Luke Bryan Rocks Huge Crowd in New York City as Son Starts Kindergarten

Image Courtesy ABCLuke Bryan‘s Friday performance on ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series brought more fans into Central Park than any other act on the show this summer. It’s just the latest nod of approval from the Big Apple for Luke, who is playing three arena shows in the city this year between Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

ABC News Radio spoke with Luke backstage at GMA Friday about his love affair with New York City. He says, “Growing up a small-town kid from South Georgia, and to be able to come up here and connect with New Yorkers and everybody up here in this part of the U.S., it’s really, really amazing.”

Luke actually watched the fans lining up to get in to Central Park to see his show.

He adds, “You never get tired of it. It always kind of puts a little warmth in your heart, and you just feel good when you know you’ve got a lot of fans that love you.”

While Luke had a big morning performing for his fans, his thoughts were with his son Bo, who started his first day of kindergarten back home in Nashville on Friday. Luke says Bo is much more prepared for school than he was back in Georgia.

“He’s gone to pre-K stuff and stuff to kinda get going,” Luke explains. “I mean, my mother woke me up one day and says, ‘Alright, you’re going to school today.’ That didn’t go well with me.”

Luke continues his That’s My Kind of Night tour next Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

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Taylor Swift and The Band Perry Presenting at Teen Choice 2014 Awards Sunday Night

Image Courtesy FOXTaylor Swift and The Band Perry are both nominees and presenters at the Teen Choice 2014 awards Sunday night.

Taylor is mentioned in several categories, including Choice Female Artist, Choice Smile and Choice Female Country Artist. Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood round out the Choice Female Country Artist category. The Band Perry is up for Choice Country Group along with Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Parmalee, and Zac Brown Band.

Luke Bryan is up against the likes of Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and Beyonce and Jay Z for Choice Summer tour. Florida Georgia Line is up for Choice Summer Music Star: Group, and they’re also nominated for Choice Country Song with Luke Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.” Luke’s solo hit, “Play It Again,” gives him a second nomination in the Country Song category along with “Bartender” by Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen‘s “Beachin'” and “Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Keith Urban‘s American Idol XIII is up against Blake Shelton’s music competition, The Voice, in the Choice TV: Reality Competition Show category.

The show begins at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and is tape-delayed in Pacific time.

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Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry Pen New Song Based on “The Wizard of Oz”

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/WireImageKacey Musgraves begins her run of shows opening Katy Perry‘s Prismatic Tour Sunday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two struck up a friendship after Katy tweeted about Kacey’s debut hit, “Merry Go Round.” They eventually shared the stage for an installment of CMT Crossroads earlier this year and ended up writing a song that could end up on a future Katy Perry album.

Kacey tells Billboard, “It’s loosely based on Dorothy’s version of The Wizard of Oz, her being in love with the Tin Man, but he didn’t have a heart. And hopefully maybe something will happen with it down the road. Either way, it’s cool to step out of my zone and write for somebody else.”

Kacey is currently climbing the country chart with her new single, “Keep It to Yourself” from her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park.

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Jake Owen Spent His Childhood “Beachin'” in Florida

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen‘s tendency to record sunny songs like “Beachin'” is all due to his childhood growing up in Vero Beach, Florida. He tells People, “It will always be home for me. It’s where all my coastal-living ways and beach ideas come from because that’s how I grew up. I literally grew up on the beach every day. I just like my feet in the sand.”

Jake goes on to say Vero Beach is his favorite spot in the whole world followed by Grand Cay in the Bahamas. He often goes fishing and diving down there with his friends.

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Is Brett Eldredge Baring It All in the “Mean to Me” Video?

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Brett Eldredge is making a hot and steamy video for his latest single, “Mean to Me.” In a short video posted to Instagram, Brett is clothed standing in a shower writing “Mean to Me” and drawing a smiley face in the steamed-up glass. The caption reads, “This was right after filming the shower scene…no seriously.”

We won’t know exactly how much skin Brett revealed in that shower scene until the “Mean to Me” video is released in the coming weeks.

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Florida Georgia Line Keeps Their Fans Guessing with “Dirt”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line was lucky enough to have a career-making song with their debut single, “Cruise,” which has been downloaded seven million times so far.  So why didn’t they try to come with a song like “Cruise” to lead off their upcoming sophomore album?

Explaining why they chose to release their new traditional-leaning single, “Dirt,” Brian Kelley tells the Chicago Sun-Times, “I think a ‘Cruise’-type song would have been accepted, but just when you think you have FGL figured out, we wanted to go against the grain and change it up.”

Brian goes on to explain that “Dirt” shows just how open the country format is to party anthems and sentimental songs, too. It’s also an indication of how Brian’s recent marriage, and his duo partner Tyler Hubbard‘s long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Hayley, have affected their music.

“[It] didn’t change the direction of the new album,” Brian says, “but it does change how you feel about certain songs. Of course we have matured. Our lives are better than ever.”

“Dirt” is now available for download at all digital outlets.

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Trisha Yearwood Shares Hints for Fun Family Dinners in “Woman’s Day”

Image Courtesy Woman’s DayTrisha Yearwood graces the cover of Woman’s Day magazine’s September issue, and shares a few tips on creating fun family dinners in the cover story.

Trisha and her husband, Garth Brooks, have been juggling their busy schedules, plus his three daughters’ school and extracurricular activities, for years now. The youngest is the only one left at home, but Trisha knows exactly how to get the two older college girls home to the dinner table.

Trisha tells Woman’s Day, “They live nearby, and if I send out a text that says, ‘Hey, it’s veggie night,’ they’ll show up. They know it means I’m roasting all their favorite vegetables and probably serving a meat loaf, too.”

Another family favorite is Trisha’s signature chili recipe, which she created as an effort to replace Garth’s mother’s chili recipe.  “I didn’t want to get it wrong,” Trisha says. “So, I decided to make a completely new recipe rather than mess with her classic.”

As for the recipe, Trisha says, “I put in black beans, plus a can of refried beans, which makes it thick the way he likes it, but doesn’t require a lot of simmering to get that consistency.”

Trisha’s issue of Woman’s Day is on stands Tuesday, August 12.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat year did Tim McGraw and Faith Hill tie the knot? ANSWER:  1996.

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Newcomer Sam Hunt Keeps Country at the Heart of His Adventurous Songs

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMG NashvilleCountry newcomer Sam Hunt is just now hitting the airwaves with his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” but country fans are already familiar with his songwriting. Sam was a co-writer on Keith Urban‘s recent hit, “Cop Car,” as well as on “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney and Billy Currington‘s current chart-topper, “We Are Tonight.” While listeners will hear some pop and hip-hop influences in Sam’s music, his songwriting roots are planted firmly in the country genre.

Sam says, “Even though musically I might experiment with a little more of a progressive sound, I think the lyrics and the storytelling and the songwriting devices are pretty well anchored in traditional country music, in the way that the songs are crafted.”

The Georgia native adds, “From a songwriting standpoint, that’s really what I’m drawn to.”

“Leave the Night On” is included on Sam’s four-song album preview, titled X2C, coming out August 12. His full-length debut project will follow on October 27.

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Miranda Lambert Learns from Her Mistakes and Then Writes About Them

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was hailed as a stellar songwriter when she released her debut album, Kerosene, nearly a decade ago, but she’s done a lot of living in the years since that album. That life experience has only strengthened her songwriting skills and led to her winning CMA Song of the Year for penning “Over You” with husband Blake Shelton.

Miranda says, “I think I know myself way better than I did 10 years ago, but I think in 10 years I’ll say, ‘Gosh, I know myself way better than I did 10 years ago.’ You just learn so much about who you are, and life experience does that for you.”

Jumping into new situations, like tying the knot with Blake or trying her hand at acting, have also taught Miranda to let go of her fear of failure.

“It’s like, well, you learn from your mistakes, for sure, and then you write about them,” she says with a laugh.

Miranda’s life is on full display on her latest album, Platinum, in stores now.

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