Taylor Swift Jammed with Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges on “The Giver” Movie Set

Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.  Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming.

Bridges is also a musician who’s recorded a few albums and toured.  He told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, “Taylor was so terrific. Our scenes we had together, a lot of [them] were at a piano. So, we [both being] lovers of music, we talked a lot about music, and we got to pick a little between set-ups and stuff.”

So what did Bridges think of Taylor’s performance in The Giver? She plays Rosemary, a small but crucial role, and her character has a deep connection to The Giver, played by Bridges.  “She’s so, so sweet and such a good actress,” he said. “And, of course, a phenomenal songwriter and musician.”

So, does he think Taylor has a future as an actress?  “Oh, I think so. Yeah!” he replied.

The Giver is Taylor’s third film: her first was 2010′s Valentine’s Day.  She also voiced a role in the 2012 animated film The Lorax.  On TV, she’s appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and New Girl, and has hosted Saturday Night Live.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice will perform “Ready Set Roll” on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday, August 6. The appearance marks Chase’s late-night TV debut. His full-length album, Ignite the Night, comes out August 19.

Montgomery Gentry‘s new single, “Headlights,” hits the airwaves next month.

Miranda Lambert tells People she named her latest rescue dog Bellamy after one of hubby Blake Shelton‘s favorite groups, The Bellamy Brothers. She says, “I figured naming him that might soften the blow of a sixth puppy!”


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Is Garth Brooks Planning a Mini-Residency in Chicago?

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsTickets for Garth Brooks‘ first World Tour stop in Chicago go on sale Friday morning. So far, he’s only announced a Thursday, September 4 date at Allstate Arena, but fans can expect more shows to be added once that show sells out.

As it stands now, Garth’s show is the only event taking place at the Allstate Arena for a three-week period, starting August 24 and running through September 16. That means Garth’s Chicago engagement could potentially turn into a mini-residency.

Garth will announce future tour cities individually.  His wife Trisha Yearwood is set to open all shows.

Fans can expect to hear new music from Garth, as well as his signature hits like “Friends in Low Places” and “The Thunder Rolls.” He performed a full-band show at the Wynn Las Vegas this past New Year’s Eve, and Garth says all of those ’90s hits stood the test of time when he played them for the Sin City crowd.

“Now, the people’s voice will tell me if that happens when we go out on tour,” Garth says, “but from an artist looking at the music, I feel very lucky to be associated with songs like those.”

A new single from Garth is expected at radio in the coming weeks, with a new double-album coming out around Thanksgiving. In addition, his back catalog will be available digitally for the first time soon at GarthBrooks.com.


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Kenny Rogers Giving In-Depth Interview at Country Music Hall of Fame August 16

Image Courtesy Webster PRKenny Rogers will sit down for an in-depth interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville August 16 to celebrate the new exhibit, Kenny Rogers: Through the Years. If you can’t attend, you can watch the event live that day at 3:30 p.m. ET at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/streaming.

Kenny’s exhibit opens August 15 and runs through June 14, 2015.


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The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert Performing on “Fashion Rocks” September 9

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Miranda Lambert will celebrate the connection between style and music when performing at this year’s Fashion Rocks concert on CBS. The show airs live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher and KISS are among the other stars on the bill.  Ryan Seacrest will host.

Look for even more stars to join the lineup in the coming weeks. If you want to be there in person, tickets go on sale Friday, August 1 through Ticketmaster.


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New ACM Sweepstakes Lets Fans Play Fantasy Football with Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line and More

Image Courtesy ACMFootball fanatics Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook are among the stars heading up fantasy football leagues this fall, and ACM Lifting Lives is giving you a chance to get in on the action.

The Academy of Country Music has partnered with CBSSports.com for a new celebrity fantasy football sweepstakes. One $5 donation to ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy’s charitable arm, is good for one entry into the sweepstakes. A few lucky winners will then be invited to join the games with country stars serving as league commissioners.

Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft and Montgomery Gentry are also taking part in the sweepstakes. Go to ACMLiftingLives.org now through Saturday, August 9 for your chance to win.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Carrie Underwood‘s Oklahoma hometown? ANSWER: Checotah.


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Jack White, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Willie Nelson to Headline Farm Aid 2014

Farm AidThis year’s Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.

White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater.  Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET.  Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.

In a statement, Willie Nelson, Farm Aid’s president, says, “In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system.”

He adds, “On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we’ll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they’re growing for all of us.”

Mellencamp added in a statement that Farm Aid has a “fair-like feeling,” explaining, “All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served. It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from.”

Farm Aid was inspired by something Bob Dylan said at Live Aid in 1985: he noted that he hoped some of the money raised would go to help farmers who were in danger of losing their farms because they couldn’t pay their mortgages.  Later that same year, the first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Illinois, with a massive lineup of performers, including Dylan, Mellencamp, Nelson and Young, plus Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carole King, Huey Lewis, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel and dozens more.  Since then, Farm Aid events have raised $45 million to support family farmers.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes and band and crew took the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo Tuesday on his current tour of Japan.

Carrie Underwood is playing both shows at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night.


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Keith Urban Raises ‘Em Up with Birthday Boy Jerrod Niemann and Pal Brett Eldredge Starting Tonight

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s Raise ‘Em Up tour takes its name from the Eric Church duet on his latest album, Fuse. Keith felt the song’s anthemic feel and empowering lyrics captured how he feels about performing for his fans.

Says Keith, “I thought the essence and spirit of that song is really what playing live is all about for me. It’s a sense of community. It’s a sense of oneness. It’s a sense of optimism.”

Unfortunately, Eric won’t be on hand to sing “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith on this tour, but Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will bring fans plenty of excitement as the opening acts. Jerrod’s stint on the tour starts in New Hampshire Thursday night, which just happens to be his 35th birthday.

Jerrod calls opening for Keith “the best birthday present ever.” He says, “Just want to say thank you to him for letting me and my buddy Brett Eldredge come out and spend a summer with him. It’s gonna be a blast.”

Go to KeithUrban.net to see the complete list of Raise ‘Em Up tour dates.


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