Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Kenny Chesney‘s middle name? ANSWER: Arnold.

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Hunter Hayes Helps Michael Buble Warm Up for Sunday Night Show

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes surprised Michael Buble Sunday night dropping by the pop star’s dressing room prior to Michael’s show in Edmonton, Alberta. Michael even posted a video of Hunter joining him for a little vocal warm-up on Elvis Presley‘s “Love Me Tender.”

Hunter was ecstatic about the meeting. He posted a photo with Michael with the caption, “Yes I got to meet @michaelbuble yes I got sing w him yes I’m gonna drop his name every chance I get #legendary.”

Hunter has some down time for the next few weeks. He gets back on the road July 6.

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Keith Urban Seeing a Lot of New Fans at His Shows, Thanks to “American Idol”

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban loves watching the American Idol contestants grow as artists over the course of a season, but he’s also picking up a lot of new fans thanks to his role as a judge on the show. That means a lot of Idol viewers are coming to see Keith’s concerts for the first time.

“People can sort of discover our music that may not have heard about it through any other way,” Keith says. “The thing I like about shows like that is that people get to spend some time getting to know you separate to the music. When they come to the shows, they sort of feel like they know you a little bit. So, I’m a big fan of that.”

Fox has made it official: Keith, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. are returning to American Idol for the singing competition’s 14th season, which will premiere in early 2015. Ryan Seacrest will again join them as the show’s host.

American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane says in a statement, “I am delighted that our dream team of Jennifer, Keith and Harry is back for American Idol XIV. Their experience, humor and passion for new talent has made them one of Idol’s strongest-ever judging panels, and coupled with the expertise and charisma of Ryan Seacrest, we are ready to get out there to find the best talent in America.”

Keith is currently on tour in Australia. He begins a run of shows in North America starting July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney‘s new single, “American Kids,” hit #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart after it was released last week.

Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Life Is Beautiful festival this October in Las Vegas.

Carrie Underwood plays “Priscilla Parker” and Miranda Lambert is “Belle Boyd” according to the names on their mugshots in a screenshot from their new video, “Somethin’ Bad.” Look for the clip to premiere Wednesday.

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The Band Perry Leads Songwriting Session with ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers

Getty Images/ACM Lifting LivesThe Band Perry helped kick off the fifth annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp with a songwriting session Monday morning at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. The camp is open to individuals with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that that leads to intense musical ability or musical interest. That ability was on full display as the campers tossed out song lyrics and ideas with The Band Perry to write a song called “Bright Eyes.” The Perry siblings were inspired by the campers’ wiliness to just toss out ideas.

Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio, “Honestly, whether it’s with family like we do here in The Band Perry, or with some co-writing friends, yeah, you are kind of checking your ideas that you toss out, at least, I know I do that, but they were full-throttle. It was like, from the get-go, we had, like, a title and exactly what they were thinking and feeling.”

That willingness to be honest rings true with The Band Perry’s approach to songwriting lately.

“One thing that that we’ve really been trying to work on our songwriting is, you can write a pretty lyric, but is it honest? Do you truly believe that?” says Reid Perry. “So, it was really interesting seeing them. They had no filter and therefore, were very honest about what they wanted to say and what it made them feel.”

The campers were also honest when they didn’t love a song lyric or idea, too.

Kimberly says, “I remember one gentleman just say, ‘Hey, well just try it again. Just try it again, but maybe just a little different.’ I appreciated the honesty. That’s [the] number-one key in a songwriting session is being honest.

The campers have a full week ahead of them as they record “Bright Eyes” with Lee Brice at Nashville’s Ocean Way Recording Studio on Wednesday. They’ll end the week singing the song on the Grand Ole Opry Friday with up-and-coming country star Chris Janson. Wynonna, Brett Eldredge, Casey James and The Swon Brothers are also spending time with the campers this week.

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Justin Moore Rocking Out with Motley Crue’s Vince Neil on Next Single, “Home Sweet Home”

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking a bit of a left turn with his next single covering Motley Crue‘s “Home Sweet Home.” Crue front man Vince Neil sings with Justin on the track. It’s the first single from the upcoming country tribute to Motley Crue, Nashville Outlaws, due out August 19.

Justin recently shot a video for “Home Sweet Home” in Nashville with all the members of Motley Crue making an appearance. Look for the clip to premiere on Rolling Stone Country and Vevo on July 1.

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Carrie Underwood Back to Work After Spending a Week with Orphans in Haiti

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood just returned to the U.S. after spending a week working with orphans in Haiti. Carrie and her husband, Mike Fisher, teamed up with the Danita’s Children organization, which provides shelter, education and meals to children in need.

Carrie tweeted Monday, “Back to work now after an amazing week in Haiti with @DanitasChildren Such wonderful children & staff! I miss them…”

Fans can only hope Carrie is working on her new album this week. In the meantime, Carrie’s video with Miranda Lambert for “Something Bad” premieres Wednesday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country duo hosted the CMA Awards before Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took over? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn.

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Jake Owen Has a Lot of Toys on the Road with Him This Summer

Sony Music NashvilleFans who tuned into the 2014 CMT Music Awards got a peek at Jake Owen‘s beach-bar tour set from his current Days of Gold tour during his performance of “Beachin’.” The show features start-of-the-art lighting and production, but Jake took a few toys on his new tour to enjoy offstage, too.

He says, “I have a old-school woody Jeep. My dad, when I was a kid, had a Jeep wood side, woody. So, I bought one this past year and had it restored, and it’s baby blue. So, we’ll take that around with us.”

Jake also has some tricked-out golf carts to run around in backstage thanks to his friend, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. So, what does it take to haul all of Jake’s band, crew, tour set and toys around the country?

“Believe it or not, we have four trucks out this year on the road with us and four buses.”

Keep up with Jake’s tour schedule at

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Nashville Notes

Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town‘s new video for “Day Drinking” premieres Wednesday on

Zac Brown Band has added rising singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson to select dates of their Great American Road Trip tour this summer.

Tracy Lawrence will perform at Craig Morgan‘s 8th Annual Charity Event July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee.

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