Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Image Courtesy BBMA/ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsEven more country stars have poured ice-cold water on themselves as the challenge to raise awareness of ALS sweeps the nation. Florida Georgia Line got in on the act at their Wednesday night show in Missouri. Video of FGL taking the challenge was posted online Thursday morning, and they called out none other than Garth Brooks to accept the ice bucket challenge.

Keith Urban took the challenge with former Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett while in Kansas City filming American Idol auditions. Keith then called out Eric Church, Tim McGraw and John Mayer to douse themselves with water next.

Justin Moore, Luke Bryan and Lee Brice are among the other stars dousing themselves with cold water this week. We’ll keep you posted on who takes the challenge next.

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Luke Bryan’s Impulse Shopping Got Him in Trouble in His Early Nashville Days

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleNow that Luke Bryan is a millionaire, his habit of impulse shopping isn’t that big a deal. When he was a broke and aspiring country singer in Nashville, however, spending big money was a real problem.

Luke tells People Country, “When I moved to Nashville, I didn’t have much money, but I wanted a new guitar and I felt like this one guitar was the one to have, so I dropped, like, two grand on this high-end guitar and it was damn impulsive, considering I didn’t have any money.”

These days, Luke is more likely to splurge on something for his big piece of property south of Nashville.  He says, “When I want to buy something, I can’t relax until I buy it. If I see an old farm truck I want on my farm … that’s it, I want it.”

Luke should have a big payday from his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night.

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Willie Nelson Shares George Clooney’s Health Tip in New “Rolling Stone” Cover Story

Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson graces the cover of Rolling Stone this month for the first time since 1978. In the cover story, Willie opens up about his multiple marijuana arrests and famous troubles with the IRS in the early ’90s. He also reveals the health tip he recently took from his Oscar-winning pal, George Clooney.

Willie was recovering from a torn rotator cuff and couldn’t play golf and could barely play guitar. That’s when George suggested Willie look into a German treatment called Regenokine.

Willie explains, “The doctor took some blood out and recharged it and made it with, like, 150 percent more healing power, then he stuck it back in there. It really works. I’m in great shape.”‘

For more quotes from Willie, pick up Rolling Stone when it hits stands Friday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the “GS” stand for on Cole Swindell‘s signature baseball hat? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

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Florida Georgia Line Promises Even More “Good Times” on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line‘s latest single, “Dirt,” is already a runaway hit, but the reflective tone of that song doesn’t mean they’re saying goodbye to their good-timing ways on album number two.

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio, “You know, ‘Dirt’ is one of those amazing songs that don’t come around very often, but at the same time we’re still bringing the party on our album. We got quite a few uptempo songs that are still the FGL kinda vibe.”

The most important thing for Tyler and his duo partner, Brian Kelley, is stepping up their game after the huge success of their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times.

Looking back on that album, Brian tells ABC News Radio, “It’s definitely a body of work. It’s our life. We waited all our life to make that album, and, I think, we had the time of our life making it on the first go-around. I think we’re at the same place now with record two. We are having a blast.”

The guys are just putting a few finishing touches on the project, but they feel confident their fans are going to latch on to the new music very quickly.

“Our fans deserve the best songs,” Brian adds. “We just want an album that, just like the first one, we feel like there wasn’t one that you’d really want to skip.”

Look for Florida Georgia Line to take over New York City’s Central Park Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. They’ll perform a few songs and make a big announcement on the show.

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Taylor Swift Confirms VMA Performance; Says Upcoming Live Stream Event Could Feature “Multiple Announcements”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCTaylor Swift confirmed during a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday that she’ll be performing at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24.

E!Online had reported late last month that Taylor was planning something “explosive” for the VMAs.

Swift was a promotion machine Wednesday night.  In addition to making the VMA announcement, the 24-year-old singer also plugged her August 18 Yahoo! worldwide live stream event. Swift told Fallon, “There could be one announcement or there could be multiple announcements.” It’s most likely details about her brand-new album, or perhaps of the first single from that album. The live stream begins at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Swift also promoted her new movie The Giver, which opens nationwide on Friday and co-stars Jeff Bridges.  The singer said that in addition to acting with Bridges, the two also got a chance during down time to pull out their guitars and jam.

When Fallon asked what songs they played, Swift said Bridges had “really eclectic taste,” but recalled playing some well-known tunes as well. “I remember playing ‘Apologize’ by OneRepublic and playing ‘American Girl’ by Tom Petty,” Swift told Fallon.

Swift’s Tonight Show visit also included participation in Fallon’s recurring sketch, “Ew!” Fallon dresses as a young woman who hosts a show in her basement called Ew! Swift played “Natalie Benson,” a 13-year-old who wears braces, ponytails and likes to eat apricots and has a Band-Aid collection.

Taylor Swift is scheduled to visit NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday.

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Tyler Farr Raises a Glass to Toast “Whiskey in My Water” Hitting #1

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr‘s life is moving in overdrive these days due to his crazy touring and recording schedule. He took some time out Wednesday to take a breath and celebrate his second consecutive #1 hit, “Whiskey in My Water,” at a party at the BMI Building in Nashville.

Tyler describes having back-to-back chart-toppers as “pretty surreal.” He says, “I haven’t really had time to soak it in. It usually happens at these #1 parties where we actually have a chance to hug it out with some guy friends, people, like, ‘Man, this is crazy,’ and it really sinks in.”

These days, Tyler is either playing music onstage opening up Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour or in the studio working on his upcoming sophomore album.

“My life is pretty much on the road and all that it consists of is music, and that’s alright for now,” Tyler says. “We’re just taking it day-by-day, and as long as they’re paying to come to shows, I’ll keep playing ‘em.”

Just a year ago, Tyler was climbing the charts with his first #1 hit, “Redneck Crazy,” and he hadn’t graduated to traveling in a tour bus just yet.

He recalls, “It was a year ago that we were riding around in an Econoline and a U-Haul trailer. So, things are good, and we’ve been very blessed.”

Tyler debuted his brand-new single, “A Guy Walks into a Bar” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. It’s the lead single from Tyler’s as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due out in the coming months.

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Nashville Notes

Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley shows off the tricked-out treehouse he added to his Nashville property on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters this Friday night at 10 ET.  

Taylor Swift appears on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday night.

Eric Church‘s band hosted their third annual Put a Club in My Hand golf tournament in Nashville earlier this month. The event raised more than $112,000 for MusiCares, the charitable arm of The Recording Academy.

Cole Swindell hung out with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at the Giants training facility in New Jersey Wednesday, according to Cole’s Instagram feed.

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New Duo Brothers Osborne Releasing Self-Titled EP September 9

Image Courtesy EMI NashvilleNew country duo Brothers Osborne will release their first EP September 9, featuring summertime hit, “Rum.” The self-titled project features five tracks all co-written by the duo’s T.J. and John Osborne.

Two days after the EP comes out, Brothers Osborne heads out on as an opening act on Eric Church‘s The Outsiders World Tour, starting in Bossier City, LA. A full-length album from T.J. and John is expected to follow in 2015.

Here’s the Brothers Osborne EP track listing:

“Shoot from the Hip”
“Arms of Fire”
“Stay a Little Longer”
“Love the Lonely Out of You”

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley is the latest country star to take the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of ALS. Video of his band mate, Dave Haywood,  dumping cold water on Charles’ head is now on YouTube. Charles also challenged their “Bartender” video star, Kate Upton, to take the ice bucket challenge next.

Charles joins several other country stars who have taken the ice bucket challenge, including Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, Chase Rice, Dierks Bentley and Randy Houser.

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