Florida Georgia Line Plans Massive Tailgate Party to Celebrate New CD

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line will spend Halloween this year headlining a massive tailgate party at the Jacksonville Shipyards, just ahead of the Georgia-Florida football game the next day. Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, John King and more join Bryan Kelley and Tyler Hubbard for the Anything Goes Tailgate 2014, named for the duo’s sophomore CD.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday at JaxTailgate.com, with bundles including a souvenir t-shirt and a copy of the duo’s new CD, out October 14.

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Little Big Town Announce Pain Killer Tour, Unveil Album Cover

Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town will launch their Pain Killer tour November 8 in Youngstown, OH.  Featuring special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne, the tour will hit 13 cities nationwide, and wrap in Rockford, IL on December 13.

In a statement, Karen Fairchild said, “We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour. Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and Brothers…we’re big fans.” 

She added, “The band is so stoked about this record that we’ve been playing new songs all summer. We can’t wait to play the whole thing, along with our hits the fans know and love this November.”

The band is offering fans the chance to purchase VIP experience packages on the tour, which include meet and greets, admission to pre-show sound checks, exclusive merchandise and more.  Visit LittleBigTown.com for full details on those.

Little Big Town has also unveiled the artwork for their new album, Pain Killer, which will hit retailers October 21.  It shows all four members of the group standing against a red background beneath crimson lights spelling out the album’s title.

Here are the Pain Killer tour dates:

11/8 — Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
11/9 — Cincinnati, OH, Bank of Kentucky Center
11/13 — Roanoke, VA, Salem Civic Center
11/14 — Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Coliseum
11/15 — Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
11/20 — Denver, CO, 1st Bank Center
11/21 — Wichita, KS, Hartman Arena
11/22– Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
12/4 — Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Detroit
12/5 — Chicago, IL, Rosemont Theatre
12/6 — Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle
12/12 — Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Arena
12/13 — Rockford, IL, BMO Harris Bank Center

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Dierks Bentley’s Riser Tour Features His Most Interactive Show Yet

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley stays in near-constant conversation with his fans thanks to his accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just the other night, Dierks posted a selfie as he prepared to take off on his third self-piloted flight of the day. He also uses social media to involve his fans at shows on his Riser tour. So far this year, Dierks has tweeted with fans to get them up onstage to sing karaoke with him during his set.

He says, “We’ve experimented with all different things that won’t be showstoppers.”

Dierks has been very excited to offer seat upgrades to fans in the audience via social media before he takes the stage, too.

“[It’s] so cool that it’s that easy to do, but it would have such a big impact on a fan’s life,” Dierks explains. “It would have a big impact on my life being able to move up to the front, some of the shows I used to go to as a kid.”

Dierks’ Riser tour is on the road through November.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of Brad Paisley‘s two sons is the older? ANSWER: Huck.

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Brad Paisley Having Nothing but a Good Time on New Album, “Moonshine in the Trunk”

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleIf you’ve been paying attention to all the songs Brad Paisley has leaked from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, then you know he’s all about having a good time with this new batch of songs. In order to set the mood for the recording process, Brad installed a bar at the studio on his property south of Nashville. The result is an album full of songs tailor-made to help you forget your troubles.

“I mean, this is a honky-tonk record really in many ways,” Brad tells ABC News Radio. “It’s people getting together on a weekend or a Friday night or weeknight or anything where they sort of aren’t oblivious to the things that are wrong, they’re just preferring to sort of forget about those for a short amount of time and maybe look at the bright side.”

That party atmosphere has already given Brad’s shows on the Country Nation tour a big boost this summer. The lead single from the project, “River Bank,” has become a crowd favorite since Brad put it out a few months ago.

He says, “I think probably because of the mentality of that song — the idea of it being about a lifestyle is one of those songs that people will say, ‘I hope he plays “River Bank” tonight.’ And that’s always good when your latest single is the one they’re saying, ‘I hope he plays that.'”

Moonshine in the Trunk is now on sale. Fans who buy the ZinePak edition of Moonshine in the Trunk at Walmart will get to see photos of Brad’s new bar and other images from the recording process.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2001.

Luke Bryan fans have a chance to win a 2014 Chevy truck he customized in conjunction with Texaco by entering the contest at LukeTailgateTruck.com. The contest is only open to residents of Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

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Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Ties the Knot

Jeff LipskyOne-half of the duo Love and Theft got hitched on Sunday. Stephen Barker Liles, 30, married longtime girlfriend Jenna Michelle Kennedy during a ceremony at Ruby Nashville, just blocks from the city’s famed Music Row.

The ceremony was performed by Liles’ father, according to People magazine, and included a dedication for the couple’s 9-month-old son, Jett Barker Liles. “Stephen and Jenna had a beautiful ceremony and baby dedication that brought their guests to tears,” said wedding planner Alex Bovee.

The bride wore a David Tutera gown.

Liles’ bandmate Eric Gunderson was among the guests.

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Lee Brice Still Following His Creative Instincts on New Album, “I Don’t Dance”

Image Courtesy CurbLee Brice spent years playing small club shows and writing hits for other artists before striking it big with his own string of hits. That time in the trenches gave Lee the confidence to do things his own way in the studio on his two previous albums, Love Like Crazy and Hard 2 Love. He’s still chasing his own sound on his upcoming project, I Don’t Dance.

Lee tells Ohio’s Youngstown Vindicator newspaper, “It’s been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Also, I’ve been able to make these last two albums on my own, which proved to me you have to be yourself as an artist, and you can’t let the label tell you what to be or do.”

I Don’t Dance features the hit title track and his new single, “Drinking Class.” It comes out September 9.

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Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay and More Added to Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Concert Event in Mexico

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe lineup for Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa country concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico just got a boostm with the addition of Dustin Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen, Eric Paslay, and Chris Stapleton. They join Luke and previously announced performers Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line on the bill.

The intimate concerts take place January 23 through 27, 2015. For information on booking the trip, go to CrashMyPlaya.com.

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Surprise! Dierks Bentley Is This Summer’s Hottest New Country Headliner

ABC News RadioDierks Bentley has been a staple at country radio for more than a decade now, so it may shock you to learn he’s just now stepped into the role of headlining his own major tour this year. While he’s co-headlined a trek with Miranda Lambert, Dierks is now playing to the biggest audiences of his career on the Riser Tour. This career development is something of a mystery for Dierks.

“I don’t know how the hell I’m here, really, but something’s happening,” Dierks tells Billboard. “Ten years into my career, I’m headlining these places, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, man. It’s been a great climb. A slow climb.”

That climb got a big boost from Dierks’ runaway summer hit, “Drunk on a Plane.” It’s such a highlight of his set, Dierks keeps pushing it back to later in the show.  He says, “It started off like fourth in the set list, then we moved it down to about sixth, then eighth, and now it’s down pretty far towards the bottom. It could be the bottom if I wanted it to be, it’s that big of a song.”

Dierks on the road with the Riser tour into the fall.

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