Randy Travis on the Road to Recovery at Home in Texas

Warner Music NashvilleRandy Travis is getting out and about more and more lately in his hometown of Tioga, TX. The singer is recovering at home from a stroke he had while in the hospital for congestive heart failure last year.

James Hilliard, the owner of Clark’s Outpost BBQ in Tioga, tells People that Randy still visits the restaurant quite a bit. James says, “He has a little problem with his vocabulary, and sometimes it’s hard to understand him, but he gets better every time he comes in.”

Randy made it out to see Neal McCoy at a charity concert in Dallas on January 30 as well, but it’s not clear if he’ll ever perform again. Randy is now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, but his father, Harold Traywick, tells People, “I’m sure he would just like to get back to work.”

For more on Randy Travis’s condition, pick up the new issue of People, on stands Friday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLuke Bryan performs his annual Spring Break shows at which club in Panama City Beach, FL? ANSWER: Spinnaker.

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Eli Young Band Playing Houston Rodeo for a Third Time Tonight

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band celebrates the release of their new album, 10,000 Towns, this week with a massive performance at the Houston Rodeo Wednesday night. They’ve played this event twice before, and it’s always something of a homecoming for EYB front man Mike Eli, who grew up near Houston.

“All my first big concert experiences were there at the Houston Rodeo,” Mike tells ABC News Radio. “I make this joke all the time, but when I was younger, concerts to me, that’s what they were. So, going to a concert venue where the stage didn’t rotate and wasn’t in the Astrodome, it was like, ‘What’s this? I don’t understand.’”

That famous, rotating stage at the Houston Rodeo has never given Eli Young Band any problems, but they’ve learned not all rotating rodeo stages are created equal.

Mike explains, “Some of the rodeos have smaller, rotating stages that actually shake as they go. So, those are the ones where you really get vertigo ’cause you’re shaking up and down as well as rotating a little too quickly.”

Eli Young Band will play for more than 60,000 fans at the Houston Rodeo.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA special 45th anniversary edition of Merle Haggard‘s 1969 live album Okie from Muskogee, is coming out March 25. The re-release includes a rare, live version of “The Fightin’ Side of Me.”

According to TruliaBlog.com, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert purchased an 11,000-square foot mansion in Brentwood, TN near Nashville last July for just over $2.2 million. The home reportedly boasts five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a pool.

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Brett Eldredge Limited Shirtless Shots in “Beat of the Music” Video to Keep It Classy

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Brett Eldredge wrote his latest hit, “Beat of the Music,” while in the Bahamas, so it only made sense for him to return there to shoot the tropical video.

Brett tells ABC News Radio, “I think this has got to be one of my favorite songs ever, ’cause it’s taken me on a such a journey.”

Even though the video takes place on the beach, Brett only appears shirtless when submerged in the ocean water. So, why didn’t Brett treat his female fans to a little more skin?

“I didn’t want to, like, go over the top,” Brett says. “I’m not afraid to be shirtless. I didn’t want to come on too strong, you know. I was trying to be a little bit classy. Not that being shirtless isn’t classy. I just kept my shirt on most of the time.”

“Beat of the Music” is the follow-up to Brett’s #1 hit, “Don’t Ya.” Both songs appear on his debut album, Bring You Back, available now.

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David Nail Promoting “I’m a Fire” on “Today” and “Letterman” Wednesday

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail‘s third album, I’m a Fire, just came out, and he’s lined up two big TV appearances to promote it. Look for David to sing on NBC’s Today and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday.

David says the title I’m a Fire represents the burning desire he still feels to make music.  “There’s been a lot of moments throughout my career where I could’ve packed up and given up and people could have given up on me,” David explains. “I’ve had a strong collection of people in my corner from the beginning. I’m a fire and I’m still burning, and I feel at this moment in time, better than ever.”

The lead single from I’m a Fire, “Whatever She’s Got,” has already gone to #1. David is following that up with a second single, “Kiss You Tonight.”

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Rascal Flatts Song “Compass” to Be Featured in New Movie, “Heaven Is for Real”

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts‘ new song, “Compass,” will be featured in the upcoming film, Heaven Is for Real, hitting theaters Wednesday, April 16. Fans can also find the song on the group’s new album, Rewind, due out May 13. That project also includes the hit title track.

Heaven Is for Real stars Greg Kinnear and is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name.

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Vince Gill, Joe Don Rooney & More Playing Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

MCA NashvilleVince Gill, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney, Craig Campbell, and Alabama‘s Teddy Gentry are among the artists on the bill for the 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville. The event takes place March 25 through 29 in clubs all over Music City. Country newcomer Leah Turner is also participating.

Go to TinPanSouth.com for more information.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of the lead singer in Eli Young Band? ANSWER: Mike Eli.

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