Maddie & Tae Open Up About the Tour Bus Accident That Almost Derailed Their Career

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae are on their way to becoming household names thanks to their debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” but their journey to stardom almost came to a screeching halt earlier this year. The duo was three days into their first promotional tour introducing themselves to country radio when they were involved in a tour bus accident. No one was hurt, but the experience left Maddie and Tae shaken.

Tae Dye tells ABC News Radio, “Our bus driver didn’t see a clearance sign when he was going through a bridge — not under it — and basically tore off, decapitated the top of our bus.”

The accident left the bus with what Maddie & Tae call “redneck sunroofs” as the air conditioning units actually fell into the tour bus.

Says Maddie, “We were almost hit in the head with the AC unit. So, thank God we are still alive.”

The sound of the metal scraping the concrete put Maddie & Tae on edge, too.

“It sounded like we were beings shot at.” Maddie adds with a laugh, “We were like, ‘Lord Jesus! Take us now! I know you got [us] one song on the radio, finally. So, you can take us now!”

It looks like Maddie & Tae have bigger things left to do in country music. Their big hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” is included on their debut EP, now available digitally.


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RaeLynn Treats Her Dad and Uncle to Green Bay Packers Game

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn took her father, Barry, and Uncle Todd along for her gig singing the national anthem for NFL Monday Night Football as the Green Bay Packers hosted and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43 to 37. Barry and Todd wore their Green Bay shirts and hats for the game.

While RaeLynn was honored to sing the anthem, she adds, “It’s extra special this time because I could invite my dad and uncle to experience their favorite team’s win. Though, I’m not sure if they were cheering louder for me or the Packers!”

RaeLynn is headed into 2015 with her first top 20 country hit, “God Made Girls,” climbing the chart.


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Randy Houser Makes Surprise Appearance on “The Voice” with Pal and Contestant Craig Wayne Boyd

Image Courtesy Broken BowRandy Houser made an appearance on NBC’s The Voice Monday night to surprise contestant Craig Wayne Boyd during Boyd’s hometown visit to Nashville. Randy took time off from Dierks Bentley‘s Riser tour to fly from Canada to Music City to perform with Craig at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Randy says, “You know, I got up there and we actually sang a couple songs. We sang a couple songs of mine — ‘Boots On’ and ‘How Country Feels.’  And we had a blast and we ended up just getting a chance to hang out that night.  It was a great time.”

Craig has opened shows for Randy in the past, and Randy is proud to see his pal getting some recognition after years of paying his dues.

“It’s been incredibly cool to see a guy like Craig Wayne Boyd, who’s worked his tail off and deserves a shot at something really cool,” Randy says. “And this is an excellent way for him to get it on The Voice. I mean, I think it’s finally the platform that he needed for the rest of the country to see what he’s about.”

If you missed Randy’s appearance on The Voice, you can watch it now at NBC.com.



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Little Big Town Taking Their Pain Killer Tour Across the Pond in February 2015

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town takes their Pain Killer tour to the U.K. this February. They’ll play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on February 10, followed by shows in Manchester, England on February 11 and Glasgow, Scotland on February 12.

For ticket information and a full list of tour dates, go to LittleBigTown.com.


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Garth Brooks Playing Detroit February 27 and 28, 2015

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Detroit February 27 and 28, 2015. It’s the first time Garth has played the city in more than 18 years. The shows will take place at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, and Trisha Yearwood will join Garth on the bill.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 19 through Ticketmaster.



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Dustin Lynch Plans to Spoil His Niece and Nephew This Christmas

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch doesn’t have any kids of his own just yet, but he’s an devoted uncle to his five-year-old niece and one-year-old nephew. Dustin says the two kids are “both a handful.”

“They both joust for attention at the house,” Dustin tells ABC News Radio. “[But] I’m really good at being an uncle. I’m really good at having fun with ‘em for an hour or two and then giving ‘em back.”

Dustin hasn’t started shopping for the kids’ Christmas presents just yet, but his niece is pretty good about asking for what she wants.

Says Dustin, “She knows what she wants from Santa two years in advance, it feels like.”

His nephew got a lot of Tonka trucks and tractors for his recent first birthday. Dustin says he’ll add to that collection at Christmas.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch scored a big hit with his debut single. Name the song. ANSWER: “Cowboys and Angels.”


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Jennifer Nettles Joining Cast of “Chicago” on Broadway

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleJennifer Nettles is headed to Broadway. She’s set to play Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago, February 2 through March 29, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre in Manhattan.

Jennifer says, “Broadway has always been a special, magical place, with a wonderful tradition of singers and actors. I feel honored and proud to be part of this great tradition. Taking on such an iconic role as Roxie in Chicago is a dream come true.”

Tickets are now on sale at ChicagoTheMusical.com.



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Carrie Underwood Celebrates 10 Years of Hits with New Compilation Out Today

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s two-disc compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, now available featuring her latest hit, “Something in the Water,” and another new song, “Little Toy Guns.” The release celebrates the approaching 10th anniversary of Carrie launching her career on American Idol back in 2005. Since then, she’s scored multiple #1 hits, including “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away.” Carrie wasn’t sure she was ready to put out a best-of compilation when her record label first approached her, though.

“I was the first one to be like, ‘I mean, I’ve only been doing this 10 years,’  but it’s been 10 years,” Carrie says. “If we waited much longer, we’d be out of two discs, hopefully!”

Looking over the track listing, Carrie adds, “It’s really cool to kinda see my career, and well, my life over the past 10 years kinda chronicled in that way.”

Carrie’s Greatest Hits also includes the rough demo versions of some of her biggest hits, and she’s excited to let fans hear how these hits, like “Last Name,” sounded before they got polished in the studio.

Carrie explains with a laugh, “We don’t sound great on them at all, which I think is really special. It’s basically the first time that we ever played through or tried to sing the song. I mean, I screw up all over the place.”

Putting out a Greatest Hits album gives Carrie a chance to put out new songs while preparing for the birth of her baby boy in 2015. So far in her career, Carrie has mostly sung about little girls whenever she’s referenced children in her songs.

“I kind of feel bad that I don’t have any songs about, like, boys,” Carrie says. “All my stuff is, like, ‘All-American Girl’ and ‘Mama’s Song.’ Again, it’s like, ‘When I watch my baby grow up, I’ll only want what’s best for her.’  Poor little boy baby Fisher is kind of getting the shaft on this one.”

During an appearance Monday on NBC’s Tonight Show to plug her album, Carrie told host Jimmy Fallon that her husband, pro hockey player Mike Fisher loves to sing while he’s at home, but doesn’t know the words to many songs, including hers.

Look for Carrie to appear on CBS’s The Talk on Wednesday. She’ll also stop by Rachael Ray on Friday to talk about the new album and her fitness lifestyle line, CALIA by Carrie Underwood.

Here’s the track listing for Greatest Hits: Decade #1:

Disc 1
“Something in the Water”
“Little Toy Guns”
“Inside Your Heaven”
“Jesus, Take the Wheel”
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me”
“Before He Cheats”
“Wasted”
“So Small”
“All-American Girl”
“Last Name”
“Just a Dream”
“I Told You So” (feat. Randy Travis)

Disc 2
“Cowboy Casanova”
“Temporary Home”
“Undo It”
“Mama’s Song”
“Remind Me” (duet with Brad Paisley)
“Good Girl”
“Blown Away”
“Two Black Cadillacs”
“See You Again”
“How Great Thou Art” (with Vince Gill) (Live from ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out)*
“So Small” (writing session worktape 1/24/07)*
“Last Name” (writing session worktape 1/22/07)*
“Mama’s Song” (writing session worktape 2/5/09)*

* = never-before-released version.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry will perform live from Miami on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution special December 31 on Fox.

Craig Morgan has teamed up with the Chattanooga Bakery and the USO to supply 35,000 MoonPies to servicemen and women returning home to the U.S. for the holidays.

Blake Shelton tells People his favorite song of all time is Hank Williams, Jr.‘s “A Country Boy Can Survive.” He says, “It just covers it all for my lifestyle. I try to think of myself as an outlaw, a badass. And this song covers all that.”


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