Writing “I Don’t Dance” Signaled the Start of Lee Brice’s New Album

Curb RecordsWhen he wrote his latest top 10 hit, “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice says he knew it was time to start a new record.

“We could’ve come with another single or two off of Hard 2 Love, and the label actually really wanted to,” he recalls, “but I asked them, I said, ‘Guys, I feel like the next step [is] these songs — this next record.’”

Lee says the song took a change in his personal life and carried it through to the music he was making.

“That’s where I was at in my life… I was getting married, having a new young’un. Every part of my life, the joy of my life came from home. So, it just fell out all over a lot of the songs that I was writing,” he says.

You can hear those songs when I Don’t Dance the album comes out September 9.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne shot their first music video in their hometown of Deale, Maryland, for their hit, “Rum.”

Striking Matches opens for headliner Josh Turner October 15 at the 17th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights. The show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium benefits the local alcohol and drug addiction center.

Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle contribute covers to Look Again to The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. The August 19 release pays tribute to the golden anniversary of the Man in Black’s classic 1964 album.

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley to Host Hometown Charity Event With His Brothers

Capitol NashvilleThis year, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his brothers will host their first-ever Kelley Brothers & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament & Concert near their hometown of Augusta, Georgia. The October 27 event kicks off on the golf course that morning, and wraps up with Lady A headlining a concert that evening.

Proceeds will benefit local charities, including an endowment named for their father, who’s a retired cardiologist. Charles’ brother Josh is in the music business as well, while his brother John does construction and development in North Carolina.

Tickets go on sale July 22 at TheKelleyBrothers.com.

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Blake Shelton Brags About How Miranda Lambert Has Helped His Hometown

CMABlake Shelton says his marriage to Miranda Lambert had an unforeseen silver lining– it revitalized the economy of his hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. After relocating to Tishomingo, Miranda opened her store, The Pink Pistol, in November of 2012.

“I think it’s great what it’s done for the community and the people there love it, and I’m proud of her when you do drive through,” Blake boasts. “If you could have seen a picture of downtown Tishomingo four years ago and see it now, it would blow your mind. It’s unbelievable. It went from absolute ghost town with tumbleweeds and skinny dogs walking up and down the street to, it looks like Pigeon Forge or something around there now. And that is all centered around The Pink Pistol. It’s amazing what it’s done.”

The star of The Voice is quick to admit he really can’t take much credit for the renaissance the little town has experienced. In fact, Blake says it’s become such a big deal he tries to avoid it.

“It’s my wife. I mean, she owns and operates and has a personal touch on The Pink Pistol… I have nothing to do with it. In fact, when I go, I purposefully drive way around it,” he jokes.

Blake gets serious for a moment as he considers what Miranda’s store has meant to his neighbors.

“It’s changed people’s lives in that area. I mean, in a town that there was basically no jobs, it really has turned it around, and it just keeps getting better. People want those pink t-shirts!”

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Kellie Pickler Set to Play a Yam in New “VeggieTales” DVD

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First, she was the Dancing with the Stars champion. Now she’s playing a sweet potato. This fall, Kellie Pickler makes her debut as a yam named Mirabelle in a forthcoming feature-film-length installment of the popular animated children’s series VeggieTales, starring alongside Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

The former American Idol contestant lends her voice as the lead singer of a family band of sweet potatoes in the winter-themed Beauty and the Beet. Kellie also performs seven original songs in the film which will be available October 14 both on DVD and via iTunes. The songs also will be available separately on a holiday album also due October 14, and includes a special rendition of “Deck the Halls.” 

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Billy Currington Feels Pressure To Be More Social

Mercury NashvilleIf you’ve noticed that Billy Currington‘s not quite as active on social media as some other country stars, he says it’s no accident, partly due to his private nature.  “I like [to keep] a little more to myself sometimes. More than others, I’m sure, but that’s just me,” he laughs.

Billy says he does enjoy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — just not as much as his manager wants him to. “I know people that I’m working with wish I was on it more. I hear that quite a bit, and that makes me not want to be a part of it sometimes,” he confesses. “I like it, when I want to use it, I’ll use it, and when I don’t, I don’t. “

This Saturday night, Billy plays Stockdale, Texas — though he won’t necessarily be tweeting about it.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Billy Currington‘s first top ten hit? ANSWER: “Walk A Little Straighter,” in 2003.

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Garth Brooks Reveals World Tour Opening Date Details

Mark TuckerOn Monday, Garth Brooks revealed that he’ll be kicking off his world tour in Chicago.  Now, he’s revealed details of that show.

Garth will perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on September 4.  It’ll mark the first time he’s played the Chicago area in 17 years.  Tickets go on sale next Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster; there’s a six-ticket limit.  With tax and service charges, tickets will set you back $65.50 apiece, which isn’t bad, considering the fact that Garth hasn’t done an extensive tour in 13 years.

Speaking about why he’s chosen the Chicago area to begin the trek, Garth said in a statement, “As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’  Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list ALWAYS includes Chicago.  It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!”

Joining Garth on the bill for the show will be his wife, fellow Grammy-winner Trisha Yearwood.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDwight Yoakam‘s latest single is a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s hit “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

Ashley Monroe is back home after being hospitalized over the weekend for a severe kidney infection.

Comedy Central’s latest edition of Drunk History features the story of how Kris Kristofferson got Johnny Cash to record “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” You can catch the show Tuesday night at 10 ET.

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Justin Moore and Wife Welcome Third Daughter

Kristin BarloweJustin Moore and his wife Kate welcomed their third daughter on Monday.

The couple tells People magazine in a statement they are “very excited to welcome Rebecca Klein Moore into the world. Both Mom and Klein are healthy.”

The baby’s named after her paternal great-grandmother, but will go by her middle name.

Klein joins big sisters Kennedy Faye, 2 1/2, and Ella Kole, 4.

Justin and his wife say, “Her two older sisters helped with her first bath and are thrilled to have a little sister! We are blessed.”

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