Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser and Montgomery Gentry‘s Troy Gentry have joined the lineup for the annual Tootsie’s Birthday Bash celebrating the 54th anniversary of Nashville honky-tonk, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. The free event takes place November 12 on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.

Chris Young appears in a new series of TV commercials for Kidde Fire Safety’s Worry-Free smoke and carbon monoxide. Look for the clips to air on select ABC affiliates in the days leading up to the 48th Annual CMA Awards on November 5.

Carrie Underwood revealed her baby is due in spring 2015 during an appearance on ABC’s The View Monday morning. She sat down with the show’s hosts and Brad Paisley to promote the 48th Annual CMA Awards coming up November 5 on ABC.


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Darius Rucker Enlists His Kids to Sing on His New Christmas Album, Out Now

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker‘s first-ever Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, is out this week featuring some very special guests on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Darius invited his kids into the studio to help him out on the holiday classic, and they were very excited to be included in the project.

Darius says, “They were in the studio, and every time they’d get it right, I’d go, ‘You guys, that was great.’ My son [Jack] would do the fist pump, “Yes!” He was so excited.”

Of course, Darius is more than happy to show off his offspring’s talent.

“I beam with pride. I love my kids, and they’re awesome human beings, and just proud to have them. Proud to have them on my record and proud to call them my kids.”

Home for the Holidays also features Darius’s collaboration with Sheryl Crow on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as well as the original songs “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants for Christmas.”


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Cast of “Nashville” Teams Up with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus for New Christmas Album

Image Courtesy Bob D’Amica/ABCThe cast of Nashville is getting in the Christmas spirit with a new holiday album, Christmas with Nashville, coming out November 4. Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus, who made a cameo on Nashville last season, produced the album. It features Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor singing “Santa Baby” and Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne singing “Blue Christmas.”  Will Chase‘s Luke Wheeler and Connie Britton‘s Rayna Jaymes are also featured on a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Heading up this project was a real treat for Jay DeMarcus.

“I was blown away by the consistent talent level of each actor as they came into the studio,” Jay tells Rolling Stone Country. “I realized immediately that I was working with gifted singers, as well. They are so meticulous about their craft of acting, and they were just as meticulous about making sure the music was right.”

Here’s the full track list for Christmas with Nashville:

“Santa Baby” — Clare Bowen
“Blue Christmas” — Charles Esten
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” — Jonathan Jackson
“White Christmas” — Hayden Panettiere
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” — Connie Britton
“River” — Sam Palladio
“Baby’s, It’s Cole Outside” — Connie Britton and Will Chase
“Merry Christmas, Baby” — Aubrey Peeples
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” — Chaley Rose
“Christmas Coming Home” — Lennon & Maisy
“Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem” — Will Chase
“Celebrate Me Home” — Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson


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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Celebrating Platinum Success of “Somethin’ Bad”

Image Courtesy Nick Rau/Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are celebrating the platinum success of their duet, “Somethin’ Bad.” The collaboration has been certified for hitting the one million mark for combined downloads and online streams. The platinum certification is appropriate since “Somethin’ Bad” is included on Miranda’s latest album, Platinum.

“Somethin’ Bad” has also earned Carrie and Miranda CMA Awards nominations in the Music Video of the Year and Musical Event of the Year categories. See if they walk away with the trophies on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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George Strait to Give His 24th CMA Awards Performance Next Month

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleReigning CMA Entertainer of the Year George Strait has signed on to perform at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. This will be the 24th time George has performed on the CMA Awards during his 33-year career.

Nashville star Connie Britton, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Good Morning America correspondent Tim Tebow and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler are all set to present trophies on the show, too.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Swon Brothers were on which coaches’ team when they competed on The Voice? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.


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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and His Brothers Hosting Charity Golf Tournament and Concert Monday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his two brothers are hosting The Kelley Brothers Celebrity Golf Tournament and Concert Monday in Evans, Georgia. Lady Antebellum will headline the concert, which will also feature performances from Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Joe Don Rooney and Joe Nichols.

Charles is grateful to his Lady A band mates for donating their time to the event, which he hopes will become an annual fundraiser.

Charles tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve already got so much money raised for it already from sponsors that it’s already a success, you know. It’s just gonna be great, man. Once we get this platform, hopefully it’ll build and build and build.”

Proceeds from The Kelley Brothers event go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a few other children’s charities through Lady Antebellum’s own organization, Lady Aid.

Go to TheKelleyBrothers.com for more details.


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Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Playing Ten Stadium Shows Together in Summer 2015

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony/Broken BowKenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are taking their “bromance” on the road. The two superstars will join their two separate tours for ten joint stadium shows starting May 2, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco.

Kenny and Jason have been known to meet up for drinks around Nashville, and pictures from those meetings have ended up on Jason’s Instagram. Jason says, “Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums. When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice.  We have a real friendship.”

Kenny adds, “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for ten nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!” 

Here are Jason and Kenny’s 2015 Joint Stadium Dates:

5/2 — San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium
5/16 — Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
6/20 — Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field
6/27 — Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
7/18 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
7/25 — Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl
8/1 — Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium
8/8 — Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
8/15 — E. Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/28 — Boston, MA, Gillette Stadium


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDon’t miss Kristian Bush performing “Trailer Hitch” Monday morning on NBC’s Today.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood appear on ABC’s The View Monday. Brad will also perform his latest single, “Perfect Storm,” on the show.


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Sam Hunt Reveals the Meaning Behind His Album Title, “Montevallo,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, is now in stores featuring his breakthrough hit “Leave the Night On.”

The album title comes from the name of a city in Alabama about 25 minutes south of Birmingham. Sam played football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to Nashville. Once he got to Music City, Sam ended up dating a girl who lived down in Montevallo. Though that relationship is now over, that girl is the main inspiration for the songs Sam wrote and recorded for his debut project.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I spent a lot of time talking to her about songs. I probably should have included her as a co-writer on a lot of these songs because I spent a lot of time chatting with her.”

Spending so much time with that girl made Sam tap into a vulnerable side of himself he hadn’t been able to display on the football field.

“I got a lot of insight into females in general from being in a close relationship with her,” Sam says. “I used a lot of that when writing on the songs, because a lot of the songs are relationship-based. I didn’t want it to be just extra-macho.”

While Sam shows his sensitive side on songs like “Break Up in a Small Town” and “Take Your Time,” he also comes off as a very confident guy on other tracks such as “House Party,” “Speakers” and “Leave the Night On.”

Sam explains, “You know, I think there is a side of me personally that can be vulnerable, and there’s also a side that can be the opposite of that.”

He adds, “I think it takes a strength to be vulnerable, so it is a weird paradox there that I think sort of happens on the album.”

Look for Sam to perform a song from Montevallo on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday and Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.


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