Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.


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Brantley Gilbert Gets His Racing Fix Watching NASCAR

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert performed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the events surrounding the big NASCAR race there this past weekend. The country star always jumps at the chance to play at NASCAR events since he’s such a big fan of the sport. In fact, he recently went out for a couple of laps with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brantley says, “That joker can drive the hell out of some race cars. So I think I became a fan that day of his. He’s just an awesome guy, and it was great hanging out with him.”

Like most race fans, Brantley loves to see a good pile-up on the track.

“I do like watching wrecks,” Brantley admits. “I think there’s a few of us out there. It’s fun, you know, when they get a little bit out of control. I don’t want nobody to get hurt.”

You can catch Brantley on his Let It Ride tour all summer long. His concert dates are posted at BrantleyGilbert.com.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Says Their New Album Is Full of Hit Singles

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been logging long hours in the studio working on their upcoming album. The new project is due out later this year, and the duo’s Tyler Hubbard is giving fans a hint about what to expect with the new music.

“All of [the songs] have their own flavor, their own taste, and all serve their purpose,” Tyler tells Rolling Stone Country. “They fit their slot on the record and it’s fun to listen to all the songs and not want to skip one. That’s one of our goals when we’re recording — slam an album full of singles and make people want to listen to every song.”

The first single from FGL’s new album, “Dirt,” is now on sale at all digital outlets.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban gave his tour mate Jerrod Niemann a birthday cake, champagne and cigars to celebrate his 35th birthday last week.

Kacey Musgraves will play the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, on October 23.



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Blake Shelton Reveals How He and Miranda Lambert Deal with Tabloid Gossip

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert aren’t shocked to see their faces on the cover of supermarket tabloids anymore, but Blake says Miranda was pretty upset with the rags started making up stories about their marriage.

He explains, “I do think some of that early tabloid stuff that happened probably did have an effect on her, and it was a little tough for her to go through.”

Miranda is able to shake off the tabloid rumors a little more easily these days, though.

Says Blake, “Now it’s as common as slapping a fly off of your back. Know what I mean? It’s annoying, but you don’t even remember that it happened.”

As for the outrageous stories about Blake and Miranda getting divorced and having babies, Blake says it’s never true.

“There may be a shred of something in there that they grab a hold of, and then they create this alternative reality,” he explains. “I would think they would get bored with it after a while, but they don’t.”


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Reba Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of “Pray for Peace” Recording Session

Image Courtesy StarstruckReba’s new song and video, “Pray for Peace,” has racked up more than 340,000 views since it went live. Now Reba is giving fans a look at the making of “Pray for Peace” in a new video at Billboard.com.

In the clip, Reba gives direction to the musicians on how she wants the song to sound and then goes in to record the track at her studio in Nashville. The video also shows Ronnie Dunn adding his ad lib parts at the end of the song.

“Pray for Peace” is now available as a free download at Reba.com.


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Cole Swindell Getting a Head Start Writing His Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s second single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” is still climbing the country chart, but he’s already laying the groundwork for his sophomore album. Following up the success of his #1 debut hit, “Chillin’ It,” is a little intimidating for the Georgia native.

“As of last weekend, I had a writer out on the road with me in order to get back into the writing thing,” Cole tells Playback STL. “I’m proud of this

and my first single, but it puts pressure on you to follow all that up. It’s never too early to get started in my opinion, so I’m excited to get going.”

Cole is opening for Luke Bryan this weekend with back-to-back shows in Atlanta.


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Kelly Clarkson’s Hubby Trumps Every Guy Who Ever Sent You Flowers

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsWhat’s that? You say your husband sent you a bouquet of flowers “just because”?  Well, too bad he — and every other guy — has just been totally owned by Kelly Clarkson‘s husband, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly posted a photo of a beautiful field of flowers, and then tweeted, “Brandon surprised me with a 10 acre field of sunflowers on our land. This is my heaven :).”

Perhaps Brandon wanted a special way to thank Kelly for delivering their baby girl, River Rose, who arrived June 12, and who Kelly calls “the greatest thing on the planet.”

One fan responded to Kelly’s posting by referring to the singer’s previous troubles finding love, tweeting, “Six years of being single sure pays off,” to which Kelly replied, “yes it does! Hold out for the right one :).”   But the posting also inspired some jealousy as well.

“Seriously! help a sister out, he’s got to have ONE single relative of some sort!” wrote one woman, adding the hashtag #sosweetsojealous.”  Kelly’s reaction?  “hahaha! Best response :).”

Kacey Musgraves also retweeted Kelly’s photo with the caption, “ATTN ALL MEN: Learn.”


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The Band Perry to Appear on Teen Choice Awards August 10

Image Courtesy CMAThe Band Perry has signed on to appear at Teen Choice 2014 airing live on Fox Sunday, August 10. They’re up for Choice Country Group at the fan-voted awards show. Teenagers can cast their ballot now at TeenChoiceAwards.com.

Look for actress and country star Lucy Hale to appear on Teen Choice 2014, too.  The show begins at 8 p.m. ET and is tape-delayed in Pacific time.


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Taylor Swift Pleases Photo-Snapping Fans in NY’s Central Park

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift wrote recently that autographs are obsolete, and all people want from her these days are photographs.  It’s no surprise, considering how accommodating the superstar is when fans request them.

The New York Daily News reports that when Taylor was strolling in New York’s Central Park recently, she was spotted by excited fans, all of whom wanted a picture with her.  She obliged them, and even waited patiently for one to get out a rowboat in one of the park’s lakes so she could pose with her.

That same day, the News reports, Taylor, who was wearing sky-high pink heels and a crop top with a matching miniskirt, was spotted dropping $20 into a street musician’s hat.


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