Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Headlining All for the Hall Fundraiser October 6 in New York

CMACarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are headed to New York City’s Times Square Best Buy Theater to play a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  All for the Hall New York is set for Tuesday, October 6, and Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill join Carrie and Brad for the informal, guitar-pull style show.

VIP tables and individual tickets for the show are now on sale at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/afthny.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDavid Nail kicked off his last album, I’m a Fire, with a #1 hit single. Name the song? ANSWER: “Whatever She’s Got.”

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Brantley Gilbert’s Wife, Amber, Says He’ll Be a Pushover with Their Kids

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert and his new wife, Amber, got married late last month at his home in Georgia. Now, they’re starting to think about having kids, but Amber has a feeling Brantley won’t be the one disciplining the children as they grow up.

“She says I’m gonna be putty,” Brantley explains. Amber points to the lack of discipline Brantley gives to his dog, Sylo, as evidence of her claim.

“He can’t do a whole lot wrong,” Brantley says with a laugh, “He’s a pitbull, but he’s cute as hell.  I don’t know how that works. He’s just awesome, and she says I let him get away with anything. I’m just gonna be worse with kids.”

Brantley and Amber are enjoying some time off this week. He heads up to Philadelphia on Saturday to join Eric Church on the bill for Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival Tour stop at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlan Jackson releases his new single, “Jim and Jack and Hank,” to country radio this week. It’s included on his new album, Angels & Alcohol, due out Friday, July 17.

The 49th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville Wednesday, November 4 on ABC. Steven Tyler will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America to announce the final nominees on Wednesday, September 9.

Tanya Tucker sits down for an interview on PBS’s Tavis Smiley talk show this Friday night. Check local listings for air times.

David Nail has released “Tonight’s on Fire” as the lead single from his upcoming studio album.

Old Dominion new video for “Break Up with Him” was inspired by the classic ’80s film, Back to the Future. Check it out this Wednesday on CMT.

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Canaan Smith Says Communication Is Key in His Marriage to Wife, Christy

UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith was inspired to write his breakthrough hit, “Love You Like That,” about his wife, Christy. They tied the knot in September 2014, and Canaan says their marriage comes first in his life. They’ve also grown a lot in the past few months while living together as man and wife.

“We’re learning, basically, how to be better human beings through marriage,” Canaan tells ABC Radio. “That’s one of the best things it teaches you. It points out your imperfections so that you can become better and help somebody else become their best version of themselves, too. She does that for me on a daily basis.”

One big area Canaan has been working on with Kristy is paying attention to the day-to-day details of running a home.

He explains, “I’m no good at details! I’m used to a tour manager just saying, ‘Here. Go there. Go there.’ But in a marriage and in a real-life situation, you have to have factual details and communicate those to be successful.”

So, how is Canaan doing when it comes to paying attention to the details? He says, “We’re doing better.”

“Love You Like That” is included on Canaan’s debut album, Bronco, available now.

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Newcomer Chris Janson Has Already Played the Grand Ole Opry More than 100 Times

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson‘s name may be new to you if you’re just hearing his breakthrough hit, “Buy Me a Boat,” on the radio. If you’ve been to a show at the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Chris perform on the show. He’s already played the Opry more than 100 times and is now considered an Opry regular.

Performing on that stage gave Chris a leg up on building a fan base. He tells the Hartford Courant, “The Grand Ole Opry is definitely attributed to putting a platform of fans in front of me at the same time, from all different places around the globe. And it’s pretty cool because it’s like a tour in one room.”

Thanks to the success of “Buy Me a Boat,” Chris has landed a spot on Toby Keith’s latest tour. Go to ChrisJanson.com for a list of tour dates.

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Kelsea Ballerini Reveals How She Celebrated Her First #1 Hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It”

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini has answered a few questions you submitted for Vevo’s Ask: Reply session, and she’s shared quite a few fun facts about herself in the video. Here’s a roundup of our favorite Kelsea revelations:

–How she celebrated her first #1 hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It”: Bought beautiful, pink high heels and new perfume.

–Food she can’t live without: Chicken tenders and honey mustard.

–Favorite throwback country song: Shania Twain‘s “Any Man of Mine,” which she’s been performing with Lady Antebellum when she’s on the road with them.

–Favorite places to shop: Nordstrom for shoes. Posh boutique in Nashville for stage clothes.

–Dream venue she’d like to play: Tennessee Theater in her hometown of Knoxville, and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

–On becoming friends with Taylor Swift: “She is even more awesome in person than she is as an artist, and that’s hard to believe.”

Kelsea is following up her #1 hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” with the new single, “Dibs.” Both tracks are included on Kelsea’s debut album, The First Time, out now.

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Luke Bryan Reveals Track Listing, Special Guest for “Kill the Lights,” Due Out August 7

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan‘s new album, Kill the Lights, is due out August 7 featuring six tracks co-written by Luke himself. There are 13 songs total on the project, but if you buy the Target exclusive version, you’ll get three bonus cuts all co-written by Luke. One song on the album, “Home Alone Tonight,” features Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild on guest vocals.

Luke’s latest hit, “Kick the Dust Up,” is the lead track on Kill the Lights. Look for him to perform that song on ABC’s Good Morning America on the album’s release date, Friday, August 7.

Here’s the Kill the Lights track listing:

“Kick the Dust Up”
“Kill the Lights”
“Strip It Down”
“Home Alone Tonight” (featuring Karen Fairchild)
“Razor Blade”
“Fast”
“Move”
“Just Over”
“Love It Gone”
“Way Way Back”
“To the Moon and Back”
“Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
“Scarecrows”

Target Bonus Tracks:
“Corner Booth”
“Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old”
“Buddies”

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Carrie Underwood Previews Her Progress on Album Five

John Russell/CMANow that Carrie Underwood has taken “Little Toy Guns” to the top of the country charts, that means her next single will be from her as-yet-unreleased new album. The new mother says taking time off to have a baby may actually translate into more writing credits for her on the new project.

“Well, I had a lot more time to write,” she reflects. “The whole pregnancy was kind of like, ‘Well, I can’t exactly be out on tour and things like that like I would normally be.’  So, I definitely filled my time working in other ways. Yeah, I spent a lot more time writing,” she says.

Now that her son Isaiah just passed the four-month mark, Carrie says she actually feels like she’s had some of the material for quite a long time.

“It’s interesting because there’s some songs that I feel like we’ve been listening to, or we have been listening to for over a year,” she reflects. “And you know if you still love them even though you’ve heard them a gazillion times,” she laughs, ”you know you’re on the right track, and I feel like that’s where we are right now.”

Overall, Carrie says she’s “in a really good place” when it comes to progress on the new album. So far, there’s no word on how long we’ll have to wait for the first single or when the American Idol winner’s fifth studio album may be released.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Dolly Parton’s last #1 duet on the Billboard country chart? ANSWER:  “Rockin’ Years” with Ricky Van Shelton in 1991.

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