Little Big Town Taking Their Pain Killer Tour Across the Pond in February 2015

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town takes their Pain Killer tour to the U.K. this February. They’ll play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on February 10, followed by shows in Manchester, England on February 11 and Glasgow, Scotland on February 12.

For ticket information and a full list of tour dates, go to LittleBigTown.com.


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Garth Brooks Playing Detroit February 27 and 28, 2015

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Detroit February 27 and 28, 2015. It’s the first time Garth has played the city in more than 18 years. The shows will take place at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, and Trisha Yearwood will join Garth on the bill.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 19 through Ticketmaster.



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Dustin Lynch Plans to Spoil His Niece and Nephew This Christmas

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch doesn’t have any kids of his own just yet, but he’s an devoted uncle to his five-year-old niece and one-year-old nephew. Dustin says the two kids are “both a handful.”

“They both joust for attention at the house,” Dustin tells ABC News Radio. “[But] I’m really good at being an uncle. I’m really good at having fun with ’em for an hour or two and then giving ’em back.”

Dustin hasn’t started shopping for the kids’ Christmas presents just yet, but his niece is pretty good about asking for what she wants.

Says Dustin, “She knows what she wants from Santa two years in advance, it feels like.”

His nephew got a lot of Tonka trucks and tractors for his recent first birthday. Dustin says he’ll add to that collection at Christmas.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch scored a big hit with his debut single. Name the song. ANSWER: “Cowboys and Angels.”


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Jennifer Nettles Joining Cast of “Chicago” on Broadway

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleJennifer Nettles is headed to Broadway. She’s set to play Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago, February 2 through March 29, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre in Manhattan.

Jennifer says, “Broadway has always been a special, magical place, with a wonderful tradition of singers and actors. I feel honored and proud to be part of this great tradition. Taking on such an iconic role as Roxie in Chicago is a dream come true.”

Tickets are now on sale at ChicagoTheMusical.com.



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Carrie Underwood Celebrates 10 Years of Hits with New Compilation Out Today

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s two-disc compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, now available featuring her latest hit, “Something in the Water,” and another new song, “Little Toy Guns.” The release celebrates the approaching 10th anniversary of Carrie launching her career on American Idol back in 2005. Since then, she’s scored multiple #1 hits, including “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away.” Carrie wasn’t sure she was ready to put out a best-of compilation when her record label first approached her, though.

“I was the first one to be like, ‘I mean, I’ve only been doing this 10 years,’  but it’s been 10 years,” Carrie says. “If we waited much longer, we’d be out of two discs, hopefully!”

Looking over the track listing, Carrie adds, “It’s really cool to kinda see my career, and well, my life over the past 10 years kinda chronicled in that way.”

Carrie’s Greatest Hits also includes the rough demo versions of some of her biggest hits, and she’s excited to let fans hear how these hits, like “Last Name,” sounded before they got polished in the studio.

Carrie explains with a laugh, “We don’t sound great on them at all, which I think is really special. It’s basically the first time that we ever played through or tried to sing the song. I mean, I screw up all over the place.”

Putting out a Greatest Hits album gives Carrie a chance to put out new songs while preparing for the birth of her baby boy in 2015. So far in her career, Carrie has mostly sung about little girls whenever she’s referenced children in her songs.

“I kind of feel bad that I don’t have any songs about, like, boys,” Carrie says. “All my stuff is, like, ‘All-American Girl’ and ‘Mama’s Song.’ Again, it’s like, ‘When I watch my baby grow up, I’ll only want what’s best for her.’  Poor little boy baby Fisher is kind of getting the shaft on this one.”

During an appearance Monday on NBC’s Tonight Show to plug her album, Carrie told host Jimmy Fallon that her husband, pro hockey player Mike Fisher loves to sing while he’s at home, but doesn’t know the words to many songs, including hers.

Look for Carrie to appear on CBS’s The Talk on Wednesday. She’ll also stop by Rachael Ray on Friday to talk about the new album and her fitness lifestyle line, CALIA by Carrie Underwood.

Here’s the track listing for Greatest Hits: Decade #1:

Disc 1
“Something in the Water”
“Little Toy Guns”
“Inside Your Heaven”
“Jesus, Take the Wheel”
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me”
“Before He Cheats”
“Wasted”
“So Small”
“All-American Girl”
“Last Name”
“Just a Dream”
“I Told You So” (feat. Randy Travis)

Disc 2
“Cowboy Casanova”
“Temporary Home”
“Undo It”
“Mama’s Song”
“Remind Me” (duet with Brad Paisley)
“Good Girl”
“Blown Away”
“Two Black Cadillacs”
“See You Again”
“How Great Thou Art” (with Vince Gill) (Live from ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out)*
“So Small” (writing session worktape 1/24/07)*
“Last Name” (writing session worktape 1/22/07)*
“Mama’s Song” (writing session worktape 2/5/09)*

* = never-before-released version.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry will perform live from Miami on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution special December 31 on Fox.

Craig Morgan has teamed up with the Chattanooga Bakery and the USO to supply 35,000 MoonPies to servicemen and women returning home to the U.S. for the holidays.

Blake Shelton tells People his favorite song of all time is Hank Williams, Jr.‘s “A Country Boy Can Survive.” He says, “It just covers it all for my lifestyle. I try to think of myself as an outlaw, a badass. And this song covers all that.”


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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Not Giving Up Her Website to Porn Star with the Same Name

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvileLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott isn’t the only woman in the entertainment business with that name. It turns out there’s a porn star named Hillary Scott, and the Lady A singer found out about it though the porn star’s manager.

The country singer tells The Las Vegas Sun, “Her representation and management have contacted me about the domain name HillaryScott.com, which is mine and redirects you to Lady Antebellum. Her manager/representation, they wanted the domain name. You have to draw the line somewhere.”

The situation makes Hillary glad she’s part of a band and not a solo artist in the country format. “I’m embarrassed, too, when you Google my name because you don’t have to go too far to find her,” Hillary adds. “Tell people, ‘Don’t Google my name; Google Lady Antebellum!'”

Look for Lady Antebellum to announce a brand-new tour at the beginning of 2015.


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Maddie & Tae Is the First Female Duo in Eight Years to Score a Debut #1 Hit

Image Courtesy Kevin White/DotMaddie & Tae is the first female duo in eight years to score a #1 hit with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The track hit the top of the country chart this week, and the girls couldn’t stop screaming when they got the good news.

Tae Dye says, “It humbles us even more to know this is something people wanted to hear. We didn’t want to get our hopes up when our incredible team told us it looked good for the #1 spot because we just got here.”

The video for “Girl in a Country Song” has racked up more than 14 million views on Vevo as well.



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Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” Is a Big Seller at iTunes This Year

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s The Outsiders is the best-selling country album at iTunes for 2014. It’s at #9 on the overall tally followed by Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party at #12 and Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt at #14. The Frozen soundtrack topped the tally.

Little Big Town‘s Pain Killer is the iTunes staff’s pick for Best Country Album of 2014.



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