Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo/ThinkstockChris Young has signed on to perform as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Music and Fan Festival on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. The event runs February 11 through 12.

Lee Ann Womack will perform her single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” on TBS’s Conan on Wednesday, February 11.


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Grammy Awards Nominee and Performer Eric Church Hopes They Save Him a Seat in the Audience

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church should have an incredible seat in the audience at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards since he’s nominated for four trophies and is performing on the show. Seating turned out to be a big problem during Eric’s first trip to the Grammys in 2012. Due to some mix up, comedian Kathy Griffin was sitting in Eric’s seat just as his category, Best Country Album, was about to be announced.

Eric says, “We had a little standoff. You know, first Grammys. My wife and I ended up having to sit in the aisle right before they did the nominees for Country Album, which would have been great if we won, ’cause then they would’ve had to pan over to Kathy Griffin and us sitting in the aisle.”

Eric laughs about the situation now, and he’s definitely looking forward to taking part in the all-genre show.

“I think the biggest thing for me is I’ve been a big advocate of music without walls and barriers and restraint, and that’s what the Grammys are,” Eric explains. “That’s what that room is. There’s every genre in there. All genres, not just the popular, commercial ones, but all of ‘em.”

Performing on the Grammy Awards has been a dream of Eric’s for a long time now, and he plans to make the most of the opportunity.

Says Eric, “It’s gonna be interesting to see how it goes —  kind of nerve-wracking, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Eric joins Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam among the country performers on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards. The show begins that night at 8 ET on CBS.


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Big & Rich Providing Entertainment for the Musical Group Date on “The Bachelor” Monday Night

Image Courtesy Webster PRMonday night’s episode of ABC’s The Bachelor will feature a music-themed group date, and Big & Rich will be on hand to cap off the evening with a performance. The bachelorettes will show off their musical talents for this season’s bachelor, Chris Soules, during the show. The group date takes place at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Holiday Inn Resort in South Dakota. Big & Rich actually played the first concert at that resort when it opened in 2011.

The Bachelor airs Monday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” Documentary Soundtrack Coming Out February 17

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsThe full soundtrack album for the documentary, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, will be released February 17. The project features Glen’s final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which has earned him and his co-writer Julian Raymond an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. The album features two versions of the song, which was the last one Glen recorded.

The documentary details Glen’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease as he completed his final tour. The soundtrack also features The Band Perry‘s version of Glen’s classic hit, “Gentle on My Mind” as well as live versions of Glen’s performances from the Nashville stop of his last tour.

Here’s the Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me soundtrack track listing:

 “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew
“Gentle on My Mind” (Documentary Version), The Band Perry
“Remembering,” Ashley Campbell
“All I Need Is You,” Glen Campbell
“The Long Walk Home,” Glen Campbell
“Wichita Lineman” (Live from Ryman Auditorium), Glen Campbell
“A Better Place” (Live from Ryman Auditorium), Glen Campbell
“Gentle on My Mind” (Single Version), The Band Perry
“Home Again,” Ashley Campbell
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Single Version), Glen Campbell


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Garth Brooks Playing Sacramento for the First Time in 17 Years, March 27 & 28

Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks is taking his live show to Sacramento, California for the first time in 17 years. He’ll play two nights at the city’s Sleep Train Arena on March 27 and March 28. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, February 13 through Ticketmaster. Of course, Garth is likely to add more shows once those dates go on sale.

As always, Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood will join him for the Sacramento shows.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Miranda Lambert‘s 2005 debut album? ANSWER: Kerosene.


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Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Featured on the Cover of “Petersen’s Bowhunting” Magazine

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryRascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox is widely recognized as one of country’s best vocalists, but now he’s getting some attention for his other passion — hunting. Gary is on the cover of Petersen’s Bowhunting magazine, and opens up about his love of the sport in the cover story.

Gary says, “A lot of people in my position are musicians who became hunters. I was a hunter who just happened to become a musician. Music is truly what I do, and hunting and the outdoors is truly who I am.”

Gary is also taking part in a Bowhunting magazine’s Country Superstar Sweepstakes. The winner gets a set of Bowtech Prodigy bows, three sets of SCENTLOK hunting apparel and a custom Ephiphone Les Paul electric guitar autographed by Gary. The sweepstakes is open now through February 28 at BowhuntingMag.com/Country.


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“Nashville” Recap: “I’m Not That Good at Goodbye”

Image Courtesy ABCABC’s Nashville returned Wednesday night with Layla Grant on the mend following her brush with death on the winter finale. You’ll recall Layla took a lot of pills and was discovered floating face down in the pool at her record label president Jeff Fordham‘s house. Once she regained consciousness in the hospital, Layla told her closeted country star husband, Will Lexington, his secret was literally killing her.

Since Jeff Fordham gave Layla the pills that led to her overdose, he negotiated a deal with the TV producer blackmailing Will and Layla into continuing their hit reality series to let the miserable couple out of their contract. With that hurdle out of the way, Will agreed to divorce Layla. Jeff was keeping watch over Layla in her hospital room, so sparks may be flying between the two of them soon.

Gunnar Scott went to court seeking custody of Micah, the son of his ex-girlfriend, Kylie, and his late brother, Jason. Since Kylie left town, Gunnar has been raising Micah as his son, so Gunnar was shocked to learn the truth about Micah’s paternity thanks to a court-ordered DNA test. Micah’s grandparents came to Nashville, won custody and ended up taking the boy back to Arizona. Micah felt betrayed when Gunnar turned out to be his uncle instead of his father, but it looks like they will be able to mend fences over time.

Deacon Claybourne struggled to come to terms with his liver cancer diagnosis brought on by his years of heavy drinking. The love of his life, country superstar Rayna Jaymes, called off her wedding to fellow superstar Luke Wheeler, but that didn’t mean she was ready to run back to Deacon just yet. Rayna showed up at Deacon’s house at the end of the episode to confess her love for him. When Rayna asked for more time to deal with her feelings, Deacon told her to take all the time she needs. Unfortunately, Deacon has a very aggressive form of cancer that will claim his life if he doesn’t find a liver donor soon.

After Rayna broke off the engagement, Luke Wheeler went over to Deacon’s house for a confrontation that led to a brawl on Deacon’s front lawn. A neighbor posted a video of the fight online, and Rayna saw it once it went viral. She went back to Luke’s house just hours after she jilted him to smooth things over, but Luke accused her of using their relationship to get her stalled singing career back on track.

Instead of throwing out all the alcohol and food for the wedding, Luke invited his fans to come to his place for an impromptu party and concert later that night. The song he sang for the fans, “If I Drink This Beer,” captured the hurt Luke was feeling over the breakup. Will Chase, who plays Luke, tells ABC News Radio he was glad to see that vulnerable side of his character come out in the song.

“This song is more about, ‘You know what? If I have one beer too many, I’m probably gonna call you up and tell you actually how I feel from my heart’,” Will says. “I love that moment. There’s the anger in it, but there’s also this finally getting to see some of that heartening stuff for Luke, which I get to do more of in this second half of this season.”

Will is quick to praise songwriter Jonathan Singleton for writing and recording the demo version of “If I Drink This Beer.”

Will says, “I tried to mimic his voice, ’cause his voice is so cool. And it fit the moment absolutely perfectly.”

“If I Drink This Beer” is now available at iTunes. Nashville returns with another new episode next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern time on ABC.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCole Swindell shot the video for his latest single, “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” Wednesday night at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Nashville.

Reba and Kelly Clarkson were in the audience for the Nashville stop for the touring production of the Broadway musical Kinky Boots earlier this week. Reba even took a photo with the cast.


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Grammy Nominee Miranda Lambert Has a Lifelong Fascination with Awards Shows

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is up for four Grammy Awards at this Sunday night’s ceremony in Los Angeles. While she’s been a regular on awards shows like the Grammys for about a decade now, Miranda’s fascination with these events dates back to her childhood in Texas.

She recalls with a laugh, “I used to watch all the awards shows. I would get a yellow tablet and write down all the nominees and circle who I thought was gonna win, and sit in front of the TV and, like, bet myself on if I was right or not.”

Miranda won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy in 2010 for “The House That Built Me.” Look for her to perform on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.


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