Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley‘s bar and restaurant in Phoenix? ANSWER: Whiskey Row.

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Kelsea Ballerini Reveals the Moment She Knew Her Music Belonged in the Country Format

Black RiverKelsea Ballerini started writing songs as a pre-teen living on a farm in East Tennessee, but she had no idea where those songs might fit. The lyrics and melody didn’t sound like the pop music she listened to with her friends.

Kelsea tells ABC Radio, “What I was writing came out country just ’cause that’s who I am, but I did not listen to country music.”

That all changed when Kelsea heard Keith Urban‘s hit single “Stupid Boy.”

“I was like, ‘What is this?'” Kelsea says. “So, I went and got his record, Dixie Chicks and Sugarland and Taylor Swift. Those four records were my introduction to country music.”

Those four acts made Kelsea realize her musical home was just a few hours away in Nashville.

She says, “I remember listening to those [albums] and thinking, like, ‘I think it is kind of what I’m writing.’ Like, ‘I think this might be where it fits.’ And that was it. Then I was, like, all about country.”

Kelsea was so sure country would serve as her musical home, she convinced her family to move a few hours west to Nashville a few years ago.

Kelsea is a co-writer on her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” which went to #1 at country radio just last week. It’s included on her debut album, The First Time, on sale now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Glen Campbell documentary, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, will be released to all digital platforms on August 18 before going to DVD and Video on Demand on September 1. The film chronicles the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s farewell tour following his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

Kacey Musgraves has spoken out in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. She tweeted Friday, “PROUD to be alive on this historically fabulous day. CONGRATS EVERYONE! Now send me some gay wedding invites.”

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Dierks Bentley Shares the Story Behind His Superstar Fishing Trip with Luke and Jason

CMADierks Bentley is sharing the details of his impromptu fishing trip with superstar pals Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean last week in Florida. All three of them happened to be in the Sunshine State at the same time, so Luke organized the get-together out on the water.

Dierks tells ABC Radio, “It was fun. We went down there and hit a little spot and caught our limit of red snapper and grouper and just had a good time hanging out.”

A photograph of Jason, Luke and Dierks holding up one of the fish they caught quickly racked up more than 25,000 likes on Instagram.


gone fishin’. @LukeBryan @JasonAldean

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Says Dierks, “I put a picture on all the social stuff, and I think the fans kinda dug seeing the three of us hanging out.”

The day on the water was a rare treat for Jason, Luke and Dierks, too.

He adds, “[It’s] good to hang out with your guys you normally don’t see unless you’re on the road or an awards show”.

So, which one of them caught the biggest fish that day? Dierks says Luke’s son, Bo, won the day, reeling in a 21-pound red snapper.

“[Bo] might take home the trophy,” Dierks says with a laugh. “He’s like seven years old, and he was killing it out there.”

You can catch Dierks performing on Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular this Saturday night on NBC.

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Carrie Underwood Thanks the “Beautiful People” and Country Radio for Latest #1 Hit

Jeremy Cowart/SonyCarrie Underwood is back at #1 on the country airplay chart this week with “Little Toy Guns.” When she found out about the good news on Sunday morning, Carrie tweeted, “I want to give a HUGE thank you to Country Radio this morning for making ‘Little Toy Guns’ #1! You’ve always supported me & I’m so grateful!”

Carrie went on to thank all the “beautiful people” who called and requested the song at their local radio stations. She added, “[You] continue to show us love time and time again! You guys are amazing!”

“Little Toy Guns” is the second consecutive #1 single from Carrie’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation following the first release from that project, “Something in the Water.”

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Shania Twain Never Sees the Woman Who Broke Up Her Marriage to Ex-Husband Mutt Lange

Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain maintains a civil line of communication with her ex-husband, Mutt Lange, as they continue to co-parent their 13-year-old son, Eja. That communication doesn’t include Shania’s former best friend, Marie Anne, who had an affair with Mutt and went on to marry him after he and Shania divorced.

Shania tells the New York Post, “I don’t see her, ever.  I don’t invite that trigger into my life…She’s not my future — she’s my past.”

Shania actually tied the knot with Marie-Anne’s ex-husband, Frederic, in 2011. She takes her Rock This Country tour to New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

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Keith Urban Says John Mellencamp Shaped His Childhood Ideas of America

CMAKeith Urban references one of his favorite singers in his latest hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” Growing up in Australia, John Cougar, who now performs under his given name, John Mellencamp, had a big role in shaping Keith’s early ideas of America.

Keith tells Billboard, “His songwriting was such a huge part of my life. I almost feel like between all the TV I grew up with in Australia and John Mellencamp’s music — among many others — I knew what it meant to live there and grow up there.”

“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” is the lead single from Keith’s upcoming studio album, due out later this year.

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Scotty McCreery Is Saying Goodbye to His “Dumpy College House” Next Month

Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is making good money on the road with Rascal Flatts this summer, so you may be surprised to learn he still lives in a house with roommates on campus at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the front porch of the house is falling in and a traffic cone adorns the roof.

Scotty says of his abode, “I’ve lived there the past three years on campus and our lease is up for that dumpy college house and this July we’re gonna move out of there.”

Scotty should be getting a new place right around the time his new single comes out. It’s the lead release from his as-yet-untitled third album, due out sometime this winter.

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Jake Owen Hosts a Quirky Party at Waffle House in “Real Life” Video

Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen hosts a group of eclectic, quirky characters for a dance party at Waffle House in his new video for “Real Life,” premiering Saturday on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. The clip also features cameos from NASCAR star Kevin Harvick, Jake’s twin brother, Jerrod, and his mother.

“Real Life” is the lead single from Jake’s upcoming studio album, due out later this year.

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Kacey Musgraves Adds Second Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium After First Date Sells Out

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves has added a second show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium after the first date sold out when tickets went on sale Friday. She’ll now play the Mother Church of Country Music on September 23 and 24, and tickets are available through

The Nashville shows are a part of Kacey’s Country & Western Rhinestone Revue tour, launching August 27 in Atlanta. Kacey’s new album, Pageant Material, is on sale now.

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