Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Georgia? ANSWER: Tyler Hubbard.

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Dierks Bentley Among Stars Featured on New Ralph Stanley Collaborative Album

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley and Josh Turner are among the featured artists on bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley‘s new album, Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Dierks joins Ralph on the song “I Only Exist,” and Josh is featured on “We Shall Rise.”

Lee Ann Womack, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs and Elvis Costello are also featured on the album. Look for the project to be released through Cracker Barrel stores and on January 19, 2015.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLoretta Lynn will join her Van Lear Rose collaborator Jack White for his show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on January 28, 2015, according to The Tennessean.

George Strait, Brad Paisley, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are among the stars joining Asleep at the Wheel on their new tribute album to the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. It’s titled Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes before its release on March 3, 2015.

Kacey Musgraves is now in the studio working on her sophomore album. She just posted a photo on Instagram of a recording console with the caption, “And begins!”


And begins!

A photo posted by KACEY MUSGRAVES – official (@spaceykacey) on Dec 12, 2014 at 7:29am PST


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Maddie & Tae Open Up About the Tour Bus Accident That Almost Derailed Their Career

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae are on their way to becoming household names thanks to their debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” but their journey to stardom almost came to a screeching halt earlier this year. The duo was three days into their first promotional tour introducing themselves to country radio when they were involved in a tour bus accident. No one was hurt, but the experience left Maddie and Tae shaken.

Tae Dye tells ABC News Radio, “Our bus driver didn’t see a clearance sign when he was going through a bridge — not under it — and basically tore off, decapitated the top of our bus.”

The accident left the bus with what Maddie & Tae call “redneck sunroofs” as the air conditioning units actually fell into the tour bus.

Says Maddie, “We were almost hit in the head with the AC unit. So, thank God we are still alive.”

The sound of the metal scraping the concrete put Maddie & Tae on edge, too.

“It sounded like we were beings shot at.” Maddie adds with a laugh, “We were like, ‘Lord Jesus! Take us now! I know you got [us] one song on the radio, finally. So, you can take us now!”

It looks like Maddie & Tae have bigger things left to do in country music. Their big hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” is included on their debut EP, now available digitally.

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RaeLynn Treats Her Dad and Uncle to Green Bay Packers Game

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn took her father, Barry, and Uncle Todd along for her gig singing the national anthem for NFL Monday Night Football as the Green Bay Packers hosted and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43 to 37. Barry and Todd wore their Green Bay shirts and hats for the game.

While RaeLynn was honored to sing the anthem, she adds, “It’s extra special this time because I could invite my dad and uncle to experience their favorite team’s win. Though, I’m not sure if they were cheering louder for me or the Packers!”

RaeLynn is headed into 2015 with her first top 20 country hit, “God Made Girls,” climbing the chart.

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Randy Houser Makes Surprise Appearance on “The Voice” with Pal and Contestant Craig Wayne Boyd

Image Courtesy Broken BowRandy Houser made an appearance on NBC’s The Voice Monday night to surprise contestant Craig Wayne Boyd during Boyd’s hometown visit to Nashville. Randy took time off from Dierks Bentley‘s Riser tour to fly from Canada to Music City to perform with Craig at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Randy says, “You know, I got up there and we actually sang a couple songs. We sang a couple songs of mine — ‘Boots On’ and ‘How Country Feels.’  And we had a blast and we ended up just getting a chance to hang out that night.  It was a great time.”

Craig has opened shows for Randy in the past, and Randy is proud to see his pal getting some recognition after years of paying his dues.

“It’s been incredibly cool to see a guy like Craig Wayne Boyd, who’s worked his tail off and deserves a shot at something really cool,” Randy says. “And this is an excellent way for him to get it on The Voice. I mean, I think it’s finally the platform that he needed for the rest of the country to see what he’s about.”

If you missed Randy’s appearance on The Voice, you can watch it now at

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Little Big Town Taking Their Pain Killer Tour Across the Pond in February 2015

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town takes their Pain Killer tour to the U.K. this February. They’ll play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on February 10, followed by shows in Manchester, England on February 11 and Glasgow, Scotland on February 12.

For ticket information and a full list of tour dates, go to

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Garth Brooks Playing Detroit February 27 and 28, 2015

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Detroit February 27 and 28, 2015. It’s the first time Garth has played the city in more than 18 years. The shows will take place at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, and Trisha Yearwood will join Garth on the bill.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 19 through Ticketmaster.

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Dustin Lynch Plans to Spoil His Niece and Nephew This Christmas

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch doesn’t have any kids of his own just yet, but he’s an devoted uncle to his five-year-old niece and one-year-old nephew. Dustin says the two kids are “both a handful.”

“They both joust for attention at the house,” Dustin tells ABC News Radio. “[But] I’m really good at being an uncle. I’m really good at having fun with ’em for an hour or two and then giving ’em back.”

Dustin hasn’t started shopping for the kids’ Christmas presents just yet, but his niece is pretty good about asking for what she wants.

Says Dustin, “She knows what she wants from Santa two years in advance, it feels like.”

His nephew got a lot of Tonka trucks and tractors for his recent first birthday. Dustin says he’ll add to that collection at Christmas.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch scored a big hit with his debut single. Name the song. ANSWER: “Cowboys and Angels.”

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