Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves has added a March 26 show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club to her 2015 tour schedule.

Condolences to country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, whose longtime drummer, Chuck Landry, was killed in a house fire in Branson, Missouri, Thursday night.


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Jason Aldean Shares His Long-Term Goal of Getting into the Bar Business

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean has long-term dreams of opening up his own bar or nightclub, but unlike most country stars with bar or restaurant ventures, Jason won’t be banking on his famous name to bring in customers. He sees the business venture as something to do in case his star fades a little bit down the road.

Jason tells The Country Vibe, “I’d almost rather not even have my name on it and just build something so that when my career’s over or whatever, and all the sudden my name recognition may not be that big a deal for what it is.”

Since Jason started playing in bars when he was just 14-years-old, he feels like he would be a natural at owning and operating his own watering hole.

“I feel like I know a pretty good bit about the bar business,” Jason explains. “So, something like that would be pretty cool, but I’m talking big nightclub kind of thing. That would be something I’d be into.”

Jason’s career is still red hot these days with his 2015 Burn It Down tour launching February 12 in Greenville, South Carolina.


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Eric Church Makes Sure Every Show Is Different on The Outsiders World Tour

Image Courtesy EB Media PREric Church has yet to play the exact same set of songs at any of his shows so far on The Outsiders World Tour. Instead of sticking with a fixed rundown of songs, Eric encourages his fans to write down the titles of their favorite songs from his back catalog on posters and bring them to the show. Some of those fans are requesting songs Eric and his band haven’t played in five or six years.

Eric tells The Oklahoman, “The most fun is grabbing that sign and turning around and seeing the band members shaking their head ‘no’ and the other half going, ‘you know, lets try it.'”

Eric admits they usually mess up playing the unrehearsed song, but it provides an off-the-cuff moment for his concert crowds.

“I think that goes back to that’s a unique experience for that show, for that crowd,” Eric explains. “They can say, ‘Hey, that was the show that he messed up that one number [on] the sign.'”

Check out EricChurch.com to see where he’s playing next.


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Luke Bryan Adds Second Show in Winnipeg After First One Sells Out in Seconds

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is huge in Canada. Tickets sold out so fast for Luke’s May 7 show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he’s added a second show on May 6. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the original show sold out in just seconds. Tickets for the second show are on sale as of Saturday morning via Ticketmaster.

Luke launches the 2015 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour February 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Kip Moore Has New Single Hitting the Airwaves Very Soon

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore fans have waited quite awhile for some new music, and it looks like they’ll be getting a new single pretty soon. Kip tweeted Friday that a new song is headed to country radio in the coming weeks.

Says Kip, “For those asking…the new single will not be available on iTunes for a couple more weeks but u will hear on some stations before then.”

Kip’s debut album, Up All Night, was released in 2012 and produced the hit songs “Somethin’ ’bout a Truck,” “Beer Money,” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the only other coach on NBC’s The Voice besides Blake Shelton to have appeared on all seasons? ANSWER: Adam Levine.


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Blake Shelton Racks Up New Gold and Platinum Certifications

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s latest #1 hit, “Neon Light,” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 combined downloads and streams. It’s not the only heavy metal Blake picks up this week. His 2010 album, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton has also been certified platinum for sales of one million copies.

“Neon Light” and Blake’s new single, “Lonely Tonight,” are both featured on his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, which has been certified gold.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann and his wife, Morgan, are featured on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress Friday night at 9 ET.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and his wife, Allison, appear on ABC’s The Chew Friday. Check local listings for air time.

Brett Eldredge thinks the plots in Liam Neeson‘s Taken movie franchise may be running thin now that they’re on the third installment. He tweeted, “Just saw preview for Taken 3?! By “Taken12“, they’ll be abducted by aliens and super dad will have to fight them with laser guns!” Taken 3 opens Friday.


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Sam Hunt Smooth Talks His Way Through the Verses on New Single, “Take Your Time”

Image Courtesy UMG/David McClisterSam Hunt sings all the way through his debut #1 hit, “Leave the Night On” but he usually moves between singing and speaking the lyrics on many of his songs, including his latest single, “Take Your Time.” The song’s lyrics about smooth-talking a beautiful girl into a date lend themselves to Sam’s spoken-word delivery. While there are some R&B elements to the song, “Take Your Time” wouldn’t be considered a rap song. It turns out Sam is just fine with “Take Your Time” being a little hard to define.

“When I wrote it, it was the first time I sort of questioned the parameters of what I thought I could write and started to say, ‘Why not?'” Sam tells ABC News Radio. “I really like this direction, and even though folks might not consider it within the genre’s boundaries, I’m just gonna write it anyway whether it ever has a life or not. I just love this style.”

While some of country music’s biggest legends — like George Jones and George Strait — often included spoken-word sections in their songs, one of Sam’s early co-writers wouldn’t even consider letting Sam speak his lyrics instead of sing them.

Looking back on a session with hit writer Josh Osborne and another unnamed writer, Sam says, “[I] started doing this talking thing, and the other co-writer we were writing with sort of looked at me like, ‘What in the world? We can’t do that. We’re not doing that.’ But Josh spoke up afterwards and was like, ‘Man, I really loved what you were doing. I thought that was really cool.'”

Sam and Josh left that negative writer behind and moved on to work with Shane McAnally, who just won CMA Song of the Year for co-writing Kacey Musgraves‘ “Follow Your Arrow.” That co-writing session produced “Take Your Time.”

“He had the same open mind that Josh did,” Sam says of adding Shane to the writing mix. “So, we went with it.”

“Take Your Time” is the lead track on Sam’s hit debut album, Montevallo, available now.


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Sam Hunt and Jerrod Niemann Among Stars Playing ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows

Image Courtesy ACMSam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan and Easton Corbin are among the stars playing club shows to benefit the ACM’s Lifting Lives organization. Lifting Lives funds organizations and programs that improve lives through the power of music. The club dates start with Tyler Farr’s Friday night show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago and continue through Sam Hunt’s March 15 show at the same venue.

Fans who attend any of the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows can enter to win a trip to the 50th Annual ACM Awards April 19 in Texas. To enter, fans must tweet a photo of their ticket and tag @ACMAwards using the hashtag #ACMLiftingLivesBenefit.

Here are the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows dates:

1/9 — Tyler Far, Joe’s Bar, Chicago, IL
1/9 — Gary Allan, Wild Bills, Duluth, GA
1/10 — Easton Corbin, The Bluestone, Columbus, OH
1/10 — Tyler Farr, The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
1/13 — Sam Hunt, Jerrod Niemann and The Swon Brothers, Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte, NC
1/17 — Eric Paslay, Midnight Rodeo, Springfield, MO
3/15 — Sam Hunt, Joe’s Bar, Chicago, IL


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