Brantley Gilbert Teams with “Hell on Wheels” for New Sweepstakes

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert has teamed up with AMC’s Hell on Wheels to offer fans a chance to win passes to see him in Nashville.

Brantley and his pals are performing a private acoustic show and meet-and-greet, and the grand prize includes tickets to that show, along with airfare and hotel accommodations in Music City.

Go to to register for the sweepstakes. Hell on Wheels airs Saturday nights at 8 ET on AMC.

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Lady Antebellum Performing at Grand Ole Opry Birthday Bash Kickoff October 10

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will help the Grand Ole Opry kick off their Birthday Bash Weekend with a performance Friday, October 10. The party continues all weekend long with Opry stars Craig Morgan and Trace Adkins also slated to perform.

Go to for tickets to the Birthday Bash shows.

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Jason Aldean Named Most Downloaded Male Country Artist in History

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean has been named the Top Male Country Artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America’s Digital Gold and Platinum Awards, with 21.5 million song downloads and on-demand streams.  He was presented with a plaque recognizing the milestone at a recent tour stop on his Burn It Down tour.

Jason says, “This is such a huge honor, and one that everyone on my team earned together. I love country music, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else…there was never a Plan B for me. I can’t thank the RIAA or country music fans enough for helping us get to this level. It’s unbelievable!”

Jason’s latest single, “Burnin’ It Down,” is already shaping up to be a big seller. Look for a new album from Jason later this year.

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Frankie Ballard Launching Light ‘Em Up Tour October 16

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard heads out on his Light ‘Em Up tour starting October 16 in Minneapolis. New band A Thousand Horses joins Frankie on the bill.  David Nail will co-headline a few dates with Frankie, too.

“So pumped to be taking my full show on the road this fall,” Frankie says. “Killer venues, all my buddies and no rules … I feel like somebody gave me the keys to the castle!”

Frankie’s tour continues through a December 13 show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Here are Frankie’s tour dates:

10/16 — Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
10/17 — St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
10/23 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/24 — Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom
10/25 — Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room (with David Nail)
10/30 — Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/1 — Detroit, MI, Fillmore
11/8 — Boston, MA, House of Blues (with David Nail)
11/13 — Philadelphia, PA, Theater of the Living Arts
11/14 — Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
11/15 — Washington, D.C., Fillmore
11/19 — Houston, TX, House of Blues
11/20 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
11/22 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
11/28 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
12/6 — Seattle, WA, Neptune
12/11 — San Diego, CA, House of Blues
12/12 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
12/13 — Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues

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Taylor Swift Posting Cryptic Videos on Instagram; New Music on the Way?

Image Courtesy Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has posted the first of several cryptic posts on Instagram, and some fans are speculating it could all point to a new music from the superstar.

In that first clip, Taylor’s finger is repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor, but the button won’t stay lit. The caption reads, “So, here’s your first clue.”

We’ll keep you posted on what becomes of Taylor’s Instagram guessing game.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert‘s hometown in Texas? ANSWER: Lindale.

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Joe Nichols Hangs His Hat Away from Nashville in Tyler, TX

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsTyler, Texas may not be a hotbed of country music, but Joe Nichols feels right at home since moving there in 2009. The city is about halfway between Shreveport and Dallas, and Joe is a big fan of the way of life in Tyler.

He tells ABC News Radio, “They’re all, for the most part, good people down there. It’s a good way of life. The cost of living’s pretty good. Nothing to complain about. Like, I said, it’s a pretty awesome place.”

Once he’s done with a run of concerts, Joe’s tour bus takes him straight to Tyler for a little rest and relaxation with his wife, Heather, and their daughters.

“I travel so much anyway, going somewhere to relax doesn’t feel near as relaxing as just going to my house, my home, my couch, my bed, my yard,” Joe explains. “Those are things that kinda relax me and make me feel like, ‘OK, I can go [tour] some more after a few more days of this.’”

Joe is playing several shows with Lady Antebellum later this month. Go to for a full list of tour dates.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals How Turning 30 Changed Her Life

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was already a multi-platinum country superstar by the time she turned 30 last fall. Still, celebrating the milestone birthday caused a shift in Miranda’s approach to just about everything, including the way she runs her growing business empire.

On top of her music career, Miranda also operates a boutique in Oklahoma, juggles several endorsement deals, runs a charity and has her own line of footwear.  Now that she’s 30, Miranda feels confident enough to keep all those business ventures up and running at the same time.  

“I want to be driving the ship, not just riding along,” Miranda says of her career. “When you’re in your 20s, you spend time trying to figure out what the ship’s even doing. Much less driving all the time.”

Leaving her 20s also prompted Miranda to get a handle on her diet and exercise habits and open up about her body image issues in the new song, “Bathroom Sink.” That track is featured on Miranda’s latest album, Platinum, which also contains songs addressing the media scrutiny surrounding her marriage to Blake Shelton.  

Miranda says of Platinum, “It’s setting me up for this whole next part of a journey that I’m going to be on personally and professionally. So, with all the weight stuff, and with the sound of the album and what I addressed in the subjects of the album, it all has comes back to one thing, and that’s just where I am in life.”

Of course, there are plenty of fun moments on Platinum, including Miranda’s duet with Carrie Underwood on “Something Bad.” Look for them to perform that song on the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special Tuesday night on ABC.

Of note, Platinum was just certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice will perform a benefit concert at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on August 19 to celebrate the release of his album, Ignite the Night, that same day. Proceeds go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraising campaign in honor of Chase’s late father.

Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” has been certified eight-times platinum.  Their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, has also been certified four-times platinum for sales of four million copies.

Congratulations to Kacey Musgraves on the gold certification of her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. Her debut hit, “Merry Go Round,” also has been certified platinum.

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New Duo Maddie & Tae’s Role-Reversal Video for “Girl in a Country Song” Goes Viral

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupThe video for new duo Maddie & Tae‘s debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” has already racked up more than three million views on Vevo just days after it went live. The role-reversing clip features the duo singing their song while guys are forced to strut around in cut-off jeans and mid-riff tops.

Look for the duo to make their national TV debut on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on August 11.

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