Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves‘ new song, “The Trailer Song,” is now available for download at iTunes. She performed the song on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.

The Oak Ridge Boys were presented with a plaque, during their recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, commemorating 41 million album sales worldwide.

Miranda Lambert spends a second consecutive week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with Platinum.

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The Band Perry’s Neil Perry Looking to Settle the Score with Blake Shelton This Summer

CMAThe Band Perry heads out on Blake Shelton‘s Ten Times Crazier tour this weekend, and the group’s Neil Perry is looking to settle a score on the road this summer. Backstage at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month, Blake kept pestering Neil all night long.

“Every time he’d pass me, he’d give me a wet willie,” Neil says. “I’m like, ‘What are you doing? We’re introducing you. Be nice to us.’”

Don’t feel bad for the youngest Perry sibling, though. Neil adds, “We’ll get him back. We’re good at pestering.”

The Ten Times Crazier plays huge venues like Chicago’s Wrigley Field, New York City’s Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this summer. The first show is set for Friday night in Austin, Texas. Dan + Shay and Neal McCoy are also on the bill.

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Little Big Town Praying for Jimi Westbrook’s Nephew, Who Needs a Heart Transplant

Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild are asking their fans to send prayers to their nephew, Tyler Holsted, who is in need of a heart transplant. All four members of Little Big Town posed in “Prayers for Tyler” t-shirts in a photo posted on social media Wednesday.

Jimi’s Instagram post reads, “Sending out prayers for my nephew, Tyler. He needs our strength and prayers right now. We love you, JW.”

For further details, go to the Prayers for Tyler Holsted Facebook page or use the hashtag #prayersfortylerholsted.

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Tim McGraw Opens Up About Past Drug and Alcohol Issues in “Men’s Health”

Photo Credit: Ture LillegravenWhen Tim McGraw first started playing club shows at age 19, he’d always have a few drinks to calm his nerves before going onstage. His mother, Betty, warned him it would become a problem if he didn’t learn how to perform sober. Even though he went on to country superstardom, Tim admits he rarely hit the stage without something in his system until about seven years ago.

He tells Men’s Health, “I drank too much. I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but…use your imagination.”

Tim’s drug and alcohol use was fueled by the isolation of being on the road away from his family. It got to the point, his wife, Faith Hill, had to step in.

“When your wife tells you it’s gone too far, that’s a big wake-up call,” Tim says. “It got to the point where my kids were getting older, and it was way past the point that they noticed it. And I noticed that they noticed. That’s enough to straighten you out.”

Now, Tim is the picture of fitness on the cover of the July/August issue of Men’s Health, on stands next week.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw‘s 2004 pop hit with Nelly? ANSWER: “Over and Over.”

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Brad Paisley Compares New “Rising Star” Gig with Hosting the CMA Awards

ABC/Bob D’AmicoBrad Paisley is no stranger to live television thanks to his long-standing gig co-hosting the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood. So, has that experience prepared him for serving as an expert along with Ludacris and Kesha on ABC’s new music competition, Rising Star?

“Kesha’s not got the foul mouth Carrie does in private,” Brad says with a laugh. “I think it’s probably prepared me a little bit.”

The contestants on Rising Star will find out in real time if they’re going forward in the competition as the wall separating the performer from the experts in the studio rises based on viewers’ votes. Fans can download the Rising Star app on their mobile devices to get in on the voting action. Brad hopes they find a singer as talented as his pal Carrie Underwood, who got her start winning American Idol back in 2005.

Says Brad, “It’s like, ‘OK, try to get that person all the way to the end so they get a record deal and America knows their name and buys their albums.’”

Josh Groban hosts ABC’s Rising Star premiering Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Three Charged with Disorderly Conduct Outside Taylor Swift’s Home

Credit: Sarah BarlowThree people in their twenties were charged with disorderly conduct on Sunday after they threw beer bottles and shouted expletives at security officers outside Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island mansion.

The Westerly Sun reports that according to police, the three — two men and a woman — gave the finger to the security guards and shouted profanity, and threw the bottles onto Taylor’s property in Watch Hill.  When officers arrived, one of them ran away; the others were taken into custody and handcuffed.  The one who ran away, 29-year-old Michael Horrigan, was also caught and arrested, and identified by the guards as the one who specifically flipped off the guards and threw the bottles. 

At the police station, all three were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and given a date for a later court appearance.  They were also ordered not to trespass on Taylor’s property.  She wasn’t home at the time.

Meanwhile, one of the other men arrested, Tristan Kading, tells TMZ that he, Horrigan and the third person in their party don’t have anything against Taylor; they were just drinking and things got out of hand.  Kading also says that they didn’t flip off the security guard; rather, he says, they were throwing up the peace sign, like Taylor does in her video for the song “22.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw opens up about his rigorous training schedule and his decision to quit drinking in cover story of the July/August double issue of Men’s Health. It’s available for download now and will hit newsstands Tuesday, June 24.

Toby Keith braved a thunderstorm with winds at 20 to 30 miles per hour Saturday night to perform his headlining show at the Winstock Music Festival in Winstead, Minnesota.

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Lee Brice Working Hard to Please His Toughest Critic, Five-Year-Old Son Takoda

CurbWhen fans hear Lee Brice‘s new album, I Don’t Dance, this September, they can rest assured that all the songs have been kid-approved. While recording the album, Lee often ran the new music past his five-year-old son, Takoda.

“Sarah doesn’t even know,” Lee tells ABC News Radio of playing songs for his and wife Sara’s son. “I’ll pick him up from school, and I go, ‘Hey, you wanna hear a new song?’ He’ll go, ‘Yeah! Yeah!’”

Takoda doesn’t come right out and say what he thinks about the songs, but Lee has a way of figuring out his son’s opinion.

“I usually know if he says, ‘Play that one again,’ that he likes it,” Lee explains, “or if he doesn’t ask me to play it again, then I’m like, ‘OK, let me rethink this one a little bit.’”

The lead single from Lee’s new album, “I Don’t Dance,” is now climbing the country chart. The full-length release comes out September 9.

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The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge and More Participating in ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp

Republic NashvilleThe 5th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp runs June 23 through 27 in Nashville. Some of country’s top stars, including The Band Perry, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge and Wynonna, will participate in songwriting workshops, field trips, studio recording sessions and other music enrichment events with campers diagnosed with Williams syndrome.

The week-long camp concludes with the campers performing on the Grand Ole Opry with Chris Janson Friday, June 27. The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is held in connection with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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