“Nashville” Recap: “How Far Down Can I Go”

Image Courtesy ABCThe drama continued on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night as Rayna Jaymes reluctantly gave up details on her engagement to fellow country superstar Luke Wheeler during an appearance on Good Morning America. Real-life country star Luke Bryan even appeared as himself on Good Morning America within Nashville to congratulate Rayna on her engagement. Luke also admitted he had ring envy over the huge rock Wheeler gave Rayna for their engagement.

Back at home, Deacon Claybourne admitted to his and Rayna’s daughter, Maddie, that Rayna had turned down his wedding proposal. Deacon was surprised to learn Luke Wheeler still wanted him as an opening act after their altercation over Rayna in last week’s episode. This development means Deacon and Rayna will be both be leaving Maddie behind to go on tour.

Layla Grant vowed to make her closeted gay husband Will Lexington‘s life a living hell if he didn’t take her out on the road with him. Layla is forced to play the part of a happy newlywed on their new reality show, so she’s using Will’s secret as leverage against him to launch her own music career.

 Juliette Barnes went in to end her pregnancy thinking the child was a result of her tryst with underhanded record label president, Jeff Fordham, four weeks ago. When the doctor told her she was actually eight weeks along, she realized her ex-boyfriend, Avery Barkley, is the baby’s father. Of course, Avery and Juliette aren’t speaking right now since he found out she cheated with Jeff. Also, Juliette will have to hide her pregnancy if she gets the role of Patsy Cline in a new biopic.

Old loves Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott ended up writing a song together at his new studio in East Nashville. Their chemistry is still undeniable, but Gunnar’s girlfriend, Zoey, is growing suspicious of the time they’re spending together.  Scarlett told Gunnar she didn’t even want credit on the new song they’d written, “When You Open Your Eyes.”

Sam Palladio plays Gunnar on Nashville, and he thinks we’ll see a lot more interaction between Scarlett and Gunnar in the coming weeks.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, “The two of them, Scarlett and Gunnar, have always had this chemistry — musical chemistry, romantic chemistry — a lot of different chemistry. A lot of different chemistries. And that’s something that’s really hard to shake off for the two of them.”

Popular demand from viewers is another big factor in keeping Scarlett and Gunnar’s attraction alive.

“That was one thing that the fans love as well, are the Scarlett and Gunnar duets,” Sam explains. “And I love them. I love singing them, and we have some fantastic writers that compose these haunting songs.”

“When You Open Your Eyes” is now available for download at iTunes. Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.


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Rascal Flatts Flipping the Switch for Annual Opry Goes Pink Show Later This Month

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloRascal Flatts will flip the switch turning the Grand Ole Opry’s famous red barn backdrop pink later this month for the show’s annual Opry Goes Pink event. Danielle Bradbery, Montgomery Gentry, Sara Evans and Nashville star Will Chase are also on the bill for the show set for Tuesday, October 28. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Women Rock for the Cure to aid in its fight against breast cancer. Tickets are available at Opry.com.


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Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Wife, Tiffany Fallon, Welcome Their Third Child

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCongratulations to Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife, Tiffany Fallon, on the arrival of their third child. The baby girl is named Devon Olivia, and she came into the world Monday night in Nashville weighing six pounds, 11 ounces. She joins the couple’s older children, six-year-old Jagger and four-year-old Raquel.

“We are so thrilled to finally become a party of five,” Joe Don tells People. “Jagger and Raquel are so happy to be her big brother & big sister.”



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Jason Aldean’s New Album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” Now Streaming Online Prior to Next Week’s Release

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFans curious to check out Jason Aldean‘s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, can now stream the whole thing before it comes out next week. The project is now live at JasonAldean.CMT.com and on the CMT Artists app.

Jason has already released a few songs from Old Boots, New Dirt on iTunes, including his latest hit, “Burnin’ It Down.”  That song recently hit the platinum sales and streaming mark faster than any other country single released this year.



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Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel Headlining This Year’s CMA Country Christmas Special

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, and Dan + Shay are all on the bill for this year’s CMA Country Christmas special taping November 7 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Jennifer Nettles returns as host of the two-hour program, airing this holiday season on ABC.

Broadway and film star Idina Menzel will also appear on the CMA Country Christmas special, along with LeAnn Rimes and gospel star Michael W. Smith. Tickets for the show are now on sale at CMAChristmas.com.


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Blake Shelton Explains Why He Plants 10 Acres of Watermelon Every Year

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton plants about 10 acres of watermelon on his Oklahoma property every year, but you won’t find him eating any of them. In fact, Blake hates watermelon.

He tells People, “I don’t know why I do it. It’s random and it’s weird. My step-dad likes them, but Miranda doesn’t even really care for them that much.”

If Blake’s step-dad wants any watermelon, he’ll have to be quick about harvesting them.

Says Blake, “Normally, it never makes it to the point where they even get eaten because deer eat them so fast.”

On the music front, Blake’s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, is out this week featuring his latest hit, “Neon Light.”


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Swon Brothers were on which coach’s team when they competed on The Voice during the fourth season? ANSWER:  Blake Shelton.


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Blake Shelton Is No. 6 on McAfee’s “Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity” List

Warner Bros. RecordsIf you search the name Blake Shelton online, there’s a 18.47 percent chance you’ll click on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware. That’s according to a new study by the virus fighters at McAfee.

The singer and coach on The Voice is ranked sixth on McAfee’s list of the Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is number one. According to McAfee, you have an 19.38 percent chance of landing on a malicious website if you search his name.

Carrie Underwood made the top 50.  She’s ranked No. 47.

“Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis.

“Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers’ attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data,” Davis added.

Here’s McAfee’s top 10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

1. Jimmy Kimmel — 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
2. Armin van Buuren — 19.33%
3. Ciara — 19.31%
4. Flo Rida — 18.89%
5. Bruce Springsteen — 18.82%
6. Blake Shelton — 18.47%
7. Britney Spears — 18.19%
8. Jon Bon Jovi — 17.64%
9. Chelsea Handler — 17.22%
10. Christina Aguilera — 16.67%


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Kenny Rogers Launching 33rd Christmas Tour November 12 in Niagara Falls

Image Courtesy Webster PRKenny Rogers will kick off his 33rd Christmas tour November 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The Christmas and Hits Through the Year tour will play 25 dates before wrapping up December 23. Linda Davis is joining Kenny for the trek.

Kenny is also featured on a new song called “That Silent Night” coming out on Jim Brickman‘s new holiday collection On a Winter’s Night: The Songs and Spirit of Christmas. That album is available exclusively at Amazon starting October 7.


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The Swon Brothers Keep Their Brotherly Love Alive as They Achieve Country Stardom

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers have made the leap from finalists on NBC’s The Voice to the top 20 on the country chart with their debut single, “Later On.” It’s taken a lot of hard work to get this point, and the duo’s Zach Swon tells ABC News Radio he wouldn’t have gotten this far if not for his partnership and friendship with brother, Colton Swon.

Says Zach, “We live together, we’re on a bus together, we fly in planes together, but I think it makes us better. ‘Cause I wouldn’t want to do this, nor do I think I would succeed as a solo artist, and I think he feels the same way.”

While it’s easy for Colton and Zach to focus on the daily demands of getting their country career off the ground, they make a point to maintain their relationship as brothers and best friends, too.

Colton explains, “We’re running a business together, but you’ve also got to take time just to be brothers, like, out on the road. Laugh, enjoy it. And just take time doing brother stuff, you know, making fun of each other. Playing video games.”

Zach and Colton spend a lot of time just talking on their tour bus when they’re not playing the game Catch Phrase with their band members. 

Zach says, “We’re pretty tame. It’s not really a party bus, or anything.

Colton adds with a laugh,” And by tame, he means lame. We are lame. We like to sleep.”

Look for The Swon Brothers’ self-titled debut album to come out October 14.


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