Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts made a guest appearance on ABC’s Nashville this season? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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Blake Shelton Teams Up with Shakira for a Country Duet, “Medicine”

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton sings a duet with Shakira on her new, self-titled album. It’s called “Medicine,” and Shakira was inspired to write it after singing a duet of Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” on The Voice with Blake. Shakira then teamed up with some Nashville writers, who helped her create this country duet.

“I listened to the song, and it was amazing,” Blake says of hearing “Medicine” for the first time. “I immediately wrote back and I said, ‘Man, you wrote the song. That’s the style you like,’ which is kinda that mid-tempo, driving thing that Lady A kinda does. She definitely made it Shakira. So, I was honored she asked me to come sing on it.”

When Blake came in to sing his part, he was floored to learn Shakira had two other recording sessions running at the same time in other studios.

Blake says, “She thrives in that kind of environment. I would probably pass out. I don’t know what I would do, but she would come in and check and make notes and have ideas. I ended up getting it to, I think, where she could live with it.”

“Medicine” is now available on Shakira’s self-titled album, in stores everywhere. Give it a listen here.

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Little Big Town Recording Follow Up to “Tornado” in East Nashville Church-Turned-Studio

Litlte Big Town via InstagramLittle Big Town is almost finished with the follow-up to their platinum-selling album, Tornado. The first single should hit the airwaves in a month or two. The band’s Kimberly Schlapman says fans can expect a little bit of an evolution from their last record.

She tells ABC News Radio, “We don’t want to make the same record twice. But the songs that we wrote and were afforded this time from our songwriter friends, they’ve just blown us away. We had so many incredible songs to pick from.”

LBT has recorded the new album in an old church in East Nashville that’s been converted into a recording studio. The main tracking room is the old sanctuary, and the recording console is located on what used to be the pulpit.

Kimberly explains, “It’s just this huge room with the tall ceilings and a big cross hanging in the front. It’s like a church like I grew up in — a little Baptist church.”

She adds, “I love it. It feels warm and the sound is amazing in there.”

Look for Little Big Town to sing some of those new songs at the CMA Music Festival this June in Nashville.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley is set to guest star as himself on the April 3 episode of CBS’s The Crazy Ones. The show airs that night at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Kacey Musgraves‘ extended family is coming up from Texas to see her perform in Tulsa, OK later this week.

Newcomer Leah Turner has released “Pull Me Back” as the follow-up to her debut single, “Take the Keys.”

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Miranda Lambert Shooting Down Rumors “Automatic” Is About Blake Shelton

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert‘s marriage to Blake Shelton is the subject of constant tabloid gossip. She’s shooting down one of those rumors having to do with her latest single, “Automatic,” in a new People Country cover story.  

Miranda says, “There were rumors that it was about our marriage, that it had become boring and predictable. How do people even think that up?”

Blake and Miranda look to country’s other enduring couples, like Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, for inspiration on making it when the tabloids try to tear you down.

“I feel like our peers are rooting for us,” Miranda says. “They’re holding us up.”

Look for more with Miranda in the new issue of People Country hitting stands Saturday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockReba scored a hit duet with Kelly Clarkson on a country version of one of Kelly’s pop hits. Name the song. ANSWER: “Because of You.”

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Chris Young Hosting Fan Club Party on Board the General Jackson Showboat June 5 in Nashville

RCA RecordsChris Young is taking his 2014 fan club party out on the water this June. Chris will host an exclusive event June 5 in Nashville on board the General Jackson showboat. Fan club members can now buy tickets at

Proceeds from the fan club and party are going to the Nashville School of the Arts, and students from the school will perform during the cruise before Chris takes the stage.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard will perform his #1 hit, “Helluva Life,” on TBS’s Conan on Wednesday, March 26.

Justin Moore will perform his latest hit, “Lettin’ the Night Roll” on The Queen Latifah Show Friday, April 4.

The 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees will be revealed at a press conference in Nashville on April 22.

Vince Gill’s daughter, Jenny, is due to have her first baby in August. She shared the good news on Facebook. The baby will be Vince’s first grandchild.

Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line and Lee Brice are among the stars taking part in the Cabela’s Great Outdoor Archery Event in Las Vegas Saturday, April 5. The competition will be streamed live at at 12:45pm ET.

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Jerrod Niemann Lets the Good Times Roll on New Album, “High Noon”

Arista/Sea GayleJerrod Niemann tapped into his early days playing clubs for inspiration when making his new album, High Noon, now in stores. As heard in the lead single, “Drink to That All Night,” Jerrod is leading listeners in a good time, but he’s no longer doing all the field research it takes to write those party songs.

Jerrod tells ABC News Radio, “I don’t wake up at noon and start partying ’til I pass out in unique places. The truth is, it’s just playing in all those honky tonks in the bar band days rolling around in the van. It just becomes part of what I cut my teeth on.”

Jerrod can write a heartbreak ballad as well as anyone in Nashville, but he decided to focus on having a good time with High Noon.

Jerrod explains, “I just thought, ‘Man, if we want to see something negative, we can turn on the news. I’ll try to make sure everybody’s tapping their foot and holding up their glass in the meantime.’”

As for the “Drink to That All Night” video, Jerrod had to drink a white liquid to go with the clip’s trippy black-and-white color scheme. Since the song is about drinking, Jerrod refused to just use milk, so he found a white-cream liquor called RumChata.

“We had to have something that looked weird enough to get to the rest of the video,” Jerrod says. “It’s supposed to make me look like I’m hallucinating. RumChata, it’d probably take a gallon of that to make anybody feel anything, but it wasn’t milk.”

Jerrod has created a ton of games and videos to go along with his new album, High Noon. Check them out at

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Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band Cover Elton John on New Box Set

UMGHunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band are among the artists covering songs from Elton John’s classic 1973 album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The new recordings are included on a deluxe box-set re-release of the project along with b-sides, bonus tracks, live performances and a 1973 movie, Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean.

Hunter performs the title song on the project while Zac Brown Band sings “Harmony.” The Band Perry turned in a bluegrass version of the song, “Grey Seal,” which ended up being a pleasant surprise for Elton. He says, “I never thought of doing that in a million years.”

Pop star Ed Sheeran, rockers Fall Out Boy and R&B star Miguel are among the other stars on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road box set.

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