Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockHunter Hayes hails from which Southern state? ANSWER: Louisiana.

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Keith Urban’s Fifth Annual We’re All 4 the Hall Benefit Concert Set for May 6

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s fifth annual We’re All 4 the Hall benefit concert is set for May 6 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year’s theme is Storytellers (A Large Intimate Evening), with Carrie Underwood, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert, David Nail, Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves, Reba, Lee Ann Womack, and Lee Brice all on the bill. Vince Gill and Keith return as musical directors. Ronnie Milsap, Deana Carter and Mary Chapin Carpenter are also set to perform.

Proceeds from the show go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The first four We’re All 4 the Hall Concerts have raised more than $2 million for the museum.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 4 through Ticketmaster.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDolly Parton will perform on NBC’s Today show on May 13 to promote her new album, Blue Smoke.

Nashville star Charles Esten was spotted backstage at George Strait‘s Friday night concert in Music City.

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George Strait Welcomes Superstars and Covers Tom Petty at Final Nashville Show

EB Media PRGeorge Strait‘s final tour stop in Nashville featured guest appearances from two of country’s other biggest stars and a pointed message to a rock legend.

Kenny Chesney joined George onstage Friday night at the Bridgestone Arena for a duet of “Amarillo by Morning.” Eric Church also showed up to sing “Cowboys Like Us” during Strait’s set.

To open his encore, George sang a cover of Tom Petty‘s “You Wreck Me,” and it worked nicely as a country song. Strait spoke out last year against Petty’s comment that country music is “bad rock with fiddle.” George’s decision to cover “You Wreck Me” on this tour serves as a rebuttal to Tom’s statement as well as an invitation for the rock star to actually learn about modern country music.

As for the rest of George’s show, the evening was packed with classics like “Unwound,” “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair,” “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” “Check Yes or No” and “The Fireman.” More recent singles such as “Give It All We Got Tonight” and “I Got a Car” rounded out the set list.

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Brantley Gilbert Living Like a Rap Star in “Bottoms Up” Video

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert plays a gangster running moonshine with an all-female crew in his video for “Bottoms Up,” and his friends are giving him grief about making the women do all the work in the clip.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “My buddy was, like, ‘Man, I love how in the video how you got them girls working for you. You just touching the engine. You ain’t even doing nothing. You hollering at ‘em, “Hey, y’all got this stuff loaded up yet? What’s up?”‘”

While Brantley certainly enjoyed being surrounded by all those pretty girls on the video shoot, he knows it looks a little ridiculous. The clip was partly inspired by the rap videos Brantley watches for fun.

“Some of ‘em are really, really funny, and I’m watching these guys, and they got girls crawling all over ‘em,” Brantley says. “It was kind of like an inside joke for us, but where else can you get three gorgeous women like that to give you a massage at the same time and not get in a fight? Right? That’s awesome! Nowhere else but a music video does that happen!”

Brantley adds with a laugh, “I’m hoping that, like, in videos to come we can get in a lot more of those situations.”

“Bottoms Up” is the lead single from Brantley’s new album, Just As I Am, due out May 19.

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Kacey Musgraves Dreams of a Quiet Weekend at Home in Nashville

Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves spends most of her time on the road, so her ultimate weekend would be spent at home in Nashville.

Kacey tells Cosmopolitan, “I’d be getting some good workouts in, hanging out with my dog and eating delicious food.”

One of those relaxing weekends at home just might inspire a new song from Kacey, and she’s always prepared to jot those song ideas down. When asked what she keeps on her nightstand at home, Kacey says, “A notepad, because I’ll often get random ideas right before I’m going to sleep and I’ll have to write them down, otherwise they’re gone forever!”

Listen for Kacey’s new single, “Keep It to Yourself,” to hit the airwaves soon.

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Lady Antebellum’s Hit “Compass” a Shot in the Arm for Their Live Show

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Take Me Downtown tour got a big shot in the arm when they added their latest hit, “Compass,” to the set list. The group’s Charles Kelley tells the Las Vegas Review Journal to expect more upbeat songs like that from Lady A in the future.

“Music always kind of takes you in whatever direction it’s supposed to, and it’s hard to say what our next direction’s going to be,” Charles says.  “But we’re definitely trying to write a lot more up-tempo music for sure.”

The band’s tour dates are posted at

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Hunter Hayes Has Been Working on We’re Not Invisible Tour Since Freshman Year of High School

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has been working on the production elements for his We’re Not Invisible tour for years now. The vertical screen behind him on stage is based on a design he came up with as a freshman in high school.

Hunter tells the Toledo Free Press, “All of these ideas we’ve thrown into the show are things I’ve been thinking about and dreaming about since I was practically in middle school. This is a product of a lot of time and dreaming.”

Hunter has Danielle Bradbery and Dan + Shay with him in the opening slots on the We’re Not Invisible tour. Go to for concert dates.

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Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith Win Off-Camera ACM Awards

ACMCarrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith are among the off-camera winners for the 49th Annual ACM Awards. Carrie will receive this year’s Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, thanks to her gigs singing the NFL Sunday Night Football theme and starring in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music.

The Flatts are getting the Jim Reeves International Award for their work in promoting country music around the world. Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap are both getting the Career Achievement Award, while this year’s Poets Awards go to songwriting legends Dean Dillion, Kris Kristofferson, the late Jack Clement and the late Buck Owens.

The trophies will be presented during the 8th Annual ACM honors September 9 in Nashville. The 49th Annual ACM Awards will be handed out Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET live on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Jake Owen‘s twin brother? ANSWER: Jarrod.

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