Miranda Lambert Establishes Women Creators Scholarship Fund at Nashville’s Belmont University

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is using her position at the reigning ACM and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to help up-and-coming women get a head start in the music business. The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide $40,000 in scholarship money to outstanding female students at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business,” Miranda says. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am supporting outstanding women who want to pursue their dreams in the music industry.”

Proceeds from Miranda’s sold-out acoustic show Tuesday night at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley will be used to establish the scholarship fund. Her songwriter pals Jessi Alexander and Natalie Hemby are also on the bill, along with RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole. Of note, Clare, Courtney and Natalie all graduated from Belmont.

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Willie Nelson Announces 30th Annual Farm Aid Concert September 19 in Chicago

Sony LegacyThe 30th Annual Farm Aid concert will take place September 19 in Chicago. Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson leads the bill along with Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Kacey Musgraves will perform, too.

Willie helped start Farm Aid in 1985 as a response to the farm crisis. He says, “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible.”

Farm Aid will be held at FirstMeritBank Pavilion at Northerly Island in downtown Chicago. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 3 at LiveNation.com and at 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000 FREE.

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Little Big Town Explains How They Ended Up on Pal Miranda Lambert’s “Smokin’ and Drinkin'”

John Russell/CMAMiranda Lambert‘s latest single, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” would probably have ended up on Little Big Town‘s latest album Pain Killer if Miranda hadn’t found the song first. Once Miranda found out LBT wanted the song, she just invited them to sing the song with her for her album, Platinum.

Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet, “I’m just really thankful it happened. I love the sound of it. It takes you back and it’s a feel-good groove. And I love it.”

Phillip’s band mate Kimberly Schlapman says of Miranda, “We love that girl. We always wanted to do something together.”

“Smokin’ and Drinkin'” is the latest single from Miranda’s album, Platinum

Of note, Miranda plays a sold-out club show Tuesday night at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley. Newcomers RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole are also on the bill along with Miranda’s songwriter friends Jessi Alexander and Natalie Hemby.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton‘s middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTanya Tucker will perform the national anthem prior to the Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR race on September 6 in Darlington, South Carolina.

Blake Shelton has released “Gonna” as the latest single from his current album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.

Randy Houser‘s new video, “We Went,” premieres this Saturday morning on CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

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#WeWent Music Video Premiere coming Saturday on @CMT!

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Michael Ray Fills in the Blank About What Happens Overnight in “Kiss Me in the Morning”

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray‘s debut hit, “Kiss You in the Morning,” leaves a lot to the imagination between the last two lines of the chorus — “I wanna kiss you with the neon light in your eyes glowing/Then I wanna kiss you in the morning.” While it’s obvious where this romantic night is leading, Michael thinks there’s at least one stop before the couple in the song heads home.

“There was a 3 a.m. Waffle House visit for sure,” Michael tells ABC Radio. “That’s the time where you’re recapping the night, you know, and you’re rethinking. The lights are on, you’re sobering up a little bit, and you’re going, ‘OK, we’re good. Everybody still agrees with this.'”

Of course, a trip to the Waffle House isn’t complete without spending some money on the jukebox. So, which songs would Michael play to set the right mood for the night?

He says, “I would always start with some classic Keith Whitley, some good, good classic country songs.”

Besides “Kiss You in the Morning,” Michael says he would definitely play John Legend‘s romantic hit, “All of Me.”

“[‘All of Me’] is what you probably asked her to dance to,” Michael says. “You know, ‘All of Me’ is great. John Legend has really helped a lot of us out.”

“Kiss You in the Morning” is the lead single from Michael Ray’s self-titled album, out Friday, August 7.

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Ashley Monroe Announces The Blade Tour Starting October 1 in Georgia

Warner Music NashvilleAshley Monroe is going on the road this fall in support of her new album, The Blade. The Blade Tour will kick off October 1 in Macon, Georgia and continue in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Washington, D.C.

Tickets go on sale this Friday morning. Go to AshleyMonroe.com for details.

Here are Ashley’s The Blade Tour dates:

10/1 — Macon, GA, Cox Capitol Theatre
10/27 — New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
10/29 — Washington, D.C., Sixth & I
10/30 — Wilmington, DE, World Café Live
11/13 — Springfield, IL, Boondocks
11/14 — Chicago, IL, SPACE
11/19 — Decatur, GA, Eddie’s Attic
11/20 — Nashville, TN, City Winery
11/21 — Birmingham, AL, Workplay Theatre

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Jason Aldean Got Chills Playing for 53,000 Fans at The Rose Bowl Saturday Night

Greenroom PRJason Aldean‘s Saturday show with Kenny Chesney at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California attracted more than 53,000 fans. The concert marked the first time country artists have ever headlined the venue.

Jason says, “Standing out there in a sea of country fans at an iconic stadium like Rose Bowl sent chills down my spine. It reminds me how lucky I am to be doing this for a living.”

Coming up this Friday morning, Jason plays Today‘s 20th Annual Summer Concert Series on NBC. He adds, “I hope to see a lot of people there too!”

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Little Big Town Cancels More Shows as Jimi Westbrook Heals from Vocal Cord Surgery

CMALittle Big Town has canceled an additional three weeks of shows under doctor’s orders as band member Jimi Westbrook continues to heal from vocal cord surgery.

LBT released a statement saying, “We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110% and this additional time will make sure that happens! Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you.”

Little Big Town will return to the stage August 22 in Avondale, Canada.

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