Sam Hunt Hoping to Live Some Life Off the Road Before Writing Next Album

Image Courtesy McClister/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is happy to have a non-stop tour schedule these days, but he admits all that traveling is cutting into his time as a songwriter.

Sam tells Entertainment Tonight, “I have not been writing at all. I just haven’t had any time to do that, but I’m excited to get back in the studio.”

While he hopes to start writing new songs this fall, Sam knows he needs to get out of the bubble he’s been in while living on a tour bus.

“There is a lot of life that I’ve experienced that will inspire writing,” Sam says, “but I think I’m gonna have to find some time to do some living outside of the road to find some new experiences and new inspirations for new songs.”

Sam heads out with Lady Antebellum‘s Wheels Up tour starting Friday, May 1 in Lubbock, Texas.


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Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour Might Be a Miracle Cure for Troubled Marriages

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCan Tim McGraw‘s Shotgun Rider Tour actually save troubled marriages? That’s the claim put forth in a hilarious new video on Tim’s YouTube page.

In the clip, spoofing ads for drugs like Cialis, guys suffering from their wives’ INS, or Intense Nag Syndrome, are looking for ways to make their wives happy. When they go about seeking a cure, their doctor prescribes tickets to Tim’s Shotgun Rider tour.  The prescription seems to work, but the side effects may include pregnancy, hysteria, male dancing, unusually tight male jeans, fainting and air guitar playing.

Tim’s Shotgun Rider tour kicks off June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Reba Explains Why She Was “Ticked Off” the First Time She Saw a Reba Drag Queen

Image Courtesy ABCReba has grown to love the drag queens who dress up like her and perform her biggest hits in clubs across the country, but she was thrown off the first time she saw a man dressed up in Reba drag.

Reba tells The Advocate, “One night in the early ’90s, shortly after [my single] ‘Fancy’ came out, I had a gentleman at one of our fan club get-togethers we’d have, and he showed up in full regalia — total drag — and it really ticked me off because his hair and makeup looked better than mine!”

Unfortunately, Reba didn’t have time to get any tips from the drag queen because she had to go perform her show. She still sees Reba drag queens show up at her concerts from time-to-time, and it always gives her a thrill.  “Imitation is a huge form of flattery,” she says.

Now those drag queens can use Reba’s new cosmetics line, Reba Beauty, to achieve the right look. Check out the first offering, the Deluxstick lip gloss shade Fancy, at Reba.com/Reba-Beauty.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean teamed up with Eric Church and Luke Bryan to collaborate on which one of his hit singles? ANSWER: “The Only Way I Know.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton will perform his latest hit, “Sangria,” on NBC’s The Voice Monday night.

Chase Rice and Frankie Ballard are featured in a new Funny or Die Concert Cops video filmed at the Tortuga Music Festival in Florida earlier this month.


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Jason Aldean Feeling “Focused” and “Grounded” One Month into Marriage with Brittany Kerr

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, just celebrated their one-month anniversary, but they haven’t been able to spend much time at home as husband-and-wife.

Jason says, “I mean, we’ve been on the road pretty much the whole time since we got married. We really haven’t had a chance to have a honeymoon or any of that stuff, but that’s a cool thing. She gets to travel with me, and we get to go all over the country.”

Jason and Brittany also spent 10 days in Europe last month while he played the Country to Country Festival. Having Brittany on hand on the road has been good for Jason.

He adds, “I think she just kinda keeps me a little more focused, grounded, which I think I kind of needed in my life, for sure.”

Jason and Brittany tied the knot March 21 in Mexico.


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Tim McGraw on Sandy Hook Promise Backlash: “I Don’t Put a Political Blanket on What I’m Doing”

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has gotten backlash from gun rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, over his upcoming concert to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, whose stated purpose is to help protect children from gun violence.

When asked how he is dealing with the headlines the concert has been generating, Tim tells ABC Radio, “I don’t put a political blanket on what I’m doing. This is about helping people and leading with your heart. I think that that’s what I try to do, and we’re doing things are earmarked for a lot of good in the community.”

Tim’s fiddle player, Dean Brown, is a friend of Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. Meeting Mark and his wife backstage at one of his concerts a few years ago had a big impact on Tim.

He says, “When you sit across from a family who’ve gone through such a great tragedy, it’s just heartbreaking. And when you sit and have a conversation and you feel connected and they want you to help, and you feel like you can help, then you lead with your heart.”

Tim goes on to say he thinks Sandy Hook Promise is a “great organization” that falls in line with his belief in spreading the message about mental health awareness among today’s youth.

He adds, “When you talk about protecting our kids from violence and doing everything you can to protect our children, I’m all in.”

As previously reported, the Concert for Sandy Hook Promise in Hartford, Connecticut this July is part of Tim’s Shotgun Rider tour with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, but Currington dropped out of the show last week, saying on his Facebook page he was bowing out because of the controversy, but would make a donation to a “local organization.”


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Chris Janson Signs Major Label Deal Thanks to Emerging Hit Song, “Buy Me a Boat”

Image Courtesy Eric Brown/Sweet Talk PRSinger-songwriter Chris Janson has just signed a new record deal with Warner Music Nashville, thanks to his emerging hit song, “Buy Me a Boat.” The song recently topped the iTunes Country Songs chart.

The buzz on Chris is so strong, CMT has agreed to produce the video for “Biy Me a Boat,” marking the first time the network has made a video for an artist.

Chris has become a regular at the Grand Ole Opry in the last few years, logging more than 90 appearances on the show. He’s currently writing more songs for his debut on Warner.


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Eric Church Opening Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with Rare Solo Show July 30

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/EMI NashvilleEric Church will give a rare solo show to open Nashville’s brand-new Ascend Amphitheater in Riverfront Park on July 30. The concert will feature Eric playing with just his guitar. He sold out Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in June setting an attendance record with more than 18,000 fans in the audience.

Tickets for Eric’s solo show go on sale Thursday, April 30 through Ticketmaster.


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Tyler Farr Announces TV Appearances in Support of “Suffer in Peace”, Due Out Next Tuesday

Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr‘s new album, Suffer in Peace, comes out Tuesday, and he’s kicking off his promotional schedule for the project with a Friday morning performance on FOX News’s Fox & Friends. The appearances continue Tuesday morning on NBC’s Today. That night, Tyler will host an album release party with a performance at New York City’s Irving Plaza.

Suffer in Peace features Tyler’s latest hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” as well as a duet with Jason Aldean on “Damn Good Friends.”


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