Vince Gill, Joe Don Rooney & More Playing Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

MCA NashvilleVince Gill, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney, Craig Campbell, and Alabama‘s Teddy Gentry are among the artists on the bill for the 22nd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville. The event takes place March 25 through 29 in clubs all over Music City. Country newcomer Leah Turner is also participating.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomers Dan + Shay will perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on April 1 — the day their debut album, Where It All Began, hits stores. Look for the “19 You + Me” singers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, April 4, too.

Keith Urban has become a big fan of the band London Grammar. He especially recommends their song, “Strong.”

Brad Paisley, who grew up in Glen Dale, WV, was recently presented with the Distinguished West Virginian Award for bringing positive attention to the state.

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Sara Evans Hoping Her Organizational Skills Rub Off on Her Daughters

RCA NashvilleSara Evans prides herself on being very organized and keeping everything in its right place at her Birmingham home. Unfortunately, her daughters don’t always follow their mom’s example.

Sara tells ABC News Radio, “My girls are pretty slobby. I’m on them constantly to keep their room clean. I’m like,  ‘You’re a young woman. I’m not going to let you be just a slob just with clothes everywhere.’”

Though her girls may not appreciate it now, Sara knows her daughters will benefit from these lessons in the long run.

She explains, “I’m like, ‘You will cook for your husband and your family. You will keep a neat home. You will do these things as a woman!’ I mean, why would you not?”

Sara’s husband, Jay Barker, isn’t the most organized guy in the world either.

“He’s a typical guy in the sense that he will leave, and then pretty much every time he leaves, he has to come back and grab something,” Sara says. “I think most men do that.”

For now, Sara is mostly concerned with launching her new album, Slow Me Down. That album comes out next week featuring the hit title track.

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David Nail Found All the Right Pieces to the Puzzle for New Album, “I’m a Fire”

MCA NashvilleDavid Nail‘s new album, I’m a Fire, is out this week featuring the #1 hit, “Whatever She’s Got” as well as the follow-up single, “Kiss You Tonight.” While the lead single was an obvious hit, David says he has a similar feeling about “Kiss You Tonight.”

“I felt like it was something immediately that I wanted to record,” David tells ABC News Radio. “There was just something different about it. It reminded me of — I won’t call out the songs — but it reminded me of some songs that have been some really big hits that when I first heard ‘em, I didn’t necessarily know that, but then they became huge songs.”

David found “Kiss You Tonight” pretty early on during the album-making process, and it helped assure him about the artistic direction he was taking with the rest of the songs.

Says David, “I feel like that this record was very much a puzzle and it was about finding pieces that kind of fit together and became one big picture, and ‘Kiss You Tonight’ was one of the early pieces to the puzzle.”

I’m a Fire features a duet vocal with Lee Ann Womack on the last track, a cover of a Glen Campbell‘s “Galveston.”

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Taylor Swift Gets Restraining Order Against Man Who Believes He’s Married to Her

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man who claims to be her husband.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Swift claims Timothy Sweet has been harassing her with a barrage of letters, emails and social media posts since January 2011.

According to Swift’s legal documents, one of Sweet’s messages reads, “My wife, Taylor Swift (Sweet) and I live in Beverly Hills.  I am in love with her.  In conclusion, we treat each other with dignity and respect.  I will carry a gun to protect her the rest of my life.”

In another message to the singer, Sweet writes, “Dearest Taylor, I’ll kill any man who gets in the way of our marriage.  Message to John Kerry, Secretary of State.  Message from YOUR Presidential Candidate.”

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered Sweet to stay 100 yards away from the singer and her family.

E! News reports the 33-year-old Sweet is also barred from contacting Swift through any electronic means.

The temporary restraining order remains in effect until March 25 when a hearing will be held to determine if the order should be extended.

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Taylor Swift Unveils New Line of Keds Footwear for Spring

KedsTaylor Swift and Keds continue their footwear collaboration with a new line of shoes in time for spring. The new designs include oversized polka dots, nautical stripes, and a chevron pattern with a scribble edge. A floral-print shoe features a blooming peony while another design boasts an animated songbird taking flight.

Taylor says of the new designs, “I think it’s fun to experiment with your style. Shoes are an opportunity to add a pop of color or something unexpected.”

Each shoe comes with a special charm incorporating Taylor’s favorite number, 13, or her logo. The shoes come out this month, but you can find exclusive styles at,, and

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Eli Young Band Releases “10,000 Towns” Early on iTunes

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band surprised fans by releasing their new album, 10,000 Towns, Sunday night instead of Tuesday as scheduled. The project is now available at iTunes featuring the hit “Drunk Last Night,” and the new single, “Dirt.”

Look for Eli Young Band to perform “Dirt” on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Tuesday.

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Eric Church Performing on “Austin City Limits” this Fall

Photo Credit: John PeetsEric Church will tape a performance for PBS’ Austin City Limits September 23. The set will include songs from his latest #1 album, The Outsiders. Look for Eric’s episode to air this fall as part of Austin City Limit‘s 40th season.

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George Strait Getting Sportsman Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday in Dallas

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait is often hailed as the King of Country Music, but he spends just as much time thinking about land conservation as he does singing songs. That’s why Park Cities Quail is giving George the T. Boone Pickens Lifetime Sportsman Awards this Thursday in Dallas.

According to the Dallas Morning News, George was selected for the honor thanks to his work managing the wildlife habitats on his ranches in Texas. He’s worked with a wildlife biologist for years now to create healthy environments for the animals on his properties. The Country Music Hall of Fame member also manages the deer population on his ranches and mostly just hunts for “the ugliest buck he can remove from the herd.”

As for his music career, George will wrap up The Cowboy Rides Away tour this June in Dallas. Go to for tour dates.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Carrie Underwood‘s middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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