Capitol NashvilleAny country fan would love to have Luke Bryan crash their party, but he’s showing up uninvited in some pretty awkward places in a new ACM Awards video series.
In one clip, Luke crashes a wedding reception and ends up cutting in on the couple’s first dance as man and wife. In another video, Luke crashes a baby shower and gives the expectant mother a framed photograph of himself as a gift.
These videos are meant to drive fans to vote for Luke as ACM Entertainer of the Year, a trophy he won at last year’s show. The polls are now open at VoteACM.com. Luke co-hosts the 49th Annual ACM Awards with Blake Shelton Sunday, April 6 on CBS.
TraceAdkins.comTrace Adkins‘ wife, Rhonda, filed for divorce Monday in Williamson County, TN citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking primary custody of the children’s three daughters as well as child support, alimony and legal fees.
Trace sought treatment for alcohol addiction in January after getting in an altercation with a Trace Adkins impersonator on a cruise ship. Trace left rehab in February to be with his ailing father, who passed away days after Trace reached his bedside. The singer returned to complete his treatment program after his father’s death.
Trace Adkins’ spokesperson did not return calls for comment.
ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan made a surprise appearance at Charlie Daniels‘ annual Scholarship for Heroes Event at Nashville’s Lipscomb University Tuesday night. The show raises money to provide scholarships and other education opportunities for veterans.
Luke told the crowd, “The sacrifices these veterans and their families have made help keep our country free. We should take care of them in whatever ways that we can, and that includes a good college education.”
Kellie Pickler, Clint Black and Lee Greenwood also performed at the fundraiser. For more information, go to Lipscomb.edu/Veterans.
CMABrad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Zac Brown Band are among the stars playing the Summerfest festival in Milwaukee, WI this summer. The event bills itself as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and runs June 25 through 29 and July 1 through 6.
Kip Moore, Scotty McCreery, Clay Walker and David Nail are also on the bill. Go to Summerfest.com for ticket information.
ABCThe music of ABC’s Nashville will be featured in a new one-hour music special airing Wednesday, April 23. The show’s stars Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio and Lennon & Maisy Stella will perform on Nashville: On the Record that night at 10 p.m. ET.
The special will be taped at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Bluebird Café, and several of the writers behind the music of Nashville will be featured on the show, too.
Sunshine SachsLast week, media reports had Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood moving from Oklahoma to Nashville permanently, but that’s not the case. Trisha tells The Tennessean the couple plans to maintain their home in Owasso, OK, but they’ll be spending more time in Nashville as Garth and Trisha embark on a big world tour in the coming years.
Trisha says, “Now everybody I run into in the grocery store in Oklahoma they’re l like, ‘I wanna make sure we see you before you leave.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s not exactly what’s happening.’”
For now, Trisha is gearing up for another season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She hopes to finish a new album by the end of the year as well.
Warner Music NashvilleBlakeShelton sings a duet with Shakira on her new, self-titled album. It’s called “Medicine,” and Shakira was inspired to write it after singing a duet of Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” on The Voice with Blake. Shakira then teamed up with some Nashville writers, who helped her create this country duet.
“I listened to the song, and it was amazing,” Blake says of hearing “Medicine” for the first time. “I immediately wrote back and I said, ‘Man, you wrote the song. That’s the style you like,’ which is kinda that mid-tempo, driving thing that Lady A kinda does. She definitely made it Shakira. So, I was honored she asked me to come sing on it.”
When Blake came in to sing his part, he was floored to learn Shakira had two other recording sessions running at the same time in other studios.
Blake says, “She thrives in that kind of environment. I would probably pass out. I don’t know what I would do, but she would come in and check and make notes and have ideas. I ended up getting it to, I think, where she could live with it.”
Litlte Big Town via InstagramLittle Big Town is almost finished with the follow-up to their platinum-selling album, Tornado. The first single should hit the airwaves in a month or two. The band’s Kimberly Schlapman says fans can expect a little bit of an evolution from their last record.
She tells ABC News Radio, “We don’t want to make the same record twice. But the songs that we wrote and were afforded this time from our songwriter friends, they’ve just blown us away. We had so many incredible songs to pick from.”
LBT has recorded the new album in an old church in East Nashville that’s been converted into a recording studio. The main tracking room is the old sanctuary, and the recording console is located on what used to be the pulpit.
Kimberly explains, “It’s just this huge room with the tall ceilings and a big cross hanging in the front. It’s like a church like I grew up in — a little Baptist church.”
She adds, “I love it. It feels warm and the sound is amazing in there.”
Look for Little Big Town to sing some of those new songs at the CMA Music Festival this June in Nashville.