Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of George Strait‘s current, and final, tour? ANSWER: The Cowboy Rides Away.

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Brantley Gilbert Setting New Goals and Counting His Blessings Thanks to “Bottoms Up” Success

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is back with a bang thanks to his latest hit, “Bottoms Up.” Once he finished writing the song with his co-writers, Brantley knew “Bottoms Up” should be the lead single from his upcoming album, Just as I Am.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It got stuck in my head. You know, everybody we played it for, it kinda stuck to their eardrum. When you get those, you just count your blessings.”

Thankfully, Brantley’s fans confirmed his hunch about “Bottoms Up” and downloaded the song and video in droves.  He feels such a connection to them, Brantley even considers his fans to be his friends.

“A friend’s somebody that supports you and knows you,” Brantley explains. “If somebody’s listening to my, well, this will make three records, you got a pretty good idea of who I am. You know, buying those songs and downloading the video — that’s support. Man, even being a songwriter, I don’t have words for it.”

Brantley is now headlining his own arena tour, which is just one of the big dreams he’s realized in the past few years. In fact, Brantley only hoped to sell out the Georgia Theater near his home when he first started making music.

He says, “It’s 20 minutes from my hometown. It held 900 people. I did it when I was 20. Everything since then has been a bonus. We come up with new goals every day.”

Head over to to keep up with his tour schedule. Brantley’s new album, Just as I Am, is due out May 19.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves has signed on to perform at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria on May 3. GLAAD is a media advocacy organization representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Dolly Parton will take part in her first-ever Twitter Q&A Sunday at 5 p.m. ET just before her live performance on QVC to promote her new album, Blue Smoke. Fans can submit questions by using the hashtag #AskDolly.

David Nail‘s go-to karaoke song is Elton John‘s “Tiny Dancer.”

Dustin Lynch was a member of an Incubus cover band as a teenager in Tullahoma, TN.

A new biographical exhibit on Kenny Rogers, titled “Kenny Rogers: Through the Years,” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on August 15.

Rascal Flatts is taking part in a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Civil War miniseries, To Appomattox. They’ll appear in the film project and on the soundtrack along with Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins and Laura Bell Bundy.

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Dustin Lynch Wants Fans Ready to Rock at His Concerts

Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s debut #1 hit, “Cowboys & Angels,” gave fans a rather low-key first impression of the rising country star. He feels his latest single, “Where It’s At,” delivers a better idea of what to expect from his concerts.

Dustin tells the San Luis Obispo Tribune, ““We kind of shock [fans] with how hard we rock and how much we dance around onstage. We love to have fun and keep the show upbeat.”

Dustin spent 312 days on the road last year, and he plans to spend just as much time touring this year. Go to to see where he’s playing next.

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Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves and More Drinking Fine Wine for a Good Cause Monday

Photo Credit: John PeetsEric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride, Kix Brooks and Chris Young will be drinking fine wine for a great cause Monday night in Nashville. The T.J. Martell Foundation’s 15th Annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner brings some of country’s top stars together with some of the nation’s top wine collectors for an evening of food and drink.

The event takes place at Nashville’s new Omni Hotel.  Proceeds go to the T.J. Martell Foundation’s funding of leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

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Miranda Lambert Says There’s “Something for Everybody” on Her New Album, “Platinum”

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert still has plenty of “sassy” moments on her upcoming album, Platinum, but there are plenty of vulnerable moments. On “Bathroom Sink,” Miranda sings about dealing with body image issues, and “Priscilla” finds her addressing the challenges of having a famous husband, Blake Shelton.

“I always try to make my records be about where I am right now,” Miranda says. “I’m 30 years old. I’m happily married, but I still have problems good and bad. I face everyday life as a 30-year-old girl. So, I wrote a lot about that.”

Some other tracks, like the title cut and “Little Red Wagon,” show off Miranda’s lighter side.

She says, “There’s some humor. I think that comes from my husband. You know, he really has helped me find my sense of humor. Clearly, he has a good one.”

Miranda never apologizes for writing from a female point of view, but she thinks men will enjoy listening to Platinum, too.

Says Miranda, “I feel like there’s something for everybody on this record. It’s very heartfelt. It’s got some deep stuff and some stuff that is relatable for everybody, hopefully.”

The lead single from Platinum, “Automatic,” is already a top 10 hit. Look for the full-length album in stores June 3.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton‘s middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.

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Carrie Underwood Named to “TIME” 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  Not only did she make the list, she’s included in the category “Icons.”

In an accompanying essay written about Carrie by Brad Paisley, her CMA Awards co-host says, “Not only has she earned her place [in country music], she’s raised the bar: a prolific songwriter, a trend-setter, and an Opry member.  But it’s her decency as a person that is so impressive.”    

Brad adds, “So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood.”

Carrie is also set to perform at the TIME 100 Gala, April 29 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. The black-tie event will include past and present TIME 100 list members. Previous attendees have included Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Bill Clinton and Taylor Swift.

The TIME 100 issue is out Friday.

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Is Jerrod Niemann Secretly Writing Songs for a New Garth Brooks Project?

Sony Music NashvilleGarth Brooks is expected to announce plans for a massive world tour in the coming months, and he’s hinted there might be some new music to go along with the trek. Since Jerrod Niemann had a hand in writing several of Garth’s singles, including 2005′s “Good Ride Cowboy,” we wondered if Jerrod might know something about Garth’s recording plans.

“When I chat with him, I don’t hit him up for a bunch of details,” Jerrod tells ABC News Radio. “You know, I wouldn’t probably trust myself with any details ’cause I get so excited.”

While Jerrod doesn’t have any insight on what or when Garth is recording, he is just as excited as everyone else about Garth’s return to the concert trail.

Says Jerrod, “Any day that Garth Brooks cares to make music is a good day for everybody. So, yes. We all love Garth, and we can’t wait for him to get back out there.”

As for Jerrod’s career, he just celebrated the #1 success of his gold-certified single, “Drink to That All Night” with a party on Music Row in Nashville this week.  It’s the lead release from Jerrod’s latest album, High Noon, available now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan‘s album, Crash My Party, is back at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums tally in its 37th week on the chart.

Eric Paslay performs a cover of the Sheryl Crow song, “I Shall Believe,” on Ram Country on Yahoo Music. Check it out at

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