Jon Pardi Launching Up All Night Club Tour This Weekend with Two Sold-Out Shows

Image Courtesy UMGJon Pardi’s Up All Night headlining club tour kicks off this weekend with sold-out dates in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The trek comes on the heels of Jon’s stint opening Dierks Bentley‘s RISER tour with Chris Young and Chase Rice in the past few months.

Says Jon, “It’s been a great summer with Dierks and the guys.  Now it’s time to hit the clubs and share some new music we’ve been working on with the fans.” 

Jon will play a lot of tunes from his debut album, Write You a Song, which has already produced the gold-selling hit single “Up All Night.” His new single, “When I’ve Been Drinkin’,” is also included on the debut project.

For a full list of tour dates, go to JonPardi.com.


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Alan Jackson Launches Country Music Hall of Fame Residency with Two-Hour-Plus Show

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Getty Images/Schmidt PRAlan Jackson played for two hours and 22 minutes during the first of two Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame Wednesday night in Nashville. Alan’s band members say they don’t remember him ever playing a show that lasted over two hours.  The usually-reserved Alan also talked to the audience quite a bit throughout the night.

The set list included performances of Alan Jackson classics “Gone Country” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name,” as well as recent hits such as “Good Time” and “As She’s Walking Away.” After Alan sang a brand-new song, titled “Angels and Alcohol,” the audience gave him a standing ovation.

At first Alan was concerned the new song was too sad to sing. He told the crowd, “I don’t know why, but those sad ones are easier to write. I love listening to them, I love singing them, and I love writing them.” 

Alan returns for another sold-out performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater on October 22. He’s also featured in an exhibit at the Hall of Fame titled Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Blake Shelton hit refers to a dentist visit that goes awry? ANSWER: “Some Beach.”


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Montgomery Gentry Offering “Headlights” Bundle to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityMontgomery Gentry has teamed up with GhostTunes to offer a new bundle to help promote breast cancer awareness and fund research on the disease. The offering includes the duo’s latest single, “Headlights,” as well as a t-shirt with “Check Your Headlights” printed on the front along with an image of the grill of a vintage, pink Cadillac.

The duo’s Troy Gentry wanted to get involved with the cause because of his wife and two daughters. As for Eddie Montgomery, he had a very personal reason for saying yes to this effort.

“Given my own personal battle with cancer and our blessed lives as husbands and fathers, Troy and I are always looking for ways to give back,” Eddie says. “We hope our fans will have fun with this exclusive ‘Check Your Headlights’ bundle on GhostTunes and help make a difference.”

Look for a new album from Montgomery Gentry to hit stores early next year.



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Robin Roberts Hosting “Countdown to the CMA Awards” Special November 3

Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA new Robin Roberts special will premiere on ABC Monday, November 3 featuring some of country’s top stars paying tribute to the genre’s rich history. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music will feature musical tributes from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.

Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and a few other stars will also appear to talk about their favorite country songs.

Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music airs Monday, November 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET live from Nashville on ABC.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandy Clark and The Cadillac Three‘s Jaren Johnston will play the CMA Songwriters Series show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday, November 4.

Jerrod Niemann‘s video for “Buzz Back Girl” premieres Thursday.


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“Nashville” Recap: “I Can’t Get Over You to Save My Life”

Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Rayna Jaymes and Luke Wheeler struggled to settle on a wedding date to their demanding tour schedules. Luke wanted to go ahead with a date just a month away, but Rayna was concerned her daughter Maddie wasn’t ready to accept Luke just yet. Maddie has been getting to know her biological father, Deacon Claybourne, and isn’t happy Rayna is marrying Luke over her father.

Rayna came up with the idea to combine her tour with Luke’s so they could spend more time together. Time will tell if the superstar couple makes it down the aisle, though.

Juliette Barnes went on concealing her pregnancy after finding out the baby actually belongs to her ex-boyfriend, Avery Barkley. Juliette was sitting in her car outside Avery’s house getting ready to tell him the news when he stumbled up drunk with a random girl. Instead of telling Avery or her manager, Juliette ended up on Rayna’s front porch asking for advice at the end of the episode.

Gunnar Scott and Scarlett O’Conner’s undeniable chemistry continued to annoy Gunnar’s girlfriend, Zoey. Now she’s got even more competition for Gunnar’s attention with his first love, Kylie, showing up in Nashville. Even though he pledged his love to Zoey, Gunnar couldn’t help but head to the café where Kylie works to see her. Look for this situation to play out in the coming weeks.

Will Lexington and Layla Grant’s marriage continued to fray as she used his homosexuality as leverage to advance her own singing career. When Will couldn’t land Layla a spot on Luke Wheeler’s tour, she ended up going to record label executive Jeff Fordham‘s house with an ultimatum. If Jeff didn’t give her a record deal, she’d out Will, who is the hottest new act on Jeff’s label. For his part, Will is growing even more frustrated hiding his sexuality and begins a secret affair with his male trainer, Tony.

Will and Layla managed to keep it together to perform a duet on this week’s show, titled “If Your Heart Can Handle It.” You could cut the tension between them with a knife during the performance, and Aubrey Peeples, who plays Layla, tells ABC News Radio to expect the couple’s story to play out through music.

She says of her character, “In any kind of challenge, you find out a lot about yourself and figure out how you deal with tough situations. It’s gonna reflect itself in her music. She’s gonna be fighting for this career of hers, and I think the music that Layla gets to do is really exciting, and I really like it.”

Singing pop-country on Nashville has allowed Aubrey to grow as a singer, too.

“I am a blues singer, and I love old country,” she says. “I listen to a lot of that, and then getting to do pop-country is something that I don’t really do in my regular life, but that I’ve been so honored to get to explore another genre of music on the show.”

“If Your Heart Can Handle It” is now available for download at iTunes. Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.


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Thomas Rhett Proves You Can Be a Real Man and Love Nicholas Sparks Books and Movies

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett contributed the song “The Way Things Go” to the just-released soundtrack for the film, The Best of Me, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Even though he could lose his man card over it, Thomas admits he actually read the book, but he knows he’s not alone in his love for Nicholas Sparks books and movies.

Thomas says, “Every guy, if you ask him honestly, they’ve seen The Notebook. Let’s get real. If you’re married, you’ve seen The Notebook.”

As for The Best of Me soundtrack, Thomas became friends with the movie’s music supervisor, who asked him to write a few songs that might make the soundtrack. None of the songs Thomas wrote for the project worked, so he dug up an older song, “The Way Things Go,” that had never been commercially released before.

Thomas explains, “It’s always been one of my favorite songs, and we still play it live as a band. Never has been on a record before, so I’m glad that song is gonna get a little bit of exposure.”

Thomas will be on hand for the Nashville premiere of The Best of Me Thursday night.

He says, “It’ll be cool to meet Nicholas Sparks in person and get to watch the movie and get to see where my song falls in the movie.”

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Eric Pasley and a few other country stars also contributed songs to The Best of Me soundtrack.


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Willie Nelson’s Braids Sell at Auction for $37,000

Image Courtesy Sony Legacy RecordingsSomeone just paid $37,000 to own Willie Nelson‘s braids at an auction in Phoenix.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Willie’s hair was part of a 2,000-item lot belonging to the late Waylon Jennings. Willie cut his braids off in 1983 to support Waylon’s sobriety and presented them to his friend at a party that year hosted by Johnny Cash. Waylon passed away in 2002.

The contract between Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Kris Kristofferson for their collaboration as The Highwaymen was also included in the auction.


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Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum Hold the Top Two Slots on the “Billboard” 200

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Blake Shelton on his #1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Bringing Back the Sunshine. The project sold 101,000 units in its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Blake previously bowed at the top of the all-genre chart in 2011 with Red River Blue.

Only two other country albums have topped that all-genre chart so far in 2014 — Eric Church‘s The Outsiders and Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum.

Lady Antebellum‘s latest offering, 747, bows at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 74,000 copies sold in the first week. This week marks the first time since 2010 that two country albums have held the top two positions on that chart: back then, it was Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now at #1 and Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party at #2.


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