Lady Antebellum Gives Out 800 Cake Pops at CMA Music Festival to Celebrate Webisode Milestone

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has released a new webisode for their fans almost every week since they first hit the country scene in 2007 with “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” The group recently posted their 300th webisode, so they celebrated the milestone by giving away 800 cake pops to everyone who came by to see them at the CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X over the weekend.

Band member Dave Haywood says, “That’s a lot of calories.”

As for their webisode series, Lady A’s Hillary Scott adds, “We’ve had a video camera following us around from the very beginning back to when we were behind the camera, and now having a really amazing professional, [Adam Boatman], putting it all together.”

Look for highlights from Lady Antebellum’s CMA Music Festival experience in an upcoming installment of their Lady A TV webisodes.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich instrument does Hillary Scott‘s husband Chris Tyrell play in Lady Antebellum‘s band? ANSWER: Drums.

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Zac Brown Band Taking New Approach for Fall Recording Sessions

Southern GroundZac Brown Band just released “All Alright” as the latest single from their EP, The Grohl Sessions, and a they’ll begin work on a new full-length project this fall.

Zac says, “We’ll be in the studio for a few solid months planning for a spring release. Spring or early summer.”

The guys are taking a different approach to making the new album, too.

“We’re taking more time to record this year than we ever have and working with several different producers as well within the same project,” Zac explains. “So, we’re really excited about that.”

Look for more announcements from Zac Brown Band in the next month or so.

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Chris Young on the Mend Following Hand Surgery

Sony Music NashvilleChris Young is on the mend following surgery to repair tendons that were injured when he accidentally cut his left hand last week in a kitchen accident.

In a post on Facebook, Chris’s mother, Becky Harris, said he can still move his fingers and will be in a soft cast for another two weeks, then a hard cast for four weeks after that. She also says Chris has a lot of stitches, and they’re not sure if he will be able to play his shows this weekend.

Becky adds, “Thank you again for all the prayers.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomers Sam Hunt, Natalie Stovall and the Drive and David Fanning are among the artists playing the Next from Nashville stage at the Faster Horses Festival July 18 through 20 in Brooklyn, MI.

Josh Turner will appear on the fourth hour of NBC’s Today show Tuesday to talk about his book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood.

Keith Urban keeps the car theme going with his new single, “Somewhere in My Car,” the follow-up to his latest hit, “Cop Car.”

The country tribute to Motley Crue, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, is now due out August 19. Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars contributing songs to the project.

Frankie Ballard had a party at Pour House in Nashville Monday to celebrate his #1 hit, “Helluva Life.”

Cassadee Pope will headline FOX News’s FOX & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series this Friday morning. She’s also signed on as a new spokesperson for skin care line ProActiv+.

Jana Kramer‘s new video, “Love,” was filmed in El Progreso, Honduras. It’s now airing exclusively on CMT.

John Legend‘s country duet version of “All of Me” with Jennifer Nettles  premiered on last week’s CMT Music Awards, and a recorded version has now been released to iTunes. Hunter Hayes arranged, produced and played on the track along with his band.

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Jerrod Niemann Headlining Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium September 12

Photo Credit: Darrin DickersonJerrod Niemann will headline his first show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Friday, September 12. Playing that historic venue has been a dream of Jerrod’s since he moved to Nashville from Ft. Worth, Texas in 2000.

He says, “I remember when I first moved to town, my buddies and I would hang out in the honky tonks off Lower Broadway and the Mother Church of Country Music would always smile down at us from her perch. It’s a rite of passage for all musicians to grace her stage as the main act, and I am very much looking forward to having that honor.”  

Tickets for Jerrod’s Ryman show go on sale this Friday morning at He’s also joining Keith Urban on the Raise ‘Em Up tour this summer.

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Country Stars Raise Big Money for Charity During CMA Music Festival

Republic NashvilleCountry’s top stars raised a lot of money for charity last week during the CMA Music Festival. Florida Georgia Line‘s appearance at the Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert brought in more than $142,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The concert is now in its 10th year and has raised more than $750,000 to help feed the hungry in the Nashville area.

Darius Rucker‘s fifth annual Darius and Friends benefit concert and golf tournament brought in more than $122,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to help them offer free care to children fighting cancer. Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square, David Nail, Eli Young Band, Cassadee Pope, and Kenny Rogers were among the stars taking part in Darius’s events during CMA Music Fest week.

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Lee Brice Announces Details on New Album, “I Don’t Dance,” Due Out September 9

CurbLee Brice will release his new album, I Don’t Dance, on September 9. The project features the hit title track, which Lee wrote for his wedding dance with wife, Sara.

Making the album was a real labor of love for Lee.  He says, “I wanted to have control over every drumbeat, every lick. It was a lot of really sitting down and thinking about every little piece that goes into a song.”

Lee even played every instrument on the song “Girls in Bikinis,” and played banjo for the first time on an album on the track, “Sirens.”

I Don’t Dance is the follow-up to Lee’s gold-selling album, Hard 2 Love.

Here’s the I Don’t Dance track listing:

“I Don’t Dance”
“No Better than This”
“Show You Off Tonight”
“Always the Only One”
“Good Man”
“Drinkin’ Class”
“That Don’t Sound Like You”
“Girls in Bikinis”
“Somebody’s Been Drinkin’”
“The Airport Song”
“My Carolina”
“Panama City”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of George Strait‘s 1981 debut album? ANSWER: Strait Country.

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Taylor Swift Touts “The Giver” in New American Library Association “READ” Poster

Photo Credit: Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift loves to read, and now she’s encouraging others to do the same. She appears on a new poster for the American Library Association’s Celebrity READ project, sporting a red dress, red lips and holding a copy of Lois Lowry‘s classic young adult book The Giver.

That’s no accident, of course, since Taylor appears in the movie version of The Giver, which opens August 15.  Her co-stars include Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.  Some of Taylor’s other movie work has had literary connections: she contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the first Hunger Games movie, and she voiced a character in the animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax.

On its website, the ALA notes, “Taylor Swift is a passionate supporter of literacy and libraries. Partnering with Scholastic Books, Taylor has made generous book donations to the public library in her home town of Reading, Pennsylvania, as well as the public library in Nashville, Tennessee where she currently resides.”

You can purchase the Taylor READ poster for 18 bucks at the ALA website. The Celebrity READ campaign, which started in 1985, has featured more than 200 celebrities on its posters, which are meant to be displayed in classrooms, libraries, schools and universities.  Proceeds from sales of the posters support the ALA.

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