Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to Bucky Covington and his fiancée, Katherine Cook, on the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Taylor Covington, Friday in Nashville.

The Swon Brothers got some much-needed downtime at Universal Studios in Los Angeles Thursday. The guys posted an Instagram video from the Jurassic Park ride on Friday.



Had a little fun on our short visit to California yesterday…Jurassic Park Ride = Epic! #universalstudios

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Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town Booked for Carnival Cruise Line’s 2015 Concert Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts and Little Big Town are hitting the high seas for Carnival Cruise Line’s 2015 concert series. LBT will make three appearances at “Fun Ships” in the Bahamas March 30, 31 and April 1. Rascal Flatts will deliver three performances in Cozumel, Mexico May 5, 6 and 7.

Smokey Robinson, Journey and Styx are also on the bill for 2015 Carnival LIVE. More acts will be announced soon at

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Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival Airing Live This Weekend

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band‘s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival is coming to AXS TV this weekend. The two-day festival takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, featuring headlining performances from Zac Brown Band starting Saturday night. They’ll deliver another performance on Sunday night, too.

This broadcast marks the second straight year Zac Brown Band’s festival has aired live on AXS TV.

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Brett Eldredge Recognized as One to Watch at “People” Magazine Party in Los Angeles

Image Courtesy Slate PRBrett Eldredge was recognized as one of People magazine’s “Ones to Watch” at a party in Los Angeles Thursday night. The event took place at the The Line on Wilshire Boulevard in connection with People‘s 40th Birthday issue, out now.

The “Ones to Watch” list recognizes the entertainment industry’s hottest rising stars. “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor and stars from the new ABC show How to Get Away with Murder were among the other celebrities recognized at the party.

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Florida Georgia Line Admits Marijuana Use: “We’re Professional Partiers”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has more in common with country icon Willie Nelson than you might think.

In the new Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard admits they smoke marijuana after a reporter noticed a small metal pipe that smelled like weed on a counter in Tyler’s tour bus.

The news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, though. The guys’ new song, “Sun Daze,” contains a reference to getting stoned, and Tyler even tells Billboard, “We’re professional partiers.”

“Sun Daze” is included on FGL’s new album, Anything Goes, due out Tuesday. Look for Florida Georgia Line’s CMT Instant Jam special to premiere Friday, October 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is George Strait‘s middle name? ANSWER: Harvey.

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The Swon Brothers Perform with the PS22 Chorus in New York City

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers performed their song “Pretty Beautiful” with the PS22 Chorus in New York City last week. The track is included on the duo’s self-titled debut album, due out October 14. The students spent two hours outside of regular school hours to rehearse and perform with The Swon Brothers. They also got to ask the guys questions about their journey to country stardom.

The Swon Brothers’ Zach Swon says, “We’ve been on the run so much lately that it was great to have the chance to slow down for a few hours and share that pure, simple love of music through the eyes of these incredible kids.  It was just an amazing experience.”

The Swon Brothers are now climbing the country chart with their debut hit, “Later On.”

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Lauren Alaina Headed Back in the Studio After Undergoing Secret Vocal Cord Surgery in August

Image Courtesy Mercury/19American Idol finalist-turned-country star Lauren Alaina is back in the studio and stepping back into the spotlight after undergoing vocal cord surgery in August. She kept the surgery a secret until making an appearance at the Nashville premiere for the movie The Best of Me Thursday night.

Lauren explains, “I just started singing again, and I can still do that, so that’s great news. ‘Cause I was scared to death, but I’m gonna start recording here in the next couple months and try to get everything out.”

After the surgery, Lauren couldn’t say anything at all for a full eight days. She adds, “Eight days after that I could talk for five-minutes a day, which, you might as well just not talk at that point. I mean, what are you going to say in five minutes? Have you met me?”

The doctor told Lauren she would need the surgery at some point, and she could’ve found herself out on tour having to cancel dates due to the vocal problems.

She says, “I had to do it. There was really no other choice for me.”

Now that she’s back in the studio, Lauren is ready to record material as a 20-year-old woman. She made her debut album at age 16 after finishing second to Scotty McCreery on American Idol. Her young age limited the kind of material she could take on with her hit debut album, Wildflower.

Lauren says of the time since she made her first album, “I’ve grown up a lot and learned a lot about myself.”

Lauren’s debut project, Wildflower, bowed at #2 on Billboard‘s Country Album chart and #5 on the overall Billboard 200 tally in 2011. It’s gone on to sell more than 300,000 copies.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s new single, “Something in the Water,” has already hit #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart, which tracks sales, airplay and streaming in the inspirational market.

Don’t miss Rascal Flatts on ABC’s The View Friday.

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George Strait Releasing Deluxe Edition of “The Cowboy Rides Away” Live Album November 10

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleA deluxe CD/DVD edition of George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium will be released exclusively at Walmart on November 10. The expanded version features 28 live tracks on two-CDs and a DVD of the 40-song show at George’s final tour stop on June 7, 2014 in Dallas.

A single-disc version of this live project was released a few weeks back. The new version includes all of those tracks as well as George’s collaboration with Eric Church on “Easy Come, Easy Go,” Alan Jackson on “Amarillo by Morning,” Miranda Lambert on “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” and Kenny Chesney on “The Fireman.”

Exclusive interviews with Strait are also included on the deluxe edition. Other special pre-order offers are available at

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