Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney‘s new single, “American Kids,” hit #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart after it was released last week.

Kacey Musgraves will perform at the Life Is Beautiful festival this October in Las Vegas.

Carrie Underwood plays “Priscilla Parker” and Miranda Lambert is “Belle Boyd” according to the names on their mugshots in a screenshot from their new video, “Somethin’ Bad.” Look for the clip to premiere Wednesday.


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The Band Perry Leads Songwriting Session with ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers

Getty Images/ACM Lifting LivesThe Band Perry helped kick off the fifth annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp with a songwriting session Monday morning at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. The camp is open to individuals with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that that leads to intense musical ability or musical interest. That ability was on full display as the campers tossed out song lyrics and ideas with The Band Perry to write a song called “Bright Eyes.” The Perry siblings were inspired by the campers’ wiliness to just toss out ideas.

Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio, “Honestly, whether it’s with family like we do here in The Band Perry, or with some co-writing friends, yeah, you are kind of checking your ideas that you toss out, at least, I know I do that, but they were full-throttle. It was like, from the get-go, we had, like, a title and exactly what they were thinking and feeling.”

That willingness to be honest rings true with The Band Perry’s approach to songwriting lately.

“One thing that that we’ve really been trying to work on our songwriting is, you can write a pretty lyric, but is it honest? Do you truly believe that?” says Reid Perry. “So, it was really interesting seeing them. They had no filter and therefore, were very honest about what they wanted to say and what it made them feel.”

The campers were also honest when they didn’t love a song lyric or idea, too.

Kimberly says, “I remember one gentleman just say, ‘Hey, well just try it again. Just try it again, but maybe just a little different.’ I appreciated the honesty. That’s [the] number-one key in a songwriting session is being honest.

The campers have a full week ahead of them as they record “Bright Eyes” with Lee Brice at Nashville’s Ocean Way Recording Studio on Wednesday. They’ll end the week singing the song on the Grand Ole Opry Friday with up-and-coming country star Chris Janson. Wynonna, Brett Eldredge, Casey James and The Swon Brothers are also spending time with the campers this week.


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Justin Moore Rocking Out with Motley Crue’s Vince Neil on Next Single, “Home Sweet Home”

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking a bit of a left turn with his next single covering Motley Crue‘s “Home Sweet Home.” Crue front man Vince Neil sings with Justin on the track. It’s the first single from the upcoming country tribute to Motley Crue, Nashville Outlaws, due out August 19.

Justin recently shot a video for “Home Sweet Home” in Nashville with all the members of Motley Crue making an appearance. Look for the clip to premiere on Rolling Stone Country and Vevo on July 1.


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Carrie Underwood Back to Work After Spending a Week with Orphans in Haiti

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood just returned to the U.S. after spending a week working with orphans in Haiti. Carrie and her husband, Mike Fisher, teamed up with the Danita’s Children organization, which provides shelter, education and meals to children in need.

Carrie tweeted Monday, “Back to work now after an amazing week in Haiti with @DanitasChildren Such wonderful children & staff! I miss them…”

Fans can only hope Carrie is working on her new album this week. In the meantime, Carrie’s video with Miranda Lambert for “Something Bad” premieres Wednesday.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country duo hosted the CMA Awards before Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took over? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn.


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Jake Owen Has a Lot of Toys on the Road with Him This Summer

Sony Music NashvilleFans who tuned into the 2014 CMT Music Awards got a peek at Jake Owen‘s beach-bar tour set from his current Days of Gold tour during his performance of “Beachin’.” The show features start-of-the-art lighting and production, but Jake took a few toys on his new tour to enjoy offstage, too.

He says, “I have a old-school woody Jeep. My dad, when I was a kid, had a Jeep wood side, woody. So, I bought one this past year and had it restored, and it’s baby blue. So, we’ll take that around with us.”

Jake also has some tricked-out golf carts to run around in backstage thanks to his friend, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. So, what does it take to haul all of Jake’s band, crew, tour set and toys around the country?

“Believe it or not, we have four trucks out this year on the road with us and four buses.”

Keep up with Jake’s tour schedule at JakeOwen.net.


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Nashville Notes

Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town‘s new video for “Day Drinking” premieres Wednesday on People.com.

Zac Brown Band has added rising singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson to select dates of their Great American Road Trip tour this summer.

Tracy Lawrence will perform at Craig Morgan‘s 8th Annual Charity Event July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee.


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Luke Bryan Sets Country Record for Sold Tickets at Pittsburgh Venue

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan’s first headlining show at an NFL stadium this past weekend was a record-breaker.

Luke’s show Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh set a record for sold tickets at the venue. More than 50,000 fans attended the show, which featured special guest Dierks Bentley and Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour openers Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.

Shortly after the concert wrapped, Luke declared, “Just had the most unbelievable night of my life.”

On Sunday, he tweeted, “I’m still amazed by last night. Whew. So awesome. Thank y’all.”

Luke will also headline Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Soldier Field in Chicago; and Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia this summer.

The next stop on his That’s My Kind of Night tour is Tuesday, June 24, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.



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Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dead at Age 86

Grand Ole OpryGrand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman died Saturday night in Nashville following a brief illness. He was 86 years old and is survived by his wife, Mae.

Newman became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956 and was well known for his mix of Cajun and country music. The Louisiana native’s biggest hits include “A Fallen Star,” “Cry, Cry Darling” and “Alligator Man.” He is a member of the Cajun Hall of Fame, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Newman last performed on the Grand Ole Opry June 6 with his band, Cajun Country. A public memorial service will be held Wednesday morning at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, fans can make donations to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund in Newman’s memory.


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Brad Paisley Treats His Opening Acts to a Midnight Screening of “Godzilla”

Photo Credit: Ben EnosThere are a lot of perks to being an opening act on a Brad Paisley tour, like good catering, great crowds and even free movies. On Friday, newcomer Leah Turner posted an Instagram photo of herself sitting in an Indianapolis movie theater with tour mates Brad, Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham and DJ Silver with the caption, “Midnight movie last night!”

It turns out Brad rented out the entire theater to treat his supporting acts to a screening of Godzilla. Leah said of Brad, “So NICE.”

To see where Brad and his movie buddies are playing next, go to BradPaisley.com.


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