Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDavid Nail is set to perform on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday, November 18.

Eric Church performs on PBS’s Austin City Limits this Saturday night at 9 ET. Rolling Stone has an exclusive preview of Eric performing “Springsteen” from the show.

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Dierks Bentley’s Airplane Buys Him More Time at Home in Between Shows

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley played a pilot in the CMA Award-winning video for “Drunk on a Plane,” and he’s no stranger to an airplane cockpit in real life either. Dierks actually flies himself to most of his shows in a small plane in order to spend more time with his family. That way he can leave Nashville the morning of a show instead of heading out on the bus the night before.

“You get an extra 12 hours, basically, which is a long time when you’ve got three kids,” Dierks explains. “That’s a whole other night to put ’em to bed. A whole other morning to make breakfast and do school and then you come into the gig fresh.”

Dierks actually started flight training back in 1994 and got his pilot’s license in 1997. After that, he had no reason or money to pursue flying anymore until his family started expanding.

Says Dierks, “I realized I can’t really afford to sit in the back of a private jet, but I could afford to learn how to fly and sit in the front left seat of a little prop plane and buzz around that way. So, it works out pretty good.”

Dierks now calls his plane “The Time Machine” because it buys him more time with his family. You can see where Dierks is flying next by checking out his tour schedule at

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Jason Aldean Nominated for Big Touring Honor at Upcoming Pollstar Awards

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour is up for Major Tour of the Year at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards. The ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Jason is nominated in that category against heavyweights including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z and Beyoncé.

Brantley Gilbert and Kacey Musgraves also scored nods in the Best New Tour Artist category. The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.

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Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes Performing on Christmas in Rockefeller Center December 3

Image Courtesy CMATrisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes will perform on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special coming up Wednesday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett also will sing on the show along with Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel and Seth McFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles. An additional hour of the special will broadcast in select NBC stations starting at 7 p.m. ET.

This year’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is an 85-foot tall Norway spruce from Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania. It’s about 90-years-old and weighs approximately 13 tons.

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Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban Performances Featured on Country Now

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleNew performances from Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are now live on Country Now, the country music-dedicated YouTube channel. The footage is taken from each artist’s Front and Center performance, airing this fall on Public Television in partnership with the Country Music Association.

Lady A performs “Downtown,” “Bartender” and their latest single, “Freestyle,” on Country Now. Dierks is featured singing “I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Home” and “Tip It on Back.” Keith’s performances including “Cop Car,” “Somewhere in My Car,” “Sweet Thing” and “Somebody Like You.”

Check local listings to see when the full Front and Center performances are airing in your city.

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Garth Brooks Announces First Boston Shows in More than 17 Years

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is returning to Boston for the first time in more than 17 years. Garth and Trisha Yearwood will play three shows at Boston’s TD Garden January 22, 23 and 24, 2015. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, November 21 through

Garth also released his new album, Man Against Machine, this week. He’s also joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under his own name, Garth Brooks.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Garth Brooks‘ studio album prior to his latest offering, Man Against Machine? ANSWER:  Scarecrow, released in 2001.

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Frankie Ballard Brings an Element of Danger to Country Music with Death-Defying Onstage Antics

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard isn’t afraid to climb up and play his guitar on top of a stack of speakers or stand on the edge of a theater balcony during his shows. It’s all part of his plan to bring the excitement of a rock show to his country audiences.

Frankie says, “The fans, they love it. That little element of danger, it happens in rock and roll all the time — people climbing up, jumping off stuff, breaking their arms and stuff. Country music needs a little bit of that, I think.”

So, what’s going on in Frankie’s head when he’s standing on the balcony with no net?

“I’m just hoping that there isn’t, some like, ex-girlfriend that’s gonna push me off the edge there,” Frankie says with a laugh. “No, it’s just so much fun.”

Being out in the crowd offers Frankie to get extremely close to his fans, too.

He adds, “The coolest part about climbing up on anything is looking down over at the crowd and you can get the perspective of the whole audience. That’s really cool, ’cause sometimes on stage you can’t really see everybody together, but up there you can.”

Frankie’s live show includes his latest hit single, “Sunshine and Whiskey.” Frankie has tour dates now through December 20 when he wraps up his 2015 trek in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and Others Perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C.

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band marked Veterans Day Tuesday by performing at the Concert for Valor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Carrie performed “See You Again,” “Something in the Water” with the Singing Sergeants Choir, and closed with “Before He Cheats.”

Zac Brown band deliver a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” and were joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl for a performance of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit “Fortunate Son.”

The concert aired live on HBO and also included performances from Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Metallica, Eminem and others.

Meryl Streep, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Cranston, George Lopez, Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities were also on hand to introduce the performances and narrate vignettes highlighting veterans.

The Concert for Valor was staged to increase awareness of veterans’ support groups, raise funds for veterans’ charities and honor the troops.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has joined Twitter with the handle @garthbrooks.

Kenny Rogers will kick off a final tour of Australia and New Zealand on January 23 in Sydney. He’ll play 12 shows before wrapping the trek up February 15.

Keith Urban will appear on HSN throughout the day Saturday to launch his new Night Star Guitar Collection. Keith launched his guitar collection through HSN one year ago.

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