Chris Young Makes $30,000 Donation to Nashville School of the Arts

Image Courtesy Edwards Studio PhotographyChris Young and his fan club donated $30,000 to the Nashville School of the Arts Monday to help them update and upgrade their auditorium. Chris benefited from arts education while a student in Middle Tennessee, and he wanted to give back to current and talented students in the area.

Chris made the presentation while taking part in the student-produced program, NCA Presents. The Nashville School of the Arts is the only arts magnet high school in the Metro Nashville Public School system.

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“The Best of Me” Soundtrack Due Out October 7 Featuring Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band & More

EMI Nashville/Relativity Music GroupMore details have been announced for The Best of Me soundtrack, coming out October 7. Lady Antebellum‘s new song, “I Did with You,” has already been featured in the film’s trailer, and Lady A has another song on the soundtrack as well, titled “Falling for You.”

Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Thompson Square and Eric Paslay are among the other stars contributing brand-new songs to The Best of Me soundtrack.

The Best of Me is based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel of the same name. It hits theaters October 17.

Here’s The Best of Me soundtrack track listing:

Lady Antebellum, “I Did with You”
Hunter Hayes, “Dream Girl”
SHEL and Garth Dunlop, “Hold On”
Colbie Caillat, “In Love Again”
Thomas Rhett, “The Way Things Go”
Thompson Square, “Borrowed Time”
Kip Moore, “Lead Me”
Kacey Musgraves, “Love Is a Liar”
Lady Antebellum, “Falling for You”
Eric Paslay, “Rain from Heaven”
David Nail, “All the Way”
Eli Young Band, “Unchanged”
Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane”
Phoebe Hoffman, “Crossroads”

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Star-Studded ACM Honors Taking Place Tonight in Nashville

Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are easily the hottest ticket in Nashville Tuesday night. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, The Swon Brothers and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year’s show, hosted by Jake Owen.

Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium are still available at and the Ryman box office.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s husband, Mike Fisher, plays for which NHL team? ANSWER: Nashville Predators.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack‘s new, mysterious video for “The Way I’m Livin'” premieres Wednesday on CMT. It’s the lead single and title track from her new album, due out September 23.

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry perform on Fashion Rocks Tuesday night at 9 ET on CBS.

Frankie Ballard‘s new video, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” premiered on CMT Monday.

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Brett Eldredge Performs “Mean to Me” to Celebrate “Big Brother” Engagement

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge performed his new single, “Mean to Me,” on CBS’s Big Brother Sunday night after the show’s Jeff Schroeder surprised fellow cast member Jordan Lloyd with a marriage proposal. As Brett sang the romantic song, highlights of the couple’s courtship from Big Brother 11 and Big Brother 13 where shown in a video montage.

Brett says, “It’s so amazing to see what your songs can mean to different people and having the opportunity to sing ‘Mean to Me’ for them and be a part of this special occasion was a real honor.”

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Dustin Lynch Brings the Party with Sophomore Album, “Where It’s At”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is warning his fans they better be ready to party when they fire up his new album, Where It’s At. The majority of the 15 songs on the project are designed to get fans up and moving when he plays them in concert. Spending the last two years playing for country fans across the country really changed the way Dustin approached writing and recording when it came to making his sophomore album.

He tells ABC News Radio, “All that energy that I’ve been feeling every day of the year playing music has really kind of rubbed off in my songwriting and making this record. So yeah, it is an uptempo, high-energy album. I think that’s gonna make our live shows really come to life, too.”

Dustin wrote about 100 songs for Where It’s At, but he’s only got writing credits on five of the 15 songs on the finished album.

“I had to kick out a lot of my songs, but I did so because I wanted to make the best album possible,” Dustin explains. “We recorded 18 songs. We had to end up kicking three to get it down to 15.”

Fans who’ve seen Dustin’s show have gotten to hear five songs from the new album, and he expects to add even more new material now that Where It’s At is on sale.

Says Dustin, “The fact that this new album has so much energy, it’s easy to add those new, rocking tunes to the live show to give it that upbeat, kinda party feel.”

Dustin is closing in on the top of the country airplay chart with the new album’s title track. His complete tour schedule is available at

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Lee Brice Exhibits Personal and Professional Growth on New Album, “I Don’t Dance”

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice recorded his new album, I Don’t Dance, over the past two years, which was a very eventful period of time for the country star. On top of scoring three #1 hits from his last album, 2012’s Hard 2 Love, Lee also tied the knot with wife Sara in 2013. The couple welcomed their second child together, Ryker, earlier this year, and those life events found their way onto Lee’s new album.

The title track, “I Don’t Dance,” was written for Lee and Sara’s first dance at their wedding reception, and another track on the album, “Always the Only One,” was written as a love song for Sara, too. Lee is anxious for fans to dig in and really learn more about him while listening to these new songs.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I like people to know where I’m at in my life. I think people want to know that stuff. They want to know you.”

Lee spent a lot of time in the studio experimenting with new sounds trying to capture what he heard in his head. That process was neither easy nor quick for him.

“We started out with some tracks that weren’t quite right yet, you know,” Lee says. “And I knew it. We just ended up working through them and changing them. I mean, we went around the block a bunch.”

After getting over that initial hump, Lee really zoned in on what works for him in the studio.

He explains, “I found out some methods that just kind of worked my way — fell into [them]. They just kind of changed the way I recorded music. So, I was able to push a little bit and be me, you know?”

I Don’t Dance also features Lee’s brand-new single “Drinking Class.”

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Miranda Lambert’s Bed and Breakfast, The Ladysmith, Now Open for Business in Oklahoma

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert‘s bed and breakfast, The Ladysmith, is now open for business in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. She individually designed all eight rooms in the bed and breakfast with a “shabby chic meets rock & roll” vibe. The Ladysmith also includes a dining hall, two lounges, a tea room, a New Orleans-style bar and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 80 guests.

The Ladysmith is located across the street from Miranda’s boutique, The Pink Pistol, in downtown Tishomingo. Check out photos of the property and book your room now at

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Eric Church Playing October Benefit Concert for Grammy Foundation

CMAEric Church is taking a brief detour from his The Outsiders arena tour next month to play an intimate show in Madison, WI. An Evening with Eric Church takes place Wednesday, October 8 at the Orpheum Theater. Eric’s full band will play with him, but there will be no opening act. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at

Proceeds from this special show go to the GRAMMY Foundation in their work to promote music education and the preservation of recorded music.

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