Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan is spending another week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Crash My Party.

Keith Urban will perform the song “Good Thing” from his album Fuse on Fox’s American Idol Thursday night at 9 ET.

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Brantley Gilbert’s Life Story Is Tattooed All Over His Body

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert may only be 29 years old, but he’s got a lifetime of memories covering his body in the form of tattoos. The country star considers his body to be a canvas telling the story of his life through body art.

Brantley explains, “When you look in the mirror you remember all the things you’ve been through and the things that are important to you and the beliefs you have that are gonna take you through everything else that you hadn’t gone through yet.”

Like most parents, Brantley’s mom and dad weren’t happy when he started getting tattoos. It looks like Brantley has converted his father to the “dark side,” though.

“I think he’s about to get his first one, this year,” says Brantley. “And I’ll definitely be havin’ some additions, but I can’t let the cat out the bag on that yet.”

Look for Brantley’s new album, Just as I Am, to be released May 19 featuring his latest hit, ‘Bottoms Up.”

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The Band Perry Gets Dressed Up for Nashville Symphony Fashion Show

CMAThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry was decked out in a yellow-and-white Christian Siriano gown for the 2014 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show Tuesday night. The band closed out the night with their hits “Better Dig Two,” “Done” and “If I Die Young” following a fashion show featuring Siriano’s designs.

The Perry siblings always pay a lot of attention to how they present themselves, so performing at a fashion show wasn’t that big a stretch.

Neil Perry tells The Tennessean, “I think creativity in wardrobe has been a country staple even long ago. The man in black, Johnny Cash himself, made a statement with his clothes and we like to carry on that tradition.”

Christian Siriano was on hand for the Nashville Symphony Fashion Show, too. The event raises money for the Nashville Symphony and their education efforts in Middle Tennessee.

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Florida Georgia Line Added to 2014 “Billboard” Music Awards Lineup

Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has joined the performers lineup for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. FGL is up for four Billboard Music Awards including Top Country Artist and Top Country Album for Here’s to the Good Times. They join Luke Bryan on the bill for the show, airing Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

OneRepublic, John Legend and Imagine Dragons are also set to perform.

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Carrie Underwood Earns Standing Ovation at “Time” 100 Gala in New York City

Ben Gabbe/GettyCarrie Underwood earned a standing ovation with her headlining performance at the Time 100 Gala Tuesday night at New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Carrie was listed in the Icons section of this year’s Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Fellow Time 100 honoree Megyn Kelly of FOX News introduced Carrie’s performance.

Actress Amy Adams, director Alfonso Cuaron and Seth Meyers were among the other influential people in the audience. Pharrell Williams also performed at the gala.

The Time 100 issue is now on stands.  

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Dustin Lynch, David Nail, Cole Swindell and Many More Playing CMA Music Festival Riverfront Stage

Broken Bow RecordsMore than 50 country stars have signed on to perform at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage at this year’s CMA Music Festival.

Big & Rich will kick off the daily concerts on Thursday, June 5. Dustin Lynch, Danielle Bradbery, David Nail, Frankie Ballard, Dan + Shay, Kristian Bush, Gloriana, Craig Morgan, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, Cole Swindell, Charlie Worsham and Wynonna are among the other stars performing on the Riverfront Stage through Sunday, June 8.

Look for Craig Campbell, Terri Clark, The Swon Brothers, Cassadee Pope, Love and Theft, Tyler Farr and The Cadillac Three on the Riverfront Stage, too. 

These concerts are free and open to the public. Fans with tickets to all four of the nightly concerts at LP Field will be allowed in 45 minutes before the general public.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat’s the name of Eric Church‘s North Carolina hometown? ANSWER: Granite Falls.

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Keith Urban Takes You into the “American Idol” Control Room on Latest Idle Chatter Installment

KeithUrban.netGetting American Idol on the air each week is a huge task, and judge Keith Urban takes you behind-the-scenes at the show’s control room in this week’s installment of the Idle Chatter video series.

At first, the folks in the American Idol control room don’t seem to recognize Keith, but then they suddenly remember his role on the show and let him in. Once inside, the director gives us a peek at the monitors displaying the feed from the17 cameras that film the show each week.

Tune in to American Idol Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw is set to perform on NBC’s Today show summer concert series May 23. Rascal Flatts will perform on the series May 30.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland fame has reunited with the duo’s producer, Byron Gallimore, to work on his upcoming solo album. Listen for Kristian’s new single from the project to hit country radio this summer.

Dolly Parton will perform on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 13 and ABC’s The View on May 14 to promote her new album, Blue Smoke. Look for her on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on May 13, too.

Dierks Bentley‘s latest #1 hit, “I Hold On,” has been certified gold in both the U.S. and Canada. He celebrated the song’s success with a party at Nashville restaurant Pour House Tuesday afternoon.

Congratulations to Montgomery Gentry‘s Eddie Montgomery on his recent marriage to girlfriend Jennifer Belcher.

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Eric Church Taps into a Lonesome Vibe on Latest Hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown”

EB Media PREric Church‘s latest hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown,” is a true power ballad, but the big production can distract from the sad lyrics. The song is all about a guy seeing his ex-girlfriend everywhere he goes, now that she’s left town.

“Something that anybody knows more than anything else is their hometown,” Eric explains. “That’s where they’re most comfortable, that’s their comfort. And the loneliest thing about this song to me is here’s a guy who’s left in that place that should be the most comforting place to him, and it’s actually the place that haunts him.”

Country music has always been known for turning out the best heartbreak songs, and Eric thinks “Give Me Back My Hometown” fits right in that tradition.  He says, “It’s one of the more lonesome songs I think we’ve ever done.”

“Give Me Back My Hometown” is included on Eric’s new album, The Outsiders, now in stores.

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