Lee Brice Exhibits Personal and Professional Growth on New Album, “I Don’t Dance”

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice recorded his new album, I Don’t Dance, over the past two years, which was a very eventful period of time for the country star. On top of scoring three #1 hits from his last album, 2012′s Hard 2 Love, Lee also tied the knot with wife Sara in 2013. The couple welcomed their second child together, Ryker, earlier this year, and those life events found their way onto Lee’s new album.

The title track, “I Don’t Dance,” was written for Lee and Sara’s first dance at their wedding reception, and another track on the album, “Always the Only One,” was written as a love song for Sara, too. Lee is anxious for fans to dig in and really learn more about him while listening to these new songs.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I like people to know where I’m at in my life. I think people want to know that stuff. They want to know you.”

Lee spent a lot of time in the studio experimenting with new sounds trying to capture what he heard in his head. That process was neither easy nor quick for him.

“We started out with some tracks that weren’t quite right yet, you know,” Lee says. “And I knew it. We just ended up working through them and changing them. I mean, we went around the block a bunch.”

After getting over that initial hump, Lee really zoned in on what works for him in the studio.

He explains, “I found out some methods that just kind of worked my way — fell into [them]. They just kind of changed the way I recorded music. So, I was able to push a little bit and be me, you know?”

I Don’t Dance also features Lee’s brand-new single “Drinking Class.”

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Miranda Lambert’s Bed and Breakfast, The Ladysmith, Now Open for Business in Oklahoma

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert‘s bed and breakfast, The Ladysmith, is now open for business in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She individually designed all eight rooms in the bed and breakfast with a “shabby chic meets rock & roll” vibe. The Ladysmith also includes a dining hall, two lounges, a tea room, a New Orleans-style bar and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 80 guests.

The Ladysmith is located across the street from Miranda’s boutique, The Pink Pistol, in downtown Tishomingo. Check out photos of the property and book your room now at TheLadysmith.us.

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Eric Church Playing October Benefit Concert for Grammy Foundation

CMAEric Church is taking a brief detour from his The Outsiders arena tour next month to play an intimate show in Madison, WI. An Evening with Eric Church takes place Wednesday, October 8 at the Orpheum Theater. Eric’s full band will play with him, but there will be no opening act. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at MadisonOrpheum.com.

Proceeds from this special show go to the GRAMMY Foundation in their work to promote music education and the preservation of recorded music.

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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Welcomes Baby Boy, Cash Van Haywood

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCongratulations to Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, on the birth of their first child. Cash Van Haywood was born Sunday night in Nashville weighing seven pounds and measuring 19 inches. Lady A’s Twitter account says, “Mom & Dad are doing great and couldn’t be happier.”

As for the name, Cash comes from Kellie’s maiden name, Cashiola, and Van is Dave’s father’s name.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s oldest daughter? Gracie.

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Tim McGraw Still Putting the Songs First on New Album, “Sundown Heaven Town”

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw just released “Shotgun Rider” as the follow up to his top five hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” with Faith Hill. Both songs are included on Tim’s upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, along with 16 other tracks on the deluxe edition.

While he’s usually very hands-on in the process of choosing singles, Tim is so confident in the songs on the new album he’s letting his record label pick which songs go to radio.

He says, “From one to 18, you could go with any song you want as a single in any order you want, and I don’t care. I just really don’t care. Any one of them, I think — I would be happy to put any song out as a single.”

That philosophy has served Tim well since his career is still going strong two decades after he broke through with his 1994 album, Not a Moment Too Soon.

Tim explains, “The song’s the most important. God, there’s some people at the 7-11 that can sing circles around me. It’s about the song.”

Tim’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, comes out September 16.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Church has been rehearsing for The Outsiders tour in the past few days in Nashville. The trek kicks off Thursday in Louisiana.

Florida Georgia Line never stops working on new music. The duo posted a selfie on Instagram Friday showing them recording on their tour bus. The caption reads, “Can’t wait for y’all to hear a lil sumthin we did for CBS College Football.”

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Garth Brooks Pays Surprise Visit to Chicago-Area Basketball Camp for Kids

Wynn Las Vegas/Mark TuckerGarth Brooks gave some Chicago-area kids a big surprise Saturday when he unexpectedly showed up at suburban basketball camp for underprivileged children.

Brooks showed up for a Teammates for Kids Basketball Pro-Camp session at Elk Grove High School.  Brooks works with the foundation, telling Chicago’s ABC-7 the program teaches children teamwork and acceptance.

“Mostly, hopefully, what it teaches is guys look around and realize that none of them look alike, and they don’t have to,” says Brooks, adding, “They’re teammates with everybody, in life, in sports, whatever, you take that on with you and if you start that at a young age, try to promote that love between people, that’s [what it's] all about.”

The foundation provides scholarships to allow kids to attend the camps, which are hosted by some of the biggest names in sports and music.

Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood continue their run of shows in Chicago Thursday night.

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Keith Urban’s Oldest Daughter, Sunday, Took to Kindergarten “Like a Duck to Water”

CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman‘s oldest daughter, Sunday, started kindergarten this year, and the six-year-old is adjusting to student life very well.

Keith tells The Tennessean, “She took to it like a duck to water, just loved it. She went straight in there and she knew a couple of kids in there already, just family friends. So, that made it easy.”

Sunday’s little sister, three-year-old Faith, isn’t as happy with Sunday being gone all day long, and Keith understands her frustration.

“I know that drill myself because I have a brother two years older than me,” Keith says. “And when he went off to high school, I was like, ‘Oh, where did my brother go?’”

Keith and Nicole get up at 6 a.m. to get the kids off to school on time, which is a little difficult for Keith since he stays up late playing shows on the weekend.

He says, “I try and come back and catch another half an hour of sleep because I’m so on the tour schedule. It’s a funny thing, flipping that around from day to day.”

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Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood on Hand for Garth and Trisha’s Friday-Night Concert

CMAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood‘s Friday-night concert in Chicago featured big stars onstage and in the audience. Kelly Clarkson joined Trisha to sing their new collaboration, “PrizeFighter.” It was Kelly’s first public appearance since giving birth to daughter River Rose in June, and she brought the little one along for the night.

Kelly tweeted, “It was River’s 1st concert!”

Kelly also posted a photograph of River in her car seat wearing pink, bedazzled headphones to protect her ears. Kelly’s friend, Lesley, made them, and they’re available for order at PreciousMetalDesign.com.

Carrie Underwood was also in the audience for Garth and Trisha’s show Friday night. She posted a photo of the show on Instagram with a reference to her pregnancy in the caption. It reads, “I may have gotten misty-eyed a few times. Hormones? Maybe. Amazing concert? Definitely!”

Garth and Trisha continue their run of shows in Chicago Thursday night.

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