Maddie & Tae Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloMaddie & Tae made their Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night performing their hit single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The night doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids.

Maddie says, “This moment is a dream … to be on the Opry stage where so many of our musical idols like Lee Ann Womack and Vince Gill have stood is just unreal.”

Tae adds, “And don’t forget the great duos like The Judds or Brooks & Dunn. As songwriters, this truly is an awesome and gratifying experience for the Grand Ole Opry to invite us to perform.”

Maddie & Tae met Brad Paisley backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, too. Their debut EP comes out November 4.

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Faith Hill Signs New Management Deal; Is New Music on the Way?

Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFaith Hill has signed with a new management company, Sandbox Entertainment. The company also represents Shania Twain, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Dan + Shay. Faith was previously aligned with Red Light Management, which also is the management company that represents her husband, Tim McGraw.

The move seems to signal Faith could be releasing a new album soon. Her last proper studio album, Fireflies, came out in 2005.

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Luke Bryan Gets a Big, Corny Tribute Just Outside Nashville

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan has received some big honors in the past few years, including an ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy, but some farmers near Nashville are paying tribute to Luke in a very big way.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, TN has created a corn maze designed in the shape of Luke’s face. That means fans can get lost in Luke’s nose, hair or those dreamy, dark eyes.

Honeysuckle Hill Farm has created corn mazes designed to look like George Jones and Johnny Cash in the past.  They unveil a new design each September. Go to to see the Luke Bryan maze.

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Jason Aldean Engaged to Girlfriend Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr on their engagement. A rep for Jason confirms to ABC News Radio he popped the question, and she said yes.

The couple went public with their relationship last June walking the CMT Music Awards red carpet together. We’ll keep you posted when more details are available.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDierks Bentley hails from which southwestern state? ANSWER: Arizona.

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Rascal Flatts Setting Sail with Carnival Cruise Lines for New Concert Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is teaming up with Carnival Cruise Lines to entertain fans prior to the Dallas Cowboys game on October 19 at AT&T Stadium. They’ll headline the Carnival LIVE concert that day before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Look for the Flatts to take part in the cruise line’s on-board Carnival LIVE Concert Series next year, too. Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride were among the stars performing in the inaugural concert series this year.

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Lady Antebellum Making Fans’ Dreams Come True with 7FOR7 Project Launching Monday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is launching the 7FOR7 project Monday to fulfill seven wishes for seven fans for seven days in celebration of their new album, 747, due out this Tuesday. The group posted a note on their social media accounts a few weeks back asking people to nominate Lady A fans who would love a surprise from the group.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott says, “A ton of great stories rolled in.   There are so many inspiring fans out there who we want to celebrate! We have some HUGE plans up our sleeves, and you never know where we might pop up!” 

Look for videos of Lady A making their fans’ dreams come true to start posting Monday. 747 includes Lady A’s latest #1 hit, “Bartender.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGuests at Dierks Bentley‘s Wednesday night #1 party  for “Drunk on a Plane” all wore fake mustaches, aviator sunglasses and pilot caps to look like Dierks’ character from the video. The signature cocktails served at the party included The Landing Strip, Stewardess’ Delight, Mile High Margarita and The Full Throttle.

Scotty McCreery ranks at #16 on Billboard‘s list of the Top 21 Under 21 people in music.

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Dierks Bentley Doesn’t Have Time to Get “Drunk on a Plane”

Image Courtesy Nino MunozIf you happen to see Dierks Bentley boarding a flight you’re taking, don’t assume you’ve found a new drinking buddy. Ever since he scored a big hit with “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks says people always expect him to tie one on every time he’s up in the air.

Dierks explains, “I’ve been on a lot of airplanes traveling all over the country, but it’s been like, we’ve been so busy and just too much work going on to get too drunk.”

Plus, the guy in “Drunk on a Plane” is nursing a big broken heart over his fiancée bailing on their wedding and honeymoon. When Dierks travels, he’s usually on his way to play a show or take care of some other business.

Dierks adds, “I don’t get drunk on every flight that I take. The song’s not even about that.”

Dierks did tip one back at his Wednesday night party at The Sutler in Nashville to toast “Drunk on a Plane” going to #1. The follow-up single is titled “Say You Do,” and both songs are included on Dierks’ latest album, RISER.

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“Nashville” Recap: That’s Me Without You

ABCABC’s Nashville returned for a third season Wednesday night with the answers to quite a few questions from last season’s cliffhanger.

Closeted country singer Will Lexington and his new wife, Layla Grant, decided to get a divorce after he came clean about being gay. Unfortunately, the producer of their reality show, Gina, has the footage of Will’s private confession, and tells them they have to continue their sham marriage or basically pay the network back for the cost of the show.

In order to get over the heartbreak of learning his girlfriend Juliette Barnes cheated on him with record label exec Jeff Fordham,  Avery Barkley headed out on a road trip out of Nashville to Mississippi with ex-girlfriend, Scarlett O’Connor, and her ex-boyfriend, Gunnar Scott. In the end, the three of them sorted out their problems after Avery got into a bar fight and headed back to Music City.

Avery will be shocked to learn Juliette is pregnant once he gets back home, though. Juliette had a breakdown while singing Patsy Cline‘s “Crazy” for a group of movie executives, but the suits liked her vulnerability portraying Patsy. She has a good shot at getting the role, but the doctor brought in to make sure her meds were regulated told her she would be delivering either Avery or Jeff’s baby in about nine months.

As for the reigning Queen of Country Music, Rayna Jaymes, she ultimately decided to stick with her engagement with fellow superstar, Luke Wheeler, over getting married to her long-time love, Deacon Claybourne. While thinking back on her stormy relationship with Deacon, Rayna realized Luke had been there for her all along when Deacon let her down.

A heartbroken Deacon performed a song he’d written for Rayna titled “I Know How to Love You Now,” during a live radio broadcast from the Bluebird Café. He knew she didn’t show up for the performance, that she’d turned him down for Luke.

Charles Esten, who plays Deacon on Nashville, actually co-wrote “I Know How to Love You Now,” and performed it live on Wednesday night’s broadcast. It’s the first time one of his self-penned songs has made it onto the show.

Charles tells ABC News Radio, “For me to know that something I wrote was able to get past the (Laughs) quality control that they have on this show, it wasn’t an easy thing. It’s the third season, and I sort of like that. It means that, hopefully, it means I earned it a little bit.”

He co-wrote the song with “Strawberry Wine” singer Deana Carter, and it ended up being the perfect soundtrack to Deacon and Rayna’s love story.

“I know that Deana and I put a whole lot of work and heart into it,” Charles says. “So, this is just unbelievable to get to do this.” 

Florida Georgia Line performed their new single “Dirt” at the end of the show with Charles onstage as if they were performing with his character Deacon at the Bluebird cafe.

The new songs from ABC’s Nashville are now available for download at iTunes. The show returns next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern time.

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