Young Guitarist Fulfills Dream of Jamming with Brad Paisley

Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloBrad Paisley last Thursday fulfilled his promise to jam with a young guitarist named Blaze Baum.

Earlier this year, Blaze posted to YouTube a music video titled “I Wanna’ Jam With Brad Paisley” that features him jamming with Paisley — actually, Paisley’s head superimposed on Blaze’s body.

Paisley watched the video, shared it on Twitter, and wrote,  “Speechless. Obviously, a lot of work went into this. & yessir, I will jam with you. My local @guitarcenter or yours?”

The collaboration ended up taking place last Thursday at Paisley’s show in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They jammed during his soundcheck. As a surprise, Paisley also invited Blaze onto the stage during the concert to perform Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” plus Paisley’s own hits “River Bank” and “Alcohol.” 


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstocBrad Paisley has been honored a second time with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award for his work taking country music to Europe. He first won the award in 2011.

Trace Adkins will play a veteran therapy group leader in an episode of NBC’s The Night Shift to air in early May.

Brett Eldredge has joined Snapchat. You can follow him at @Brett_Eldredge.

Mickey Guyton‘s scheduled Friday performance on ABC’s Good Morning America has been postponed to do a later date due to breaking news coverage. We’ll keep you posted on the new airdate.

Alabama, Lee Greenwood and Phil Vassar have been added to Charlie Daniels ‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on August 12.

Lee Ann Womack is releasing a three-song limited edition vinyl EP, Trouble in Mind, for Record Store Day on April 18. The project will only be available at independent record stores.


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Ashley Monroe Says Traveling with Duet Partner Blake Shelton Is Like Rolling with Elvis

Image Courtesy CMAAshley Monroe knows the value of having friends in high places. Her pal Blake Shelton put her on his song, “Lonely Tonight,” which just hit #1 on the country chart last week. She found out about the good news last Monday night through a text from Blake, and his support has meant a lot to her personally

Ashley tells ABC Radio, “He is genuinely so proud of me, and he wants me to shine. He texts me the whole time we’ve been at #1. I can tell he’s excited for me way more than he is him. That means so much.”

Ashley has known Blake and his wife, Miranda Lambert, for years now, but Blake’s star is shining a lot brighter lately thanks to his gig as a coach on The Voice.

“He’s like such a superstar these days,” Ashley says. “We’ve known him so long. He’s so much the same still, though, too.”

Singing with Blake has given Ashley a lot of opportunities, including performances on the CMA Awards, The Voice and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ashley even filmed a Pepsi commercial with Blake on an aircraft carrier in Texas.

She recalls, “We had a police escort for that commercial in Corpus Christi. We landed in his private plane, and police escort takes us and we go on that aircraft carrier, police all around us. I said, “I’m so glad I’m friends with Elvis.” That’s what it felt like!”

Ashley is now climbing the country chart with her brand-new solo single, “On to Something Good.” It’s the lead release from her upcoming studio album.


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Garth Brooks Hopes to Stay on the Road for the Next 20 Years

Image Courtesy Pearl/SonyGarth Brooks took more than a decade off from making music and touring to raise his three daughters, but don’t expect him to hang up his guitar anytime soon now, that he’s back on the road.

Garth tells The Oregonian, “I hope I get to do this for 20 more years, to tell you the truth. I love every second of it and can’t get enough of it, no matter — I don’t even want to use the word ‘work.’ No matter how busy you are, it’s fantastic. “

Garth is currently playing a run of shows in Buffalo, NY with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.


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RaeLynn Kicking off Music in Our Schools Tour Saturday at Disney World

Image Courtesy BMLGRaeLynn is kicking off the Music in Our Schools tour with a performance at Walt Disney World in Florida Saturday. She’ll perform as part of Festival Disney, a national competitive music event for high school students.  From there, RaeLynn will visit music students at five schools across the country.

RaeLynn can’t wait to share her story with the next generation of music makers.  Looking back on her school days, she says, “The way for me to be creative was being in choir and being in orchestra because you know, I wasn’t the kid that was good in sports. I was the kid that was always writing songs and playing my guitar. So, having those electives was always so awesome every day because it was my way to learn more about the craft that I wanted to do in the future.”

RaeLynn is hitting the road with Rascal Flatts this summer.


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Cole Swindell Salutes the Troops in “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Video

 Image Courtesy Jim Wright/WarnerCole Swindell is saluting the troops in his new video for “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”

The clip was shot at Nashville’s Silver Dollar Saloon and features an appearance by Kyle Davis, a friend of Cole’s who has served five tours of duty in the Middle East with U.S. Special Forces. Cole had Kyle join him onstage for a sing-along of “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.” It’s the latest single from Cole’s self-titled debut album, available now.


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Luke Bryan Releases “Spring Breakdown” Video from New Album, “Spring Break…Checkin’ Out”

Image Courtesy Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan‘s new video, “Spring Breakdown,” is now live at Vevo. The clip features footage from his past six Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, FL, as well as behind-the-scenes video of Luke recording the song earlier this year.

“Spring Breakdown” is included on Luke’s new album, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, coming Tuesday. The project includes five brand-new songs as well as all the tracks from last year’s Spring Break EP.

Luke will perform his final Spring Break shows in Florida this Wednesday and Thursday at Spinnaker Beach Club. More than 230,000 fans attended last year’s shows.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s fiancée, Brittany Kerr, was once a contestant on which TV singing competition? ANSWER: American Idol.


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Jason Aldean Introducing His Brand of Country Music to Europe

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean closes out his first-ever shows in Europe this weekend as the C2C Country to Country Festival wraps up. He’s on the bill with Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line at London’s O2 Arena Saturday and Sunday, and Jason has had a blast playing tourist in between shows in Sweden, Ireland and Norway.

Before he left for the trek, Jason said, “I think it’s fun to go see things and be a tourist and get to play for people who have never heard your music or seen a show or any of that stuff.”

A big reason Jason wanted to tour in Europe is to introduce fans to his more aggressive style of country music.

“I still think there’s a lot of misconceptions around the world about what country music is. Like, what today’s country music is,” Jason explains. “For us to be able to go, ‘OK, this ain’t your grandaddy’s country music anymore. This is what it is.’ And it’s completely different than what, I think, a lot of people think.”

In the future, Jason hopes to play more shows in Europe and possibly expand these package concerts to other continents, too.

Says Jason, “I think it would be huge, not only for me, but for country music in general.”

Jason brings his tour back home to the U.S. March 26 with a show in Toledo, Ohio.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice is playing shows in Hawaii this weekend.

Hunter Hayes‘ has received a double-platinum certification for two million copies sold or streamed on his hit “I Want Crazy.” His singles “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me” and “Invisible” have both been certified gold for 500,000 copies sold or streamed.


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