Warner Music NashvilleBrettEldredge started out singing Frank Sinatra songs as a kid in his hometown of Paris, IL, but he quickly went country after hearing Ronnie Dunn‘s voice on Brooks & Dunn‘s Greatest Hits album.
“When I first heard Brooks & Dunn, I was hooked,” Brett tells the Ocala Star-Banner of discovering Brooks & Dunn during his freshman year of high school. “I had a boat named ‘Bessie,’ and we listened to that CD the whole summer.”
Brett has now scored his second country hit with “Beat of the Music.” It’s included on his debut album, Bring You Back, out now.
Big Machine RecordsThe Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 2, Volume 2 will be released May 6 featuring 11 tracks sung by the show’s stars. A deluxe version with 21 tracks, including four exclusive tracks, will be available exclusively at Target.
Nashville returns with an all-new episode Wednesday, April 30 at 10 p.m. ET.
Here’s the full Target Deluxe Edition track listing:
“He Ain’t Gonna Change” — Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere “I Ain’t Leavin’ Without Your Love” — Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson “Believing” — Charles Esten, Lennon & Maisy “Hurtin’ on Me” — Chris Carmack “Lately” — Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen “Wrong for the Right Reasons” — Connie Britton “Everything I’ll Ever Need” — Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Jackson “Joy Parade” — Lennon & Maisy “Come Find Me” — Clare Bowen “It’s on Tonight” — Will Chase, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten “Hennessee” — Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Chaley Rose “It All Slows Down” — Aubrey Peeples “Is That Who I Am” — Chris Carmack “This Time” — Connie Britton “Black Roses” — Clare Bowen “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet” — Hayden Panettiere “A Life That’s Good” — Connie Britton, Charles Esten, Lennon & Maisy “Carry You Home” — Chaley Rose “Then I Was Loved by You” — Chris Carmack “Falling” — Clare Bowen “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet” (Orchestral Version) — Hayden Panettiere
CMAFlorida Georgia Line has teamed up with American Express to kick off the company’s Membership Experiences Concert series. The duo will play small shows in September and October in New York City for American Express card members only.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are also taking part in the concert series. For more information, go to AmericanExpress.com.
CMAEricChurch is putting the hammer down on scalpers for his upcoming The Outsiders World Tour. A total of 902 tickets for Eric’s September 16 show in Minneapolis which had been purchased by scalpers have been canceled and will go back on sale Friday afternoon to the general public.
Eric says, “I want my fans to be the ones who buy tickets to my shows, and I want scalpers to back off. I can’t stop ticket scalpers completely, but I can definitely make it harder for them.”
Eric will continue to scrutinize ticket orders for his concerts. Go to EricChurch.com for more ticket information.
Sony Music NashvilleWhile most folks are thinking about hitting the beach this time of year, Chris Young is daydreaming of heading way up north.
When asked where he’d like to go for a dream vacation, Chris says, “I guess the one place that I haven’t been, and I love cold weather, is I haven’t been up to Alaska.” He adds, “So, if I was gonna go somewhere for just a vacation, like, to go ice fishing, I would do Alaska, just ’cause it’s the one state that I haven’t been to.”
Chris better book that flight up north soon. He’s spending this summer on the road with Dierks Bentley in addition to playing a few headlining shows of his own.
Valory Music Co.BrantleyGilbert is back with a bang thanks to his latest hit, “Bottoms Up.” Once he finished writing the song with his co-writers, Brantley knew “Bottoms Up” should be the lead single from his upcoming album, Just as I Am.
He tells ABC News Radio, “It got stuck in my head. You know, everybody we played it for, it kinda stuck to their eardrum. When you get those, you just count your blessings.”
Thankfully, Brantley’s fans confirmed his hunch about “Bottoms Up” and downloaded the song and video in droves. He feels such a connection to them, Brantley even considers his fans to be his friends.
“A friend’s somebody that supports you and knows you,” Brantley explains. “If somebody’s listening to my, well, this will make three records, you got a pretty good idea of who I am. You know, buying those songs and downloading the video — that’s support. Man, even being a songwriter, I don’t have words for it.”
Brantley is now headlining his own arena tour, which is just one of the big dreams he’s realized in the past few years. In fact, Brantley only hoped to sell out the Georgia Theater near his home when he first started making music.
He says, “It’s 20 minutes from my hometown. It held 900 people. I did it when I was 20. Everything since then has been a bonus. We come up with new goals every day.”
Head over to BrantleyGilbert.com to keep up with his tour schedule. Brantley’s new album, Just as I Am, is due out May 19.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKaceyMusgraves has signed on to perform at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria on May 3. GLAAD is a media advocacy organization representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
Dolly Parton will take part in her first-ever Twitter Q&A Sunday at 5 p.m. ET just before her live performance on QVC to promote her new album, Blue Smoke. Fans can submit questions by using the hashtag #AskDolly.
David Nail‘s go-to karaoke song is Elton John‘s “Tiny Dancer.”
Dustin Lynch was a member of an Incubus cover band as a teenager in Tullahoma, TN.
A new biographical exhibit on Kenny Rogers, titled “Kenny Rogers: Through the Years,” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on August 15.
Rascal Flatts is taking part in a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Civil War miniseries, To Appomattox. They’ll appear in the film project and on the soundtrack along with Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins and Laura Bell Bundy.