Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLuke Bryan won his first CMA Award in which category at last November’s show? ANSWER: Entertainer of the Year.


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Luke Bryan Performing All Six Number-One Hits from “Crash My Party” on Current Tour

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan didn’t plan on having six number-one hits from his latest album, Crash My Party, but he’s glad it turned out that way. Having that many new songs fans want to hear in concert gives him a big boost going into this 2015 tour dates. That means fans who saw him a year ago will be hearing recent hits like “I See You” and “Roller Coaster” for the first time.

Luke says, “When people come back to see my show this year that they saw last year, I’ll have four more hits to throw at ‘em, and heck, that’s 20 minutes of new music that they’ll have at the live show. “

While Luke is taking a little time off from releasing singles after “I See You” ends its run at number one, he hopes the hits keep coming once he releases new music from a new album later this year.

“You do that for a few years, and then you’ve got a lot of variety of hits to throw at people for your live show,” Luke explains.

The drive to score multiple hits started when Luke went to see his heroes like Alan Jackson while growing up in Georgia.

He recalls, “Every song was a hit from Alan Jackson. I’d be like, ‘Wow! This is awesome! This is awesome! He’s playing hits!’ So, it’s neat to be in that position.”

Luke launched the 2015 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack performs on TBS’s Conan Wednesday night.

Love and Theft‘s new album, Whiskey on My Breath, is out this week. The project shows off the duo’s harmonies using more acoustic arrangements than their previous albums.

Kenny Chesney‘s video for “Wild Child” will premiere via USAToday.com on Wednesday morning.


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Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans and More Salute Music Industry Veteran Joe Galante

Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Ronnie Milsap and Kellie Pickler were among the stars saluting the man who played a huge role in all of their careers — Joe Galante. Joe ran RCA Records in Nashville from the early ’80s to 2010, and is this year’s recipient of the Living Legend Award at the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund’s annual benefit event.

The Tuesday-night gala took place on the Grand Ole Opry stage with celebrities and music business executives sharing stories about Joe as he guided the careers of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Alabama, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and many others.

In addition to performances from Kix, Ronnie, Sara, Ronnie and Kellie, the evening also included songs from other artists Joe fostered, including K.T. Oslin, Lonestar, Restless Heart, Lorrie Morgan and Foster & Lloyd.


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Rascal Flatts Planning Family Vacations and Golf Games During Upcoming Vegas Riot! Residency

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts launch their nine-show Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on February 25, and the guys are turning the trip into a family affair. Lead singer Gary LeVox plans to bring his family out for the first week, but his 14-year-old daughter, Brittany, wants to hang out in Sin City for the entire run of the show.

Looking back on his conversation, Gary recalls telling his daughter, “Do you want daddy to get arrested? You have school. There’s education. You might grow up and be a musician one day. Get you a job, baby.”

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus plans to bring his family out for the last week of their residency. Mostly, Jay is glad to escape the cold temperatures in Nashville this time of year.

 “I’m really looking forward to just being into some warm weather so I can play some golf,” Jay says. “That’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”

Rascal Flatts’ Vegas Riot! residency will continue on select weekends through March 14. Tickets are available at AXS.com/RascalFlattsVegas.


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Mickey Guyton Counting Down the Days Until She Hits the Road with Brad Paisley

Image Courtesy UMGCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton is headed out with Brad Paisley on the Crushin’ It World Tour starting May 15 in Philadelphia. Mickey is counting down the days until the trek begins.

She says, “I am so excited and thankful to Brad for inviting me to tour with him. This opportunity to share my music with fans on the road is truly a dream becoming a reality.”

Mickey’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” is now catching fire at country radio.


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Brett Eldredge Leads Hundreds of Fans on Karaoke Bar Tour in Downtown Nashville

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge led his fans on a karaoke tour of downtown Nashville Monday night. He tweeted his fans that afternoon to meet on Music Row, and hundreds of people showed up to head down to Lonnie’s Karaoke Bar in Printer’s Alley. Brett led the group on to Troubadour’s karaoke bar on Lower Broadway later in the night.

In a YouTube interview, Brett explained he just wanted to get people together to enjoy some music. He went on to say his favorite karaoke song is “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn. He ended up performing Tim McGraw‘s “Please Remember Me,” Steve Miller Band‘s “The Joker” and the Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj pop hit “Bang Bang,” as well as his own #1 hit “Don’t Ya.”

Once the night came to a close, Brett tweeted his fans, “I am so completely blown away by tonight! Thank you Nashville for flooding the karaoke bars and making it a night I’ll never forget!”

Brett is a semi-finalist for the ACM New Artist of the Year trophy. The final three nominees will be revealed in the coming weeks, and the winner will be announced on the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing live from North Texas on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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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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