Brantley Gilbert Releasing Expanded “Just as I Am Platinum Edition” on May 19

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is releasing an expanded edition of his album, Just as I Am, on May 19, one year after the album’s debut. The Just as I Am Platinum Edition will include five new tracks, including a remix of “Bottoms Up” featuring rapper T.I. The project features the original hit version of that song along with the singles “One Hell of an Amen” and “Small Town Throwdown” with Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.

Here is the Just as I Am Platinum Edition track listing:

“If You Want a Bad Boy”
“17 Again”
“Bottoms Up”
“That Was Us”
“I’m Gone”
“My Baby’s Guns N’ Roses”
“Lights of My Hometown”
“One Hell of an Amen”
“Small Town Throwdown”
“Let It Ride”
“My Faith in You”
“G.R.I.T.S.”
“Read Me My Rights”
“Grown Ass Man”
“Bottoms Up (Remix)” featuring T.I.
“Do What the Night Wants”
“Stone Cold Sober”
“Same Old Song”
“Just as I Am”


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Newlyweds Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr Plan to Expand the Family in the Next Few Years

Image Courtesy CMANewlyweds Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr plan to add to their  family pretty soon. After getting married in Mexico earlier this month, Jason now tells People, “In the next couple of years, probably, we definitely want to have kids.”

Jason’s two daughters from his previous marriage, Keeley and Kendyl, are excited at the prospect of a new sibling.

He adds, “They want a brother, so we’ll see what we can do about that.”

Brittany is keeping Jason company on his the road during his Burn It Down tour. The trek continues April 9 in Wichita, Kansas.



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Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and More Added to ACM Awards Lineup

Image Courtesy ACM Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts have been added to the performers lineup for the 50th Annual ACM Awards coming up April 19. Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn‘s Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will also appear on the live broadcast.

Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan + Shay will perform a duet with pop star Nick Jonas and Christina Aguilera will collaborate with a surprise artist, too. Christina’s ACM performance comes just days after her April 15 debut on ABC’s Nashville as a pop star hoping to make a country album.

Jason Aldean, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line are among the previously announced performers.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Maddie & Tae Cover Everything from Bullies to Fishing on Debut Album

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsFrom high school bullies to fishing, Maddie & Tae say they’ve covered it all on their first album.

“We poured our whole hearts into Start Here, and I cannot wait to just show our fans the whole Maddie & Tae spiel. Songs that cover all different topics,” Maddie says, as Tae chimes in her agreement.

One of Maddie’s favorite songs on the record is called “The Down Side of Growing Up,” something she and her musical  partner have apparently done while simultaneously making this record.

“We’ve been writing this record for five years, so we’ve had this kind of evolution of music and our journey over the past five years has changed a lot,” Tae reflects, “but it’s been fun for us, ’cause we’ve gotten to write about it and kind of get our different emotions out.”

Look for Maddie and Tae’s debut in stores and online June 2. It features their first number one, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their current hit, “Fly.”


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Country Star Trivia

What was Blake Shelton‘s first number one song on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER:  “Austin,” in 2001.



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Carrie Underwood Shares First Picture of Son Isaiah on Instagram

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood officially introduced her her newborn son Isaiah Michael to fans via an Instagram photo on Sunday.

“The Predators are in the playoffs! Just waiting to get called up! #PutMeInCoach,” the 32-year-old “Blown Away” singer captioned a photo of the sleeping baby holding a miniature hockey stick. The post is a nod to her husband Mike Fisher‘s team, The Nashville Predators, clinching first place in their division.

Carrie and Mike welcomed Isaiah on February 27. He’s the first child for both.

“We’re definitely blessed to have him join us in our lives, Fisher told NHL.com earlier this month. “There’s no better feeling.”

“It really is such a miracle and such a beautiful thing,” Underwood told People magazine in February.

“I’m looking forward to reclaiming my body,” she added, “I’ve been saying it’s been on loan for the past many months … I’m excited to take it back.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has broken his own record for ticket sales in the state of Nebraska. So far, he’s sold nearly 84,000 seats to his May 7-10 shows in Omaha, topping his 1997 benchmark, when close to 67,000 came to see him in Lincoln.

Justin Moore recently stopped by the Fire Station in Hershey, Pennsylvania, treating firefighters to free tickets to his show at the Giant Center. Justin also gave the firefighters a $5,000 donation to renovate their fire hall, courtesy of Crown Royal.



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Kenny Chesney Loves “Wild Child” Women

Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney says “Wild Child” is more than just his latest hit — it’s actually a description of the kind of woman he hopes to find.

“I’m very attracted to women that are like that: that love hard, that they’ve got a little bit of island soul to ‘em, they got a little bit of hippie in ‘em, and a whole lot of free spirit,” he confesses. “And I guess, all my years in the islands, I just became attracted to that kind of person, you know, and met so many wonderful people from so many different parts of the world.”

The “American Kids” hitmaker admits he’s drawn to women who follow their passions, whatever they may be.

 “Whether they want to be a doctor, or whether they want to play music in Hawaii, or whether they want to grow a garden, or whether they want to surf around the world or bartend in the islands, or whatever it is their passion is, that’s what drives them, and that’s what this song is about — and I think that’s a beautiful thing to see.”

“Wild Child” is Kenny’s second hit with Grace Potter. The two ascended the heights of the country chart in 2011 with their duet “You and Tequila.”


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Reba Celebrates 60th Birthday by Emceeing Fight Night Charity Event

Image Courtesy CMAOn what was her 60th birthday, Reba on Saturday performed at and emceed Muhammad Ali’s 21st Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night charity event in Phoenix.

Reba performed “Going Out Like That,” “Time On Her Hands,” and “Radio” at the event, held at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

Her birthday was celebrated with a video that included wishes from notable names including Carol King, Tom Hanks, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Carol Burnett, The Band Perry and President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

Among the other performers were Blake Shelton, who sang “Drink On It,” “Home” and “Boys ‘Round Here”; Ronnie Dunn, who sang “Red Dirt Road” and “Boot Scootin Boogie”; and Reba’s stepdaughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson.

In addition to the musical performances, there was a live auction with the proceeds going to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other various charities.

Seven million dollars was raised at the event.

 
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Chris Young Is “Back at It” in the Studio

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJust days after returning from an overseas tour that took him to Australia, South Korea and Japan, Chris Young is already hard at work on his next album, Instagramming the view from behind the sound board with the phrase “Back at it!” and #studio.

Chris says once he finishes this project, he’ll actually want to get away from it for a bit.

“I don’t listen to it for a while just because I’ve listened to it so much in the process of tweaking,” he admits. “You know, you’ve just done so much of that stuff that you’re like, ‘Okay, it’s done. It’s done, and I’m just gonna get away from it for a little while, and then come back to it fresh and enjoy it.’”

No word yet when fans can enjoy Chris’s new album. “Lonely Eyes,” from his current album A.M., is in the country top five.


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