Rodney Atkins Recruits Lee Brice and Dustin Lynch for Music City Gives Back Concert

Photo Credit: Caleb KuhlRodney Atkins hosts his Fourth Annual Music City Gives Back Tuesday, June 3 at 1st Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch and Josh Thompson are among the stars joining Rodney on the bill. Proceeds go to Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School.

Rodney says, “I am so excited to be part of this event for the fourth year in a row and to have such a great group of artists give their time and talent to help out. I’ve always believed that music is a great healer and it’s important to me as an artist to use that platform to give back.”

The concert is free to the public.


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Luke, Miranda, Carrie, Blake & More Performing on 2014 CMT Music Awards

CMTBlake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert are all set to perform on the 2014 CMT Music Awards next month. The show broadcasts live from Nashville June 4 at 8 p.m. ET. Further announcements on performers, presenters and the show host are coming soon.

Fan voting is now open at CMT.com to determine this year’s winners.


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Dolly Parton “Dolly-izes” Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan on New Album, “Blue Smoke”

Webster PRDolly Parton‘s new album, Blue Smoke, is out Tuesday, but she insists the title isn’t quite as mysterious as it might sound. Dolly wrote the title track a few years ago inspired by the blue smoke that comes off the Smokey Mountains in her native East Tennessee.

She says of the song, “That kind of fit ’cause I’m from the Smokies. But also it has a lot of bluegrass flavors to it. So, I thought the bluegrass, the blue smoke.”

The project includes a pair of interesting cover songs. Dolly dipped into Bon Jovi’s catalog to sing their 1989 hit, “Lay Your Hands on Me.” While the original version is about a romantic relationship, Dolly teamed up with writers Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to reimagine “Lay Your Hands on Me” as a gospel song.

“So, they just threw some ideas out, and I threw some ideas out,” Dolly says of the rewrite process. “They loved what I was doing. I loved what they was doing.”

Dolly also included a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” on Blue Smoke.  She says, “It was just one of those songs that I often sit around and just sing. But I love Bob’s songs. He’s different, unusual — weird guy, and I love weird people.”

Blue Smoke features Dolly’s duet with Willie Nelson on “From Here to the Moon and Back,” as well as her Grammy-nominated collaboration with Kenny Rogers, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”

Look for Dolly on NBC’s Today and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and CBS’s The Talk on Tuesday. She’ll appear on History Channel’s American Pickers Wednesday, and The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Jake Owen‘s daughter? ANSWER: Pearl.

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Hunter Hayes Sets Guinness World Record for Most Shows Played in Multiple Cities in 24 Hours

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes now holds the Guinness World Record for most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours. The singer performed 10 shows on his 24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger starting Friday morning through Saturday morning in the Northeast. Hunter’s mini-tour raised money and awareness for ConAgra Foods’ efforts against childhood hunger.

Hunter says, “I’m so proud to get to work with them and all the sponsors. Thank you to all the fans for not only making history with us but also making this whole thing absolutely awesome!”

Charlie Worsham and Dan + Shay joined Hunter on select shows. The previous record holder, The Flaming Lips, played eight shows in 24 hours.

Look for Hunter’s new album, Storyline, in stores now. It features his latest single, “Invisible.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGet-well wishes go out to Martina McBride‘s older brother, Steve, who had neck surgery Friday morning. Martina took to Twitter to ask fans for their thoughts and prayers.

ABC’s Nashville has been renewed for a third season.

Jake Owen took it easy on a vacation to the Bahamas over the weekend.

Rascal Flatts performs on NBC’s The Voice Monday.

Tickets are now on sale at Craig Morgan‘s website for his 8th annual charity motocross and concert event. The festivities take place July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee.

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Kip Moore and Frankie Ballard Headlining the “Country Weekly” Kick-Off Party in Nashville

MCA NashvilleKip Moore and Frankie Ballard are the headliners for the Country Weekly Kick-Off Party June 3 at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café. The pre-CMA Music Festival event is a fundraiser for Musicians on Call, an organization providing music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

Tickets for the event are available at MusiciansonCall.org.

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Eric Church Trying to Contain His Rambunctious Two-Year-Old Son, Boone

EB Media PREric Church is one of country’s rowdiest performers, so it’s no wonder his toddler son, Boone, is something of a wild child. The country star is already preparing to take his daredevil boy on The Outsiders tour this fall, but there’ll be some changes to accommodate Boone.

“He needs his own bus. I need to put padded walls on it,” Eric says. “He had his first broken bone at one year old. Just over a year old. He jumped off the back of a chair.”

Lately, Eric has been bonding with Boone watching Tom and Jerry cartoons, but he’s had to put a stop to that father-son activity.

Eric explains, “When you watch it with your two-year-old and you see Tom take an axe and try to hit Jerry and Jerry blow up Tom, he doesn’t get it. So, then all of a sudden, Boone’s pulling my hair, slapping me, hitting [my wife] Catherine.”

Now that Tom & Jerry has been axed from Boone’s TV schedule, Eric says, “We’re back to Berenstain Bears.”

Eric kicks off The Outsiders World Tour this September.

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Taylor Swift Jokes: “I Have An Entire Wing of My House Dedicated to Planning” My Outfits

Charley Gallay/Getty Images for KedsEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, she’s been spotted out on the street sporting one stylish outfit after another, and every one of her fashion choices have been relentlessly documented and breathlessly reported on by numerous style blogs and websites.  But it turns out that Taylor doesn’t give much thought to her fashion choices at all, and thinks it’s hilarious that people believe that she does.

Speaking to E! at an event to promote her partnership with Keds, Taylor was asked about whether she feels pressure to look great every time she leaves her house, because she’s considered to be a “style icon.”  “Oh yeah,” she joked, “It takes me months to plan outfits.  I put them on a chart, I dress them on mannequins, and I have, actually, an entire wing of my house that’s dedicated to the planning and the plotting of me wearing different outfits. As a style icon, you have to take yourself very seriously.”

All joking aside, Taylor tells E! that really, getting dressed isn’t that big a deal.  “I decide what I’m gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop,” she explains.  She says she likes Keds because they’re so classic — Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe both wore them, for example — and dressing in that manner cuts down on embarrassment later.

Describing her style as “ladylike,” Taylor explains, “I like to wear pearl earrings, I like red lips. I like things that are kinda classic staples because I figure if I stick to classics, I won’t have as many cringe-worthy moments looking back 25 years from now at my decisions, style-wise.”

While Taylor is friends with many top models, she says it’s some of her other celebrity pals who give her the best fashion advice and inspiration: Girls star Lena Dunham and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel.

“Lena always has really great websites, and shops at great stores, so she always tells me her newest obsession, whether it be a website, or a blog or a new store or something,” Taylor reveals. “She’s really good with that stuff.  And Zooey Deschanel is one of the most fashionable people I know.”

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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Enlisting His Kids to Make Mother’s Day Picnic Lunch

Big MachineRascal Flatts‘ new album, Rewind, comes out Tuesday, but the guys made a point to be home Sunday for Mother’s Day. The celebration is even more special for band member Joe Don Rooney, whose wife Tiffany is expecting their third child. Joe Don plans to get the couple’s two children, Jagger and Raquel, in on the Mother’s Day planning.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I’m gonna put together a little picnic lunch and have the kids make it. I want them to make the meal and go take ‘em out to the park and have Tiff come with us, if Tiff’ll go. If she won’t, we’ll just do it by ourselves.”

Joe Don doesn’t expect the kids to put together a gourmet meal though.

He says with a laugh, “I’m telling ya. It’s Goldfish. It’s Chex Mix. Everything.  It’s a snack attack. Well, she’s pregnant she’ll eat anything right now.”

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