Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell and More Raise More than $100,000 for Georgia Music Education Programs

Rick Diamond/GettyThe 2nd Annual Georgia on My Mind benefit concert raised more than $100,000 for the Georgia Music Foundation last week. The show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium featured performances from Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett, among others. The money raised will be distributed to music education programs throughout Georgia.

Georgia natives and hit songwriters Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, spearheaded the concert.  Craig Campbell, Lauren Alaina and Maggie Rose rounded out the stars on the bill.

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Luke Bryan Opens Up to Ellen DeGeneres About Raising His 13-Year-Old Nephew, Til

CMALuke Bryan stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday to perform his new single, “Kick the Dust Up.”  During his chat with Ellen, Luke opened up about life at the Bryan house since his 13-year-old nephew, Til, came to live with them last year. Til’s father died suddenly last November, and his mother, Luke’s sister Kelly, passed away in 2007. Luke credits his wife, Caroline, for being able to juggle Til’s hectic schedule with activities of their two sons, seven-year-old Bo and three-year-old Tate.

Luke told Ellen, “My wife is just running around. It’s baseball, getting them to baseball.”

Caroline and Luke are very happy to have Til join them in Nashville, but the country superstar admits it gets tricky raising a 13-year-old boy.

“You can kind of control a seven-year-old a little bit,” Luke says. “You’re not fooling a 13-year-old.”

Til has two older sisters who are on the dating scene, so Luke is also taking time to meet the guys they’re seeing to make sure they’re good enough for his nieces.

Says Luke, “I’ve gotta do the whole ‘scare whoever the boys [are] that they’re talking to’ [thing]. I have to play that role, too.”

Luke also went head-to-head with five-year-old presidential history expert Macey Hensley to play a trivia game on U.S. history and country music. Video of the game, called Know Your Country, is now live at EllenTV.com.

“Kick the Dust Up” is the lead single from Luke’s new studio album, Kill the Lights, due out August 7.

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Brad Paisley Opening for The Rolling Stones at Nashville’s LP Field on June 17

CMABrad Paisley hasn’t opened for another artist in years, but he’s making an exception for rock legends The Rolling Stones. Brad will be a special guest for the Stones’ Nashville stop on their Zip Code tour June 17 at LP Field.

The Rolling Stones’ North American trek kicks off May 24 in San Diego.

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Gloriana to Release Third Studio Album, “Three,” June 2

Warner Music NashvilleGloriana will release their new album, Three, on June 2 featuring their latest single, “Trouble.” The album title is appropriate since it’s the trio’s third album, and their first release in three years.

You can pre-order Three at iTunes now and instantly receive three songs from the album, along with another three tracks on May 26.

Here’s the track listing for Three:

“Trouble”
“Ain’t Runnin’ Outta Summer”
“Are You Ready”
“Nobody but You”
“It’s on Tonight”
“Fight”
“Wanna Get to Know You”
“Let’s Take a Shot”
“Get Back That Goodbye”
“Lighters”
“It Won’t Let Go”
“My Somebody”

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Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan and More Performing at CMT Music Awards

CMTThe 2015 CMT Music Awards will feature performances from Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Luke Bryan. More performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. The show airs live from Nashville, Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Carrie Underwood is the lead nominee with five nods going into this year’s CMT Music awards. Fan voting is now open at CMT.com through June 7.

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Luke Bryan’s New Album, “Kill the Lights,” Coming August 7

Jim Wright/Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan‘s new album, Kill the Lights, will be released Friday, August 7 featuring his brand-new single, “Kick the Dust Up.” Look for Luke to perform that song on tonight’s season finale of NBC’s The Voice.

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year has been performing “Kick the Dust Up” as the opening song on his shows this spring. He says, “We love the crowd reaction to it and I cannot wait to be able to share more new music this summer.  It’s been two years since we’ve had a new album and I don’t think I’ve been this eager yet to get it out to the fans.”

Look for Luke to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America Summer Concert Series August 7, the album’s release date.

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Kacey Musgraves Reveals Why She Picked “Biscuits” as the Lead Single from “Pageant Material”

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves admits it wasn’t easy picking the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album, Pageant Material. She made a really big impression with her debut project, Same Trailer Different Park, which produced the CMA Song of the Year, “Follow Your Arrow.” That song was Kacey’s last single released to country radio back in October 2013, so there was a lot riding on the new single choice.

Says Kacey, “I feel like it’d been a while since I’d said anything and I’ve been one to put out weighty messages or whatever; every song has a message. So, I was like, ‘What am I gonna say next?'”

Though there are many potential singles included on Pageant Material, Kacey ultimately chose “Biscuits” to introduce fans to the project. The lyrics take a lighthearted approach to putting nosy, judgmental people in their place.

“I just felt like ‘Biscuits’ was really right,” Kacey says of the single choice. “Mostly, it was upbeat. It was fun and just plain country, and it just made no excuses for itself in that way. And I just thought it would be a fun way to start off the record.”

Kacey’s new album, Pageant Material, is due out June 23.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Jason Aldean‘s current tour? ANSWER: The Burn It Down tour.

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Tyler Farr Completely Unplugs While at Home on His Tennessee Farm

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr’s career is in overdrive these days thanks to his latest #1 hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” and his opening spot on Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour. Keeping that momentum going takes a lot out of Tyler.

He tells ABC Radio, “If I’m working, I’m just going 90 to nothing, and I’m like that with anything.”

When he needs to recharge his batteries, Tyler just heads to his farm south of Nashville for some peace and quiet.

“Living in the country in a small town similar to where I grew up, and by the river, makes it easier for me when I come home to just unplug,” Tyler explains. “I turn my phone off and sit on the back porch and sometimes I’ll just sit out there and just sit and just clear my mind because that’s when I write the best songs.”

Tyler’s Tennessee spread is close enough to Music City that he can come into town for interviews or business meetings. You won’t find Tyler hanging around Nashville’s booming downtown area in the evening, though. The dramatic increase of new residents and tourists coming to Nashville in the past few years doesn’t appeal to Tyler at all.

He says, “They’d have to lock me up in a lunatic house if I lived down here, ’cause I would go nuts. There’s a condo [building] going up every week. Yeah, it’s changed a lot.”

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Keith Urban and Blake Shelton Join the Lineup for Thursday Night’s “Red Nose Day” TV Special

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton and Keith Urban have joined the lineup for the NBC charity event Red Nose Day on Thursday. Keith is teaming up with John Mellencamp for a performance of “Pink Houses,” and Blake will be featured in a pre-taped segment visiting a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles.

The Red Nose Day special seeks to raise money to help lift children out of poverty in the United States and abroad. Jimmy Fallon, Zac Efron and Liam Neeson are among the other stars appearing on the special Thursday night at 8 ET on NBC.

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