Brett Eldredge’s Social Media Relationship with Fans Pays Off with ACM Nomination

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has spent years building a strong relationship with his fans via social media, and now that relationship has paid off with an ACM New Artist of the Year nomination.

Speaking of the fans who voted him into that category, Brett tells ABC News Radio, "All those late night I'm like, sitting on Twitter and Facebook, like, talking with my fans. Like, 'I'm up at 1 a.m. Is anybody else up?' Then all of a sudden 40 people hit you up, 'I'm just getting ready to start the second shift.'"

Brett goes on to say this nomination is a huge step in his career.

"If I could go up there and win that and share it with my fans, that would be a cherry on top of the cake," he says before reconsidering that statement. "I don't know if it's on the cake. Whatever it's on."

Brett is up against Justin Moore and Kip Moore for ACM New Artist of the Year. Voting is open now at VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced on the 49th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA new preview of Brad Paisley's role on CBS's The Crazy Ones is now posted at CBS.com. The episode airs Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Love and Theft's Stephen Barker Liles will marry his fiancée, Jenna, on August 24 in Nashville, according to Country Weekly. They welcomed a baby boy named Jett last December.

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Gary Allan Reacts to “Huge” ACM Song of the Year Nomination

MCA NashvilleGary Allan says scoring a nomination for ACM Song of the Year for writing his #1 hit, "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," is "huge."

"I think that's everybody's goal deep down is that they want to be songwriters -- at least me," Gary tells ABC News Radio. "It was a magic cut for us too. I wrote it with friends. I produced that one, too. I produced it with my band, so it had a lot of firsts. That was the first #1 I'd written. "

Gary is headed out to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards this Sunday, and there's one watering hole in Sin City he always likes to hit up.

Says Gary, "There's a bar there called The Centennial that was built in, like, the 1800s that's really cool. It's just kind of off a little dirt road."

Gary is also a huge fan of the Cirque du Soleil shows.

"That's my favorite thing to do," he says. "I'll try to catch one at 7 and one at 10 every time I've got the option."

The 49th Annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Darius Rucker Talks About the Highs and Lows of Playing Roulette in Las Vegas

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker is headed to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards this coming weekend, and there's a chance you'll find him at a roulette wheel at one of the casinos while he's in town.

Darius says, "Roulette’s a fun game, especially if you’re just playing the colors, and if you hit a number one time, you feel like you’re on top of the world. I mean it pays 36 to one. That’s pretty amazing."

There is one big drawback to playing roulette for Darius.

"You can lose fast, and I don’t like losing fast," he explains. "I don’t mind losing. I just don’t want to lose fast.”

Darius could be a big winner at the ACM Awards though. He's up for Single and Vocal Event of the Year with Lady Antebellum for "Wagon Wheel." The 49th Annual ACM Awards are Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Cole Swindell Braves the Cold to Hit the Links at Oklahoma City Country Club

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell braved cold temperatures to play a round of golf Friday in Oklahoma City, OK. Before he hit the links, Cole posted an Instagram picture of his Georgia Southern University golf shirt with the caption, "I did a lot better playing the bars there that I would've playing golf."

He added, "Little chilly out…but this course makes up for it."

According to his hashtag, Cole played the Gallardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. He went on to perform at the city's Diamond Ballroom Friday night.

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Jason Aldean Convinces Baseball-Playing Pal Adam LaRoche to Join Twitter

Greenroom PRFans of Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will want to follow their buddy, Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, on Twitter. While Adam hasn't posted anything just yet, it seems Jason helped convince him to join the world of social media.

Jason tweeted Thursday, " My boy Adam LaRoche finally got a [T]witter account... He needs some followers, so yall go follow @e3laroche and tell him JA sent ya. Lol."

Jason, Luke and Adam are all affiliated with the Buck Commander organization along with Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson. Luke is often seen wearing a hat from Adam's E3 ranch in Kansas.

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Eric Church Admits He’s Slowed Down a Bit at Age 36

Photo Credit: Jon PeetsEric Church is 36-years-old, and he's not afraid to let his age start showing a little bit. He even discloses his age in a song called "A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young" on his latest album, The Outsiders.

"In my industry, there are a lot of 36-year-olds who want to look 25, 24 even 20," Eric tells the Irish Independent.  "I've been doing this a little while. I'm approaching middle age. I want people to know I've slowed down. Mind you, I still think I'm faster than everyone else. I've just taken the foot off the pedal compared to who I used to be."

Fans can look forward to seeing Eric perform on the 49th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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The Band Perry Kicking Off the ACM Awards with an “Explosive Performance”

Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry will open the 49th Annual ACM Awards with what's being described as an "explosive performance." Miranda Lambert and George Strait are set to perform a tribute medley honoring Merle Haggard. Garth Brooks will be on hand to present Merle with an ACM Crystal Milestone trophy.

Hunter Hayes is lined up to give a special performance along with the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, and Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan will perform with the Nitro Circus Action Stars.

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan host the ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming week.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockSara Evans once competed on which TV reality show? ANSWER: Dancing with the Stars.

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Luke Bryan Says Winning ACM Entertainer of the Year Was a Real Game-Changer

Capitol NashvilleTaking the ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy last year was a real game-changer for Luke Bryan, who is co-hosting the show again this year with Blake Shelton on April 6.

Says Luke, "Winning Entertainer of the Year truly changed my life in a lot of ways and just put me in a whole other place professionally and mentally. It was just an amazing thing to happen and really, really kind of kicked off the top of last year with an amazing start."

Luke earned great reviews in his first time co-hosting the ACMs, but he's preparing just as hard for the big gig this year.

"I can't believe I’m even hosting the ACMs again, that they would have me back," Luke admits. "I'm so excited about getting to spend some time with Blake and start planning up what we'll do and how we'll host it and stuff like that. It's gonna be fun. It's gonna be a fun night."

Luke is up for ACM Entertainer of the Year again this year. Fan voting is open now at VoteACM.com. The 49th Annual ACM Awards are set for Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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