Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA Thousand Horses‘ debut performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live re-airs Monday night.

Maddie & Tae will perform at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Friday, July 31 just before the Chicago White Sox host the New York Yankees. The performance is part of the Grand Ole Opry’s ongoing 90th Anniversary celebration.

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Brett Eldredge Explains Why He’s Putting His Career Before His Love Life These Days

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge sings about finding a girl he just can’t get enough of in his new hit, “Lose My Mind,” but he’s still single in real life. Since Brett is easily one of country’s most eligible bachelors, we wondered what’s holding him back in the love department.

Brett explains, “I am scared of getting tied down right now, because I’m so, so driven for what I’m doing, and I just love my music so much. That is my love.”

He goes on to admit, “I guess I probably have some commitment issues with that kind of thing, but I have trouble committing to what time I’m gonna have lunch tomorrow. There’s so many things in my mind that I want to do.”

If you’re thinking you have just the right girl for Brett, you should know he doesn’t have a big check list of what he’s looking for in a girlfriend.

“I’m just waiting to be surprised,” Brett says. “I think that’s the whole part of it all is just when that girl walks into your world, your world is completely changed. I’m ready for that girl to step on in and let me open the door. Come on in.”

One thing Brett is definitely looking for in a girlfriend is a good sense of humor, or at least the patience to put up with his wacky randomness.

He says, “They don’t have to think it’s funny. They can totally poke fun at me for being an idiot sometimes. I just want somebody that does love to enjoy life.”

Brett goes on to say he thinks about finding the right girl all the time, and he even wrote a song about it called “Haven’t Met You.”

He adds, “[It’s] about that girl that I haven’t met yet that I wanna share all these experiences with and everything. But I’m always looking for her. I’m always thinking about her as if she’s already here, but, you know, I’m waiting. I’m ready.”

“Haven’t Met You” will be included on Brett’s sophomore album, Illinois, due out September 11. He just released another song from that album, “Fire,” via YouTube.

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Justin Moore Breaking Out His Baseball Cleats for Sunday’s MLB Celebrity Softball Game

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is breaking out his old baseball cleats to play in this Sunday’s 2015 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game in Cincinnati. He joins Cole Swindell on the roster along with Snoop Dogg, Jordin Sparks, Josh Hutcherson and Nick Lachey, among others.

Justin says, “Baseball is my favorite sport, and one I’ve played my whole life. I may be a little rusty, but it’s just like riding a bike. Should be fun to get back on the diamond with all the other folks playing.”

You can catch Justin and Cole in action when the MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game airs on ESPN this Monday night following the Home Run Derby.

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Josh Turner to Perform “God Bless America” at the MLB All-Star Game This Tuesday

CMAJosh Turner is headed to Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark this Tuesday to sing “God Bless America” at the 86th Annual MLB All-Star game. Live coverage of the game kicks off Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

The baseball gig comes in the middle of Josh’s busy summer touring schedule. He’s also working on his upcoming studio album in between dates.

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Is Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” on Its Way to Becoming a Smash Pop Hit?

CMALittle Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” could become the group’s first big pop hit. The song has already broken the record for the longest-running #1 by a group on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, in its 11th consecutive week. Now, “Girl Crush,” has found its way to the latest NOW That’s What I Call Music! compilation.

“Girl Crush” is the only country song included on the series’ 55th installment, due out August 7. Other songs on the compilation include the latest pop hits from Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Nick Jonas among others.

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Jerrod Niemann’s Latest Single, “Blue Bandana,” Is an Ode to Summer Music Festivals

Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann‘s new single, “Blue Bandana,” is now on sale at Apple Music. The song namechecks a ton of summer music festivals, including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, as the lyrics tell the story of a girl who just can’t get enough live music.

Jerrod says, “I can’t sing or listen to ‘Blue Bandana’ without seeing so many faces from previous shows singing back at me! The lyrics speak of the love affair between fans and music!”

He adds, “It’s exhilarating to see people who have traveled for so many miles and have waited a day or two to get a place near the stage to hear a guy like me sing a song like this.”

“Blue Bandana” is the lead single from Jerrod’s upcoming studio album, due out in early 2016.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKenny Chesney hails from which East Tennessee town? ANSWER: Luttrell.

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Zac Brown Band’s On-the-Road Chef Rusty Hamlin Getting His Own TV Series

Southern GroundZac Brown Band carries chef Rusty Hamlin on the road with them to cook up meals for their Eat & Greets with fans before their shows. Now, Rusty is getting his own seven-episode series, Rusty’s RockFeast: Backstage with Zac Brown Band.

The show premieres Thursday, July 23 on the FYI cable network featuring Rusty hitting up local markets to find fresh ingredients in every city the band plays. He prepares the meals in a kitchen inside an 18-wheeler, called “Cookie,” and Rusty and his team never prepare the same meal twice.

Zac says, “I’m constantly impressed at how Rusty pulls it off every night not knowing what groceries he’s going to have. It’s off the cuff every day and he makes it look so easy.”

Go to FYI.tv for more details.

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Willie Nelson to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

David McClisterWillie Nelson will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Friday morning’s announcement calls Nelson “a musical explorer, redrawing the boundaries of country music throughout his career. …His achievements as a songwriter and performer are legendary. Like America itself, he has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs. He has helped make country music one of the most universally beloved forms of American artistic expression.”

For his part, Willie was typically more brief in his statement, saying, “It is an honor to be the next recipient of the Gershwin Prize. I appreciate it greatly.”

The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a living musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.

Nelson’s most recent album is Django and Jimmie, his collaboration with fellow country music icon Merle Haggard.

Nelson is the eighth person to receive the Gershwin Prize since Paul Simon received the first one, in 2007.  The other recipients include Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, and Billy Joel, who received the prize last year.

Nelson will receive the prize in Washington, D.C. this November.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAccording to the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., country fans spent more than $60 million in Music City during last month’s CMA Music Festival.

Willie Nelson has been named the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He’ll accept the honor this November.

Kenny Chesney will host ABC’s Robin Roberts at his show in Philadelphia this weekend. Look for Robin’s behind-the-scenes look at Kenny’s touring operation to run on Good Morning America next week.

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