Josh Turner Shares Life Stories and Lessons in New Book, “Man Stuff,” Coming Out April 29

Thomas NelsonJosh Turner is sharing the lessons he’s learned as a father, husband and man of faith in Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. The book comes out April 29, and features a forward from Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson.

Josh picked up most of these lessons growing up in rural South Carolina. He says, “I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”

As for his music career, Josh previewed some new songs for country radio insiders at CRS earlier this month in Nashville. A new single should be coming soon.

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Miranda Lambert Featured in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibition, Opening in May

C2 Media RelationsActual induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame is still a few years off for Miranda Lambert, but some of her stuff is going on display in the museum’s new exhibition, Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access. Miranda’s gowns, stage costumes and awards will tell the story of her life in 2013, and her own tweets will be incorporated into the exhibition as well.

She says, “The Country Music Hall of Fame is a place to cherish what country music is all about, and I’m so honored to have an exhibit in this treasured hall.”

Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access opens May 16 and runs through November 9. Go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org for ticket information.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Eric Church‘s only son? ANSWER: Boone.

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Cassadee Pope Explores Darkness and Light in “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” Video

Photo Credit: Ivan ClowCassadee Pope has released a new, lushly-produced video for her new single, “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.” The visuals go back and forth between softer images of Cassadee performing the song draped in lace and pearls, to much darker scenes of the singer trapped in a glowing black heart.

More than 300,000 fans so far have watched Cassadee’s new video. “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart” is the follow-up to her top-10 debut hit, “Wasting All These Tears.” Both songs are included on Cassadee’s debut album, Frame by Frame.

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“Nashville” Recap: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore

ABCThe aftermath of Lamar Wyatt‘s death played out on Wednesday’s Nashville. His daughter, Rayna Jaymes, told Lamar he was dead to her the last time she saw him because of his involvement in her mother’s death. Rayna held on to that anger after Lamar’s death, though her daughters and sister Tandy were devastated.

While going through Lamar’s things, Rayna finally broke down crying and starting hurling vases across her late father’s office. Her sister, Tandy, and ex-husband, Teddy Conrad, found her on the floor sobbing and yelling that the lies had to stop in their family. Lamar had his heart attack in Teddy’s office, and Teddy confessed to his lawyer, Christina, he didn’t call for help as he watched Lamar die.

Juliette Barnes‘ defiant performance of “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet” at her Grand Ole Opry induction caught the ear of a high-powered pop producer in Los Angeles. He flew Juliette out west to record a pop version of the song and makeover her image with a gothic photo shoot. Juliette’s long-time manager Glenn decided to step away as Juliette pursued her pop career. In the end, Juliette hired Glenn back and decided to continue on as a country singer with boyfriend Avery serving as her producer.

Scarlett O’Connor continued working on her song “Black Roses” in the studio with bad-boy producer Liam, but her pill-popping issue from the previous episode didn’t rear its head. Instead, Scarlett realized her former best friend Zoey and ex-boyfriends Gunnar and Avery had moved on without her when she saw them performing as a trio at the Bluebird Café. Despite her misgivings, Scarlett found comfort in the arms of Liam after spending the night in the recording studio.

“Black Roses” is the first song specifically written for Nashville. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett, says it’s an honor to get to sing such a beautiful song.

Says Clare, “It had so much pain in it and such accusation. It’s an absolute blessing to be given that song. It’s so beautiful. I’m so grateful.”

Lucy Schwartz wrote “Black Roses” as a love song between a man and a woman, so she was surprised at how it was used on Nashville.

“It ended up being about Scarlett and her mother,” Lucy explains, “which is just cool because so many people can take one song and hear it in a different way, and it relates to them in a different way than you even expect.”

“Black Roses” is available for download now at iTunes. For more on the song, check out the ABC Music Lounge.

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEli Young Band will perform their new single, “Dust,” on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda next Tuesday. The song is featured on their new album, 10,000 Towns, now in stores.

David Nail‘s single, “Whatever She’s Got,” has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for 1 million copies sold. His new album, I’m a Fire, comes out next week.

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Randy Houser Reveals Close Calls with Death Playing Rough Mississippi Bars

Stoney Creek RecordsTalk about paying your dues. Before moving to Nashville, Randy Houser cut his teeth playing rough clubs and bars near his home in Lake, MS. The brawls in those spots sometimes turned deadly while Randy was on stage.

“I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff over the years,” Randy tells ABC News Radio. “I’ve seen people shot. I’ve seen people’s throats cut.”

The throat-cutting incident took place one night when a guy named Rocky was hanging out at the bar watching Randy sing.

Says Randy, “Wasn’t really doing nothing wrong. He was just a little drunk. And this one guy from another town came up and busted a beer bottle and slit his throat right there in front of us.”

At that point, Randy jumped off the stage and threw the guy with the beer bottle up against the wall.

“He could have easily, probably cut my throat, too,” Randy says. “We all had to grab Rocky and put something around him. Keep him from bleeding to death.”

So, what did Randy’s family think of him playing in these dangerous bars? It turns out they weren’t really concerned.

Randy says with a laugh, “You can’t shock my family. They’ve seen it all. We’re fairly trailer-parkish. Yeah, we know what’s up.”

To this day, Randy’s wife, Jessa, tells him to go back to the trailer park when she gets mad at him. His says, “I’m like, ‘You know what, honey?’ There’s a lot to be learned in the trailer park.’”

Randy plays a show in Rainbow City, AL Friday night. Go to RandyHouser.com for more dates.

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