Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen welcomed Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne and Dan + Shay onstage during his massive beach party concert Monday night at BMI in Nashville.

Taylor Swift has been selected as one of Marie Claire magazine’s 20 Women Changing the World. Look for the full story in their September issue.

Faith Hill took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week after receiving a challenge from Reba. She then challenged Nicole Kidman, Rita Wilson and Adam Sandler to take the plunge.


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Dustin Lynch Savors the Summertime Success of His Latest Hit, “Where It’s At”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s live show has gotten a big shot in the arm from his feel-good hit, “Where It’s At.” He’s never had a fun hit song like this during the summertime.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio, “The crowds we have coming out are exploding. You know, the energy they’re bringing to our shows are the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I’m having so much fun making music right now.”

“Where It’s At” is the lead single and title cut from Dustin’s upcoming studio album. He’s been playing random pop-up shows across the country to share the new music with fans. Fans have to pay attention to Dustin’s social media accounts to find out where these events take place.

He says, “It’s a fun kind of deal ’cause we leak where we’re at last minute. You know, we’ll have however many people show up last minute. And the energy’s great. It can be from anywhere — we’ve had 12 people show up to 200-something.”

Most of these Find Where It’s At pop-up shows are scheduled on days Dustin would have off in between shows. He doesn’t mind giving up that downtime to hang out with his fans, though.

Dustin says, “It’s fun to do. It beats sitting in a Walmart parking lot with the band dudes.”

Dustin’s new album, Where It’s At, comes out September 9.


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Trisha Yearwood to Release 12th Studio Album, “PrizeFighter”; New Cookbook Coming Next Spring

Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineTrisha Yearwood has been one very busy woman lately. As she gears up to hit the road with hubby Garth Brooks on September 4, Trisha is also completing work on her new album, PrizeFighter. The project will be her first for RCA Nashville, which is also Garth’s new label home. Trisha performed two songs from the album, “Your Husband’s Cheating on Us” and “I Remember You,” at an industry event to celebrate the new music Tuesday in Nashville.

Describing the title track to PrizeFighter, Trisha says, “It’s a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what. I think it’s a message we all need to hear.”

Trisha didn’t announce a release date for PrizeFighter at Tuesday’s event. The announcement of new music comes more than two decades after Trisha first hit the country scene with “She’s in Love with the Boy.” Back when she signed her first record deal at age 26, Trisha compared her singing career to that of a pro baseball player.

“I thought, you know, these guys come out and they have their time and they have a few good years, and they have to know when they can’t swing the bat anymore,” Trisha says. “It’s been 23 years since that first single, and I’m just not ready to stop swinging the bat.”

In addition to the new music, Trisha is also kicking off the fifth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen this Saturday. She’ll release a third cookbook, titled Trisha’s Table, in April 2015, and Trisha’s own line of Precious Metals cookware and a cutlery line will launch in the coming months, too.


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Alan Jackson’s ’55 Ford Thunderbird Going on Limited Display at Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsNo Alan Jackson retrospective would be complete without including one of his vintage cars, and the new Alan Jackson exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville features his most precious set of wheels — the 1955 Ford Thunderbird he bought at age 15. Alan and his father, Gene, restored the car, but Alan had to sell it to get the down payment for his first home. Years later, Alan’s wife, Denise, tracked down that exact T-Bird and gave it to Alan for Christmas. The car appeared in his 2008 video “Good Time.”

Alan’s 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country opens August 29, and the T-Bird will only be on display for the opening weekend.  Alan also is performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame October 8 and 22. Go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org for ticket information.


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Garth Brooks Adds 11th Show to Chicago Run, to Be Held September 5

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/OpryGarth Brooks has added an 11th show to his scheduled run in Chicago.  The newly scheduled show will take place on Friday, September 5 at 10:30 p.m. CT at the Allstate Arena. Tickets for that date go on sale this Saturday through Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks or 1-800-745-3000.

Garth decided to add this latest show after ironing out some issues with Ticketmaster with his run of shows in Atlanta.

“I feel whatever the problem was has now been fixed,” Garth says. “I would like to put on one more show in Chicago so people that wanted tickets and could not get in the system, now have a chance to see the show and get their tickets at face value and NOT have to go through the scalper/broker systems if they don’t want to.”

Garth’s World Tour kicks off Thursday, September 4 in Chicago. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, is the opening act on all dates.



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Brad Paisley Debuts “Country Nation” on My Country Nation’s YouTube Channel

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley‘s affiliation with the new multi-format platform My Country Nation continues with the premiere of his new “Country Nation” video at MyCountryNation.com and on the outlet’s YouTube channel.

Brad’s new clip features a look at the everyday people who make up the “Country Nation.” Says Brad, “I can’t think of a better platform to debut the video for ‘Country Nation.’ It’s what my album represents and what programming on the channel is all about.”

“Country Nation” is included on Brad’s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out Monday. The lead single, “River Bank,” is on track to become Brad’s latest #1 hit.


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Chase Rice Turns the Energy Way Up on Debut Album, “Ignite the Night”

Image Courtesy Dack Janiels/SonyChase Rice‘s debut album, Ignite the Night, is out Tuesday featuring the lead single, “Ready Set Roll.” As indicated by that album title, the music on this album is designed to get fans on their feet at his concerts.

Chase tells ABC News Radio, “It was just the perfect three words to describe the album, Ignite the Night. Party, fun, explosions, whatever you wanna call it, which, hopefully this album will explode into something cool.”

While Chase describes some of the songs on the new album as “Ready Set Roll” on steroids, there are a few songs that show off Chase’s introspective side.

“People want to get to know me,” Chase says. “I think they’ve seen the party side, and they know that side, but they can expect to see a whole different side of me on this album as well with the ‘Carolina Cans’ and ‘Jack Daniels and Jesus.’ And just a couple more meaningful songs.”

Chase is taking his new music on the road for the rest of the year. Go to ChaseRice.com to see where he’s playing next.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich two members of Rascal Flatts are cousins? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox.


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Taylor Swift Says New Single, “Shake It Off,” Addresses Our “Take-Down Culture”

ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaNot only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, “Shake It Off,” she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989, to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity in their lives.

“The message in the song is a problem I think we all deal with, and an issue we deal with on a daily basis. We don’t live just in a celebrity take-down culture, we live in a take-down culture,” Taylor said on Tuesday’s Good Morning America. “People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you, you have to have more fun than they do.”

Taylor added that when she first envisioned “Shake It Off,” she saw it being played during wedding receptions“I just said, ‘We need drums that make even the person who’s having a terrible night at a wedding, and she’s like “I am not in the mood to dance” and then like its comes on and she’s like “This is my song! This is my song!”‘ That’s the dream!” Taylor said, laughing.

Taylor also showed off her music video, which features her and a series of different dance crews showing off various dance styles, with Taylor executing most of them clumsily. The singer joked that they shot the video in three days, which is how long it took “to get that exquisite dance performance from me.”

You can pre-order 1989 now at Taylorswift.com.  You can also pre-order the Target deluxe edition of the album, which features three additional songs, plus three voice memos from Taylor’s phone which, according to Target, “offer a unique insight into Taylor’s songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on 1989.” 

The artwork on the deluxe edition is slightly different: it’s the same Polaroid of Taylor with the top of her face cut off, but it has 1989 scrawled across it, and the letters D.L.X. written along the bottom.


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Country Stars Rock Out on New Motley Crue Tribute Album, “Nashville Outlaws”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Brantley Gilbert and several other country stars salute heavy metal legends Motley Crue on the new tribute album, Nashville Outlaws. The project is in stores and online Tuesday featuring the lead single, Justin Moore’s collaboration with Motley Crue’s Vince Neil on “Home Sweet Home.” Even though it has a rock edge, Justin says, “This sounds like a Justin Moore song. I mean it doesn’t matter where the song originated from whether it was rap or rock or pop or country or whatever, this song is right down, you know, my wheelhouse.”

Florida Georgia Line took on the Crue song “If I Die Tomorrow” for the project. Looking back on their recording session for that song, FGL’s Brian Kelley says, “[It was a] pretty cool experience to be a part of that album. It felt like magic that day we were in the studio.”

Rascal Flatts contributed a version of “Kickstart My Heart,” and the band’s Jay DeMarcus was very impressed with lead singer Gary LeVox’s vocals on the song.

Jay tells ABC News Radio, “Gary was the perfect singer for that song, too, because not a lot of people can scream and sing as high as Vince Neil did, you know.”

Jay goes on to say the Flatts put their own stamp on the song. He explains, “The rule of thumb usually is, if you can’t outdo the original, you shouldn’t touch it.”

Darius Rucker didn’t even try to compete with the Motley Crue’s version of “Time for Change” when he went in to record it for Nashville Outlaws.

“We said we’re gonna start this record like we’ve never heard the song before,” Darius says. “You know, we pretended we didn’t know it,  and just went down to the basics and came up with something that I’m really proud of.”

Cassadee Pope, Eli Young Band, LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich are among the other artists featured on Nashville Outlaws.


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