Jason Aldean Says Having Multiple Country Stadium Tours Is “a Good Sign for Everybody”

CMAJason Aldean is playing the nation’s biggest stadiums with Kenny Chesney all summer long, but they’re not the only country acts headlining those massive venues. Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band also are playing stadium dates this summer, and Jason is very happy to see his peers selling so many concert tickets.

He says, “If you’ve got a few guys that can go out and are filling stadiums, that’s a good sign of where the business is — the touring side of it for sure in country music. That’s a good sign for everybody.”

Jason is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his self-titled debut album hitting stores. He points out that his fellow superstars Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood all came out as new artists around the same time. He goes on to explain that it takes about a decade to get enough hits to join the ranks of country’s touring elite, like his tour mate Kenny Chesney.

“I go out and listen to Kenny’s show, and he plays two hours, and I know every song’s been a #1,” Jason says. “It’s like, we haven’t had that luxury except for just recently.”

With newer acts like Florida Georgia Line selling out amphitheaters with their own headlining tour, Jason sees a bright future for country music on the road.

He says, “I think it’s in a good place. It’s fun to be a part of it.”

Check out JasonAldean.com to see where he’s playing next.

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Trisha Yearwood Says Her New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Is a Career “Milestone”

Country Music Hall of FameTrisha Yearwood worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville when she first moved to town, so having her own exhibit at the museum is a real “milestone” for the singer.

Trisha tells ABC Radio, “I loved walking through and seeing all the artifacts from all the country artists that came before. I love that museum. So, to be a part of it and to have an exhibit in there, I can’t even describe how much it means to me.”

The exhibit, titled Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, features awards and stage clothes from Trisha’s career, as well as both dresses she wore for her 2005 wedding to Garth Brooks. Several of the outfits were made by Trisha’s late mother, Gwen, who’s responsible for a lot of the items in the exhibit.

“My mom, who was the president of my fan club, she saved everything,” Trisha says. “So, going back and finding things to put into this exhibit has been really fun. And to see everything that she saved has been pretty amazing.”

Trisha was on hand for the exhibit opening last week at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and she returns Thursday afternoon for an in-depth interview and performance at the museum’s CMA Theater. Trisha has enjoyed sharing the display with her family and friends, and she looks forward to seeing what you have to say about it, too.

Trisha adds, “To the fans that have supported me over the years, I’m hoping that they’ll get a chance to go to the Hall of Fame and see it for themselves.”

Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When will be on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame through December.

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Chase Rice Reveals What It’s Like to Perform Onstage with His Hero, Kenny Chesney

EB Media PRChase Rice has had quite a few surreal moments since he shot to stardom in 2014 with his debut hit, “Ready Set Roll.” He’s experiencing that feeling even more frequently these days, now that he’s on the road with Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival tour. After Chase’s opening set, Kenny has been pulling him up onstage every night to close out the show with a performance of “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”

Chase tells the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, “I always have a moment [onstage] where I’m like, ‘That’s Kenny damn Chesney standing next to me.’ All I’ve had right now is one radio hit and I’m singing to 10,000 people in a place like Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That means so much to me.”

Chase is working on his second radio hit as his current single, “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” continues its climb up the country chart.

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Nominees Announced in 2015 Teen Choice Awards Country Song Category

Capitol NashvilleThe finalists in the Choice Country Song category of the 2015 Teen Choice Awards have been revealed as part of the ceremony’s second wave of nomination announcements. They are:

Luke Bryan, “Kick the Dust Up”
Florida Georgia Line, “Sippin’ on Fire”
Hunter Hayes, “21”
Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”
Megan & Liz, “That Ghost”
Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns.

Fan voting in the category is now open at TeenChoice.com through Friday, July 24. You can vote via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well using the hashtag #ChoiceCountrySong.

Teen Choice 2015 airs live Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook Explains Why They Don’t Do a “Greatest Hits” Show

Image Courtesy: Danny Clinch/ShorefireZac Brown Band has racked up an impressive run of hits at country radio since their 2008 debut with “Chicken Fried,” but if you go to see them live, don’t expect to hear every single they’ve ever released. The group is just as likely to throw in a cover of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” or Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” as they are to perform one of their #1 hits, such as “Colder Weather” or “Highway 20 Ride.”

“We could actually do a greatest hits show,” Zac Brown Band member Clay Cook tells Provo, Utah’s Daily Herald, “I think some of the people want to see that, but I think the reason people like us is we stretch out and do non-conventional things. We’re musicians. We’re not a jukebox up there on stage.”

Even if the band’s set list gets a little left-of-center, Clay thinks you’ll have a great time at a Zac Brown Band show regardless of your musical tastes.  He says, “We’re trying to build such an entertaining show that hopefully it won’t matter too much if you don’t know those particular songs.”

Zac Brown Band takes their Jekyll + Hyde tour to Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday night.

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“Buy Me a Boat” Singer Chris Janson Is Still Waiting for Someone to Buy Him a Boat

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Chris Janson is flying up the country chart with his top 20 hit “Buy Me a Boat.” The song is written from the point of view of a working-class guy dreaming of having enough money to buy a boat so he can have some fun in the sun. Chris says his life isn’t that different from that of the guy in the song, which is why he still depends on friends with boats to take him out on the water.

“That’s pretty much the way I keep it, ’cause they’re so darn expensive,” Chris tells ABC Radio, “and I’ve always heard great things and problematic things [about owning a boat], so I’m just sort of right in the middle.”

These days, Chris has no time to actually get out on a boat between touring the country opening for Toby Keith and raising his four kids with his wife, south of Nashville. Since “Buy Me a Boat” is such a hit, Chris is thinking he might be able to work out a deal with a boat company at some point.

He says with a smile, “If one shows up in my driveway for free, I might take it.”

All that said, Chris admits he doesn’t know that much about boats in the first place.

“Everybody just keeps telling me that you need a Malibu boat,” Chris says. “I want something I can take my kids on skiing, I can go fishing off of, and we could just sit around and lay in the sun.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton scored a #1 country hit with his cover of which Michael Bublé song? ANSWER: “Home.”

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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Shares Video of His Star-Studded Idaho Wedding

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard had quite a few of his country star buddies on hand for his wedding to new wife, Hayley, last week in Sun Valley, Idaho. In a video posted on People.com, Tyler’s seen posing for photos with guests Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Canaan Smith and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley.

Though he’s used to being onstage in front of thousands of fans every night, Tyler admits he was a “basket case” watching Hayley walk down the aisle. He says, “”I was super emotional. It was a very spiritual moment the first time I got to see her. It was beautiful.”

Hayley grew up in Idaho, so that location was a natural choice for the couple.  Tyler adds, “It’s heaven on earth. Mountains in the background, a little river and a bunch of really awesome people.”

As for the wedding reception, Tyler says it was rowdy as any FGL concert, and “Nobody needed encouragement to dance and have fun.”

Look for more details and photos from Tyler and Hayley’s wedding in the new issue of People, on sale this Friday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana performs a free show at The Grove in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 15 as part of the entertainment district’s Summer Concert Series.

Country newcomer Cam is making quite an impression with her new single, “Burning House.” She says of the track, “This song has had a life of its own since the day we finished writing it.  ‘Burning House’ is really a hard song to sing because it’s such a heavy, personal subject for me.  But I think the more vulnerable you feel about your lyrics, the more likely it is that you are saying something that needs to be said.”

Miranda Lambert has postponed her Thursday date at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome, due to serious inflammation of her vocal cords. She said in a statement, “I’m so sorry that I can’t be at Stampede this week, but I’ll be back in Calgary just as soon as I can for all of my Stampede fans.” She plans to reschedule the show in the Canadian city.

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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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