David Nail Found All the Right Pieces to the Puzzle for New Album, “I’m a Fire”

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail's new album, I'm a Fire, is out this week featuring the #1 hit, "Whatever She's Got" as well as the follow-up single, "Kiss You Tonight." While the lead single was an obvious hit, David says he has a similar feeling about "Kiss You Tonight."

"I felt like it was something immediately that I wanted to record," David tells ABC News Radio. "There was just something different about it. It reminded me of -- I won't call out the songs -- but it reminded me of some songs that have been some really big hits that when I first heard 'em, I didn't necessarily know that, but then they became huge songs."

David found "Kiss You Tonight" pretty early on during the album-making process, and it helped assure him about the artistic direction he was taking with the rest of the songs.

Says David, "I feel like that this record was very much a puzzle and it was about finding pieces that kind of fit together and became one big picture, and 'Kiss You Tonight' was one of the early pieces to the puzzle."

I'm a Fire features a duet vocal with Lee Ann Womack on the last track, a cover of a Glen Campbell's "Galveston."

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Taylor Swift Gets Restraining Order Against Man Who Believes He’s Married to Her

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man who claims to be her husband.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Swift claims Timothy Sweet has been harassing her with a barrage of letters, emails and social media posts since January 2011.

According to Swift’s legal documents, one of Sweet’s messages reads, “My wife, Taylor Swift (Sweet) and I live in Beverly Hills.  I am in love with her.  In conclusion, we treat each other with dignity and respect.  I will carry a gun to protect her the rest of my life.”

In another message to the singer, Sweet writes, “Dearest Taylor, I'll kill any man who gets in the way of our marriage.  Message to John Kerry, Secretary of State.  Message from YOUR Presidential Candidate.”

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered Sweet to stay 100 yards away from the singer and her family.

E! News reports the 33-year-old Sweet is also barred from contacting Swift through any electronic means.

The temporary restraining order remains in effect until March 25 when a hearing will be held to determine if the order should be extended.

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Taylor Swift Unveils New Line of Keds Footwear for Spring

KedsTaylor Swift and Keds continue their footwear collaboration with a new line of shoes in time for spring. The new designs include oversized polka dots, nautical stripes, and a chevron pattern with a scribble edge. A floral-print shoe features a blooming peony while another design boasts an animated songbird taking flight.

Taylor says of the new designs, "I think it's fun to experiment with your style. Shoes are an opportunity to add a pop of color or something unexpected."

Each shoe comes with a special charm incorporating Taylor's favorite number, 13, or her logo. The shoes come out this month, but you can find exclusive styles at Keds.com, TaylorSwift.com, Nordstrom.com and Journeys.com.

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Eli Young Band Releases “10,000 Towns” Early on iTunes

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band surprised fans by releasing their new album, 10,000 Towns, Sunday night instead of Tuesday as scheduled. The project is now available at iTunes featuring the hit "Drunk Last Night," and the new single, "Dirt."

Look for Eli Young Band to perform "Dirt" on NBC's Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Tuesday.

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Eric Church Performing on “Austin City Limits” this Fall

Photo Credit: John PeetsEric Church will tape a performance for PBS' Austin City Limits September 23. The set will include songs from his latest #1 album, The Outsiders. Look for Eric's episode to air this fall as part of Austin City Limit's 40th season.

Check out ACLTV.com for ticket information and air dates.

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George Strait Getting Sportsman Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday in Dallas

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait is often hailed as the King of Country Music, but he spends just as much time thinking about land conservation as he does singing songs. That's why Park Cities Quail is giving George the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Awards this Thursday in Dallas.

According to the Dallas Morning News, George was selected for the honor thanks to his work managing the wildlife habitats on his ranches in Texas. He's worked with a wildlife biologist for years now to create healthy environments for the animals on his properties. The Country Music Hall of Fame member also manages the deer population on his ranches and mostly just hunts for "the ugliest buck he can remove from the herd."

As for his music career, George will wrap up The Cowboy Rides Away tour this June in Dallas. Go to GeorgeStrait.com for tour dates.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Carrie Underwood's middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Lindsay Ell will be profiled on The Better Show Monday. Check local listings for time and channel.

Carrie Underwood had a blast performing at a massive Mardi Gras party in New Orleans over the weekend. She tweeted, "New Orleans knows how to party right! Can't wait to come back for another Mardi Gras…thanks for letting me be a part of it!"

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Billy Currington Discovers “People Are Crazy” in Thailand During Recent Trip

Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington learned the title of his hit song, "People Are Crazy," applies to folks all over the world during a recent trip to Thailand. Billy headed to Bangkok on the recommendation of a friend a few weeks back.

He tells ABC News Radio, "They're a good crazy, but man, that's a crazy city. That's like New York on steroids."

Taking in the sights and sounds of the city proved to be an enlightening experience for Billy, who grew up in south Georgia.

"Everybody's really the same in so many ways. I did learn that," Billy explains, "but there's a lot to be learned from people that didn't grow up just like you did and live in the same country as you did."

There were some points on the trip when Billy wasn't sure he'd make it back home alive. To get around the city, Billy and his companions rode in tooks, which are go-cart-like vehicles used as taxis in Bangkok.

Billy says with a laugh, "You always think that you're gonna die any minute while you're riding down the street in that city."

Billy is now safe and sound back in the U.S. Check out BillyCurrington.com to see where's he's performing next.

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David Nail Rooting for “Captain Phillips” for Best Picture at Sunday Night’s Academy Awards

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail admits he's way behind on his movie watching, but he will be pulling for the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips to win Best Picture at the Oscars Sunday night. His wife, Catherine, was watching the movie at home one day when David walked in on a very intense scene.

He tells ABC News Radio, "It was right when they'd taken over the ship. It was all this screaming and yelling. It was so super-intense. I just kind of just stopped what I was doing and watched for 35 minutes."

David's admiration for Captain Phillips only grew when he heard about Barkhad Abdi, who moved from Somalia to the U.S. and then landed a starring role as a Somali pirate in an open audition.

Says David, "I saw a story about the guy that's up for Best Supporting Actor and his story about coming over from Somalia, so that's the one I'm rooting for the most."

The Oscars broadcast live Sunday night on ABC. David's new album, I'm a Fire, lands in stores Tuesday.

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