Brett Eldredge Has a “Chance” Encounter with a Soldier Headed to Serve in Kuwait

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a pretty cool meeting with a U.S. soldier on a Southwest flight Tuesday. Brett posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting beside Army infantryman Chance Turner on the plane as the soldier made his way to serve in Kuwait. It just so happens Chance was in the audience when Brett performed at his army base, Fort Riley in Kansas, earlier this month.

Brett says, “Small world! Thanks for your service Chance.”

To keep up with Brett’s tour schedule, go to BrettEldredge.com.


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Kelly Clarkson Enjoys Good Laugh over Being Asked, “So, What Are You Doing Now?”

Image Courtesy Sony MusicIt’s been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she’s topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on all sorts of TV shows you can name, graced the cover of many major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby.  So it’s no wonder that she’s surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she’s been up to since 2002.

Kelly tweeted, “Lady says to me ‘Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?’ Hahahaha!!”  She added the hashtag “#wherearetheynow.”

In other Kelly news, she’s one of the artists featured on “Pray for Peace,” a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, Reba.  “So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!” Kelly tweeted.


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Kenny Chesney’s New Film, “The Believer,” Shines a Light on College Football Legend Steve Spurrier

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney and his longtime video director, Shaun Silva, have teamed up for a new documentary, The Believer, telling the story of famed college football coach Steve Spurrier.

Kenny and Steve became friends in 2007 when the country superstar invited him onstage during a show at the University of South Carolina. Kenny is once again partnering with ESPN and the SEC Network to produce the documentary, which features highlights from Spurrier’s career as well as interviews with those who know him best.

Steve tells South Carolina’s The State newspaper, “They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK.”

The Believer premieres August 27 as part of the SEC Stories series on the SEC Network.  Kenny previously produced the ESPN football specials The Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s first hit collaboration from 1997? ANSWER: “It’s Your Love.”


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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Celebrating Baby Eisele’s First Birthday Tuesday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIt’s hard to believe it, but Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott celebrates her baby Eisele‘s first birthday Tuesday. The little bundle of joy has gotten used to life on the road quite well, and Hillary is elated to be there for Eisele every day of the little one’s life.

“She changes and grows so much, it’s wild,” Hillary told ABC News Radio backstage recently at Good Morning America. “Every day is different.”

Taking care of an infant while traveling across the country is no easy task , but Hillary has the support of her husband, Lady A drummer Chris Tyrell, and a nanny as well as Hillary’s assistant.

Hillary adds, “Chris is literally the only guy on our bus other than our driver.”

Now that her band mate Dave Haywood is expecting to become a father this fall, Hillary can’t wait to share parenting tips on raising a baby on tour.

She says, “It gives you more to talk about and sing about and it allows us to grow as friends because we’re going through a lot of the same things at the same time. It’s awesome. We’re very, very blessed.”

Lady Antebellum’s Take Me Downtown tour continues through September. Go to LadyAntebellum.com to see where they’re playing next.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEli Young Band performs their latest single, “Dust,” on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night.

The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore will perform at events surrounding the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Zac Brown Band‘s “All Alright” video premieres Wednesday on CMT.

Darius Rucker‘s rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, has launched a icraft beer, Hootie’s Homegrown Ale, in conjunction with Tampa, Florida’s Rock Brothers Brewing. Five percent of sales will go to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation to help education issues in their native South Carolina.

Lucy Hale will sing her country single, “Lie a Little Better,” on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday night at 8 ET.


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Blake Shelton Steps Into Stadium Headliner Status with Weekend Wrigley Field Show

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton took over Chicago’s Wrigley Field over the weekend to play for 40,000 fans on his Ten Times Crazier 2014 tour. Headlining a stadium show is a big leap for Blake, who got pretty comfortable opening for other big acts at those big shows in the past.

Looking back on that previous stadium experience as an opener, Blake says, “I remember thinking, ‘Gosh, I would not want to be Brad Paisley tonight or Rascal Flatts or George Strait‘ — whoever I was opening for at the time — because this is — talk about some pressure. I’m just gonna do my seven songs and see y’all later!”

Blake made it through just fine with his Wrigley Field show, and he’ll play two other iconic venues — Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl — in the coming weeks.

“The names of some of those venues, I think, is what’s really intimidating — not the size of them,” says Blake. He still hopes to impress his fans at those shows, adding, “You want to leave there having people say, ‘Man, that’s one of the better ones I’ve seen in this place.’”

Keep up with Blake’s tour dates at BlakeShelton.com.


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Reba Enlists Keith Urban, The Band Perry and More for New Anthem, “Pray for Peace”

Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba released her new song and video, “Pray for Peace,” Monday, and several other country stars got in on the act. The Band Perry posted a video of themselves doing the “Pray for Peace” hand motions, and Keith Urban enlisted his famous wife, Nicole Kidman, and their two kids to make a video as well.

 Reba got the idea to write the anthem last year while walking around her home in Gallatin, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. She says, “For days I’d sing, ‘Pray for Peace,’ over and over. It wasn’t until several months later did the other parts start to fall in place. Some, not until we got into the studio to record it.”

The country superstar considers “Pray for Peace” to be a gift from God.

“I have never worked on a song as long as this one,” Reba adds. “It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love.”

Ronnie Dunn, Kelly Clarkson and newcomer Caroline Kole lend their voices to “Pray for Peace” as well. You can download it for free at Reba.com.


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Does Taylor Swift Primp Post-Workout for Paparazzi?

Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries.  While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.

The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym — which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss — Taylor “spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her.”

According to the paper, Taylor’s trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria’s Secret models use to get that long, lean look.

In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an “entire wing in my house” dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends “months” doing.  She then insisted, “I decide what I’m gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop.”


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Shania Twain Announces Final Performance of Las Vegas Show “Shania: Still the One”

Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain was just named Best Resident Performer in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Weekly for her Caesars Palace show Shania: Still the One, but it isn’t going to keep her around in Sin City any longer.

The star has announced that she’ll wrap up her two-year residency at the Colosseum on December 13, 2014.   In a statement, she says, “At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’. Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart.”

She adds, “I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”

Tickets for Shania’s final 16 performances are on sale now.  They include:

Oct.:  8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
Dec.:  6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 

Shania is currently working on new music.



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