Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry and Others Help Fight Breast Cancer as the Opry Goes Pink

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloRascal Flatts flipped the switch turning the Grand Ole Opry’s famous red backdrop pink Tuesday night for the annual Opry Goes Pink show. The show raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus remembered his grandmother’s battle against the disease.

He tells ABC News Radio, “She actually survived, but had a double mastectomy. So, we’re here to help create awareness and to tell people, you know, it’s really about early detection.”

Montgomery Gentry‘s appearance at the Opry Goes Pink show was personal for Troy Gentry, whose wife, Angie, was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks ago.

Troy says, “Tonight does take on a totally different meaning for me, but we’re still here for the cause, and that’s to raise awareness for breast cancer to get women to get out there and get checked.”

Danielle Bradbery, Sara Evans, Terri Clark and Nashville stars Charles Esten and Will Chase also appeared on the Opry Goes Pink show. A portion of the proceeds go to the Women Rock for the Cure organization in their fight against breast cancer.


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Sara Evans Takes on the Oddly Challenging Role of Sara Evans on Tonight’s “Nashville”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans makes a cameo on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night singing her latest single, “Put My Heart Down,” as a duet with the show’s resident male superstar, Luke Wheeler. In addition to singing onstage, Sara plays herself in a backstage scene, which she admits was a surreal experience. Sara tells ABC New Radio she tried to play herself as she would want fans of Nashville to see her.

She says, “The main thing was I just wanted to look great and perform great for that scene. And the acting stuff, I just wanted to be cool. Like, I tried not to act. It was really, really weird.”

Sara’s appearance on Nashville grew out of a meeting she had with the show’s writers over the summer to give them insight into the life of a female country star.

“Then they wrote a part in for me, ’cause I guess they loved me so much spending that time with me,” Sara adds with a laugh. “We really did have a great time”

Look for Sara on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night at 10 ET.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae‘s debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” is the first song by a female duo to hit the top 10 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart since The Wreckers hit that mark with their second single, “My, Oh My” in January 2007.

Catch Lady Antebellum on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night.

Rodney Atkins‘ new single, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat,” is now available for download.

Tim McGraw‘s new video for “Shotgun Rider” was filmed at his recent American Express Unstaged concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. It’s now posted on Vevo.


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Jerrod Niemann Raises $100,000 for His Charity Thanks to His Pro Rodeo Bull, High Noon

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has raised $100,000 for his Free the Music charity thanks to a prize-winning bull he named after his latest album, High Noon. Jerrod became a Back Seat Buckers Celebrity Stock contractor back in January, and the bull he selected has now gone on to win the 2014 Back Seat Buckers grand prize at the organization’s recent championship event at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Jerrod is amazed the bull’s success generated $100,000 in prize money for his charity, which supports music education and collects used instruments for children and teens in need.

He says, “I was hoping we’d be able to get in there with High Noon and raise some funds for children and their opportunities to have music as a steady part of their lives, but I didn’t realize we could be blessed enough to do so well.”

Back Seat Buckers is a bull ownership program created that allows anyone to become a stock contractor and provides care, housing and training for bulls for their first year of competition.


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Kip Moore Gets a Big Honor from His Alma Mater, Valdosta State University

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore could walk away with the New Artist of the Year award at next week’s CMA Awards, but he’s already received a big honor from his alma mater, Valdosta State University in Georgia.

According to Valdosta Today, Kip is one of five graduates receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Valdosta State. The announcement was made at the school’s Homecoming celebration last weekend, but Kip was not able to attend due to his touring schedule.

Kip will be on hand for the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Tyler Farr Kicking Off ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows Series in January 2015

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is kicking off the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows series with two shows this January. The first one is set for January 9 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, and the second one is happening January 10 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for Tyler’s shows go on sale Friday, and more club dates will be added soon.

Proceeds from each ticket go to the ACM Lifting Lives organization to help people through the power of music. Fans who go to any of the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows can tweet a picture of their ticket for a chance to win tickets to the sold-out 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19, 2015 in Texas. Be sure and tag @ACMawards and use #ACMLiftingLivesBenefit in the tweet.

Go to ACMLiftingLives.org for more details.


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Hunter Hayes Saluting the Troops at Monday Night Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is kicking off CMA Week with a free concert this Monday night outside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show is part of the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign. 

Hunter will help pay tribute to Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family during his set. Arnold has been deployed six times including stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which means he’s missed quite a few “moments” with his wife and two young daughters. The USO hopes this concert can help create a special memory for them all to share.

Several servicemen and women from Fort Campbell near Nashville will be on hand for Hunter’s Monday night concert, too. Dan + Shay and new group The Railers will also perform.

Hunter Hayes is also incorporating the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign into his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, where invited troops and their families will be honored at every stop on the trek.  You can get involved, too, by downloading the official Hunter Hayes Tour App before they go to the show. Check HunterHayes.com for tour dates.


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Florida Georgia Line Lists Their Biggest Hip-Hop Influences

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s hip-hop influence is heavy as ever on their new album, Anything Goes, available now. While they’re rooted in country music, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been rap and hip-hop fans since they were kids.

Brian says, ” We grew up listening to anybody from Lil’ Wayne, Eminem. Currently, Drake, Wiz Khalifah. ASAP Rocky.”

You’ll find all those artists on FGL’s backstage playlists, too.

Says Tyler, “We do have bus parties, and there’s a lot of rap music that gets played. Hip-hop and country all day and all night, baby.”

Look for FGL’s new video, “Sun Daze,” to premiere on CMT Wednesday.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDarius Rucker named his second country album after the city where he was born. Name the city. ANSWER: Charleston, SC.


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CMA Awards Co-Hosts Brad and Carrie Enjoy Poking Fun at Tim and Faith

Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood stopped by NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday to plug the upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards.

As you know, Brad and Carrie will be hosting the show for the seventh year in a row, and they revealed during their chat with Meyers that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are the country artists the co-hosts most like poking fun at.

“Tim and Faith are great. We’ve picked on them a bunch,” said Brad.

Brad said the couple made themselves easy targets for jokes after they put out their own Barbie dolls a few years ago. “That was the biggest gift we’ve ever been given,” declared Brad.

Carrie is known for changing her outfit numerous times while hosting the awards show, but it will be more challenging this year because she’s pregnant.

Carrie admitted to Meyers, “I definitely have like outfit ADD, I think, and I can’t stay in the same one.”  As for the challenge her pregnancy will present when it comes to outfit changes, Carrie said, “We’re figuring that out within the next couple of days.”

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air November 5 on ABC.



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