Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith & More Paying Tribute to The Doobie Brothers on New Album

Photo Credit: Larry BoothbyBrad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft are set to perform on a new country tribute album to The Doobie Brothers, coming out later this year. Former Doobies frontman Michael McDonald is taking part in the project, along with the  classic Doobie Brothers lineup.

Performing a Doobie Brothers tribute came natural for Chris Young. He tells Billboard, "The Doobie Brothers are one of those legendary bands that no matter your generation, you know their music and can't help but sing and groove along to every song."

The track listing for The Doobie Brothers tribute album will be announced soon.

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Eli Young Band Opens Up About Faking It on “10,000 Towns” Album Cover

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band's new album, 10,000 Towns, comes out Monday. The title is a nod to the band's constant touring schedule since forming more than a decade ago in Texas.

EYB drummer Chris Thompson tells ABC News Radio, "We're a band on the road always, and a lot of times it really does feel like we've played in 10,000 towns for sure."

After logging on those miles on the road, the guys in Eli Young Band still genuinely enjoy each other's company. Those strong friendships are evident in the band member's smiling faces on the 10,000 Towns cover. It turns out those grins aren't exactly genuine though. It was the end of their photo shoot day, and the guys were tired of posing for the camera.

"Not very happy actually," says Chris of the band's mood when the picture was taken. "We were sarcastically smiling at each other."

His band mate Jon Jones adds, "For so many years doing photo shoots, we've lost so many good opportunities 'cause we just want to have these serious faces, which just make us look like grumpy, grumpy individuals. So, the best photos end up being the ones where someone's cracking a joke or something happens in the background."

Eli Young Band had plenty of reason to smile when they found out their last single, "Drunk Last Night," went to #1. They're following that up with "Dirt," which is also featured on 10,000 Towns.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Thomas Rhett to sing his latest hit, "Get Me Some of That," on ABC's The View next Thursday, March 6.

Congratulations to Scotty McCreery on earning third RIAA-certified gold single with "See You Tonight."

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott tweeted a photo of her baby Eisele in Canada Thursday with the caption, "First of many stamps on her passport…welcome to Canada Eisele Kaye!" The band is currently on its Take Me Downtown tour.

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How Taylor Swift Made “Downton Abbey” Star Cry

ABC/Richard Harbaugh/Rahoul Ghose/PBSMany Downton Abbey fans have likely shed a tear while watching the wildly-popular PBS series, thanks to all the deaths, births and proposals that have transpired over the show's four seasons.  Now, one of the series' stars reveals who makes her cry:  Taylor Swift.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, tells People magazine that the last time she cried was at one of Taylor's shows.  Why?  She explains, "My godchildren went to see [her] in concert and got to meet her.  They literally ran toward her and hugged her, and it was amazing."

"I got big bonus points for that," Dockery adds. "I'll remind them when they are teenagers."

Dockery is something of a musician herself: she tells People that during downtime on the Downton Abbey set, she, plus Elizabeth McGovern, who plays her mother Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Allan Leech, who plays chauffeur-turned-Crawley-son-in-law Tom Branson, all play guitar.  "It's quite funny, us being all in costume and jamming together," Dockery says, adding that their repertoire includes "the usual...R.E.M....we're not particularly advanced."

Dockery can also be seen opposite Liam Neeson in the new action flick Non-Stop.

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Josh Turner Shares Life Stories and Lessons in New Book, “Man Stuff,” Coming Out April 29

Thomas NelsonJosh Turner is sharing the lessons he's learned as a father, husband and man of faith in Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. The book comes out April 29, and features a forward from Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson.

Josh picked up most of these lessons growing up in rural South Carolina. He says, "I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”

As for his music career, Josh previewed some new songs for country radio insiders at CRS earlier this month in Nashville. A new single should be coming soon.

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Miranda Lambert Featured in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibition, Opening in May

C2 Media RelationsActual induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is still a few years off for Miranda Lambert, but some of her stuff is going on display in the museum's new exhibition, Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access. Miranda's gowns, stage costumes and awards will tell the story of her life in 2013, and her own tweets will be incorporated into the exhibition as well.

She says, "The Country Music Hall of Fame is a place to cherish what country music is all about, and I'm so honored to have an exhibit in this treasured hall."

Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access opens May 16 and runs through November 9. Go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org for ticket information.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Eric Church's only son? ANSWER: Boone.

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Cassadee Pope Explores Darkness and Light in “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” Video

Photo Credit: Ivan ClowCassadee Pope has released a new, lushly-produced video for her new single, "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart." The visuals go back and forth between softer images of Cassadee performing the song draped in lace and pearls, to much darker scenes of the singer trapped in a glowing black heart.

More than 300,000 fans so far have watched Cassadee's new video. "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart" is the follow-up to her top-10 debut hit, "Wasting All These Tears." Both songs are included on Cassadee's debut album, Frame by Frame.

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“Nashville” Recap: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore

ABCThe aftermath of Lamar Wyatt's death played out on Wednesday's Nashville. His daughter, Rayna Jaymes, told Lamar he was dead to her the last time she saw him because of his involvement in her mother's death. Rayna held on to that anger after Lamar's death, though her daughters and sister Tandy were devastated.

While going through Lamar's things, Rayna finally broke down crying and starting hurling vases across her late father's office. Her sister, Tandy, and ex-husband, Teddy Conrad, found her on the floor sobbing and yelling that the lies had to stop in their family. Lamar had his heart attack in Teddy's office, and Teddy confessed to his lawyer, Christina, he didn't call for help as he watched Lamar die.

Juliette Barnes' defiant performance of "Don't Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet" at her Grand Ole Opry induction caught the ear of a high-powered pop producer in Los Angeles. He flew Juliette out west to record a pop version of the song and makeover her image with a gothic photo shoot. Juliette's long-time manager Glenn decided to step away as Juliette pursued her pop career. In the end, Juliette hired Glenn back and decided to continue on as a country singer with boyfriend Avery serving as her producer.

Scarlett O'Connor continued working on her song "Black Roses" in the studio with bad-boy producer Liam, but her pill-popping issue from the previous episode didn't rear its head. Instead, Scarlett realized her former best friend Zoey and ex-boyfriends Gunnar and Avery had moved on without her when she saw them performing as a trio at the Bluebird Café. Despite her misgivings, Scarlett found comfort in the arms of Liam after spending the night in the recording studio.

"Black Roses" is the first song specifically written for Nashville. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett, says it's an honor to get to sing such a beautiful song.

Says Clare, "It had so much pain in it and such accusation. It's an absolute blessing to be given that song. It's so beautiful. I'm so grateful."

Lucy Schwartz wrote "Black Roses" as a love song between a man and a woman, so she was surprised at how it was used on Nashville.

"It ended up being about Scarlett and her mother," Lucy explains, "which is just cool because so many people can take one song and hear it in a different way, and it relates to them in a different way than you even expect."

"Black Roses" is available for download now at iTunes. For more on the song, check out the ABC Music Lounge.

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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