Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWynonna and Terri Clark have been added to the lineup for Charlie Daniels‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam. Ted NugentTrace AdkinsAlabamaMontgomery GentryTravis TrittCraig Morgan and more are already on the bill for the August 12 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Proceeds go to help veterans through The Journey Home Project. 

Dierks Bentley will perform two songs on Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Florida Georgia Line Looks Forward to Rare Weekend Off

Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleWhile most Americans will be celebrating Independence Day, this weekend will be special for the guys in Florida Georgia Line for a completely different reason:  they’ll be enjoying some rare time off.  

“We don’t really get many Friday nights when we’re not playin’,” Brian Kelley points out. But his leisure-time activities may not be as exciting as you’d expect.

“We did get one recently. I think my wife and I, we had a Friday night off in town like a week or two ago and I think we just got pizza and hung with the dogs and watched a movie, and I hadn’t done that in years, and it was awesome,” he recalls. “Didn’t feel like going out at all. It was nice to kick back and know you’re gonna feel really, really good in the mornin’.”

The next work day for Brian and musical partner Tyler Hubbard is July 9 in Fort Loramie, Ohio.

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Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes

Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsAs America prepares to celebrate its independence on July 4, Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who’ve helped fight for the country. So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by the tour’s end through his partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront.

“[These are] people who have given us security for a lot of years,” Tim reflects, “and we’re able to do that back for them in a small way.” In the three years he’s worked with Chase and Operation Homefront, they’ve partnered to give away 114 homes in 30 states.

Tim’s next tour stop with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant is July 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Brantley Gilbert Ties the Knot with Amber Cochran at Home in Georgia

Valory Music Co.Congratulations to Brantley Gilbert, who tied the knot with his fiancée, Amber Cochran, over the weekend at his home in Georgia. The couple dated several years ago, and their relationship inspired some of Brantley’s biggest hits, like “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “More than Miles.” They reconnected after Brantley got sober in recent years and the couple got engaged last fall.

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Luke Bryan Brings 2015 Farm Tour to 4 New Cities

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan kicks off his seventh annual Farm Tour September 30 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This year, the eight-concert run adds four new cities including Ft. Wayne; Lexington, Kentucky; Starkville, Mississippi; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Last year, the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year played for 110,000 fans on the rural tour, with some proceeds helping fund college scholarships for students from local farming families. Ticket presales start July 7, with seats for the general public going on sale July 10.

Here are the dates for Luke Bryan’s 2015 Farm Tour:

9/30 — Ft. Wayne, IN, M&J Farms     
10/1 —  Lexington, KY, Talon Farm & Winery
10/2 — Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms
10/3 — Columbia, SC, Culler Farms
10/7 — Starkville, MS, Holtzcamp Farms
10/8 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Twin Creeks Farm
10/9 — Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park               
10/10 — Valdosta, GA, MJ Taylor Farms

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Zac Brown and Hunter Hayes Share Their Playlists on Shazam

Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever wondered what music your favorite performers listen to, Shazam is now making it easier to find out. Starting today, the popular music-recognition app will now let you follow artists like Zac Brown Band and Hunter Hayes to see what songs they’ve recently checked out.

Hunter and Zac join mainstream bands like Maroon 5, Coldplay and One Direction, who are also sharing their playlists.

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Carrie Underwood Raps “See You Again” Mashup

John Russell/CMACarrie Underwood can now officially add “rapper” to her list of skills. Sunday at the Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, she delivered both Wiz Khalifa’s rap from the hit “See You Again,” and also covered the vocals contributed by Charlie Puth.

The tune was part of a mashup that included Carrie’s own hit by the same name from 2013. The Wiz Khalifa track is a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge wrote a song called “Adios Old Friend” that was featured on which network TV series? ANSWER: Nashville.

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Kenny Chesney Visits the Man-Made Reefs He Helped Fund in Florida

Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney is donating proceeds from his line of Costa Del Mar sunglasses to the Coastal Conservation Association, and he recently got to visit the two man-made reefs built with those funds in Jacksonville, Florida. The two structures were built in just two weeks in the city’s St. John River using 1,300 tons of concrete. In the 18 months since they were built, Kenny says the reefs are “thriving with life.”

“What they were able to create here says a lot about the ways man can live not just in harmony, but supporting our natural aquatic resources,” Kenny says. “Beyond clean water, it is about supporting healthy marine life… and that includes being aware of the impact of erosion under the water.”

Kenny goes on to thank the University of Jacksonville for its help in making the man-made reefs a reality.

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Football Star Helps Zac Brown Band Dispose of Onstage Intruder

Danny Clinch/Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGZac Brown Band received an assist from football star J.J. Watt when a fan popped up on stage during a performance over the weekend.

ESPN.com reports a fan jumped on stage and danced during the band’s appearance at Summerfest in Milwaukee Sunday night. That’s when Watt, a star defensive end with the Houston Texans who’s a native of Wisconsin, swooped in and tackled the fan. He tweeted a video of the moment.

ESPN.com notes that the whole thing was likely staged.  Zac Brown Band continues their tour Friday in Denver.

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