Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Church refers to the seats behind the stage on The Outsiders World Tour as “The Choir Loft.”

Tim McGraw‘s collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on “Highway Don’t Care” has been certified double-platinum for more than two-million downloads and digital plays.

Kix Brooks is filming a pilot for a new Food Network show called Steakout. According to The Tennessean, Kix will visit steakhouses around the country on the show. An airdate hasn’t been announced yet.


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David Nail on Ray Rice Fallout: “The NFL Must Think We’re Just Morons”

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail finished up tour rehearsals for his I’m a Fire tour Wednesday in Nashville, but he was keeping up with the fallout from the release of the Ray Rice elevator video just like every other sports junkie. In the video, former Baltimore Ravens team member Ray Rice is seen punching his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, inside an Atlantic City casino elevator. Another video showing him dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator surfaced earlier this year.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims the league never saw the video from inside the elevator until it was released earlier this week, but David think it’s “comical” to think they never had access to that footage.

“The NFL must think we’re just morons,” David says. “You know, you hear people 365 days a year talk about the almighty NFL, how powerful they are, how much money they have, and to think that they couldn’t have somehow had access to that video and known that months ago, weeks after it happened, is just ridiculous.

Ray Rice has been fired from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league since the tape from inside the elevator went public, but other first-time domestic violence offenders in the NFL will only get a six-game suspension going forward. David doesn’t see the logic in the NFL’s approach in dealing with Rice.

“So, the rule doesn’t apply to him, or just because he was first and we have a video, his is worse? It doesn’t make any sense,” David explains. “If you’re having to adjust your rules as time goes along, evidently, you probably don’t know exactly what you’re doing, and you’re probably not the person that should be making the rules.”

In the future, David thinks the NFL should discipline players as soon as a domestic violence police report is filed on them, instead of waiting until something like a video becomes public.

He adds, “It’s like, if you need a video to know what went on based on the police report, but we’re gonna wait for due process or whatever it is, it’s just like, ‘Come on, man.’  It’s pretty ridiculous.”

David will be keeping up with this story as he launches his I’m a Fire tour Thursday night in Oxford, Mississippi.


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Eric Church Getting Closer than Ever to His Fans on The Outsiders World Tour, Starting Tonight

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church‘s Outsiders World Tour kicks off Thursday night in Bossier City, Louisiana. For the first time, Eric is setting up his stage in a 360-degree configuration, which means he’ll be surrounded by fans during the show.

Eric explains, “There’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage.”

Giving his fans more access is very important to Eric, who goes to great lengths to make sure his fans access to concert tickets over scalpers. He’s got a few other tricks up his sleeve with the show’s design to connect with fans all the way up in the upper levels, although he’s not spilling the details on those.

Eric adds, “I wanted [people anywhere in the arena] to have that experience, that complete arena experience, where regardless of where you were sitting, you were a part of the show, just like we were.”

Eric is taking Dwight Yoakam along on The Outsiders World Tour along with Brandy Clark and Brothers Osborne on select dates.


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Keith Urban and Raise ‘Em Up Tour Cohorts Lip Sync the Journey Classic “Faithfully”

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban together with his band, crew and opening acts Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, have worked to create a hilarious video showing them lip syncing the Journey hit, “Faithfully.” The clip, which was posted to Keith’s YouTube account, commemorates the end of his Raise ‘Em Up tour earlier this month.

The trek was very successful for Keith, who just earned a CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination. See if he takes home the trophy when the CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.


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Vince Gill to Be Honored as a BMI Icon This November at 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards

Morris PRVince Gill will be honored as a BMI Icon at the 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards Tuesday, November 4 in Nashville. The music rights organization gives the Icon award to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr.

The BMI Country Awards are an invitation-only event held every year the night before the CMA Awards.



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Lady Antebellum Debuting Heartland Home Bed and Bath Linen Collection Next Week

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum already provides sweet sounds for their fans’ ears. Now they’re expanding their vision to the bedroom and bathroom with a new line of bed and bath linens called Lady Antebellum’s Heartland Home Collection. Lady A has teamed up with New York-based textile manufacturer Divatex to create the linen line featuring plaid, floral and solid designs.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says, “We’ve had the chance to tour all over the country and see some really amazing things that inspired these designs. This collection pays homage to all that is great about American style…we are looking forward to sharing it with our fans!”

Lady Antebellum’s linen line will debut during New York’s Fall Home Fashion Week next week.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThomas Rhett’s father was a country star in the ’90s before he became one of Nashville’s top songwriters. What is his name? ANSWER: Rhett Akins.


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Garth Brooks Hosting Teammates for Kids Football Camp in Atlanta

CMAGarth Brooks‘ Teammates for Kids organization will host a sports camp in every city Garth plays on his world tour. His run of seven shows in Atlanta starts September 19, and Garth will be on hand for the Teammates for Kids Football ProCamp-Atlanta that same weekend. 150 young people from the Children’s Restoration Network will attend the camp and receive instruction from Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

Garth attended a Teammates for Kids basketball camp in Chicago last weekend while in town for his shows for the Windy City. He’ll host another Teammates for Kids sports camp when he plays Jacksonville, Florida, the weekend of October 10.


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Jason Aldean Says CMA Awards Snub Is “Frustrating”

James Minchin IIIJason Aldean admits feeling frustrated over the fact that he was shut out of the nominations for the CMA Awards last week.

Speaking with Rolling Stone Country, Aldean points to his successful Burn It Down tour, and his five-night run at various Major League Baseball stadiums this summer. He says, “Obviously it’s disappointing. We’re still out there selling out shows. With maybe the exception of Luke [Bryan], I don’t think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we’re doing. It’s frustrating, man.”

Aldean adds, “It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you’re, as far as artists go, you’re up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting.”

However, he says he’s not going to “pitch a fit” over the slight. He notes other acts that he believes didn’t receive their proper due from the CMAs, including tourmates Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. He laments, “Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan having ‘This Is How We Roll,’ one of the biggest songs of the year, and not getting a nod for [Musical Event]. I don’t really understand how they come up with that stuff.”

The CMA Awards will be held November 5.


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Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and More Perform on Fashion Rocks

Fashion RocksMiranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry were among the performers on the CBS Fashion Rocks special on Tuesday night.

Miranda was the second performer of the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. She sang “Little Red Wagon” off her most recent album, Platinum.

Luke sang “I See You,” and The Band Perry delivered a rendition of their hit “DONE.”

The two-hour broadcast also featured musical guests such as Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Duran Duran, MAGIC! and KISS.


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