ABC’s “Nashville” Returns Tonight Featuring Two Live Performances and a Florida Georgia Line Cameo

Image Courtesy ABC/Mark LevineThe third season of ABC’s Nashville premieres Wednesday night featuring two live performances during the hour-long broadcast. Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington, and Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, will actually perform twice Wednesday night — first for the east coast and then again two hours later for the west coast. They’ll have a live audience watching the performance at the show’s Nashville-area soundstage.

Even though Charles has plenty of experience doing improv with his former gig on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, he’s not taking this live prime-time performance lightly.

“This is a little bit different,” Charles tells ABC News Radio. This is pretty ‘up there without a net.’  But I’m surrounded by these incredible musicians — the same musicians that I did the recording of the song with. It will be on iTunes and everywhere else. So, I know I’m in good company surrounded by the best.”

Florida Georgia Line is also making a cameo on the Nashville premiere Wednesday night, but the big question of the night is which suitor Rayna Jaymes will choose to marry? She’s already accepted a proposal from her superstar boyfriend, Luke Wheeler, but her long-time love, Deacon, has also stepped up and asked for Rayna’s hand in marriage. That act of courage makes Charles Esten proud of his character, who was at rock bottom at the beginning of season two.

Says Charles, “He climbed his way back and crawled his way back through recovery and through doing all the things you do one step at a time, one day at a time to the point that he felt like he didn’t have to walk away when he saw Luke ask Rayna to marry him.”

ABC’s Nashville premieres Wednesday night at 10 ET. Look for Luke Bryan and Sara Evans to appear in upcoming episodes.


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Carrie Underwood to Make Big Announcement on “Today” Friday Morning

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood will appear on NBC’s Today Friday morning to reveal some big news to her fans. She’ll also talk about her Saturday performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park. Carrie joins Jay-Z, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiesto on the bill. MSNBC will carry the full concert that day, and an edited version of the concert will air on NBC Saturday night.

The Global Citizen Festival celebrates the work towards ending extreme poverty by 2030.


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Brad Paisley, Eric Paslay and Others Help the Opry Celebrate 25 Years of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley, Eric Paslay and Maddie & Tae were among the stars celebrating the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. The organization brings together country radio and the stars of the format to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Prior to headlining the Opry show, Brad Paisley said, “I’m just proudest of this format at times like this when we are doing good things.”

He goes on to describe the hospital saying, “The energy is different from any hospital you’ve ever been in because it’s children. And it’s decorated for children and completely inhabited by children who don’t stop being children because they’re sick. They ride tricycles up and down the hallways wearing oxygen masks.”

Eric Paslay has visited St. Jude with Country Cares as well, and he agrees that the positive environment at the hospital is essential to healing.

“All the people that work there are the most hopeful people because they see the research, and they see things getting done,” Eric says. “Donate whatever you can. Any income level, I feel like, most anyone can donate to St. Jude.”

More than $500 million has been raised through Country Cares for St. Jude Kids since Alabama‘s Randy Owen founded the organization in 1989. Randy was on hand for the event Tuesday night. Go to StJude.org/CountryCares to see how you can help.


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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt makes his national TV debut Wednesday night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Willie Nelson will perform at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan in Los Angeles on Friday, February 6.

Lady Antebellum will promote their new album, 747, in the U.K. with an October 14 concert date at Brooklyn Bowl at The O2 in London. 747 comes out across the pond on October 6, but fans in U.S. can get it next Tuesday.


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Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Joe Don Rooney and Joe Nichols Join Lady A Georgia Fundraiser Lineup

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Kip Moore, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney and Joe Nichols are joining Lady Antebellum for their benefit concert in Augusta, Georgia, on October 27. The show and a celebrity golf tournament also set for that day are being spearheaded by Lady A’s Charles Kelley, who hails from Augusta, and his brothers, musician Josh Kelley and real estate developer John Kelley.

Proceeds will benefit local charities, including an endowment named for their father, who’s a retired cardiologist.  Tickets are available now at TheKelleyBrothers.com.


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Kip Moore Already Selling Out Shows for Up in Smoke Tour, Launching Thursday

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore launches his headlining trek, CMT on Tour:  Up in Smoke, Thursday with a sold-out show at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. He’s also sold out upcoming shows in Nashville, Boston and Minneapolis as well as two nights in Chicago. Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt are coming along to open the shows.

Kip says, “I’m floored that dates are already sold-out.  We’ve been working hard to make sure that the fans get their money’s worth and we’re going to put everything we have on stage every single night to do just that.” 

Fans can check out a video of Kip’s new song, “Heart’s Desire,” now at KipMoore.CMT.com.



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Trisha Yearwood Releasing New Album, “PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit,” on November 17

Image Courtesy Vector ManagementTrisha Yearwood’s new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is due out November 17 featuring six new songs, including the title track. The set will be rounded out with 10 of Trisha’s greatest hits such as “She’s in Love with the Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s” and “Georgia Rain.”

Says Trisha, “These are the classic songs people fell in love with and the new songs that show ‘what’s next.’ When you come to the shows, it’s a mix of favorites with a few new ones that people are coming to hear and sing along with.”

Fans who pre-order Trisha’s new album now at GhostTunes — the new digital music platform spearheaded by Garth Brooks —  will get instant downloads of the song “PrizeFighter” as well as “She’s in Love with the Boy” and “How Do I Live.”

Trisha is on the road with Garth’s World Tour indefinitely. They’ll return for another round of shows in Atlanta this weekend.

Here is the song list for PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit:

“PrizeFighter” (featuring Kelly Clarkson)
“Met Him in a Motel Room”
“End of the World”
“Your Husband’s Cheating on Us”
“You Can’t Trust the Weatherman”
“I Remember You”
“Wrong Side of Memphis”
“The Song Remembers When”
“XXX’s and OOO’s”
“Walkaway Joe”
“She’s in Love with the Boy”
“How Do I Live”
“Perfect Love”
“In Another’s Eyes”
“Georgia Rain”
“Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love”



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Scotty McCreery Performing at Pre-Concert Event This December to Benefit the 12.14 Foundation

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is turning his December 4 concert in Wallingford, Connecticut, into a fundraiser for the 12.14 Foundation . Scotty is a National Goodwill Ambassador for the organization, which was founded in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting to promote the performing arts as a “healing mechanism” from tragic events. Scotty will meet with fans and play an acoustic set at a VIP pre-party prior to the December 4 show.

Scotty says, “I am looking forward to the event and hope we raise some awareness for this remarkable organization and have a great time in the process.” 

For more information on the pre-party, go to Oakdale.com.


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Little Big Town Online Unveils “Pain Killer” Game to Preview New Album

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town is literally playing games with their fans this week. The band has launched the new Pain Killer game at LittleBigTown.com, and fans can unlock 90-second clips of songs from the group’s new album, Pain Killer, as they complete each level. Players work to kill viruses using color-coded pills thrown by the animated members of Little Big Town.

Pain Killer is now available for pre-sale through all digital retailers. It comes out October 21 and features the lead single “Day Drinking.”


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Eric Church Taking Part in Mavis Staples Tribute Concert November 19 in Chicago

Image Courtesy John PeetsEric Church will join an all-star lineup to pay tribute to music great Mavis Staples November 19 in Chicago.

I’ll Take You There — Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples pays tribute to the “I’ll Take You There” singer as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Marty Stuart, Grace Potter, Gregg Allman and Michael McDonald are also performing at the tribute concert, which will be recorded for release on several platforms at a later date.

Tickets for the concert at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre go on sale Monday, September 29 via Ticketmaster.


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