Luke Bryan Makes His Super Bowl Picks, Looks Forward to Today’s ACM Nominations

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has a big weekend planned starting with Friday morning’s ACM Awards nominations and ending with a Super Bowl viewing party Sunday night.

Luke hopes to see his name as a finalist in multiple ACM categories, including Entertainer of the Year. He took that top prize in 2013.

Luke says of the big announcement, “I’ll be biting my nails and see what happens, and it’s an amazing night and an amazing day to hear what you’re nominated for, and you never know. You never know what’s gonna get in and what’s not. I’m truly just honored to be in the game.”

The ACM Awards nominations will be announced Friday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. ET on the ACM’s social media accounts. Luke and co-host Blake Shelton will emcee the show live from AT&T Stadium in Texas Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

As for the Super Bowl, Luke is mostly neutral on who he’d like to win the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. When forced to make a decision, Luke admits he’s leaning towards the Patriots just became he hails from the Eastern part of the country.

Says Luke, “Seattle’s way out there, but I love you, Seattle, so don’t take it personally.”

Luke is mainly concerned with the snacks he’ll get to eat while watching the game.

“Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito-Lay Scoops with the Ro-Tel situation,” Luke says of his snack choices. “Just stuff that you can just sit there and have lots of sodium. It’s like Thanksgiving all over again.”

Luke will headline a few NFL stadiums this summer on his Kick the Dust Up tour. Go to to see where he’s playing next.

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Brantley Gilbert Releases Solemn New Video for “One Hell of an Amen”

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has released the video for his latest single, “One Hell of an Amen.” The song is a tribute to two men who passed away in recent years, including Brantley’s pal, Kory, who lost his battle with leukemia after a brave fight against the disease. A fallen war hero, named Jon, is the other person whose sacrifice inspired the song and video. Jon was the best friend of Brantley’s pal from Georgia, Josh, who served several tours of duty in Iraq.

Brantley says of “One Hell of an Amen,” “It’s easy to say the song’s about death, but to me, it’s about the good fight. It’s about the attitude, the strength and the courage those boys had for what they were going through. Kory battling leukemia and Jon fighting in Iraq…it’s about two different wars.”

The video for “One Hell of an Amen” incorporates mementos from Kory and Jon’s lives. The song is included on Brantley’s latest album, Just as I Am.

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Craig Morgan and Trace Adkins Added to Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan and Trace Adkins have joined the lineup for Charlie Daniels‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, coming up August 12 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The Oak Ridge Boys and Tracy Lawrence also join the performers list, along with previously-announced stars Montgomery Gentry, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Travis Tritt.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the Volunteer Jam go to help American veterans in support of The Journey Home Project.

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50th Annual ACM Awards Nominations to Be Announced Friday Morning Via Social Media

Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards will be revealed Friday morning on the Academy of Country Music’s social media accounts. The announcement starts at 8:30 a.m. ET at,, and

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from the AT&T Stadium in Texas on Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

The ACM nominations were originally scheduled to be announced Tuesday morning, but that announcement was postponed due to the severe snowstorm in the Northeast.

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Country Star Trivia

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Randy Houser‘s first top five single from 2009? ANSWER: “Boots On.”

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Lady Antebellum to Perform at 7th Annual T.J. Martell Honors Gala

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has signed on to perform at the 7th Annual T.J. Martell Nashville Honors Gala on March 30 at Music City’s Omni Hotel. Nashville star Charles Esten will return to host the event, and Emmylou Harris joins Lady A on the performers list.

The Honors Gala recognizes individuals for their work on behalf of the T.J. Martell Foundation in their fight against cancer, leukemia and AIDS. The T.J. Martell Honors Gala has raised more than $2 million for the organization since the event was first held in 2009.

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Tim McGraw to Perform Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” on the Oscars

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will perform Glen Campbell‘s “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Sunday, February 22 on ABC. The song is nominated in the Best Original Song category and is featured in the documentary about Glen’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.  Glen’s disease makes it impossible for him to perform the song.

Glen’s family personally asked Tim to perform the song on the Oscars.”I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” says Tim.

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Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Discusses Band’s Involvement in Super Bowl Fundraiser

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will be part of the Super Bowl festivities this weekend. They’re set to perform Saturday at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose in Scottsdale, Arizona, an event involving top chefs and NFL players to raise money in support of food banks.

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook explains in a new interview with how his band got involved: “We had gotten a call from our manager telling us about this amazing function where all of these chefs were coming in to do a tasting, and they invited us to come play while this is happening….To be able to be there with these amazing chefs is an exciting opportunity.”

He adds, “You always think of hunger issues being in other places and other smaller countries, but to know there is so much hunger still going on within our own country, and to know that even with child hunger that one in five children in America are suffering from hunger — that’s an astounding thing to know. Anything we can do to help with that, we try to lend our talents.”

The day after the event, the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Westbrook analyzes both teams for, concluding that Seattle will win. He says of the defending champs, “That defense is super-intense….I think it’s gonna be close but I think the Seahawks are going to edge ’em out at the end.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Cadillac Three will launch their Aviators and Radiators tour Friday in Tampa, FL.

The Band Perry has been added to the performers lineup for the upcoming CBS special, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, airing February 16. The show tapes February 10 in Los Angeles.

Randy Houser‘s #1 hit, “How Country Feels,” has sold three million copies.

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Sam Hunt Paying Tribute to the Ladies of ’90s Country on Lipstick Graffiti Tour, Launching Tonight

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleMost male country acts only cover songs made popular by other male artists. There’s no doubt you’ve heard a guy in a cowboy hat take on Garth Brooks‘ “Friends in Low Places” or a random Tom Petty hit at a country show in recent years, but Sam Hunt is always looking to break away from the pack. That’s why he’s covering songs from ’90s female country stars like Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna on his new Lipstick Graffiti tour.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, “Covers are tricky, but we’ve been sort of working up a little thing where we’re gonna do some cool songs that I grew up listening to. Maybe it’s sort of a nod to a lot of the female country singers of the era.”

While some songs Sam is covering, like Wynonna’s “No One Else on Earth,” could be sung by a guy or a girl, a few other selections are definitely written from a woman’s point of view. Sam isn’t overly concerned about getting the pronouns all worked out, though.

“At times, I think, as we cover those songs, I’ll change a few lyrics,” Sam explains, “but sometimes, like the song that we’re gonna do, ‘Fancy’ by Reba McEntire, there’s no real way to get around that, so I’m just gonna sing that one. It’s such a great song that hopefully it won’t matter.”

As for the title of his tour, Lipstick Graffiti, Sam lifted that phrase from the lyrics of one of his unreleased songs, “Vandalizer.”

He says, “The very first line of the song is ‘Lipstick graffiti on the bathroom mirror/What happened to me ain’t real clear.'”

Sam found those old song lyrics while searching for an intriguing name for his club tour. Something about the combination of those two words captured the vibe Sam hopes to create at his shows.

“When you look at a word or read a word off a piece of paper, they have emotions attached to them,” Sam adds. “The words ‘lipstick’ and the word ‘graffiti’ have these two different emotions that somehow blended in a cool way.”

Sam’s Lipstick Graffiti tour launches Thursday night with a sold-out show at The Troubador in Hollywood, CA.

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