Miranda Lambert Ups Her Cool Factor with Little Big Town Singing on “Smokin’ and Drinkin'”

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is obviously a huge Little Big Town fan since she covered their song, “Girl Crush,” during a club show earlier this year in Nashville. Now that she’s got the vocal group singing with her on her new single, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda feels like she’s truly winning at life.

“It’s not really fair to add Little Big Town [to a song] because you’re immediately cooler,” Miranda says with a laugh. “You’re like, ‘Ha, ha, I have Little Big Town!’ You automatically have bragging rights if you can say you sang with Little Big Town.”

“Smokin’ and Drinkin'” is the latest single from Miranda’s Grammy-winning album, Platinum.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Appearing on New Ryan Seacrest Series, “Knock Knock Live”

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are teaming up with Ryan Seacrest to surprise some unsuspecting fans on Ryan’s new Fox series, Knock Knock Live.

The show enlists Kellie Pickler and a few other personalities to show up unannounced on people’s doorsteps across the country. Should they answer the door, the person living there might have a chance to win a prize, turn their wildest dream into reality or meet their favorite celebrities, like Luke or FGL.

Look for Knock Knock Live to premiere July 21 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Florida Georgia Line Takes You to Their Backstage Cornhole Tournament in New YouTube Clip

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line takes their cornhole games very seriously, as seen in Episode 17 of the duo’s Inside the Line YouTube series.

The clip features footage from FGL’s band and crew’s backstage cornhole tournament, complete with custom-made cornhole boards and bags. Though the duo’s Brian Kelley participated in the competition, he didn’t end up winning the tournament.

The rest of the episode features footage from one of Florida Georgia Line’s headlining shows. They’re on the bill for Luke Bryan‘s big stadium show at Vanderbilt in Nashville this Saturday night.

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Unveils Shorter Haircut for Summer

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott is rocking a shorter haircut for summer. She posted a picture of her new hairdo on Instagram with the caption, “New hair today…thanks [Lee at Style House Salon in Nashville] for my color and trim!! #nofilter #newhairnewday #gotmyhairdid.”

Look for Hillary to be showing off her new, shorter cut when Lady A’s Wheels Up tour plays San Diego Friday night.

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New hair today….thanks @stylehousesalon [Lee ??] for my color and trim!! #nofilter #newhairnewday #gotmyhairdid ?????

A photo posted by Hillary Scott (@hillaryscottla) on Jul 6, 2015 at 7:03pm PDT


Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Headlining All for the Hall Fundraiser October 6 in New York

CMACarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are headed to New York City’s Times Square Best Buy Theater to play a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  All for the Hall New York is set for Tuesday, October 6, and Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill join Carrie and Brad for the informal, guitar-pull style show.

VIP tables and individual tickets for the show are now on sale at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/afthny.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDavid Nail kicked off his last album, I’m a Fire, with a #1 hit single. Name the song? ANSWER: “Whatever She’s Got.”

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Brantley Gilbert’s Wife, Amber, Says He’ll Be a Pushover with Their Kids

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert and his new wife, Amber, got married late last month at his home in Georgia. Now, they’re starting to think about having kids, but Amber has a feeling Brantley won’t be the one disciplining the children as they grow up.

“She says I’m gonna be putty,” Brantley explains. Amber points to the lack of discipline Brantley gives to his dog, Sylo, as evidence of her claim.

“He can’t do a whole lot wrong,” Brantley says with a laugh, “He’s a pitbull, but he’s cute as hell.  I don’t know how that works. He’s just awesome, and she says I let him get away with anything. I’m just gonna be worse with kids.”

Brantley and Amber are enjoying some time off this week. He heads up to Philadelphia on Saturday to join Eric Church on the bill for Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival Tour stop at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlan Jackson releases his new single, “Jim and Jack and Hank,” to country radio this week. It’s included on his new album, Angels & Alcohol, due out Friday, July 17.

The 49th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 4 on ABC. Steven Tyler will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America to announce the final nominees on Wednesday, September 9.

Tanya Tucker sits down for an interview on PBS’s Tavis Smiley talk show this Friday night. Check local listings for air times.

David Nail has released “Tonight’s on Fire” as the lead single from his upcoming studio album.

Old Dominion new video for “Break Up with Him” was inspired by the classic ’80s film, Back to the Future. Check it out this Wednesday on CMT.

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Canaan Smith Says Communication Is Key in His Marriage to Wife, Christy

UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith was inspired to write his breakthrough hit, “Love You Like That,” about his wife, Christy. They tied the knot in September 2014, and Canaan says their marriage comes first in his life. They’ve also grown a lot in the past few months while living together as man and wife.

“We’re learning, basically, how to be better human beings through marriage,” Canaan tells ABC Radio. “That’s one of the best things it teaches you. It points out your imperfections so that you can become better and help somebody else become their best version of themselves, too. She does that for me on a daily basis.”

One big area Canaan has been working on with Kristy is paying attention to the day-to-day details of running a home.

He explains, “I’m no good at details! I’m used to a tour manager just saying, ‘Here. Go there. Go there.’ But in a marriage and in a real-life situation, you have to have factual details and communicate those to be successful.”

So, how is Canaan doing when it comes to paying attention to the details? He says, “We’re doing better.”

“Love You Like That” is included on Canaan’s debut album, Bronco, available now.

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Newcomer Chris Janson Has Already Played the Grand Ole Opry More than 100 Times

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson‘s name may be new to you if you’re just hearing his breakthrough hit, “Buy Me a Boat,” on the radio. If you’ve been to a show at the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Chris perform on the show. He’s already played the Opry more than 100 times and is now considered an Opry regular.

Performing on that stage gave Chris a leg up on building a fan base. He tells the Hartford Courant, “The Grand Ole Opry is definitely attributed to putting a platform of fans in front of me at the same time, from all different places around the globe. And it’s pretty cool because it’s like a tour in one room.”

Thanks to the success of “Buy Me a Boat,” Chris has landed a spot on Toby Keith’s latest tour. Go to ChrisJanson.com for a list of tour dates.

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