Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKristian Bush will perform on TBS’s Conan Wednesday, February 18.

Blake Shelton‘s #1 country hit, “Neon Light,” got an R&B makeover when his fellow coach on The Voice, Usher, covered it during their co-headlining show in North Texas. The concert celebrated the 90th anniversary of the United Way.


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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Releasing First Cookbook, “Oh Gussie!”

HarperCollinsLittle Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman‘s cooking skills have been on display for a few years now, thanks to her Great American Country show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern. Now she’s collected her favorite recipes and stories from her childhood growing up in North Georgia for the new book, Oh Gussie! Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen, due out April 14.

Kimberly can’t wait to share her labor of love with her fans.  “It’s gonna be different than your average cookbook,” she tells ABC News Radio. “It’s gonna be a lot about how I grew up. A lot of stories of how I grew up. Stories about my family and my grandmother, who I learned so much from cooking, and it’ll be some stories about on the road and recipes inspired by my family or  friends, and my home.”

Kimberly and her co-writer, Martha Foose, spent a lot of time on making the book look beautiful, too.

Says Kimberly, “When you open it up, I want you to feel like you’re home and cozy and a family member.”

As for the unique book title, Oh Gussie!, it’s a Southern expression Kimberly uses when she’s excited, which is quite often. Kimberly even uses @OhGussie as her social media handle for Twitter and Instagram. Fans can pre-order the book now at OhGussie.com.

On the music front, Kimberly is currently in Europe on tour with Little Big Town. They’re promoting their latest single, “Girl Crush,” from the album, Pain Killer.


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Scotty McCreery and Chase Bryant Appearing on “Sports Illustrated” Show “SI Now” Thursday

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will be talking about his two big passions — music and sports — on Sports Illustrated‘s online show, SI Now, Thursday at 1 p.m. ET on SI.com. Look for Chase Bryant to perform his hit, “Take It on Back,” on the show, too. The appearances are tied in with the Sports Illustrated Swimville Fan Festival taking place this week in Nashville.

Chris Young is also performing at the festival.


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Jake Owen, Lady A’s Charles Kelley Among Stars Playing in AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney, and Clay Walker are among the celebrities teeing off in Wednesday’s 3M Celebrity Golf Challenge in Pebble Beach, California. They’ll also take part in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Thursday through Sunday, playing with PGA pros.

All four artists have participated in the event in previous years. Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Murray, Huey Lewis, and Wayne Gretzky are also hitting the links at Pebble Beach this weekend.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLuke Bryan won his first CMA Award in which category at last November’s show? ANSWER: Entertainer of the Year.


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Luke Bryan Performing All Six Number-One Hits from “Crash My Party” on Current Tour

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan didn’t plan on having six number-one hits from his latest album, Crash My Party, but he’s glad it turned out that way. Having that many new songs fans want to hear in concert gives him a big boost going into this 2015 tour dates. That means fans who saw him a year ago will be hearing recent hits like “I See You” and “Roller Coaster” for the first time.

Luke says, “When people come back to see my show this year that they saw last year, I’ll have four more hits to throw at ‘em, and heck, that’s 20 minutes of new music that they’ll have at the live show. “

While Luke is taking a little time off from releasing singles after “I See You” ends its run at number one, he hopes the hits keep coming once he releases new music from a new album later this year.

“You do that for a few years, and then you’ve got a lot of variety of hits to throw at people for your live show,” Luke explains.

The drive to score multiple hits started when Luke went to see his heroes like Alan Jackson while growing up in Georgia.

He recalls, “Every song was a hit from Alan Jackson. I’d be like, ‘Wow! This is awesome! This is awesome! He’s playing hits!’ So, it’s neat to be in that position.”

Luke launched the 2015 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack performs on TBS’s Conan Wednesday night.

Love and Theft‘s new album, Whiskey on My Breath, is out this week. The project shows off the duo’s harmonies using more acoustic arrangements than their previous albums.

Kenny Chesney‘s video for “Wild Child” will premiere via USAToday.com on Wednesday morning.


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Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans and More Salute Music Industry Veteran Joe Galante

Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Ronnie Milsap and Kellie Pickler were among the stars saluting the man who played a huge role in all of their careers — Joe Galante. Joe ran RCA Records in Nashville from the early ’80s to 2010, and is this year’s recipient of the Living Legend Award at the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund’s annual benefit event.

The Tuesday-night gala took place on the Grand Ole Opry stage with celebrities and music business executives sharing stories about Joe as he guided the careers of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Alabama, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and many others.

In addition to performances from Kix, Ronnie, Sara, Ronnie and Kellie, the evening also included songs from other artists Joe fostered, including K.T. Oslin, Lonestar, Restless Heart, Lorrie Morgan and Foster & Lloyd.


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Rascal Flatts Planning Family Vacations and Golf Games During Upcoming Vegas Riot! Residency

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts launch their nine-show Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on February 25, and the guys are turning the trip into a family affair. Lead singer Gary LeVox plans to bring his family out for the first week, but his 14-year-old daughter, Brittany, wants to hang out in Sin City for the entire run of the show.

Looking back on his conversation, Gary recalls telling his daughter, “Do you want daddy to get arrested? You have school. There’s education. You might grow up and be a musician one day. Get you a job, baby.”

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus plans to bring his family out for the last week of their residency. Mostly, Jay is glad to escape the cold temperatures in Nashville this time of year.

 “I’m really looking forward to just being into some warm weather so I can play some golf,” Jay says. “That’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”

Rascal Flatts’ Vegas Riot! residency will continue on select weekends through March 14. Tickets are available at AXS.com/RascalFlattsVegas.


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Mickey Guyton Counting Down the Days Until She Hits the Road with Brad Paisley

Image Courtesy UMGCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton is headed out with Brad Paisley on the Crushin’ It World Tour starting May 15 in Philadelphia. Mickey is counting down the days until the trek begins.

She says, “I am so excited and thankful to Brad for inviting me to tour with him. This opportunity to share my music with fans on the road is truly a dream becoming a reality.”

Mickey’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” is now catching fire at country radio.


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