Kenny Chesney Relives the Most Surprising Show of His Career

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney won’t head out on The Big Revival Tour until next year, but he gave fans a foretaste with his free Flora-Bama-Jama show back in August. Two years ago, he did a similar thing, offering his fans a preview of his Brothers of the Sun Tour, with a beachside show on an outdoor stage that turned out to be one of the most memorable of his career.

“The Wildwood, New Jersey show a couple years ago was the most — surprised me a lot,” he recalls. “The connection we had with that audience was unbelievable. Not that — that didn’t surprise me. It was just that in that environment that it would be so wonderful.”

For Kenny, it solidified the notion of his very favorite place to perform his music — the beach.

“It was a learning experience for me, because I love that environment,” he confesses. ” If I could do every show, every show that I do from now on and smell the ocean, that would be really great. And smell fried food and smell spilled beer and see people out there really loving that atmosphere, ’cause it’s the atmosphere that I really love. When I’m busy on the road, and when I’m out there in the middle of the grind, that’s what I think about. So, I loved playing out there in Wildwood, New Jersey that night.”

Fans who can’t wait to see Kenny’s new tour next year can relive the memories on the Internet. The Wildwood, New Jersey show is available on YouTube, while the Flora-Bama-Jama is streaming at CMT.com.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Foundation will present Kix Brooks with its first-ever Humanitarian Award at a ceremony in January of next year.

Joe Nichols sings his hit “Hard To Be Cool” live from Murray State University this Saturday at 11 a.m. E.T. on CMT Hot 20 Countdown, celebrating the school’s win in the “Hot County College Town” sweepstakes.

Trisha Yearwood recently performed an improv rendition of “She’s Got Leg Hair Like A Boy” to help a female deejay who resolved not to shave her legs to raise money for No Shave November for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



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Garth’s Man Against Machine Debuts at #1 on Country Chart, #4 on Billboard 200

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks debuts at number one on the Top Country Albums chart this week, selling 130,000 copies of his first new studio album in 13 years. Man Against Machine is his fourteenth collection to bow atop the country charts. Garth’s last studio effort predates the beginning of the digital age; Scarecrow moved 466,000 units in 2001, enough to also claim bragging rights on the all-genre chart.

This time, Garth wasn’t able to best an impressive third-week showing for Taylor Swift‘s 1989, which more than doubled his numbers with 312,000 buys to land at number one on the Billboard 200. New CD’s from Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd placed Garth at number 4 on the overall chart.

If Garth’s numbers seem lackluster, his own GhostTunes may be to blame. That’s the only place Man Against Machine is available digitally, and Billboard says the site didn’t report its downloads to SoundScan.


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“Nashville” Recap: “You’re Lookin’ at Country”

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Nashville‘s version of the CMA Awards aired Wednesday night, but the action was mostly in the audience and backstage.

Rayna Jaymes swept the night with six wins, but she didn’t thank her fiancé, Luke Wheeler, whom she beat out in four of those categories. Since they had a small fight about signing a prenuptial agreement on the way to the awards show, Rayna’s slight led Luke to down doubles throughout the night.  Those drinks led to a showdown in the bathroom backstage, where Luke told Rayna she wouldn’t have this success if not for the press she got off their engagement. Rayna finally thanked Luke when she won Entertainer of the Year, and they made up in their bedroom after the show. However, Rayna got a text from her ex, Deacon Claybourne, so there may still be some heat left in that flame.

Juliette Barnes was feeling very insecure about only having one nomination at the CMA Awards. Sitting with her baby daddy, Avery Barkley, and his judgmental father didn’t help the situation. While Avery’s dad came down hard on Juliette’s background, Avery ended up standing up to him. While reassuring each other that they wouldn’t turn into their screwed-up parents, Juliette told Avery they are expecting a baby girl. Avery took Juliette home after the show, but he didn’t give in to Juliette’s subtle invitation to stay the night.

Gunnar Scott and Zoey Dalton got into a big fight when Gunnar’s son, Micah, went missing at the CMA Awards ceremony. As Gunnar’s named was called as the winner in the Song of the Year category for writing “Ball and Chain,” he was out on the concourse looking for his son. Once Gunnar found Micah, he blamed Zoey for not watching the boy closely enough, and walked off. At the end of the episode, Zoey broke up with Gunnar, saying she didn’t want to make him choose between her and his son.

Layla Grant was lampooned at the CMA Awards for her ditzy image, created by the producers of her reality show with closeted husband/country star Will Lexington. In the end, Will agreed to hold Layla and comfort her after she got upset about all the negative attention.

New Artist of the Year winner Sadie Stone, played by Laura Benanti, got an unwelcome text from her ex-boyfriend, who inspired her latest hit, “You Can’t Stop Me.” You can download Laura’s recording of that song now at iTunes.

Nashville returns with a Christmas-themed episode December 3 at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC.

 
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Sam Hunt and Chase Rice Book Monday Night Dates with Late Night

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGBoth Sam Hunt and Chase Rice have Monday night dates with late night in the weeks to come.

Sam performs his new single “Take Your Time,” the follow-up to his chart-topping “Leave the Night On” on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 24. He’s currently looking at adding dates to his Lipstick Graffiti Tour, as the first round of shows sold out in most cities.

The following Monday, December 1, Chase will do two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! — his top five hit “Ready Set Roll” plus his new tune “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” He’ll have at least 16 sold out solo shows under his belt by the time he joins Kenny Chesney for his Big Revival Tour next year.

Both shows air at 11:35 p.m. ET, with Kimmel on ABC and Letterman on CBS.


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Hunter Hayes Cancels St. Louis Concert as Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency

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Hunter Hayes is cancelling his Thursday night concert at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, as the nation waits for the grand jury decision on whether a police officer will be charged in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in August, a case that has led to protests and unrest in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. 

In advance of the announcement of the grand jury’s decision, the governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency there.

In a statement on his website, Hunter says the decision is “out of respect for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon‘s declaration declaring a state of emergency in Missouri.”

Some heartbroken fans took to Hunter’s website to express sentiments like “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reschedule this concert. You don’t understand how upset thousands of girls are because they don’t get to see you. I have been looking forward to this for months and months.”

Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase for this concert, and Hunter assures fans they only need hold out a little longer, promising he’ll be back in St. Louis next year.


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Blake Shelton is Now Officially Sexy, Thanks to People Magazine

Courtesy: NBCAfter an entire year of kidding Voice co-star Adam Levine about being People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013, Blake Shelton is now officially swoon-worthy himself. The magazine says it seems fitting the 38-year-old should make this year’s A-list, if only to see how the Maroon 5 front man can get back at him. The pair’s comical bromance also landed the two on the list of “Sexiest Best Friends in Hollywood.”

Keith Urban may turn a few heads with his contribution to People.com’s “Talk Dirty: 10 Sexy Quotes from 10 Sexy Guys.” The Aussie superstar says he keeps his marriage to Nicole Kidman hot with “Nice sex texting.”

Brett Eldredge is the only country bachelor to rank among the “Sexiest Guys Still Up for Grabs,” while revealing a penchant for women from the West Coast. “You’ve got to love California girls,” he says. “You know, being a single guy, out here I’m always like, ‘Wow, there are so many beautiful girls in L.A.’”

Tim McGraw represents the 40’s as People runs down “Sexy at Every Age,” while Nashville’s Sam Palladio is one of England’s “Hottest Guys from Around the World.” The issue proclaiming actor Chris Hemsworth 2014’s “Sexiest Man Alive” is out Friday.


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Sara Evans Puts Her Stamp on the Holidays with New Album, “At Christmas”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans‘ first full-length holiday album, At Christmas, is now on sale. Instead of hiring a bunch of orchestras, Sara opted to take her own country sound and adapt it to holiday classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” The project came together rather quickly since her record label only asked her to make the album a few months ago.

In an interview with ABC News Radio, Sara says, “In a way, that was great, because I didn’t obsess over it. I just kind of let [my producer] Mark go in, and I guided him on the phone. Like, ‘Let’s make it sound like Sara Evans’ music, but it’s Christmas songs.’”

Sara went in to record the vocals for At Christmas in a studio in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She brought a few special guests along with her for the recording sessions, too.

“My girls sang on one song with me, on ‘The 12 Days of Christmas,’” Sara says. “It’s really precious.”

Here’s the track listing for At Christmas:

“At Christmas”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” (featuring Olivia and Audrey)
“Silent Night”
“Winter Wonderland”
“O Holy Night”
“Run Rudolph Run”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood won American Idol in which year? ANSWER: 2005.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLauren Alaina debuted two new songs, “Doing Fine” and “Breathe Again,” during her Saturday night performance at the Grand Ole Opry. It was her first public performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery in August.

Brantley Gilbert has been added to the presenters lineup for Sunday night’s American Music Awards airing at 8 ET on ABC.  Garth Brooks is slated to perform.

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will launch a four-date run of shows together January 27, 2015 starting in Glenside, Pennsylvania.


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