Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum Performing at March Madness Music Festival

Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/Big MachineZac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves have signed on to perform at the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival next month in Indianapolis. The performances take place Sunday, April 5 at White River State Park.  Footage from the concerts will be live streamed at NCAA.com/MusicFest.

Pop acts Rihanna and Bleachers will perform at the festival April 4. The concerts are being staged in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four.


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Rascal Flatts Provides Soundtrack for Bristol Palin’s Vegas Engagement

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts helped Sarah Palin‘s daughter, Bristol, celebrate a really big milestone over the weekend. The group dedicated their performance of “Bless the Broken Road” to Bristol and her war-hero boyfriend, Sergeant Dakota Meyer, during their show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Dakota then asked Bristol to marry him, and she said yes.

Bristol posted a video of Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox dedicating the song to them.

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBefore he launched his solo career, Chase Rice was a co-writer on which one of Florida Georgia Line‘s #1 hits? ANSWER:  “Cruise.”


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Florida Georgia Line Knows They’re Lucky to Steer Clear of Onstage Injuries

Image Courtesy BBMA/ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley never stand still during their energetic live shows, so it’s impressive they haven’t taken any major spills, or even fallen off the stage, like some of their fellow country stars.

Tyler says, “We’ve both left bleeding a couple times, really definitely sweatin’. We’ve had a couple falls. Nothing too major. No ambulance, no stretcher.”

While they’re cautious about safety onstage, FGL likes leaving room of spontaneity in their live shows.

“As much as we’re runnin’ around the stage, you never know what’s gonna happen,” Tyler adds. “But, for the most part, man we’ve been super lucky.”

Florida Georgia Line just finished a run of shows in Europe. They headline the Houston Rodeo Wednesday night.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMickey Guyton performs on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday.

Hunter Hayes has been announced as the first featured Artist of the Day for the CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X exhibition coming up June 11 through 14 in Nashville. More featured artists will be announced soon.

Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler will soon begin recording a country album, according to Billboard. They say he’s signing a deal with Big Machine Records in Nashville, which is the label home of Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.


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Eric Church Throws Innuendo Out the Window with “Like a Wrecking Ball”

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleLately, a lot of guys in country music have been singing about the bonfires and whiskey drinks that go into flirting with a girl, but few of them have actually addressed the goal of all that flirting — sex. Eric Church is addressing that topic head-on with his new single, “Like a Wrecking Ball.”

He says, “It’s about not being home to see your wife or girl for a long time, and thinking about that, preparing for that, executing that. It has nothing to do with anything else.”

Eric maintains he’s always made music geared towards adults, so he doesn’t see a problem with singing directly about making love.

“I hate innuendo,” Eric explains. “I don’t like where people get cute. I’m not 12. I don’t need people to disguise what we’re talking about. I think we can get so cute with stuff like that. Al Green didn’t get cute. Conway Twitty didn’t get cute.”

“Like a Wrecking Ball” is the latest single from Eric’s platinum-selling album, The Outsiders.


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Miranda Lambert Opens Up About the Pros and Cons of Performing on Big Awards Shows

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has performed on big shows like the Grammy Awards and the ACM Awards many times in the past, but she remains thankful anytime she gets a slot on those big TV broadcasts.

She tells The Birmingham News, “I worked very hard to be there, and I want to enjoy every moment.”

Singing on television is a different animal from performing the same song during her concerts, though.

“There’s always an edit in the song, to fit the timeframe they have available [on the show],” Miranda explains. “On the road, I have all the freedom in the world, to do whatever I want with the song and the arrangement.”

While Miranda sometimes watches her TV performances to see what she can improve on, she admits, “I try not to see everything I’m on. I don’t think it’s healthy. You know, we judge ourselves.”

Miranda will perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. She’s the lead nominee with eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Album for the Year for Platinum.


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Josh Turner Documents His Intense CrossFit Workouts on Instagram

Image Courtesy CMAJosh Turner is fast becoming one of country music’s buffest stars. He’s so devoted to CrossFit training, Josh has built what is called a “home box” on his property south of Nashville. Right now, Josh is competing in the Reebok Open 15.2 CrossFit Games, and he’s tracking his progress via Instagram videos.

 

Got to complete the next phase of the @reebok Open 15.2 at my “home box.” It wasn’t easy! #crossfitgames2015

A video posted by Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) on Mar 11, 2015 at 3:20pm PDT

 

In the latest clip, Josh is seen deadlifting weights and doing pushups. Follow him on Instagram, @joshturnermusic, to keep up with the workouts.

On the music front, Josh’s new single, “Lay Low,” is climbing the country chart. He’s expected to release a new album later this year.


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Reba Premieres New Video for “Going Out Like That”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupReba premiered her new video for “Going Out Like That” on NBC’s Today Friday morning. You can see the full clip now on Today.com.

Reba will return to the show next month before her new album, Love Somebody, comes out April 14.

In addition to “Going Out Like That,” Reba’s new album also includes a duet with Jennifer Nettles on “Enough.”


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Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” Video Gives the Song a Darker Edge

Image Courtesy Sam Worster/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt‘s latest single, “Take Your Time,” has been certified gold for sales and streams topping the 500,000 mark. Now he’s released a very gritty video to go along with the hit song.

While the song is sung from the perspective of a guy trying to spend some time with a girl at a party or a bar, the video finds Sam stepping in to help out a young mother in an abusive relationship. The stark visuals offer a very different take on the song’s lyrics.

“Take Your Time” is the latest single from Sam’s debut album, Montevallo.


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