Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Jake Owen's twin brother's name? ANSWER: Jarrod.


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Craig Morgan’s 8th Annual Charity Event Raises $60,000 for Tennessee Foster Kids

Image Courtesy Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography StudiosCraig Morgan's 8th annual Charity Event raised more than $60,000 on Sunday in Dickson, Tennessee. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks joined Craig and a few other motocross celebrities for a motocross exhibition and trail ride before performing a concert that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn.

Proceeds from Craig's Charity Event go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to assist foster kids in that county and throughout Middle Tennessee.


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Joe Nichols Says “Yeah” to Some Downtime in the Bahamas with His Wife, Heather

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols had to go back on tour shortly after he and his wife, Heather, welcomed their baby girl, Georgia Blue, nine weeks ago.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I feel for Mama right now 'cause I'm gone so much. She's kinda having to pull double-duty with the two-year-old and with our nine-week-old now. She's probably pretty wore out."

Joe now wants Heather to just kick back, relax and say "Yeah," just like he sings about it in his latest hit, so he's taking her to the Bahamas in the next week for some R&R. Joe expects Heather to get some good sleep on the trip as well.

"She can lay back on the beach and just say, 'Yeah,'" Joe says, before making a snoring sound.  "A little bit of snoring. That's right."

This trip marks Joe's first time back to the Bahamas since singing at Anna Nicole Smith's funeral there in 2007. He says, "I think the place we're going to is a pretty stellar place. I hear it is."

Joe could definitely use some downtime after undergoing back surgery just four weeks ago, according to The Country Vibe. Joe went against his doctors to return to the road just four days after surgery to repair an injury in his lower back from long-distance running.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert has been covering ZZ Top's "Give Me All Your Lovin'" during her recent live shows.

Jake Owen has selected "What We Ain't Got" as the follow-up single to his #1 hit, "Beachin'."


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Jason Aldean Won’t Be “Burnin’ It Down” in Bed with Florida Georgia Line

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFlorida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are co-writers on Jason Aldean's brand-new, sexy single, "Burnin' It Down," and Jason was looking to include a vocal collaboration with FGL on his upcoming studio album. So, why didn't they just trade vocals on "Burnin' It Down?"

"I don't know if this particular song really would be the song that fits them," Jason says with a grin. "You know, three guys singing a song about burning it down with each other?  I'm not sure that's a message we all want to send."

Speaking of the song's racy lyrics, Jason adds with a laugh, "Laying naked in the bed with Tyler and BK? I'm out. I mean, I like those guys, but not like that."

In all seriousness, Jason is a big fan of Florida Georgia Line, and they're touring together on Jason's Burn It Down tour all year long.  Says Jason, "I love what they've brought to the table over the last couple years. I think it's been a shot in the arm for country music, for sure."

As for what fans can expect on his upcoming album beyond "Burnin' It Down," Jason says, "There are some different things on this new album, and I hope this sets a good tone for what's to come."

"Burnin' It Down" was released to radio and all digital outlets Tuesday.


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Brett Eldredge Has a “Chance” Encounter with a Soldier Headed to Serve in Kuwait

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a pretty cool meeting with a U.S. soldier on a Southwest flight Tuesday. Brett posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting beside Army infantryman Chance Turner on the plane as the soldier made his way to serve in Kuwait. It just so happens Chance was in the audience when Brett performed at his army base, Fort Riley in Kansas, earlier this month.

Brett says, "Small world! Thanks for your service Chance."

To keep up with Brett's tour schedule, go to BrettEldredge.com.


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Kelly Clarkson Enjoys Good Laugh over Being Asked, “So, What Are You Doing Now?”

Image Courtesy Sony MusicIt's been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she's topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on all sorts of TV shows you can name, graced the cover of many major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby.  So it's no wonder that she's surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she's been up to since 2002.

Kelly tweeted, "Lady says to me 'Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?' Hahahaha!!"  She added the hashtag "#wherearetheynow."

In other Kelly news, she's one of the artists featured on "Pray for Peace," a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, Reba.  "So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!" Kelly tweeted.


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Kenny Chesney’s New Film, “The Believer,” Shines a Light on College Football Legend Steve Spurrier

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney and his longtime video director, Shaun Silva, have teamed up for a new documentary, The Believer, telling the story of famed college football coach Steve Spurrier.

Kenny and Steve became friends in 2007 when the country superstar invited him onstage during a show at the University of South Carolina. Kenny is once again partnering with ESPN and the SEC Network to produce the documentary, which features highlights from Spurrier's career as well as interviews with those who know him best.

Steve tells South Carolina's The State newspaper, "They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK."

The Believer premieres August 27 as part of the SEC Stories series on the SEC Network.  Kenny previously produced the ESPN football specials The Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's first hit collaboration from 1997? ANSWER: "It's Your Love."


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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Celebrating Baby Eisele’s First Birthday Tuesday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIt's hard to believe it, but Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott celebrates her baby Eisele's first birthday Tuesday. The little bundle of joy has gotten used to life on the road quite well, and Hillary is elated to be there for Eisele every day of the little one's life.

"She changes and grows so much, it's wild," Hillary told ABC News Radio backstage recently at Good Morning America. "Every day is different."

Taking care of an infant while traveling across the country is no easy task , but Hillary has the support of her husband, Lady A drummer Chris Tyrell, and a nanny as well as Hillary's assistant.

Hillary adds, "Chris is literally the only guy on our bus other than our driver."

Now that her band mate Dave Haywood is expecting to become a father this fall, Hillary can't wait to share parenting tips on raising a baby on tour.

She says, "It gives you more to talk about and sing about and it allows us to grow as friends because we're going through a lot of the same things at the same time. It's awesome. We're very, very blessed."

Lady Antebellum's Take Me Downtown tour continues through September. Go to LadyAntebellum.com to see where they're playing next.


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