Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett‘s father scored several country hits in the mid-’90s. What is his name? ANSWER: Rhett Akins.

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Jason Aldean Showing Off His Vocal Talent on Upcoming Studio Album

Photo Credit: James MinchinJason Aldean is known for his larger-than-life stage shows and party anthems, but you only have to listen to the last part of his recent hit, “Night Train,” to know Jason can really sing, too.  When asked about his big vocals on that song, Jason says with a laugh, “Thank God for tuners.”

While he admits hits like “Dirt Road Anthem” don’t really show off his vocal power, Jason adds, “I like recording songs like that where I can kinda show that side of everything a little bit.  Show my vocals a little bit more.”

Jason, who just won his second ACM Male Vocalist of the Year award, is in the studio this week recording the vocals for his upcoming studio album.

He says, “I think we’ll have a new single coming out off of it probably end of June, first of July, maybe something like that.  And then the album dropping later this fall.”

Jason launches his Burn It Down tour May 1 in Roanoke, Virginia, with special guests Florida Georgia Line and Tyler FarrMiranda Lambert will join the bill for select stadium shows.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNew group Natalie Stovall and the Drive will make their national TV debut on Fox Business’s Imus in the Morning on April 15.

Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and more will take part in the Tug McGraw Foundation’s 3rd Annual Celebrity Sporting Clay Pro-Am June 3 at the Nashville Gun Club. Proceeds go to help military service men and women affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Little Big Town finished recording the vocals for their upcoming studio album Thursday night.

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Dolly Parton to Debut New Album, “Blue Smoke,” on April 27 QVC Special

Dolly RecordsDolly Parton will debut songs from her new album, Blue Smoke, on QVC with a live concert performance Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can purchase the new album along with an exclusive deluxe edition of Dolly Live starting April 24 through QVC.com. That’s a full 20 days before the project lands in stores and online.

Dolly brings her Blue Smoke World Tour back to the U.S. with a May 22 show in Tulsa, OK.

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Taylor Swift Adds Olympian Gracie Gold to Her List of Besties

Taylor Swift via InstagramTaylor Swift has added another famous friend to her list of besties.  The singer posted several selfies with Olympic figure skater Gracie Gold on Instagram this week.  The pair had dinner Wednesday night and then topped the night off by baking cookies.

This outing follows Taylor’s road trip through California with Victoria’s Secret supermodel Karlie Kloss.  She also keeps company with pop stars Lorde and Ed Sheeran on a regular basis.

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Lee Ann Womack Returns with New Album Due Out this September

CMALee Ann Womack will release her new studio album this September, with the first single slated for a summer release.

The multiple CMA Award-winner enlisted her husband, Frank Liddell, to produce the project. He’s the man behind Miranda Lambert and David Nail‘s latest projects.

Lee Ann’s new album is rooted in her and Frank’s mutual passion for country music.  She says, “When we started this record, Frank and I promised each other we would only cut songs that we absolutely loved for no reason other than we loved them very much. No other factors, and I think that freedom really inspired us.”

Lee Ann’s last album, 2008′s Call Me Crazy, features the hit “Last Call.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Eric Church‘s North Carolina hometown? ANSWER: Granite Falls.

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Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow Honoring Linda Ronstadt at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

CMACarrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow are among the artists paying tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt at the Hall’s annual induction ceremony Thursday night.  Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt will also perform in honor of Ronstadt at the event, taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Linda won’t be on hand for the ceremony because her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis makes it difficult for her to travel.  The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will air on HBO on Saturday, May 31.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBelieve it or not, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood had never met until Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

Lady Antebellum took fans behind-the-scenes of their Stevie Nicks and Darius Rucker collaborations on the ACM Awards in their latest webisode.

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Dan + Shay Makes Chart History with Debut Album, “Where It All Began”

Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan + Shay have made country-music history just 14 months after their first meeting.  Their debut album, Where It All Began, bows at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.  This feat makes them the first duo to debut at #1 on that tally since SoundScan began tracking sales digitally in 1991.  The project is also the highest-charting debut project released in 2014.

These impressive sales numbers mean fans are hearing their songs, and that’s music to Dan + Shay’s ears.

Shay Mooney tells ABC News Radio, “Everything kind of came together really quickly, and all these songs are kind of our babies, and we’re very proud of this.”

Duo partner Dan Smyers adds, “We’re proud to get the whole body of work out there and let people hear it from front to back.”

As for the plus sign in their name, Dan + Shay think most people have figured out that it’s pronounced “Dan and Shay” and not “Dan Plus Shay” by now.

Shay explains, “Yeah, in the beginning, it was definitely, people were just [like], ‘Is it ‘Dan Plus Shay?’ ’19 You-Plus-Me?’  So, people who really didn’t do the research, they would kind of mess it up sometimes.”

Dan + Shay continue introducing themselves to fans on the road opening for Hunter Hayes this spring. They play tonight in Southaven, Mississippi.

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