Newcomer Kelleigh Bannen Takes a Risk with New Song, “Smoke When I Drink”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Kelleigh Bannen has a new song out titled “Smoke When I Drink,” telling the story of a woman who can’t say no to her ex when she’s had a cocktail or two.

Kelleigh tells ABC News Radio, “I love an addiction metaphor like that for a love thing. ‘Cause we’ve all been in those relationships. And whether they’re good for us or not, we all know that addictive power of those people in our lives.”

While guys score hits singing about drinking all the time, it’s not always easy for a woman to climb the charts singing about downing a few and calling up an old flame. Taking a risk by doing something unexpected is worth it for Kelleigh.

“We’re already wondering if anyone’s listening, and nobody’s listening if you’re putting out something safe and boring,” Kelleigh explains. “I’d almost rather lead with things that people are going to like or dislike.”

Kelleigh is singing “Smoke When I Drink” on the road with Cole Swindell this fall, and they’ve added a duet to the set.

Says Kelleigh, “Cole himself has been so supportive and welcoming. We do a song together in the encore, which is really fun. It’s really gracious of him to bring me out and share his stage with me.”

Look for Kelleigh’s new video for “Smoke When I Drink” now on Vevo. Go to to check out her tour schedule.

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Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith Headlining Delaware Junction Festival

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith are headlining the first-ever Delaware Junction Country Music and Camping Festival next summer. The three-day event runs August 14 through 16, 2015 in Harrington, DE at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

More artists will join the lineup for Delaware Junction in the coming days. Ticket information is available at

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Garth Brooks Adds Three More Shows in Pittsburgh After First Three Dates Sell Out

Image Courtesy RCA/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has added three more shows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the first three dates sold out Friday morning. He’ll kick off his run at the city’s CONSOL Energy Center on February 5 with shows through Sunday, February 8.

Trisha Yearwood is on the road for all of Garth’s World Tour dates. Tickets are on sale through

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Lady Antebellum Performing on People’s Choice Awards 2015

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has signed on to perform at the People’s Choice Awards 2015 next month. They’re up for Favorite Country Group, which is their fifth People Choice Award nomination. The awards will be presented live Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Voting information is available at

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockGloriana members Tom and Mike are brothers. What is their last name? ANSWER: Gossin.

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Darius Rucker Explains How the Comedy “Elf” Inspired Song on His New Christmas Album

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker wanted to include a duet on his new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, so he went with the classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The reason he chose that song may surprise you, though.

Darius says, “I decided to do that for one reason, for Elf, for that movie and how great they did it when she’s taking a shower in the bathroom, and he comes and sits on the counter and he’s singing along with her. I thought it was just a great song.”

When it came to choosing his duet partner, Darius called on his friend Sheryl Crow.

“We got Sheryl to come and do it,” Darius says,” and after sitting there with her in the studio right next to each other singing it over and over and laughing and having a great time, I knew it was a great choice.”

Home for the Holidays is now available in stores and online.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana will sing the national anthem prior to the Tennessee Titans game against the New York Jets this Sunday. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.

A Twitter message from Blake Shelton: “Hope everyone has a great day! Except the haters.. The haters can enjoy a nice warm mug full of homeless goat balls…”

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Garth Brooks Opens Up About Two of His Biggest Fans — Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has sold more than a million tickets since he launched his World Tour in September, and quite a few superstars have been in the audience. Lady Gaga attended one of the shows in Chicago, and Justin Timberlake sat in the front row at one of Garth’s concerts in St. Louis last week. Both stars completely freaked out as Garth performed his hits.

Garth tells ABC News Radio, “Lady Gaga. I didn’t think I was gonna keep her off the stage. She was so fired up. Her security was getting mad at her because she kept running, screaming, yelling. She was having a great time.”

As for Justin, Garth says he knew every word to every song in the set.

“He filmed the whole thing,” Garth says. “He was asking people to film him.”

Even though Justin and Gaga regularly sell out arenas on their own, they didn’t distract the other fans in the audience from enjoying the show.

Says Garth, “You could not ask for either one of those to be a better fan in the seat than they were. They paid great respect to me as an artist, but blended in with the rest of the fans, which is a big statement for them because they are extraordinary people. They love music. You can tell.”

Justin has paid Garth with an even bigger compliment by including a cover of “Friends in Low Places” in his recent live shows. Keep up with Garth’s tour dates at

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Sam Hunt Added to College Football National Championship Concert Special

Image Courtesy McClister/UMGSam Hunt has been added to the lineup for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also on the show, airing live from Dallas Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

The concert event is part of the festivities leading up to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.  That’s set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

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Hunter Hayes Adds Second Bluebird Cafe Show to Benefit Alive Hospice

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has added a second show at Nashville’s Bluebird Café to raise money for Alive Hospice. The organization provides end-of-life care and support for families. The new show is set for Tuesday, January 6, with special guest Eric Paslay. Tickets for Hunter’s original show at the Bluebird on January 2 are sold out.

Go to for ticket information.

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