Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell Ready to Tailgate Prior to Florida-Georgia Game

Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCFlorida Georgia Line will host their Anything Goes Tailgate 2014 concert Friday night in Jacksonville, Florida. The event is part of the festivities surrounding Saturday’s college football match-up between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. Of course, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard is a huge Bulldogs fan since he hails from Georgia. Florida native Brian Kelley is a Florida State Seminoles fan, so he’ll be pulling for Bulldogs this weekend.

“Any time I get a chance to root against the Gators, [I’m] all for it,” Brian tells ABC News Radio. “The Dogs are my team that day. No competition on that. We’re just excited to go play for our amazing fans on the border in Jacksonville and celebrate our album coming out. It’s gonna be nuts.”

Cole Swindell is performing with FGL in Jacksonville, but he doesn’t have a Halloween costume lined up for the show.

Cole says, “I haven’t talked to the guys to see if they’re dressing up or what I’m doing. I probably need to get something. Do something. It’s Halloween.”

If all else fails, Cole says he’ll just dress up as himself for Halloween.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSara Evans and Brandy Clark will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series performance at the CMA Theater in Nashville on Wednesday, November 4.

The Doobie Brothers will perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Their new country collaboration album, Southbound, is out Tuesday.

Brad Paisley made a cameo on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show this week to sing a hilarious tribute to “The State of Texas.”

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Little Big Town Splashes onto the Country Albums Chart with “Pain Killer”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s latest album, Pain Killer, made a big splash on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart this week. The set bowed at #3 on that tally with 42,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pain Killer features the lead single, “Day Drinking.”

Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes holds on to the #1 spot on the Country Albums chart with Jason Aldean‘s Old Boots, New Dirt following at #2.

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Brad Paisley Will Be ESPN’s “College GameDay” Guest Picker on Saturday

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley will be the guest picker on ESPN’s College GameDay this Saturday at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He’ll join host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Berbstreit and Desmond Howard on the set for the winning picks segment. The show runs Saturday morning from 9 to noon ET.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on Texas Christian University Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in a game that will air on ABC.

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Keith Urban Kicking Off CMA Awards Day with a “Good Morning America” Performance

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban will kick off CMA Awards day in Nashville Wednesday with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America. Keith is up for multiple trophies that night, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Fuse. Miranda Lambert will also appear on GMA that day, and the winners of two CMA categories will be announced that morning, too. GMA meteorologist Ginger Zee and contributor Tim Tebow will be in Nashville for the broadcast as well.

Look for Keith and Miranda to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Gretchen Wilson‘s debut hit from 2004? ANSWER: “Redneck Woman.”

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Billy Currington Releases New Single, “Don’t It,” to Introduce Upcoming Sixth Studio Album

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleBilly Currington‘s new single, “Don’t It,” is the lead release from his upcoming sixth studio album, due out in 2015. The new track follows his back-to-back #1 hitd, “Hey Girl” and “We Are Tonight.” Billy thinks the “sultry groove” of “Don’t It” is the perfect introduction to his new music.

Says Billy, “I’m excited to give fans a taste of my new album with ‘Don’t It.’ This song was one of the first I cut and the sound really guides the direction of the new project.”

Billy will be playing his new music on the road this spring. Go to BillyCurrington.com for all the latest tour dates.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy”

Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Avery Barkley rushed to be by his ex-girlfriend Juliette Barnes‘ side after she collapsed at a concert. Juliette is carrying Avery’s baby and suffers from a previously-unknown medical condition that causes blood clots. This disorder, which led to her collapse, forced Juliette to cancel her tour and bump up the shooting schedule on her Patsy Cline biopic.

As for Avery, Juliette told him he’d have to be her boyfriend again if he wanted to see the baby. Ultimately, Avery forgave Juliette for the infidelity that ended their relationship, but he’s still not able to trust her. Avery added that Juliette had no choice but to let him be in their child’s life. The episode ended with Juliette announcing her pregnancy at a press conference and naming Avery as the father.

Gunnar Scott continued bonding with his son, Micah, though the child’s mother, Kylie, did not want Micah knowing Gunnar is his father. Gunnar was able to convince Kylie to stay in Nashville instead of taking Micah with her as she pursued a new love interest in another town. Gunnar’s girlfriend, Zoey Dalton, walked in on Kylie, Gunner and Micah looking like a family inside Gunnar’s. It’s another unwelcome blow for Zoey, who was fired from the Juliette Barnes tour this week, too.

In his quest to sign Rayna Jaymes‘ daughters to a record deal against her well, Jeff Fordham continued growing closer to Rayna’s ex-husband and co-parent, Mayor Teddy Conrad. Teddy met a woman named Natasha through Jeff, and she and the mayor ended up going for a skinny dip in Jeff’s pool. Teddy was furious when Jeff told him Natasha was a paid escort, but Teddy ended up calling her for company later in the episode. Look for Jeff to use Teddy’s relationship with the escort as leverage in future episodes.

While Teddy was swimming with his call girl and Rayna was out on tour, their daughter Maddie hosted a wild party at Rayna’s house. Younger daughter Daphne got scared when the party got out of hand and called the police.

Rayna was also thrilled to learn she and fiancé Luke Wheeler were both nominated for multiple CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Due to some Twitter backlash, Rayna grew concerned she was only getting the nods because of her relationship with Luke. She decided to campaign against Luke for the trophies, but they vowed they wouldn’t let the competition strain their romantic relationship.

Luke Wheeler also welcomed Sara Evans onstage at his show in Milwaukee to perform a duet of her latest single, “Put My Heart Down.” In real life, that duet has been serviced to country radio and is now available for download. Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, absolutely loved working with Sara.

He tells ABC News Radio, “She’s a gem anyway. She’s a real treat. She’s the real deal.”

Will also appreciates the deceptive nature of the song’s lyrics and melody.

“It’s a joyous, lilty, great groove, but it’s about breaking up,” Will says with a laugh. “So, it’s this lovely juxtaposition that I think these writers in this town really get.”

As for his portrayal of Luke Wheeler, Will drew on some of country’s biggest male country stars for inspiration.

He explains, “The template they kept giving me was Tim McGraw, as far as superstardom and stuff like that, but I think I tended to go more towards Blake [Shelton] as far as that charm and disarm and just a good guy.”

Will insists he thinks Tim is a good guy, but he adds, “Blake just wears that on his sleeve, and [he’s] just a good ‘ol boy.”

Will is already picking out the clothes he’s going to wear to next week’s real-life CMA Awards, which will pre-empt Nashville next Wednesday night on ABC. Nashville returns with a brand-new episode Wednesday, November 12.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGretchen Wilson will co-host ABC’s The View on November 10.

According to The Oklahoman, Vince Gill was honored Wednesday with the unveiling of a life-size statue of himself outside his Oklahoma alma mater, Northwest Classen High School.

Lady Antebellum has released a very off-the-wall video featuring viral video star Keith Apicary for their latest single, “Freestyle.”

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Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert and Darius Rucker Sort Out Their Halloween Costumes

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum turned their event celebrating the #1 hit “Bartender” into a Halloween costume party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The group’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood dressed as whiskey barrels with Dave wearing a crazy wig and glasses. Charles had a fake beer mug on his head, and Hillary Scott was decked out like the glittery disco ball she sings about in the song.

Hillary says, “We thought with the number one party being so close to Halloween, we might as well keep it loose and fun. You know, we’ve been known to dress up when we’ve had shows on Halloween anyway.”

Hillary’s infant daughter, Eisele, was on hand dressed up like a pig. She’ll be dressed as a kangaroo this Friday, though.

As for Dave Haywood’s baby boy, Cash, he says, “My wife has a onesie with the skeleton all over the onesie, but he’s eight weeks now. So, it’s too early to go out trick or treating.”

Brantley Gilbert isn’t much for dressing up on Halloween, but he has inspired few Halloween costumes lately.

He says with a laugh, “Last year I got a picture from a brother of mine and my godson actually dressed up like me. That was pretty cool. It was pretty funny.”

Darius Rucker and his son, Jake, usually coordinate their costumes. One year, Jake went as Darth Vader and Darius went as Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

Says Darius, “We were walking around, and [Jake] would look at everybody and go, ‘I’m his father.'”

This year, Darius and Jake thought about dressing up like professional wrestlers but then decided that would be too obscure.

He says, “The Ninja Turtles are the winner right now, but we’ll come up with something cool.”

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