Thomas Rhett Has 32 Songs Under Consideration for Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupThomas Rhett is climbing the country chart with “Make Me Wanna,” which is the last single from his debut album, It Goes Like This. That project earned Thomas two #1’s with the title track and “Get Me Some of That,” and he’s got plenty more material ready to go for his upcoming sophomore album. In fact, Thomas has too many potential hit singles he could record for that project.

He says, “I think I have, like, 32 songs that I want to put on the record, which is physically impossible unless I go ahead and do a greatest hits now, which is not gonna happen.”

Since Thomas is a songwriter himself, he’s pulling from his own batch of songs on top of the ones he gets from his other songwriter friends in Nashville. As for which songs make the final cut, Thomas has some thinking to do about where he wants his music to go on album number two.

He explains, “Now it’s to the point of just like, ‘What do I want the second record to sound like? Who do I want to be on this record? How much of the same do I want to stick with that was successful on the first, and how much of a departure do I want to make?'”

Thomas has already started working on his new album. He adds, “I’m jumping out of my seat to let people hear new music.”

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Garth Brooks Announces Lexington, Kentucky Shows

John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks fans in Kentucky got some sweet news this morning as the country superstar continues to announce dates on his current world tour.  Garth and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, will be returning to the Bluegrass State for two shows, October 31 and November 1, at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.  It’s Garth’s first Kentucky concert appearance in 16 years.

Tickets for the shows go on sale September 26 at 10:00 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster only.

Garth kicked off his world tour with a series of shows in Chicago earlier this month.  He plays five dates in Atlanta this Friday through September 27 before heading to Jacksonville, FL for another five dates, October 10 through 18.  Head to for more info.

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The Swon Brothers, Dustin Lynch and Kristian Bush Taking Country Music to New York City

Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers, Dustin Lynch and Kristian Bush are teaming up with the Grand Ole Opry and Southwest Airlines to take country music to New York City in the coming weeks. The Nashville’s New Music in New York City series kicks off September 29 at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park in celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday.

Go to for more details and show dates and times.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCole Swindell will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on October 7.

Sam Hunt was presented with a gold certification plaque for his debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” at a party in Nashville Tuesday previewing his upcoming album, Montevallo, due out October 27.

Here’s a random Brett Eldredge tweet:  “If I was to get married, I’d want people to throw fruit loops instead of rice and I’d just walk out with a glass of milk.”

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Dustin Lynch’s Band Members Double as His Best Friends On and Off the Road

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch spends about 250 days a year on a tour bus traveling with the guys in his band, so you’d think they’d be ready for some time away from each other when they got back home to Nashville. Not so, says Justin.

He tells ABC News Radio, “We come back to Nashville, and within three or four hours of doing laundry, going to the gym and getting something to eat, we’re all texting going, ‘Hey, what do y’all want to do tonight?'”

Since they’re out of town all the time, Dustin and his band mates don’t actually have a ton of friends who live in Music City. Luckily, the guys all get along famously.

“It’s great to have a band with chemistry like that, and to have those guys that you really, genuinely enjoy being around, ’cause we’re around each other a whole lot,” Dustin says. “You know, even when we don’t have to be around each other, we choose to be around each other.”

Dustin and his crew will head out on a Christmas tour starting November 1. Here are the dates and cities he’s got lined up:

11/1 — Lubbock, TX
11/6 — San Angelo, TX
11/7 — Midland, TX
11/13 — Abilene, TX
11/14 — Wichita Falls, TX
11/15 — Lawton, OK
11/20 — Killeen/Temple, TX
11/21 — Tyler/Longview, TX
12/5 — Lafayette, LA
12/6 — Texarkana, TX
12/11 — Lifkin/Nacogdoches, TX
12/12 — Lake Charles, LA
12/13 — Victoria, TX

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Emotional Miranda Lambert Holds Hands with Cancer-Stricken Child at Texas Concert

Randee St. NicholasIt was an emotional night for Miranda Lambert when she performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, last Saturday.

As seen in a video posted on YouTube, Miranda was singing “Over You” when she reached out her hand to a seven-year-old girl named Brooke Hester, who was near the stage. Hester is battling stage four neuroblastoma cancer.

Overcome with emotion, a teary-eyed Miranda held hands with Hester and held out her microphone to the crowd as the music continued to play.

You can learn more about Hester as well as her family’s charity, Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc., by visiting

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Kacey Musgraves Receives a Backhanded Compliment from One Direction’s Harry Styles

Image Courtesy Kelly Christine Musgraves/SandboxOne Direction‘s Harry Styles, a.k.a. Taylor Swift‘s ex, is a fan of Kacey Musgraves‘ music, but he doesn’t want you to know about it.

Harry tweeted this week, “It’s impossible to listen to Kacey Musgraves too much. Don’t tell anyone.”

Kacey tweeted in reply, “Thank you?”

CMA voters feel differently about Kacey. She’s up for three trophies, including Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow,” at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, broadcasting live on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Florida Georgia Line Getting Crazy with Upcoming “Sun Daze” Video

CMAFlorida Georgia Line‘s new song, “Sun Daze,” is now available for instant download when you pre-order their new album, Anything Goes, at iTunes. FGL filmed a video for the song last week in Nashville, and they’ve posted a few sneak peeks on Instagram.

The duo’s Brian Kelley posted one photo of himself sitting in an office setting, wearing glasses and a suit and tie.

In another clip, a group of guys and girls in swimwear are cheering on another guy in a monkey suit who’s jumping on a trampoline.

Looks like a pretty wild time.

We’ll keep you posted on where to find the “Sun Daze” video when it comes out. FGL’s new album will be released October 14.

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Kenny Chesney Now Streaming Six New Songs from “The Big Revival” Online

Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney‘s new album, The Big Revival, comes out next Tuesday, but you can hear six songs from the album streaming now at The preview tracks include “Wild Child,” featuring Grace Potter, and “Don’t It,” featuring Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski.

Kenny has also included “Drink It Up,” “‘Til It’s Gone,” “Rock Bottom” and “Save It for a Rainy Day” in the live stream.

Kenny’s also featured in the first installment of the new CMT series, Instant Jam, premiering Saturday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET. The surprise pop-up concert was filmed in front of a small audience at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA.

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Big & Rich Head to Las Vegas for Brand-New “Look at You” Video

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich‘s new video, “Look at You,” premiered Monday, featuring a couple falling in love while visiting Las Vegas hot spots like Brooklyn Bowl, the Cromwell hotel and Caesars Palace. “Look at You” is the first of four videos in Big & Rich’s Gravity Quadrilogy, featuring songs from the duo’s new album, Gravity, due out Tuesday, September 23.

Big & Rich will celebrate the release of Gravity with a release-date performance at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City.  

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