Billy Currington Is Country Music’s Shoeless Star

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleYou won't see Billy Currington joining the growing list of country stars with their own shoe lines. In fact, you'll rarely see Billy wear any shoes at all. He's been going barefoot since his childhood just outside Savannah, Georgia. Unless it actually wintertime, Billy won't put shoes on for anyone.

Billy says with a laugh, "I’ve definitely been some places in the past few years barefoot, where they’re like, 'Hey man, you got some shoes or you’re not coming in.' So, I just don’t go in."

He even goes shoeless when he's exercising.

"I’ve been running barefoot for so long, not all the time, but probably half the time, you know, eight, 10 miles," Billy explains, "and so my feet, they’re used to it."

Billy is performing barefoot all over the country this summer. His tour dates are posted at BillyCurrington.com.


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Dierks Bentley hit is titled after the Los Angeles police code for involuntary psychiatric hold? ANSWER: "5-1-5-0."


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Dolly Parton Duets with Richie Sambora, Gets Huge Sales Award on European Tour

Image Courtesy Webster PRDolly Parton had a huge weekend in the U.K., starting with her show at London's O2 Arena. Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora joined her onstage for a duet of "Lay Your Hands on Me, which Dolly covered on her latest album, Blue Smoke.

Dolly's European tour continued with a Sunday set at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Somerset, England. Before the show, Dolly was presented with a plaque commemorating worldwide sales of 100 million albums over the course of her career.

“I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales, Dolly says.  "What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years."

Dolly's European trek continues through a July 14 show in Switzerland.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockPretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale premieres the video for her new country single, "Lie a Little Better," Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.

Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies fame will release her debut solo album, American Middle Class, on October 14. Patty Loveless and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls are among the special guest singers on the project.

Dierks Bentley's August 1 concert at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets purchased will be refunded through Ticketmaster or at the original point of purchase.


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The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry Reflects on Her Laid-Back Wedding Day

Image Courtesy Splash PRThe Band Perry's Kimberly Perry is always on the go, due to the group's tour schedule, but her pace slowed dramatically for her wedding day earlier this month in her hometown of Greeneville, TN.

Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, "It was a special one. I woke up pretty early and spent a lot of time contemplating. It was a very slow morning. I ate two chocolate donuts, which I'm very proud of. That was the one thing I wanted."

Kimberly's band mates and brothers, Reid and Neil Perry, didn't have as slow a morning.  Reid says, "We woke up at six o'clock and started scrubbing dirt and mud off the driveway, so I never got my two eclairs that Kimberly did."

While Kimberly claims she made sure there was a cinnamon twist for Reid in their morning pastry delivery, he says, "They were gone whenever I had it."

Kimberly tied the knot with pro baseball player J.P. Arencibia June 12. The Band Perry is now on tour with Blake Shelton. Go to TheBandPerry.com to see where they're playing next.


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Lee Brice Blends Multiple Influences into Cohesive New Album, “I Don’t Dance”

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice's new album, I Don't Dance, is all over the map musically with sounds influenced by rock, blues, hip-hop, and, of course, classic country.

Lee tells American Songwriter, "I didn't want anything to feel the same. So I really tried to understand what I was doing the whole time."

Shepherding the entire project into one cohesive piece of work means Lee declined to record some songs he knows will end up on the radio by other artists.  "There were a few songs I loved but I didn’t love the verses," Lee explains. "I just did not love what they said or how they felt so I just couldn’t get into them. Although they may have been hits, I had to pass on them.”

Now that Lee is finished with I Don't Dance, he may be shifting his focus to another big project in the works in Music City.  Says Lee, "I got a call. Garth has been making some new music and I think he’s been looking for songs around town.”

Look for Lee's new album, I Don’t Dance, in stores September 9.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley Reveals Random Facts About Himself

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley shares some revealing facts about himself in a new interview with Wisconsin's Post-Crescent newspaper. When asked which drink best describes him, Brian says, "Jack and Coke." His favorite junk food is chocolate chip cookies, and Brian always goes for Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" when it's time to hit the karaoke stage.

When it comes to gas station stops on the road, Brian can't help but pick up candy, a drink and some sunflower seeds. He also looks up to Matthew McConaughey as a fellow celebrity. Brian explains, "He's an actor who seems like he's got his head on straight. Very talented and seems like he has his personal life in order."

Fans will be hearing a lot more from Florida Georgia Line as they release their brand-new single, "Dirt," next month.


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Chris Young Gives Details on His Kitchen Knife Accident

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young had to undergo a few surgeries on his left hand after severing tendons in a kitchen knife accident earlier this month. Though some reports made it sound like he was cooking a big late-night dinner at the time of the accident, Chris tells The Topeka Capital-Journal, "I was cutting a piece of fruit. It wasn’t like I was cooking anything.”

Chris is now undergoing physical therapy to regain the use of his left hand, and he hopes to be playing guitar again in about six weeks. In the meantime, Chris is performing just fine without his instrument.

He says, "I’m really known as a singer first. I can still entertain and move around, and I’ve worked out a few things that I don’t normally do on my shows."

To see where Chris is playing next, go to ChrisYoungCountry.com.


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Kenny Chesney Hits the Desert for Spontaneously-Fun “American Kids” Video

Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney hit the desert with a group of young folks and a multi-colored bus to film his new video for "American Kids." The clip premieres Monday on Vevo, CMT and Great American Country, and a sneak peek is now posted at ETOnline.com.

Kenny wanted to branch out beyond what fans might expect for the "American Kids" video.  He says, "It’s easy to do a literal video, have a bonfire, hit a small town football field, but I wanted everyone to get out of what they know! It’s when you don’t know, and you’re winging it sometimes, that you have the most fun.”  

"American Kids" is the lead single from Kenny's upcoming studio album, due out this fall.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Brett Eldredge's debut album? ANSWER: Bring You Back.


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