Miranda Lambert Admits She Was a “Real Goody Two-Shoes” in High School

Photo Credit: David McClisterJudging from her hits “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Fastest Girl in Town,” you might assume Miranda Lambert was a wild child in school. In reality, Miranda describes herself back then as a “real goody two-shoes.”

She tells Entertainment Weekly, “I was a cheerleader. I sang in church, and was just straight down the middle. Then I started playing bars at 19 and was like, ‘Oh! There’s a world.’”

Miranda even made her own merchandise — Texas cowboy hats — for those early bar gigs.

She explains, “I would buy them in bulk at Walmart, paint them like the Texas flag, crimp them around the edges, and then sell them for gas money to get home.”

Miranda sings about those simpler days in her latest hit, “Automatic.” It’s the lead single from her new album, Platinum, due out June 3.

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Here’s Your Chance to Have a Drink with Toby Keith

Show Dog/UniversalEver wanted to have a drink with Toby Keith? Here’s your chance.

Toby has launched the “Drinks After Work” sweepstakes in conjunction with his Wild Shot Mezcal, and five grand-prize winners will get to bring a friend to have drinks with Toby at one of his Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill locations. Fans can enter once a day through August 31 at Facebook.com/WildShotMezcal. Winners will be announced September 12.

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Justin Moore Admits He’s Not a “True Handyman”

Valory Music Co.If you’ve got a big building project coming up at home, don’t call Justin Moore. While the country star is fine with fixing a flat tire or making simple repairs around the house, he’s not good with bigger construction projects.

“I can’t just look at a room and build a cabinet in a few days to put in a room, or something like that,” Justin says. “I know guys like that and I’m jealous of those guys. So, I can do the normal piddly stuff around the house but I wouldn’t consider myself a true handyman.”

It’s a good thing Justin is great at writing songs and singing them on the road. See where he’s playing next at JustinMooreMusic.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Justin Moore‘s current album and tour? ANSWER: Off the Beaten Path.

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“Nashville” Recap: Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad

ABC/Craig SjodinScarlett O’Connor made it through the aftermath of her onstage breakdown on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night. After doctors assured her she isn’t addicted to those pills she’s been popping in recent weeks, Scarlett stood up to her emotionally abusive mother, Beverly, who was mostly to blame for the breakdown.

Scarlett’s ex-boyfriend, Gunnar Scott, didn’t feel welcome visiting Scarlett in the hospital following her breakdown. Instead, he wrote a song, “It Ain’t Yours to Throw Away,” to encourage Scarlett to hold on to her musical talents.  That song is now available for download at iTunes.

It doesn’t look like Scarlett will continue chasing the dream of being a country star. She told Rayna Jaymes she never really wanted to be famous, and Rayna let Scarlett out of her record deal with Highway 65. While in the hospital, Scarlett found comfort from her first ex-boyfriend, Avery Barkley, who is now dating Juliette Barnes. Juliette overheard Scarlett and Avery telling each other they still loved each other on some level. That revelation led Juliette to hook up with her former record label president, Jeff Fordham, at a Music Row industry party.

Jeff’s current, hot act, Will Lexington, has been approached to do a reality show with his new wife, Layla Grant. Jeff warned Will this reality show would probably uncover his secret homosexuality, but Will went forward with plans for the reality show anyway.

In real life, Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett O’Connor, has found a welcome home in the country music industry. During her recent performance onstage in Nashville with Zac Brown Band, Clare felt pure joy connecting with the crowd through music.

As for working with Zac, Clare tells ABC News Radio, “There’s something about standing up onstage and giving people that gift. He helped me discover where I feel like I belong.” 

Clare is featured on The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 2 Volume 2, due out next week. Nashville returns with a brand-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan is spending another week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Crash My Party.

Keith Urban will perform the song “Good Thing” from his album Fuse on Fox’s American Idol Thursday night at 9 ET.

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Brantley Gilbert’s Life Story Is Tattooed All Over His Body

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert may only be 29 years old, but he’s got a lifetime of memories covering his body in the form of tattoos. The country star considers his body to be a canvas telling the story of his life through body art.

Brantley explains, “When you look in the mirror you remember all the things you’ve been through and the things that are important to you and the beliefs you have that are gonna take you through everything else that you hadn’t gone through yet.”

Like most parents, Brantley’s mom and dad weren’t happy when he started getting tattoos. It looks like Brantley has converted his father to the “dark side,” though.

“I think he’s about to get his first one, this year,” says Brantley. “And I’ll definitely be havin’ some additions, but I can’t let the cat out the bag on that yet.”

Look for Brantley’s new album, Just as I Am, to be released May 19 featuring his latest hit, ‘Bottoms Up.”

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The Band Perry Gets Dressed Up for Nashville Symphony Fashion Show

CMAThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry was decked out in a yellow-and-white Christian Siriano gown for the 2014 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show Tuesday night. The band closed out the night with their hits “Better Dig Two,” “Done” and “If I Die Young” following a fashion show featuring Siriano’s designs.

The Perry siblings always pay a lot of attention to how they present themselves, so performing at a fashion show wasn’t that big a stretch.

Neil Perry tells The Tennessean, “I think creativity in wardrobe has been a country staple even long ago. The man in black, Johnny Cash himself, made a statement with his clothes and we like to carry on that tradition.”

Christian Siriano was on hand for the Nashville Symphony Fashion Show, too. The event raises money for the Nashville Symphony and their education efforts in Middle Tennessee.

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Florida Georgia Line Added to 2014 “Billboard” Music Awards Lineup

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has joined the performers lineup for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. FGL is up for four Billboard Music Awards including Top Country Artist and Top Country Album for Here’s to the Good Times. They join Luke Bryan on the bill for the show, airing Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

OneRepublic, John Legend and Imagine Dragons are also set to perform.

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Carrie Underwood Earns Standing Ovation at “Time” 100 Gala in New York City

Ben Gabbe/GettyCarrie Underwood earned a standing ovation with her headlining performance at the Time 100 Gala Tuesday night at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Carrie was listed in the Icons section of this year’s Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Fellow Time 100 honoree Megyn Kelly of FOX News introduced Carrie’s performance.

Actress Amy Adams, director Alfonso Cuaron and Seth Meyers were among the other influential people in the audience. Pharrell Williams also performed at the gala.

The Time 100 issue is now on stands.  

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