Frankie Ballard Launching Light ‘Em Up Tour October 16

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard heads out on his Light ‘Em Up tour starting October 16 in Minneapolis. New band A Thousand Horses joins Frankie on the bill.  David Nail will co-headline a few dates with Frankie, too.

“So pumped to be taking my full show on the road this fall,” Frankie says. “Killer venues, all my buddies and no rules … I feel like somebody gave me the keys to the castle!”

Frankie’s tour continues through a December 13 show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Here are Frankie’s tour dates:

10/16 — Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
10/17 — St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/23 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/24 — Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
10/25 — Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room (with David Nail)
10/30 — Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/1 — Detroit, MI, Fillmore
11/8 — Boston, MA, House of Blues (with David Nail)
11/13 — Philadelphia, PA, Theater of the Living Arts
11/14 — Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
11/15 — Washington, D.C., Fillmore
11/19 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
11/20 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
11/22 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
11/28 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
12/6 — Seattle, WA, Neptune
12/11 — San Diego, CA, House of Blues
12/12 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
12/13 — Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues

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Taylor Swift Posting Cryptic Videos on Instagram; New Music on the Way?

Image Courtesy Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has posted the first of several cryptic posts on Instagram, and some fans are speculating it could all point to a new music from the superstar.

In that first clip, Taylor’s finger is repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor, but the button won’t stay lit. The caption reads, “So, here’s your first clue.”

We’ll keep you posted on what becomes of Taylor’s Instagram guessing game.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert‘s hometown in Texas? ANSWER: Lindale.

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Joe Nichols Hangs His Hat Away from Nashville in Tyler, TX

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsTyler, Texas may not be a hotbed of country music, but Joe Nichols feels right at home since moving there in 2009. The city is about halfway between Shreveport and Dallas, and Joe is a big fan of the way of life in Tyler.

He tells ABC News Radio, “They’re all, for the most part, good people down there. It’s a good way of life. The cost of living’s pretty good. Nothing to complain about. Like, I said, it’s a pretty awesome place.”

Once he’s done with a run of concerts, Joe’s tour bus takes him straight to Tyler for a little rest and relaxation with his wife, Heather, and their daughters.

“I travel so much anyway, going somewhere to relax doesn’t feel near as relaxing as just going to my house, my home, my couch, my bed, my yard,” Joe explains. “Those are things that kinda relax me and make me feel like, ‘OK, I can go [tour] some more after a few more days of this.’”

Joe is playing several shows with Lady Antebellum later this month. Go to for a full list of tour dates.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals How Turning 30 Changed Her Life

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was already a multi-platinum country superstar by the time she turned 30 last fall. Still, celebrating the milestone birthday caused a shift in Miranda’s approach to just about everything, including the way she runs her growing business empire.

On top of her music career, Miranda also operates a boutique in Oklahoma, juggles several endorsement deals, runs a charity and has her own line of footwear.  Now that she’s 30, Miranda feels confident enough to keep all those business ventures up and running at the same time.  

“I want to be driving the ship, not just riding along,” Miranda says of her career. “When you’re in your 20s, you spend time trying to figure out what the ship’s even doing. Much less driving all the time.”

Leaving her 20s also prompted Miranda to get a handle on her diet and exercise habits and open up about her body image issues in the new song, “Bathroom Sink.” That track is featured on Miranda’s latest album, Platinum, which also contains songs addressing the media scrutiny surrounding her marriage to Blake Shelton.  

Miranda says of Platinum, “It’s setting me up for this whole next part of a journey that I’m going to be on personally and professionally. So, with all the weight stuff, and with the sound of the album and what I addressed in the subjects of the album, it all has comes back to one thing, and that’s just where I am in life.”

Of course, there are plenty of fun moments on Platinum, including Miranda’s duet with Carrie Underwood on “Something Bad.” Look for them to perform that song on the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special Tuesday night on ABC.

Of note, Platinum was just certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice will perform a benefit concert at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on August 19 to celebrate the release of his album, Ignite the Night, that same day. Proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraising campaign in honor of Chase’s late father.

Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” has been certified eight-times platinum.  Their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, has also been certified four-times platinum for sales of four million copies.

Congratulations to Kacey Musgraves on the gold certification of her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. Her debut hit, “Merry Go Round,” also has been certified platinum.

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New Duo Maddie & Tae’s Role-Reversal Video for “Girl in a Country Song” Goes Viral

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupThe video for new duo Maddie & Tae‘s debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” has already racked up more than three million views on Vevo just days after it went live. The role-reversing clip features the duo singing their song while guys are forced to strut around in cut-off jeans and mid-riff tops.

Look for the duo to make their national TV debut on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on August 11.

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The Band Perry Performing at Two Lucky High Schools to Celebrate Safe Driving

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry could be performing at a high school near you this coming school year.

The sibling trio has teamed up with State Farm for the Celebrate My Drive campaign, to encourage safe driving habits among teenagers. Now through October 7, school administrators in the United States and Canada can register to participate in the campaign at CelebrateMy

From October 15 through 24, teenagers and community members can vote daily to support their local school, and the top two high schools will each get a private concert from The Band Perry.

The Band Perry says, “Teen driver safety continues to be a major issue, and this program gives us a platform to spread the word and encourage safe driving in teens’ first years behind the wheel. It’s a privilege to partner with State Farm to shed light on this important issue and hopefully help save lives.”

In addition to The Band Perry concerts, the 100 high schools with the most safe driving commitments will receive grants of $25,000 or $100,000.

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Florida Georgia Line Getting High on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line wants to take their fans higher on their upcoming sophomore album, due out this fall. While wearing a Bob Marley t-shirt in the recording studio, FGL’s Brian Kelley recently played a new song called “Sun Daze” for Rolling Stone. The lyrics include the line, “All I want to do today is wear my favorite shades and get stoned.”

Brian says, “I woke up that morning and literally wrote that in my phone.” His duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, adds, “We’ll probably have to come up with a different word [than 'stoned'] for the radio edit.”

Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album also includes new songs titled “Smile” and “Smoke.” The lead single, “Dust,” is already racing up the country chart.

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Keith Urban Writes Editorial Encouraging Nashville to Preserve Music Row

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban has written an editorial in The Tennessean speaking out on the need to preserve Nashville’s famous Music Row. The area that houses most of country music’s record labels, publishing houses and recording studios is now dotted with bulldozers and construction crews. Due to Music City’s rapid growth, developers are buying up parcels on Music Row to build condos, apartment buildings and boutique hotels. Keith is sounding the alarm to preserve Music Row’s quaint, community feel.

“Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City,” Keith writes. “I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.”

Keith also writes about seeing Music Row for the first time in 1989. He says, “It was instantly magical being among rows of the most charming cottages and simple buildings that were housing the global center of country music. I knew instantly this is where I belonged, and I became a Nashville resident in 1992.”

He adds, “Music Row became my center, because Music Row IS a center.”

Keith’s editorial comes on the heels of rocker Ben Folds‘ campaign to save historic RCA Studio A from demolition. He’s rented that space for many years now, which has hosted recordings by everyone from Tony Bennett and Dolly Parton to Carrie Underwood and, yes, Keith Urban.

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