Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the “GS” on Cole Swindell‘s baseball cap stand for? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

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Miranda Lambert Planning Her Album and Tour Plans Around Horse-Riding Competitions

Photo Credit: David McClisterMiranda Lambert is excited to release her new studio album, Platinum, next week, but all the TV appearances and interviews that go into promoting the project are distracting the singer from her favorite new hobby — horse-riding competitions. She recently picked up a few ribbons in her first competition, and Miranda is planning her upcoming Platinum tour around even more horse shows.

She says with a laugh, “I’m trying not to let myself take away from my career, but I already marked on the calendar, ‘Cannot tour this weekend and this week. I have a horse show.’”

Miranda’s obsession started last November when husband Blake Shelton bought her a Gypsy Vanner show horse for her birthday.  That’s when Miranda decided to begin taking proper English riding lessons.

She adds, “I knew how to ride a little bit here and there, but I wanted to learn for real. So, I’ve been three times a week, every week since January first.”

There have been mishaps along the way, though.

“A couple times I’ve jumped and she didn’t,” Miranda says with a laugh. “My horse didn’t, so that was fun, but you gotta hit the dirt a couple times to be a real cowgirl, I guess.”

Miranda has now added two Welsh Cob horses to her stable — one named Sayeth, as in “Sayeth the Lord,” and another named Ellie. Her love for those horses runs just as deep as her affection for her large pack of adopted dogs.

Says Miranda, “I’m just enjoying it. I love animals, and I’ve been really enjoying a challenge learning something new.”

Miranda will leave her horses at home in Oklahoma when she performs “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood on the 2014 CMT Music Awards coming up Wednesday, June 4.

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Luke Bryan Falls Off Stage During Thursday Night Concert in Charlotte

Capitol NashvilleGet well wishes go out to Luke Bryan, who fell off the stage during his Thursday night concert in Charlotte, NC. A fan video captures the moment Luke fell into the pit while performing a cover of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis pop hit, “Can’t Hold Us.” He later tweeted, “I’m good. Few stitches.”

Luke plans to continue his That’s My Kind of Night tour with a two-night stand in Bristow, VA Friday and Saturday night.

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Brett Eldredge Promises to Go Shark Diving If “Beat of the Music” Goes to #1

Warner Music NashvilleAs Brett Eldredge watched his breakthrough hit, “Don’t Ya,” climbing the charts, he promised to go skydiving if the song went to #1. He made good on that promise when that song hit the top spot. Now he’s made a bet to go shark diving if his latest single, “Beat of the Music,” becomes his second #1 hit. That song is in the top five now, so Brett is sweating bullets about a potential trip to swim with the sharks.

“I can’t believe I actually might go shark diving,” Brett says, adding that he insists on having a cage to protect him during the dive. “They can throw all sorts of dead fish around there and let ‘em swim up to the cage for, like, five minutes and get me out of there. I need, like, 20 drinks.”

Brett never intended his bets about sky diving and shark diving to become public. He says, “I just like going to test yourself and push yourself to something that you would normally never do.”

“Beat of the Music” and “Don’t Ya” are both included on Brett’s debut album, Bring You Back, in stores now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama will kick off the CMA Music Festival’s nightly concerts Thursday, June 5 with a full performance at LP Field. This appearance marks Alabama’s first time performing at CMA Music Festival, formerly known as Fan Fair, in 19 years.

Luke Bryan will serve as the grand marshal for the FedEx 400 benefit Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway Sunday. The race starts at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

Joe Nichols joins Lady Antebellum for a trio of concert dates this weekend starting Friday night in Cincinnati.

Luke Bryan takes fans to a recent Nashville concert featuring fellow Georgia musicians Cole Swindell, Jason Aldean and more in the new installment of LBTV.

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Get a Sneak Preview of Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry’s CMT “Crossroads” Performance

CMTKacey Musgraves and Katy Perry‘s CMT Crossroads episode doesn’t premiere until June 13, but a sneak peek of their duet on Katy’s song “Roar” is now posted at

In addition to that pop hit, Kacey and Katy trade vocals on Kacey’s breakthrough single “Merry Go Round” and later hit “Follow Your Arrow.” Covers of Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Dolly Parton‘s “Here You Come Again” round out the Crossroads set list.

This installment of CMT Crossroads marks the show’s 50th episode.

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Kenny Chesney Gets Big Honor from “Billboard”; Teases New Music Coming Soon

Sony Music NashvilleEven though he’s taken the year off the road, Kenny Chesney is still being recognized for his achievements in the touring industry. Just this week, Billboard named Kenny the only country artist in the top 10 touring acts from 1990 to 2014, with nearly 13 million tickets sold. That puts Kenny at #9 on the list, behind the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.

Kenny has been using his time off the road to work on a new album, and fans can expect to hear those songs on the road next year.  He says, “These songs are gonna rock live; but more importantly, they say a whole lot about how the fans live. I can’t wait to play ’em onstage.”

Though his record label can’t confirm anything just yet, Kenny tweeted the date 9/30/2014 earlier this week. That may indicate we can expect to hear something from him on that date. Regardless, Kenny expects to release his new album by the end of the year.

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Rascal Flatts, Cassadee Pope and More Join Presenters Lineup for “2014 CMT Music Awards”

CMTRascal Flatts, Cassadee Pope and LeAnn Rimes are among the first presenters announced for the 2014 CMT Music Awards next week in Nashville. Actors Beth Behrs, Brooklyn Decker, James Van Der Beek, and Kate Walsh will also hand out trophies, along with CMT’s Broken Skull Ranch host Steve Austin.

Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban are all performing on the show, along with several of country’s other top stars. Fan voting for the 2014 CMT Music Awards is now open at

The 2014 CMT Music Awards broadcast live on CMT Wednesday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Luke Bryan Is “People Country” Sexiest Man 2014

People CountryLuke Bryan has been named People Country‘s Sexiest Man 2014, and in the cover story, he opens up about what he finds sexy in a woman.

“Confidence, and the ability to wing it and the ability to get fancied up and pretty,” Luke says. “I love the whole girl-next-door thing, the whole thing of, you know you’re pretty but not going too far with it.”

Of course, Luke’s wife Caroline embodies all of these qualities, and she’s not asking for much from Luke in return. She just wants him to stay off his mobile phone when they have dinner at a restaurant.

Says Luke, “The best thing for me is to leave it in the car and then I know I won’t answer it. Whenever I’m like, ‘I left my phone in the car,’ she’s like, ‘Ooh — special!’ “

Luke and 51 of country’s other hottest guys are featured in the new issue of People Country, on stands Friday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of the first Pistol Annies album? ANSWER: Hell on Heels.

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