Luke Bryan Makes Surprise Appearance at Charlie Daniels’ Veterans Scholarship Fundraiser

ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan made a surprise appearance at Charlie Daniels‘ annual Scholarship for Heroes Event at Nashville’s Lipscomb University Tuesday night. The show raises money to provide scholarships and other education opportunities for veterans.

Luke told the crowd, “The sacrifices these veterans and their families have made help keep our country free.  We should take care of them in whatever ways that we can, and that includes a good college education.”

Kellie Pickler, Clint Black and Lee Greenwood also performed at the fundraiser. For more information, go to

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Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band Playing Summerfest Festival in Milwaukee

CMABrad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band are among the stars playing the Summerfest festival in Milwaukee, WI this summer. The event bills itself as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and runs June 25 through 29 and July 1 through 6.

Kip Moore, Scotty McCreery, Clay Walker and David Nail are also on the bill. Go to for ticket information.

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“Nashville: On the Record” Special to Shine a Light on the ABC Show’s Music

ABCThe music of ABC’s Nashville will be featured in a new one-hour music special airing Wednesday, April 23. The show’s stars Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio and Lennon & Maisy Stella will perform on Nashville: On the Record that night at 10 p.m. ET.

The special will be taped at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Café, and several of the writers behind the music of Nashville will be featured on the show, too.

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Keeping Homes in Oklahoma and Nashville

Sunshine SachsLast week, media reports had Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood moving from Oklahoma to Nashville permanently, but that’s not the case. Trisha tells The Tennessean the couple plans to maintain their home in Owasso, OK, but they’ll be spending more time in Nashville as Garth and Trisha embark on a big world tour in the coming years.

Trisha says, “Now everybody I run into in the grocery store in Oklahoma they’re l like, ‘I wanna make sure we see you before you leave.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s not exactly what’s happening.’”

For now, Trisha is gearing up for another season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She hopes to finish a new album by the end of the year as well.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts made a guest appearance on ABC’s Nashville this season? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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Blake Shelton Teams Up with Shakira for a Country Duet, “Medicine”

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton sings a duet with Shakira on her new, self-titled album. It’s called “Medicine,” and Shakira was inspired to write it after singing a duet of Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” on The Voice with Blake. Shakira then teamed up with some Nashville writers, who helped her create this country duet.

“I listened to the song, and it was amazing,” Blake says of hearing “Medicine” for the first time. “I immediately wrote back and I said, ‘Man, you wrote the song. That’s the style you like,’ which is kinda that mid-tempo, driving thing that Lady A kinda does. She definitely made it Shakira. So, I was honored she asked me to come sing on it.”

When Blake came in to sing his part, he was floored to learn Shakira had two other recording sessions running at the same time in other studios.

Blake says, “She thrives in that kind of environment. I would probably pass out. I don’t know what I would do, but she would come in and check and make notes and have ideas. I ended up getting it to, I think, where she could live with it.”

“Medicine” is now available on Shakira’s self-titled album, in stores everywhere. Give it a listen here.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley is set to guest star as himself on the April 3 episode of CBS’s The Crazy Ones. The show airs that night at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Kacey Musgraves‘ extended family is coming up from Texas to see her perform in Tulsa, OK later this week.

Newcomer Leah Turner has released “Pull Me Back” as the follow-up to her debut single, “Take the Keys.”

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Little Big Town Recording Follow Up to “Tornado” in East Nashville Church-Turned-Studio

Litlte Big Town via InstagramLittle Big Town is almost finished with the follow-up to their platinum-selling album, Tornado. The first single should hit the airwaves in a month or two. The band’s Kimberly Schlapman says fans can expect a little bit of an evolution from their last record.

She tells ABC News Radio, “We don’t want to make the same record twice. But the songs that we wrote and were afforded this time from our songwriter friends, they’ve just blown us away. We had so many incredible songs to pick from.”

LBT has recorded the new album in an old church in East Nashville that’s been converted into a recording studio. The main tracking room is the old sanctuary, and the recording console is located on what used to be the pulpit.

Kimberly explains, “It’s just this huge room with the tall ceilings and a big cross hanging in the front. It’s like a church like I grew up in — a little Baptist church.”

She adds, “I love it. It feels warm and the sound is amazing in there.”

Look for Little Big Town to sing some of those new songs at the CMA Music Festival this June in Nashville.

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Miranda Lambert Shooting Down Rumors “Automatic” Is About Blake Shelton

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert‘s marriage to Blake Shelton is the subject of constant tabloid gossip. She’s shooting down one of those rumors having to do with her latest single, “Automatic,” in a new People Country cover story.  

Miranda says, “There were rumors that it was about our marriage, that it had become boring and predictable. How do people even think that up?”

Blake and Miranda look to country’s other enduring couples, like Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, for inspiration on making it when the tabloids try to tear you down.

“I feel like our peers are rooting for us,” Miranda says. “They’re holding us up.”

Look for more with Miranda in the new issue of People Country hitting stands Saturday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockReba scored a hit duet with Kelly Clarkson on a country version of one of Kelly’s pop hits. Name the song. ANSWER: “Because of You.”

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