Eli Young Band Releases “10,000 Towns” Early on iTunes

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band surprised fans by releasing their new album, 10,000 Towns, Sunday night instead of Tuesday as scheduled. The project is now available at iTunes featuring the hit “Drunk Last Night,” and the new single, “Dirt.”

Look for Eli Young Band to perform “Dirt” on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Tuesday.

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Eric Church Performing on “Austin City Limits” this Fall

Photo Credit: John PeetsEric Church will tape a performance for PBS’ Austin City Limits September 23. The set will include songs from his latest #1 album, The Outsiders. Look for Eric’s episode to air this fall as part of Austin City Limit‘s 40th season.

Check out ACLTV.com for ticket information and air dates.

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George Strait Getting Sportsman Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday in Dallas

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait is often hailed as the King of Country Music, but he spends just as much time thinking about land conservation as he does singing songs. That’s why Park Cities Quail is giving George the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Awards this Thursday in Dallas.

According to the Dallas Morning News, George was selected for the honor thanks to his work managing the wildlife habitats on his ranches in Texas. He’s worked with a wildlife biologist for years now to create healthy environments for the animals on his properties. The Country Music Hall of Fame member also manages the deer population on his ranches and mostly just hunts for “the ugliest buck he can remove from the herd.”

As for his music career, George will wrap up The Cowboy Rides Away tour this June in Dallas. Go to GeorgeStrait.com for tour dates.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Carrie Underwood‘s middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Lindsay Ell will be profiled on The Better Show Monday. Check local listings for time and channel.

Carrie Underwood had a blast performing at a massive Mardi Gras party in New Orleans over the weekend. She tweeted, “New Orleans knows how to party right! Can’t wait to come back for another Mardi Gras…thanks for letting me be a part of it!”

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Billy Currington Discovers “People Are Crazy” in Thailand During Recent Trip

Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington learned the title of his hit song, “People Are Crazy,” applies to folks all over the world during a recent trip to Thailand. Billy headed to Bangkok on the recommendation of a friend a few weeks back.

He tells ABC News Radio, “They’re a good crazy, but man, that’s a crazy city. That’s like New York on steroids.”

Taking in the sights and sounds of the city proved to be an enlightening experience for Billy, who grew up in south Georgia.

“Everybody’s really the same in so many ways. I did learn that,” Billy explains, “but there’s a lot to be learned from people that didn’t grow up just like you did and live in the same country as you did.”

There were some points on the trip when Billy wasn’t sure he’d make it back home alive. To get around the city, Billy and his companions rode in tooks, which are go-cart-like vehicles used as taxis in Bangkok.

Billy says with a laugh, “You always think that you’re gonna die any minute while you’re riding down the street in that city.”

Billy is now safe and sound back in the U.S. Check out BillyCurrington.com to see where’s he’s performing next.

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David Nail Rooting for “Captain Phillips” for Best Picture at Sunday Night’s Academy Awards

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail admits he’s way behind on his movie watching, but he will be pulling for the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips to win Best Picture at the Oscars Sunday night. His wife, Catherine, was watching the movie at home one day when David walked in on a very intense scene.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It was right when they’d taken over the ship. It was all this screaming and yelling. It was so super-intense. I just kind of just stopped what I was doing and watched for 35 minutes.”

David’s admiration for Captain Phillips only grew when he heard about Barkhad Abdi, who moved from Somalia to the U.S. and then landed a starring role as a Somali pirate in an open audition.

Says David, “I saw a story about the guy that’s up for Best Supporting Actor and his story about coming over from Somalia, so that’s the one I’m rooting for the most.”

The Oscars broadcast live Sunday night on ABC. David’s new album, I’m a Fire, lands in stores Tuesday.

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Kacey Musgraves and Her Boyfriend, Misa, Mix Business and Pleasure on the Road

Kacey Musgraves via InstagramUnlike most artists, Kacey Musgraves rarely has to say goodbye to her boyfriend since he’s also a member of  her band. Kacey and her beau, Misa Arragia, came together as musical partners before things turned romantic.

Kacey tells ABC News Radio, “We were friends for a couple years at least before seeing each other in that kind of light. It just so happens that we are really inspired by the same things.”

Kacey relies on Misa for a lot of creative ideas as well as moral support as her star continues to rise.

“He really helps me keep my vision true to what it was in the beginning before anything really took off,” Kacey explains, “and I think there’s really something to be said for that.”

While Kacey loves having Misa on the road with her, they do need their alone time just like any other couple.

She adds, “We have our moments. You know, ‘Get out of my face! We’re stuck on a tour bus together!’ But it’s really cool.”

Kacey heads to Winnipeg Wednesday night as an opening act on Lady Antebellum‘s Take Me Downtown tour. Kip Moore is also on the bill.

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Eric Paslay Gains a New Fan While Buying His Own Album at Walmart

EMI NashvilleEric Paslay made sure to buy his self-titled debut album at a Walmart in Nashville the day it came out, but he didn’t just go through the self-checkout line. He wanted to see if the girl working the register would recognize him on the CD cover.

“I walked up. I don’t know, I maybe bought some creamer or something with it,” Eric says. “And the girl checks it out, and she looks at the record and she kinda looked at me and looked at the record and put it in the bag.”

Eric couldn’t let this moment go by without her recognizing him, so he started engaging her in conversation about the album.

Eric explains, “I said, ‘I’ve been probably been waiting over 10 years for that record to come out.’ She goes, ‘Wow, 10 years? How did you know that?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s my record.’”

Eric admits he was milking the whole situation at that point, but having a real-live recording artist in the Walmart seemed to impressed the checkout girl.

Eric adds, “She definitely pulled open the record and called over every Walmart assistant over to check it out and ask if it was really me. But it was kinda fun.”

Eric’s self-titled debut album features his first #1 hit, “Friday Night.”

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Jason Aldean Adds Second Show in Birmingham Due to Popular Demand

Greenroom PRJason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour continues to sell out shows across the country. Tickets for his May 10 show in Birmingham, AL went so quick that Jason has added a second date, on May 10. Tickets for the new concert are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Hubbard are on the bill for Jason’s Burn It Down tour. Miranda Lambert joins them on select stadium dates. Go to JasonAldean.com for tour dates.

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