The Stars of ABC’s “Nashville” Taking Their Music on Tour

ABCABC’s Nashville is going on tour starting next month. Stars Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will kick off the three-date trek with an April 25 show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. The dates continue May 4 with a concert in Washington, D.C. and wrap up May 6 in New York City.

Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, will join the lineup for the New York date. A fourth installment of The Music of Nashville soundtrack series will be released on May 6, too.

All of the stars featured on the tour will perform on the new ABC concert special, Nashville: On the Record, airing April 23 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Rascal Flatts Announces Track Listing for “Rewind,” Due out May 13

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has released the track listing for their new album, Rewind, due out May 13. The project features the hit title track and 12 other songs from Nashville’s top songwriters.

The deluxe version, available exclusively at Target, includes four additional tracks, starting with “Compass.” Not to be confused with Lady Antebellum‘s hit of the same name, Flatts’ song “Compass” is featured in the new movie Heaven Is for Real, in theaters April 16.

Of note, Shay Mooney of new duo Dan + Shay wrote two songs on the new Flatts album. Eric Paslay had a hand in writing “Rewind.”

Here’s the full track listing for Rewind:

“I Have Never Been to Memphis”
“DJ Tonight”
“Powerful Stuff”
“Night of Our Lives”
“I Like the Sound of That”
“I’m on Fire”
“Life’s a Song”
“Honeysuckle Lazy”
“The Mechanic”

Deluxe Tracks:
“She Must Like Broken Hearts”
“Bring the Family”

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Shakira and Blake Shelton to Duet, George Strait to Make Major Announcement on ACM Awards

ACMShakira will join Blake Shelton on the 49th Annual ACM Awards to perform their duet, “Medicine.” The song appears on Shakira’s new, self-titled album. Look for George Strait to make a major announcement about the ACM’s upcoming 50th anniversary show during this year’s ACM Awards, too.

Blake Shelton co-hosts the ACM Awards with Luke Bryan this Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Jason Aldean‘s debut single from 2005? ANSWER: “Hicktown.”

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Brett Eldredge’s Social Media Relationship with Fans Pays Off with ACM Nomination

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has spent years building a strong relationship with his fans via social media, and now that relationship has paid off with an ACM New Artist of the Year nomination.

Speaking of the fans who voted him into that category, Brett tells ABC News Radio, “All those late night I’m like, sitting on Twitter and Facebook, like, talking with my fans. Like, ‘I’m up at 1 a.m. Is anybody else up?’ Then all of a sudden 40 people hit you up, ‘I’m just getting ready to start the second shift.’”

Brett goes on to say this nomination is a huge step in his career.

“If I could go up there and win that and share it with my fans, that would be a cherry on top of the cake,” he says before reconsidering that statement. “I don’t know if it’s on the cake. Whatever it’s on.”

Brett is up against Justin Moore and Kip Moore for ACM New Artist of the Year. Voting is open now at The winner will be announced on the 49th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA new preview of Brad Paisley‘s role on CBS’s The Crazy Ones is now posted at The episode airs Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Love and Theft‘s Stephen Barker Liles will marry his fiancée, Jenna, on August 24 in Nashville, according to Country Weekly. They welcomed a baby boy named Jett last December.

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Gary Allan Reacts to “Huge” ACM Song of the Year Nomination

MCA NashvilleGary Allan says scoring a nomination for ACM Song of the Year for writing his #1 hit, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” is “huge.”

“I think that’s everybody’s goal deep down is that they want to be songwriters — at least me,” Gary tells ABC News Radio. “It was a magic cut for us too. I wrote it with friends. I produced that one, too. I produced it with my band, so it had a lot of firsts. That was the first #1 I’d written. “

Gary is headed out to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards this Sunday, and there’s one watering hole in Sin City he always likes to hit up.

Says Gary, “There’s a bar there called The Centennial that was built in, like, the 1800s that’s really cool. It’s just kind of off a little dirt road.”

Gary is also a huge fan of the Cirque du Soleil shows.

“That’s my favorite thing to do,” he says. “I’ll try to catch one at 7 and one at 10 every time I’ve got the option.”

The 49th Annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Darius Rucker Talks About the Highs and Lows of Playing Roulette in Las Vegas

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker is headed to Las Vegas for the ACM Awards this coming weekend, and there’s a chance you’ll find him at a roulette wheel at one of the casinos while he’s in town.

Darius says, “Roulette’s a fun game, especially if you’re just playing the colors, and if you hit a number one time, you feel like you’re on top of the world. I mean it pays 36 to one. That’s pretty amazing.”

There is one big drawback to playing roulette for Darius.

“You can lose fast, and I don’t like losing fast,” he explains. “I don’t mind losing. I just don’t want to lose fast.”

Darius could be a big winner at the ACM Awards though. He’s up for Single and Vocal Event of the Year with Lady Antebellum for “Wagon Wheel.” The 49th Annual ACM Awards are Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Cole Swindell Braves the Cold to Hit the Links at Oklahoma City Country Club

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell braved cold temperatures to play a round of golf Friday in Oklahoma City, OK. Before he hit the links, Cole posted an Instagram picture of his Georgia Southern University golf shirt with the caption, “I did a lot better playing the bars there that I would’ve playing golf.”

He added, “Little chilly out…but this course makes up for it.”

According to his hashtag, Cole played the Gallardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. He went on to perform at the city’s Diamond Ballroom Friday night.

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Jason Aldean Convinces Baseball-Playing Pal Adam LaRoche to Join Twitter

Greenroom PRFans of Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will want to follow their buddy, Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, on Twitter. While Adam hasn’t posted anything just yet, it seems Jason helped convince him to join the world of social media.

Jason tweeted Thursday, ” My boy Adam LaRoche finally got a [T]witter account… He needs some followers, so yall go follow @e3laroche and tell him JA sent ya. Lol.”

Jason, Luke and Adam are all affiliated with the Buck Commander organization along with Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson. Luke is often seen wearing a hat from Adam’s E3 ranch in Kansas.

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