Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes' duet partner on "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me?" ANSWER: Jason Mraz.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Concert Crowds Include Fans of All Ages

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn't mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.

"It's a pretty nice mix," says Tyler. "You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through."

FGL's Brian Kelley adds, "And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids."

Tyler goes on to call their shows a "big family night," but he stresses, "At the same time, it's a party."

Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn't listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.

Says Brian, "We love representing country music. We feel it's an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format -- it's amazing. It's changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like."

Florida Georgia Line's string of hits continues with their latest single, "Dirt." Their new album is due out later this year.


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Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2014 Dates

ABC/Matt BrownLuke Bryan will launch his sixth annual Farm Tour with an October 1 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.

This year’s Farm Tour will once again include shows in eight towns, wrapping up October 11 with a concert in Macon, Georgia.

Last year, Luke performed for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns.

A portion of the proceeds from the shows fund local college scholarships for students from a farming family in the communities the tour visits.  Get ticket details at Luke's official website.  Special VIP experiences are also available for purchase. Details at cidentertainment.com.

Here are the dates for Farm Tour 2014:

10/1 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms
10/2 -- Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms
10/3 -- Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place
10/4 -- Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm
10/8 -- Statesboro, GA, Perry Field
10/9 -- Athens, GA, Meldon Farm
10/10 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms
10/11 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich's new album, Gravity, comes out September 23 featuring a collaboration with Tim McGraw on the song "Lovin' Lately."

Brad Paisley has released a new version of his single, "River Bank," featuring country rapper Colt Ford.

Hunter Hayes' new video for "Tattoo" is now on CMT. The clip features animated graphics, graffiti art and a beautiful brunette woman playing Hunter's onscreen love interest.


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Joe Nichols Explains How His “Yeah” Video Went from “Cheap and Cheesy” to Comic Book Cool

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols' new video, "Yeah," uses animation to place a young couple on the pages of a comic book as their love story plays out over the course of a night.  It's easily one of country's most compelling videos so far this year, but that comic book effect was actually an afterthought. Joe and his team originally wanted the video to look cheap and cheesy with the couple acting out the song around a fake campfire and fake trees set up in a studio. That idea didn't quite pan out, though.

Joe tells ABC News Radio, "It came off looking incredibly cheap and cheesy. That was the only problem. It was supposed to be funny, and it kind of missed."

He adds with a laugh, "It just looked like we ran out of money or something."

Luckily, Joe's video director had the idea to take that cheesy-looking footage and add animation to create the comic book look.

"He showed me 30 seconds of it, and I was like, 'Yeah. Love that!' It changed everything, "Joe explains. "It was probably a mediocre video at best to I think it's a pretty dang good one right now."

"Yeah" is included on Joe Nichols' latest album, Crickets, now in stores.


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Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan Wait All Year for Their Buck Commander Hunting Trips

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and Luke Bryan will join their Buck Commander buddies -- Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and baseball players Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans -- for about two or three hunting trips this winter. The guys always have a blast on these trips, and all the action ends up on the Outdoor Channel series, Buck Commander.

Jason tells USA Today Hunt & Fish magazine, "There are so many hunting shows out there that are all about the technical hunt. But we wanted to capture the fun and friendships that are developed in the outdoors."

The hunting trips also give Jason a chance to unwind from the stress of being on the road all summer long.  "It’s like a vacation," Jason says, "and I think all of us, especially with our careers, wait all year for those times.”

Jason continues his 2014 Burn It Down tour Friday night in Philadelphia.


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Report: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Selling Malibu Home for $7.5 Million

Image Courtesy CMAIt looks like Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are pulling up stakes in Malibu. According to Variety, the couple's California home is now on the market for $7.5 million. The house was built in the late '50s and was remodeled in 2007. It boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

Garth and Trisha will be spending more time in Nashville as they spend the next few years on a world tour. They plan to keep a residence back in Oklahoma, too.


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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Zac Brown Band and More Added to CMA Music Festival Special

Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new hit, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special next week on ABC. Zac Brown Band is teaming up with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on the special, and Justin Moore will sing "Home Sweet Home" with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.

Look for show hosts Little Big Town to sing in addition to performances from Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. They join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

The CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock airs Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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David Nail Launching I’m a Fire Tour September 11 in Mississippi

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail launches his I'm a Fire tour this fall with special guests Native Run. The first show is set for September 11 in Oxford, MS, with 22 dates announced so far. More shows will be added soon.

Headlining his own tour gives David the chance to play much longer sets than he would opening for another artist. He tells Rolling Stone Country, "I've always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75- to 90-minute show. We can show the range of the past three records."

Here are the I'm a Fire tour dates:

9/11 -- Oxford, MS, The Lyric Oxford
9/12 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
9/24 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
9/26 -- Tallahassee, FL, The Moon
9/27 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
10/9 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
10/10 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose
10/16 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Jupiter Bar
10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Maverick's
10/24 -- Columbia, MO, 9th Street Summerfest
10/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's
10/29 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
10/31 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
11/6 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center
11/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/8 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/9 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
11/11 -- London, ON (CAN), London Concert Theater
11/13 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
11/15 -- Green Bay, WI, Meyer Theatre


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Toby Keith Tops “Forbes” Country Cash Kings List for a Second-Straight Year

Show Dog/Universal Forbes magazine has released their 2014 Country Cash Kings list, and Toby Keith tops the countdown for a second straight year, with an estimated $65 million coming in from his tour dates, restaurants and other business ventures.

Taylor Swift is second with $64 million, and Kenny Chesney rounds out the top three with a $44 million payday.

In fourth place, Jason Aldean earned $37 million from about 88 shows during the ranking period.  Luke Bryan took in $34 million for a number-five finish.


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