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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Dierks Bentley Announces Lineup for 9th Annual Miles & Music for Kids Event

Image Courtesy The GreenroomDierks Bentley has lined up Chris Young, Randy Houser, Kip Moore and Jon Pardi to perform at his 9th Annual Miles & Music for Kids event September 28. The day starts off with a bike ride from the Harley Davidson dealership in Columbia, TN to downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Park for the concert that night. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday morning at

Earlier this week, flocks of orange bird cutouts in the shape of Dierks’ Riser logo began showing up in lawns around Nashville to announce the Miles & Music event. Since the bike ride and concert benefit the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Dierks is happy to see the Riser logo attached to the event.  “It’s a symbol of strength and resilience, and I think it’s perfect to extend into what we do for Miles & Music,” Dierks says, “especially when we are talking about the history of the event, the bikers and fans who come out every year to support it and most importantly, the children and their families being treated at Vandy. ”

People in the Nashville area can send a flock of Riser birds to their friends’ houses by visiting All proceeds benefit Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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All Five of Garth Brooks’ Ireland Shows Have Been Canceled

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsAll five Garth Brooks concerts scheduled for Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland have been canceled.  The shows’ promoter, Aiken Promotions, made the announcement on their website Tuesday.

Dublin city council only approved licenses for three concerts, which meant two of the shows had to be canceled. Garth, however, refused to disappoint any of the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets, and the promoter says they “have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event.”  So all of the shows have been called off. 

The ticket return process will be announced Wednesday. Garth is set to make another major announcement Thursday at noon ET on

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKip Moore hails from which Georgia town? ANSWER: Tifton.

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