George Strait to Give His 24th CMA Awards Performance Next Month

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleReigning CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait has signed on to perform at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. This will be the 24th time George has performed on the CMA Awards during his 33-year career.

Nashville star Connie Britton, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Good Morning America correspondent Tim Tebow and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler are all set to present trophies on the show, too.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Swon Brothers were on which coaches’ team when they competed on The Voice? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and His Brothers Hosting Charity Golf Tournament and Concert Monday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his two brothers are hosting The Kelley Brothers Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert Monday in Evans, Georgia. Lady Antebellum will headline the concert, which will also feature performances from Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Joe Don Rooney and Joe Nichols.

Charles is grateful to his Lady A band mates for donating their time to the event, which he hopes will become an annual fundraiser.

Charles tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve already got so much money raised for it already from sponsors that it’s already a success, you know. It’s just gonna be great, man. Once we get this platform, hopefully it’ll build and build and build.”

Proceeds from The Kelley Brothers event go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a few other children’s charities through Lady Antebellum’s own organization, Lady Aid.

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Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Playing Ten Stadium Shows Together in Summer 2015

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony/Broken BowKenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are taking their “bromance” on the road. The two superstars will join their two separate tours for ten joint stadium shows starting May 2, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco.

Kenny and Jason have been known to meet up for drinks around Nashville, and pictures from those meetings have ended up on Jason’s Instagram. Jason says, “Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums. When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice.  We have a real friendship.”

Kenny adds, “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for ten nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!” 

Here are Jason and Kenny’s 2015 Joint Stadium Dates:

5/2 — San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium
5/16 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
6/20 — Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field
6/27 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
7/18 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
7/25 — Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
8/1 — Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium
8/8 — Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/15 — E. Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/28 — Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDon’t miss Kristian Bush performing “Trailer Hitch” Monday morning on NBC’s Today.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood appear on ABC’s The View Monday. Brad will also perform his latest single, “Perfect Storm,” on the show.

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Sam Hunt Reveals the Meaning Behind His Album Title, “Montevallo,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, is now in stores featuring his breakthrough hit “Leave the Night On.”

The album title comes from the name of a city in Alabama about 25 minutes south of Birmingham. Sam played football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to Nashville. Once he got to Music City, Sam ended up dating a girl who lived down in Montevallo. Though that relationship is now over, that girl is the main inspiration for the songs Sam wrote and recorded for his debut project.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I spent a lot of time talking to her about songs. I probably should have included her as a co-writer on a lot of these songs because I spent a lot of time chatting with her.”

Spending so much time with that girl made Sam tap into a vulnerable side of himself he hadn’t been able to display on the football field.

“I got a lot of insight into females in general from being in a close relationship with her,” Sam says. “I used a lot of that when writing on the songs, because a lot of the songs are relationship-based. I didn’t want it to be just extra-macho.”

While Sam shows his sensitive side on songs like “Break Up in a Small Town” and “Take Your Time,” he also comes off as a very confident guy on other tracks such as “House Party,” “Speakers” and “Leave the Night On.”

Sam explains, “You know, I think there is a side of me personally that can be vulnerable, and there’s also a side that can be the opposite of that.”

He adds, “I think it takes a strength to be vulnerable, so it is a weird paradox there that I think sort of happens on the album.”

Look for Sam to perform a song from Montevallo on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday and Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.

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Ronnie Milsap Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy CMARonnie Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night in Nashville at the organization’s annual Medallion Ceremony. Ronnie was on hand to accept the honor following tribute performances from Martina McBride on “(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time” and Hunter Hayes on “(There’s) Gettin’ Over Me.” Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and R&B legend Sam Moore also teamed up to sing Ronnie’s 1985 hit, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight.”

Bluegrass pioneer Mac Wiseman and the late songwriter Hank Cochran were also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night. Alison Krauss saluted Hank with performances of his notable compositions “Make the World Go Away,” which was a hit for Eddy Arnold, and “Don’t Touch Me,” which won a Grammy for Hank’s former wife, Jeannie Seely, in 1966. Gene Watson covered Hank’s song “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” and Charlie Daniels was on hand to sing Mac Wiseman’s song, “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy.”

The evening ended with Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris, Randy Owen of Alabama, Charley Pride and Brenda Lee joining this year’s inductees and performers onstage to sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

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The Swon Brothers Help Former Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer Surprise His Daughter

Image Courtesy Splash PRThe Swon Brothers helped former Tennessee Volunteers football coach Phil Fulmer surprise his daughter at her wedding reception last weekend in Maryville, Tennessee. The brothers played Tim McGraw‘s “My Little Girl” as Fulmer and his daughter shared their father-daughter dance. The Fulmer family has been fans of The Swon Brothers since the duo competed on The Voice.

To show his appreciation, Coach Fulmer presented Colton and Zach Swon with autographed Tennessee Vols footballs.

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Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert Drew on Real-Life Betrayal to Perform Their New Single, “Trouble”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGloriana‘s Rachel Reinert didn’t have to get into character to sing the trio’s latest single, “Trouble,” since the song came from her real-life experience. Rachel co-wrote the song with band mate Mike Gossin about an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her about two years ago.

Rachel tells ABC News Radio, “We dated for a couple years. I ended up finding out that he was cheating on me, which I did suspect. He, of course, lied about it, which, shocker, right?”

Like anybody, Rachel can be nice and sweet, but it’s a different story when a guy does her wrong.

“If you cross me, then then I’m gonna make you pay for it,” Rachel adds.

Mike and Gloriana’s third member, Tom Gossin, had a bad feeling about Rachel’s ex-boyfriend from the start, though.

Says Mike, “We had suspicions about this guy, I’ll leave it at that, that he was not the best fit for her.”

It was Mike who suggested Rachel channel her anger about the cheating into a song, and that’s how “Trouble” was born. He’s now very proud of her for being open and honest about what she went through.

Mike explains, “The fact that she was cool enough to put down that wall and open herself up and put herself out there — tell her story for people to hear and to relate to and hopefully help through a cheating situation, whether it’s boy or girl, I think, is the best part of the whole situation.”

Gloriana’s new single, “Trouble,” hits the airwaves soon.

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The Band Perry Teaches Master Class for Aspiring Musicians at Nashville’s Belmont University

Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Band Perry recently gave a Master Class for aspiring musicians at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville. During the hour-long event, The Band Perry’s Reid, Neil and Kimberly Perry shared stories of playing shopping malls, campgrounds and campsites while trying to make it as performers. They also stressed the importance of a strong work ethic and a good support system for those trying to make it in the music business.

The sibling trio also took questions from the students in the audience before serenading them with an acoustic version of their signature hit, “If I Die Young.”

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