Josh Turner Performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in Honor of the Song’s 200th Anniversary

MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is one of the artists singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Saturday as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s celebration of the song’s 200th anniversary. Josh has recorded a special video version of the national anthem that will be posted to Saturday as part of a live Flag Day event in Washington, D.C.

Speaking of the anthem, Josh says, “It was inspired by an actual event where our country was attacked, prevailed and our flag was still waving in the aftermath. It outlines what our flag stands for and why that’s so important. It is always an honor to sing it.”

Train, Phish and Patty Griffin are among the other acts performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” this Saturday.

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Jason Aldean Spends the Afternoon Fishing with Youngest Daughter, Kendyl

Photo Credit: James MinchinJason Aldean got in some quality time with his daughter Kendyl this week while fishing in Florida. Jason posted a picture on Instagram of himself holding a fish with his youngest daughter smiling by his side. The caption reads, “Gotta start em young. Kendyl rippin lips in Florida. #yougogirl.”

Jason is headlining the Burn It Down tour all summer long with special guest Florida Georgia Line. Go to for dates.

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Kip Moore Admits to Big Celebrity Crush on Shania Twain

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has a big celebrity crush on Shania Twain. In fact, her “Any Man of Mine” video is his favorite of all time.

Kip tells, “That’s when I discovered that we were meant to be together. She just doesn’t know it yet.”

Kip and Shania are on the same record label, so there’s a good chance he might get to meet her one day. Unfortunately for Kip, Shania tied the knot with her husband, Fred, in 2011.

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Sad Because Taylor’s Tour Is Over? She’s Got a Message for You

ABC/Chris HolloAfter 14 months and 86 concerts all over the globe, Taylor Swift‘s RED tour has finally come to an end. Her fans aren’t quite ready to let go, however, using the hashtag #LongLiveREDTour on Twitter to express their sadness about the fact that it’ll be a while before they get to see their idol rock the stage again.  That’s why Taylor’s taken to Instagram with a message designed to make them feel better.

Taylor wrote, “Just so you know….” and posted a photo of a piece of paper with this quote by author C.S. Lewis: “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

This is, we assume, a reference to the fact that Taylor will now have time to finish up her new album, which she said is “already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created.”  It’s due at the end of the year, and a slew of TV and magazine appearances will likely precede and follow its release, so cheer up, Swifties:  it won’t be long before you’ll have wall-to-wall Taylor in your life once again.

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Jon Pardi Letting Fans Decide the Outcome of His New Interactive Video, “What I Can’t Put Down”

Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi‘s new video, “What I Can’t Put Down,” features an interactive component that allows fans to decide what they want to drink at the bar, and which girl Jon dances with in the video. This special interactive version is available at, while the regular version is now airing on all digital platforms.

Jon says of making the clip, “We shot the video at Whiskey Bent Saloon downtown [in Nashville], which is cool because that’s where we started out playing years ago.”  Jon also got a chance to wear his black-and-white custom-made Manuel suits in the clip.

“What I Can’t Put Down” is the latest single from Jon Pardi’s debut album, Write You a Song, available now.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLee Brice had a hand in writing Garth Brooks‘ most recent #1 hit. What is the song title? ANSWER: “More than a Memory.”

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Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry’s Unlikely Musical Friendship Featured on “CMT Crossroads” Tonight

CMTKacey Musgraves deep friendship with Katy Perry will be on full display Friday night when their CMT Crossroads episode premieres. Though the pairing may seem a bit odd, Kacey insists she and Katy are more alike than you might think.

“If you look at it, she’s super whimsical, and I can be super whimsical with my light-up boots and my cactus and stuff,” Kacey says. “We’re songwriters, and the lyrics mean the most above all the fireworks.”

Fans tuning into the one-hour special will find the two collaborating on Katy’s hits “Roar” and “Teenage Dream” as well as Kacey’s “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Follow Your Arrow.” Covers of Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Dolly Parton‘s “Here You Come Again” round out the set list.”

Kacey adds, “It’s gonna be so much fun. I can’t even wait, and we have a tour coming up in August — the Prismatic World Tour. So, it’s crazy!”

CMT Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves premieres Friday night at 10 ET on CMT.

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“Thor” Star Tom Hiddleston to Play Hank Williams in Biopic

Buena Vista/Walt Disney StudiosTom Hiddleston, who starred in two Thor films and in Marvel’s The Avengers as the villainous Loki, will portray country music legend Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic.

An official release regarding I Saw the Light states the film will chronicle Williams’ “meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.”

Williams died of heart failure at the age of 29 after struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

Hiddleston will do his own singing in I Saw the Light, which will be based on a Hank Williams biography by Colin Escott. The film will be directed by Marc Abraham, who previously helmed the Greg Kinnear drama Flash of Genius.

Production on I Saw the Light will begin in Louisiana in October. A theatrical release date has not been announced.    

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVisitors to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville don’t have much longer to see Reba‘s All the Women I exhibit. It’s closing June 22.

Brad Paisley has contributed two songs to the new Disney Pixar film, Planes: Fire & Rescue, coming to theaters July 18. According to USA Today, Brad also makes a voice cameo as a heartbroken pick-up truck named Bubba.

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Lee Brice Taking It Easy with His Two Little Men This Father’s Day

Photo Credit: Joseph LanesLee Brice is constantly away from his family on the road, so he’s looking to spending a low-key Father’s Day with his two sons, Takoda and Ryker. His main goal is just to watch his two kids having a blast.

Lee tells ABC News Radio, “I just want to be with the family, man. We’re on the road so much that any chance I get vacation or time for myself is gonna be time with them.”

Lee is letting his wife Sarah plan the family’s Father’s Day activities but he has a feeling they’ll wind up at a water park or hanging out at the pool.

“I’m a water baby. I like water, so I’m OK with that,” Lee says.

On the music front, Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance, is due out September 9. The title track is now climbing the country chart.

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