Jake Owen Sharing Excitement of Days of Gold Tour with His Twin Brother, Jarrod

ABC News RadioJake Owen flew his twin brother Jarrod up to Nashville Friday to check out rehearsals for Jake’s massive Days of Gold tour. The top-notch production is sure to impress fans with its state-of-the-art lighting and sound design to accent the beachy vibe of the set. Before he takes the show on the road, Jake wanted to make sure his brother saw how far he’s come since he left Florida for Nashville 10 years ago.

“I left college with nine hours of school left, and we lived in a little apartment together.  And he thought I was crazy,” Jake says of his brother. “And so, 10 years down the road for him to be here and see this and how much has gone into it — when you look at it, it’s a big monstrosity of things — we’ve come a long, long way.”

Jake’s tour rehearsals have been underway for the past month. He hopes his parents get to see the rehearsals too so they can get an idea of how much work goes into launching this kind of tour.

He says, “You know, they can come out and see the show on the road, but they don’t ever see the behind-the-scenes of what it takes to put this together, and the people it takes to facilitate this and the time and money.”

The Days of Gold tour is Jake’s biggest headlining trek to date. The first show is set for Thursday night in Brookings, SD with Thomas Rhett and The Cadillac Three in the supporting slots.

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Shakira’s Mentor Miranda Lambert Looking to Make Hubby Blake Shelton Sweat on “The Voice”

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert hopes to make her husband Blake Shelton sweat with her new gig on The Voice. Miranda has signed on as a mentor for Shakira‘s team starting Monday night, and Miranda always gives her husband a hard time for breaking out in a sweat when he’s around the Colombian bombshell.

“If he does, like, a duet with her or whatever, he’s sweating,” Miranda says. “I’m like, ‘Now, you’ve got me and Shakira. You’d better sweat when I’m around now!’”

Shakira approached Miranda about joining her team, but they hadn’t met until they taped the mentoring sessions. Miranda quickly grew to respect Shakira’s artistry, business sense and her deep vocabulary.

Miranda explains, “Her English is so scattered, but when she says stuff, she says such big words. I’m like, ‘I don’t even know that word in English. How do you?’”

The Band Perry starts mentoring Blake’s team this week on The Voice, airing tonight at 8 ET on NBC.

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Dierks Bentley Explains Why His Beloved White Truck Isn’t Featured in “I Hold On” Video

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley‘s 1994 white Chevy truck, named Big White, has appeared in several of his videos, and he directly references the vehicle in his latest hit, “I Hold On.” So, why is there a white Ford truck featured in the song’s video?

It turns out Dierks wanted the guy in the video to be a younger version of himself. He wanted the guy to be on a similar journey from playing honky tonks to eventually playing arenas, but Dierks wanted to draw the line between himself and the character in the clip.

Dierks tells ABC News Radio, “We kind of went out of our way to get a different guy with dark hair, and that’s why I got the Ford instead of the Chevy just to like not draw – - he’s having his own experience and not me. I’ve had a lot of people comment on that.”

In a larger sense, Dierks took pains to include elements of Americana to capture the line about “faith, love and freedom” in the song. It’s a nod to all the small towns Dierks has discovered touring the country on a bus in the last 10 years.

“You drive through small towns and storefronts and cafes and barber shops and American flags,”  Dierks says. “I wish I had started from very beginning taking pictures of American flags in these random locations I’ve seen them all over the country — on the sides of barns and in front yards and on silos.”

“I Hold On” is featured on Dierks’ latest album, Riser.

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Brad Paisley Explains Why He Jumped at the Chance to Perform for President Obama Twice

CMABrad Paisley prefers you don’t know which candidate he voted for in the last Presidential election, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to turn down an invitation to perform for President Obama at the White House. He’s said yes to that gig twice and also performed at an inaugural gala last year.

Brad opens up about his political performances in a new Nashville Scene interview. He says, “If you don’t agree with this administration, or with any administration, or with Congress, or with issues, boycotting things is not going to help.”

Brad goes on to say, “Declining the invitation to play something like the inauguration would be a slap in the face to our democracy. It would be a missed opportunity for country music to be present.”

Brad is singing about more international topics on his single, “The Mona Lisa.” It’s the latest single from his album, Wheelhouse.

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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Holds His Fourth Apple Tossing Ceremony in Calgary

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum certainly finds ways to keep themselves entertained on the road.

Band member Dave Haywood threw an apple on the roof of the Calgary Saddledome in Canada when they played there in 2009, and he’s kept that tradition alive at the Saddledome every time they’ve played there since

In the latest installment of the group’s webisode series, Dave holds his fourth apple-tossing ceremony and succeeds at throwing the piece of fruit on top of the building.

After achieving his goal, Dave says, “Now my arm’s exhausted, and I can’t play guitar, but it was fun.”

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Brantley Gilbert Enlists Fans to Reveal His “Just As I Am Album” Cover

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is calling on his fans to help reveal the album cover for his upcoming release, Just As I Am.  A Checked.in campaign is now underway at on Brantley’s website and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Fans who use the hashtag #JustAsIAm will “shoot out” parts of the diamond plate at BrantleyGilbert.com to ultimately reveal the new artwork.

Look for Brantley to reveal the track listing and release date for Just As I Am very soon. The lead single from the project, “Bottoms Up,” is already a big hit at country radio.

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Florida Georgia Line Announce This Is How We Roll Summer Series 2014 Tour

Sweet Talk PublicityFlorida Georgia Line are stepping up to the plate with their newly-announced tour, This Is How We Roll Summer Series 2014. The trek will visit select baseball stadiums across the country with a special guest: rapper Nelly, their “Cruise” duet partner.  Chris Lane will be the tour’s opening act.

FGL’s Brian Kelley says in a statement, “Last year we played the ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky and it was an epic night. We thought how fun would it be to hit several of these and bring the good times to the field!”  His musical partner, Tyler Hubbard, adds, “Summer can’t get here fast enough. Having Nelly and Chris along for the ride is going to make for one big, outdoor party!”

Here are the initial tour dates:

5/30 — Springdale, AR, Arvest Ballpark
5/31 — Pearl, MS, Trustmark Park
6/1 — TBA
6/12 — Charleston, SC, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park
6/13 — Augusta, GA, Lake Olmstead Stadium
6/14 — TBA
6/19 — Ft. Wayne, IN, Parkview Field
6/20 — Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Ballpark
6/22 — Asheville, NC, McCormick Field

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ACM Lineup Expands with Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady A with Stevie Nicks

Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupThe lineup of stars set to take the stage at next month’s Academy of Country Music Awards has just expanded.  Eric Church, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum — with special guest Stevie Nicks — will all perform on the show, which will air on CBS on April 6.

These new additions join a lineup that already includes Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, and Jason Aldean.  Luke and Blake are also co-hosting the show.  Miranda and Tim McGraw are the leading ACM nominees this year, with seven nods apiece.

It’s not surprising that Stevie Nicks will be joining Lady A for the performance.  The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman appeared on CMT Crossroads with the group last year, and the two acts have stayed in touch and remained friends since.  

In fact, Stevie has been spoiling Eisele [EYES-lee], the baby daughter of Lady A’s Hillary Scott, by sending her gifts of fabulous baby clothes.

“She’s definitely taken her wardrobe up a few notches than what she had originally,” Hillary told ABC News Radio last year.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley hails from which Florida town? ANSWER: Ormond Beach.

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Miranda Lambert Says It’s “Fricking Awesome” Country Radio’s Playing Her Song About Cross-Dressing

Columbia NashvilleGiven country music’s conservative reputation, you’d think Miranda Lambert singing a song mentioning a cross-dresser would raise an eyebrow or two. Surprisingly, no one seemed to notice when Miranda’s top-20 single, “All Kinds of Kinds,” brought the story of Thomasina, the cross-dressing congressman, to country airwaves.

Miranda tells SPIN, “It’s pretty crazy that country radio embraced cross-dressing and played it on the radio. It’s fricking awesome, actually. I think it’s really cool that that song was able to be a single.”

Now that she’s 30, Miranda says “All Kinds of Kinds” is an indication of her changing attitude towards people who are different than she.

“I had to just sort of come to this realization that it was all about being who you are, no matter what you are about, where you come from, what color you are, or if you’re gay or straight, or whatever it is, Miranda explains. “I was just getting to that point in my life where I was starting to accept people for who they are, and myself.”

“All Kinds of Kinds” is the last single from Miranda’s album, Four the Record. Her new album, Platinum, comes out this June featuring the lead single, “Automatic.”

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