Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Kenny Rogers first #1 on the Billboard country chart? ANSWER:  “Lucille,” in 1977.

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“Something Bad” Destined to Happen for Miranda and Carrie

Photo Credit: David McClisterNot only will Carrie Underwood be competing for the fan-voted Milestone Award at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, she’ll also be debuting her new duet with Miranda Lambert– who isn’t too proud to admit she’s more than a little anxious about singing “Something Bad” onstage for the very first time.

“I’m gonna be really nervous to sing with Carrie,” she confesses. “It will be the first time we sing it live together. That’s the fun part, though. That’s kind of why you want to do it in the first place is to sing it live. I mean, it’s fun to sing it in the studio and all that stuff with her, but definitely singing with someone as powerful as she is pushes you as a vocalist.”

Miranda says she feels even more pressure, because the sassy song affords the two a rare opportunity.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited, and I’m excited for people to see two female country artists up there onstage together. That doesn’t happen that often, or not often enough, in my opinion. So, we’re just gonna go rock it,” she laughs.

“Something Bad” is one of the tunes on Miranda’s new CD, Platinum, out June 3. You can catch the song’s first live performance Sunday on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockTim McGraw will perform on the May 20 season finale of The Voice.

Charlie Daniels takes center stage Memorial Day weekend on AXS TV, starting with The Big Interview hosted by Dan Rather at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 24, immediately followed by a live concert from Greenwood Village, Colorado, at 10. Proceeds from the Volunteer Jam Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band go to help soldiers and first responders.

Kenny Rogers revealed he’s dealing with skin cancer, sharing a photo of his bandaged face on Instagram, and urging everyone to get checked, since it’s National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. “The Gambler” went on to promise he’ll be “look(ing) great” in time for his concert this weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Taylor Swift Gives Details on Met Ball Dress Cat Attack

Ray Tamarra/GC ImagesRight before last week’s big Met Gala in New York City, Taylor Swift sent the fashion world into a tizzy by announcing on Twitter that her cat Meredith had “attacked” her custom Oscar de la Renta gown.  Now, she’s telling People magazine just what happened during the kitty vs. couture showdown.

“I’ve never seen more fashionable people lose their composure quicker than when a cat walks up to a satin, custom Oscar de la Renta gown and then decides to make a home inside of it,” she told People. “She just passed, dug her claws in and started to roll…like when you see a crocodile attack an antelope on National Geographic. That’s what she tried to do to the dress.”

But ultimately, Taylor says, Meredith didn’t do much damage.  Even though the cat “fancies herself as quite a hunter,” says Taylor, she adds, “She’s a chubby housecat. She’s not very strong!”

Taylor also said she got ready for the event with model pal Karlie Kloss.

“We were both wearing Oscar de la Renta, and we kind of shared a hair girl and got ready in a hotel room. It was so much fun getting ready with one of your best friends,” she says.   Karlie later told Us Weekly that Taylor threw a great after-party at her New York City apartment.

“We were all playing pool in our ball gowns, and just eating pizza and hanging out — just like you’d do at a teenage after-party,” said the model.

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Sara Evans Keeps Busy on Slow Me Down Tour

RCA NashvilleEven though her seventh album is titled Slow Me Down, slowing down is something Sara Evans certainly won’t be doing anytime soon. She’ll kick off the Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series May 23, before launching her tour in her home state of Missouri the next day. Sara does take time out June 7 to play the main stage at LP Field during this year’s CMA Music Festival.

These are the stops for the Slow Me Down tour:

5/24 — Lady Luck Casino, Caruthersville, MO
6/12 — Tachi Palace Casino Lemoore, CA
6/13 — Gold Country Casino, Oroville, CA
6/14 — Sonoma Country Fairgrounds,  Santa Rosa, CA
6/21 — Rock the Soul, Cullman, AL
7/5 — Margaritaville Resort, Bossier City, LA
7/10 — Bayfront Park, Duluth, MN
7/11 — Wild Rose Casino & Resorts, Clinton, IA
7/12 — Wild Rose Casino & Resorts, Emmetsburg, IA
7/13 — Hodag Country Festival, Rhinelander, WI
7/18 — Mill Town Music Hall, Bremen, GA
7/19 — Bay Pointe Marina, Panama City, FL
7/25 — Deadwood Moutain Grand,  Deadwood, SD
7/26 — World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
7/27 — Coors Field, Denver, CO
8/1 — Bremer County Fair, Waverly, IN
8/2 — Blue Chip Casino, Michigan City, IN
8/9 — Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO
8/15 — Peppermill Concert Hall, West Wendover, NV
8/16 — Clearwater River Casino, Lewiston, ID
8/17 — The Willamette Country Music Fair, Brownsville, OR
8/29 — South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, MA
8/30 — Hagersville Summer End Festival, Hagersville, Canada
8/31 — Six Flags, Jackson, NJ
9/1 — Woodstock Fair, Woodstock, CT
9/5 — Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN
9/6 — Prairie Knights Casino, Fort Yates, ND
9/27 — Bass Performance Hall, Ft. Worth, TX
10/19 — Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks, CA
10/23 — Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA
10/24 — Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV

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Shoulder Surgery Forces Craig Morgan to Take It Easy

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan will miss three tour dates and an appearance on CBS’s The Talk next week, as he heals from shoulder surgery he underwent on Wednesday. Craig initially hurt himself a couple weeks ago while grappling with some friends at the gym, but surgery to fix the injury turned out to be more extensive than initially planned. Doctors used six screws to repair bone fractures and repaired Craig’s torn tendons.

The “Wake Up Lovin’ You” hitmaker was forced to cancel shows in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Twenty-Nine Palms, California, as well as a date at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Craig will also be sporting a sling for the next few weeks. A rep from his record label, however, tells USA Today she expects a quick recovery. “He’s a trooper, so I don’t think it’ll keep him down long,” she says.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts recently guest starred on the TV shows Nashville and Drop Dead Diva? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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Kristian Bush Performing at National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, DC

Photo Credit: Dana TynanKristian Bush of Sugarland fame is headed to Washington, D.C. for a big performance at the National Memorial Day Parade on May 26. The parade is the biggest Memorial Day event in the country and will be televised on the Pentagon Channel for U.S. troops around the world.

Kristian is currently on the road with his Put Your Soul in It tour while working on his first solo album. The first single from that project will hit the airwaves in the coming weeks.

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Brad Paisley Announces the Country Nation World Tour

Image credit: Jim SheaBrad Paisley is hitting the road this summer with his Country Nation World Tour.  The trek, presented by Kraft cheese, kicks off in Philadelphia on May 16 and will hit more than 40 cities in North America.  Right now, dates are scheduled through the end of September.

Joining Brad on the tour are Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, Leah Turner and Dee Jay Silver.  Fans can enter a sweepstakes to win a chance a VIP Brad Paisley concert experience, and a lifetime supply of cheese — actually, in the form of a check for $8,700 — by logging onto

There’s a charitable component to Brad’s tour as well: he’s partnering with Tickets-for-Charity to auction the best seats at his shows to benefit St. Jude Target House.

Here are Brad’s tour dates:

5/16 — Susquehanna Bank Center, Philadelphia, PA
5/17 — First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
5/24 — Tree Town Festival, Forest City, IA*
5/30 — Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO
5/31 — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
6/1 — Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
6/12 — Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/13 — Clays Park Amphitheatre, N. Lawrence, OH**
6/14 — Hunter Mountain, Hunter Mountain, NY
6/15 — Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, ME
6/19 — Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
6/20 — Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
6/27 — Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI*
6/28 — Chippewa Valley Country Festival,  Cadott, WI*
7/2 — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ONT
7/3 — Darien Lake Performing Arts Cente, Darien Center, NY
7/5 — XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, CT
7/10 — Sleep Train Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
7/11 — Salinas Sports  Complex, Salinas, CA**
7/12 — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
7/19 — Ravina on the Lakes, Peoria, IL
7/24 — Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY*
7/26 — North Dakota State Fair, Minot, ND*
8/1 — Cape Blanco Country Music Festival Sixes, OR
8/2 — Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
8/8 — We Fest Detroit Lakes, MN
8/14 — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
8/15 — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
8/16 — Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
8/21 — New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
8/22 — PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
8/23 — XFINITY Center, Boston, MA
9/4 — Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
9/5 — Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
9/6 — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
9/18 — Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, VA
9/19 — PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
9/20 — Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, D.C.

*Dates are festivals including Paisley and multiple other artists.
**Randy Houser not on this date.  

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Kellie Pickler: My Grandmother Died the Day After Her Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Image Credit: Richard AshcroftKellie Pickler says the fight against lung cancer is very “near and dear” to her heart.

Pickler recently joined with Lung Force, an initiative sponsored by CVS, to raise awareness and money for lung cancer research.

“My grandmother, Faye Pickler, she’s the one that raised me and the woman I called Mom,” Pickler told ABC News. “She was diagnosed with lung cancer back in January 2002 and she died the very next day, she died the very next morning.”

Pickler, 27, said that loss woke her up and made her take lung cancer seriously.

“It was very sudden, there’s no way to prepare for that,” she added. “The generation of women she grew up with, they didn’t know the long-term effects smoking would cause. She was a smoker and she was only 66 when she passed away.”

The singer continued, “I was shocked to find out, you don’t even have to be a smoker to be diagnosed with lung cancer.”

Pickler added that lung cancer is the number-one cancer killer in women, and that 72,000 women in the United States will die this year from the disease.

The American Idol alum and Dancing with the Stars champion married Kyle Jacobs in 2011, and on a lighter note, added she’s very happy.

“I love my husband, but I actually really like him too,” she said. “Yeah, we actually really like each other. We are doing great, can’t complain in that department.”

As for having children, Pickler said that isn’t on the horizon anytime soon.

“I have a band, so that’s kind of like having kids,” she joked. “We are just happy with it being just us right now. We are not working into that at this moment. I feel like we are newlyweds, we have so much to do and enjoy just the two of us.”

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