Reba Says She’ll “Never” Write a Follow-Up to Her Bestselling Autobiography, “Reba: My Story”

Image Courtesy CMAReba has lived a lot of life since her 1994 autobiography, Reba: My Story, became a bestseller, but don’t hold your breath for her next memoir. She uses the word “never” when we asked if she would consider writing a book about her experiences conquering Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, or starring in two network sitcoms. It all goes back to what Reba experienced after her first memoir was published.

“There was stuff on there that I wish I hadn’t have said, and I got my facts wrong,” Reba says, “and it’s so embarrassing when people come up to you and say, ‘You know, that didn’t happen that way.’ I said, ‘You know what, go write your own book. Then you can tell it the way you want to.’”

Reba goes on to say she could only write what she knew back in 1994, and she admits, “Oh my gosh, it was hard.”

This proclamation doesn’t mean you won’t see Reba’s name in the new releases section at the bookstore again. She adds, “I’d like to write a book, but not a story about me.”

Reba prefers to let her music do the talking these days. Her new album, Love Somebody, is due out April 14 featuring the lead single, “Going Out Like That.” Look for Reba to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards a few days later on Sunday, April 19. The show airs that night at 8 ET on CBS.


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Jon Pardi Selected as NRA Country Artist of the Month for March

Image Courtesy Jon-Paul Bruno/NRAJon Pardi has been chosen as NRA Country Featured Artist for the month of March. Starting now, you can head over to NRA Country’s Facebook page to check out an exclusive performance video from Jon.  A new performance video from him will be posted there each Monday for the rest of the month. Jon is also taking part in a Twitter chat Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. You can tweet questions to @NRACountry using the #NRACPardiChat.

It’s a natural fit for Jon to partner with NRA Country, since he has a lifelong love of the outdoors.  He says, “I grew up in rural Dixon, CA and I’ve been hunting with my father ever since I was a young boy,” says Pardi.  “He taught me how to hunt and shoot, firearm safety and have respect for the outdoors.”

Jon is on the bill for Alan Jackson‘s April 11 show in Nashville, presented by the NRA.


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Keith Urban Wins Two Trophies at Australia’s CMC Awards

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was a big winner at the Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards this week in Australia. He took the International Artist of the Year and International Video of the Year for “Cop Car” at the event in Brisbane. 

Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae were among the performers at the CMC Awards, which coincide with this weekend’s CMC Rocks Queensland festival.


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Darius Rucker Announces Details for Sixth Annual Darius and Friends Benefit Concert

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will host his Sixth Annual Darius and Friends benefit concert June 8 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday at WildhorseSaloon.com. The event has raised more than $439,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the past six years. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch have all performed at Darius and Friends in recent years. This year’s lineup will be announced soon.

Darius will also host his annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 9. Last year’s tournament raised more than $120,000 for St. Jude.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThere is no one in the Eli Young Band actually named Eli Young. What is the lead singer’s name? ANSWER: Mike Eli.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan covered Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk” during his first of two spring break shows in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday. He’s playing the final show Thursday night.

Brad Paisley will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live next week as the show broadcasts from the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

’80s hitmaker K.T. Oslin will release a new album, Simply, on June 2. The new project features new versions of her hits “Hold Me” and “80s Ladies,” as featured during her recent concerts in Nashville.

Eric Church filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville Tuesday seeking to stop illegal vendors selling unlicensed T-shirts and other merchandise outside his concerts.  Eric is seeking damages from the vendors.  

Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, are enjoying some time off in Key West this week according to her Instagram account. She posted a photograph of Thomas enjoying a Dark and Stormy by the ocean.

 

A Dark and Stormy for a not so dark and stormy day at the Casa

A photo posted by Lauren Akins (@laur_akins) on Mar 11, 2015 at 1:43pm PDT

 

Garth Brooks is taking his World Tour to State College, Pennsylvania May 1 and 2. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 20 through Ticketmaster.com.

Eric Paslay has released the video for his new single, “She Don’t Love You.” The clip was filmed at the Staar Theatre, a historic opera house in south Tennessee.


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Eli Young Band Begins Next Phase of Their Evolution with New EP, “Turn It On”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleEli Young Band‘s new EP, Turn It On, is now available at all digital outlets, and the title track is already making a big impression at country radio. The guys wrote the song on their tour bus and recorded it in January, and say they knew they were on to something good when they hit the studio.

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones tells ABC Radio, “It was just sounding fresh and new. The label was really, really enthusiastic and excited about it and wanted us to release the music really quickly to radio.”

The new EP features three other songs besides “Turn It On,” and the band’s lead singer, Mike Eli, thinks the project gives fans a good idea of where they’re headed musically.

“We’ve always been constantly evolving,” Mike explains. “The music on the EP, it’s going to set the tone for the kind of music we’re going to continue to make.”

The Turn It On EP also includes the new tracks “Plastic,” “Your Place or Mine” and “Drink You Up.”


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Miranda Lambert Debuts Flirty New Video for “Little Red Wagon”

Image Courtesy Sony/Reid LongMiranda Lambert‘s new video for “Little Red Wagon” is out. The clip features the singer looking quite stunning as she checks into a desert motel and charms the staff, including a pretty and shirtless pool boy. In the end, Miranda walks away from the guy with a wink while wearing a blinged-out belt that says “Mrs. Shelton.”

Miranda found “Little Red Wagon” when a friend told her to check out an album by Oklahoma-based artist, Audra Mae, who wrote the song. Once she heard Audra Mae’s version of “Little Red Wagon” on that album, Miranda immediately set out to get in touch with Audra through some mutual songwriter friends.

Miranda says, “I really did my P.I. homework. I finally got in touch with her, and we became friends and wrote a couple times together.”

After a few writing sessions, Miranda finally got the courage to ask Audra Mae if she could record “Little Red Wagon.” Audra said yes and ended up singing background vocals on the song, too. “Little Red Wagon” has since become a cornerstone of Miranda’s concert set list.

She adds, “It just felt like me – just felt like a song that I wish I’d have written.”

“Little Red Wagon” is the latest single from Miranda’s current album, Platinum.


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Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diary Exhibit Opening May 22 at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diary exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens May 22 and will run through November 8. The exhibit will feature stage clothes, instruments and awards from the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Luke is most excited for his mom and dad to come check out the exhibit.  He recalls, “I remember bringing my parents to visit the museum and dreaming of something like this one day. Now to have an exhibit about my life that my family, friends, and fans can come and see is just so cool.”

Luke joins Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert among the current crop of stars to be featured in a summer exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.


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Star-Studded Performers Lineup Announced for Next Month’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACMJason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Blake Shelton are all set to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards next month. Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Reba, Dierks Bentley and New Artist of the Year nominees Sam  Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell round out the performers lineup, and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year George Strait will debut a new song, too.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the ACM Awards broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.



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