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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Cole Swindell, Jerrod Niemann, David Nail and More Picked for CMT LISTEN UP Campaign

Photo Credit: Jerrod NiemannCMT has unveiled their 2014 lineup for the LISTEN UP Campaign to give increased exposure to new and growing acts. This year’s class includes. Jerrod Niemann, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Cole Swindell, Sundy Best, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett. Those artists will be featured across CMT’s platforms this year in an effort to expose the music to a wider fan base.

Look for performances from Danielle Bradbery posted now at ListenUp.CMT.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockScotty McCreery made a big splash on American Idol singing which Josh Turner hit? ANSWER: “Your Man.”

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Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith & More Paying Tribute to The Doobie Brothers on New Album

Photo Credit: Larry BoothbyBrad Paisley, Chris Young, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann and Love and Theft are set to perform on a new country tribute album to The Doobie Brothers, coming out later this year. Former Doobies frontman Michael McDonald is taking part in the project, along with the  classic Doobie Brothers lineup.

Performing a Doobie Brothers tribute came natural for Chris Young. He tells Billboard, “The Doobie Brothers are one of those legendary bands that no matter your generation, you know their music and can’t help but sing and groove along to every song.”

The track listing for The Doobie Brothers tribute album will be announced soon.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Thomas Rhett to sing his latest hit, “Get Me Some of That,” on ABC’s The View next Thursday, March 6.

Congratulations to Scotty McCreery on earning third RIAA-certified gold single with “See You Tonight.”

Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott tweeted a photo of her baby Eisele in Canada Thursday with the caption, “First of many stamps on her passport…welcome to Canada Eisele Kaye!” The band is currently on its Take Me Downtown tour.

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Eli Young Band Opens Up About Faking It on “10,000 Towns” Album Cover

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band‘s new album, 10,000 Towns, comes out Monday. The title is a nod to the band’s constant touring schedule since forming more than a decade ago in Texas.

EYB drummer Chris Thompson tells ABC News Radio, “We’re a band on the road always, and a lot of times it really does feel like we’ve played in 10,000 towns for sure.”

After logging on those miles on the road, the guys in Eli Young Band still genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Those strong friendships are evident in the band member’s smiling faces on the 10,000 Towns cover. It turns out those grins aren’t exactly genuine though. It was the end of their photo shoot day, and the guys were tired of posing for the camera.

“Not very happy actually,” says Chris of the band’s mood when the picture was taken. “We were sarcastically smiling at each other.”

His band mate Jon Jones adds, “For so many years doing photo shoots, we’ve lost so many good opportunities ’cause we just want to have these serious faces, which just make us look like grumpy, grumpy individuals. So, the best photos end up being the ones where someone’s cracking a joke or something happens in the background.”

Eli Young Band had plenty of reason to smile when they found out their last single, “Drunk Last Night,” went to #1. They’re following that up with “Dirt,” which is also featured on 10,000 Towns.

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How Taylor Swift Made “Downton Abbey” Star Cry

ABC/Richard Harbaugh/Rahoul Ghose/PBSMany Downton Abbey fans have likely shed a tear while watching the wildly-popular PBS series, thanks to all the deaths, births and proposals that have transpired over the show’s four seasons.  Now, one of the series’ stars reveals who makes her cry:  Taylor Swift.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey, tells People magazine that the last time she cried was at one of Taylor’s shows.  Why?  She explains, “My godchildren went to see [her] in concert and got to meet her.  They literally ran toward her and hugged her, and it was amazing.”

“I got big bonus points for that,” Dockery adds. “I’ll remind them when they are teenagers.”

Dockery is something of a musician herself: she tells People that during downtime on the Downton Abbey set, she, plus Elizabeth McGovern, who plays her mother Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Allan Leech, who plays chauffeur-turned-Crawley-son-in-law Tom Branson, all play guitar.  “It’s quite funny, us being all in costume and jamming together,” Dockery says, adding that their repertoire includes “the usual...R.E.M….we’re not particularly advanced.”

Dockery can also be seen opposite Liam Neeson in the new action flick Non-Stop.

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