Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrantley Gilbert often carries his dog on the road with him. What’s his pup’s name? ANSWER: Sylo.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana is back with a brand-new single, “Trouble,” hitting the airwaves soon.

Florida Georgia Line has announced a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 14, 2015.


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The Swon Brothers Show Off Their Close, Sibling Harmonies on Just-Released Debut Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans of close sibling harmonies will find a lot to love about The Swon Brothers‘ just-released debut album.  

Zach and Colton Swon started blending their voices together as kids singing a medley of Everly Brothers songs, including “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” with their family’s band. Those duet performances earned them a spot on NBC’s The Voice, which led them to sign a major label record deal in Nashville. While recording the album, the brothers made sure the songs allowed them to sing together as much as possible.

Colton tells ABC News Radio, “So, when we were writing, we tried to write melodies that fit that harmony. When we were looking for songs, we were looking for those that just complimented what we do.”

The guys worked with Carrie Underwood‘s long-time producer, Mark Bright, on the album, and he was highly impressed with The Swon Brothers’ clear vision for their debut album.

Says Colton, “We didn’t know what songs, exactly, but we knew the sound that we wanted to create, and it made for a pretty fun project, you know.”

The Swon Brothers even recruited fellow Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood to turn their act into a trio on the album-closing song, “This Side of Heaven.”

“To have her step out and just sing on our first record, it’s very humbling and just unbelievable,” Colton says. “You’re looking at two very grateful brothers, ’cause she doesn’t have to do that. She’s a superstar. Everything she touches is golden.”

The Swon Brothers’ debut album also includes their hit single, “Later On.”


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Garth, Trisha, Reba and More Performing at Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Kevin Mazur/WireImage/ABCGarth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Ronnie Dunn and Nashville‘s Charles Esten will join Kelly Clarkson for a special Christmas show in Nashville on December 20. Billed as “Miracle on Broadway,” the concert will take place at the Bridgestone Arena with proceeds going to several charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee.

Hayley Williams of Paramore and “All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor will perform, too. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 18. Go to KellyClarkson.com for more details.


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Brett Eldredge on Hanging with Hollywood’s A-List: “You’re Never Cool Enough”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge was honored as one of People magazine’s Ones to Watch at a party in Los Angeles last week, but he admits rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite in-crowd is intimidating.

“You’re never cool enough,” Brett tells People. “You know, it’s like you just keep trying. A lot of people don’t know your name or anything, but it’s all right. You just keep making music and maybe one day everybody will know your name.”

Brett adds that he plans to “keep dreaming” and “having fun” making music. He’s up for New Artist of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Kenny Chesney Releases Intimate Video for “Til It’s Gone”

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a live video for his latest single, “Til It’s Gone,” taken from his intimate show at the Georgia Theater in Athens film for CMT Instant Jam. Fewer than 1,000 people were in the audience for that show, so Kenny is glad to share this performance with his fans on a larger scale.

Kenny says, “If you think about what the song says, it’s very much a one-on-one piece of communicating. It’s about hanging on to the one who matters to you.  For me, it’s talking straight to those hardcore fans who’ve been there — and saying ‘no matter where or what, I’m in this as long as you hang on.’”

You can check out the “Til It’s Gone” video now at RollingStoneCountry.com. Look for it to premiere on CMT on Tuesday.


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Jason Aldean Raises Big Bucks for Cancer Research, Hangs with Bob Seger in Detroit

Image Courtesy Loreen Sarkis/Getty ImagesJason Aldean‘s ninth annual Concert for the Cure raised big bucks for Susan G. Komen in their ongoing fight against breast cancer. The Saturday night show in Detroit pulled in more than $660,000 for the cause.  Jason presented the donation check to officials from Susan G. Komen onstage that night.

In addition to raising all that money, Jason welcomed rock legend Bob Seger for a visit backstage Saturday night. He posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram.

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One of my idols came out to the show last nite. The one and only Mr. Bob Seger. #turnthepage #detroit #concertforthecure #bobseger

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Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves Join CMA Awards Performers’ Lineup

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves have joined the performers’ lineup for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. They join Entertainer of the Year nominees Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban on the bill, along with Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, and The Band Perry.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will once again co-host the CMA Awards in addition to turning in performances of their own. The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.



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Garth Brooks Breaks His Own Ticket Sales Record with Upcoming Minneapolis Shows

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has set a new personal ticket-selling record with his 11 shows in Minneapolis starting November 6. More than 188,000 tickets have been sold for those shows so far, which beats his previous record for a single city — that was 180,000 tickets sold in Chicago a few weeks back. Prior to that, Garth’s all-time ticket sales record for a single city was set in Minneapolis in 1998, with more than 162,000 tickets sold.

Tickets for Garth’s shows in Minneapolis are still available at AXS.com/Garth.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Pistol Annies‘ 2011 debut album? ANSWER: Hell on Heels.


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