Line takes their Anything Goes tour to New York City’s Madison Square Garden Wednesday.

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