Brantley Gilbert Launching Second Career as a Deer Farmer

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert plans to make music for the rest of his life, but he’s found a rather uncommon interest to occupy the rest of his time: deer farming. It seems Brantley has been searching for something he might enjoy doing as he gets older, and his recently-retired hunting buddy, Wayne Green, turned him on to deer farming.

Thinking back on a recent hunting trip, Brantley says, “My tour manager Jeff asked Wayne, he says, ‘Wayne, what are you gonna do with the rest of your life now that you’ve retired and everything?’ and Wayne said, ‘Well Jeff, I’m gonna hunt and sell deer semen.’”

That conversation got Brantley thinking that breeding bucks might be a great way to continue his passion for deer hunting well into his senior years.  “I wouldn’t wanna be a major player in it,” Brantley says of the buck-breeding business, “but I found a place that’s, like, 275 acres, which is manageable.  But, it’s already high-fenced and stuff. We’re gonna raise some big bucks and breed ‘em and that sorta thing. Pretty excited about that.”

Brantley has plenty of years left before he retires to the farm, though. He’s currently on the Let It Ride tour promoting his new, hit album, Just As I Am.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrantley Gilbert co-wrote the title track for which one of Jason Aldean‘s hit albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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Tyler Farr Making First Morning Show Appearance Thursday to Perform “Whiskey in My Water”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr celebrates a big milestone this week with his first network morning show appearance. Look for him to perform “Whiskey in My Water” on the fourth hour of NBC’s Today with hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda.

“Whiskey in My Water” is the follow-up to Tyler’s debut hit, “Redneck Crazy.” He’s singing both of those songs on the road with Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour through this fall.

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David Nail Helps Coach High School Baseball Player to the Major Leagues

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail was going through a tough time a few years back when a friend invited him to help coach a summer high school baseball team just outside Nashville. Since he’d just lost his first record deal, David took the job.

He says, “I went out to help him and just fell in love with all of the kids and really just credit for kind of getting me through that period of time.”

Since David wanted to be a baseball player himself at one time, he’s been living vicariously through those players, who have now gone on to play college and minor league baseball. One of the players, Taylor Hill, just got called up from the minor leagues to play for the Washington Nationals this summer.

Says David, “It’s neat to see other people, especially something that’s so difficult and the odds are so against you in that, I guess, business, to see them work their rears off from the very, very low rungs of the minor leagues, to climb that ladder and to achieve that dream.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJoe Nichols just passed the one million likes mark on his official Facebook page.

Eric Church celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown,” with a party in Nashville Tuesday. Eric’s publisher presented him with a custom wooden plaque of his home state of North Carolina with his hometown of Granite Falls marked on it.

Kenny Rogers has a little fun with his signature hit, “The Gambler,” in a new Geico commercial explaining why it gets old fast to play cards with the Country Music Hall of Fame member.

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Martina McBride Reveals Cover of Her New Entertaining Guide, “Around the Table”

Image Courtesy Harper CollinsMartina McBride revealed the cover for her new cookbook and entertaining guide, Around the Table, via Twitter this week. It’s due in stores October 7, but you can already pre-order the book at the Harper Collins website.

Martina often hosts big parties at her home in Nashville, and she’s excited to share her best tips and recipes with everyone in Around the Table.

“I have a passion for food and entertaining so I’m excited to be putting everything I love into the pages of my new book,” Martina says. “The response from fans to the cover on Twitter this morning was incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see the full book.”

Martina is currently on the road with her 11-piece band touring behind her #1-selling album, Everlasting. Go to to see where she’s playing next.

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Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Mourns the Loss of His Nephew, Tyler

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentCondolences to Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook on the passing of his nephew, Tyler Holsted. Jimi posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a T-shirt bearing Tyler’s name. The caption reads, “In loving memory of my nephew @tylerholsted. You were and are an angel. I love you. JW.”

Tyler passed away June 29 due to a hereditary heart condition that also took the life of his younger sister, Chelsea. Last month, the members of Little Big Town all wore “Prayers for Tyler” T-shirts in another photo posted to their social media sites.

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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Billy Currington‘s duet with Shania Twain? ANSWER: “Party for Two.”

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Chase Rice Honoring Late Father with Debut Album, “Ignite the Night,” Coming Out August 19

Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleChase Rice will release his first full-length album, Ignite the Night, on August 19, which just happens to the birthday of his late father.

He says, “The fact that this album is coming out on my dad’s birthday makes it that much more meaningful. I hope I do him proud.”

The lead single from Ignite the Night is Chase’s gold-certified hit, “Ready Set Roll.” Chase is especially thankful  to the fans who have downloaded that song and bought tickets to his concerts.

“I wouldn’t have a career without them,” Chase says, “and I’m excited to get new music out so we can keep the party going.”

The regular edition of Ignite the Night includes 15 tracks, and a special iTunes Party Edition will feature four additional tracks.

Here’s the Ignite the Night track list:

“Ready Set Roll”
“Do It Like This”
“Beach Town”
“MMM Girl”
“Beer with the Boys”
“Carolina Can”
“We Goin’ Out”
“Gonna Wanna Tonight”
“Look at My Truck”
“U Turn”
“50 Shades of Crazy”
“What’s Your Name”
“How She Rolls”
“Jack Daniels & Jesus”

iTunes Party Edition tracks:
“Party Up”
“Country in Ya”
“Best Beers of Our Lives”

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Miranda Lambert Is Pretty in Pink with a New, Short Hairdo at “Automatic” Sock Hop Party

Image Courtesy ABC News RadioMiranda Lambert hosted a sock-hop party at Nashville’s aVenue Monday night to celebrate her latest #1 hit, “Automatic.”  Miranda dressed in a ’50s theme, wearing a pink, vintage dress and sporting a shorter, shoulder-length hairstyle. During the presentation, Miranda shared the stage with her “Automatic” co-writers, Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon, and thanked all the people who helped her take the song to #1.

“I’m overwhelmed right now with everything that’s going on in my life,” Miranda told those in attendance, adding, “and every day I wake up and pinch myself because I’m thankful and I’m scared and I’m excited. But I know that everybody in this room contributed in some way to every dream I have coming true right now, and I’m so thankful for that.”

After Miranda’s remarks, the honky tonk band Brazil Billy played as a few partygoers hit the dance floor.

Next up, Miranda hits the road on her Platinum tour next month. She posted an artist rendering of her elaborate new stage set on Instagram Monday.

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