Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Blake Shelton‘s 2012 holiday album? ANSWER: Cheers, It’s Christmas.

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Brantley Gilbert Explains Why He Left Nashville to Move Back Home to Georgia

Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert loves being a part of the country music community, but living in the center of it all in Nashville just doesn’t work for him.

Brantley tells The Las Vegas Review-Journal, “You know, I tried that out, but, man, I moved back home. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong with Nashville, but I knew I had people at home that would call me out and hold me accountable.”

Brantley and his new wife, Amber, now live in Maysville, Georgia, just 10 miles north of where Brantley was raised.

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Luke Bryan Depends on His Wife, Caroline, to Keep His Professional and Personal Lives Together

CMALuke Bryan‘s professional life is a roller coaster these days as he headlines his Kick the Dust Up tour and prepares to release his new album, Kill the Lights, on August 7. On the personal side, Luke manages to make time for his sons, Bo and Tate, and his nephew, Til, who is now living with Luke and his wife, Caroline. Luke and Caroline’s marriage is going strong, but Luke doesn’t take their relationship for granted.

He says, “Well, it’s something that you never can focus on enough. Somehow, thank the Lord, Caroline and I navigate it. I would not say it is an easy thing.”

Luke stresses that he and Caroline work hard to stay on the same page when it comes to coordinating Luke’s concerts and other commitments with their family activities. One of the perks of being a country star is Luke can afford to take a plane home in between shows.

Says Luke, “There’s even been a couple times that I flew home through the night to be at one of Bo’s baseball games early that morning. You just manage it.”

With Luke’s career on overdrive, he really counts on Caroline to help him keep all those spinning plates in the air.

“I guess I’ve promised her going on 12 years now that it was gonna slow down, and I don’t think she really, she don’t really count on that anymore,” Luke says. “She just smiles, and she’s always there for me. So, we figure it out.”

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Blake Shelton Returns to the Concert Stage for First Time Since Miranda Lambert Divorce

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton returned to the concert stage Friday night in Wisconsin for the first time since announcing his divorce from Miranda Lambert.

According to fans in the audience, Blake was in good spirits for the show, which was cut short at 45 minutes due to bad weather. People reports that Blake tried to get the camera crew to show the big crowd on the screen, but it didn’t work. Blake joked, “Come on, who’s in charge here? This isn’t my week.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock“Just Got Started Lovin’ You” singer James Otto has a new EP, titled Somewhere Tonight, available at all digital outlets.

Brett Eldredge premiered his new song “Just a Taste” with Entertainment Weekly. The track is included on his sophomore album, Illinois, due out September 11.

Josh Turner is barely recognizable with his new beard. The new facial hair is on full display in a picture Josh posted on Twitter Friday in support of the Children’s Miracle Network.

Condolences to Brantley Gilbert, whose grandfather recently passed away after a 20-year battle with COPD and emphysema.

Kenny Chesney and Reese Witherspoon posed for a picture together backstage Saturday before his concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

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Jason Aldean’s Debut Album Turns Ten Years Old This Weekend

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s self-titled debut album was released 10 years ago today. The project launched Jason’s career with the top-10 hits “Hicktown” and “Amarillo Sky,” as well as his first #1 single, “Why.” The project has been certified platinum, and “Hicktown” remains one of Jason’s most dynamic numbers during his live shows.

Of note, Jason just scored his 16th #1 hit this past week with “Tonight Looks Good on You,” from his current album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

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Trisha Yearwood Looks Back on Her Experience Performing at a Nashville Gay Bar

Russ Harrington/Sunshine Sachs Kacey Musgraves recently hosted the album launch party for her project, Pageant Material, at the Nashville gay club Play, but she’s not the first country star to appear at a venue catering to Music City’s LGBT community. It turns out Trisha Yearwood made an appearance at a benefit concert at the now-closed Nashville gay bar, The Connection, back in the ’90s.

That concert was staged to raise money for a gay hairdresser friend of Trisha’s who was fighting cancer at the time. Trisha admits she got some “backlash” on the performance from people she knew. That resistance didn’t stop her, though.  She tells the Nashville Scene, “I was like, “This is for my friend. This is what you do. I don’t give a crap what his personal life is about. This is somebody that I care about.'”

Trisha goes on to say she tends to focus on her relationships with individual people, rather than looking at any bigger political picture.

“I wish more people felt that way,” Trisha explains. “I think that’s the only way we’re going to get through all this is if we just let people be who they are and love one another. That’s my job not to judge anybody. Good God, I wouldn’t want anybody judging my life.”

On a lighter note, Trisha recalls going to another Nashville gay bar for a friend’s birthday and watching male performers in drag lip sync her signature hit. Says Trisha, “Somebody did ‘She’s in Love With the Boy’ in drag and I was like, ‘I’m a star! I’ve totally made it.'”

For more on Trisha’s colorful history, check out her new exhibit Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Chase Rice Announces Fall Tour Dates with Special Guests The Cadillac Three

Sony Music NashvilleChase Rice has announced the first round of dates for his upcoming JD and Jesus Tour 2015, starting this October. It’s Chase’s third headlining trek with stops planned for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York City. The Cadillac Three will join Chase in the supporting slot. Chase is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour.

Here are Chase’s new tour dates:

10/1 — Norfolk, VA, The VorVA
10/2 — Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
10/4 — Las Vegas, NV, Route 91 Harvest Festival
10/8 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
10/9 — Athens, GA, 440 Foundry Pavilion
10/10 — Chattanooga, TN, Track 29
10/14 — Philadelphia, PA, the Fillmore
10/15 — Indianapolis, IN, The Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
10/16 — Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
10/22 — Austin, TX, Nutty Brown Café
10/23 — San Antonio, TX, Cowboys Dancehall
10/29 — Clive, IA, 7 Flags Event Center
10/30 — Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
11/5 — St. Paul, MN, Myth Live Event Center
11/6 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
11/12 — Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
11/13 — Birmingham, AL, Iron City
11/15 — St. Petersburg, FL, Ribfest
11/18 — Patchogue, NY, The Emporium
11/19 — Boston, MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium
11/20 — New York, NY, Terminal 5
11/21 — Toronto, ON (CAN), Danforth Music Hall
12/3 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Tweet Each Other in Support of Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade”

CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert hope all the news of their divorce drives you to do one thing — buy Ashley Monroe‘s new album, The Blade. Blake tweeted to his now ex-wife, Miranda, on Friday saying, “Hey @mirandalambert can u believe there’s people who haven’t bought @ashleymonroe new album? Isn’t that shocking?!!”

Miranda replied, “@blakeshelton no I can’t because it is the best work she has ever done! I love it! We love you @ashleymonroe.”

Blake wrote back, “Yes we do!”

Miranda co-wrote the last song on The Blade, “I’m Good at Leavin’,” and also sing backup on the title track. Blake and Ashley recently scored a #1 hit with their collaboration “Lonely Tonight.”

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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Calls on Country Radio to Play More Quality Songs

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is pretty sure the only people still asking them about “bro country” don’t actually listen to country radio.

“To me, the whole freak-out [with bro-country] is over with,” FGL’s Brian Kelley tells The Washington Post. “I think it’s only people in the media or people that aren’t really in the loop asking about it still, I don’t think anybody cares. The fans aren’t showing up saying ‘This is bro country.’ They’re getting drunk and partying and singing.”

As for the lack of women on country radio, Brian just wants to see more quality songs get on the airwaves no matter the gender of the artist.

He explains, “I think quality of the music has got to go up. I think that’s more the issue and not just women, because there are some women who are putting out great songs. And there are guys putting out great songs that aren’t getting heard.”

As for their own contribution to the quality of music on country radio, Brian says FGL will step up to the plate on their upcoming third album. He describes the first single from that project as “a song that will change the world.”

He says of the new music, “I think the world’s finally going to know us after this [third] album. And they will continue to get to know us, but I feel like after we release this album, they’ll be like, ‘Ah. OK. I get it.’”

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