Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Mourns the Loss of His Nephew, Tyler

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentCondolences to Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook on the passing of his nephew, Tyler Holsted. Jimi posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a T-shirt bearing Tyler's name. The caption reads, "In loving memory of my nephew @tylerholsted. You were and are an angel. I love you. JW."

Tyler passed away June 29 due to a hereditary heart condition that also took the life of his younger sister, Chelsea. Last month, the members of Little Big Town all wore "Prayers for Tyler" T-shirts in another photo posted to their social media sites.


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Chase Rice Honoring Late Father with Debut Album, “Ignite the Night,” Coming Out August 19

Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleChase Rice will release his first full-length album, Ignite the Night, on August 19, which just happens to the birthday of his late father.

He says, "The fact that this album is coming out on my dad’s birthday makes it that much more meaningful. I hope I do him proud.”

The lead single from Ignite the Night is Chase's gold-certified hit, "Ready Set Roll." Chase is especially thankful  to the fans who have downloaded that song and bought tickets to his concerts.

"I wouldn’t have a career without them," Chase says, "and I’m excited to get new music out so we can keep the party going."

The regular edition of Ignite the Night includes 15 tracks, and a special iTunes Party Edition will feature four additional tracks.

Here's the Ignite the Night track list:

"Ready Set Roll"
"Do It Like This"
"Beach Town"
"MMM Girl"
"Beer with the Boys"
"Carolina Can"
"We Goin' Out"
"Gonna Wanna Tonight"
"Look at My Truck"
"U Turn"
"50 Shades of Crazy"
"What's Your Name"
"How She Rolls"
"Jack Daniels & Jesus"
"Whoa"

iTunes Party Edition tracks:
"Party Up"
"Country in Ya"
"Best Beers of Our Lives"
"Ride"


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Billy Currington's duet with Shania Twain? ANSWER: "Party for Two."


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Miranda Lambert Is Pretty in Pink with a New, Short Hairdo at “Automatic” Sock Hop Party

Image Courtesy ABC News RadioMiranda Lambert hosted a sock-hop party at Nashville's aVenue Monday night to celebrate her latest #1 hit, "Automatic."  Miranda dressed in a '50s theme, wearing a pink, vintage dress and sporting a shorter, shoulder-length hairstyle. During the presentation, Miranda shared the stage with her "Automatic" co-writers, Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon, and thanked all the people who helped her take the song to #1.

"I'm overwhelmed right now with everything that's going on in my life," Miranda told those in attendance, adding, "and every day I wake up and pinch myself because I'm thankful and I'm scared and I'm excited. But I know that everybody in this room contributed in some way to every dream I have coming true right now, and I'm so thankful for that."

After Miranda's remarks, the honky tonk band Brazil Billy played as a few partygoers hit the dance floor.

Next up, Miranda hits the road on her Platinum tour next month. She posted an artist rendering of her elaborate new stage set on Instagram Monday.


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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann has released "Buzz Back Girl" as the brand-new single from his latest album, High Noon.

Craig Morgan's television show, All Access Outdoors, returns for a fifth season on the Outdoor Channel Sunday, July 6 at 11 p.m. ET.

Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann all lend their voices to country rapper Colt Ford's album Thanks for Listening, in stores Tuesday.


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Little Big Town Ready to Do Some “Day Drinking” with Kathie Lee and Hoda

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will appear on the fourth hour of NBC's Today on Tuesday morning. Since they'll be performing their latest single, "Day Drinking," LBT couldn't think of better hosts to talk with about the song than the show's Kathie Lee and Hoda.

The group's Karen Fairchild says, "I mean, they always have a glass of wine in their hand."

Band member Jimi Westbrook adds, "I never really thought about that until we found out we were going on there. I was like, 'Brilliant! That is their song! Everyday!'"

In all seriousness, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman is a big fan of Kathie Lee and Hoda.

"We love them," she says. "We have always loved them. I think their show is just so real and they are who they are."

Look for Little Big Town to talk about "Day Drinking" as well as their upcoming album, Pain Killer, due out this fall.


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Brad Paisley’s Firefighter Father Inspired Song on “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Soundtrack

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley sings two songs on the soundtrack to the new Disney film Planes: Fire & Rescue, including one he wrote from personal experience, "All In." The movie is all about firefighting, and Brad tells ABC News Radio he has a lot of family members in that line of work.

"My dad was, or is, a firefighter," Brad says. "He's retired. Doesn't really do it now. My brother-in-law is also a full-time firefighter. Used to be an L.A. firefighter. It was a chance to pay tribute to them in a movie."

He adds, "My favorite line in the song is, 'Where there's smoke and flames, and everybody needs out, I'm all in.'"

Brad also sings a song called "Runway Romance" on the soundtrack, due out July 15. Listen for him to make a voice cameo in Planes: Fire & Rescue, hitting theaters in 3D on July 18.

As for the film itself, Brad says, "It's really inspiring, actually. It's a really interesting take on firefighting, 'cause really the whole movie's about these vehicles that fight fires."

Brad previously contributed two songs to the 2006 Disney film Cars.


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Justin Moore and Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” Video Premiering Tuesday

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesJustin Moore and Motley Crue's new video for "Home Sweet Home" premieres Tuesday on RollingStone.com. The song will go to radio and hit iTunes that day, too. Justin and the guys in Motley Crue hit some of the honky tonks on Nashville's Lower Broadway for the clip, and a behind-the-scenes feature on the video is now posted at RollingStoneCountry.com.

"Home Sweet Home" is the lead single from the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Country Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 15. Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker are among the other stars covering Crue hits on the project.


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Zac Brown Band Joins Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Lineup

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has joined the lineup for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC this Friday night. Hunter Hayes and Miranda Lambert are among the previously announced performers along with Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie and Ariana Grande.

Nick Cannon hosts the two-hour 4th of July special at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show broadcasts live from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.


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Taylor Swift Keeping Elite Company on “Forbes” Celebrity 100 List

Image Courtesy Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift is keeping pretty elite company on Forbes' Annual Celebrity 100 list. She comes in at #18 on the countdown of the world's most powerful famous people. Toby Keith is ranked at #51 thanks to his touring schedule and multiple business ventures, while Kenny Chesney is ranked at #71.  Beyoncé tops the list, which is based on income, influence and power.

Here are Forbes' top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities.  To see the full rankings, go to Forbes.com.

1. Beyoncé Knowles, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million


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