Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich continue promoting their new album, Gravity, with a performance on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday.

Eric Paslay has released “She Don’t Love You” as the new single from his self-titled debut album.

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Blake Shelton Finds Inspiration in His Early Hits on New Album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans of Blake Shelton‘s early hits like “Austin” and “Ol’ Red” should be very happy with his new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, available now. While Blake is happy with the progressive sounds of his recent hits “Doing What She Likes” and “Boys ‘Round Here,” he wanted to find a way to incorporate his early country sound in the new music.

Says Blake, “I think we did that. ‘Neon Light,’ I think, is a perfect example of staying true to who I’ve become as an artist but also tipping my hat to that old honky-tonk sound that I started with.”

Blake points to the crowd reaction to his older hits, including “Some Beach,” during his live shows as a big reason for going back to his musical roots.

“They get as big of a reaction still today as ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ and whatever other current song I’ve had,” Blake explains. “So, it shows me that that’s still alive —  that sound, that type of music is still alive.”

In keeping with the theme of going back to his roots, Blake sent his team to his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to take photographs for the new album’s artwork. They ended up using a shot of the town’s water tower on the cover of Bringing Back the Sunshine because Blake says, “I’m tired of seeing pictures of myself!”

He adds, “I’ve been looking at that water tower my whole life. It may not be iconic to everyone out there, but it is to me. When I see it, it takes me back to being a kid.”  

Look for Blake to promote Bringing Back the Sunshine with an appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Brings a Much-Needed Female Perspective to Their New Album, “747”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s new album, 747, comes out this week featuring something most of this fall’s other major country releases don’t have — a female voice. In fact, Lady A’s Hillary Scott sings lead or duet vocals on most of the new album’s 11 tracks, including the lead single, “Bartender.”

It’s not that the group made 747 in response to combat the lack of women in country music.  Hillary tells ABC News Radio , “It just kind of fell that way. I think a lot of songs that we cut that were outside songs weren’t originally duets, and then we made them into duets, which ‘Lie with Me’ was one of those, and then ‘Damn You Seventeen’ another one.”

While “Bartender” is a drinking song,  it’s written and performed from the point of view of a woman. Hillary was especially glad to be the voice singing that song as it topped the country chart.

“It was at such a time where there was so few female songs on radio,” Hillary says. “So, having that female perspective is so important. That’s the majority of who is listening to our music on a daily basis driving in their car. You know, you have to have that voice, that perspective.”

Fans of Lady A’s other lead singer, Charles Kelley, will find plenty of vocals from him on 747, too. Lady Antebellum performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

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George Jones Museum Coming to Downtown Nashville

Image Courtesy Webster PRThe George Jones Museum is coming to Second Avenue in downtown Nashville soon featuring a gift shop, restaurant, event space and music venue. George’s widow, Nancy Jones, will unveil plans for the museum very soon.

She says, “We hope that this will draw George’s friends and fans worldwide to our great city.  George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City.”

George Jones died in April 2013. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Send Thanks for Support Following Her Father’s Death

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman have shared a word of thanks via Facebook for the encouragement they’ve received since Nicole’s father, Antony Kidman, died unexpectedly. The note reads, “We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks. We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting.” It’s signed, “Sending love, Nic and Keith xx.”

Antony Kidman died earlier this month after suffering a fall in Singapore.

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Hunter Hayes Adds Two “Wild Card” Shows to Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes had added two “Wild Card” shows to his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour beginning with an October 28 concert at Best Buy Theatre in New York City. The newly scheduled dates continue with a November 29 show at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas. The “Wild Card” shows are named after a track from Hunter’s latest album, Storyline.

Dan + Shay and new country group The Railers join Hunter in the opening slots on the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.

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Jason Aldean Earns Platinum Certification for “Burnin’ It Down” in Record Time

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s new single, “Burnin’ It Down,” has become the fastest-selling single of 2014. The sexy track has been certified platinum just nine weeks after it was released digitally. 

Jason’s understandably happy his fans have accepted this new sound with open arms.  “It’s so awesome that my fans trust that I have a pretty good ear for the kinds of songs they will like, and that they follow me to new places with each album,” he says.  “I couldn’t be happier with all the excitement around the new music.”

“Burnin’ It Down” is the lead single from Jason’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out next week. Look for Jason to promote the album with a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.

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Carrie, Brad, Lady A, Little Big Town and The Band Perry Added to CMA Awards Performers Lineup

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are confirmed to perform at the 48th Annual CMA Awards November 5 in Nashville. They’re also hosting the live broadcast for a seventh consecutive year.

Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and The Band Perry have also joined the performers lineup. Entertainer of the Year nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban will sing as well.

Tickets for the CMA Awards are sold out for the sixth consecutive year. The show broadcasts live on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Has a Nursery Set Up on His Tour Bus for Baby Boy, Cash

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their first child, Cash Van Haywood, earlier this month, and Dave already has a spot for his young family on his tour bus. The back lounge has been converted to a nursery. Dave doesn’t know how often his wife and baby will use the back lounge of his bus, but he wanted to have it ready to go.

He tells The Tennessean, “My guess is that she comes out twice as much as she does now, but not all the time. I don’t want to miss stuff when he’s going through these stages.”

Lady A has a big delivery coming in this week. Their album, 747, is out Tuesday featuring the hit single, “Bartender.”

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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley‘s 2009 bluegrass-inspired album? ANSWER: Up on the Ridge.

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