Sam Hunt Reveals the Meaning Behind His Album Title, “Montevallo,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Universal Music GroupSam Hunt‘s debut album, Montevallo, is now in stores featuring his breakthrough hit “Leave the Night On.”

The album title comes from the name of a city in Alabama about 25 minutes south of Birmingham. Sam played football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to Nashville. Once he got to Music City, Sam ended up dating a girl who lived down in Montevallo. Though that relationship is now over, that girl is the main inspiration for the songs Sam wrote and recorded for his debut project.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I spent a lot of time talking to her about songs. I probably should have included her as a co-writer on a lot of these songs because I spent a lot of time chatting with her.”

Spending so much time with that girl made Sam tap into a vulnerable side of himself he hadn’t been able to display on the football field.

“I got a lot of insight into females in general from being in a close relationship with her,” Sam says. “I used a lot of that when writing on the songs, because a lot of the songs are relationship-based. I didn’t want it to be just extra-macho.”

While Sam shows his sensitive side on songs like “Break Up in a Small Town” and “Take Your Time,” he also comes off as a very confident guy on other tracks such as “House Party,” “Speakers” and “Leave the Night On.”

Sam explains, “You know, I think there is a side of me personally that can be vulnerable, and there’s also a side that can be the opposite of that.”

He adds, “I think it takes a strength to be vulnerable, so it is a weird paradox there that I think sort of happens on the album.”

Look for Sam to perform a song from Montevallo on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday and Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.


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Ronnie Milsap Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy CMARonnie Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night in Nashville at the organization’s annual Medallion Ceremony. Ronnie was on hand to accept the honor following tribute performances from Martina McBride on “(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time” and Hunter Hayes on “(There’s) Gettin’ Over Me.” Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and R&B legend Sam Moore also teamed up to sing Ronnie’s 1985 hit, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight.”

Bluegrass pioneer Mac Wiseman and the late songwriter Hank Cochran were also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night. Alison Krauss saluted Hank with performances of his notable compositions “Make the World Go Away,” which was a hit for Eddy Arnold, and “Don’t Touch Me,” which won a Grammy for Hank’s former wife, Jeannie Seely, in 1966. Gene Watson covered Hank’s song “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me,” and Charlie Daniels was on hand to sing Mac Wiseman’s song, “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy.”

The evening ended with Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris, Randy Owen of Alabama, Charley Pride and Brenda Lee joining this year’s inductees and performers onstage to sing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”


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The Swon Brothers Help Former Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer Surprise His Daughter

Image Courtesy Splash PRThe Swon Brothers helped former Tennessee Volunteers football coach Phil Fulmer surprise his daughter at her wedding reception last weekend in Maryville, Tennessee. The brothers played Tim McGraw‘s “My Little Girl” as Fulmer and his daughter shared their father-daughter dance. The Fulmer family has been fans of The Swon Brothers since the duo competed on The Voice.

To show his appreciation, Coach Fulmer presented Colton and Zach Swon with autographed Tennessee Vols footballs.


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Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert Drew on Real-Life Betrayal to Perform Their New Single, “Trouble”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGloriana‘s Rachel Reinert didn’t have to get into character to sing the trio’s latest single, “Trouble,” since the song came from her real-life experience. Rachel co-wrote the song with band mate Mike Gossin about an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her about two years ago.

Rachel tells ABC News Radio, “We dated for a couple years. I ended up finding out that he was cheating on me, which I did suspect. He, of course, lied about it, which, shocker, right?”

Like anybody, Rachel can be nice and sweet, but it’s a different story when a guy does her wrong.

“If you cross me, then then I’m gonna make you pay for it,” Rachel adds.

Mike and Gloriana’s third member, Tom Gossin, had a bad feeling about Rachel’s ex-boyfriend from the start, though.

Says Mike, “We had suspicions about this guy, I’ll leave it at that, that he was not the best fit for her.”

It was Mike who suggested Rachel channel her anger about the cheating into a song, and that’s how “Trouble” was born. He’s now very proud of her for being open and honest about what she went through.

Mike explains, “The fact that she was cool enough to put down that wall and open herself up and put herself out there — tell her story for people to hear and to relate to and hopefully help through a cheating situation, whether it’s boy or girl, I think, is the best part of the whole situation.”

Gloriana’s new single, “Trouble,” hits the airwaves soon.


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The Band Perry Teaches Master Class for Aspiring Musicians at Nashville’s Belmont University

Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Band Perry recently gave a Master Class for aspiring musicians at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville. During the hour-long event, The Band Perry’s Reid, Neil and Kimberly Perry shared stories of playing shopping malls, campgrounds and campsites while trying to make it as performers. They also stressed the importance of a strong work ethic and a good support system for those trying to make it in the music business.

The sibling trio also took questions from the students in the audience before serenading them with an acoustic version of their signature hit, “If I Die Young.”


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Miranda Lambert’s 7th Annual Cause for the Paws Event Raised More than $600,000

Image Courtesy Becky Fluke/SonyMusicMiranda Lambert‘s 7th Annual Cause for the Paws event raised more than $600,000 to help rescue dogs in need of forever homes. The event took place in Las Vegas in conjunction with Miranda’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival earlier this month. A VIP experience complete with a live and silent auction helped to boost proceeds.

Miranda says, “Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas; it doesn’t get any better.  With the money raised, I am looking forward to seeing lots of dogs find loving forever homes through adoption.”

The money raised will benefit Miranda’s Mutt Nation Foundation and their ongoing projects, including the building of the Redemption Ranch, a new owned-and-operated shelter in Miranda’s hometown of Tishomingo, OK opening November 22.


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Reba Explains How Little Big Town’s New Album, “Pain Killer,” Is Inspiring Her to Take Chances

Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba is working with two of her closest friends, Tony Brown and James Stroud, to produce her upcoming studio album, but a new release from one of country’s hottest acts has her thinking it’s time to rock the boat and work with totally different people on future projects.

Reba says, “I did hear the new Little Big Town album. Yes.  So, yeah, now I’m considering it, yeah. I would love to kinda see what somebody else could do with me.”

Little Big Town’s just-released album, Pain Killer, really pushes the envelope when it comes to loud guitars and gritty song lyrics. Since Reba hasn’t released an album since 2010, she wanted to work with familiar people on her next album.

Reba says, “It’s comfortable, and it may be time for me to step out of comfort and go try some new stuff.”

Look for Reba’s new album to come out next year.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan‘s wife’s name? ANSWER: Caroline.


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Reba’s Father, Clark McEntire, Passes Away

Image Courtesy CMACondolences to Reba on the passing of her father, Clark McEntire. He died Thursday night in Coalgate, OK.

Reba posted the news on her Facebook page saying, “He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home.”

Clark McEntire was born in Oklahoma on November 30, 1927 and went on to win the Rodeo World Championships in 1957, 1958 and 1961. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He went on to play a major role in encouraging Reba to pursue a singing career when he told her she should sing the national anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo. It was at that performance that recording artist Red Steagall discovered Reba.


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Kenny Chesney Launching The Big Revival Tour March 26, 2015 in Nashville

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney will launch The Big Revival tour on March 26, 2015 in Nashville. That date also happens to be his birthday.

Kenny says, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate. I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced I’m fired up!”

Kenny revealed the big news on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday. The trek will include 18 to 20 stadium shows. He’ll have different opening acts for different shows on the tour. Look for tour dates to be announced soon.


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