George Jones Scholarship Fund Established at Middle Tennessee State University

Webster PRGeorge Jones‘ widow, Nancy Jones, has established the George Jones Scholarship Fund at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. More than $171,000 has already been raised for the fund.

Nancy says, “George received help from people as he strove to have a country music career, so I am thrilled that we will be able to help young people in the name of George Jones. I know he would have loved this.”

Jones passed away April 26, 2013. Nancy and the Jones family planted two dogwood trees at his grave in Nashville over the weekend.

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Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Chris Young and More Record New Song to Help Fight Hunger

Big Machine RecordsEleven of country’s top stars have joined forces to record a new song, “Give ‘Em Hope,” to raise money for the Outnumber Hunger initiative. Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Reba, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Vince Gill and The Cadillac Three are featured on the song, which is now available at iTunes.

A portion of the song’s proceeds will go to Feeding America to benefit food banks around the U.S.

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Eli Young Band Introduces Their Families to Their Lives as Country Stars

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band turned their party celebrating their latest #1 hit, “Drunk Last Night,” into a real family affair Monday afternoon in Nashville. The guys brought their spouses and kids to the event after welcoming them on the road for their last few dates opening for Darius Rucker.

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones says, “It’s nice. We don’t live in Nashville, so our families don’t get to experience most of what we do up here.”

The guys in Eli Young Band also brought their families along to their video shoot for new single “Dust,” in Westmoreland, TN, on Sunday. Since the song is called “Dust” and not “Mud,” it’s a good thing the severe weather in Middle Tennessee held off long enough for them to get all the shots they needed.

“We really lucked out,” Jon says. “I kind of watched the radar. It really just kind of went on both sides of us, and started raining pretty heavily about 10 minutes after we wrapped.”

He adds, “Someone was looking down at us, ’cause that was our only day to shoot it.”

Look for Eli Young Band’s new video for “Dust” to premiere in the coming weeks.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan + Shay recently received their first gold certification for their single, “19 You + Me,” which has sold 550,000 downloads so far. They’re following that single up with a new release, “Show You Off,” hitting the airwaves next month.

Randy Houser is following up his three consecutive #1 hits with a new single, “Like a Cowboy,” from his latest album, How Country Feels.

Alan Jackson has recorded the song “A Million Ways to Die” for Seth MacFarlane‘s new movie, A Million Ways to Die in the West, in theaters May 30. Check the song out at EW.com.

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Josh Turner Shares Life Lessons in His New Book, “Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood”

Thomas NelsonJosh Turner‘s first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, is now in stores featuring 90 stories based on the singer’s life experiences. The idea for the book started with Josh’s profile in People magazine as the hottest dad in country music. That article led Nashville-based publisher Thomas Nelson to approach Josh about expanding what he said in that article into an entire book. Josh jumped at the chance to dig deeper into his life story.

He says, “I felt like this was a way for me to just really open up and talk about the experiences and the stories from my life that I learned from or that I gained experience from in certain areas.”

Josh wrote every story based on experiences from his life as a son, husband, father and friend.

“I didn’t really reference any other book,” Josh says of his writing process. “I didn’t reference any other project or piece of work from anybody. I just really wanted this to be about me and about what I’ve learned and how I can influence someone else with these stories.”

The stories work on their own as well, so readers can enjoy reading Man Stuff in small bites or devour it one sitting.

Says Josh, “I wanted to keep them short and sweet and simple. I didn’t want to bog people down with heavy, too much heavy stuff. I wanted it to be simple life lessons. So, that’s basically what this book is a collection of.”

Look for Josh to promote Man Stuff with an appearance on ABC’s The Chew on Wednesday. He’ll be featured on FOX News’s FOX & Friends and Great American Country’s Headline Country on Thursday, too.

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Toby Keith Holding Two Golf Tournaments to Benefit OK Kids Korral Home for Child Cancer Patients

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith is holding two golf tournaments in the coming weeks to raise money for the OK Kids Korral home for children battling cancer and their families. First up, the 11th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic is set for May 16 and 17 at Belmar Golf Club in Norman, OK. A dinner, auction and concert will take place as well that weekend at Riverwind Casino. Kix Brooks and several football stars will join Toby for that event.

The 3rd Annual OK Kids Korral Championship will follow June 16 through 21 at Belmar Golf Club, with at least 100 pro golfers competing for the top prize.

For more information on these events, go to TobyKeithFoundation.org.

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Hunter Hayes Announces Details for 24 Hour Road Race Shows Starting May 9

HunterHayes.comHunter Hayes will embark on his 24 Hour Road Race on May 9, starting with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America. He’ll then set off on his attempt to play nine shows through the next morning in hopes of breaking the Guinness record for most concerts played in multiple cities in 24 hours. The Flaming Lips currently hold the record, with eight shows played in 24 hours.

Dan + Shay and Charlie Worsham will join Hunter on select shows. Hunter will be wearing a TUDOR Heritage Chrono watch engraved with the Road Race logo during the shows. That timepiece will be auctioned off at the end of the trek to raise money for the hunger relief organization Feeding America.

Hunter’s 24 Hour Road Race coincides with the release of his new album, Storyline, on May 9.  That project features Hunter’s latest single, “Invisible.”

Here are the 24 Hour Road Race tour cities and door times (all times Eastern):

May 9
8:00 a.m. — New York, NY, Good Morning America
9:15 a.m. — Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
11:30 a.m. — Worcester, MA, Palladium Upstairs
1:45 p.m. — Providence, RI, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
4:15 p.m. — New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
6:45 p.m. — New Haven, CT, Toad’s Place
9:00 p.m. — Stamford, CT, Palace Theatre
11:30 p.m. — South Orange, NJ, SOPAC

May 10
2:00 a.m. — Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
5:00 a.m. — Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is Blake Shelton‘s duet partner on the hit “Hillbilly Bone?” ANSWER: Trace Adkins.

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Luke Bryan Playing Summerfest June 28 in Milwaukee

CMALuke Bryan will headline Summerfest 2014 in Milwaukee with a show at Marcus Amphitheater on Saturday, June 28. He played for a sold-out crowd at the festival last summer. Danielle Bradbery will serve as Luke’s opening act for the June 28 show.

Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band are also playing Summerfest, which is billed as The World’s Largest Music Festival. Go to Summerfest.com for details.

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Taylor Swift Wins Multiple Awards at Radio Disney Music Awards

ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift won multiple awards Saturday at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Taylor won best musical collaboration, for “Everything Has Changed,” featuring Ed Sheeran. Her followers, collectively known as “Swifties,” were named the “fiercest fans.”

The 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards aired as a TV special on Sunday night.

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