Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean grew up in which Georgia town? ANSWER: Macon.


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Trace Adkins Doesn’t Care What His Grandkids Think His About Sexy, Onstage Dance Moves

Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins may be a grandfather now, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to tone down his onstage dance moves. Before Luke Bryan started shaking it for audiences, Trace was getting down with his hits “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “Hot Mama.”

He tells Billboard, “I was at the Opry and thinking the other night, “Man, when I’m 80 years old my grandkids are going to be here, and they’re going to be so grossed out whenever I go out to do ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ and I do the pelvic thrust.”

Trace just signed a new deal with Broken Bow Records and will release new music later this year.


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Jason Aldean Ready for a Change of Scenery as the ACM Awards Move to Texas

Image Courtesy Broken BowJason Aldean has been going to the ACM Awards for the better part of a decade now, so he’s used to the setup when the show is in Las Vegas. Usually, all the artists stay in the same hotels and eat at the same restaurants year after year, but the ACM’s move to Texas for the 50th Anniversary show switches up the routine for stars like Jason.

He says, “It just kind of creates more excitement for us. Sort of the not knowing — typically you know what to expect when you go to Vegas or whatever, and this is sort of a wild card.”

The ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19. Jason is excited to play the venue after performing there last year.

“I got a chance to play there last year with Strait on his Cowboy Rides Away tour, so that was pretty neat,” Jason explains. “To go back, have the show there — I mean, what better place to have it than Texas, too? So, I think it’s gonna be a fun night.”

Jason is nominated for the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award, but he really has his sights set on taking home the Album of the Year trophy for Old Boots, New Dirt. Everyone on Jason’s team — from his record label and management company to his touring band and publicist — is involved in making his album a success.

Says Jason, “There’s a lot that goes into launching an album, and whatever that album does sort of sets you up for the next year-and-a-half or whatever. So, it’s big to get a nomination for that.”

Voting in the Entertainer of the Year category is now open at VoteACM.com. The 50th Annual ACM Awards air live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockReba is making multiple TV appearances this week as she prepares to launch her new album, Love Somebody, on Tuesday. She appears as a mentor on NBC’s The Voice Monday night before stopping by NBC’s Today Tuesday morning for an interview and performance. Look for Reba to appear on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, April 16, too.

Country newcomer Michael Ray has made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the “16 Songs We’re Loving This Spring” with his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning.” Other artists on the list include Madonna, Kendrick Lamar and Kelly Clarkson.

Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany Kerr, had a little fun driving their motorized scooter decked out with a beer cooler backstage at his show in Wichita, Kansas.

 

#ridindirty #coolercycle #witchita @brittanylkerr

A video posted by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean) on Apr 10, 2015 at 9:26am PDT

 

The Instagram video of their slow ride features the Chamillionaire song, “Ridin’ Dirty,” as the soundtrack.


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Kip Moore Intent on Moving Forward Musically with New Single, “I’m to Blame”

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore scored three big hits on his debut album, Up All Night, but he’s not content to recreate those past successes for his new album. As indicated by his brand-new single, “I’m to Blame,” Kip is moving forward with a new sound and some very introspective lyrics.

“A lot of times when things are successful, people want you to stay in one spot,” Kip tells CMT.com.  “They’re used to you doing one kind of thing. … ‘You’ve got to keep doing this thing over and over.’ It’s, like, ‘Nah.’”

He adds, “You grow as a person. You grow as an artist.”

Kip expects to release his new album later this year. He hits the road with Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer tour in June.


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Brett Eldredge Reveals Plans for a Wacky, High-Flying “Dinner in the Sky”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has already proven he’s not afraid to tempt fate with his recent adventures skydiving and swimming with sharks. Now, he’s cooked up an idea for another death-defying stunt that surely has his managers and record label freaking out.

Brett tells the Phoenix New Times, “I’ve made the plans to do something called ‘Dinner in the Sky,’ where you get strapped into a dinner table chair and you’re hanging 300 feet or so in the air on a crane and you have a five-course dinner hanging there.”

The “Dinner in the Sky” might be a great way to celebrate Brett’s recent #1 hit, “Mean to Me,” but we’re thinking he’ll have a hard time finding waiters to actually serve him that meal.


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Joe Nichols Gives Progress Report on Follow-up to Latest Album, “Crickets”

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols is spending as much time in the studio as possible between tour dates, working on his next album. So far, he’s got six songs recorded, and he thinks four of those tracks could be hit singles.

Joe tells The Arizona Republic, “We’ll probably cut 20, maybe more than 20, and then we’ll narrow it down to our favorite 13 to 15 songs and go from there. But I think we’ve got an incredible start and I think the next single will be off the next album.”

Don’t expect Joe to try his hand at rapping or dropping a dance beat on the new album, though. He’s committed to continuing the country sound from his latest album, Crickets, which produced the #1 hits “Sunny and 75′ and “Yeah.”

Joe says of his approach in the studio, “I think [it's] maintaining the integrity of our sound and having the same kind of attitude, make it not so far away from what radio will play but at the same time being unique.”


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Florida Georgia Line Passes on the Lessons They Learned Opening for Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWhen Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard served as mentors on American Idol this past week, the guys shared some of the tips they picked up from the artists who believed in them and took them on the road early on in their career.

Tyler tells Billboard, “Taylor Swift, Jake Owen and Luke Bryan allowed us into their world and we stood beside the stage every night and took notes. We learned a lot from all those artists. It’s important for an artist to soak in everything you can.”

That studying paid off: Florida Georgia Line is one of the five nominees for Entertainer of the Year at the 50th Annual ACM Awards, airing live Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Fan voting in that category is now open at VoteACM.com.


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Justin Moore to Play a Private Show for One Lucky Fan if His Latest Album Goes Gold

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is just 150,000 copies shy of selling 500,000 units of his latest album, Off the Beaten Path, which would mean his album would be certified gold. In an effort to reach that milestone, Justin has launched the Gold Record Challenge for his fans. If the album goes gold, Justin will play a private, acoustic concert at the home of one of his fans. He also is offering personalized gold record plaques, exclusive meet-and-greets and other prizes to fans who enter the Gold Record Challenge.

Go to GoldRecordChallenge.net to sign up for your chance to win.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was named the ACM Artist of the Decade for the 2000s? ANSWER: George Strait.


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