Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban Headlining ACM Party for a Cause Festival in Las Vegas

ACMRascal Flatts and Keith Urban are the headliners for the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at The Linq in Las Vegas. The event takes place April 4 and 5, just before the ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS April 6. Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Danielle Bradbery, and Cassadee Pope are also on the bill. Proceeds go to ACM Lifting Lives and Outnumber Hunger.

The complete schedule is available at ACMCountry.com. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

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Miranda Lambert Releasing New Album, “Platinum,” on June 3

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is set to release her new album, Platinum, on June 3, featuring the lead single, “Automatic.” Miranda looks quite glamorous on the album cover, wearing a black dress with a high slit as she steps out of an Airstream trailer.

The album title Platinum was inspired by elements of Miranda’s own life.  She says, “Platinum is my hair color, and my wedding ring, and the color of my Airstream and the name of one of my favorite beers. It’s about a lifestyle.”

Miranda, who wrote half of the album’s 16 songs, says the entire project reflects her current state of mind as a 30-year-old woman.

“I’m more settled in life, embracing the good and the bad, and that’s all reflected on Platinum,” Miranda explains. “I still blaze around, but in a less chaotic way.”

Several Platinum pre-order packages are available at MirandaLambert.com. You can also enter to win a trip to see Miranda perform on ABC’s Good Morning America as part of the album launch.  Look for Miranda to perform “Automatic” on the ACM Awards April 6 on CBS.

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Brantley Gilbert Building a Life with His New Best Friend, Sylo

Brantley Gilbert via Twitter

Brantley Gilbert has a new best friend named, Sylo. The country star got the puppy in December, and Brantley has been documenting Silo’s growth on social media.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “I’ll take selfies of my dog, like when he’s in the bed and stuff, and he’s knocked out. I think he tries to sleep exactly like I do.”

Sylo is hard of hearing, so Brantley had a hard time finding a trainer to get the dog ready for life on the road. A guy on Brantley’s road crew turned him on to a woman in Nashville who has become known as a “dog whisperer.”

“I’m thinking to myself, like, “What the hell is a dog whisperer gonna do for a deaf dog?’” Brantley says with a laugh. “This dude can’t hear me when I’m hollering at him. Seriously. That’s a legitimate question.”

As for why Brantley named the dog Sylo, he says, “I can’t tell you that. It’s personal. But he’s my buddy, man. He really is.”

Brantley’s latest hit, “Bottoms Up,” is the lead single from his upcoming studio album, due out in the coming months.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star had a hand in writing Jason Aldean‘s hits “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem?” ANSWER: Brantley Gilbert.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard will perform “Helluva Life” on NBC’s Today show April 3.

Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope are set to perform a free concert at the Music City Center in Nashville as part of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 8.

Blake Shelton‘s upcoming shows at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles are both sold out.

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George Strait Pondering Trip to Hawaii After Wrapping Final Tour in June

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait will wrap up his touring career with a final show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas June 7. Once the trek is over, George plans to have a little fun in the sun.

He says, “I’m going somewhere. I don’t know where, but I’m going somewhere to celebrate.”

George was stationed in Hawaii when he served in the Army back in the ’70s, but he hasn’t been back there in years.

“I would love to see it again and try to find my old house over there and all that stuff. And I want to go back to scope the [Army] barracks, I think, too, and see all the old spots [where] I used to hang out.”

For a full list of George’s tour dates, go to GeorgeStrait.com.

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Taylor Swift Sings Nashville’s Praises in New “Time” Interview

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has purchased homes in New England and Los Angeles since becoming a global superstar, but she’ll always think of Nashville as her home base. In a new interview with Time on Music City’s booming economy, Taylor reveals her practical reasons for working mainly out of Nashville.

“Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label,” Taylor says. “I never think about moving home bases. It’s hard to describe why you consider a town your home base, except that when people ask me, ‘Where’s home?’, I don’t even think before I say ‘Nashville.’”

The city also offers Taylor an escape from the paparazzi that track her every move in New York or L.A.

She says, “You don’t see as much evidence of me spending time in Nashville, because I’m not being photographed at the grocery store. I’m just able to wander around the grocery store and make casual conversation with the girl standing next to me in the produce aisle.”

Taylor is currently working on the follow-up to her multi-platinum album, RED. She’ll take The RED Tour to Asia starting June 1 in Tokyo.

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Eric Paslay Making National TV Debut on “Good Morning America” Monday

EMI NashvilleEric Paslay makes his national television debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday. He’ll follow it up with appearance on FOX News’s Fox & Friends on Tuesday and The Queen Latifah Show on March 20.

Look for Eric to perform songs from his self-titled debut album, which features the hits “Friday Night” and “Song About a Girl.”

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Lady Antebellum to Be Honored at The Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill Awards April 2

Capitol NashvilleSeven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum will receive the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award at The Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill ceremony April 2 in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes Lady A’s success in country music, as well as their charitable efforts at home and abroad.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored at the event, taking place that night at The Hamilton Live on Capitol Hill.

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