Toby Keith Opens “Big Dog Daddy’s” in Time for First OU Game

Show Dog/Universal Though his name is already over the door in at least sixteen locations of I Love This Bar & Grill, Toby Keith can now count one more restaurant as part of his empire. This week, Big Dog Daddy’s Ice House opened in Norman, Oklahoma, achieving its goal to be ready for this year’s first University of Oklahoma home football game on Saturday.

Big Dog Daddy’s is a “casual, college bar setup” with an “old classic Texas Ice House feel,” according to The Norman Transcript. Toby’s partners in the venture are the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, who also run the Oklahoma locations of I Love This Bar & Grill.

The menu revolves around build-your-own hot dogs, burgers and pizza, and also features Toby’s signature fried bologna sandwich.  Big Dog Daddy’s also serves up jalapeno Spam on Texas toast, along with “Red Solo Cup” specials, in a tip of the hat to Toby’s hit song.


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Florida Georgia Line Says “Anything Goes” Has Something for Everybody

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s forthcoming sophomore album is called Anything Goes, and the duo believes it has something for everybody– from the good-time songs they’re known for to more serious songs like their current hit, “Dirt.”

“We really do feel like there’s a song for everybody on the album. A little bit of this, a little bit of that,” Brian Kelley says. “There’s a song called ‘Confession,’ that’s different than ‘Dirt,’ but it’s a ‘make you think’ [kind of song]. It’s a deeper song for us. It’s a song that every time that dang hook hits, it’s goose-bump city again.”

At the same time, Brian says every song means something different for him and his musical partner Tyler Hubbard.

“I mean, you literally go down the line. Each one of ‘em means a lot to us, and there’s a reason why we put that on the album. Getting down to the end of the album, and we wrote two more songs back in June, and those made the album. It just feels like every little piece fit. It’s the strongest piece of work we’ve ever done.

Florida Georgia Line’s second album will be available in stores and online October 14.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNashville Outlaws:  A Tribute to Motley Crue debuted at number two on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart, just behind Chase Rice‘s Ignite the Night. The country take on heavy metal sold 31,000 copies in its first week.

Former Amazing Race contestant Canaan Smith‘s new single is called “Love You Like That.”

Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart will all appear at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the 13th Annual Americana Honors & Awards September 17. It will air as a special edition of PBS’s Austin City Limits on November 22.


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Martina McBride Sets Out on Fall Leg of Everlasting Tour

Image Courtesy Vinyl RecordingsAs Martina McBride embarks on the fall leg of the tour to support her Everlasting album, seven of the dates are already sold out. She believes part of the reason why is that her new versions of R&B standards from the fifties, sixties and seventies mix so well with her hits like “Independence Day” and “This One’s for the Girls.”

“I feel like this show really takes the audience on a musical journey,” Martina says. “The songs from Everlasting and my hits blend seamlessly together throughout the night.”

Accompanied by an eleven-piece band, including a horn section and a group of background singers, Martina delivers her take on songs ranging from the Supremes’ “Come See About Me” to Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.” Everlasting debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart when it was released in the spring.

Martina’s first cookbook, Around the Table, will be out October 7.

These are the fall dates for the Everlasting tour, with the sold-out shows marked with an asterisk:

*8/28 — Meridian, MS, MSU Riley Center for the Performing Arts
*8/29 — Forrest City, AR, East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center
*8/30 — Lake Charles, LA, L’Auberge Casino and Hotel
*8/31 — Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley
9/5 — Carmel, IN, The Palladium
9/6 — Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
9/11 — Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
9/12 — Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
9/13 — Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
9/18 — Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/19 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
9/20 — Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
9/22 — San Diego, CA, House of Blues
*9/25 — Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 — Durant, OK, Choctaw Event Center
9/27 — San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/2 — Dartmouth, NS, Dartmouth Sportsplex
10/3 — Moncton, NB, The Center at Casino New Brunswick
10/4 — St Johns, NL Canada, Mile One Centre
10/9 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
10/10 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
10/11 — Waterbury, CT, Palace Theatre
10/16 — Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
10/17 — Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/18 — Niceville, FL, Mullett Festival
10/24 — Athens, GA, Classic Center Theater
*11/1 — Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/7 — Dearborn, MI, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
*11/8 — Dayton, OH, Schuster Center
11/13 — Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
11/14 — Utica, NY, The Stanley
11/15 — Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/21 — Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
11/29 — Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
12/3 — Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
12/4 — Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
12/5 — Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/11 — Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
12/12 — Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
12/13 — Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre


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Tim McGraw Takes Aim with “Shotgun Rider;” Readies for Release Day Livestream

Big Machine RecordsAs Tim McGraw gets ready to release his new CD, Sundown Heaven Town, next month, he’s taking aim at the charts with his new single, “Shotgun Rider.” Tim says he loves the way the song paints a picture and sets a mood.

“In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, ‘How good do I have it?  Life is perfect’,” he reflects. “There is a certain warmth to this song and several others like it that really establish the tone for the whole album.”

On release day, Tim will team up with the man who directed the films Moneyball and Capote, Bennett Miller, to livestream a new episode of American Express Unstaged. You can watch the performance live from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom starting at 9 p.m. ET on September 16.

 
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Toby Keith Answers Ice Bucket Challenge with Sooners

Show Dog/Universal Toby Keith is the latest country star to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. Toby responded to about 60 challengers by dousing himself with ice water during football practice at the University of Oklahoma in his hometown of Norman. He nominated retired baseball pitchers Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux before getting soaked.  Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer and University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione joined Toby in the challenge.

Meanwhile, four of Toby’s number one songs made the official Tonight Show Truck Playlist:  “American Ride,” “How Do You Like Me Now,” “Red Solo Cup,” and “Who’s Your Daddy.” Jimmy Fallon compiled the 57-track collection after deciding to buy a truck earlier this year.

Fans who’d like to have Drinks After Work with Toby also have only a few more days to enter the contest named after his latest CD. The Facebook sweepstakes wraps up August 31.



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Brett Eldredge Says “Sexiest” Honor and Love Songs Haven’t Changed His Bachelor Status

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge admits being one of People Country’s sexiest men is a pretty good gig– until you’re in the airport early in the morning.

“I literally was sitting on an airplane, and a girl was reading a People Country or one of the magazines with the hottest guys or whatever,” he recalls. “It was like six in the morning, and I’m on the airplane and I slept, like, one hour, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God. She’s, like, turning to the page that I’m on.’  I’m like, ‘Please don’t look over here! Please don’t look over here!’  I’ve got bags under my eyes.”

Having just logged two number one hits that were both love songs,  Brett admits the “sexiest” label still hasn’t helped him shake his bachelor status.

“I am single. I’m always looking,” he confesses. “ I’m not afraid to look and find that right one. I am a very focused guy with my music right now. That right one comes along and hits me over the head and says, ‘You’d be dumb not to follow this,’ then I’ll do it. But right now, it’s just like I’m living by the song, and maybe I’ll find that one in the process.”

Brett’s current single, “Mean to Me,” is climbing the charts now.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s Platinum album track “Another Sunday in the South” is a tip of the hat to which Shenandoah song? ANSWER:  “Sunday in the South,” which went to #1 in 1989.


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Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers

Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she’d go through with it — but she’s now proved him wrong.

“Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you’ll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails,” Dolly says in her video accepting the challenge.  “Kenny, you’d be surprised at what all I do with my ‘falses’ for a good cause and a good laugh.”  The icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, “My shoes are plastic. But then again, so’s the rest of me!”

Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  “Yes, I have on a bra!” she yells. “Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!”

In a statement, Dolly says, “Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!”



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Miranda Lambert Says Kenny Chesney Taught Her How to Tour

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleAs Miranda Lambert cris-crosses the country on the Platinum tour this summer, she says she owes a debt of gratitude to Kenny Chesney for teaching her how to run a happy tour.

“When I was on the Kenny tour,” she remembers, “ his crowd and his crew and his everybody has his spirit, which is, ‘I love my job. I love what I do. This should be fun. This is entertainment.’ It’s just his great spirit and love of the beach and love of relaxing and having a margarita leaks throughout the entire camp, therefore throughout the entire tour to the person on the back row of the stadium, and that’s what’s important.”

Miranda believes having camaraderie with your opening acts also helps set the right mood.

“The people I’m taking on the tour this year are people I’ve been out with before. I’m kind of a creature of habit. I get real comfortable. Like, I was just with Dierks [Bentley] last year, and we’ve been on tour three or four times together,” she laughs. “It’s Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett. I love them to death. They’re both great guys.”

Ultimately, Miranda’s found that what goes on behind the scenes  translates to what audiences see on the show.

“A lot of it’s about how it feels backstage, too, because as much as you say you leave it back there and don’t bring it on the stage, there’s  a feeling about the whole package, the whole process and what it feels like,” she says. “And a tour can have a whole vibe. I think the crowd can feel that.”

This weekend, the Platinum tour swings through New York and Connecticut, before heading to Toronto next Thursday.

 
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