Brantley Gilbert to Perform Pre-Race Concert at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25

Photo Credit: James MinchinBrantley Gilbert has signed on to perform a pre-race concert prior to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 25. Brantley’s father worked on a racing team at one point, so he’s very familiar with life on the race track.

Says Brantley, “I love the smell of gas, the motor and the tires. Being able to play a show for like-minded people and having them party their tails off at the same time is going to be a blast … I can’t wait for Charlotte Motor Speedway!”  

For ticket information, go to Brantley’s new album, Just As I Am, is due out May 19 featuring the hit “Bottoms Up.”

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Crystal Gayle Spotlight Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame This Friday

Webster PRA new spotlight exhibit on Crystal Gayle‘s career opens at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday. Crystal Gayle: When I Dream includes awards, instruments and clothes from the “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” singer’s ’70s and early ’80s heyday. Mementos from her family, including sister Loretta Lynn, are also going on display.

In celebration of the exhibit opening, Crystal will get an interview and performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame this Saturday afternoon. Go to for ticket information or to watch a live stream of Gayle’s appearance, starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Craig Campbell Adds Lee Brice, Parmalee and More to 2nd Annual Cornhole Challenge

C2 Media RelationsCraig Campbell has recruited Lee Brice, Chase Rice, Parmalee and The Cadillac Three to compete in his 2nd Annual Cornhole Challenge June 3 in Nashville’s Public Square Park. Jerrod Niemann and newcomers Blackjack Billy were previously announced as participants.

Proceeds from the Craig’s Cornhole event go to T.J. Martell Foundation’s Colon Cancer research fund. For ticket information, go to

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Keith Urban Says His Home Life Is Full of “Drama”

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban is surrounded by women at home: he’s married to Nicole Kidman and the pair have two daughters, Sunday and Faith. Even so, the American Idol judge said he doesn’t mind being outnumbered by the women in his life.

“Our house is very animated anyway. It’s an artists’ house, so yelling and singing and dancing and music…Everything is very dramatic,” Urban explained on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “I’m in a house full of girls. It’s all dramatic. It’s all drama. It’s all drama…But I fit right in, which is bizarre.”

Still, Urban can find some peace at work while he’s judging alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. on American Idol. “They’re very easy to get along with,” he said. “The first dinner we went to all of us — Randy [Jackson] and Ryan [Seacrest] — all of us together, it was like I had known them forever. They’re very easy to talk to.”

After American Idol wraps, country music star Urban won’t be returning home. Instead, he says, “We hit the road in June and we’ll be touring. We start in Australia and we’ll be all through the states –  July, August, September.” Urban added that his wife and daughters will probably come on the road with him. They even have their own bunk beds on the tour bus.

American Idol airs on Fox Wednesday and Thursday nights.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the lead singer of Eli Young Band? ANSWER: Mike Eli.

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George Jones Scholarship Fund Established at Middle Tennessee State University

Webster PRGeorge Jones‘ widow, Nancy Jones, has established the George Jones Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. More than $171,000 has already been raised for the fund.

Nancy says, “George received help from people as he strove to have a country music career, so I am thrilled that we will be able to help young people in the name of George Jones. I know he would have loved this.”

Jones passed away April 26, 2013. Nancy and the Jones family planted two dogwood trees at his grave in Nashville over the weekend.

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Eli Young Band Introduces Their Families to Their Lives as Country Stars

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band turned their party celebrating their latest #1 hit, “Drunk Last Night,” into a real family affair Monday afternoon in Nashville. The guys brought their spouses and kids to the event after welcoming them on the road for their last few dates opening for Darius Rucker.

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones says, “It’s nice. We don’t live in Nashville, so our families don’t get to experience most of what we do up here.”

The guys in Eli Young Band also brought their families along to their video shoot for new single “Dust,” in Westmoreland, TN, on Sunday. Since the song is called “Dust” and not “Mud,” it’s a good thing the severe weather in Middle Tennessee held off long enough for them to get all the shots they needed.

“We really lucked out,” Jon says. “I kind of watched the radar. It really just kind of went on both sides of us, and started raining pretty heavily about 10 minutes after we wrapped.”

He adds, “Someone was looking down at us, ’cause that was our only day to shoot it.”

Look for Eli Young Band’s new video for “Dust” to premiere in the coming weeks.

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Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Chris Young and More Record New Song to Help Fight Hunger

Big Machine RecordsEleven of country’s top stars have joined forces to record a new song, “Give ‘Em Hope,” to raise money for the Outnumber Hunger initiative. Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Reba, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Vince Gill and The Cadillac Three are featured on the song, which is now available at iTunes.

A portion of the song’s proceeds will go to Feeding America to benefit food banks around the U.S.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan + Shay recently received their first gold certification for their single, “19 You + Me,” which has sold 550,000 downloads so far. They’re following that single up with a new release, “Show You Off,” hitting the airwaves next month.

Randy Houser is following up his three consecutive #1 hits with a new single, “Like a Cowboy,” from his latest album, How Country Feels.

Alan Jackson has recorded the song “A Million Ways to Die” for Seth MacFarlane‘s new movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West, in theaters May 30. Check the song out at

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Josh Turner Shares Life Lessons in His New Book, “Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood”

Thomas NelsonJosh Turner‘s first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, is now in stores featuring 90 stories based on the singer’s life experiences. The idea for the book started with Josh’s profile in People magazine as the hottest dad in country music. That article led Nashville-based publisher Thomas Nelson to approach Josh about expanding what he said in that article into an entire book. Josh jumped at the chance to dig deeper into his life story.

He says, “I felt like this was a way for me to just really open up and talk about the experiences and the stories from my life that I learned from or that I gained experience from in certain areas.”

Josh wrote every story based on experiences from his life as a son, husband, father and friend.

“I didn’t really reference any other book,” Josh says of his writing process. “I didn’t reference any other project or piece of work from anybody. I just really wanted this to be about me and about what I’ve learned and how I can influence someone else with these stories.”

The stories work on their own as well, so readers can enjoy reading Man Stuff in small bites or devour it one sitting.

Says Josh, “I wanted to keep them short and sweet and simple. I didn’t want to bog people down with heavy, too much heavy stuff. I wanted it to be simple life lessons. So, that’s basically what this book is a collection of.”

Look for Josh to promote Man Stuff with an appearance on ABC’s The Chew on Wednesday. He’ll be featured on FOX News’s FOX & Friends and Great American Country’s Headline Country on Thursday, too.

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