Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard will perform “Helluva Life” on NBC’s Today show April 3.

Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope are set to perform a free concert at the Music City Center in Nashville as part of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four on April 8.

Blake Shelton‘s upcoming shows at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles are both sold out.

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George Strait Pondering Trip to Hawaii After Wrapping Final Tour in June

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait will wrap up his touring career with a final show at AT&T Stadium in Dallas June 7. Once the trek is over, George plans to have a little fun in the sun.

He says, “I’m going somewhere. I don’t know where, but I’m going somewhere to celebrate.”

George was stationed in Hawaii when he served in the Army back in the ’70s, but he hasn’t been back there in years.

“I would love to see it again and try to find my old house over there and all that stuff. And I want to go back to scope the [Army] barracks, I think, too, and see all the old spots [where] I used to hang out.”

For a full list of George’s tour dates, go to GeorgeStrait.com.

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Taylor Swift Sings Nashville’s Praises in New “Time” Interview

Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has purchased homes in New England and Los Angeles since becoming a global superstar, but she’ll always think of Nashville as her home base. In a new interview with Time on Music City’s booming economy, Taylor reveals her practical reasons for working mainly out of Nashville.

“Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label,” Taylor says. “I never think about moving home bases. It’s hard to describe why you consider a town your home base, except that when people ask me, ‘Where’s home?’, I don’t even think before I say ‘Nashville.’”

The city also offers Taylor an escape from the paparazzi that track her every move in New York or L.A.

She says, “You don’t see as much evidence of me spending time in Nashville, because I’m not being photographed at the grocery store. I’m just able to wander around the grocery store and make casual conversation with the girl standing next to me in the produce aisle.”

Taylor is currently working on the follow-up to her multi-platinum album, RED. She’ll take The RED Tour to Asia starting June 1 in Tokyo.

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Eric Paslay Making National TV Debut on “Good Morning America” Monday

EMI NashvilleEric Paslay makes his national television debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday. He’ll follow it up with appearance on FOX News’s Fox & Friends on Tuesday and The Queen Latifah Show on March 20.

Look for Eric to perform songs from his self-titled debut album, which features the hits “Friday Night” and “Song About a Girl.”

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Lady Antebellum to Be Honored at The Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill Awards April 2

Capitol NashvilleSeven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum will receive the Recording Artists’ Coalition Award at The Recording Academy’s Grammys on the Hill ceremony April 2 in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes Lady A’s success in country music, as well as their charitable efforts at home and abroad.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored at the event, taking place that night at The Hamilton Live on Capitol Hill.

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Chris Young Recalls a Cheesy London Hotel Room Service Mishap

RCA NashvilleChris Young heads back to Europe later this month for a tour with Brad Paisley, but he won’t be ordering hotel room service after the shows. On his first trek across the pond last year, Chris made the mistake of randomly choosing a cheese sandwich from the menu at a London hotel.

He explains, “I’m like — cheese, pickle, bread. Can’t mess that up, right?”

When the sandwich arrived, Chris was surprised to see shredded cheese on the sandwich along with an odd pickle spread.

“It wasn’t like a pickle,” Chris says. “It was pickled chutney or something. So, I basically opened it, looked at it, and went, “I’m not eating that,” and went back to sleep. I was just like, ‘Well, that’s a swing and a miss.’”

To keep up with Chris’s international tour schedule, go to ChrisYoungCountry.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockChris Young and Miranda Lambert both got their first national exposure competing on which TV singing competition? ANSWER: Nashville Star.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker‘s album, True Believers, had been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

Long before he won the Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey got his start playing the bad guy in Trisha Yearwood‘s 1992 video for “Walkaway Joe.”

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Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan’s “This Is How We Roll” Video Premiering on “Good Morning America”

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s new video with Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll,” premieres Friday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. The guys traveled to the desert outside San Diego, CA to film the clip, which features intense cameos from FGL’s daredevil friends Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus. The weather and a few other factors led to a great shoot for the guys.

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard says, “Anything out in California when it’s 75 degrees and we got dirt bikes and big trucks and girls and stuff like that involved, man, it’s gonna be a good time. So, we had a lot of fun with it.”

Luke had to fly straight from his show at Madison Square Garden in New York to San Diego for the video shoot.

Luke says, “I’m excited to be on it with them. I love what they’re doing musically. It’s so young, fresh. And to be a part of it with them is really awesome.”

“This Is How We Roll” is included on the deluxe edition of Florida Georgia Line’s album, Here’s to the Good Times…This Is How We Roll.

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