Cole Swindell Rolls Up to His #1 Party in a Long, Black Limousine

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell had a party in Nashville Tuesday to celebrate his first #1 hit, “Chillin’ It,” and he and his family arrived at the event in high style.

About a year ago, Cole introduced his mother, Carol, to his record label president, John Esposito, also known as “Espo.” When Espo found out Cole’s mom had never been to Nashville, he promised to get her a limousine for the #1 party in Nashville if “Chillin’ It” ever topped the country chart. He made good on that promise Tuesday, but Cole had to straighten his mother out on the details with the Nashville limo.

Cole explains, “The funny thing is she thought he was sending a limo to Bronwood, Georgia, where I’m from. I was like, ‘Mama, that’s seven hours. They’re not gonna send a limo down there.’”

The trip to Nashville to celebrate her son’s success means a lot to Carol. She was heartbroken when Cole left Georgia for Music City, but she feels a lot better now that he’s scored a #1 hit. Cole relishes the opportunity to share in that success with his mom and a few other family members who attended Tuesday’s party.

“Just seeing the folks that raised me and the folks that are gonna love me if I don’t have another hit — they’re here with me to support me,” Cole says. “That’s why I’m doing it, man. It’s awesome.”

Cole’s new single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” is now starting its climb up the country chart.

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Miranda Lambert Offers Up Eight Streaming Tracks from “Platinum”

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert‘s new album, Platinum, doesn’t come out until June 3, but you can hear eight tracks from the project now at

Miranda’s collaboration with Little Big Town, titled “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” is one of the songs now available for streaming along with “Girls,” “Little Red Wagon” and “Bathroom Sink.” The lead single, “Automatic,” and Miranda’s duet with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad,” are now available for download as well. Look for Carrie and Miranda to perform that song on the 2014 CMT Music Awards on June 4.

Here are the eight streaming tracks:

“Little Red Wagon”
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” (featuring Little Big Town)
“Old Sh!t”
“Babies Makin’ Babies”
“Holding on to You”
“Another Sunday in the South”

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Little Big Town Releasing New Single, “Day Drinking,” Next Week

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s new single, “Day Drinking,” is hitting radio and digital music outlets on June 3, just in time for them to perform it on the 2014 CMT Music Awards on June 4. The band released a teaser video promoting the new single on Tuesday, and it sounds like “Day Drinking” will feature some whistling and big marching band drum sounds.

Band member Jimi Westbrook says, “It makes me think about those summer days when all that’s on the agenda is hanging out, relaxing, and having a good time with friends. So, if that’s your plan, here’s your song! ‘Why don’t we do a little day drinking?’”

“Day Drinking” is the lead single from LBT’s upcoming album, due out this fall.

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Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and The Band Perry Performing at Brickfest Music Festival

Valory Music Co.Following his appearance at the Indy 500 over the weekend, Brantley Gilbert is set to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July for the Brickfest Music Festival. The two-day event takes place July 26 and 27, with The Band Perry and Justin Moore also on the bill.

The concerts are free with admission to the race track as part of the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard event. Go to for ticket information.

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Brantley Gilbert, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and More Added to CMT Music Awards Lineup

CMTThe 2014 CMT Music Awards just added a lot of star power to the lineup, with Brantley Gilbert, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes and Little Big Town all scheduled to perform. Lee Ann Womack and Jennifer Nettles will also sing on the show, airing live at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 4 on CMT.

Previously announced performers include Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, and Luke Bryan. Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, and Tyler Farr are among the stars performing on the Nationwide Insurance Stage during the night.

Fan voting for the 2014 CMT Music Awards is now open at

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Joe Nichols‘ Grammy-nominated debut album? ANSWER: Man with a Memory.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals the Secret to Her Show Stopping Red Carpet Looks

CMAMiranda Lambert has always had a clear vision for what her music should sound like, but it took her awhile to get things right in the fashion department. At the beginning of her career, Miranda grew frustrated with stylists who didn’t understand how to flatter her body type.

“I really struggled in finding someone who understood my style, and not only that, but my body,” Miranda says. “I had a lot of bad experiences and a lot of experiences that made me feel insecure about my weight or the way I looked or whatever.”

She adds, “You can sound as good as you can sound, but it’s all over your face and your body language if you don’t feel comfortable in your skin and in the clothes you’re wearing.”

Thankfully, Miranda found her fashion guru, stylist Tiffany Gifford. Once they started working together in 2010, Miranda’s red carpet style went from down-home to show stopping.

Miranda says of Tiffany, “She always brought things and brought an attitude and a spirit about her that made me feel comfortable and put me in things that made me feel beautiful. I’m so thankful for her. It’s so nice to have someone just hand you something pretty and you know it’s gonna fit.”

Look for more of Tiffany’s fashion picks for Miranda on the 2014 CMT Music Awards airing June 4 at 8 p.m. ET. Miranda is set to sing “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood during the broadcast. The song is included on Miranda’s new album, Platinum, in stores June 3.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and Dierks Bentley are headlining the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival August 29 through 31 at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Go to for details.

Joe Nichols‘ new video for “Yeah” is now posted at

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Miranda Lambert Buys Carrie Underwood a Motorcycle

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert shows her appreciation in big ways. After getting Carrie Underwood to sing on “Somethin’ Bad” — which appears on Miranda’s upcoming fifth album, Platinum Miranda sent a thank-you gift that requires a helmet in most states.

Carrie tweeted on Sunday, “Well, it’s not every day @mirandalambert buys you a motorcycle! Next stop, motorcycle driving lessons!!!”



The two recently performed the tune at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

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Thomas Rhett’s Road Education Will Come Into Play on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Big Machine Label GroupNow that Thomas Rhett has two #1 hits under his belt from his debut album, It Goes Like This, he’s busy working on the follow-up project. While the new album will feature songs geared towards the ladies, like “It Goes Like This” and “Get Me Some of That,” Thomas plans to strip things down a little bit on his sophomore release, thematically and sonically.

“The second one’s gonna be just kinda more of what I’m doing now,” Thomas tells ABC News Radio. “Obviously, I write a bunch of girls’ songs, that’s kinda my forte. But there’s songs on there that are gonna be more broken down, more organic feeling. So, I’m looking forward to it, man.”

Thomas has been on tour non-stop for the last few years, and he’s learned a lot being on the road. That education will show up in his new songs.

As for being on the road, Thomas says, “You figure out yourself, I guess. Write different songs. You experience so much that you start writing, you start to get deeper with yourself.”

Look for Thomas at the 2014 CMT Music Awards coming up June 4. His “It Goes Like This” video is up for two trophies.

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