Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser has signed on a spokesperson for Eckrich, the makers of hardwood-smoked sausage and deli meats. Look for Erckrhich mobile sampling events at Randy’s concerts this year.

Willie Nelson will be presented with his fifth degree black belt in the martial arts system Gong Kwon Yu Sul, in a ceremony on Monday, April 28 in Austin, TX. The event takes place two days before Willie’s 81st birthday.

Easton Corbin‘s new video for “Clockwork” premiered on People.com this week.

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Brett Eldredge Heating Up the Charts with Beach-Inspired Hit, “Beat of the Music”

Warner Music NashvilleIf the cold snap affecting a good chunk of the country has got you down, just turn on Brett Eldredge‘s  beach-inspired hit, “Beat of the Music.” The song has been heating up the country chart for a while now, but Brett is thankful “Beat of the Music” is headed towards #1 a lot faster than his debut hit, “Don’t Ya.”

Brett tells ABC News Radio, “‘Don’t Ya’ took like 47 weeks to reach the top of the chart, which was great, ’cause it got people to know me. And soon as they heard ‘Beat of the Music,’ they knew that was me.”

“Beat of the Music” has been getting just as big a reaction as “Don’t Ya” during Brett’s concerts lately.

Explaining the new song’s success, Brett says, “It takes you to a special place, I think. You don’t have to think too much. You just gotta feel good. And I like to be ‘Mr. Feel Good’ sometimes.”

“Beat of the Music” and “Don’t Ya” are both included on Brett’s debut album, Bring You Back.

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Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore Exchange Gifts as He Leaves Take Me Downtown Tour

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebelum and Kip Moore exchanged gifts at the end of his run on the Take Me Downtown tour. Kip got each member of Lady A a bottle of their favorite booze, and Lady A presented Kip with a waterproof watch so he won’t lose track of time while surfing.

Lady A’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood told Kip that Kenny Chesney gave them their first watches back when opened for him. The guys wanted to continue that tradition with Kip, and he joked, “I’ll make sure to only put it on when I see you guys.”

Lady A’s tour continues through the summer. Kip joins Tim McGraw‘s Sundown Heaven Town tour starting next month.

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Martina McBride Scores Fifth #1 on Country Albums Chart with “Everlasting”

Alliance EntertainmentCongratulations to Martina McBride on earning her fifth #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Everlasting this week. The project comes in at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, giving Martina her best showing on that chart since 2007′s Waking Up Laughing debuted at #4.

Everlasting marks a departure for Martina as she delves into R&B covers with a little help from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.

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Blake Shelton Hopes to Get all the Liquor in Reported Divorce from Miranda Lambert

CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert took to Twitter Wednesday to poke more fun at the endless tabloid stories claiming that they’re headed for a split. He said, “Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!” Miranda tweeted back, “AND the imaginary baby?!”

A fan then asked Miranda, “Don’t you guys separate every 6 months and have a baby every 3 months?” She replied, “Yes it’s very exhausting!!”

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Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle’s Bridal Shower

Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle‘s bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.

Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she’s ever attended.

Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, “Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!).”

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Dierks Hitting Both Coasts to Film a Video and Support His Wife in the Boston Marathon

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley is hitting both coasts this week. First up, he’s headed out to Los Angeles to film the video for his latest single, “Drunk on a Plane.” After that shoot wrap, Dierks flies back across the country to cheer on his wife, Cassidy, in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

Dierks tweeted his plans for the week along with the hashtag #BostonStrong in honor of those affected by the bombing at last year’s race.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Kenny Chesney‘s most recent studio album? ANSWER: Life on a Rock.

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Jake Owen Teams Up with Discover Boating to Present the Days of Gold Tour

RCA NashvilleJake Owen‘s Days of Gold tour is designed to give fans the experience of being on the water, so it’s only natural the Discover Boating campaign has signed on as the trek’s presenting tour sponsor. Jake will share his own stories of boating in the organization’s Stories of Discovery video series as part of the tour.

Jake says, “People boat to get away. The same way people come to our concerts. People like to get away from reality sometimes and as real as this beautiful land of ours is, being out on a boat can take you away to a different sort of reality.”

The Discover Boating campaign is presented by the Recreational Boating Industry. More information is available at DiscoverBoating.com. To see where Jake is playing next, visit JakeOwen.net.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley has signed on guest star on the season 11 finale of CBS’s Two and a Half Men on May 8, according to TV Guide. His wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, is guest-starring on a multi-episode story arc this season.

Dolly Parton will release a limited seven-inch blue vinyl single on Record Store Day this Saturday at independent record stores. The single features the new songs “Blue Smoke” and “Home.”

Kenny Chesney tweeted a picture from the recording studio where he’s working on his new album this week. We’ll keep you posted on when to expect that new music.

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