Randy Houser, Love and Theft, Cassadee Pope Added to Gulf Coast Jam Lineup

EB Media PRRandy Houser, Love and Theft, Cassadee Pope, Jon Pardi, Casey James, and Big & Rich have joined the lineup for the 2nd Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Labor Day weekend, August 29 through 31 in Panama City Beach, FL. Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley were previously announced as this year’s headliners.

Tickets for the event are available at GulfCoastJam.com.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney tweeted the date “9.30.14,” which could mean he’s got new music coming out on that date. He’s been in the studio in the past few months working on a new album.

Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies fame has signed a new record deal and will release her first full-length album this fall.

Sara Evans will perform on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth special July 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Brothers Osborne, The Henningsens, Leah Turner and Kristian Bush will perform at the Great American Country Breakfast concert series June 5 through 8 at the Music City Center in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival. For more information, go to GACTV.com/Breakfast.

Love and Theft and Josh Thompson will headline NRA Country’s 2nd Annual Fan Club Party Thursday, June 5 at Margaritaville in Nashville. The event is free that morning and fans will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Florida Georgia Line will perform at the 2014 Miss USA pageant airing June 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Fans attending George Strait‘s final tour stop at AT&T Stadium in Texas on June 7 will want to check out the venue’s policy on purses and handbags. More information can be found at GeorgeStrait.com.

Dolly Parton‘s new video for “Home” is now airing on Vevo.

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Jon Pardi Serenades “The Bachelorette” This Monday Night

UMG NashvilleJon Pardi helps set a romantic mood on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette. This season’s bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, and one of her suitors will watch Jon perform his song “Happens All the Time” during their date.

Jon filmed the performance a few weeks back at the Mohegan Sun casino. He says, “It had this really cool backdrop that the guys had scouted out. It was like this big waterfall kind of looking thing.”

Andi and her date danced while Jon performed “It Happens All the Time.”

He adds with a laugh, “That’s like the most countriest song pretty much that’s ever gonna be on The Bachelorette.”

Jon’s appearance on The Bachelorette airs Monday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Carrie Underwood’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance Airing Saturday Night

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Carrie Underwood‘s performance at last month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air Saturday night at 9 ET on HBO. Carrie joined Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow to sing big hits from inductee Linda Ronstadt‘s catalog, including “Blue Bayou,” “You’re No Good,” and “It’s So Easy.”

Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Nirvana and KISS are among this year’s other inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Martina McBride Pays Tribute to Her Hero and Friend, the Late Maya Angelou

Photo Credit: Randee St. NicholasThe world was saddened to learn of poet and author Maya Angelou‘s passing Wednesday at age 86. Martina McBride was one of those fortunate enough to get to know Maya in the past few years. It turns out the author was a big fan of Martina’s songs like “Independence Day,” “A Broken Wing” and “In My Daughter’s Eyes.” When Martina was honored for her charity work by Redbook magazine at a 2003 gala in New York City, Maya Angelou presented the award to her and said, “Here, take my hand; I celebrate you.”

Martina later attended Maya’s 2010 birthday party in North Carolina. She says, “Maya Angelou lived her life inspiring, educating, championing, lifting, nourishing, giving, and loving. Her influence on the world, by speaking the truth and sharing her wisdom and her spirit, is immense and unforgettable. She made you want to be a better person. That was her real gift to us all.”

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Gets His Yoga On with Girlfriend, Hayley

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard may seem like a hard-core party animal, singing hits like “This Is How We Roll” and “Get Your Shine On,” but the Georgia native is taking care of his inner self with a little yoga practice. On Wednesday morning, Tyler’s girlfriend, Hayley Stommel, posted an Instagram photo of the couple stretching on their mats before starting a yoga session with their friend and instructor, Mary Banker.

Tyler is working on his fitness in preparation for next week’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Catch them on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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Brantley Gilbert Scores Huge Sales Week with “Just As I Am”

Valory Music Co.Congratulations to Brantley Gilbert on scoring the third-biggest first-sales week of any album so far this year with his latest offering, Just As I Am. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the album sold 211,000 copies for a #1 debut on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart and a #2 start on the Billboard 200.

Coldplay‘s new album, Ghost Stories, bows at the top of the overall chart with the best sales week of any album so far in 2014, with 383,000 copies sold. Eric Church has the second-best first-sales week of the year, with The Outsiders moving 288,000 units back in February.

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Little Big Town Taking a Second Turn as CMA Music Festival Special Hosts

Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town has signed on to host CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock for a second year. The three-hour special tapes next week at CMA Music Festival in Nashville and will air Tuesday, August 5 on ABC.

LBT’s Phillip Sweet says, “We could not be more excited to be coming back as hosts for CMA Music Fest. Last year was incredible and we can’t wait to be back in LP Field surrounded by 50,000 screaming fans!”

CMA Music Festival takes place June 5 through 8 with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and Rascal Flatts among the stars on the bill. Sara Evans, Charlie Daniels Band and Travis Tritt have also been added to the nightly concert lineup at Nashville’s LP Field.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich two members of Little Big Town are married to each other? ANSWER: Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild.

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Craig Campbell Enjoying Biggest Hit of His Career with Sexy Single, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’”

Monarch PublicityCraig Campbell is enjoying the biggest hit of his career so far with the romantic song, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’.” When he sings the song, Craig usually wears a smile on his face since the lyrics remind him of quality time with his wife, Mindy.

Craig tells ABC News Radio, “One our favorite things to do is just to hang out at the house and pop open a bottle of wine and pile up on the couch, and then the rest is up for imagination.”

“Keep Them Kisses Comin’” allows Craig to display a different side to fans.

“You know, I can be sexy,” he says. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Craig will perform “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” Thursday night at his show in Mt. Vernon, Indiana.

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