Report: Randy Houser and Wife Split

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser and his wife are calling it quits, according to People. The 38-year-old married singer-songwriter Jessa Lee Yantz during an intimate ceremony in the Dominican Republic in 2011. The two have a 2-year-old song together, named West.

The “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” singer kicks off  the Country Nation Tour with Brad Paisley, Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver this weekend in Pennsylvania.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Kenny Rogers first #1 on the Billboard country chart? ANSWER:  “Lucille,” in 1977.



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David Nail Takes to the Sky in Vegas for “Kiss You Tonight”

MCA NashvilleYou can check out David Nail‘s new video on the webpage of iconic men’s fashion magazine Esquire. Like the clip for his previous number one, “Kiss You Tonight” features a similar rooftop performance from David, this time with the Las Vegas skyline in the background.

Chris Hicky directed both videos, with “Whatever She’s Got” landing David in the running for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” at the CMT Music Awards. Fans can vote for their favorite on the CMT website now through the June 4 show.


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Justin Moore Says “Lettin’ the Night Roll” Is Who He Is

Valory Music Co.If you want to know what Justin Moore is really like, he says you just need to listen to his current hit.

“I’ve always tried to cut songs that provide insight as to who I am and what type of person I am,” he reflects. “The way this melody is in ‘Lettin’ the Night Roll’ is kinda roll with the flow, and kinda more chilled out soundin’, kinda like my personality.  I’m real laid-back.”

Justin says it’s also a pretty good snapshot of his latest CD, Off the Beaten Path.

“It’s one of the songs on the album that I think gives people a good idea of what they’re gonna get with the whole album, which is a good mixture of what I’ve done in the past, but also a little fresher, a little more progressive soundin’.”

If you’re still left wanting more of Justin’s sound, you’ll find the ACM New Artist of the Year contributing background vocals to Brantley Gilbert‘s new single, “Small Town Throwdown,” along with Thomas Rhett.


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“Something Bad” Destined to Happen for Miranda and Carrie

Photo Credit: David McClisterNot only will Carrie Underwood be competing for the fan-voted Milestone Award at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, she’ll also be debuting her new duet with Miranda Lambert– who isn’t too proud to admit she’s more than a little anxious about singing “Something Bad” onstage for the very first time.

“I’m gonna be really nervous to sing with Carrie,” she confesses. “It will be the first time we sing it live together. That’s the fun part, though. That’s kind of why you want to do it in the first place is to sing it live. I mean, it’s fun to sing it in the studio and all that stuff with her, but definitely singing with someone as powerful as she is pushes you as a vocalist.”

Miranda says she feels even more pressure, because the sassy song affords the two a rare opportunity.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited, and I’m excited for people to see two female country artists up there onstage together. That doesn’t happen that often, or not often enough, in my opinion. So, we’re just gonna go rock it,” she laughs.

“Something Bad” is one of the tunes on Miranda’s new CD, Platinum, out June 3. You can catch the song’s first live performance Sunday on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockTim McGraw will perform on the May 20 season finale of The Voice.

Charlie Daniels takes center stage Memorial Day weekend on AXS TV, starting with The Big Interview hosted by Dan Rather at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 24, immediately followed by a live concert from Greenwood Village, Colorado, at 10. Proceeds from the Volunteer Jam Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band go to help soldiers and first responders.

Kenny Rogers revealed he’s dealing with skin cancer, sharing a photo of his bandaged face on Instagram, and urging everyone to get checked, since it’s National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. “The Gambler” went on to promise he’ll be “look(ing) great” in time for his concert this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee.



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Taylor Swift Gives Details on Met Ball Dress Cat Attack

Ray Tamarra/GC ImagesRight before last week’s big Met Gala in New York City, Taylor Swift sent the fashion world into a tizzy by announcing on Twitter that her cat Meredith had “attacked” her custom Oscar de la Renta gown.  Now, she’s telling People magazine just what happened during the kitty vs. couture showdown.

“I’ve never seen more fashionable people lose their composure quicker than when a cat walks up to a satin, custom Oscar de la Renta gown and then decides to make a home inside of it,” she told People. “She just passed, dug her claws in and started to roll…like when you see a crocodile attack an antelope on National Geographic. That’s what she tried to do to the dress.”

But ultimately, Taylor says, Meredith didn’t do much damage.  Even though the cat “fancies herself as quite a hunter,” says Taylor, she adds, “She’s a chubby housecat. She’s not very strong!”

Taylor also said she got ready for the event with model pal Karlie Kloss.

“We were both wearing Oscar de la Renta, and we kind of shared a hair girl and got ready in a hotel room. It was so much fun getting ready with one of your best friends,” she says.   Karlie later told Us Weekly that Taylor threw a great after-party at her New York City apartment.

“We were all playing pool in our ball gowns, and just eating pizza and hanging out — just like you’d do at a teenage after-party,” said the model.



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Sara Evans Keeps Busy on Slow Me Down Tour

RCA NashvilleEven though her seventh album is titled Slow Me Down, slowing down is something Sara Evans certainly won’t be doing anytime soon. She’ll kick off the Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series May 23, before launching her tour in her home state of Missouri the next day. Sara does take time out June 7 to play the main stage at LP Field during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

These are the stops for the Slow Me Down tour:

5/24 — Lady Luck Casino, Caruthersville, MO
6/12 — Tachi Palace Casino Lemoore, CA
6/13 — Gold Country Casino, Oroville, CA
6/14 — Sonoma Country Fairgrounds,  Santa Rosa, CA
6/21 — Rock the Soul, Cullman, AL
7/5 — Margaritaville Resort, Bossier City, LA
7/10 — Bayfront Park, Duluth, MN
7/11 — Wild Rose Casino & Resorts, Clinton, IA
7/12 — Wild Rose Casino & Resorts, Emmetsburg, IA
7/13 — Hodag Country Festival, Rhinelander, WI
7/18 — Mill Town Music Hall, Bremen, GA
7/19 — Bay Pointe Marina, Panama City, FL
7/25 — Deadwood Moutain Grand,  Deadwood, SD
7/26 — World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
7/27 — Coors Field, Denver, CO
8/1 — Bremer County Fair, Waverly, IN
8/2 — Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN
8/9 — Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO
8/15 — Peppermill Concert Hall, West Wendover, NV
8/16 — Clearwater River Casino, Lewiston, ID
8/17 — The Willamette Country Music Fair, Brownsville, OR
8/29 — South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, MA
8/30 — Hagersville Summer End Festival, Hagersville, Canada
8/31 — Six Flags, Jackson, NJ
9/1 — Woodstock Fair, Woodstock, CT
9/5 — Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN
9/6 — Prairie Knights Casino, Fort Yates, ND
9/27 — Bass Performance Hall, Ft. Worth, TX
10/19 — Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks, CA
10/23 — Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA
10/24 — Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV


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Shoulder Surgery Forces Craig Morgan to Take It Easy

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan will miss three tour dates and an appearance on CBS’s The Talk next week, as he heals from shoulder surgery he underwent on Wednesday. Craig initially hurt himself a couple weeks ago while grappling with some friends at the gym, but surgery to fix the injury turned out to be more extensive than initially planned. Doctors used six screws to repair bone fractures and repaired Craig’s torn tendons.

The “Wake Up Lovin’ You” hitmaker was forced to cancel shows in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Twenty-Nine Palms, California, as well as a date at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Craig will also be sporting a sling for the next few weeks. A rep from his record label, however, tells USA Today she expects a quick recovery. “He’s a trooper, so I don’t think it’ll keep him down long,” she says.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts recently guest starred on the TV shows Nashville and Drop Dead Diva? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.


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