Brad Paisley Turned Air Force One into His Own Recording Studio

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley used his time very wisely while flying to Afghanistan with President Obama on Air Force One earlier this year. Instead of just grabbing some shut-eye on his way to entertain U.S. troops, Brad opted to put the finishing touches on a new song, “Me and Jesus,” while in the air over the Black Sea.

“It was 13 hours over and 16 back, plenty of time to mix the record,” Brad tells Billboard, “I had all the files and opened up the computer and thought, ‘I’ll get to work on this.’ It didn’t take too long. It’s only my voice a guitar.”

Brad also picked up several souvenirs from Air Force One, including shot glasses, matches, luggage tags and towels.

He says with a laugh, “Let’s just say I came back with a bag more full than I left here with.”

“Me and Jesus” appears on the deluxe edition of Brad’s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, coming out August 26.

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Alan Jackson Performing at Country Music Hall of Fame October 8 and 22

Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson will perform as the 2014 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater in Nashville on October 8 and 22. Tickets for the Wednesday night shows will go on sale Monday, September 8 at

These shows coincide with the new Hall of Fame exhibition, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, opening August 29 and running through March 2015.

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Garth Brooks Adds Two More Atlanta Dates; Tickets on Sale Saturday Morning

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has added two more shows in Atlanta on Saturday, September 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, September 21, 7:30 p.m. ET at Philips Arena. Tickets for these dates will go on sale Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET through and 1-800-745-3000.

Garth met with Ticketmaster on Monday to address concerns about scalpers getting concert tickets while regular customers weren’t getting into the Ticketmaster system.

Garth says,”I couldn’t ask for a better partner. Ticketmaster’s scalper screening system is a wonderful idea…with that said, all I saw were tickets on every scalping site and the people that just wanted to come to the show could not get in.”

Garth goes on to say, “The folks at Ticketmaster were totally devoted to achieving our mutual goal ….that the on sale this Saturday runs faster and creates an easier process for people who want to come to the show.”

Garth is going forward with his three previously scheduled shows in Atlanta taking place on September 19 and 20. Go to for more information.

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Luke Bryan Hosting Crash My Playa Caribbean Concert Getaway in January

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is taking his beachfront concerts to a new level with the Crash My Playa musical event, January 23 through 27, 2015 in Mexico. Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, and Eric Paslay are among the other stars performing at the destination event in Riveiera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula.

The five-days, four-night package is all-inclusive, with resort accommodations, entrance to each night’s beachfront concert, and a beach towel and beach bag. For more information, go to Citi card members can also take part in a pre-sale starting August 19 at

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLady Antebellum sang backup on which one of Darius Rucker‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Wagon Wheel.”

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Jake Owen Remembers to Count His Blessings with Latest Single, “What We Ain’t Got”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen knows he’s a lucky man to have a successful career, a loving wife and a healthy baby girl, but his latest single, “What We Ain’t Got,” reminds him to stop and appreciate those blessings. That’s not always easy for Jake to do, though.

“I still find that I want more, ’cause I’m competitive,” Jake explains. “Sometimes it just takes takin’ a minute to sit there and realize that what we have right in front of us is just as satisfying as anything that we could ever want — and sometimes it takes a little three-minute song like this one to make you remember that.”

“What We Ain’t Got” is a complete 180 from Jake’s summer anthem, “Beachin’.”

He says, “It’s just myself and a piano and a steel guitar, but it’s the kind of song that, like, will pull your heart strings.”

Jake recently debuted “What We Ain’t Got” with a stripped-down performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! The song is included on his latest album, Days of Gold.

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The “Crazy Idea” That Led to Taylor Swift’s Role in “The Giver”

Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyMost people who aren’t professional actors have to audition for roles in big Hollywood films, but Taylor Swift isn’t most people. The producer of Taylor’s new movie The Giver says her team approached Taylor directly and offered her a role after one of the executives got a “crazy idea.”

Taylor plays the small yet important role of Rosemary in the movie, which opens on Friday.  At the film’s New York City premiere Monday night, producer Nikki Silver told ABC News Radio, “Taylor Swift is a very interesting story; we had actually written the part of Rosemary as a piano player even before we ever thought of [her]. Then, one of the executives at the Weinstein Company was at a Taylor Swift concert and said, ‘I have this really crazy idea.’” 

“We met with her and she’s just…she’s fantastic,” Silver added.  “Her dedication to this role, the time she spent with [her co-star] Jeff Bridges, trying to hone her craft and really learn it — she’s just an incredibly thoughtful, intelligent young woman.”

So, does Silver think Taylor has what it takes to forge a real acting career?  “I think Taylor Swift has what it takes to do whatever she wants to do,” she told ABC News Radio. “And I think once she puts her mind to something, there’s nothing she can’t do.”

Another producer on the film is a guy who knows a thing or two about young singers who branch out by appearing on movies, TV and the stage: Scooter Braun.  He guides the careers of Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ariana Grande, just to name a few.  He says he’s all for Taylor continuing to expand her acting resume.

“I think anyone creative should have as many creative outlets as possible,” Braun told ABC News Radio at the premiere. “Taylor’s an incredibly talented, smart, beautiful woman and I think she has proven time and time again that she can do whatever she wants. I think she should keep doing it, but I think she should keep inspiring all the kids that she does.”

One kid who Taylor inspired is Emma Tremblay, the nine-year-old actress who plays Lily, the younger sister of The Giver’s main character, Jonas.  Pronouncing herself a “HUGE” Taylor Swift fan, Emma told ABC News Radio, “I’d like to see her in more movies!”

Taylor herself was at The Giver premiere in New York City as well — after all, she lives there now.  She sported a Monique Lhuillier gown and, as always, bright red lips.  Also on hand for the premiere were OneRepublic, who performed their song “Ordinary Human,” from The Giver’s soundtrack.

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Nashville Notes

Comstock/ThinkstockLuke Bryan entertained more than 60,000 fans at his Sunday night show at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts. That attendance number is a record for a single-day country concert at the venue.

Jerrod Niemann will launch his Get Your Buzz Back tour starting October 24 with special guest Chris Lane in Myrtle Beach, FL. Go to for a full list of dates.

Darius Rucker co-wrote his brand-new single, “Homegrown Honey,” with his pal Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum.

Chase Rice will launch his Ignite the Night tour September 5 in Denver. Go to for dates.

Trace Adkins, Alabama, Charlie Daniels and Jamey Johnson are among the stars honoring the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd at a one-night-only concert at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on November 12.

Thompson Square headlines FOX News’s Fox and Friends All-American Summer Concert Series live from New York City on August 29.

Blake Shelton gave the new coach at The Voice, Pharrell Williams, a tour of the show’s set in a video posted at The new season of The Voice premieres September 22 at NBC.

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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Says Wife Tiffany Is Ready to Deliver Baby Number Three

Image Courtesy CMARascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany, will welcome a baby girl next month, and Joe Don admits his wife is ready for their third child to arrive.

Joe Don tells ABC News Radio, “[Tiffany's] been pretty sick throughout the whole — with all the babies. She doesn’t do prego real well, but she’ s a trooper. She’s my hero. She’s in a really good place right now, and she’s just feeling kinda uncomfortable at this point.”

As for what they’ll call the new arrival, Joe Don says with a laugh, “We don’t have a name yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as possible.”

Joe Don and Tiffany’s son, Jagger, is now six-years-old, and their daughter, Raquel, just turned four last week. Rascal Flatts continues their Rewind tour Friday night in Phoenix.

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Country Stars Taking Ice Bucket Challenge to Bring Attention to ALS

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice and Dierks Bentley are just a few of the country stars who’ve doused themselves with a bucket of ice cold water in the past few days. They’re not just trying to beat the heat, though. The stunt is part of a large movement to bring attention to the disease ALS. Look for even more country stars to get in on the act as the trend sweeps the nation by searching the hashtag #icebucketchallenge.

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