Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Steps Up to the Mic on Traditional-Leaning Single, “Dirt”

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s brand-new single, “Dirt,” finds the duo taking a step back from the party anthems that shot them to fame to deliver a sentimental, straight-ahead country song. The lyrics speak to the whole of life from falling in love to welcoming a child to saying goodbye to a loved one.

FGL’s Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio, “It feels like country music. It feels like the natural progression. Sixth single leading after Here’s to the Good Times, it kinda continues — shows a little maturity, a little different side.”

Brian also sings lead on the second verse of “Dirt” — something he’s never done before on an FGL single. Since his duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, has taken lead vocals on every hit so far, Brian doesn’t see a reason to mess with that winning formula too much.

“That’s kind of the way we’ve branded the thing, and that’s the way it sounds the best, to be honest with you,” Brian says. “This is one of those things we kind of like switching off. We did that back in the day, and two is always better than one.”

Plus, trading vocals on a love song like “Stay” or “Get Your Shine On” just wouldn’t sound right.

Says Brian, “If you’re coming in singing about a girl in the second verse, it can be a little weird if there’s two guys and it’s a duo.”

“Dirt” is the lead single from Florida Georgia Line’s upcoming album, which will feature more of the duo’s classic, rocking sound.

Brian adds, “We can promise you that after this single, the party’s coming.”

Look for Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album to come out this fall.

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Chris Young Found the Love Song He Was Looking for in “Who I Am with You”

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsChris Young was looking for a love song to round out his latest album, A.M., when a friend of his sent over “Who I Am with You.” Once he heard the track, Chris knew immediately he’d found the right song to fit that slot.

He says, “It’s something you wanted to [do the] first dance at a wedding to. That’s kind of what I heard the first time I heard this. I was like, ‘God, this is such a cool song.’”

“Who I Am with You” is the follow-up to “Aw Naw,” the rocking lead single from A.M.

“I’m so glad this is the second single, because it does give you a little bit of a look at the different things that are on this album,” Chris explains. “We led with a big, uptempo party rock song. This song, it is a love song from start to finish.”

Chris thinks everyone can relate to the song’s lyrics about that special someone who makes you become a better person.

He adds with a laugh, “I wish I had written it.”

Chris will perform “Who I Am with You” at Dierks Bentley‘s Miles & Music for Kids benefit concert September 28 in Nashville.

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Garth Brooks Holding Out Hope Ireland Concerts Can Go On

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsCould the five canceled Garth Brooks concerts in Ireland go on after all?

Garth’s crew is still on its way to Ireland with the concert equipment for the shows, even though Aiken Promotions announced Tuesday all five shows have been called off. Ticketmaster plans to start processing refunds for the 400,000 tickets this Monday. The concerts were canceled because the city of Dublin only granted licenses for three of the planned five concerts, which means 160,000 of the 400,000 tickets sold would have been refunded.

In a letter sent to Aiken and printed in the Irish Independent, Garth expresses his heartbreak over the canceled gigs, saying, “I hope you understand that to play for 400,000 people would be a dream, but to tell 160,000 of those people that they are not welcome would be a nightmare. To do what the city manager suggests (play three shows and not all five) means I agree that is how people should be treated and I just can’t agree with that.”

Garth adds, “If you tell me, ‘Garth, thanks but it is over’, I will cease my efforts and bring our people and gear back to the States.”

In the meantime, Garth is expected to reveal big news at a press conference in conjunction with Sony Music Thursday morning in Nashville. The media event is streaming live at GarthBrooks.com at 12 p.m. ET.

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Nashville Notes

Miranda Lambert‘s album, Platinum, is #1 for a fourth week on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart. Upon hearing the news, Miranda tweeted her fans, “Thank you so much for spending your hard-earned money on my music. It means the world to me.”



David Nail is a big fan of the latest Kings of Leon album, Mechanical Bull.

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Craig Morgan Adds Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks to Charity Concert Lineup

Image Courtesy Black River EntertainmentChuck Wicks and Tracy Lawrence have signed on to perform at Craig Morgan‘s 8th Annual charity event concert July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee. The show takes place that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn following Craig’s Charity Off-Ride Trail Ride that morning in Vanleer, Tennessee.

The annual event benefits the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. Tickets are available at CraigMorgan.com.

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Jerrod Niemann Got His “Hangover Cure” Hit, “Buzz Back Girl,” from Pal Lee Brice

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleLee Brice sang Jerrod Niemann‘s latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” before Jerrod even heard the song. The two country stars have been friends for many years now, but Jerrod had no idea Lee had co-written the catchy song until he heard Lee singing it on the demo.

Jerrod tells Billboard, “I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first note, I knew that it was Lee singing.”

While Jerrod has had several hits about drinking, including his latest #1 hit, “Drink to That All Night,” he thinks this is his first song dealing with the hangover the morning after a bender.

Says Jerrod, “In this case, the ‘Hangover Cure’ is making love to your sweet country girl. If there is any global ‘Hangover Cure,’ it’s my job to express that to the entire planet.”

“Buzz Back Girl” is included on Jerrod’s latest album, High Noon.

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The Band Perry Shares the Spotlight with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Air New Zealand Show

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry headlined an event to celebrate the delivery of Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Tuesday at the Boeing plant near Seattle. More than a thousand Boeing employees were on hand for the performance, which took place next to the giant airliner.

The Band Perry’s Neil Perry posted a selfie on Instagram next to the plane, with the caption, “Had a blast playing the BRAND NEW Boeing 787-9 unveiling show!”

The Dreamliner is made of carbon fiber, so it’s 20 percent more fuel-efficient than planes made of aluminum. Passengers also enjoy fresh air drawn directly from outside over air drawn through the engines, and the windows are bigger in the Dreamliner than in traditional planes.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich actress won the Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta Lynn in the film, Coal Miner’s Daughter? ANSWER: Sissy Spacek.

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Billy Currington Has an Arena-Ready Hit with “We Are Tonight”

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington was looking for a big song to really amp up his concert crowds when he recorded his latest hit, “We Are Tonight.”

Billy tells ABC News Radio, “Everybody wants them kind of songs when you finally do get to the arenas. You want to put a song out like that in front of the crowd and create that environment. With ‘We Are Tonight,’ I think we did.”

Performing “We Are Tonight” with a big sound system and elaborate light show has been a thrill for Billy. His fans seem to like it, too.

Billy says with a laugh, “Yeah, you definitely save a song like that for towards the end when you know they’re good and ready and had a few drinks in ‘em.”

Billy is headlining a few shows this summer in between his tour dates with Lady Antebellum. Go to BillyCurrington.com to see where he’s playing next.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is working on a Christmas record to be released later this year, according to a message he tweeted to a fan.

Loretta Lynn will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony September 17 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Country legend John Anderson will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame October 5 in recognition of his self-penned hits “Seminole Wind” and “Swingin’” among others.

Charlie Worsham will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series show Wednesday, July 30 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago.

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