Lee Ann Womack and John Legend Team Up for CMT Crossroads

Sugar Hill Lee Ann Womack teams up with John Legend for CMT's next episode of Crossroads. The pair will sing alternate versions of each other's hits and duet on others, in a taping outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee before the special  premieres in September.

Legend won the 2005 Best New Artist Grammy and performed his most recent smash hit "All of Me" at June's CMT Awards with Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. Lee Ann's latest single is the title track from her new album The Way I'm Livin', her first in almost six years.

Fans can enter CMT's Destination Crossroads sweepstakes to win airfare, hotel and spending money for the taping between now and September 10. CMT Crossroads:  John Legend and Lee Ann Womack airs September 26 at 10 p.m. ET, just a few days after Lee Ann's album comes out on the 23rd.


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Jason Aldean Rolls Out Steamy Clip for “Burnin’ It Down”

Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Broken BowYou can check out Jason Aldean's steamy new video for "Burnin' It Down" on E!'s Music Channel.  The sexy clip, shot in Nashville earlier this month, features a scantily-clad brunette seducing a guitar player at home, while Jason and his band perform the song amid a pyro-laced backdrop.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are two of the song's co-writers. It's the first single from Jason's sixth studio album, titled Old Boots, New Dirt. It's due October 7, before Jason wraps his tour in Texas on October 25.


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Brad Paisley Calls Out E! News over Taylor Swift Headline

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is apparently not too happy with E! News. In response to E!'s online article titled Taylor Swift’s ‘Becoming More of a Product’ as a Pop Music Singer, Says Brad Paisley,” the singer tweeted, "Bulls**t headline, E. Nice interview. Go taylor.”

Though the headline seems to indicate that Brad has some problem with Taylor’s acknowledgement that her forthcoming album 1989 will be her first full-blown pop effort, the article itself points out that she and Brad are longtime friends.  He goes on to call the crossover “admirable” and to say she “has the vision for who she wants to be going forward.”

In the quote where he actually uses the world “product,” Brad is talking about how Taylor has grown from her Music City roots.

"People are going to have to get used to it cause it's not the Taylor Swift obviously that you knew,” he told E! News. “Because this is somebody -- like, she was talking about how she cut her hair, and she is spending time in different cities more and becoming more of a product -- and she is a world famous superstar now. She is just not Nashville's, [and] we just have to kind of get used to that."

So far, there’s no response from Taylor on the minor brouhaha. Her new album is due October 27, while Brad’s latest, Moonshine in the Trunk, came out last Monday.


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Toby Keith Opens “Big Dog Daddy’s” in Time for First OU Game

Show Dog/Universal Though his name is already over the door in at least sixteen locations of I Love This Bar & Grill, Toby Keith can now count one more restaurant as part of his empire. This week, Big Dog Daddy's Ice House opened in Norman, Oklahoma, achieving its goal to be ready for this year's first University of Oklahoma home football game on Saturday.

Big Dog Daddy's is a "casual, college bar setup" with an "old classic Texas Ice House feel," according to The Norman Transcript. Toby's partners in the venture are the Hal Smith Restaurant Group, who also run the Oklahoma locations of I Love This Bar & Grill.

The menu revolves around build-your-own hot dogs, burgers and pizza, and also features Toby's signature fried bologna sandwich.  Big Dog Daddy's also serves up jalapeno Spam on Texas toast, along with "Red Solo Cup" specials, in a tip of the hat to Toby's hit song.


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Little Big Town Explains the Politics of Whistling “Day Drinking”

Capitol NashvilleThere's no denying that "Day Drinking" is one of the most infectious songs of the summer, thanks in part to the chorus Little Big Town whistles near the end. And sure enough, when they look out over their audiences while they're performing their hit, they often find folks whistling along.

"I do see them whistling, which is kinda funny," Jimi Westbrook laughs. "It's hard to whistle when you drink too much, you know, I think," Karen Fairchild interjects.

When it comes to the band members themselves, the four agree that Jimi and Kimberly Schlapman have to carry the bulk of the whistling load, while Karen calls herself a "below-average whistler," and Phillip Sweet admits his challenges are even greater.

"I am the weakest link in the whistling chain," he laughs. "I mean, I really have always struggled with whistling. I almost have to sing it just to get it out." Karen clarifies that she and Phillip did both whistle on the record, though.

Kimberly goes on to demonstrate that she is indeed the best whistler in the bunch, even performing an impromptu version of "Whistle While You Work" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at her band mates' urging.

"That's not my best either," she exclaims.

Next Wednesday, LBT joins Darius Rucker to announce the nominees for this year's CMA Awards on Good Morning America. Their new album, Pain Killer, comes out October 21.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn which hit reality show was Chase Rice a runner-up? ANSWER:  Survivor: Nicaragua in 2010.


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Florida Georgia Line Says “Anything Goes” Has Something for Everybody

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's forthcoming sophomore album is called Anything Goes, and the duo believes it has something for everybody-- from the good-time songs they're known for to more serious songs like their current hit, “Dirt.”

“We really do feel like there's a song for everybody on the album. A little bit of this, a little bit of that,” Brian Kelley says. “There's a song called ‘Confession,’ that's different than ‘Dirt,’ but it's a ‘make you think’ [kind of song]. It's a deeper song for us. It's a song that every time that dang hook hits, it's goose-bump city again.”

At the same time, Brian says every song means something different for him and his musical partner Tyler Hubbard.

“I mean, you literally go down the line. Each one of 'em means a lot to us, and there's a reason why we put that on the album. Getting down to the end of the album, and we wrote two more songs back in June, and those made the album. It just feels like every little piece fit. It's the strongest piece of work we've ever done.

Florida Georgia Line’s second album will be available in stores and online October 14.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNashville Outlaws:  A Tribute to Motley Crue debuted at number two on Billboard's Country Albums chart, just behind Chase Rice's Ignite the Night. The country take on heavy metal sold 31,000 copies in its first week.

Former Amazing Race contestant Canaan Smith's new single is called "Love You Like That."

Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Marty Stuart will all appear at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for the 13th Annual Americana Honors & Awards September 17. It will air as a special edition of PBS's Austin City Limits on November 22.


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Martina McBride Sets Out on Fall Leg of Everlasting Tour

Image Courtesy Vinyl RecordingsAs Martina McBride embarks on the fall leg of the tour to support her Everlasting album, seven of the dates are already sold out. She believes part of the reason why is that her new versions of R&B standards from the fifties, sixties and seventies mix so well with her hits like “Independence Day” and “This One’s for the Girls.”

"I feel like this show really takes the audience on a musical journey,” Martina says. “The songs from Everlasting and my hits blend seamlessly together throughout the night."

Accompanied by an eleven-piece band, including a horn section and a group of background singers, Martina delivers her take on songs ranging from the Supremes’ “Come See About Me” to Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.” Everlasting debuted at number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart when it was released in the spring.

Martina’s first cookbook, Around the Table, will be out October 7.

These are the fall dates for the Everlasting tour, with the sold-out shows marked with an asterisk:

*8/28 -- Meridian, MS, MSU Riley Center for the Performing Arts
*8/29 -- Forrest City, AR, East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center
*8/30 -- Lake Charles, LA, L'Auberge Casino and Hotel
*8/31 -- Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley
9/5 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium
9/6 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
9/11 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
9/12 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
9/13 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theater
9/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/19 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
9/20 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair
9/22 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
*9/25 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Event Center
9/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/2 -- Dartmouth, NS, Dartmouth Sportsplex
10/3 -- Moncton, NB, The Center at Casino New Brunswick
10/4 -- St Johns, NL Canada, Mile One Centre
10/9 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
10/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
10/11 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theatre
10/16 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
10/17 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
10/18 -- Niceville, FL, Mullett Festival
10/24 -- Athens, GA, Classic Center Theater
*11/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/7 -- Dearborn, MI, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
*11/8 -- Dayton, OH, Schuster Center
11/13 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
11/14 -- Utica, NY, The Stanley
11/15 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/21 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
11/29 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
12/3 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
12/4 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
12/5 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
12/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Northern Lights Theatre
12/13 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre


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Tim McGraw Takes Aim with “Shotgun Rider;” Readies for Release Day Livestream

Big Machine RecordsAs Tim McGraw gets ready to release his new CD, Sundown Heaven Town, next month, he’s taking aim at the charts with his new single, “Shotgun Rider.” Tim says he loves the way the song paints a picture and sets a mood.

"In my mind, you look over and see the person that you love next to you sitting in the front seat, and you think, 'How good do I have it?  Life is perfect’,” he reflects. “There is a certain warmth to this song and several others like it that really establish the tone for the whole album."

On release day, Tim will team up with the man who directed the films Moneyball and Capote, Bennett Miller, to livestream a new episode of American Express Unstaged. You can watch the performance live from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom starting at 9 p.m. ET on September 16.

 
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