Florida Georgia Line Opens Up Like Never Before on CMT “Inside Fame”

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line open up like never before in a new installment of CMT’s biography series, Inside Fame. The guys address their critics, who have labeled their brand of music “bro country,” and the duo’s Tyler Hubbard speaks for the first time about the helicopter crash that took his father’s life. The special also features personal photographs and childhood video footage from FGL.

The band’s musician pals Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, and “Cruise” collaborator Nelly all sit down for exclusive interviews about FGL’s rise to stardom.

Florida Georgia Line’s Inside Fame episode airs Thursday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Dierks Bentley Playing Bluegrass SuperJam at Bonnaroo Next Month

Greenroom PRDierks Bentley is headed to Bonnaroo next month for the Bluegrass Situation SuperJam. The annual festival in Manchester, Tennessee takes place June 12 through 15. Dierks joins his bluegrass pal Bryan Sutton as well as  Shovels & Rope, Sarah Jarosz and more for the group performance.

For more details go to Bonnaroo.com. Dierks launches his Riser tour Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood to Sing “Somethin’ Bad” on Billboard Music Awards

Dick Clark Productions/ABCMiranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are set to debut their new duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The rocking song appears on Miranda’s new album, Platinum, due out June 3.

Miranda says, “I’m a huge Carrie Underwood fan.  ‘Somethin’ Bad’ Is a meshing of our styles and there aren’t many female collaborations in our format so I’m really excited to be debuting it on the Billboard Awards.”

Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will perform on the Billboard Music Awards, too. The show airs live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich R&B legend joined Hunter Hayes on stage at the ACM Awards last year? ANSWER: Stevie Wonder.

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Kip Moore Eager to Learn from Tim McGraw on the Sundown Heaven Town Tour

MCA NashvilleKip Moore heads out on the road with one of his heroes, Tim McGraw, this week on the Sundown Heaven Town tour. Before Kip discovered Tim’s music, he mostly listened to rock acts like Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen. The “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” singer plans to study McGraw’s live shows all summer long.

“I am eager to learn something from this tour,” Kip tells the Fresno Bee. “I’m always trying to find out what made me fall in love with an artist.”

The Sundown Heaven Town tour kicks off Thursday night in Fresno, CA. Cassadee Pope joins Kip and Tim on the bill.

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Scotty McCreery Robbery Suspect Turns Himself In; Search Continues for Two Other Suspects

Mercury NashvilleA 19-year-old suspect has been charged in the home invasion-style robbery that victimized Scotty McCreery early Sunday morning.

According to ABC affiliate WTVD-TV, Mikkail Jamal Shaw turned himself in Tuesday night in Raleigh, NC and was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. The search continues for two other suspects.

Raleigh police report more than $1,600 worth of cash, wallets and electronic items were stolen, including Scotty’s iPhone. No one was hurt in the robbery.

As previously reported, Scotty declined to comment much on the incident in a statement, due to the ongoing police investigation. He did thank the Raleigh police department for their quick response and hard work.

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Reba, Carrie, Kacey, Darius and Brantley Wow the Crowd at Keith Urban’s We’re All for the Hall Concert

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban once again brought together some of country music’s biggest names for his fifth annual We’re All for the Hall Benefit concert Tuesday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.  Keith sang his latest hit, “Cop Car,” during the show in addition to leading the backing band with Vince Gill.

Country’s leading ladies were front and center throughout the night with Reba sharing the stories behind two of her major hits, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and “I’m a Survivor,” as she performed them.

Even though Dolly Parton only appeared via a pre-taped video message, her influence was strongly felt as Kacey Musgraves covered Dolly’s late-’70s hit, “Here You Come Again.” Carrie Underwood also paid tribute to Dolly, singing “I Will Always Love You” before launching into a rocked-out rendition of “Last Name.”

Brantley Gilbert got the crowd rocking with “Bottoms Up” before breaking things down with a new ballad, “Grown Ass Man.” Look for those songs on his new album, Just As I Am, due out May 19.

Kip Moore premiered a brand-new song, “My Baby’s Gone” and also delivered his latest single, “Dirt Road.” David Nail started off his two-song set singing “Whatever She’s Got” and then welcomed Lee Ann Womack to sing their duet version of Glen Campbell’s “Galveston.”

Brett Eldredge was on hand to sing “Beat of the Music” and “Mean to Me” from his album, Bring You Back. Mary Chapin Carpenter and Deana Carter sang their big ’90s hits, “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “Strawberry Wine,” respectively.

Darius Rucker told the story of writing his first #1 country hit, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” and then closed out the night performing “Wagon Wheel” with the full cast joining him onstage for a sing-along.

This year’s show brought in an estimated $600,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry‘s signature hit, “If I Die Young,” has been certified quintuple platinum for five-million digital sales and streams.

Kellie Pickler performs “Closer to Nowhere” on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night at 10 ET. First lady Michelle Obama also makes a cameo on tonight’s show.

Willie Nelson wrote the bulk of the new songs on his upcoming album, Band of Brothers, due out June 17. The project also includes Willie’s cover of the Vince Gill hit, “Whenever You Come Around.”

Country newcomer Leah Turner‘s new self-titled EP is now available digitally featuring her new single, “Pull Me Back.”

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Martina McBride Showing Off Her Soulful Side on Everlasting Tour

Vinyl RecordingsMartina McBride wants her fans ready to dance and have a good time when they come see her Everlasting tour. The trek launches Thursday in Kansas featuring a full horn section and R&B vocalists backing her up on the soulful tracks from her new album, Everlasting.

Martina tells ABC News Radio, “When I was making this record, I wanted to make a record that, when people hear it, they say, ‘I have to go see that live. I want to see that.’”

The set list is made up of Martina’s take on soul classics like “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and “What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted” mixed in with her big hits “A Broken Wing” and “When God-Fearing Women Get the Blues.” Those songs from her back-catalog will be re-imagined to fit in with the rest of the show, though.

“The songs will sound a little bit different,” Martina explains. “I mean, just arrangement-wise and instrumentation-wise, but they’ll still be obviously recognizable. And I feel like after 20 years, it might be a welcome thing for people who have come to a lot of shows to hear things in a little bit different way.

Martina includes her modern covers of Pink‘s “Perfect” and Sade‘s “By Your Side” in the new show as well. Go to MartinaMcBride.com for a full list of dates.

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Hunter Hayes Overcomes the Sophomore Album Jitters with New Release, “Storyline”

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes admits he felt a lot of pressure when he started work on Storyline, the follow-up to his platinum-selling, self-titled debut album. A lot of that stress came from people asking him if he was worried about the sophomore jinx.

Hunter says, “When somebody mentions that, you panic, ’cause you’re like, ‘Oh, wow, I didn’t think about it that way.’”

Once Hunter started work on Storyline, he let go of the pressure and got excited about making new music. Earning multiple industry awards and scoring #1 hits from his first album helped him in the recording process for Storyline, too.

“If anything, there’s more excitement,” Hunter explains. “There’s more confidence, and by confidence, I mean, in telling your story and baring your soul in these songs. You feel so much better about doing so after what we experienced with the debut record.”

Hunter experimented with his touring band creating new sounds for Storyline, but fans of his debut project will find plenty of familiar elements on the album.

He says, “I’m not in a rebellious place of like, ‘I have to do something off-the-wall different,’ but I’m also very cautious to not repeat myself too, too much.”

Storyline features Hunter’s latest hit, “Invisible.”

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