Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts will play the Grand Ole Opry on September 8 and 22.

Kelsea Ballerini loves her new single, “Dibs,” so much she named her new puppy after the song. Kelsea posted photos on Instagram posing with the adorable pup, Dibs, on Wednesday.

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my heart has officially melted into a puddle. meet my new pup, Dibs!

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on Jul 22, 2015 at 7:59am PDT


Frankie Ballard Happy to Have Hit Songs That Make People Dance

Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard is on track to score his third #1 hit from his album, Sunshine & Whiskey, as his latest single, “Young & Crazy,” continues its climb on the country airplay chart. He’s been releasing songs to country radio since 2010, but his career didn’t catch fire until his 2013 single, “Helluva Life,” topped the chart. He followed that up with the title cut from his latest album.  All three of Frankie’s hit singles have turned out to be up-tempo, feel-good songs. That’s been especially good for Frankie’s live shows.

He says, ” I’m so happy to have hits, period, but that they are fun songs and songs that people want to dance to and that they’re really excited to hear live, just does — it sounds goofy, but it does make it that much better. It’s an exciting thing, it’s a positive thing.”

You shouldn’t expect Frankie’s music to always put a smile on your face, though. He does write and record darker material, but he’s happy to establish this feel-good connection with his fans for now.

“I’ll have to release something serious that cuts deep at some time or another,” Frankie says, “but as far as for the Sunshine & Whiskey album, that seems to be the theme.”

Frankie is on the road with Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes tour all summer long, with shows in New Jersey and Virginia coming up this weekend.

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Miranda Lambert Returns to the Stage to Sing “Heart Like Mine” with Ashley Monroe

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert returned to the stage to sing “Heart Like Mine” with her friend and co-writer on the song, Ashley Monroe, Wednesday night at The Basement East in Nashville. It was Miranda’s first public appearance since she announced her divorce from Blake Shelton on Monday.

The duet was the unplanned encore to Ashley’s album release show for her new album, The Blade. Miranda came out wearing little makeup and exclaiming that she was only wearing her Target dress. She seemed to gain strength as the two swapped vocals.

The lyrics seemed to speak to Miranda’s resilient spirit, especially the first line of “Heart Like Mine”: “I ain’t the kind you take home to mama/I ain’t the kind to wear no ring.”

Ashley’s new album, The Blade, comes out Friday. Miranda will perform a full, sold-out acoustic show this Tuesday night at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville.

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Randy Houser Playing 55th Birthday Celebration for Famed Nashville Honky-Tonk, Tootsie’s

Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser and Montgomery Gentry‘s Troy Gentry are performing at the 55th birthday celebration for famed honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge October 21.

The party will take over Nashville’s Lower Broadway with an all-day concert. Jamey Johnson and Terri Clark are also on the bill,  Organizers expect a few special guests to show up throughout the day as well.

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Florida Georgia Line Surprises Five Lucky Fans with VIP Cruise This November

Fox/Katherine Bomboy ThorntonFlorida Georgia Line appeared on Fox’s new show Knock Knock Live Tuesday night surprise five fans with a VIP trip on their This Is How We Cruise this November. The guys also gave the lucky fans some FGL merchandise and some T-shirts from Brian Kelley‘s Tribe Kelley clothing line.

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard says of the experience, “It was such a cool moment to share with our fans. They were definitely surprised and I think there may have been a few excited tears.”

Brian adds, “To give back like this is a reminder of why we get to do what we love and we’re looking forward to hosting these fans on our cruise this fall. It’ll be another celebration for sure.”

To see a clip of FGL on the show, go to

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star is a co-writer on Lee Brice‘s hit single “Parking Lot Party?” ANSWER: Thomas Rhett.

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Lee Brice Opens Up About the Close Friend Who Inspired His Latest Single, “That Don’t Sound Like You”

Curb RecordsLee Brice wrote his latest single, “That Don’t Sound Like You,” after watching a close friend lose herself due to some bad romantic relationships.  Lee describes the woman as “a best friend that was the most alive and positive and secure person that I’d ever known.” While in those relationships, Lee and the woman didn’t keep in close contact, and he was shocked at how she was doing when they reconnected.

He explains, “By the time I ended up seeing her again, she was a completely different person, and I saw what these relationships had done to her. You know, it took a while for me to pull her back to her old self. I guess that’s just what this song is really about.”

“That Don’t Sound Like You” is the latest single from Lee’s studio album, I Don’t Dance, available now.

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Michael Ray Says It’s “Crazy” to Hear “Kiss You in the Morning” on the Radio Everywhere He Goes

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray literally has heard his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning,” become a nationwide hit in the past few weeks. While on the road, Michael and his band always tune in to the local country station in whatever town they’re playing that night. That means they’re hearing the song on the radio just about every hour now that it’s a top-five hit.

“A few times we’ve turn it on, like, right in the middle of, like, ‘Kiss You in the Morning.’ I’m going, ‘This is nuts,'” Michael says. “You know, this never gets real.”

The Florida native adds, “That’s not normal for me to be listening to myself [on the radio] in Oregon.”

While Michael and his team always believed in “Kiss You in the Morning” as the song to kick off his career, he thinks it’s “crazy” how fast the song has risen on the charts.

Says Michael, “For it to be going like this was just something I don’t think anybody was really expecting.”

“Kiss You in the Morning” is the lead single from Michael Ray’s self-titled debut album, due out Friday, August 7.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge is headed out to play shows in Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and California for the next few weeks. He tweeted Tuesday, “Bout to go out west! Gonna sing songs, go fishing, climb mountains and eat trail mix sandwiches.”

Zac Brown Band‘s Matt Mangano is profiled in a new article in Bass Player magazine. 

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Timeline of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce Confirmed Through Online Court Records

CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s actual divorce petition is sealed in Pottawamie County, Oklahoma, but some details of the divorce case have been made public online through the Oklahoma court system. Records confirm Blake filed for divorce on July 6, and the divorce was finalized on Monday, July 20.

It looks like Blake’s signature sense of humor is still intact, though. He posted his first post-divorce tweet on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “Just got off the treadmill. This calls for a drink. B****…” When a fan tweeted they couldn’t imagine Blake on a treadmill, he wrote back, “It looked like one of those messin’ with Sasquatch commercials…”

Blake returns to the concert stage Friday night at Country Jam USA in Wisconsin. Miranda performs a sold-out club show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on Tuesday, July 28.

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