Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne and More Performing Free Shows at CMA Music Festival

Warner Music NashvilleIf you can’t get tickets to the sold-out nightly concerts at next month’s CMA Music Festival, there are still plenty of chances to hear free music during the four-day event.

Brett Eldredge, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, and Josh Thompson are among the artists playing the BMI Tailgate Party outside the nightly concerts at LP Field each night.

Up-and-coming stars Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt, Leah Turner, Brothers Osborne, Joel Crouse, Kelleigh Bannen, and The Henningsens are set to perform at the Bud Light Stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena every day from June 5 through 8. Trick Pony, BlackHawk, Bucky Covington, Chuck Wicks, and Steel Magnolia duet partners Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones are also on the bill.

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Report: Brad Paisley to Judge ABC’s New Singing Competition, “Rising Star”

CMAIt looks like Brad Paisley is following in Keith Urban and Blake Shelton’s reality show footsteps. According to, Brad has signed on as a judge on ABC’s new singing competition show Rising Star, set to premiere this summer. Contestants will sing behind a floor-to-ceiling LED wall with images of voters at home reacting to the performance. The wall will rise in real time during the performance based on fan votes. If the curtain rises high enough, the performer will be able to see the judges and studio audience.

An Israeli version of Rising Star has become a huge hit, and another version of the show just launched in Portugal.

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Brantley Gilbert Pulling Double Duty May 25 at the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 Races

Big Machine Label GroupBrantley Gilbert will be on the go Sunday, May 25 appearing at both the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brantley will be with driver Sage Karam at the Indianapolis 500, and Brantley’s new album cover, Just as I Am, will appear on Sage’s number 22 car. Brantley’s face will appear on Jamie McMurray‘s number 1 car during the Coca-Cola 600, too.  Brantley will perform the pre-race concert in Charlotte.

Brantley’s album, Just as I Am, comes out May 19 featuring his #1 hit, “Bottoms Up.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockTyler Farr‘s stepfather once played guitar for which country legend? ANSWER: George Jones.

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Taylor Swift Realizes a Dream Wearing Oscar de la Renta to the Met Ball

Kevin Mazur/WireImage Taylor Swift hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, also known as the Met Ball, Monday night in New York City wearing a custom ball gown by Oscar de la Renta. The dress is made of blush satin faced organza with matte gold sequins, pearl beads, silver-lined seed beads, rose gold metallic threadwork leaves and organza petal embroidery.

Taylor says, “Oscar de la Renta is the designer I’ve idolized since I was a little girl. Having an opportunity to wear a one-of-a-kind gown designed by him is a dream realized.”

The gown almost didn’t make it to the ball, though. Taylor tweeted Monday afternoon, “That moment when your cat casually walks up,then abruptly ATTACKS your custom satin Oscar de la Renta gown during your fitting for Met Ball.”

Taylor accented the gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Christian Louboutin shoes and an Edie Parker clutch.

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Keith Urban Hosting 5th Annual We’re All for the Hall Benefit Concert Tonight in Nashville

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has lined up a huge group of stars to perform at his 5th Annual We’re All for the Hall benefit concert Tuesday night in Nashville. This year’s theme is “song tellers,” and Carrie Underwood, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, David Nail and Kacey Musgraves will be there to tell the stories behind the songs they’ve written and performed.

Reba is also on the bill, and Keith is excited to hear her share stories about finding the songs she’s interpreted over the years.

Keith tells ABC News Radio, “Reba’s not a songwriter, but she’s recorded so many songs we love, and I’d love to hear some of these little anecdotes about why she recorded the songs and things like that.”

Ronnie Milsap is another one of Keith’s heroes performing at All for the Hall.

Speaking of Ronnie’s influence on him, Keith says, “I grew up with a lot of Glen Campbell and Charley Pride. When I think of a lot of these guys, Ronnie Milsap. I mean, none of these guys wrote. So, I was already at an early age, unbeknownst to me being influenced by people who were song interpreters.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill and Deana Carter also will perform at We’re All for the Hall. Proceeds go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockListen for a remix of Jerrod Niemann‘s hit “I Could Drink to That All Night” featuring rapper Pitbull to hit the airwaves soon.

Martina McBride will bring her Everlasting tour to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Saturday, November 1. Tickets go on sale Friday morning through Ticketmaster.

Sheryl Crow‘s new video for “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” premieres on CMT this week.

Tyler Farr released a video from the recording studio thanking fans for helping him get his first CMT Music Awards nomination.

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Chris Young Breaks Up a Fight at His New York State Concert

Sony Music NashvilleChris Young had to stop his show to break up a fight Friday night in Glen Falls, New York. Two guys starting hitting each other right in front of the stage at the all-ages show.

Chris tells ABC News Radio, “I’m like, ‘Man, just calm down. Chill out. There’s no need for that. Don’t bring people you don’t like to the concert!’”

Instead of insisting the guys be thrown out, Chris told them they could stay if they just stopped fighting.

“I was like, ‘Drink beer. Have a good time,’” Chris says. “‘That’s what we’re here for. It’s a concert. You’re just supposed to enjoy yourself. It’s supposed to be 90 minutes of not worrying about anything bad.’”

Aside from that one incident, Chris had a great time breaking in his new concert set over the weekend. The new stage show features huge videos walls and state-of-the-art lighting.

Chris says, “It’s great seeing people respond the way that we had hoped they would. There’s so many people who’ve been on Facebook and Twitter talking about how great it was.”

Chris joins Dierks Bentley‘s Riser tour starting Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Zac Brown Band Releasing Expanded Edition of “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1″ on May 19

Southern GroundZac Brown Band is releasing an expanded edition of their EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, with a bonus DVD featuring a 50-minute documentary on the making of the project. The band recorded the project with rocker Dave Grohl over the course of a week at their Southern Ground studio in Nashville.

The new version of The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 comes out May 19 at Walmart, Best Buy, and at the merch table at the group’s concerts. Their latest single, “All Alright,” is featured on The Grohl Sessions.

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Reba Asks Her Fans to “Pray for Peace” in New YouTube Video

StarstruckReba has written a new song, titled “Pray for Peace,” and she wants her fans to help her out with the song’s video. The country superstar released a YouTube video asking fans to film themselves praying for peace in a place that shows where they are in the world. You can expect to see a video compilation of people praying for peace soon.

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