Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special will broadcast live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s five honorees will be announced soon.

The Band Perry will perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 39th New York Honors Gala in Manhattan on October 21.

The Swon Brothers deliver an acoustic performance of their song, “Pray for You,” in a new feature now posted at The song appears on the duo’s upcoming debut album, due out October 14.

Jason Aldean and his tour mates, Florida Georgia Line, had a hardcore female fan rush the stage during their recent show in Chula Vista, CA. The hilarious video of Jason directing the female fan off the stage was captured in a YouTube clip.

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Dierks Bentley Raises Money for Nashville Children’s Hospital, Gives Opening Acts Drones

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRDierks Bentley hosted his annual Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert Sunday in Nashville with proceeds going to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Since he launched the event nearly a decade ago, Dierks and his pals have raised more than $2.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. While that’s an impressive number, it doesn’t quite live up to the amount Dierks’ seven-year-old daughter, Evie, thought he donated to the cause when she was a little bit younger.

While she understands the concept of the benefit show now, Dierk says, “Last year I told her that, and she said, “Every show you do, daddy, gives money back to the children’s hospital.’ I was like, ‘Not exactly, but if you want to think that about me, I like that, but it’s not exactly true.'”

While Dierks is generous with his time giving back to charitable causes, he’s also showing his appreciation for the opening acts on his Riser tour this summer. Two of those acts — Chris Young and Jon Pardi — performed at Dierks’ charity event Sunday, while “Ready Set Roll” singer Chase Rice rounded out the bill.

Before the concert, Chris revealed that Dierks presented all three of his supporting acts with drones you can fly with an iPad. Chris said he, Dierks and Chase all bet Jon would be the first to crash the drone.

“We’re like, ‘I don’t know why, but we just have a gut feeling it’s gonna be you,'” Chris says, “so I don’t know if he’s too happy about that, but all of our money is on him crashing his into a tree or something in the next week.”

As for Dierks’ job as a headliner on the Riser tour, Chris says, “He’s just one of those guys that he wants everybody else to enjoy it as much as he did. He did some incredible numbers this summer, and I was really happy to be a part of that.”

Kip Moore and Randy Houser also performed at Dierks’ charity concert Sunday. This year’s Miles & Music for Kids event raised more than $335,000 for the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Lady Antebellum Making TV Appearances and Performing Live Streaming Concert to Launch “747”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is taking their 747 album launch to your TV. They’ll perform three songs on NBC’s Today on Tuesday when 747 lands in stores and online. Look for them to stop by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

Lady A is taking their 747 celebration online, too. They’ll give an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater in New York City Tuesday night that will stream live on Yahoo!.

747 features Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Bartender.”

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Jason Aldean Went All Out Buying Brittany Kerr’s Big Engagement Ring

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean went all out buying Brittany Kerr‘s engagement ring. She debuted the massive diamond ring in an Instagram posting showing her and Jason sharing a kiss. The caption reads, “We’ve been on cloud nine the past few days. My heart has never been more full of happiness and love … Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.”

The marriage will be the first for Brittany and the second for Jason.

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Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Expecting a Second Child

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, “Sinners Like Me,” during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing “Give my dad a grandson,” he sang “Give my dad another grandson.” The baby’s gender hasn’t been confirmed, though.

Eric and Katherine’s son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.

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Kenny Chesney’s Flora-Bama Concert Special Coming to CMT November 14

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney‘s recent show at the Flora-Bama on the Gulf Coast is coming to CMT as a brand-new concert special.

Kenny Chesney Live from the Flora-Bama premieres Friday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET featuring highlights from Kenny’s only concert of 2014. The show took place on the beach where Florida and Alabama meet and will feature songs from his brand-new album, The Big Revival, as well as a sampling of Kenny’s greatest hits.

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Blake Shelton’s New Album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” Is Now Streaming Online

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, is due out Tuesday, but you can hear the entire project streaming now at Bringing Back the Sunshine is Blake’s ninth studio album and features his latest hit, “Neon Light.” Ashley Monroe joins Blake on the song “Lonely Tonight,” and RaeLynn is featured on the track “Buzzin’.”

Blake says Bringing Back the Sunshine is a return of sorts to the beginning of his country music career.

He explains, “Country music is defined by each individual, and this is my definition of stepping back a little bit. I wanted to make a record that represents the beginning of my career, but also blending with where I’ve ended up.”

Look for Blake to promote the new album with an appearance on NBC’s Today this Wednesday and one on Live with Kelly and Michael on Thursday.

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Justin Moore Kicking Off Second Leg of Off the Beaten Path Tour October 23

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is firing his Off the Beaten Path tour back up starting October 23 in Columbia, Missouri. Thomas Rhett and Colt Ford are joining him for select dates of the 11-city trek. Justin’s tour will wrap up  November 23 in Missoula, Montana.

Justin and Thomas have spent most of the last two months on the road with Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum tour.

Here are Justin’s new tour dates:

10/23 — Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena
10/24 — Norman, OK, Lloyd Noble Center
10/25 — Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center
10/26 — Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
11/14 — Ft. Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11/15 — Dayton, OH, Wright State University’s Nutter Center
11/16 — Bristol, TN, Viking  Hall
11/20 — Clovis, NM, Curry County Events Center
11/21 — Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center
11/22 — Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
11/23 — Missoula, MT, Adam Center

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Carrie Underwood Releasing “Greatest Hits: Decade #1” December 9; New Single Coming Monday

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring a brand-new single, “Something in the Water.” The song will be released to country radio and all digital outlets on Monday. The new album release celebrates the 10 years that have passed since Carrie auditioned for American Idol. She of course won the Idol crown in 2005.

Carrie says, “I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I auditioned for American Idol.  Looking back at the songs I’ve released over the years lets me relive my amazing journey.  Even better I get to include new music for the fans!”

As for “Something in the Water,” Carrie calls the new song “inspirational.” 

“It’s joyous!” she says. “I can’t help but smile when I hear it. I hope it has the same effect on everyone who listens to it.”

The final track listing for Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will be announced in the coming weeks.  

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Jason Aldean‘s debut single, which was co-written by Big & Rich‘s John Rich? ANSWER: “Hicktown.”

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