The Band Perry to Perform at Concert and Film Screening Celebrating New Glen Campbell Documentary

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has signed on to perform at a Nashville concert and film screening of the new Glen Campbell documentary, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me. The event takes place October 19 at the Music City Center in Nashville, with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s disease awareness.

The film captures Glen as he embarks on the 151-show Goodbye Tour after going public with his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry are among the stars paying tribute to Glen in the documentary. The Band Perry also contributed a live recording of Glen’s classic, “Gentle on My Mind,” to the film’s soundtrack.

Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24 before going national in 50 cities.


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Jason Aldean Is Bringing the Pyrotechnics for His “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Performance

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is pulling out all the stops for his first TV performance of his new single, “Burnin’ It Down,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, September 22.  Jason has a special reason for going on Jimmy’s show.

He says, “That was the first late night show to ever invite me to perform back when nobody knew who I was, so tonight to celebrate the new album, we are going to bring the tour to them.”

Jason adds that the performance will be “a fire marshal’s worst nightmare!”

“Burnin’ It Down” is the lead single from Jason’s sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.


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Zac Brown Band to Release New Studio Album in Spring 2015

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band will release a new album next spring. The band has partnered with designer John Varvatos‘s record label and the Big Machine Label Group for the project, which explains why the guys have been sporting Varvatos’s clothes on stage lately. Zac Brown tells Billboard it’s a relief to have the designer dressing them.

“What I love is that I don’t have to think about it anymore,” Zac says of Varvatos. “It’s executed so well, you can put that energy into other things creative. He’s got that on lockdown like nobody else.”

ZBB’s most recent single, “All Alright,” is featured on their EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.



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Keith Urban Premiering “Somewhere in My Car” Video Thursday Morning

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s new video for “Somewhere in My Car” will premiere Thursday at 9 a.m. ET at People.com/KeithUrban. The clip centers on a guy going a little crazy as he thinks about the memories of his old love.

Keith says, “The story [of “Somewhere In My Car”] is what I would call melancholy. So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights.'”

Look for a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the “Somewhere in My Car” video, premiering Wednesday on Entertainment Tonight at ETOnline.com. Check local listings for air time. Keith has also posted a 15-second teaser of the clip on his Instagram account.



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Garth Brooks Breaks Another Personal Ticket Sales Record with Upcoming Jacksonville, FL Shows

Image Courtesy Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks has already broken his own personal record for tickets sold in Florida with his upcoming five shows in Jacksonville, FL. He last played the city in 1997 with more than 56,000 fans attending his run of five shows. With his new round of dates at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial , Garth has now surpassed that number, and tickets are still selling.

His Jacksonville shows start October 10 and run through October 18. Go to Ticketmaster.com for tickets.



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Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery Added to Tree Town Festival Lineup in Iowa

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery have been added to the lineup for the Tree Town Music Festival May 21 through 24, 2015 in Forest City, IA. They join previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the bill.  You can look for even more acts to join the lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to TreeTownFestival.com.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert primarily reside in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.  


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Maddie & Tae Reveal Their Hometown Connections to Blake Shelton and Sugarland

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsNew duo Maddie & Tae are taking the country world by storm with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” just a few years after the two 19-year-olds made the move to Nashville. While growing up in Ada, OK, the duo’s Tae Dye heard all about the town’s other famous native, Blake Shelton.

Tae tells ABC News Radio, “My best friend’s grandma actually taught him in high school at Ada High. I was like, that’s such a small world, but yeah. She said he was a great student, and he had really good hair.”

Blake pays tribute to Ada with a picture of the town’s water tower on the cover of his upcoming album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Tae admits she got a little misty when she saw that image.

“I almost cried because I love Ada and I miss it so much,” Tae says. “I saw the album cover, and I freaked out.”

Tae’s duo partner, Maddie Marlow, grew up in Sugar Land, TX, but she doesn’t have a connection to the country duo that shares a name with the town.

Says Maddie,  “I love Sugarland. They make amazing music, but we were, like, ‘I wonder if they came through Sugar Land? That’s how they named their band?'”

The town of Sugar Land was named for a now-closed sugar mill, and Maddie often has a hard time convincing people it’s a real place.

Maddie says, “They’re like, ‘Candy Land?’ I’m like, ‘No! Sugar Land!’ And they’re like, ‘There’s no way!'” 

Hopefully Maddie can help put the town of Sugar Land on the map. Maddie & Tae will release their self-titled debut EP on November 4.


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Country Stars Mourn the Sudden Death of Former Tennessee Titans Kicker Rob Bironas

CMACountry stars took to Twitter over the weekend to express their grief over the sudden death of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He was killed Saturday night after losing control of his SUV while driving less than a mile from his home in Nashville. The vehicle hit a line of trees before coming to rest upside down in a large culvert area. He was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol playing a role in the crash. He got married to NFL legend Terry Bradshaw‘s daughter, Rachel Bradshaw, this past June.

Rob Bironas was a close friend with several country stars including Luke Bryan, who tweeted, “I’m heartbroken. One of most genuine and charitable persons I’ve ever met. Praying for everyone.”

Here is a collection of other country stars’ tweets mourning the loss of Rob Bironas:

Carrie Underwood — “Shocked and saddened this morning at the passing of Rob Bironas. Such a nice guy. Sending prayers and love to his family… RB # 2″

Dierks Bentley — “i don’t know anyone that didn’t like rob bironas. lot of heavy hearts in nashville today. prayers for his family.”

Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney — “Saddened by the news of our @rascalflatts friend @RobBironas – Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy are with his family at this time.”

Kix Brooks — “So sad – lost good buddy@RobBironas last night – heartbroken for dear friend @RachelTBradshaw – he was a great guy – and an amazing talent:(“

Jerrod Niemann — “I’m so sad about the loss of our buddy @RobBironas please keep him & his wife @RachelTBradshaw in your thoughts & prayers. He will be missed.”

Chase Rice — “No words man. No words. @RobBironas u are my friend. Gone way too soon. @RachelTBradshaw praying hard for u and family. Unreal.”


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Blake Shelton Reveals His Fellow Coaches’ Tricks as “The Voice” Season Seven Starts Tonight

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn’t know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he’s impressed with Pharrell’s tactics to get the best contestants on his team.

“It’s like reverse psychology,” Blake explains. “He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he’s just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam and Gwen are just so good at what they do and he loves ’em. And next thing you know, these artists are like — they fall for it every time. It’s so frustrating.”

Blake admits he’d probably choose to be on Gwen Stefani’s team if he was a contestant on The Voice.

He says, “Gwen Stefani is Gwen Stefani. Who’s gonna look at her and not see that she’s just such an accomplished artist and what she’s done for women in music.”

Of course, Blake and Adam have become close friends in the past few years, and Blake considers them all very lucky to have this gig helping up-and-comers realize their dreams.

Says Blake, “We get to come in and share some of the knowledge that we’ve gathered over the years of just banging our heads against the wall and being lucky enough to make our dreams come true. To be able to pass some of that knowledge on to some of these people, it’s perfect.”

The Voice‘s seventh season premieres Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.


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