The Band Perry Shares the Spotlight with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Air New Zealand Show

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry headlined an event to celebrate the delivery of Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Tuesday at the Boeing plant near Seattle. More than a thousand Boeing employees were on hand for the performance, which took place next to the giant airliner.

The Band Perry’s Neil Perry posted a selfie on Instagram next to the plane, with the caption, “Had a blast playing the BRAND NEW Boeing 787-9 unveiling show!”

The Dreamliner is made of carbon fiber, so it’s 20 percent more fuel-efficient than planes made of aluminum. Passengers also enjoy fresh air drawn directly from outside over air drawn through the engines, and the windows are bigger in the Dreamliner than in traditional planes.

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Billy Currington Has an Arena-Ready Hit with “We Are Tonight”

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington was looking for a big song to really amp up his concert crowds when he recorded his latest hit, “We Are Tonight.”

Billy tells ABC News Radio, “Everybody wants them kind of songs when you finally do get to the arenas. You want to put a song out like that in front of the crowd and create that environment. With ‘We Are Tonight,’ I think we did.”

Performing “We Are Tonight” with a big sound system and elaborate light show has been a thrill for Billy. His fans seem to like it, too.

Billy says with a laugh, “Yeah, you definitely save a song like that for towards the end when you know they’re good and ready and had a few drinks in ‘em.”

Billy is headlining a few shows this summer in between his tour dates with Lady Antebellum. Go to to see where he’s playing next.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich actress won the Best Actress Oscar for playing Loretta Lynn in the film, Coal Miner’s Daughter? ANSWER: Sissy Spacek.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is working on a Christmas record to be released later this year, according to a message he tweeted to a fan.

Loretta Lynn will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony September 17 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Country legend John Anderson will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame October 5 in recognition of his self-penned hits “Seminole Wind” and “Swingin’” among others.

Charlie Worsham will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series show Wednesday, July 30 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago.

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Tyler Farr Shares the Finer Points of Preparing Squirrel for Dinner

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is keeping some interesting company these days. The avid outdoorsman recently went squirrel hunting with his new friend, known as Wood Duck, down on the panhandle of Florida. After the hunt, Tyler learned how to clean the squirrels and prepare them for dinner at Wood Duck’s home, which is made out of cypress trees Wood Duck cut down himself.

Tyler tells ABC News Radio, “He said, ‘That’s what us poor people do is we make our own stuff,’ and they really did it. So, when you’re seeing Duck Dynasty and seeing them cooking up squirrel gravy and stuff, there’s people that actually do that. I just happen to hang out with ‘em. “

Learning to live off the land will come in handy for Tyler in case of natural disaster or some other catastrophe.

“If the world comes to an end, I don’t want to have to rely on anyone for me to eat,” Tyler says. ” I’ll have a teepee, and I’ll have all the chickadees in my teepee ’cause I’ll have all the fur and all the meat and everything anybody could want.”

Tyler would ask the ladies in his teepee to pitch in with the food supply, though.

He adds, “I could grow some vegetables, but the women are the gatherers, and men are the hunters. So, we’ll meet halfway.”

For now, Tyler is enjoying some great catering on the road with Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour.

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Carrie Underwood Taking Part in NYC’s Global Citizen Festival This Year

Chris HolloThis year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York City will feature Carrie Underwood.

Carrie was named to the lineup of the festival, which promotes anti-poverty causes, early Wednesday. She will be joined by headliner Jay Z, The Roots, No Doubt, fun. and Dutch musician Tiesto.

The free event will be held Saturday, September 27 in Central Park, and will air on NBC and MSNBC. Tickets will again be handed out for free via a lottery. To enter the lottery, you must participate in various anti-poverty causes via

This will be the third edition of the Global Citizen Festival.

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Keith Urban Giving Fans a Taste of Raise ‘Em Up Tour on “Good Morning America” Friday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban will debut his new single, “Somewhere in My Car,” on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday. The performance gives fans a preview of Keith’s Raise ‘Em Up tour, launching on July 17 in Calgary. Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge join him on the bill.

Says Keith, “The Raise ‘Em Up tour will be a complete build from the sky down. New staging, new production, a lot more songs from Fuse that the fans have been requesting, a different mix of previous hits and some rarities from past albums that we haven’t played in a while if ever.”

Keith’s summer tour will hit 21 cities before wrapping up September 13 at the Washington State Fair.

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Miranda Lambert Wants to Know Your “Kind” for Upcoming Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy Shopkeeper ManagementMiranda Lambert is launching her Platinum tour later this month, and she needs your help for her performance of “All Kinds of Kinds.” Miranda is asking fans to take a photo of themselves with a white sign declaring their “kind.” For example, Miranda has posted a photograph of herself holding a sign declaring herself to be the “Platinum kind.”

You can upload your photos at, then look for your photo at a stop on Miranda’s Platinum tour. The dates are posted at

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Florida Georgia Line Partners with Habitat for Humanity for the Dirt Campaign

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line sings about putting down roots and starting a home in their new single, “Dirt,” and now they’ve launched the Dirt Campaign to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity. FGL hopes to raise $100,000 for the campaign through the fundraising platform Omaze.

“We have been beyond blessed these past few years, putting down our own roots in Nashville,” says Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. “After hearing ‘Dirt’ we knew that we wanted to help build houses with people who would not be able to on their own and we are grateful to join Habitat for Humanity in their efforts.”  

Fans can donate to the cause at while entering to win a trip for two on the duo’s This Is How We Cruise trip this November. The winners will get a four-day cruise including a private performance from Florida Georgia Line.

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Carrie Underwood Bakes Up Blackberry Goodies for Injured Hubby, Mike Fisher

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has been making some goodies for her husband, Mike Fisher, who’s recovering from Achilles tendon surgery. Carrie went wild blackberry picking earlier this week and baked up a blackberry pie, blackberry biscuits and two blackberry cobblers.

Carrie posted a picture of her culinary creations on her Instagram page, with the caption, “One main ingredient…4 amazing dishes!!! Yummy wild blackberry picking.”


This domestic display is a far cry from the girl-on-the-run character Carrie plays in the new “Somethin’ Bad” video with pal Miranda Lambert. That song is included on Miranda’s new album, Platinum, available now.

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