Brad Paisley Connects with Deployed Soldiers’ Families at Maine Concert

Photo Credit: Ben EnosBrad Paisley connected with the families of two deployed U.S. soldiers Sunday night at his concert in Bangor, ME. Amanda Kelly, the wife of Sgt. Ryan Kelly, and Erin Donnell, the girlfriend of Sgt. Dana Gross, held up large cardboard photo cut-outs of their respective loved ones during Brad’s show. These cut-outs are called “flat daddies” since they are made of images of loved ones who are deployed overseas.

When Brad saw the cut-outs, he immediately took them and held them up for the crowd to see, saying, “This is what it’s all about. These guys are heroes. Let’s hear it.”

Thanks to the power of social media, Brad found the soldiers’ loved ones and invited the soldiers and their families to come to his show in Boston this August.

Of note, Sgt. Kelly was actually in the audience when Brad performed a surprise concert for soldiers in Afghanistan on Memorial Day.

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Florida Georgia Line Packing in Diverse Concert Crowds This Summer

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is playing several minor league baseball stadium shows this summer with rapper Nelly, who joins them every night for the “Cruise” remix. While FGL is credited with bringing younger fans to the country format, they’re seeing people of all ages show up at their shows.

The duo’s Brian Kelley says, “It’s pretty cool to see guys in cowboy hats and different kind of cultures, little kids, teenagers, college kids, grandparents, 40-year-olds. It seems like everybody’s kinda packing in and it’s a really cool spot to be in. We’re very blessed to have that wide of a fan base.”

Florida Georgia Line is also on the road with Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour this summer. Listen for FGL’s new single from a new album to hit the airwaves soon.

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Mother-of-Three Martina McBride Is On Call for New Mom Kelly Clarkson

Photo Credit: Randee St. NicholasKelly Clarkson welcomed her baby girl, River Rose Blackstock, last week, and she’s got plenty of experienced friends with kids in Nashville to call on for parenting advice. One of those famous pals is mother of three Martina McBride, who recently sang a duet with Kelly on her latest album, Everlasting.

Martina tells ABC News Radio, “I told her if she ever wants to talk babies to come hang out with me because I’ve had three girls, and I just told her I would be there for her if she wanted to talk.”

So, how does Martina think Kelly will fare in the parenting department?

“I think she’s gonna be a great mom,” says Martina. “She has a fun personality. She’s really warm, and I think she’s gonna be great.”

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Dierks Bentley and Vince Gill Featured on Final Album from Cowboy Jack Clement, Due Out July 15

IRS Records NashvilleDierks Bentley and Vince Gill are among the artists contributing to the final album from the late Cowboy Jack Clement. The project, titled For Once and for All, was finished just before the Country Music Hall of Fame member died last August at age 82. The album is Clement’s third solo project, but his work with the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams and many more country icons is considered an essential part of the genre’s history.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell, Leon Russell and John Prine also are featured on For Once and for All, due out July 15.

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Kip Moore to Headline Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 17

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has added an October 17 headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to his upcoming CMT on Tour outing. Charlie Worsham and newcomer Sam Hunt are joining Kip for the trek. Tickets for the Music City show go on sale this Saturday morning at

Kip Moore launches his new tour September 25 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.

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Thomas Rhett Grew Up on the Road Thanks to His Dad Rhett Akins

Photo Courtesy of Thomas RhettMost new artists don’t know what it’s like to live on a tour bus and travel from city to city until they actually launch their careers, but Thomas Rhett has been living that lifestyle since childhood thanks to his dad, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.

“I remember going on the road with dad a whole lot,” Thomas says. “I remember being that kid that wanted to ask dad to write me a doctor’s note on Thursday so I could get out on a Friday and hop on the bus.”

Rhett even let Thomas join him onstage playing drums or helping him out on hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started.” Thomas wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

He adds, “Now that I’m actually doing what he did, there hasn’t been a whole of things I haven’t seen before, which was kind of nice.”

These days, Rhett often goes on the road with Thomas to write songs and offer advice.

“It’s just really cool to have not only a dad, but a mentor and a friend to have kind of helped me along in the process, and him always being side stage right when I come off either saying, ‘That was awesome,’ or critiquing me for thirty minutes,” Thomas says. “It’s just been a cool ride.”

Thomas and Rhett recently used their star power for a good cause. The father and son headed down to their hometown of Valdosta, Georgia to perform a benefit concert raising $40,000 for Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The show was staged in honor of Thomas and Rhett’s little cousin, Sophie, who has been diagnosed with the disease.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKip Moore is a native of which southeastern state? ANSWER: Georgia.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockScotty McCreery took his dad, Mike, to the U.S. Open golf championship in Pinehurst, NC, over the weekend to celebrate Father’s Day.

Miranda Lambert played a surprise club show in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Saturday night at The Block, according to Northwest Florida Daily News.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman made a visit to the Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Friday. According to the Daily Mail, they sang “Amazing Grace” with patients and their families during the visit.

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The Band Perry’s Neil and Reid Perry Stood by Sister Kimberly as She Tied the Knot

Photo Credit: Tec PetajaThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry had her brothers Neil and Reid Perry serve as her best men as she tied the knot with her fiancé, pro baseball player J.P. Arencibia, last Thursday. The ceremony took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Kimberly’s hometown of Greeneville, TN. J.P.’s young nieces served as his groomswomen.

Kimberly’s white dress was designed by Reem Acra, and the Stella Sisters, Lennon & Maisy, of ABC’s Nashville, provided special music during the service. Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, were in attendance, and a reception was held after the ceremony at Kimberly’s parents’ house.

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Miranda Lambert Just Says No to Wardrobe Changes on Upcoming Platinum Tour

Photo Credit: David McClisterMiranda Lambert is often seen rocking high-fashion looks on magazine covers and red carpets, but you won’t find her putting on a fashion show for her upcoming Platinum tour. Miranda works hard to keep the focus on her music.

She explains, “I try to really focus on the music and the covers we pick and the video content and really it being about the band and the crowd more than the outfits I could possibly change into.”

Just picking out one outfit for a show is enough of a challenge for Miranda.

She admits. “I think I would just absolutely lose my mind if I had wardrobe changes during the show. Yeah, maybe a tank top change just from sweating or something, but that’s probably the extent of it.”

Miranda’s Platinum tour hits the road next month with special guests Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett.

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